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We were met at Manchester Airport as we walked to the desk, our tags were attached to our suitcase we were given our cabin number and our bags were taken from us and we were told we would not see them again until they were outside our cabin. We took off on time. When we arrived in Barbados, we left the aircraft, got straight on the coach and was on the ship within an hour. The cabin was small but adequate. Our cabin chap came to introduce himself his name was Adi, he kept our cabin spotless throughout the cruise.

The food was excellent and the staff in the restaurants were excellent and always smiling, in fact all of the staff without exeption were always happy and extremely helpful. The shows were of a very high standard, we went to a different one every night.

The itinery was excellent and we saw so many islands and have experiences and memories of a wonderful time at each one of them. We left our suitcases outside the cabin the night before we were leaving and again we did not see them until we arrived at Manchester. We liked the fact that the ship was not to big, despite the fact it did take us 4 days to find our way around. It was a very friendly ship and we made many holiday friends. We spoke to people who had cruised many times, with many different cruise lines and they said that this was one of the friendliest cruises we would probably ever experience. Excellent and well done to Thomson and all the staff.

First Cruise but hopefully not the last.

Marella Dream Cruise Review by Summertime 1

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We were met at Manchester Airport as we walked to the desk, our tags were attached to our suitcase we were given our cabin number and our bags were taken from us and we were told we would not see them again until they were outside our cabin. We took off on time. When we arrived in Barbados, we left the aircraft, got straight on the coach and was on the ship within an hour. The cabin was small but adequate. Our cabin chap came to introduce himself his name was Adi, he kept our cabin spotless throughout the cruise.


The food was excellent and the staff in the restaurants were excellent and always smiling, in fact all of the staff without exeption were always happy and extremely helpful. The shows were of a very high standard, we went to a different one every night.


The itinery was excellent and we saw so many islands and have experiences and memories of a wonderful time at each one of them. We left our suitcases outside the cabin the night before we were leaving and again we did not see them until we arrived at Manchester. We liked the fact that the ship was not to big, despite the fact it did take us 4 days to find our way around. It was a very friendly ship and we made many holiday friends. We spoke to people who had cruised many times, with many different cruise lines and they said that this was one of the friendliest cruises we would probably ever experience. Excellent and well done to Thomson and all the staff.

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