14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
My husband and I had cabin 12201 Carnival dream, spa balcony cabin. It was our first cruise.Cabin was beautiful .Spa was great ohhh thalosopool how i miss you, and the relaxation room. Everything was wonderful. Scarlett dining room staff ... Read More
My husband and I had cabin 12201 Carnival dream, spa balcony cabin. It was our first cruise.Cabin was beautiful .Spa was great ohhh thalosopool how i miss you, and the relaxation room. Everything was wonderful. Scarlett dining room staff are the tops!!(Iputoo and Bido)not to mention how much fun shoooowtime is!! Very professional and made you feel special.I loved our 815pm assigned dining made you feel very formal and dressy! Very friendly and gracious.The food was delicious, shrimp cocktails,salmon cakes,ceasar salads,prime rib and the lobster tails were great!! We had so many romantic quiet evenings. I didn't think we would like the dive in theater but it was a great way to relax watching Batman snuggled in a blanket. The serinity area was great for sunning and having a pina colada. Show in the encore theater was fancy and enjoyable!! The dream was magnificent!!! I cannot wait to go again!!!! 5 stars and the towel animals were lovely.(husband also misses pizza pirate!!!!!) Excursions : Deluxe beach catamaran and snorkel in Cozumel cannot be missed!!! This crew is very professional and fun!!!! I read so many reviews about bad snorkeling groups, i was worried. Fury Catamaran was the best!!! Organized ride to snorkel spot that was beautiful, coral,schools of fish,good equipment it was fantastic, then the ride to the beach was fun,music,drinks,soda , family friendly, even though we had no kids with us,No one had any troubles, and there was plenty of space to snorkel.It was our first time snorkeling and we did great . I will also add in i have arthritis and there catamaran has stairs that go down into the sea so it was easier to get in and out of the water.Jesus group was great!! Beach was lovely, sea was beautiful i would do this again defintely!! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We went on the cruise to try to get our love back but I ended up getting food poisioning from the blacken mahi mahi and was confined to my room until Tuesday I finally get a chance to go out with my wife and walk into the hall and smell ... Read More
We went on the cruise to try to get our love back but I ended up getting food poisioning from the blacken mahi mahi and was confined to my room until Tuesday I finally get a chance to go out with my wife and walk into the hall and smell the worst odor that I shouldn't have smelled. The room ac was never up to par especially after the heavy black smoke came from the smoke stack n the captain saying theirs no reason to be alarmed. the service for room service was horriable I got raw uncooked bacon on my BLT and they ran out of things that we ordered. I really was looking forward to this cruise and was very disappointed. I'm sorry for anyone that experienced the same as I did and I will not recommend the carnival dream as a cruise to take on my next journey of my endevours Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This was my first cruise, and after this one it's definitely not going to be my last! This ship is so BIG and so NICE! Our room steward, Christine, was absolutely wonderful! The drinks did not lack alcohol. The service in the dining ... Read More
This was my first cruise, and after this one it's definitely not going to be my last! This ship is so BIG and so NICE! Our room steward, Christine, was absolutely wonderful! The drinks did not lack alcohol. The service in the dining room was impeccable. Definitely get the chocolate melting cake. The comedy shows were very funny and all of the carnival shows in encore were fabulous. The adult only Serenity area was one of my favorite parts on the trip. The people at the excursion desk were extremely knowledgeable and our 3 shore excursions were so organized booking through Carnival. I DID have a big problem with my spa experience and after speaking to the manager, she refunded me 100% which I didn't even ask of her to do! I felt like the people working on this boat actually cared about my husband and I having a great time. This was the best customer service I have ever seen! I am completely satisfied with my cruise and can't wait to book my next one!!! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
We embarked via New Orleans on Carnival Dream on 12-6-15. We went to Roatan, Belize & Cozumel. First of all- the process to get into the port via Security check points is long, tedious and you are standing with your carry on bags ... Read More
