30 Corfu Entertainment Cruise Reviews

We wanted to visit Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro that is why we chose this cruise. We were over the moon with the ship, it is stunning, the entertainment is outstanding, I would have paid to see these shows. The food, every member of ... Read More
We wanted to visit Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro that is why we chose this cruise. We were over the moon with the ship, it is stunning, the entertainment is outstanding, I would have paid to see these shows. The food, every member of staff were simply outstanding. We paid the extra £50.00 to upgrade our all inclusive package and we felt it well worth it. Excellent quality cocktails, top grade spirits and cans of soft drink and bottles of water delivered to our room. We upgraded to a larger cabin on 7th floor but did not have a balcony or window but we did not miss this we used our room to get ready and sleep. There is so much going on around the ship from Morning to very late night I cannot wait to book again. We booked trips in Slovenia - caves and castles our only disappointment was we would have liked an hour or two longer We booked Krka waterfalls trip in Split - just simply breathtaking beauty again I wish we had longer We booked speedboat and beach trip in Montenegro- this was just amazing, the views spectacular. Then we had a walk around the town of kotor, this is also very beautiful and sells the most delicious pizza and ice cream In Venice and Dubrovnik we did our own thing, due to very high temperatures we only stayed in Venice until 1 pm, but we have visited Venice for a holiday. In Dubrovnik we shared a taxi into old town with another cruiser. We chose open side bus tour at €20 each and boat trip at €10 each. This was a great way to see Dubrovnik, due to temperatures of 37 we didn't do the wall walk, but will return to Dubrovnik to do this. Do not miss sail away from Venice Happy to answer any questions Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
First cruise so have nothing to gauge it on but found it wonderful. Nightmare start with over a 5 hour delay but as soon as we got to Corfu airport at 2:30am staff were great getting us on coaches then embarkation just as good even though ... Read More
First cruise so have nothing to gauge it on but found it wonderful. Nightmare start with over a 5 hour delay but as soon as we got to Corfu airport at 2:30am staff were great getting us on coaches then embarkation just as good even though flight had delayed ship we were swiftly put on ship so could sail asap. All the staff were very attentive and Julio our cabin steward was so nice and helpful. Only ate in the buffet restaurant once for breakfast and for lunch after visiting Split but otherwise ate in Gallery 47 for breakfast and the Italian upstairs is lovely. Also ate in Surf and Turf and Kora La as well as the glass House well worth the extra payment for all. We were worried that we would felt a little trapped on the ship but not at all plenty to do and all the excursions we did through TUI were well organised. Cabin number 3568 was great able to unpack everything just and no noise only issue same as others was the shower curtain, but hey if that’s all you can complain about not bad. We did a cruise and stay and the only disappointment was coming off the ship no one telling us where to collect coaches and people setting off and dragging suitcases towards the terminal until stopped. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Probably the biggest disappointment was the food. The buffet restaurant seems to have no dress code and the food was absolutely appalling. Cheap, mass produced rubbish. The a la carte restaurants (47° and gallery 47) were slightly ... Read More
Probably the biggest disappointment was the food. The buffet restaurant seems to have no dress code and the food was absolutely appalling. Cheap, mass produced rubbish. The a la carte restaurants (47° and gallery 47) were slightly better but the food was all bought in and heated up, menus lacked imagination and the quality was average at best. We did have one good meal by paying £46 to upgrade to the Kora La Asian restaurant. This was almost 5 star but not quite. The ship has been with TUI Marella since 2017, before this it was Legend of the Seas and on exchange was supposed to have had millions spent on it. Apart from a nice external paint job it's difficult to see what this could have been spent on as it's all very tired and often quite tatty internally. The cabin has it's own section within this review. The entertainment was quite reasonable. The band 4Tunes are good and some of the shows were ok, though not fantastic. Why are cruise ships obsessed with Broadway shows? On good quality 5 star holidays we are used to entertainment that typifies the culture and music of the area being visited. The all inclusive drinks are ok but I don't understand why this doesn't include the cabin mini bar. Maybe the type of 5 star all inclusive holidays we are used to has set our expectations a bit high for large cruise ships due to the mixed client demographic. We certainly wouldn't sail with Marella again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We went on this cruise because we had been on the Marella Dream in June, we had such a good time on the Dream we decided to go on the Discovery, so we could compare the two. we enjoyed both to be honest, although the Dream is smaller and ... Read More
We went on this cruise because we had been on the Marella Dream in June, we had such a good time on the Dream we decided to go on the Discovery, so we could compare the two. we enjoyed both to be honest, although the Dream is smaller and older ship than the Discovery I'd say the Dream just piped the Discovery for us. We thought the Dream managed the people it had on board better than the Discovery, it just seemed to us that there were to many people for them to cope with comfortably. Don't get me wrong the staff were fantastic and worked very hard to make our stay as good as they could, we just thought the management had packed to many people on the ship. To give you an example if you were out and about at night there didn't seem to be enough seating for all the customers, I'm not sure if some parts of the Discovery were more popular than others but it did look odd that there were a lots of people having to stand because there were no seats available. Food on the Discovery was good and plentiful, we did have an issue with the bacon on the breakfast buffet which I have written to them about but that was all, just going back to the subject of room, we went as a couple and when we went to the 47 gallery or the 47 restaurant we wanted a table for two which we did get, but the tables were only separated by a few inches so there was no chance of a intermate or private conversation because you were so close to the next table. Now again don't get me wrong we are not loners and can mix with the best of them, but if I wanted to make eyes at my wife I don't want the women on the next table getting the wrong idea because we so close together. The cabins were nice and the staff kept them clean, the places we stopped were good, except Santorini which was a disappointment the place would be lovely if it wasn't for the vast amount of people, we expected it to be busy but goodness me it was packed to the rafters. My wife has a disability and walking is a problem so it was even harder for her to get around because the crowds, there were no places to rest for her because all the places were full, so we decided to go back to the ship, but even this was a big problem because the queue for the cable car back down the mountain was so long its was a long hot wait of 20 minutes before we got back down. So if you go on this cruise been warned its busy and hot at the top the crowds are mad and in our minds Santorini has that far away look, it looks better far away. All the other destinations on the trip were better and we enjoyed them. Over all we had a good time we will go again with TUI next year on a different ship and see how they do, look out for my review. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Aegean Shores – TUI Marella Discovery 2 (7 day cruise) This was our second TUI cruise and overall it was enjoyable and due to the ports of call. Booking I booked through the TUI offices in West Lothian and spoke to a lady ... Read More
