TUI Cruises orders first two LNG ships from Fincantieri

TUI Cruises orders first two LNG ships from Fincantieri
TUI Cruises' LNG newbuilds will join the fleet alongside the new Mein Schiff 1, which debuted this spring (Image: TUI Cruises)

TUI Cruises has become the latest operator to order LNG-powered cruise ships after finalising an order for two low-emission vessels from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri on 12 July.

Set for delivery in 2024 and 2026, the two identical 161,000gt newbuilds will be built at Fincantieri’s yard in Monfalcone and bring TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff fleet up to nine ships.

“With the new ship class, we fulfil the wishes of our guests and create offers that will inspire new cruise guests to come onboard with us,” said Wybcke Meier, CEO of TUI Cruises. “The passenger-to-space ratio will be generous, as with the other vessels in the fleet. The decision to operate the two new ships planned for commissioning in 2024 and 2026 with the low-emission LNG fuel is a logical continuation of our environmental strategy.”

The vessels will be the largest cruise ships to ever be built in Italy.

“At Fincantieri, we have once again proven that we offer the market the highest level of reliability and innovation,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “With the project, we are taking TUI Cruises as a new and outstanding brand in our customer portfolio. In addition, it is an outstanding technological reference for our products.”

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Friday, July 13, 2018