Mein Schiff 1

Last weekend TUI's Mein Schiff 1 called into Bergen. The following photos were taken alongside at Dokkeskjærskaien.

Cruise Ship Mein Schiff 1 and Queen Mary 2 in Bergen
Mein Schiff 1 and Queen Mary 2 bow-to-bow in Bergen
 Docked nearby was Cunard's Queen Mary 2. See the full report of her visit to the city here.

Cruise Ship Mein Schiff 1 in Bergen
Mein Schiff 1 alongside in Bergen
Launched in 1996, Mein Schiff 1 entered service as Galaxy for Celebrity Cruises, with whom she sailed successfully for over a decade.

Cruise Ship Mein Schiff 1 in Bergen
Mein Schiff 1 alongside in Bergen
During her time as Galaxy she featured as the setting for the popular British TV series The Cruise, which greatly increased public awareness of the changing cruise industry, and undoubtedly engouraged many to take their first ocean-going holiday.

Cruise Ship Mein Schiff 1 in Bergen
Mein Schiff 1's distinctive hull decoration
In 2009 Galaxy left the Celebrity Cruises fleet for a new joint venture with TUI. Following a month-long, 50million Euro refit, she emerged as Mein Schiff (the '1' was added later as more ships joined the fleet), with overhauled interiors and a distinctive new exterior paint scheme.

Cruise Ship Mein Schiff 1 in Bergen
The TUI logo is displayed on the funnel of Mein Schiff 1
Despite her age, 18 years into her service life Mein Shiff 1 still cuts a modern profile. The addition of a number of new private balconies during her 2009 refit helps to bring her in line with newer ships, in terms of both appearance and facilities.

Cruise Ship Mein Schiff 1 and Queen Mary 2 in Bergen
Mein Schiff 1 alongside in Bergen, with Queen Mary 2 behind.
Whilst alongside the following day, Mein Schiff 1 experienced a collision with a seismic research vessel which had lost engine control. A video of the collision can be found on the TV2 website here.

Following the incident, in which noone was seriously injured, Mein Schiff 1 made a delayed departure after a full damage survey. Finally slipping her moorings at around 21:30 she continued on her cruise, with full repairs scheduled for a later date.

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