We embarked via New Orleans on Carnival Dream on 12-6-15. We went to Roatan, Belize & Cozumel. First of all- the process to get into the port via Security check points is long, tedious and you are standing with your carry on bags forever. Waiting to be processed from one checkpoint to the next- so prepare to stand & wait. Next we got on the boat into our room- which was ok. I would say the accommodations stating room for 4 is not adequate. Very little space to put luggage or storage. Room was not luxurious like you would think. We did have a balcony and it was ok. This boat is so full of people 3600. If you do not like crowds- do not go on a large boat. The people are mostly big, heavy people that are rude, stand in the hallways will not move out of the way and just take their time as if they are the only ones there. The food in the Lido deck was ok- nothing special. The food in the dining rooms was great but served as "gourmet" sizes- meaning very small. 2 bites for an appetizer- 2 oz steaks, very small portions. If you want more- order 2 or 3 appetizers. Breakfast was great, but again, very small portions. Drinks are outrageously priced. We did not get the drink coupons, as we did not think we would drink that much, so we paid as we went. You do have to buy the drink coupons for every day of the cruise and for everyone in the cabin. We knew we would not drink $1400.00 worth of alcohol that week, we did end up spending about $800.00 though. The excursions are made that you have to buy an excursion if you want to be one of the first off the boat. Otherwise, you are waiting for several hours to ride the tinder. The ports are all owned by Carnival and it is a farce. They make it where you can only buy an excursion if you want to sightsee or go to the beaches. Although it is for safety -it would be nice to port near a beach that you could walk to. The excursions are all rather pricey. In Roatan & Cozumel you can walk off the boat without paying for an excursion- but you do have to pay to get around. In Belize we did not purchase an excursion- you can take the tinder to the island which is about a 20 minute ride. BUT- we had to wait in the bar to get a number to be called to get on the boat-after the paid excursions left first. This was such an ordeal- at first it was orderly, we had our number to get off # 56. They called out numbers to board, then 53, 54 55. So we thought we would be next. NO- what they did was say "OK, everyone to the 0 deck to load. This created such a fiasco as people just coming in to load all ran ahead of us -they had no number to board- we were on the 3rd floor had to go to 0 floor - so everyone -about 600 people were walking down the stairs( you cannot get an elevator) and standing on the stairs waiting to go down- these rude people were pushing, shoving and breaking in line- as there was no order now- we were pushed aside by some very rude black women- I said you want to break that bad- go ahead. So we ended up standing in the stairways for 2 hours waiting to get to 0 to the tinder. This was such a fire hazard, and none of the workers even seemed to care or be mindful of the situation. The workers were stressed and not even friendly. You can tell these people do not like their job. The large amount of heavy & rude people take its toll on the workers I am sure. Our cabin Steward was friendly & helpful though. The cruisers load their plates to the extreme, are messy, loud, obnoxious. It is no wonder the US is disliked by other countries. I would say that Carnival cruise is the Wal-Mart of cruises. Will never go on another Carnival cruise. Not worth the money. Roatan was beautiful and the islanders friendly, Cozumel was nice, great bargains but Belize is very unsafe- the port is old, the people there are not friendly, seemed very racist to us. Could not get waited on in the restaurants- took 2 hours to get a menu- then the waitress would not bring our check. This took us 3 hours to eat- they were not crowded - waited on others before us. We did not tip. The shop keepers were rude- seemed as if the crowds were not welcome. Save your money for Cozumel & Roatan. Had we known what an ordeal to load on the tinder and the unfriendliness of the islanders- we would have stayed on the boat in Belize. Not worth the money or time. Everything on the boat is pricey- the spa, the bars, any extra- be prepared to spend & spend. You should also be aware that the port fees & tax are added separately -after you book- also parking in NO was $126.00 for the week. Also a gratuity is added per person, per day. So you are going to spend an additional $400.00 PP so remember to include that in the cost of the cruise. The Comedy clubs and any of the nightlife bars or entertain fill up quickly, you must stand in line at least an hour before hand to get in. They are not worth the wait. DO NOT BUY the coupon booklet from the lady doing the sales presentation for the ports- the items you get free are cheap and ugly. Not worth the $25.00 fee for the booklet. She works for Carnival- a sales ploy. Save your money and go on a smaller cruise line- the rooms are nicer, the workers friendlier, food is a lot better and you can go to better ports. Carnival is a scam. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
