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Thomson set to resume cruising from the UK

Thomson Cruises has set its sights on resuming cruising from the UK, but it needs to get another ship first.

David Selby, TUI director of cruising UK and Ireland, said ex-UK cruises had always sold well, but added: “We are a tour operator with our own airline. Our strength is flycruising. It makes sense for use to use our aircraft to fill our ships.”

The cruiseline launched cruises from Liverpool and Harwich in 2005 but pulled out of the UK in 2010, with just three ships offering flycruises from Marmaris - a new port for Thomson Cruises - Corfu and Palma.

Calypso, which Thomson has operated as an adult-only ship for the past two years, left the fleet last summer, and for 2010, Thomson Celebration replaces Calypso in the eastern Med, sailing seven-night cruises from Marmaris.

Selby said: “We have flights from 12 UK airports to Dalaman, which is just an hour and a half from Marmaris. Turkey has the advantage of being outside the eurozone and is a great cruise-and-stay destination.”

Thomson - 0871 230 2800, www.thomson.co.uk/cruise.html

Posted on 6th January 2010 at 04:13 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Marella Cruises | (0) Comments

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