A new name and new destinations

It will be all change for Thomson Cruises when their parent company rebrands this month and the cruise line will change their name.

Thomson are rebranding as Tui which is a name they have been using across a few elements of their portfolio over the last few years but is being rolled out across the whole of Thomson now but the cruise line is being renamed as Marella Cruises.

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A little cruise for a big birthday.

This weekend is a very special weekend in the Cunningham family as it is my Mum’s 70th birthday.

She started the year by saying that she just wanted to celebrate quietly and not mark it in any way, and ended up with a week’s escorted tour around Croatia last week and then family and friends celebrations this week.

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Great opportunities for sailing from Brazil

Brazil is a great destination to cruise around, with fantastic scenery and amazing place to visit. However not many ships are based here, Brazil is mainly serviced by the luxury cruise lines, or only featured as part of the world cruise sectors However all this is going to change with MSC basing their new ship the MSC Seaview in Santos, Brazil.

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Would you pay a pound to help others?

Did you know that if you book a Thomson Cruise you have  the option to pay £1 towards the Tui Care Foundation?

Established in 2011 the Tui Care Foundation now contributes over two million pounds per year to sustainable tourism projects globally. They foster education and the well being of children and youth through education and  training, the protection of nature and the environment, and the positive impacts of tourism on people and places in destinations worldwide. Their aim is to provide long term solutions to bring development and prosperity to the regions that we travel to.

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Will I be below the water line?

“Will I be below the water line?” is a question that I am frequently asked when selling both river and oceans cruises. For an oceans cruise this is a simple question to answer, as whilst the lower deck cabins are  numbered 1 or 2 and sound close to the water, there are always at least a couple of crew decks below, meaning that even on a low passenger deck you are still very clear of  the water.

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The Spacious Amadeus Silver

I have just been lucky enough to enjoy 4 wonderful nights sampling a Rhine river cruise on board the Amadeus Silver and I was blown away.

The ship was  built in 2013 and  is the first of 3 in the Silver fleet, she is classed as 4 star and German owned but sold world wide to give a great range of nationalities  on board. She has 78 standard cabins which are all the same size and being on the Mozart deck I was lucky enough to have a french balcony. This was different from my expectations, I had thought it involved doors that slide open, but on here it was a full sized window which dropped down to let the air in and allow you to pop your head out. The cabin was plenty large enough with lots of storage, we had twin beds and with double configuration you would have had more room still. With 25 degree heat the air con worked great too.

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Refit for the Independence – courtesy of travel agents

Royal Caribbean have finally announced details of a multi million pound refit of their much love Independence of the Seas.

The ship which is a favourite with UK cruise passengers and home ports in Southampton is being updated to come in line with Royals newer state of the art ships. However she will also have some features that are new to the fleet.

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Singapore Solutions

Singapore is now a major cruise port and the main embarkation point for exploring Vietnam, Thailand and the rest of the Far East. However a wonderful week or two of sightseeing and relaxing can be easily spoilt by the final day as unfortunately the majority of flights heading back to the UK depart late into the evening, often close to midnight. Whilst Changi airport may be large the thought of disembarking your ship at 9 am and sitting at an airport for 12 hours  is enough to prevent many people from travelling to this area of the world.

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“I wouldn’t sail with Thomson” – Think Again!

Thomson Cruises have made some changes in recent years and things are really working for them, in the last 5 years they have seen an increase in passenger numbers of 40%, with 20% being in the last year alone.

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I couldn’t afford Antarctica…..

Last week it was my 11 year old son’s birthday and I was stumped for ideas. He has had all the usual gifts over the last few celebrations and already has a phone to spend hours chatting  with friends via What’s App groups, an X-box to while away more hours and a trampoline in the garden to let off steam on.
He isn’t into clothes, music or anything designer and doesn’t really ask for much which is great but little help when it comes to birthday presents. ‘Another fidget spinner please’ being the only answer I could get from him.

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