Single traveler on 'Canary Islands And Madeira' cruise with 'Mein Schiff 1' from Las Palmas. I chose this cruise to experience the brand new ship and 'TUI Cruises'.
Embarkation - This was done very quickly. The baggage already waited in front of my stateroom when I boarded the ship after my excursion to the city, that was about 4 hours after CheckIn.
Security Drill - Cruise guests tightly pushed in a bar way too small for so many people, the elderly had to wait standing for long, and though everyone was registered at the entrance, a crew member started to call everyone after another by name, which then turned out to be a joke. The security movie from the stateroom TV was shown, and a life vest demonstration by a crew member, but few guests could see that due to the crowd. Smoking on balconies is considered to be a security risk, but on 'Mein Schiff 1' smoking on balconies was allowed explicitly, even ash trays were provided.
My 'Balkonkabine', balcony stateroom, #41 on deck 7 port side had a king size double bed with bedside tables. There was a commode with stool, a safe for valuables, a phone and a coffee machine with 2 capsules per day included in the cruise fare. Drinkable water could be obtained in the staircase halls with a carafe from the stateroom. Storage for clothes was sufficient, but partially occupied with pillows, blankets and bathrobes. There were sockets for EU plugs, even one at the bed. A broad range of German plus some very few international TV channels were offered, a moving map provided ship's position and some nautical and meteorological information. Announcements could be heard on TV channel 2, a replay of the last 8 announcements was offered in the TV menu. Security information on the stateroom door, and an air conditioner thermostat next to the bathroom door. The big balcony had 2 sun chairs with foldable backrests and a small table.
Bathroom with shower and gel as well as conditioner dispensers plus a clothesline. The shower temperature oscillated sometimes between warm and not so warm. Mirror, toilet, washbasin with soap dispenser, towels and flannels. Some toiletries were provided.
Stateroom cleaning was carried out twice a day. The daily planner 'Mein Schiff Tagesprogramm' was delivered in the evenings together with some chocolate. A towel animal with a personal written notice from the stewards wished all the best on the last evening.