Aegean Shores – TUI Marella Discovery 2 (7 day cruise) This was our second TUI cruise and overall it was enjoyable and due to the ports of call. Booking I booked through the TUI offices in West Lothian and spoke to a lady called Lynne. She was absolutely fabulous and I can’t thank her enough for her time and assistance. Flights and Transfers The flights were on time and the in-flight service was excellent. My only issue is that once checked in we then had to collect our cases on arrival and haul them to coaches. Previously, once we’d checked in, the next time we saw our cases was outside our cabin door. Cabin Our cabin was spacious and I only have praise for housekeeping staff, Irinya who serviced our cabin on a daily basis and was excellent. Food We ate almost exclusively in the 47° restaurant for breakfast, dinner and the occasional lunch. The waiter service was friendly and efficient. Sometimes we had to wait for a table but never longer than 20 minutes. The food was varied and of good quality. Unfortunately the food elsewhere on board was not so good. Snack Shack – This busy pool side food area serves chips, battered fish and chicken wings, all day EVERY DAY! This became very monotonous which was frustrating and disappointing. Also the sandwiches were wrapped in a paper bag and had minimum fillings of very poor quality. The salads came in a flimsy cardboard container that fell apart once you picked it up and the salad was 80% lettuce. The Glass House – Only visited this once and that was enough. Very poor selection of food available which was hidden behind glass counters, very poor quality and variety. The Islands – Busy self-service restaurant, only visited this for afternoon tea. Again very disappointed in the quality and variety of food offered here. Sandwiches made with thick sliced bread and minimum fillings. Selection of cakes (if you could call them cakes) was of very poor quality and the only hot choice on EVERY DAY was sausage roll! With the exception of the 47° restaurant the food on offer was of poor quality and cheap! Drinks It is an all-inclusive package so most drinks are included in the price. My only issues with this are: * Unless you pay an extra £50 bottled water is chargeable * When ordering drinks if you don’t specify the brand name of the alcohol you want you get served the cheap rubbish! * The bar staff were very thin on the ground and on occasions you had to wait some considerable time to get served. And the bar staff had trouble keeping a check of who was next to being served and on occasions just wandered off. * The cocktails were very disappointing, the bar staff simply threw them together so each time you had one they tasted different. Also the glasses were never decorated or accompanied with fruit that you would expect to be part of the cocktail experience – again very disappointing. Entertainment This was the most disappointing aspect of the cruise, with the exception of the Broadway Show Lounge. Elsewhere on the ship the entertainment was shabby, boring and a holiday camp could have provided a better standard. There were 3 grand pianos on board, one in the 47° restaurant, the Atrium and the Live Room. The only piano played was in the Live Room. So no background pianist during dinner or in the Atrium, despite the fact a pianist was on board. In fact on one occasion two of the entertainment staff were holding an evening dance class in the Atrium bar and the music came from a laptop placed ON TOP of the piano! It seems more common that the Atrium is used for entertainment when a pianist playing music or taking requests would have been more than sufficient and relaxing. On the last night the entertainment staff gave a farewell musical event in the Atrium bar, they were all casually dressed, un co-ordinated and singing to a backing track which was very amateurish, uninspiring and cheesy. The opera singer was superb but singing Time to Say Goodbye on the last night was a cringe-fest. On the day of departure many of us had late flights but had to vacate our cabins by 08.30. As a result passengers were sat in the Atrium and other bars killing time and milling around. During the whole day no entertainment was provided and the shops were shut. Passengers sat around as if they were in an airport departure lounge or doctors surgery, very disappointing. Clearly an example of key staff assigned other duties and a possible reflection of how understaffed the ship was. Excursions The excursions were more expensive than our last cruise and we only booked two as a result. The Athens excursion cost £65pp. We set off about 9am and were back on the ship by 1pm. During this time we spent just over an hour at the Acropolis, the rest of the time was spent on the bus with places of interest pointed out to us as we drove past. This was by no means value for money and I certainly would not recommend this excursion to anyone. Although our guide was excellent and well informed and her capabilities not a result if any input from Marella. The bicycle ride in Crete cost £36pp. On our last cruise we took a bicycle excursion in Ibiza which we thoroughly enjoyed. They are not cheap but as we enjoyed the bike ride we booked again in Crete expecting similar. I have to say that the staff in charge of the bike excursion were fantastic (Sophie & George) and I have no complaints about them, however I do feel disappointed with the excursion. My complaint centres the duration and time spent actually cycling. Within 20 minutes of starting we had a 45 minute stop in Heraklion, which was fine. We then cycled for approx. 30-40 mins to some obscure beach and spent about 11/2 hours there. We then headed back to the ship and arrived approx. 2pm. All in all very disappointing due to short duration and minimum time actually cycling! Summary Aspects of the cruise were enjoyable and met our expectations but it was crystal clear that TUI were trying to cut costs wherever possible, particularly the standard and quality of food offered, the entertainment and the number of staff. It’s tempting to say that it was a floating holiday camp when, with a little creative thought and small expense, it could be so much more than it was. It has certainly made us think twice about booking again with TUI. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose this cruise because we’ve cruised with thompson’s 8 times and tui teice and wasnted to go on the new ship and try out the new marella company. We boarded the ship with no problems flights and port to ship tranfers were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we’ve cruised with thompson’s 8 times and tui teice and wasnted to go on the new ship and try out the new marella company. We boarded the ship with no problems flights and port to ship tranfers were great embarkation process was as usual very quick and efficient. We were diricted to our cabin. Supposed to be standard inside as we always get. When we got there it all went wrong. Cabin 7621 as soon as we walked in we realised the cabin was not normal shape size or orientation to normal inside berths. The double bed is jammed up against the wall so whoever was on the inside had to climb over the other person to get out not good if you both have arthritis! Also no fridge my wife has special prescription eye medication that must be kept chilled so another major problem. Went to reception to complain and was told “sorry ship is full no chance of move or upgrade or any compensation if your not happy contact whoever you booked your cruise with and complain to them when you get home!!!!” we were raging!!!! Eventually after more complaints we got a small fridge that we managed to jam under the dressing table and had to have the chair removed to give us some space. Added to the the air conditioning fan was noisy and freezing cold complains every day they came and banged around a few times but still the same when we left. Other issues. Dining room queues were ridiculas if not in by 7-30 you had to wait with a buzzer in hand till called and when you got in there were loads of empty seats. Obviously a staff shortage issue service is slow expect to spend at least an hour in there for for a 3 course meal of small portions and longer if you want coffee at the end. For years we’ve raced over the legendry thompson entertainment and show teams. Not this time some shows ok others borderline shocking to the point many people walked out. Opera singer benjamin being the exception he is amazing. Finally the ships smoking policy is disgusting they have smoking tables located a mere 2 metres from the opening to the snack shack. The entire starboard side of the pool deck upper deck an life boat deck stinks of tobbaco, vope smoke and stale cigarettes urgghhhh!!!! Finally when we came to disembark all the passegers going on to stay in hotels on. Off we’re kept on board until 13-45 the busses were then also late meaning we didn’t get to our hotel till 15-00 even though it was only on the other side of corfu bay we could see the ship from our hotel room. So disappointed. We were big fans of thompson but now seeking alternative companies as the prices have also gone up but standards sadly have dropped. Discovery 2 used to be called the legend of the seas if it’s allowed to sail like this the mabe the legend has died. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
flight to corfu .....no problem . 1 hour after getting bags at airport we were in the cabin ...the cases arrived promptly. Cabin ...a junior suite was spacious with a big balcony ....spotlessly clean and kept that way by the ... Read More
flight to corfu .....no problem . 1 hour after getting bags at airport we were in the cabin ...the cases arrived promptly. Cabin ...a junior suite was spacious with a big balcony ....spotlessly clean and kept that way by the steward who was brilliant. Meals in Islands restaurent ....most of the time ....i thought were good ....lots of negative comments on this site however ....speak as you find ..if you wanted finer dining you had options ...but booking well in advance was necessary or wait till called ....which didn,t appeal to us . The islands buffet was probably the best of its type we have experienced on our cruising experiences...quite quiet after 8 .15pm suited us ...give them some credit the staff were brilliant .. Timing is important on a cruise ship re dining ....go at peak times and you get what you should have expected ...we planned our days to avoid busy times and found the whole experience to be relaxing. Sunbathed on the balcony ....make sure you get the correct side of the ship for the most benefit of this and beware of the deck 8 cabins forward under the overhang which restricts sun. We read about noise above deck 8 before we went but never experienced any problems. must have been lucky ? The itinerary was great...i loved being in a different port every day almost and we did 3 excursions which were worth doing. Enertainment was exactly what we expected ...decent standard .....cruise ship musicals ....a comedian etc.....surely customers have an idea what its going to be like ....most night the Broadway theatre was pretty full ...dancers and singers were excellent. Individuals and groups playing in different areas of the ship were generally excellent. Disembarkation was smooth ...wait your.turn ...relax on ship ....on the bus ...corfu airport experience ok ...despite the prophets of doom on the ship.....and there were plenty of them.....flight on time ..great. To summarise ....a good relaxing holiday ....nice ship ...staff great ..worth the money . Came back home pleased with the whole experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I got on the discovery 2 at Corfu and got of there as well. I was on the ship for a week and the destinations are lovely Santorini and Rhodes have to be my favourite. The cruise is really good the activity's for kids are a ... Read More
