Olympic medalist, Yohan Blake takes on freerunners

| February 25, 2014

Caribbean news. Awe inspiring stunts showcase Thomson Cruises’ new Jamaican home port

25 February, 2014 – Olympic medalist, Yohan Blake takes on world renowned freerunners in a new film from Thomson Cruises, to promote its 2014 and 2015 sailings from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The Dream Runners video sees 3RUN, who’ve worked on Hollywood blockbusters like Casino Royale and World War Z, flip over Blake in the starting blocks and race against him as they freerun across Jamaica to get to the cruise ship, Thomson Dream, before it sets sail from Montego Bay.

The Parkour and stunt professionals filmed the scenes with Blake at the Jamaican runners training ground in Kingston, and even got the runner to pull his famous beast pose for the camera.

Yohan Blake races Britain's best. Photo courtesy www.dailymail.co.uk

Yohan Blake races Britain’s best. Photo courtesy www.dailymail.co.uk

The film also sees the fearless freerunners scaling Dunn’s River Falls, flipping over market stalls in Ocho Rios and diving from the cliffs in Negril, before vaulting onto jet skis to chase Thomson Dream and scale its sides James Bond style.

Dream Runners is the sequel to the 2013 film, Platinum Parkour, which took freerunning to the high seas for the first time ever to innovatively unveil the multi-million pound makeover of cruise ship, Thomson Dream.

The latest installment has been released to celebrate Thomson Dream’s new home port of Montego Bay, Jamaica and showcases, in action movie style, the shore excursions available to Thomson Cruises customers.

Helen Caron, Managing Director of Thomson Cruises says: “We are very excited to team up with 3RUN for the second time to showcase our stunning new home port of Jamaica.

Helen Caron. Photo courtesy www.travelweekly.co.uk

Helen Caron. Photo courtesy www.travelweekly.co.uk

Last year, we worked with them to create a stunt style movie scene to unveil the Platinum upgrade on the Thomson Dream and this year our new action packed film, highlights the many stunning attractions our guests can visit on the island.

This year we wanted to go even bigger and are delighted that Yohan Blake made a cameo appearance in the film to help showcase the delights his fantastic home country has to offer.

With 2.3 million holidaymakers searching for a cruise in February, we really wanted to drive awareness of Thomson Dream’s new Caribbean and Central America routes amongst cruise and new to cruise customers.

We are really looking forward to welcoming customers on board Thomson Dream in Montego Bay in December and setting sail to a wide range of destinations from Cuba and Costa Rica to Panama and Honduras.”

Tourism Minister John Lynch. Photo courtesy jamaica-gleaner.com

Tourism Director John Lynch. Photo courtesy jamaica-gleaner.com

Chase Armitage, CEO of 3RUN and Director of Dream Runners says: “The Jamaican scenery is awesome and it was incredible to freerun against spectacular backdrops like Dunn’s River Falls and Martha Brae River.

We really hope Dream Runners gives a flavour of what customers on Thomson Dream will be able to experience later this year. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with Yohan Blake, let alone race against him!  Despite running at top speed with a head start, Blake sped past us, so it’s clear to see why he is the second fastest man in the world.”

John Lynch, Director of Tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board comments: “We’re excited to be welcoming Thomson Dream to Jamaica later this year and were delighted to get involved in the film. Dream Runners is a very different way of showcasing our beautiful Jamaican scenery, using freerunners and their incredible stunts over a selection of our most iconic landmarks.”

The Thomson Dream sets sail from Montego Bay, Jamaica in December2014 to destinations including Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Honduras, Belize and Mexico. For more information please visit www.thomson.co.uk/cruises.

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