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1st time with tui excellent service from start to finish The flight from Gatwick was ok the food onboard was nice and we were constantly offered drinks Ship was clean In all areas Cabins were spacious and kept well by the ... Read More
1st time with tui excellent service from start to finish The flight from Gatwick was ok the food onboard was nice and we were constantly offered drinks Ship was clean In all areas Cabins were spacious and kept well by the stewards tea and coffee making in room No iron so pack your travel iron as they don’t lend you one they do have a laundry service I didn’t use it Shows were fantastic as were the singers in bars We had one night in the night club in bar eleven good night Staff were always attentive Waiters were plentiful and so friendly Food was of a good standard and always plenty to choose from The pizza in bar 47 was excellent There was even a barbecue on deck 9 and it was great The ship was spacious Late night films up on deck Something for everyone We didn’t go to gym or spa just peeked In The indoor pool area was really tranquil plenty of beds and seating areas The mini golf course and climbing wall was a great feature for kids and adults alike We met people from all over uk and Canada The smoking areas are outside on deck 4 and deck 9 We thought the staff were all very nice and friendly they spoke and smiled to everyone We didn’t do any excursions we went ashore and did are own thing Embarking and disembarking were smooth and efficient The duty free shop was really great value a lot cheaper than the airport My only complaint would be internet it was £15 per day I paid for 2 days but found It really slow I would recommend this cruise my partner and I really enjoyed it Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Went on the Cuban Fusions followed by Pride of Panama cruises on the 29th January. After a rather farsical check in at Birmingham, with 12 available check in desks and only 3 people working it resulted in a rather long wait. Flight out ... Read More
Went on the Cuban Fusions followed by Pride of Panama cruises on the 29th January. After a rather farsical check in at Birmingham, with 12 available check in desks and only 3 people working it resulted in a rather long wait. Flight out again wasn't great as one of the toilets was broken which seemed to cause chaos! We were very lucky with ur landing as the weather was awful when we arrived in Montego Bay, however the Captain managed to land at the second attempt, unlike a flight from Gatwick that had to divert to Kingston! From here in the process was smooth, through immigration in Jamaica, on the bus, through the port check in and on the ship in circa 1 hour 25 minutes, despite the traffic being bad due to the weather. We were show to our cabin, a Junior suite on deck 8 starboard side, and were very impressed with what we saw. Bathroom to the left, with a bath and shower, then a large bed (2 singles joined together), a settee, 2 arm chairs, a foot rest and a coffee table then leading out onto the balcony which had a sunbed, 2 chairs & a table. We noticed most other balconies had 2 sunbeds however Im sure we could have got a 2nd one of we asked. Our cabin steward Nonet was fantastic for the whole cruise, always calling us by our first names preceeded by Sir & Miss, his towel folding was great and he was a credit to the ship. Now comes my only real complaint of the whole holiday, the life jacket drill. Scheduled for 18.30, then moved to 20.00 due to late flights, which is understandable. Our cases arrived by 19.00 (about 1.5 hours after getting on the ship), so we decided to unpack, go to the life jacket drill then eat. so we arrived where we were supposed to be at 20.00, got told eventually to go to Venue to wait. By now it was 20.15 and no sign of the drill commencing, around 20.25 an announcement was made saying it would commence 'shortly', finally at around 20.50 the drill commenced, which led to a rather hangry grumpy passenger who hadn't eaten! Ports - The first day we were at sea but managed to easily get a sunbed, then day 2 was Grand Cayman. Little tip here, as its the only port using tenders on the whole cruise it was very busy between around 9.30 & 12.30 to get of, so Id advise you hang around till about 12.30 (unless you are on an organised trip). Grand Cayman was beautiful, clean, lovely bars, vibrant but be aware, very expensive! 25 dollars for a bottle of cider & a daiquiri!! Next 2 days was Havanna, again the queues to get through immigration were crazy for the first couple of hours so we waited until around 4.30 then sailed through. You are right in the middle of town so can easily do your own thing. Final port of the first week was Cozumel, again you are right in the middle of a huge shopping complex, however we did the speed boat/snorkel trip off the boat. On arriving back in Jamaica we decided to make the most of the ship being very, even eerily quiet, to enjoy some downtime. Week 2 and first stop was Santa Marta in Colombia. Again you are around a 5 minute walk into the town, its a bussling town, you will get pestered lots however I didn't feel unsafe, there are a lot of armed police around. Its an ok town however my least favourite port we visited. Next to Caragena. Little tip here, if you don't want to do a trip or venture in a taxi to the old town, then go to the little zoo/gardens place right in the port, its amazing, with parrots, flamingos, lizards, monkeys, birds, and best of all free!! Theres a lovely little bar and gift shop there, and we had a great couple of hours there. Next stop Panama. I strongly advise you do an organised trip here or stay on the boat, as Colon is very very run down and there were warnings in the Cruise news to be careful. We did the aerial tram/Eco Gardens trip, and on driving through Colon its the only place we went were I really wouldn't have wanted to walk around! The trip was great, got to see the Panama Canal, a sloth in the wild which was the highlight, and also sloths in a rehabilitation centre. The trip is a must for animal lovers. The main trip they do here is the Panama Canal Ferry, however be aware this trip leaves at 6.30am and is around 8 hours long. Finally on to Costa Rica where we did the 3 hour amazon river trip, again saw loads of wildlife, more sloths, crocodiles, monkeys. Trips off the ship are pricey but in general very good. Entertainment - The shows each night were fantastic, and Nashville was one of the best shows I have seen on a cruise ship. So please make an effort to go. Guest comedians both weeks. Also live music in Live room after the shows, in the Atrium there was often a singer too. so plenty to keep you entertained & of a great standard. Food - Plenty of choice. Islands was great for breakfast, Snack Shack perfect to grab a burger, salad, sandwich, fish & chips on the go or sit down. The main restaurant is 47 degrees, with the upstairs Gallery 47, which also has an Italian section. The food was on the whole great. If you want a table for 2 you may have to wait upto 30 mins in busy times but they give you a buzzer so you don't have to hang around. The Italian has 2 menus which it rotates so we tried both of them and theres a different menu each night in 47. We also ate at Kora La, whoch was lovely but £22.95 per person, and in surf & turf which was absolutely amazing. £28 pp, however I had the steak and lobster which wa sout of this worl, so please treat yourselves if you like a steak! Bars - Plenty of bars to choose from however our favourite was Bar 11, up on deck 11. wed go there before dinner for a drink. They do 'smokey' cocktails which are great, and come served in either smoke filled glass boxes or jars. They are free if on premium AI or £2.50 if not. The atrium bar was also nice and busy, an we used to go to the Live Room after the show. Cabin - we had 8554, slightly further back than wed usually choose however due to the over hang, which stops at around 8544, we decided to go further back. Quite a bit of vibration at times however we got used to that, and also occasionally heard sunbeds being moved above us but nothing to disturb us. All in all a great cruise, a lovely ship, fantastic entertainment, amazing staff, including Phillip who will entertain you all day with his 'beep beep, room service, no card no charge' drinks trolley on the pool deck, great food and all in all great ports Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My sister from Canada invited me to go on this Cruise with her friends. The ship was extremely clean. The Shows were awesome. There were many other activities including golf and rock climbing. Every night we enjoyed the entertainment. The ... Read More
