119 Barbados First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

We have just returned from 2 weeks cruising the Caribbean on Thomson Dream. This is the first cruise we have ever done, I was very apprehensive after reading some of the reviews about the ship. Well, I can honestly say I really ... Read More
We have just returned from 2 weeks cruising the Caribbean on Thomson Dream. This is the first cruise we have ever done, I was very apprehensive after reading some of the reviews about the ship. Well, I can honestly say I really needn't have worried!! I have to say we didn't go for the night-life so cannot comment on any of that. We chose to eat in the Lido Restaurant and the food was very good and my Diabetic husband well catered for. I booked several trips online, before we left home, and yes, they were expensive but thoroughly enjoyable, as we were novices, we did not know about using the local taxi's, but we were quite happy with what we did. Our cabin was immaculate and our Cabin Steward was amazing! All the staff were so cheerful and helpful. My only complaints would be, the weather wasn't great, but that is hardly Thomson's fault!! Also we visited Margarita Island which was awful, the Harbour is miles, and I mean miles, from anywhere, and the locals obviously just dump rubbish at the roadside, it was filthy. But again that was not Thompson's fault, however I suggest they amend the itinerary for the future!! I was worried that we were travelling at the height of the Norovirus season, but I didn't hear of any cases on board and there were antibacterial dispensers everywhere, which we were pleased to use, although I noticed a lot of folk didn't, which was rather inconsiderate. My husband loved the cruise, which I had booked as a birthday surprise for him, a once in a lifetime trip, he would happily do another cruise tomorrow!! I however, well, lets just say the movement of the ship and I didn't really get on!!! But that is just me I'm afraid, I loved the trips, the sights, the sunbathing, the doing nothing, but only when the Ship was tied up in port!! Out beyond the Harbours was different!! So I personally wouldn't do another cruise, purely because I'm a whimpy land-lubber!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
We have just returned from our first ever cruise, a two week tour of the Caribbean aboard the Thomson Dream. The ship is one of the old school and looking her age in places. As we have never been in anything bigger than a cross channel ... Read More
We have just returned from our first ever cruise, a two week tour of the Caribbean aboard the Thomson Dream. The ship is one of the old school and looking her age in places. As we have never been in anything bigger than a cross channel ferry we have nothing to compare it with so can only write as we saw it. Pre-cruise. I had a call shortly before we booked the cruise from Thompson regarding an e-mail I sent asking about drinks packages and visas and it was a nice surprise to get a phone call to answer my questions. I thought that was a good start. However, that was the end of that phase of good fortune. I sent an e-mail to them asking about a double bed in cabin 6102, which I paid £39 to reserve, but they never replied. I had to call them after five days for an acknowledgment of my payment of the balance. They called me while we were on holiday in the Algarve about upgrading our cabin and I asked them to call back the Tuesday after we got back but they never did. I sent more e-mails but still no reply. I had a call from their customer service asking if I had received the e- ticket. The young man apologised for the no reply to my e-mails and told me we would have to collect our own bags from Bridgetown airport. This was contrary to what I had read on Cruise Critic and told him so. Flights We flew from Gatwick on Sunday January 13th and as per the Cruise Critic forum our bags were security sealed and were not seen by us again until we got to our cabin on the Dream. That was nice. We opted for Premium Economy with the promise of more room and a better service. I chose seats in Row 9 not realising that those seats have no windows. The seats in front of us had two windows. Good design! Had the designer ever been in a plane? We got a drink as soon as we sat down on each flight and soon after take off another drink with those dreaded Pretzels, which I hate. On asking for something else I was told the rest were chargeable. I declined. The food wasn't too bad and there was plenty of drink if you so wished. All the seats had the table built into the armrest and had not been cleaned for a long time. The cabin stewards were very good humoured and did a good job. We got off the plane at Barbados and straight on to a bus and in forty minutes we were at the ship. Getting through the system was pretty quick and we were soon on our way to cabin 6102, an inside cabin. I had chosen this as I wanted to see what it was like without any view of the outside world. As it turned out we spent very little time in there apart from sleeping very well every night. The use of hand sanitisers was very welcome all over the ship as some people still manage to use the toilets without washing their hands and it pays to be careful. Cabin Our cabin was the width of two single beds pushed together with a bedside table on each side. There was a small two seater settee and a table, a dressing table with stool, a double wardrobe with space at the side behind the door and a bathroom with a small shower, washbasin and toilet. Overall it was comfortable but in spite of the Premium refit the bathroom hadn't been touched. It had been well used. There was always lots of hot water but the shower had individual controls so had to be set each time you turned it on. There was a kettle and two cups with various sachets of tea and Nescafe coffee. We had to pay £25 for the safe for two weeks. Food On our first night we opted to dine in the Orion restaurant and were in there at 1830. There wasn't that much of a choice on the menu but we managed. The service was very slow, even though the restaurant wasn't full, and we managed three courses by 1950. We were not impressed with the food quality. Not a good start. We were due to have our evacuation drill at 2000 so off to our cabin. That went without a hitch. We eat in the Lido buffet for the remainder of the cruise with the odd meal in the Sirens. We did have one breakfast in the Orion but again the service was very slow and getting more coffee, tea and toast proved futile so we went to the Lido for drinks and toast. The waiters in the Orion seemed to be very different to those in the Lido, always without a smile. We did check the menu in the Orion on a regular basis but there never seemed to be anything that appealed to us. The Grill had the same problem.. The fish that they served seemed to be all the same just having a different name. They have a habit of putting a particular dish on the menu, such as Cajun Blackened fish, but there was not a hint of Cajun to be seen or tasted and it wasn't blackened. We were once given Squash and told it was Sweet Potato. The salads sometimes left much to be desired and Tuna only appeared twice and in very small quantities. The desserts were also very limited with practically the same one every day. In the Lido the hot dessert was always the same sponge but with a different filling. There was also a distinct lack of tropical fruit. I expected to see at least papaya on the menu and bananas appeared only twice and they were not very good quality. Contrary to what I read online the coffee was drinkable. As a coffee drinker I always bring my own but didn't use it at all. There was an abundance of free water available in both the Lido and Sirens and on occasions the staff would help you to fill bottles and other containers when needed. Drinks We were asked for £219 per week each for a drinks package but would have trouble drinking that much. There was no cider for our first week and the extras you had to pay for certain drinks on the AI seemed silly. There was a limited amount of alcohol in each of their cocktails and this was made worse by piling on the ice. I asked for a can of coke and was given a freezing cold can and a pint glass full to the top with ice. Talking about watering down drinks. Entertainment The entertainment was very good, especially in the Broadway Show Lounge. However, the same people have to do everything, including all their own costume changes as there are no backstage crew to help, so apart from a comedian once a week there is the same cast doing a wonderful job to keep the customers happy. And they work around the ship during the day as well. Well done! There was a group called Top Men who played in various areas and were very good at reproducing various styles of music. There were several other artists but they didn't appeal to us. Each evening there was a quiz show in the Medusa Lounge and they were usually entertaining. Excursions We chose to take six Thomson excursions during our fourteen day cruise and found them to be a mixed bag. They are well overpriced, using local travel firms or taxis is much cheaper, and unfortunately they often take you to places that are of little interest and spend a very short time somewhere you would rather spend more time. Public areas The lounges are very comfortable and range from busy with music to very quiet for reading. The windows in the Medusa and Argo lounges were filthy, so much so that I couldn't take a photograph through them. There was the usual problems in finding somewhere to relax on deck made more difficult by smoking being allowed on the Starboard (right) side of the ship outside. Some people still broke the rules and smoked wherever they wanted to. Conclusion Cruise Critic provided most of the answers I needed for this trip so thanks to all those people who replied to my messages. It was an expensive holiday, on par with many land based tours we have done, but the food wasn't as good as a four star hotel and sometimes the service was lacking. On speaking to other passengers who are regular cruisers they were not impressed with the food or entertainment and I have come to the conclusion that it is an individual thing as to whether you like the Dream or not. We were happy with it but would like to try another cruise line to compare it with. Overall it was a pleasant experience and one I would gladly go through again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
For a long time I tried to persuade my partner to go on a cruise to which got the same reply of that she didn't fancy it, well after to talking to lost of people in the restaurant that we run together we found that more and more ... Read More
