We booked this cruise last minute as a value getaway. Have previously cruised on Thomson Celebration we were expecting a similar experience on the Dream.
We didn’t get this, the Dream is not as well maintained as the Celebration, wear and tear are revealing its 32years.
Cabin - paid extra for a Plus cabin on deck 7. It was spacious but troubled by noise coming by the Explorers Lounge directly above (which has a tiled floor, the sound of chairs being dragged along the floor could wrench your teeth out!). The Reception staff ‘solve’ this issue regularly by handing out earplugs and giving you a bottle of bubbly to keep you sweet.
Maintenance was ok. Just old and tired. Cabin steward was excellent.
Restaurant - main dining room was mediocre, serving style was a little odd (gravy on a mixed grill anyone?) food was better in the buffet locations.
The evening Chocloate Extravaganza presentation was fab on the sailing out of Agadir. So much amazing work went into it, the sea was a little choppy that evening so I think quite a few guests missed it unfortunately.
The Lido buffet is a weird layout as other reviewers have mentioned.
Entertainment - saw one show and it was ok, not really in a position to give a fair review on this.
Ports - all worth a visit, many passengers apseemed afraid of getting off in Agadir, not sure why. It’s a promenade and seaside resort, nothing special but better than a day stuck on the ship,
I think this ship should be the next to leave the Marella fleet in my opinion, if you get a good deal (sub £600) give it whirl, it’s a food excuse for a break in the sun and some sightseeing.
Just don’t go on expecting QE2!
If you drink like a fish and sleep like the dead this could be the cabin for you...
Beatutiful promenade, great tapas, good shopping.
Walked straight into town, cable car, wicker basket, flower market, poncho. Love Funchal. Beautiful island I plan to revisit.