Cruises Ltd. said it reached an agreement to sell Splendour of the Seas to TUI
Cruises, a German cruise line in which it owns a 50% stake.
In a statement,
Royal Caribbean said TUI anticipates chartering the 1,830-passenger ship to U.K.-based
Thomson Cruises. The Splendour is expect to depart Royal Caribbean’s fleet in
the second quarter of 2016.
Royal Caribbean said
Splendor will complete all currently scheduled cruises. It’s final sailing for
Royal Caribbean is scheduled April 4, 2016.
The ship was
built in 1996, making it 20 years old next year. "The ship's
sale is in line with our strategic objective of divesting ourselves of older
hardware,” RCCL Chairman and CEO Richard Fain said.
The purchase price for Splendour was not disclosed.