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TUI Cruises Overview
Germany-based TUI Cruises operates a fleet of large cruise ships serving the German-speaking market exclusively. All are named in variations of "Mein Schiff," a name chosen by the German public and emblazoned on the navy blue hull of each vessel in a calligraphy font. The concept onboard is "Premium All-Inclusive," which covers most dining and drinks, as well as gratuities.
Who goes on TUI cruise ships?
German speakers, mainly from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The ships attract families and more mature cruisers, but overall pulls in an older market than that drawn to rival AIDA.
Do I have to dress up on TUI cruises?
No. The dress code is smart-casual throughout. There are no formal nights and the only requirement is no shorts or swimwear in the restaurants.
What are the most popular activities on TUI cruises?
The emphasis onboard TUI cruises is on health and fitness, and passengers prefer active excursions, including anything from cycling to e-scooters, scuba diving and golf. Typical fitness facilities include jogging tracks, outdoor gym equipment, a sports court and a large pool deck, and all are well used. At night, the bars, restaurants and theater shows are all popular.
Is everything free on TUI cruises?
Almost. All the TUI Mein Schiff ships are all-inclusive, so there's no bar bill unless you opt for premium drinks. Water stations are available for filling up bottles, and cabins come with espresso machines. Gratuities are included, too.
You will, however, pay extra for specialty dining and for some premium dishes at the buffet.