This holiday was a special one as it was our 50th wedding anniversary and we were spending it with a couple who were friends of over 40 years. From start to finish the holiday exceeded all expectations.
Once we had checked in at the airport we didn't see our luggage until we got to the ship. On the way back our luggage was transported to the airport with the minimum of fuss and effort on our part. The flights were comfortable and the staff helpful.
Once on board the Dream we were well impressed with the feel of luxury in the decor and furnishings, our room was large enough for us to entertain our friends for an hour or so before dinner, there were no restrictions on bringing your own spirits on board and the cabin attendant supplied ice on request. The double bed was large and comfortable and the room and bathroom were kept in a spic and span state by our attendant.
Entertainment was great with cabaret, quintet, duo and piano bar in the lounges too numerous to describe individually, suffice to say there was something for everyone. Drinks were very reasonably prices too.
With 3 restaurants to chose from we were spoilt for choice and the selection of food was unbelievably varied and delicious. The waiters and kitchen staff were friendly, funny and always helpful and courteous.
We didn't book any of the excursions with Thomsons preferring to get a taxi from the dockside to see the places of interest, which was much more economical as there were four of us. Roadtown, British Virgin Isles was the most disappointing port of call as there was very little to see and I think our time would have been better spent familiarising ourselves with the ship. All the other ports were great and well worth exploring, especially St Maartin where we just wandered around Philipsburg beach and shopping area and sampled the rum punches. Wow!! The history of the islands was fascinating and each island had a different story to tell. All in all a very enjoyable cruise.
The Mango Bay Beach Resort in Holetown was our next stage of the holiday and once again exceeded all expectations. The room - standard - was large with an enormous double bed and was just a few steps from the pool, bar and restaurant. The food was delicious and plentiful. The staff were all friendly and helpful, must mention Dwayne in the bar and Kimberly in the restaurant. Management of the hotel was excellent and even had complimentary trips laid on - swimming with turtles and glass bottomed boat trip. The hotel was small and meant that you felt you were getting individual attention which in most cases we were. Barbados itself is a beautiful island. I would recommend that you select your taxi tour guide carefully as we got one that just drove and hardly spoke!! There is so much to see, the people are lovely and funny. I would highly recommend that you do your research online before you go to make sure you don't miss out on the interesting bits, like Bathsheba coast and a night trip into Bridgetown. The local buses are something else and are not to be missed.
I cannot praise this holiday high enough and hope that you decide to take the same route as us and enjoy it half as much as we did.