First Large Cruise Ship Sets Sail After Pandemic Pause

TUI’S Mein Schiff 2 has become the first large cruise ship to set sail, departing from Hamburg on Saturday 25 July with 1,200 passengers on board. 

The TUI ship – a joint venture between TUI Group and Royal Caribbean International – will not make any port visits, instead sailing a scenic cruising route off the coast of Norway for three nights before returning to Germany. 

Mein Schiff 2 is the first large cruise ship to sail since the COVID-19 pandemic led to a complete pause on sailings by cruise lines around the world. Though designed to accommodate 2,900 guests, the ship is operating with a much smaller capacity of just 1,200 guests, with a host of new health and safety protocols.

A second ship, the Mein Schiff 1, will re-enter service in August. In further positive news for cruise fans desperate to return to the seas, AIDA, Carnival Corporation’s German brand, will also go ahead with a planned restart in August, with three ships set to cruise from German ports. 

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Author: Rebecca

Editor of Into The Blue, Bolsover Cruise Club’s specialist cruise magazine. Writer for almost ten years – the words have tended to be more specifically about travel and cruising for six of those. Big fan of beaches, even bigger fan of New York. Still can’t pack a case for toffee and once discovered a stranger in the shower of her Airbnb.

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