Thomson Cruises Puts Emphasis on Long Haul with Three Ships Caribbean-Based in 2017

November 14, 2016
Map of Jamaica showing Mo'Bay

Thomson Cruises has announced it will be basing three ships in the Caribbean next year -- including its newest vessels, TUI Discovery and TUI Discovery 2.

TUI Discovery will sail out of Bridgetown, Barbados and TUI Discovery 2 will be based in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Thomson Celebration will be moving to its new homeport of La Romana in the Dominican Republic in November 2017, meaning the line will have three of its ships based in the Caribbean for the first time.

All three ships will feature new destinations and itineraries including St Lucia, Grenada and Antigua, St Maarten and Martinique.

Guatemala's port Santo Tomas de Castilla is introduced on new itinerary Exotic Explorer on TUI Discovery 2, as well as Nassau in The Bahamas as part of a repositioning cruise.

Due to significant customer demand, the number of Cuban Fusion sailings on TUI Discovery is also being increased.

TUI Discovery will sail new itineraries from Barbados, which include new ports of call St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Direct Thomson Airways flights now fly to a number of Caribbean destinations including from Cardiff, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Glasgow, Newcastle, Stansted Birmingham, Manchester and Gatwick.

Thomson Dream will move to its new mid-haul homeports of Santa Cruz, Tenerife and Las Palmas, Gran Canaria in November 2017.

Thomson Majesty and Thomson Spirit will both embark on their last sailings in November 2017 before they leave the Thomson Cruises fleet to return to Celestyal Cruises. Thomson Spirit will be based in Limassol, Cyprus and will head off for the first time on the 15th November 2017, while Thomson Majesty will leave its homeport of Malaga, Spain for its final sailing on 19th November.

Managing Director of Thomson Cruises Richard Sofer said: "We are really excited about the introduction of the Dominican Republic as Thomson Celebration’s base for next winter. This is the first time we’ll have had three ships in the Caribbean and that means we can continue to offer more choice and flexibility to our customers, who we know are looking more and more for holidays further afield."

-- By Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor