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Marella Dream Review

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Fabulous Cruise on the Thomson Dream

Review for Marella Dream to Europe
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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jun 2016

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.

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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.


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.


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.


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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