Thomson revealed name of new ship

By ,   April 16, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Thomson Cruises announced it would name its newest cruise ship Thomson Discovery. The vessel will join the fleet in June 2016.

In March the line acquired Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas. Thomson will keep its fleet at 5 ships when the Discovery joins next year, offloading Island Escape.

Thomson Discovery will be homeported in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and will undergo a refurbishment and rebranding.

The Discovery will be the largest in Thomson Cruises' fleet, with 1,830 passenger capacity. Her features include multiple dining options, a mini-golf course, rock-climbing wall and indoor swimming pool.

The purchase of the vessel was facilitated by TUI Cruises, the newly merged company, joint venture between Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and TUI Group.

According to the Managing Director of Thomson Cruises, Helen Caron, the welcoming of the new ship to Thomson's fleet was the first step in their modernisation and transformation strategy, "just the start" of their plans to expand within the U.K. market.

Thomson Majesty will also homeport in Palma in 2016. Thomson Dream will be homeported in Corfu, Thomson Spirit will sail from Malaga during the summer season and Thomson Celebration - from Dubrovnik.