For a long time I tried to persuade my partner to go on a cruise to which got the same reply of that she didn't fancy it, well after to talking to lost of people in the restaurant that we run together we found that more and more people were doing them, so eventually she said yes but only if she could have a balcony cabin, well the next day I was on the phone to a friend who I found out through facebook was working for a cruise company booking cruises, so I booked a 2 week cruise round the caribbean, we upgraded on the flight, and decided to set a date for our wedding so that the holiday would be our honeymoon, well the holiday was soon here, and after having trouble with the online booking service to reserve our seats on the plane, we found ourselves setting out to the airport in the early hours of the morning to be at the airport 4hours before the flight, didn't mind leaving early as was too excited to sleep, but the wait at the airport was boring, we were soon on the plane and enjoying the comforts of upgrading and the service was excellent, good food, lots to drink and ice cream, the only bad thing that whilst making my way to toilet i caught a ladies arm and she split hot tea on her at first everyone was a bit upset, but the stewardess made sure we was all OK and made us all fell better, felt really bad about what had happened, well we were landing in Barbados and we were ushered on to coaches and whisked out of the airport and on our way to the ship, no going through customs and not waiting around for suitcases, on arrival at dockside we were very efficiently checked in and given our cruise cards and were soon on board, we was amazed at the size of the ship, and how nice and clean it was on board, we soon found our room and was very happy with what we had been given, as my friend had been on the ship the previous year and had had a similar cabin, we deiced to investigate the ship and had a quick look round before heading back to our room to see if the cases had arrived so that we could get ready for dinner to which they arrived just in time, one thing we have learnt is that we will take a smaller case next time with a change of clothes and swim wear in as it would of been nice to freshen up and have a dip and get out of the tradition winter clothes, we ate most nights in the cinnamon restaurant and I`m amazed to read reviews that said the food was cold and not that appealing, I as a chef found the food to be hot and very appetizing, we were very fortunate to met a lovely couple and had dinner most nights with them, we sat at the same table and had the same set of waiters, who were very entertaining and was always happy to make our dinning experience good as my wife and Steve who we ate with both were fussy eaters, the buffet breakfast was very good and there was always a great selection of food, i did find it amazing that some people were moaning that tea and coffee was not served to you, you had to get it yourself, its a buffet restaurant that's the whole idea getting it yourself. waiter service round by the pools was very good and as was it in the shows am surprised to see that people had trouble in getting drinksThe shows were amazing we really enjoyed everyone of them. we could not fault anything with the cruise, the food the service everything was better than we expected, we can not wait to return next January. the only thing that was wrong was that we was expected during our stay to choose our seats on the plane going home and to pay another 30 per person to fly home considering that we had payed £500 to upgrade this was something i wasn't going to pay put for, so ended up sitting behind my wife coming home, but we didn't mind this. all in all was a fantastic time and would recommend cruising to anyone, my wife decide after only 1 day on board that she wants to do this again, and since returning we have now book another 2 cruises, we have also said that cruising is the only way to travel, no more hotel holidays for us and staying on one island for the duration of the holiday, There is nothing better than going to bed after a good day, good food and good entertainment, than waking up at a different island, the sea days were good and finding a sun bed isn't as bad as people say you might not get the ideal spot that you want but there will be a bed somewhere. and sea days are good chance to go to talks and to see more of the ship, or do some washing if you need to, on sea days on ventura the evening is a formal night, these were good really enjoyed dressing up, it just made it that bit more special. the photography teams on board were good too tho the price of the photos could be a bit cheaper as we found not a lot got bought and the photos that got displayed got thrown away, what a waste of paper. we did buy the encore book which was a great keep safe. hope that this is off some help. Happy cruising. Colin Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Hello every one, We are a couple of 33 and 34years and we've done our first cruise on the Royal Clipper, the 26th January to 2nd february in the Grenadines islands. We do not regret the expensive ticket because the cruise has been ... Read More
Hello every one, We are a couple of 33 and 34years and we've done our first cruise on the Royal Clipper, the 26th January to 2nd february in the Grenadines islands. We do not regret the expensive ticket because the cruise has been wonderfull. FOOD : ++ The food quality is excellent and various. You will find something new for every breakfast first example. We can tell that the food is a concern for Star Clipper by the number of time that you can eat on board : 6 time per day!! * Early breakfast on the piano bar * Breakfast buffet on the dinning room (fruit, sweets, eggs, bacon, pancakes, vegetable,... and a egg bar where the chef will make for you the eggs you want) * Lunch buffet at the dinning room with one thematic per day. Wonderful desserts and a meal "a la decoupe" (a full salmon, sucking pig, ...) * Cocktail and Collation at Tropical Bar around 5PM. Again sweets and salty thing, different every day. * Dinner at the dinning room. You are placed by the "Maitre d'hotel" and you can change your table every night if you want. The menu have 2 appetisers and 1 soup; 2 main dishes (one fish one meat) and a vege dish and a more local suggestion; salad and cheese and 2 dessert. * Midnight lunch at the Piano Bar Food are more european/french style than really local. Very good and nice presentation but I would like the local suggestion to be more "local". You will not really taste the local products like grilled fishes, sweet potatoes, yam, colombo, plantain and all the wonderful fruits of the Caribbean. If you want to taste local food you will have to go in ports but, for dinner, you will have time only at Grenada. Wines and cocktails are at reasonable price, count 5.50euro for a cocktail. The cocktail of the day is a little bit cheaper. EXCURSIONS : + One of my biggest fear was the excursions. Previous review were pretty bad about the cruise director. I have to say that the new one, Renata, is more than efficient and friendly. Inside documentation we get by mail before the cruise we've found all the excursions proposed with hours, description, prices, ... And during the week Renata stick to the programm. she even add one more trips due to passenger demand as snorkeling in Santa Lucia. She's speaking English, German, french and also Spanish. You will see her everywhere, at the boat tender to check departure of people for excursions, at evening to animation the shows, explaining the disembarkation or giving more information about the excursions, ... When is she sleeping?? So she's doing a very good job. Excursion themselves are more oriented to 60s people with 4x4 travel. No big hiking or physical activities. Also on many island we stay 4 hours (morning or afternoon). that is a small amount of time if you want to do something by yourself except beach or shopping on the touristic front beach. SHIP : +++ It is a real sailing ship and the captain does not miss any occasion to remind you that. So yes, the boat is rocking (and yes I can confirm that I'm seasick). The Royal Clipper is a pretty lady and you will always seen crew member painting, cleaning, repairing,... every beat of it. It is really something to sail in this ship and to see other cruise ship passenger looking at the Royal Clipper! The dinner room is just amazing. Look at the Titanic, shrink it a little bit and you get it. For a ship of this size it is really impressive To be honest it has been one of our criteria to select the royal Clipper over Star Flyer. *Sun Deck, you will find 2 small pools (hot-tub size) and one big enough for 5 people. A lot of sun chair and roof for the shadow. There are also 2 steering wheel (real ones, you can drive the ship with them if the bridge decide so) and all the sails and rope. Note that thanks to electrical helping plots one sailor is able to rise a sail (he wind the rope around it at that help him to pull). There is also the bridge and the forward nest where you can go, except the night. Very good place to see the sunshine! * Main Deck, the heart of the ship : the Tropical Bar, open both side to the sea in the middle of the ship. It is the real meeting point for everyone. Inside you have also the Piano Bar and the impressive light shaft to the dinning room. There is also the library, the cabins with balcony and the forward lounge used for conferences. * clipper Deck is the cabin deck with the continuation of the light shaft, the reception and sloo shop. * Commodore Deck is again the cabins and the luxurious Dinning room. There is also a well equipped gym room and the spa (used none of them as we were to busy!!) PASSANGERS : ++ We were the youngest. 2 or 3 other couples in the 30s-40s but majority of passenger are couples of 50s and more. A lot of american, german, some canadien also. Usually people are repeaters of the Star Clipper and are seasoned travelers. English is the main language. However all official communication were made in english, german and french. Don't except to have party every night with dance after midnight! In the other hand, if you prefer to enjoy the stars/moon at the sun deck and discuss with crew members it is perfect. SATURDAY, Embarkation at Barbados arrived at 1pm, it is a little bit too early but we've been part of the first to get inside the boat. 1 or 2 hours to explore the ship and wonder if we are inside a dream or not. Followed by the drill exercise then the diner. We skipped the desert to assist to the sail and departure at 10PM. SUNDAY, Captain's choice Union Island Quiet day at the beach, a little bit raining. It was one of my favorite place for the beach background : forest, not to many people, 1 or 2 bars made from wood and really local. MONDAY, Grenada Muddy and slippery hiking to the Seven sister falls. It is not very difficult or long... for young people. The waterfalls are very nice and it stay as one of my favorite place of the cruise. Imagine to swim in the water-pool in the middle of the rain forest... Never think I will be able to do that one day! We've also see some monkeys very quickly. If you want to eat local that's the day because the boat leave at 11PM. TUESDAY, Tobago Cay An other post card place. Very nice beach and good snorkeling place. For the lunch it a a BBQ on the beach. The only problem : maybe too many people (almost all the boat) on the beach... WEDNESDAY, St Vincent The morning at Kingston, the capital. It is a NOT touristic place. Then I will not say beautiful but interesting to see what can be the real world behind the post card of touristic pace. Afternoon at Bequia, this one is a real touristic place in front of the beach. Lot of gift shops (twice the price compare to Kingston). The boat tender can also bring you to the beach, seem to be nice. THIRSDAY, MARTINIQUE Morning at Fort de France. It is a little bit of France in the middle of Caribbean, very surprising. Bring euros here to buy something! The rum is excellent and cheap. :-) Afternon at Anse d'Arlet. Many people love this place but it was my less favorite one. First there is no shadow at all and we've already get sun burned from the previous days, second the beach is narrow and full of constructions. The worse of "Cote d'Azur"! FRIDAY, St Lucia Again, one place in the morning (Marigo Bay) and one the afternoon (Soufriere). The bay is funny to see all the expensive yachts. The Soufriere is a beautiful place. The zip-line excursion is good but the highlight of the day is the photo-tender : at the sunset the 2 boat tender will turn around the ship, all sails out, and you can do amazing picture of the Royal Clipper. SATURDAY, Barbados The end of the cruise, sadly. You can have some excursion (beach or island tour) that will bring you at the airport. As usual the organization is serious and efficient! Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Left the snow behind for the Latin Gems Caribbean cruise in the Dream. Brilliant check in at Manchester - cases sealed and cabin numbers attached - we next saw them outside our cabin. In reverse, cases left outside cabin, next day asked ... Read More
