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Cruise Ships Begin Sailing in Germany; Follow Cruise Critic Member's Live Report
Mein Schiff 2 (Photo: TUI Cruises)

Cruise Ships Begin Sailing in Germany; Follow Cruise Critic Member's Live Report

Cruise Ships Begin Sailing in Germany; Follow Cruise Critic Member's Live Report
Mein Schiff 2 (Photo: TUI Cruises)

July 29, 2020

Chris Gray Faust
Managing Editor
By Chris Gray Faust
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(10:45 a.m. EDT) -- German cruise line
TUI Cruises
has resumed sailing, with short cruises leaving from Hamburg, making it the first large-scale cruise line to return to the seas since the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic began.
The first cruise on the line took place over the weekend, on Mein Schiff II, in the North Sea. The ship, which has the capacity to carry 2,900 passengers, sailed at 60 percent occupancy, with 1,200 passengers. Cruises on TUI are aimed at Germans, and German is the language onboard.
No ports are being visited on these cruises, which are being billed as "blue voyages." (Such "cruises to nowhere" aren't allowed in the United States, where foreign-flagged cruise ships that leave American homeports are required to stop at an international port).
While unknown to many North American cruisers, TUI Cruises is a joint venture between Hapag-Lloyd and the Royal Caribbean Group. As such, people are watching the line's return carefully to see what kind of health and safety protocols might translate to other cruise markets.
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