German cruise Ship Mein Schiff 6 made its inaugural call to Valletta on Saturday 5th May

Kevin Sciortino

Kevin Sciortino

The vessel is part of the German Tui Cruises fleet and like her sister ships was built by Meyer Turku Shipyard in Finland. Mein Schiff 6 is the newest of the fleet having completed its maiden voyage in June 2017. It has a gross tonnage of 99,500GT, a length of 294 metres and can carry approximately 2500 passengers and 1030 crew.

Tui specialises in premium cruise vacations for German speaking customers whilst at the same time offering value for money for those who enjoy comfort and fine dining. Tui Cruises will increase their calls from 12 in 2018 to an expected 27 calls next year.

As is the norm for inaugural calls, there was a formal ceremony on board the Mein Schiff 6 where an exchange of plaques took place between the ship’s captain, representative of Orange Travel Group, Valletta Cruise Port, the Pilotage Corps, Port Authority and the ship’s local agents – SMS SHIPPING in the presence of the Hon Konrad Mizzi – Minister of Tourism for Malta.

In the picture above from (L to R): Mr. Simon Mifsud – Director for SMS Shipping, Capt. David Bugeja, Hon Konrad Mizzi – Minister for Tourism, Capt. Simon Bottger, Mr. Stephen Xuereb, Valletta Cruise Port and Mr. Jesmond Mifsud