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
Sail Date: July 2015
The ship was great. We booked an interior room and got upgraded to a window room which was awesome. The staff is wonderful. It was my first cruise and didn't even have to take motion sickness stuff. The comedy show is a must see ... Read More
The ship was great. We booked an interior room and got upgraded to a window room which was awesome. The staff is wonderful. It was my first cruise and didn't even have to take motion sickness stuff. The comedy show is a must see mostly the 18+ ones. Try to go to see everything at least once. We had late dining which worked out great. The pools are pretty packed all the time. We only used it on a port day when we got back on the ship early. And long lines in the lido area for food. Plan on being patient. They have bbq on deck 5 on sea days. It's yummy! Also, if you get warm easily bring a fan! We took a small fan and it was great. The vent over the air system seems to block a lot of air so we took it off and had a lot of air flow. It just pops off and on. And take an extension cord for your stuff to plug in. Only one outlet in the room. There is a track to run on outside but good luck with it, especially on sea days there are people just walking around and kids in your way. The fitness room is pretty good, but on sea days it is super packed! One more thing, if you get Luna for your waiter tell him Mary and Mike says hello. He is the absolute best!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
My husband and i just got home from our awesome cruise on the carnival dream! Thank you Carnival for such top quality service. I have never experienced fantastic customer service like you all distributed during our week stay on your ship. ... Read More
My husband and i just got home from our awesome cruise on the carnival dream! Thank you Carnival for such top quality service. I have never experienced fantastic customer service like you all distributed during our week stay on your ship. Over 4,500 guest on the ship and you make every guest feel like they are a top priority--i am still in awe as to how well you did that! Most important to us was the excellency of the Cordon Blue staff! My husband and i was blessed every night at dinner and at breakfast in the scarlet restaurant by the absolute finest servers by the name of Valentino, I Gusti, and Volodymyr. We looked forward to having dinner every night due to their superb customer service. These wonderful servers made us feel at home. They were very loving, caring, attentive, and always served with the warmest smiles on their faces. We truly drew near to them and because of them we decided to book another cruise with our entire family for next year. I was highly saddened when we said our good-byes. This was our first cruise we look forward to our next trip with carnival! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
I was Sooooooooo excited to go on my first cruise:) And left disappointed and confused why this is all this rave about cruises. The food was so terrible, that I was on Pep-to Bismol night 2. For the breakfast buffet, they pulled ham out of ... Read More
I was Sooooooooo excited to go on my first cruise:) And left disappointed and confused why this is all this rave about cruises. The food was so terrible, that I was on Pep-to Bismol night 2. For the breakfast buffet, they pulled ham out of a water bucket...UGH! The best food I had was an omelet, hot dog, and the Steakhouse (which the Steakhouse was incredibly SLOW even with a reservation)! Night three I felt like I had a rock in my stomach and couldn't eat anything for the next 2 days. Then I though I would try the deli, thinking maybe that would be ok...I couldn't eat it. The Deli gave a a slab of cheese that you could pick up and it wobbled with warm bread (I took one bight and about upchucked. The servers were rude, which shocked me...I was always told the service was great! I love stand-up comedy, so we went to a couple of shows. However, we walked out not even 10 minutes in because they were horrible. I didn't even get a good laugh out. Except for one, who was an amazing funny Hispanic guy. The ship only has 2 pools which are SMALL...and I mean SMALL!!! I went to have a beer and relax in the pool, a bunch of kids start splashing around (no problem), but I want to relax so I go to the other side of the boat "thinking that it must be the side with just adults"...NOPE! So, there is NO adult only pool area! So, I was in a pool for 20 minutes on they entire cruise. If you wanted adult only area, you had to go to a small upper deck with nothing but chairs. The Ports were NICE! Really enjoyed they Excursions, but every time on the way back in all I could think is "Oh god, I have to get back on that ship". There are hidden fees as well, which no one tells you from the Casino to Drinks! I spent a grand in the casino (made not a DIME)...the casino sent me COOKIES! Really, Cookies? WTH! After spending a crap ton for the cruise and getting charged a crap ton while on it...I cannot believe that was my vacation! I don't feel relaxed, I feel jipped! All my co-workers are telling me to try Royal or Norwegian before I say NO to cruises, supposedly they are suppose to be way better...I think I am to scorned though. The one night I just really wanted to get away, I did go up to the Serenity deck to sit in the Hot-tub and stair at the stars. There was a 17 year old kid in there drunk with a bucket of beers behind his heading blabbing about how this was his 12th cruise with mommy and daddy! I thought it was adults ONLY...and how in the hell does a 17 year old get a bucket of beers? So, needless to say after having to listen to annoying crap...I got out 10 minutes later! Pros: Cabin was nice (and so was our cabin attendant), and the shows (in the main room) pretty good! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2015
