Thomson Cruises will launch its newest ship, Thomson Discovery, in June with an inaugural cruise from Palma de Mallorca. The 1,830-passenger vessel will be based in Palma for Mediterranean summer voyages before transferring for winter to the Caribbean.
Currently, the ship is sailing as Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas, but a comprehensive refit in April will see her transformed with a new design. Discovery’s exterior will feature dynamic wave design to accentuate her sleek hull. Inside there will be a total of 8 dining venues including 2 new signature restaurants.
Situated on the pool deck, Snack Shack will have British beach hut theme. The restaurant serves grill foods - nachos and quesadillas during the day, cocoa and popcorn on film nights. The second signature venue, Gallery 47, will serve contemporary Italian food.
Helen Caron, Managing Director of Thomson Cruises, said:
“I’m really delighted to start unveiling our plans for Thomson Discovery as we are now just months away from the launch.
“A big focus of our strategy is to modernise our onboard customer experience.
“On Discovery we’ll be offering our customers more choice and balance so they can really personalise their cruise with us.
“I’m confident the new signature restaurants, together with other exciting onboard features, will delight our current cruise customers while attracting new ones too – especially families.”
“The contracts for both suppliers will also play a key role in delivering the modernisation and pushing the boundaries of the onboard customer experience, with agreements for new shows and modernising and making changes to food and beverage offering for customers to be announced as Thomson Cruises delivers its modernisation plans,” said Caron.
Thomson Discovery will be the biggest in fleet with 915 cabins, of which nearly 40% will have private balconies. This family-friendly ship will also boast an outdoor movie screen, eight bars and lounges, and a rock climbing wall.
2016 summer itineraries take in some of the most popular spots in the Mediterranean, including Naples in Italy, Barcelona and Cadiz in Spain. Thomson Discovery will offer Saturday sailings and flights out of 19 regional airports across Ireland and the UK. Ship's winter home port will be Barbados, with an all new Seven Shores Caribbean “no sea day” itinerary.