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We chose this cruise as we were holidaying with friends who had recently got married, they and another couple of friends had never cruised before and they wanted Venice to be on the ports of call. We booked balcony cabins on deck 8 and were very pleased with the cabins. They were newly installed (they were the old Casino). We were a little worried about being close to the Waters Edge Bar and kids club, but we had no noise issues at all. On the first night we did notice the vibrations from the engines but after the first night we did not notice them. We had cabins 8014 8015 and 8016. The cabins are fairly spacious and the balcony was a godsend, sitting sipping champagne as we left port and a late night coffee and brandy when we returned to our rooms. When we arrived in our cabins we were greeted with Champagne and Chocolate Strawberries, which was amazing but we think this was because we were on honeymoon with our friends. We ate in the Orion Restaurant for 6 nights and found the food to be lovely. We ate in Hot Stone restaurant on the lase night but I thought the £15pp surcharge did not warrant the food we had. Would of been better eating in the Orion. The Lido and Sirens restaurants are ok for breakfast, lunch and late snack if you want it. We did eat breakfast in the Orion once and wish we had of more often, a much more pleasant experience to start the day. The entertainment on board is really good, especially in the Broadway Showlounge, very professional indeed. The staff are all so very friendly and we were given fabulous customer service. We were very lucky to be invited to the Captains Table on Gala night and were also invited to the Bridge for a visit. We bought the drinks package which was a really good deal. Do not waste money paying more for the premium package, we were having branded drinks/cocktails coffee etc and we certainly drank more than we had paid for. Even the house wine was nice. We had a photo shoot done on board, the photos were lovely but we were not told that each photo was £40 to buy. You could buy the cd package but that was £350. We declined the photos and bought the ones which had been taken on gala night and when we left the ship, 8 photos for £75, that was more like it. We only had a couple of issues, one being when we visited Croatia you needed Kuner to spend and the ship ran out of them before going to Split, not very good when you have 1,600 people who need this currency. The other issue was the time we had to leave Split & Dubrovnik, we had to be back on board by 4 and 4.30 respective even though the ports of call were not very far apart. When you have had breakfast and left the ship it didn't leave much time for exploring, maybe this is to encourage people to do more of their tours. Most of the time we did out own thing as the trips do seem to be expensive. We did the best of Split and them Tour/Cable cars in Dubrovnik and for 2 of us it cost £210. The tour of Split was very good value but Dubrovnik seemed a lot for what you got and you can easily get a bus 1 or 1A from outside the port terminal and then do the able car on your own. Corfu airport is a nightmare but that is nothing to do with Thomson Dream. This was our 4th cruise but the first time with Thomson. I have to say the ship was not the grandest we have been on but it was most certainly the friendliest we have ever been on. We will definitely be looking at cruising with Thomson again.

Fabulous Cruise on the Thomson Dream

Marella Dream Cruise Review by CJulieJones

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2016
  • Destination: Europe
We chose this cruise as we were holidaying with friends who had recently got married, they and another couple of friends had never cruised before and they wanted Venice to be on the ports of call. We booked balcony cabins on deck 8 and were very pleased with the cabins. They were newly installed (they were the old Casino). We were a little worried about being close to the Waters Edge Bar and kids club, but we had no noise issues at all. On the first night we did notice the vibrations from the engines but after the first night we did not notice them. We had cabins 8014 8015 and 8016. The cabins are fairly spacious and the balcony was a godsend, sitting sipping champagne as we left port and a late night coffee and brandy when we returned to our rooms. When we arrived in our cabins we were greeted with Champagne and Chocolate Strawberries, which was amazing but we think this was because we were on honeymoon with our friends. We ate in the Orion Restaurant for 6 nights and found the food to be lovely. We ate in Hot Stone restaurant on the lase night but I thought the £15pp surcharge did not warrant the food we had. Would of been better eating in the Orion. The Lido and Sirens restaurants are ok for breakfast, lunch and late snack if you want it. We did eat breakfast in the Orion once and wish we had of more often, a much more pleasant experience to start the day. The entertainment on board is really good, especially in the Broadway Showlounge, very professional indeed. The staff are all so very friendly and we were given fabulous customer service. We were very lucky to be invited to the Captains Table on Gala night and were also invited to the Bridge for a visit.

We bought the drinks package which was a really good deal. Do not waste money paying more for the premium package, we were having branded drinks/cocktails coffee etc and we certainly drank more than we had paid for. Even the house wine was nice.

We had a photo shoot done on board, the photos were lovely but we were not told that each photo was £40 to buy. You could buy the cd package but that was £350. We declined the photos and bought the ones which had been taken on gala night and when we left the ship, 8 photos for £75, that was more like it.

We only had a couple of issues, one being when we visited Croatia you needed Kuner to spend and the ship ran out of them before going to Split, not very good when you have 1,600 people who need this currency. The other issue was the time we had to leave Split & Dubrovnik, we had to be back on board by 4 and 4.30 respective even though the ports of call were not very far apart. When you have had breakfast and left the ship it didn't leave much time for exploring, maybe this is to encourage people to do more of their tours. Most of the time we did out own thing as the trips do seem to be expensive. We did the best of Split and them Tour/Cable cars in Dubrovnik and for 2 of us it cost £210. The tour of Split was very good value but Dubrovnik seemed a lot for what you got and you can easily get a bus 1 or 1A from outside the port terminal and then do the able car on your own.

Corfu airport is a nightmare but that is nothing to do with Thomson Dream.

This was our 4th cruise but the first time with Thomson. I have to say the ship was not the grandest we have been on but it was most certainly the friendliest we have ever been on. We will definitely be looking at cruising with Thomson again.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Corfu
    This was the last morning of our cruise and we were able to store our hand luggage on the cruise ship whilst we wandered around Corfu, it took about 25 minutes to walk to the Old Town. We were then able to get back on board and have a drink before our coach picked us up at 12.30. Wonderful disembarkation, the best ever.
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  • Cable Car
    We could easily of done the cable car on our own and saved a lot of money. Be warned the toilets at the top of the cable car, there are only 2 ladies toilets and hundreds of people queuing for them. There are buses from outside the port which will take you to the bus station, from there it is a 5 minute walk to the cable car.
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  • City Tour
    Having been to Dubrovnik before we decided that it would be good to do the City Tour to find out more of the history, this part of the Tour was great and the guide was very knowledgeable,
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  • Koper
    We made our own way by bus to Piran - very beautiful and all for 3 euros a person. The bus stop was only a short stroll away from the Port.
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  • Kotor
    what a lovely place. We took the tender from the cruise ship and walked around the old City on our own. Such a lovely, clean charming place, the only downside this was the first place we came across beggars.
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  • City Tour
    We took a guided tour round Split ((on foot) and the guide was most knowledgeable. We had an hour to spend in Split when the tour had finished. We were then taken by coach to a lovely little town an hour away and were taken on a boat ride down the Gorge. After what was a delightful boat trip we stopped and were given traditional lunch of bean soup, chicken, potatoes and then dinky donuts all washed down with red/white wine. Very good trip and very good value.
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  • Venice
    Again we did Venice on our own. We took a water bus from the Cruise Port and got off at St Marks Square. We did our own Gondola ride and we paid 60 euros a couple compared to Thomson wanting £50 each person. A lovely place to visit.
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