The President of the Bremen Senate, the Mayor of Bremen, Dr Carsten Sieling, the Lord Mayor of the City of Bremerhaven, Melf Grantz, and Columbus Cruise Center Bremerhaven’s (CCCB) Managing Director Veit Hürdler welcomed MS Mein Schiff 5 and presented Captain Todd Burgman and TUI Cruises’ media spokesperson Godja Sönnichsen with the city’s coat of arms and plaques. “It’s a splendid development that TUI Cruises will continue to sail from Bremerhaven in the future and it underscores the quality of our cruise terminal,” Lord Mayor Grantz said.
Captain Todd Burgman accepted the plaque for TUI Cruises with Godja Sönnichsen, who added, “Bremerhaven is an ideal complement to our Northern German ports and its location, capacity, and features measure up to TUI Cruises’ high standards. As a Northern German cruise destination, the seaport of Bremerhaven fits the timetable of our fleet perfectly. That’s why we will seek to expand our fleet activities in Bremerhaven over the next few years.” From Bremerhaven, TUI Cruises will sail in future to destinations in Norway, the United Kingdom, Ireland as well as Mallorca and Gran Canaria.
A colourful entertainment programme for cruise passengers and shipping fans alike was put on to celebrate’s first call at Bremerhaven. Various musicians and street artists combined with a selection of maritime delicacies all made for a very special atmosphere at the cruise terminal. When MS Mein Schiff 5 left port at around 7 pm that evening, 350 singers from 14 shanty choirs stood at the quayside – probably the biggest shanty choir in North Germany.