We had a wonderful time it was more than we expected. We absolutely loved it, everyone was so nice. We met so many people from all over. It's something we will never forget. The places we went were so beautiful. The food the ... Read More
We had a wonderful time it was more than we expected. We absolutely loved it, everyone was so nice. We met so many people from all over. It's something we will never forget. The places we went were so beautiful. The food the entertainment, everything was great. Can't wait to do it again!!!! I would recommend Carnival to anyone. ..there staff is so nice. Getting on and off the ship was very smooth transition. Cozumel, and Mahogony bay was our favorite destinations such beautiful water, sand, and stores. Was very romantic for me and my husband. The food was extraordinary, we got to try some food we've never had before, it was a wonderful experience. .....then you Carnival Dream! !!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
You spend a great deal of your time standing in long lines...there's a 1-2 hour wait for " Your Time Dining" practically every night Worse on " Captain's night." You have to get up with the chickens / ... Read More
You spend a great deal of your time standing in long lines...there's a 1-2 hour wait for " Your Time Dining" practically every night Worse on " Captain's night." You have to get up with the chickens / Crack of dawn to get a lounge chair by the pool or the Serenity (adults only) deck. Carnival does not provide any information on the port of calls UNLESS IT'S A CARNIVAL ASSOCIATED EXCURSION. The port of calls are an average of 8 hours of which you spend at least 2 of them standing in LINE. I was shocked at the amount of sells/ marketing aboard ship...artwork, diamonds,.... the list goes on. The Comedy Club Manager needs a course in customer service...we LINED up for a show and was told we could NOT stand there come back in twenty minutes. We followed instructions and 5 minutes later there was a line around the corner exactly were we had stood....I asked the attendant why she had allowed people to line up where she insisted we COULD NOT. She rudely told us we could speak to the Mgr if we had a complaint. The Mgr tells us, he didn't " see the problem everyone will get a seat." The problem was we were finally first in LINE and was turned away. The food was mediocre in the Crimson dining room. We stopped going to the dining room after the 3rd night. We decided to splurge and pay the $35/ per person, beverage not included and the additional gratuity to eat at "The Steakhouse." Applebee's and Chili's have a better cut of steak. The "baked potatoe" was a very small Russet potatoe not much bigger than a large egg. Lack of diversity in the entertainment, The DJ on the Lido deck apparently Never heard of the R&B genre. ....But we got plenty of "Sweet Home Alabama." If you pay for balcony, don't stay in cabin 6329...it is directly above the casino, Lanai smoking area, and a noisy hot tub/ jacuzzi. First Cruise and thanks to Carnival our Last Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
You spend a great deal of your time standing in long lines...there's a 1-2 hour wait for " Your Time Dining" practically every night Worse on " Captain's night." You have to get up with the chickens / ... Read More
You spend a great deal of your time standing in long lines...there's a 1-2 hour wait for " Your Time Dining" practically every night Worse on " Captain's night." You have to get up with the chickens / Crack of dawn to get a lounge chair by the pool or the Serenity (adults only) deck. Carnival does not provide any information on the port of calls UNLESS IT'S A CARNIVAL ASSOCIATED EXCURSION. The port of calls are an average of 8 hours of which you spend at least 2 of them standing in LINE. I was shocked at the amount of sells/ marketing aboard ship...artwork, diamonds,.... the list goes on. The Comedy Club Manager needs a course in customer service...we LINED up for a show and was told we could NOT stand there come back in twenty minutes. We followed instructions and 5 minutes later there was a line around the corner exactly were we had stood....I asked the attendant why she had allowed people to line up where she insisted we COULD NOT. She rudely told us we could speak to the Mgr if we had a complaint. The Mgr tells us, he didn't " see the problem everyone will get a seat." The problem was we were finally first in LINE and was turned away. The food was mediocre in the Crimson dining room. We stopped going to the dining room after the 3rd night. We decided to splurge and pay the $35/ per person, beverage not included and the additional gratuity to eat at "The Steakhouse." Applebee's and Chili's have a better cut of steak. The "baked potatoe" was a very small Russet potatoe not much bigger than a large egg. Lack of diversity in the entertainment, The DJ on the Lido deck apparently Never heard of the R&B genre. ....But we got plenty of "Sweet Home Alabama." If you pay for balcony, don't stay in cabin 6329...it is directly above the casino, Lanai smoking area, and a noisy hot tub/ jacuzzi. First Cruise and thanks to Carnival our Last Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
