Living the dream: Thomson Dream Cruise Review by Norwichgirl
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Living the dream
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
We had travelled on this ship four years ago so noticed the changes. The new decor is stylish and brought the ship up to date. In fact, this is my favourite ship in the Thomson fleet.
The staff were fantastic and attentive. Our outside plus cabin was spacious and comfortable and was kept spotless by our cabin steward. We enjoyed having tea and coffee making facilities in the room.
Waiter service, particularly in the Orien restaurant was excellent and the food was good. Drinks and ice creams were offered regularly around the promenade deck which meant you didn't have to get off your sun bedif you didn't want to!
We felt that the show team was the best we had seen and the entertainment was of a good standard. Some of the singers could rival those in the West end shows. Elegant More afternoon tea should not be missed.
Ports of call on the Treasures of the Mediterranean itinerary were good and the organised trip to Rome was excellent.
Usual bug bears - sun beds. Also smoking areas meant if you did manage to find a vacant sun bed then you had to put up with people smoking around you if it was on the smoking side of the ship. Overall, a great holiday and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Thomson cruises. Less
Cabin review: OU
Outside plus gives more space. Bathroom is small but is well laid out. Lots of closet space. Nice decor. Deck 5 is a good position as not far from the Orien restaurant and gangways on deck four.
Port and Shore Excursions
We weren't actually berthed in Barcelona as in previous years. Barcelona is a great port but we were in Palamas which was about 1.5 hours away. Palamas was ok if you wanted to lay on a beach. If you went to Barcelona on a trip you would only end up having 4 hours maximum once you had allowed for the travelling there and back! We felt it wasn't worth the money to have such a short time in the city.
We docked at Calvi not Ajaccio. Tenders to port. Beautiful place and local tourist information has headsets to hire for a few euros to guide you around.
We arrived in the evening but have been before, spending the day in port. Lovely place to visit.
Very good guide. Taken to see the colosseum , Trevi fountain, Pantheon, St Peter's basilica and the Spanish steps.
Tenders to port. Lovely place to visit. We had spent a week in Sorrento a few years ago so can recommend the following places to visit. In my opinion, Herculaneum is a better place to visit than Pompeii as it is more intact. Visit the Foreigners Club in Sorrento for fantastic views and good food. The Amalfi Coast Drive is a wonderful trip too.
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