After all the frightful reviews previously posted, my missus and I set forth on our voyage of discovery with a little trepidation. Beware! No one suitcase can weigh more than 23kg. We failed to spot this because we had purchased an extra 5kg weight allowance each and thought all would be alright. We had then to frantically re-distribute the weight into a third bag for the 'plane's hold luggage which then had an impact on us later as we had nothing to change into for the early evening on board ship.
Embarking in Barbados we had to wait for over four hours for our luggage to arrive at our cabin but had been warned about this in advance as the Barbadians like to double check everything, apparently. I have since noted from other reviews that at nearly all embarkation ports there seems to be a long delay in receiving luggage, so wonder about this reason given.
We still had a fabulous time! Almost everything thereafter was superb - a couple of lifts did not work for our duration and the retractable roof had retracted but would not close again as we found out in Roatan, Honduras, when it persisted it down - great dining, great service and fantastic entertainment from the on-board troupe of singers and dancers. Well done again to one and all!
A change to the itinerary (Margarita Island instead of Santa Marta in Columbia and two days in Cozumel instead of a previously set stop at Costa Maya) upset one lady enough to unsuccessfully seek compensation at Reception. We did stop at Costa Maya, however, as enough water had previously been taken on-board (the reason for not stopping there in the Captain's Q & A meeting one day was given that Costa Maya could not supply enough fresh water for the ship). Grenada(4), Margarita Island(3), Curacao(4), Aruba(5), Jamaica(4), Grand Cayman(5), Roatan(4), Costa Maya(4), Cozumel(5) and Havana(3) - a Southern & Western Caribbean Experience of the highest order!
Great places to visit and great excursions to go on. The figures in brackets are personal marks out of five for the ports themselves and take into account the excursions available. Thomson got them just about right.
All food areas served great meals and the drinks service was amazing. A personal thing for us here, though, was our preference for set dining options (a late or early sitting in the Orion Restaurant would have worked better, we felt) instead of the open sitting that the Thomson Dream's large restaurant operated. For that reason we prefer the Destiny. There was, after all, an early and later show performance given on all nights except for the captain's Gala evening and the comedians shows. That apart, this was a fantastic cruise to go on and one we would recommend to one and all. We would travel on the Dream again, too.