As a 21 year old couple, will never book through carnival cruise line again. My biggest complaint will have to be the overall crowded ship, there was no room anywhere, shoulder to shoulder everywhere you went. The buffet lines always ... Read More
As a 21 year old couple, will never book through carnival cruise line again. My biggest complaint will have to be the overall crowded ship, there was no room anywhere, shoulder to shoulder everywhere you went. The buffet lines always tooknke around 30 mins for food. Oh and the food, if you like instant food that all mostly tastes the same (horrible) this is the place to book. 2nd the language barrier between you and the workers is very difficult, very hard to find help that you can understand. The workers are very hard workers, i will give them that. There are kids running loose everywhere, all hours of the night. Some nights we had kids banging the our doors and running away (also pressing all the buttons in elevators) while the parents are out drunk on deck. The only way a adult would enjoy is this ship is to give them a reason to drink. But you can't afford to get drunk at $10.00 a beer. Everything costs money, dont expect a small bill if want to have fun. The stops was amazing, i had a blast. at end of the ship i ended up getting sick, most people did. But that's to be expected. Are tolet was also broken, but i couldn't tell anyone they couldn't understand me. I have no accent and speak very clear english. Its very frustrating at times.. Also as a person that works nights, i would like to be able to eat at night whitch is my normal lunch, i dont want instant pizza every night!!! Room service only offers wraps! And the meet taste like cat food!! if you want to eat a decent meal go ahead and schedule sarlet its a fancy restaurant. The food is editable.. But i lost 15 pounds on vacation that isn't normal.. And weight 160.. I'm not big by no means. My gf got sick every time she ate.. And also the night clubs are lame, i found no fun activities other then watching my 6 channels in my cabin and sleeping.. Well trying to sleep from how loud it was in our room 24.7,.. (i was happy with my excursions, my handicap shower so it was !huge!, and the beds were okay, and the comdians were hilarious) but overall i was completely disappointed as long as most experienced cruisers. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2015
My first cruise and I traveled alone. I met the most amazing people which made my trip better than I could ever imagine. I didn't need to exercise because I danced evey night all night. I was celebrating my birthday. Crusiers and ... Read More
My first cruise and I traveled alone. I met the most amazing people which made my trip better than I could ever imagine. I didn't need to exercise because I danced evey night all night. I was celebrating my birthday. Crusiers and staff were all so nice it was like a Dream. I definitely was on the right boat. I can not even begin to tell you all how much I truly enjoyed myself. I had so much fun. I am easily amused, down to earth, and my only expectation was to have a good time. The food and entertainment was delicious. Again, I am easy to please. My steward and literally everyone you come in contact usually knows you by name. I can not wait to do it all over again. If the only thing keeping you from taking a cruise is because you are trying to find someone to go with, GO ALONE!!!! I did it and loved it. You will meet tons of people to hang out with and new forever friends. If you are open to having fun...you will. Remember you are on vacation so act like it!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2015
We sailed out of New Orleans in January on the Dream. This was my 2nd cruise (my first with Carnival), and 1st cruise ever for DH. The ship is rather large, maybe too large, as it seemed a big confusing getting from one place to the other. ... Read More
