Booked cruise and stay for Xmas and New Year to escape the British weather! As this was our first cruise, decided to do the cruise first then a week in Barbados, so if we didn't like the cruise, at least we would have a week on terra firma afterwards!
Cabin was more spacious than expected (outside plus, deck 6). After stuffing the rattling light fittings with socks, was able to get to sleep!
Food - The Grill was definitely the best place to eat, wish we had booked for other nights despite the extra cost. Other food was mediocre. In The Orion it often took 15 minutes to get a wine list. Food was ok but nothing to shout about. The house wine (especially the white) was dreadful. The Lido was very "canteen" like. Same salads and sides every day with meat and fish dishes. "Steak under the stars" - what a disaster. Booked for 7pm to make the 8:30pm performance in the Broadway Lounge. By 8:30 we hadn't seen a steak. Set menu, only got one soup between us (which was More
cheese?!?- more like a fondue!) Were then told the grill had broken and steaks were being cooked downstairs. Got up to walk out after another 10 minutes to be told food was coming, so sat back down. Did turn up after another 5 minutes. My husband asked for medium, and was very well done. Mine was just medium (asked for med rare). Other diners were complaining too. 4 chips each! One diners plate was swimming in blood. We refused to pay the £13:95 each, as did others.
Entertainment - the shows we saw in The Broadway show Lounge were good, considering how few performers were involved. Well choreographed etc. Other evening entertainment was poor. We were bored and often went to bed by 10pm. Glad we only had one day at sea (Xmas day). Unfortunately the weather wasn't great that day- cloudy with showers. As it was Xmas day I was expecting lots of things to do/see. But there wasn't. I went to the gym! The learner casino session we did enjoy though.
Spa- our massages were very good, as was my manicure.
The ship itself looked tired and shabby in places. Not sure where the money was spent for the refit, but some of the upholstery looked very warn, and a lot of the sun loungers were broken, especially the wooden steamer style loungers at the back of the ship. Decor was very stuck in the eighties.
We really enjoyed getting off the ship and visiting all the different islands- the route was one of the reasons for picking this cruise.
In hind sight, we wish we had done 2 weeks on Barbados and skipped the cruise, as we loved the island and it's culture. If we were to do another cruise, it won't be on the Thomson Dream Less