Larry Lamb
meets his Cruise Mates

Larry Lamb was challenged by Thomson Cruises to embark on a voyage of discovery across the Mediterranean. Whilst sailing on TUI Discovery 2, Larry discovered an array of vibrant and interesting locals – his Cruise Mates.

In a series of three films, we followed Larry’s adventures in Barcelona, Palma and Ibiza, as he stepped ashore to explore what each destination had to offer, meeting an eclectic and diverse mixture of local people who all had their own story to tell.

His journey shows it’s not just about the places you go but the people you meet and memories you make when you step ashore.

Episode 1: Barcelona

The first port of call was cosmopolitan Barcelona, where Larry set off to discover the city’s most authentic arts and culture.

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Episode 2: Palma

In Palma de Mallorca, Larry was keen to discover a selection of outdoor pursuits within the historic and vibrant city.

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Episode 3: Ibiza

In his final Cruise Mates destination and inspired by his upbringing in a fish and chip shop in London, Larry went in search of the freshest seafood on the bohemian island of Ibiza.

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New friends from different cultures instantly boost our emotional happiness by 10%

Ground-breaking social research from Thomson Cruises and Yale University reveals how the friendships formed abroad directly impact the mood of Brits

World-first study,
monitoring

7million

UK Twitter accounts…

…before, during and after their holidays, has shown…

…happiness and emotional wellbeing is directly linked to new friends made on holiday.

With Thomson Cruises seeing an almost

40% increase

in passengers over the past 5 years…

Thomson Cruises partnered with Yale to establish if…

…the cruising renaissance

can be linked to Brits' increased desire to meet locals.

By tracking emotional sentiment on Twitter, Yale University created an algorithm…

…to detect holiday happiness by identifying…

…a list of 5,000 words that express emotions.

The list of ‘happy’ and ‘sad’ words cover a range of human emotion…

…including laughter, happiness, love, and joy.

The study proved the power of emotion…

…as holidaymakers' interaction with locals showed Brits could…

…give their happiness a boost of 10% if they bond with up to five new people from different cultures.

The research also shows an extra 10% increase…

…in happiness for people who engage in 50 brief social interactions…

…with new people whilst on holiday.

To read the executive summary of this piece of research please click here

Step ashore and meet your Cruise Mates!

Travelling on a cruise gives you the opportunity to meet different people with interesting and exciting stories that you may not have otherwise crossed paths with.

Our team of intrepid explorers will spend the next few weeks exploring a selection of exciting destinations whilst on board Thomson Cruises’ TUI Discovery! They’ll be sharing stories of the Cruise Mates they meet and the highlights from their adventures.

If you fancy stepping ashore, experiencing new cultures and meeting your very own Cruise Mates, take a look at the cruise itineraries we have on offer here and you could be there in no time.

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    Adam Partridge is exploring stunning scenery on Thomson Cruises’ Tropical Islands cruise, where he’s meeting interesting people in Barbados, St. Lucia & Grenada. Start your own adventure here.

  • @mother_of_daughters

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    Clemmie Hooper’s journey takes her on Thomson Cruises’ Paradise Islands cruise, where she’ll be meeting fascinating people in Barbados, St. Kitts and Antigua. Start your own adventure here.

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    Zoë de Pass is venturing out on Thomson Cruises’ Paradise Islands cruise, where she’ll be stepping ashore to meet the friendliest of people in Barbados, St. Kitts & Antigua. Start your own adventure here.

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    Award-winning food writer Gizzi Erskine is enjoying Thomson Cruises’ Tropical Islands cruise, where she’s meeting lovely local people on the islands of Barbados, St. Lucia & Grenada. Start your own adventure here.

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    Latest post location:

    Jessica Hariana is meeting charming local people on Thomson Cruises’ Paradise Islands cruise, where she is exploring the likes of Barbados, St. Kitts & Antigua. Start your own adventure here.

  • @rebelrecipes

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    Award-winning food blogger Niki Webster is relaxing on-board Thomson Cruises’ Tropical Islands cruise, travelling to Barbados, St. Lucia, & Grenada, where she’ll be meeting amazing people on the islands. Start your own adventure here.

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Step Onboard

Our team of intrepid explorers have been travelling onboard one of our biggest ships, TUI Discovery’s, enjoying the exciting selection of onboard activities and keeping fuelled with the all-inclusive drinks and cuisine.

Thomson Cruises will be launching TUI Discovery sister ship, TUI Discovery 2 this summer. TUI Discovery already offers itineraries ranging from the Canary Islands, Eastern and Western Mediterranean and the Caribbean. With TUI Discovery 2 you’ll be able to enjoy even more choice with additional itineraries including Central America.

If you fancy stepping onboard a Thomson Cruises ship and enjoying the all-inclusive offering, take a look at the exciting collection of cruise itineraries we have on offer here.

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