We booked this 22 day cruise from Lisbon across to the Caribbean only 10 days before departure. We were not sure what to expect and for the price that we paid we would have been prepared to put up with a few problems/niggles. But we can honestly say that it was a lovely trip. The ship is a bit old but the cabin was very spacious ( outside plus) and kept very clean by the cabin steward.
We didn't like the Orion restaurant, the waiter service was slow and the food not very good but the other two buffet restaurants were excellent. We preferred to be able to help ourselves to what we fancied eating at anytime and if you were going to see the early show @ 8.30 it was a lot quicker !!
The entertainment team and Bram, the cruise director, were 1st class. The shows, comedian ( Carl Schofield ), singer (Steven Michael ) and Guest speaker ( Rod Taylor) were excellent .
All the staff were very hardworking but still managed a smile and a joke with you. We never encountered any staff member who was miserable or rude. Considering that they are not expecting a tip off you the service was very good.
At night either before or after the shows we would have a drink or two in the Oceans bar. There was a duo playing here , Heart and Soul, who again were excellent. The music they played was lovely and you could hear all the words clearly, something that is not always the case with a lot of singers.
The only downside of this trip was the usual problem with sunbeds, you really had to be up early to get one . Obviously the days at sea were a nightmare as everyone wanted a sunbed but fair play to Thomson they did have someone going round issuing timed tickets on empty beds. After 45 minutes the towels were removed. Of course people got wise to this and then made sure they only left the beds for very short periods. But it did mean that no beds were sitting round empty for hours.
We enjoyed all the ports of call but unfortunately we were unable to call at Grand Cayman due to bad weather there. We did a few of Thomson excursions and found them to be good value for money but plenty of people did their own thing.
In conclusion we really enjoyed this trip and would certainly look to go again on the Dream