Thomson Cruises’ latest ship, TUI Discovery 2, officially joins the fleet this weekend with a low-key christening ceremony in Malaga.
The vessel – formerly Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas and a near-identical sister to last year’s debutante, TUI Discovery (ex-Splendour of the Seas) – has 915 cabins of which 40 per cent have balconies. Cruise fares are all-inclusive as standard.
Passengers can make use of an app to manage their onboard accounts and to book spa treatments, shore excursions, and meals in the speciality restaurants. From gourmet cuisine to laid-back street food, families and couples can get the most from their holiday while enjoying activities such as an outdoor poolside movie screen, a rock-climbing wall, a mini-golf course and an indoor swimming pool and spa. New shows as part of the onboard entertainment include Brexfactor, Chaplin, Festival Live and Steel City.
Thomson has seen a 40 per cent increase in passenger numbers over the past five years, and is expecting further demand in 2018 with the arrival of TUI Explorer, its largest ship to date with a passenger capacity of almost 2,000.
Based in Malaga throughout the summer, TUI Discovery 2 will be cruising to Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza, Lisbon and Marseille before repositioning to Tenerife in September. Before the end of the year, the ship crosses to Montego Bay, Jamaica, for a winter season of Caribbean cruises that includes visits to Cuba and Panama.
Managing Director of Thomson Cruises, Richard Sofer, said: “We’re delighted to be launching TUI Discovery 2, the second in our pipeline of four new additions to our fleet.
“At Thomson Cruises we’re committed to delivering unforgettable holidays that are personalised for each of our customers and TUI Discovery 2 will play a key role in that for us. There is so much for our guests to do on board and our brand new app ‘Navigate’ makes it all even easier, whilst they spend their time sailing between some of the world’s most exciting and exotic destinations.”