CRUISING WITH THOMSON CRUISES
At Thomson, they understand that it's the little things that make the big difference. That's why they employ nearly 18,000 people to make your holiday special. Thomson started up back in 1965 with the aim of making foreign travel accessible to all. Instead of soggy trips to the seaside, people began jetting off to the Continent for a dose of sun.
Fast forward 40 years and they are still going strong. They have got more staff based around the world than any other travel company, and a huge collection of holidays to choose from.
Thomson have five ships in their fleet, offering everything from family cruises to adults-only cruises. Whichever one you go for, you'll find the same high standards across the board. There's plenty of top class cuisine and the entertainment's right on the money, too. Plus they pride themselves on great service that takes care of every detail.
If you're looking for a holiday that offers you luxury, variety and unbeatable value for money, then maybe you should be thinking of a Thomson Cruise.
Thomson Cruises and Island Cruises have merged into one business under the TUI Travel umbrella and their cruise holidays enable you to island hop without any hassle. You can explore several different countries during the same holiday using the ship as your floating hotel. With Staff on hand to pamper you from the moment you arrive, it means you're free to relax and enjoy the first-class cuisine and entertainment.
THOMSON CRUISES LIFE ONBOARD SHIP
That's entertainment onboard a Thomson Cruise
West End-style shows, laugh-a-minute comedy and live music - entertainment tops the bill on their ships.
There's never a dull moment on the ships. Things start as they mean to go on with the Sail Away deck party. By day you've got everything from sports and competitions to plays and lectures. Come sundown it's all West End-style shows, cabaret and comedy from UK guest acts. Quieter nights involve picking a cosy spot in the bar, listening to the sounds of a classical duo or throwing down a chip or two in the casino. And if you just can't resist the call of the glitter-ball, take to the floor in the disco.
Relaxing Cruises Onboard Thomson Cruise Ships
Everyone likes a bit of adventure but a holiday is all about taking it easy, too. So kick back, relax and do as little as possible.
Jeep safaris. Volcanic adventures. Tree-top tours. The places Thomson go to offer up plenty in the way of excitement. But when you're on holiday you want time to chill out, too. And the ships let you do exactly that. It's just like staying in a hotel, only this one works its way around the world while you're busy enjoying yourself.
Devote your day to lazing by the pool, listening to music and sipping cocktails. Find a quiet spot in one of the lounges, where you can read with no interruptions. Or hit the spa for a massage, manicure or facial. It's the perfect way to recharge your batteries before diving headlong into your next port.
THOMSON CRUISE DINING OPTIONS
Help yourself to something from the buffet or head for the restaurant and let the waiters take your order. On all ships, there's a dining scene to suit you.
Eating out – it's one of the best things about a holiday. And on a cruise there are so many choices. You can stick with home favourites like roast beef or fish and chips, or try a dish from the destination you're in, like Greek moussaka or a Moroccan lamb. And you're not confined to set meal times either – you can grab a pre-lunch slice of pizza out on deck or take afternoon tea in the lounge. In fact, you can get a bite to eat round the clock.
While all the ships have a choice of buffet restaurants and one that offers waiter service, some have another option. Thomson Spirit, Thomson Celebration and their newest ship, Thomson Dream, all have fantastic à la cartes that combine an intimate setting with contemporary cuisine.
Dinner is served in two sittings on Thomson Destiny - normally 6.30pm and 8.30pm. You can request your choice of sitting either at the time of booking or at the start of your cruise.
Aboard Thomson Celebration, Thomson Dream & Thomson Spirit there are no set sittings for dinner. The restaurant is normally open 6.30pm to 10.00pm and you will be shown to a table on your arrival. Dinner is served in two sittings on gala night - you will be allocated to either an early or a late sitting on arrival at the ship.
A cover charge applies to dine at Mistral's on Thomson Celebration, Sirocco's on Thomson Spirit, the à la carte onboard Thomson Dream and the Oasis Restaurant on Island Escape. As a guide, expect to pay a cover charge of around £15 for a three course meal.
Cabin service is available 24 hours a day on all ships (extra charge applies).
Room Service: Available 24 hours a day for an extra charge.
Thomson Cruises Dress Code - Semi-Formal
What to Wear Onboard Thomson Cruise Ships
On all ships, a dress code applies during the evening. Except for formal night, the dress code is smart casual, which means full length trousers and an open-necked shirt/polo shirt for men and equivalent attire (e.g. casual separates or dresses) for ladies. There is one formal night on each seven night cruise - normally the Captain's Cocktail Party. It's a great opportunity to put on your glad-rags and enjoy a gala evening. A dinner jacket or tuxedo is the norm for men but otherwise a suit and tie is fine. Ladies should be elegantly dressed - a cocktail or evening dress would fit right in.
THOMSON CRUISE TIPS & GRATUITIES
For your greater convenience Thomson Cruises operate an automatic system whereby gratuities to your crew onboard have already been included in your cruise fare. Additional rewards for exceptional service from a particular crew member is at your discretion.
