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Decided to book this cruise in May so that we could get some Winter Sun. We had been on virtually the same cruise the year before on the Thomson Spirit and enjoyed it so much that we had no qualms about booking with Thomson (now TUI/Marella) again. Supplemented the cruise with four days at the end in the TUI Sensimar in Los Gigantes, Tenerife. Overall price for the package appeared to be excellent value. As with the previous Thomson cruise, flight, transfers, embarkation and disembarkation were exceptionally smooth. Although this was the largest boat we have been on, its size was eminently manageable and facilities, apart from selfish sunbed reserving with towels, appropriate for the number of passengers. Our inside cabin was spacious, comfortable and, importantly, very quiet. The only exceptionally minor criticism was a slight lack of storage space. Minibar fridge was very useful for keeping our water cool. Although there didn't appear to be ironing facilities on board, steam from the shower removed most of our creases. Food in the waiter-service restaurant was of a good standard, but perhaps not quite as good as on Spirit last year or on the C&M Magellan earlier this year, particularly in its presentation. Food in the buffet was always very good; however, I do find the amounts that some eat in such restaurants somewhat obscene. We didn't use any of the paid for restaurants since the menus didn't really offer anything different/better. On my Birthday we opted for the supplement applicable Rib-eye steak, which was excellent but, in line with an apparent obsession with not sending out under-cooked meat, was really medium-rare rather than the rare we had asked for. As on other cruises, the free coffee was undrinkable: a ploy perhaps to make you buy the premium coffee? We had opted for the free All Inclusive drinks package. House wine, especially the red, was excellent, as was the draught lager. Cocktails available on the AI package were fairly limited and not as good as on last year's Spirit voyage. We didn't see any of the drunken behaviour experienced by those commenting on other Dream cruises, although i have always found it slightly worrying to see people ordering a G&T at 10-30 in the morning. Staff throughout the boat were attentive and courteous, providing an exemplary level of service. However, the open-seating in the restaurant meant that we didn't really develop any relationships with the waiting staff, which was a pity. Entertainment in the Broadway Show Lounge was generally good. The dancing and staging were of a very high standard; however, some of the singing was no better than a very good amateur level and there did appear to be a problem with sound levels. The only other entertainment we sampled was the pianist in Explorer Lounge, who was excellent. We didn't take part in any of the other activities, mainly because it was difficult to find a seat near the main pool. For us Entertainment and Activities are very low priority. The choice of ports was excellent, particularly being able to go to a smaller island such as La Gomera. We went on the La Gomera cycle tour, which we thoroughly enjoyed; however, the route was relatively challenging and we're not sure whether some of the others were expecting such a challenge. We didn't go on any other excursions: in this Internet Age it is very easy to pre-book shore-based activities from home; for instance on Gran Canaria we hired a car for a day at less than the cost of the cheapest transfer to Maspalomas for one person. Overall a superb cruise. we would not hesitate on going on the Dream again and even a third trip to the Canaries would leave us with plenty to do.

Absolutely Brilliant Cruise

Marella Dream Cruise Review by Dr Steve 1961

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Decided to book this cruise in May so that we could get some Winter Sun. We had been on virtually the same cruise the year before on the Thomson Spirit and enjoyed it so much that we had no qualms about booking with Thomson (now TUI/Marella) again. Supplemented the cruise with four days at the end in the TUI Sensimar in Los Gigantes, Tenerife. Overall price for the package appeared to be excellent value.

As with the previous Thomson cruise, flight, transfers, embarkation and disembarkation were exceptionally smooth.

Although this was the largest boat we have been on, its size was eminently manageable and facilities, apart from selfish sunbed reserving with towels, appropriate for the number of passengers.

Our inside cabin was spacious, comfortable and, importantly, very quiet. The only exceptionally minor criticism was a slight lack of storage space. Minibar fridge was very useful for keeping our water cool. Although there didn't appear to be ironing facilities on board, steam from the shower removed most of our creases.

Food in the waiter-service restaurant was of a good standard, but perhaps not quite as good as on Spirit last year or on the C&M Magellan earlier this year, particularly in its presentation. Food in the buffet was always very good; however, I do find the amounts that some eat in such restaurants somewhat obscene. We didn't use any of the paid for restaurants since the menus didn't really offer anything different/better. On my Birthday we opted for the supplement applicable Rib-eye steak, which was excellent but, in line with an apparent obsession with not sending out under-cooked meat, was really medium-rare rather than the rare we had asked for. As on other cruises, the free coffee was undrinkable: a ploy perhaps to make you buy the premium coffee?

We had opted for the free All Inclusive drinks package. House wine, especially the red, was excellent, as was the draught lager. Cocktails available on the AI package were fairly limited and not as good as on last year's Spirit voyage. We didn't see any of the drunken behaviour experienced by those commenting on other Dream cruises, although i have always found it slightly worrying to see people ordering a G&T at 10-30 in the morning.

Staff throughout the boat were attentive and courteous, providing an exemplary level of service. However, the open-seating in the restaurant meant that we didn't really develop any relationships with the waiting staff, which was a pity.

Entertainment in the Broadway Show Lounge was generally good. The dancing and staging were of a very high standard; however, some of the singing was no better than a very good amateur level and there did appear to be a problem with sound levels. The only other entertainment we sampled was the pianist in Explorer Lounge, who was excellent. We didn't take part in any of the other activities, mainly because it was difficult to find a seat near the main pool. For us Entertainment and Activities are very low priority.

The choice of ports was excellent, particularly being able to go to a smaller island such as La Gomera. We went on the La Gomera cycle tour, which we thoroughly enjoyed; however, the route was relatively challenging and we're not sure whether some of the others were expecting such a challenge. We didn't go on any other excursions: in this Internet Age it is very easy to pre-book shore-based activities from home; for instance on Gran Canaria we hired a car for a day at less than the cost of the cheapest transfer to Maspalomas for one person.

Overall a superb cruise. we would not hesitate on going on the Dream again and even a third trip to the Canaries would leave us with plenty to do.
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Our inside cabin was spacious, comfortable and, importantly, very quiet. The only exceptionally minor criticism was a slight lack of storage space. Minibar fridge was very useful for keeping our water cool. Although there didn't appear to be ironing facilities on board, steam from the shower removed most of our creases.
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