I got on the discovery 2 at Corfu and got of there as well. I was on the ship for a week and the destinations are lovely Santorini and Rhodes have to be my favourite. The cruise is really good the activity's for kids are a climbing wall a mini golf 9 holes 2 swimming pools one inside and one outside also there is a games room called hideout for the children to chill out and play on the Xbox and the football table. The entertainment is fantastic with 4 different venues to choose from and they have a casino. the bars were clean and sold a verity of alcohols from shots to beer to cocktails. the crew are so friendly saying hello and always ready to help really good custom. The sail away party was absolutely fantastic with live performances from DJ Tomas and a band that I cant remember there name and a flag parade to see were parts of the crew come from. definitely arrange with TUI they are stars amazing job Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We travelled as a family with two children under 14 , on back to back cruises , the Adriatic Explorer and Iconic Islands. The itinery was brilliant including Venice and Santorini which we really wanted , hence choosing TUI on this ... Read More
We travelled as a family with two children under 14 , on back to back cruises , the Adriatic Explorer and Iconic Islands. The itinery was brilliant including Venice and Santorini which we really wanted , hence choosing TUI on this occasion, having travelled with Royal Caribbean twice and Princess Cruises once before. * SHIP * The Discovery 2 is a great addition to the TUI fleet , and although refurbished is more than enough in quality for any average Brit traveller (as we are) who will not be disappointed. A good looking vessel. * DINING / FOOD * We used the Islands Buffet restaurant , and occasionally the Snack Shack. The food was good quality and varied. * CABIN * We had an outside cabin on level 2. The window was quite large , giving us all a great view of the scenery as we cruised along , well worth the small extra charge from an inside cabin. It was located near the rear of the ship , in a quiet position. We all slept very well indeed. There was enough space for a family , the beds for the kids dropped from the side walls. It was very clean and functional , although some of the furniture was aged with scratched draws. One kept falling off it's runner which was a bit annoying when accerssing things. The safe was spot on (although old), free of charge , accessed using a major credit card for the strip only. Not seen this type before , as I am used to tapping numbers in , but once I got used to it it was fine. I had no problems leaving valuables in there. * ENTERTAINMENT * One word , fantastic ! We went to all the shows in the Broadway Theatre. They were high quality and varied. It was clear a lot of effort had gone in to each performance. We also enjoyed other areas including The Venue , featuring an X factor finalist Andy. This was an unexpected level of quality. What a great singer - shame he didn't win ! The dance couple were amazing. The dance to the 'Bond Theme' left us all speechless. A big thank you to the entertainment team for making our cruise so enjoyable. * SERVICE * The cabin staff and bar staff/waiters were all super polite. Special thanks go to Janette, Alistair, Reymond, Mladen, Jorge and Malcolm - great people ! We had one complaint against a pool attendant who was not polite but unfriendly and confrontational in our opinion. Had this not occurred we would have given the cruise a 5 star rating. The complaint was handled eventually after several attempts thanks to the general manager Malcolm Chapple. TUI need to improve their complaint handling process to prevent unnecessary escalation to this level , and we have given this feedback to them in the hope other cruisers will not be impacted like we were after only a few hours into a 14 day cruise - this spoilt the 'holiday feel' somewhat for a few days. * DRINKS * The all inclusive drinks package is more than enough. Good draught beers/ciders to include John Smiths , Fosters , Strongbow , and bottled to include Becks , Guiness , Corona , Peroni (nice touch TUI) , many cocktails/shorts ,cola ,orange juice and much more. No need to buy the premium package at all in our opinion. * EXCURSIONS * Very very expensive. Recommend 'do it yourself' , haggle with taxi drivers etc as we did. S U M M A R Y A good quality cruise which was very enjoyable , and so nearly a 5 star rating ! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We went as part of a large family group (6 of us in total), two parents and then two couples in our twenties. My parents mostly go with P&O (10th cruise) however they were really pleasantly surprised. Overall we had a great ... Read More
We went as part of a large family group (6 of us in total), two parents and then two couples in our twenties. My parents mostly go with P&O (10th cruise) however they were really pleasantly surprised. Overall we had a great time. Really good food, bar service was sometimes slow when they were very busy but never more than 5 mins wait. I will say that the Buffet restaurant (Islands), whilst the quality of the food is very good, the place is terribly dated, busy, confusing layout. Awful. We only ate there once, and much preferred the MDR and other restaurants. We tried all the 'pay extra' restaurants (Kora La twice) and have to say they were all really great quality with exceptional service by genuinely nice staff members. The only real negative area was Destination Services. On the first day we went to the excusion presentation in the show lounge and ended up walking out as it was so poor. A guy from Liverpool was 'presenting' - actually just reading from a script. There was no interest, passion, and if I never hear the phrase 'its a realllyyyy lovelyyyyy trip' it'll be too soon. We went on four excursions (already booked before leaving the UK), one of which was terrible, but all were very badly planned - where are your staff to check people onto buses? They were also very rude, not to me personally, but I witnessed on two occasions them being really rude to other passengers. If it was me I'd replace the lot. Gym could do with a refurb, but nice Sauna and Steam room area to use. Overall a great holiday was had by all of us. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The ship was terrible for the money that was paid .the food was terrible .we went all inclusive and every given opportunity tui could charge you for something they would .same entertainment every night butlins style and on the the top deck ... Read More
The ship was terrible for the money that was paid .the food was terrible .we went all inclusive and every given opportunity tui could charge you for something they would .same entertainment every night butlins style and on the the top deck bar rave music at midnight with young hoody types breaking glasses and being destructive .the holiday was awful and id avoid at all costs .its back to norwegian cruises from now on they know how to give value for money . The cabin was tited and we went to the italian restaraunt if you want to call it that .my partner got spagetti bolognase which was terrible and no parmazan was offered as there was a charge .there seemed to be a charge for everything .tui tend to be very money orientated .i think if they could have charged you for using the pool they would have .the worst cruise ive ever been on .what a waste of money .the ports were good .that was iit or maybe they were more appealing because we couldnt wait to get off the boat for sanity reasons . Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Cabin 6572 Small double cabin with balcony. Smallest cabin we’ve ever experienced on Thomson/tui/marella ships, and one of the most expensive for its size (full price was approx £5700 for 2 weeks) and WITHOUT A FRIDGE for the first ... Read More
