Cruise - Western Mediterranean

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In October 2010 we opted for a cruise in the Western Mediterranean.

The ship was the Thomson Dream.  See video HERE

We flew to Palma, Majorca and followed the route shown on the map

Cruise route

It took a while to find our way round the ship, which has several restaurants and bars, a superb Theatre, Casino, Gym and two swimming pools 

Smaller pool
There is also a Beauty Salon. Games Zone, Library and Internet Lounge

Two of the  four restaurants had waiter service

Orion Restaurant

The cabins were quite spacious and comfortable and were well attended by our cabin staff

The cabin

First stop Cagliari, Sardinia

Roman site Nora

We booked a tour which took us to an interesting Roman site at a place called Nora

Deck view
Deck view

From Sardinia we had a day at sea before reaching Naples

There we booked to go to Sorrento and Pompeii

The famous Pompeii site is quite vast.

Pat at Pompeii  Pompeii
Pompeii Pompeii
Pompeii victim Pompeii

and has many interesting relics of the disastrous Vesuvius eruption of AD 79
Unfortunately, after nealy 2000 years one of the buildings suddenly collapsed See Here

Toulon Harbour

Next we went to Toulon in France and were impressed by the town and the harbour

Lastly, the ship called at Barcelona.

Gaudis unfinished cathedral
Gaudi's unfinished cathedral - La Sagrada Familia

La Rambla 

We did the usual walk down the Rambla with its many shops

Human statue of angel

And human statues

Altogether the cruise was excellent and well organised.  Although the Thomson Dream is 30 years old it must have been ahead of its time when it was built with things like a sliding roof over the larger pool.
The food was very good, with good coffee available 24 hours. In the main restaurants the menu was 6 course with a good and varied selection.

Best Menu

Dress was informal.  If one wanted an even more relaxed atmosphere there was a self service area, which was open at almost all hours. Although our package was "Full Board" rather than "All in" there would be no need to spend anything while on board. Drinks in the dining rooms, bars and theatre were charged.  But the prices were comparable with pubs in the UK, with nothing (even cocktails) costing more than 3.85. Soft drinks were 1.50, wine was 3.50.

It is difficult to give an exact price for this seven day cruise. We asked the local travel agent for a discount and managed to get two !  Due to an unforeseen change in the cruise and destinations we were even given an extra 100 to spend on board.  In the end we paid just 1100 for two, which included the flight, transfers, cruise and food. Main additional expenses were the tours and photographs, which they constantly take in the hope you will buy. Use of the satellite internet was at 4 for 15 minutes, which was reasonable as satellite costs can be high.

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