1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
It was a bingo bugle tournament cruise. I had a great time. My room was clean and airy and I was close to the elevator. I was on deck 2 and concerned because I had read reviews about the noise being so low down and close to elevator. The ... Read More
It was a bingo bugle tournament cruise. I had a great time. My room was clean and airy and I was close to the elevator. I was on deck 2 and concerned because I had read reviews about the noise being so low down and close to elevator. The only noise was a couple of drunks one night and the dropping of the anchor early one morning.i did not go on any any excursions but did go ashore for brief periods.Found the food very good although only warm at the buffet. Dining room early seating was excellent and we had 2 wonderful wait staff that addressed me by name each time and made sure I had my Diet Coke asap Every evening close to dessert time there was entertainment in the form of dance or song by the wait staff. Simply fun..Seaday brunch was excellent. I had a bottomless bubbles package and had no problems getting my pop.definitely worth buying. Embarkation went well .very organized but lots of lines and never-ending walking. I had the best time and have booked for the tournament next year on the carnival magic. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose the Dream because we went on the Freedom two yrs ago and wanted to try something else. By far the Freedom was a lot better ship. I guess the time we went out there was a lot of children and so disrespectful and rude . They ran ... Read More
We chose the Dream because we went on the Freedom two yrs ago and wanted to try something else. By far the Freedom was a lot better ship. I guess the time we went out there was a lot of children and so disrespectful and rude . They ran up and down the halls yelling and would not let an elder get by they would just stand in the way like someone owned them something. Room service was nothing like the Freedom, we only got our room freshened up one time a day on the Dream and on the Freedom it was every time we walked in or out of our room. We had to repeatedly ask for things and ice . The service in the Bar was the best they remembered our names and we met new friends there. Romela, Aundre, I Wayne, and Carlton was the best ever . Was very disappointed in Costa Maya and Belize I will recommend the Freedom over the Dream. The entertainment was not half as good as the Freedom seems like there was so much more to do on the Freedom. Will not recommend the 9th floor lol we was right under the lounge and heard every move Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
I absolutely LOVE Carnival. This is my second cruise with Carnival, and was completely satisfied. The Staff is so awesome, the food is great. The entertainment is amazing. You'll never go hungry, and you'll never get bored. I ... Read More
I absolutely LOVE Carnival. This is my second cruise with Carnival, and was completely satisfied. The Staff is so awesome, the food is great. The entertainment is amazing. You'll never go hungry, and you'll never get bored. I cant wait for my next one. Every single one of the staff that was told my name. Always knew my name each and every time I was in their presence. I was amazed by that. I didn't matter if it was the housekeeper, or the spa staff, or the bar tenders. They always addressed me by my name. I was also very impressed by the Captain. He informed us that there was a disturbance close to the ukitan peninsula that we would be going through. And to expect 10ft. Squalls. But he actually got us through it and past it in such a timely manner that we were barely affected by it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We had a blast. We had 4 in our Spa Balcony room and it was fine. (probably would have adjoining rooms next time) The Dream was a dream. I can't wait to book a trip with my husband. The food, entertainment, pools, everything was ... Read More
We had a blast. We had 4 in our Spa Balcony room and it was fine. (probably would have adjoining rooms next time) The Dream was a dream. I can't wait to book a trip with my husband. The food, entertainment, pools, everything was great. We were on the Halloween cruise which we were a little worried about but what a blast. Many including us were in costume. Some of the best costumes I've ever seen, everyone was having fun and posing for pictures with whatever celebrity or fun dressed up person they happened to see. We will definitely try a Halloween cruise again. We went on the Croydon coffee and pineapple plantation excursion. We really enjoyed it. It is informational and there is some walking but we were able to try several different types of pineapple and fruits grown on the farm, also a cup of coffee with an authentic lunch. Grand Cayman is beautiful my sister in law did the Stingray swim and she loved it. The water is amazing. Cozumel is a great place for an excursion or just wandering the area shopping. There were 7 ships in port and we were all able to find a place to eat and plenty of shopping. Again the Dream is a dream. We loved the ship and the ports. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I won a seat in the $175,000 Carnival Poker Pro NLH tournament so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to play in the tournament (4th time) nor could my wife pass up another cruise. EMBARKATION: Embarkation was smooth - ... Read More
I won a seat in the $175,000 Carnival Poker Pro NLH tournament so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to play in the tournament (4th time) nor could my wife pass up another cruise. EMBARKATION: Embarkation was smooth - that's helped by the fact that we are Platinum cruisers. STOPS: Our stops were Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. We have been to all three of these destinations many times. My wife insisted that we take the "See and Sea" excursion in Roatan - to be honest, I was bored and happy when it ended. We didn't take an excursion in Belize. In Cozumel we took the "Amazing Secret River" excursion. I highly recommend this excursion. The only bad parts for me was the 50-minute ferry ride (each way) to the mainland and the 2 hours of "forced" shopping time before you can return to the ship. My wife is one of the world's great shoppers, so she loves to shop. SERVICE: Carnival has cutback on service personal. The cabin stewards have more cabins to clean now so they ask you if you would like once per day service or twice per day service. In the dining room they have cutback as well so expect to spend more time dining than in the past. Our cabin steward, Ida Bagus, was as good, if not better, than any cabin steward we have had. We used "Anytime Dining" (for the first time on Carnival). We often had 10+ minute waits to be seated & we rarely had the same wait staff. On the last night we were seated promptly but no one came to take care of us. After 10-minutes I reminded them that we were there to eat dinner not just enjoy the atmosphere. FOOD: Not great but pretty good - you won't go hungry. ENTERTAINMENT: Carnival hasn't cutback here, at least not sense the last time they cut back on the number of shows or the variety of shows and entertainment. We have been cruising with Carnival since 2000. The quality of entertainment (and other services) has gone down a lot over the years. OTHER STUFF: My wife bought the spa package for $139 for the week. While some people were complaining about the spa she enjoyed it. I bought the $84 WiFi package - it worked great for me . I was able to post photos and do other things online. The casino is VERY smokey - the worse of any ship I have been on. Luckily the poker tournament was held in a conference room on Deck 4 and no smoking was allowed. I didn't play any games in the casino! Deck 2 (mid ship) smelled like sewer after several days. We were forward on Deck 2 and didn't smell it in our cabin. DEBARKATION: Again, since were are Platinum cruisers we got "Priority" debarkation so that went very smoothly. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We were part of an alumni group (Geaux Cajuns) that cruised the Carnival Dream on May 14-21, 2017. We upgraded to a 6th floor balcony room which proved to be a good move. The room and bed were comfortable. The balcony was private as you ... Read More
