3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was for my birthday, we had the best cruise ever. This was our 17th cruise. Great dining staff, wonderful food. The excursions were very fun. We had no been to these three ports before, Key West, Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas. ... Read More
This was for my birthday, we had the best cruise ever. This was our 17th cruise. Great dining staff, wonderful food. The excursions were very fun. We had no been to these three ports before, Key West, Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas. All of the crew were super nice. The cruise director Gary was very funny. Enjoyed his morning show every morning. The shows in the evening was great. The crew in the Fun Shops were very nice. The personal shoppers Vanya and Izzy were very informative and helpful in the shops in the ports of call. When it was time to get off the ship it was so easy and pretty fast. If you are thinking of taking a cruise, I would definitely encourage you to take a Carnival Cruise. You would won't be disappointed. Try a 5 day first then you'll do what my next cruise will be, a back to back cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We had a great week on the carnival Dream. There was always something for everyone to do. The boat was very clean and staff were always smiling. Our server at dinner, Walter, was outstanding. Always had a great attitude and was the hardest ... Read More
We had a great week on the carnival Dream. There was always something for everyone to do. The boat was very clean and staff were always smiling. Our server at dinner, Walter, was outstanding. Always had a great attitude and was the hardest worker I saw all week. He went out of his way to make our dinners great. We will miss his smiling face. There’s plenty for children to do as well as adults. My only complaint would have to be the quality of dinner some nights. I felt the meals were very hit or miss. Most fish was overcooked and a lot of the food was very bland. I’ve only cruised twice previously and it was on royal Caribbean and I have to say that their food in the dining room is better. I will say you can’t beat carnival’s chocolate melting cake though. Also, I can not recommend Guy’s Burger Bar enough. Absolutely delicious. The quick pizza was pretty good as well. Overall I recommend this cruise to any family. It was a great experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Had previously cruised on the Dream, and was very satisfied. Wanted to have a repeat of a good time with cousin and sister. Other than not having received a satisfactory cabin, we had a good time. Cabin steward Pande was fantastic, he was ... Read More
Had previously cruised on the Dream, and was very satisfied. Wanted to have a repeat of a good time with cousin and sister. Other than not having received a satisfactory cabin, we had a good time. Cabin steward Pande was fantastic, he was very friendly and polite. Entertainment in shows were great. Cruise director Alex was very entertaining and easy to talk to. He made sure any and all questions were answered. Staff on lido deck were friendly not pushy when told you didn't want drinks. Ship was very clean and maintained. Dining was outstanding. Loved the fine dining room, only wish you didn't have to dress up on certain nights casual dress should have been ok, (I don't mean shorts, bathing suits or tank tops) Both boarding and exiting ship was fast, and organized. All ports were set up basically the same with same merchandise and shops, sales people were pushy and each said the same thing. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I was told this was a great ship to cruise on and boy were they right. From the cruise Director Lee to the room steward they did an outstanding job keeping us informed, involved and ready to go bed! Don't have any major complaints ... Read More
I was told this was a great ship to cruise on and boy were they right. From the cruise Director Lee to the room steward they did an outstanding job keeping us informed, involved and ready to go bed! Don't have any major complaints that worth talking too much about. The refridgerators are substandard in that they aren't very high quality and don't keep milk. The entertainment was great with lots of 80's music and that was just what made the cruise perfect! I would stay on that ship again without hesitation. I think this ship is moving to Florida in the near future and would highly reccomend it for everyone. The waiters did an outstanding job each evening serving us and entertaing us to the point we wouldn't miss a meal because it was a highlight of our trip as well. The interary was three port stops in as many days and that was not the most desirable schedule because it would have been nice to had a day at sea between for a little rest but the logistics of it was probably why the way it was planned. GREAT SHIP!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We choose this cruise for price as well as where is was going? We wanted to see more countries than just Mexico and Roatan & Belize were a part of this itinerary? We went to Daniels Monkey & Sloth Sanctuary as well as snorkeled ... Read More
