5 Marella Cruises Marella Dream Gay & Lesbian Cruise Reviews

It was our 1st cruise and we thought it was a great experience the entertainment staff catering bar staff cabin staff highly recommended would do it again .would recommend it to other 1st time cruisers as well only thing we didnt like was ... Read More
It was our 1st cruise and we thought it was a great experience the entertainment staff catering bar staff cabin staff highly recommended would do it again .would recommend it to other 1st time cruisers as well only thing we didnt like was that you was unable to watch england games in the world cup tournament and to have wifi would be rather expensive the captains announcements were very clear and accurate information. My wife unfortunately broke her ankle while we were in rome and the medical staff were great and was Amanda of entertainment who came with us to th hospital while we docked in palermos spain also the very kind taxi drivers who took great care with us .I travelled with my with and mother in law and none of us had been on a cruise before we would do it again one year liked it very much. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise as it was a back to back (Cuban Fusion and Mayan Treasures) both of which we loved the itinerary of. The dream is a lovely old girl and stands up to the test of time beautifully. we chose Thomson because of the ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was a back to back (Cuban Fusion and Mayan Treasures) both of which we loved the itinerary of. The dream is a lovely old girl and stands up to the test of time beautifully. we chose Thomson because of the All-Inclusive nature of the package. It was great to check in our cases at Birmingham and not have to worry about them again, as they'd be delivered to our cabin door. Our cabin was an outside plus (Mid-Ships, Deck 9) and was lovely. plenty of room, for clothes and our cases stored neatly behind the settee. Bed was made up into a double and was one of the most comfortable we'd ever slept in on a holiday. Our housekeeper Cristina looked after us with an excellent service. All the staff were some of the most helpful we've ever come across and are a credit to Thomson, The Dream and her Captain. Food was always a treat and there was something for everyone. We did however really really enjoy the "Kora La" Asian Cuisine restaurant. the food was to die for and of sizable portions too. The entertainment was plentiful, varied and of an excellent standard. our twice daily Captain's update was one of our highlights' as he made his announcements amusing. I could go on and on about our experience aboard the Dream, however I won't. All I'll say is try her yourself. you wont be disappointed !!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Myself and my partner spent a fantastic week on the dream. Well organised at the airport and a swift trip to the ship. Embarkation was speedy and efficient and the bags were delivered to our cabin within 20 minutes of boarding. Inside ... Read More
Myself and my partner spent a fantastic week on the dream. Well organised at the airport and a swift trip to the ship. Embarkation was speedy and efficient and the bags were delivered to our cabin within 20 minutes of boarding. Inside cabin was comfortable and clean. Bathroom was spotless. Plenty of hanging space and space to store our luggage. Our steward maintained the room to a high standard twice a day with turndown and chocolates in the evening. I ordered a bottle of sparkling wine which was waiting for us on arrival. Bad weather in Majorca meant the sail away party was in the medusa lounge we had a fantastic time as did everyone else. From the moment we boarded we felt like we were on holiday! We dined each night in the Orion. Food and service were excellent, second to none. On the final evening I had ordered a birthday cake for my partner. It was delivered by a band of singing waiters! Fantastic touch! Nothing is too much trouble for the Orion staff. Sea day was wonderful. We were at the sirens pool on deck 11 as we lunched and breakfasted in the sirens restaurant (each day - faultless food). The sea day here was full of sunshine, great entertainment and a laid back atmosphere. Waiters worked extremely hard and you never had an empty glass. Captains gala dinner was fabulous. Reception in the Broadway show lounge, lovely meal, great show then great evening in the medusa lounge. Gibralta, port is 15 mins from the town centre. We did the rock tour which was excellent and highly recommended. Great tour guide. The monkeys are a must. Back on board we found that doing a morning excursion meant you could bag a lounger overlooking the sea on the sun deck above the deck 11 pool. Cadiz - would recommend doing it yourself as the port is 5 minutes from the centre and you can get a map on board. We spend 3 hours wandering around and felt we didn't need a paid excursion as we had the map. Tangier - lot of people didn't do the organised tours as recommended and simply got out of the port area and turned right back. You were warned by Thomsons organised tours were the best and this was not a sales ploy, everyone we spoke to said they were hassled by traders etc. Departed at 2 and had a wonderful afternoon on board watching ice sculpting and the cocktail show on deck 11. The lido pool on deck 9 was definitely the quiet pool for those who want peace and quiet. Cartegena, the low point. We should have done it ourselves as the excursion we booked was a disappointment, that said we had a great night. The waters edge the night club at the rear of the ship was a great round off to the night. Go late at night the disco is ace. Valencia - we did a tour and glad we did as its a big city and the ship is docked away from the centre. Walking tour we did was excellent and the oceanographic park a must! Entertainment - faultless shows in the Broadway show lounge with a hugely talented company. The entire entertainment team seem to multi task and work from morning till midnight never failing to be enthusiastic and happy. The moulin rouge show and the dreams got talent show were stand outs and had standing ovations from the audience. Waiters in the show lounge ensure you are never without a drink. We ate in the Orion and sirens didn't feel the need to use the paid options as both food and service were excellent. Never used the lido but heard no complaints about the food. The staff go the extra mile to make your holiday special - a great bunch of people. If you like a drink the drinks package is a must. We tried everything from cocktails to beer to wine and at the end of the week worked out it had saved us money. On board was talking one afternoon to people who said 'have you spoken to any of the professional moaners yet?' The dream isn't perfect but we had the time of our lives and my partner who had never cruised before is now a cruise addict! Well done to all on the thomson dream! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Thomson Dreamliner is a fantastic plane. Lots of leg room and free food and drink during the flight. But, what started well, ended badly. The Jamaican airport was hot, humid, crowded and queued. No where to sit, no air conditioning, no ... Read More