We were part of an alumni group (Geaux Cajuns) that cruised the Carnival Dream on May 14-21, 2017. We upgraded to a 6th floor balcony room which proved to be a good move. The room and bed were comfortable. The balcony was private as you had to lean out to see below. Just over our balcony were lounge chairs and not far down was a hot tub and other outdoor furniture. Some time during every day we had direct sun and could sunbathe on the balcony. The food varied on this ship. The regular dining room menus change daily but always included fish, pork, beef and vegetarian options. The dinner menu included salads, appetizers, sides and entrees and you can order more than one of anything on the menu. On the seadays, they offered brunch from 8:30 to 1:00. That menu ranged from eggs to salmon and included sides and desserts. Huevos Rancheros was an especially good dish on the brunch menu. Pig and Anchor served very good bbq but was only opened on seadays and then only for 2.5 hours at lunchtime. We mistakenly waited till the last seaday to try this restaurant. The Lido deck food area is open most of the time. It is open from the beginning of your cruise so don't bother eating lunch before boarding. It reminded me of a food court in a mall, looked better than it tasted. The desserts all tasted bland and the same. This quality is the reason I gave the cruise a 4/5. Free drinks found here are coffee, hot chocolate, tea and lemonade. They have shops on board for most anything. Bring any incidentals from home that you can think of; I needed bandaids and it cost $6.50 for a regular box. We enjoyed the BINGO games, casino, and the comedy shows. Though this was my first cruise, I walked away very clear that cruises are about up-sales. They don't make money off of your room but from your drinking, shopping and gambling habits. Though not tacky, they are looking for ways to help you spend more money than you planned. Disembarkation was VERY effecient! We left our stateroom at 8:30 to hang out at Lido deck until our zone was called to disembark. Once called, we were through customs and back to our luggage in 30-40 minutes. We were completely through the process and calling an Uber by 10:00. It was approximately a 30 minute ride to NOLA airport. The staff was friendly, helpful and always working and cleaning. The ship was well cared for- nothing looked dirty or in need of repair. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Date, price and ship. This was my 9th cruise on Carnival but never on the Dream. The ship was great, loved the new choices for lunch and dinner. Just wish the BBq places open more hours. It is only open on sea days from noon till 230. So ... Read More
Date, price and ship. This was my 9th cruise on Carnival but never on the Dream. The ship was great, loved the new choices for lunch and dinner. Just wish the BBq places open more hours. It is only open on sea days from noon till 230. So made it really hard to plan to eat there. Love our cabin and all the crew members. We had the new American Table and I thought the food was great. Not having a table cloth on nights other than elegant nights was fine with me. I loved the all the new choices. Guys Burgers is still one of my favorite, you can't beat the pizza that is available 24 hours and I never had to wait over 5 minutes with a long line. The shows were good and I loved the larger casino. The slots seem to pay out better than some ships. Will be trying to book the dream again soon. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Went with friend group & had a great time~! Service - OUTSTANDING! Scarlett Main dining Room - It was like the "old" days of cruising when your server remembered your name and your drink preference. With all of the ... Read More
Went with friend group & had a great time~! Service - OUTSTANDING! Scarlett Main dining Room - It was like the "old" days of cruising when your server remembered your name and your drink preference. With all of the little things CCL has taken away to save money, this was a nice!. Food was really good for the most part. Steakhouse is worth the extra cost for one evening, especially if your celebrating a special occasion the cost is very reasonable!! New Restaurants post dry dock - Guy's Burgers, the Cantina & Guy's BBQ joint - never got to try BBQ due to long lines and only open certain days. Also had the Deli which I am not sure if it was there before or not Ship & Decor - Beautiful lobby & atrium. Some new carpet in areas. Hot tubs rarely worked over the entire 7 day cruise - of the 6 I counted, there were rarely 2 open at the same time and they would not open them until late in the afternoon, and when they opened they were full of kids or so crowded most people gave up on that! The serenity adult only deck RARELY had the 2 hot tubs working. Lots of people not happy over that, esp when the kids took over the one in the back by the pizza. Also, slides did not work until late Monday after we had sailed out on Sunday. Several things obviously needed work before it came back from dry dock. Cabin - usual balcony room & space. great service~ Room #6442 overlooks a deck with smoking area, not the ocean & lively night club w/ loud music is nearby Ports & Excursions - Ocho Rio - Dunn's River Fall is beautiful! Highly recommend the Carnival Dunn's River Falls & Pearly Beach excursion - but don't expect an "all you can eat buffet" as they advertise. Grand Cayman - 7 mile beach via TAXI . Beautiful beach! We went to a resort by taxi they recommended. Mislead on the pricing by taxi person. NOTE: Chairs for rent are $12 & umbrellas are $15 each. Drinks are expensive but good - about $10-$16 per drink USD!! Cozumel - La Casa La Playa Retreat booked through Carnival - Great food, drink & service but beach area is rocky & not great for swimming/snorkeling. All in all we enjoyed our cruise with our friends and it is a beautiful ship with excellent staff, just wish all of the things would have been fully operational, esp since a few in our group had never cruised before. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We booked this cruise as the most affordable option over the Holidays. Having sailed Disney and RC previously, was not sure what to expect with Carnival. We ended up having a fantastic time and will definitely sail Carnival again. Ship and ... Read More
We booked this cruise as the most affordable option over the Holidays. Having sailed Disney and RC previously, was not sure what to expect with Carnival. We ended up having a fantastic time and will definitely sail Carnival again. Ship and Cabin were both great. Our room steward kept our room clean and was very friendly, knew us all by name. We ate lunch in the buffet and main dining room, food was just ok.... However, our md server more than made up for it. "Number One" our server was awesome and paid extra attention to our kids. We could never get a reservation at the steakhouse. Entertainment was not as good as Disney, but thought it was better than RC. We enjoyed all the ports, but would probably not visit Belize again. Cozumel and Roatan were both amazing. All in all, a great cruise for the price and now a Carnival fan!9 Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Sunrises and Sunsets are the best thing since wedding cake! My hubby and I ordered breakfast daily to eat on the balcony. This was our 25 wedding anniversary present to ourselves! We had been planning it for several months and were so ... Read More
Sunrises and Sunsets are the best thing since wedding cake! My hubby and I ordered breakfast daily to eat on the balcony. This was our 25 wedding anniversary present to ourselves! We had been planning it for several months and were so excited when December 11th arrived! We drove in to New Orleans and spent the night at the Hilton Garden Inn in the French Quarter. When it was time to embark the process was painless other than being very anxious to get on board and start cruising. Our room was very nice and the bed was very comfortable. We had to store our suitcases in the shower because we brought the biggest suitcases we owned stuffed full of things we thought we would need. The Carnival Dream Nauti N Nice crew were the best and we had so much fun meeting them and spending time getting to know one another. Wonderful memories! Thanks Carnival it was a Dream! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I take a cruise around Halloween with a large group of singles via a company that specializes in this type of trip. I had never been to New Orleans and a few tips there: taxi or Uber is fastest but also most expensive so use the airport ... Read More