Cabin 6572 Small double cabin with balcony. Smallest cabin we’ve ever experienced on Thomson/tui/marella ships, and one of the most expensive for its size (full price was approx £5700 for 2 weeks) and WITHOUT A FRIDGE for the first time ever which was a huge disappointment especially as it meant the bottled water provided (payable) was luke warm. Limited storage with shoebox size drawers & shallow cupboards. I frequently cruise with a female friend & know both of us would have struggled with lack of storage for 2 weeks. Fortunately my husband travels lightly even with his evening suit & on this occasion we had to make do with what there was. (Skipped the formal suit on our 2nd week as many didn't bother & so many wearing shorts for the formal evening.) Tiny shower/bathroom but spotless - apart from the smell/stench from drains throughout the 2 weeks. Frequent deposits of soot on the balcony which was washed down once a week only. Bed linen, towels etc. frequently changed and room kept tidy by hard working cabin stewards. Noise at night from atrium events/singing/saxophone/jazz music etc. Close to lifts and staircase. Handy usb ports in both bedside lamps for charging iPhone etc. No news channels on cabin TV - advised there was a satellite problem they were “working very hard to address” but 14 days later still no news channels. Reasonable selection of food in the Islands buffet restaurant on Deck 9 though we have noticed cut backs in many areas (cheaper cuts of meat, less choice of fish dishes / cold meats / salad selection / limited selection of cheeses). There’s an omelette station at breakfast where these were made to order. Ran out of chicken at chicken stir fry station…. Continued serving chicken stir fry as just vegetables! 47 Degrees Restaurant breakfast is good & there’s waiter service here although we found the evening meals in 47 rather hit & miss, generally poor/average with very small main meal portions. Paper thin roast beef, couldn’t have been thinner, served as main course. Served custard in a chipped/broken glass. Mostly staff were attentive even though extremely busy and appeared short staffed. Numerous gents admitted wearing shorts & flip flops for evening meals in the main 47 Degrees Restaurants, Surf & Turf Steakhouse restaurant, Kora La, & other speciality restaurants where most diners did make an effort to dress smartly/smart casual. Dress codes blatantly ignored by passengers and unchallenged by staff. Casual dress code is fine in the buffet restaurant. Speciality restaurants - Surf & Turf, Kora La, Hot Stone, etc - all charge various supplements (ranging from approx. £12 to around £29 per person)and were heavily booked throughout our 2 weeks so I would advise anyone considering a special evening meal in any of these to make their reservations as early as possible. Food was very good in these but it does come at a cost on top of what you’ve already paid for your all inclusive holiday. No rushed panic in the morning for sun beds during our time onboard despite some very early rise & reservers, but unfortunately there was the usual hogging of beds. Many reserved beds with towels etc and abandoned them for several hours. There’s a 45 minute rule for unoccupied sun beds whereby towels & personal belongings will be removed but despite timed tickets being issued no action was taken to remove items to free up sun beds that had remained unused for over 3 hours! A covered, warm, adults only indoor pool and sun beds can also be found in the Glasshouse on deck 9, however there were a number of unsupervised children in the “adult only” indoor pool and jacuzzis. The main outdoor seawater pool for cooling off and a leisurely dip also has a shallow area sectioned off for children. Be aware that the main Pool depth is 5’ 6” approx throughout so depending on your height you may not be able to stand or touch the floor of it. Outdoor POOL CLOSED ALL DAY both arrival/departure days during our 2 weeks- so don’t expect to be able to use it at all during theses days. Pool water was keep clean throughout our stay. There are varied daily activities around the ship but most we found uninspiring. Entertainment & events on weekly Arrival/Departure days are extremely limited so if you’re onboard for 2 weeks there’s very little and at times absolutely nothing happening on these days should you remain onboard. All Inclusive drinks - DOES NOT include everything. Premium drinks, premium cocktails etc incur a supplement or you can pay extra to upgrade to a Premium package - this is stipulated in the booking but the majority of people don’t discover this until they’re onboard and wondering why they have to pay extra for drinks. The All Inclusive wine is cheap house wine - again further cut backs. Check drinks & charges at the bars before you order & decide whether or not its worth your while upgrading. Deck/Pool bars ran out of Sauvignon Blanc white wine & didn’t bother replenishing from other bars around the ship. At the Island buffet restaurant, guests can help themselves to Fosters larger, John Smiths, and Strongbow Cider - all available at self serve taps, as well as house white/rose/red wines - again on tap which we felt was a great idea. Docked at an industrial port in Chaina, Crete, not as previously, but did put on shuttle buses which passengers had to pay for. We felt the ship was being docked more frequently at industrial ports and again we believe this is further cost cutting by Marella as no doubt the docking fees are less at these. Never seen the Captain once around the ship but did hear he joined some passengers for their evening dinner. Did spot an occasional senior officer. Repeaters (now TUI smile) meeting - no count nor recognition of how many cruises passengers had completed & now a simple draw for a bottle of fizz. No canapés provided / yet more cut backs??? Clash of suits -v- shorts & flip flops on dress to impress (formal) evening. We felt Discovery 2 was struggling to achieve the fun, friendly, atmosphere that has been synonymous with so many of the Thomson ships over the years, but failing miserably to achieve that of its predecessors. Unspectacular & mostly boring entertainment. A number of other guests we met felt likewise (and had worse comments to make regarding the entertainment onboard but which I don’t feel could be repeated here !!!). The atrium was used far too much as a main venue for jazz, operatic singing, saxophonist, formal dance displays, guitarist/singer. Vocals ranged from rear shattering screeching to hoarse… and if your cabin is located mid ship you’ll hear it all & it can be quite noisy & disruptive. A pre-recorded “virtual” band is used as a filler + main event on a large screen in areas such as The Venue & at the poolside but with the songs & music completely different to & miss-matching the bands mime. Ships bands “Banda Certa” and 4Tunes are good but venue doesn’t do them justice. Rather watch paint dry than listen to an Audience with Martin Daniels - utterly boring and another time filler. Same old, same old, usual stuff for sale in the shops. Theatre Shows were well below Thompson’s usual standard which we’ve previously always found to be excellent - not on this ship though. We witnessed a number of people leave during the shows… Beware the Ships spa free demonstrations which turn out to be a hard pressure sale event to buy their expensive products and services. One young lady was particularly persistent to sell expensive products with an expectation that because you had attended a free talk or consultation, you were bound to make a purchase. Some examples : skin analysis, hair analysis, wrinkle solutions, puffy/dark circle eye treatments, acupuncture, back problems, foot problems etc. to name but a few - all honey traps to buy expensive products or services, however the choice is yours if thats what you want and have lots of cash to splash. Some decks (not all) do have water dispensers located on them - noticeably one is located immediately outside the door to the ladies public toilets on level 3/4. I cant help but contemplate: hygiene / drinking water / public toilets . . . Having cruised many times with Thomson (now Marella) over the past 20 years, our overall feeling is of a downgraded cruise experience with every means possible to extract more money from passengers. There is even a small charity donation automatically added to everyones bill at the end of your cruise. While minimal, it is nevertheless a bit of a liberty especially when this totals several thousands of pounds each week taken automatically from guests although there is of course an option to have it credited back to you account but of course you’d have to queue at reception to have this arranged. Great staff from previous Thomson ships have now been dispersed throughout the most recent additions to the Marella fleet - I wont call them their “new” ships as they are clearly not new - they’ve already been around for quite a while before being acquired by Marella. These experienced staff are key to the success of these ships but they are thin on the ground, with staff shortages and inexperienced staff evident. Bar & restaurant staff in particular appeared to be under pressure with only 1 bar person to serve customers 3 deep at some of the bars and frayed patience being evident as a result of out of turn ordering/serving. Our whole experience on Discovery 2 was quite different from that of previous Thomson cruises and their ships full of character and their more friendly, more personal, experience with their wonderfully friendly staff and great entertainment package. Discovery 2 fell very far short of this. We feel it has lost a lot of what Thomson built up over the years. While appreciating everyone has their own individual expectations, these are our personal findings from our recent 2 weeks cruise on Discovery 2 and unless things improve significantly with Marella, which we sincerely hope they do, we shall probably consider booking elsewhere in future as there are plenty of other cruise lines in this price range to chose from. We’ve had many happy years on the waves and hope that whoever you chose to sail with, that you will enjoy your experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our second cruise on Discovery 2 and will be our last. Firstly the positives, check in and getting to ship and cabin was easy and reasonably quick, we did end up sitting in a bus at the cruise terminal for about 30 mins but it was ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Discovery 2 and will be our last. Firstly the positives, check in and getting to ship and cabin was easy and reasonably quick, we did end up sitting in