thomson rebrandThomson Cruises has announced that it is rebranding as Marella Cruises this month, a move that comes at the same time as Thomson changes to TUI.

The rebrand will see the cruise line set sail towards new horizons with modern additions to the fleet, such as Marella Explorer next year, and exotic new routes in the pipeline.

With Marella Cruises still part of the world of TUI, customers will still be offered great itineraries, service and entertainment on board all six ships with friendly service. The word Marella, which means ‘shining sea’ in Celtic, was chosen by the company to reflect its spirit of exploration and discovery across the seas.

Those choosing a Marella Cruises' holiday will be able to take advantage of flights on their doorstep across 22 regional UK airports, as well as a wide Cruise & Stay programme that combines a cruise holiday with a stay at one of more than 140 hotels across ten destinations worldwide, including the luxurious TUI Sensatori collection.

All of the extras that customers have grown to know will still be offered, such as tips and service charges included in the price, All Inclusive as standard on Marella Explorer, Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2, previously TUI Discovery and TUI Discovery 2, and cruises setting sail at night meaning fewer days spent at sea and more time spent ashore.

Helen Caron, distribution and cruise director said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for our business. We’re really proud to offer an experience that guests can, and want to, come back to again and again and moving forward as Marella we’ve got brand new, modern additions to our fleet and more destinations, choice and experiences than ever before which really reflects our spirit of exploration and discovery within the new brand.”

To celebrate the launch, the company has unveiled new itineraries across Asia as part of its winter 2018 programme. The newly renamed Marella Discovery will sail to 18 new ports of call on 14 new adult-only itineraries, including Colours of the Far East, departing from Bangkok, Thailand and Enchanting Far East, setting sail from Langkawi in Malaysia.

Marella Discovery’s South East Asian adventure will take it to destinations such as Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and Kuala Lumpur, as well as India, calling at ports including Mumbai, Mangalore, Mormugao (Goa), Cochin (Kerala) and Colombo (Sri Lanka), and to the Middle East, with highlights including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat.

For the first time in the company’s history, two ships will be based in Barbados for winter 2018. Marella Explorer will sail its first ever winter season from the Bajan paradise and will be joined by Marella Celebration, operating established itineraries.

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