Mein Schiff

Mein Schiff

Mein Schiff

Capacity pers

Crew 909 pers

Taille 262.50 m

Tonnage 76522

Category Contemporain

Mein Schiff 1 is a Century class cruise ship owned and operated by TUI Cruises. She was built in 1996 at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany as MV Galaxy for Celebrity Cruises,[3] and renamed Celebrity Galaxy in 2008. In May 2009 she transferred to the fleet of TUI Cruises, a joint venture between Celebrity Cruises' owner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and TUI AG.[7] The ship was renamed MV Mein Schiff (English: my ship) on 15 May 2009.[1][8] In november 2010, she was renamed to Mein Schiff 1. In May 2011, the Celebrity Mercury will re-start as Mein Schiff 2 for TUI Cruises.

The Mein Schiff, when still named Galaxy, was the setting of BBC television's docu-soap The Cruise, which made Jane McDonald famous

Service history

Galaxy entered service with Celebrity Cruises on 21 December 1996 on a week-long cruise from Port Everglades to the Caribbean. Alongside her near-sistership Century she operated week-long alternating western and eastern Caribbean cruises. During the 1997 northern hemisphere summer season the Galaxy relocated to the west coast of North America to operate week-long cruises to Alaska from Vancouver, Canada.[6] This pattern was repeated from 1997 up until 2000.[10]

For the 2001 summer season the Galaxy was replaced by the brand-new GTS Infinity in the Alaskan service, and as a result the Galaxy was relocated into European waters, cruising the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas. On 2 June 2001, while departing Amsterdam in the Netherlands for a two-week cruise the Galaxy touched bottom on an outskirt of Forteiland at IJmuiden[10] due to heavy northwesterly squalls,[citation needed] resulting in major damage to the port side propeller.[10] The ship returned to the Port of Amsterdam for inspection and disembarkation of the passengers.[citation needed] The cruise had to be cancelled as the Galaxy went into drydock at Blohm + Voss in Hamburg, Germany. There it was discovered that all four blades of the port side propeller would have to be replaced; however the ship only carried two spare blades onboard. To solve the problem two extra propeller blades carried onboard Galaxy's sister ship MV Mercury were flown from the Caribbean to Hamburg and installed on the Galaxy. Following repairs the ship re-entered service on 16 June 2001.[10]

For the 2002 and 2003 summer seasons the Galaxy was based in Baltimore, making 10- and 11-day cruises to the Caribbean.[10]

In February 2008 the Galaxy was renamed Celebrity Galaxy to comply with Celebrity Cruises' new naming scheme.[3][11]

[edit] Transfer to TUI Cruises

In April 2008 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the parent company of Celebrity Cruises, announced that the Celebrity Galaxy would cease service with Celebrity in March 2009 and subsequently be transferred to the fleet of TUI Cruises, a joint subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises and TUI AG aimed at the German cruise market.[7] Following withdrawal from Celebrity Cruises' service, the ship sailed to the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany where she received a 50 million refit to upgrade her facilities and refit her cabins to make her better suited for the needs of the German market. Additional cabins were also fitted on existing outside cabins. Following the 38-day refit the ship was renamed Mein Schiff in Hamburg on 15 May 2009, and she entered service with TUI Cruises on a Baltic Sea cruise starting from Kiel on 23 May 2009.[1][8][12]

Name: 1996—2008: Galaxy
2008—2009: Celebrity Galaxy
2009—2010: Mein Schiff[1]
2010—present: Mein Schiff 1[2]
Owner: 1996—2009: Celebrity Cruises[3][4]
Operator: 1996—2009: Celebrity Cruises
2009-present: TUI Cruises
Port of registry: 1996—2002: Monrovia,  Liberia[3]
2002—2008: Nassau,  Bahamas[5]
2008—2009: Valletta,  Malta[3]
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Cost: $320 million[5]
Yard number: 638[3]
Laid down: 25 May 1995[6]
Launched: May 1996[6]
Acquired: 10 October 1996[6]
In service: 21 December 1996[3]
Identification: IMO number: 9106297[3]
Call sign 9HJH9
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Century class cruise ship
Tonnage: 76,522 GT (gross tonnage)[4]
Displacement: 6,500 metric tons deadweight (DWT)[3][4]
Length: 259.70 m (852 ft 0 in)[3]
Beam: 32.20 m (105 ft 8 in)[3]
Draught: 7.70 m (25 ft 3 in)[3]
Decks: 10 (passenger accessible)[5]
Installed power: MAN B&W 9L48/60 diesels
2×MAN B&W 6L48/60 diesels
combined 29250 kW[3]
Propulsion: Twin propellers[5]
Capacity: 1870 passengers (lower berths)
2681 passengers (all berths)[5]
Crew: 909[5]