1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2017
This cruise is convenient for me because the Port of New Orleans is only a few hours from my home. The Dream was fun last year, but this year it was a totally different experience because of our cruise director, Chris, the Flying Scotsman, ... Read More
This cruise is convenient for me because the Port of New Orleans is only a few hours from my home. The Dream was fun last year, but this year it was a totally different experience because of our cruise director, Chris, the Flying Scotsman, DJ Verso, and the Fun Team. They were so much fun and constantly had crazy, fun activities going on. My friends and I went to a nice, sophisticated cooking demonstration one minute, and the next minute we were running around the ship on a scavenger hunt. I think this year I enjoyed the ship more than the ports. We did, however, enjoy the ports. We went to Little French Key in Roatan. It was beautiful, and very easy to get to by bus, and we got to see and experience a little of the city by venturing out. Mahogany Bay is lovely as well, and is only a walk away from the port. In Belize, we went snorkeling with rays and nurse sharks. It was a wonderful excursion and well worth the money. In Cozumel, we shopped and ate. It was fun, but I will probably do some type of excursion if I go there again. My disappointment in this cruise was our cabin steward. We NEVER laid eyes on him. Last year, our steward was so attentive, we saw him several times a day. I had even brought a gift this time for our steward. Never saw him. Our room was cleaned daily, and we had turn down service all but one night. But we never met him, and that was very disappointing. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
I am not sure why people criticise this cruise ship, we have been on Disney, Royal Carribean, Princess, Costa, MSC, NCL and Holland America and the ship compares favourably against all of these with the exception of Holland America which ... Read More
I am not sure why people criticise this cruise ship, we have been on Disney, Royal Carribean, Princess, Costa, MSC, NCL and Holland America and the ship compares favourably against all of these with the exception of Holland America which was our favourite. It is clean, well maintained, the crew are excellent, the entertainment was good, the food is pretty average but not imaginative. It styles itself as a fun cruise and it is that, a lot of american teens and twenties on board make it a noisy but fun cruise (we are in out 60's) but not too annoying. Jase the Cruise Director is excellent and the entertainment around the ship is good, particularly enjoyable is Gilbert in the Piano Bar who is brilliant. We had free dining which was nice but we usually had to wait with a pager, but not too long, by the end of the cruise we ate in the Buffet which was fine. We had an Ocean Suite which was brilliant and well worth the extra money we paid for it, as it also gave us priority boarding, it was larger than any cabin we had had before and Natan kept it clean and tidy and was very attentive. My one gripe is why in this day and age do you have to pay for poor Wifi on a ship, it should be provided as standard and vastly improved. We did two excursions, The Mayan Ruins in Belize - well worth doing and the Top 10 in Roatan, 6 of which are shops, which was ok and fairly cheap. All in All a very enjoyable cruise. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
On the Dream from 11/27 to 12/4/16. It was a good cruise, fun, but you can tell Carnival is taking costs out of the cruise, it shows. Our cabin steward came by only once per day however we told him not to show up until after 10 AM and he ... Read More
On the Dream from 11/27 to 12/4/16. It was a good cruise, fun, but you can tell Carnival is taking costs out of the cruise, it shows. Our cabin steward came by only once per day however we told him not to show up until after 10 AM and he honored our wish. He did a great job on the cabin. The dining room staff took marvelous care of us, we had late dinner there were very few people there so they had time for us. It looks like three people are now taking care of what 4 used to handle. The ship is in need of dry-dock and I understand it is due for a facelift in early 2017. Carpet was threadbare in spots and our balcony had more rust on it than we are used to seeing on our previous balcony staterooms. We enjoyed the food in the main dining room and the Sea Day brunches. The lack of tablecloths in the MDR take away a little of the magic of cruise ship dining but we got used to it (part of the cost cutting I suppose). I did not like scheduling of the entertainment. Previously, you could eat late (8:15 dinner) and still see the show in the main lounge. You cannot do that anymore. there is still plenty of other entertaining options and but we did not see a show in the main lounge. My main complaint involved the booking process. After booking the cruise with Carnival by phone, I changed my email account. After updating my email address on the main site logon, other areas using emails, such as cabin confirmations, etc, had to be done by phone as these systems are apparently separate. It took three separate phone calls to get this updated. I have to believe there is at least one fifteen year old kid in Miami who can fix this problem. The Carnival New Orleans terminal is extremely cruiser friendly. My only caution is not to get to the port too late. We got to the terminal at 11:00 for a 12:00 check in and had to park on the roof with very few spaces left. In summary, we had a good cruise but it is obvious Carnival has worked hard to take costs (people) out of the cruise and it does show. Carnival is a value brand, not necessarily bad but they are not as special as when we started cruising. That said we would go again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
We left from New Orleans, a short 2.5hr drive. Getting on and off was easy. We had inside cabins and they were roomy and nice. We cruised the western Caribbean. Stopping in Ocho Rios, visiting humming bird sanctuary. Got to feed them. ... Read More
We left from New Orleans, a short 2.5hr drive. Getting on and off was easy. We had inside cabins and they were roomy and nice. We cruised the western Caribbean. Stopping in Ocho Rios, visiting humming bird sanctuary. Got to feed them. Then ate at a jerk chick restaurant near airport. Stopped at Dewars and visited local grocery to stock up on coffee and beer. Next Grand Cayman easy cab ride to Royal Palms, renting beach cabana, then Cozumel where we ate out at three amigos and shopped. It was very relaxing cruise. Loved the shows. Our room Stewart was amazing as were our wait staff. Ate in Steakhouse and loved it. The spa is super nice on this ship. Love the spa thermal hit tub and different steam rooms. Everyone was nice on the ship. The cruise director Jase was very energetic. The trivia was fun. Will definitely do again as they upgraded food areas in Jan. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
This cruise was an add on to our holiday in New Orleans. There was an issue with my not having my ESTA at hand on embarkation, I felt that I would not be allowed to board the ship without proof that I actually possessed one. Although I ... Read More
