My wife and I booked our first ever cruise on the Thomson Dream, flying to Barbados and boarding the ship at the port in Barbados. After reading some negative reviews prior to this trip, I had one or two concerns before boarding. I.E. Cabin size, food and ship hygene. We had booked cabin 6087 which is an inside cabin on deck 6. The cabin was quite small, but the design has used the space to a premium. There was an adequate wardrobe, a four drawer unit, two bedside cabinets. There was a two seater sofa and table. There was another mirrored unit which hosted a kettle, two cups and coffee, tea etc. and a wall hung television. The double bed was really comfy and there was a small toilet/shower compartment that did the job. All in all the cabin more than met our needs. Although there was no window, I didn't see the point of paying a lot more for this when the ship sailed at night, therefore nothing to see and every other day we were disembarking the ship at different ports from approx 8.00am till 5.30pm. The cabin was spotless and maintained the same standard throughout the cruise, thanks to Andre, our young charming Philipino cabin steward. Most of the the crew are Philipino, who are the most friendly and courteous people I have ever met. Always smiling, like a joke or two, and nothing is too much trouble
Any concerns about the standard of food was soon dispersed. Breakfast, lunch and evening meal had a great variety of food. I especially recommend the Orion restaurant for the evening meal. Waiter service, six courses of deliciously prepared food and the menu was changed every day. Never once was it repeated during the 14day cruise.
The evening shows were excellent and very professional, but the highlight was the once a week crew talent show. Not to be missed.
Tips:- Do not take the drinks package, not worth it.
Dont buy the cruise ship excursions, grossly overpriced and can be bought at a fraction of the price at each port terminal..
The whole trip surpassed my expectations, hard to find any faults, and although the Dream is an old ship and one of the smaller Caribbean cruise ships, I would recommend it to anyone. Well done Thomsons, Good job.