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The cruise was taken with friends one of whom was to celebrate their 60th birthday during the 7 day cruise. No problems at airport or transfer but disappointed that on this cruise we had to deal with our own luggage. Slight mix up on room allocation due to being given wrong room number belonging to another couple with very similar names. Rectified before boarding boat and luggage arrived at right room. Our outside cabin on level 6 was plenty big enough for two, plenty of storage and kept clean by very attentive crew member. Food: Self service Sirens and Lido were okay, but sometimes over busy. Didn't seem as much choice as previous cruises. Orion waiter service was generally better, although two incidents of less professional service by one waiter who rushed us on Captains night but allowed others different service and then on final night a wine waiter who was busy doing other tasks rather than keeping our glasses full. Food in Mistrals pretty decent apart from Captains night when it was pretty dire. Also ate one night in Mistrals for the birthday celebration meal. Excellent service and good value. We were all inclusive and upgraded our drinks package. We thought this offered us wider variety and good value for money. Bar staff were excellent and only on a couple of times did we experience any delays in being served. All the music entertainment was pretty good. Not all to my individual taste but pretty good all the same. The shows in the Broadway Lounge were really good, including the guest comedian. The ship is old, but clean and well looked after. Sun beds can be difficult to find on sea days. Overall we would go on the Dream again but on a different route. Madeira was superb but the Canaries hold nothing new for use.

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Marella Dream Cruise Review by Hilly1618

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The cruise was taken with friends one of whom was to celebrate their 60th birthday during the 7 day cruise.

No problems at airport or transfer but disappointed that on this cruise we had to deal with our own luggage. Slight mix up on room allocation due to being given wrong room number belonging to another couple with very similar names. Rectified before boarding boat and luggage arrived at right room.

Our outside cabin on level 6 was plenty big enough for two, plenty of storage and kept clean by very attentive crew member.

Food: Self service Sirens and Lido were okay, but sometimes over busy. Didn't seem as much choice as previous cruises.

Orion waiter service was generally better, although two incidents of less professional service by one waiter who rushed us on Captains night but allowed others different service and then on final night a wine waiter who was busy doing other tasks rather than keeping our glasses full.

Food in Mistrals pretty decent apart from Captains night when it was pretty dire.

Also ate one night in Mistrals for the birthday celebration meal. Excellent service and good value.

We were all inclusive and upgraded our drinks package. We thought this offered us wider variety and good value for money.

Bar staff were excellent and only on a couple of times did we experience any delays in being served.

All the music entertainment was pretty good. Not all to my individual taste but pretty good all the same.

The shows in the Broadway Lounge were really good, including the guest comedian.

The ship is old, but clean and well looked after. Sun beds can be difficult to find on sea days.

Overall we would go on the Dream again but on a different route. Madeira was superb but the Canaries hold nothing new for use.
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