|Richard Sofer 
Thomson Cruises is a British cruise line, operated by Thomson, offering cruise holidays around Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia. Thomson Cruises uses ships once used by Louis Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International and Holland America Line.
The company had initially entered the cruise market in 1973, but due to rising fuel costs the venture was terminated in 1976. In 1995, Thomson restarted their cruise line after their competitor Airtours had made a successful entry in the cruise business under their Sun Cruises brand.
Thomson Cruises holds approximately a 1% market share of the worldwide cruise industry.
On April 13, 2016, Thomson Cruises announced the next addition to its fleet, the former MS Splendour of the Seas, would be named TUI Discovery as part of the re-brand which will see the whole of Thomson transition to TUI over the next eighteen months. TUI Discovery will be the first of the Thomson Cruises fleet to offer an all-inclusive drinks package as standard.
MS Island Escape was added to the Thomson fleet in April 2009, as a result of parent company TUI's acquisition of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s share in Island Cruises that took place in 2008. As of March 2013, Thomson operates the Island Escape under its all-inclusive Island Cruises brand.
In March 2015, Royal Caribbean International announced that they had agreed to sell Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of 2016, and that TUI would lease the ship to Thomson Cruises to replace the Island Escape.
In October 2015, the Island Cruise brand was discontinued after the sole ship Island Escape completed her last scheduled cruise with Thomson Cruises.
In March 2017, it was announced that Mein Schiff 1 would join the fleet in May 2018, and would become the TUI Explorer.
In July 2017, Thomson had announced that they would be extending the Thomson Spirit Lease until October 2018, and she will be based out of Palma for April 18 and then based in Malaga from May 2018 with her last cruise being on the 21st October 2018
|Gross tonnage||Flag||Home Port||Notes||Image|
|Thomson Spirit||1983||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||2003||33,930 tons||Malta||Dubrovnik,Croatia until end of October 2017, Limassol, Cyprus for Winter 2017/18||Previously Nieuw Amsterdam, Patriot, Spirit - Chartered from Louis Cruises until October 2018|
|Thomson Celebration||1984||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||2005||33,960 tons||Malta||Newcastle, United Kingdom until end of September 2017 . For Winter 2017/18 She will be based out of La Romana, Dominican Republic||Previously Noordam.|
|Thomson Dream||1986||Meyer Werft||2010||54,763 tons||Malta||Corfu, Greece until end of October 2017. For winter 2017/18 she will be based in Tenerife, Canary Islands||Previously Homeric, Westerdam, Costa Europa.|
|Thomson Majesty||1992||Kvaerner Masa-Yards||2012||40,876 tons||Malta||Palma, Majorca until end of October 2017, with her departing the fleet in October 17||Previously Royal Majesty, Norwegian Majesty, Louis Majesty - Chartered from Louis Cruises until 2017.|
|TUI Discovery||1996||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||2016||69,130 tons||Malta||Palma de Mallorca, Spain until October 2017, and will be based out of Bridgetown, Barbados for the Winter 2017/18 Season||Previously Splendour of the Seas.|
|TUI Discovery II||1995||Chantiers de l'Atlantique||2017||69,130 tons||Malta||Malaga, Spain until September 2017,||Previously Legend of the Seas.|
|TUI Explorer||1996||Meyer Werft||2018||76,522 tons||Malta||Currently sailing as Mein Schiff 1, she has been sold to Thomson for 2018 season along with Legend of the Seas and Mein Schiff 2 to replace the Thomson Spirit & Thomson Majesty.|
|TUI Explorer 2||1997||Meyer Werft||2019||77,713 tons||Malta||Currently sailing as Mein Schiff 2, she has been sold to Thomson for 2019 season along with Legend of the Seas and Mein Schiff 1 to replace the Thomson Spirit & Thomson Majesty.|
|SS Ithaca||1956||Deutsche Werft||1973- 1976||8,977 tons||scrapped 2003|
|SS Calypso||1955||Harland & Wolff||1975-1976||20,204 tons||scrapped 2004|
|SS Island Breeze||1962||John Brown & Co.||1996-1998||26,632 tons||scrapped 2003|
|MS Sapphire||1967||Cantieri Navale Felszegi||1996-2002||12,263 tons||scrapped 2012|
|SS The Topaz||1956||Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering||1997-2003||25,516 tons||scrapped 2008|
|SS The Emerald||1958||Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock||1997-2008||26,431 tons||scrapped 2012|
|The Calypso||1967||Fincantieri||2006-2009||11,162 tons||scrapped 2013|
|Thomson Destiny||1982||Wärtsilä Hietalahti shipyard||2005-2012||37,584 tons||Currently operating on 3/4-day cruises from Greece.|
|Island Escape||1982||Dubigeon-Normandie S.A||2009-2015||40,132 tons||Departed fleet on October 27, 2015.|