This cruise was an add on to our holiday in New Orleans. There was an issue with my not having my ESTA at hand on embarkation, I felt that I would not be allowed to board the ship without proof that I actually possessed one. Although I would not have got passed immigration at the airport without it. Once on board thing improved somewhat. The cabin was clean and comfortable, our cabin maid Rhamei was friendly always smiling and kept the cabin spotless. The entertainment is as every cruise, good all round entertainment, take your pick of what suits you, there is a letter put in the cabin every night with details for the next day so you have no excuse if you miss out on something. I have to commend Jace the cruise director, boundless energy, approachable, funny, exhausting just to watch. We dined in the formal dining room some nights,the food is nothing especially special, the table settings, flat wear etc are nice and without our server Romar it would have been just ok, she was sparkly, took time to converse and listen to us. Also our wine waitress( sorry didn't get your name) served in the piano bar as well, remembered our preference in drink. The cafeteria is named The Gathering. The food was edible that's about all I can say about it. One thing I don't under stand, there are places other than the Gathering That serve Indian, Italian, Chinese(Tibetan Wok)food but these are only open for lunch!!!! Ports and excursions, There is something for everyone, most of the ports have private contractors doing the same trips that you can purchase from the cruise line for much the same price. If you want 100% guarantee though stick with the cruise excursions. Ask at the customer service desk if you are unsure or have any concerns about anything, our favourite go to was Oana, Knowledgeable or if she doesn't know the answer will go out of her way to find out. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Let me say that my husband are Platinum members. This was our third year in a row to sail on the Dream. We have always enjoyed being on her. Being we have been on this ship before we definately notice all the changes that were made. ... Read More
Let me say that my husband are Platinum members. This was our third year in a row to sail on the Dream. We have always enjoyed being on her. Being we have been on this ship before we definately notice all the changes that were made. This year there were tons and tons of kids on the ship, who were to me polite and no problem. We are from the north and didn't know that in the Southern states they have what is called "Fall Break". We had a balcony cabin on Deck 6 Cabin 6284. Our cabin person was excellent. The stool in my cabin was broken and he had it fixed right away. It seemed like he must have been hiding because we sooner left the room and it was cleaned up. Great employee! There needs to be a better air system in the casino. The smoke was so bad in there that people trying to walk through were holding their noses. One man was walking around smoking a cigar which is not allowed. I don't mind cigarette smoke as I at one time was a smoker but this was really bad. We had anytime dinning in the Crimson dining room. The first night we were seated at table 120 and had three great male waiters. So whenever we ate in the dining room we requested either table 120 or 140. Sorry I can't remember their names but they were great!! Give them a raise. Now for the menu. The new menu SUCKS!!! In the 25 cruises my husband and I have taken we have never missed eating in the dining room until now. Because the menu was not any good we did not dine in the dinning room two nights. One of the biggest disappointments were the soups. Usually there are two hot and one cold ;soup on the menu. The cold soups which are my favorites were not offered every night. This seemed very odd not being served on formal night. Normally I love the soups and would order all three. But this time maybe I had one a night. I had ordered the Grilled Shrimp for my entree. What a joke. Out came 4 small pieces of shrimp. I had bigger and more (5) in my appetizer of Shrimp Cocktail. The staff was very friendly and the ship looked clean . Carnival is making a lot of cut backs and it is a shame. I think it may be time to start checking out other cruise lines. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Where do I start? Probably the best vacation ever!!! We cruised on the Carnival Dream leaving New Orleans on Sunday, October 9th. It was me, my husband, our daughter and son-in-law, and our three grandkids; ages 14, 10, and 4. We drove ... Read More
Where do I start? Probably the best vacation ever!!! We cruised on the Carnival Dream leaving New Orleans on Sunday, October 9th. It was me, my husband, our daughter and son-in-law, and our three grandkids; ages 14, 10, and 4. We drove to New Orleans on Friday the 7th and stayed at the Prytania Hotel. With a two night stay there they allowed us to leave our cars there during the cruise. This is an old Hotel, but so much fun to stay at. The people at the front desk were very nice and helpful. The rooms were dated, but just added to the character. It was very convenient to restaurants. We could walk to the Blind Pelican and to Tacos & Beer. It was a lot of fun. Since it was the beginning of the baseball playoffs we had to be in a sports bar each evening to watch the Cubs play (my son-in-law's favorite team). GO CUBS!!!! And, yes, they did win the World Series. Talk about celebrating. Easy to find a sports bar with the game on. On Saturday we took the grandkids on the trolley (which the two youngest ones loved - the 14 year old... well he's 14 years old??. We took the two youngest ones to the Aquarium (a must in New Orleans if you have never done it.) And we also took them on the Ferry to Algiers. We ate lunch at the Dry Dock, which in and of itself was a great experience. Food was very good and people watching was very interesting. Now to the cruise... we took an Uber from the Hotel to the port ($5.00). We were to board between 10:30 and 11:00. We boarded right on time with no hassle. My husband and I are Platinum members so we were first onboard with our oldest grandson (he lucked out since he was booked in our cabin). However, the rest of our family was probably no more than ten minutes behind us. Plenty of places to eat lunch. Try not to hit the buffet; rather go to one of the other venues for lunch since they get very crowded during the week as everyone discovers how great they are. We explored the ship. Our luggage arrived on time and we were able to unpack before we had to do the mandatory muster call. We had two cabins with balconies very close to each other. So we never knew which grandkids we would have sleeping with us each night. In fact, they were in and out all day and night. (Just added to the fun.) We were only able to get the Cubs game one night on the T.V. The other games had to be viewed through WiFi. We only got the score and play by play, but that was still a lot of fun. We did a lot of celebrating on the ship. On sea days we spent most of our time at the water slides or PuttPutt as the two youngest grandkids loved that area. I can say that our 14 year old did go down the slides with his brother several times and did play PuttPutt with his little sister several times. He is a good big brother. All three of them must have hit the ice cream machines at least five times a day. I have to admit... I did too. We had any time dining, which worked out great for us. We probably hit the main dining room four times during the week. Always got seated as soon as we got there (even with seven of us). The food... well it was hit or miss. Some nights was great; some nights not so good. The few nights we ate