Thomson Cruises Begins Fleet Renewal With TUI Discovery

Thomson Cruises has launched its newest ship, TUI Discovery, beginning a fleet renewal process that will reduce the average age of its ships and offer an improved product.

At a glittering ceremony in Palma, the former Splendour of the Seas was re-christened by godmothers and employees Mimi Kasomwoshi Ragui and Hazel Ceguera, with the night’s entertainment showcasing performers from destinations visited by the Thomson fleet (including a gigantic Spanish bull puppet, Caribbean carnival dancers in full costume, Middle Eastern whirling dervishes and belly dancers), as well as Grammy Award winner Jess Glynne, who sang a medley of songs from her album ‘I Cry as I Laugh’ as fireworks lit up the night sky.

The largest ship to sail for the line to-date, the refurbished TUI Discovery offers 915 cabins, with a significantly higher number (nearly 40 per cent) featuring private balconies. Dining variety and quality is also improved over the rest of the fleet, with highlights including different concepts within the main dining room (47° and Gallery 47°) and for-fee restaurants Surf & Turf Steakhouse and Kora La in partnership with TV personality Ian Pengelley.

The ship also boasts Thomson’s first rock-climbing wall, a 9-hole mini Golf course, an all-weather indoor swimming pool, a spa and an exclusive adult-only space, The Veranda. Entertainment is headlined by 11 new West End-style shows at the Broadway Show Lounge.

TUI Discovery will now sail week-long Mediterranean itineraries from Palma, visiting destinations such as Rome, Barcelona, Corsica and Florence. She repositions to Barbados to spend her winter season cruising the Caribbean.

Over the next 18 months, Thomson Cruises will be gradually rebranded and transition under the TUI brand. From May 2017, the fleet will be further expanded with the addition of TUI Discovery 2 (currently sailing as Legend of the Seas for Royal Caribbean International) and 2 ships from sister line TUI Cruises (the current Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2)

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