Thomson Dream

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The Thomson Dream has a bit of history in the cruise history. Once named the Costa Europa, she's been sailing the waves ever since the 80s, and her ownership transferred to Thomson's five-strong fleet in 2009. But while she's certainly been around a while, she more than holds her own against other more modern vessels, thanks to refittings that have left her with a state-of-the-art interior.

Capable of catering for 1,506 passengers, this is a behemoth of a ship. The retro feel to the construction is a little easier on the eye than the Dream's more modern equivalents, with a curvy appearance rather than a boxy one. A multi-million refit in 2012 saw new fixtures and fittings installed, including wonderfully soft carpets and teak flooring on certain decks. There's also plenty of space out on deck for lounging.

Where the dress code is concerned, it's casual wear during the day - predominantly consisting of jeans or shorts and T-shirts or sports tops. Smart casual comes into play during the evening, and there's one formal night when most of the passengers will take the opportunity to dress up. This is usually at the captain's gala cocktail party. No gratuities are paid or expected.

Like all Thomson ships, you can expect the food to be good. The Orion Restaurant will be your main port of call for breakfast, lunch and six-course dinners, while steaks and fresh fish are served daily at The Grill. Note that onboard reservation is required for the latter.

During the day, international buffets are served at Sirens, and themed 24-hour buffets are at Andromeda, while Terrace Grill offers pizzas and salads throughout the day if you become peckish.

For a fancy night out, don your nicest clothes and head to Gala, which boasts contemporary dishes, tasty cocktails and even swankier surroundings - the weekly cocktail parties here are to die for!

As the sun begins to set, the Atlante Theatre hosts comedy tours and West End-style musicals in its two-storey lounge, while spotlight cabaret and live bands can be seen strutting their stuff in the Medusa Lounge.

For a more sedate affair, the Argo Lounge has an extensive programme of live classical performances, or on the other end of the spectrum, the Ladonte Disco keeps the party going until the early hours of the morning.

Other facilities include the casino, with its roulette and blackjack tables, a library, internet lounge, a Kidzone, a card room and more independent stores than you can shake a stick at.

While on the move, you may want to take advantage of the Beauty Salon, which offers makeovers, facials and deep tissue massages, while the Nereidi Fitness Centre is fully equipped with running machines, free weights and space for aerobic classes.

The more active lot can also head to the Sports Deck for a game of tennis, basketball, five-a-side football and volleyball.