at the buffet for dinner was not very good at all. Was very disappointed in the buffet. Not very many choices and the food was usually cold. However, the buffet was good for breakfast. Of course, with grandkids we used room service every night.. and I do mean every night. We would get a movie on the T.V. and order room service. It was me and the grandkids... the other three adults didn't come back to the cabins until around midnight and the grandkids were asleep by then. Our first Port was Montego Bay. We had previously made arrangements to do the all inclusive at the Sea Garden Resort, which was a great choice. Cab ride there was $7.00 per person. It had its own private beach (no vendors ever bothered us). Drinks were plentiful and the food was great. Jerk chicken was amazing!!! Grandkids had never had this before and they loved it. It is very near the Airport so planes passed right over our heads and we could see them landing. Pretty neat. They had a kayak, which the grandkids loved. We were also able to jump the cliffs (well they weren't really cliffs, but they were pretty far above the water). The scenery at the Sea Garden was unbelievable. The water was so clear and blue and the mountains in the distance were so pretty. Took some great pictures there. Was a little hesitant about getting off the boat in Montego Bay with our grandkids after reading reviews; however, we felt perfectly safe at the Sea Garden and would not hesitate to go again. Highly recommend it. Our second Port was Grand Cayman. Here we rented two Jeeps from Andy's Car Rental. Husband and son-in-law took the bus into town to pick them up and came back to pick us up. Jeeps were really nice (brand new). We drove all over the island. Scenery was breathtaking. We stopped at Rum Point for lunch, which was very good. Well worth the drive to get there. We returned the Jeeps and still had time to shop before boarding the ship. Even though we had to tender in Grand Cayman, it was no problem. In fact, the grandkids loved it. However.... be prepared for a long line to get a tender back. Last Port was Cozumel. Here we did the all-inclusive at Nachi Cocum (which we have done several times before). Well worth the money. Beach was beautiful; food was great; drinks were plentiful. They have a very nice pool if you prefer not to sit at the beach all day. Here we got to jump off the end of the pier. Lots of fun. My husband and the two grandsons also went snorkeling here and saw so many fish. The grandsons said that was the highlight of their cruise. They had never done that before. My granddaughter and I sat on the pier and watched them go out and saw how excited they got when they saw fish. They also saw a lot of stingrays sitting on the bottom. The last day at sea we spent most of the day at the slides again. But that was O.K. We loved seeing our grandkids have so much fun and knowing that we were able to give them this wonderful experience was truly a blessing. We took our own bags off the ship the next morning and were back in our cars by 7:30 and headed home. CAN'T WAIT TO DO IT ALL AGAIN!!! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This is my last cruise on Carnival. The entertainment was average. The bartenders were not friendly at all. Everywhere you went there were lines. I bought a drink card and even the cokes had to be opened at the bar before they would ... Read More
This is my last cruise on Carnival. The entertainment was average. The bartenders were not friendly at all. Everywhere you went there were lines. I bought a drink card and even the cokes had to be opened at the bar before they would allow me to take it to my room. IF you buy the endless bubbles, everyone in your cabin over 21 has to also buy. Your limit is 15 drinks per 24 hour period. The tea, juice and water was horrible. You have to buy the soft drink/juice card or pay high prices for water. I heard that if your liquor gets confiscated you don't get it back. The slots machines pay the first day or two but after that, forget it!!!! They want to sucker you in in the beginning. At least they could have provided a decent glass of tea with our meals. So long Carnival!!! 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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Well there is a reason Meds are prescribed and Jace the tour director needs to take as prescribed. Everything out of his mouth was at full speed Charlie Brown teacher talk. A little Ritalin would help the guests perhaps understand what ... Read More
Well there is a reason Meds are prescribed and Jace the tour director needs to take as prescribed. Everything out of his mouth was at full speed Charlie Brown teacher talk. A little Ritalin would help the guests perhaps understand what we need to know. He held the mike too close and speed read the schedule numerous times throughout the day. Very unclear explanation of what to do. BINGO consists of three games which you pay 0 for three cards or 30 or 60 for 9. And the prize $70 until the last one which you pick an envelope for which usually was 100. They almost force you to use their tours by punishing you if you don't. We booked an excellent tour on our own in Belize only to find out the tenders would guarantee the people that booked with them to be in the first tenders off. But wait there was the option to get to some lounge early and try to get a ticket for the first tenders. Luckily, I was given a special escort pass because I had asked for a hairdryer (bring yours) on the first day, then second day asked steward and finally wen down that night to guest services only to be told they were supposed to get a shipment in New Orleans and it didn't com in. when given the special escort pass he didn't explain what that meant and other workers didn't know. Finally figured it out after being told by guest services when I complained about lack of information that it was on back of sheet. See he flipped it over and when I asked where, he had to go find someone to find out.)That will teach you me to book with someone other than carnival the next time. Steward never even introduced herself except via card. We ate a lot of pizza because meal times in buffet were very limited. Getting off boat (jump it is faster). Well that was a circus in itself everything jammed up no workers to work crowd control. Almost had a fight on 4th floor with some swear words being tossed around by two men yelling. Okay so we go down elevator and again no workers to supervise the chaos. A gentlemen tells us he has been waiting a long time and the people on elevators keep showing up and jumping in line. So we go around to back of line. Here comes a Carnival director administrator man telling us this is customs fault. There was no one in line but customs stopped everything so please don't hold it against carnival. Being a teacher and used to managing lines I said to him, "but carnival could do a better job managing the chaos. These people just moved right here in line" Then some rather angry lady started in on me, don't blame us carnival keeps making us move from line to line, so don,t yell at us it isn't,t our fault. Of course I got called a heifer ( which at this point I was feeling rather heiferish being channeled into the slaughter house although she was more heiferish than me.). I told her, " I wasn't yelling at you I was telling carnival they needed to organize the chaos. I cruised on Norweigan and had no problem. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Great cruise, nice long stops in Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel. Food was good, service great but had I known I could choose 'your time' to eat we would have. I enjoy having the same servers but did not like getting seated in a ... Read More