We choose this cruise for price as well as where is was going? We wanted to see more countries than just Mexico and Roatan & Belize were a part of this itinerary? We went to Daniels Monkey & Sloth Sanctuary as well as snorkeled in Roatan then Belize we did shopping at the port then back to the ship to rest up and play a little bingo. Cozumel we did a treasure hunt provided by the jewelry stores. This was a blast and we ended up getting a bracelet dull of charms as well as a necklace & earrings all for free and no purchase necessary. We will take,this cruise again one day. Our only complaint with CCL is their expensive drink packages. I don't drink alcohol but my husband does and CCL requires all parties to purchase the drink package if one person in the cabin purchases it. At over $50.00 a day that is almost what my ticket for the whole cruise cost. Absolutely ridiculous! Our steward Ms. Linda was awesome. We were never without ice in our fridge and our room was cleaned to our expectations. We chose to dine in the crimson room in the evenings at a round table which gave us a chance to meet some new & very interesting people. Our servers were exceptional though I do prefer not to be pushed to try something I never asked for which only happened on out first night thank goodness. The Guys burgers & fries cannot be beat for lunch and the condiment area was always fully stocked. As for the buffet dining, the food was medocre, nothing to brag about but definitely convenient for a last minute snack. I eould just say CCL should eliminate all the dirty mirrors in the buffet dining rooms. If there is no time to clean them then just get rid of them because they wer without a doubt a not appealing to look at while we were trying to eat a meal. as for activities on board, we played bingo one night and watched mivies every night in the big screen under the stars. Probably couldn't get much better than relaxing under the stars while eating popcorn and having an ice cold drink while watching a mivue in the big screen. were already planning our next cruise we kived it so much. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
The Dream is truly that, a Dream cruise. Extra clean, very friendly personnel, restful time, great food, love, love, love the people who work for Carnival! They are so friendly and accommodating. They took care of every request with no ... Read More
The Dream is truly that, a Dream cruise. Extra clean, very friendly personnel, restful time, great food, love, love, love the people who work for Carnival! They are so friendly and accommodating. They took care of every request with no complaint and with a smile. Every area was clean and neat. I never saw any messy areas. Our cabin always had clean towels and extras in some cases. Our steward personally delivered the next days itinerary and any messages. Rafael was GREAT!! All the public bathrooms were clean at all times. There was never any trash left anywhere because someone from the crew was always there picking up, mopping, vacuuming, and wiping down every area. I never saw any unsanitary areas. All public bathrooms had plenty paper and soap. Every where I turned, there was a dispenser for antibacterial solution and it was always full. Every time someone left a table in any eating area, there was someone cleaning it for the next person. I have NO complaints about any part of the cruise.I didn't rate the entertainment excellent simply because it just wasn't my musical tastes, but my husband who is a musician said that every musician and dancer was talented. I highly recommend sailing with Carnival anywhere and will sail Carnival again in the very near future! Great job, Carnival!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Getting on and off the ship was easy and quick as we are platinum, which helps. No issues that we saw anywhere. We love cruising out of New Orleans! We were in a porthole cabin, so at the very front of the ship! We saw high waves a few ... Read More
Getting on and off the ship was easy and quick as we are platinum, which helps. No issues that we saw anywhere. We love cruising out of New Orleans! We were in a porthole cabin, so at the very front of the ship! We saw high waves a few times due to the bad weather, but fairly smooth ride. Noisy when the anchor chain goes down, but time to be up and about, so not a big deal. The ship seemed to shudder towards the center of the ship when docking we noticed walking down the hallway. Decent cabin service, but as in recent cruises, steward trying to come into the cabin, knocking and opening the door at the same time. What's up with that? So many dining options! Will never understand how some reviewers complain about the food as there are so many choices! First ever cruise that we could not drink the iced tap water, the water or the ice had a bad taste! Coffee, lemonade, iced tea were