Fantastic Cruise & Holiday: Thomson Dream Cruise Review by Robert Pell

Thomson Dream 5
Robert Pell

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Fantastic Cruise & Holiday

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Barbados
This was our 1st ever cruise so we had open minds despite doing the usual reading and checking up on the Thomson Dream.
We were there to celebrate my 50Th birthday.

Well all we can say is fantastic!
That is to say we have never had a holiday like it and have certainly got the cruise bug now.

I have read poor reviews and bad reviews both before and just after we returned and i know that a lot can come down to either just bad luck or what i would call too fussy a person.

Our holiday started with a flight from Manchester, this was delayed for an hour but time was made up on the flight so we landed on-time. Straight off the plane onto a coach and to the ship, brilliant, no usual procedures there.
On arrival in Bridgetown we arrived at the check in point, this is fare to say just a warehouse fitted out with check in desks etc.
The process was fare but some queuing had to be done to go though. Plenty of hand sanitising which we would experience quite More a lot on our cruise.
A picture was taken of us and our boarding cards issued.
Next a boarding picture was taken and onto the boarding process.

On boarding the ship at deck 4 we were met with staff who once scanned through assisted us to our cabin.
This seemed a long route but would later through numerous disembarkation's and embarkations seem normal.
Our cabin 7135 was on the starboard side on deck 7, this was just below the entertainment deck 8 and 2 below the main pool and Lido deck 9.

On entering our cabin our first impression was wow. we did not know what really to expect although you see the brochure pictures. We had ordered champagne, flowers and strawberries.

There were some signs of ageing, some minor decoration deterioration, but lets face it this is an old ship. We did not expect gold fittings or silk sheets.
Our cabin steward introduced himself (Don Don)We arrived on board approx 1 hour before the emergency drill. This was a great experience as what had happened before, so a lot of minds were put at ease.
I must say we were disappointed that a number of passengers did not attend the drill!

We explored the ship throughout our holiday, never having a moment of unhappiness, upset, anger or complaint.
We thought the food was excellent, we ate mainly at the Lido restaurant but did try both the Orion and Sirens restaurants but these were not to our liking.

We got off the ship at every port either just to look around or try the beaches.
The people on every island were so friendly and helpful.
We had many a great time just chilling out.

Both days at sea were great apart from that you were lucky to get a sun bed unless you got up at god knows what time to reserve one!

We cannot say enough about the ships crew, everyone we saw, spoke to or was helped by gave it all with a smile. The crew work so hard it seems like they never stop.
Most remember your names, the waitresses on a night and during the day used to make us smile with their sense of fun and friendliness.

Prices on board were very reasonable, especially the duty free drink!

By the end of our cruise we did not want to come home.
We met a lot of like minded other cruise couples and would say they all felt the same.
A lot of couples who had cruised on other ships said this was the best they had experienced against as with larger ships and we could only agree.

We never suffered any illness, although we did ensure we made full use of the sanitising gel and washed our hands. Sadly there are always guests who i9 think are above this and were quite visible in entering restaurants without using the hand gel!

There were some times when you got smells of sewerage, this seemed to be on port days when docked up. We never had any problems with our cabin, bathroom or any of the facilities on the ship when used.
We never had any issues with our cabin or the plumbing in the bathroom, but understood that some others had, so it goes back to what i said at the beginning and down to possible bad luck i think!

Overall were we happy with what we got - Yes very much so
Would we cruise on the Dream again or with Thomson - Yes

To any other 1st time cruisers out there, in our opinion you would not do any wrong in trying this ship for your 1st cruise. Less

Published 03/04/12

Cabin review: OU7135

7135 - deck 7 -Good sizable cabin with plenty of room. Really comfortable bed, plenty of pillow. Bathroom smallish, we had a small bath with shower/s over, better than just a shower? We never had any issues with the plumbing in our bathroom, everything worked perfectly. The room was spotless, never left uncleaned, the bred was always turned down, ice was brought every evening. The cabin steward was so good, it looked like he was always in tidying up or doing something. The view from our window was either out to sea or when in port at either the port or if you were lucky a massive ship berthed at the side. There were some jaded parts such as scratches on the wall panelling or marks on the settee but hey what do you want from a ship nearing 30 years old.

Port and Shore Excursions

Again we did our own thing, shopping and beach. The whole experience was just awesome. There will be hassle on leaving the port from tour guides, taxi drivers.
Read 1192 Antigua Reviews

We had 3 visits to Bridgetown through our holiday, each time we did something different. Shopping is a must for the goods on offer. we did 2 beaches, Brighton beach and the boatyard, both were great but in different ways.
Read 1226 Barbados Reviews

This port and island was an eye opener. We decided not to go off anywhere and just do a bit of shopping and have a day on board. It is fare to say that we were surprised by what we thought of the standard of living. Everywhere you looked in our opinion it looked of poverty. Certainly compared to other islands and ports this was a a lot different.
Read 669 Dominica Reviews

We really enjoyed Grenada in every aspect. the locals were so friendly and helpful, we had a wonderful taxi driver who never stopped talking and telling nus about all sorts. We went off to a lovely beach, had a relaxing day and the same taxi driver cam back for us, perfect.
Read 531 Grenada Reviews

We did our own thing and went shopping and to a lovely beach split between the Atlantic and Caribbean seas. The locals were so friendly and fun. Be prepared to get hassled on leaving the port with taxi and tour guides, just check the ships information prior to leaving, know what you want and where to go.
Read 1321 St. Kitts Reviews

We were so looking forward to st Lucia if only for the beaches. We went to Marigot bay by water taxi with 2 other couples, it was a mixed day with weather but the beach and views were fantastic.
Read 1136 St. Lucia Reviews

When we got in it was a busy day as there ended up with 7 cruise ships in so you can imagine it was very busy. We went shopping and to the beach, great stuff. There was little hassle from tour guides or taxi operators at this port.

We did our own thing in St Vincent. We did the usual shopping and had a water taxi ride to a lovely beach, Villa beach. the weather was too hot, the sand burnt your feet and we had an impromptu tour by water taxi on our way back to the port. Altogether a really memorable day.
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