LWB wins ‘Mein Schiff 2’ refit job
Lloyd Werft has won the contract to refit ‘Mein Schiff 2’
TUI Cruises, the German premium market cruiseship operator, has placed the order for the refitting of the company’s second ship with Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven (LWB).
As was the case with Mein Schiff 1, the new ship in the fleet will undergo a comprehensive refit in Bremerhaven. TUI Cruises will take over Mein Schiff 2 on 28 February 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland USA, before sailing it over to Bremerhaven to be taken into the dry dock on 14 March.
The ship will undergo its refit there, being modified to reflect the TUI Cruises' 'wellness' concept at a cost of 50 million euro. “On the basis of our extremely positive experience with Lloyd Werft when Mein Schiff 1 was being refitted in 2009, we are convinced that we have found the right partner for the refitting and redesigning of our second ship”, is how the situation is summed up by Richard J. Vogel, CEO of TUI Cruises.
“We are delighted that TUI Cruises have come back to us with the order for the refit of their second ship. As was the case with Mein Schiff 1, in this phase once again there will be up to 2,000 of our workforce working on the ship at the same time. The wide-ranging work involved will be undertaken in collaboration with a large number of partners,” according to Rüdiger Pallentin, management spokesman for Lloyd Werft.
As with Mein Schiff 1, there will be additional outside cabins with balconies installed in Mein Schiff 2. Once the work in the dry dock has been completed, the refitted ship will have a total of 956 cabins. Of the 646 outside cabins, 422 will feature a balcony or a veranda. The hull of the ship will have a 340 tonne ‘duck tail’ built on to it which will effectively offset the weight of the new balconies and verandas. In addition, the fitness and spa area will be extended while the galley facilities will be renewed or converted.
Built by Meyer Werft in 1997 as the Celebrity Mercury, the 76,522gt vessel is currently sailing under the flag of the American Celebrity Cruises company, also a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises, like TUI Cruises. Mein Schiff 2 will be renamed on 14 May 2011 in Hamburg.
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