Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has announced that they will sell Splendour of the Seas to TUI cruises. The purchase was made possible as a result of the Royal Caribbean Cruises and TUI cruises merge. The ship will be then leased to Thomson Cruises under a new name.
The ship will continue to operate for Royal Caribbean International until summer of 2016, none of the scheduled sailing will be affected by the sale of the ship. Splendour of the Seas was built in Chantier’s de L’Atlantique which is now STX France. It debuted back in 1996 with a capacity of 1,830 guests and 760 crew members.
Thomson Cruises Managing Direstor Helen Carol said, “We’re very excited to be welcoming the ship to our fleet next summer. This is the first step in our fleet modernization and transformation strategy and will bring an enhanced offering to our customers”.
The final voyage asSplendour of the Seas will commence on April 4, 2016. Royal Caribbean International chief executive officer Michael Bayley said, “She has offered countless guests memorable vacation experiences and we look forward to continuing to provide the same Gold Anchor Service our brand is known for right up to the last sailing”.