We returned yesterday (30/4/11) from a week onboard the Dream for our Honeymoon. Like many others, we were concerned about the watchdog reports but decided not to cancel. It was the best decision we ever made. The ship was lovely, the entertainment was brilliant and the staff were amazing! The atmosphere was relaxed, as was the dress code on the ship, and the best thing was, tips are included in the price so you know the staff will treat you all the same as they're not looking to be tipped.
We were on the all inclusive package. You just show your boarding cards and sign for whatever drinks you order. The lager is Heinekin and the spirits are all top brands and most cocktails are included. Even the soft drinks are in cans so no chance of receiving a flat coke!
We ate in all of the restaurants and though we enjoyed the special service in the Orion, we preferred the buffet style meals. We loved Sirens for breakfast and dinner, complete with pancake station, cooked fresh to order, and the Lido for our evening meal. The service from staff was friendly and attentive. They remembered our names and the even the drinks we had at certain times of the day! They always had a smile on their faces.
Our cabin was on deck 5 inside. I'm glad we didn't pay extra for the outside cabin as there was very little difference between them, except for the window of course.
Our excursions were fantastic. One of the excursions was full but Thomson sorted another coach to take those who didn't book very early on which was great as the one we thought we'd missed out on was the one we wanted to do most. The destinations team were helpful and it never seemed like they were trying to sell the excursions as it sometimes felt like when we stayed in Thomson Hotels in the past. There was always sheets with port information and things to do if you were going it alone.
There was usually always something to do on the ship, we enjoyed the afternoon quizzes when we were on board and there was a large selection of board games in the card room for our enjoyment. The Medusa lounge was always busy and we found it hard to get a seat in there for the entertainment there.
The entertainment was fantastic. The shows were stunning, energetic and very professional and even though my husband is not usually into that kind of thing, he really enjoyed them. Our comedian was Maxwell Plumb, and he was fantastic. He took the mickey without causing offence and told good clean jokes with a hint of naughtiness that would go over the heads of the kids in there!
This is the first holiday where we really didn't want to come home. We're already looking to book another cruise and will definately be sailing with Thomson again!