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Thomson re-introduces ex-UK cruising; announces new fleet features

Thomson re-introduces ex-UK cruising; announces new fleet features
Thomson Cruises is re-introducing ex-UK cruising with customers able to sail out of Newcastle from summer 2017.

The move introduces ten new itineraries and a range of durations from four to 14 nights, visiting ports in the Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia and the Baltics, including Copenhagen, Stockholm, St Petersburg and Reykjavik on board Thomson Celebration.  

Thomson Cruises has also announced that new ship Thomson Discovery will new dining and entertainment options, and a range 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 of the restaurants requiring an additional charge.

Celebrity Pan-Asian chef and restaurateur, Ian Pengelley, 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 cookery TV shows.

Discovery's entertainment programme features virtual bands, interactive quizzes and music from the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. 11 new West End-style shows include choreographer and dancer Tara Wilkinson, who has worked on hit shows, Motown and The Full Monty, and Martyn Ford and worked alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.  

Family-friendly facilities, include 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 play area. A new children’s show, ‘Splash Live!’, with animated characters will also be added to the entertainment line-up.

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