Left the snow behind for the Latin Gems Caribbean cruise in the Dream. Brilliant check in at Manchester - cases sealed and cabin numbers attached - we next saw them outside our cabin. In reverse, cases left outside cabin, next day asked to identify them in specified area and next saw them in our hotel. Flawless service. Our outside plus cabin very roomy with more than enough hanging/drawer space. There was a settee and ample room to store cases. Noticed decor had changed from last year and now a flat screen TV. Charge for safety deposit as in a lot of hotels - not exorbitant. Our cabin kept immaculate by our pleasant hardworking steward. Towels changed each day. The cleanliness throughout the ship was excellent. There is ongoing maintenance, for example varnishing of ship's rails, but it did not interfere with us. Staff were doing their utmost to avoid an outbreak of nora virus, even to the extent that "buffet" food was being served by staff -- no problem, you could have as little or as much as you wished. If there was an outbreak it would have been totally down to clients -- yet again we saw people leave the loos without washing their hands and they did not use the antiseptic hand wash outside each restaurant and loo -- can't understand their mentality. Library/games room excellent -- if you like doing jigsaws you don't be disappointed and lots of books to choose from should you wish. Many activities we did not take part in but, with trips, time was limited. Duty Free cheaper on board than airport and they had two extra discount days. Downside was the crowded beds round the two small pools, with people putting towels down and not using the beds. No brollies, but it is a ship-- that said you could always sit on ordinary chairs under cover in the shade. We did trips each day, so not really a problem and this would certainly not put us off another cruise on the Dream. The Dream is an old ship and has the promenade deck which we found ideal, not sure we would like to have gone on one of the larger ships we saw in port, quite liked the configuration of the Dream. All the staff extremely friendly, helpful and cheerful despite their long working hours. We tried the Lido on the first evening as we wanted a quick meal before retiring early after the long flight. Did not enjoy the canteen atmosphere and seeing people eating off trays. After that we took breakfast and evening meals in the Orion, as we prefer the water service, good food with a varied choice, although vegetarians could have a problem. Once again friendly, helpful staff. We took lunch in the Sirens as this seemed to have a better atmosphere than the Lido. Disappointed with the quality of the drinks, having sampled Rum Punch throughout the world would have to say I think the rum walked past the glass without stopping! Tried several types of drinks and they too were found wanting. Twelve drinks on the Dream and you would still pass a breath test. Enjoyed the shows and the entertainment team gave their all. Nice that they have two separate shows so you can choose early or late. Excellent seating in the theatre. This year Captain Roy did a session regaling us with tales of his long and varied career, very interesting indeed. Great shame he is retiring and we hope he makes his trip on the narrowboat and also makes it to Vancouver. Once again Thomson oversold their trips -- they should be more truthful about the content. We went to see a feature in Aruba which had collapsed some eight years ago! Luckily we booked Thomson for the Jeep tour in St. Margarita as we were held up returning to the ship by protesters blocking the road -- we were late back but the ship waits for Thomson tours, had we booked locally I dread to think what the outcome would have been. Overall an excellent cruise experience, a friendly ship, bit old-fashioned but having seen the much bigger modern ones in port, we were glad we were on the Dream which looks like a ship rather than the others which look like hotels on water. Not snobbish at all and a good way to see more of the world. May try the Med next. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
As two first time cruisers, celebrating 3 special occasions in 2013, we were so excited to be heading for the Caribbean in January 2013 on the P&O Ventura. We had planned and prepared for this cruise for 18 months and it was such a big ... Read More
As two first time cruisers, celebrating 3 special occasions in 2013, we were so excited to be heading for the Caribbean in January 2013 on the P&O Ventura. We had planned and prepared for this cruise for 18 months and it was such a big disappointment. I would recommend that anyone thinking of going on their first cruise to research yourself thoroughly before you jump on board. We had gone to a specialist cruise shop in Liverpool and the advice given to us failed in the first instance as the wrong cruise company was recommended. We wanted a ship with the “wow” factor, including the wave pool, rock wall, indoor mall, but P&O ships don’t offer these services… We now know we should have chosen a Royal Caribbean ship for a number of factors. The beginning of the holiday started well as we boarded our charter at Liverpool Airport (this was a test schedule). The flight to Barbados airport was ideal and the transfer from plane to ship went smoothly bypassing Barbados customs to transfer directly to the ship. Upon boarding we didn’t experience the WOW factor and our first impression of Ventura lasted with us the whole cruise as other experiences didn’t come upto the expected standard. The general area furnishings were outdated, tired and worn and within our room (B326), the carpet was dirty, the towels threadbare and yellowed, the sheets in need of renewing as we found a hole in the duvet upon one of the changes and the balcony furniture was stained. Whilst on board we found that the ship was due for refit in March so we would it would be interested to see if passengers cruising after that refit report a significant change. Other passengers on board felt the standard against price paid was very poor. Having paid extra for a balcony and checked the brochure before hand for any restrictions, we found that our balcony was completely covered, the canopy being the floor of the balcony above. So beware of B deck balconies as this canopy stretches a good proportion of the ship. We have since raised this mis information with P&O (the fact that according to the brochure, our balcony wasn’t “restricted” in any way) and their customer service dept are not willing to accept this fact. I would recommend that if you do have a problem whilst on board then persist with the in- house team to rectify any problem, as once home, the UK based Customer Service Centre are not interested in listening to you regarding your concerns. There were four days at sea during the 15 night holiday and we expected to take full advantage of these relaxing on a sun-lounger. This was not the case as the sun-loungers filled up by 9 am with customers reserving them from sunrise. The in-house literature requested that passengers do not reserve beds and if they are moving away from their bed for half an hour then it be freed up. Policing this request was none existent as staff weren’t interested in the distress of some customers who searched the ship and were unable to obtain a sun-lounger. Some selfish customers went as far as reserving one each in the shade and one in the sun and swapped between the two periodically throughout the day. The feedback from P&O customer services reported that “they had provided the facility to sunbathe and were not obligated to find passengers a bed!!” This issue with beds has been a major problem with other passengers on Cruise Critic Sites and has been reported since 2009 and yet P&O have made no attempt to implement a procedure for the comfort of their passengers. I wonder if this is the norm with all cruise ships but it is certainly off-putting and a bad mark against P&O for their lack of interest to rectify this problem. I have some good aspects to report. The itinery with the variety of islands covered and the length of daily stay in port (normally arriving 7 am and departing 5 pm) was ideal. Booking P&O organised excursions is recommended as it alleviates the worry that you may get left behind if you are delayed. These excursions do seem expensive but the island tours give you a good overview of beach and town. The evening entertainment content was of a high standard but that did prove a disadvantage in itself as seating was unobtainable unless you left your meal early and reserved your seat in the cabaret lounge and theatre. The food was of a high quality in all of the ship restaurants and the waiting and bar staff attentive and helpful. We dined in Saffron on the first sitting and the organisation was excellent. I would recommend eating in the waiter service restaurants than fending for yourself in the buffet restaurant which at times was like a free for all at a holiday camp as some passengers chose to queue jump and many were disrespectful of the waiting staff. The bar prices were on par with UK hotels and the fact that you paid in £ Sterling was a bonus. The soft drinks and ice cream package was good value for money. Ship’s passengers are 90 % British and for us Brits that like our tea available in the room, all rooms had tea making facilities and a fridge. I believe P&O advertising is bringing in a different clientel and the traditional standards of cruising are being left behind. The Captain’s Gala on the second night was a let down as the Captain appeared for a five minute slot at the beginning of the evening and was never spotted again for the rest of the evening. There was no Captain’s table at which he was dining and he wasn’t "Meeting and Greeting" the passengers as we expected. In fact passengers wanting to approach him were queuing to have their photo taken with him to which they would then be asked to pay for this official photo. Official photographers were in abundance but the price charged was expensive and there were no offers for those wishing to purchase more than one photo. I can only guess at the amount of photos that were wasted and it surely would have been more cost effective to have reduced prices and put packages together. The “Spa” didn’t give the ambiance of privacy and restfulness expected and the prices for spa treatments and prices in the hairdressers were far too expensive. Therapists were under pressure to attract the customers themselves, however, appointments were always available when requested and the daily specials provided the best deals. Disembarkation was straightforward and smooth running. All in all this cruise didn’t give us the excitement, elegance and luxury we expected to get for a special holiday and as such it left a lot to be desired. After my experience I wouldn’t recommend a P&O as a company to cruise with. Many customers on my cruise that had travelled with P&O previously highlighted the lowering in standards they believed because P&O are attracting a different group of passengers, those cruising on a budget and choosing to travel at the lowest category available. The late deal prices are now comparable to an all inclusive resort in Benidorm. There was a wide assortment of tattoos on display and a number of passengers chose not to participate in the formal evenings and were wondering the ship in shorts and T shirts in the evening. A shame as the formal evenings were good fun and what cruising used to be about. The glamour and extras are being discarded to the detriment of those passengers wanting a traditional cruise experience.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
We have just returned from spending 2 weeks, including Christmas and New Year, sailing around the Caribbean on the Thomson Dream. I can honestly say it was the best holiday ever! We were very impressed with almost everything about the ... Read More