My sister from Canada invited me to go on this Cruise with her friends. The ship was extremely clean. The Shows were awesome. There were many other activities including golf and rock climbing. Every night we enjoyed the entertainment. The stage performances were great. The actors did a wonderful job. I felt as if I was in New York without paying the price for the Broadway show tickets. The crews were outstanding. Food and drinks were delicious and non-stop. I still keep hearing the bell and Mr Spread the love. I met many interesting people. We had great times at Jamaica, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. I highly recommend this cruise for the perfect sized ship and outstanding crew. It was a peaceful and very enjoyable experience. I definitely will take another trip on the Marella Discovery 2 Ship. I thank the captain for a safe trip and the crew for their hard work and outstanding services. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Initially we chose this because it seemed like a good deal being a first cruise for thee both of us. We were very pleasantly surprised. The ship is not the newest, best, or the largest and quite frankly I’m glad. Our room was a ... Read More
Initially we chose this because it seemed like a good deal being a first cruise for thee both of us. We were very pleasantly surprised. The ship is not the newest, best, or the largest and quite frankly I’m glad. Our room was a balcony suite, good size and clean. Our room crew were so nice and helpful and that goes for every one of the crew we came across. The bartenders at the Atrium were fabulous and our entertainment there(Paul Greenwood) was very talented. There were more entertainers and all were good, but Paul was my favourite. The buffet was very good with choices for every palate. We did dine at the international and Italian and both of those were excellent. The service at both was impeccable. All the staff seemed to be happy at their jobs and paid attention to detail. We did not do the steak and lobster restaurant as we ran out of nights. We did talk to one person that was not chuffed by the food saying that — cruise line had lobster on the buffet every night and we did respond that I’m sure that cruise was a lot more expensive. Some will complain about anything. I however found absolutely nothing to complain about and will definitely recommend this cruise line to anyone! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was over Christmas 2018 & New Year, from Jamaica with stops to Belize, Guatemala, Roatan and Mexico. Upon arrival at the cruise ship terminal in Jamaica, we found out there was a mix up with a lot of the Sunwing bookings. There ... Read More
This was over Christmas 2018 & New Year, from Jamaica with stops to Belize, Guatemala, Roatan and Mexico. Upon arrival at the cruise ship terminal in Jamaica, we found out there was a mix up with a lot of the Sunwing bookings. There was no room reservation for us, there must have been over 50 of us who had to wait to get rooms. We waited over 4 hours, and some waited much longer. At least they let us on the ship and had us waiting in a room instead of the terminal. Except the room they had us waiting is not big enough to hold all of us. The alcohol was flowing, I'm sure the drinkers appreciated it but we needed real food. All they had was some stale cookies and nuts. After we finally got our rooms which was not the ones we paid for we head down to Gallery 47 in the hope to sit down for dinner, only to be told the next sitting was at 9:00 and we needed some kind of invitation which we did not have. Anyway, the head waiter Jomar was kind enough to reserve us a table for 9:00 sitting (Thanks Jomar). In the meantime we thought we'll check out the buffet at The Islands to snack a bit but we couldn't find anything decent to eat there. The buffet was pretty disappointing. Sadly the 1st meal at Gallery 47 was not much better. I was thinking maybe I was just too exhausted and disappointed with our rooms to appreciate the meal. In summary, the food at Marella Discovery2 is mediocre. The Islands buffet did not get any better. Same spread every single morning, it got pretty tiring. For a ship with mostly Brits on board the fish and chips at Snack Shack was very disappointing. My daughter and niece had a bite of the burger and gave up on it. The wings and fries were good but you can only eat so much wings. We ate once at 47 Degree (Italian), it took over 2 hours for the whole meal which was also mediocre. The rest of the dinner were all at Gallery 47, it wasn't bad, but really have lots of room for improvement.. I didn't want to risk paying extra for the other restaurants, as I was afraid it'll be mediocre as well. Overall the food was quite disappointing. Us Canadians, are blessed to be so close to the Caribbean and have plenty of options including All Inclusive Resorts, with Cuba being the least expensive of all. It is a common tag line to see "you don't go to Cuba for food". Food in Cuba would have scored a 5 star in comparison to Marella D2 Exotic Explorer's food. All the cruises and resorts I have done I would say I would re do, except I don't, only because there are so many to try and experience. Marella Discovery 2 is the first one to NOT do again. Cabins #7119 & #7121 were not good cabins, we felt all the vibrations and ship's swaying and a very long walk from the center of the ship. #7121's AC did not work properly even after it was checked and supposedly fix. There is also a sewer smell that comes and go. Probably caused by the toilet flooding from the cabin across from us. Very thankful though that we did not have that problem, as they were never moved to another room. Room attendants were very good, they kept the rooms clean and always with fresh towels. Thanks Gogo. The itinerary was good. Excursions we did were all great, which I booked privately. All Inclusive drinks were plentiful, good and not water down. Entertainment was also good. Well, this is my take. Having said all that we still had an awesome time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise for two things , first that it covered Christmas and New year, secondly it was going to Cuba. Flight from Gatwick to Montego Bay was good no problems , arrival was chaotic , wrong forms for immigration given out so ... Read More
We chose this cruise for two things , first that it covered Christmas and New year, secondly it was going to Cuba. Flight from Gatwick to Montego Bay was good no problems , arrival was chaotic , wrong forms for immigration given out so had to fill new ones while standing in a long line. Embarkation at port no problem. Cabin allocated was on deck 2 with a large window. Good size with a sofa lots of storage space, good size bathroom with a shower , just shower gel and soap in there. Lots of hangers in wardrobe and able to hold full length evening dresses so no creases. good size safe , though this one need ed you to use a credit card to open and close it which meant you had to keep card out at all times. Kettle and tea and coffee provided also carafe which meant you could fill this at water stations near lifts meaning that you did not have to buy water. Water is not included in the all inclusive product but is if you upgrade to premium at an extra 99 pounds per person per week. we did not do this as the normal package was adequate. Ate in main dining room for most breakfasts and dinner, food at night was a bit boring, steaks when offered were not good, best steak was on last night. short on vegetables Could do better. Gallery 47 (italian) was good but service hit and miss. Glass house tapas good , pizza good, service again hit and miss also a lot of vibration here. Buffet ok but hate looking for a table only had a couple of lunches here and 1 dinner. Snack shack good for quick breakfast and lunch. used Veranda on deck 9 most days as had comfortable sunbeams (adult only) nice and quiet. Noisy round pool . Indoor pool area good but a bit stuffy on a hot day. Entertainment was the best a different show every night with very good performers . Venue had a good variety of acts with 4 actor staff all good , Katie, Jenny,Josh and Adam kept us amused every night . Live bands every night in different places plus piano players, guitarists etc all good. Staff in bars excellent especially Boris and Dejen who looked after us on the Veranda deck Information desk staff were not the best could do with more training they did not know their product , learned more from other passengers. Destination desk handed out maps of ports which were useless had to wait to get off ship to find out more. Felt that they did not want us to know more so that we booked tours through the ship. Do not book and pay for internet as its not good and expensive for what you get. Most ports have a bar etc with wifi etc. We missed Havana completely as there was a storm and ship not allowed to dock . If we had managed to get into port Havana was under 4 feet of water and we may not have got out again. Costa Maya was excellent pool, bars , shops etc all at dock Dolphins Flamingos to watch for free. Guatemala was one of the best ports , we took a local river tour for 40 Dollars fantastic experience , good guide (Herman) Roatan , again problems so did not go into Mahogany bay instead went into old port took taxi to West bay , spent day at beach @ 20 dollars each to include beds , umbrellas and wifi good value. Belize , went to St Johns cathedral as had been before and wanted to revisit, also Governers house which was still not open to public, was not 12 years ago either. Cozumel just wandered the seafront Ochios Rios spent day at beach as had been before. Montego Beach shade on ship had been before. Over all do not think we will visit this side of the caribbean again. Would go on Discovery 2 again if price and Itinerary ok Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was our 14th cruise and as we liked the look of the itinerary decided to give Marella a go after previously being loyal to P&O and Cunard. We did back to back Cuban Fusion and Exotic Explorer cruises so first the good points; ... Read More
This was our 14th cruise and as we liked the look of the itinerary decided to give Marella a go after previously being loyal to P&O and Cunard. We did back to back Cuban Fusion and Exotic Explorer cruises so first the good points; The Premium flight outbound was very good. The nightly shows were excellent. The staff were very good, especially Tamara , A Macedonian bar waitress. Negatives- where to begin? Cuban Fusion should have been called Fusion as we didn't actually get to Cuba - apparently the port was flooded and despite the annoyingly self-congratulatory captain Jason Ikiadis announcing he was confident we would get there, his next announcement overturned this and we were condemned to another boring sea day - more of those later - and an extra day in the sinkhole which is Jamaica. The food was distinctly average especially in the 47 degrees main restaurant where there was very limited choice. Even the Christmas Day gala dinner was disappointing - we were rushed in and out in an hour and didn't even get a mince pie! There was very little to do on board unless you were interested in seminars about back pain, metabolism, wrinkles, bad feet etc - all ending with a hard sell of course. No guest speakers, no lectures, very few quizzes and those that were put on were hosted by staff with excruciating senses of humour and an apparent inability to pronounce the simplest of words. There was a carol service on Christmas Eve but even this was ruined by some baffling readings/poems which bear no relation to Christmas. No religious service as the planned Boxing Day occasion was cancelled owing to a 4 hour anchored stop while the ship picked up 13 Colombian 'refugees' who were drifting in the sea. All well and good but there was an appalling lack of communication while this was going on - my wife suffers from anxiety and for all we knew these people could have been pirates. Still it was another excuse for a 'look how good I am' tannoy announcement from the captain. Worst of all was the behaviour of some fellow passengers. There was a fight on the pool deck on the first night then on Christmas Day we had the pleasure of the arrival of 2 families of what I am apparently forced to call 'travellers.' These people behaved like savages, 1 of them threatening to 'break the bloody back' of a fellow passenger by the pool, and the teenagers terrorising bar staff by swearing and shouting at them and demanding alcohol. Unfortunately 2 of these people were in the cabin directly above us and sleep was at a premium because of the disgraceful racket they created. Complaints to reception led to warning letters being sent to them but these had little effect as we had 4 security guards visit our cabin at 2 am on the final morning. The cruise director and his assistants were juvenile throughout and the shop staff were unhelpful and unsmiling. The shops stocked neither deodorant or toothpaste. I could go on but I'm depressing myself remembering it! If you're considering cruising with this line do yourself a big favour and think again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My cruise was a 70th birthday gift, the most disappointing aspect was the change in the itinerary. they took out three of the ports we really wanted to see. The ship is okay, showing it's age a little, but the cruise was 18 nights all ... Read More
My cruise was a 70th birthday gift, the most disappointing aspect was the change in the itinerary. they took out three of the ports we really wanted to see. The ship is okay, showing it's age a little, but the cruise was 18 nights all inclusive and I didn't consider the price to be expensive. The staff were very good overall, some still in training in the 47 dining room I think, but the food generally was good. The overall cruise was very relaxed so if you want fine dining and evening dress every night this isn't for you, although we did our best to show how dressing up is done. The dance teachers on board held lessons almost every day and there was ballroom and sequence dancing most nights, the teachers Jasmin and Adam were excellent. The other entertainment was provided by visiting comedians 3 of them who we enjoyed very much. the rest of the entertainment team put on there shows on a regular basis. The two singers on board were Max & his wife Brandi, could not fault them, professional, fantastic singers-they will go far. If you like fun and a great atmosphere without stuffiness this is for you.Thank you to all the staff for a wonderful time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Chose this cruise as it aligned with our holidays. Loved the atrium in the ship. This was a great focal point, especially to enjoy a few drinks. Deck 9 was always a hive of entertainment, which was great but meant it wasn’t always ... Read More
Chose this cruise as it aligned with our holidays. Loved the atrium in the ship. This was a great focal point, especially to enjoy a few drinks. Deck 9 was always a hive of entertainment, which was great but meant it wasn’t always easy to get a seat in the sun and not ideal for a quiet read. It is a shame the lower decks did not get the sun. All the staff with the exception of those at reception were incredibly helpful and friendly. They couldn’t do enough to help my mother in law who is not very mobile. It was a shame that the itinerary made it difficult for her to disembark. Loved Havana. A unique place full of character. Food was plentiful and well presented. Loved the shows. I love live theatre so always a winner. There were a couple of particularly talented performers who definitely have the potential to go further in their careers! The show team worked relentlessly, with very little free times yet produced some very varied shows of high quality. Personally I loved the Musicals show and Hot Summers Night. However, there was such a variety everyone had something to see during the trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Just wanted to let fellow cruisers know of an amazing place near Amber Cove where you can volunteer to spend either half or full day at Dove Missions. Check out their website and trip adviser. We had such a worthwhile morning spent ... Read More
Just wanted to let fellow cruisers know of an amazing place near Amber Cove where you can volunteer to spend either half or full day at Dove Missions. Check out their website and trip adviser. We had such a worthwhile morning spent meeting children from one of the poorest areas around tbe barrio. At the school we played games, crafts and helped them with learning English. Martina and the staff are amazing and make you feel so welcome. You leave with a memory that will last a lifetime. Back to the cruise itself. I loved joining the' A Band on Ship 'learning to play the ukelele. My husband joined the choir. The singers, in particular Braxi Music and Dan were excellent, and we couldnt fault anything regarding entertainment. The theatre shows were outstanding. Food was fab, public areas beautiful, the whole ship was very impressive. The only downside of the whole experience was disembarking at Palma. Poor Brett put himself (very admirably) on the front line to take responsibility for a very badly organised departure from the ship. Should have kept cruisers in the groups which pertained to the colour of their luggage labels denoting their flight destinations and moved people group by group rather than the free for all experience of taking an hour and half to get off the ship. Despite that one hiccup we had an amazing time and will definitely look to cruise with Marella again Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Wanting to go to Havana and see the Panama Canal. We have cruised with Thomson before on the Destiny, but having enjoyed balcony cabins with other cruise lines, we hadn't returned to Thomson ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Wanting to go to Havana and see the Panama Canal. We have cruised with Thomson before on the Destiny, but having enjoyed balcony cabins with other cruise lines, we hadn't returned to Thomson until they acquired their new ships. We flew from Manchester to Montego Bay, no delays, and were promptly through immigration and onto the coach to the ship. On board the ship within an hour from airport. Found our cabin easily, you don't need anyone showing you the way. Went up to pool deck for a drink and a bite to eat. Cases were outside cabins within 2hours. Our cabin was on deck 6, near the back of the ship [we hadn't pre-booked our cabin], very clean and adequate size and plenty of storage. We ate in 47 most mornings for breakfast, and lunch, unless we were out and about and most evenings. Food was always well presented, hot and tasty and portions were not too big. We ate twice in Gallery47, the Italian, and had lovely meals up there. Sometimes you had to wait for a table, not longer than 10 mins. and you were given a pager. We ate in Kora La one evening which was lovely. Indian curry made to order and as hot as you wanted. Drinks package was excellent. No need to upgrade. Prosecco, wine, cocktails and Tanquerry gin and slim line tonic out of a can. All the staff appeared happy in their work, some have worked with Marella for years and there were plenty of staff. Never had to wait for a drink at the bars. Cabins and the rest of the ship were spotless. Plenty of sunbeds when you wanted one. If you want to be on the pool deck then you did need to be up early to get a bed there. However, we were happy to be on deck 10. Entertainment was okay, nothing special, but you can't please everyone. Ports of call were lovely, especially Havana, Caymen Islands, Cozumel, Panama Canal, Cartagena and Costa Rica. I would certainly choose to cruise with Marella again, if the itinerary was what we wanted. We tend to cruise for the itinerary, not to be loyal to one cruise company. Give it a go, you will be pleasantly surprised. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Destinations and to celebrate retirement. From stepping on the ship everything was amazing lovely staff great destinations, the captain and crew were friendly and informative nothing was too much trouble. The Jamaican people in ... Read More
Destinations and to celebrate retirement. From stepping on the ship everything was amazing lovely staff great destinations, the captain and crew were friendly and informative nothing was too much trouble. The Jamaican people in Montego were welcoming friendly. The tour guides were brilliant particularly Alex when we went to the Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza Mexico. Alex was enthusiastic informative and good fun. Havana and classic cars was a once in a lifetime experience and lived up to its reputation as did Tropicana. Roatan was the perfect Caribbean island. Food was excellent in the 47 restaurant as was the food in the Islands restaurant. Snack Shack was perfect for a real sandwich and a great place to have burgers. Shows were a very high standard. Cabin and balcony were perfect. We have had a wonderful experience. .we enjoyed the cruise so much we have booked again! Thank you Captain Chris and your staff Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Review Marella Discovery 2 Cuban Fusion 22 January 2018 This was our forth Thomson (Dream*3) Marella cruise, our least favourite but still a good cruise. Rated a 4 instead of five is related to entertainment. About 1800 passengers ... Read More
Review Marella Discovery 2 Cuban Fusion 22 January 2018 This was our forth Thomson (Dream*3) Marella cruise, our least favourite but still a good cruise. Rated a 4 instead of five is related to entertainment. About 1800 passengers mostly from the UK, 100 from Canada. Different flavour from US origin ships, we enjoy it and find the itineraries somewhat different. We booked and flew with Sunwing from Toronto on a 737 which was a bit cramped but adequate for a 4 hour flight. Be sure to take a pen to fill in the Jamaican immigrations forms. The transfer from the airport to the ship and the boarding process was very well organized, ditto for the return. This cruise was “all inclusive”. We being 100% and 95% non drinkers, were a bit nervous but needlessly. Never noticed any problems, no lineups for drinks etc. We were not the only non drinkers on board. The ship is quite nice, all crew, waiters, etc excellent. They all obviously make efforts to keep the ship clean and enjoyable for your stay. There was some sickness aboard, don’t know how this can be avoided, once you have payed your fare most will be going, coughing or not. Our suggestion is to always use the hand sanitizers and wash your hands more frequently than usual. Shame on the gent that was finger feeding himself on the cheese counter, should have slapped his hand. There were two main formal eating areas with similar names. 47 on deck 4 has a traditional menu (fish, meat, chicken etc), Gallery 47 on deck 5 is Italian themed with an alternating A & B menu. Both were excellent, we tended to look over the menus mid afternoon to make a choice. We had breakfast and lunch in ISLANDS on deck 9 which is buffet style, lots of choice. We enjoy sharing a table for the evening meal, which we did every night, thanks folks. There are plenty of tables for two or four therefore sharing is not quite as easy on this ship but still possible, you have to ask to share. Entertainment in the Broadway Show Lounge was not as good as we have seen on other Thomson cruises, not spectacular and lacked modern recognizable music. It is the content, we have seen quite a few of the entertainment staff before and know that they are capable. On our previous Thomson/TUI cruises entertainment was spectacular, we rated it the best of any cruise. Entertainment on this cruise was a bit of a let down and the reason for a 4 star instead of 5. Very pleased that Braxi Music (Brandy and Max) plus Daniella were onboard. Their powerful performances were very enjoyable. The comedian Dave Kristian entertained us well for two shows. The piano vocalist (Guy Stoker) in “Live Room” was quite good and later he performed as “Elton Guy”. In our opinion the “Elton Guy” show should have been moved to ‘Venue” which could have accommodated the overflow crowd. The cruise featured an on board Bubbleologist (Graham Maxwell). It was a quirky, interesting show, certainly one of the most unusual that we have seen. Did not do any ship excursions as we did the same cruise two years ago. Only tendered in the Caymen Islands. In all the ports we just got off the ship and walked around. We find Havana very interesting both culturally and architecturally, great photo opportunities. In Havana we rented an old car (52 Chev) for a tour. Felt quite safe walking around, had a coffee bought some churritos. Churritos, are local delicacy, made on the street, try um. The ship literally docks right beside the sidewalk in Old Havana. We did consider the ship based bike tour of Havana but declined as the weather forecast was not good and apparently the tours go regardless of the weather. The ship is quite nice and spacious, never had much of a problem with seating lineups etc. If you need a deck lounge in the perfect sunny spot you need to stake your claim early. We were always able to find a lounge chair in the shade on at sea days. The Broadway Show Lounge can fill up, most shows are on twice, just pick your time and go early. We had an inside cabin (6089) which was quite nice and suited our needs. Clean and kept clean. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I chose this cruise because of by passing the USA...The port of Montego Bay worked for us..me and wife as we live in Toronto.Very smooth process to get on ship...very impreseed with the overall transfer on and off(back to airport) ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of by passing the USA...The port of Montego Bay worked for us..me and wife as we live in Toronto.Very smooth process to get on ship...very impreseed with the overall transfer on and off(back to airport) organised by TUI...excellent job. Cayman tender was disaster...somehow cruise lines cant seem to get it right when there is a tender...I cannot fathom cattle herding people into a waiting area...what a waste of time..there is afar superior and more efficient way if they really want to improve. The bands were awful...this is the West Indies...you need to be upbeat and jumping and waving..the bands were performing as if they were at a WAKE...7 nights of going to a WAKE..a bit too much for me. The theater group and their performance were excellent...now thats lively. I think the cruise director Ian(or whatever his name is) is not up to the job..very poor and boring individual...no imagination..definitely needs replacing....I cannot foresee repeat passengers. The passengers were very nice to talk to....but the majority of English passengers(which is about 99 percent)..are queue jumpers and could not care less ...I was shocked at this behaviour..as coming from Canada we behave civilly...but as I said they are great to talk to..its just this pushing thing...oh well... They need a captain that speaks proper English...his accent is awful..maybe cockney or whatever..I have yet to understand any public announcement from him.. Thats it..... TUI you have anice cruise and ship,but your personnel needs lots of work and need to improve very fast. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Cuban fusion We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. I wasn't looking forward to it after reading all the negative reviews. Arriving in Jamaica was a hoot, ok filling imigration forms in a corridor is not ideal but ... Read More
Cuban fusion We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. I wasn't looking forward to it after reading all the negative reviews. Arriving in Jamaica was a hoot, ok filling imigration forms in a corridor is not ideal but passport control none existant totally laidback typically Jamaican. The ship seemed a bit tired on the outside but what a lovely surprise once on board quite the opposite well looked after clean and everything looked reasonably new and very comfortable. The crew always busy keeping the ship clean lots of brass that was polished every day. Our Cabin steward (Mahrus) was there and made sure we had everything we required. Nothing over the week was to much trouble for him he was brilliant. We don't normally do excursions but so glad we did, the guides were all local and boy did the know their stuff, well worth the money. I'm gluten and lactose intolerant but didn't have a problem all week. We ate in Orions in the evening and there was always at least two items on the menu I could eat. The food was well presented hot and very enjoyable. The waiters were great, only negative the Head waiter (Boris) wasn't very happy when a table for two was requested. Soya was always available, so much so Natasha in Sirens brought it every morning without being asked. Afternoon tea was a big disappointment, not much for the gluten customer (a plain scone, muffin, cookie and sandwich) everyone else fabulous. Sea days great just take the opportunity to lie back and relax I did, Manchester airport was great, cases disappeared and appeared outside our cabin brilliant. The dream liner was great (we chose premium) better than British Airways newer planes I suppose. The plane coming back not so much an older plane premium not worth the extra money. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise so much so we've just booked do the Pride of Panama next year (Discovery 2). Don't be put off by negative reviews invariably by people who have cruised for years and always go with Cunard, P & O etc or so they say probably next to the engine room. All the complainers on our cruise were never above deck 4 says it all (all fur coat and no knickers). Go for it and enjoy Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We choose this cruise as a first cruise and the choice of Ports and Excursions. The Ship has some lovely vintage public areas ( Main bar and Dining Rooms) which had echoes of a more glamorous era. The alternative dining facility was ... Read More
We choose this cruise as a first cruise and the choice of Ports and Excursions. The Ship has some lovely vintage public areas ( Main bar and Dining Rooms) which had echoes of a more glamorous era. The alternative dining facility was reminiscent of a staff canteen/airport. Other Bars on board are more intimate. The Casino sports 8 slot machines and a home size casino table. There are 2 pools largely for cooling off. There was usually enough space on deck at some point to stare at the Sea but the usual bagging sunbeds at dawn persisted daily on our trip with no visible intervention. Perhaps its a secret sport? Who knows as the winners are rarely seen. The cruise we were on was unable to dock due high seas/no parking which resulted in 2 extra days at Sea. Thomson Dream is not really set up for this interruption as on Board entertainment included Bingo, Out of date black and white comedy videos and some form of flattened darts. This for 1500 people lacked imagination. It can't be that unusual for the Ship to be required to entertain for the day? The Cover bands at Night were excellent but the Comedy MC type turn was characterized by a lack of confidence and wit.I appreciate comedy is personal but he was the only person laughing. Food was plentiful and varied but not cuisine. Service almost always excellent. Disembarkation in Port was flawless but arrival on Montego Bay at the start of the trip would have been comical if not so irritating. We were herded on to a bus and given a form to complete whilst the bus was moving and then processed by land side staff largely by shouting and hand signals. Didn't work that well with folk just off a 10 hour flight. The Shore Excursions were great value and enjoyable. I will cruise again but possibly not with Thomson unless I am short of a Bingo fix Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We have been cruising for the past 16 years and never had cause to complain to any of the companies we have used prior to sailing with Thompson's. When we boarded we were shocked by the bad ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. We have been cruising for the past 16 years and never had cause to complain to any of the companies we have used prior to sailing with Thompson's. When we boarded we were shocked by the bad odour and shabbiness of the ship. The furniture in the cabin was chipped and had seen better days. The bed extremely uncomfortable, pillows misshapen. We never had a decent nights sleep and woke with back ache every morning. The hot food in the sirens restaurant was barely warm. Food in the Orion restaurant was mediocre only the breakfast was enjoyable. We were on board 7 nights during that time my husband suffered GI and we were both in quarantine for more than 24 hours. Two days later I suffered the same illness and again we were in quarantine. So spent 3 days out of the 7 in quarantine. Resulting in us not seeing Panama or the second port in Colombia. The entertainment was amateur, not enough sun beds on the sun deck & no where to sit. We paid extra for premium seats on the plane. On our return journey we had to sit separate. We requested seats together but told the plane was full. However, a couple standing in the queue to board said they were awaiting to see if they could get an upgrade. To our horror this couple boarded once we were all seated and taken to seats along side each other at the front of the plane. I don't object to anyone having a upgrade, but I do when it's at my expense. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Cruising was a first for my husband and I, we were on holiday to celebrate my parents birthdays and this was their choice. The travel itinerary was excellent and took in places such as Costa Rica, Panama and Cuba to name just a few of our ... Read More
Cruising was a first for my husband and I, we were on holiday to celebrate my parents birthdays and this was their choice. The travel itinerary was excellent and took in places such as Costa Rica, Panama and Cuba to name just a few of our destinations. We did many of the official tours which were good, especially The Panama City Tour and The Havana Highlights ones, these were very informative, the guides English was excellent and you really took in the history, sights and atmosphere, we visited a rescue centre in Costa Rica which was my personal favourite. The entertainment on the ship was first class with the nightly theatre shows very professional even when the boat was a little bumpy. What really made the cruise for us was the staff. All the staff were friendly, eager to please and Natasha in the Orion Restaurant and Eugene our wine waiter were superb. Nothing was too much trouble, from fetching an extra cracker to go with our cheese or keeping our wine glasses topped up without us asking. All the staff from cleaners to the Captain were cheery, helpful and carried out their duties with a smile. Yes the boat is a little dated, the food is very good rather than excellent but everything was clean, the public toilets were always clean! at the self service restaurants in busy times you might have to queue but then this isn't a luxury holiday (but then you aren't paying luxury prices) but if you want value for money and an enjoyable trip then this is the boat for you! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise because of the relaxed dress code.This was our first cruise. so evening dress was out of the question.We both like to dress up ,but on our terms .So it was nice to have the choice after a day excursion that we could ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the relaxed dress code.This was our first cruise. so evening dress was out of the question.We both like to dress up ,but on our terms .So it was nice to have the choice after a day excursion that we could just chill and have our evening meal in the self service restaurant,if we wanted to.anything went in there. Even shorts and T shirts was acceptable.The food in the Orion restaurant was excellent ,as was the service We had the best rib eye steak that we had tasted You could either share a table or have one for the two of you The all inclusive carried on at the dining table were the waiter took your order .The service was like a well oiled machine,everyone had there courses without waiting very long, and were hot.To say how many people ate at one time , it still amazes me how they did it. The self service restaurant was also very good, plenty of choice.such as soup salads .hot meats cold meats cooked veg.chips. Pasta dishes Pizzas. Stir frys and plenty more . The staff were constantly keeping a watch on the food keeping it tidy, and changing the trays as soon as they started to look a little empty.Food was not allowed to fall out of the containers, before it got wiped away keeping it looking nice even if you went very late in the evening.The ship is 36years old., so it is tired looking. We didnt care about that as we were only concerned how clean it was as I have O.C.D. out off my own house.It came up to expectations.(thank god )The entertainment was brilliant. Thompson Excursions were a bit hit and miss. We had a trip round Aruba, waste of money, there was nothing of interest at all. Get a taxi to the beach it will be better. we felt ripped off. we also felt the same when we went on a excursion with Thompson again to Santa marta that was even worse.again nothing of interest. and these trips are not cheap. Havana was great .We had a thompson coach take us to the town and gave us a guide to show us around.Worth every penny The showTropicana is a must.it looks expensive, but booking it through thompson , we got a good table.and a bottle of presseco bottle of rum to share between 4people and as you are on a thompson bus you can drink the lot,..Unfortunatly the ship had to leave two people behind as they were late to embark.They had got the wrong time to return to the ship.The captain felt terrible ,but he had to go,as there was another ship waiting to dock. Thompson removed all their belongings and put their cases on the quay. A rep that was on the quay then took over to make sure they were ok. This is why we took all the trips with thompson because if for some reason you get held up,they have to go . but if you are with thompson this never happens If you go to the panama canal ,dont go on the train, go on the boat. the train ride is very boring as all you see is trees mostly as you go through the rain forest. Our cabin was an inner one as we were never in it. bed was so comfortable it was hard to get out in a morning. We are now hooked on cruising . Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was a last minute booking for us so we didn't get to do a lot of research. We've cruised many times with larger cruise lines mostly American and family oriented. I am going to go over the first impressions first which ... Read More
This was a last minute booking for us so we didn't get to do a lot of research. We've cruised many times with larger cruise lines mostly American and family oriented. I am going to go over the first impressions first which weren't great but please read till the end. When we got to the ship we were really disappointed as it looked very dated. The cabins were small and my 14 year old daughter was upset as the average age of the vacationers on board was around 55 years of age. During the week we saw maybe 6 - 8 other kids who unfortunately were much younger. It was definitely an adult cruise. Not very kid friendly at all. No entertainment during the day or poolside. We initially considered leaving the ship before it left port and staying at a resort instead but that would have proved to be way too expensive so we stuck it out. I'm happy we did because we had one of the best experiences ever. The staff, the staff, the staff!!! I can not stress enough how amazing they were. From the waitresses, to the front desk, the waiters in the restaurant to the maintenance guys. Everyone was friendly, professional and helpful. They made us feel welcome and were there to help no matter what we needed. The big thing for me is that my daughter has a severe nut allergy. We are used to having to deal with this when we travel and when we mention it to those who deal with food services we get reactions from lack of understanding coupled with clumsy attempts to help to out right ignorance and lack of concern. This was the first time my wife and I were made to feel fully comfortable with entrusting the supervisors, chefs and food service personnel with the safety of our daughter. They asked the right questions, showed they were knowledgable and followed up with us daily on the breakfast, dinner and lunch menus. Making sure they made her food separately and had it preordered so there would be no issues. I want to specifically mention head waiter Svilin. Never has anyone done so much to make one little girls cruise go off without a hitch. In the end this ended up being one of our favourite trips and if they took this staff and transplanted them onto a more up to date ship this would have been a best cruise we had ever been on. Thank you Thomson staff and crew for saving our vacation. Other special mentions for excellent staff members our waiter Adan, Kadek his helper, our sommelier Alberto, our cabin man Yandy and once again the amazing incredible Svilen. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We have travelled on Thompson cruises many times and love the entertainment the food and service is always excellent and we find them good value. This time I needed my wheelchair for distances and rough seas. I found there were many ... Read More
We have travelled on Thompson cruises many times and love the entertainment the food and service is always excellent and we find them good value. This time I needed my wheelchair for distances and rough seas. I found there were many problems to overcome at the airport due to the help desk being a distance from the airport entrance and the Thompson desk the furthest away. Birmingham airport is inclined and sprawling not good when you have to wheel yourself until you can get rid of the cases.at the desk Thompson representatives were excellent so we're the air hostesses. Please note you have to use airport wheelchairs on arrival make sure you have a room number label and name on your chair it goes straight to the ship. On board the room was very spacious we do not need a special disability room but make sure you can climb in a bath for showers I needed to ask for a bath mat. The food and service was as usual of a high standard in the main restaurant but by the end of the holiday I was annoyed in the outside eating areas as they were so few staff tables were not cleared up to an hour after being finished with and the tables were rarely wiped clean. The staff did not point out the gel machines and many cruisers never used them The entertainment was as usual very varied and of a high standard. The show team produced some spectacular shows and worked very hard often doing further shows after the nightly spectacle On this cruise we had not realised that in 14 days there were 4 days at sea and several short visits making half day cruising. All this was made worse because there was nothing for us to do no films lectures or extra musical things to listen too. There was however 1 short play which we enjoyed Smokers are well catered for having ALL of one side of the ship which happened to be the sunny side of the ship most days causing non smokers less choice for sun beds. To make it worse smoking or vaping rules were not adhered to and vaping was allowed everywhere in the lounges dining room and swimming pools. Being in a wheelchair my husband had to help me down the steps to exit the ship we actually complained to the service manager because no one helped my husband to bring the wheelchair down and once the man at the entrance was cross and shouted at me to move when I had no chair and my walking stick was in the scanner I could not therefore move safely. After this they were better but still one staff member was miserable and unhelpful. I think maybe the staff who usually are full of fun and laughter either did not get on with each other ( there was more of a nationality mix) or were unhappy. We wondered if the ship was going to be removed from the fleet and they were worried or the number of staff employed had been drastically reduced. My final personal opinion is that I will have to seriously consider whether Thompson will be my choice for a cruise in the future if they are cutting everything down to the bone. The airport in Jamaica on the way home was difficult. The staff were rude and sharp my husband had to show all his credit cards and I was left ages in the chair waiting to be scanned. I finally was desperate for the toilet so my husband wheeled me to a handicapped toilet and I was told someone was in it. We waited 15 minutes until I was so bad my husband had to help me in to use an ordinary one where the floor was slippy and full of women. How embarrassing. In the mean time a young fit member of airport staff came out of the disabled toilet and when challenged accused us as having a problem with her because she was black!! There was no one to speak to and complain but we did leave a letter of complaint with the information desk. Surprise surprise no one has contacted us. Good luck to any people out there like me who have to suffer a disability and the humiliation that goes with it but I would like to say there were wonderful people on board the ship that were so kind and helpful to both my husband and myself and certainly the women in the airport is not a true representative of mankind Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was a cruise anticipated to get our new year off to a great star but New Year's Eve on board was rather flat. There was the opportunity to celebrate two but nothing happened or was scheduled in the intinerary of events on the ... Read More
This was a cruise anticipated to get our new year off to a great star but New Year's Eve on board was rather flat. There was the opportunity to celebrate two but nothing happened or was scheduled in the intinerary of events on the night to acknowledge Big Ben striking in the UK earlier than Caribbean time ...some cruises seize the opportunity to celebrate both...Midnight arrived on board and with the Cruise director prompting us all to look at the funnel something BIG was anticipated but nothing mareialised other than a few balloons and poppers and a glass of fizzy plonk...this was an opportunity missed by the cruise director and his team to do something spectacular as other ships do. The Broadway Theatre hosts evening shows and the singers and dancers are the best on board...they are very good. Red Syndicate are not the best whilst Two Intense are much better. David Morgan the ships Steel Drummer has had better days and suggestion was that he ended up on the Dream as being the best of what was left. His songs are repetitive and he is a clock watcher... The cruise was not without its share of adverse weather, often arriving at short notice but nothing was in place to entertain passengers unable to take advantage of glorious sunshine and now housed indoors. Ample opportunity existed for a daytime dance/disco in the waters edge...maybe a beach party theme...Carribbean shirts and all that...something to get the party started so to speak...no...entertainment was lacking and the teams leader lacked imagination and creativity on these occasions. Same with sail always..they were flat too. These opinions were shared by many and not expressed in isolation. Those who had been on the Dream before felt the previous Director was better at creating the party atmosphere this cruise lacked. Accommodation was good. Housekeeping was of a high standard, towels changed on demand. Staff very friendly. Food was ok but has been better during a previous cruise on this ship. The Orion restaurant was very good and again staff attentive to detail. The Lido and Sirens restaurants are the buffet ones and selection was ok, nothing spectacular and presentation very basic. Waiter service in the public areas and entertainment venues is extremely slow. The waiters appear to take several orders at once, return to the