We recently took our first cruise on the Thompson Dream taking the Mediteranean Medley Itineray. We had read the bad reviews on the ship but where assured by our rep at Thomas Cook that all was now resolved.
We flew out to Palma on the 23rd July with only a 15 minute delay, all was fine on the flight except for a fellow who hasd drunk too much and was threatening to smash his sons face in. Transfer from the airport was smooth as was embarkation, didnt like the lack opf information given on entering the ship though it was a case that you where ushered to your room after being supplied with the boarding pass. The ship sailed late due to 2 flights which had horrendous delays and after all that I believe 40 people got left at the airport hotel and joined us 2 days later.
Day 1 was a nightmare, hit a really bad storm in the Med with force 11 gale, made me n the misses sick as a dog and wondering if we had done the right thing, after taking advice we went up on deck and where fine after that. The emergency drill was fun especially for my 16 year old daughter who hadnt heard the announcement and thought it was a major evacuation. We also found out that Peter andre and family where cruising with us and would be doing autographs etc, daughter and wife couldnt wait. The Andres where really nice people, just mingled with us all in the lifts and ashore etc.
Day 2 was Rapallo lovely place, very quaint very Italian, enjoyed a beer and an ice cream, swam in the sea, very nice
Day 3 Livorno, made our own way to Pisa, much cheaper than Thomson charge and easy to do, we used the bus tour from tourist info in the centre of town. Pisa is amazing, a definate must
Day 4 Calvi, woke to fine drizzle but still warm, had a stroll around the port and up to the castle
Day 5 Sete, known as little Venice, gorgeousd place and was stifling hot again strolled around looking at historic buildings, visited the market and other shops, had a beer or two
Day 6 barcelona, what a busy place, you can walk into the city from the port takes approx 25 mins. Brings you in almost at bottom of La Ramblas, we went on a tour reps advice onto a bus tour, nightmare once your on you are trapped, got to the Nous Camp after almost 3 hours, Sagrida Familia was too busy and Las ramblas was packed. Beware of the pick pockets on Las Ramblas who prey on people watching the street entertainers. Ended up catching a taxi back to ship and found out we could have hired him for the day at a price per hour. Will visit Barcelona again.
Day 7 Disembark in Palma and travel home
Entertainment : This was OK, the theatre is great but the Medusa lounge gets a little too packed and as others have said that due to its design people walking through stop and block your view, there are other lounges that offer more comfort available but my only criticism was that there wasnt enough entertainment for the teens. There was a disco on board but only ever had eight teeny boppers in it who did nothing exept sit around a table in a booth.
Food : Endless food with good choices for all meals, the buffet restaraunt is open 24/7 and the Orion dining lounge was great also. great service great quality.
Drinks : Average pint was £3.50, we didnt do too bad only spent £300 between 4 of us and in that we bought some expensive perfume and a bag for my daughter, the shops on board are great and have some fantastic sales to tempt you.
Cabin : We had four in total, 2 where a little dark and dank but ours was great, we where on the wrong side of the ship though so in port we always looked out to sea.
Overall yes it was dream come true, I love being out in the Ocean at night and to watch the sunsets, yes it could have been better, we where a little jealous when we saw the Norwegian Epic, an MSC cruise ship and Royal Carribean Independance in port, wow they are massive and we thought the dream was big. We did speak to a couple from Independance who commented " if the drinks prices on board Independance dont kill you the tips will ". We tipped our waiter in the Orion and our room maid, we didnt have too but felt their service was exeptional and worthy of a gift.
Yes we will cruise again, no not on Dream but on one of the bigger ships, overall we had nothing to worry about and after all we got waht we paid for, thre Itineray was good, the service was good, the ship was clean, the shows where good and the beer went down easy, we had a greta time.
PS I also got serenaded and had a birthday cake for my 50th at which virtually all the restaraunt joined in to sing, amazing.