Posted April 27th, 2012, 06:27 AM
All in all we loved the Dream the other week and hope you weren't influenced by my post regarding our miserable cabin steward. I can't deny that he was but he was very much the exception and everyone we spoke to was amazed. Sirens restaurant is a much better bet on deck 11 for breakfast and lunch as it is quieter and also higher up so you get a better view. Also, we only found out near the end of our cruise that they served the cream scones there at around 4pm and not in the Lido. Around the same time you can get tea, a savoury and a cake served to you in the Argo Lounge. Very civilized and peaceful, recommended. I would advise that you eat in the Orion on deck 4 as often as possible as the food is very good AND hot, lol. It takes a bit longer eating in there but it is a large restaurant and you can always get a nice table. The food wasn't always cold in the Lido but was tepid often and such a shame that the chefs take the trouble to cook it and then it isn't kept warm. Oh! for a microwave, lol. We didn't have any trouble getting a seat to see the shows, getting down there around 10 minutes before as opposed to 45 on other ships. Some of the bars were full after the shows but there are always quiet spots outside at the rear of the ship and outside the Lido where there is a bar. Having said that it was very warm in the evening at sea in the Caribbean which most definitely isn't the case usually.
We had an outside plus cabin on deck 6 which was huge compared to cabins we have had on other ships, with a large double bed and 3 seater sofa so plenty of room to move.
AND just to finish we even managed to get on a sunbed a few time during the week even though we were off ship every day. That is a first for us as on the IE and Celebration we went the whole week without our bottoms ever touching a sunbed. The Dream is our top ship to date.
I would agree with all Jan has said and we found the Orion good for evening meals too and although we chose to have breakfast in Sirens most days and especially if we were off early on a trip we sometimes had breakfast in the main dining room as well.
It's usually very quiet at breakfast time (not many seem to know or want to go there) and we liked some of the choices - Eggs Benedict, freshly made omelettes, smoked haddock etc. You get fresh juice, cereal or fresh fruit, choice from full English to lighter choices and toast. The waiters will happily take your order for some or all of the elements of a fried breakfast - you don't need to have the 'set' meal. (Danish, croissants available too)
It was always nice and the food hot but you may not get quite as much as in the self-service if you like to load up at breakfast time. But we found it a pleasant change to just sit down and have your breakfast brought to you instead of up and down for juice, tea, cereal, breakfast etc (I never seem to be able to get it all in one go!!). Similarly if the lunch menu appeals - it's quiet in there and the puddings seem better than in the Lido. (Just in case you're hungry!!!