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4.5 out of 5

Canarian Dream by PluckieJ

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

We really enjoyed our first cruise experience. Very little to fault... can't wait to return.

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4.3 out of 5

Lovely Cruise by Chapp77

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Lovely time. Shame to be back. Will miss staff and people we met

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5 out of 5

Really enjoyable Cruise around the Canaries by VMS787

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This was our first cruise and didn’t know what to expect. I had read reviews and was very apprehensive. However these fears were dispelled at embarkation and throughout the cruise. Excellent experience which we will do again. There are plenty of opportunities at each port to do your own thing with Taxis and Bus tours.

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4.5 out of 5

First time cruise on Marella Dream to the Canaries by longshanks56

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Thomson were faultless in their execution of the cruise. All went well, the ship was fine, staff great, ports of call really good. For me it could get a little busy at meal times.

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4.9 out of 5

Excellent Colourful Coast Cruise by hazelhiggins

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We were very apprehensive about going on a cruise again because we found our first cruise to be overcrowded and our fellow cruisers to be very rude. We did not experience this on this cruise however except that we couldn’t get a seat sometimes at the evening entertainment. We were therefore pleasantly surprised that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on this cruise.

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1 out of 5

Ships crew are helpful... by joinerpaul

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Ships crew are helpful . Food not very nice look warm and bland to taste , ship wants updating or refit , would not book a gain on this ship and thinking if I would use Thompson again , p&o has the edge for me .

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3.3 out of 5

Ok Canaries Cruise by Johnray111

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Ship needs updating or putting to sleep but staff and crew were excellent, can be wobbly as it is a smaller ship but overall for a bargain cruise it was ok, we were glad to have a comparison with a more upmarket cruise line but I think we will stick to the larger cruise liners to experience a bit of luxury

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4 out of 5

We loved this cruise. It... by zoe1986

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We loved this cruise. It was the first one we've been on and we weren't disappointed. We picked the Aegean Shores as we wanted to visit a different place each day, and we both love the Greek island. We were on deck 6, right next to the stairs and lift. Perfect. We are at the buffet each night as the vegetarian option in the other restaurants were limited and we were happy not to have to dress up each night. We were exhausted by the end with all the walking and tourist things we did. The only problem we had was the laundry. They had an offer on which we decided would be a good idea and we were on an cruise and stay. Unfortunately, most of the clothes we send has been shrunk, all new for the holiday too. They said in their T&cs shrinkage isn't covered so we're left well out of pocket having to replace the clothes. Other than that, best holiday we've had.

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4.1 out of 5

Beautiful and fabulous cruise by Tallulah47

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Fabulous....would do it again....found it quite exhausting visiting so many Islands but we'll worth it.. just need a few days chilling on a sunbed now.....the history and views wereally wonderful and loved some of the quaint gift shops on some of the islands....gives you a taster as to whether you would like to visit for longer.

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3 out of 5

My wife and I have... by GlynB

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My wife and I have just returned from 2 weeks aboard the Dream and had an amazing holiday. The places we visited were eye openers especially Slovenia, Venice, Marmaris Santorini, Croatia, and the ship and staff are great. Although the ship is showing its age, it is kept clean by an amazingly hard working group of staff, they cannot be praised highly enough, from housekeeping to waiting staff and barstaff. The entertainment team are absolutely brilliant and so hardworking. As I say the ship is showing its age and I probably wouldn't return to it with newer ships available from Thomson, and here lies my biggest problem, while on the whole the holiday was very good, I have issues with Thomson themselves, if you say it's all inclusive, then make it so. Make ALL drinks included, as some are not, believe it or not bottled water is not included ? anything but a bog standard tea or coffee is extra, why should you pay an extra £50 per person per week, on top of all inclusive price to get bottled water, Cappuccino, Archers, decent Brandies, all drinks snacks in cabins are chargeable, they are constantly try to get you to pay extra for anything and everything onboard, bridge visits during sailaways(£14 a head), no included visits to specialist restaurants onboard(£18 a head), photographer in your face every time you leave ship (£10 a photo), turn a corner near a bar each evening and they are there. Top class all inclusive hotels are just that ALL INCLUSIVE ! including everything above. I think it will be a good while before I cruise with Thomson again, if I ever do, which is a shame as I have never had a problem with any of their hotel holidays 😢

