Sail Date: October 2016
I was rewarded with a balcony room for my family of 4 from my company for my hard work the year before. We loved how accommodating Dream was in getting us all chances to hang out as a group. With 4 ppl in a cabin I highly recommend a ... Read More
I was rewarded with a balcony room for my family of 4 from my company for my hard work the year before. We loved how accommodating Dream was in getting us all chances to hang out as a group. With 4 ppl in a cabin I highly recommend a balcony. It's like having a waiting room when we want to get ready. Order room service for breakfast and set it up on the balcony! We also brought a shoe caddy and hung it on the back of the bathroom door to keep the bathroom clean and organized. The dining staff in the main hall was so entertaining! They even helped us get up on the tables to dance one night. Where else can you do that? My daughter always enjoys tea times. Getting to be a little fancy and try some new treats. Can't wait for our next cruise on the Carnival Breeze for Christmas 2016. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Sailed with my family of 5, and my brother's family of 5 on March 22nd to Eastern Caribbean out of Port Canaveral. Adults in late 40s and 6 kids from 13-18. Won't comment much on port since it's now out of NOLA. (But next ... Read More
Sailed with my family of 5, and my brother's family of 5 on March 22nd to Eastern Caribbean out of Port Canaveral. Adults in late 40s and 6 kids from 13-18. Won't comment much on port since it's now out of NOLA. (But next time I would stay in Orlando area and drive to port in am instead of Cape Canaveral...yuk). Embarkation was quickest ever...I was onboard drinking my first Frog Island Iced Tea by 12:15. We had 4 balcony cabins on deck 9 (one below lido) at the front of the ship (#9348,9352,9363,9365), Loved the location. We were sandwiched in between cabins so no noises to annoy us. So glad I read cruise critic about the Dream, because originally we were on deck 6. I had no idea that our balcony would have been overlooking deck 5 and people instead of ocean. It's terrible that Carnival pvps don't tell you this. I'm sure a few people have been disappointed with their balcony cabins on the Dream. The Dream itself was not laid out very well. The Conquest class is the best in my opinion. First off, as we entered the lobby, it was very unimpressive. You could tell it had been shrunk to fit other areas. The lobby was always one of our favorite places to hang out before dinner on other ships, but this one is definitely missing something. They don't even have room for the entertainers...they have to be up on the staircase in a little stage area. Not very much seating either. The deck 5 outer deck (lanai?) is a big waste of space (and again, takes away from the cabins just above it). It also takes away from the inside of deck 5 (Promenade). Unlike Conquest class, there isn't the long hall to walk down (this is what my teenagers missed the most they said). And during the day, you don't see the beautiful blue ocean walking down promenade....the lanai. Having said that, we did enjoy the casino bar a lot. Entertainment was great. Sarah and Phoenix were our favorites, but they didn't get to play very often. We purposely looked for when and where they would be performing. We saw their last performance because their contract was up and they won't be returning.Dancing in the Streets was phenominal...do not miss. Service: The service on the Dream was the best we've ever experienced. Every single bartender, waiter, busboy was overly helpful. Can't say enough about them. We tipped a lot extra because of this. They are so appreciative of extra tipping. We did the cheers program and I highly recommend it, unless you're on a tight budget of course. It was so fun just ordering whatever you felt like trying. Had a lot of rum drinks, martinis and good wine that I normally wouldn't order because of cost. Getting free sodas with the program was great too. Food was really great and no long lines except the Wok place...never tried it...I'm too impatient. The one thing all of us agreed on was that the pizza wasn't good at all. It's been 5 yrs since my last cruise, but it has definitely changed and we didn't like it. The Indian station was our favorite and the dining room never disappointed. Ports: Nassau is the biggest waste of time. They need to either skip it or stay longer so you can plan a proper beach day. Having to be back at the ship by 1:30 doesn't give you enough time. Plus the hard sell right off the boat is absolutely nauseating. We got back on and enjoyed the DJ music that starts at 11 every day. I loved the DJ on lido. What we all HATED was the 60s reruns in the mornings! 2 suggestions Carnival: Peace and quiet are a lovely thing in the morning on a ship. With music starting at 11, what's wrong with quiet? NO ONE wanted to hear I love Lucy! OR.....how about some quiet background music piped in for mornings on lido? Something other than television for goodness sakes. The morning show is dumb (unless your 14 yr old calls in as a prank and cracks you up, but that's just us) Speaking of Lido, In all my 9 cruises, I have never seen deck chairs by the pool area be gone by 7am!!! This just tells me that for the amount of passengers, there isn't sufficient pool deck area. Most people want to be by the action, so the chairs down on 5 (my problem with lanai again) don't cut it. I'm not going to blame the people....it's just survival of the fittest :) I digressed....St Thomas is my absolute favorite port. I love it. We took a cab to Red Hook and took the ferry to St John. From there we taxied to Trunk Bay where we find our little piece of heaven. Snorkeled and swam a couple hours before heading back. Caught the 4:00 ferry back (12:00 there) and had time to do whatever you wanted. We went to Frenchman's Reef (old honeymoon spot) and took in the glorious sights. It overlooks the cruise ships and Charlotte Amalie. St. Martin, we taxied to Orient Beach. It is very long and a lot of places to be dropped off. You can walk to your desired location once you're there. We got dropped off right at the start of the nude area....um.....thanks. We stayed a couple hours then went to Maho Beach to see the planes. Save yourself some taxi money and don't go there. It's been 6 years since I was there and it's sooooo crowded and gross, it just isn't worth it to see some dumb planes land. The restaurant isn't nice and we were just much happier at Orient. So peaceful and ROOMY. The taxi back to the ship took forever!!! We were in port with the Oasis. So many people on these ships now, that the little islands really get congested. Our group of 10 had a wonderful time together and loved this cruise for the most part. Hope this review helps and I didn't sound as negative as that horrible person who got the cruise for free and just labeled it "Boring". What a grouch....glad I didn't run into him. Everyone I saw was having a blast. Shoutout to So,Sau & Cyrill at Red Frog Bar, Alfredo, Komang, Sherwyn and Tony from Scarlett Dining. You Rock!!!! :) Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
