Thomson Cruises offers new shore excursions for summer

Thomson Cruises has launched the sale of its new summer 2014 Shore Excursion programme.

This summer season will see the launch of several new tours, including the chauffeur-driven Tuk Tuk Amsterdam Adventure through Holland’s cosmopolitan capital.

The Summer Dog Sledding on Wheels fly-by tour in Longyearbyen, Norway offers guests the chance to be pulled through the Arctic Tundra by a pack of huskies. For eco-tourists, the Eden Project offers a walking tour of the largest domed greenhouse in the world, located in the heart of Cornish mining country.

The cruise line will also be re-visiting Italy this summer, offering guests the ‘Rome All in One Day’ excursion, taking in the most famous city landmarks, including the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Colosseum. The ‘Athens and the Acropolis’ tour remains on the Thomson Celebration programme, showcasing the city’s historical sites. From Norway, Thomson Spirit cruisers on an ex-UK itinerary can again choose a trip skywards on the Flam Railway Adventure, one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world.

In addition to the usual favourites, Thomson Cruises says that it is looking to offer something different, from Sea-trek R.I.B Adventures in Stornoway and riding Segways in Rome, to Touring Riga by a Retro Tram and relaxing boat rides to the Isle of Mozia and Marsala from Trapani, Sicily.

Helen Caron, managing director of Thomson Cruises, said, ‘As with all of our excursions, we’ve hand-picked some new additions to the summer 2014 programme, which we’re confident our customers will enjoy. Our excursions are very popular and often sell out, so allowing customers to plan ahead and book their excursions before they’ve even left home ensures they get to experience everything on their ‘must-see’ list for their cruise.’

Customers can now browse and book excursions online, with advance bookings offering savings on the on-board price. They can also amend excursion bookings up to 24 hours before the tour departs, offering extra flexibility.

The re-launch of the Thomson and First Choice websites has resulted in record visits in January, over 17.9 million visits were made to the new websites, and 50 percent of all bookings were made online, the holiday company said.