Thomson Cruises has announced it has acquired Legend of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International.
The vessel, to be renamed TUI Discovery 2, is the sister to the soon-to-be launched TUI Discovery and will increase the fleet to six ships.
The acquisition marks four ships in the next four years for Thomson. The company previously announced Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 will be acquired from TUI Cruises for the Thomson Cruises fleet in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
The purchase by TUI UK Limited from Royal Caribbean will see Thomson Cruises operate the vessel from May 2017, sailing from its homeport in the Mediterranean.
The 1,832 capacity ship has 915 cabins, nearly 40 per cent of which have balconies.
It will feature eight bars as well as new activities and entertainment including an outdoor poolside movie screen, rock-climbing wall, mini-golf course and indoor swimming pool and spa.
Helen Caron, managing director of Thomson Cruises, said: “It’s an exciting time at Thomson Cruises as we bring to life our modernisation and transformation strategy to benefit UK cruise customers. This investment is another sign of our cruise business being a focus for driving growth in TUI UK and the wider TUI Group.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming TUI Discovery 2 to our growing fleet in 2017. This new ship will offer something for everyone, helping to attract a broad and new customer base.
“At the same time, we will ensure our cruise holidays maintain their friendly intimate feel, delivered by the friendliest crew at sea, not forgetting the focus we place on sailing to unique destinations that Thomson Cruises are well known for.”