Thomson Cruises has announced that its next ship, Discovery, will be called the TUI Discovery, rather than the Thomson Discovery, as part of changes across the whole company.
The ship will also be the first in the fleet to be all-inclusive as standard.
The name change is being put in place to introduce the TUI brand name to the company’s UK customers, who have so far only been exposed to the Thomson name.
Nick Longman, managing director of TUI UK & Ireland, said: “TUI is a recognised and trusted brand in other countries and we want customers in the UK to get to know and love it too as we transition from Thomson to TUI.
“Investment in our product to enhance and personalise the customer experience is fundamental to the ethos of the TUI brand and what better way to demonstrate this than unveiling our newest addition as TUI Discovery and introducing all-inclusive as standard. The introduction of TUI Discovery marks a new era for our cruise business in the UK which will continue with the introduction of two more TUI ships to the fleet over the next three years.”
Innovations on board TUI Discovery will include a sun lounger that has a button to “summon your favourite tipple”, according to a release from the company.
The update on TUI Discovery comes as Thomson Cruises announces it new programme for summer 2017 which will see the fleet based in the western Mediterranean, eastern Mediterranean and the UK for the first time since 2014.
TUI Discovery and Thomson Majesty will both be based in Palma, Majorca while Thomson Dream will sail from Corfu and offer customers the ultimate island hopping experience. Thomson Spirit will move to Dubrovnik, Croatia and offer adult-only cruising while the fifth ship in the fleet, Thomson Celebration, will split its summer between Malaga, Spain in May and October and ex UK sailings from Newcastle between June and September.
Helen Caron, managing director of Thomson Cruises said: “The line-up for summer 2017 is set to be our most exciting programme yet with some incredible new itineraries and ports of call. From the culture of cities likes Casablanca and Copenhagen to the culinary delights of the Tuscan Riviera and the spectacular scenery in Croatia and the Norwegian Fjords we have something to offer families and couples alike. All this, alongside tips and service charges included and flights from 22 airports across the UK. We’re confident that our customers will love everything that summer 2017 has in store.”