We sailed out of New Orleans in January on the Dream. This was my 2nd cruise (my first with Carnival), and 1st cruise ever for DH. The ship is rather large, maybe too large, as it seemed a big confusing getting from one place to the other. The galley is located on the 3rd floor, midship, so you could not get from one end of the ship to the other via the 3rd floor. The ports were amazing. We shopped in Cozumel, swam with Stingrays in Grand Caymen, and took a raft trip down the Martha Brae River in Jamaica. I really enjoyed my sea days on my previous cruise, but the Carnival sea days did not seem to be as fun to me. I think I may be getting too old for all of the loud music around the pool. The food left me wanting more. There wasn't much to choose from on the buffet and the "anytime dining" option in the dining room wasn't much better. As long as we chose to be seated with others we could get a table rather quickly; however, as the cruise progressed, we really wanted to eat alone and had to get a pager and wait up to an hour for seating. We did opt for the Chef's Art Steakhouse one night and it was FABULOUS! We both had the crab cakes and ribeye steak; I had the chocolate sampler, DH had the enormous cheesecake. The staff was extremely friendly but nothing like the fun-loving staff on my last cruise. Our room steward was amazing and took very good care of us. All-in-all, it was a great trip but I do not believe I will sail Carnival again.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
This was our third attempt to take a cruise due to weather and health. We were at the dock and drove about seeking signs which were not available for the ship. Very confusing. We boarded the ship and went to a nice room with balcony. ... Read More
This was our third attempt to take a cruise due to weather and health. We were at the dock and drove about seeking signs which were not available for the ship. Very confusing. We boarded the ship and went to a nice room with balcony. Unfortunately it was directly under the Lido deck and each night we listened to the people above dragging the deck chairs for most of the night. The beds were very comfortable and would have made for a great sleep if not for the constant noise. The Dream is quite a large ship with poor directions. The main elevators in the middle of the ship took you to each level. The other elevators would take to a place where you had to go up or down a flight to reach the next level. You could not get there from here was a common phrase, Also, the ship was so crowded that we often waited a great while to catch an elevator. The food was good and the service was excellent. We took the bus tours in Nassau and Freeport. Unfortunately the bus in Freeport had damaged windows and you could not see through them well enough to view anything. Due to the rain the windows could not be opened. Upon entering the bus the driver even said they needed new windows but could not afford them.. Had we known the condition of the bus we could NOT have paid about a hundred bucks for the two of us to take the tour. I expected the cruise line to ensure the tours they offered to meet a minimum standard. Very disappointing. We will NOT be cruising with Carnival again Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
My best friend really wanted to go on a cruise for her 30th birthday, but I had never done one before, so I was very hesitant to agree. After going back and forth on dates and destinations, we finally settled on Carnival Dream, visiting ... Read More
My best friend really wanted to go on a cruise for her 30th birthday, but I had never done one before, so I was very hesitant to agree. After going back and forth on dates and destinations, we finally settled on Carnival Dream, visiting Isla de Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. We are from Portland, Oregon, so we flew into New Orleans the night before, which is what we will do the next time we cruise as well. Even though we were told to board between 1:30-3:30, our cab arrived at our hotel around 1200, so we arrived early. The port was already extremely busy, and we later found out we could have boarded as early as 11:30. I would say that the embarkation process was the worst experience of the whole cruise. There was so much hurry up and wait! Once we finally got on board, I was wondering to myself if I had made a terrible mistake. The elevators were super crowded and it took us forever to get one. We found our room, 6228, and dropped our stuff and then headed to the crowded buffet. I waited in line for about 20 minutes for the Burrito Bar, and took two bites of my burrito before having to spit it out. I think it was the cheese that did me in. Immediately after this, it was time for the muster thing, again a somewhat chaotic experience. I thought I would spend the next 7 days miserable. After these experiences were over, it felt like a completely different atmosphere! We met our housekeeping steward, who was a nice guy. He did an EXCELLENT job in our room. We went to the Encore for every show they had. The shows were all pretty good. I would say that they were better than I thought I would find on a cruise ship. Mostly they entailed singing from a male lead and a female lead. The first one or two shows featured one male lead and then the rest of the week a different guy took over while that first man was a dancer. I will say that the first male lead was an incredible performer all around-- singing and dancing. The second guy seemed very nervous, and while he hit the notes, he just wasn't as good as the first guy. The female lead seemed a little over the top for me and I think she could use a diction coach, but my friend really enjoyed her performances. I also feel that throughout the week there was something for everyone-- Motown, Dancin' in the Streets, 80s, Carnival Legends... Every night was something different. Do arrive early so you can get a good