Thomson Cruises has announced that its next new cruise ship is to be named TUI Explorer. The ship will join the fleet in May 2018 and will operate cruises from Palma de Mallorca.
The 1,924-passenger TUI Explorer was originally launched in 1996 as Celebrity Galaxy. Currently the vessel is known as Mein Schiff 1.
TUI Explorer will join Thomson Cruises latest new ships, TUI Discovery and TUI Discovery 2. Later this year Thomson Cruises will be re-branded to TUI UK.
TUI Explorer will operate all-inclusive cruises and boast ten dining venues, including a new sushi venue. In addition, The Mediterranean, will house two speciality restaurants – a pizzeria and tapas restaurant and the Hot Stone Grill.
The new ship will feature new cabin types, including 14 family balcony cabins, which sleep up to five. The standard inside cabins on board TUI Explorer will be larger than on any of the other ships in the fleet.
Adults can relax in the spa, featuring a Finnish sauna with floor to ceiling windows, a couples room and two private luxury treatment rooms. Adults can also enjoy The Veranda, an exclusive adults-only sunbathing area.
Offering delightful ocean views from the top of the ship is the Indigo bar, which is also home to the casino and nightclub. The Lounge is another new venue, which will feature a bar which changes colour and a brightly coloured piano, playing live music.
Other new venues include Aperitif, an intimate speakeasy style bar, which is perfect place to enjoy a drink or two before or after dinner. The ship will also feature an ice-cream parlour called Scoops, which will feature quirky bicycle-themed seating.
Richard Sofer, Manging Director, Thomson Cruises, said: “I’m delighted to unveil the name of TUI Explorer, our biggest and most exciting ship yet. As part of our continued modernisation and transformation strategy, and our commitment to offering choice and flexibility, we’ve created a whole host of new spaces onboard to meet our customers’ needs. We’ve got ten restaurants and ten bars, as well as more onboard activities and spaces for families including an indoor cinema and a fantastic new Kids’ Club with children’s pool and slide.”
Cruises on board TUI Explorer will expected to go on sale in April 2017.