TUI Explorer to set sail in 2018

April 2017
TUI Explorer to set sail in 2018

Newly named TUI Explorer is Thomson Cruises’ largest ship setting sail in 2018 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.

The ship introduces new feature bar, Indigo, which offers stunning 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 speakeasy style bar perfect for pre-and post dinner drinks; Scoops, an ice-cream parlour with quirky bicycle-themed seating; and The Lounge, a new venue complete with colour-changing bar and signature brightly coloured piano, where customers can relax and listen to live music.

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.

Making its debut in Corfu Town in summer 2018, TUI Discovery 2 will sail four itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean, and Thomson Dream will also be based in Palma, Majorca.

Customers choosing these ships will be able to team their holiday with a beach break as part of the extensive Cruise and Stay programme, offering further chance to explore the destinations.

Thomson Cruises are available with flights from Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Shannon.



Notes to Editor:

2018 Programme Ireland:

  • TUI Explorer – Dublin, Belfast, Shannon
  • TUI Discovery 2 – Dublin and Belfast
  • Thomson Dream – Dublin, Belfast, Cork


Thomson Cruises offer 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.


The company won a host of awards including Best Family Option and Best Entertainment in the 2016 Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Picks Award


Falcon is part of TUI – the world’s biggest travel group. We are one of Ireland’s leading tour operators with key brands including Falcon, Thomson, and Thomson Cruises, as well as Crystal Ski and Crystal Summer. Sub brands include Sensatori, Sensimar, Scene and Family Life, as well as Holiday Villages and SplashWorld Resorts.

TUI UK and Ireland has a team of more than 10,000 employees and serves over six million customers each year.

TUI UK and Ireland is a member of TUI Group.



TUI Group is the world’s number one tourism business. From now on, the broad portfolio gathered under the Group umbrella will consist of strong tour operators, 1,600 travel agencies and leading online portals, six touristic airlines with around 150 aircraft, over 300 hotels with 214,000 beds, 14 cruise liners and countless incoming agencies in all major holiday destinations around the globe. This integrated offering will enable us to provide our 20 million customers with an unmatched holiday experience in 180 regions. A key feature of our corporate culture is our global responsibility for economic, environmental and social sustainability. This is reflected in more than 20 years of commitment to sustainable tourism.