Sail Date: July 2019
Carnival Dream is a gigantic ship with an awesome crew. Do the rooms need a freshen up? Yes! However the rest of the ship was clean, stylishly decorated for a cheesy cruise ship. The food overall was pretty good. Pig and Anchor was ... Read More
Carnival Dream is a gigantic ship with an awesome crew. Do the rooms need a freshen up? Yes! However the rest of the ship was clean, stylishly decorated for a cheesy cruise ship. The food overall was pretty good. Pig and Anchor was absolutely tasteless though. I’d skip if I were you. I was fortunate enough to win 2,500 bucks in the casino after only spending 3 dollars! My husband, 700 bucks only spending 100 dollars. My parents won a total of 3,600 but gambled it back. Lol! They usually do this because they have no self control. The fact it YES you can win in a ship casino. The pool areas are crowded but you can easily find a place to sit whether it’s directly in front of the pool or on a quiet area on deck. The staff was so friendly! Each and every one of them! The Captain was superb. We actually were cruising through Hurricane Barry and crew made excellent choices to keep us safe. I was also impressed by the fact that we had only been in our rooms a matter of minutes and a crew member came to double check that we had a life jacket that would appropriately fit my six year old. I’ve been on several Carnival Cruises and they all have been fun. If you’re a miserable person who never has any fun, you won’t enjoy a Carnival Cruise. If you are expecting The Beverly Wilshire, you’re going to be disappointed. If you’re cool with Holiday Inn accommodations and Applebee’s quality food and drinks, you’ll enjoy it. Cozumel was great. We went to a free beach that had table/chair rentals for 10 bucks. It was called Playa Palancar. The beach was sandy and clean. It’s not like some of those other Cozumel beaches that are full of rocks. I wasn’t interested in doing the whole beach club things. Been there done that and an absolute waste of money. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
The new check-in process is uncomfortable and not very customer friendly. Walking in the ship is like any other ship that you have gone before. No wow factor. The food was consistently blah to bad through the cruise. We went to the sushi ... Read More
The new check-in process is uncomfortable and not very customer friendly. Walking in the ship is like any other ship that you have gone before. No wow factor. The food was consistently blah to bad through the cruise. We went to the sushi on the second night and I got food poisoning, so my 3rd day was basically ruined by stomach aches and nausea. Good thing we were in Mexico and I was able to buy meds there. On board stores were pretty crappy, nothing really nice to buy: jewelry extremely expensive or dirt cheap but ugly and VERY cheap looking, the clothing items low quality and nothing to sneeze at. Drinks are more expensive than I thought they were going to be. Tonight is our last night and we are going to the steakhouse. Hoping that the $38 surcharge is worth my while. Ship needs cleaning and maintenance. The crew does what they can but they don’t look too happy. I feel quite underwhelmed by this trip, and I’m a seasoned cruiser. Sad. Not sure if I will cruise again with Carnival in the future. AFTER CRUISE UPDATE: ok, so the steakhouse was pretty good, service was great. Definitely worth the almost $40 per person. We did self debarkation and it was pretty smooth and we were able to get out the ship and on the line for immigration in less than 30 minutes. Our immigration line of course was the slowest, we were there for about 40 minutes but were lucky to be able to get on the shuttle to the parking lot right away. Overall it paid off to be ready to go as soon as possible and not using the “relaxed” debarkation. My mom and daughter enjoyed the cruise and feel that the food was good but not as good as usual. They would go back on another Carnival cruise. Myself? I am not sure if I am up to deal with so many people in such small spaces again. We’ll see... thanks for reading my review/rant. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
This was our first time on the Dream. The Ship seemed a little smaller that the other two Carnival Ships we have been on. The embarkation and disembarkation went better than I expected. Very easy to board the Ship, with very little wait ... Read More
This was our first time on the Dream. The Ship seemed a little smaller that the other two Carnival Ships we have been on. The embarkation and disembarkation went better than I expected. Very easy to board the Ship, with very little wait time. We had a Spa Cabin, which is great if you enjoy the Spa. You get some great Spa perks and access to the Thalassotherapy pool, which is awesome!. The room comes with Spa robes, slippers, and Spa accessories for the bathroom. The dining was good. We had an excellent dining staff, which can make your dining room experience great. The ship was not very crowed, so we could get around the ship with ease. We did 1 excursion at Cozumel, Mexico. The Twister Boat ride to Passion Island was amazing. This was my second time doing this excursion. Your food and drinks are included. They also have shops and offer massages for a fee. The beach in nice with swings, hammocks, and a volleyball net in the water. You can also ride canoes for free. The excursion is about 5 hours including the boat ride. You get back in plenty of time to shop at port if you choose. The Entertainment on the ship was OK. We did have a few showers, which moved some activities inside. Our second port was Yucatan Progreso, Mexico. If you want to go to the beach, you have to take a bus (it's free). There are some shops at the port, but you must bus to get to the mainland (you can not walk). You can purchase some things cheap, but the people bother you Nonstop! They try to sale you everything! Overall, it was a nice 5 day cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
The ship is absolutely stunning. Everything was very clean and easy to navigate after the first day. The staff was some of the best! Mercy was our room steward and she is the sweetest! I was traveling with my grandmother and my son who is ... Read More
The ship is absolutely stunning. Everything was very clean and easy to navigate after the first day. The staff was some of the best! Mercy was our room steward and she is the sweetest! I was traveling with my grandmother and my son who is 10 months old. He loved her as much as we did. Everyone was so nice to us. Eat in the dining room! The food was excellent along with the wait staff. Alvaro, Richard, and Budianna took great care of us. They made sure we had everything we needed and made the experience very personable. They were so sweet to my son as well and very patient. Our cruise director Gary was so much fun and hilarious! The entertainment was so much fun. The trivia games were a blast and the shows were amazing. If you are going on the cruise in the near future make sure to catch the show Flick! This was such a fun and relaxing vacation. I just got home and I am already looking to book my next cruise. Great job Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
Our 1st cruise was on the Carnival Valor, we LOVED everything on the Valor, not so much on the Dream. Everything from cleanliness, food, drinks was a complete let down. The ship stunk on the Lido deck like sewage/urine. The food was ... Read More
Our 1st cruise was on the Carnival Valor, we LOVED everything on the Valor, not so much on the Dream. Everything from cleanliness, food, drinks was a complete let down. The ship stunk on the Lido deck like sewage/urine. The food was nothing special, the dining room basically had the same menu night after night, with only a few items different each night. The desserts were unimpressive, quality inconcistent. We were in the Crisome dining room stuck in a back corner, asked if the window coverings could be opened, so we could see out to the water, was told they never open them, their entertainment show was nothing entertaining about it. The best meal we had was the Dr. Seuss breakfast that was $5 per person extra. We did enjoy Trivia, Sorry and the 50's/60's Rock and Roll show, we went to the 80's music show also, it was ok. The waterworks area was nice and the grandkids enjoyed it. The only 2 times our faster to fun helped us was getting on the ship and getting off the ship in Galveston. The Blue Iguana Bar (Tequlia bar) was closed most of the time, which then back up the Rum bar, so most of the time we waited for a deck server to get us a drink, sometimes taking as long as 30 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
