Thomson Cruises announced on 30 March that the latest addition to its fleet will be named TUI Explorer and will join recently launched ships TUI Discovery and TUI Discovery 2 in offering All Inclusive as standard.

Based in Palma, Majorca from May 2018, TUI Explorer offers even more choice, space and flexibility for customers, including two new cabin types and a wider choice of dining and premium entertainment.

Entering the fleet as Thomson Cruises’ biggest ship yet, TUI Explorer introduces new feature bar, Indigo, which offers  ocean views from its prime position at the top of the ship and is home to the casino and nightclub when the sun goes down; Aperitif, an intimate bar for pre and post dinner drinks; Scoops, an ice-cream parlour with bicycle-themed seating; and The Lounge, a new venue with colour-changing bar and brightly coloured piano, where customers can relax and listen to live music.

TUI Explorer will also showcase ten dining venues including the  Surf & Turf, Kora La and Snack Shack, as well as new addition Umi Sushi, a showcase sushi counter.

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.

New cabin types on TUI Explorer include 14 family balcony cabins that measure 20m², sleep up to five people and have a balcony of up to 9m², and a balcony cabin with more external space. Standard inside cabins onboard TUI Explorer are 16m², bigger than any other standard cabin in the fleet.

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. I’m also really excited about our new flagship entertainment venue, Indigo – a huge space with incredible ocean views, sat right at the top of the ship.”

TUI Explorer joins TUI Discovery and TUI Discovery 2 in continuing to introduce the TUI brand to UK customers ahead of the re-brand which sees Thomson transition to TUI later this year.  Investment in its holiday offerings to enhance and personalise the customer experience is fundamental to the ethos of the TUI brand and unveiling the new ship as TUI Explorer demonstrates this on-going commitment.

The ship will sail from her homeport Palma, Majorca in May 2018, visiting Western Mediterranean highlights such as Barcelona, Rome, Naples, Florence and Lisbon.  On sale later this month, TUI Explorer will sail four itineraries – Cosmopolitan Classics, Highlights of the Mediterranean, Magic of Spain and Mediterranean Secrets.