Thomson Cruises has announced that its next new cruise ship, the former Mein Schiff 1, will be named TUI Explorer.
Setting sail with the cruise line from May 2018, the ship will operate Mediterranean cruises from Palma de Mallorca.
Other new venues include Aperitif, an intimate speakeasy style bar perfect for pre and post dinner drinks; Scoops, an ice-cream parlour with quirky bicycle-themed seating; and The Lounge, a new venue complete with a colour-changing bar and a brightly coloured piano, where customers can relax and listen to live music.
TUI Explorer will also showcase ten dining venues including the ever-popular Surf & Turf, Kora La and Snack Shack, as well as new addition Umi Sushi, a showcase sushi counter. Also joining the line-up is The Mediterranean, a dining area featuring a glass roof, which will house two inclusive restaurants – a pizzeria and tapas restaurant – plus the Hot Stone Grill at an additional cost.
The ship will also feature an extensive onboard spa hosting eleven different areas including a Finnish sauna with floor to ceiling windows, a couples room and two luxury treatment suites, and The Veranda, an adults-only sunbathing area with padded sun loungers, pod chairs and day beds.
Managing Director of Thomson Cruises, Richard Sofer, said: “I’m delighted to unveil the name of TUI Explorer, our biggest and most exciting ship yet. As part of our continued modernisation and transformation strategy, and our commitment to offering choice and flexibility, we’ve created a whole host of new spaces onboard to meet our customers’ needs. We’ve got ten restaurants and ten bars, as well as more onboard activities and spaces for families including an indoor cinema and a fantastic new Kids’ Club with children’s pool and slide.”
Later this year, the Thomson brand will disappear, as part of a global rebrand. The brand will then be known as TUI UK.
Mediterranean cruises aboard TUI Explorer go on sale in April.