Worst accommodations ever on my 14 cruises! Room 6237 was like being at a rock concert for 5 days! The walls, the bed, and the floor were booming during every show! If you go to bed early or enjoy some quiet time at night this is not the ... Read More
Worst accommodations ever on my 14 cruises! Room 6237 was like being at a rock concert for 5 days! The walls, the bed, and the floor were booming during every show! If you go to bed early or enjoy some quiet time at night this is not the room for you! It is above the encore theater and there is no padding whatsoever! They offered to move us but we needed two rooms beside each other and they didn’t have that. I do believe that there should be some type of disclaimer on these rooms when people are booking them! The food and service was excellent and that was a plus! Our dining room staff was amazing and fast and the food was really good! Our ports of call were good, we had booked our excursions thru 3rd party to get a better rate, it was worth it. If you love music everywhere this is the ship for you! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
My sister and I wanted to spend some time together. We sailed on the Carnival Dream she was a lovely ship. We had cove balcony on deck 2. we had the best room steward Erwin. He was very helpful and our room was always clean. Every time we ... Read More
My sister and I wanted to spend some time together. We sailed on the Carnival Dream she was a lovely ship. We had cove balcony on deck 2. we had the best room steward Erwin. He was very helpful and our room was always clean. Every time we seen Erwin he would smile and ask how we were doing. (We had one small problem with our room the commode wouldn't flush right They had it fixed in the blink of an eye) Our dining experience was very good. We both really loved the broccoli and three cheese soup Yummy wish I could have a bowl now!!! Aleksander and his staff (Christopher and Miljana) were really good and we loved their personalities. The entertainment was really good we enjoyed everything we went and seen. Such high energy and lots of laughes. Gary was our cruise director and he was amazing he had so much energy and was always smiling. He never failed to say "Hello" or ask how we were doing. Guest services helped us with several things and they did a good job. We only did one exursion this time We went to Bacalar Fort & seven water lagoons in Costa Maya. Boy did we have good time so beautiful. Mau and Ed were or tour guides. Mau was so passionete about his homeland and so full of laughter it was really fun. Ed had has laughing he was a bit quieter then Mau but we enjoyed his information that he shared. We both agree that faster to the fun was a great deal for the both of us. We had a great time!!! Thank You Carnival Dream Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We took this cruise to celebrate me and my best friend's graduation! Since we are both 18, my mom booked the stateroom and arranged all our excursions. My 10 year old sister came along too. Embarkation was more chaotic than usual, as ... Read More
We took this cruise to celebrate me and my best friend's graduation! Since we are both 18, my mom booked the stateroom and arranged all our excursions. My 10 year old sister came along too. Embarkation was more chaotic than usual, as the gangway on deck 3 had a malfunction so all embarkation and debarkation was carried out on deck 0. So, naturally, debarkation was much more chaotic as well. Our stateroom was on deck 11, which comes with spa privileges. However, we learned that the spa privileges are only available to be claimed by 2 people in the room and we had 3 eligible persons staying in the cabin, so an extra spa pass had to be bought at $112. Another issue we had was that when we got into our cabin, they didn't have the right layout for our beds, nor the right names displayed on the "welcome" screen. The bed issue didn't get fixed until after dinner, and the names weren't brought up again. We also soon discovered that our refrigerator didn't work. I attempted to call our steward many times to ask about it or possibly just getting an ice chest set up, but he never answered. Eventually, after messing with the refrigerator for a while (I'm not exactly sure what she did) my mom managed to make it work somehow. I never saw the steward that much the entire trip, although I heard my friend interact with him once when he stopped by to ask if we needed any towels. Dining was amazing, our servers were absolutely stellar with their service. Our dining time was set as early dining in the Crimson dining room. I really wish I could remember the names of our servers so I can give them the recognition they deserve but they were A+. Our table was 366. Since I was 18 for this cruise, I got to indulge in a few more entertainment options than my previous cruise. The Caliente Nightclub had great DJs who were interactive and made sure that everyone was having a great time on the dancefloor. It got pretty wild at times since the only rule seemed to be "no drinks on the dancefloor" but that was okay as nobody got physically hurt but some of the videos that may be posted of the ones doing inappropriate things may be a bit of a blow to the ego/professional life. My friend and I attended a couple of comedy shows. Comedian Johnny Millwater was extremely talented and got a lot of giggles from us. If you have an opportunity to watch his performance I highly recommend it. The main theatrical performance during our cruise was 80's Pop to the Max and it was super fun with spectacular visual work and talented cast members. Overall, I think this cruise had the best entertainment out of all previous cruises I have been on. Our main destinations during this cruise were Costa Maya and Cozumel. In Costa Maya, our excursion was "Beach Escape With Open Bar" and it was just fantastic. Only $40 to have amazing service on a clean and well maintained beach with shaded sitting areas. It was way more than a great deal. The drinks were very good and there were many options to choose from in the open bar with optional paid drinks as well. The port had an interesting layout and I would like to return sometime so I can write more about it, it was very nice. I have been to Cozumel a few times before, but this time we went from Cozumel to Tulum. The ferry ride was pretty rough on a couple members of our party. There was a bar on board the ferry, but I would advise against indulging too much if you have a weak stomach for that 45 minute ferry ride. It was a nice ferry with indoor, air conditioned, seating, though. The bus we took to Tulum was very nice as well. Our tour guide knew so much about Mayan culture and enthusiastically shared information about his culture and community. Our excursion was called "VIP Exclusive Tulum & Cenote Swim with Mayan Lunch" and was not as relaxing or "VIP" as the description said it would be. The entire excursion was very rushed, even after the tour. You can always expect the tour of the ruins to be a little rushed as there is so much to see in so little time, but we were only allowed 10 minutes to use the bathroom/grab a drink by the end of the tour and it was disappointing to not be able to look at some of the more interesting shops. We were ushered to the area of the cenote and Mayan village. Ziplining isn't listed as being on the itinerary but you either zipline or walk a really long ways to the canoes. Oh yeah. Canoeing too. I had no problem with the canoes but I did not feel like doing the zipline. If you were one of the first groups finished with the canoeing, you could rest in the hammocks and wait for everyone else to finish up. Since our group was the last one to finish canoeing, we did not get to lay in the hammocks. Very sad. We swam in the cenote for about 45 minutes, our tour guide showed us the entrance to an underwater cavern which was pretty neat. We were all given snorkel masks and life vests. After we swam for a bit it was lunch time at the Mayan village. It took a little while to walk over there. I felt so sick from the heat that I really couldn't enjoy the lunch as much as I would have liked to. There is no running water in the village, so naturally the bathrooms are pretty rough and you have to be careful you don't get sick. The trek back to the bus was particularly arduous and I would recommend that you don't wear sandals but instead proper walking shoes for the entirety of this excursion. It wasn't relaxing, educational, but not relaxing. I recommend this excursion if you are very active, but it wasn't what we were looking for/expecting. I strongly recommend the Carnival Dream for its amazing service and staff members. I would love to go again and believe that the Dream is my favorite ship that I have been on. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
