TUI expands cruise with new ships

New 5-star vessels to be built in Norway for German market
TUI Group says it is continuing its strategic transformation into a hotel and cruise group by investing in two new expedition ships for its Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet, mainly targeting the German market.
The tour operator giant’s new-builds will be two 5-star expedition vessels, scheduled for launch in spring and autumn 2019 following 20 months of construction.
Including the two luxury cruise ships Europa and Europa 2 as well as the expedition vessel Bremen, there will then be five ships in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet fully owned by TUI Group. The financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed.
The two ships will be built at the Vard shipyard in Norway, which is owned by the Italian Fincantieri shipyard. They “will be equipped with state-of-the-art technological features and environmental technology”, a press release states.
With PC6, the highest Polar Class designation for passenger ships, they will be able to cruise in the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as in warm-water destinations such as the Amazon. On-board Zodiacs will allow landings in otherwise inaccessible expedition areas. The ships will also feature a water sports marina.
“The cruise business is one of the key elements of TUI’s growth strategy,” commented TUI Group executive board member Sebastian Ebel. “Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ luxury and expedition cruise segments serve as world-class benchmarks.”
TUI Group currently operates a 14-strong cruise fleet with its subsidiaries Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the UK-based Thomson Cruises and the joint venture TUI Cruises.
TTG Nordic

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