Get ready to discover Thomson’s newest cruise ship – the former Splendour of the Seas is to be re-named Thomson Discovery and will be based in Palma, Mallorca, next summer.
The 1,830-passenger ship is a huge step up for Thomson and will be their first to offer a significant number of balcony cabins – almost 40 per cent of the 915 total.
Originally launched in 1996, the ship was given a $55 million makeover less than four years ago, when the entire interior of the ship was refurbished, new propellers and thrusters were fitted, and 126 balconies added.
Its family-friendly facilities include a rock climbing wall, outdoor movie screen, three a la carte restaurants – in addition to the two-deck-high main dining room – and an 800-seat theatre.
Discovery will operate four different seven-day itineraries in the Western Med, visiting must-see destinations including Rome, Florence and Barcelona, with flights each Saturday from 19 regional airports throughout the UK.
Managing director Helen Caron says: “Discovery will be a fantastic addition to our fleet … the introduction of the ship is part of our on-going modernisation and transformation strategy.”
Thomson Majesty joins Discovery at its Palma home port, and its cruises will include overnight stays in Barcelona and Ibiza. Malaga will be the new home port for the 1,250-passenger Thomson Spirit, while Thomson Celebration is to spend a second summer sailing adults-only cruises from the Croatian port of Dubrovnik. Thomson Dream will be cruising the Greek islands from Corfu.
Passengers will be able to book cruise and stay holidays with hotel accommodation in Corfu, Palma and Malaga.
Thomson’s 2016 cruises go on sale from next Thursday, April 23.