Mein Schiff 3
In april of 2008, TUI AG, the largest travelcompany in Europe, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines joint forces and created TUI Cruises, based in Hamburg, Germany. TUI already owned the British-based Thomson Cruises as well as HAPAG-Lloyd, but now the plan was to start sailing cruises under the own name. Of course it also gave RCCL the opportunity to loose older tonnage of the main fleets, but with TUI Cruises this seems to have been the case just for the start-up as the company almost immidiately ordered a series of six 90.000-ton newbuilds. The company in style is almost equal to Celebrity Cruises and this was also the company that supplied the first two ships. The former Celebrity Galaxy opened the brand under the name Mein Schiff in may of 2009, followed by the former Celebrity Mercury in may of 2011. Sadly, TUI joined a long line of company with a boring namingsystem, as this ship recieved the name Mein Schiff 2 and the first one was renamed Mein Schiff 1. In the newbuildings, starting with Mein Schiff 3 in 2014, this style was continued. Another three followed in the same class, the last two ships were redesigned and became larger. They will be named Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 in the near future, as the first two ships then will be transferred to Thomson Cruises.
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