from what i can gather the thomson dream had alot of problems initially, i have just come back from a 7 day cruise. Having sailed previously on Royal Caribbean, Ocean Village and Island Star, I can say the ship was just as good as the high standard of Royal Caribbean.
It seems cleanliness was an issue in the past on the boat however, could not fault a thing. Cabins were cleaned twice a day by some of the most friendly staff i've ever cruised with and every day staff were polishing every other aspect of the ship. Their work rate is tremendous!
Choice of food was ok in the buffet style restaurants but the Orien restaurant offered something rather special with waitor service and a variety of fine food.
Having been on the monster that is Independence of the seas, it was really quite nice to go on a much smaller boat; we saw familiar faces and this gave that communnity spirit almmost to the boat.
The entertainment.....where do i start. Fantastic, broadway standard, the shows performed were exceptional, the performers are top class and could be put on any stage in the world. Brilliant. Really made the holiday for me guided by a fantastic cruise director Paul Fisher.
The ports of call had a good variety, we stayed away from organsied excursions as they are way over priced (havent been on a ship that prices are reasonable) and we were able to do Rome indepedently for £24 whereas the ship was offering the same trip for £90.
The captain spoke regularly (some seem very reluctant) and told some funny sea stories over the passanger announcement system.
There's a variety of things to do on the boat to which made the cruise all in all one fantastic holiday!