Royal Caribbean Sell Splendour of the Seas to Thomson Cruises

March 2, 2015

Thomson Cruises has announced it will be expanding its fleet with the addition of a Royal Caribbean International vessel.

Royal Caribbean has agreed to sell its ship Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of 2016, from which it will then be leased to Thomson Cruises.

The vessel first entered service in 1996. It weighs in at 69,130 tonnes and boasts a 1,830-passenger capacity.

Michael Bayley, president and chief executive of Royal Caribbean International, said: “Splendour of the Seas has been a treasured member of the Royal Caribbean International family since she entered service.

“She has offered countless guests memorable vacation experiences and we look forward to continuing to provide the same Gold Anchor Service our brand is known for right up to the last sailing.”

Before being transferred, Splendour of the Seas will complete its scheduled cruises, meaning the agreed sale will not alter or disrupt any sailings.

The ship will be the largest in Thomson Cruises’ fleet and features a range of onboard entertainment, including a swimming pool, rock-climbing wall, eight bars and lounges, and many restaurants and cafes.

Helen Caron, managing director of Thomson Cruises, said: “This is the first step in our fleet modernisation and transformation strategy and will bring an enhanced offering to our customers with more balcony cabins than ever before, a wider choice of suites, an increased number of dining options and extra entertainment and activity facilities.

“We are confident that our customers will enjoy sailing on the new addition to our fleet.”

New itineraries for Splendour of the Seas will go on sale at the end of next month.

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