TUI Cruises had planned the maiden voyage of Mein Schiff 2 to depart from Bremerhaven on March 24, 2019.
Now the ‘christening’ itinerary has been moved forward to take place between February 3 and 15, 2019.
Mein Schiff 2 will depart from Bremerhaven and call at La Coruna, Leixoes, Lisbon, Cadiz and Arrecife to arrive at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The christening ceremony is going to take place at Lisbon on February 9 – a choice that outlines the growing importance of Portugal's capital as a cruise hub.
TUI opened bookings for the newly launched ‘christening cruise’ this week as well as number of Canary Islands 'welcome cruises'.
The new itineraries have been added as Meyer Turku is almost two months ahead of plans in the production of Mein Schiff 2.
Delivery could be within 2018
The exact delivery date at Turku is not yet finalised but according to the current construction progress it could even be before the end of 2018.
Following her arrival at Las Palmas, Mein Schiff 2 will embark on a series of five additional seven-day ‘welcome’ itineraries calling either at Madeira, La Gomera, La Palma and Tenerife or at Madeira, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife.
At the end of March 2019, Mein Schiff 2 is going to reposition from the Canaries to Palma de Mallorca for her summer Mediterranean season as originally planned.
Sistership Mein Schiff 1 was delivered this year.
An eighth Full Metal Cruise planned on MS6
TUI Cruises has also started taking bookings for its eight 'Full Metal Cruise' due to take place onboard Mein Schiff 6 from April 24-28, 2019.
Departing and arriving at Palma de Mallorca, the cruise calls at Marseilles and Barcelona. Three stages and several other, smaller event sites will be set up, completed by a tattoo studio, workshops, karaoke, and a specially tailored wellness program, etc.
Bands already confirmed for the cruises include among others Steel Panther, Ugly Kid Joe, Backyard Babies, Omnium Gatherum, Savage Messiah, Tri State Corner and The Wild.
Prices for the 'Full Metal Cruises' – which include full catering as well as onboard drinks – start at 999 euros per person in an interior double cabin.
Most of TUI Cruises’ past 'Full Metal Cruises' were sold out quickly, although cabins for the seventh cruise – which takes place onboard Mein Schiff 3 from September 2-7 this year – are still available.