The Thomson Dream in Funchal. (photo: Sergio Ferreira)Thomson Cruises has confirmed it will be making some changes to its summer 2012 deployment.

For summer 2012 Thomson will be reintroducing cruises from the UK on Thomson Spirit.

The ship will be based in Newcastle from May to July 2012 and Harwich in August and September. The ship will sail 15 different ex-UK itineraries, calling at 39 ports and offering three- to 14-night cruises.

Not only will Thomson be back cruising from the UK, for the very first time it will be introducing a new British Isles Cruise. The 11-night cruise calls in Guernsey, Dublin, Isle of Man, Isle of Mull, Orkney Islands and Edinburgh.

The other itineraries include a variety of cruises in the Baltic, Icelandic and Norwegian Fjord regions.

There will also be a one-off 'Weekend Affair' cruise to Belgium and Holland that is ideal for new customers wanting to get a taste of a cruising holiday, or for cruise lovers looking for a shorter break.

Phil Gardner, commercial general manager for Thomson Cruises said: "As a British Cruise company we are very excited to be back cruising from the UK. We have widened the portfolio of destinations we offer on our cruises to give customers even more choice. We have also listened to our customers who have requested the return of our UK program and responded.  Customers will now be able to experience the great service, value and holiday they get on a Thomson Cruise without even having to step on a plane."