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The Balearic cruise industry is due for a major boost next year with the super liner Splendour of the Seas expected  to be operating out of Palma.The 1,830-passenger ship will be leased to Thomson Cruises to become the largest ship in its fleet, and its holidays will be on sale from the end of this April.
Splendour of the Seas was launched in 1996 but has had several upgrades since then and now features a rock-climbing wall, mini-golf course and indoor swimming pool.
Nearly half its 915 cabins have balconies, which is something other Thomson ships are lacking, and it has multiple dining options.
Thomson cruises and its sister brand Island Cruises are aimed squarely at the British family market, and is also popular with couples.
It offers 100 per cent fly-cruise holidays and during the summer months these start from Corfu, Majorca, Croatia’s Dubrovnik and Marmaris in Turkey.
Helen Caron, Managing Director of Thomson Cruises said: “We’re very excited to be welcoming the ship to our fleet next summer.
“This is the first step in our fleet modernisation and transformation strategy and will bring an enhanced offering to our customers.”
Splendour will replace Island Escape, an all-inclusive ship, and its sale comes because of a joint venture between TUI Group and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

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