Last Year we cruised on the Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas which was an experience but we prefer the smaller cruise ships and having been on Thomson's Emerald, Destiny, Spirit and Celebration on previous cruises which we thoroughly enjoyed we decided to try Thomson's new flagship.
Before we went i googled the Thomson Dream and found that it had previously sailed as the Costa Europa. Not that this was a problem but when we got on the ship in Palma it already looked tired with worn carpet and the old Costa signage everywhere. I understand that the ship is having a makeover in November but why this was not done before becoming the Thomson flagship i do not know.
On the down side the Lifeboat drill was the worst i can remember. Usually they were conducted on the first morning at sea but after the tragic accident on the Costa Concordia the drill seemed to be just rushed together and having been instructed to attend the drill at 8pm on the first night on board this was delayed due to late passenger arrivals and with no communication this occured some 45 mins later without an apology. Not a good start really. As far as the ship is concerned, there is less room on the top deck for sunbathing than any previous ship than i can remember even the old lovely tub 'the Emerald'. The lifts are small and slow the only hot meal we had was breakfast in the waitered Orion restaurant. We prefer casual dining but the food was ok but not piping hot and there was the usual struggle to sit down once you had collected your meal. For some reason in the Medussa lounge at 7pm all the blinds had to come down. This spoilt a relaxing atmosphere and seemed rather strange.
The excursions were very expensive so it is probably best to pick and choose those you wish to join and possible go it alone if you are comfortable getting off the ship under your own steam and do your own thing.
On the upside as usual all the bar staff, waiters, housekeeping were polite and helpful and the shows were excellent. The show team worked very hard to reach the level of performance that they produced twice nightly and the comedian flown in from the Uk was good.
We had a nice time but i would probably not attempt Thomson Dream again. Thomson are a reputable cruise company so i would travel with them again but i would choose one of their other ships.
My rating sadly is 5/10 on this trip but we have had better cruises with Thomson so i hope this is just a one off.