a bus at the cruise terminal for about 30 mins but it was a busy period. The cabin staff are fantastic and can’t do enough for you and the balcony cabin we were given was clean,tidy and exactly what we booked and expected. The ship itself is impressive and has plenty bars, restaurants and social areas, these are generally clean and have attentive staff to look after guests. In my opinion there is a severe lack of seating in the “live and Atrium” bars and these areas fill to capacity very quickly making it near impossible to get a drink at the bars. Bar staff don’t appear to understand queuing and tend to serve those that shout loudest first and this can be frustrating after a long wait. The two main restaurants 47 and Gallery 47 are superb and the food was excellent as are the staff working there, sadly the same can’t be said of “islands” restaurant, the food there is buffet style self service, often look warm and tasted as if it had been prepared a long time earlier. More concerning was seeing people pawing food with hands and not using utensils to put food onto plates, this unhygienic trait really put us off eating there. The crew really try to encourage hand cleanliness and there are hand sterilisation points all over the ship especially in toilets which are used by most but unfortunately not all which on a ship is concerning. Entertainment....World Cup...no thanks but that’s what we got on our day at sea and also in Croatia. Decks 4,9 and 10 social areas were awash with painted football supporters,boozed up and behaving like louts. Verbal abuse, threatening and general intimidation are not what we paid for or expected. I along with 64 others did make our feelings known to front desk staff to no avail. Ports of call were superb and all within easy reach of the ship, the itinerary of the cruise was fantastic for us and allowed us to visit many interesting and beautiful places. In summary, excellent ship, excellent staff, reasonable food, plenty to drink if you don’t mind queuing and fantastic itinerary. Unfortunately Marella let many guests down by allowing football to be shown on every social deck leaving non interested guests no where to go to escape it. Corfu Airport is prehistoric and a disgrace considering how long tourists have visited the island, high time Thompson and other tour operators put pressure on the airport operator to seriously upgrade facilities. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I chose this cruise for several reasons. 1. Itinerary, following the Adriatic coast I felt it would be more likely to be a smooth sail and the sea would be calm. ( I am not a good sailor). 2. The stop ports were places I hadn't ... Read More
I chose this cruise for several reasons. 1. Itinerary, following the Adriatic coast I felt it would be more likely to be a smooth sail and the sea would be calm. ( I am not a good sailor). 2. The stop ports were places I hadn't been to before. This was my first time on a cruise and I traveled as a single woman. I arrived after an early morning flight. The check in was easy, quick photograph taken and given card for boarding in a flash. Everything was so organised and I felt that continued throughout the cruise and included departure at the end. The dining was fabulous, especially the main restaurants, with waiter service for breakfast lunch and dinner. Food was really good and well presented, menu changed every day. Italian on upper level fabulous too. Given a pager at busy times, so just went for a drink until table ready. Sharing a table meant that it was quicker to get a table and a great way to meet new people and chat. Didn't manage the A la Carte restaurants as they were booked up very quickly. The buffet restaurant has lots of choices but can be very busy, only went in there for breakfast and also lunch on first arrival but enjoyed it. I attended a singles meeting on the second day organised by the crew hostess. Lovely new friends made, and in particular one friend, that enabled us to do things together including trips ashore and evenings at different entertainment spots. So much to do and still didn't manage all the entertainment on board. My cabin had a window and a lovely comfy double bed, loved it, and a really good steward, who looked after me and my room. So much to say I could go on and on. The singing from the entertainers was superb. The places and excursions are amazing. I had 3 nights after the cruise at a hotel in Corfu, because as much as I loved it, It can be very tiring and hard on the joints. It was wonderful way to end an incredible holiday. The ship is gorgeous! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
After watching the reviews from those on the Caribean trip we were a little apprehensive, however, we chose the Greek Island trip just a week and to put to rest anyone's doubt about Marella Discovery 2. we have to say disregard the ... Read More
After watching the reviews from those on the Caribean trip we were a little apprehensive, however, we chose the Greek Island trip just a week and to put to rest anyone's doubt about Marella Discovery 2. we have to say disregard the minority negative comments, we've cruised with TUI/Thomson before and if you've been happy with them you'll be happy with Marella, you receive the same courtesy, politeness, and the main thing the smile from the staff, the food everywhere is lovely in 47 and 47deg. three-course ample plateful really tasty, we didn't try any of the other restaurants didn't feel the need but anyone who does why not. The drinks package is excellent, again I don't see why anyone needs to upgrade but that's a personal choice, I drink lager and normally I don't like Fosters but it was great as was The Corona, Budweiser, and The Peroni, but I found I had a liking for a Tequila Sunrise quite often not to mention The Jamesons nightcap, great, I am now in rehab..... The show in the theatre on an evening was very good a different theme every night and the entertainment staff, in general, deserve a mention for the organising and keeping us all informed, there's live music in most bars. Around the pool area, there are quizzes, live music etc. not for everyone so if not for you go one deck higher and you'll find quiet and an abundance of sunbeds and loads of spaces the ship was full and lack of sunbeds was not an issue, the trolly bar visits regularly to save walking a few feet, well stocked. Someone mentioned the noise from engines etc. we always book a low deck inside cabin and pay to chose where, we had 2745 tucked away and quiet, the only thing about an inside cabin is, if there are no lights on they are pitch black day and night so no window to see if it's dawn, not for everyone. There was a cool drinking water distribution point near the lifts on our floor so I presume they're on others so everyone filled there water bottles up there.There were little things on our cruise that cropped up but nothing to spoil it or even worth mentioning, we saw no one drunk, the majority over ate that includes us, met some lovely people. Bon Voyage. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
No sleep for first three night due to noisy mechanical faults in corridor affecting eight cabins in a row, blocked toilets everywhere on board, water coming up through vent in showe least 2 inches deep. Workmen outside cabin for three days ... Read More
No sleep for first three night due to noisy mechanical faults in corridor affecting eight cabins in a row, blocked toilets everywhere on board, water coming up through vent in showe least 2 inches deep. Workmen outside cabin for three days unable to fix the faults. Filthy sunloungers covered in food spilt drinks etc these loungers never wiped over before they was put away. The smell of dirty old fat with poor quality food from the outside Liddo bar, inside the Liddo restaurant was average to poor quality food barely warm daily. The Medusa restaurant average food again not hot. Dirty decking areas from spilt drinks with glasses remaining from two nights before. False advertising and misleading pricing in the on board shop, lipsticks clearly priced direct underneath the item with NO other items in the window at £6.50 but in the shop priced as £16.50, manager uncooperative and rude when this was pointed out. This is only the tip of the iceberg, I have photos to support everything I have stated. This was our very first cruise but we went with my sister who has been on 20 cruises and the second time on this ship, she couldn't believe how standards have fallen and how must smaller the all inclusive package had gotten, all inclusive doesn't mean that at all. There is a definite feeling of TUI (Thompson) crabbing every penny they can and even misleading people to get it. We chose our cabins with 20 cruises worth of experience and paid £47 each more to ensure peace and tranquility, how wrong could we have been. I don't take any medication at all but after three nights with very little sleep I had to result in asking another passenger foe sleeping tablets. The all inclusive package was reduced and difficult to work out with staff making mistakes resulting in passengers being billed. The itinerary was changed from Turkey to Greece disappointed we still chose to go only to have the new itinerary cut short due to late docking or no docking at all in Rhodes, this was due to the tug breakdown. This ship goes for a complete refurbishment in November and quite frankly it is in desperate need of it now, our cabin number was 5022 through to 5038 all suffered the same troubles. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We booked Thomson due to previous experiences, but on arrival the room was filthy and very dusty, the windows throughout the entire ship needed cleaning. The bar service was awful, some were very slow and very rude, they need retraining. ... Read More
