Royal Caribbean Cruises has entered into an
agreement to sell its cruise ship Splendour of the Seas to TUI
Cruises in the second quarter of 2016.
The ship will then be leased to Thomson Cruises,
which will operate the vessel.
“Splendour of the Seas debuted in 1996 and has
served Royal Caribbean International extremely well,” said Richard
D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean
Cruises Ltd. “The ship’s sale is in line with our strategic
objective of divesting ourselves of older hardware and keeps us
firmly on the course to the Double-Double.”
Splendour of the Seas will complete all
scheduled open deployment, and no sailings will be altered or
disrupted due to the sale.
“Splendour of the Seas has been a treasured
member of the Royal Caribbean International family since she
entered service,” said Michael Bayley, president and chief
executive officer of Royal Caribbean International. “She has
offered countless guests memorable vacation experiences and we
look forward to continuing to provide the same Gold Anchor Service
our brand is known for right up to the last sailing.”
Her final sailing will commence on 4 April
2016, and all officers and crew will remain with the company and
will be transferred to other vessels worldwide after the ship
leaves the Royal Caribbean International fleet.
Splendour of the Seas joined the Royal Caribbean
International fleet in 1996, and was built by Chantier’s de
L’Atlantique, now STX France, in St. Nazaire, France. The
69,130-ton ship carries 1,830 guests (double occupancy) and 760
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