I have traveled alot and I have never written a review however I felt I should for this trip. First, the interior rooms were tiny. A queen bed with 2 fold down bunks from the ceiling with uncomfortable mattresses. I hit my head on the bunk ... Read More
I have traveled alot and I have never written a review however I felt I should for this trip. First, the interior rooms were tiny. A queen bed with 2 fold down bunks from the ceiling with uncomfortable mattresses. I hit my head on the bunk so many times that my friends started joking about brain damage. One time I hit my head so hard it nearly knocked me out. Tall people should absolutly avoid the interior rooms especially since i am 5'5". Second the food was okay but after being rudely ejected from the dining room because one of our group was in very neat shorts and Polo combo made me extreamly uneasey about eating in the resteraunt since Mauricio the resteraunt manager kept obviously making comments about us to other staff every time he saw us the rest of the cruise. In fact we tried to tell him we didn't realize that it was dress up night. But the hostess missed the shorts in our party of 4, the staff seating us missed the shorts as well as our waiter. But Mauricio saved carnival by ejecting us while others sat in shorts. Furthermore he commented to our party "Oh only he has to leave. You can stay." Really!!! 3 women can stay but the only man in the group was required to leave. It ment enough to carnival to rudely kick us out after being seated and given menus.... Third when a passenger goes to customer service to make a complaint and say the capt. or cruise director did not make any customary announcements about elegant night, it was only printed in the daily schedule in 1 line on the back of the schedule which none of our group noticed and third your staff didn't help us by telling us prior to seating us. Instead we walked up to the service desk and asked to speak with someone but was given no other explanation. She called someone... we now think it was Wade.... hung up and stated... "it's been noted! No worries!" We asked what's been noted? She said "your incident. No worries No worries" We stated we asked to speak to someone not for you to express your no worries. I am glad the incident happened to my friend. He was composed during the whole event. I would have been screaming back no worries damage control (expletive expletive expletive ) sack of expletive.... So we never spoke to any one and felt uncomfortable the rest of the cruise! That was the only true vacation I have afforded myself to take as an adult and I spent half of it hoping something nasty wasn't done to my food! P.S. the intercom in our room did not work so we had to run to the door and stand in the hallway to hear announcements! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
Our (my wife and I) overall experience on Carnival Dream was truly beyond marvelous. We totally enjoyed the cruise from start to finish. Every process was well organized and very efficient especially considering almost 4 thousand people ... Read More
Our (my wife and I) overall experience on Carnival Dream was truly beyond marvelous. We totally enjoyed the cruise from start to finish. Every process was well organized and very efficient especially considering almost 4 thousand people on board with thousands of those with special needs and assistance required. Since we've been taking vacations all over the world in the past 40 years (to include some of the most beautiful and exotic resorts), this is by far our most enjoyable and most relaxing one. The entire set up on the cruise ship was very accommodating and easily accessible. But the most impressive of all was the customer service in room cleaning and especially in the food service areas, both in the variety of food courts but particularly in the sit-down dining room (Crimson on Deck 4). The team of Mr. Wijaya, Mr. Pujawan, and Mr. Alex went beyond and above to make us feel like first class customers at every dining moment, night in and night out. Also Ms. Claire (Crimson Hostess) was very personable, pleasantly friendly, and helpful in answering our many inquiries. These employees clearly made our cruise experience the best ever and made the Carnival Dream our #1 choice for future cruise consideration. Furthermore, the tour guides for our excursions in Montego Bay and Grand Cayman were very friendly, funny, and extremely knowledgeable about the history of the islands as well as the historic landmarks. In summary, we had the experience of our life and the cruise on Carnival Dream was worth countless times more than we paid for. It was like "Heaven on Earth," so now we are looking forward to go to heaven, lol. Job well done, Carnival Dream. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