spot. We showed up about 20 minutes early every night except the last and sat in the very front row. The last night we had to come straight from dinner and ended up having to sit in the balcony where the person sitting next to me promptly fell asleep and loudly snored throughout the entire show. As far as activities on the ship go, we had 3 at sea days. Most daytime activities were either trivia or some sort of seminar where they wanted you to buy something. I did go to a few of the trivia sessions and enjoyed them. We saw one Adults Only comedy special which was pretty explicit, and later in the week we went to family friendly comedy which was more my style. They also had one magic show on board. I will say that that part was weird. It was close up magic, so I knew it wasn't going to be in some enormous room, but when we arrived, (about 1/2 hour early since we went straight from dinner to the show), we were super confused. I wish I had taken a picture to explain this room. The magician was already in the room getting his props and such together, and a few other guests were there. The room was small.. I think maximum capacity was only supposed to be maybe 30? The chairs that they had set out were literally (i'm not exaggerating at all when I say this) about 2-3 inches apart from one other. I don't mean side to side. I mean that's how much leg room you were supposed to have from the chair in front of you. My CALVES are bigger than 2-3 inches. I stood in the back, with many other guests. Someone asked the magician why we were in such a small room and why the chairs were so absurdly organized, and you could tell he was embarrassed. I felt bad for him. He did a pretty decent job under the circumstances, but still, it just felt like the whole thing was an after thought. Dining on the ship was an interesting experience for me. I'm an extremely picky eater, but for years so many people have told me that cruise food was amazing, so I was anxious to try it. I already told you about the burrito which was on the LIdo Deck with the buffets. I found the rest of the buffet to be fairly standard, although I wasn't a fan of many of the desserts offered on the ship and stuck with ice cream cones mainly. The Pizza Pirate and I were very good friends on board, unless I was in a hurry. I also tried the hamburger stations and thought those were typical. We had Late Dining in the Scarlet and in spite of my pickiness, I did try a few new things including ox tongue and alligator fritters. As others have mentioned, the food doesn't quite come out as hot as you would expect it, but I think one thing to remember in this case is that they are preparing several hundred dishes at any given time. I did especially enjoy the sicillian chicken, the cream potato soup. One thing I grew to love and look forward to in at dinner were the shows the crews put on. Basically, it was flashing lights and loud music while the wait staff danced in silly hats, but we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our wait staff was simply the best and took time to talk to us as if were actual people and not numbers for Carnival. One night there was nothing on the menu I wanted at all, but I went to dinner anyway just because I knew I would have fun because the wait staff made it fun for us. We really enjoyed Isla de Roatan just for the relaxing aspect of it. The port of call we were most excited about was Belize, however it ended up being the one we liked the least. In fact, getting to Belize was chaos. One thing I appreciated was that the staff was well-informed and kept you well-informed about everything that was going on. Our cruise director, Hennie was constantly on the intercom making announcements... However, we either slept through the one about getting off the ship in Belize or there was not one made. We noticed that anyone who had purchased an excursion on the ship seemed to be clear on what to do, but anyone who had not (like us) was very confused. In Isla de Roatan, you simply took an elevator down to the gangway and got off the ship. We tried to do the same thing the next day and ran into a huge crowd of people going down stairs on a stairwell that was marked off. We happened to overhear another guest telling a random passerby that we actually needed to walk down to the Burgundy lounge, get assigned a number and wait for an available tender. So we headed back down to the Burgundy lounge, got a number, waited for about half an hour or so, then walked all the way back down to the gangway and down several flights of stairs to get there. Then you take a tender, which takes about 20 minutes or so, and then you're finally on Belize. That process was so bizarre to me! I'm not sure why they didn't have us wait in the Encore since it was much closer to the gangway and it was unused during that part of the day. Next time we go to Belize, we will get an excursion from Carnival. We did one on our own-- $20 for a 2 hour tour of Belize in an "air conditioned bus." Spoiler alert: the bus is not air conditioned nor do they roll the windows down. I literally felt like I was suffocating on that tour. I can't handle too much heat, and as such, once the tour was over, I had to sit in the mall area for about 40 minutes before