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COLUMBIA recruits medical staff for TUI Cruises

With immediate effect, COLUMBIA Cruise Services will support TUI Cruises in the recruitment of medical staff. CCS offers its international recruitment expertise to guarantee the best possible support for TUI Cruises.

Hamburg, 11.06.2021 – COLUMBIA Cruise Services (CCS) has been appointed to recruit medical professionals for the Mein Schiff fleet of ships owned and operated by TUI Cruises.

The partnership will see CCS, one of the leading international cruise ship managers and a brand of COLUMBIA blue – The Leisure Group, drawing on its network of crewing offices around the globe to source doctors and nurses.

“Medical professionals are vital members of any cruise ship operation – especially during a pandemic,” said Olaf Groeger, CCS Managing Director. “COLUMBIA has a wealth of experience in recruiting and managing medical personnel, giving TUI Cruises access to experienced, highly trained doctors and nurses at a time when the global medical industry is suffering a skills shortage.”

Mr Groeger added that it was an honour for CCS to extend its collaboration with TUI Cruises to the Mein Schiff fleet. CCS is the appointed technical manager of the Hapag Lloyd Cruises fleet, TUI Cruises’ luxury brand.    

“With recruiting being one of our core businesses, we are looking forward to developing the ideal strategy using our worldwide reach to satisfy TUI Cruises,” he said.

The deal brings together two industry leaders with one objective: to ensure the health and safety of all passengers and crew on board TUI Cruises vessels. The partnership starts in June 2021.


About TUI Cruises

TUI Cruises GmbH is one of the leading cruise operators in the German-speaking countries. The joint venture between TUI AG and the US cruise group Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. employs around 750 people in Hamburg and Berlin. A fleet of seven ships sails for the Mein Schiff brand. Since the end of 2020, the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises brand, with a fleet of currently four ships, has also been part of TUI Cruises GmbH. The Mein Schiff fleet offers state-of-the-art holidays at sea in the premium segment (Mein Schiff 1-6 & Mein Schiff Herz / bed capacity: 17,800). Hapag-Lloyd Cruises can look back on a 130-year history and numbers among the leading cruise brands in the German-speaking countries in the luxury and expedition segment. (MS EUROPA, MS EUROPA 2 & HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration / bed capacity: 1,360). Already today, the fleets of Mein Schiff and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises are among the most modern and eco-friendly in the world. In the course of sustainable growth, four more newbuilds are planned up until 2026.