Thomson Dreamliner is a fantastic plane. Lots of leg room and free food and drink during the flight. But, what started well, ended badly. The Jamaican airport was hot, humid, crowded and queued. No where to sit, no air conditioning, no water and no where to rest in a confined corridor containing hundreds of people. Tempers flared after hours waiting to get to embarkation and some felt faint. A musical group from the island greeted us at the ship but the singer was out of tune and the musicians seemed fed up of playing it took that long for everyone to board. The buffets were always full of food and refreshments and the restaurant was great for an evening meal. However, the food was mostly overcooked, warm at best when eating and not very tasty in all the eateries. I did not like the fact you helped yourself to buffet with tongs. It would have been more hygienic to have been given the food by buffet staff. Despite the fact the ship had antibacterial dispensers throughout, many passengers ignored them. I had a bad tummy in the middle of the first week and was told by a passenger that the ship had had Noro virus aboard the week before resulting in the closure of the Jacuzzis. I was also by other passengers that many people were being treated for a bad cough, an outbreak which had been on board since December with antibiotic drips having to be issued for pneumonia and also that 5 people had died on board during this time. Myself and my husband both went home with a bad cough at the end of the cruise. One woman was badly burnt by a soot gob that had been blown from the ship's funnel. Many passengers had broken their arms whilst on board. Health and safety was an issue as I saw a crew member carrying two stacks of cups on his tray down a spiral staircase. Smoking was allowed on the decks which was very quickly extended to inside the ship and door areas by smokers who ignored the rules. It was hard to get away from cigarette smoke on the deck areas. We found it very difficult to get a sun lounger before 10am and these were hogged by selfish passengers all day despite the fact that they were not using them for hours. The ship had an overcrowded feel during the sea days and the days were quite strained. The behavior of some of the passengers was terrible despite their mature years. Tempers flared and a fight broke out over the use of a lift which carried on in the sun deck. There was a lot of foul language used by some of the down to earth types which did offend other passengers with their rudeness at times. Some of the deck flooring was bubbled and torn. The first port was La Romana. I wish I had stayed aboard the ship. We were transported by shuttle to the nearby town and was immediately bombarded by very persistent venders that were very intimidating. We all immediately got right back on the bus and returned to the ship. This port did not match the description at all. My favourite ports were St Maartin and Antigua. Shops were wonderful and there were many nice places to go. The Virgin Islands were a little boring as we had not been able to book a tour but on returning to the ship many passengers were disappointed with their trips here. One had gone to see whales and was told by locals that whales are a rare sight in April as they don’t arrive until June when the season for them starts. We did see some flying fish and dolphins on the sea days. Gibraltar is a nice place but there was very little time to visit more than one venue as the ship departs at 2pm and we had to be back on board by 1:30. We were talked out of using the cable car by the port taxi drivers who said that we would not have time to use it. The port inspector confirmed this when asked to back up the statements but on speaking to the tourist visitor centre they said we would have had plenty of time to use it. So I think we were conned into using them at a cost. To sum up, I personally quite enjoyed my time on this cruise but I know that quite a few other passengers were very disappointed and if rumors were correct some did not return at all. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I returned from the dream on the 10th August after 14 nights, and I wish I was still there. I had an amazing cruise on a fantastic ship, sure there were a few problems like a cracked water tank but so what this was out of the crews ... Read More
I returned from the dream on the 10th August after 14 nights, and I wish I was still there. I had an amazing cruise on a fantastic ship, sure there were a few problems like a cracked water tank but so what this was out of the crews control,these things happen, because of this we spent an over night in Palma, Which I didn't mind because it's a lovely port. Yes I also read the reviews before I went, and was a little bit anxious, however once on board I soon realised I had nothing to worry about and this cruise would be as good as the others. I never found the mysterious smell everyone talks about. I spoke to a few of people during the 2 weeks and only a couple of times did people mention that they smelt something. The problem seems to be that people are reading the bad reviews and going onto the ship and looking for things to complain about, the major problems seem to have been fixed or I found they had. Therefore people are finding tiny things and often ridiculous things to complain about. All public areas were always immaculate, The cabin was always spotless, thanks to our amazing cabin steward Cecep. The food was amazing, The waiters were always very pleasant and helpful,going out of there way to make sure you had everything you needed to enjoy your meal. The bar staff were also amazing, always smiling and asking about your day which is a nice friendly gesture. The excursions were worth every penny, especially Gaudi's Barcelona Now onto the Entertainment, The shows in the Atlante Theatre were Fantastic,With the amazing Vocalists and Dancers Giving 110% every night, The Medusa ballroom is where the game shows, quizzes and late night cabarets are, the hosts interaction with the passengers is amazing, Brett one of the entertainment hosts is always enthusiastic when hosting, he's polite and sociable and always has time to stop and talk to passengers, a gem through and through and the Dream are lucky to have him on there team. The late night cabarets are wonderful with the amazing talents of the show team.The cruise director Stephen Guy and assistant cruise director Gavin Carroll are both top class guys who have every right to be proud of there hard working team. On the whole I loved the ship,the staff were friendly and a pleasure to meet.I will definitely cruise on the dream again in the future. SO ALL IN ALL A FANTASTIC CRUISE 5* Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
Marella Dream Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.9
Dining 3.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.5 4.0
Public Rooms 4.5 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.4
Family 3.5 3.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates N/A 3.9

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