ok to drink. Excellent Guy's Burgers, Pizza, sub sandwiches to die for until late. We didn't try the Mongolian Wok this time, but felt like we missed out. Love the freshly made omelettes on the Lido deck better than in the dining room, although we ate breakfast both places. Coffee, juice, and Eggs Benedict seem better in the dining room. We only snacked for lunch or mid-afternoon with a soft-serve ice cream or fresh fruit, so didn't really sample the buffet for lunch or the dining room. We always ate dinner in the dining room. Meals were excellent! Service a little hit and miss, but not so noticeable, except the last night. We always have coffee with our dessert, and the coffee didn't always get there. We were at a big table for 10. Loved the comedians, more so the ones at the beginning of the cruise. The shows in the theater are pretty awesome, but we've seen them all before on other cruises last year with a different cast. Worth seeing once or twice, but getting old after 4 times or more. We had 3 ports, but were rained out pretty much in Belize and Mahogany Bay, so we didn't even get off the ship. Ate, hung out in the hot tubs, and participated in some trivia games. We had a beautiful day in Cozumel, so wandered around the port on our own, picking up some local honey and vanilla. Recommend the Dream class ships for any cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this ship partially because it was going to Grand Cayman. Had been there before but, never toured the city. This was our 13th cruise on Carnival and our 15th overall. Food in the dining room we thought was very good. On special ... Read More
We chose this ship partially because it was going to Grand Cayman. Had been there before but, never toured the city. This was our 13th cruise on Carnival and our 15th overall. Food in the dining room we thought was very good. On special nights it included prime rib & lobster. We also went to Steakhouse for a additional charge of $40.00 per person. It was outstanding and service was impeccable. Well worth the money and a great way to celebrate a occasion. We also had a Cove balcony. A first for us but very popular. It is close to the waterline and is partially enclosed on the sides to limit splash. Would book this type of balcony again as it lends a up close look at flying fish, dolphins etc.. Service was outstanding as far as Room stewards & dining personnel. Bedding was very comfortable. Entertainment in theater was above average with different themes on different nights. Upon leaving the ship disembarkation was very quick. Would book this ship again. 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
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
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
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
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: 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 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: 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
1 Helpful Vote
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: January 2013
This was our 2nd time on the Carnival Dream -- the last being a year ago. We parked at Park N Cruise with reservations made on-line for a better rate. I was very impressed with the new Port Canaveral terminal. Embarkation was painless ... Read More
This was our 2nd time on the Carnival Dream -- the last being a year ago. We parked at Park N Cruise with reservations made on-line for a better rate. I was very impressed with the new Port Canaveral terminal. Embarkation was painless and we were soon on board. We brought 8 bottles of water and the allotted 2 bottles of wine -- no problem. Our balcony stateroom was mid-ship on deck 6. We had quiet and smooth sailing the whole trip. We loved our room which had lots of storage, a good size bathroom and shower. a nice, long couch and most of all the comfortable bed. Sombut from Thailand was our excellent room steward -- sorry I didn't get his pleasant assistant's name -- kudos to them both! We truly love to spend time on our balcony -- and love to breathe in the fresh smell of salt air -- but wait, no, it's "CIGARETTE SMOKE"!! ( Carnival, please change this policy to no smoking on the balcony, as other lines have done.) The Food: We always ate dinner in the dining room as we like the formality. On the whole, we both agreed that the food was EXCELLENT. DH, the beef lover, had wonderful flat-iron steak 3 times and the grand finale of prime rib -- all deemed tender and flavorful. I tended more towards the lobster, shrimp, fish selections and was more than pleased. Sorry to see that they didn't have the "Didya ever?" on the menu. Lunch in the Gathering: the Tandoori was very good; the Deli's Ruben sandwich excellent; the Pasta bar was a bit disappointing after I had linguine that was "glued" together. We didn't go to anything where you had to wait in line -- ever. Breakfast in the Dining Room: is what we prefer. The menu is the same every day. Not a great variety, but