Thomson Cruises to return to the UK

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Thomson Cruises has confirmed that it is to cruise from the UK in 2017.

The company, which is launching a new ship in the summer, will operate a select number of cruises from Newcastle.

The line last sailed from the UK in 2014.

Passengers in the northeast will be able to sail on Thomson Celebration on cruises between four and 14 nights, sailing north to the Norwegian fjords and Baltics.

“I’m excited to reveal the reintroduction 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,” Helen Caron, Thomson Cruises’ managing director, said.

Thomson has also announced details of its new dining and entertainment options on Thomson Discovery, which launches in June.

Discovery will have four breakfast venues as well as seven lunch and dinner venues.Ian Pengelley, the celebrity chef, will be in charge of the pan-Asian style restaurant Kora La. He previously worked as executive head chef at Harrods.

The ship will have 11 new West End-style shows as well as a children’s show called Splash Live.

Caron added: “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.”

The new entertainment onboard includes virtual bands, interactive quizzes and music from the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Sam Ballard

Sam Ballard is the publisher of CRUISE ADVISER and has been writing about the cruise industry for a number of years. His CV includes the likes of shipping magazine International Cruise & Ferry Review and the digital publication Cruise News. He can be contacted on:sam@cruise-adviser.com.

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