My husband, myself, our daughter and 4 yr old grandson went on this cruise. I was nervous if we’d like it, but it proved to be an excellent vacation. We spent one day in New Orleans, stopping at the aquarium. It’s the best ... Read More
My husband, myself, our daughter and 4 yr old grandson went on this cruise. I was nervous if we’d like it, but it proved to be an excellent vacation. We spent one day in New Orleans, stopping at the aquarium. It’s the best aquarium i’ve Ever visited, and worth the cost of admission. The ship is large enough to have much to see and explore but not so large that a person would feel overwhelmed. Since we had a suite, we had priority boarding which made the boarding process much easier when traveling with a child. We had cabin 7312, a grand suite, and there was plenty of room and storage for 4 people. B/c this cabin is mid ship, it’s a convenient walk to either elevator. Our Stewart was Erfron, who was excellent. The location was quiet. About the only negative is one closet door stuck slightly and didn’t glide as easily as the others. We ate a few times in the MDR, and was pleased with the food and excellent service. We had “my time” dining and had several waiters who gave extra attention to our grandson (which warms my heart ❤️); they were Yudi, Fernando, Sevin, and Gusti. It’s not easy for a 4 yr old to seat thru dinner, but they kept him entertained and made our trip so very special. We tried various other dining during the week. Magnolia Wok was good. The pizza was ok ( pizza was good, made to order, but I prefer thick crust). Guy’s burgers were yummy, and the fries to die for. My husband tried the deli and Pig & anchor, and thought both was good. Pasta Bella was tasty. We ate quite a bit at the Lido buffet and enjoyed each meal. Blue iguana was probably my favorite. Between the 4 of us, we visited Swirls daily, and it was delicious. We missed the show we wanted to see (80’s pop) due to lack of available seats (we arrived late). We did attend the Dr. Seuss parade. Although our grandson was too shy to volunteer for a role, he enjoyed watching it. He loved picking his build a bear a animal (bunny). In the evening we sat on Lido and watched dive in theatre. We all enjoyed the Green Eggs & Ham breakfast; Yudi and Sevin again made him feel special. Ports- Jamaica we visited Dolphin Encounter, which we liked; it’s clean, set up well, organized and a cute park. Our dolphin was Alex. We also went into a shallow lagoon and touched a sting ray. The ride was maybe 20 minutes to get there. We then went to Doctor’s Cave beach. It’s a nice beach for kids (level & calm), the sand is soft but Its in the middle of a resort area and I was hoping for a more natural/secluded beach. Grand cayman- we went to the turtle farm. We loved this park; very clean and laid out well. We snorkeled with the turtles, saw a shark, and swam in the pool area. There’s so much to do there I wish we had more time to see it all. We then took the bus to a boat and went to stingray sand bar....it was awesome! The water was crystal clear and the rays were amazing. Cozumel- we did a little shopping before our tour at the dolphin encounter (dolphinaria?). Once again, the park was clean and we enjoyed our visit. This tour included lunch, which tasted good. Otherwise we spent our time in the pools, hot tub and our grandson on the small sliding board. Again b/c we had priority boarding, disembarkation was smooth. We all had a great week and are already talking about booking another cruise Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
The ship was nice however being a smoker I found it to not be very smoker friendly (I know there are people who don't like smoking but, why should they have it better than us smokers? We all pay to cruise) there seemed to be more ... Read More
The ship was nice however being a smoker I found it to not be very smoker friendly (I know there are people who don't like smoking but, why should they have it better than us smokers? We all pay to cruise) there seemed to be more smokers on board than there was room for us all to smoke and be able to sit down and relax with a smoke and drink. The cabin was nice and dinning (food) was okay (our dinning staff was awesome!). The comedy shows were great but, the theater shows not so much. If you were in a hot tub at night (not late at night either before 9:00pm), you had to get out of the hot tub to go to the bar to get a drink yourself. Servers were very scarce. Our other services were on point. We missed our Honduras port which was very disappointing, as the excursion I had booked there was on my bucket list. Overall the cruise was nice and I got to spend quality time with family. Although my first cruise which was with Norwegian cruise line was much better. We plan on cruising again in the future, we may or may not book with Carnival as I am undecided at the moment. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
Third cruise; first on Carnival. New Orleans, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel. Embark/disembark very smooth and efficient. Stateroom: Balcony near aft elevators deck 7. Room pleasant, normal, functional. Had two 12-pack cases of ... Read More
Third cruise; first on Carnival. New Orleans, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel. Embark/disembark very smooth and efficient. Stateroom: Balcony near aft elevators deck 7. Room pleasant, normal, functional. Had two 12-pack cases of water pre-ordered and delivered to room. Good idea. Ship has sub-par water. Small balcony had push open door rather than sliding. Food: Guy Fieri's Hamburger Joint and his themed Pig and Anchor BBQ. If these were in my town I'd be a regular customer. 24 hour pizza: If this was in my town => out of business in a week. Main dining (Anytime): Ok. Good service, mostly good food. Crew gets celebration going regularly during dinner. Ate off the regular menu; good flat iron steak, poor, skimpy shrimp cocktails. creative appetizers, sides of veggies kinda small, deserts ok+. Feast night ordered two lobster tails. Good idea. Breakfast: Main dining room, not crowded. Good. (eggs benedict). Good coffee. Buffet, Pretty good. Deli made good sandwiches. 24 hr soft serve ice cream stations good. Experienced very few and limited lines or much trouble finding a table. Could have been due to 800 passengers for a business conference who mainly were out of site and may have eaten together when not in meetings. We tended to use the stairs a lot; two flights up/down to stuff. Nice, quiet, get away place in Library room. Movies under the stars were ok, but surrounded by several open bars with folks enjoying a good (noisy) time. Catch the comedians at the Punchline club. Shows in main theater were ok+. Cruise director was great. Over all, would cruise again with them (taking note of 800 preoccupied conference people and some other reviewers talking about long lines). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We’ve only been on 1 other Carnival cruise. It’s typically not our first choice of cruise lines. Positives: clean staterooms, Seafood Shack was fabulous, staff was attentive. Lunch deserts were out of this world. Comedy was ... Read More
We’ve only been on 1 other Carnival cruise. It’s typically not our first choice of cruise lines. Positives: clean staterooms, Seafood Shack was fabulous, staff was attentive. Lunch deserts were out of this world. Comedy was entertaining. Negatives: Excursions were poorly described. Based on descriptions, We were disappointed. Not enough pool chairs Pool area was overcrowded Entertainment was really bad, really bad. Let me say that again, really bad. We wer never greeted when we came aboard. We didn’t know how to get a card to enter our room Disembarkation took forever. Carnival missed the opportunity to improve the customers experience by making the excursions clearer, choosing better productions, offering more onboard activities, flexible dinning times, greeting upon boarding ship, disembarkation quicker, offering more buffet areas instead of just 2 ( the lines were insane). This was not a bad cruise, was average based on experiences we have assess from past cruise lines. We’ve had fabulous cruises and average cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise based on its ratings for best first family cruise. We booked a midship balcony room. Had late arrival time so parking lot was full and we had to park in overflow lot C. It took a long time to get there due to traffic ... Read More