We have just returned from spending 2 weeks, including Christmas and New Year, sailing around the Caribbean on the Thomson Dream. I can honestly say it was the best holiday ever! We were very impressed with almost everything about the cruise from beginning to end. The staff were the friendliest, most helpful people we have ever encountered on any holiday, from the cabin steward to the bar staff and the restaurant staff. Everyone went out of their way to make our holiday as wonderful as possible. The ship was very clean and although some people were heard complaining about having to use disinfectant gel in the restaurants and on returning to the ship, they were obviously the sort of people that had to have something to complain about, probably the people that wrote the review entitled Nightmare! We thoroughly enjoyed all the entertainment on offer and there was something for everyone, whatever your taste in entertainment. We had paid extra for the drinks package and felt it was worth the money as we were able to have whatever we wanted (including branded drinks like Bacardi and Gordon's gin!)without having to pay any extra. The food in the Orion restaurant was of a very high quality and we never once had cold food or had to wait for a meal..the only minor complaint would be that there was no iced water on the tables but that didn't matter too much as the wine stewards were very quick at topping up our glasses with cold wine! We visited some wonderful islands and went on some very enjoyable trips...we were disappointed that we were unable to dock at Grenada but it couldn't be helped and we'll just have to make sure we do that island next time! We spoke to various other guests on board and they all said that they were as impressed as we were with their holiday, in fact many of them were repeat Dream cruisers. We had a wonderful experience from beginning to end and can't wait to cruise on the Thomson Dream again as soon as possible! Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Eastern Caribbean December 14- 28th 2013 This was our first cruise (we travelled with our daughters aged 21 & 16) Airport check in at Manchester, breezed through check in as we had opted for the Premium upgrade, bigger seats, good ... Read More
Eastern Caribbean December 14- 28th 2013 This was our first cruise (we travelled with our daughters aged 21 & 16) Airport check in at Manchester, breezed through check in as we had opted for the Premium upgrade, bigger seats, good food, free drinks, headphones & a goody bag...great start. We got off the plane and straight onto a waiting bus, no baggage to collect or immigration queues, just straight to the ship! Enjoyed the commentary from the bus driver too. Easy check in on the ship, quick photo and swipe of the credit card and on board. Cabins: We had outside balcony & inside cabins on C Deck. Both lovely and clean and we were well looked after by cabin stewards Lilybeth & Domnic. Nothing was too much trouble; both were really friendly and genuinely concerned that we had everything we needed. Baggage arrived at our cabin just before we had to go for our meal (informal on first night) we had toiletries in the cabin so managed showers before dinner. All areas of the ship looked clean. One or two looking a little bit tired in places, but on the whole nothing to complain about. We opted for the 8.30 sitting at dinner and were in the Bay Tree restaurant. Waiters were very efficient (almost too efficient sometimes, when dinner felt a bit rushed) It did slow down the second week to a more leisurely pace. I wonder if this is because the waiters here also have to work in the other bar areas during the evening. Food in the evening was to a good standard, portions sizes just right if you want 3 courses. Never managed to complete all 5! The menus were varied and wine prices were reasonable. We had opted to pre buy the Commodores package, it does work out a bit cheaper. Christmas day there was the full turkey dinner option or many other choices, hats & crackers etc on the tables made it more traditional. We mostly ate lunch and breakfast in Waterside which offered a very good choice of dishes, good quality, we tried afternoon tea once or twice too. Tables were cleaned and cleared quickly so no problem finding a table. They enforced the use of hand sanitizer, which given the recent norovirus outbreaks in the UK I was pleased that they did this. We dined in the White Room and East also. Both very good quality, worth the extra cost as the service is a bit more personal. Outside spaces & pools -- Only went in the adult pool near the spa, which was good it has the resistance option so you feel like your swimming against the tide, so can't comment on the other pools. They never really looked overly busy. Kids seem to enjoy them! I did have a bit of a fear of not getting a sunbed after reading reviews that people leaving towels on them all day but not turning up. It's obviously busier on the at sea days, but to be honest we never found it difficult to get 4 sunbeds together, and we didn't get up at the crack of dawn and put our towels on, we just went when we were ready and there were always beds available. That might be why you can barely get your foot in between them in some places. Guess that they do this so there are enough, but in some areas it did feel a bit close! Gym: Went 3 times during the two weeks, had intended to do more honest! Gym was well equipped, didn't really get too full, and was nice being on the treadmill looking out at the passing Caribbean islands! Bars/Entertainment -- We liked Red bar for pre dinner cocktails and champagne. Piano player was good in there too. Entertainment was ok..Nothing that outstanding, but it is a cruise ship. Freddie Mercury tribute act was good, even though I wasn't a fan of the real Freddie, this guy was quite entertaining. Also saw Headliners which were good. I admit to cringing when I've seen some of the sail away parties on DVDs but well you just have to join in when you are there. Neil Oliver the cruise director and his team did a really good job of making the sailaways fun. Shops: The essentials shop did sell just that...the things you may have forgotten, prices were more expensive than at home but not overly so. Jewellers did seem to have some good prices on things you can compare eg Watches. We had recently bought our daughter a watch for her 21st Birthday and could have got it on board around 20% cheaper...will know for next time. Perfume & Cosmetics shop didn't have a huge range but adequate. When it was time to leave, we packed our bags the night before left them outside the cabin and they were taken away and put on board, so again no luggage to check in, in fact no check in at the airport either, as you get your seat allocation and boarding cards for the plane while on board. It was a very efficient service, couldn't fault it at all. Would certainly cruise P&O again, in fact already booked for Dec 20th 2013 before we left the ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
We absolutely loved the ship - having sailed on big ones before. The atmosphere is very en famille, no silly entertainment or slot machines and you get to places the other big ships cannot get to. Sail Away is totally fabulous with all ... Read More
We absolutely loved the ship - having sailed on big ones before. The atmosphere is very en famille, no silly entertainment or slot machines and you get to places the other big ships cannot get to. Sail Away is totally fabulous with all those sails unfolding and Captain Sergey is a star, he really loves to use the sails as much as possible, for turning the ship or to sail shorter distances. And he talks to people, explains patiently - very much appreciated. The problem sometimes is the wind - if you are going North and the wind comes from there you cannot sail but they do what they can and it worked for us. We had a cat 2 cabin midships right down which was good in terms of stability - but the waves kept banging against it so it was a bit noisy when there was water action. Which there is a lot of - you DO notice that you are on a ship, it moves all the time and even if you do not get seasick which we did not it is unusual if you are not a sailor. There were lots of those on boards who just laughed at our worries. Having said that it really was not too bad but when the ship sails from and to Barbados you notice that you are out at sea and not under land any more. Cabin is small but well appointed but I would not like one of the others which have two sqm less. Already with this you have to be very organised if you are sharing a cabin. Food was the only downside - really not in line with expectations and partially re-heated potatoes, same salad every day, meat overdone and the bbq on the beach which is a good idea in theory turned out to be lukewarm overcooked stuff in reality. Not nice. And they use far too much butter. The ship is not really appropriate for persons with handicaps - lots of stairs and getting from the ship to a tenderboat is not easy especially when there are waves. Having said that we had a blind person on board who we all admired greatly - he did not miss a single trip - and the staff went out of their way to help. Also there were some elderly people who also made it. Great excursions, lots of beach and snorkeling - we enjoyed it, would come again - but get some seasickness plasters instead of just having tablets after the fact! And please note - this ship is also not good for kids either. There is nothing for them and with all the cables going around and open spaces it would be downright dangerous. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
We have never cruised before but have both returned from what was the best holiday we have ever had and are now huge fans of cruising. Anyway the Dream was fantastic. We found absolutely all the staff to be friendly and helpful, ... Read More
We have never cruised before but have both returned from what was the best holiday we have ever had and are now huge fans of cruising. Anyway the Dream was fantastic. We found absolutely all the staff to be friendly and helpful, they could not do enough for you and that alone made the trip a delight. From the waiters and the bar staff to the cabin Steward Gunawan who deserves a special mention for his friendliness and his towel art,they were all great. The entertainment was top class and the talent/skills of the entertainment team in the Broadway show lounge are easily as good as those I have experienced in top West End shows. The fact that they do a new routine every night to such high standards is a credit to them. The other entertainment around the ship is also excellent. The group performing in the Medusa Bar - Top Men - were fantastic as were Elegant Touch in the Ocean Bar. Ship - It is not a new ship but it is kept spotlessly clean and also did an excellent job of keeping the norovirus at bay. Staff were dedicated to providing disinfectant gel as you boarded the ship at each port as well as there being dispensing machines around the restaurants on the ship and they did an excellent job although there were the moaning minnies who felt it was too much - they would have been the same people who would no doubt have complained the loudest if they had become unwell! Not all lifts go to all floors on the dream which apparently proved an annoyance to some people. Again this something that you quickly find out and learn to get around it without a problem it just meant sometimes turning right when coming out of your cabin and using the lift that way rather than turning left and using the lift on that side. Once you know where you want to go it is not an issue. Generally speaking getting a lift was never a problem unless you were amongst the throng coming out of the Show Lounge when sheer numbers made it difficult. Sometimes people going down just one deck should try walking.... Facilities on the ship are excellent. From the card room to the library to the internet lounge etc they all look good and are well equipped and sometimes a wonderful escape if you want a quiet moment. Excursions - we went on quite a few. We would do it differently next time but not because they were not good. Simply because we now realise how easy it is to get around yourself and as I like taking pictures can please myself where I go or stop to take them. It is more difficult when you are on a coach. Having said that the guides on all were very extremely knowledgable and friendly. Food - was excellent. Not necessarily piping hot but certainly never need to complain when in the Orion waiter served dining room and certainly not an issue in the other restaurants. A good choice was always available and we ate in the Orion for our evening meal most nights. Waiters were always attentive and topped up the glasses with water or wine. MY one tiny complaint would be the water which was always warm - however, they always brought ice to cool it when you asked. For the sake of not wasting staff time though it would be much better if they provided jugs of chilled water to pour yourself as this would save the staff much time and effort. As I said though a very minor point. Overall the best holiday ever and I thank Thomson and Captain Dearman and all the staff on the Thomson Dream for making it so. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
