Germans complete second big conversion
Now joined by a sister: ‘Mein Schiff 1’ after her completion at LWB in 2009
The €50 million conversion of Mein Schiff 2 – the second big cruise ship for the new TUI Kreuzfahrten venture in Germany - was completed in Bremerhaven on schedule just before the Bank Holiday weekend.
Tom Todd writes: The ship was berthed ready to sail to Hamburg’s Cruise Terminal May 4th for naming.
About 2,000 craftsmen have been involved daily in the six week transformation of the 76,522 gt>Celebrity Mercury, built by Meyer Werft in 1997. The ship was taken over in Baltimore February 28th and sailed to the Weser by the captain of TUI’s first acquisition – Mein Schiff 1, ex Galaxy, another former Meyer ship.
Mein Schiff 2, built exclusively for the German cruise market, was named by German cruise ship enthusiasts. Her extensive conversion has been similar to that of her sister, converted in 2009, also by Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven.
The latest four-star plus cruise ship has been given 430 new balconies and verandahs. As with her predecessor, the additional weight necessitated the installation of a 220 ton stern ducktail built by Bremen steel engineering firm BVT. The ship’s bridge arms were also extended to suit and give a better overall bridge overview.When Galaxy was converted, LWB said she underwent extensive overhaul of her MAN B&W main Diesels and equipment. TUI has so far not confirmed any similar work on Mein Schiff 2, but it appeared likely.
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