Mein Schiff 1 is the fifth in the series built by the Finnish yard.
Each features design improvements based on passenger preferences. Mein Schiff 3 and Mein Schiff 4 were a critical starting point in 2015 when Meyer Turku’s architecture and engineering team together with TUI Cruises and its architects began work on the improved New Mein Schiff 1 design.
20 meters longer with new, iconic spaces
The result was a ship 20 meters longer with a substantial redesign of the passenger spaces and a number of new, iconic features like the 'Diamond,' which now spans almost 50 meters. Also new are the Lagune sun deck area, the covered sports Arena and the elevated jogging track with a spectacular view.
'The impressive new 50-meter wide steel and glass window structure that makes up the new Diamond at the aft of the ship just above the propellers is a good example how we combine architectural design with our engineering skills supported by sophisticated computer models,' Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer said. 'Innovations, strengthening our Turku team and our €200 million investments in Finland well in advance are our way to compete with our mostly government-owned and supported competitors.'
A 10% leap in energy efficiency
Environmental features were also a focus in the design. Each Mein Schiff has marked another step forward in energy efficiency, and Mein Schiff 1 is engineered for a 10% improvement compared to last year’s Mein Schiff 6. Mein Schiff 1 is one of the first cruise ships equipped with catalytic converters for the main and auxiliary engines to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.
'On our 10th anniversary, we are giving ourselves and our guests the gift of a new Mein Schiff 1, which marks the starting point for a new generation of ships,' TUI Cruises CEO Wybcke Meier said. 'We will proceed with this expansion over the next year with the new Mein Schiff 2. In 2023, the Mein Schiff 7, another ship in this class, will continue the trend.'
Mein Schiff 1 will now sail to Hamburg for its christening there on May 11.
Mein Schiff 2 is already under construction and TUI Cruises recently ordered a sister ship for 2023 delivery, which will be called Mein Schiff 7.