outward flight was ok but being x thomson crew i think they are better. we could only afford an inside cabin as xmas/new year v expensive. cabin ok, small, shower area was more like a caravan shower. 1st night was xmas eve, my birthday, ... Read More
outward flight was ok but being x thomson crew i think they are better. we could only afford an inside cabin as xmas/new year v expensive. cabin ok, small, shower area was more like a caravan shower. 1st night was xmas eve, my birthday, even though we told the waiters, nothing happened, disappointed. next night we sat at two seats of our own choice next to a lovely couple, ordered drinks, pulled crackers .. ordered starter then a waiter came over and said we could not sit there as we had been allocated somewhere else, we were escorted out in full dinner dress ..embarrassed. then escorted back in 2 mins later to be sat at a table for 2 (had asked for 8) next to the waiters entrance. we didnt get our drinks , they never arrived. this was xmas day! i could not eat my dinner, just wanted to get out. we had never received confirmation of where we were sitting. i complained and we were eventually given a table of 8 but on early sitting, (we had asked for late, booked 18 months ahead!!) food was disappointing, expected better, tried two supplement rest .. indian ok, restaurant 17, good. buffet rest fine.. but xmas very very busy, could not get sunbeds during the day, on morning took us 2.5 hrs!. could not book into spa,never seen it whole trip!.. pool area v busy, noisy, rear pool lovely but impossible to get a bed, sick of people putting towels on, no action by staff. entertainment by headliners was vv good. booked entertainers were ok, but problem in the lounges due to noisy people talking , complained but again no action by staff. (this would not have happened in a northern social club!) trips were expensive, we went on lots they were ok, but next time prob do our own thing and save money. did have lots of photos taken as we did not think we would get back, but personal choice. p@0 members club bit of a rip off, 10 pts for every night on board but u have to have 150 to be a member. so even paying for the xmas/new year cruise (most expensive) at two weeks u do not qualify. drinks prices i thought were ok, and good that u could buy duty free and drink in cabin. holiday was spoilt because they put us on early sitting for dinner 6.30 was far too early, especially if u have been on a trip and were back at 5-5.30. the serving was too rushed, they were giving us our cheese and biscuits at the same time as our dessert! we always were the last to leave on principle!! i finally got to sit in the jucassi on the last am, one lady saying she was upgraded to late sitting after complaining bitterly that she booked 6 months before! .. after telling her i had booked 18 months prev and still was put on early she shut up, but that was just the icing on the cake for me . dont go at xmas, too expensive, too busy, flight back with thomas cook through the night was awful. why p@o use them ? they must be the cheapest. talk about cattle class! the seat was broke in front of us, so could not put anything on one table, crew would not move us, i hated it! my partner wants to go on another cruise to the caribbean, but will make sure i have a balcony cabin, late sitting, and hopefully try and relax with not a full ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
We picked the Carnival Victory based on the great itinerary it provides, calling at 6 different ports on a 7 day cruise of the Caribbean. We boarded the ship in Barbados which was great as only around 100 passengers get to board the ship ... Read More
We picked the Carnival Victory based on the great itinerary it provides, calling at 6 different ports on a 7 day cruise of the Caribbean. We boarded the ship in Barbados which was great as only around 100 passengers get to board the ship there. So it was a lot more calmer than boarding in San Juan were the rest of the 2700 passengers do. Boarding the cruise for the 1st time was a breeze, we dropped our cases at the port and they were taken over to the ship for us. Upon boarding we were offered a complimentary rum punch and checked in swiftly by friendly and helpful crew members. We then went for a look around the ship and had some lunch at the buffet. There was a huge variety of people on the ship from young couples and family's to older couples and single sex groups. We checked into our stateroom which was nice and spacious with a balcony. The staterooms are very well kept and have plenty of storage space. The bathrooms are a good size with a good shower and lots of storage space also. The room had a king size bed and a separate settee seating area. We later went down to attend the welcome meeting and safety briefing which only took 30 mins and was informative. We had anytime dining which meant we could dine at anytime in the evening. The food in the restaurant was a lot better than we had expected offering a different menu each evening with a good selection of starters, mains and desserts. We tried breakfast in both the buffet and the restaurant but mostly ate in the restaurant as the buffet was a bit chaotic at times and the food was not as nice as in the restaurant with waiter service. At lunchtime the buffet was the only option and sometimes the lines were quite long but there were different sections to the buffet and also a pizza place which had great tasting pizza. The quality of the lunch buffet was average but had plenty of choice from salads to fast food to a great selection of desserts. Iced Tea and lemonade were only cold drinks included all other drinks were paid from bar. Hot drinks included are tea, coffee and hot chocolate. The prices of the drinks were not really over inflated, paying around the same price as at an upmarket bar. There is a drinks package available but you would need to consume quite a bit to make it worthwhile purchasing. The entertainment on the ship was good, there was always a different show on in the evenings including magic show, Broadway style show and variety shows. They had something for all ages and interests going on all the time like quizzes, bingo, comedy shows, different bars and lounges. There is a casino, mini golf, several pools and jacuzzis,water slide, plenty of sunbeds, jogging track, shops and nightclub. Our personal favourite was the comedy shows they had 2 different comedians doing different shows over the 7 days all very funny. Getting on and off the ship was easy each day and they give you some good information about the ports. We took a few different shore excursions from Carnival and they were all very good and well organised. The ship itself is a little outdated in some areas but all very well kept and clean. Our stateroom was also kept very clean each day by our very helpful and friendly stateroom steward. They provide a twice daily room service and put a towel animal in your room each evening which was always a nice touch on coming back to the room in the evening. The crew are all really helpful and friendly and provide a great service in each and every area of the ship. Overall we really enjoyed our first cruise on the Carnival Victory, it's a great ship with a great itinerary and a great crew. I would recommend to anyone.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
We are first time cruisers. We chose this cruise line more for affordability and the itinerary as we had to take our teenage children with us. Next time we will definitely upgrade our cruise if only paying for 2 adults. There was a ... Read More
We are first time cruisers. We chose this cruise line more for affordability and the itinerary as we had to take our teenage children with us. Next time we will definitely upgrade our cruise if only paying for 2 adults. There was a need for more affluent company. We boarded the ship in Barbados with fellow UK cruisers. Our holiday package included 2/3 days in Barbados, which we recommend before boarding the ship to help adjust to the climate and change of time in the Caribbean. If we had not done this we would have wasted valuable time sleeping on the ship and not enjoying the initial ports of call. We were overwhelmed with the large number of loud Americans on board the ship who clearly had difficulty in controlling their children and themselves. On a few occasions parents would be trying to discipline their children in the hallway when we were trying to lap up the comfort of our staterooms. By the way these rooms are very nice and clean. The Stewards were fantastic! On one occasion our room was freshened up and cleaned 3 times in one day due to us returning early from a port of call visit. Our teenagers can be very untidy. The stewards took this on board and regularly called in on their room and tidied up. Our stewards would make animals out of the brilliant white towels. Eskimos, frogs and bears we had. You really need to book a stateroom with an Ocean View as a MINIMUM. The second floor Grade 6 is good. Waking up to the view of the ocean and watching the approach to the islands is a highlight. We had paid our gratuities in advance of the cruise and felt a bit sad to leave without giving the stewards any tips. We are not sure how they actually receive this but we made a point of telling them what we had done in order not to appear mean. The reception from the Embarkation staff was not exciting. Our officer appeared very tired and lacking energy. After opting to do the 'Behind the Fun Tour' of the ship we learned about the hours the staff work and the very basic conditions they live in on the lower decks of the ship. This would clearly contribute to the tired appearance of some of the staff. The tour of the ship is interesting but at a cost of $55 pp. You learn a lot of what makes your cruise enjoyable. Food preparation, the maritime qualifications of the staff, meet the captain, see the crew's living quarters, where the ship is steered and much more. Our teenage children cannot wait to go back to school and tell their friends. There is no Welcome Aboard Party on the cruise ship for us embarking in Barbados. However there is a big party for the Americans embarking in San Juan. We know this is the main embarkation port but we all pay for the cruise and should all reap the same benefits. ST LUCIA: We had a great day on this very hilly island. We pre- booked a tour from the UK on recommendation. If you have the opportunity to do so for all of the islands it will be time well spent. We felt like royalty. Our driver was waiting for us with our name on display. We had a mini bus to ourselves, the price had been negotiated in advance. Our driver was happy to change the days itinerary within reason as he was going to receive his fixed fee at the end of the day. The Sulphur Springs is a pleasant experience. Try to purchase some of the natural soaps and sulphur. Like with all the islands many of the locals will approach you to purchase their hand made jewelry. If you are interested take time to barter with them and pay the price you want. This island has snakes. We had the opportunity to take pictures with a snake around our necks. Something we would never do in the UK but on this island these men really know their species. ST KITTS: Again our tour was pre arranged on recommendation from the UK. We strongly recommend Island Paradise Tours. Our