Inscribed on the hall with calligraphy expressing TUI Cruises's travel philosophy, Mein Schiff Herz (formerly Mein Schiff 2) is a medium size cruise ship serving the German-speaking market.
Mein Schiff Herz first entered service as as Celebrity Cruises' Mercury. The third ship in Celebrity's Century class, she is the sister ship to Marella Explorer 2 (formerly Celebrity Century) and Marella Explorer (formerly Mein Schiff 1 and before that Celebrity Galaxy).
In 2011, the ship was transferred from Celebrity to TUI Cruises, a joint venture between TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, the parent of Celebrity Cruises. The ship was brought to Bremerhaven, Germany where some 2,000 artisans worked for 38 days to transform the ship to have features like those of Mein Schiff 1. Going beyond Mein Schiff 1, they also added the Ocean Life lounge where guests can study underwater oceanography and borrow books as well as iPads. A thalassotherapy center was also created in the spa complex.
The TUI approach to cruising seeks to promote “wohfulen”, well-being or feeling good, through “pampering, relaxed discovery and modern travel.” Hammocks and an emphasis on healthy eating in the restaurants are indicative of its style. Espresso machines have been placed in every stateroom. The dress code is casual although a jacket may be called for on more formal evenings. The main dining rooms operate on a flexible dining system with no assigned dining times. An enrichment program focuses on “discovery, health and enjoyment” covering such diverse areas as cultural studies, art history, oceanography, wine tasting, dance and photography. Of course, there are pools, a spa and nighttime entertainment.
TUI ships cater to couples and families of all ages. The all-inclusive fare covers many things except most notably certain specialty restaurants and shore excursions.
In 2017, it was announced that both Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 would be transferred to Marella Cruises, a TUI affiliate. However, it was subsequently decided that Mein Schiff 2 would remain with TUI at least temporarily.
In 2018, in anticipation of the addition to the TUI fleet of a new Mein Schiff 2, this ship's name was changed to Mein Schiff Herz.
TONNAGE: 77,713 gross tons
LENGTH: 262.2 meters, 865.8 ft.
BEAM: 32.5 meters, 105.6 ft.
DRAFT: 8.5 meters, 25.2 ft.
SPEED: 21 knots (cruising)
POWER PLANT: Diesel electric
PROPULSION: Two propellers
LINE: TUI Cruises
BUILDER: Meyer Werft (Germany)
CAPACITY: 1,912 (double occupancy)
ENTERED SERVICE: 2011 (as Mein Schiff 2)
1997 (as Celebrity Mercury)
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