Posts Tagged ‘Thomson Cruises’

Photos: TUI Discovery

May 14, 2017

Splendour (M.Oliver)

Photos by  Sergio Ferreira of Thomosn Cruises latest edition, ‘TUI Discovery’, the former Royal Caribbean ship ‘Splendour of the Seas’. The ship which entered service for RCI in 1995 is a modest 69,000 gross tonnes and carries 2,076 passengers.

See ‘Cruise Industry News Photos: HERE

Malcolm says: I do like what Thomson have done to the livery, It make this mature ship look quite contemporary.

My review of ‘Splendour of The Seas’: HERE

Thomson Reveals Details of its New Ship TUI Explorer

May 11, 2017

My humble blog cannot compete with the news-gathering might of the excellent ‘Cruise Critic’:

(Courtesy Thomson)

Thomson Cruises has revealed more features on its newest ship TUI Explorer including a new-to-the-line kids’ mini pool and a “really innovative and exciting entertainment” line up.

Cruise Critic article: HERE

Thomson Cruises Reveals a Host of Unique Features on TUI Discovery 2

 Cruise Critic article: HERE

Malcolm says: I am surprised about the poll results. I have found the Thomson product to be very good for the fare paid.  Some aspects of their operation are arguably better than some aspects of the big mass-market lines.  Their major weakness has been their hardware: older/well worn ships. However maybe this is about to change.

Thomson Cruises Re-Names Celebrity Galaxy

March 30, 2017

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

Shrinking Ships

May 12, 2015
Not quite what I meant!

Not quite what I meant!

Have you noticed that when some ships get refitted, some public rooms disappear and additional cabins appear in the same location?

Now the cruise lines call this “an enhanced choice of accommodation”.

Well, it is only an advantage to the people who book those cabins. What about the hundreds of passengers who loose a public room or two. What about the fact that then ship will become more crowded with extra passengers from the extra cabins.

Adding more cabins is of course a method of making a ship more profitable. Even a handful of additional cabins, must generate a significant income, when viewed over a five year period. Let’s not forget those extra passengers (2+ per cabin) will also spend extra money on-board.

Losing public rooms is quite common on older/smaller ships. However even bigger/more modern ships can suffer from this unpleasant fate.

RCI’s ‘Freedom of the Seas’ (2006) had many new cabins added in her recent re-fit, including 19 in the space that was the ‘Crypt’ discotheque.

One loss of a public room which personally upset me, is the cinema on-board the ‘Thomson Celebration’

Now I do enjoy a dedicated cinema on-board a ship, but they are becoming increasingly rare. New ships just do not tend to have purpose built cinemas. It’s become too much of a luxury. It does not generate income.

Modern ships occasionally use the main Theatre for movies, have a big screen on deck or expect you to watch movies on you cabin TV – sometimes even pay-per-view.

(Thomson Spirit - Click to enlarge)

Thomson Spirit, with cinema (Click to enlarge)

(Thomson Celebration, 6 cabins replace cinema)

Thomson Celebration, 6 cabins replace the cinema.

Thomson Cruises are a prime example:

‘Spirit’ and ‘Celebration’ (ex Holland America Line) were identical ships. Both had charming dedicated cinemas. However in a recent refit, Celebration lost hers. It was replaced with six cabins (see deck plans above).

Fortunately Celebration’s sister ship, ‘Thomson spirit’ still retains her original cinema, but for how long?


Thomson Celebration Review HERE: