Marella Dream Cruise Review by chris king
- Sail Date: March 2012
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
1st off, Its excellant that thompson take your cases at the airport and the next time you see it is the cabin, we landed at 2.15 and we were in the cabin at 3.15. an our hour to get out of your plane seat get on a coach, drive to the port, get through checkin at the port then wait to be shown to your cabin. superb.
In my opinion and compared to other thompson and carnival ships that ive been on, the cabins are of an excellant size, plenty of storage, dressing table, 3 seater setee,fridge,tv and a HAIRDRYER FOR YOU GIRLS and blokes if your lucky enough to have enough hair to dry. The bathrooms are always a bit small with a nice powerfull shower and curtain that sticks to your arse (oops i mean bottom) as soon as you get in.
The food on a cruise is always a nightmare.
1st breakfast you have to decide where your going to eat, weather it be full waiter service or buffet and then you have to choose between god knows how much stuff, fruit,cerals continental eg rolls croisant,full fryups, those egg things (o god what are they called).
We only ate at the buffet for lunch where there is once again a huge choice, theres differant cooked dishes to choose from, theres burgers, pizza,bbq and a huge salad which i had everyday due to full fryup in the morning (trying to watch my weight)
By 3.30 you will probably be hungry again!!! so sandwiches, scones&cream and cakes are available
DINNER (If you have any room left)
We only ate in the orion restaurant in the evening which is full waiter service, its open sitting so you can go down anytime. we are you used to set tables with the same people and times and missed this a great deal, im not complaing as we knew this b4 we went. unfortuantly the Maitrie D didnt always listen to what you asked, weather you wanted to share or not and would somtimes do the opposite of what you asked.
The food was excellant with 5 courses to choose from
As always the entertaiment was of a great quality, theres a differant show everynight and even if that particular show isnt your cup of tea, you cant knock it for the quality. I would like to say that we found the thompson show teams better than the american carnival ships teams. If you dont like the shows there are about 3 differant bands to choose from around the differant bars. They also have a few silly quizz games with audience taking part which are always a bit of laugh.
As always thompson along with all other cruise companys over charge for there trips so i would strongly recommend get off the ship, and inside/outside the port you can book all kinds of trips at a fraction of the price. eg thompson wanted Â£52 For two people to go to the beach. we got off and did the same beach for Â£19. we did do the thompson dolphin/whale watching boat trip Â£90 and didnt see one flipper or willy but was a great speed boat ride.
MY ONE DISAPOINTMENT
I thought i would put this last as this wont bother some people. the sunbed situation on the two sea days was a nightmare, there was aprox 1550 people on board with only enough beds in the sun for aprox 400 and you are squashed in like sardinnes. there was alot of people complaining and so they started taking towels off beds that had not been used for an hour. So get down there early by 8am and you should be ok. I would like to point out that all days in port there was no problem with getting a bed no matter what time you got up. due to alot of people being on trips.
This is not a massive ship and is not like your massive royal carribean with massive attriums over the top decor ice skating rinks flo riders and rock climbing walls so if thats what your thinking all ships are like these days this is not the ship for you. But what you will find is a great ship with fantastic food (put on about 7lb) great cabin stewards, excellant waiters superb entertaiment staff and the strange captain and his once a day very weird 10 minute stories!!!!
o yes just remembered those egg things, omletts
hope this review is of some help to you and i think you can contact me through cruise critic if you would like anymore useless info
bar price Â£3.50 A BEER, Â£3.95 glass of wine, Â£3.75spirit + can of coke Â£1.70, cocktail Â£4.25