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Marella Dream Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1021 reviews
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Review for Marella Dream to the Eastern Mediterranean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: May 2010

Firstly I would like to commend the crew, every single one, aboard this ship for their professionalism in working in what is clearly very adverse conditions! They still managed to remain pleasant, helpful and loyal to their ship despite all the complaints and problems which were very obvious on board.

The smell of sewage from the moment we stepped aboard was enough to make you gag. As first time cruisers we thought perhaps it was a smell from the port, unfortunately not, it was right outside our cabin door throughout most of the trip. Sometimes apparent in the cabin, but it hit you the moment you opened the door.

We were going to complain, however, it was clear that many others had already beat us to it and that the crew and engineers were doing absolutely everything possible to resolve the issues and they were working round the clock. We decided not to allow it to destroy our holiday, which other than leave the ship, was all we could do.

Cabin Review

Was pleased with the size of the cabin and the storage. Found it very comfortable. If it wasn't for the smell I would have rated it much higher.

Port Reviews

Tunis (La Goulette)

Didn't like Tunisia at all and the port is very far away from any places of interest so you would need to take an organised tour. I would not have liked to have tried to have travelled here on my own.


We took a tour to Sorrento and Pompei and thoroughly enjoyed this port of call. Beautiful scenery.

Definitley would like to go back here and could have happily spent a lot longer here.

Sorrento is very expensive however - paid 8 euro for two orange juice, so be prepared!


Loved Barcelona, could have happily spent an overnight here and would have like to have seen the city at night.

Was aware of the pickpocketing problem and thankfully didn't get caught out, but you do need to be careful.

Las Rambles is a beautiful street, with plenty of shopping and not all of it horrendously expensive which was a pleasant surprise. The street artists posing as various statues were facinating.

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