I take a cruise around Halloween with a large group of singles via a company that specializes in this type of trip. I had never been to New Orleans and a few tips there: taxi or Uber is fastest but also most expensive so use the airport shuttle if time is not an issue. As for the city visit the old, whole in the wall places if you want a real taste of New Orleans cuisine and sample the beignets, a delicacy that has powdered sugar as a breakfast or dessert best served hot and 3 for $3. Its a square piece of floury dough friend and covered like a light pastry or doughnut sold all over New Orleans. Port is very close to the downtown area but its cheaper and quieter if you stay in either the business or garden district and walk to Bourbon Street. At night Bourbon Street becomes a walking venue of bars,restaurants and shops a a gay section on the north end of Bourbon Street. Drinks tend to be a bit pricey ($6 beers, $8+ mixed drinks) but lots of historic places throughout the French Quarter and Decatur Street. Louis Armstrong Park has free music on Thursday nights from 4-8 pm and there are lots of great live music stops. As for our ship: the Dream is being renovated and the martini bar has been taken out in place of more casual seating outside the piano bar. This bar and the casino bar (which is now a combo casino and sports bar) allow smoking which I avoided as much as possible as I don't do well with smoke. If you want sports the casino/sports bar is the only option unless they show on the big screen on the Lido Deck/Deck 10. I always make use of the steam room and the sauna which on are deck 12 forward ( go through the pool area moving forward via Deck 10 then take stairs up 2 flights or the elevator, steam room is in each locker room and there is a shared, coed clothing required sauna in the attached hall way. Fitness Center is open 8 AM -10 PM for those wanting a work out or use the walking track outside on Deck 12. Serenity adults area is on Deck 14 forward with hammocks and day beds no kids are supposed to be there. Dining: do breakfast in the formal dining room as the buffet is so/so for breakfast. After 1st formal night do dinner at the buffett food is just as good, plenty of it and not in the small portions that are now in the formal dining room. Lunch pool side still works great still a good selection most of the day. Cabins are they typical Carnival so a bit cramped and recommend you take disinfectant spray and wash your hands a lot or bring things for potential sore throat/colds as a lot of our group got sick during our week on board. Spray down and take Airborn about 2 weeks prior helps boost your immune system. Shows were pretty good this trip and I always use my own choices for port days. Cozumel: swim with dolphins via ship purchase, got to Tulum via ship, do beach on your own (Carlos N Charlies pay as you go, Mr Sanchos all you can eat and drink. Belize not much to see there not a beach and rains a lot. Roatan, use free Carnival beach or got to Infinity Bay at West Bay, $45 pp for day pass and transport: gorgeous beach, reef right off shore, umbrellas and chairs included, food & beverage service available there & the best beach in MHO in Roatan worth the trip. Cozumel and Roatan are beach days for me, Belize is a tender a bit of shopping but you could skip going to port and not miss much there. If anything take the tender go have a local beer and sandwhich there. Belize is least of the ports and limit on excursions though you can snorkel or go to a beach away from shore. Tender is about 20-30 minutes as they anchor 6 miles off shore there. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
I was rewarded with a balcony room for my family of 4 from my company for my hard work the year before. We loved how accommodating Dream was in getting us all chances to hang out as a group. With 4 ppl in a cabin I highly recommend a ... Read More
I was rewarded with a balcony room for my family of 4 from my company for my hard work the year before. We loved how accommodating Dream was in getting us all chances to hang out as a group. With 4 ppl in a cabin I highly recommend a balcony. It's like having a waiting room when we want to get ready. Order room service for breakfast and set it up on the balcony! We also brought a shoe caddy and hung it on the back of the bathroom door to keep the bathroom clean and organized. The dining staff in the main hall was so entertaining! They even helped us get up on the tables to dance one night. Where else can you do that? My daughter always enjoys tea times. Getting to be a little fancy and try some new treats. Can't wait for our next cruise on the Carnival Breeze for Christmas 2016. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
i chose this cruise as the timing was perfect. My wife just finished her chemo treatments for breast cancer, she had her surgery three weeks before we cruised and it was a celebration cruise for her overcoming the cancer. We both are ... Read More
i chose this cruise as the timing was perfect. My wife just finished her chemo treatments for breast cancer, she had her surgery three weeks before we cruised and it was a celebration cruise for her overcoming the cancer. We both are Platinum members. We have been cruising with carnival since 1985. This was the first cruise we have ever been on where we did not feel like platinum members. We we treated as ordinary at the concierge counter. Tell me what is the benefit of being Platinum or Diamond (which we are trying to attain) if there is no respect or better treatment. We have friends who are members of Roayal Carribean and we have on many occasions turn down going on a RCI cruise because we felt commited to Carnival. The debarkation was rediculous. it took two hours for platinum members who checked luggage to get off. Welll i was certainly concerned as we had a flight to catch back to dallas texas. we made it just in time to board the plane. It gets worst. when we entered our balcony room ( the only way we cruise) it was shameful the amount of dust we saw around the A/C outlet and the trim around the room. I said nothing to the room stewart as i did not know if he was responsible. So i took a washcloth and wet it and cleaned the dust of the ceiling and the above trim around the room. The first day it rained. We when it rains you expect once the day drys out no standing water will be on your balcony. not only on my balcony but the adjoing balconies to either side of my room, I dont know how not to be disgusted. I called the service desk and asked to have it removed. for the next two days as it rained i had to asked the room stewart to deal with the water. A bit concerned with the sika virus and standing water on my balcony. Yes we felt very comfortable under these conditions, Bad air, standing water , mis treatment. Why should i continue cruising Carnival? Read Less
27 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was my first Carnival cruise but I have been on six (6) other cruises. I have never had the experience on any other cruise before. My friends and I decided we wanted to go on a cruise. All together there were eight of us; four of ... Read More
This was my first Carnival cruise but I have been on six (6) other cruises. I have never had the experience on any other cruise before. My friends and I decided we wanted to go on a cruise. All together there were eight of us; four of them have never been on a cruise before. Everything was great when we first arrived. We were all excited and anticipated the great adventure we were about to partake. Until we arrived in our rooms, One of my friends room actually had lipstick on the sheets on her bed. We were just arriving in the rooms. My room was missing towels and there was a hole in the wall where the light switch was. In addition, in our room we requested our beds to be separated. We brought this to our tenants attentions. My friends sheets were changed, I was told the open hole in the wall was supposed to be there and I decided to forgo on the separating of the beds and my discussion went no where. From there, the dinning experience was horrendous. I have major allergies. When I cruised on other cruises, I always met and spoke with the maitre d, head waiter. We never spoke with him/her. The list of problems in the dinner room where: steaks had no flavor, hot soups were cold, steaks overdone, chicken dry, tea pot had food in it, silverware had food on them, by end of the cruise the steaks had a rancid taste to them. We could not eat it. In the Gathering Room, the eggs were powder and when I asked for a egg and ham omelet, I bit into it to discover it was not real ham. Which I cannot have canned ham, spam, etc. The fruit was bruised, the ham they did have was rubbery. As the days on the cruise lasted, the worse the dinner experience got. The thing that concerned me the most was the fact that they did not have hand sanitize available at the lines. When I questioned why, I was told they were broken and they did not have anymore. I carried hand sanitize and proceeded to pass my out. As far as our shore excursions, we booked our shore excursions for the morning due to I have medical problems that by the end of the day, I am extremely tired. I have more energy in the morning. We were not told that our excursion was moved to 12:30 nor was we told