Just got back from our Xmas Getaway on the Thomson Dream. Having previously sailed on the Dream last year we thought, yeah lets give it another go.
Following a comfortable trouble free First Choice flight from Gatwick to Bridgetown Barbados we arrived at the port. Went through a trouble free checking in process and was escorted to our pre booked inside cabin on deck 7 fwd. The cabin was as expected and was spotlessly clean. On our previous cruise on the Dream we had an outside cabin and these are much more spacious then the inside cabins.
The cabin was very warm and it was clear the air conditioning wasn't working correctly. We had exactly the same problem on our previous cruise so i called reception and a logged a request to have it checked out. Heard nothing for 24hrs and it was unbearable at night. Called reception again and requested a fan for the room which we received within the hour. We kept the fan running 24/7 throughout the 14days as the air conditioning problem was not resolved. The air conditioning problem was inherent throughout the ship especially in the restaurant and in the theatre.
The restaurant has open dining on non formal nights and we felt all they wanted was to get you in and out as quickly as possible making no effort to pair you up with other couples. To our dismay we dined alone the majority of the time even though made repeated request to share a table.
The food was plentiful but basic with little variety. Chicken and beef was the main ingredient to most of the dishes. We didn't see a prawn for the whole two weeks and the deserts were very bland. There is know doubt they have cut back on quality. We cruised on the Thompson Spirit in October and had far better choice of menu.
Since October the cost of drinks on board has increased by more then 20% with a pint of larger now costing Â£3.50, a spirit Â£3.70 and a can of coke Â£1.70.
The shows in the main theatre were excellent with a different show for the the 14 nights. The cast where incredibly talented and had so much energy and enthusiasm.
Sadly the ship hasn't undergone a refit and lounges were tatty and well worn. The public toilets were clean throughout and worked !. There were a few smells on certain decks but nothing like there was on our previous cruise on the Dream.
To sum it up, would i go back on the Dream ? NO !. Thompson portray the Dream to be the best in their fleet and rate it 4*. Well all i can say is stick the the 3* Spirit, Celebration and Destiny