October 2017
  • Popular cruise line rebranding to Marella Cruises later this month in line with Falcon and Thomson changing to TUI
  • New ship for summer 2018 available with flights from Dublin, Cork & Shannon


9 October 2017 – Thomson Cruises has today announced that later this month, the popular cruise line will be embarking on the biggest and most exciting evolution  in the company’s history as it is rebranded as Marella Cruises. The move comes at the same time as Falcon and Thomson change to TUI later this month. The rebrand will see the cruise line set sail towards new horizons with sleek, modern additions to the fleet, such as Marella Explorer next year, and an impressive four ships available from Ireland next summer.


With Marella Cruises still part of the world of TUI, customers will still be offered fantastic itineraries, great service and entertainment on board every ship in the fleet, plus the friendliest staff at sea. The word Marella, which has Celtic origins and is said to mean ‘shining sea’, was chosen by the company to reflect its spirit of exploration and discovery across the seas. Those choosing a Marella Cruises holiday will be able to take advantage of flights on their doorstep across three regional Irish airports, as well as a wide Cruise & Stay programme that combines a cruise holiday with a stay at one of more than 30 hotels across five destinations worldwide, including the luxurious TUI Sensatori collection.


All of the extras that customers have grown to know and love with a Thomson Cruises holiday will still be offered with Marella Cruises, such as tips and service charges included in the price, All Inclusive as standard on Marella Explorer, Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2, previously TUI Discovery and TUI Discovery 2, and cruises setting sail at night meaning fewer days spent at sea and more time spent ashore. Thomson Cruises’ industry-renowned staff and crew will also still be a big part of the holiday experience; ensuring passengers receive the warmest of welcomes and the friendliest service at sea throughout their time onboard.


Helen Caron, Distribution and Cruise Director said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for our business. We’re really proud to offer an experience that guests can, and want to, come back to again and again and moving forward as Marella we’ve got brand new, modern additions to our fleet and more destinations, choice and experiences than ever before which really reflects our spirit of exploration and discovery within the new brand.”

Looking ahead to 2018, Marella Explorer is the cruise lines’  largest ship setting sail next year and joins recently launched ships Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2 in offering All-Inclusive as standard. Sailing from Palma, Majorca from May 2018, Marella Explorer offers even more choice, space and flexibility for customers, including two new cabin types, bigger than any other standard cabin in the fleet and a wider choice of dining and premium entertainment. Conveniently, Irish customers can fly to Palma from Dublin, Cork & Shannon to join the new ship next summer.


Sister companies Falcon and Thomson will also be rebranding later this month, moving to one aligned, global brand as TUI.



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Notes to editors


Four ships from the Marella Cruises fleet are available to Irish customers for summer 2018.

  • Marella Explorer (new for summer 2018) – Sails from Palma with flights from Dublin, , Shannon and Cork
    •  Marella Discovery 2 – Sails from Corfu with flights from Dublin
    •  Marella Dream – Sails from Palma with flights from Dublin and Cork
  • Spirit – Sails from Malaga with flights from Dublin




Marella Cruises, part of TUI UK and Ireland, is the third largest cruise line in the UK. There are currently five ships in the Marella Cruises fleet, Marella Dream, Marella Celebration, Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2 and Spirit which won’t take the Marella name as she leaves the fleet after her final sailing next Summer. New ship Marella Explorer will begin sailing in summer 2018.


Majesty will continue to sail as Thomson Majesty until 26th November.


Marella Cruises offers a unique experience with unrivalled entertainment and food on board, tips are also included giving customers the peace of mind they need when budgeting for their cruise holiday.


TUI UK and Ireland is a member of TUI Group.