Posts Tagged ‘TUI Discovery 2’

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

TUI Discovery – Homeport UK

March 6, 2017

From mega-ships, to modest-ships:

Thomson Cruises has just  announced its summer 2018 cruise programme.

TUI Discovery (formerly RCI’s ‘Splendour Of The Seas’) will be based in the U.K. for the first time.

Thomson Cruises will also offer 12 brand-new itineraries and 15 maiden ports of call — including Monaco, Ancona and Skiathos Town.

The 1,830-passenger ship will homeport in Newcastle from May 2018, offering Norwegian Fjords and Baltic Sea itineraries, including overnight stays in St Petersburg.

The ship will then move to Southampton in September 2018, to offer four separate itineraries — Fantastic Fjords, Baltic Treasures, European Experience and Seeking the Northern Lights.

sister ship TUI Discovery 2  (formerly RCI’s ‘Legend of the Seas’) will debuts in May 2017  and offer four different Eastern Europe itineraries from Corfu Town. Thomson Dream will be based in Palma, Majorca.

Thomson Celebration is set to homeport in Dubrovnik for the entire summer 2018 season, offering a range of Mediterranean itineraries.


Malcolm says: Good news for Brits! I like the Thomson product. They now own the whole supply-chain from hotels, planes and ships, so they can offer some excellent package deals to fill up their ships in periods of low demand.

I do not have the 2018 itineraries for Thomson Spirit, Dream or Majesty as yet.

Thomson Celebration review: HERE