Thomson Cruises is shaking things up a bit for winter 2015. Not only are two of the ships – Thomson Dream and Thomson Celebration – being treated to stylish makeovers, but there are new itineraries on the cards, too. With that in mind, here’s a taster of what you could experience on the new routes…
Just like salsa, cigars and vintage American cars, Hemingway is synonymous with Havana – after all, the famous writer lived here for more than 20 years. Stop by his favourite drinking den – Bodeguita del Medio – to sink a mojito or two. And check out Hotel Ambos Mundos, where he penned a big chunk of For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Thomson Dream stops in Havana, Cuba as part of its the Cuban Revolution itinerary, and sailing from 26th January 2015.
Myth and legend are the bricks and mortar of the Palace of Knossos. This complex was built in the Bronze Age, and is said to be the birthplace of modern civilisation. Why? The Minoans who lived here were some of the first people in the world to have fashion, parties and women’s rights. It’s also rumoured to be the site of the fabled Labyrinth, a massive underground maze built to contain the half-man half-bull Minotaur.
Thomson Spirit anchors in Heraklion, Crete as part of its Aegean Titans itinerary, sailing from 4th November to 22nd April 2015.
The Treetop Adventure Park in Castries, St Lucia will get your adrenaline pumping as you glide over rainforest treetops and rivers on a zip line. There are 12 different zips in total, including the longest and tallest on the island. You’ll get a bird’s-eye-view of the rainforest as you reach heights of more than 150 feet. It may not be quite the same as flying, but it’s definitely the next best thing.
Thomson Celebration calls at Castries, St Lucia as part of its Caribbean Cocktail itinerary, sailing from 22nd November to 27th March 2015.
Seafood zested up with lemon juice, slow-cooked beef, spicy Madeiran rice – the food served in Funchal’s old town is just as fresh as in the swanky seafront places, but at tastier prices. Chomp on a bowl of creamy codfish and potatoes, or ramp it up with a Portuguese stew made with chillies and chorizo. You’ll be sitting on communal benches while you tuck in, so you can literally rub shoulders with the locals.
Thomson Majesty stops in Funchal, Madeira as part of its Island Explorer itinerary, sailing from 23rd November to 14th March 2015.
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