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Thomson Cruises to base ship in Dubai for winter 2016/17

New winter deployment for Thomson Celebration
Thomson Cruises has announced Thomson Celebration will be homeported in Dubai for the first time next winter offering two new itineraries from December 2016.

On sale from November 2015, the two seven night itineraries – ‘Arabian Nights’ and ‘Cities of Gold’ – will stop overnight in Dubai and visit six destinations including Khasab and Muscat in Oman, Manama in Bahrain, Doha in Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Khor Fakkan in UAE.

Excursion highlights include the sites of the Burj al Arab and Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the Grand Mosque in Muscat, the Musafi Mountains in Khor Fakkan, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, as well as the Emirates Palace and desert safaris.

According to a survey of 2,000 UK adults conducted by Thomson Cruises in advance of choosing this new winter itinerary, the poll showed a desire for new destinations with 36% of the nation admitting a key factor for choosing a destination was whether it would look spectacular on their Instagram account.

Managing director for Thomson Cruises, Helen Caron said: ‘We know destinations are one of the key deciding factor for our customers and our decision to set sail from Dubai will allow holiday-makers to see and experience more than ever before.

‘The survey also revealed the average Brit visits more than 14 foreign countries in their lifetime, so we can’t wait for everyone to discover Arabia,’ she added.

Thomson customers can also combine the seven day cruise with a hotel stay in Atlantis the Palm. Passengers can fly direct to Dubai from six regional airports including Manchester, Birmingham, London Gatwick, Cardiff, Newcastle and Glasgow.