why. It was by accident we discussed this issue. But in all the shore excursions were fabulous. I did have to visit medical once. My friend asked if they could get some tape to tape my toes due to I broke my toes on an excursion. They said I had to go down there to see the doctor. When I got down there, I was never acknowledged or anything. He asked why I was there and I said I needed tape for my toe. He never looked at my toe or anything. Just gave me tape. NO good bye, go to hell, or anything. My friends could have gone down there and picked it up for me. There was no reason that I needed to walk all the way down there just to pay and be handed tape. WOW!!!! The casino and smoking on the cruise was another issue. There was so much smoking in the casino that is traveled to the outlining areas. I have breathing issues and found this to be a major problem. Also, the smoking and e-cigarette smoking rules are not enforced. There was e smoking in the Gathering Sewage smell on our deck due to a sewage back up. DISGUSTING We did not utilize the Jacuzzi on the ship due to they were no warmer than the swimming pool water. At night teenagers would go up into the adult section and utilize this as their make out area. Security was sitting on the other side sitting down. I just walked away. Disembarkation....bring your sense of humor. That is all I can say The thing that disgusted me the most about the cruise my last night. I wiped my body off with a towel that had a huge brown stain on it. I thought I was going to throw up. If you plan on going on this ship; beware... I could not believe how many people where complain. The staff is great but I think they were trying to do the best they could do with what they had I started getting sick on my last day of the cruise, me and two others in my group are still sick after seven days. We all went to the doctor and have either the flu and/or viral infection. I blame this on the fact that there was no sanitation processes going on during our cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
This was our 3rd Thanksgiving cruise (all with Carnival). We had 17 people in our party as we planned the trip with our extended family. I am sure others in the party will be pushing for another cruise line for next year. We have ... Read More
This was our 3rd Thanksgiving cruise (all with Carnival). We had 17 people in our party as we planned the trip with our extended family. I am sure others in the party will be pushing for another cruise line for next year. We have been on other Carnival cruises over Thanksgiving and had a wonderful time. I was really disappointed in the Dream. This is the largest ship we have been on and I expected that there would be additional thing to do see. As you would expect on a larger ship there was an additional 1000+ passengers than on other ships. But the amenities remained the same. There were the same number of pool (one of which was out of service for the two sea days), The same number of hot tubs, the same number of restaurants, etc. That means the lines are longer than you would see on other ships. It became very frustrating anytime you would try to get anything. The larger number of passengers also means that getting on and off the ship was a challenge. Getting on and off was even more challenging as the crew was very inefficient. I will step out on a limb and say that responsibility probably lies with the senior level crew. It is a poorly run ship on a number of different levels. A couple of examples: 1) A numbering system was used to qualify you for position on tenders, the priority was not followed. We arrived early to catch the first tender in Grand Cayman but when on the tender for numbers 1-8, we saw people getting on with numbers in the 20s and 30s. Even though we were early we still had to wait on the tender as more passengers were herded to the disembarkation point. Crew needs to figure out a better process and stick to it. 2) Disembarking in Jamaica was held up as people were trying to get back on through the same door. Other ships have had one door to get on and another to get off. At the end of the day, there was a long line to get back on in Jamaica because they shut the second door while there were still a lot of passengers trying to get back on. Even the crew were upset about that one (the fun dude was not so happy)! 3) Two pools on board and they shut one down for the two sea days! Rumor had it that someone pooped in the pool so it was shut down to be cleaned. There was no effort to get the pool up and running until late the second day. I am sure they had running for the next cruise. 4) I could go on but you get the idea... Ending on a good note, the food was excellent and the sit down dining experience was exceptional. Our wait staff was top notch and accommodated our larger group every day. This was definitely the highlight of the trip. All in all, I have been a loyal Carnival cruiser and will cruise Carnival again. I will not cruise on the Dream as it is way over-crowded and is not equipped to manage the larger number of passengers. If my next carnival cruise experience is the same as this one, we will move on to another cruise line and not look back. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We have had some negative experiences with Carnival cruises in the past so we decided to approach this cruise with very low expectations. That seems to have paid off because we were pleasantly surprised by this cruise. The staff was very ... Read More
We have had some negative experiences with Carnival cruises in the past so we decided to approach this cruise with very low expectations. That seems to have paid off because we were pleasantly surprised by this cruise. The staff was very friendly and kept the common areas clean. The shows with the singers and dancers were very good. The food was very good as well. The service in the dining room was very slow but mainly because we had a table of 12 as far away from the galley as you could get. The wait staff tried very hard to get us out more quickly but we were the last table out every night. This caused us to miss some of the entertainment we had wanted to see. We booked a Victor Bodden tour in Roatan after reading positive reviews on Cruise Critic. The Fun-N-Sun tour was excellent. Dahlia was very informative and friendly. I was very impressed with the response to my e-mails prior to the cruise and reserved 6 spots for the tour. During the cruise, the 6 other members of our group decided they wanted to go as well. I emailed Victor and he quickly responded increasing my reservation from 6 to 12. This tour was a terrific value. For only $30 each, we saw lots of the island, held monkeys and parrots at Victor Bodden's Monkey Business as well as enjoyed several hours at a private beach. If I find myself in Roatan again, I will definitely work with Victor Bodden again!! In Cozumel, we booked a day of fun at Mr. Sancho's. Again, this was a great value at $55 per person. We ate lots of good food and drank plenty of margaritas while enjoying their pool and beach. I would highly recommend this for a relaxing day in Cozumel. In Belize, we booked a snorkeling excursion through Carnival. It was titled Snorkeling Wonders of the Barrier Reef. We felt this was overpriced at $80. It was a private island with no showers or amenities. On the boat trip back, they offered water or fruit punch that seemed to be watered down. Although fun, it would have been better at about $50 rather than $80. 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: December 2013
Wife and I traveled with our daughter and son-in-law to the Western Caribbean. The weather didn't cooperate, but we still had a great time. The Dream had plenty of entertainment for everyone. Huge crowds for the 'comedy ... Read More
Wife and I traveled with our daughter and son-in-law to the Western Caribbean. The weather didn't cooperate, but we still had a great time. The Dream had plenty of entertainment for everyone. Huge crowds for the 'comedy shows', particularly the adult themed. Three production shows in the main theater; the "Dancing in the Streets" , including break dancers, was spectacular. There were two duos who alternately played in the casino or above the lobby bar. The Ocean Bar had the 'Blackjack Band', four excellent musicians (my son-in-law is a pretty good guitar player himself), and they played music from the 50s to the 80s, country vocals and instrumentals, and they threw in some comedy too! There were plenty of lounge chairs to go around, and the waterslides were fun too, particularly 'the Drain'. Pools were pretty crowded, and the water cold. For us, hot tubs were a better choice, and we always found room. Plenty of poolside games, if your so inclined. The food and service in the Scarlet dining room were excellent(including lobster, escargot, lamb shank, and an outstanding mushroom soup) Embarkation/debarkation were a breeze(we're Platinum guests) - parked at ParkPortCanaveral and shuttled in - some delays in baggage handling (longshoremen,not Carnival) Dream leaves in April for New Orleans - hope Sunshine is as good, or, maybe better Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
