A first class cruise. When we were shown to our cabin we were just so pleased, after hearing the bad publicity, but our cabin was lovely. We had an outside plus, which was bigger than we had anticipated with lots of excellent finishing touches. We had hard cases and couldn't get them under the bed, but still had plenty of room, but it might be worth taking slightly smaller cases or one that fits inside the other, but like I said, it was no problem. The cabin was kept lovely and clean, Pandi was our cabin steward, and did a brilliant job.
The ship has loads of character and a really friendly atmosphere that you won't get on the much larger modern ships. It is kept immaculately clean.
Food was great, plenty of choice in the buffet restaurants or in the main dining room. By having two different buffet restaurants it provided handy places to eat depending on which deck you had opted to lounge about on, and so didn't ever seem too busy. We did try The Grill, and if you are celebrating a special occasion and want EVEN MORE attention then its worth a visit, but there is a cover charge for this.
I thought the theatre was brilliant, with lovely mini sofas for two in the front half, and nice theatre seats in the back half. I preferred the theatre on this ship to the one on the Queen Victoria. The shows were definately worthy of any West End stage.
We didn't get to watch all the other entertainers outside of the theatre in other lounges, but there are several lounges with lots of things going on, there simply isn't time to do everything. My only gripe was that the public areas were kept very cold, which must cut down on the transfer or multiplication of bugs, but next time I will pack a nice wrap, and a couple or dressy jackets.
We only did one trip to Vesuvius and Pompeii.We were very lucky with our guide, and also the driver who negotiated all the bends up and down Vesuvius with great skill. We went to Vesuvius early in the morning and had a fantastic view from the top. Definitely a trip worth doing if you haven't been before.
Don't miss out on the fun sessions in the casino, where you can get 20 chips for £3 and while away an hour or so whilst at sea. There are no cash prizes for these sessions, but you can learn how to play and have a lot of laughs along the way.
We are back on the Dream at Christmas and we are really looking forward to it. I would recommend this ship to anyone.