Thomson Cruises Re-Names Celebrity Galaxy

TUI Explorer (Courtesy Thomson)

Thomson Cruises has announced its latest addition to the fleet will be named TUI Explorer.

The ship was previously Mein Schiff 1 and originally Celebrity Galaxy*. At 76,522, carrying up to 2,681 passengers, she will be Thomson’s biggest ship yet.

TUI Explorer will join recently launched ships TUI Discovery (formerly RCI’s Splendour of the Seas) and TUI Discovery 2 (formerly RCI’s Legend of the Seas) in offering an all-inclusive product to the British market.

TUI Explorer will showcase 10 dining venues including the ever-popular Surf and Turf, Kora La and Snack Shack, as well as new addition Umi Sushi.

A new feature bar, Indigo, which will offer stunning ocean views from its prime position at the top of the ship and will be home to the casino and nightclub when the sun goes down; Aperitif, an intimate speakeasy style bar perfect for pre and post dinner drinks; Scoops, an ice-cream parlour and The Lounge, a new venue.

TUI Explorer, Indigo Bar (Courtesy Thomson)

TUI Explorer will be based in Palma, Majorca from May 2018 onwards and will be the biggest ship in Thomson’s fleet. The company will also get the Mein Schiff 2 (formerly Celebrity Mercury) in 2019.


*(Galaxy was the ship Jane McDonald rose to fame in the Uk TV fly-on-the-wall documentary, ‘The Cruise’ in 1998). 

Malcolm says: It’s great to see Thomson adding some new ships  to their fleet. When I say “new” I mean new to Thomson, because the likes of ‘TUI Explorer’ originally entered service in 1996. Although their biggest ship yet, TUI Explorer is still half the size on many modern ships. Mind you big is not always best!

TUI Discovery renderings HERE


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