Our entire family ( 23 of us-age 1-78) had been looking forward to what would be our last trip together what with health issues, babies and college in all of our futures. My parents gave all of their children and grandchildren an all ... Read More
Our entire family ( 23 of us-age 1-78) had been looking forward to what would be our last trip together what with health issues, babies and college in all of our futures. My parents gave all of their children and grandchildren an all expense paid trip on the Carnival Dream. We had all had positive experiences on previous cruises including the Carnival Dream and my mom was about to embark on her 38th cruise. We were especially excited as it would be during the Christmas Holiday ( Dec 28-Jan 4)and we were assured that this would be everything we had hoped for and more. High expectations-maybe- but we had the past experience to build off of- nothing prepared us for the ultimate family disaster. We find out right away, that even though we had booked the cruise 11 months in advance, they were unable to seat us together. With some persuasion and work, we were placed in the general vicinity -across the hall from each other at 3 tables- but not in any position to talk or visit. While service was fine the first night we were informed that one of the waiters was no longer available and this would impact service- which it most certainly did. Our family was seated for early service in the Scarlet Room and waited about 90 minutes each night to be served. We were still trying to finish eating when the next group was waiting to be seated. Often we left without finishing or having dessert. On numerous occasions the food that was served was undercooked( both chicken and beef) and cold and we ended up going elsewhere to eat since time at our seating had run out. The waiters were always pleasant but were unable to service so many people at the same time while short staffed.. Interesting note, the babies age 1 and 2 paid full price for the cruise but the parents had to supply the food for the infant as Carnival does not provide any special meals for the little ones. That meant packing as much as they could and sending someone off of the ship later to purchase more baby food. As a whole, the shows were a disappointment and seemed amateurish. Surprising since they were quite good the last time we cruised on the Dream. By the second night, we had family members that were unwell with GI problems and we originally thought this was related to the movement of the ship. We quickly realized that it was something more when by the 3rd night several more people were bedridden. By Jan 31st, 18 of our 23 people were very ill, unable to keep food down and unable to leave their beds and rooms. Those of us who were able, took the others down to the Medical Center where we waited in line with all of the other sick passengers. Here family members were all diagnosed with the same illness and given medication for diarrhea and vomiting. Those who were seen were then quarantined until they recovered and were released by the medical staff. The staff told us that the illness was rampant through the ship and that they were unable to close the medical bay because of all of the sick people. This spreading illness was obvious to those of us who could still go to the dinning room as countless tables in the dining area were empty.( We spoke to several of them later and they said they too were ill) Those ill in our family ranged from moderately to severely ill) This hit my brother and his family especially hard. The babies( age 1,2, and 6) were ill and confined to their rooms for 4 days along with their ill mother and their father who was so ill he had to be taken to the medical bay twice in a wheel chair as he was unable to stand independently and was incoherent from severe dehydration. He received 4 liters of fluid and never fully recovered during the trip. All of the 18 that were seen were told to take a clear liquid diet. I called room service in an attempt to provide clear liquids to all of my family members. Room service informed me that they did not provide a clear liquid diet and I would need to find it elsewhere. I explained that this was not an option as they were all confined to a room and with my broken leg, just providing tea and water was tricky- by the way- in the eating area, I asked to borrow a tray from the stack at the service station and I was denied- only available to wait staff. I explained about all of the sick family members I was trying to take care of and he handed me a plate to balance cups on. This happened at 2 different stations when I tried to borrow a tray. There was no clear liquids available anywhere in the eating area or room service, so my son and I carted plates of jello and tea to 9 different state rooms. I ordered water bottles and clear soda for each room and was told that they would be charged to every room even tho room service was unable to provide the liquid diet prescribed by the medical staff. We were told that in compensation the sick individual could watch movies for free except that only 2 rooms had a TV that allowed this and then they were charged anyway. My son slept on deck with other friends, to avoid getting sick. I spoke to customer service who informed me that there was nothing that could be done about the clear liquid diets but if we purchased the soda package then the individuals would be able to have soda or Gatorade. We spoke to the medical team about the inability to find appropriate food source and they said that it was a surprise to them and they would address it for future cruises. That being said we missed our ports of call since so many were in quarantine, most of the trip our family members were unable to eat any solids and were charged for water and soda.( They missed 4 days of the 7 day cruise- unable to eat or go into ports) The smell of illness throughout the ship was overwhelming. We came across vomit in the hallways and elevators. We noted when we disembarked, all of the rooms that had special markings-presumably for extra cleaning as those in our group who had been in the sick bay- had their rooms tagged with yellow tape. We noted that following the first few days, antiseptic handwash appeared at the dining areas and elevators. They were not there previously tho and should have been. When we disembarked we spoke with some of the personnel and passengers waiting to board and were told that the next group of passengers would board several hours late so that the engine could have maintenance work done. Really? The engine? So what happens next? We all write long letters expressing our disappointment in our experience especially since my parents spent a very large sum of money to provide this trip for the family. We expressed our hopes that Carnival would step up and do the right thing. Carnivals response? "Sorry, hope your next trip with us is better". Seriously? After $30,000, that is the best you can do? None of us will ever cruise with Carnival again, EVER!!! We have heard great things about Disney Cruises. We have noted since our trip, several cruise lines have had issues with the GI bug-Norovirus- and all have stepped forward to take accountability. That is how you run a business. BTW the cabin steward-Alexander- was a gem. The only saving grace. We had rooms 6360,6362,6364,6368,6370.6372,6374,6376,6378,6380 plus 2 more in another hall. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
Enjoyed another successful Carnival Cruise, this time on the DREAM. The ocean view cabin was spacious and very nice but I am not used to being on the 2nd DECK and at the very back of the ship! The motors are very loud when entering into or ... Read More
Enjoyed another successful Carnival Cruise, this time on the DREAM. The ocean view cabin was spacious and very nice but I am not used to being on the 2nd DECK and at the very back of the ship! The motors are very loud when entering into or leaving a port! Food was decent,, best side dish, the Potato Salad,, FRESH DAILY. Had a visit to the CHEF'S STEAK HOUSE @ $35 per person,, WORTH EVERY DOLLAR!! The sail away party was fun, but the lack of the island bands and Calypso music from former days made it a lil boring. A couple of days the activity level planned for guest was very limited! Also missing from the buffet were chicken Tenders,,, the rest of the food was good. The disco At night was fun , met some new friends and learned some new line dances. CASINO area was smoky,, they should have designated areas for smokers so all can enjoy and not choke to death! The SPA SAUNA STEAM ROOM are lacking in size it was hard to find them compared to other ships .IMPRESSIVE are the number of hot tubs on board including those that appeared to be hanging over to the sides of the ship. Water slides were ok but one of them was not so thrilling. Staff was great and friendly from day one. Looking forward to next Carnival Cruise NOV 1st on board the Glory. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