Great cruise, nice long stops in Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel. Food was good, service great but had I known I could choose 'your time' to eat we would have. I enjoy having the same servers but did not like getting seated in a booth all week with no window. This was our first time for an inside cabin - it was Ok-nice with plenty of room but I like being able to see out. The entertainment was good but so loud you could not even understand the lyrics (though I knew most) and we left each night before it was over.... This ship is beautiful but so big..... We will avoid the larger ships from now on-we wore ourselves out walking from place to place. The bathroom smell at various point on the ship bothered me though I did not register a complaint-I thought it was pretty bad. We did not get off the ship and through customs until after 10:00 Sunday which made for a long day. That was disappointing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2015
We just end our cruise today.My cruise party consisted of myself,wife,my daughter, son in law, and a couple who are our good friends.We had a fun filled cruise that was simply marvelous.We enjoyed the ship, food,and service. Carnival ... Read More
We just end our cruise today.My cruise party consisted of myself,wife,my daughter, son in law, and a couple who are our good friends.We had a fun filled cruise that was simply marvelous.We enjoyed the ship, food,and service. Carnival exceeded our expectations for this cruise. There is no perfect cruise but this one was such a pleasant experience that we are planning our next one tomorrow.We had an aft balcony that was well suited to our style of cruising.The tranquility of sitting on the balcony enjoying breakfast or simply reading was par excellence. We were expecting crowds and logjams all over the place but we saw very little delays that affected our vacation adversely.The Wok required a little maneuvering and patience but the dish was very good and worth waiting for. Now my wife and I have sailed with Carnival for 9 cruises and we come on the cruise to have a great time and we look forward to an escape from our routine at home/ work.This was it. we went to one show that celebrated vocations through music that was very good. my friends and daughter and her SO went to the comedy shows and they said that the performers they saw was hilarious and they enjoyed themselves. we are a couple in our early sixties and mostly we like to enjoy our cruise at our own pace and the Dream was well suited for our needs.Tired now but happy with Carnival's seven day presentation. btw embarkation was smooth and we were on the ship in about 30 minutes. we had FTTF and we walked on the ship and went right to our room and we found it to be ready as soon as we arrived. Everybody loves Rays in Cozumel was superb. thanks Pedro, Alexandro, and Pedro's sister ( sorry I forgot her name) Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
We took our 16-year-old grandson on the Dream, our first Carnival cruise, which sailed out of New Orleans on June 21. We drove down from Memphis the day before and stayed the night at the Holiday Inn Metairie Airport. Rooms are large and ... Read More
We took our 16-year-old grandson on the Dream, our first Carnival cruise, which sailed out of New Orleans on June 21. We drove down from Memphis the day before and stayed the night at the Holiday Inn Metairie Airport. Rooms are large and nice. Received a coupon for two drinks and two breakfasts with the package which included parking. Had dinner at Acme Seafood, which is close to the hotel and has a high rating on TripAdvisor. The hotel van driver was very personable and helpful with our luggage. The hotel package included two transportation vouchers, so we purchased another one for $20. Check in for the cruise was smooth. Our spa cabin with balcony was nice, and our stewards were excellent. Our bed was comfortable as was our grandson’s. Other than the shower draining very slowly, the room was more than satisfactory. However, I would advise anyone that they should NOT book any of the spa rooms on the port side of the ship. I was awakened at 6:30 every morning by the pounding of the treadmills overhead which lasted until 10:00 at night, unless the employees of the ship were using them. Then it went on until whenever. I finally went to customer service and told them I was exhausted, that I couldn't even take a nap, and they apologized and gave me some cruise credit. However, the best advice I can give is not to book any of the spa cabins on the port side. The spa which was included with our room was nice, but not something we’d pay for again. We are not into HOT steam rooms rooms and HOT pools, so going there was not a high point of our cruise. The small “Relaxation Room” in the spa was my favorite, with chairs that look out into the water and flavored waters and teas available. However, on the last day we had to share the room with an employee who was giving her sales spiel for $199 shoe inserts. I was trying to relax and read a book but couldn’t because of her loud voice as she attempted to convince the ship guests, who were taking up three of the five seats in the room, to purchase her product. If we go on another Carnival Cruise we will make use of the complimentary Serenity Deck and hot tub for adults, which was directly above the spa. Just be sure to arrive early to get a spot. It’s a very popular place. The only excursion we took was the Salsa Salsa and Margaritas. It would have been more of a fun experience, but it was very hot. Because of that we didn't have much to drink, but the salsa making was fun. We didn't stay for the dancing. Instead we went down to the beach so our grandson could rent some snorkeling equipment and use the pretty private manmade beach. It might be worth taking the walkway under the road over to the hotel and using the very large pool. Also, there's free wifi at the hotel, and the signal was good there. An option we were given was to stay there and take a cab on our own back to the ship. We didn't do that this time, but next time I would. We enjoyed the food choices at dinner. The waiters were very attentive and personable. The chocolate melting cake is to die for. I had it every single night for dessert. At lunch there is an Italian restaurant up the stairs from the Lido. It’s kind of hidden, so ask someone to point you there. I understand that although it’s free at lunch they charge extra at dinner. At the reception desk at lunch you fill out a menu with your choices, sit down and your meal is delivered to your table. The two pools on the Dream are very small considering the number of children on the ship. We were disappointed in the room service menu. There were no appetizer choices. Unlike the Holland America cruises we have been on, there were no happy hours that we knew of. Maybe we missed those. The one Comedy Club performance we attended was beyond raw, so we didn’t go back. There are PG shows, but we didn’t attend those. We walked to the beach on Roatan instead of taking the sky ride for $12 a person. The walk is absolutely beautiful with benches and hammocks along the way. The beach is VERY crowded. The beach chairs are lined up with hardly an inch between them. On a future cruise I would look into taking an