we made do. I missed my granola. Entertainment: No wonder we never saw any shows our first time on this ship! They keep it a secret! If you see "Showtime in the Encore Theater" in the timeline schedule -- just go..and go a little early to get a good seat. Some Big production shows weren't even mentioned in the FunTimes. They use the space for advertising where you can spend your money. And the shows are free...get it?? Forget the Punchliner brunch 10 minute comedy show -- 4 jokes and that's it. The Ship: how I longed for a comfortable place to sit in a common area. The furniture is mostly solid (not soft) with easy clean plastic upholstery -- great for long wear and children. Also, I wished that I could tell forward from aft in the hallways -- better signage, please. On Shore: we were pleasantly surprised in Puerto Maya, Cozumel, Mexico. It was a wonderful port with shopping ; lovely garden areas, a really nice restaurant -"Ponchos Backyard" and a great waterfront place to just sit back and enjoy...one of our faves. Because of high wind and rough seas our next 2 ports were cancelled. Our alternate port was Nassau, Bahamas. It was a good time to take a glass bottom boat ride out to the reef to view tropical fish and also see the "rich and famous" homes along the waterfront. A cool drink at Senor Frogs is always fun. Debarkation: all went as scheduled -- the Park N Cruise van got us to our car by 10am and we were on our way to our winter/Florida home. Value: Carnival Dream delivers excellent value on an excellent cruise ship. I was disappointed to learn that in order to receive the "up to $200 on board credit", you had to book your next cruise immediately. Last year you had a least a year to book a cruise and receive the credit. So, we didn't book -- too high pressure. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2012
On April 28th we set sail on my 7th cruise, Nan's 10th. We were sailing to the Caribbean on the Carnival Dream. It took two years for me to get the price I needed in order to take this cruise. We usually cruise on Carnival Lines and ... Read More
On April 28th we set sail on my 7th cruise, Nan's 10th. We were sailing to the Caribbean on the Carnival Dream. It took two years for me to get the price I needed in order to take this cruise. We usually cruise on Carnival Lines and try to leave from Port Canaveral since it's only minutes from our home. We also have a very good deal getting to the port. The Econologe on US 1 in Cocoa has a very special deal, you can park your car for free and take the shuttle bus for $10 round trip to your ship at the Port. Truly, a deal you can't beat. Usually, embarking is a breeze on a Carnival ship, but this time when we arrived about 12:30 p.m., there were a few thousand people waiting on very long lines to board the ship. I usually order a wheelchair for my sister when we travel, but this time I simply forgot and there we were waiting on the longest line i ever saw. I left Nan standing on line and went up front to see if I could get a wheelchair. The red shirt woman I spoke with said that I would have to wait on the line, go thru the security check and when i got upstairs I could get a wheelchair and then come back down for Nancy. If I did all that, once I got upstairs, why would I want to come back down again. I wandered around until i saw a blue shirt man and he was certainly more friendly. it took him a few minutes, but he got a wheelchair and we got Nan into it and he took us immediately through the waiting people and right through security , then he brought us upstairs to get our cabin keys. a very lovely man who went out of his way to be helpful. Again, he had passed the crowds and took us directly up to the sign in desk. the gentlemen there also went out of his way. He got our paperwork done, got our keys and actually took us directly onto the ship. This was positively the largest ship we had ever been on and it was beautiful. We always take an inside cabin for several reasons: one the cost is usually so low that we can afford to take 2 or 3 cruises a year, the food served us in the dining room is the same as the higher priced cabins, the shows the same, the room service the same, the cabin service the same. and the cabins are the same size as most of the potholed cabins. This ship holds 4,300 people and on this cruise it was full, but because of the size of the ship you really didn't notice that many people. he Dream is absolutely my idea of what a ship should look like, Art Deco style. Our cabin was certainly large enough, with two single beds, two closets, a desk, and a small refrigerator. The bathroom was just fine. There was plenty of room to get around comfortably. Frankly, we do not spend that much time in the cabin anyway. This sailing was a little different for me. as soon as we stepped on the ship, i felt it swaying. Nancy thought I was nuts, as she said we were in port not on the ocean so how could it be rocking, but never the less it was and I felt it. By 6 p.m. that same evening I was so dizzy from the