We booked Thomson due to previous experiences, but on arrival the room was filthy and very dusty, the windows throughout the entire ship needed cleaning. The bar service was awful, some were very slow and very rude, they need retraining. The restaurant service was very good, although the food in the main restaurant was awful. The chicken tasted like it was days old and the beef was too overcooked and looked and tasted like a cheap cut. The Lido restaurant was the best place to eat, although there was not as much choice as other Thomson Ships. The public toilets were also very unclean, smelly and not checked enough. The ports were excellent, although they should have put on shuttle busses in some ports as the walk to get into the nearest bar was approximately 2 miles away from the ship. Not on for people who find it hard to walk. The entertainment on the ship was excellent. The show team were at a west end standard. The entertainment hosts were very friendly and always very approachable. Embarkation was also very un organised and took too long to get through especially after a very long day travelling. Overall it seemed like they have neglected the other ships in favour of the newer ships. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Everything I liked the ship ,cabin and dinning areas. The Entertainment was fantastic and the activities we good and funny. The services in all bars ,dinning and restaurants were 100 percent. I travelled with my mother who is 92 years of ... Read More
Everything I liked the ship ,cabin and dinning areas. The Entertainment was fantastic and the activities we good and funny. The services in all bars ,dinning and restaurants were 100 percent. I travelled with my mother who is 92 years of age and we had help from arriving at the airport right through till we embarked on the ship. The crew helped when getting off and on even when we had to use the tender .All staff were helpfull and chatty in all areas of the ship I felt really comfortable. The ports were good but we struggled at Santorini as we had hills to climb and too many steps it was impossible to do so sat and had a drink then the winery a was okay but when we were told where to go for the cable car it was a nightmare. I booked this trip through the shop where I booked the holiday never again . Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Me & my husband have cruised on a few ships before, so were really looking forward to the Argean Meze on Thompson Dream. On the positive points- the crew and majority of the staff are in the main really pleasant. The food is relatively ... Read More
Me & my husband have cruised on a few ships before, so were really looking forward to the Argean Meze on Thompson Dream. On the positive points- the crew and majority of the staff are in the main really pleasant. The food is relatively good with surfice vegetarian & other alternative diets available. We ate mostly in The Lido restaurant on deck 9 which is buffet style. We found the food to be hot, and nicely presented, different soups served each day- which were really tasty. Breakfasts & lunches were nice with lots of choices. We ate a couple of times in Mistral restaurant on deck10 but as this is near the pool area it can get crowded quickly and is noisy.There are 2 restaurants on ship that you pay a service charge of approx £20 that we didn't bother using. The negative points as follows: the ship is very tired and dated and in need of total refurbishment. Visible rust on balconies and an unpleasant drain smell from the toilets especially on deck 8. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 ( we were informed when booking that there are only 10 of these onboard that had recently been refurbished) we have stayed in cabins and suites with balconies previously so was expecting certain standard. However cabin was very small and balconies have large gaps each side thus impacting on your privacy. The Clarins toiletries were the best thing about the cabin! The adult only area on deck 11 ( one of the reasons we chose this ship). Had been converted back to family area due to customer feedback- we were informed in the welcome pack when onboard- we think we should've been made aware of this prior to the holiday.. Decks 10 & 11 were very rowdy and kids were running everywhere- all the sun beds were always taken so we did not spend anytime up there. Entertainment was mediocre at times & not to the standard we've experienced on other ships. The excursions were good although would be much cheaper if you arranged them yourself. All in all an "OK" holiday but would not go on this ship again regardless of its destination. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary - the places we visited were just amazing! Venice, Santorini, Rhodes and Athens were the best by far if architecture is what you like. Going away in a heatwave (40 degrees at its highest) also made it ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary - the places we visited were just amazing! Venice, Santorini, Rhodes and Athens were the best by far if architecture is what you like. Going away in a heatwave (40 degrees at its highest) also made it that bit more enjoyable. Disembarkation and embarkation were fast and easy in each port, very well organised by the staff. Food on board was excellent. Plenty of variety to choose from, even from the set menu in the Orion on an evening. Waiter service in the Orion could've been quicker - the staff are amazing and work hard, there's just not enough of them for such a busy restaurant. Also, there is a dress code in the Orion (no shorts for men, etc.) which was not stuck to. Kids were allowed to go in wearing shorts which was not fair and the same should go for women as I don't want to see a lady in short denim shorts whilst eating my evening meal in a sophisticated restaurant. Other than these, the restaurants were very good overall. The entertainment staff (Lewis, Suzy, Millie and Mils in particular) were amazing - they made out holiday! Sat in the Medusa lounge most nights which had drinks coming all night from our fabulous waiter Nelson and great entertainment. Top Men are definitely one to see if you haven't seen them before - they are wasted on the ships. Entertainment through the day was also good. Although...the pool on Deck 11 used to be adult only which they have scrapped, understandably. The entertainment however has now moved to Deck 11 also meaning all the children came with it. Would have been nice to have the entertainment still by the pool on Deck 9 so that Deck 11 and the Sun Terrace on Deck 12 were a little more relaxing. Haydee our room maid was amazing and very prompt with cleaning our room. All the staff work very hard and are always happy and polite. Overall, an amazing holiday and would definitely recommend! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Having cruised with Thomson's before I knew what to expect, unfortunately time has not necessarily been kind to the experience. Whilst the captain and his crew, bar staff and entertainment team were excellent overall, there was a ... Read More
Having cruised with Thomson's before I knew what to expect, unfortunately time has not necessarily been kind to the experience. Whilst the captain and his crew, bar staff and entertainment team were excellent overall, there was a noticeable decline in the service standard. Waiting for 45 minutes to be served a drink was not uncommon. Receiving cold food was also not a one off issue.....even when we were on the Captain's table! The change that impacted the most was the adult pool which, prior to us boarding, was changed to a family pool without notification. This meant that there were now 2 family pools and no "adult only" pool. Not only that but Thomson's delegated all responsibility for behaviour of children to the parents, a lot of whom were happy to leave their children unsupervised whilst they went off to the bar. This then left a free for all state were the children were playing football in the Jacuzzi dive bombing in the pool, whilst smaller children were with their parents, basically what you expect kids to do but definitely not were you expect them to do it. Part way through the cruise they announced that the pool was now an adult pool again but as no one from Thomson's monitored this it was totally ignored. So children continued to be unruly, running in and out of the restaurants in their soaking wet costumes. It felt like a 70's Butlin's camp at times (apologies to Butlin's fans). A huge failing on Thomson's part - So Tip No.1 If you are looking for a quiet adult facility check with Thomson's before you go to see if they have enforced the adult pool area. As soon as you board Thomson's are geared to help you part with your money...the All Inclusive is that....the drinks package however is not...there is a further upgrade varying from £50-£70 per week to get "top shelf products". Or if you are a wine drinker you can pay another £99 to get 7 bottles of "better" wine. You also have to pay for any drinks between 2am and 10am. There's also now 3 additional restaurants (there used to be only 1 which was chargeable). For the sum of around £47 per person you can book all three. However as the Hot Stone is outside on deck 11, which is not closed off to the public I would not recommend this (see previous paragraph on children's behaviour). The other two restaurants - Mistral's and the Kora La on the other hand are well worth a visit. The likelihood is that you are reading this on the internet via wi-fi, which is also available on board at a cost of £90 for 2 weeks with a