Well here we go as promised...My first try at a short review of our cruise on the Thomson Dream transatlantic run december 2010.
First impressions of the ship are that it is a dated and well used ship. It is clean and tidy and our cabin (7194) was in a good state apart from corrosion around the window and a crack in the sink unit in the shower room.
Leaving southampton we lost one engine and continued on the remaining one arriving late at our first stop where spares and engine specialists were waiting to work on the broken engine as we continued on to our second stop. We also arrived late here and both crew and passengers were concerned that we would not be doing the transatlantic crossing because the captain had said he wold not even try it with only one engine.
We had force 10 winds and waves crossing Biscay but for a small ship dream handled it well with a bit of rolling but nothing too bad.
Before we reached Madeira our Third stop and the last before the Atlantic Motor 2 was on line and working well.
There was plumbing issues in various places around the ship, flooding on deck 5, deck 10, water not working in some cabins. our cabin was really noisy when ship was maneuvering please try to avoid the cabins at rear of the ship if you do not like being awoken with a start if ship is docking early!!
These of these problems are been worked on but will take time to find others. The bottom line is that the ship was not looked after when in service with Costa and the problems are showing up now.
On the positive side the entertainment staff were great friendly and approachable as were the ships officers. The cleaning and waiting staff were great once they had all arrived ( some did not arrive until stop 3) the shows entertainment were great if a bit repetitive.
The excursions were well organised and went without a hitch but please remember IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO WEAR ANY KIND OF COMBAT PATERNED CLOTHING EVEN SHORTS ON ANY OF THE CARIBBEAN ISLANDS AND YOU WILL BE STOPPED AND CLOTHING CONFISCATED.
The trip home was a trek. We had to be out of cabins by 9.00am but due to the weather planes were late we did not leave the ship till after midnight and did not fly till 4.00am.
The organisation on leaving was not good the queueing to get off was not good and when we got to Barbados airport all drinks were taken off us as we went through security and because the airport usually closes at 8.00pm there was nowhere to purchase any drinks in the lounge and we still had 3 hours to wait for the flight. It was only people power that got one of the shops open because there were no reps from Thomson in the airport which was well out of order.
All in all a good cruise made that way more by the staff than the ship. We would go on the dream again as a bargain cruise but not if we had to pay full price then we will go with someone else.