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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

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Marella Dream Cruise Review by mamsyp

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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
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Cabin 9004
Just as the brochure, spacious, airy, a very comfortable bed lots of hanging space always clean and well looked after twice a day
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