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March 2015 Royal Caribbean Cruises has signed an agreement with TUI Cruises, a joint venture between Royal Caribbean and TUI AG, to sell its cruise ship Splendour of the Seas.The vessel will be transferred to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of 2016 and later will be leased to Thomson Cruises, Royal Caribbean stated.
Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard D Fain said: "Splendour of the Seas debuted in 1996 and has served Royal Caribbean International extremely well."The ship's sale is in-line with our strategic objective of divesting ourselves of older hardware and keeps us firmly on the course to the double-double."

Thomson Discovery, currently sailing as Splendour of the Seas, is joining the fleet on June 11, 2016 and will be based in Palma for its debut season following a rebranding and refurbishment.

Registered Owner: -UK Cruise Charter 1 Ltd.- Cyprus - Operator: Marella Cruises -UK (former Thomson Cruises)

Entered service: 1996 – Refits: 2001/2011/2016 - Gross tonnage: 69.472 - Pass. lower beds: 1804 - All berths: 2074 - Passenger decks: 11 -Length: 264,30 m. - Beam: 32,20 m. - Drive: diesel/electric: 5 diesel engines make Wärtsilä type 12V46B V-type 12 cylinders - Total installed power: 58.500 kW. - Propulsion: by 2 electric motors power each 20.100 kW. - 2 Fixed pitch propellers - Service speed: 21 knots - Max.speed: 24 knots - Built:Chantiers de l'Atlantique-France - Yard no. B31 - Flag: Malta - Classification: DNV/GL.

Sisterships: Splendour of the Seas is one of 6 more or less identical ships of the RCI Vision-class. Fully sistership is the Legend of the Seas ( from 2017 Marella Discovery - 2)

Former name: Splendour of the Seas -TUI Discovery renamed Marella Discovery (2017-until present

Passenger space ratio all berths: 33.49

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