I recently went on my first cruise in August and firmly believe there is no better way to travel. I went on the carnival dream and was accompanied by the friendliest staff that you could imagine. There is something for everyone. If you ... Read More
I recently went on my first cruise in August and firmly believe there is no better way to travel. I went on the carnival dream and was accompanied by the friendliest staff that you could imagine. There is something for everyone. If you wanna relax for seven days feel free. If you wanna watch endless amounts of shows and do loads of activities have at it. If you want to gamble your money away drink like a fish and eat until none of the clothes that you brought with you fit anymore (my choice) do your thang. I met so many people and seized so many once in a lifetime opportunities. Carnival is doing it right and I will definitely be back. Jonathon, Randy, Ana, Warisa, Adrian, Edy, Hatty, Nelson, Tono, Paul, Mauriel, Xolani, Jennifer, and Silvia all made an impression on us and treated us like Royalty. Thanks to carnival and their amazing staff I will be back. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
I am so excited about my adventure. It was more than I had hoped for. The food, entertainment and staff were excellent. The professionalism and courtesy of the entire staff was wonderful. I enjoyed this cruise so much until I have already ... Read More
I am so excited about my adventure. It was more than I had hoped for. The food, entertainment and staff were excellent. The professionalism and courtesy of the entire staff was wonderful. I enjoyed this cruise so much until I have already planned my next one. Thank you Carnival Dream Team for your efforts and dedication to each passenger. The cabins were always maintained and cleaned twice a day. Service overall was excellent. There were activities all day long. My favorite part was the dining room entertainment from the waiters. I love those guys. The process of getting on and off was not bad at all. I felt secure and safe the entire time. Dream is the best ship! Rebecca B...Monroe, La. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
We are just back from our first cruise on the Carnival Dream. I have to say that overall we really enjoyed ourselves ( husband and 2 boys ages 12 & 14 ) and had a great time. I had no idea of what to expect so here are a few of my ... Read More
We are just back from our first cruise on the Carnival Dream. I have to say that overall we really enjoyed ourselves ( husband and 2 boys ages 12 & 14 ) and had a great time. I had no idea of what to expect so here are a few of my thoughts. I thought the Embarkation went very smooth and was very easy...of course when you arrive at the Port Of New Orleans..it looks like a madhouse however, it is controlled chaos and very well organized. We arrived at the terminal and my husband dropped off me with the luggage. I was able to easily get a Carnival porter, who immediately checked our bags. My husband parked the car in terminal parking and came and met us in under 10 minutes. We purchased FTTF, which I highly recommend..it was definitely worth it and our check in and boarding was very easy. Our bags were delivered very early to our room, and my boys had their suits on and were swimming in the pool within an hour. The food I thought was very good, and we really enjoyed the dining rooms and service. Lido deck food was pretty good, I mean its breakfast/lunch dining. We had lines the first few days but towards the end of the week we never waited. We had the later seating at 8:15 which we liked a lot because we were never rushed to get dressed and get to dinner. We could get back from an excursion and relax and get ready for dinner leisurely...which is nice because you are fairly tired after an all day excursion in the sun. We ate in the steak house 2x, and loved it. Food was fantastic, and what a deal...seriously $35 per person, you cant order an entrée at a steakhouse for that let alone a 4-5 course meal. We loved our room and our cabin steward...he was so wonderful. We stayed in stateroom 7374 , which is the Empress deck. ... it was shockingly quiet...not a peep at night..I would definitely book that room again. There is so much to do on the boat, my husband and I enjoyed the Serenity area..very quiet and spa like .and spent time in the Ocean Plaza bar and loved the live band every night ..my kids enjoyed the pools,water slides, and arcade. We rented a golf cart in Key West... this was probably the most disappointing part of the trip..not a lot to do there...just too hot, humid and the town has changed a lot since I was there 20 years ago ...its like a mini New Orleans to me. We probably should have gone on the jet ski tour. Our next port was Freeport. Town is not great,We booked a day pass at the Lucaya Resort. We purchased the pass before our departure and glad we did. First