TUI Group and Royal Caribbean Cruises have placed an order for two LNG-powered cruise ships for their TUI Cruises joint venture brand.
The two identical ships will be built at the Italian Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone with delivery is planned for 2024 and 2026.
The addition of the two vessels will expand TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff fleet to nine ships by 2026.
At 161,000 gross tonnes each, the ships will be the largest ever built in Italy. They will also be equipped for low-emission LNG propulsion.
“With the new class of ships we are responding to the wishes of our guests and creating offerings that will also inspire new cruise passengers. As with the other ships in the fleet, the passenger/space ratio remains generous”, stated Wybcke Meier, CEO of TUI Cruises. “The decision to run the two additional low-emission new builds is a logical continuation of our environmental strategy”.
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, commented: “These will be the largest ships ever built in Italy: we proved once more we can provide the market with the best mix of reliability and innovation, pillars of ‘Made in Italy’ and distinguishing features of Fincantieri in the global shipbuilding landscape.”
Hamburg-based TUI Cruises was founded in 2008 as a joint venture between TUI group, the world’s number one tourism business, and the global operating cruise line, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The company specializes in the German-speaking cruise market and will be introducing two new ships in 2019 and 2023 with a total bed capacity of about 18,800. Those two ships were ordered from Meyer Turku in Finland.