6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our 8th time on the dream and we cannot fault it,we cruised from jamaica,around the caribbean over to funchal in madeira then over to cadiz finishing the cruise in malaga.For any one who likes cruising i would try a thomson cruise ... Read More
This was our 8th time on the dream and we cannot fault it,we cruised from jamaica,around the caribbean over to funchal in madeira then over to cadiz finishing the cruise in malaga.For any one who likes cruising i would try a thomson cruise first as it caters for the british holiday maker ie english food rather than continental menus,a decent pint of john smiths and stella artois lager.There is an a la carte menu available at a cost of £20 per person,were you will have a 6 course meal in mistrals restaurant,also there is the kora la were you can have a choice of indian or thai cuisine for the same price.The entertainment is west end style,the crew and the staff are brilliant,there is also the formal night were you can get you best togs on and be wined and dined in the restaurant.There are various excursions which can be booked before you go or at your local thomson shop and if your funds can stretch if your on a long haul flight book premium class its well worth it. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We sailed with friends, choosing this cruise based on destination and price. Dreamliner flight from Glasgow was amazing...only to be ruined by the immigration fiasco in Montego Bay. Given two cards on arrival..no pens available, herded ... Read More
We sailed with friends, choosing this cruise based on destination and price. Dreamliner flight from Glasgow was amazing...only to be ruined by the immigration fiasco in Montego Bay. Given two cards on arrival..no pens available, herded into a hall/corridor with no aircon! Had to lean on walls/floor to complete forms, whilst security shouted instructions from the other end of the area. Form 1 taken at security, without being checked, form 2 taken as you disembarked the coach after transfer to ship. Found out after speaking to other guests, Manchester flight were given the forms onboard...how much simpler was that!! Be aware. Boarding was seamless and found cabin with no problem. Given we had got a great price for trip, our cabin, midship deck 5 was fine, a little small but you only sleep in it so was not a problem. Shower-room a little tired but spotless. Cabin staff work really hard, couldn't fault. Dining became a full time job! Food was varied and plentiful, anrything we didn't like was personal taste. Ate between two buffet restaurants during the day and Orion in the evening. Our waiters were Joseph, Samuel and Eugene...what a team. I celebrated my birthday whilst onboard and we booked Mistrals, amazing food and service. Best steak I have ever eaten. It was so good we booked again for the last night of holiday. We upgraded to Premium All Inclusive. To be honest, not worth the money..would have been cheaper paying the supplement per drink. One of our party is t total but had to pay for the upgrade as both passengers must take this. Perhaps something could be done Thomsons. Captain Harris was seen around the ship regularly, talking with his crew and passengers...something we had never seen on Royal Caribbean ships. We had 6 sea days going transatlantic, The weather here was some of the sunniest. I found this ok, enough to do if you made the effort. Entertainment crew work so hard always with a smile. All in all ship and crew were great and we would cruise with Thomson again. Tho only thing I would like to make you aware of was the timing of this cruise. We were the last ship to leave the Caribbean..end of season..most shops had little stock left. It was also over Easter or Holy Week as the Islanders called it. There were days where bars etc were closed on the trips as no alcohol can be served before 6pm, but it meant you couldn't get juice or water either. The weather was iffy, humid, plenty clouds and rain and some sunshine. Wouldn't cruise at this time again, normally go in November, weather better then. Malaga airport was a nightmare after checking for flight home. I had been warned it was the 'worst airport ever' and it lived up to this..boarding gate was changed 4 times...one of them boarding, the flight was going to Glasgow....but with Ryanair,not Thomson! All in all a great holiday with friends,can't really fault this trip Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Cuban fusion We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. I wasn't looking forward to it after reading all the negative reviews. Arriving in Jamaica was a hoot, ok filling imigration forms in a corridor is not ideal but ... Read More
