- 2 crew members cut the ribbon for TUI Discovery
- To be joined by TUI Discovery 2 in May 2017
Thomson Cruises named its newest ship TUI Discovery in Palma with the help of two of the line’s most popular crew and popstar Jess Glynne. With travel agents, Thomson executives and press onboard in Palma, the two crew, Mimi Kasomwshi from East India and Hazel Ceguera from the Philippines cut the cord to smash the bottle and formally christen the 1,852-passenger ship.
Around 1,000 invited guests were treated to an evening of entertainment featuring performers from destinations visited by the Thomson fleet, including belly dancers, Middle Eastern whirling dervishes, Caribbean carnival dancers in full costume and a beautiful rendition of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma. Highlight of the evening was the arrival on stage of the surprise artist Jess Glynne (watch here) raising the tempo of the evening with a medley of her number one hits. The evening ended with a firework display.
Discovery will be the largest ship in the Thomson fleet with over 900 cabins, 40pc of which will have balconies. The mid-sized ship has a capacity for 1,830 passengers and will initially be based in Palma cruising the Mediterranean before heading to the Caribbean for the winter season.
Features include an outdoor movie screen, rock climbing wall, Broadway show lounge with capacity for over 800 people, two swimming pools, four whirlpool baths, casino, and extensive dining choices. From Summer 2017, TUI Discovery will be the first in the fleet to offer all-inclusive drinks packages as standard.
Discovery was formerly part of Royal Caribbean’s fleet as Splendour of the Seas. It has undergone a significant refurbishment ahead of its relaunch, with new décor, furnishings, and dining venues.
The ship will be joined by Splendour’s sister Legend of the Seas which will join the fleet in May 2017 as TUI Discovery 2. TUI Discovery 2 will be followed by Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2, which will join the fleet in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
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