TUI Cruises, the Hamburg based premium cruise line, has taken delivery of Mein Schiff 1 from Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland and renamed its oldest vessel Mein Schiff Hertz.
The new ship is of about 111,500 gross tons, making it the largest unit in the fleet of TUI Cruises. The company will retain the Mein Schiff 2, built as Mercury for Celebrity Cruises in 1997 rather than to sell it to Marella Cruises in the UK as originally planned. Marella Cruises is a fully owned unit of TUI AG, which also owns 50% of the shares in TUI Cruises.
As the second newbuilding of the Mein Schiff 1 type will be called Mein Schiff 2, it had become necessary to rename the existing vessels of that name and it will now be called Mein Schiff Hertz. The third newbuilding of the Mein Schiff 1 type will be called Mein Schiff 7, TUI Cruises said in a statement.