limit of 2200mb. That would allow you to watch a film....that's it! Yes it would probably cover all of your emails, but be wary if you're using Facebook, that could easily eat up your allowance nevertheless the price is extortionate. Tip no.2 Check the card they give you, we were issued with one without the drinks package which we paid for and they were reluctant to issue new cards until we could provide confirmation that we did have it in our package. Fortunately we had brought the booking information and they issued new cards.....not the best start to the holiday. Breakfast in any of the buffets is fine, you can go to the Orion and be waited on but it takes longer and you get less...and it's not as hot. The best part of the holiday was getting off the ship. It visited some fantastic places and gave a welcome relief from the mayhem on board. As I have always chosen cruising for the destinations I am prepared to accept that not everything on board is likely to be plain sailing (a little pun there). So visiting the likes of Athens, Venice, Santorini, Dubrovnik and many other beautiful places does make up for some of the on-board issues. There were no issues whatever with getting on or off the boat, nor did we have any late stragglers, we always got off on time. The shows were good and the entertainment team work hard, the band Top Men are great performers and the deck parties were good fun - even if there are not enough seats. Despite all of the negative comments some attention to detail could have avoided a lot of the disappointment we encountered and I haven't been put off cruising....I may well have been put off Thomson though. If Thomson are trying to turn the Dream into a fun ship, that's fine by me, just let us know when we book, not when we turn up! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
After having travelled on other ships we were persuaded by friends to try the Thomson Dream, we are pleased we did. From embarking at Corfu we found the staff to be very attentive as my husband struggled to carry our bags a young man ... Read More
After having travelled on other ships we were persuaded by friends to try the Thomson Dream, we are pleased we did. From embarking at Corfu we found the staff to be very attentive as my husband struggled to carry our bags a young man helped us and we found our bags outside our cabin door. That night we ate in the buffet style dining room as we could not be bothered to get dressed up on our first night. After eating we sat and had a quiet drink and then walked to the theatre named the Broadway Lounge. This theatre looked grand compared to some we have visited in the past. Myself and my husband do have a passion for shows and like to travel to the West End at least once a month to watch professional shows. However, after reading recent reports on here of how 'low' the entertainment team perform I must say I completely disagree. The dancers, particularly the three small female dancers were exceptional and their performance skills were excellent. The only 'low' point for myself was that the show was not long enough. We did not attend the sail away party as we were so tired from our traveling. On return to our cabin our steward had already been in and pulled the sheets back and placed chocolates on each pillow. Our cabin was on the 8th deck and was an outside plus. It was spacious and clean but we had been in bigger cabins with previous ships. Over the next few days we explored some beautiful ports such as Rhodes, Santorini and Kefalonia but we did struggle with the heat but we shouldn't really complain of this. Rhodes was my favourite as it had some glorious buildings in the Old Town and we both felt that Thomsons gave us enough time to explore off the ship. The food was excellent and we spent the majority of the time eating breakfast in Sirons and the waiter served dining room each night. The foods each time were hot, creative and devine with the portions being small but adequate. The waiters were very kind and helpful and we got to know a few and they welcomed us each night to our table. Again we watched the entertainment all week in the theatre and although I said earlier the three girls were exceptional I did feel that the singers were too, the only weakness for me were the male dancers who could not lift the girls correctly or had the technique needed throughout the dances. My favourite shows were Africa and Moulon Rouge as I loved watching these three small girls dance especially the little blond girl who danced Roxanne, splendid!!!! However, my husband preferred the singing shows such as the cabaret ones. One of the boy singers we got speaking to during our stay and he was telling us how many weeks of rehearsing goes into these shows and how many shows they have to learn, when listening to them they sound very professional and need applauding. When he was speaking of the team it was interesting to know that two of the girls are sisters which when he pointed them out to me I would never have guessed!! We watched a group of them singing one night in the big lounge and again we were impressed. Although we are elderly many of the guests got up to dance and looked like they were having an amazing time. Again we evidence this on another night when a very small dark girl sang by herself, she may be tiny but she had a powerful voice and the guests were again dancing on the dance floor in front of her. With the food, the cabins and the entertainment excelling through our stay we have decided to rebook on this lovely ship for New Year and I cannot contain my excitement. Thank you everyone for allowing me to make some special memories with my dearest husband. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We and our friends booked two outside cabins on deck 9 cabin 9033 and 9036 we both paid the same but our cabin 9033 was sooooo much smaller than theirs For some reason our cabin was angled cutting the volume of the room by almost a ... Read More
We and our friends booked two outside cabins on deck 9 cabin 9033 and 9036 we both paid the same but our cabin 9033 was sooooo much smaller than theirs For some reason our cabin was angled cutting the volume of the room by almost a quarter. We had no couch, no drawers, only one electric socket. Bathroom very dated and drab shower had a life of its own. Be scalded or be frozen. Had we been advised we certainly would have rather paid the extra and upgraded. Complained to reception - was asked what did I want them to do? change cabins? Yes please ok we may have something on deck 4. No thanks. so stayed where we where. I later asked for a copy of my statement so I would know exactly what the receptionist had written. Was told NO as this is was now Thomsons property!!!!!! This is our 6th cruise with Thompson. So the four of us dined in the Orion (last cruise it was 5 courses this time 3) food was so overcooked and disappointing. We had breakfast at the Lido that was much better hot, fresh food hooray. Entertainment and activities was also disappointing the crew and staff tried their best but it seems there are so many cutbacks they are fighting a losing battle.Toilets were blocked and reported. Hygiene not top of the list. Also disappointed to see vaping allowed in bars and casino. Think carefully before going on the Dream it could turn into a nightmare. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Having been on our first cruise last year with Thomson on the Discovery and had an amazing time, we decided to use Thomson again and chose the Dream due to the destinations. We were not disappointed, the flights, transfers and embarkation ... Read More
Having been on our first cruise last year with Thomson on the Discovery and had an amazing time, we decided to use Thomson again and chose the Dream due to the destinations. We were not disappointed, the flights, transfers and embarkation was slick and easy and our suitcases arrived very shortly after we entered our cabin. The cabin was clean and more than adequate, not as big as the Discovery or as fresh, as that had been refurbished, but for the time we were spending in the cabin, it suited our needs. The outlook was not great we had a window but it looked onto a maintenance area and grill out to sea and on occasions we had to ensure our curtains were closed as maintenance guys walked past. We were at the back of the ship on deck 4. Sailing was sometimes noisy in our cabin, creaks and noises but we slept like logs and as I am prone to sea sickness am delighted to say I did not once succumb to feeling ill and was not aware of motion of the boat. Our first impressions of the ship were good, not as new as Discovery and smaller and the swimming pools were not made for long swims, more just a dip as they were only waist deep. The areas around the pool were pretty crowded for sunbeds, unlike the Discovery where there was more room around the decks and we never had a problem getting a bed there. Our first day at sea we could not find a bed in the sun, but then my husband enlisted the help of a crew member to pull a couple of beds into the sun at the end of the boat, we had a lovely little area near enough to ourselves on Lido deck, it was a little walk to get a drink but heyho we were in the sun. If you go to the pool areas, we mainly went to deck 11 after 3.30-4pm you did find people had had enough and vacated more beds as they went to get ready or out of the sun so we took advantage and stayed in the sun area till around 7pm. The breakfast buffet on Lido was adequate, the omelettes that were made fresh were excellent as was the pizza area on Siren deck 11. Food was plentiful there was always something to eat and we also enjoyed the midnight buffet in Sirens. The food in the