My husband and I, along with his sister and her partner, booked this cruise over a year ago on line. We are all in our 40s. As we live close to Manchester airport, we got a taxi there. Our Thomson flight was on time and our extra space seats adequate. A little bottle of prossecco and our holiday had begun!
Landed in Palma, collected our cases and we were soon Sat on the coach heading to the port. The Thomson dream looked like a little sister compared to the other cruise ships in port. We were asked to fill in a health questionnaire which was collected by the nurse. Embarkation procedures were quick and well organised. Wine and drinks packages were on sale here. We were soon on board and had to find our own way to our cabin.we got lost but a crew member Serhappily showed to our door. The cabin , an outside plus on deck 6, was lovely. A double bed was in front of the large picture window. It had a 2 seater sofa, a chair and a stool in front of the dressing table. 2 occasional tables, 2 bedside tables with a small drawers and 2 wardrobes, one with 3 large drawers in it so plenty of storage. The bathroom had a small bath with a shower. Usually clingy shower curtain. We headed off up to deck 9 and the lido to meet up with our relatives. A bite to eat and a lovely cold glass of white wine went down very well. We explored the ship. Lovely lounges and a nice show theatre. The delo bar was nice and cosy and we ended most of our evenings in the waters edge nightclub. Entertainment was varied, bingo and quizzes in the medusa bar, dancing in the oceans bar. We tended to spend our days either exploring the ports or lounging on deck 9. Never went to sirens deck in the day but this had daytime activities and entertainment. Food was lovely, from the various breakfast dishes on offer to the tasty midnight buffet. We ate our evening meal in the Orion restaurant and we all thought it offered a good standard of food. Formal night had beef Wellington and crispy duck in honey sauce on the menu, both were delicious. We also ate in the sirens grill which was well worth the small supplement. Ser. Service in general was good but appeared to get better as the week went on. The sail away party was lacking in atmosphere and one of the bar staff on deck 11was rude. We decided to head to medusa and had a great time there. There were no drinks menus on the tables and some waiters appeared reluctant to provide us with one so it was difficult to know which drinks were included in the package. My husband photographed the menu so we were then able to keep tabs. Make sure to examine your bill carefully as we were charged for a safe which wasn't requested.
The ports and itineraries on offer were excellent. Corsica is beautiful. Sorrento stunning and Barcelona full of life. Our week was over too soon. Disembarkation was trouble free as was our flight home. Would recommend this ship and company.