I chose this cruise based on its ratings for best first family cruise. We booked a midship balcony room. Had late arrival time so parking lot was full and we had to park in overflow lot C. It took a long time to get there due to traffic and we received little direction on how to get there. Our room was ready when we finally arrived on the ship and luggage arrived quickly. Room was not as clean as I expected. Thick layers of dust/dirt around the perimeter of the room and on the counters. The bathroom and beds were very clean and beds comfortable. Loved the Cruise Director Gary. Great kids clubs and activities. For food, the Steak Restaurant was great, and you receive a free bottle of house wine if you eat on the first night. Guys Burgers and Guys BBQ Pig and Anchor were great. The Cantina with tacos and burritos were also great. The buffet was ok at best as was the evening dining. Lots of options, but food was hit or miss and most of the food was not hot. I know they are feeding tons of people so it has to be prepared ahead. Soup was always hot in the dining room. Salads were good. My son loved the shrimp cocktail. The warm chocolate cake is fantastic. Also, brunch on sea days is good as were the breakfast burritos or huevos rancheros at the cantina. All made fresh and small batch, so hot and delicious. Kids loved having pizza and ice cream 24/7 and ate burgers and fries every day! Great shows, movies, and activities. Service was good. They get to know you and your names. I was surprised smoking was allowed in the casino and in designated areas. I’m not a smoker and am not used to being in places where smoking is allowed indoors, so I didn’t spend much time in the casino. We stopped in Key West and went parasailing with Sebago Watersports. Great excursion! Freeport isn’t a great port since it isn’t walkable. You have to take a taxi or book an excursion to enjoy this stop. We took a taxi to Junkanoo Beach. It was $14 round trip per person. There is a free beach or a beach with ammeneties for $5.75/person. You can pay for food/drinks and rent chairs and an umbrella. Much better deal than paying for the excursion. In Nassau we booked the Carnival VIP Dolphin Swim and Lunch at Blue Lagoon. We waited forever! We got off the ship at 7:30AM for an 8 AM tour. We waited at the port until 9:30 AM with little direction or support before they finally lined us up and pointed toward the dock where we would need to board a ferry to the island. There were two other ships also in port with large groups going to the same place. With no one directing traffic we waited way too long! Once we finally arrived, the dolphin swim was amazing and the beach location was fun. Lunch was good, burgers, chicken, hot dog, rice and beans, corn, etc. Great excursion but poorly organized that morning. I purchased the weekly spa pass. It wasn’t worth it to me as I didn’t utilize it enough. Nice steam rooms and mineral pool and adults only area. I traveled with my two children, so the money would have been better spent on a massage or other treatment. I did purchase the relaxation package on the last day at sea as they offered a discount. I also booked a facial based on another promotion. Both services were fantastic. Days at sea were great. Lots of activities. Brunch with extended hours so no rush to get to breakfast. We were blessed with great weather, so Sun and Fun abounded. We would definitely recommend the Carnival Dream and Cruise Director Gary! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This is my second and husbands 3rd cruise with Carnival. We went on this cruise in 16 and had a wonderful time so we brought our family with us for this cruise. So our party of 8 with 6 first time cruisers had some great experiences and ... Read More
This is my second and husbands 3rd cruise with Carnival. We went on this cruise in 16 and had a wonderful time so we brought our family with us for this cruise. So our party of 8 with 6 first time cruisers had some great experiences and some not so great. So here is what I took away, Theodoro and Nordam our cabin stewards could have not been more wonderful. They and our wait staff Arlianty, Naw, and Ramil were also the light of our evening and we loved seeing Dandy in the mornings for brunch. The Spa staff specically Emma was quite RUDE and we won’t use the sap again. The staff otherwise just seemed less enthusiastic this trip and Guest service staff was also rude not only to us but we heard them being rude to others just asking questions. The Crimson matradee was also quite gracious. The camp ocean staff also was great to our 4 year old granddaughters. Ms. Cheese and Ms. smiley were a hit with them. We were so excited to take our children and grandchildren on this family vacation because of our last experimece but we felt a little let down as staff didn’t seem as present in their position, and from someone who has been in customer service and healthcare for many years the staff who on the last cruise made us look forward to this trip have now made us feel like we definitely wouldn’t travel on the Dream again but we may need to try another cruise line all together. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I was able to take my in-laws that have lived their entire lives in Mexico and never had any type of vacation like this. I was so glad to be a part of it. Everything was great to them and it really showed me how much I took for granted and ... Read More
I was able to take my in-laws that have lived their entire lives in Mexico and never had any type of vacation like this. I was so glad to be a part of it. Everything was great to them and it really showed me how much I took for granted and nit picked. I realized that someone remembering my name or not wasn't a big deal, whether I could sit in a deck chair, or whether the shows were exactly like broadway shows or not. So if you are reading this you won't see a review of everything nitpicked, you will read what a great time my family and I had and I will do my best to be objective at times to give the reader something to go on. Saying I loved the food doesn't mean the food was great, it means I found it great. You could read a review from someone on the same cruise as I was and they could say the food was terrible. So what you may want to keep in mind is what are YOU looking for in a cruise? Do you even like cruises? Do you like the thought of being with the same 3000 people or even more, for a week? Do you like the idea that you will wait for many things? I went on the March 17th cruise out of New Orleans on the Carnival Dream. What a big, beautiful ship I was on for a week. Of course with the newest cruise ships out there, the Dream isn't the biggest. But when you compare the Dream to the Carnival Fantasy it is quite large. The Fantasy was my first cruise in June of 1994. A lot has changed that's for sure. When they started the check in process the ship wasn't completely empty of passengers from the previous cruise but they had a lot of room to wait in the building once we were checked in. We got there about 9 30 in the morning and they started the check in at about 10 15. At about 11 15 they started letting the diamond, platinum, and suite passengers on. Oh before that they let on a wedding group. Then us FTTF folk got let on the ship. I would say we were on the ship by 11 30 but I didn't record times exactly. They said FTTF could go straight to their rooms and I did, but I was allowed to put up my carry on but they kindly asked me to come back a little later as they were still cleaning my room. This was about 11 45 and it didn't bother me and we just went walking around and checking the place out. While my family was still eating I went to the Crimson dining room at 12 30 to ask the maître d if I could switch to your time dining and that was granted. We had a deluxe ocean view room that accommodated 5 people and it was quite roomy. Let me say, it was plenty of space for the 5 of us, but this did include a 2 year old and two teenage girls, my wife and myself. We didn't really go in the room that much but honestly it never felt cramped and we always had a place to put things. Like many other Carnival ships, there was only one 3 prong outlet and people that weren't prepared for that were quite upset. I had two 10 foot extension cords and a power strip that wasn't surge protected. This allowed us all to plug in everything we wanted to. The room also had two bathing rooms. The one with the shower had the toilet, the other room was just a mini bath tub that you could bathe or shower in. I really liked this room. I don't remember the room steward's name but I found him to be pleasant and they cleaned the room very well each day. I didn't hang out much by the pool and none of us had the desire to lay out in the sun. Having said that, I do know that at least 5 people I had talked with said they hated that they could never get a deck chair and that people were reserving them very early in the morning and not using them until later. I believe this is a problem that Carnival tends to have on all of their cruises. I know they have a sign posted that said you can't keep a chair that you aren't using for more than 45 minutes but people said this rule wasn't followed nor enforced by the staff. No problem to me at all but I know there were definitely a few people that were upset by this. The pizza that is available 24 hours a day is all the way in the back of the ship by the aft pool on the lido deck which is deck 10. You can also order a personal pizza delivered to you wherever you are on the ship. I did that once for my older daughter and it was quite a large size and it was pretty fast delivery and it was 5 dollars to have it. On the other side of the back of the ship on the Lido is the seafood place where you can pay extra for and get some seafood. I never even looked at the menu or know of anyone that had eaten it. Then you have the buffets in the lido deck and then by the pool you have blue iguana café and guy's burgers. The line to both of these places were long almost all of the time. I say long because to me it was and I braved the burger line once and I waited about 20 minutes to get a burger. I didn't experience the blue iguana but my wife did and she enjoyed it and she waited about 20 minutes as well. You can check out many places online on what these places offer on their menu. My wife is the queen of eating hot stuff and that place had her in tears so they must have had some heavy duty salsa. I never did the steak house but we did the pasta bar a couple of times. I really enjoyed being able to order some pasta with a salad and bread. It is included in the cost, you just have to be aware that it's typically only available from 12 to 2 30 p.m. The dining room was pretty awesome. It was beautiful and had a ton of hardworking and very friendly staff. The food was always warm or hot and everyone in our group of 7 loved everything they tried. I didn't hear of any complaints about the food from anyone and I was in group of over 600 people on social media and I didn't see any of them complaint about the food. I know several people complained about their room staying hot but our room was always cool and quite comfortable. I never noticed an overwhelming smell but several had mentioned that they continued to smell a strong musty odor or sewage smell. Many had complained of becoming ill with a sore throat, sinus, head cold type issue. My wife and son were two of the people that had this and many on the group said they were ill. There were many different types of activities to choose from throughout the day. Many different trivia activities, the typical hairy chest contest, scavenger type games, to musical shows. We usually had to pick one out leave a second choice behind because there were so many options. Me and my family enjoyed the shows at night. All of those people involved put so much time in to those shows. Those men and women worked hard and it showed and I was so glad my family and I were able to enjoy those. This was the second time I had been on a carnival ship where they had the lip sync contest and I truly think it is awful. So I asked the group what they think of it and really many people said they quite enjoy it. So there you have it, people like things I don't. This cruise went to Jamaica and we went to a resort for the day and it was your typical resort. We ate, we drank, we swam, we returned back to the ship on time! I had a really good time with my family and enjoyed our time together. We went to Grand Cayman but then we quickly waved goodbye to Grand Cayman as the captain came on and said the swells were to big for the tenders to safely access the cruise ship. Nothing anyone can do about that but cruise on. We got to Cozumel 3 hours earlier because of skipping Grand Cayman. That was pretty cool to get there a little earlier. My family being all from Mexico really enjoyed the extra time. We went to a day resort there too and had a great time with great food and a lot of drinks served. We didn't over do it though and we just had a good time spending it together. For the crew that always works so long and so hard every single day, I didn't see it in their faces. Many of them would stop and talk to my 2 year old boy and they were always so friendly to us. I don't know they can appear to be so happy all the time with all those hours they put in. There's really a lot more to review but I have already written so much. But for this family that finds positives in almost anything, we had a wonderful cruise. It was so fun having all of us together to experience what a beautiful world we live in. So many things a person can find wrong about, but the world is how you choose to see it and live it. We chose to have an amazing cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Arrived a day early to explore some of New Orleans. Had a great meal at Felix in the French Quarters. Arrived on Sunday at the port around 10 am. Parked at the port cost was $140 for the week. Going through check in was pretty fast about ... Read More
Arrived a day early to explore some of New Orleans. Had a great meal at Felix in the French Quarters. Arrived on Sunday at the port around 10 am. Parked at the port cost was $140 for the week. Going through check in was pretty fast about 20 minutes but had to wait in the holding area until 11 am when they started to let people aboard according to the zone you were in. We were in zone 4 and got on the ship around 12 pm. Rooms were not ready unless you had a suite or faster to the fun pass until 1:30 pm. We went and had lunch at Pasta Bella which is complimentary for lunch but for dinner there is a fee. Lunch was very, very good highly recommend it. At 1:30 the rooms were available and we had 2 cabins on the 1st floor deluxe oceanview. We had 2 in one room and 4 in the other room. I must say the deluxe oceanview rooms on this ship were OUTSTANDING!!!! The room is very, very spacious, it has a bathroom and a half. One room you have a sink, toilet and shower (with the curtain) and the other is a junior size tub with shower and sink. The room also has 4 closet!! What cruise ship that has 4 closet?!! This was not a suite but and oceanview room and the view was very good. A very large window. If I ever cruise with Carnival again this will be the room I will alway try to get. Our room attendant for the week Mr. Oktav was EXCELLENT!!! Room was always clean and neat everyday and anything that we needed he went out the way to provide it for us. We had 1st seating in the main dining room (The Scarlet dining room) and we had 3 servers, Mr. Acer, Ms. Dandy and Mr. Arnold and they were very, very GOOD!! They gave us great service and was very friendly, professional, courteous and then some!! After the first night they remember our names and our drinks were waiting for us each evening when we arrived at our table. The food was great each night at dinner. The selection at breakfast was ok not great. Lunch you had many different places to chose from especially on sea days. Guy's burgers were excellent and well as Guy's pig and anchor. Overall the food was great can't complain at all. The entertainment was very, very good. The cruise director Gary and his staff did a wonderful job to keep you entertain and busy. Overall I must say the staff was one of the best we've ever encountered. I didn't have anyone on staff to have an attitude with anything that I may have asked them about. The staff went above and beyond to make sure my family and I have a wonderful vacation. I would give the staff a 10 out of 10 for the service they provided. The only thing I would say was negative was the disembarkation. The way the luggage tags was given out to have your bags to be taken could have been more organized. It took a very long time to disembark the ship so if you're driving and you're not walking your luggage off the ship you will be on the ship until at least 9 am or longer before you can get off. Even with that we still had a great time because of the staff. I would highly recommend the Carnival Dream if you're looking for a great cruise and I look forward to cruising with them again one day. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