If I had to sum up the best thing about our cruise in a single word, it would be 'Tandoor' - simply awesome. If I had to sum up the worst thing, it would be 'Excursions' (or lack thereof). More later. Travel / ... Read More
If I had to sum up the best thing about our cruise in a single word, it would be 'Tandoor' - simply awesome. If I had to sum up the worst thing, it would be 'Excursions' (or lack thereof). More later. Travel / Embarkation Since we live in central Florida, we can drive to the pier - 45 minutes doorstep to doorstep. The parking garage affiliated with the Dream is pretty convenient, although bordering on ridiculously expensive at $16 / day. The garage is just across the way from the terminal - a 3 to 5 minute walk at most. (As a side note, my brother called me the day before the cruise and asked me what time I was leaving for the port. Huh? He said that he forgot his passport. Thank goodness for FedEx. Our cousin was able to mail his passport to my house next day, Saturday morning delivery. It made it to the house by 9:30am, and we brought it to the pier with us. As soon as my brother and his family pulled into the luggage drop-off area, I was able to hand him his passport - crisis averted.) We dropped off our luggage with the porters before parking. We tried to check a case of water, and the porter informed me that they no longer accept cases of water there. He said we needed to carry it with us on board. Thankfully we took our full size stroller for the baby, so I was able to put the case of water in the basket underneath. While the full size stroller was very convenient to assist in carrying items during both embarkation and debarkation, next time I would definitely bring (check with our luggage) the umbrella style fold up stroller for use on board the ship. The full size is a bit much for maneuvering around a crowded ship. One interesting thing worth mentioning during embarkation was a secondary photograph taken just before we walked on the ship. In addition to the usual photo taken when being issued our ship cards, Carnival took pictures of everyone against a green background, just as they do with actors in any modern movie. The concept is similar - just like computers can place the actors in any scene with varying backgrounds, Carnival can use these images to automatically pick out / track individuals no matter where they are on the ship. Hmm, a bit concerning anyone? After arriving on board by about noon, we were greeted by a man holding a tray of drinks. My wife asked if they were complimentary, and of course the answer was no. It has been many years since I recall getting a complimentary drink as you walked on board. Certainly not on Carnival :-) Lunch We headed up to the Lido deck for lunch. Buffet looked decent, and it wasn't too crowded yet. For lunch, there were several themes that were available every day - Mongolian wok, pasta station, made-to-order sandwiches, pizza, burgers and hotdogs, and of course Indian Tandoor. In addition to those choices, the main buffet area had a rotating theme. This included Caribbean, American, Italian, French, and I'm sure something else I can't remember. The concept was a welcome one - better than the same old dishes at a large buffet. One thing to note - the Indian and sandwich area are all the way in the back of the ship, past the main buffet area. We didn't see it until after we finished our lunch the first day. I won't belabor the point, but seeing that my wife and I are lovers of Indian food, I would like to say that we were pleasantly surprised by the flavors and general enjoy-ability factor of the Tandoor station. If you like spicy food, you won't be disappointed. Try the Tandori fish – it is awesome. I think I ate Indian for lunch every day but one, and a couple of times for dinner in the main dining room. The pizza on this ship was surprisingly good, probably the best I've ever had at sea. That place turns out quite a decent number of pizzas every day. They are open late into the night, which is good for a night time snack. They are about 10" pizzas, cut into 4 slices. Unless you ask otherwise, they put 2 slices on a plate. Don't be surprised if you have to wait 10 - 15 minutes. Cabin and Drill After lunch we went to the room to see if it was ready for us to enter, and as luck would have it, it was. (They told us 1:30, but it was ready by 1. If you've cruised a lot, you know they don't like to open up the rooms until the last minute.) The room was nice, especially the balcony (it's been a few cruises since we've had a balcony). It really adds to the cruise experience. This was the first time that I didn't head up on deck during our departure - we just stayed on our balcony, and my daughter and I watched the dolphins and manta rays swim near the ship as we pulled out of Port Canaveral. Cabin was a bit tight, since we needed a crib for the baby. I would recommend you reserve one in advance before sailing, this way you are sure to have one. The safety drill was not bad at all. We had to assemble in the main theatre as they explained the emergency procedures to us. Best of all, we didn't have to wear our life vests, and we didn't have to stand outside in the sun. As an experienced cruiser who has done that many times in the past, this was a breeze. I noticed that the Disney ship across from us still practiced the traditional out-on-deck life-vest-wearing drill. RCCL also is as relaxed as Carnival, which again I like. Not sure if this translates to an inefficient evacuation in an emergency situation, but hey what are the odds? (No further comment needed, sailing on Carnival after all :-) Ship layout Overall, we liked the layout of the ship. I was pleasantly surprised with the main deck area on Deck 5. A large, long section of the outside portion of the deck extended significantly over the side of the ship. What a great idea! This essentially doubled the width of the outside deck area. Finally someone one-upped Royal Caribbean on ship innovations (although I don't think anything will ever top the Royal Promenade). Also, the Jacuzzi’s on the lower deck were a nice touch. Since we had a baby and stroller in tow, we had to take the elevators quite often, which I despise. Granted, I am a type 'A' person who likes to get places quickly. Having said that, why the heck do people take the elevator to go down just 1 deck? Are you kidding me? Anyway, as with most Carnival ships, the two main dining rooms are separated by the galley, which to you and me means you can't walk through that part of the ship. That means if you are eating in the aft restaurant, you must walk down the stairs / take the elevator to that restaurant. Those elevators, which for whatever reason, were extremely slow. It was so painful, that we found ourselves taking any elevator that would open, even if was going in the wrong direction. Medical Half way through the cruise our normally resilient daughter caught some sort of bug, and the only symptom was a fever. The first time my wife took her down to the infirmary the nurse took her temperature (102) and prescribed an over the counter fever reducer ($5.50). The next day she still felt warm, so we took her back and her temperature was now 103.5. We talked with the nurse for a while, and he suggested that we might want the doctor to have a quick look at her (posted charge of $90). We really didn’t want to spend the money, but it seemed like the prudent thing to do. So, the doctor looked at her very quickly, and basically said the fever needs to run its course, and just keep up the medicine and cool showers. On the bright side, they were kind enough not to charge us for that quick checkup. By the end of the cruise, our daughter was back to normal, and the biggest casualty was the fact that she missed the last 3 days of Camp Carnival. Dining room / Staff In all honesty, a Hooters waitress could have articulated how their wings are prepared, better than our waiter could have about any meal we ordered. And I do feel bad saying that, because I know how hard the wait staff works. Maybe it was the language barrier - I don't think so, however. I am going to assume that it was just our