We chose this Thanksgiving cruise as we had no family coming this holiday and our first cruise years ago on a different line was on Thanksgiving and we really enjoyed it. The Dream is a beautiful ship, kept very clean, and the crew works very hard to please the passengers but at times they are overwhelmed. Some have the patience of Job to put up with the complaining passengers.
Embarkation was quick and easy, we had a nice lunch at the Gathering. At every venue for eating, including the MDR, the food was always excellent; hot food hot and cold food cold. Waiters in the MDR were exceptional and both earned an extra tip as did our cabin steward who did a great job. The steak house was out of this world and worth every penny, not to be missed. Went to the Comedy Brunch one morning and was very disappointed in the presentation. Did not use the Spa and went to Serenity only once as it was a long trek to the other end of the ship as we had a aft extended balcony cabin. Also, very noisy. Seems like some Americans completely forget their manners when they go on vacation.
The ship was very noisy overall. Chairs scraping above us at all hours, children running up and down the corridors unsupervised and jumping from pool to hot tub and back again, drunks talking loud, families shouting at each other, and the cruise director talking over the PA system incessently in the hallways and not able to understand half of what she was saying. Then there are the passengers with walkers and motorized wheelchairs who will just run over you if you can't jump out of the way fast enough.
The shops should have been doubled in size. There should have been a pool and hot tub just for the children. Babies in diapers should not be allowed in the hot tubs.
St. Thomas excursion was for shopping and the beach, also the Amber museum and some historical homes. Really enjoyed the Meagans beach. St. Martin
was a very nice sightseeing and shopping tour. Did not get off the ship in Nassau.
As to the entertainment, the show on Monday was so bad, we left after 20 minutes. We have never seen that many people leave a performance as there was quite a crowd leaving when we did. I heard from another passenger that Tuesday night show was no better. However, Wednesday was great with a fiddler who stole the show. The whole production was very good and much enjoyed.
We wanted to try out a bigger ship and we found the experience dishearting. We were docked next to Oasis of the Seas which is REALLY big and decided these Mega ships are not for us.