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    TUI to invest 5m in Thomson Dream

    TUI will be spending up to 5 million on new ship Thomson Dream after it takes delivery of the vessel in April next year.

    TUI director of cruise David Selby said there will be 10 days after Thomson takes delivery of the ship for any immediate changes, to be followed by a six-week dry-dock in November 2010, by which time they will have been able to see what else needs to be done.

    He said: "I want to see how the ship works for our passengers before we make any decisions. The first two cruises will be very important so I will be on board during that time."

    Selby was speaking during a three-night mini-cruise for agents last week so they could see the ship, currently sailing as Costa Cruises' Costa Europa, before TUI takes delivery.

    Thomson is taking the ship on a 10-year charter with the option to buy it after five years.

    Selby said key changes he had identified during the cruise, which was his first chance to be on board while it was sailing, were the sound and lighting in the theatre and the over-bright lights in the dining room. He will also be looking at whether to relocate the kids and teens areas and reckons the large casino area would be better used for extra cabins.

    He said: "It is mostly tweaks. What we like about this ship is the feeling of space in the public rooms and we will keep that."

    Selby said Thomson Dream, plus the addition of Island Cruises' one ship, Island Escape, to the TUI stable, meant the group would be growing 40% in two years, with capacity for 280,000 passengers in 2010.

    Island Cruises was a joint venture between First Choice and Royal Caribbean Cruises, but became wholly owned by TUI in October 2008, after the group, which had already merged with First Choice, bought out Royal Caribbean's 50% stake in the budget cruise line.

    Selby said TUI will be spending some 4 million upgrading Island Escape over the next 13 months.

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    looks like they're getting a bit more serious about cruising than they were previosly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smitty View Post
    looks like they're getting a bit more serious about cruising than they were previosly.
    I think you'll see Thomson Cruises truly polishing up their brand and offering some distinctive yet affordable cruise packages in coming years. They have an option to buy another Costa ship, have fully invested in the Island Cruises enterprise, and are becoming more and more prevalent in the UK cruise market.

    Oh yeah, and some ports days in Havana, Cuba...can't find that on many other cruise lines.
    We'll keep an eye on developments with Thomson Cruise and Island Cruises.
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    tim, island cruises are being run as a sub-brand of thomson and as they are now just a one ship line they're beating the well trodden path being vacated by ocean village.
    the main thompson brand is very well respected in the u.k. mainly for providing land based mediterainian packages of all description to u.k. travellers.
    parent company t.u.i. are a major player in europe and a very rich and profitable company to boot.
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    I agree. It's going to be interesting to see how Thomson Cruises expands and changes over the coming few years.

    It's just a shame they don't have any of their ships sailing direct from the UK much this year. Or am I wrong in thinking they don't? I know there's none sailing direct from Harwich this year anway.

    But I think Thomson Dream makes a call there this October!
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    they're usually either based in palma majorca, barcelona or tenerife ( winter ) occasionally using a port in either italy or greece as a base.
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