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(11:30 a.m. BST) -- Thomson Cruises has revealed fresh details on the entertainment programme for its new ships, TUI Explorer and the yet-to-be-renamed Mein Schiff 2, that enter service for the line in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

The Entertainment Department (ted) -- a U.K.-based production and entertainment company -- will provide all entertainment onboard both ships, starting with TUI Explorer in May 2018.

The programme promises to be a mix of "contemporary entertainment," to suit all ages, including theatre shows, light entertainment, musicians and "state-of-the-art children’s concepts".

Like with sister ships TUI Discovery and TUI Discovery 2, the new ships will also incorporate high-tech entertainment, such as virtual reality experiences and interactive screen.

Thomson Cruises' managing director, Richard Sofer, said: "We’re delighted to confirm ted as our entertainment provider on the new additions to our fleet in the next two years.

"We’re committed to ensuring we provide choice and flexibility across our fleet coupled with the highest of standards and we have no doubt that ted will do just that with the entertainment. We can’t wait for our customers to experience it."

Speaking exclusively to Cruise Critic earlier this year, Sofer also revealed that TUI Explorer will feature 10 dining venues, including a first for Thomson -- a tasting menu-style restaurant in one of the new as-yet-unnamed venues.

--By Kerry Spencer, Editor, U.K.