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This cruise was booked one year in advance all- inclusive with Premier seats and according to the brochure we would be flying on Thomson's new Dreamliner aircraft which was incorrect as it was a First Choice 767 which had seen better days and the food was basically awful. On arriving in Montego bay all seemed 'ship shape' however we did not realise how poor this cruise was to become. Upon leaving the port the sea conditions were poor with strong gales which did not ease up for the rest of the week. What made matters worse was the inability of the ship to dock in two out of the four ports of call. We managed to dock in Cartagena in Columbia which was fine apart from the supermarket which had a sign which read "please leave all hand guns at the desk" (worrying). Upon leaving the port the Captain apologised telling us that we would be unable to dock in San Blas Panama as the sea conditions were too rough which meant another day at sea. Hoping that our stomaches would withstand the motion of the ship many guests spent most of their time suffering from motion sickness. Tablets to help prevent motion sickness were available at the ships shop for £5:99 per pkt Reception desk also sold these at £1:00 per tablet. In other words "take your own ". We then docked in Colon- Panama, our initial intention here was to go on the trip to Panama Canal but when we tried to book we were told that there were no spaces left. The port of Colon itself was shocking, I cannot believe that Thomson's staff (who had seemingly researched this place( found it acceptable ! Unless you were on an organised tour you could not leave the ship as it was deemed too dangerous- The Thomson's cycle tour had to be escorted by police who advised the cyclists "not to stop or dismount from your cycle" (nice) the town area was basically a slum. On the eve of sailing to Costa Rica the Captain repeated his previous message and we had to stay in port for another day in this awful place . As a gesture of goodwill Thomson organised buses to take passengers to a Shopping Mall !! This mall was a just a joke as it was of a very poor standard with few shops and armed police on patrol around the perimeter. The final day at sea was basically spent heading for the safety of Montego Bay. We have sailed many times with Thomson Cruises but this one has been the worst by a long way. The food on board was not of the usual standard many meals were only warm, the toast in the morning was always cold and cardboard- like, the service was slow, the tea and coffee were awful. On a lighter note the entertainment team worked hard to to produce some pretty good shows. All in all this cruise was a huge disappointment .  

Pride of Panama Nightmare

Marella Dream Cruise Review by neilgwen

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This cruise was booked one year in advance all- inclusive with Premier seats and according to the brochure we would be flying on Thomson's new Dreamliner aircraft which was incorrect as it was a First Choice 767 which had seen better days and the food was basically awful.
On arriving in Montego bay all seemed 'ship shape' however we did not realise how poor this cruise was to become. Upon leaving the port the sea conditions were poor with strong gales which did not ease up for the rest of the week. What made matters worse was the inability of the ship to dock in two out of the four ports of call.
We managed to dock in Cartagena in Columbia which was fine apart from the supermarket which had a sign which read "please leave all hand guns at the desk" (worrying).
Upon leaving the port the Captain apologised telling us that we would be unable to dock in San Blas Panama as the sea conditions were too rough which meant another day at sea. Hoping that our stomaches would withstand the motion of the ship many guests spent most of their time suffering from motion sickness.
Tablets to help prevent motion sickness were available at the ships shop for £5:99 per pkt Reception desk also sold these at £1:00 per tablet. In other words "take your own ".
We then docked in Colon- Panama, our initial intention here was to go on the trip to Panama Canal but when we tried to book we were told that there were no spaces left. The port of Colon itself was shocking, I cannot believe that Thomson's staff (who had seemingly researched this place( found it acceptable ! Unless you were on an organised tour you could not leave the ship as it was deemed too dangerous- The Thomson's cycle tour had to be escorted by police who advised the cyclists "not to stop or dismount from your cycle" (nice) the town area was basically a slum.
On the eve of sailing to Costa Rica the Captain repeated his previous message and we had to stay in port for another day in this awful place . As a gesture of goodwill Thomson organised buses to take passengers to a Shopping Mall !! This mall was a just a joke as it was of a very poor standard with few shops and armed police on patrol around the perimeter.
The final day at sea was basically spent heading for the safety of Montego Bay.
We have sailed many times with Thomson Cruises but this one has been the worst by a long way. The food on board was not of the usual standard many meals were only warm, the toast in the morning was always cold and cardboard- like, the service was slow, the tea and coffee were awful.
On a lighter note the entertainment team worked hard to to produce some pretty good shows.
All in all this cruise was a huge disappointment .
 
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twice we had no hot water and wash hand basin did not drain.
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