Thomson Cruises revealed its 2018 programme at the start of March 2017, which will see the addition of 12 new itineraries.

The 69,130-ton TUI Discovery, which joined Thomson Cruises in 2016, will be based in Newcastle from May 2018, from where she will visit the Norwegian Fjords and cities including Stockholm, Tallinn and Reykjavik.

The 33,930gt Thomson Celebration will be sailing from Newcastle this year, from June through September, offering a dozen four- to 14-night itineraries to the Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia and the Baltics, as well as Iceland. The last time Thomson Cruises offered departures from the UK was in 2014.

In September 2018 TUI Discovery will move to Southampton where she will finish her summer sailing four itineraries: Fantastic Fjords, Baltic Treasures, European Experience and Seeking the Northern Lights.

The new European Experience itinerary visits Germany, Belgium and France, with an overnight stay on board in Amsterdam, and Seeking the Northern Lights will take customers to the northernmost city in Norway to spot the phenomenon.