Nov 27, 2018 (LBO) – Super luxury passenger vessel MV Mein Schif 3 of TUI Cruises with 2,430 passengers and 995 crew on board made her maiden call at the Port of Colombo on 26 November 2018.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority said in a statement that the vessel was welcomed at the East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).
In order to mark the maiden call of the vessel at the Port of Colombo plaque exchanges were held between the Master of the vessel, SLPA and the local agents of the vessel, Shipping Agency Services (Pvt) Ltd.
On behalf of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, the Chairman Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake exchanged plaques with the Master of Mein Schiff 3 – Capt. Alevropoulos George.
Expressing views at the occasion, the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) – Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake said that the Port of Colombo was honored by the presence of Mein Shiff 3 in Colombo.
“The Port of Colombo has become an extremely busy port and this year the port also became the fastest growing port in the world in terms of handling containers,” he said.
“The next area we are focusing on is the passenger vessels and we have plans to construct a state of the art passenger terminal at the Port of Colombo.”
TUI Cruises is a Germany-based, joint venture cruise line of the German Tourist firm, TUI AG and the American cruise line operator, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
The company commenced operations in 2009 targeting German clientele, as an alternative to AIDA Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.
The concept is for German-speaking customers who opt for a premium cruise experience. Onboard products are custom-tailored for German tastes and encompass food, entertainment, and amenities. German is the main language used onboard their ships.
Mein Schiff 3 is approximately 295 meters long and approximately 36 meters (118 ft) wide. The ship has 1250 staterooms, most of which have balconies, with a capacity of 2,500 passengers and a crew of 1,000.
This ship, Mein Schiff 3 has commenced its voyage from Europe during the month of May. She has touched many ports in Europe over the last couple of months and thereafter cruises towards south Asia thru the Suez canal touching some ports in the UAE.
The vessel that cruises under the flag of Malta called Colombo from Mumbai, India and her next Phuket, Thailand is her next port of call.