Cuban fusion We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. I wasn't looking forward to it after reading all the negative reviews. Arriving in Jamaica was a hoot, ok filling imigration forms in a corridor is not ideal but passport control none existant totally laidback typically Jamaican. The ship seemed a bit tired on the outside but what a lovely surprise once on board quite the opposite well looked after clean and everything looked reasonably new and very comfortable. The crew always busy keeping the ship clean lots of brass that was polished every day. Our Cabin steward (Mahrus) was there and made sure we had everything we required. Nothing over the week was to much trouble for him he was brilliant. We don't normally do excursions but so glad we did, the guides were all local and boy did the know their stuff, well worth the money. I'm gluten and lactose intolerant but didn't have a problem all week. We ate in Orions in the evening and there was always at least two items on the menu I could eat. The food was well presented hot and very enjoyable. The waiters were great, only negative the Head waiter (Boris) wasn't very happy when a table for two was requested. Soya was always available, so much so Natasha in Sirens brought it every morning without being asked. Afternoon tea was a big disappointment, not much for the gluten customer (a plain scone, muffin, cookie and sandwich) everyone else fabulous. Sea days great just take the opportunity to lie back and relax I did, Manchester airport was great, cases disappeared and appeared outside our cabin brilliant. The dream liner was great (we chose premium) better than British Airways newer planes I suppose. The plane coming back not so much an older plane premium not worth the extra money. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise so much so we've just booked do the Pride of Panama next year (Discovery 2). Don't be put off by negative reviews invariably by people who have cruised for years and always go with Cunard, P & O etc or so they say probably next to the engine room. All the complainers on our cruise were never above deck 4 says it all (all fur coat and no knickers). Go for it and enjoy Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was our 5th cruise with Thomson, second on the Dream, and was our best cruise overall. Embarkation was OK, taking about an hour from the airport to getting to the cabin. But at least we didn't have to collect and carry our cases ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise with Thomson, second on the Dream, and was our best cruise overall. Embarkation was OK, taking about an hour from the airport to getting to the cabin. But at least we didn't have to collect and carry our cases from the airport. The best bit about the cruise was the excellent entertainment. We loved the shows on the Broadway lounge, and all the groups in the various bars, and we got seats in every venue we went to - and the bar prices were OK. We enjoined the food on offer, using the buffet restaurants for breakfast and lunch, and the waiter service Orion restaurant for evening meals. The food quality was good, and the service excellent. The weather during the cruise was very good hot and sunny. On the 2 sea days we had no problem getting sunbeds or seats where we wanted - we got up at 9 am. We had no issues with the state of the cabin or the ship in general. This cruise had more of an international feel than other Thomson cruises, because there were some Canadian and Jamaican guests on board. We met many passengers on board who really enjoined the cruise, but also some moaners who complained about the food and shows. If you go on the cruise wanting a good time then I expect you will. But if you are looking for faults then you probably won't enjoy it. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
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
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Embarkation in Montego Bay was fairly smooth and without any problems. Once on board the ship we were shown directly to our outside plus cabin on deck six. The cabin was large clean and well maintained. Our cabin steward was a surprise as ... Read More
Embarkation in Montego Bay was fairly smooth and without any problems. Once on board the ship we were shown directly to our outside plus cabin on deck six. The cabin was large clean and well maintained. Our cabin steward was a surprise as he had been our steward on 2 previous cruises. Eating was not a problem - indeed all the eateries served good and plentiful food. The a la carte restaurants are all highly recommended especially Mistrals. The day to day shows, quizzes and live music are of a high quality as are the quiet spots like the library and the card room. Service in general is fine although it can be quite slow in the Medusa Lounge where quite often it is easier to go and get your own drinks. Now the problem - due to weather problems our complete itinerary was reversed meaning we arrived Cozumel 4 days early. This meant there were 9 ships for 8 berths and Thomson being a lot smaller than the multitude of Carnival and Royal Caribbean ships we were the ones to lose out. There was supposedly an attempt to arrange tenders to transfer us to shore but this never happened due to too large a swell at sea - things looked fairly smooth to us - which resulted in an additional day at sea and cancellation of our excursion. Overall this did not spoil our week and yes the ship is a little old but it is spotlessly clean and carries a certain air of regality that is missing in the modern floating behemoths that are the modern cruise liners of today. Don't be put off - Enjoy.................. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
