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An Arctic Affair To Remember

How about a cruise to the Arctic Circle for some serious bragging rights?

Your best friend is heading off to climb some mountain, and your cousin is jetting to a remote desert island. How on earth do you top that? Quite easily, as it goes. As part of our brand-spanking-new line-up for summer 2014, we’re now offering a 15-night cruise aboard Thomson Spirit to the Arctic Circle. Uh-huh, the Arctic Circle. Home of the North Pole, wild reindeer and Sir David Attenborough. And bags more besides. So, what can you expect to see during your ‘Arctic Affair’? To give you a little taster, we’re focusing on 3 stand-out ports of call…


Ny Alesund, Spitsbergen

This settlement on the island of Spitsbergen has a population of 35 people. With any luck they all get on, otherwise the atmosphere in the world’s northernmost post office (latitude 80… no biggie) could be a bit awkward. Although, the fact that they’re all brainbox scientists dedicated to mapping and monitoring Norway’s polar landscape, has me assuming that it’s just like being on the set of The Big Bang Theory. So what’s there to do here? A kilometre-long tourist trail punctuated by story boards will lead you through Ny Alesund, explaining exactly what goes on at the different science stations. You’ll also have a chance to do some research of your own. Just don’t stray off the beaten track. Or you’ll have Sheldon and his 34 buddies to answer to.


Flam, Norway

In Norwegian, the word Flam translates as ‘little place between steep mountains’. Which is no exaggeration. Tourists flock to Flam for the spectacular scenery they clock from one of the steepest railway tracks in the world. The train chugs up to heights of 865 metres above sea level, and you’ll fill up your memory card with birds-eye views of the area’s plunging valleys and mirror-like fjords, as you navigate hairpin bends and cliff-edge tunnels. No need for those knuckles to turn white, though… the railway has been running safe and sound since the Forties. Nothing about this region is mediocre. With its labyrinthine caves, copious waterfalls and rustic wooden lodges, it has more charm than Michael Bublé in a roomful of mums.


Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Longyearbyen will have you feeling on top of the world. Literally. Located at 78 degrees north, it’s the world’s northernmost town. It has a population of around 2,000 people – mostly Norwegians – and is home to a shopping mall, a cinema, and a scattering of bars and restaurants. Which practically makes it Disney World, in comparison to its neighbouring communities. Beyond the town’s multihued borders, signs of civilisation dwindle, and it’s all about the nature. Reindeer, foxes and polar bears populate the countryside of Svalbard – the island archipelago that surrounds Longyearbyen – and Alaskan huskies, as part of the workforce, are ten a penny. The best place to take in the striking landscape is from the bow of a boat. Check out the bird cliffs at Fuglefjellet and the deserted mining towns of Grumant, on a boat safari. Once in a lifetime stuff.


Do you fancy a cruise to the Arctic Circle?

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  1. leizaktom@gmail.com' Kirsten Melville

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  3. grant.honzik@ntlworld.com' Grant Honzik

    I’ve just booked Sensatori Turkey (Side) which we have been before to in 2013.
    We flew the Dreamliner on our first trip from Manchester and was wondering if we would be flying on the Dreamliner again in October 2015.

    • janay.templeman@thomson.co.uk' Janay Templeman

      Hi Grant, If you’d like to email your booking reference to us at cares@thomson.co.uk we’ll be able to check what plane you will be flying on. ^Janay

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  4. mandyh71@live.co.uk' Mandy garland

    To David Burling,
    I cannot believe that we have received such poor customer service from your company. We booked a holiday, then received an email reminding us of our remaining payment, we also received an excel spreadsheet with over 400 people’s address’s, emails, phone numbers, dates of departure and money owing. DATA PROTECRION ISSUE!! No apology, would like this resolved please as no one in your company gives a damm

    • janay.templeman@thomson.co.uk' Janay Templeman

      Hi Mandy, Thank you for contacting us regarding the ‘Balance due’ email sent to you on today Saturday 15th August. We’re aware that customer details were shared; this was a genuine error and not standard practice. We sincerely apologise for this error and understand why you aren’t happy about your personal information being shared. The error was recognised very quickly and the email recalled which was successful in the majority of cases.

      Thank you for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention, your feedback matters to us and helps us continue to improve our service. We take data security very seriously and we’re taking action to ensure this an unfortunate situation will not occur again.

  5. jaimeashworth@gmail.com' Jaime Ashworth

    My girlfriend and I missed a Thomson flight to Girona in July and didn’t realise until last week that we could have our APD refunded – can you help?!

    • janay.templeman@thomson.co.uk' Janay Templeman

      Hi Jamie, You would need to speak with our After Travel Team to get this refunded to you. Their email address is aftertravelcustomersupport@tuiuk.com or alternatively you can call them on 02034512699. ^Janay

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