Marella Discovery

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Marella discovery tyne 23JUN18.jpg
Marella Discovery leaving the River Tyne, England, 23rd June 2018
  • 1995–2016: Splendour of the Seas
  • 2016-2017: TUI Discovery
  • 2017-present: Marella Discovery
Owner: 1996–2016 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Port of registry:
Route: Palma De Mallorca, Spain And Bridgetown, Barbados
Yard number: B31[1]
Launched: June 17, 1995
Christened: March 1996
Maiden voyage: March 31, 1996
In service:

March 31, 1996 (as Splendour of the Seas)

June 11, 2016 (as TUI Discovery)
Status: In service
Notes: Identical sister to Legend of the Seas
General characteristics
Class and type: Vision-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 69,130 GT
Displacement: 35,396 tonnes (34,837 long tons; 39,017 short tons)
Length: 264 metres (866 ft) length overall
Beam: 32 metres (105 ft)
Height: 50 metres (160 ft) air draft
Draft: 25.9 feet (7.9 m)
Decks: 11
Installed power:
  • 5 × Wärtsilä Vasa 12V46B V12 engines
  • 11,700 kilowatts (15,700 hp) each
Propulsion: 2 5.8-metre (19 ft) diameter, fixed pitch propellers
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Capacity: 1.830 passengers
Crew: 720-750 crew

Marella Discovery is a former Royal Caribbean International Vision-class cruise ship now sailing for Marella Cruises. Prior to April 2016, she was operated by RCI as Splendour of the Seas. The second in the line of the Vision-class ships, she features a seven-story lobby, rock-climbing wall, and a 9-hole miniature golf course.

Following the announcement on the 9th of October 2017, that Thomson Cruises would be renamed Marella Cruises, TUI Group also announced that TUI Discovery would adopt the name Marella Discovery at the end of October 2017, and also that she would become the first ship in the Thomson fleet to be based in Asia, home porting Malaysia in Autumn 2018, following the end of her UK debut season.[2]


Marella Discovery was built for Royal Caribbean International as Splendour of the Seas by Chantiers de l'Atlantique at their shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The ship was assigned the yard number "B31", and was launched on June 17, 1995 by Lisa Wilhelmsen. The ship is registered to the port of Nassau, in the Bahamas. Maiden voyage for Splendour of the Seas commenced on March 31, 1996.

On 31 October 2011, Royal Caribbean and Spanish shipyard Navantia signed a contract for Splendour of the Seas to receive structural modifications, maintenance to the propellers, propeller shafts and rudder, and interior upgrades, including new dining and public areas, 124 new balconies, and improvements to staterooms.[3] The work was expected to take about five weeks to complete.[3]

Until April 2016, Splendour of the Seas was based in Brazil during the southern hemisphere summer, doing a series of itineraries from three to twelve nights throughout South America, and is based out of Venice, Italy during the northern hemisphere summer, sailing seven night cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean.

In March 2015, Royal Caribbean sold Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises who was then sub-chartered to Thomson Cruises, with the final sailing for Royal Caribbean departing on April 4, 2016.[4] The ship was renamed TUI Discovery and was based in Palma, Mallorca and Bridgetown, Barbados starting in June 2016 after refurbishment. She was originally going to be renamed Thomson Discovery, but the name was changed to TUI Discovery as part of their rebranding.[5][6]

On October 22, 2015 whilst sailing on a cruise in the Mediterranean, Splendour of the Seas suffered an engine-room fire, which was extinguished after 2 hours by the crew. There were no injuries reported by Royal Caribbean and the ship continued its journey to the port of Venice.[7]

Splendour of the Seas spent her last season with Royal Caribbean International by sailing from Dubai on 7-8 night cruises, visiting destinations such as Muscat, Oman and Abu Dhabi throughout November 2015- March 2016.


The gross tonnage of Marella Discovery is 69,130, and she has a displacement of 35,396 tonnes (34,837 long tons; 39,017 short tons). The cruise ship is 264 metres (866 ft) in length overall, with a beam of 32 metres (105 ft), a draft of 7.9 metres (26 ft) in summer conditions, and an air draft of 50 metres (160 ft). The propulsion system consists of five Wärtsilä Vasa 12V46B engines, which supply 11,700 kilowatts (15,700 hp) each to the ship's two, 5.8-metre (19 ft) diameter, fixed pitch propellers. Maximum speed is 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph), with the ship taking 1,892 metres (6,207 ft) and 6 minutes, 45 seconds to come to a full stop. Main propulsion is supplemented by two 1,500-kilowatt (2,000 hp) bow thrusters and a 1,728-kilowatt (2,317 hp) stern thruster. Two 10.8-square-metre (116 sq ft), 6.1-metre (20 ft), the ship is also equipped with stabilizers.

Facilities and layout[edit]

The ship has eleven decks, with passenger accommodation located on decks 2 to 3 and 6 to 8. Up to 2,074 passengers can be carried, in 902 cabins. Most of the outdoor public facilities are on decks 9 and 10. Indoor passenger facilities include a theater, casino, and a main dining room.

The standard crew complement is 720, with accommodation for another 30 if required; all crew accommodation is located near the bottom of the ship, on deck 1. The bridge is located forward on deck 8. Onboard equipment can generate 1,100,000 litres (240,000 imp gal; 290,000 US gal) of fresh water every day, 600,000 litres (130,000 imp gal; 160,000 US gal) of which will be used aboard during the same period.



  1. ^ MS Splendour of the Seas(in Swedish)
  2. ^ "Thomson Cruises Changes Name to Marella Cruises | CruiseBe". CruiseBe. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  3. ^ a b "Spain: Royal Caribbean International, Navantia Sign Splendour of the Seas Revitalization Contract". Shipbuilding Tribune. 31 October 2011. Archived from the original on 31 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Royal Caribbean saying goodbye to Splendour of the Seas". Orlando Sentinel. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Thomson Announces Plans for New Ship Discovery". 13 November 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Thomson Cruises Reveals the Name of Its First All-Inclusive Cruise Ship, Plus New Summer 2017 Itineraries". Cruise Critic. 13 April 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Splendour of the Seas Catches On Fire". Cruise Law News.

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