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Why Royal Caribbean Will Retire Legend of the Seas

Travelers Today       By    Kareen Liez Datoy

Updated: Jun 11, 2016 11:50 PM EDT

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People gather to see the cruise ship Quantum of the Seas which is currently docked at Southampton on October 31, 2014 in Southampton, England. Billed as the world's first smartship, Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas is claimed to be the most high-tech cruise ship in the world, with high tech modifications such as virtual balconies in windowless rooms and features such as the first dodgem ride on water, and a skydiving simulator. The ship will shortly begin its voyage from Southampton, where it docked earlier this week, to New York before relocating to the Caribbean for the 2014-15 season.
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Royal Caribbean recently announced that one of its oldest ships, Legend of the Seas, will be saying goodbye to the cruise world on 2017. It will be transferred to Thompson Cruise of Britain after its final sailing on March 2017, USA Today reported.

The 1,832-passenger Legend ship, will be the sixth cruise ship of Thomson and will be renamed TUI Discovery 2 according to TUI Group, the British cruise line's parent outfit. Their acquisition of the vessel is part of their goal to grow its cruise business and also to broaden its offerings.

"Legend of the Seas has been a treasured member of the Royal Caribbean International family since she entered service and has offered countless guests memorable vacation experiences," said Michael Bayley, the cruise line's president, according to Sun Sentinel

Legend, which sails from Tianjin, China, will still continue its operation on 2017 round-trip schedule from Brisbane, Australia, between Jan. 6 and Feb. 8, but its departures from Feb. 20 will already be canceled.

Starting Feb.20, Legend will sail to Singapore for 11 nights while it will have a 10-night cruise from Singapore to Dubai and then a 13-night cruise from Dubai to Barcelona.

The sail of the ship will also result in cancelled cruises for the Rhapsody of the Seas and Vision of the Seas while there will be re-accommodation of other sailings. Passengers who are affected of the change will receive a full refund of their fares or can re-book for another voyage. They will also receive an onboard spending credit, said Royal Caribbean.

Selling the 21-year-old vessel is the second Royal Caribbean Vision-class ship to be sold, following its sale of the 1,830-passenger Splendour of the Seas in March 2015 to TUI Cruises, which is a Thomson affiliate. It will sail once again on June 11 with TUI Discovery as the new operator.

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