recently had a caribean cruise on carnival dream,which was absolutely excellent,so much so they we have already looked into booking our 2nd one!! we embarked at new orleans,which was very smooth,we had embarkment time of 12.30 -1.30..we ... Read More
recently had a caribean cruise on carnival dream,which was absolutely excellent,so much so they we have already looked into booking our 2nd one!! we embarked at new orleans,which was very smooth,we had embarkment time of 12.30 -1.30..we were on the ship by 12.30!!so many good memories from start to finish..everyone is made to feel welcome,the ship is large,yet never felt crowded...lots of activities going on day and night..Gary the cruise director does an excellent job,as do all the staff on board.the ship looked beautiful,and was clean,food was hit and miss,seemed to be the same,each day in the buffet,and at best just warm.the main dining room(we were in scarlet)the food was a little more varied,though perhaps not as good standard,as other cruise ships i have been on..the waiting staff however were excellent and work tirelessly to ensure,evrything go well..they really do a great job.guys hamburger joint and pig and anchor,were excellent.most of the crew/staff we met we very courteous,happy and wanted us to enjoy every minute..we saw quite a few theatre shows..my favorite had to be the mr and mrs show,with audience participation..it was hillarious,and again Garry as well as participants were star of the show...deck parties were very good fun,as were dive in movies..the atrium on board is beautiful,and popular place to hang out ,have a drink and watch/join in entertainment the piano bar was good too..just loved,basically everything about the whole cruise,our room was port hole cabin,which was spacious enough for us 3 ladies...i would highly reccomend carnival dream cruise Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise for an extended family vacation, paying attention to the features for kids. We traveled among 4 families with ages from 7 to 69. The water slides, basketball court, and mini-golf were great attractions for the kids. ... Read More
We chose this cruise for an extended family vacation, paying attention to the features for kids. We traveled among 4 families with ages from 7 to 69. The water slides, basketball court, and mini-golf were great attractions for the kids. The adults also had plenty to do, and the afternoon food options were great. Carnival did a great job with the food options (Guys Burger Joint, taco bar, pizzeria, and Pig and Anchor) that were scattered throughout the ship to spread out the crowds and provide variety. Overall, Carnival did a great job of spreading out everything so that the ship never felt crowded. My only complaint was the on-board entertainment crew that did the shows in the Encore theater. The female lead singer was awful. A few others were ok, but the lead female made the evening shows painful. There was great musical entertainment in the lounge, though. Aside from that, I would definitely cruise on this ship again and I also liked the itinerary (to Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel). Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our second cruise on the Dream once before the dry dock. Must say the 2017 dry dock did the Dream some good! Honestly, I had reservation about booking again on the Dream since our first time it was just ok. The additions of ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Dream once before the dry dock. Must say the 2017 dry dock did the Dream some good! Honestly, I had reservation about booking again on the Dream since our first time it was just ok. The additions of Guy's Pig & Anchor and Blue Iguana Cantina were big hits for us on this trip. We did have the late seating for dinner in the Scarlet Dining Room. Our waitstaff was decent with no major faults. The dining room appeared to be at 60% percent occupancy. Not sure if the lack of occupancy was from the many anytime dining goers or cruisers utilizing several pay restaurants. We enjoyed our Steakhouse night on the first cruise night and having a complementary bottle of wine put us in the relaxation mood! I wouldn't call the Steakhouse fine dining but the extra attention and food quality is well worth a visit at least one night. Being a frequent Carnival cruiser we have noticed the cutbacks and such. One of those I believe is with the waitstaff as they are not as attentive as they used to be. Just 5 years ago, I recall them anticipating my needs before I ever needed to ask. One example is the Bubbles package, if you have it and after the first night dining with them, every night thereafter you would have your soda brought to you before asking. This doesn't happen or hasn't happened to us for the last 4/5 years. The Playlist shows were good and the talent was top notch. We enjoyed 80s Pop to the Max, Flick, and American Rocks! We sat on the lower lounge area and always had a great view of the show. Everyone should see at least one (if not all) of the shows, we skip Hasbro and Love & Marriage. Our ports included Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel which all had their unique qualities. We did not use any excursions through Carnival and always book independently. Our favorite was the Cave Kayaking in Belize with ViV tours. As it turned out, my husband and I were the only two people with our guide on the Kayak tour and it was amazing having his full attention. He did a great job telling us about Belize, pointing out fun things in the cave, and some how convinced my husband and I to hold a tranchula that was just hanging by the side of the path. Even though most excursions are not close to the Belize City cruise port, it is a shame if you chose to stay on the ship. Belize is a tender port and it takes about 15-20 minutes to arrive at the dock. The Dream sailed out of NOLA and embarkation and disembarkation was easily navigated. We parked at the cruise port for about $140, we spit the cost with our friends which made the port parking more economical. We drove right into the garage, the porter met us immediately, took our bags, and then we drove up 2 floors and parked. From parking garage to Lido with a drink in our hand was less than one hour. All my hesitations about sailing Dream again quickly faded once on board. Barring any major breakdown, unusual defect, or unusual cosmetic wear and tear I see no reason we would sail the Dream again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This was a family cruise with grandparents, parents, and grandkids. The grandkids loved the Ocean Kids Club. We had to pry them away every time we went to pick them up because they were having so much fun. On day one our cabin ... Read More
This was a family cruise with grandparents, parents, and grandkids. The grandkids loved the Ocean Kids Club. We had to pry them away every time we went to pick them up because they were having so much fun. On day one our cabin steward introduced himself and asked if we would like the cabin serviced in the mornings between 9 am and 1 pm, in the early evening, or both. We told him we would like both so we could get fresh towels again in the evening after returning from the pool, etc. We also asked him for a second drinking glass in the bathroom. The glass never showed up...all week. And, our cabin was serviced once a day anywhere between 9 am and 3 pm, not at the time or frequency that we were told it would be done at the start of the cruise. The service throughout the ship was lackluster, uncaring, and slow. This included the staff in the main dining room and buffets, at the bars, in the casino, etc. The food throughout the ship was limited in variety, poorly cooked, generally served luke warm if not cool, and had little taste. While I'm not a stickler for "Formal Night" attire, the couple at the table next to us was allowed in the main dining room dressed in shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops. Then, again on Formal Night, a man, who I was hoping would be the Maître D', came to our table to perform coin tricks. Internet, even the "Premium" internet that I had paid extra for was slow and spotty throughout the cruise. No hope of streaming anything. Lucky just to get a connection once in a while and to check e-mail. Entertainment was substandard compared to what we have experienced on other similar cruise lines. The smoke in the casino was unbearable. You couldn't get anywhere near the center of the ship where the casino was without having to suffer the from the smoke. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
