Thomson Cruises to sail ex-UK in 2017

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Thomson Cruises to sail ex-UK in 2017

Thomson Cruises is reintroducing ex-UK cruises from Newcastle in 2017.

The line said the move was the latest step to ensure customers were given a “wider-than-ever” choice of itineraries and destinations to visit.

Thomson last sailed from the UK in summer 2014 when it offered cruises from Harwich and Newcastle.

The line will offer ten itineraries from Newcastle onboard Thomson Celebration, with cruises between four and 14 nights long visiting destinations such as the Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia and the Baltics.

Thomson Cruises’ managing director Helen Caron said: “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.”

Thomson has also announced new dining and entertainment options onboard new ship Thomson Discovery which launches in June.

The ship will have four breakfast venues, and seven lunch and dinner venues. Celebrity chef Ian Pengelley will oversee the menu in Kora La, a new Pan-Asian restaurant and sushi bar. He was previously executive head chef at Harrods.

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

The ship will have 11 new West End-style shows and 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.”

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