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TUI Discovery christened in Palma

Thomson Cruises has christened its latest ship, the TUI Discovery, at a ceremony in Palma de Mallorca.

The 1,830-passenger vessel, which was formerly Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas, was welcomed to the fleet in a ceremony that included pop star Jess Glynn performing on the lido deck.

The company chose two members of staff, Mimi Kasomwoshi Ragui and Hazel Ceguera, as godmothers.

Helen Caron, managing director of Thomson Cruises, said: “The launch of TUI Discovery marks an exciting time for Thomson Cruises, so it was an honour to have Jess Glynne join us to celebrate what has been a fantastic night for everyone involved.

“TUI Discovery is a real game-changer for us and shows our commitment to delivering unforgettable holidays that are personalised for each of our customers. We’re incredibly proud of being able to offer truly memorable experiences in some of the world’s most exciting and exotic destinations and tonight has given a real taster of that.”

TUI Discovery will be the first ship in the fleet to offer all-inclusive drinks packages as standard from summer 2017. Legend of the Seas as well as two Mein Schiff vessels will also be joining the fleet as Thomson hands back the Louis Cruises vessels currently on charter.

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