THOMSON CRUISE SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Celebrate in Style Onboard Thomson Cruise Ships
With this one, a chilled bottle of Moet, chocolate-dipped strawberries and flowers will be waiting in your cabin when you arrive. Plus you'll get a Continental breakfast, and a cake, card and photograph – perfect if you're celebrating something special.
Honeymooners Onboard Thomson Cruise Ships
A bottle of Moet & Chandon, a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates, all waiting for you in your cabin. What's more, you'll get a table for two reserved in both the restaurant and the show lounge on Gala night. Not available on the Island Escape.
Blessings at Sea Onboard Thomson Cruise Ships
If you're already married, Thomson can arrange a blessing at sea for you? The ceremony will be conducted by the captain or a senior officer. You'll have dinner with the captain. Plus you'll get a sparkling wine toast, a bouquet, a photograph and a cake, not to mention champagne and canapes.
Special Extras Onboard Thomson Cruise Ships
Get your cruise off to a flying start and have a bottle of champagne, fresh flowers, a celebration cake or some chocolate-dipped strawberries waiting for you in your cabin.
Champagne Breakfast Onboard Thomson Cruise Ships
Wake up to a Continental breakfast in bed, with chilled Moet & Chandon and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Just let the ship know which day you'd like it served.
THOMSON CRUISE KIDS CLUB
Family Cruise Onboard Thomson Cruise Ships
Aboard Ship Thomson Destiny, Thomson Spirit and Thomson Celebration have a Thomson Kidzone club where a range of daily activities are organised by qualified kids hosts. Children are welcome at activities as long as a parent or guardian is on the ship.
With Kidzone and Palmy children's club, your kids will be entertained all day long. When you take your children on holiday, the last thing you want to hear is 'I'm bored'. Luckily keeping your kids on the go isn't a problem on Thomson ships. The action-packed clubs are two of the best. Thomson's Kidzone offers junior cruisers aged 3 to 12-year-olds a place to make new friends, while Island Cruises' Palmy provides plenty of fun for young cruisers 3 to 11-year-olds. They're both brimming with creative play, there's everything from storytelling to team challenges and mini discos on the activity menu. Plus they've put children's choices in the eateries to make picking child-sized portions a piece of cake and with out child-friendly offers you get more for your money on their cruises.
Children and Cruising Onboard Thomson Cruise Ships
Cruises are most enjoyable for children between the ages of three and sixteen, especially when older children have begun to study other cultures. On all ships, children should be supervised at all times. Here are a few tips to make a family cruise go smoothly.
- Talk about the ports and the cruise with your child before you travel.
- Be realistic about how much sightseeing the family can do; choose the occasional optional excursion to the beach instead of more sightseeing.
- Ask your family doctor about child-safe medicines to tackle the unexpected touch of seasickness.
Infants and Cruising Onboard Thomson Cruise Ships
Infants under the age of 2 now have an individual luggage allowance of 10kg. Folding pushchairs and wheelchairs do not count as part of your baggage allowance, however you will not be charged to carry them when travelling on their in-house airline.
Kids' Menu Onboard Thomson Cruise Ships
Children enjoy their very own menu, with home-from-home dishes and smaller portions available on all ships.
THOMSON CRUISE SPECIAL NEEDS
Less Mobile Passengers Onboard Thomson Cruise Ships
Less mobile passengers who require a wheelchair for use ashore only must bring their own standard size collapsible wheelchair. This will be retained for storage at the gangway. Only passengers booked in those cabins specially adapted for wheelchair use will be able to use their wheelchairs around the ship.
Thomson regret the number of passengers using wheelchairs on their vessels is restricted. Therefore you must contact us at Planet Cruise with details before booking your holiday. Passengers who need to use a wheelchair onboard must reserve one of the designated cabins. Thomson Celebration, Island Escape and Thomson Spirit have four, whilst Thomson Destiny has two as shown on the deck plans. These cabins have private facilities adapted for wheelchair users and have special access. Only standard size collapsible wheelchairs can be accepted. Due to narrow corridors and ledges it is particularly difficult to move around The Calypso in a wheelchair. Thomson regret that battery operated wheelchairs or scooters cannot be accepted onboard any vessel. There are no cabins aboard The Calypso with facilities adapted for wheelchair users. Passengers confined to wheelchairs will not be able to go ashore in ports where a tender to shore is necessary. Depending on the port and tidal levels, it may not always be possible for these passengers to leave the ship at all due to gangway access. Passengers using a wheelchair onboard must be accompanied by a fit and able companion able to assist them. If you are unable to use coach transfers or require assistance at the airport, assistance and taxis can be pre-booked at a charge through the Thomson Cruises Special Assistance Team, proof of need will be required at the time of booking, such as your registered disabled number or a letter from your doctor.
Pregnancy Onboard Ships
You can sail with up to the 28th week of pregnancy. To be sure you can travel it is wise to talk to your doctor. Please note: most insurance policies (including our insurance) cover only up to the 28th week of pregnancy.