Orion where we ate every night was also very good, we did not have a bad meal. We used to get to Orion around 8.30-9.00pm every night and never had to wait long, even though we would not have minded this. On the Discovery you are given a pager but there was nowhere to go and have a drink on the Dream deck 4, so not waiting long was a bonus. The only bugbear was the drinks in the restaurant, being British we like an alcoholic drink before our meal and on the first 3 occasions the drinks were plentiful and topped up, we did the drinks package but after this I had to ask for drinks sometimes twice, we even got topped up with water before we got alcohol, this is something Thomsons need to look at. The drinks package overall on the ship was good, sometimes we were served, sometimes we went to the bar, neither was an issue, we never had to wait long. The waiting staff, both restaurant and bars were all friendly. A special mention to the bar staff in the Showbar lounge, Minnie and team were very attentive and friendly and we used to go to the showbar half hour before the show and got good seats and good drinks service. Only downfall we got charged twice for drinks over the package which we were not aware we ordered but as this was not a fortune, we let it ride. The Dream Show team were all youngsters with nice singing voices and very good dancing and excellent costumes, we watched every show and enjoyed all of them, some were better than others but they were all entertaining, handsome young men and pretty girls. The comedian we had Micky Travis was really good, some people left early it took a little while (10 mins or so) to warm up but he was quickfire, very funny and likeable. We enjoyed both shows, having seen a comedian on Discovery we enjoyed the first show but not the second, with Micky we enjoyed the second show even more, he was really good. The housebands around the boat were good too, we especially enjoyed Band Jam where we had a dance. Our first port of call was changed from Santorini to Chania, Crete, where we did a bike tour with Abraham, we both enjoyed this, cycling through villages and roads to get to the beach. It was a Sunday so the roads were not too busy and the cycle route was fine for me who is not an expert cyclist. We then stopped at the beach for a swim which was most enjoyable before cycling back to port. Our second port was Santorini, where we did the Oia Village tour, with wine tasting and free time in Thira, we had an excellent guide who was very funny and informative. Oia was beautiful just like the pictures, blue domes and sugar cube buildings. The wine tasting was very enjoyable too. Thira was also beautiful and there were plenty of shops and bars. The only downside was we stopped in a bar overlooking the bay and did not ask the drinks prices, I asked for 2 Mythos beers and was told they do not do this but there own Santorini Beer, I said we would have 2 of those and when we paid it cost us 28 Euros, £14 a pint, which was ridiculously expensive, we may have been seen off and it spoilt a beautiful place but we take the blame for not checking first. In the menu it did have a 14 Euro beer which is obviously what we had so beware. Our third port was Marmaris, which we have been too before, we did another cycle ride to Icemeler with our guide Abraham, this was by far the best ride and we thoroughly enjoyed it here. Again a beach stop, lovely long swim and then back to the boat, where we had lunch and got off again to go the Bazaar, you are bothered to go into shops there but if you have been to Turkey this is expected, we did not feel bothered in any way as we are used to Turkey. Once you go into a shop you are left alone to browse. There are great bargains to have. We then completed our tour by visiting Castle Bar which we have been to before, we sat at the top verandah overlooking Marmaris and this was wonderful, we had bottles of Efes beer, nuts and water and it came to 11 Euros, quite a difference to Santorini. We forgot how much we loved Turkey. Our next port was Syros where we did our own thing and this was a gem, we walked right up to the Orthodox church at the top, it did not take long and the views were well worth it. We really loved it here, so pretty and very Greek. We did a bit of shopping and got loads of pretty photos. Syros was a relaxing place, loved it. Our last stop was Zante, we got straight off the boat via tender, headed for the taxi and went to the beach, this was beautiful, very very hot and over the flight path. We met lovely people on the beach, not from the cruise and had an enjoyable chat, sunbathe and swim. We got a taxi back which we shared with another cruise couple and got on the little tourist train around Zante harbour, then did a bit of shopping before going back on board. This completed our cruise, the Dream is older and not as big as Discovery but we still had an amazing time. The Gala Captain's night was really good, having drinks and canapés in the show lounge and meeting the Captain and his crew. The Crew show was also very enjoyable. In all we had a fabulous time, which leads me to the fellow passengers on this cruise, every single person, we spoke to, spent time with, passed by was very friendly, the passengers and atmosphere of this Thomson cruise was brilliant, we found our fellow, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Northerners, Southerners all the same, really friendly and we never had a single issue with queueing or rudeness from anyone, we both agree we would only do a cruise where English is the first language and probably would stick with Thomson to do any future cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We had been on a Thomson cruise for the first time 6 years ago with our two children, but decided we would enjoy a holiday just the two of us as those children are now capable of looking after themselves! Due to a late flight into ... Read More
We had been on a Thomson cruise for the first time 6 years ago with our two children, but decided we would enjoy a holiday just the two of us as those children are now capable of looking after themselves! Due to a late flight into Corfu, we didn't arrive on board until about 11:30pm. We had a small late night meal from the buffet restaurant at Lido Deck 9 and then a couple of drinks in the Water's Edge Bar before turning in. The exterior room with window was lovely with very comfortable beds. The criticism I would make at this point is that there were bottles of water, boxes of Pringles, a small bottle of wine and a bar of chocolate laid out on the table which we thought were part of a rather generous welcome pack! I must admit, we put the water into the fridge and began on the wine straight away. We then found a page on which we were to record what we had used from the mini bar (more items were also in the fridge). We realised upon checking at reception that only tea and coffee were free and everything else must be paid for. So be warned! We thought this was a rather sly move in an attempt to get more money out of the customer. We anticipated that there would be excursions available to book and decided on three days of excursions (pricey, totalling over £300!) and these were enjoyable and well organised. We particularly enjoyed the kayaking around the City Walls of Dubrovnik which kept us lovely and cool and we stopped at a beautiful cove where we had a sandwich and a cooling dip in crystal clear waters. We availed of the boat laid on by Thomson to take us into Venice at a cost of £28 each; however we discovered that a water taxi from port cost just £13 each return, a price which wasn't mentioned in the daily port info sheet. Exploring the narrow winding streets was more enjoyable than walking along the canal front which was terribly packed as you would imagine it would be in high season! We made our own way about in Koper, Dubrovnik, Kotor and Corfu town; Koper and Kotor were both within easy walking distance from port, Dubrovnik was accessible by a frequent bus service and we just got a taxi into Corfu town, though you could get a bus. All towns were very pretty with lots of different shops and restaurants. Corfu old town was quite pleasant, but the main shopping thoroughfare was very noisy and busy with traffic. The settings for the ports of Dubrovnik, and Kotor were stunning! When we visited Split in Croatia, we did the Krkya Waterfalls trip; about an hour's drive on the bus. Wear good walking shoes and also bring wet shoes for swimming in the lake as there are lots of rocks underfoot and care should be taken, though the experience of swimming is refreshing and enjoyable. Back on board, the food was good, but we found that paying for upgrades ensured the food quality was excellent. A good variety of dishes was available in the restaurants, though occasionally, we found some food a bit over-cooked. Service was second to none; exemplary! Entertainment was grand which some superb talent, especially the house band The Top Men. The Medusa Lounge and The Water's Edge were our favourite bars. A small gripe about the 'adult pool'; at times children and young people were allowed in, taking part in more rigorous activity which might have irritated people who were hoping for a more sedate and relaxed experience. Perhaps a reminder across the tannoy system would have been a way to deal with this situation. We also found the cost of wi-fi very expensive-it was difficult to get reception through 3/4G on board for quite a few days. Free wi-fi would be ideal on board! On the whole it was a fabulous holiday and we will certainly plan to cruise again in the future! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017

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