Thomson Cruises is to change its name to Marella Cruises, the line has confirmed.
The change, which will be made “before December”, comes as part of Thomson’s rebranding to TUI.
TUI Cruises already exists as a separate brand in Germany.
During an announcement at the ABTA Travel Convention in the Azores, the company confirmed that the ship names would be altered to Marella Discovery, Marella Discovery II, Marella Explorer, Marella Dream and Marella Celebration. The Spirit will be leaving the fleet.
The company also announced that it would be embarking on an extensive Asia programme in Winter 2018 on Marella Discovery.
The programme will include calls at Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and Kuala Lumpur. The ship will also sail to India, calling at ports including Mumbai, Mangalore, Mormugao (Goa), Cochin (Kerala) and Colombo (Sri Lanka), and to the Middle East.