bar with their orders and then you wait for all drinks to be prepared before they return to your table. This practice is preferred on board in favour of you visiting the bar to get your own drinks. I can appreciate the need to observe safety especially when the ship is rocking and many carrying glasses so this is something Thomsons need remain conscious of and ensure sufficient resources are available to prepare and distribute drinks in a much shorter time. Reception is another area that was often criticised. These staff have been selected for their ability to say No and to defend the many issues presented by the on board internet access and its excessive costs. Using this facility is very expensive and you need to ensure you fully understand its operation or be prepared for an inflated charge should you not log off correctly or its failure be apportioned to yourself. One cannot assume the Caribbean is where the sunshines continuously! This is not the case and it was confirmed during our cruise. Rain is essential to the beautiful scenery around you but downpours do occur so be prepared...some of lengthy durations too..Weather conditions quickly change and sailing time can encounter rough seas as was the case towards the end of our cruise. It deteriorated soon after leaving Havana and followed us back to Montrgo Bay via Cozomel where the sea was so rough excursions returning to the ship via a ferry needed to transfer back to the ship via a side access. The swell was such that the ferry was bobbing up and down excessively and transfer carried huge risks. It also delayed our departure by a couple of hours at least. The first Three stops on our cruise saw us drop into Roatan, Honduras, Belize and then Costa Maya where each port was like a shopping mall and the major stores existed at each. Unfortunately the ships Port shopping guide was given time to host presentations specific to items one could purchase on our travels and promoting the stores that carried Thomson recommendations! Something the port shopping Advisor omitted from his presentation is the fact purchases in Mexican governed countries benefit from a shopping and tourism money back initiative! An initiative that has been in place for some time that sees just short of 9% ....yes 9%... of total monetary spend on jewellery, diamonds and watches returned to your account within 60 days of purchase! ...so my advice is make your purchase in COZOMEL...not Roatan...not Belize...COZOMEL also has other outlets than those Thomsons promote that sell watch brands like Rolex and RADO too in addition to those available in Diamonds International... I am of the view we all want to save money and it's better in our pocket than theirs..my only thought as to why this initiative escapes reference during presentations is that it would compromise sales at ports where this initiative does not exist. Check it out...it's a GOVERNMENT initiative...and not something outlets subsidise. You stand to save a lot of money or lose it depending on place of purchase but ultimately it's your call. If you have any questions you think I may be able to help you with then please don't hesitate to ask. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
What a dissapointment. My husband and I have been on many cruises, with lots of different cruise lines. Expected this cruise to be high up on the list. Mr Thompson you set mediocre standards and fail to attain them. A glorified rust ... Read More
What a dissapointment. My husband and I have been on many cruises, with lots of different cruise lines. Expected this cruise to be high up on the list. Mr Thompson you set mediocre standards and fail to attain them. A glorified rust bucket, you even had to pay for the water on fully inclusive package ! The food served in the Orion Restaurant was bland and sometimes cold, the showers were dangerously hot and the toilets which were not plentiful were often blocked. The lifts were extremely slow, the air con in our room didn't work, and embarkation was at a snails pace, a lot of passengers were getting irate as they were hot and thirsty, but no welcoming glass of water available. There was only a handful of positive views on this cruise, the first being the fantastic crew, without these lovely people the ship would sink ! This ship apparently had a refurb last November, but honestly, I think it had a slight lick of paint and lots of silicone. The whole ship is in a bad state of repair, loose decking, loose toilets, shabby carpets and curtains. On the drinks package I could have got a pint glass of spirits at no cost, but yet, had to pay for a bottle of water. Not logical! As soon as you get on the boat they want your money. The one day it rained, the tried to sell flimsy bin liner type ponchos for £3.50! Cheek. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
6 friends went on Dream as we loved the itinerary to Cuba! We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise we all went on the Dream last April and loved the improvements, crew were brilliant and always smiling, we loved the new subbed area and well ... Read More
6 friends went on Dream as we loved the itinerary to Cuba! We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise we all went on the Dream last April and loved the improvements, crew were brilliant and always smiling, we loved the new subbed area and well done to Thomson crew for removing towels on longer than 45 mins, we never had a problem with beds, but we were always up later so by lunch time, loads of free beds! A nice touch thomson recognised us as returning customers and gave us 2 for 1 meal in lovely Asian restaurant. Entertainment was best ever dancing and singing was on a par with west end London! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My wife and I did our first cruise. We wanted to see Mayan temples so the Mayan treasures itinery seemed ideal. We did not know what to expect. On the plus side; The cabin was more spacious than we expected and it was very well cleaned and ... Read More
My wife and I did our first cruise. We wanted to see Mayan temples so the Mayan treasures itinery seemed ideal. We did not know what to expect. On the plus side; The cabin was more spacious than we expected and it was very well cleaned and maintained by our cabin steward. The food on board was excellent. I have a few food intolerances so the buffet restaurant (the Lido) was very good - plenty of choice of foods and all labelled if gluten free so choosing was easy. Also had a good variety from day to day and it was well cooked and generally good. the available excursions were also very good in range, and the ones we actually did were very good too. The crew are mainly Phillipino and were friendly, polite and attentive. cant fault them at all. The ship was in good order and was spotless throughout. The drinks available on board were charged at approximately UK prices and were all familiar to us (strongbox, coke, etc....). It was also very nice to have access to PG tips in the buffet restaurant - so a good cup of tea was always available. The logistics of cases and booking in were also very efficient. if we have one criticism it was the entertainment. The day time stuff was very Butlinesque. table tennis, quizzes, bingo etc... The evening entertainment relied exclusively of a troup of singers and dancers. each night had a singing and dancing show of about an hours duration (two performances) but that was it. there was no variety at all (other than different songs). There was a UK comic who did one show - and he was OK but very much of the Northern music hall variety, but apart from that nothing else. It would have been nice to have had some variety as it wore a bit thin towards the end. The entertainment director also got on our wick - he was a bit portly to be performing and had the most irritating catchphrase ("Ciau for now") which we kept hearing - although I gather he has now left the boat. So in summary, a good trip and we would recommend it with the caveat that the entertainment was not as varied as we would have liked. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015

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