Pleasantly surprised with this cruise after reading all of the negative reviews!!! Going into this trip, I decided to just judge for myself instead of listening to those negatives. I figured "just how bad could it possibly be"???
Food - it was wonderful. Each restaurant had a great menu and all of the food that we ordered came out EXACTLY the way we ordered it. We only waited once the whole trip to get into a restaurant and it was maybe a 5 minute wait. The servers were always pleasant, quick and efficient. We were able to get in, eat 4-5 courses and bet out within 30-45 minutes. The food was beautifully presented and was flavorful as well.
Buffets are really not my thing, but the food was o.k. on the buffets when we wanted a quick snack - but it is buffet food so take it for what it is worth -buffet.
Room Stewards - They were FABULOUS!! They treated us so well. Everytime we saw them (very frequently) they always greated us, told us to have a great day or asked how our day on the excursion was. Always asked us if there was anything we needed, made up the room each time we left, replenished the towels and ice bucket. Every night we had a lovely new "Towelie" waiting for us!! I could go on and on about how much we loved our Room Stewards.
Entertainment - There were so many choices and all of them were good for us. Some of the shows were a little cheesy, but that added to our comedic entertainment value. We loved the trivia contests and the game shows. Speaking of comedians, they were great. I laughed so much on this trip. In regards to music, there was a good variety for people of all tastes and ages - we spent our time in Dazzel's Disco since they seemed to play more current up to date music and the DJ seemed to have every song that we ever requested so that was good. We had fun dancing all night. Simon the cruise director and his staff kept everyone very busy and happy.
On the downside - There was this one bartender that never gave me the time of day - so I chose to go to another bar. One reception employee who was helpful but seemed a bit *****y to me -oh well- Yes the boat rocks and rolls - was sea sick the 1st night into the 2nd day, so I took Dramamine and was fine after that. The pool area is super crowded on sea days so if you want a chair - get out there early, put down a towel to save it otherwise forget it you will be standing. Drinks are pretty expensive, but they are comparable to any resort. I did have cocktails every day and night and a bottle of wine or 2 and only spent $400 for the entire week so that is pretty good. Tendering is a pain, but that is cruise life on any cruise right?
All in all - it was great and I would go back on the Dream in a flash - good value for the price - met fabulous people and had a great time. I think because we were kind and courteous to the staff, they treated us with kindness and great hospitality - maybe the guests with the bad reviews are just ungrateful nasty people who could never be pleased -remember to treat others as you would like to be treated and it will come back to you! -Kim