excursion and not pay for a chair at that crowded beach. At the Roatan port and the beach you can buy an hour of Internet for $5 or all day for $10 that works both places. The connection for our grandson was better near the port. We are used to the extensive library on Holland America, and the library on Carnival is very limited and open for checkout of books only one hour a day. I can understand this, as the people who cruise Carnival aren’t so into quiet pursuits like the older Holland America guests are. It’s a party boat, and I understand that. Our grandson seemed to enjoy the O2 teen club, and we rarely saw him during the day. He had dinner with us in the dining room and left again for the next teen activity. On the morning of disembarkation we went to the Lido for breakfast. Our number was announced earlier than we expected. Our Holiday Inn shuttle came soon after we called, and we arrived back at the Holiday Inn with the same friendly driver. After rereading this critique I realize that I may sound like a curmudgeon. I suppose it comes down to the fact we are the older Holland America types (ages 73 and 72), but that Carnival was our best choice with a teenager. The most important thing to us was that our grandson have a fun time, and even though it wouldn’t have been our first choice for the two of us, I feel the Carnival Dream was the right choice for taking our grandson. 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
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Sail Date: October 2014
This was our 8th cruise, and our first on Carnival. Mary, my companion has MS and uses a cane. Embarkation was a confusing mess. We were shuffled from one red shirted Carnival employee to another, always with the promise that the next one ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise, and our first on Carnival. Mary, my companion has MS and uses a cane. Embarkation was a confusing mess. We were shuffled from one red shirted Carnival employee to another, always with the promise that the next one would be able to secure a wheel chair. We never saw one, and actually boarded ship sort of moved along by the crowd rather than in any organized fashion. Debarkation was also chaotic. Our cabin, 1407, was excellent, very large by most standards, sleeping up to 5, and normally used for families. It was located on deck one aft, which put us right below our dining room, and should have been convenient to the buffet and other services important to us. Unfortunately, we were to find that elevators rarely stopped on deck one. They would come as close as decks 3 or 2, and then proceed back up. On numerous occasions, Mary had to navigate the stairs, along with several other disabled passengers. On one occasion, a woman in a motorized wheel chair unable to get an elevator or use the stairs, became frightened at being stranded and made quite a scene. I had worked as an advocate for people with disabilities, so I volunteered to go take up the issue with the customer service desk. After pointing out the hazard to people with disabilities, I was assured the problem would be addressed. While it did improve somewhat as the week went on, the elevators remained a sore spot, and in my opinion, a safety hazard. Food aboard ship was a total disappointment to us. The buffet was the worst we had encountered in our 8 cruises. Both quality and variety were inferior in every way to previous cruises. For the first time as cruisers, we found ourselves eating away from the buffet, eating pizza on several occasions. The up side was that the pizza was excellent, and there was good access to ice cream and other alternative foods. The dining room was a shock to our system, resembling a discotheque more than an elegant dining room. We were assigned to a booth that reminded us of something from Denny’s. It was a disappointing departure from the large table and wonderful group dining we were accustomed to. We were extremely fortunate to have a wonderful couple named Les and Tammy assigned with us who proved to be perfect dinner companions, otherwise, we would have fought a battle over the accommodations. Elegant dining is one of our most enjoyable experiences while cruising, and Carnival frankly has missed the boat with that. The dining room food was as inferior as the buffet. We and our companions, found the meat dishes in particular, of very poor quality. Carnival definitely gets failing grades when it comes to food. Service was a bright spot. Our servers in the dining room, as well as our room attendants could not have been finer. Our server, a young woman from Croatia was delightful, and always going above and beyond. The same with our room attendant, who was always around, and always pampering us. If the food had been of the quality of the help, we’d have been in heaven. Entertainment was hit or miss, we did attend a good comedy show, but most of the music on stage was stale, or just too loud for our taste. There were some very entertaining audience participation shows featuring the cruise director, similar to what we had enjoyed on other cruises. Trivia, which is one of our favorite activities on cruises, was also hit or miss depending on who was conducting it. The most frequent conductor was an entertainer at heart who seemed too hung up on himself and his own interests to make it true trivia. Even at that, we enjoyed trivia greatly. All three shore stops, Mahogany Bay, Belize, and Cozumel were awesome, and we enjoyed them famously. Due to our disabilities, we are not bungee jumpers or volcano climbers, but rather traditional tourists out for some good shopping, and sights to see. These three stops are great for that, and I highly recommend them. No complaints about the aesthetics of the ship, it is a beauty, decorated in bright colors that add to the atmosphere of party and good times. The casino is bigger than any other we had experienced on a ship, and busier. In fact, the casino seemed to be one of the central features, and a well done one at that. We enjoyed it greatly. In summation, Carnival is Carnival, and you get what you pay for. If like us, you are in to traditional elegant cruising, Carnival is not a good fit. The dream is a party ship, and sailing out of New Orleans, a lot of the passengers are from Louisiana and Mississippi, and are out for heavy drinking, hooting and hollering, and a large number are smokers. If that is your bag, by all means, go aboard. I’ve always said, that we have never been on a bad cruise. We still haven’t, we just enjoy others more than we did Carnival.   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
This was truly the best of all of our cruises on Carnival - the ship was always clean and comfortable. The MDR meals we selected were all excellent and the staff we enjoyed there (Henry-Team Headwaiter, Michael-Team waiter, Rommel-Asst. ... Read More