There were 3 couples in our party. It was our first cruise on the Dream after 3 on Celebration. The flight from Gatwick on the 787 Dreamliner went well with a good entertainment system. A long queue at immigration took about half an hour, ... Read More
There were 3 couples in our party. It was our first cruise on the Dream after 3 on Celebration. The flight from Gatwick on the 787 Dreamliner went well with a good entertainment system. A long queue at immigration took about half an hour, but a smooth embarkation. Our cases were outside our cabins when we boarded, and then off to explore the ship. I liked the way that all the inside bars were on one deck (8). We all thought the food in both the Lido buffet and Orion main restaurant was very good. we also liked very much the supplement restaurant Sirens. As usual the staff were always friendly and helpful. We were all impressed with live music in the bars, although we didn't use the theatre. We didn't use any ship excursion's. Grand Cayman: we went for the 2nd time to Stingray city with Dexter's Fantasea's tours, great half day with no more than 20 people on a trimaran. $40 as opposed £55 from Thomson. Overnight in Havana!!! Fantastic town. We used the Hop on Hop off bus for $10, we couldn't get on the open air upper deck and the lower deck's sound system was rubbish, could not hear a thing. Maybe better to use one of the vintage car tours. Just walk around old Havana, we had no problems at all there is music everywhere. On the evening we went to the El Floridta bar, too packed and couldn't get a drink. So we went to a bar we had seen earlier in the day, it just around and called Moserrate bar. We had such a good night here, great music, drinks, and staff, its a must!. Cozumel, go to a beach and lunch and a beer. All in all had a brilliant time. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary (2 weeks to cover Southern Caribbean plus Cuba and Mexico on the second week). We had a wonderful time. The ship was smaller than others we have been on, but we couldn't fault it. Yes, it was ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary (2 weeks to cover Southern Caribbean plus Cuba and Mexico on the second week). We had a wonderful time. The ship was smaller than others we have been on, but we couldn't fault it. Yes, it was an older ship, but beautifully maintained, clean, comfortable, very friendly staff, biggest cabin we have ever had, excellent food, always fresh and plenty of it, and the hot food hot! The Show Team who provided entertainment on stage every evening were fantastic, all of them so talented. Embarkation and disembarkation were efficiently run and there were lots of interesting places to visit. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing Havana. As, expected, on sea days it proved more difficult to find sunbeds exactly where you would choose, but that was a minor problem, and there were plenty of other things to do, Unlike othe cruise companies, Thomson don't add tips to your bill. So if you are thinking of booking this cruise, don't worry about negative comments, as we read them, we wonder if these passengers were on the same ship! (Re ratings - we haven't rated the ones we didn't do) Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Just come back from a wonderful week on my first cruise. I thought the ship was lovely (despite being old), clean, new upholstery, lots of places to relax and get away from people. I was blown away by the entertainment. Enjoyed dining with ... Read More
Just come back from a wonderful week on my first cruise. I thought the ship was lovely (despite being old), clean, new upholstery, lots of places to relax and get away from people. I was blown away by the entertainment. Enjoyed dining with others and alone. Service, food, organisation all surpassed my expectations. We enjoyed the trips, a spa treatment and just watching the sun set with a pina colada in the hand. Everything went smoothly and I would like to congratulate Thompson - I will be back. Pride of the Panama programme was very varied. Essentially we had a day at sea, a rainforest day (Costa Rica), an engineering day (Panama - quite thrilling), a day in a lovely Spanish inspired town Cartagena (Colombia), a beach day from the beautiful Swan Hotel (Santa Marta/Roderedo), a relaxing day at sea back to Jamaica, short trip to Rose Hall sugar plantation house (Jamaica) before flying home. Great variety and easy to do if you are not very mobile. Wish we could have stayed on for Mexico, Cuba and Cayman's - maybe next time. Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Thomson Dream Mayan Treasures 24 Jan – 31 Jan 2017 We are Canadian, cruise was booked through sunwing.ca, the advertised price included the cruise and return airfare from Toronto to Jamaica. This was our 3rd time on the Dream. We ... Read More
