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An Audience With…

Get the lowdown on showbiz life from our selection of famous guest speakers, aboard our cruises from the UK…

We’ve all got a hero. Someone that has achieved things we can only dream of… whether that’s scoring a goal in a World Cup final, having a seat to call their own in the House of Commons, or spending a drama-filled Christmas Day in the Queen Vic. Okay, so a punch-up in an East End pub may not be our ideal scenario, but each to their own. So, if any of these accolades strike a chord with you, then this selection from our amazing line-up of speakers aboard our cruises is bound to tickle your fancy. We get a sneaking suspicion from their CVs that these celebs have all got a juicy story or two to tell…


If you’re into politics… hear from Edwina Currie

Edwina Currie has caused a sensation in her time. That’s why we know she’ll give a fascinating insight into her varied career. Since ending her time as an MP, she’s written almost a dozen books – remember the revelations from Currie’s Diaries in 2002? – and had them critiqued in the press. And we mean critiqued. She’s embraced life in the public eye by appearing on a number of reality TV shows, such as Hell’s Kitchen, Come Dine with Me, and Strictly Come Dancing. Best not mention Strictly (Currie was given the boot in the first week). Or eggs. Listen to Edwina speak on our Icelandic Encounter cruise on Thomson Spirit14th May 2014. 


If you love your soaps… hear from Billy Murray

Billy Murray is one scary dude. At least, he is when he’s under the guise of Johnny Allen in EastEnders. Put it this way, he makes Phil Mitchell look like Baldrick. Little wonder, since it was the notorious Krays who allegedly paid for him to go to acting school. Before Albert Square, he played the DS you loved to hate in The Bill – the other side of the thin blue line – and has also appeared in 80s and 90s favourites such as The Sweeney, Minder and Bergerac. Even though he scooped the prize of ‘Best Villain’ at the British Soap Awards in 2006, we challenge you to uncover his sensitive side. You can hear from Billy aboard our Baltic Beauties cruise on Thomson Spirit20th June 2014.  


If you’re fanatical about sports… hear from Sir Geoff Hurst

Ask any footie-mad guy who their idol is, and 9 times of out 10 they’ll reply, “Sir Geoff Hurst.” The man is a living legend. He’s the first ever player to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final (who can forget the commentary, “They think it’s all over… it is now…”), putting 3 glorious goals past the German keeper to see England lift the Jules Rimet trophy for the first, and only, time. Gareth Southgate, we still blame you. His sporting prowess was officially recognised in 2004, when he was awarded a richly deserved knighthood. So, how does it feel to be national treasure? If you’re as intrigued as we are, catch Sir Geoff on our Fire & Ice cruise on Thomson Spirit26th August 2014.  

Here’s the rest of our galaxy of stars joining us over the coming months…

Nobby Stiles – 10.08.13 One of the players in England’s 1966 winning World Cup Team and famous for his celebratory dance with the Jules Rimet trophy, Nobby’s moves are known around the world. Renowned for his no-nonsense tough tackling, this former Manchester United Defender recently scored an MBE for services to football.

Julie Peasgood – 17.09.13 English actress, television presenter, author and voice-over artist, Julie has her fingers in all of the pies. From the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Woolpack, to the voice of Bird’s Eye Peas, Julie is a regular chameleon and the ‘queen of ad voiceovers’. Thanks to her varied career, we’re certain Julie won’t be short of a story or two.

Humphrey Burton – 08.06.14 With 4 Emmys, 2 BAFTAs and a RTS Silver medal, Humphrey Burton is sure to be running out of space in his trophy cabinet. For almost half a century, Humphrey’s rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names the arts industry including Ken Russell and Leonard Bernstein. Make a note not to miss Humphrey on our North Cape Discovery cruise.

Lisa Goddard – 27.06.14 For nearly 40 years, English actress Lisa Goddard has charmed TV audiences with her appearances on shows such as Midsummer Murders and Give Us A Clue. Having reached the top Down Under with Skippy the Kangaroo, we’re hopping with excitement for Lisa to join us aboard the Baltic Explorer.

Nick Baker – 12.07.14 Nick Baker’s love of all things weird and wild has led him from the coral reefs of Tasmania to the bustling rainforests of Madagascar. Now an anti-poaching campaigner, we’re bound to have a really wild time with Nick.

Eddie ’The Eagle’ Edwards – 03.08.14 Great Britain’s first ski jumper, Eddie became a world icon after his performance in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Turning his hand to diving, Eddie recently got the medal he deserved, winning Tom Daley’s reality TV show Splash!

Bob Champion – 15.09.14 Champion by name, champion by nature, MBE Bob smashed the Grand National in 1981 with his horse Aldaniti. Having won his own battle with cancer, Bob spends most of his time raising funds for his charity: The Bob Champion Cancer Trust. One of life’s winners, we bet this guest will be a clear favourite.
Which of our famous personalities would you like to hear speak aboard our cruises?

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9 Responses to “An Audience With…”

  1. Hopperjohn56@hotmail.com' John

    We are looking to fly direct on the Dreamliner the date we are looking at is 30th sept

  2. hopperjohn56@hotmail.com' john

    can you please tell me if the dreamliner is flying to mexico direct from newcastle approx end of September

    • Adam.staite@thomson.co.uk' Adam @Thomson

      Hi John, Which flight date are you looking at or are you looking for a Dreamliner flight specifically?

    • hopperjohn56@hotmail.com' john

      we are hoping to fly the 30th sept from newcastle to cancun will this be a direct flight

    • Adam.staite@thomson.co.uk' Adam @Thomson

      Hi John, This flight is currently due to be on board the Dreamliner (Flight number TOM866)

    • hopperjohn56@hotmail.com' john

      we are hoping to fly 30th sept if it is a direct flight on the dreamliner

    • Adam.staite@thomson.co.uk' Adam @Thomson

      Hi John, That is correct this flight is a direct flight.

  3. Jennie@kinderpaws.co.uk' Jennie

    I’m traveling to cancun on the 8-23 of August can you please confirm my seat numbers and that we are on the dreamliner and the seats recline?
    I am agoraphobic and the travel agent has advised it is done and we collect the tickets tomorrow but I’m very nervous and it’s a special occasion for my daughters 18 th and my birthday too
    Also I usually check in on line can this be done even though I booked at travel agent?
    Thank you booking ref 0387/*****. Flight reference ****** TOM092 & TOM093

    Thanks Jen

    • James @Thomson

      Hi Jennie, Thanks for your message. I’ve got some good news for you in that you’ll be flying on our lovely new 787 Dreamliner. I can also see on here that your seats for your journey flying out to Cancun is seat 26 A & B. When you’re returning your seat number is 16 A & B. This has now been confirmed for you.

      I hope that you now have your holiday tickets and that you’re ready to jet off in a few weeks time. Unfortunately at the airport you’re unable to check-in online as this facility is not yet available, however you may check-in the day before. Here is a link which provides you with all the information that you’ll need here – http://www.thomson.co.uk/editorial/faqs/flights/checking-in.html.

      I hope you have an amazing holiday in Mexico.

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