(2:10 p.m. EDT) -- Thomson Cruises' first all inclusive ship, TUI Discovery, will hit the high seas summer 2017 -- as will 12 new itineraries for the entire fleet.
TUI Discovery is the first of the line's fleet to rebrand as part of a process that will see the whole of Thomson transition to TUI over the next 18 months. The ship is the first of Thomson Cruises' fleet to offer an all-inclusive drinks package as standard, along with a wider offering of dining and entertainment options -- such as new Italian restaurant Gallery 47 -- built into the package.
Nick Longman, managing director of TUI UK & Ireland said: "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."
Thomson's 2017 summer programme will see the five-ship fleet based across the Mediterranean, with both TUI Discovery and Thomson Majesty based in Palma, Majorca, while Thomson Dream will be based in Corfu, Greece. Thomson Spirit moves to Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Thomson Celebration will divide its summer between sailings from Malaga, Spain, and Newcastle, U.K.
The 12 new itineraries will include added journeys from the U.K. to the Norwegian Fjords and the Baltics, and more ports added, including Wismar in Germany (for Berlin and Hamburg), Gdynia in Poland (for Gdansk) Roses, Spain, and Zakynthos Town, Zakynthos, among others.
Helen Caron, managing director of Thomson Cruises said: "The lineup 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."
--By Kerry Spencer, Editor