Marella Dream Cruise Review by rmbuk30
- Sail Date: August 2015
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
Bad weather in Majorca meant the sail away party was in the medusa lounge we had a fantastic time as did everyone else. From the moment we boarded we felt like we were on holiday!
We dined each night in the Orion. Food and service were excellent, second to none. On the final evening I had ordered a birthday cake for my partner. It was delivered by a band of singing waiters! Fantastic touch! Nothing is too much trouble for the Orion staff.
Sea day was wonderful. We were at the sirens pool on deck 11 as we lunched and breakfasted in the sirens restaurant (each day - faultless food). The sea day here was full of sunshine, great entertainment and a laid back atmosphere. Waiters worked extremely hard and you never had an empty glass. Captains gala dinner was fabulous. Reception in the Broadway show lounge, lovely meal, great show then great evening in the medusa lounge.
Gibralta, port is 15 mins from the town centre. We did the rock tour which was excellent and highly recommended. Great tour guide. The monkeys are a must. Back on board we found that doing a morning excursion meant you could bag a lounger overlooking the sea on the sun deck above the deck 11 pool.
Cadiz - would recommend doing it yourself as the port is 5 minutes from the centre and you can get a map on board. We spend 3 hours wandering around and felt we didn't need a paid excursion as we had the map.
Tangier - lot of people didn't do the organised tours as recommended and simply got out of the port area and turned right back. You were warned by Thomsons organised tours were the best and this was not a sales ploy, everyone we spoke to said they were hassled by traders etc. Departed at 2 and had a wonderful afternoon on board watching ice sculpting and the cocktail show on deck 11.
The lido pool on deck 9 was definitely the quiet pool for those who want peace and quiet.
Cartegena, the low point. We should have done it ourselves as the excursion we booked was a disappointment, that said we had a great night. The waters edge the night club at the rear of the ship was a great round off to the night. Go late at night the disco is ace.
Valencia - we did a tour and glad we did as its a big city and the ship is docked away from the centre. Walking tour we did was excellent and the oceanographic park a must!
Entertainment - faultless shows in the Broadway show lounge with a hugely talented company. The entire entertainment team seem to multi task and work from morning till midnight never failing to be enthusiastic and happy. The moulin rouge show and the dreams got talent show were stand outs and had standing ovations from the audience. Waiters in the show lounge ensure you are never without a drink.
We ate in the Orion and sirens didn't feel the need to use the paid options as both food and service were excellent. Never used the lido but heard no complaints about the food.
The staff go the extra mile to make your holiday special - a great bunch of people.
If you like a drink the drinks package is a must. We tried everything from cocktails to beer to wine and at the end of the week worked out it had saved us money.
On board was talking one afternoon to people who said 'have you spoken to any of the professional moaners yet?' The dream isn't perfect but we had the time of our lives and my partner who had never cruised before is now a cruise addict! Well done to all on the thomson dream!
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