Thomson Cruises has announced that Thomson Spirit will remain in its fleet for another year, citing popular customer demand.
The 1,350-passenger ship, built in 1983, was due to leave the fleet in November this year, after completing a seven-day “Ancient Affair” cruise from Limassol, Cyprus.
The ship will be based in Palma De Mallorca in April 2018, and in Malaga from May 2018. The ship will offer Mediterranean cruises, with a mix of city and cultural highlights including Rome, Barcelona, Lisbon, Tarragona, Mahon, and Roses.
Managing director of Thomson Cruises, Richard Sofer, said:
“When we announced that Thomson Spirit would be sailing with us for the last time this year we were overwhelmed by the response. Our customers really love Thomson Spirit – it’s the longest serving member of our fleet and has a really homely feel, being one of our smallest ships.
“Extending her time in our fleet will give customers more chance to explore some of the Mediterranean’s most stunning ports in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy – while experiencing the friendliest service at sea.”
The future of the ship, which Thomson charters from owners Louis plc was uncertain, as no cruise line had announced intentions of operating the vessel after 2017. Thomson Spirit will continue to sail with the fleet until October 2018, however the larger Thomson Majesty will still leave the fleet towards the end of this year, as planned, where it will offer Greek cruises with Celestyal Cruises.
Thomson Spirit‘s final cruise will now be October 21, 2018 – a “Continental Coasts” cruise. The new 2018 itineraries will go on sale on July 27.