So I chose this date for our Carnival Dream Cruise because my husband wanted to go to the Eastern Caribbean and we had never been to Key West Florida before. The weather beganvery cold from our port in New Orleans- we definitely had to ... Read More
So I chose this date for our Carnival Dream Cruise because my husband wanted to go to the Eastern Caribbean and we had never been to Key West Florida before. The weather beganvery cold from our port in New Orleans- we definitely had to wear our jackets for the first Port of call which was Key West. We walked for most of Key West seeing a lot of the sites, saw the southernmost point of the U.S. We got to see Hemingway's home, and also the bar that he frequented, Sloppy Joes. I had some very good conch fritters there. The weather turned a little warmer as we ended up in Freeport & then Nassau. Freeport ended up being the most favorite Port out of the entire itinerary. We visited the Lighthouse Resort at Grand Lucayan there. Food abounds on the Carnival Dream, you'll not run out of choices from the MDR, to all other choices I felt like we were eating every couple of hours! The buffet, the sea day brunch (steak & eggs) Guys hamburgers (ate about 20 of those entire trip) Guy's pig & anchor BBQ (pulled pork is best), the Bonsai Sushi, (good prices), the Italian place above the buffet(great bolognese), the pizza, the blue iguana (taco salad). The best meal we had on the ship was our anniversary night-we ate at the Chef's Art Steakhouse. The steaks were outstanding. The service there was so great, the ambience was wonderful, our waiter was great. We really enjoyed this, I wish we could have eaten there every night! There were a few things that didn't please us while on the cruise - We saw a couple of instances where Carnival employees were being a bit rude to passengers, but for the majority of employees, they were friendly & helpful. Other things were out of Carnivals control, such as actual passengers being a bit rude by not getting in line for the buffet , just walking right in front of others. Also witnessed parents letting their child "drink" from the strawberry yogurt machine! Our room's balcony was the best part of the room(wrap around after on 7th floor) but it was very dirty. The glass on the inside of the balcony was cleaned by a group of 3-4 employees on the 2nd day of our cruise, but they didn't clean the outside of the glass on the balcony which was the dirtiest part! Overall, the room 7454 was nice, but I do believe from experience the suite rooms have better cabin service from the stewards. I still give Carnival a 4 out of 5 on this cruise. The next cruise on Carnival will be Glory in April this year, so we will see how that one goes! Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
Really a nice ship. Staff was excellent: room steward Josephine, wait staff Sunny, Ikatuk & Kadek In Crimson, bartenders Airine (sp? pronounced Irene) and Dwi at Ocean Plaza Bar (next to Alchemy), Tomislav and Harta at the casino, ... Read More
Really a nice ship. Staff was excellent: room steward Josephine, wait staff Sunny, Ikatuk & Kadek In Crimson, bartenders Airine (sp? pronounced Irene) and Dwi at Ocean Plaza Bar (next to Alchemy), Tomislav and Harta at the casino, Nana at the Lobby Bar and Dipak at level 10 aft bar. All were EXCELLENT and recognized me by name after first day. Rock band was Excellent, brass jazz/soul band was Excellent too! (Together they were PHENOMENAL!) Steel drum lady was good as well. All other bands were “meh”. Biggest Dissapointment: 1st Caribbean cruise I’ve been on without a Latín band. No salsa, no merengue, no cha cha cha, in other words no spice. The disco was really bad too, not a soul in there probably because the music was terrible, undanceable. Food was very good to excellent. For breakfast go to the lido deck and do the omelette station. Pizza was very good too, open 24 hours. Guy’s Burgers were pretty good but Guy’s BBQ (“Pig & Anchor”) was HIGHLY over-rated. Did not do any shore excursions. Overall, good cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2019
ok so I’ll give a review on my first cruise. It just wasn’t that great. Maybe my expectations were too high? I’ll start with the room. It was nice and our housekeeper did a great job. Beds were clean and comfy. The shower was a ... Read More
ok so I’ll give a review on my first cruise. It just wasn’t that great. Maybe my expectations were too high? I’ll start with the room. It was nice and our housekeeper did a great job. Beds were clean and comfy. The shower was a terrible design. Every time we would shower the water would pour out to the floor. A lot of water. I always made sure to put the curtain where it was supposed to go but it didn’t matter. The food. I’ve heard from a few ppl how great cruise ship food is. I guess those people didn’t eat on the Dream. It just wasn’t good. All the bread was hard as a brick and cold. All the “hot” food was lukewarm at best. The only good food was the pasta place. The garlic bread looked good but it was cold. All the cakes looked yummy but they were very dry. The pizza was ok. The coffee was not hot at all. The water tasted like metal. Two of the hot tubs we tried were cold. The stops. Ok so Montego Bay was very sketchy. I didn’t like it at all. They tried to sell us weed two times. I was pretty nervous the whole time. Grand Cayman was nice. Mexico was the best! Mr sancho’s was awesome. When the cruise was over, my family of four all had an issue. My husband has a rash on his leg, oldest daughter has a rash on her face and butt, and a bad sinus infection, youngest daughter has sore in her mouth, and I have a bad sinus infection. To sum it up, we spent a lot of money and didn’t really have that much fun. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise because we have taken several cruises (everyone with Carnival but one) and this was a different itinerary than we had ever taken. 1. The ship was pretty boring and was like staying at a 2 star hotel with nothing ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have taken several cruises (everyone with Carnival but one) and this was a different itinerary than we had ever taken. 1. The ship was pretty boring and was like staying at a 2 star hotel with nothing to really do and nowhere to go. 2. There was 6 of us in 2 balcony rooms located on floor 11/Verandah. We can't complain about the young man that tended to our rooms. 3.Buffet food was as good and sometimes better than the dinning room food even when we paid the extra $20 per person one night for a few of us. Sometimes you only got an appetizer OR salad, a plate of meat with no choice of a side but it did come with one finger length potato cut in half the size of a thin (I am 5'2 and at my largest of 155lbs except when I was pregnant) persons pinky, and some nights they weren't even serving dessert. When I leave hungry and normally only eat once a day THERE is a problem. I am not a picky gal when it comes to food. 4. If you are 41 years old and go to bed EVERY single night right after your 6:30 early dinner something is wrong. 5. If you are 41 years old and the best activity on board for you were the slides and drinking there is something wrong. 6. When the oldest person in your group is 42 and the youngest person is 15 and all of you sleep 10-15 hours daily that says this is so horrible that I should just rest up for the drive back home to face every day life. Man every day life is more fun than this vacation was. WHO EVER SAYS THAT? WE DID AND STILL DO. 7. Service was fine and I do feel like many employees were new but that is expected and didn't bother us one bit. 8. I knew that one port had a beach you didn't have to travel to but had to buy food/drinks which was fine. We can't complain about that port. 9. I spoke with employees etc. and decided not to book excursions because I was told the ports had accessible beaches within walking distance and that at one of the ports Carnival would serve lunch/drinks just the same as if you were on the ship. This is also how it use to be but not now. 10. The thermostat didn't work in our room but I refused to complain just like always. 