1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Marella Dream
This was our first cruise on this lovely old lady. What she may lack in glitz and glamour she more than makes up for with fabulous food, first class entertainment and a friendly welcoming atmosphere. The flight on the Dreamliner was good, we arrived in Montego bay on time but had to queue for a short while at the airport waiting for coaches to take us to the ship. Transfer was about 20 minutes and embarkation was quick and easy. Our cabin was much as expected - we had an inside on deck 5 midships which was in a quiet and convenient location. Unfortunately we were unlucky enough to have noisy neighbours the second week so I would recommend taking earplugs! There was plenty of hangers and hanging space but not much in the way of shelves and drawers. Tea and coffee was kept well stocked up by our cabin steward who was friendly and efficient. Food and atmosphere in the main dining room was excellent! Our waiter and assistant waiter looked after us exceptionally well and by our third night even the wine waiter was bringing our drinks to us as soon as we sat down. We developed a great relationship with these staff, as did the several other guests that returned to the same 'station' night after night. We tried the a la carte Mistrals one night. Although the food was delicious it lacked the atmosphere of the Main Restaurant. We enjoyed the shows put on by the Thomson show team. They had clearly been together a while and were well rehearsed and professional. There was a comedian on board each week and both were disappointing. Old fashioned and not that funny (though not offensive in any way!) There were games and quizzes on deck on sea days. Unfortunately these got a bit lengthy so it was easy to lose interest. The entertainment hosts did not interact with all the guests as much as I have seen on previous cruises. Music on board was excellent with a party band - Topmen - who are absolutely brilliant. The two duos - 2 Intense and Heart & Soul were also very good. The only staff we found to be a little bit rude on occasions were the Reception staff. Luckily we didn't need to use reception very often. Our fellow passengers ranged in age from 20s to 80s, but I would guess the majority were 40s and 50s. Most were very friendly and seemed to be enjoying their holiday. Of course there are always the odd ones who moan at anything and everything, and are only happy when they're miserable!! We work hard all year and save hard for our holidays so we go with the attitude that we are going to enjoy it....and usually do! All in all we had a really good holiday. I have cruised with P&O, Fred Olsen, Costa as well as on the Thomson Celebration, and I wouldn't hesitate to return on The Thomson Dream if the itinerary and the price were right.

Great holiday on a lovely old ship

Marella Dream Cruise Review by cjsc

13 people found this helpful
Trip Details
This was our first cruise on this lovely old lady. What she may lack in glitz and glamour she more than makes up for with fabulous food, first class entertainment and a friendly welcoming atmosphere.

The flight on the Dreamliner was good, we arrived in Montego bay on time but had to queue for a short while at the airport waiting for coaches to take us to the ship. Transfer was about 20 minutes and embarkation was quick and easy.

Our cabin was much as expected - we had an inside on deck 5 midships which was in a quiet and convenient location. Unfortunately we were unlucky enough to have noisy neighbours the second week so I would recommend taking earplugs! There was plenty of hangers and hanging space but not much in the way of shelves and drawers. Tea and coffee was kept well stocked up by our cabin steward who was friendly and efficient.

Food and atmosphere in the main dining room was excellent! Our waiter and assistant waiter looked after us exceptionally well and by our third night even the wine waiter was bringing our drinks to us as soon as we sat down. We developed a great relationship with these staff, as did the several other guests that returned to the same 'station' night after night. We tried the a la carte Mistrals one night. Although the food was delicious it lacked the atmosphere of the Main Restaurant.

We enjoyed the shows put on by the Thomson show team. They had clearly been together a while and were well rehearsed and professional. There was a comedian on board each week and both were disappointing. Old fashioned and not that funny (though not offensive in any way!) There were games and quizzes on deck on sea days. Unfortunately these got a bit lengthy so it was easy to lose interest. The entertainment hosts did not interact with all the guests as much as I have seen on previous cruises. Music on board was excellent with a party band - Topmen - who are absolutely brilliant. The two duos - 2 Intense and Heart & Soul were also very good.

The only staff we found to be a little bit rude on occasions were the Reception staff. Luckily we didn't need to use reception very often.

Our fellow passengers ranged in age from 20s to 80s, but I would guess the majority were 40s and 50s. Most were very friendly and seemed to be enjoying their holiday. Of course there are always the odd ones who moan at anything and everything, and are only happy when they're miserable!! We work hard all year and save hard for our holidays so we go with the attitude that we are going to enjoy it....and usually do!

All in all we had a really good holiday. I have cruised with P&O, Fred Olsen, Costa as well as on the Thomson Celebration, and I wouldn't hesitate to return on The Thomson Dream if the itinerary and the price were right.
cjsc’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Shore Excursions
Service
Onboard Experience
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Marella Dream price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email