by Ulf Jahnke

“Mein Schiff 6” makes maiden call in Kiel

Ostseekai welcomes latest TUI Cruises ship

"Mein Schiff 6" maiden call in Kiel

Kiel, May 12th, 2017: The latest newbuilding to join TUI Cruises – “Mein Schiff 6” – has berthed in Kiel for the first time. Kiel is the ship’s first passenger port of call in Germany she has visited since she was handed over just a few days ago in Turku in Finland. The 99,000 GT, 295 m long cruise ship actually arrived in the Kiel fiord on Thursday May 11th to a water fountain welcome and was escorted to her berth by one of the port’s tugs. Onlookers lined the banks and visited the Ostseekai Terminal to catch a glimpse of “Mein Schiff 6”. Officially welcoming the ship to Kiel at a reception on board on Friday May 12th, Kiel Lord Mayor Dr UIf Kämpfer and port head Dr Dirk Claus presented the traditional maiden visit plaque to TUI Cruises CEO Wybcke Meier and Captain Kjell Holm. Dr Ulf Kämpfer said: “Kiel is proud to be the first German port to welcome this splendid TUI Cruises newbuilding. We are delighted that Kiel has been selected as the base port for the north European cruises being undertaken by “Mein Schiff 6” this summer.”

To start with, “Mein Schiff 6” will undertake a number of short trips and ‘anticipation’ cruises and can be seen on four occasions inside just a few days - on May 16th,19th, 23rd and 28th  - on the Kiel fiord and at the Ostseekai Terminal. Dirk Claus said: “The fact that the maiden voyage of “Mein Schiff 6” also begins in Kiel is a reflection of the many years of loyal partnership enjoyed by the ship’s owners and the port.” The maiden voyage beginning on June 3rd takes “Mein Schiff 6” to the North Cape and back to Kiel. In the course of the coming season “Mein Schiff 6” will set off on eight further cruises from the Ostseekai Terminal. Destinations are the Norwegian fiords as well as the big cities of the Baltic region. During the Kieler Woche sailing regatta – the highlight of this year’s cruise shipping season - “Mein Schiff 6” can be seen in the port on June 18th. There will be a TUI Cruises fleet rendezvous on 19th May and both the 14th and the 28th of June when “Mein Schiff 6” berths alongside her sister ship “Mein Schiff 3” at the Ostseekai Terminal. “Mein Schiff 6” and “Mein Schiff 3” are together undertaking 26 cruises out of Kiel this summer. TUI Cruises is in fact one of the Port of Kiel’s regular patrons and has been a regular visitor to the fiord since 2009.

Your interview partners during P&K-Ceremony:
- Wybcke Meier, CEO TUI Cruises
- Kjell Holm, Captain "Mein Schiff 6"
- Dr Ulf Kämpfer, Lord Mayor City of Kiel
- Dr Dirk Claus, MD PORT OF KIEL  
- Jens Broder Knudsen, MD Sartori & Berger


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