11. The gym doesn't accommodate very many people considering how many people are on the ship. 12. Because it was so boring everyone just wanted to grab a lounge chair and there was never enough. ***** We have been loyal customers for years and have been on several cruises with Carnival with this being the FIRST time we have complained***** I can't help but to be mad over paying $10,000-$12,000 for a vacation that I could have paid half the price for and had good food and more fun. NOTE: I didn't question this because this was a normal thing in our past cruises with Carnival. THIS WAS NOT TRUE so needless to say after all the crap WE NEVER SAW A SINGLE BEACH IN BELIZE OR COZUMEL... Now we had been on a Carnival cruise to Cozumel and the beach was in walking distance and was right off the ship. I think they changed sides to dock on probably just to make more money.. $30 plus a person? Cabs don't cost that much. *****I suggest staying away unless you want to stay in the cheapest cabin, your goal is to only eat buffet food, drink, and sleep.***** Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Our last cruise was back in 2012; a lot of Carnival procedures and policies have changed since then (FTTF, Sail & Sign Cards at room, Sea Day Brunch), so we weren't really sure what to expect this cruise. We chose this particular ... Read More
Our last cruise was back in 2012; a lot of Carnival procedures and policies have changed since then (FTTF, Sail & Sign Cards at room, Sea Day Brunch), so we weren't really sure what to expect this cruise. We chose this particular cruise because we were able to celebrate Christmas at home with the family, but allowed us to do a cruise while the kids were still out on break. This cruise, I was traveling with my DH, DD (16), and my DS (14). We live about 3 1/2 hours away from New Orleans, so we decided to drive to port the morning of the cruise. Since the Saints had a 12 pm game, we got on the road around 3:40 am, hoping to get into the port area before the tailgaters arrived. We were engulfed in fog thick as pea soup as we drove. We arrived in the Crescent City by 8 am. After driving around a couple of side streets, we found some parking and ate breakfast at Mother's. There were some Saints fans out and walking about, festooned in fan garb. We exchanged some compulsary "Who Dat"s. Then, headed to the parking garage at the terminal. The cost is $140, but was worth the price for us. The garage opened around 9:30. We learned from one of the Carnival staff to wait until 10:30 am to go downstairs and get in line. Around 10:45 am, they started calling Priority boarding, wedding parties, and FTTF. Our boarding pass listed a boarding time of 12 pm - 12:30 pm, but we were on the ship before 11:30 am. The hubs and I had 1:30 pm Couples Massages scheduled. There is no better way to kick off a vacation than spending 75 minutes de-stressing. Our cabin was located on the Spa Deck (12202), and we took advantage of the multiple times throughout the cruise. We'd head to the Thalassotherapy Pool after a long day of walking around in port or on the ship. We took advantage of the Thermal Suites. Between my DH and I, we had 5 massages, a pedicure, and a facial. We love the Spa!! Our embarkation massage completed just in time to run to the room to grab our S&S cards, see our luggage had arrived, grab the kids (who were eating and scouting the ship while we were in the spa) and then head to our Muster Station. They scan our cards now (also a new procedure since our last cruise), so they know if you aren't there (and call you out). Our cabin was clean and was easily able to accomodate 4 people. The beds were a little hard for our liking. We really enjoyed sitting out on the balcony each day. The balcony was not covered, so during sail aways, we got to enjoy conversations with people up on deck 14. Deck 12 is nice and quiet. There were no loud neighbors. The foot traffic was minimal. The seas were rocking our entire cruise, and we could really feel it from our room. We were prepared with chewable Bonnie, so seasickness was kept at bey. We had an early dining time in the Scarlett Dining Room. My biggest complaint on the ship is that our room was located on the most forward part of the ship and we had to travel to the furthest point in the back of the ship to access the dining room. The dining room's location wasn't easy for us to access, and I felt like I was in the Maze Runner each time we went to the dining room -- down 8 flights in the elevator closest to our room. Walk all the way to the back of the ships and then go down the last set of stairs you can find. Everyday for 7 days. I'd pass the windows for the Crimson Dining room and give my pouty face. Why couldn't we have eaten here? We had no issues with our wait staff. Our table was tucked in the back, far away from the entertainment. I felt like all the waiters who didn't know the routine were stuck in front of us. Of the 5 near us, not a single one had the same dance moves. Entertainment on the ship was consistent. Our Cruise Director, Ryan Rose, was full of energy and really tried to engage the guests. He was very personable, friendly, and funny. The performers were good at dancing, but all but one was really pitchy. Despite this, we watched all of the performances. America Rocks was our favorite. The least favorite was the Motown revue. The singers lacked the soulfulness needed to execute these songs. The deck parties were fun. As always, the Hairy Chest Competition was entertaining. We never made it to a Dive-In Movie, since the times for the movies we were interested in conflicted with our dining time. For this reason, we also missed out on the family friendly Punchliner shows. The family oriented ones conflicted with the main shows based on our dinner time. I might be willing to try YTD for this reason alone (we've always had Early Dining). All of our wait staff and cabin stewards were friendly and worked hard to ensure my family had a great vacation. Our favorite place was the Alchemy Bar. Maria, Manol, and Suri made the best drinks on the ship. I really liked the Cucumber Sunrise. The least friendly staff were the ladies working in the specialty coffee shop. My husband and I both had the Cheers package. He is an early riser, but I am not. His biggest complaint about the specialty coffee bar was he could not get a coffee for both of us at the same. He had to wait 5 minutes. This made no sense to him. Our ports of call were to Roatan, Honduras; Belize; and Cozumel. In Roatan, we used a highly recommended private tour operator, Victor Bodden, and created a customizable tour for our family. We visited his sloth and monkey farm (all of us REALLY loved this). My daughter zip lined at the adjacent Mayan Jungle Canopy. Her smiles on the zip line are priceless. There was a guide on the line in front of her, taking pictures along the way. They were available for purchase for a very reasonable price and were waiting in my inbox when we arrived home. After this, we headed to the chocolate factory (it was nothing special); the rum factory, where you could taste samples of the rum and rum cake -- the banana cake was quite tasty; and a stop to the Stone Cameo Factory. OMG! I loved this place. The work was amazing and the prices are reasonable. In Belize, we did Carnival's Lamani excursion. This involved an hour bus ride in an air-conditioned charter bus and a 1/2 hour speed boat ride to the ruins site. The guides were entertaining and the trip went by quickly. We stopped for lunch on the way back and were returned to port 30 minutes prior to the last ferry departure. We had been to Cozumel several times previously, so we had no plans in this port. We walked off the ship, stopped at Pancho's for lunch (good food!), did a little shopping, and then enjoyed the rest of the day on the ship. The kids never went to the planned activities for their ages, so I cannot review either of the teen clubs. My kids did spend copious amounts of time in the arcade, playing putt-putt, eating ice cream, and ordering pizza.What else does a teenager need? Would we do this cruise again? Absolutely. Read Less
Carnival Dream Ratings
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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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