Thomson Dream Cruise Review by Davebhoy: The Dream's over, and the verdict ??
The Dream's over, and the verdict ??
Arriving at Palma airport, we collected our luggage quickly and trekked through the airport. No problems getting through Customs, and met by the Thomson rep and directed to our coach. On the coach and away in about 30 minutes from landing.
On the journey down, the rep explained the embarkation procedure, and got us to complete paperwork. Arrival at dockside, we were given more information on how the formalities would be completed while the cases were unloaded by staff. No queues or delays getting keys and registering our card. A quick photo and we're onboard and in our cabin less than an hour after landing, which was great.
First impressions of the ship were VERY good - clean and shiny with lots of staff to help. The cabin was lots bigger than we'd expected - a double bed with pull-down bunks. Even the bathroom was big and spotless.
First night and sailaway party was excellent too. Staff made a great atmosphere. Went to eat in the Andromeda, and were More advised it was quite busy, but that Sirens was quieter (which it was) so ate there instead.
Day at sea had gave us time to explore all the facilities - all appeared to be in very good condition (no problems with any seating in the theatre, or broken public loos). Our stop at La Goulette was cancelled as the ship needed to take on fresh water, so diverted to Cagliari. This obviously reduced our sailing distance, and we spent a fair bit of time stationary (up till about 2pm, I think). Made no difference to me, as I was alternating between cooking in the sun and chilling in one of the many bars). The afternoon at sea, the Show team put on a performance of Dracula - completely different to every other show they tackled all week (no music or dancing !) but quality entertainment.
Formal night (on the Thursday) was a chance to dig out the kilt and posh frock. Staff in the Andromeda worked REALLY hard to fire through the mass-arrival of guests, and we were out in time to see the rest of the evenings entertainment.
Third day was Naples - we did the ship excursion to Pompei and Vesuvius. Can't recommend this highly enough. The guide made sure we got lots of interesting info. A touch late back to the ship (10 mins or so - traffic in Naples is MAD !) but as it was an official trip - no problems !
Next was Olbia - we found this port to be a bit disappointing, with not very much to see around the port - more or less a one street stop. To be fair, after our busy day in Naples, we didn't try very hard to find anything, and chilled the afternoon away at the poolside, failing miserably to compete in the regular quiz and games.
Toulon was our next stop, and we purchased an excursions pack from the Desk for £20. This gave us "clues" to navigate our own way round Toulon. Took about 3 hours (including stops for refreshments) and let us see loads that we'd have missed. Also, a sheet of photo clues to find as you walk AND a sheet of questions to answer meant it was IDEAL if you want a family activity. Led us to a quiet family park, a ship built on the side of a building, as well as loads of murals, etc.
Barca was our last stop before heading back to Palma. Having been there before, we opted to travel on the Metro to the Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia, then down to La Rambla for a spot of lunch (tapas restaurant, bottle of chilled white, EXCELLENT, but not cheap). Stroll round the various stalls before catching the shuttle bus back to the boat in time for a swim before dinner.
Disembarking at Palma was smooth - cases outside by 3am, tagged and ready to go to our hotel.
All in all, this was an excellent cruise. No problems, and didn't speak to anyone who did (air con worked a treat all week). Would be back on the Dream like a shot. Less
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