bad press- good cruise
Embarking from Havana, Cuba. Lets put things into perspective, problems yes a few, I would say that 90% of guests cruising were reasonably happy with the Thomson Dream, the cruise, along with islands visited.
Not a new ship by far, compared to other ships that were on our route and ports of call, yes ours did not fit their category, then look at the price of holiday, price of drinks, and no yanks, worth every penny, all British.
Our cases arriving late evening to our cabin as did all others from the arriving flights, after arrival in Havana. Some lifts were out of order for many days, and a slight stench on certain levels when ship docked. We could use other lifts or stairs, and any stench did not linger, from our perspective, no problem.
The cabins were clean and modern, and were cleaned daily above any expectations, very pleased. Any downside to our cabin, no drawer space at all.
Our holiday was very enjoyable, the food was good so were the staff. More
Some may have had a few problems, the majority did not, it is not one of your modern all singing, all dancing cruise liners, but value for money. Less
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Cabin review: OU7036
Our cabin was forward of the ship on deck seven, very clean and tidy, one major complaint, our section of cabins had no drawers at all, only two small bedside drawers, there was a tall cupboard or space that was too small for any suit cases or other items. If this could have been shelved then it would have resolved the problem. The wardrobe was a nice size, but no shelves or drawers. Bathroom OK, but toilet very close to the bath if you have long legs.
A good plus was the free usage of the safe, compared to Thomson's other ships we have been on.
Our cabin steward done an excellent job in cleaning and the general upkeep of the cabin, very pleased. A fair sized window,curtains and lighting very good.
Port and Shore Excursions
Port 3 ; St Johns, Antigua; A must, take a trip to Shirley Heights and Nelsons Dock Yard, spectacular views, stop off at a beach on the way back, haggled price down to $20 each, a shopping area in town and port.
Port 5; Bridge Town, Barbados; Taxis are all outside of port, be careful as to where you go if wanting the beach. The nearest beach is a $3 taxi ride away, but they will try to take you on a trip or another beach where the price can be as much as $20 per person plus another $20 for beds and umbrella. We asked for the cheap beach but got took to the more expensive beach where you could swim with Turtles. The main town is a long distance away, nothing at the port.
Port 8; Willemstad, Curacao; A lovely port town, Dutch, though part English. A bit of a walk from our docking position,Lovely town, plenty of shops, the biggest swing bridge I have seen, this joining the two parts of the town. The floating market is actually the fruit stalls with the boats behind, and the fish area is sold straight from the fishing boats. There is a small castle area, unsure about trips as we only stayed within the town, and enjoyed it.
Port 9; Oranjestad, Aruba; The town is a modern town plenty of shops, and shopping arcades where you will find designer shops and cloths, there are cheaper shops and a promenade market, the port also has a cheap shopping area. keep the wife close to you or she will spend. One large shopping area is built like a Disney castle, in pink.
It is worth doing a trip to the lighthouse and beach, the taxi will return to the beach to collect you. I think Aruba is one of the best islands and very modern from what we saw, it is also outside of the hurricane belt.
Port 6; St Georges, Grenada; A new port area built other side of the old town and port. You can visit the castle, very small, or wander the old town area. once again many taxis and trips available. Caught a water Taxi to the beach which is across from the harbor, nice beach area. It cost $4 per person but if you walk up the slope from the beach it is only a dollar per person back to the ship on the small local buses, same as in reverse from ship to beach, takes about 10 - 15 minutes.
Port 4; Castries, St Lucia; Worth a trip to the twin mountains of Piton, there is an active volcano at Piton where you can pay to visit. Shops in and around the town and port area
Port 2 ; Tortola, Road Town, British Virgin Islands; Worth taking a trip round the island, you can get the open buses/Taxis from inside or outside of the port $15-20 per trip, small market outside of the port, best to take a trip or visit the beach.