servers, because we have been on many other Carnival cruises, and the knowledge of the staff was just fine. The service was bad enough that my mother said she wouldn't be taking another Carnival cruise for a very long time. The food itself in the dining room was generally good – no complaints. Ports / Excursions The biggest issue we had with this cruise was shore excursions. Since we had a first time cruiser with us (our 6 month old), I specifically called Carnival before booking this vacation to find out the scoop about leaving our child on board while we take excursions. I was told in no uncertain terms that this was not a problem. Now, on the first night of the cruise when you sign up your children for Camp Carnival, I noticed that the papers stated that all infants (6 months - 2 yrs) needed to be picked up by 12pm sharp on port days, no exceptions. Now, considering ALL of the Carnival excursions ended past noon, this was a serious problem. So, I met with the director of Camp Carnival, followed by the shore excursions people, and, no joy. Amazing. So, we had to cancel both our Carnival excursions (full refund). Hate to say this, but we won't be sailing Carnival any time soon, since we essentially missed the ports of call on this trip, due to misinformation. Camp Carnival staff however, was great as always. Cozumel: Since my wife and I had been to Cozumel many times, and since my wife doesn't really like water sports (can't wait for the kids to get older!), we decided to just stay in the port area and shop. Cozumel has a pretty decent shopping area right at the port - almost as good as downtown. So if you are looking for a simple day of shopping, and you've been to Cozumel before, the pier area shopping is pleasant (although be forewarned that some of the local shop people are a bit aggressive in trying to get you to come into their shops). If you've never been to Cozumel before, and you're just in the mood for shopping, I would recommend catching a taxi right at the edge of the pier shopping area to take you to the main downtown shopping district. It is only a 5 - 10 min ride and doesn't cost much at all. Just tell the driver to take you to the main shopping area. Belize was the only tender port on this cruise (thankfully). The tender was about 20 minutes, which seemed like a long time to me, especially since they didn't have any windows open for the trip to the shore. The local pier area shopping in Belize is pretty minimal - again since we couldn't take a cruise excursion, we didn't have much choice but to do local shopping. Everyone I talked to said that Belize was pretty crappy and dangerous, so winging it was not an option. I did end up buying a nice locally carved wooden bowl, made from an indigenous tree. The tender back to the ship was much better, as it was an open air covered ferry. Was very hot that afternoon... Isla Roatan - Mahogany Bay Beach was a nice treat. We planned this to be our beach day, and it didn't disappoint. It is a simple 10 minute walk to the private beach (need to show your Carnival ship card to enter). There was also a nice chair lift that would take you right to the beach if you are into that sort of thing ($13 adult, $7 child). There are plenty of lounge chairs on the beach, although I would recommend going early to get a decent spot. By noon, most of the good lounges and spots were gone. There is a nice open air place on the beach to buy lunch (burgers etc), music and of course drinks. Overall a very nice beach area and pleasant day. This was the first beach day for our new baby boy. Costa Maya - port shopping was a pleasant surprise. Mostly locally made merchandise, not made in China crap like many ports. There was even a large pool for guests to use! This was probably my favorite port for shopping. (It seemed like a long walk from the ship to the shopping area, but maybe because it was a bit hot.) Next time, Mayan ruins when the baby turns 2 so we can leave him on board. Overall, not a bad vacation, for the price. Also, I do want to give a shout out to a wonderful bartender, Duranee, who worked at the Plaza Bar in the heart of the ship on deck 5. She was such a pleasant, cheerful person who always made a great drink. She almost made up for the fact that Carnival screwed us over with misinformation regarding infants and shore excursions. Almost…   Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
I went on this cruise with 9 friends (we are all widows)we for the most part had a great time. However I was greatly disappointed in the staff at the "customer service" desk. The first time I visited I had trouble with the ATM ... Read More
I went on this cruise with 9 friends (we are all widows)we for the most part had a great time. However I was greatly disappointed in the staff at the "customer service" desk. The first time I visited I had trouble with the ATM machine. They sent me to the casino desk who told me that I needed to go back to the customer service desk, my issue was not resolved, I ended up writing a check to a friend to solve my problem. The next visit was after I lost my sail and sign card I was in line with about 10 other people, there was one person at the desk and one just standing there with her head down oblivious to the ever lengthening line. Then the one person that was working the desk walked away for 5 minutes and the other person just stood there. But the icing on the cake was when I went to get off the ship. My card beeped and they sent me back to the customer service desk. Again 3 people up there and only one working. The other two were just staring ahead and not calling people from the line. I finally just walked up to one who acted like she was unaware of what she was suppose to be doing. Finally she took my information, went in the back and then came out and asked me if I lost a paper. I asked what paper? She then asked for my receipt and then said oh, never mind you can go. When I got to the airport I realized that I had left my Kindle on board. I immediately called and filed an lost and found report. I then realized that our steward must have reported it lost and that is why my card beeped. SOME CUSTOMER SERVICE. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
We had a group of 27 people on Carnival Dream for the Western Caribbean Sailing from Port Canaveral. The embarkation and the De-embarkation was the best. We were in and out of the ship within 30 minutes. The food was the best, ... Read More
We had a group of 27 people on Carnival Dream for the Western Caribbean Sailing from Port Canaveral. The embarkation and the De-embarkation was the best. We were in and out of the ship within 30 minutes. The food was the best, especially the Tandoori Indian and the Mongolian Chinese. The ship is beautiful but since they put in more rooms, they took out most of the public space. there were only two small pools on either side of the ship. The pool was not cleaned properly, you could find locks of hair if you put your hands in the water. They were very crowded all the time. Even though they had six jacuzzi, it was too hot to sit in them and they were always crowded. Wasn't too crazy about the dining service in the evening. The poor waiters were working like machines, they didn't have enough time to interact with the passengers. Everything was about money. We didn't get good drinks. Even the non alcoholic drinks were very pricey. I have been on Carnival Ships in the past and their entertainment is the best but on this ship, it was OK. The port excursions weren't very good either.We were on the Vista deck. It is one deck below the lido deck. We couldn't sleep all night. there were noises of moving chairs, people walking and loud music. Most of the shore had same types of excursions. Next time I would go on smaller cruises rather than mega-ships. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
April 21st we were welcomed aboard the Carnival Dream along with 43 of our family and friends to join in my husband and I wedding ceremony and reception. Our cruise was a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise. My husband, our infant daughter ... Read More
