(12:30 p.m GMT) — Thomson Cruises has revealed plans for its new ship, Thomson Discovery, which include a number of dining options, a new design and details of the entertainment and hotel providers.
The 1,830-passenger ship — which is currently sailing as Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas — will have eight dining options, including two new signature restaurants — Snack Shack and Gallery 47°.
The ship launches on June 9, 2016, and will be based in Palma, Majorca, during the summer and Barbados in the winter.
Snack Shack (pictured below) will be on the pool deck and themed around brightly coloured, iconic British beach huts. It will serve grill foods such as quesadillas, and nachos during the day and popcorn and cocoa on film nights.
The second dining venue is Gallery 47°, located in the upstairs of the main restaurant. It will serve contemporary Italian food — as voted for by more than 4,000 passengers.
The ship — which will be 20 years old when it goes into service as Thomson Discovery — is also being given a brand new look and feel during its refurbishment, with a wave design.
Thomson also confirmed that the PEEL Entertainment Group will provide entertainment onboard, as they are since the launch of the brand in 2013. The Apollo Group will run hotel operations, as it already does on Thomson Dream and Thomson Celebration. Apollo has been supplying hotel services in the cruise industry for more than 40 years.
Managing Director of Thomson Cruises, Helen Caron, said: “I’m really delighted to start unveiling our plans for Thomson Discovery as we are now just six months away from the launch. A big focus of our strategy is to modernise our on-board customer experience. On Discovery we’ll be offering our customers more choice and balance so they can really personalise their cruise with us. I’m confident the new signature restaurants, together with other exciting on board features, will delight our current cruise customers while attracting new ones too, especially families.
Discovery will be by the largest in the Thomson fleet with a capacity of 1,830 across 915 cabins — almost 40 percent of which will have balconies.
As well as the dining options, the family-friendly ship will have an outdoor movie screen, rock climbing wall and eight bars and lounges.