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Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises) is UK based tour operator, part of TUI Travel PLC. In October 2017, TUI Group announced that Thomson Cruises would be rebranded in late October 2017 as Marella Cruises, with all of the existing Thomson fleet adopting the name change either from Thomson or TUI to Marella. The fleet of Marella Cruises currently consist of six cruise ships which offer budget cruises around Europe, Caribbean and South-East Asia. The company had initially entered the cruise market in 1973, terminated operations in 1976 and restarted the cruise line in 1995, using chartered cruise ships from Louis Cruise Line. Since Marella Cruises parent company TUI Travel PLC acquired Royal Caribbean's share in Island Cruises in late 2008, the MS Island Escape joined the Thomson Cruises fleet in early 2009. In October 2015, the Island Cruise brand was discontinued after the sole ship Island Escape completed her last scheduled cruise with Thomson Cruises. Marella Cruises is orientated mainly towards the UK market and this is where most of the passengers aboard their cruise ships come from.

In March 2015, Royal Caribbean International announced that they had agreed to sell Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of 2016, and that TUI would lease the ship to Thomson Cruises to replace the Island Escape. In May 2015, TUI Group announced that as part of their modernization strategy, TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 would be transferred to Marella Cruises over the next few years.

Cruise ship and itineraries:

MS Marella Celebration (Ex- Noordam, Thomson Celebration): Malta registered; built 1984; 33,933 gross tons; 1,350 passengers; 520 crew members.
Itineraries: Aegean/Adriatic out of Dubrovnik, Croatia, Trans-Atlantic out of Malaga, Spain; Caribbean out of Bridgetown, Barbados.
  Marella Celebration cruise ship 
MS Marella Dream (Ex- Homeric, Westerdam, Costa Europa, Thomson Dream): Malta registered; built 1986; 54,763 gross tons; 1,506 passengers, 600 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean out of Palma de Mallorca - Spain; Aegean and Adriatic out of Corfu, Greece.
  Marella Dream cruise ship
MS Marella Discovery (Ex- Splendour of the Seas, TUI Discovery): Malta registered; built 1996; 69,130 gross tons; 1,830 passengers; 720 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean ; South-East Asia
  Marella Discovery cruise ship
MS Marella Discovery II (Ex- Legend of the Seas, TUI Discovery II): Malta registered; built 1995; 69,130 gross tons; 1,826 passengers; 771 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean/French Riviera/Iberian Peninsula; Western Caribbean.
  Marella Discovery 2 cruise ship
MS Marella Explorer (Ex- Celebrity Galaxy, Mein Schiff 1): Malta registered; built 1996; 76,522 gross tons; 1,924 passengers; 909 crew members.
Itineraries: Western / Northern Europe; Canary Islands.
  Marella Explorer cruise ship
MS Marella Explorer II (Ex- Celebrity Century, SkySea Golden Era): Malta registered; built 1995; 71,545 gross tons; 1,814 passengers; 843 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean ; Caribbean
  Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship

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