driver was Rosevelt Taylor. He is fantastic. He is funny and very knowledgeable. He has a good relationship with all the locals which made the tour very interesting by mixing with the natives. This island is beautiful with great scenery and history. The original beach Rosevelt wanted to take us to was a little rough after the left overs from hurricane Issac. This was a shame because we do not recommend the Reggae Beach he had to take us to for lunch. The beach was very nice but the service for lunch was diabolical! We waited over an hour for the meal to arrive. The delay was noticed and we were offered free punches and no service charge as a consolation. ST MAARTEN & ST THOMAS very good for shopping. ST Thomas has some very classic watches at reasonable prices. Ladies you will want to die for the handbags and shoes. SAN JUAN: This port was one of the high lights of the cruise. Is is very clean, the people are very good looking and friendly. We ate at a Caribbean restaurant as there was no caribbean food on the ship even though it was cruising the caribbean. We suggest the Carnival sources one or two caribbean chefs. The ship catered more for the Americans. BARBADOS: Although we disembarked we had a whole day to further explore this beautiful island. The beaches are lovely and clean. The disembarking process did not take long at all. It was well organised which gave us another whole day from 10.00am to explore the island until our late evening flight back to the UK. Be prepared to travel with your suitcases in a taxi if you want to maximise this opportunity without worrying about your suitcases coming off the ship and following you to the plane. We understand that some local hotels will allow you to use their facilities for the day and look after your luggage for a nominal fee. The whole experience of the Carnival ship is more positive than some of the reviews we have read. Use the reviews as a guide but do not rely on them to decide on whether you should book this cruise ship or not. We are really pleased we did not take the reviews we read too seriously before deciding to book with Carnival. It was an affordable cruise for us and we are glad we followed our own instincts and went went with it. If you do not have a large budget and want to experience a cruise in your life time, we would recommend the Carnival as a good starting point. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
This was our first cruise and much anticipated. We boarded in Barbados where only about 50 passengers seem to board compared with the 2000 or so in San Juan. Check in was slow despite so few passengers and it took us an hour from ... Read More
This was our first cruise and much anticipated. We boarded in Barbados where only about 50 passengers seem to board compared with the 2000 or so in San Juan. Check in was slow despite so few passengers and it took us an hour from arriving in the dining room and collecting our number, to being given our sail and sign cards. We couldn't see why it was so slow, despite 5 or so staff checking in passengers at the same time. Our cabin was as expected. We had a balcony (I would now never cruise without one as we used it lots) but it was as past reviewers say, very dated in decor. It was very clean, although had not had a deep clean for a long time (think lots of dust up in the lighting, vents, etc). The bathroom was the most dated, and the old fashioned shower curtain really needs to be replaced with a screen. we took some clothes pegs which we attached to the bottom of the shower curtain to save it sticking to us when in the shower and thus causing a wet bathroom floor, but it was clear the cabin steward expected a leaky shower as towels had been rolled up around the base of the shower prior to our arrival. Our cabin steward was very attentive, although we did find a plate of half eaten food in our cabin on arrival which was a bit strange?! The ship's public areas are also very garish and quite dated. It is a great ship for a young family holiday/young couples but we would not recommend it to older guests as it can be a little loud on the Lido deck during the day/early evening with various 'fun' activities taking place. Our daughter (aged 7) enjoyed these though. Food - reasonably good but service in the MDR (Atlantic) was sooooo slow every night. You need to allow nearly 2 hours for dinner and it was not unusual to wait 45 minutes for your starter. We couldn't understand why this was as there are only a set number of meals on the menu so surely most are more or less ready to go? Also we never had a hot meal in the MDR. My daughter's chicken strips and fries were also stone cold on one night. We believe this may be because main meals are left sitting on the wait staff stations for some time before you get them and the plastic covers they use don't retain heat well. The only warmish thing we had was soup. Up on the Lido deck the buffet was good, often hotter than the MDR. However - and we thought this was a bit of a con - the food is exactly the same as the meals served in the MDR!!! we found this out one night after checking it out after our MDR meal. The advantage of the eating your evening meal on the Lido deck is it was hotter and you can choose by eye which we prefered. My husband also enjoyed having more than one dessert there. It is a real shame that the stir fry meals place is only open between 12.30 - 2pm so we did't have a chance to try those. The sandwich place is good, but again would be better if it was 24 hrs like the pizza - which was also good. wait lines were not too bad, but we had breakfast early and dinner late, so it may be busier at other times. Entertainment was poor. We saw one show which was all dancing girls circa 1980's style and not much substance. Singers were just okay, with the exception of the Carribean/Reggae band who performed during the day on deck 10. The shows are also often VERY late - around 10.15pm, which means you can't see them if you have young kids and with no babysitting service to watch over them, you still can't see them after kids are in bed. With a heavy itinery on this cruise and trying to maximise our time ashore we therefore felt that some early shows would have been better - there were only about 2 of these at 7pm all week. How people managed to burn the candle at both ends all week was beyond us, but then maybe they weren't spending much time ashore either. Photographers are a bit of a nightmare. They harrass you a bit too much. We had real difficulty in getting our photos at the end of the cruise because they weren't ready, despite us telling them several times we were disembarking at Barbados. We ended up leafing through the entire guest's photos at 7am on the morning of our disembarkation - not acceptable. I asked whether this happened to San Juan guests and I was told it does not and that they are ready the night before. So why are Barbados guests treated differently? It doesn't just end there. On arrival we had no room service menu and requested one from our room steward - it never arrived - that it, until Sunday (4 days into our cruise) when we got the same 'arrival pack' that the San Juan guests got! It also contained a 'good to know' information sheet which again we didn't get on our arrival. On disembarkation, we received a letter the night before telling us we had to be in the Adriatic Lounge at 7.30am to go through immigration to disembark at Barbados. We duly arrived and then got sent back to the Irish bar to have our forms checked and issued with a number to then return to the Adriatic Lounge. Is this a game Carnival play? Why can't they just tell guests were they need to be instead of sending us on a goose chase. We went through immigration and were told we could collect our bags (we did self assist) and then went down to the gang way at 8.30am as we had booked a day's activity in Barbados prior to our evening flight. We get down there and got told we could not leave the ship! Despite the fact that all the San Juan guests were getting off for their days's activities! It seemed so ridiculous. We refused to move as we knew we had gone through immigration and could not understand why we could not enter Barbados. My husband went up to guest services who told him that 6 families had failed to show up for immigration and so no Barbados guests could get off until everyone had been through immigration. My husband complained that this was so unfair as we turned up on time, had a tour booked which we were going to miss and also the fact that we had never been told this. All of a sudden they decided to let us off the ship! If this is the case they need to let families know that no one can leave until they have all gone through immigration so everyone turns up. I am sure some people had a lesuirely breakfast and did not realise the impact that they were having on others. I also find it unlikely that this situation in repeated in San Juan keeping the entire ship on board until EVERYONE has gone though immigration? I have never heard of passengers not being able to board a plane until everyone has gone thought immigration? All in all it was a good cruise and the ports of call are amazingly good. We just felt that Carnival really pander to the predominatley American guests who board in San Juan and we felt like second-class citizens boarding in Barbados and being from the UK for the reasons outlined above. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Please Please Please, Take note. I have travelled around the world and have always brought my children. My wife and I have never taken any longer then a short trip away from the Children in 18 years, even our eldest was present on our ... Read More
Please Please Please, Take note. I have travelled around the world and have always brought my children. My wife and I have never taken any longer then a short trip away from the Children in 18 years, even our eldest was present on our honeymoon. I love getting out and about and seeing the sites and hearing, smelling and experiencing the life where I am has to offer. My Wife has the lay and bake approach on holiday, which is a relaxing type, so as you can see we were going to find it hard to tick both box's. Thomson Dream cruise and Thomson flight which left from Newcastle were reduced on one of the internet sites last 2 seats on the plane were left, so I booked it! I KNEW I MIGHT BE IN TROUBLE ! She came home looked at the reviews and to be far there were some howlers, and some not so bad. I just reassured her it was just us in a inside cabin on the 5th floor and we wouldn't be spending a lot of time in it anyway! One of the reviews said they could even smell sewage in the back stairway on the 5th floor at the rear of the ship, which worried me ! We are both very social people and always treat everyone the way we would like to be treated, EVERYONE! No matter where they come from or how old they are. This has always stood us in good stead touch wood. Well Ladies and Gents We both found this cruise right on the money. Itinerary was great. We docked every day but one each week and got to see most of the islands we visited every time on a taxi tour which was only $20 each which also included 2-3 hours on the beach. But the time spent on the beach was down to us! They never took any money until they came back and picked us up from where they left us. The food in all the restaurants was spot on, Freshly batch cooked all through service times on every sitting. Bread needs a special shout out eat way to much of it. Restaurant on the 4th floor had great waiting staff and were very attentive to my diabetic needs. We treated ourselves to the Grill twice and OMG for the extra £20 each I have paid £300 for us to have a meal that was as good! The shows are a must! Casino had a Texas Holdem Tournament which I entered for a laugh (never done it before) always watched it on T.V so wanted to give it a go £20 winner takes all! Photos on board are expensive £7.99 each - £12.99 but a simple no and they won't take your picture. Their always on show if you want to buy them if not they get shredded which I hate the thought of waste etc. The Captain had a story to tell every day and what a character! Spent an hour with him when we were invited to the Sale away on the Bridge which was a great experience. It wouldn't be a review without a bit of criticism, bit noisy when leaving and docking in our room, and she looks very clean but a bit tiered in places thats it! Lastly the only smell at the back stair well, was cooking! Cabbage Spinach Cauliflower etc Book this Holiday on this ship you won't be disappointed if it's your first. You'll have no expectations. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
