Thomson have welcomed their latest cruise ship, TUI Discovery, officially into their fleet in a ceremony in Palma, Mallorca.
The former Royal Caribbean International ship, Splendour of the Seas, has undergone an extensive refurbishment which has seen both the exterior and interior of the ship revitalised in order to cater for the needs of its mainly British passenger market.
TUI Discovery was officially launched by Mimi Kasomwshi from East India and Hazel Ceguera from the Philippines. The traditional smashing of a bottle heralded the christening of the lines largest cruise ship.
On board the ship were the press, media and travel agents who experienced a night of entertainment which was topped by famous star guest, Jess Glynne who performed her first ever gig on a cruise ship.
Thomson Cruises Managing Director, Helen Caron, announced that this was a special occasion for Thomson and would be a ‘game changer’. She said:
“TUI discovery is a real game changer for us and shows our commitment to delivering unforgettable holidays.”
TUI Discovery will set sail on her maiden voyage from Palma on 11th June. She will then be joined by her former sister at RCI, Legend of the Seas in 2017 and she will then become TUI Discovery 2.
The expansion therefore doesn’t stop with current Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 of TUI being transferred to Thomson in 2018 and 2019. Thus increasing the capacity for Thomson and increasing the size of tonnage available at their disposal.
With the current expansion programme, it has been rumoured that a ship could be based within the UK in 2018. No official confirmation has been made however, so a case of watch this space!!
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