This was truly the best of all of our cruises on Carnival - the ship was always clean and comfortable. The MDR meals we selected were all excellent and the staff we enjoyed there (Henry-Team Headwaiter, Michael-Team waiter, Rommel-Asst. Team Waiter and our Wine Steward) were attentive without being overbearing. Sometimes they knew what we wanted before we did!! And based on my request for a particular style / taste of Red Wines, the choices offered were exceptional. And our Maitre d' (Shane) made our last dinner on-board very special for our anniversary Our Housekeeping crew (Arnold, Jurianto and Rodelio) went out of their way to ensure we had a most enjoyable cruise. Every request was met with a positive reply and prompt services we needed. All around the ship we encountered only positive attitudes with all of the crew and officers. We had a Cruise Critic Meet & Greet on the first SeaDay - at the Sunset Bar aft on Deck 10. The guys and gals there were fantastic, putting together even the most exotic cocktail request without any difficulties. (And... the Margaritas were fine and each one included a $5 'double play' coupon for the casino!!) We did enjoy the production shows which were VERY well done!! Good choreography, good music and excellent performances by the singers and dancers. We especially had fun with the late nite comedy show when most of the show was interaction with the guests and very quick and funny responses to situations. Did we have a problem? - Yes! Did we report it to Guest Relations? - Yes! The response to correct the situation was speedy (almost instant), and the sincere apology by the Senior Guest Relations Supervisor (Ines Uzar) was exceptional!! In the words from a favorite Jimmy Buffett song: "It's been a Lovely Cruise". To complete the review: Embarkation was easy and fast, from arrival by taxi to the Registration for our cards to the first on-board welcome, there were no long lines or waits. Disembarkation was slow and with long (but fast moving) lines for luggage and the usual Customs and Immigration checkpoint. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
We enjoyed this cruise more than any others in the Caribbean. The Carnival Dream was appropriately named; it is a Dream with beautiful decor and amenities, fantastic staff, and a great itinerary. We started our cruise with dinner in the ... Read More
We enjoyed this cruise more than any others in the Caribbean. The Carnival Dream was appropriately named; it is a Dream with beautiful decor and amenities, fantastic staff, and a great itinerary. We started our cruise with dinner in the Steakhouse on the first evening - great food and service and a warm, friendly staff. The entertainment on the Dream was the best we have experienced in several cruises. In Cozumel, we booked an all-inclusive visit at a resort and enjoyed the pools, beach, drinks, food, and a very gracious staff. In Belize, we went on a Carnival excursion to the Xunantunich Mayan ruins, near the Equador border. This gave us the opportunity to see some of the Belize countryside, see the ruins, and have a great lunch on the way back to the ship. In Roatan, we made reservations for a private tour with Bodden Tours. This was one of the best days we have experienced in any of the ports - great guide/driver, beautiful scenery, great glass bottom boat tour, fantastic lunch at Foster's Restaurant, and even had fun visiting the monkeys. The food, scenery, and atmosphere at Foster's was perfect, even before the Monkey LaLa drinks. We are already planning another cruise on the Dream with basically the same itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
We're a couple of senior citizens that love to cruise. This was our 8th cruise and our 3rd time on the Carnival Dream in 3 years. She looks worn and in need of a makeover. This 2008 beauty has lost her sparkle. The plastic covered ... Read More
We're a couple of senior citizens that love to cruise. This was our 8th cruise and our 3rd time on the Carnival Dream in 3 years. She looks worn and in need of a makeover. This 2008 beauty has lost her sparkle. The plastic covered furniture in the main lobby on deck 3 is embarrassing and uncomfortable. Carnival says that they "refurbish” each ship every 3 years, but Dream is way overdo. Our Balcony: We were on the 9th deck, midship and couldn’t enjoy our balcony because of our neighbors smoking. Formal Night: is more casual  not really formal. The Food: I found the food to be very, very good. We usually ate in the dining room. The prepared salads were excellent especially the Greek Farmer Salad. The flat iron steak was always a good choice as was the salmon. We enjoyed the fresh, thin pizza at lunch. Breakfast or Brunch (on sea days) was good, especially the Eggs Benedict with extra sauce. We did not order any room service. I called for a cheese and cracker plate and they only had sandwiches. We did buy the wine package and that worked well. The attention provided by our Steward Utama and our Any-time-dining waiter Rufino were much appreciated. We only went ashore at St. Thomas to do a little shopping at Al Cohens. The weather was very hot and humid and we preferred the air conditioning on the ship. We only saw one show and it was the same one we saw last year. No update there either. We attended the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet which was a huge success. Thank you Brian! We parked our car at Park and Cruise in Port Canaveral. Getting to the ship was just fine getting back was horrible. They have no system to board the shuttle for the return to their parking lot. It was a mad dash every man for himself crush. I don’t think we’ll use them again. Do your feet and ankles only swell when on a cruise? I have found that not drinking the ship’s water is the answer. This includes water served at meals, tap water, ice cubes, coffee, orange juice (or anything reconstituted) including soda. Anything that comes in a can or bottle is ok. In total, this cruise was a great bargain.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
We have cruised Carnival 11 times and this was by far the best! We arrived at Port Canaveral about 1200 and by 1230 we were in the room and relaxing. We had friends that drove down and flew down and all were on board in great time. May I ... Read More
We have cruised Carnival 11 times and this was by far the best! We arrived at Port Canaveral about 1200 and by 1230 we were in the room and relaxing. We had friends that drove down and flew down and all were on board in great time. May I mention we had a Cove balcony? What a wonderful arrangement. Yes there may be some galley noise but you have an awning (of lifeboats) of about 30 feet to protect from weather or sun. We had adjoining cabins and so joined our balconies and we had the best room on a balcony yet. extra width. Room Steward I Made meet us on our first cabin visit and seemed to be ubiquitous! Always a smile and great service. Our Crimson Room Dining team - Dante, James and Felix worked hard to meet the demands of our table of six. Welcome aboard show was great as was the comedy juggler (WOW). Great talents in singers and dancers, James Cruise Director was everywhere, not just shows but arranging debarking, tendering, everywhere and always a smile (Great training John Heald!) We had excursions in Belize ..Air Boat- Chukka thru Carnival - WHAT fun!! Thanks to Maria and Sandy! Our second repeat of this tour and ride and it is marvelous. We will be back Roitan- Beach chair lift and clam shell- Water was perfect and we had a ball. My wife declared that this is our current favorite spot In Cozumel we went down the road to the Ferry slip and ate at Palmeras. Great food In Costa Maya we just stayed in the compound but my lovely bride managed to help the economy! Our only down issue at all was that Port Canaveral has started charging for 8 days of parking for a 7 day cruise. That means they collect 450 days of rent for every car space and that is just wrong. Even our friends that were late to debark left the lot 2 hours before they would have been there 7 days. Shame on Port C Thank you Carnival for a great time. (BTW the snacks (NIBBLES!) were really very odd and not so tasty at the Past guest party) Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
