TUI’s Mein Schiff2 sails for first time since cruise pause
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
The first passenger ship to sail since coronavirus caused a pause in operations is in the midst of a weekend cruise from Hamburg to Norway. German cruise line TUI Cruises Mein Schiff2 is sailing the North Sea with just 1,200 people on board. It’s basically a cruise to nowhere without port stops.
Due to current restrictions the ship can only carry a 60% passenger load and those on board must practice social distancing and wear masks. Mein Schiff 2 can carry 2,900 people.
TUI posts on Twitter
TUI wrote a caption for a Twitter photo that says, “Today it finally starts again,” “Mein Schiff 2 is ready and so are we.”
Prior to boarding passengers were required to fill out a health questionnaire and have temperature checks.
TUI Cruises’ parent company, TUI Group, was going to restart some holiday operations during the summer in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium.
AIDA also plans to end embargo
AIDA, a Carnival Corp. subsidiary brand plans to reboot operations in August.
“We are taking a measured approach with a few initial ships within our AIDA line in Germany,” says Roger Frizzell, Carnival Corp. ”