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5 Greece Senior Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because we had been on the Dream twice before and we were quite happy with it so we thought it a good prospect to go with the Dream again. Two people in our party of four needed assistance with walking any distance ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had been on the Dream twice before and we were quite happy with it so we thought it a good prospect to go with the Dream again. Two people in our party of four needed assistance with walking any distance or standing for long periods especially through airport security or standing in queues. My wife (rods and screws in her back) and the other person in our party with a disability (Parkinsons) requested well in advance when the holiday was booked that some assistance would be needed at the airport for reasons mentioned. I won't go into details but in Aberdeen going out and in Corfu on arrival the assistance was not there with both people abandoned at the airport. On arrival back in Aberdeen we waited one hour at the carousel to collect our luggage. There were good points and not so good points about the trip as far as the cruise was concerned. Our cabin was on deck 5. We had booked a cabin with a window. It looked like areas of the cabin had not been dusted for weeks. The shower leaked at the spray head where the washer had perished and a poor attempt had been made with plumber's tape to fix it. The main shower head didn't spray properly and water went everywhere. I gave up and just strip washed instead. However our cabin steward was very friendly and helpful and tidied the room twice daily apart from the dust. Dirty towels were replaced every day with clean towels. There was dust in many areas of the ship which was not there on previous cruises. I only once saw a crewman with a spray and a duster whereas previously the ship was continually cleaned. The entertainment each evening was a bit of a let down since some of the male singers couldn't pitch their notes or keep their keys. The female singers and dancers were excellent but this only made the males appear to be tone deaf. On a happier note the four of us dined morning and evening in the Orion restaurant where the food was freshly cooked and served with great enthusiasm by the waiters. There was plenty of coffee or tea and cold water at any time of the day. My wife and I went on two excursions and the prices had gone up a bit from last year. However the excursions were very interesting and informative with excellent tour guides who knew their subject very well. Greek people are very welcoming and don't hassle you in the streets like the Turkish people do where every few yards there is a hawker who can't take no for an answer. WiFi in cafes are free but £50 per week on the ship. The shops in the ship are cheaper than the shops ashore - watch for special prices and bargains. We noticed some changes since last year. The crew all wore smart uniforms instead of the Bahama shirts as previously. There seemed to be less crew and they didn't sing or joke this year but went through a process but the joy seemed to have gone. We noticed that there were no more trays to carry your food to the table and the water glasses were a fraction of the size. At the end of the cruise the process of transfers went smoothly and the assistance was better to help the disabled onto the plane and also on return to Aberdeen. Would we go on Marella Dream again? No! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Have been on 3 prior cruises with Thomson around the Med, Adriatic and Aegean but this was the first on Dream. This cruise was to have taken in Istanbul, but that destination was cancelled by Thomsons by email 2 weeks before departure, ... Read More
Have been on 3 prior cruises with Thomson around the Med, Adriatic and Aegean but this was the first on Dream. This cruise was to have taken in Istanbul, but that destination was cancelled by Thomsons by email 2 weeks before departure, which was half expected due to the fear of terrorism. The first day was spoiled by the lack of credible waiter service in the Tides lounge. We waited 20 minutes to be served our first drink at approx 4pm although there were at least 3 waiters and the room was only quarter full. Despite catching the eye of a waiter for a second drink 20 minutes later, we were still waiting one hour later and left the area in disgust. Our experience in Tides consequently varied throughout the week, sometimes being acceptable at other times poor. Other passengers were heard to echo similar problems. On all the other Thomson ships we sailed on the waiter service was very good. In general the majority of the waiting staff out with the Orion Restaurant went about their duties with a smile, but there were a small minority who could be seen by their faces that they were less than happy. The Lido restaurant was a disaster at mealtimes with massive queues out to the door most of the times. The problem appeared to be that the cold buffet and the hot food buffet were not separated instead they were joined to each other so that the person wishing to have hot food had to pass along the cold buffet before reaching the hot. Many passengers complained about this. After two attempts at using the Lido we used the Orion restaurant each day subsequently for breakfast and dinner. Sirens buffet was used for lunches. Entertainment in the lounges was good although many passengers would have preferred that the volume be reduced in order that conversations could continue. The lack of a quiet lounge with a view was also missed. That in the stern of Thomson Majesty was sorely missed. It seemed a waste of space to have so much lower open deck areas in the stern of the ship that were little used except for smokers. On the good side our cabin was spotless and kept so throughout the trip, the service in the Orion Restaurant on deck 4 was great. All the food provided through out the ship was also good. A sore point with me is always having to pay for a safety deposit box at £15 per week. Surely such a fitment is as essential as a closet for your clothes and it is time this practice of paying for equipment that is already part of the furniture ceases. Finally - it should be noted that the chaos at Corfu Airport continues. It is far too small to handle the passengers passing through, although the Thomson Reps were very good at helping people get through the ruckus. The overcrowding in the road outside, the departure desks, Security inside and finally the actual departure lounge has to be seen to be believed. The crazy process of weighing and labelling bags at individual departure desks then passengers having to take them off and manhandle them to the security scanner in the corner of the room is also chaotic as it involves passengers carrying bags through the lines of people queuing for the departure desk. The airport has only one runway but does not have a service road to enable planes to travel to each end of the runway to prepare for take off. Instead each plane when signalled has to join the runway direct from the Parkway on to the middle of the runway and then trundle to the end of the runway, turn around and take off when directed. Highly inefficient both for take offs and landings, yet there is ample room to make a service road. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our first cruise with Azamara. We wanted the smaller ship experience and have to admit we liked it. We chose this cruise for the itinerary and a special price - double upgrade to a verandah cabin. The ship was nice, clean and ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Azamara. We wanted the smaller ship experience and have to admit we liked it. We chose this cruise for the itinerary and a special price - double upgrade to a verandah cabin. The ship was nice, clean and fortunately well functioning. (We had heard stories of plumbing problems.) The staff was generally friendly and the food was good. The food and service were excellent in the specialty dining restaurants but you pay extra for that. The promo on this line is that the fare includes gratuities and complimentary alcoholic beverages. There is a catch. You are still overwhelmed with opportunites to tip more and the complimentary drinks includes only 3 selections of beer and they limit the wine to just one white and one red each day. You know they have the larger selection available - so why can't you get a Chardonnay when I don't like Reisling? With a smaller ship you have to expect less choices in some things but you know the wine is there - they are just going to limit you, so they can sell you another glass for $10 each. The upcharges and extra fees are obnoxious. I'll go to a real all inclusive resort next time. We do have to say the Azamara rep at the airport was fantastic. He handled a late luggage issue and sent us on to the ship, while he waited for our luggage on the next flight from Paris. Within 4 hours we had our bags in our stateroom - and that was a HUGE relief. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We boarded the Balmoral on 30 March 2015 in Singapore after spending 2 nights in a lovely hotel in Singapore. After waiting 3 hours for my luggage I went in search of it only to find it was in security because I had approx half a bottle of ... Read More
We boarded the Balmoral on 30 March 2015 in Singapore after spending 2 nights in a lovely hotel in Singapore. After waiting 3 hours for my luggage I went in search of it only to find it was in security because I had approx half a bottle of whisky in my luggage which was subsequently confiscated! I can understand that Fred would like everybody to purchase drinks off the boat but I had already purchased a drinks package at £340 so it was petty to confiscate my drink. As a 68 year old I wasn't going to have a rave up in my cabin with half a bottle of Whisky! A gentleman before me had also bought a special bottle of wine (wife's favourite) for his 50th Anniversary which was also confiscated. A bit spiteful and pedantic! I could not get my head around the maid coming in the cabin and making the bed in the morning only to find in the evening the bed quilt folded up again and the cover removed, talk about 'double handling'. As a 69 year old we were probably one of the youngest on the ship with very little to do unless you wished to learn Ballet, Bridge, Crafts and painting, there were also wonderful darts competitions!!!! I may have another cruise if and when I reach 80 but certainly not before! Disappointing that no information was available about Southampton trains or coach timings at disembarkation and we were going to be charged £30 to find out (admin charge). Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
As a regular and loyal Fred Olsen cruiser I would like to add my comments about this cruise. I chose this cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding Aniversary. It was booked last year at the full brochure price. Embarkation was smooth and the ... Read More
As a regular and loyal Fred Olsen cruiser I would like to add my comments about this cruise. I chose this cruise to celebrate our 40th wedding Aniversary. It was booked last year at the full brochure price. Embarkation was smooth and the itinery was fantastic with excellent weather. We were last on this ship 10 months ago and in our opinion it has changed not for the better. Gone has the happy feel good factor and it does seem that corners and cuts are being made. In the main restaurant the food was mixed with mundane boring starters and sweets, quantity varied every night. Lunches were not to previous standards and gone was the lovely fish dishes, although breakfast was up to the usual high standard. Entertainment was very mixed. The live orchestra has gone so there is no atmosphere in the theatre ( this does not include the Braemar Show Group who where fantasic). Drink prices have been hiked up and we think the reason for this is to subsidise the free or £10 drink packages. At times the drink waiters became a nuisance pushing drinks. The last week of the cruise was ruined when we were informed that a few cars had suffered minor damage on the car park on Dovers cruise terminal. (this turned out to be approx 118 alone from this Ship.) Although this was nothing to do with Fred Olsen Cruise Line it did have a big impact on the holiday mood as information only dribbled through about the situation. When sailing from Dover I usually use Reylon for parking but having recently bought a nearly new car I decided to pay the extra £60. Dover Port flout their Park Safe status. No where does it mention the exposed location and that it could be subjected to sea water damage. The disembarkation was chaotic due to faulty gang way equipment. Eventually we got off to be faced with the carnage of our cars. The holiday was finally ruined when the Insurance company met us to say that our car was a total write off leaving us thousands of pounds out of pocket. My warning to anyone sailing out of Dover. DO NOT USE THE PORT OF DOVER'S CAR PARK as it is not fit for purpose and you may also feel mugged as we and many more felt. They claim that you park entirley at your own risk. Finally we still have 2 more cruises booked with Fred so will make up our minds to see if the standards that we have enjoyed on previous cruises return. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013

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