I've sailed on 7 different Carnival ships and our room on The Dream was really the best for the value. We chose a deluxe ocean view (included in standard price) and the room advertised a "junior bath" which turned out to be ... Read More
I've sailed on 7 different Carnival ships and our room on The Dream was really the best for the value. We chose a deluxe ocean view (included in standard price) and the room advertised a "junior bath" which turned out to be a second bathroom without a commode. It was a perfect second shower room for families as well as a changing area. Huge closet space, shelves, drawers, etc. There was refrigerator in the room and of course a fabulous view. The deck bars on this ship (Blue's Tequilla and Red's Rum) offered fun poolside bars with activities for the family each evening. These are in the immediate area of the main pool, large movie screen and 24hr pizza area. The Dream has, by far the most "layout" areas for both families and the adult serenity decks that I've seen on a ship as it relates to the size of the ships ratio. There were lounge chairs, upright chairs, couches, hammocks and much more which made for hassle free "at sea days" when guests usually contend for outdoor seating and tanning areas. The only negative experience we encountered was with the cooked to order food preparation in the dining room. The food everywhere else was perfect. Day after day and night after night we experienced overcooked eggs, undercooked steak and burnt chicken. Over easy eggs consistently were solid as we'll as the eggs Benedict. Medium steak was rare. Fried chicken was burned and dried out. That was the worst parts but it by no means was an accurate representation of the quality of the food. I ordered my eggs less done and meat more done to compensate but the quality and variety of food was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
The ship is ok but not our favorite. The design is not that good. Because they want so many rooms. they give up on amenities some. Not much retail space. Start with the gym. It is in front like others, but they put the treadmills on the ... Read More
The ship is ok but not our favorite. The design is not that good. Because they want so many rooms. they give up on amenities some. Not much retail space. Start with the gym. It is in front like others, but they put the treadmills on the side and your view is a blind and the floor. If you want to see out you have to bend down. They put ski machines (which few use) in front with the view. There are only a few gym type machines. The gym is also cut up so you only see part of it at a time. I know folks don't go there to work out but some of us do while we are there. Our room was good for inside and the room staff was great. We were on 9 and just below the Gathering Buffet. Speaking of which, the food was just adequate there and the coffee is terrible in the morning. (Bitter and strong) On RC ships they have different food at each line, but here it is all the same and not very good at all. The only thing good were the eggs cooked to order. Bacon was very greasy and other things just did not have much taste. The only other good things were the WOK but you had to wait in line for it. Also, on Friday we went upstairs to the Pasta House and it is GREAT. So much better. Overall, I would way Dream has the worst buffet we have had anywhere.( Also, I have to say the pizza is the best on any ship.) Maybe, you should eat it instead of the buffet. Also,, the dining room was very good. (Not the best) Usually the food was better than the Gathering but it takes a long time in the dining room. (At least one and a half hours) The staff was very good! The ship itself is cut up but easy to find your way. For this big a ship there were not many lines. (A few once in awhile) The entertainment was poor. (From the single acts all over the ship to the Encore.) The dancers were good but the lead singers were not that good. The lead girl singer is loud for sure and the male needs another male lead to break it up. They have much better entertainment on RC overall. The Entertainment Director (Henney) tries his heart out but is not a natural. (But few are) He is likeable. They have many people taking pictures everywhere. The are the worst photo people I have seen and will not listen to you so don't waste your breath. They think they know everything and take terrible pictures in my opinion. We finally bought one out of many. (By the way photo people, men putting their thumb on their chin is not natural and why would married people want a single pose?) Where did these people learn? The out door things were good. It is the first ship with enough chairs! Parking was very expensive! I think $120 or $140 in the garage. Yea, we paid to be close but seriously that is way too much. We will not sail out of Canaveral again. Getting on the ship and getting off was easy. The only line was getting off and that is because the government is involved. We met lots of very nice people on the ship from everywhere! Our agent said we would get a $50 on board credit (VA) but Carnival did NOT honor it. They said we had booked less than 30 days prior and it was not valid. This may be our agents mistake and we will get to the bottom of it this week. Maybe it is better to deal directly with the ship line since agents don't really care or know that much. Overall, I would give this ship a 5 out of ten when you compare it to other lines and ships. Sorry, but that is the way it is. In spite of our gripes, we had a good time. Don and Karen Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
