Thomas Cook Announces 2014 Cruises

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Leading travel company, Thomas Cook, is urging travellers who are keen to go on cruises to book their 2014 cruises now to get maximum bargains.

The company is reporting that to get best value for money, travellers can either book cruises in a last minute deal, or book them well in advance. Booking the cruises in advance is often more reliable, and will be an easier option to visit a destination of choice on a favourite cruise ship.

Often advance bookings are affordable options on cruises, which also include a number of perks thrown in for travellers.

The company is offering a 14 night Norwegian cruise with P&O Cruises Adonia, which will be halting at a number of quaint towns in Norway, and finally at Geiranger. Adonia has a guest capacity of 710, and provides all the cruise facilities of a bigger ship.

A 14 night Mediterranean cruise in 2014 is now open for booking, and will be calling on the ports of Monte Carlo, Rome and Valencia. The Ventura is one of the largest ships in the P&O Cruises fleet.

The 17 night Mediterranean cruise in 2014 onboard P&O Cruises Azura will be commencing from Southampton, and call on Dubrovnik, Venice, Sicily and a number of other locations.

The company recently announced pre-tax losses of GBP485.3 million for the year ended September 30, 2012, from GBP398.2 million reported for the earlier year.

Company revenue has decreased to £9.5 billion for the 2012, from £9.8 billion in the same period last year. The increasing annual losses have been explained as partly due to lowered capacity and higher fuel costs.

Harriet Green, the new chief executive officer of Thomas Cook, said, ‘Transforming the performance of our UK & Ireland business will, in essence, transform the Thomas Cook Group’s performance overall.

Peter (Peter Fankhauser, the newly appointed company head for UK and Ireland business) has extensive experience and proven track record of successfully leading and transforming businesses and I am confident that by bringing our UK and Continental European operations together we will achieve far greater synergies for the group and significantly improve operational efficiency, the sharing of best practice and driving out siloed behavior.’

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