I could resume any type of activity. The tour itself was nice, although we only went to about 1/2 the destinations we were promised. Again, because of the heat, I didn't care how many destinations we skipped lol. We heard fabulous things from our dinner mates who went cave tubing and snorkeling, so maybe next time we'd do one of those. Cozumel was hands down the best port experience we had. We rented a car and drove to Chen Rio, a free beach with a restaurant. There isn't really a place to change into swim clothes, so I had to discreetly change in our car, and for a bigger girl, that's kind of hard to do, but I managed. We also tried coconut water and found out we don't like it all. After we played in the ocean, we decided to get back in the car and go exploring in the city where we found a little meat vendor called Rico Asados. Great food and very nice people. We returned the car, did some shopping and headed back to the ship with plenty of time. We liked it so much that our next cruise includes a day at Cozumel as well. Disembarkation was absolutely a breeze. Woke up, went down to the Chambers to pick up our confiscated candles, and headed to breakfast on the Lido Deck. Even though Hennie said we were running a little bit behind because of the customs officials arriving on board, we found that we were actually off the boat and waiting for our ride earlier than we had anticipated. Again, because of Hennie's announcements and the crew's knowledge, the process was super smooth and much faster than I would have thought. I am so, so glad that I went on this cruise. The crew was fantastic, the other guests on board were so much fun and very, very friendly, and the weather was great. We are booked on the Dream again in early 2016 and I am looking forward to it already! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
I had never been on a cruise before. Heck, I had never been out of the contiguous United States! The Carnival Dream was a lovely first experience. I had booked this trip because my boyfriend has cruised numerous times before and really ... Read More
I had never been on a cruise before. Heck, I had never been out of the contiguous United States! The Carnival Dream was a lovely first experience. I had booked this trip because my boyfriend has cruised numerous times before and really enjoys it. This was his birthday present. There was always plenty of fun stuff to do on the ship each day. We could have easily enjoyed the trip without doing any excursions off the ship! The food was absolutely delicious. Most nights we ate in the Crimson Dining room. Our waitstaff, Nigel and I Komang, were wonderful. We looked forward to seeing them every night. I loved how Nigel got so into the staff's dance performances! We enjoyed the buffet as well, including Pasta Bella and the coffee shop. Hennie the Cruise Director was a stitch. We saw him in the Love & Marriage show. We enjoyed a couple of the shows, several raffles, and took advantage of the shopping available on the ship. We attended the art auction preview. I attended club Caliente on ladies' night. We also toured the spa facilities. I was never bored and there was so much to do we simply couldn't do it all! On our second day on the ship my boyfriend booked a private photo session with the ships photographer, Raghava "Reggie" Mulpuri. My boyfriend is not a fan of stiff poses in front of backdrops. Reggie was an absolute delight! Always professional, well dressed, great sense of humor, and never pushy. He is a master of his art! He took us around to several areas on the ship. Reggie was even able to capture beautiful intimate photos in busy, crowded places like the casino! I was so impressed with his technique! Our last stop was Deck 11 at sunset. There, Reggie assisted my boyfriend in a surprise proposal! Reggie helped formulate a plan to make it all happen flawlessly. I could not have asked for a more perfect proposal and Reggie captured this beautiful moment on film for us. A once in a lifetime moment forever preserved in these gorgeous photographs. I could not wait to show everyone the prints we purchased when we got home! I want to thank Reggie and his assistant that day, Timea, for helping record such a special moment! Thanks to them, and my now fiance, this will be a trip I will never forget! Engaged November 04, 2014 aboard the Carnival Dream Deck 11 @ sunset Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
For our 25th wedding anniversary we decided to treat ourselves to a cruise...and we couldn't have asked for a better vacation! We booked a cove balcony on the Dream out of New Orleans which are the balconies closest to the water, on ... Read More