Thomson Dream Mayan Treasures 24 Jan – 31 Jan 2017 We are Canadian, cruise was booked through sunwing.ca, the advertised price included the cruise and return airfare from Toronto to Jamaica. This was our 3rd time on the Dream. We were originally attracted by the somewhat different itineraries. We have done other land based holidays and cruises in between. The Thomson Dream is an English cruise ship, almost all the passengers are from the UK. The food and entertainment has an English flavour. Flight and boarding the ship were smooth and uneventful. The Dream is an older/smaller ship carrying about 1500 passengers. There are no balconies but there is a full promenade/walk around on deck 9. Our cabin was on deck 10 outside, this was a bit larger than the inside cabins that we normally book. All the cabins that we have had, have been very suitable. All the staff, cleaners to captain are very friendly and are obviously working hard to keep the ship in good shape. Food is available in three main locations and a couple of extra charge restaurants plus burgers and pizza at the pool. We tended to have breakfast and lunch at the Lido, tea at Mistrals, and dinner in the Orion. Best feature of the Orion for dinner is sharing a table with 2-4 of your fellow passengers. Thanks folks for the great conversation along with an excellent meal. The Orion menu also has extra charge items, these tend to be larger meat dishes. We had one extra charge meal at Kora La, more room, nice meal, but we missed the shared table. Best meal of the cruise for myself was the last night in the Orion, it just ticked all the boxes. The Orion has plenty of small tables for those not wanting to share. Entertainment, hard to believe that 10 people can present such quality entertainment twice on 6 nights. There are 12 different shows, you would have to be onboard for two weeks to see all (not a bad idea!). The entertainers also perform occasionally in the Medusa and do dancercise and walk a mile(4 laps=1 mile) on the at sea days. The 7th night featured a comedian Jay McGee, told jokes and sang, quite good. Jay also did a late night routine. The entertainment is, was and continues to be the BEST that we have ever experienced on a cruise ship. Thanks, saw most shows twice. There is another band that plays in the Medusa, seemed to be popular, we never sat there. Other members of the staff do the usual contests karaoke etc. You have no doubt read some poor reviews. It is an older boat, some of the comments are true. We met a few onboard that were not happy, but most were. For ourselves the Dream is a fun friendly ship that we have had three great/fun cruises on. If we could book a Med cruise from Canada we would. Ports: Cozumel – We just walked around the port, mostly souvenir or jewelry stores. There is an interesting museum in walking distance. Costa Maya – A newer man made port with the usual shops. We took the shuttle to the fishing village. The village has a beach, it’s touristy. Had a good time here. Return by taxi. The fares are fixed at $3 each way, quite reasonable. Belize – Ship anchors quite a distance from the port, you travel in large transfer craft to the port with its usual shops. We hired a taxi for an hour for a tour of Belize city. Interesting but not the nicest town. If nothing else just take the transfer craft in and back, it’s a nice ride. Roatan – Booked a ship tour that included a semi-submersible coral reef tour. This tour was excellent and well worth it. Roatan is the kind of place that we would consider for a holiday. We did not do any of the “Ruins” tours as we have seen them in the past. Misc: The Thomson Dreams onboard currency is Sterling – £. This is not a problem for foreigners as it is all done on your credit card. Thomson do charge 2.5% for the use of credit cards. Possible to avoid the surcharge by depositing cash (£) or possibly using a debit card. Some credit cards charge a 2.5-3% foreign transaction fee, some (Amazon Visa is one) do not. Take US$. It’s the universal currency in the Caribbean. Useful for tips and local tours/shopping. Make sure you have a pen on the aircraft, customs/immigration forms to fill out. Third time on the Dream, we still got lost! Bill & Brenda from Canada Read Less
Marella Dream Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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