Had a good flight, faultless transfer and a quick check in.
Now for the bad bits first.
We did a late booking this time and didn't choose our cabin - this was a mistake as the cabin we were given was a 4 berth ( if ever there was a bad description, this was it ). It was an inside cabin so was a little on the small side with a double bed and just about walking space down each side. Unfortunately above that space were the other two bunk beds in cupboards which meant you had to walk sideways down the bed or you walked in the cupboards. My husband is 6ft 2ins and nearly knocked himself out every night, we tried to change cabins but sadly all were occupied.
Entertainment was a bit hit and miss with Keith in the Delo bar, you either love him or hate him and sadly he wasn't my cup of tea. Heart & Soul in the Ocean bar were very good and the bar was always packed when they were on.
The crew were pushing various packages which was a bit of a pain but once they'd asked you they remembered you and didn't ask again.
I think the trips on board are quite expensive but if you prefer your days to be organised for you there's a good choice of excursions available. They also provide an out and about guide if you prefer to do your own thing.
Now for the good bits.
After reading recent reviews I was a bit worried about the White Lady but I needn't have been. The crew were amazing (as always ) and were never without a smile.
The food in the Orion was absolutely fine and always hot. It wasn't 5 star hotel standard but it wasn't that price either and was always varied. The service was always up to scratch as well.
Good choice of food in the buffet restaurants. The staff were serving the food but you could have as much as you wanted - all you had to do was ask.
The staff were tireless in their efforts to keep the ship clean, constantly cleaning handrails and lift buttons ( and anything else that didn't move )! They work soooo hard.
On tender days they now use a ticket system so you don't have to queue ( and block the corridors - health and safety )' it usually was around 10 ish that open tender was announced and this seemed to work very well.
Disembarkation went smoothly and is obviously a well practiced routine.
We've been on the Dream several times before and although some things are not as good as they once were - we still had a brilliant cruise and will definitely travel on her again. I would say to first time cruisers just go with an open mind and enjoy yourselves - we certainly did!