Had a great time, Carnival never disappoints. Drove to the port and parked in the port parking lot. Arrived around 1100 am we went platinum this year but did not have room to set in the special waiting area too many Faster to the fun ... Read More
Had a great time, Carnival never disappoints. Drove to the port and parked in the port parking lot. Arrived around 1100 am we went platinum this year but did not have room to set in the special waiting area too many Faster to the fun people there already. When they started boarding they went into the special waiting room first so good thing we we're watching or they might have skipped over us. When we got on the ship our room was ready so we dropped off the bags and began to explore the ship. Ate at the Tandor station in the buffet loved it food was great. Indian food in MDR was awful, didn't work out for me. Loved the BBQ on the Lani little burgers were the best. Went to the Pasta station above the Buffet was told it was a 40 min wait but I looked around and set down anyway. Got our food in less than 8 min but it was bland and too much water. Ate in the Steak House one evening and it was wonderful. We did not watch all the shows as the singers and dancers are boring, we did however enjoy Gumbie the assist cruise director, be sure to ask him to show you how he got his nickname. We enjoyed the ventriloquist show something out of the ordinary. Do not miss the Comedy shows Carnival scores perfect with this bunch. The MDR staff was the best and the brunch sea days were my favorite. Don't miss the Eggs Ranchiro, yum. The pool areas had too many people for me good thing we had the Spa rooms to relax in. Liked the Movie at sea on the big screen, Carnival is still a fun ships but now I think I want a more relaxing and elegant cruise and for a few dollars more I can have that. I don't think that Carnival has changed that much but I have. The water works slides were wild.. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
Cruise to the Western Caribbean the first week of September 2013. Dream is a big ship but sorely lacking in some important areas. For the most part, the food in the dining rooms was good, not great but OK for a cruise. On the Dream there ... Read More
Cruise to the Western Caribbean the first week of September 2013. Dream is a big ship but sorely lacking in some important areas. For the most part, the food in the dining rooms was good, not great but OK for a cruise. On the Dream there is no place to get a quick snack in the late afternoon. The only option is to go to the Gathering buffet and they do not have any chips, salsa, nacho's or anything simple. They do have 24 hour pizza but that is about it. The food in the Gathering buffet was ok but at lunch time you could not get near the Asian Wok where they stir fried without waiting in line for a long time and I tried several different times. There were just too many people for the limited dining options. If you wanted just the buffet, then you were ok but if you wanted the Wok, Burrito bar, or any of the other dining options you really had to wait. The Taste bar which they advertized as a quick option was never open and the offerings were just awful, how can you advertize "Taste of NY" and then give the customer a barbecued piece of pork fried in breadcrumbs. PLEASE! The pool area was not suited for anyone older than 12, very crowded with screaming kids. The Serenity Deck is a nice option for those like us who wanted a little peace and quiet to sunbathe but they had no pool. The adult shows started at 9:45 and there was no way that you could attend if you have an 8:15 dinner reservation so I would either go with a flexible time or you will have to wait until 11:00 for a show. The ship was lacking in venues to handle the crowds and if you did not get to a show 30 minutes before you would not get a seat. The shows close the door at the start time and you can't get in. On a positive note, the Crew on the Dream was exceptional. Our cabin attendant Usa and our waiter Pituck were just fantastic. We did attend the Chefs Dinner which was also exceptional and I would recommend this option for anyone who likes fine dining. Simple additions like a Pub Bar and an adult swim pool would be great. Overall the cruise was good but I would be a little leery of going on another Carnival cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
Arrived at the Port , and absolute chaos.. Hundreds of people waiting in line, and this was at 1:30pm . Carnival computers went down. Lucky for us we were Platinum members , so we went straight to the head of the line.. so to speak. The ... Read More
Arrived at the Port , and absolute chaos.. Hundreds of people waiting in line, and this was at 1:30pm . Carnival computers went down. Lucky for us we were Platinum members , so we went straight to the head of the line.. so to speak. The people at the terminal did a great job in expediting the huge lines.. So kudos to them. We absolutely loved the Cove balcony, on the Port side as you see everything.. The food was pretty good, the pasta bar was excellent, and the deli sandwiches were awesome.. The pizza could have been better, and room service needs to expand their menu. All in all in was really good.. The entertainment was good, the comedy acts were fantastic.. Jamie the cruise Director was the best we've ever had. She was so approachable, so down to earth, and personable and friendly. The Dream will miss her, as she off to the Carnival Sunshine. Be careful and check your receipts, as I was charged for buckets of beer at the pool which I didn't have.. Also the bartender at the Casino bar screwed up more than once. I find entertainment lacking between 5pm and 7:30pm... It was a good cruise the ports were all fantastic, but I'm Dreamed out.. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2013
My DH and I started cruising in 1999 - he did not want to go and bought a laptop computer to do lesson plans - needless to say he did not do lesson plans and three months later we took 3 of our grown kids and spouses on a Christmas cruise. ... Read More
My DH and I started cruising in 1999 - he did not want to go and bought a laptop computer to do lesson plans - needless to say he did not do lesson plans and three months later we took 3 of our grown kids and spouses on a Christmas cruise. We enjoy the time together and on one cruise renewed our wedding vows. Cruises are totally relaxing and we even did a cameo appearance on Carnival's VIFP video. We live in Augusta, Georgia and the trip to Port Canaveral is about 7 hours long. We usually stop in St. Augustine for a short break (me shopping and my husband eats and takes a nap) and continue on our journey to Port Canaveral. We stay at the Radisson in Port Canaveral (cruise and park). They have a Tiki Bar and we usually eat at Fish Lips, on the pier (you can see the ships) and reasonable priced. In the morning we get ready for our cruise - it is a short drive to the boat and the hotel has a free shuttle service. We sign up for the first shuttle and arrive about 10:45. We are Diamond so we have no problems getting to the VIP room and shortly after we check in we are allowed to go on the boat after the wedding party. I do wish they would board us after the handicap but we follow directions. Port Canaveral has their "ducks in a row" - other ports could learn from them.The Dream holds 4500 passengers and about 3000 crew members. A large ship but