This was our first ever cruise and we really enjoyed it. Flight with Thomsons was superb and we came down the steps of the plane straight onto a coach which took us to the ship. Check in was very quick and hey presto we were on holiday. ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and we really enjoyed it. Flight with Thomsons was superb and we came down the steps of the plane straight onto a coach which took us to the ship. Check in was very quick and hey presto we were on holiday. We had a beautiful balcony cabin on the starboard side and our view the first day was onto the Carribean and another cruise ships and a couple of tall masted yachts...beautiful! Plenty of hanging and cupboard space and Edwin our Steward did a fabulous job of looking after our every need. We found the food in all the restaurants to be very good. We went for Freedom dining and it worked out perfectly for us. Drinks were very reasonable and we couldn't believe how cheap the duty free drinks were (£12for two litres of dark rum.) We kept a bottle of Cointreau in our room for a relaxed 'sundowner' each evening. The entertainment was very good with something for everyone I think. We had no problem what so ever with sunbeds. We ad a relaxed breakfast and then went up on deck and always got a sunbed without a problem but people were reserving and going away for hours and on a couple of days we saw two older ladies reserving both sunny and shade beds which is really a bit selfish. We were supposed to go to Tenerife but ended up in the Azores which we really enjoyed. Started to get a bit bored with the formal nights....three might have been enough but five days with none and then four formals very close to each other was a bit off balance. We had not one single complaint with this holiday apart from the fact that you had to be in the secret service to find a toilet. come on P&O some indication in the public rooms as to where they might be would be helpful. Enjoyed it and would recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
We flew on a Thomas Cook plane from Manchester to Barbados and the flight was pretty good - chair back tv screens, free drinks and a reasonable meal. On arrival in Barbados we were bussed to the ship - a distance of around ten miles ... Read More
We flew on a Thomas Cook plane from Manchester to Barbados and the flight was pretty good - chair back tv screens, free drinks and a reasonable meal. On arrival in Barbados we were bussed to the ship - a distance of around ten miles through territory I wouldn't necessarily wish to return to on foot, but on arrival at the dockside, we joined a queue to get our photo taken for the on-board card you need to pay for items and get through security. The ship seemed enormous, and our superior balcony cabin was lovely, with the only downside being that the balcony is completely overlooked by all the decks above it. Two tv screens, full sized bath, coffee/tea facilities and fridge. The tv is nothing to get excited about however, as you get Sky News/Sky Sports/ BBC World News, one terrible channel full of wannabbee Madonnas in LA, and then a few channels flogging the P & O DVD, Tanzanite jewellery, and repeats of the lectures given in previous days. Most of the staff are Indian - our waiters (2), wine waiter, and steward were all from India. They gave us fabulous service. We went on the fixed dining (first sitting) and were allocated the "Peninsular" restaurant.The food was excellent and service superb. If you wanted to eat in the top deck buffets, at peak times it was pretty full and you might not find a free table. It was disappointing to find that cabins don't have internet access, and to use the computers in the library costs 50p a minute, which is horrendously expensive. The bar waiters are on commission, so they are constantly looking to get orders for drinks - prices are similar to British pubs, and you don't feel ripped off. The majority of the cruisers were in the 50+ age group, with very few children on board. On the 9 day sail back to Southampton, I did get somewhat bored with the same daily entertainment schedule, and the lack of variety - apart from one night when Eddie Large gave a talk, there were a series of lectures on a daily basis about Concorde, a few films were shown (some several times over the 13 nights), and quite a few dance lessons. They organise daily Bingo, which again, isn't cheap - £10 for 3 tickets covering five games. The idea is to build up a "snowball" for the last day, so that they sell hundreds of tickets, and presumably, make a mint. Some of the shows are very popular, but I preferred to watch a guitar duo called "The View" who appeared in "Brodies" pub type bar. Duty free shops sell limited ranges of goods, and prices of spirits can be extremely good value - £12 for two litre bottles of Teachers whisky seems good to me.On arrival at Southampton, we were efficiently directed onto a smart "Eavesway" coach taking us back to Manchester airport, and setting off at 9-10am, with a 45 minute stop at the Motorway Services, we arrived at T2 Manchester at 1-50pm - brilliant. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
We did the Latin Gems cruise for a week from 4 March, from Barbados. We too were worried after bad reviews but food fantastic (although wouldn't pay the extra £20 each to dine in The Grill again as food not much different to the ... Read More
We did the Latin Gems cruise for a week from 4 March, from Barbados. We too were worried after bad reviews but food fantastic (although wouldn't pay the extra £20 each to dine in The Grill again as food not much different to the Orion restaurant), but in buffet and Orion restaurants always something to choose from and always hot; staff amazing, always helpful, with a smile and genuinely friendly. The ship has a really friendly feel, everyone always saying hello. Overall, we had a really great time, and the ports of call - Aruba, Curacao, Margarita Island, Grenada and St Lucia, were really good, especially as we only went for a week. I won't repeat what everyone else has said recently but would just add the following: Cabins - we were in an inside cabin, number 6187 and didn't sleep a wink as could feel every wave and the walls vibrated so much that the bed shook at times. It was like someone shaking you to wake you up! We thought this was just because we were cruise first-timers and not used to the vibrations and movement but found out towards the end of the week that the vibration was due to being over the propeller and other cabins in different areas and other floors didn't vibrate or feel the waves as much. Although on at least one day, you could feel the waves over all areas of the ship so I'm sure you could still feel them in any cabin. Needless to say, if I ever went on the Dream again, I would have to investigate the cabin situation and pay the extra to book a specific cabin. Also,from speaking with others, it seems that larger ships don't seem to have this problem, so we may have to consider a larger ship next time instead. Last year's sewage/air con problems seem to be fixed, although there was a slight whiff when passing some areas - it was like a drain smell but not sewage, but this was only every now and then. Shore excursions - For info on the trips we did - see my port reviews. I was disappointed about the knowledge of the Thomson staff at the excursions desk though, when I asked about the beaches in Aruba, they didn't even know the names of them or where they were(I knew more than they did) and when we asked for more information about a trip on another island, they didn't know. Cases being picked up by 3am on day of departure - just to give you a heads up in case you didn't know - it is worth packing small bottles (less than 100ml) of anything you need on your day of departure (e.g. shampoo, shower gel)as all larger bottles will have to be packed in your case, which you won't have on your day of departure. They do provide shampoo/shower gel, but if you are like me, you use your own particular brands. Overall, a great experience despite not much sleep, as everything else made up for it Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Where do I begin..... much easier to say that the whole ship from food and drink to staff and facilities was first class! Seriously, this is one of the best holiday ive ever taken! If I had to pick one down side it would be the fact ... Read More
Where do I begin..... much easier to say that the whole ship from food and drink to staff and facilities was first class! Seriously, this is one of the best holiday ive ever taken! If I had to pick one down side it would be the fact that we could only get 6.30pm dining, we never used this once as it was far too early for us to eat. Returning to the ship at around 5.30pm after a day sight seeing was just too much to be ready for 6.30pm. It seriously was not a problem though as there are so many other eating options available. Top marks go to The Glass House and the Italian - AMAZING food in both of these places. Top staff marks must go to Ronald in the Terrace bar and Jeslie in the Blu Bar - these guy's were just fantastic. The young girl in the Glass House was also fantastic, so funny and great fun, we loved her by the end of the fortnight! Seriously if you can fault anything with this trip then your obviously used to things better than perfect. I can quite honestly say if you have read anything negative on this site regarding this ship then IGNORE IT, honestly, this ship and cruise was nothing short of perfect! To finish, getting on and off of this ship was the easiest thing ive ever done. No collecting of bags, waiting for luggage or queing to check in on the way back. You simply hand your luggage in at your departure point, next time you see it is outside your cabin on the boat. Same coming home, leave it outside your room, the next time you see it is in your home country! FANTASTIC! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
We sailed on the Dream 4th March 2012 for 1 week on Latin Gems. Me and my partner are 28/30 and my parents are 59/60. It was our first cruise and my parents had previously cruised with Celebrity. Transfer from plane to ship was great, ... Read More