For our 25th wedding anniversary we decided to treat ourselves to a cruise...and we couldn't have asked for a better vacation! We booked a cove balcony on the Dream out of New Orleans which are the balconies closest to the water, on deck 2. It was amazing to prop the door open at night and be able to hear the sounds of the ship moving through the water. From what we gathered while onboard, the cove balconies get a bad rap, but only because people aren't aware of them or that they are considered the "economy" balcony. Nothing could be farther from the truth for sure, you don't have people above/below you slamming their doors all night, other than the sounds from the rooms beside us, we felt like we were the only ones on the ship when we were on our balcony, plus, they are shielded from the direct sun by the life boats above....check them out, we will always cruise with cove balconies when they are available. Our room steward Mahammed, was amazing, always greeting us by name from the first day. We tipped him each morning as a sincere "thank you" and we never had to ask for anything, he even kept fresh ice in the cabin throughout the day. The buffets were plentiful and always tasty, but we REALLY enjoyed the dining room. We were worried that we may not want to get ready and make our way to the dining room while on a cruise, but the food was fabulous, especially brunch, and we really enjoyed sitting with new people and chatting about past/future cruises. The shows have to be mentioned. I heard a fellow passenger comment that if you closed your eyes, and forgot that you were on a cruise ship, you would think that you were sitting in a New York musical...and I couldn't agree more, they were amazing. There was so much to do, that we stayed busy the entire trip. Our first port was Montego Bay, which for us personally, after a short while, we chose to go back to the ship and enjoy more of what the ship had to offer without as many guests onboard. Grand Cayman was beautiful. We took a local taxi to 7 mile beach, and couldn't have asked for a better day. For us, the prices of the excursions were a little steep, and we were able to enjoy the area at our own pace and time schedule on our own. Cozumel was by far our favorite port. The shopping was amazing, and right on the pier. If you go to Cozumel, you have to at least leave with a set of bamboo sheets as advertised onboard. They start at 1000 count, and are guaranteed for a lifetime. We also took a local taxi to Paradise beach where admission/chairs/umbrella were free as long as you spent $10 per person on food/beverages. Very relaxing and beautiful. Before our cruise, we read so many negative reviews, but never had a single bad experience. I don't think that some people are ever completely satisfied, and trips have to be what you make of them, but the ship's crew went over and above to make an amazing memory for us, and we couldn't say thank you enough. I have booked the same ship with a different itenerary for Aug. 2015, when we will sail with 5 of our 6 children. We can't wait for them to experience the Dream for themselves!   Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2014
My girlfriend and I just took our first cruise (as an anniversary of dating a year) and chose Carnival out of New Orleans, so it was the Dream. We went to Key West and the Bahamas. The cruise was last week, the 20th - 27th of July. We had ... Read More
My girlfriend and I just took our first cruise (as an anniversary of dating a year) and chose Carnival out of New Orleans, so it was the Dream. We went to Key West and the Bahamas. The cruise was last week, the 20th - 27th of July. We had some issues that I think that Carnival needs to be aware of. First of all our room was 8472, so it was a balcony room on the back of the boat... and the AC did not produce enough cold air to even cool the room. I could feel the air coming from the vent and it was cold, however there was no volume to actually cool the room. I understand that with a large window for the balcony, that the room could possibly be warmer with sunlight. I called into to maintenance as soon as I walked into to the room for the first time. I was told that they would check it. We left for a couple hours and came back to the same thing. I called a second time and was told that they should have checked it but they would schedule it to be checked again. I have no way of knowing if the room was ever checked or not. I asked the steward about possibly moving to another room and was told that the ship was full and that we couldn't move. We basically tried to sleep on top of the sheets. It makes it rough to sleep which in turn causes you to be tired the next day. I take a workout supplement which has Melantonin in it. I just took enough to knock me out. We even kept the curtains closed and lights off during the day to keep the room as cool as possible. Paying $2800 for a room that is not cooled is not acceptable. Secondly: this is more of a suggestion… I notice that most every food item on the ship is garnished with cut up raw tomatoes. Here’s the problem, my girlfriend is allergic to raw tomatoes, well the juice actually so the tomatoes cannot be simply removed from a dish because the juice is still on the food. She had trouble actually finding food to eat. The first night onboard, we went to the dining room for dinner. There was only 2 items on the Today menu that did not mention tomatoes. She picked one of those dishes and it had cut up raw tomatoes as a garnish. So rather than taking a chance of the busy kitchen staff just simply removing tomatoes and sending the dish back out, she ordered the other item from the menu without tomatoes. Brisket was the other item… and wouldn’t you believe that the mashed potatoes came out with a cut cherry tomato in them! She