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Compared to Cunard, P&O, RCI, Voyager: Liked: Open dining, any time from 18.15 to 22.00, sharing a table to meet new people or on your own. More flexible to choose early or late shows, depending on daytime activities..and being stuck with dinner partners you do not like! No noisy Tannoy, no advertising, no auctions. Different lounges with different music/entertainment to suit all types and ages. Lots of destination information to help non-excursion buyers enjoy ports. Great idea of transport only when local transport was difficult/unreliable. Excellent cruise director and entertainment. Cabin surprisingly spacious with tea and coffee making facility. Plenty hangers. Also liked the gratuities being included...no extra on drinks etc., though we did tip our cabin stewardess and others small amounts for excellent service. Very friendly and helpful staff. Dislikes: Wine list poor...cheap grade wines at high prices (Piesporter Riesling £16); house wine undrinkable. Excellent wines now available at reasonable prices (Discovery house is Langedouc at £12) so no need for this. Charging for use of a safe is also unacceptable when it does not cost the company anything. Lack of enough sun beds in the sun...info states towels cannot be used to reserve beds and they will be removed after 45 mins. This does not happen. People leave for more than 2hours and unpleasantness occurs when others remove them..we felt we were on a German ship! This needs to be addressed ASAP. Library only open 1hour in the morning and 1hour afternoon....often people ashore. Most were paperbacks obviously donated and exchanged...why lock them up??? However, the cruise exceeded our expectations and we will certainly cruise with them again...we sailed in May so not high season and thought the trip was excellent value.

Exceeded expectations

Marella Dream Cruise Review by allhamm

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Compared to Cunard, P&O, RCI, Voyager: Liked: Open dining, any time from 18.15 to 22.00, sharing a table to meet new people or on your own. More flexible to choose early or late shows, depending on daytime activities..and being stuck with dinner partners you do not like!
No noisy Tannoy, no advertising, no auctions. Different lounges with different music/entertainment to suit all types and ages. Lots of destination information to help non-excursion buyers enjoy ports. Great idea of transport only when local transport was difficult/unreliable. Excellent cruise director and entertainment. Cabin surprisingly spacious with tea and coffee making facility. Plenty hangers.
Also liked the gratuities being included...no extra on drinks etc., though we did tip our cabin stewardess and others small amounts for excellent service. Very friendly and helpful staff.
Dislikes:
Wine list poor...cheap grade wines at high prices (Piesporter Riesling £16); house wine undrinkable. Excellent wines now available at reasonable prices (Discovery house is Langedouc at £12) so no need for this. Charging for use of a safe is also unacceptable when it does not cost the company anything. Lack of enough sun beds in the sun...info states towels cannot be used to reserve beds and they will be removed after 45 mins. This does not happen. People leave for more than 2hours and unpleasantness occurs when others remove them..we felt we were on a German ship! This needs to be addressed ASAP. Library only open 1hour in the morning and 1hour afternoon....often people ashore. Most were paperbacks obviously donated and exchanged...why lock them up???

However, the cruise exceeded our expectations and we will certainly cruise with them again...we sailed in May so not high season and thought the trip was excellent value.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 7175
Thomson Dream 7175, inside. Very spacious, plenty hangers, and quiet. Tea and coffee facilities. Flat screen TV End of corridor opened to big deck (covered) with seating and easy way up to back sun deck.
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