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Thomson Cruises Announces New Fleet Features and the Re-introduction Of Ex UK Cruising

Thomson Cruises has announced that it will re-introduce ex-UK cruising as it continues to build on its pledge to position choice and flexibility at its heart – with customers able to sail out of Newcastle from summer 2017. 

The move is the latest step Thomson Cruises has taken towards providing cruisers with a wider-than-ever range of choice, with ten new itineraries and a range of durations from four to 14 nights, visiting key ports in the Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia and the Baltics, including Copenhagen, Stockholm, St Petersburg and Reykjavik on board Thomson Celebration.

In addition to this, Thomson Cruises has announced that customers on board new ship Thomson Discovery will have an enhanced selection of on-board facilities at their disposal, including new dining and entertainment options, and a whole host of family-friendly facilities.

With four breakfast venues, seven lunch venues and seven dinner venues, passengers will be able to choose between casual and formal, gourmet and street, healthy and indulgent, with only two restaurants requiring an additional charge, meaning there is more included in the price of the holiday than ever before. Thomson Cruises is also delighted to introduce celebrity chef and restaurateur, Ian Pengelley, to the team. One of the world’s leading Pan-Asian chefs, Ian will oversee the menu at Kora La, the on board Pan-Asian restaurant and sushi bar. Ian previously held the role of Executive Head Chef at Harrods and has appeared on a variety of prime time cookery TV shows.

Discovery will also see the introduction of a new entertainment programme, with everything from innovative virtual bands to interactive quizzes and music from the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. A team of big names will also join the ship to create 11 new West End-style shows, including choreographer and dancer Tara Wilkinson, who has worked on hit shows, Motown and The Full Monty, and Martyn Ford, a musical arranger and conductor who’s worked alongside musical legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

The latest ship in the Thomson Cruises fleet will also boast a wide range of family-friendly facilities, including The Wall, a climbing wall with sea views; mini golf; The Hideout, a teen room complete with karaoke booth; and Baby Centre, a space equipped with changing facilities, a food preparation area and somewhere safe to play. A brand new children’s show, ‘Splash Live!’, which sees animated characters come to life to take children on a journey under the sea, will also be added to the entertainment line-up.

Those choices, coupled with a luxurious spa, casino and exclusive adult-only sunbathing area called The Veranda, ensure Thomson Cruises can offer a contemporary experience for the whole family.

Managing Director of Thomson Cruises, Helen Caron, said: “I’m excited to reveal the re-introduction of ex-UK cruising to our programme in 2017. This will open up even more destinations for our customers, giving them the opportunity to create truly memorable experiences.”

“I’m also thrilled to unveil the new family-friendly and adult-only dining and entertainment options on board Discovery, which is key to delivering passengers’ personalised experience. I’m delighted at the calibre of talent involved with bringing this to life and I’m sure it’s something our customers will really value.”

  • March 21st, 2016, 11:51:19
  • Chris Leviston