Posts Tagged ‘Thomson Cruises’

Marella (Thomson) Go All-Inclusive

May 11, 2018

Marella Discovery (Courtesy Marella)

As part of TUI’s product update: starting in summer 2019, British cruise brand ‘Marella Cruises’ (formerly Thomson) will go all-inclusive.

TUI also confirmed that (Thomson) ‘Spirit’ will exit Marella’s fleet November 2018, and it will also welcome the Marella Explorer 2. The former ‘Celebrity Century’ will join Marella’s fleet for summer 2019.

The Marella Discovery (formerly RCI’s Splendour) and Marella Discovery 2 (formerly RCI’s Legend) joined the fleet in 2016 and 2017, respectively, offering newer tonnage to British guests.


Malcolm says: I have really enjoyed Thomson’s product in the past. Marella cruises (I still don’t like the new name) now have an almost entirely new fleet of bigger second-had ships.  Part of the attraction for me was Thomson’s smaller/charming ships, although they were generally well-worn.

It will be interesting to see how the product transfers to these bigger ships, although  they are all considerably smaller than the major lines vessels, but generally bigger than Olsen’s and CMV’s vessels.


Thomson Spirit Gets A Reprieve

July 5, 2017

(Courtesy Thomson)

Thomson Cruises’ Thomson Spirit, will sail a year longer than initially planned.

The ship, Thomson’s longest serving, was due to leave the fleet in November, but will now sail until the end of summer 2018.

Spirit will be based in Palma in April 2018 before moving to Malaga in May 2018.

The decision was a result of ‘overwhelming popular customer demand’.


Malcolm says: I’ve not cruised on Spirit, but I have her near-identical sister ‘Celebration’. She is a charming ‘smaller’ ship.

Thomson Celebration Review HERE:

Shrinking Ships

May 12, 2015
Not quite what I meant!

Not quite what I meant!

Have you noticed that when some ships get refitted, some public rooms disappear and additional cabins appear in the same location?

Now the cruise lines call this “an enhanced choice of accommodation”.

Well, it is only an advantage to the people who book those cabins. What about the hundreds of passengers who loose a public room or two. What about the fact that then ship will become more crowded with extra passengers from the extra cabins.

Adding more cabins is of course a method of making a ship more profitable. Even a handful of additional cabins, must generate a significant income, when viewed over a five year period. Let’s not forget those extra passengers (2+ per cabin) will also spend extra money on-board.

Losing public rooms is quite common on older/smaller ships. However even bigger/more modern ships can suffer from this unpleasant fate.

RCI’s ‘Freedom of the Seas’ (2006) had many new cabins added in her recent re-fit, including 19 in the space that was the ‘Crypt’ discotheque.

One loss of a public room which personally upset me, is the cinema on-board the ‘Thomson Celebration’

Now I do enjoy a dedicated cinema on-board a ship, but they are becoming increasingly rare. New ships just do not tend to have purpose built cinemas. It’s become too much of a luxury. It does not generate income.

Modern ships occasionally use the main Theatre for movies, have a big screen on deck or expect you to watch movies on you cabin TV – sometimes even pay-per-view.

(Thomson Spirit - Click to enlarge)

Thomson Spirit, with cinema (Click to enlarge)

(Thomson Celebration, 6 cabins replace cinema)

Thomson Celebration, 6 cabins replace the cinema.

Thomson Cruises are a prime example:

‘Spirit’ and ‘Celebration’ (ex Holland America Line) were identical ships. Both had charming dedicated cinemas. However in a recent refit, Celebration lost hers. It was replaced with six cabins (see deck plans above).

Fortunately Celebration’s sister ship, ‘Thomson Spirit’ still retains her original cinema, but for how long?


Thomson Celebration Review HERE: