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.