Why a Thomson cruise is perfect for kids

Amy Hopkins
11th October 2016

Cruise: the new king of family holidays?

Once the domain of pensioners, cruise ships are incorporating more facilities, activities and entertainment for families, and more and more mums and dads are realising that cruising certainly isn’t just for adults. Thomson Cruises have gone to extraordinary lengths to make sure children have the time of their lives when onboard one of their cruise ships. Thomson Cruises have stepped things up a gear with their latest ships, TUI Discovery (launched in summer 2016) and its sister ship, TUI Discovery 2 (launching in summer 2017) which feature even more creative and diverse ways for kids to make the most of cruising, including a new Baby Centre and an exclusive club just for teens.


8 ways all Thomson Cruises put families first

  1. Family-sized and interconnecting cabins.
  2. Buffet lunches serving up plenty of family favourites like spaghetti bolognese and pizza, plus special kids’ menus.
  3. Dozens of activities, including football and table tennis tournaments, fun quizzes and early evening shows for younger audiences.
  4. When the ship isn’t in port, kids up the age of 12 get discounted rates on some exciting shore excursions. Excursions include trips to waterparks, aquariums and beaches, plus once-in-a-lifetime experiences little-boy-playing-golf-on-discovery-thomsonlike swimming with stingrays and dolphins.
  5. Every ship has a free Thomson Kids’ Club, so little ones can be kept busy with face-painting, treasure hunts and storytelling, leaving mum and dad free to enjoy time together. As well as plenty  of dressing up, there are movie nights and pyjama parties. Plus, the fully accredited staff even take the kids up the bridge to high-five the captain! Groups are divided into Tots, for three-five year olds, Team for six-eight year olds and Tribe, for kids aged nine to 11. And of course, it’s all free.
  6. Every Thomson ship is bursting with activities that you can enjoy as a family. On TUI Discovery you can even challenge the kids to a round of minigolf or a race to the top of the climbing wall.
  7. It’s worth advising your little ones to keep their eyes peeled for Thomson The Dog, who tends to pop up poolside, especially during storytime. They wouldn’t want to miss the chance to get their photo taken with the friendly mascot!
  8. If you fancy pairing some time onboard with a spell at a hotel, choose a Cruise and Stay holiday. With family-friendly hotels available in all homeports (bar Dubrovnik as these are adult-only sailings) you and the kids can experience the best of both worlds.

What’s cool onboard TUI Discovery and TUI Discovery 2?


climbing-wall-discovery-thomson-cruiseTUI Discovery and Discovery 2: the lowdown


Highlights of the Mediterranean on TUI Discovery sails from Majorca to Ajaccio, Civitavecchia (for Rome), Livorno (for Florence and Pisa), St Raphael (for St Tropez and Cannes) and Barcelona. Prices start from £2,531 for a family of four in an inside cabin on Decks 2/3 departing 6 May 2017, flying from Bournemouth Airport.

Children don’t pay adult prices or cabin supplements. There are special prices for infants under two. Onboard cots are free of charge – just remember to ask for one when you book.

Find out more

Read the Thomson Cruises family blog to find out why a cruise is the new beach holiday.

Read more about the onboard experience for families and watch families enjoying a Thomson cruise.


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