This turned out to be our best ever holiday (I am 50, wife 47 and son age15). From the airport check in to arriving back at Newcastle Airport everything went so smoothly that we didn't have even the tiniest of things to complain about.
We had booked a suite on deck 9 whilst on our previous cruise on Majesty, and we got a cracking deal in doing things that way. Our cabin was ideally situated between the upper seats of the Broadway Lounge that we preferred to use anyway, and the Lido Restaurant that we ate all our meals in. We prefer casual dining anyway so didn't use the main restaurant on deck 4. Every meal was superb, and the only time we had to queue was on the first day which is expected.
Yes the choice isn't yet as wide as other ships we have been on, but the quality was superb. Some of the sweets and cakes were outstanding.
Our cabin was well looked after by Ronaldo who was the most attentive of any cabin stewards we have had before. Nothing was too much trouble for him.
We never had problems finding sunbeds, and as we only got off the ship in Ajaccio, Toulon and Barcelona we had lots of space on the Rome and Livorno days when over 800 guests had booked on official tours.
The waiters worked very hard and smiled continuously. The wait for drinks after ordering was sometimes long, but not an issue for us.
We hardly saw our 15 year old son who always makes friends on board. There didn't appear to be a lot of organised activity for teenagers, but they kept themselves occupied throughout the week.
The shops are well stocked, with special offers on each night wether it be watches, jewellery or perfume etc.
The entertainment was first class, with a different theme each day for the twice nightly show. My personal favourites were Skools Out and the Lloyd Webber night. The guest comedian was also really good and did 2 nights.
Some of the singers also did solo spots in the Medusa Lounge, and of these Charlotte and Kym were exceptional.
Other entertainment around the ship included a 5 piece band who performed regularly, a pianist who was really good, and a duo called Heart and Soul who only played in one of the smaller bars but the female vocalist was worthy of a bigger stage in my opinion.
The cruise director Bram and his assistant Mark worked tirelessly during the week, and were always visible and engaged with the guests. All previous Cruise Directors we have experienced have been good, but Bram was head and shoulders above the rest.
We decided to book our next cruise on the same ship with a different itinerary, and Lucy the future cruise advisor assisted us in doing this as well as finding us a good deal.
We can't recommend the Thomson Dream highly enough, and we are fussy especially on the quality of the food, entertainment and service.