thing the cab driver said was .. " The Lucaya Resort has been oversold and you cannot get in ...unless you prepaid and bought a pass earlier" the other people in the cab with us had to go the public beach which was not nice AT ALL. Also, make sure and check with your cab driver about pick up times and when we they end because they stop running at 5:30, we were told 6:00 , and almost did not get a ride back. YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET A CAB FROM ANYONE OTHER THAN A REAL TAXI STAND. In Nassau, we purchased the Atlantis Aquaventure...my kids favorite..they loved it. The park is very big. The excursion included lunch which was pretty good ...burger / fries etc.....which was surprisingly a large lunch (burger was huge). I guess if I had to say anything negative about the cruise..it would NOT be about the cruise, crew or boat..my issues were with the passengers. I mean there are some seriously unmannered, redneck and simply RUDE , gross people on board which is hard not to notice because there are so many of them. However, there are normal people interspersed on the boat as well, just not as many. We did meet a really nice couple with very nice children.. and there are people like that on board but its hard not to notice a lot of the "other" types. I thought the boat was very clean and they were constantly cleaning and scrubbing EVERYTHING. There was a bathroom near the Ocean Plaza bar and every time I went in there was an attendant scrubbing and cleaning it...I was very impressed at how conscientious they were about keeping the boat clean, and very germ conscientious as well. The disembarkation was very smooth and because of FTTF, once they called us .. we were off the boat, had our bags and in our car in about 15 minutes. Overall, I really enjoyed cruising, and would definitely go again... I think I would maybe look into a higher end cruise line just because of the people ...but Carnival runs a very nice boat and cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
My family just enjoyed our very first cruise a few weeks ago. We chose July because we were cruising with a large group of family and friends with children out of school for the summer. I might add our children were teenagers, not the ... Read More
My family just enjoyed our very first cruise a few weeks ago. We chose July because we were cruising with a large group of family and friends with children out of school for the summer. I might add our children were teenagers, not the little ones who can make a vacation turn into a nightmare. We loved the ship! Our cabins were great even though we didn't select them as we'd had no experience on a ship before. We did ask for a cove balcony and it was great. I'm not certain I'd go with any balcony again on a Caribbean cruise though since we enjoy being around other people when the ship departs and our departures were LATE, 11:00 PM so there was no seeing anything interesting from our balcony in the dark. I was a bit disappointed in our cabin steward. It was his first week back after "vacation" and I suspect he just wasn't in the groove yet. We asked for ice in our room and never got it. We asked for the continental breakfast and never got it. Once we tipped him the day before the end of the cruise, he became much more accommodating. Perhaps we should have done that earlier. We were new to all of this and didn't prebook our excursions. Lesson learned there. Most of the things we wanted to do were all booked up and that was disappointing. We went on a trolley ride in Key West with plans to jump off at the beach but honestly the beach was icky looking so we opted to go have some Key Lime Pie on a stick instead. In Freeport, we also just winged it and ended up at Junkanoo beach after a scary interaction with several taxi drivers. We loved Junkanoo beach though. The coconut drinks do flow heavily with no regard to age, so beware of that!! That night I decided to suck it up and book Atlantis (even though the price is ridiculous) just so we'd have no worries about our last excursion day. Atlantis is beyond beautiful. It appears to be lined in gold! The beach was great and the water was so perfect. The native folks selling things on the beach are interesting but annoying. You never know what the price is or will be or if you're getting scammed or not. Still, very interesting despite the aggravation. The ship is gorgeous! We enjoyed all the food, especially in the Crimson Dining Room. If you're lucky enough to get Superman for your server, you'll want for nothing! We opted for late dining. I'm not sure how that compares to other dining times but it did cause us to be late for some of the shows we wanted to see. We played Bingo and WON!! Thank you Carnival Dream :) We are already planning two more cruises for next year. Cannot wait!!! 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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