Thomson Cruises’ new addition, Thomson Discovery, will carry a new design as part of plans to modernise the fleet and the on board experience for passengers.
The ship, formerly Royal Caribbean International’s Splendour of the Seas, will feature a “dynamic wave design” echoing aircraft livery.
The 1,830-passenger Discovery will be the largest in the Thomson Cruises’ fleet with 915 cabins – almost 40% of with balconies – when it enters service from Palma in Majorca in June 2016.
Eight dining venues include two new signature restaurants – Snack Shack and Gallery 47°.
Located on the pool deck and themed around British beach huts, Snack Shack is described as a fun, ‘festival-style’ eatery, serving quesadillas and nachos during the day and popcorn and cocoa on film nights.
The second signature venue is Gallery 47°, located in the upstairs of the main restaurant, serving contemporary Italian food.
The family-friendly ship will also include an outdoor film screen, rock climbing wall and eight bars and lounges.
Peel Entertainment Group has been awarded the contract for on-board entertainment on Discovery and The Apollo Group has been awarded the contract for the hotel provision.
Peel has been the live entertainment partner since the launch of Thomson Cruises in 2003.
The appointment of the Apollo Group on Thomson Discovery follows its takeover as the hotel supplier on Thomson Dream and Thomson Celebration a year ago.
Thomson Cruises managing director, Helen Caron, said: “I’m really delighted to start unveiling our plans for Thomson Discovery as we are now just six months away from the launch.
“A big focus of our strategy is to modernise our on-board 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 on board 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 on board customer experience push the boundaries of the on-board 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.”
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