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3 out of 5

I got off yesterday and... by jazenmaatzer

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I got off yesterday and im not too sure if i would like to come back again. The ship on the inside was beautiful and was well looked after with staff working around the clock to make sure the ship was up to standard. The outside areas were lacking, though. The pool areas were very big and had lots of sunbeds every day. You could go down to the pool at 2-3pm and still find empty sunbeds. Sadly, those areas were extremely dirty. Both pools were pretty gross and i tended not to go in the pools after 2 or 3 pm because they were never cleaned throughout the day so they were quite dirty. The handrails inside and outside were sticky and dirty and quite disgusting. Food in the Lido, Sirens and Orion were boring and had little choice. Some nights there would be 5 salads as starters and 1 different option. It was all very samey. Food in Mistrals was amazing but it couldnt compare to the food i had in Kora La on the Discovery last year. The cabin steward was amazing and kept our cabin spotless, i just felt bad because the bathroom was so grimy with mould but he didnt have enough time available to fix it as im sure other cabins were similar. Shows were similar to others on other ships and often repeated, but otherwise good. Entertainment teams were terriffic. There was one major incident that makes me not want to come back. We came to our cabin at around 11pm to an unpleasant smell of sewage. It got worse throughout the night and by midnight we had to go into our daughters' room because the smell was so bad. We complained to reception but there were no spare cabins and the problem would be fixed soon. After 3 very uncomfortable hours of 4 people sharing a double bed, we retreated back to our cabin to sleep back in our room where the smell was still lingering and the toilet was unuseable. This problem was never fixed, our toilet, and daughters toilet still smelled for the duration if our cruise. I know in the past that thus ship was on watchdog for its plumbing but that was 7 years ago, i thought it wouldve been fixed by now...

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4 out of 5

Our first cruise in may... by mark78brown

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Our first cruise in may on dream for Adriatic explorer and loved every minute well almost over did it first night so missed big chunk of second day least it was a sea day I suppose the ship is an old lady but it's clean food and drink good what more u wanting and was great atmosphere on board defo go back on her any day

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5 out of 5

Best holiday of our lives by lizhermida

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

this was our 1st cruise, didn't know what to expect. It was absolutely fantastic. Couldn't fault a thing. The Dream is a great ship and the staff we brilliant. The bar staff in the Medusa lounge made every night part night. Can't wait to go again

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3 out of 5

A very nice holiday by wayne2707

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

First of all we'll start with the positives.

THE REASON WE PICKED THIS CRUISE WAS THAT IT WENT TO PLACES WE HAD NEVER BEEN BEFORE,  OUR FLIGHT TO JAMAICA WAS SMOOTH AND COMFORTABLE, WE WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE SHIP FLAWLESSLY.

THIS WAS OUR FIRST TIME ON A THOMSON CRUISE AND KNEW THAT THE REFINEMENTS WERE NOT AS GOOD AS OTHER SHIP,  IT DID LOOK QUITE TIRED EVEN THOUGH APPARENTLY IT HAD HAD A REFIT IN NOVEMBER 2015, HOWEVER THE ATMOSPHERE ON BOARD WAS BRILLIANT, FULL OF FRIENDLY PEOPLE, YOU COULD TALK TO ANYONE. THE STAFF WERE BRILLIANT, SPECIAL MENTIONS TO ZANE THE BARMAN, NEDJJED, AND JO IN THE SHOPS. THEY ARE ALL A CREDIT TO THE COMPANY, ALL THE PORTS OF CALL WERE GREAT AND WE ENJOYED THE TOURS WE WENT ON. THE ENTERTAINMENT WAS REALLY GOOD AND THE BAND PLAY ING WERE EXCELLENT.  THE FOOD WAS GOOD TOO, HOWEVER I FElT LIKE I WAS IN THE CANTEEN OF A BIG FACTORY QUEING 🆙 FOR LUNCH. THE PREMIUM DRINKS PACKAGE IS A MUST ON THIS SHIP. OVERALL VERY ENJOYABLE.

NOW FOR NOT SO GOOD BITS. WE UPGRADED FOR THE FLIGHT AND USED THE V.I.P. LOUNGE AT BIRMINGHAM, HOWEVER ON THE RETURN FLIGHT, IT DOESN'T APPLY TO JAMAICA V.I.P LOUNGE AND WERE REFUSED ENTRY, LUCKILY I HAD MY OWN PERSONAL LOUNGE PASS AND HAD TO USE THAT. ON THE SHIP, IN OUR CABIN, THE AIR CONDITIONING WAS QUITE LOUD AT NIGHT AND HAD DISTURBED SLEEP A LOT, ON DECK EIGHT AT THE REAR OF THE SHIP WE USED TO GO THERE BEFORE AND AFTER DINNER, I THOUGH IT WAS LIKE BEING ON A  CROSS CHANNEL FERRY, FOR SUCH A POPULAR AREA ON THE SHIP I THOUGH IT WOULD BE A LOT MORE REFINED.

OVERALL, A GOOD HOLIDAY BUT WOULDN'T GO ON THIS SHIP AGAIN UNLESS THEY SPENT A FEW QUID ON IT. BUT FOR SOMEONE 🆕 TO CRUISING IT'S A GOOD START, AS THE SHIPS ONLY GET BETTER FROM THERE ON.

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5 out of 5

We did Mayan treasures in... by shaz793hotmailcouk

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We did Mayan treasures in January. This was our second cruise on the Dream. We couldn't fault anything, the ship is clean, the food is great, the shows and show team are exceptional would go back for a third time we love it

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3 out of 5

just got home from the... by Shunter01

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just got home from the Caribbean on the Thomson dream been with Thomson many times but the food and hygiene on this cruise was terrible there was a waiter who spoke to us was ill with sickness and diarrhoea and she was told she must carry on working don't think we shall be going with the company again .

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5 out of 5

this was our first cruise... by cas1959

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this was our first cruise 4 years ago really enjoyed it looking forward to going on dis 2 in august food was good staff brill entertainment was sorry to leave it

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