Thomson Dream Cruise Review by aegean456: Better than expected
Better than expected
Just completed our first cruise on the Dream. We did back to back Mediterranean cruises and had a fabulous holiday. We loved the ship and preferred it to the Celebration and the Spirit. Our cabin was an Outside plus on deck 6 which was spacious, comfortable and well equipped. The cabin steward, Joemar, kept it clean and in tip top condition.
The bars, Broadway theatre and lounges were excellent, tasteful and very comfortable. The Orion restaurant was wonderful with very good food, excellent presentation, service and a luxurious ambiance. We had lunch and dinner there. The Waiters were efficient but very friendly.
With antique furniture, paintings and artefacts liberally scattered around the public areas the ship had the feel of a luxury hotel.
We went on three excursions and found them well organised and reasonable value for money. The choice of ports of call were very good with a combination of major 'must do' destinations combined with quieter, charming More resorts.
Despite the ship being full we never had a problem finding a sunbed, our preference being to relax on the promenade decks.
The entertainment in the Broadway lounge was of a very high order and hugely enjoyable. The facility was first class and the performers were highly talented and worked extremely hard. I'm not a theatre goer but it's hard to imagine west end shows being any better than what we saw in the Broadway.
The entertainment team provide a full and imaginative programme of events throughout the day to cater for all tastes and abilities.
Our only negative was the Lido restaurant. For speed we used it for breakfast and because we do not attend the Captain's evening we had to dine there twice at night. It was disappointing that no tables had been laid with tablecloths or candles as happens on the Celebration and Spirit Lido restaurants in the evenings. With it's large, bare tables, it was worse than eating in a motorway service area. It is badly organised with one main serving area so queues quickly form. Also, there was only one hot drinks station and one hot water tap so it could get very chaotic in this area. The Lido simply is not good enough and stands out in sharp relief from the high standards of the rest of the ship.
One other small point is that WiFi packages were very expensive so we relied on Wifi zones in cafes when ashore.
These negatives did not impact at all on our huge enjoyment of this wonderful holiday. We were sorry to leave the ship on Saturday. Less
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