insisted that I go ahead and eat instead of waiting on her dish to come out. So I was finished when her meal arrived. She ate a piece of brisket and just left. The service was great however; we liked our waiters a lot actually and spoke to them when we saw them around the boat. Now, I give credit where credit is due. We loved the piano bar with Martyn as the entertainer. We spent more time in there than just about anywhere it seemed. Burgundy room wasn’t too bad for karaoke, comedy, or meetings; it was rather warm most times, and sometimes just frigidly cold. That’s great for a girlfriend that wants to cuddle to keep warm, but it means that the AC does work. All in all, we had an uneasy experience. It’s an even worse feeling when we meet higher priority people who are cruising for free or almost free. Now I’m aware that an allergy to raw tomatoes is probably really rare and Carnival cannot please all the people all the time. However Carnival doesn’t have to use cut up tomatoes in just about everything. People pick around them anyway. My girlfriend did spend 2 complete and separate days sick as a dog to the point that she could not hold down water. She’s pretty sure that some dishes from the buffet lines would not have tomatoes one day and would have them the next… Or they did have them the first day and other people ate them leaving the juice left on the rest of the food making her sick. Like I said that’s a rarity I’m sure. I really considered getting the Carnival credit card to begin building up points to possibly start taking cruises… But I am starting to reconsider. My girlfriend has already decided to look for an 18 and older crowd for the next cruise. The number of unsupervised kids running around is just nuts. It’s really odd to be sitting at a bar and an adult conversation and have a kid hop up on the seat next to you to order a drink… I understand that AT&T doesn’t have an agreement with Carnival which means no cell service unless you’re willing to pay $2.50 per minute. And what really killed me is that there is no RED BULL onboard… I’m a vodka and Red Bull drinker; it’s just not the same with Rockstar. Maybe I should have carried it on but wasn’t aware… Seems like everyone that I tell of our experiences, is recommending to me to take a different cruise line. After the Cheers program, gratuity, and room fees, spending over $4,000 on our first cruise to have it end up like that is very deflating. I tell Carnival in hopes that other people do not have similar issues with their cruising. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
First of all you're on a cruise, how could you not be happy!! But I suppose the point of this review is just to give my opinion. I didn't find much to complain about on the Dream, our cabin was incredible. I loved the location. ... Read More
First of all you're on a cruise, how could you not be happy!! But I suppose the point of this review is just to give my opinion. I didn't find much to complain about on the Dream, our cabin was incredible. I loved the location. Cove balcony is the way to go. We were right behind the elevators which I initially thought would be a nuisance but I loved not having to walk far, the noise was not bad at all (except a few times coming from the stewards closet, but that was during the day & who stays in their room all day anyways!?) It's cool that you can just eat yourself sick, not that I did ;) As for the food the breakfast was not impressing at all, I found myself eating the same thing over & over. The juice seemed a little watered down to me. The lunch was ok, but my FAVORITE was the pasta bar. It's kind of hard to find & a little different than the buffet, but worth it!! Make sure you try it at least once & ask someone how to find it because i can't remember lol!! The tea is not good at all to me but the Red frog Rum bar was OMG the BEST!! I'm a tad disappointed as all I heard was how the ship was so much fun you wouldn't even want to get off but I disagree. BUT since it was my first time I was a little overwhelmed. I thought the shows were kind of lame, but I did enjoy some of the comedians . The wait staff definitely made dinner awesome, they do spoil you. All & all everything went pretty smooth EXCEPT on our last night & the day we left. My son laid his sombrero & sunglasses down on a couch in the main lobby, he walked off & came back to pick them up but a staff member wouldn't let him have it. SHe walked with him to guest services & said you will have to come back with your mom in the morning because i don't believe these are yours. So I do just that, I go to guest services & the man walks in the back, comes back & says there was nothing back there. I move along without saying anything but it's just NOT sitting well with me so I go talk to the other lady & she comes right out with the sombrero but NO glasses (OAKLEYS are expensive!! SO I am not happy!!!!) I still don't know what happened to his glasses & I still don't know why that man lied about his sombrero not being back there, Did it ruin my vacation, no. Did it irritate me yes! BUT we will definitely go back. Read Less
Carnival Dream Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.1

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