We sailed on the Dream 4th March 2012 for 1 week on Latin Gems. Me and my partner are 28/30 and my parents are 59/60. It was our first cruise and my parents had previously cruised with Celebrity. Transfer from plane to ship was great, down steps of plane, onto coach, then taken straight to ship. Cases arrived a little later and were outside the cabin. The ship itself is very nice. Although a bit old it is well looked after and maintained. Public areas were all in good condition and nicely decorated. Yes, it could do with an update in some of the public areas, but this really didn't affect our holiday. Our cabin was an outside plus on deck 6. It was spacious with twin beds, small sofa and chair, coffee table and desk. The beds were very comfortable. The bathroom was small and at 6ft1 not too easy to shower but again, not a major issue. The bathroom was very clean, no smells and no problem with toilet. (I would like to note at this point that people have complained about toilet issues on this ship, it clearly states on all toilets not to flush anything down but the loo roll provided, so I guess most problems that do arise are caused by guests not following these instructions!) We ate breakfast in Sirens or the Lido, Lunch in the same and evening meals in the Orion. Breakfast and lunch were very good for buffets. Good selection of food which was served hot and it varied daily for lunch. The only negative would be that it often took a while to be served a drink at lunch time in the buffet restaurants. The Orion was fantastic, nice surroundings, excelent staff and very good food. We thoroughly enjoyed every evening in this restaurant. Also would like to comment that bottled water is on the table when you arrive, but if you ask ice cold tap water is provided, we did this first night and after that they knew us and it became automatic. The entertainment was very good, we enjoyed a few shows in the theatre and also the guest comedian who was amazing. The entertainments team clearly put in a lot of effort and this shows. Incidentally my parents who previously cruised with Celebrity, said the entertainment on the Dream was far superior. There was also live music in the other bars which was enjoyable. During the day time quizes, bingo etc were on in some of the bars, not my cup of tea, but certainly not an issue as I just didn't go!!! We did mainly Thomson shore excusions and found them all to be great. The one day we just disembarked and used a taxi, we didn't see half as much or really learn anything about the island like we had on the ships excursions. So whilst you can save money I would recommend Thomsons excursions. Will also add to be fair to the destination services team they will provide maps and info for those who wish to do it on their own instead of just pushing the excursions. We had the AI drinks package, for us it was worth it as we like a drink. To give an idea if it is worth it for you, wine is 3,90 per glass, 15,00 per bottle. ½ pint beer 1,90, cocktails from 4,50 and spirits from 3,50 plus mixer. Tea/coffee and cold water is available all day from the lido restaurant. Overall we had a fantastic cruise, staff, food, entertainment, ports of call all great. The bottom line is if you go on holiday to look for problems you will find them. Reviews were helpful to me before booking which is why I have tried to write a thorough review here. Hope it helps! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Having read some of the reviews on this site and never having cruised before we were a little uncertain what to expect from our first cruise. We can only say that from the moment our cases were checked in at the airport it was a pleasure. ... Read More
Having read some of the reviews on this site and never having cruised before we were a little uncertain what to expect from our first cruise. We can only say that from the moment our cases were checked in at the airport it was a pleasure. The flight going out was comfortable, food reasonable and service excellent (Thomson), the process of plane to ship was easy and ran very smoothly. We chose an inside cabin as you need to create a benchmark somewhere. The cabin was small as expected but well designed so that the available room was put to the most effective use. It was quiet and the cabin steward was brilliant, he couldn't do enough for us. The ship is very large and we would frequently go in the wrong direction as there are no indicators as to where is forward. This was no great problem and to be honest was part of the fun. We chose Freedom dining so that we could plan each evening around any shows we wanted to see. This was the right choice for us, not only did we meet some lovely people (only two exceptions), but we managed to take in some good entertainment as well. The standard of the shows was very good. Food - very good. There was always a good selection and the service was brilliant. The food in the buffet was also very good and a good variety was offered. We've seen comments that the the food in the buffet restaurants was repetitive and boring - we couldn't disagree more. Specialist restaurants - we tried Sindhu, this was easily the best Indian food we have experienced. The passengers - always a worry no matter what type of holiday you chose. We experienced a few very snooty, having done dozens of cruises, people and also a number of the 'Benidorm' set who seemed to be inseparable from the poll areas, but by far the vast majority of passengers were quite normal, friendly people. With a passenger list of over 3000, you will find all types but that's life. Only a couple of negatives: There is a policy that you can't save sunbeds, if you are not on them then they are free for anyone to use. This policy is good but is not policed in any way. As a result of this large swathes of beds near the pools were unavailable on sea days. The other negative is the habit of smokers to gather near to the entrances of the buffet restaurant or just outside the doors on the promenade deck. So although they are following the rules they also create a very unpleasant and unhealthy atmosphere in these specific areas. However, this is also true of public places and work places in normal life. Putting the two negatives to one side overall the cruise was brilliant, the food and entertainment excellent, service second to none and we can't wait to book another trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Everything about our cruise on the Thomson Dream was fantastic.The ship was really everything we had hoped for and more,The staff were always happy and smiling and nothing was a trouble for them to make sure that we were looked after. ... Read More
Everything about our cruise on the Thomson Dream was fantastic.The ship was really everything we had hoped for and more,The staff were always happy and smiling and nothing was a trouble for them to make sure that we were looked after. Our cabin was comfortable and kept in immaculate condition thanks to Don Don our cabin steward.The food was excellent with plenty of choice for everyone,especially afternoon tea in the siren restaraunt. Must pay huge compliments to reception staff and staff in duty free shops.Last but not least Steven Guy and his entertainment team put on shows every night that would not have been out of place in the west end. Thank you to everyone on the Thomson Dream for making this a fantastic Caribean dream come true. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
I travelled with my husband, and 2 teenage children (it was our first cruise) and My mum and dad, who have been on other cruises before. The travel and process of embarkation was slick and no problems encountered. Once on board the ship, ... Read More
I travelled with my husband, and 2 teenage children (it was our first cruise) and My mum and dad, who have been on other cruises before. The travel and process of embarkation was slick and no problems encountered. Once on board the ship, you could sense that it is an older ship, but was clean and the staff very friendly and helpful. Our luggage was placed in our rooms about an hour after our arrival on board. The rooms were adequate, but in my opinion needed a make over (I have now found out that the ship is having a make over for this coming winter season and will be a Platinum Ship for Thomson - hence we are just going to book it again for February next year!) The facilities on board are great, I like the feel of the ship, that it is more personal and less people on board than some of the bigger ships (I have just returned home from the Carnival Breeze) The food is of excellent standard and the service on board was of a very high standard. We always ate in the main waiter service restaurant The Orion I think, you could eat in here for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we mainly ate in there at dinner, and occasionally lunch. The entertainment on board was great, the main bar area was good, and there was plenty of room for sunbathing especially on sea days. There were plenty of waiters to take care of your needs. We upgraded and paid for all inclusive, which proved to be the best for us, as we do like a drink when we are away, this included the cocktail of the day. One day it was champagne cocktails, which was great as it was included. There were certain items on the AI where you had to pay a contribution, certain malt whiskeys etc bottled beer. The trips offered for the tours we took were great, we didn't book every island but most, instructions easy to follow and great tour guides. The catamaran trip at Antigua Lobster and Champagne was great, swim with the dolphins in the British Virgin Islands was great as they are in the sea and not a pool. The ships staff from the restaurants and bars performed one night, and there were some great singers one in particular, she sang opera and it was amazing! Would I book it again, yes I would, for the service and great value for money and the great atmosphere on board, We are in the process of booking again for next year to do do a different Caribbean island tour! Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
I honestly do not know where to start! That 1st view from the taxi as we approached the harbour? Amazing, breathtaking!! It was huge!! Getting from the taxi to the ship must've taken all of 5mins! Unfortunately, once onboard we were ... Read More
I honestly do not know where to start! That 1st view from the taxi as we approached the harbour? Amazing, breathtaking!! It was huge!! Getting from the taxi to the ship must've taken all of 5mins! Unfortunately, once onboard we were holed up in a dining room where it took an hour to clear the customs, not a huge problem unless you are as excited as a 12yr old and just want to explore!! When we did get to our room, we were amazed at the size, not quite sure what i expected but was certainly presently surprised, ample sized balcony. Did not realise i could get so excited about having an ice bucket and mini bar!! Food- We only ate in the main resteraunt on 1st night and last night, mainly because we found the food in the buffet resteraunts so good (must do the chinese at lunch time- amazing) and didn't feel we needed to schedule our cruise to dinner times. The trips were amazing, although we did find that if you leave the ships and went with the local tours, they were aroud 25% cheaper and had much less traveling time!! Never failed to find a sun bed ondeck (even on the 1 day at sea)took advantage of all enertainment on offer and honestly cannot think of a bad thing to say about the cruise!!!!! Our biggest issue was with our tour operator on final day! had to disembark at 1, no pick up until 2.30 (had to sit dockside) and then 2hrs waiting (outside) airport, although there are worse places to be stranded i'm sure! Then when check in did open, another 3hrs wait for plane! The cruise, was our 1st, but certaily will not be our last, roll on our next Carnival Cruise Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
Booked this Thomson Cruise on the Dream with some serious reservations and my 15 year old daughter was even less sure. A week later and we are all converts! She loved it and wife and me had a great time too. The Dream is a fine slightly ... Read More
Booked this Thomson Cruise on the Dream with some serious reservations and my 15 year old daughter was even less sure. A week later and we are all converts! She loved it and wife and me had a great time too. The Dream is a fine slightly older but well designed & maintained ship. Lovely blonde wood decks and cabins are spacious. Whole ship is spotless and crew cannot be faulted in any regard. Hard working and constantly, unwaveringly friendly, a credit to Thomson and Captain Roy! Cruising route was perfect with only one whole day at sea. Could not believe how lucky we were with the weather...27 degrees every day and 12 hours of sunshine. Hard to think the UK and the Caribbean share the same planet. Sea temps at around 27 degrees too so lots of sea swimming is mandatory. Meals were great and the Orion restaurant was a lovely place to eat with great service from all specially star waiter Tawanto. House red at &12 per bottle and other drinks around same as UK prices. Thanks to all the lovely folks we met on board and to Thomson for making our first cruise a great one. The Crodens Read Less
Sail Date January 2012

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