Thomson Cruises has revealed some of the changes it will be making to Splendour of the Seas as the ship is transformed into Thomson Discovery by June 2016.
Unlike the other ships in the Thomson Cruises fleet, Thomson Discovery‘s exterior will receive a new look and feel. The dynamic wave design echoes the Thomson Airways aircraft livery. Dark blue will be used alongside the same signature turquoise blue colour seen on Thomson Dream, Thomson Celebration, Thomson Spirit and Thomson Majesty.
Guests will have eight dining venues to choose from, including two new signature restaurants – Snack Shack and Gallery 47˚.
Located on the pool deck and themed around brightly coloured British beach huts, Snack Shack will be a fun, ‘festival-style’ eatery serving dishes such as quesadillas, and nachos during the day and popcorn and cocoa on film nights.
Gallery 47˚ will be located in the upstairs of the main restaurant and will serve contemporary Italian food.
PEEL Entertainment Group has been awarded the contract for on-board entertainment on Thomson 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 take-over as the hotel supplier on Thomson Dream and Thomson Celebration in November 2014.
Helen Caron, Managing Director of Thomson Cruises, 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.”
Thomson Cruises’ acquisition of Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas was first announced in March 2015 and since then details have emerged of the summer 2016 Mediterranean itineraries sailing from Palma, as well as the winter 2016/2017 Caribbean itineraries sailing from Barbados.
Thomson Discovery will become the largest ship in the Thomson Cruises fleet with a capacity of 1,830 passengers across 915 cabins. Almost 40 percent of these cabins offer private balconies. In addition to the extensive dining choices, the family-friendly ship will boast an outdoor movie screen, a rock climbing wall and eight bars and lounges.
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