Thomson Cruises has revealed details of its new ship Thomson Discovery including new dining and entertainment options, a celebrity chef link-up and a whole raft of family-friendly facilities.
Former executive head chef at Harrods and TV personality Ian Pengelley will oversee the menu at Kora La, Discovery’s Pan-Asian restaurant and sushi bar.
The 1,830-passenger ship will be Thomson Cruises’ biggest ship when it launches in June, with 915 cabins, almost 40 per cent of which have balconies. It is currently sailing as Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas.
With four breakfast venues, seven lunch venues and seven dinner venues, passengers will be able to choose between a variety of different cuisines and restaurants including casual and formal, gourmet and street, healthy and indulgent, with two restaurants requiring an additional charge.
Discovery will also see the introduction of a new entertainment programme, with everything from innovative virtual bands to interactive quizzes and music from the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
A team of big names will also join the ship to create 11 new West End-style shows, including choreographer and dancer Tara Wilkinson, who has worked on hit shows, Motown and The Full Monty, and Martyn Ford, a musical arranger and conductor who has worked with composers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
Thomson Discovery will also have a climbing wall with sea views and a mini golf course.
Family facilities include the Baby Centre, a space equipped with changing facilities, a food preparation area and somewhere safe to play. There is also a new children’s show, ‘Splash Live!’, which sees animated characters come to life to take children on a journey under the sea; and teen facilities include The Hideout, a dedicated room complete with karaoke booth.
The ship will also feature a spa, casino and exclusive adult-only sunbathing area called The Veranda.
Thomson Cruises’ managing director Helen Caron said: «I’m thrilled to unveil the new family-friendly and adult-only dining and entertainment options on board Discovery, which is key to delivering passengers’ personalised experience. I’m delighted at the calibre of talent involved with bringing this to life and I’m sure it’s something our customers will really value.»
Thomson Discovery launches on June 9, 2016, and will be based in Palma, Majorca, during the summer and Barbados in the winter.