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Good Organisation Equals Relaxation. by Ogden, Oldham

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Thomson Dream

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Good Organisation Equals Relaxation.

Overall Rating: 4

20 out of 21 people found this useful
Cruise Line:
Thomson Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Thomson Dream

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The Thomson Dream is quite an old lady in a state of faded elegance. The public areas and bars are tastefully decorated in Italian style. On arrival we were shown to our cabin which was very spacious, again the light fittings and wall decorations were in Italian style. The double bed was a roomy, comfortable affair. There aren’t many balconies on the Dream but we found that having a picture window in an outside cabin on the sixth floor served us well. We chose a cabin near the back of the ship just four doors up from the one we stayed in the previous year. The fizzy wine that we had pre-ordered was chilled and waiting for us when we arrived and we were soon bathed in a self satisfied glow and a feeling of “coming home” while we waited for our bags to be delivered.

Not being “cruise people”, or so we thought, we were attracted to Thomson’s by the suggestion that it would not be too stuffy and more relaxed than we had envisaged a cruise to be. There was a choice of dining arrangements available. Many people enjoyed the formality of the Orion Dining room, here we were not confined to an allocated set time so we could turn up at any time during dining hours, and we were waited on by courteous and entertaining staff. We found the intimate nature, and good food of the a la carte grill worth the extra cost for a special occasion (or just because we fancied it). But, more often than not, we used the Lido self-service restaurant as there was food was always good and hot, and there was plenty of variety with themed nights. During the afternoon, Sirens restaurant served similar food to the Lido but the atmosphere seemed much calmer.

We preferred self service because it allowed us time to stay up on deck to watch the sun go down and enjoy the sail away – one evening we were presented with a rather spectacular shooting star. It also meant that we did not miss the excellent onboard entertainment. There really is something for everyone. There were well choreographed shows, TV style game shows and resident bands to dance to, a carribean duo and a piano player, a British comedian and it was great to see Bernie Flint, of Opportunity Knocks fame.

The beauty of a Thomson Cruise is that it is a package holiday, and although we have often enjoyed planning our own trips in the past, it was nice to sit back and have everything taken care of for us. We bought some of the organised excursions, and some were very good, others not so good. But you could easily, as many did, make your own way to beaches or organise your own trips from the ports using local taxis. The holiday started from our local airport, and we felt more relaxed knowing that the boat would wait for the aircraft if there was a delay. The aircraft was comfortable with plenty of leg room. The service on board was good and I must congratulate the cabin crew on our flight back who dealt remarkably well with a medical emergency. They were professional and compassionate.

20 out of 21 people found this useful

Times cruised before: 3-5
Sailed: January, 2012
Age: 56-65
Cabin: Outside
Occasion: Annual/regular holiday

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Dunsmore - , Bathgate - Commented about this Review
Which cabin number were you in.
20 Apr 12 12:33 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Wall - , Redcar - Commented about this Review
Can I ask you which trips you did through Thomsons were worth booking and which were not. We're off on the Dream this Sunday for 2 weeks. Thanks Carol & John.
30 Mar 12 17:56 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Pope -
, Bristol - Commented to a Question by Wall (30 Mar 12 17:56)
We were on the Dream in Feb,while we were in St Vincent we took a taxi from the port to the Beachcomber Hotel (get a price from the driver) It cost $10 dollers to use the pool,sunbeds toilets ect but you get a voucher for $10 to use on food and drinks. The beach is in front of the hotel and the setting of the Hotel is fantastic. We had a very relaxing time there. Hope this is of some help to you. Have a fab time,I am so envious. We had a brilliant time on the cruise.
31 Mar 12 16:59 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Ogden -
, Oldham - Commented to a Question by Wall (30 Mar 12 17:56)
The trip that stands out for us was the Indian River Boat Ride in Dominica. We were rowed up the river through rain forest (one of the settings for Pirates of the Carribean). However, on our return to the ship we met two women who had paid $70 for a taxi for the full day and they visited rain forest and beach. The boats up the Indian river are privately owned so you could do the trip yourselves. The Coast to Coast trip in Barbados was good with an informative guide, the stop at St John's church was a gem. Having taken the trip on Marguerita Island, we were glad we had because it didn't feel safe to wander around alone (we ventured just off the main square and came across three heavily armed policemen on a street corner), another cruiser had her necklace snatched from her neck. Besides, the guide was excellent. I definately wouldn't recommend the See and Sea trip in Aruba, we went down in a partial submarine and saw very little marine life (just the odd diver) a waste of time. The island of Aruba itself was dull as ditchwater. The trips are quite expensive and if you just want to sit on a beach you can do your own thing with a group taxi from the port. Have a great holiday - look out for Hazel, the singing waitress.
31 Mar 12 10:56 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Wall -
, Redcar - Commented about an Answer by Ogden (31 Mar 12 10:56)
Many thanks for your help. Still packing andf getting very excited!!!!!!!!!!!! C & J.
31 Mar 12 11:20 - Reply - Was this comment useful?

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