The christening revolved around the theme 'Auf Entdeckerkurs' (setting course for discovery), paying respects to Lisbon's past as a base for explorers. CEO Wybcke Meier said TUI Cruises also aims to inspire its guests to 'explore new horizons.' That's why Meier was glad the first expansion phase of TUI Cruises culminated in Lisbon. (Mein Schiff 2 is the line's last newbuilding until 2023.)
Saturday night Mein Schiff 2 departed to take her christening position with the Lisbon skyline as a backdrop. A mast fitted with LED lighting set up in the pool deck displayed an installation of continents and countries prior to the naming itself. A spectacular fireworks display followed.
After that, a Glasperlenspiel performance kicked off the christening party. Niemczyk—whose christening robe was created by German designer Guido Maria Kretschmer—will remain aboard Mein Schiff 2 for several more days. Following a three-day stay at Lisbon, the ship is scheduled to depart for Cadiz, Arrecife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where the christening cruise ends Feb. 15.
Organic gin barrel
Mein Schiff 2 is carrying an oak barrel containing 225 litres of organic gin manufactured by Siegfried Herzog, an Austrian distiller in Saalfelden. Loaded before the Finnish-built ship left Germany, the barrel will remains on board for a distance of about 20,000 miles before its scheduled offloading at Civitavecchia (Rome) on May 23. Subsequently, a limited edition of 0.5 litre-'Saltwater's Gin" bottles will be sold as a TUI Cruises souvenir.
According to Herzog, the movement of the ship will contribute a 'particular harmony' to the gin's aging process.