Thomson Cruises has released a series of three short films made with British actor and radio presenter Larry Lamb, who was challenged by the cruise line to discover an array of interesting local people – all whilst sailing in the Mediterranean on their newest addition, TUI Discovery 2!

The former Eastenders and I’m a Celebrity star visited Barcelona, Palma and Ibiza where he met a mixture of locals, who all had a story to tell. The videos hope to highlight the importance of getting to know the local people whilst on a cruise.

Making friends is good for you – fact

The visit follows a recent study by Thomson Cruises and the Human Nature Research Lab at Yale University, which found that us Brits can bond with up to five new people from different cultures whilst on holiday – giving us a happiness boost of up to 10%!

Lamb met Juanito in Barcelona, owner of a popular bar just off Las Ramblas where he’s worked for over 70 years.  In Palma, he met with cycling and hiking expert Thelonious, who showed him Majorca’s wonderful hills and mountains. Finally, in Ibiza, Larry met with local fisherman Miguel – whom he caught and cooked fish with!

Inspiring individuals

Upon returning, Lamb said – ‘I have been lucky enough to travel the world during my career, meeting a diverse group of people from across the globe, but I’ve never had the opportunity to experience a cruise. I teamed up with Thomson Cruises to show there is a wealth of amazing people from different cultures and backgrounds that cruise-goers can meet when they step ashore at a new destination.’

Managing director of Thomson Cruises, Richard Sofer, said – We knew that Larry had a love of travel and meeting new people – made evident by his ability to speak five different languages. It was great to see him really get into the spirit of the trip.’

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