We arrived in Barbados 14.15, as we went straight on to a bus we were on board 15.15, superb. Our cabin was standard inside deck 7, we were right under the Medusa lounge but it didn't bother us as we usually didn't go to bed before they finished. Really liked our cabin, all the space we needed and plenty of storage.
The life drill took place at 18.00 and most people seemed to pay attention.
First day was at sea. I woke up really early so managed to get a sunbed, not easy if you came later then 8 o'clock.
First night was formal and we got invited for the later presentation and dinner. Our friends got the earlier one which started at 17.00 but they managed to change it without any problems. We went to the main dining room and it's sort of divided into two halves. One side is smaller and we sat in there the whole time and it was fabulous. Food was really good every night and our waiters Ariel, Irfan and Archie we can't praise them enough.
Our first stop was Aruba, we didn't have anything planned so we hopped of one of the buses promising a tour for $20. The places we went to were not particularly interesting and it was not worth the money. In the evening we went to the Caribbean deck party and we really enjoyed that.
Curacao was the next port, had a look around town and the we took a taxi to a beach. You had to pay to get in ( about five dollars ) but it was really nice and we even saw some dolphins.
Margarita Island was next and what a disappointment, we had booked panoramic Margarita with Thomsons and it was awful. Our guide called Mario kept talking rubbish and the places we stopped at was awful. The last stop was to have a rum punch but they ran out so we didn't even get thatWe complained and we got half of our money back straight away.
In Grenada the next day we went on the Rhum runner. You go to a beach and drink a lot of rum. Had a lot of fun and the people running it were great.
St Lucia was next and we had a bit of rain and no sun so we didn't do much that day, nice to the the water taxi to town and easy to walk around.
Back to Barbados and we went to Carlisle beach. Taxi drivers wanted $5 each to take us but we needed to exercise so we walked. It took about 25 minutes so not to far. We found a bar that gave you 2 beds, one drink and bus back to the ship for $12. The beach was beautiful with white sand and blue sea, loved it.
First week done and we were settled on board. We spent most of our evenings in the Medusa lounge. Vibe was playing and we loved them, just ask and they play anything you want. We became very friendly with them and can't praise them enough.
Next stop was Tortola, beautiful island. We went on a tour just took a taxi and it was a really good. We paid $25 each but it was only six of us so well worth it.
Oh sorry forgot we had St Kitts before that. We took a taxi to a beach. It was a quiet one but lots of stones and not easy to get in and out if the sea. Loved it though and the locals were so friendly.
Next up was St Marteen, so lovely. Water taxi was good, pay and you can go as many times as you want. We went shopping first and then they have the beach right there and it was lovely.
Antigua we had booked horse riding. We were able to go in the sea on the horse, amazing. Went to Dickenson bay in the afternoon, nice beach again and not to far from the ship .Next one was Dominica and we went river tubing, was fun but not long enough and not so fast as it was dry season. Afternoon we took a taxi to the water falls. Just to warn you if you want to go close is quite dangerous and lots of climbing over rocks so be very careful.
Next day we were going home, got picked up at 14.00 for our 17.15 flight. Long wait in the airport and nothing much to do.
So all in all most things were good. Head chef Salomon was great. He always talked to everyone and one night he was up on stage singing.Cruise director we never saw. All the other crew was always walking around and were so friendly but where was he?
Need a rest now but I wouldn't hesitate going on the Dream again.