We are 5 adults one of which was 16 years of age. Our cruise started in Palma and took on a further 5 stop over's at various ports around the Med. One day at sea. The Dream is we understand a ship newly acquired by Thompson who are about to upgrade this ship to one of there premium classes soon.
We all thought this cruise was good value for money. Lets face it you can pay a lot for a cruise and therefore the Â£1100 we paid per person including all drinks was we felt fair for what was provided. Yes there were a few niggles but when you pay for a cruise I think you have to adjust your perception depending on the price and ship.
The food was good. Buffet in the day time for us although you could always eat in the restaurant. In the evening you could just turn up for dinner within reason. We opted to go back to the same table each night at about the same time. This worked well and the staff were always ready. Food in the restaurant was variable but always to a good standard sometimes exceptional. As with most cruise lines meals arrive at a serving station and then delivered to table. Some food types tend to survive this better than others. I found Beef in particular tended to be over cooked and didn't travel well between kitchen and table. But it was all eatable and well presented. 5 courses means you can always find something.
Staff are first rate and attentive to your needs. Always a smile and a hello. It was lovely to see this attention to detail and it makes a huge difference to your holiday.
Entertainment was top notch in the evenings. The shows were first rate. I did find entertainment on board in the day time a bit variable. Like carpet bowels and hoop throwing was not well attended. It was like no one could be bothered. Not really pushed enough I don't think.
The room we had was a double room , nice big comfortable bed and we had a bath !!! first cruise where we actually had a bath. Its small but its still nice to soak. The rooms as with the rest of the ship is a bit tired. I found a rusty screw in the bath holding the overflow on. And some mould around the edges. Not great but as already said, you sometimes have to balance things out.
Lifts were slow on the shop and although it said it took 10 people we often found it would not take all 5 of us, and one had to get out !!
Excursions were in our opinion reasonable and a fair price to pay. About Â£60 a person to have an escorted tour of Pisa. I know some other lines who would have been charging double this.
All in all a lovely week, with no real big issues here. But the ship is tired and it really does need that re fit badly, but maybe excuse this if your going soon as the staff have it about right.