easy to get around. Elevators are crowed at certain times (after a show, embarkation and luggage) but we learn to adjust. Sometimes it is better to get on one that is going down and then go up. You learn the tricks. One ding means up - two dings means down. Serenity deck is awesome - it gets crowded but we do not hear loud music or kids. Nice area to nap, read a book or talk. The Steakhouse was great - don't eat lunch - the cheesecake was 3.5" tall and melted in your mouth. The food was just great. The MDR food was OK - but we did not go hungry. We have seen a decline in the quality of food since our first cruise - but the food is OK. The CD (Jamie) arranged for a cocktail party for the Diamond members with the Captain - that was great. A total of 17 Diamond members and we sat and talked to the chief staff members of the cruise. A great touch. This ship went to Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Nassau we got off and walked to the beach. We were there about two hours and left and went back to the boat and sat on Serenity deck. In St. Thomas we took a can to Saphaire Beach and enjoyed that area for about 4 hours. Did a little shopping and went back to the boat. In St. Maarten we went on an island tour - great tour - we went to the Igawana farm, Orient Beach, Maho (sp) Beach (airport beach) and back to the shopping area. Great tour - lasted 5 hours and was $40.00 per person. Found this tour on the internet. Our stateroom was large - we were on Riveria Deck (2) and had a tub, 4 closets, window and for our first time a couch. Nice room - we thought we might not like a room that far down but we were surprised and satisfied. Entertainment was so - so. We enjoyed the shows but the bands lack some entertainment. The CD and Assistant were great - she did an English version of the Captain's message when he did the morning message concerning speed, location and weather. It was great. The casino staff did an excellent job and were very professional. Debarkation was quick and easy. We placed our luggage outside our stateroom the night before and was off the ship by 8:15 with no problems at all. Found our luggage and went through customs quickly. We were on the road by 9:00 am.In summary our cruise was what a cruise was supposed to be - enjoyable, relaxing, entertaining and good food. We are cruising again in September, October, January and April. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
I chose the Dream as it was leaving from Port Canaveral not too far from my DB's condo which I visited for 3 nights before the cruise & also because of the itinerary which went to 3 places I'd never been before. I ... Read More
I chose the Dream as it was leaving from Port Canaveral not too far from my DB's condo which I visited for 3 nights before the cruise & also because of the itinerary which went to 3 places I'd never been before. I purchased FTTF which came in handy for boarding early & avoiding line ups at customer service. I was on the ship at noon & headed for my interior cabin on deck 8 which was in a great location, not too far from elevators/stairs & just 2 decks below the main food locations. As I was originally going solo then ended up solo since my cabin mate was unable to come, I was glad I arranged early seating at a large table. I enjoyed my dining companions 2 young couples also from Ontario & one my age from SC. The food on the ship was great with so many options. I tried the buffet, Tandoor, Grille, Punchliner Brunch as well as my dinners in the Scarlet DR with a nice ocean view table & lunch once in the Crimson DR. I also attended the Chef's Table which was well worth the $75. The table was set up right in the galley so we saw all the action of a ship at meal time. I attended most shows & found them to be really good entertainment. The 1st day I took the ship tour with Alyssa & found that helpful especially the fact that deck 3 does not have access right through. I went to a few trivias but never won the coveted Ship on a Stick altho' I did take a picture of one! I played Bingo which was quite reasonable at $25 or $30 per session. I won $100 so that was great! I also won $7 on scratch tickets that came with the cards. The CD staff was friendly & fun, Willi & Gumby are both great & accessible. I took Carnival excursions at all ports except Costa Maya where I took the $3 bus to Mahahual ($2 taxi for the return), a cute little place with beautiful beaches just minutes away from the port. I really liked my cabin 8406 & steward Mark who was very efficient having it made up before I got back from breakfast (I always put out the sign) He made me a towel animal every night, gave me chocolates & took good care of me There was a lot of cupboard space, some free samples in the WC & the tv had some U.S. channels which would have been nice if I had time to watch them!! The ship itself is really nice looking with comic like graphics in the halls, some nice glass elevators, pretty lights & red accents in the main DRs. I know there's also laundry facilities but I never saw them, actually I think I need another week to see what I missed & that's a possibility as I liked it that much! The theatre is really nice & the seating so spacious with either tables or marble arms to rest your drink unlike NCL Dawn (my last ship)! The comedy venue is lovely too with it's Venetian theme & I'd recommend getting to the adult shows at least 15 mins. early as otherwise you might have to stand. Jeff, the Fun Dude manager there was funny. I had a great time & wouldn't hesitate to cruise Carnival again especially on the Dream! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
We had decided to pay the extra money to upgrade to a balcony for the first time. We thought that a cabin on the 10th deck would be perfect for accessing the most important entertain sites. The first night was certainly a rock and roll ... Read More
We had decided to pay the extra money to upgrade to a balcony for the first time. We thought that a cabin on the 10th deck would be perfect for accessing the most important entertain sites. The first night was certainly a rock and roll affair because of the weather. By morning, the stateroom was quite cold and the touch around the frame of the balcony door and window was bitter cold. We contacted room service without satisfaction although they had promised a response. I ended up after a reasonable wait of several hours, going to Guest Services and making a complaint. We did receive blankets but my bigger complaint was why there was not a better solution for the very cold room. I could be wrong but I believe it was the location of the stateroom with a balcony that was poorly insulated, the room was not properly heated or a combination of both. By noon on Sunday off the Florida Keys it was 55 degrees and wind gusts out of the North at 18mph. Carnival certainly cannot be blamed for the weather but I do fault their inability to keep staterooms for their passengers comfortable. Because of the weather out bound on Saturday and Sunday as well as the return trip on Friday and docking on Saturday, March 9th, the use of the balcony was somewhat restricted. In fact, during the cruise on Wednesday, March 6th, they actually notified passengers that the balconies would be closed for cleaning from 8am to 12:30pm. There was no opt-out option. Do I feel like the extra money paid to upgrade to a Balcony Stateroom was worth it? CERTAINLY NOT! 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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