We chose park and ride with Radisson. Worked great for us. Got to port earlier than expected.(noon) There were lines, but they moved quickly. Our cabin was ready so we dropped off our carry ons. We found this ship very clean and nicely ... Read More
We chose park and ride with Radisson. Worked great for us. Got to port earlier than expected.(noon) There were lines, but they moved quickly. Our cabin was ready so we dropped off our carry ons. We found this ship very clean and nicely decorated. We went with open minds because some of the bad reviews we have read. This was my 20th cruise and my wife's 11th. I hate hearing people gripe about things that are ridiculous. The staff was fantastic. Our cabin steward was great. Thanks Newbon.Our wait staff was outstanding. Thanks Roger and your crew.We tip extra when we get good service. These folks got extra from us.All the staff we came across was friendly and helpful. The food at the buffets was adequate. The food in the dining room was very good.We enjoyed the brunch on sea days. A bit slow, but whats the hurry? Some people just find stuff to complain about. We usually book our excursions off the ship. Carnival's are overpriced. Sorry Carnival, but it's true. Islands were beautiful, Nassau I can do without. The shows were very good and so were the comedians.No, they weren't the best I've encountered, but they were enjoyable. I realize Carnival has had to cut back in some ways, but what company hasn't? Disembarkation was quick. We chose self assist. I recommend it if you can carry all your luggage. Overall a great great cruise. See you soon Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
We cruised the Dream Jan. 4-11th. We left our hometown a day early due to the impending winter storm. Thank goodness we did! I do not drive in snow. We arrived on Friday in Cocoa beach. It was in the 60's, but was very cloudy and ... Read More
We cruised the Dream Jan. 4-11th. We left our hometown a day early due to the impending winter storm. Thank goodness we did! I do not drive in snow. We arrived on Friday in Cocoa beach. It was in the 60's, but was very cloudy and windy. We stayed at the Radisson. We were not impressed. I am in a wheelchair and requested an accessible roome. The room we received was difficult to find. We had to go up the elevator in one building, walk through an outdoor walkway and down a long corridor. The room was advertised to have sleep number beds, and it did...from the 1980's! The room was clean but it certainly was NOT worth the cost. We had a delayed embarkation, but were onboard an hour earlier than we thought. We had a suite, so we were given priority embarkation. We had some assistance getting into the seating area, but my husband was left to push me and pull our carry on when we boarded the ship. We didn't have a picture taken when we boarded...the portrait station was not set up yet. Once on board it was similar to all other Carnival ships. Nice decor. The buffet was crowded, but short lines. Muster drill was fast and effecient. I was glad the muster drill was held inside the ship as it was bit chilly. It was impossible to find a chair on deck. Chair hogs were out in full force. We attempted to sit outside on the last sea day but no chairs were available. The aft pool and chair area is very nice but we didn't get to enjoy it due to the vast number of people. The weather was not good. It was cloudy everyday except on the last sea day. We were caught in a tropical downpour in Cozumel, but at least it was warm. We missed Belize and Roatan due to rough seas. Carnival was very good to us and refunded port fees, served complimentary champaign, and gave us a 25% discount on future cruises. The food was good. Nothing new on the Dream yet. Buffet needed more choices. Each station served the same meals. Lines were present but moved quickly. We attended the sea day brunch and were not impressed. It actually felt like the staff didn't want us there. We were placed at a table with a BIG post next to it and our waiter didn't even notice us for a long time. We won't do this again. We ate in the dining room every night. Our waiter was great. He is leaving Carnival this month - good luck to you Somporn. The food was always hot. Bar service for cola was a little slow. We attended every show. We were disappointed in the evening shows. There were only 3 shows that included live dancing and singing. The shows are usually our favorite part of a cruise but these were not that great. The female singer was extremely loud, like she was screaming instead of singing. The male singer was good, but he would sing behind stage where he couldn't be seen. I thought that was strange. The cruise director was never around. We cruised on the Liberty last year and Karl was EVERYWHERE. We loved him. This cruise director, I believe his name was James, could only be seen at night in the theater. His assistant was better. We attended several comedy shows. The fun guy made our trip! He was a hoot. All in all, it was a good vacation. The weather was bad, but it was warm. We will cruise Carnival again but will choose a different ship. The Dream was ok, but do not care to return. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
Parked at Park & Cruise. I recommend this very much. We paid $7.99 a day. Your car is in a fenced in lot and very secure. Got to the terminal around 10:30am,. I had purchased Faster to the Fun and highly recommend it. We were on the ... Read More
Parked at Park & Cruise. I recommend this very much. We paid $7.99 a day. Your car is in a fenced in lot and very secure. Got to the terminal around 10:30am,. I had purchased Faster to the Fun and highly recommend it. We were on the ship by 11am. Our room was ready but our luggage showed up 1/2 hr later. We explored the ship and waited for our friends to board. We had gotten an aft, wrap around balcony. I loved it but we didn't spend a lot of time on it. That was disappointing so I'm not sure I'd pay the extra money again. I love the aft balcony and that's cheaper. The food in the dining room and the buffet was great. I am not too sure what people see in the warm chocolate melting cake. It was like cake batter. (yes, I know you can get it medium and well done) I only had it once (that was enough) We had your time dining so never got to know the waiters but we particularly liked Paul. He was quite witty and we enjoyed him for our waiter. We also ate in the chef art steak house. It was quite delicious. I had the surf and turf. For dessert my husband ordered cheese cake. The piece of cheesecake was big enough for all four of us! Delicious too. We loved the shows in the Encore. Very entertaining but get there early, they fill up fast. We spent quite a bit of time at the Ocean Plaza doing trivia. Watched many people win "the ship on a stick". My hisband treated me to a Top to Toe massage. I haven't been this relaxed in quite some time. Katie did a wonderful job. The Serenity Deck was great and quiet if you got there early. WE didn't get off the ship in Nassau. St. Thomas and St. Marteen were nice. In St Thomas we did the Skyride and the Ice Bar. We also shopped. In St. Marteen we took a taxi to Maho Beach to watch the planes land. This is quite s sight. All in all the trip was nice although we were tired of the long lines and people crownding and not thinking they were going to get enough to eat. We have decided that our next vacation will be a trip out west. Wyoming and South Dakota. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
This was our first time cruising, we went with family members. The ship was nice and we had a blast with the shore excursions. Our Entertainment Director Hennie was awesome, always was keeping us laughing and entertained. Love the ... Read More
This was our first time cruising, we went with family members. The ship was nice and we had a blast with the shore excursions. Our Entertainment Director Hennie was awesome, always was keeping us laughing and entertained. Love the detailed brochure that we got every night of things going on during the night on the ship. In St. Thomas we went on the Tree Limin Extreme Zipline Tour. We had a blast from the time we left the ship to the time we returned. Our guides gave us information about Magens Bay and told us the history of the Island. Never a dull moment. Our Cabin was nice, we had a balcony and it was nice to be able to drink coffee and tea in the morning and watch the sun rise and sun set. The entertainment was a AMAZING. The shows and the FUN FORCE Entertainers were amazing. Kept the crowd entertained. Loved watching movies on the Sea Screen at night. The Food was okay, nothing to write home about. The buffet lines were long and the food was cold. The food had no taste. Pizza and Cheeseburger stations were a hit and were open 24 hours. The Hot Panini Sandwich was also awesome. The main dining room was nice and the food was okay. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
Everything was rock bottom class on this cruise with two exceptions; the cabin lady and the $35/each steak house. The balcony assignment was overlooking the dance floor of the deck below and an elevated hot tub was directly outside our ... Read More
Everything was rock bottom class on this cruise with two exceptions; the cabin lady and the $35/each steak house. The balcony assignment was overlooking the dance floor of the deck below and an elevated hot tub was directly outside our cabin. After threating to invoice their now money back policy we were finally moved to another adequate cabin and wow, it was actually overlooking the ocean. Food in the main restaurant was good, however the buffet fodder was slop. There was always a struggle to find a place to sit at the buffet area. We could not find the pizza place open late at night as advertised. The stops in Roatan and Belieze consisted of very small fenced in areas with the usual stores. We were warned not to got outside the fenced in areas alone or after dark. I wonder why they even bother to stop at places that are not safe. A sit down breakfast was only available to the first and last day of the cruise. The waiters must be in training here, because they always got the order wrong and didn't seem to care about their service. The crowning bows were on the final debarking morning of the trip. We were served powered eggs instead of the real McCoy for breakfast in the dining room. We still can't believe that happened on a cruise. The second issue was an hour long wait on our feet in serpentine lines to get to the three customs agents that were there. Can you imagine 4,000 people trying to get through those lines. Yes, that included the elderly and folks with small children. It was poorly managed. Carnival has lost their edge. Sure they are the cheapest, but the service is horrible. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
Our entire family ( 23 of us-age 1-78) had been looking forward to what would be our last trip together what with health issues, babies and college in all of our futures. My parents gave all of their children and grandchildren an all ... Read More
Our entire family ( 23 of us-age 1-78) had been looking forward to what would be our last trip together what with health issues, babies and college in all of our futures. My parents gave all of their children and grandchildren an all expense paid trip on the Carnival Dream. We had all had positive experiences on previous cruises including the Carnival Dream and my mom was about to embark on her 38th cruise. We were especially excited as it would be during the Christmas Holiday ( Dec 28-Jan 4)and we were assured that this would be everything we had hoped for and more. High expectations-maybe- but we had the past experience to build off of- nothing prepared us for the ultimate family disaster. We find out right away, that even though we had booked the cruise 11 months in advance, they were unable to seat us together. With some persuasion and work, we were placed in the general vicinity -across the hall from each other at 3 tables- but not in any position to talk or visit. While service was fine the first night we were informed that one of the waiters was no longer available and this would impact service- which it most certainly did. Our family was seated for early service in the Scarlet Room and waited about 90 minutes each night to be served. We were still trying to finish eating when the next group was waiting to be seated. Often we left without finishing or having dessert. On numerous occasions the food that was served was undercooked( both chicken and beef) and cold and we ended up going elsewhere to eat since time at our seating had run out. The waiters were always pleasant but were unable to service so many people at the same time while short staffed.. Interesting note, the babies age 1 and 2 paid full price for the cruise but the parents had to supply the food for the infant as Carnival does not provide any special meals for the little ones. That meant packing as much as they could and sending someone off of the ship later to purchase more baby food. As a whole, the shows were a disappointment and seemed amateurish. Surprising since they were quite good the last time we cruised on the Dream. By the second night, we had family members that were unwell with GI problems and we originally thought this was related to the movement of the ship. We quickly realized that it was something more when by the 3rd night several more people were bedridden. By Jan 31st, 18 of our 23 people were very ill, unable to keep food down and unable to leave their beds and rooms. Those of us who were able, took the others down to the Medical Center where we waited in line with all of the other sick passengers. Here family members were all diagnosed with the same illness and given medication for diarrhea and vomiting. Those who were seen were then quarantined until they recovered and were released by the medical staff. The staff told us that the illness was rampant through the ship and that they were unable to close the medical bay because of all of the sick people. This spreading illness was obvious to those of us who could still go to the dinning room as countless tables in the dining area were empty.( We spoke to several of them later and they said they too were ill) Those ill in our family ranged from moderately to severely ill) This hit my brother and his family especially hard. The babies( age 1,2, and 6) were ill and confined to their rooms for 4 days along with their ill mother and their father who was so ill he had to be taken to the medical bay twice in a wheel chair as he was unable to stand independently and was incoherent from severe dehydration. He received 4 liters of fluid and never fully recovered during the trip. All of the 18 that were seen were told to take a clear liquid diet. I called room service in an attempt to provide clear liquids to all of my family members. Room service informed me that they did not provide a clear liquid diet and I would need to find it elsewhere. I explained that this was not an option as they were all confined to a room and with my broken leg, just providing tea and water was tricky- by the way- in the eating area, I asked to borrow a tray from the stack at the service station and I was denied- only available to wait staff. I explained about all of the sick family members I was trying to take care of and he handed me a plate to balance cups on. This happened at 2 different stations when I tried to borrow a tray. There was no clear liquids available anywhere in the eating area or room service, so my son and I carted plates of jello and tea to 9 different state rooms. I ordered water bottles and clear soda for each room and was told that they would be charged to every room even tho room service was unable to provide the liquid diet prescribed by the medical staff. We were told that in compensation the sick individual could watch movies for free except that only 2 rooms had a TV that allowed this and then they were charged anyway. My son slept on deck with other friends, to avoid getting sick. I spoke to customer service who informed me that there was nothing that could be done about the clear liquid diets but if we purchased the soda package then the individuals would be able to have soda or Gatorade. We spoke to the medical team about the inability to find appropriate food source and they said that it was a surprise to them and they would address it for future cruises. That being said we missed our ports of call since so many were in quarantine, most of the trip our family members were unable to eat any solids and were charged for water and soda.( They missed 4 days of the 7 day cruise- unable to eat or go into ports) The smell of illness throughout the ship was overwhelming. We came across vomit in the hallways and elevators. We noted when we disembarked, all of the rooms that had special markings-presumably for extra cleaning as those in our group who had been in the sick bay- had their rooms tagged with yellow tape. We noted that following the first few days, antiseptic handwash appeared at the dining areas and elevators. They were not there previously tho and should have been. When we disembarked we spoke with some of the personnel and passengers waiting to board and were told that the next group of passengers would board several hours late so that the engine could have maintenance work done. Really? The engine? So what happens next? We all write long letters expressing our disappointment in our experience especially since my parents spent a very large sum of money to provide this trip for the family. We expressed our hopes that Carnival would step up and do the right thing. Carnivals response? "Sorry, hope your next trip with us is better". Seriously? After $30,000, that is the best you can do? None of us will ever cruise with Carnival again, EVER!!! We have heard great things about Disney Cruises. We have noted since our trip, several cruise lines have had issues with the GI bug-Norovirus- and all have stepped forward to take accountability. That is how you run a business. BTW the cabin steward-Alexander- was a gem. The only saving grace. We had rooms 6360,6362,6364,6368,6370.6372,6374,6376,6378,6380 plus 2 more in another hall. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
I will start out by saying this was our first trip on the Dream, and this class of ship... but WOW! The Dream is a huge ship, and has a lot to offer! I'm not even sure we saw everything she had while on-board for the week. LOL! We ... Read More
I will start out by saying this was our first trip on the Dream, and this class of ship... but WOW! The Dream is a huge ship, and has a lot to offer! I'm not even sure we saw everything she had while on-board for the week. LOL! We sailed 11/9/13 to Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay & Costa Maya. PROS for the week: We purchased the Faster to the Fun! Definitely worth it! From the time we parked our car, walked in the terminal, to the time on the ship was maybe 10 min. Our room was ready when we got on-board, and in no time were we up on Lido deck having lunch. We booked cabin 7320, category 8C balcony room. Room was good size - pretty exact to other balcony rooms I've had on other ships. Our room looked out, and just to the right was one of the Lani Hot Tubs on Deck 5. I was a little concerned that it would be noisy all week, but that didn't happen.... Thank Goodness. We could hear people's conversations while sitting out, but it was not loud. Not sure I would book this exact room again, just in-case of a noise issue - but luckily we didn't have that problem. Our room steward Nyoman was TERRIFIC!!! He got to know me and my husband pretty well, and was a pleasure to talk to everyday. Not sure when he would sleep - we saw him morning, noon & night! LOL! He took great care of us!!! As stated previously the Dream is HUGE! She has a-lot to see. Serenity deck is great. Yes pools were crowded on sea days, but that's to be expected when it's nice & sunny out. With that said, we tended to sit up on Deck 11 and never had an issue getting a lounger. Went to the Spa during the week. Sheree was fantastic and took great care of me. I did one of the Port Day specials (3 services for a discounted rate) - Loved it - Would have surely spent more time there if I could. Food - Didn't have a bad meal, or anything I dis-liked all week. I've read other reviews of people complaining about lines for food... while yes there may be others at the buffet lines... the only line I saw which was always busy was the Mongolian Wok station. They make your food to order, so Yes it will take longer than the others. We tended to eat at "off" peak times too which helped avoid the large crowds. There was always something to choose from, and we always found a table. Love the new Pizza :) Dining Hall food was terrific! We chose anytime dining, and only waited maybe 5 minutes one evening. We started off the week being served by the team of Head Waiter Kaido & his asst. Jimmy & Darma, and then requested to sit with them every evening because of their great service. If you are lucky enough to get this group to serve you they are FANTASTIC. Great personality, funny, polite, and very-hard working. Kaido has been with Carnival for 14 years and will be retiring at the end of the month. His hard work and dedication to Carnival was seen each and every time we saw him. He was great to get to know, and was so nice & polite when we would see him around Lido deck for breakfast & lunch too. Comedians were a riot! We went to the Adult Only Shows and Jeff the Fun Dude who manages the Burgundy Lounge is hilarious too! Ports: Cozumel was beautiful! We did a Carnival Excursion to Playa Mia. The beach, the beach toys, the pool, and the entire facility was great. Lunch was good as well. Would go back in a second, no questions asked!!!! Belize - Tendering port. Not a huge fan of the bumpy boat ride to the pier. Was extremely humid the day we were there & rained on & off. Just did some shopping. Not much to see around the port. I did hear a handful of excursions to the caves, etc. were cancelled due to the weather. They've gotten a-lot of rain recently and the water levels in the caves were too high. Prob my least favorite of the ports - but yet again we didn't do an excursion to see more than just the shops. Mahogany Bay, Honduras - STUNNING!!! This place is beautiful! The pier itself has a lot of nice shops to walk around too. The chairlift and beach by the pier seemed nice. We booked a Carnival Excursion to Maya Key which is a small boat ride to the other side of the island. The beach is OK - and the pool area is nice. Lunch was good! The snorkeling at the end of the pier is great!!! My husband loved it! He also did the shark & stingray encounter for an extra $30. He was the only one who signed up. He got to see them feed the nurse sharks right in front of him, and with the help of the trainer, swam around with these creatures. I on the other hand would not step foot in the water w/ the sharks, but he loved it! Was the highlight of the trip for him. LOL! The rescued animals they have in the preserve are well taken care of, and we enjoyed watching them feed the sea lions they have. Costa Maya- Nice port with many similar shops. There is a small beach area right at the pier, and that is where they have the dolphin encounters. You can walk almost right up to them which was fun to see. We did some shopping, ate a snack at Carlos & Charlies. Not at this port long enough for me to book an excursion. Seemed very organized though. CONS- the only thing I can say here is the weather leaving Costa Maya, up through the time we got back to FL was terrible. Extremely windy, rainy, dark & cloudy which made the ship bounce around like a basketball. Mother Nature was not kind to us going back home. Guess she was trying to tell me I should have stayed in Mahogany Bay - LOL!!!!!! The last sea day was not too pleasant, as much of the outdoor amenities were closed due to the wind & weather.... kind of a bummer :( ***Overall I enjoyed the Dream! She is a huge ship, a little confusing to navigate - but we mastered it by the end of the week! LOL. Our service was the best I've ever had on a Carnival Ship, which made our trip more enjoyable. Would absolutely book another cruise with Carnival and on this boat. Would love to do the other itinerary before the ship moves out of Florida. Remember, don't let petty little things ruin your vacation - you're on a cruise - enjoy every minute!!! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
My husband and I booked this cruise because we wanted to get away somewhere warm. We really did not care about where it was going, except we wanted to see Belize. Pros: The ship is beautiful. It is a classically styled cruise ship. I ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise because we wanted to get away somewhere warm. We really did not care about where it was going, except we wanted to see Belize. Pros: The ship is beautiful. It is a classically styled cruise ship. I liked the pool areas, the Blue Iguana and Red Frog bars, the bar in the back of the ship and the serenity decks. Our balcony room was quite spacious for a cruise ship. The service was very good. The steak restaurant, although costs more, was way worth it. The steak was fantastic; I highly recommend spending the extra money if you like good steak. I don't know if it was the Caribbean Sea in October or the ship or both, but it was EXTERMELY smooth. I sometimes forgot that I was actually on a cruise ship -- until I looked out the balcony and saw the beautiful blue Caribbean sea. The entertainment was the best I have seen compared to other cruise lines. The comedians were particular good. I had the best massage I have ever had. We came back from Belize and I was aching from the trek to the water tube caves. They had a great spa special so I jumped on it. I loved the full-body, foot, ankle and mini-facial (although I did break out from the oil). We were having some difficulty with our shower, it kept flooding the entire bathroom floor. I put this on the pro side because after I mentioned this to the cabin steward, it was fixed and everything worked fine. Cons: They look our packed liquor. I know that they say not to bring any on board, but we have always packed some and never before had it confiscated (6 previous Carnival cruises and 5 other line cruises and never had anyone ever taken the liquor). We decided not to get wine with dinner any of the nights ($30 x 6 nights = $180), then decided not to do any excursions through the ship ($69.99 x 4 = 279.96). We also curbed our daily drinking ($7.95 x 6/day x 5 days = $238.50). I realize that they think that they will lose money if we make our own drinks, but in actuality, they lost money ($698.46) -- big time as a result of following this rule. The beds and pillows were not comfortable. I had back issues and recently purchased a new mattress and discovered that it was the mattress that was causing the back problems. Well, the mattress in our room caused the back problems all over again. Also the pillows were rock hard and when I asked for a softer pillow I was told there was no such thing. Overall: I would totally recommend this cruise. The food, entertainment and customer service was very good. I was sad to hear they were sun-setting the ship in the near future as I thought it rode very well. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
Had a great time, Carnival never disappoints. Drove to the port and parked in the port parking lot. Arrived around 1100 am we went platinum this year but did not have room to set in the special waiting area too many Faster to the fun ... Read More
Had a great time, Carnival never disappoints. Drove to the port and parked in the port parking lot. Arrived around 1100 am we went platinum this year but did not have room to set in the special waiting area too many Faster to the fun people there already. When they started boarding they went into the special waiting room first so good thing we we're watching or they might have skipped over us. When we got on the ship our room was ready so we dropped off the bags and began to explore the ship. Ate at the Tandor station in the buffet loved it food was great. Indian food in MDR was awful, didn't work out for me. Loved the BBQ on the Lani little burgers were the best. Went to the Pasta station above the Buffet was told it was a 40 min wait but I looked around and set down anyway. Got our food in less than 8 min but it was bland and too much water. Ate in the Steak House one evening and it was wonderful. We did not watch all the shows as the singers and dancers are boring, we did however enjoy Gumbie the assist cruise director, be sure to ask him to show you how he got his nickname. We enjoyed the ventriloquist show something out of the ordinary. Do not miss the Comedy shows Carnival scores perfect with this bunch. The MDR staff was the best and the brunch sea days were my favorite. Don't miss the Eggs Ranchiro, yum. The pool areas had too many people for me good thing we had the Spa rooms to relax in. Liked the Movie at sea on the big screen, Carnival is still a fun ships but now I think I want a more relaxing and elegant cruise and for a few dollars more I can have that. I don't think that Carnival has changed that much but I have. The water works slides were wild.. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
Drove to Cocoa Beach on Friday and stayed at Comfort Inn and used their Park and Cruise. Shuttle needed work on that we had been told to meet one place and the shuttle went to another, after loaded everything was good on trip to port. ... Read More
Drove to Cocoa Beach on Friday and stayed at Comfort Inn and used their Park and Cruise. Shuttle needed work on that we had been told to meet one place and the shuttle went to another, after loaded everything was good on trip to port. Unfortunately the last shuttle was 930 and getting on the boat was delayed by Coast Guard inspection. We checked in quickly and sat for two hours in lounge area. after CG left we boarded quickly and our room was ready when we got on board. Went directly to Lido after dropping bags off. No real hurry to get to Lido s the food here was probably the worst in 12 Carnival cruises. Day 1 and 2 were sea days and not very eventful. Welcome aboard show on night one was one the the better shows of my past five. Day 2 show was also good and some new materials made for a better show. Day 3 was the first formal night and as usual you could go no where easily because of photographers. Obviously there are not fire laws on cruise ships. Day three was Couzmel went on excursion to Passion Island. great excursion but ride to the Island was rough. day four was Belize tenders were late starting and getting on them was confusing for those leaving the boat . Weather was bad and many excursions were cancelled. Day five was Rotaan and a trip t the beach near the ship was a good excursion. Weather was good for the beach.,This was the second formal night as Thursday was Holloween, Next was short day in Costa Maya. Brother went on stand up paddleboard excursion and loved it even though the water was rough. Rough enough to cancel snorkeling Many of guest and passengers dressed for the day of holloween.. last day and half were normal sea days. The food overall was average on the Lido and good in the dining room, Service in the Crimson Dining room with angel was excellent. Service in all areas o the ship was very good. The ship self is not one of the better ones I have been on. Many things in dining room such as drink fountains were not working often. Areas were continuously overcrowded on sea days. The entertainment in show area was good though the number of productions were limited. First seating was ok but if tried for late shows it was a maybe to get seated. Comedy shows were a waste in that the length was not worth going in and crowds were heavy and they cleared lounge after each show Leaving the ship was probably the easiest of my disembarktions Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
We have cruised many cruise lines. This was our third on Carnival. The passengers ranged from young families to World War II veterans. A very good mix of ages.Embarkation was a breeze. Arrived at 10:45 am. Parking was easy, security ... Read More
We have cruised many cruise lines. This was our third on Carnival. The passengers ranged from young families to World War II veterans. A very good mix of ages.Embarkation was a breeze. Arrived at 10:45 am. Parking was easy, security very fast. On board by 11:5 am. Went to our cabin which was still being cleaned but we dropped off our carry on bags and made our way to Lido for lunch. We decided on the pasta bar which was excellent. We continued to explore the ship which is well laid out and easy to navigate. We had to see the Maître D to change our dining time. We decided on anytime dining. A long line was formed and we had to stand for over an hour. We have been on other ship lines and they had a hostess giving out numbers so you could at least sit and relax till your number was called. P.S. We did not get our luggage delivered till 6:00pm which I found odd because we were on board at 11:5am! We went to dinner around 6:30-no wait at all. We requested a table for two. Ourwaiter, Adrian ,and his assistants, Imade and Goran, were fabulous! Requested them the entire cruise and they were excellent. Food was good, delivered fast and hot. We did go to Chef Art's Steak House and it did not disappoint. Wonderful from start to finish. Our cabin was a balcony, port side, aft. Very nice and quiet. Everything worked well and had good air conditioning. Our cabin steward was a phantom but in a good way. Ice bucket was always filled; fresh towels always; everything was immaculate. As for the buffet (the Gathering), we never experienced any long lines. The food was the usual fare but it was fresh. No issues there. My only issue is the bus staff. They are lack luster at best. They bring dirty dishes and scrape plates and stack right next to where you are eating. Then, they layer dirty used napkins on top of everything. This is not unique to the Dream. This is standard operating procedure on all Carnival ships. This practice needs to be remedied and the staff needs to step it up for cleaning dirty tables. Having done many Caribbean cruises the port were fine. However, the time in port was very short. Not much time for excursions. We chose relaxed disembarkation. Had a leisurely breakfast; sat on our balcony till 8:30; went to our area and we were off the ship by 9:30. In summary, I would say we found the entire staff to be very friendly and helpful. It was a great cruise with good food, great staff and plenty of places to relax and enjoy a vacation. Only one other negative. Carnival should follow suit and not allow smoking on the balconies. We were fortunate that our neighbors were conservative smokers so we were not overloaded with the smell. It could certainly ruin your balcony experience. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
Oh my! How much can a cruise line change in one year? This was our third cruise on the Carnival Dream and our last cruise with Carnival. We have always had both good service and a positive experience but apparently there have been some ... Read More
Oh my! How much can a cruise line change in one year? This was our third cruise on the Carnival Dream and our last cruise with Carnival. We have always had both good service and a positive experience but apparently there have been some changes made to enhance the cruise line's purse. The service in all dining rooms was terrible including no beverages offered during meal, orders not taken for over 15 minutes, orders confused, and maitre de with attitude. Bar staff repeatedly (despite our refusal) asked us for bar orders and finally two bar staff are walking through the main dining room shouting, "Liquor by the shot". Even the roughest club in Miami doesn't "hawk" shots. We do drink, but in moderation and through our own request, not the pushing of aggressively trained wait staff. Carnival had implemented a $40+ a day drink card so people could drink all they wanted for one price. Needless to say people want to get their monies worth, so the "family cruise lines" is actively promoting alcohol consumption. Not unusual to see "well lite" patrons in halls and/or other public areas. Spa continues to be overpriced and staff will try to sell you products whether you ask them not to or not. The sewer smell near some cabin areas is noticeable on all of the Carnival cruises we have taken. We assumed it was a hazard of all cruises but do not know that for a fact. We have avoided that area by asking our booking agent to steer us clear of it by at least ten cabins. She knew the areas we spoke of (so it is not a rare occurrence) and was able to do so. The cabin staff was amazing as usual, calling us by name and keeping everything emaculate. We loved the cove balcony which is not available on many ships. It is private and protected. It was also close to water level allowing us to see the flying fish daily and other sea life as we came into port.   Read Less
Carnival Dream Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 3.5 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.5 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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