April 21st we were welcomed aboard the Carnival Dream along with 43 of our family and friends to join in my husband and I wedding ceremony and reception. Our cruise was a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise. My husband, our infant daughter and I boarded the cruise ship VIP status because we had a ocean view suite. If traveling with children, it was worth the extra money to to get thru so quickly. We did not wait in any line at all and were treated like gold. We were able to get into our room almost immediately. Our room was much nicer than the regular staterooms but a suite on a ship is more like a regular hotel room. The views from the balcony were stunning and all of the windows were so beautiful for waking to sunrise in the morning. Housekeeping service Our housekeeper, Ihar was amazing. He came to introduce himself almost immediately as we arrived to our room. He always spoke to us by name and was so pleasant, accommodating, and prompt. It seemed as tho every time we left our room he had our room cleaned again. He had my wedding gown steamed the night before the wedding and returned to my room within a couple hours. The steaming of my dress was perfected and only cost $22.50. He was always available to ask questions and was very personable. Dining We had a large group of people and within our group we had 2 guests who are on gluten free diets, 2 guests who are vegan vegetarian and my 3 year old nephew with a severe nut allergy. Alina, the hostess went above and beyond for our group. Every evening she came to our table to ensure that everything was going well. She commented on the fact that my nephew was not eating his meals (as we had late dining). She arranged that he have his (nut free) meals sent to his room via room service every evening at 6 so that he would eat his meal. His parents were extremely impressed by her offer to do this. The other dietary issues were also dealt with very well. My cousin who is vegan and has celiacs disease (gluten free), celebrated his birthday while on the ship. Alina was able to have a cake made to suit his dietary requirements. She was wonderful to our entire group. Our server Fransico was also excellent. The wedding The wedding was absolutely beautiful. Aline (the dining room hostess) was actually the person who seemed to coordinate everything. She met us by guest services to guide us off the ship to have our license signed in port of St Thomas. She also came to our stateroom and took our wedding favours and decor and set it up beautifully in the reception. The actual wedding coordinator (thru royal ocean events) was late for the ceremony therefore we could not start the ceremony on time. She left immediately following the ceremony. Basically she brought the music cd for the ceremony and that was about it. Once again Alina did absolutely everything. She stayed with us through everything. The reception room (caliente room) was beautiful. I could not believe it was actually the disco it looked so different and elegant. The food was delicious and we got lots of positive comments on the reception. I found that the reception was a little short but it allowed people to go visit the island for a few hours before leaving St Thomas. Overall the wedding was beautiful. I did bring my own silk bouquets I had ordered on etsy.com from artseero as the boquet on the ship is a multi coloured mix of tropical flowers and I preferred all white for the entire wedding party. We got the chocolate and strawberry filled wedding cake and it was beautiful and delicious. I must say I was very impressed with the reception. The photography was exceptional. I did not think that I would be overly impressed but much to my surprise I ended up purchasing the most expensive package available because they were absolutely stunning. Overall our experience was wonderful. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. It was so beautiful. I hope this helps. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
My husband & I took our first cruise this past October with 5 other people. I was dead set against going right up til the moment we left port. Worried about leaving work, leaving home, etc. etc. After the cruise I absolutely ... Read More
My husband & I took our first cruise this past October with 5 other people. I was dead set against going right up til the moment we left port. Worried about leaving work, leaving home, etc. etc. After the cruise I absolutely can't wait to go again!!!! I just want to start out by saying that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but, I just don't see where all the negative reviews are coming from. My experience was just wonderful from the moment I stepped onboard til the time I stepped off, except I didn't want to step off & get back to the "real world". LOL. The staff was very helpful in getting us checked in & on the ship. We where in line maybe a total of 35 minutes in all. I would recommened getting to the ship early to board because it cuts down on the waiting in line time, because I have absolutely NO patience. 3 of our friends we were with had been on several previous cruises & had informed us from the get go, so thats why I am throwing this in because it DOES make a difference & especially to anyone else who may be reading reviews before they take their first cruise. ;) We where told that it would be at least 4:00 before we could get into our rooms, but, all 7 of us were in our rooms by 1:30-2:00 with our luggage waiting. That may not be the case all the time. On our trip there was no vacancies which means every room was full (I believe we traveled with around 4,000 other cruisers. So, with the ship being full of course their is going to be lines & lots of people. My advise is DON'T GO ON A CRUISE IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE AROUND LOTS OF OTHER PEOPLE!!! Your not the only person who decided to take a cruise! The Dream is one of the bigger Carnival ships, so, keep that in mind when booking if you don't want to be around "crowds" as I saw in some of the reviews. The only line I waited in a long amount of time in was the Mongolian line. They make the food in front of you so keep in mind, yes it takes time to prepare. The lines for the buffet usually went fairly smoothly. At times they where closed down, but, to me once I got into the groove of things I always made sure I ate before it closed. We had anytime dinning & let me just say it was AMAZING!! My husband is a VERY picky eater & he left STUFFED all 6 nights we where on board. I mean they give you at least 6-7 of everything (appitizers, entree, desserts, all the bread you can eat) to choose from so SURELY you can find something to eat. And if its something you really like if you want 5 of it, its yours! Our servers where a delight!!!!! The wait for dining rooms can be long, but, your on vacation, why rush? And keep in mind I am the LEAST patient person ever!!!!! The rooms where very nice in my opinion. We just got the inside room with no window. It served our purpose. We didn't go to stay in the room the whole time. We where on the 6th floor not quite at the back of the ship. The first night & day we where out, a freak tropical depression popped up off the Cape & on our way to Nassau (our first stop). The cruise directors can't help that. They don't control the weather. It was pretty rough the first night & choppy the first day, but, I would recommened Dramanine & surprisingly, the wrist bands for motion sickness. When I went to the pharmacy to get them before we left the pharmaist told me I was "wasting my money" but, they worked well with some Dramanine for me. I have mild motion sickness that I deal with also & never got sick. A key is to also eat & stay hydrated. My husband has SEVERE motion sickness! We where very worried before we went on the cruise. For sever motion sickness, go to your doctor & get a prescription for the patch that goes behind the ear. Put in on THE DAY BEFORE YOU LEAVE to get on the ship. Thats the only thing my husband would have done different is put it on the day BEFORE so its in your system good. After that first night, he had no other problem. Our friend who was with us was also 4 months pregnant at the time & had no problem with the "movement" of the ship. I read in reviews that the ship had "problems" because of the "movement". Try to keep in mind you are in the middle of the Alantic Ocean with waves & such so there may be a slight rocking. That's why they say people who works on ships/boats/etc for a living has to get their "sea legs". Now I understand the saying! The shows & entertaintment was outstanding! We went to something every night & looked forward to it. When you get back home your like "Now what????" You have 7days & 6 nights of being pampered & relaxing, & then go back home to doing it yourself. YUCK!! :/ The ports we went into where Nassau, St. Thomas, & St. Maarten. Lovely. Had the best time in St. Thomas. I would recommend it to anyone.If you have never taken a cruise don't let the negative reviews sway you. Thank goodness I didn't read all the negative reviews with the "bad attitude" I had before we went. I hope this helps someone. I can't wait to go again & it will proably be with the Dream again! =) Happy Cruising! =) Read Less
Carnival Dream Ratings
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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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