TUI Cruises focuses on the German-speaking market. That’s probably why we never saw one of their ships inside. In Hamburg we finally got the opportunity to visit the newest baby of the fleet, the MEIN SCHIFF 4.
Together with some other international friends and journalists, Véronique and I have been invited for a ship visit when the new ship was in Hamburg for the Cruise Days and the Parade.
Our visit was in the good hands of Mrs Godja Sönnichsen, the director of communications.
After a lunch in the main dining room we walked through the ship, and what I want to bring here is a series of photos without too much text. This is how I have perceived the vessel.
Atlantik Klassik Restaurant
Staircase in the Atlantic Klassik Restaurant
Atlantik Mediterranean Restaurant
More ships should have this: bike excursions in every port you visit.
The Waterkant Bar and Lounge is characterized by a huge model of MEIN SCHIFF 4, with touch screen information panels on the open starboard side. It is really the best possible orientation point in the ship. And also the most photographed.
Hanami Japanese Cuisine
Surf & Turf Steakhouse
Several people in our group found this “meat window” at the entrance of the Steakhouse disturbing, and not appetising at all.
Coffee bar inside the Diamant
Véronique enjoying the comfy sofa
A chocolate ship’s model
Ready for a chocolate tasting session. This should be on every ship (we are from Belgium).
Indoor swimming pool
An impressive long outdoor pool
Sky & Sea Lounge
Spa & fitness area
Watching “die Mannschaften” on the big screen
Aussenalster Bar & Grill
They are looking up….
…and they are looking down (on this spectacular little piece of glass terrace).
Anckelmannsplatz is the buffet restaurant named after the place where the TUI Cruises headquarters are in Hamburg.
After having been almost half a day onboard we had to leave, in order to get ready for the Ship’s Parade.
We had the pleasure to discover a modern ship with a cool design and several nice features. It is not easy to get a full impression during (only) a ship visit, and certainly not on embarkation day. However, we could see how quick the new passengers felt at home.
TUI Cruises is a joint venture with Royal Caribbean, and four more ships are on order.
Thank you Godja Sönnichsen (TUI Cruises GmbH) and Matthias Beer (Hamburg Marketing GmbH) for this great day.
Text and photos: Mike