Marella Dream Entertainment & Activities
Broadway Show Lounge (Decks 8 & 9): The two-tier show lounge has the feel of a West End theatre and features a bar and waiter service.
There are two nightly shows including flawless performances such as "Moulin Rouge," "Concerto Musicals," "Dancing Queen" and "New York, New York". There's also a weekly comedy act and a crew performance called "The Dream's Got Talent!" The crew show is not to be missed, if passengers can stay up long enough to catch the 11:30 p.m. performance.
The nightly Broadway Show Lounge performances are a highlight for many cruise passengers onboard and the theatre tends to get packed out at both showings.
The ship's daily Cruise News programme features a rundown of activities and entertainment taking place throughout the day, including boules, skittles, quoits, darts, table tennis, Giant Jenga, trivia, game shows and bingo. There's also ice-carving, towel-animal demos, napkin-folding, cocktail-making and chef demos.
Expect a more action-packed programme on sea days, with entertainment such as fashion show, dance classes and An Audience with the Captain added to the programme.
Nightly events include live music, a late-night disco, game shows such as "The Drop" and trivia.
There's a casino located within The Water's Edge on Deck 8, featuring slot machines, roulette and Black Jack tables. Tournaments and gaming lessons also take place.
Marella Dream Bars and Lounges
Medusa Lounge (Deck 8): This is the ship’s biggest lounge where passengers can take part in day and evening entertainment and activities. Floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides keep the space light, with plenty of seating scattered around the lounge, a stage area and dance floor. The bar is occupied by a row of bar stools.
The space is well used by passengers with activities and entertainment here including live music, trivia, bingo and game shows.
The Water's Edge (Deck 8): The Water's Edge is a spacious lounge that is home to the ship's casino, though it does not play a central role within the space. There's a small stage area where live music takes place and access to the smoking area outside. There's a late-night disco that is often busy until closing time at 1 a.m.
Explorer's Lounge (Deck 8): This venue is a modern coffee bar by day and tuneful piano bar by night, serving specialist for-fee coffee, tea, cakes and gelato and from 6 p.m. alcohol is served. There's a grand piano and live music plays out during the evening.
Tides (Deck 8): Located in the hub of the ship, this spot fills up in the evening when resident live music duo, Music Wave, take to the stage. A row of bar stools and plenty of seating is available.
Lido Bar (Deck 9 & 10): Located outside of the Lido buffet restaurant, the Lido Bar is open for al fresco poolside drinks all day.
Pool Bar (Deck 11): Located by the ship's Main pool with a scattering of rattan-style outdoor seating and tables.
Marella Dream Outside Recreation
Marella Dream features two pools: The Main Pool on Deck 11 and the Lido Pool on Deck 9. Both open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Pools are surrounded by sun loungers with each pool featuring two adults-only hot tubs. There's also a separate kids pool, but no adults-only pool.
The ship operates a "Tanning Time" policy which means crew place a ticket holder on sunbeds that are not in use but have been left with towels or other possessions on them. If passengers don't return to their sunbed within 45 minutes, crew remove towels or other personal items and leave them with reception. We think this is a fair policy and limits sunbed hoggers from taking up beds they are not using.
Some of the ship's sun loungers feel worn and dated, but they are being replaced. For new loungers, passengers should head to Deck 11's pool, outside Sirens.
The ship has a table tennis table (Deck 11) and boules (Deck 12).
Marella Dream offers one pool-free sundeck on Deck 12, which has a beach-club feel and offers plenty of sun loungers with tables and four brand-new Cabana-style double chairs.
Sun loungers are also located around the ship's exterior on Deck 9.
Marella Dream Services
The ship features a gorgeous 24-hour traditional-style library with dark-wood panelling within the Browsers' Corner. Passengers can also play Sudoku, pick out a jigsaw or a board game.
Computer stations with internet access are also located here. There's also a Card Room and selection of shops at Broad Street Shops, selling cosmetics, fragrances, alcohol, clothes, jewellery, watches, toys and essential items such as toothpaste and sun cream.
The Cruise Holiday Store allows passengers to book their next cruise on Deck 8; there's also a Destinations Services Desk facing the ship's 24-hour reception where passengers can book shore excursions. The ship's reception desk offers currency exchange. There's a photo gallery onboard
Wi-Fi packages are available in five plans: 60 minutes for £8; one-day plan for £15; three-day plan for £25; seven-day plan for £49 and 14-day plan for £90. Internet plans are based on data usage and so are not guaranteed to last for the duration of the plan.