rocking that I could barely walk. I went down the corridors holding on to the walls and looking like a drunken sailor. the dizziness got worse when we were out at sea. I could barely do anything. Finally, I couldn't stand it anymore and decided to call the nurse. I thought she'd think I was nuts, but the way I felt was ruining my trip, so called. I mentioned that I could feel the ship rocking and it was making me very, very dizzy. She told me that I had a form of seasickness. There were two types of seasickness, one made you nauseous and sick to your stomach and the other manifested itself in dizziness. She suggested that I call room service and ask for the pills. They cost about $4 for 6 pills. I called, they delivered, I took and soon felt much better. I did meet a few other people with the same problem, they too could feel this ship's movement. I have never had this on any of my other cruises. We usually do not get off at the ports because we've been to most of them several times before, but this time we not only got off, but took a tour in Belize. It was advertised as: City and Althune Ha Ruins Tour. We were very disappointed. The "City" part of the tour consisted of driving through some streets on the way to the ruins and pointing out some houses. No shopping, no stopping, no nothing. When we got to the ruins we could not actually get to them because of the distance from the bus to the pyramids over rough ground, so Nancy and I and one other woman sat on a bench while the others did the climbing. So for a grand total of $70 each we got a bottle of warm water. I do not recommend this tour for anyone up in age, or with walking problems or heat problems, even though it's listed as moderate. The other item I did not like was the change in the food service. The portions were smaller which was perfectly okay since you can order as much of anything as you desire, anyway. There were also several things I usually look forward to that were sorely missing from the menu. On the formal dress evenings there has always been escargot and duck, both were blatantly missing from the menu. Instead of the escargot they offered stuffed mushrooms not a worthy substitute as far as iI was concerned. And now on the left hand side of the menu they listed "Comfort Food" that being meatloaf and fried chicken. I don't know about you but I DO NOT cruise to eat meatloaf and fried chicken. Also the soup selection was a big disappointment. There use to be several different soups available, from cold to fruit. Now there were two and they were nothing special. One night they did offer a Thai soup that was delicious and upon asking if they still had any left the second night, they did not. Obviously, with the economy the way it is, the food service is where they have chosen to cut corners and for people who are not frequent cruises on this line, I'm sure they were delighted with what was offered, but for those of us who do this frequently, it was a disappointment, big time. The service is exceptional, the waiters, head waiters, maitre d, people who clean your room and leave little towel animals and chocolates on your bed, those at the information desk, tour desk and just everywhere at great. They are pleasant and go out of their way to be helpful. The ship is absolutely spotlessly clean and they are at cleaning it day and night. we didn't get to many of the shows because i really didn't feel well enough during this cruise. But usually the shows are good and worth seeing. There was one little kind of funny thing, we couldn't seem to get the lay of the ship. it seemed that where ever we thought we were going, we wound up the entire length of the ship from where we wanted to be. Usually within a day or two we have the ships layout under control, this ship is so big we just couldn't get it together. All in all we had an excellent cruise, as I mentioned I just loved the decor, this is by far my favorite ship as far as looks go, and the service was great. We were called to disembark about 10am. We had breakfast in the dining room and called for a wheelchair. it arrived and we moved swiftly off the ship and through customs without a hitch. We did find out while we were on an elevator, when we arrived, with some men from Coast Guard that the reason there was such a hold up with getting people on board timely was a problem the Coast Guard had and they wouldn't let anybody board until it was settled. Really we had never had this kind of problem before, usually embarking goes very smoothly and within a short time your on the ship and in your cabin. Would I take another cruise on this ship, you bet your bippy I would. First of all I do not believe in making a final decision on something unless I try it at least twice. Good or bad, the first time you try something could just be a fluke. Besides, on these cruises they always offer the purchase of a certificate for a future cruise. The cost is $100, that $100 is used towards the price of the next cruise and a $100 credit is also given to be used on your Sign and Sale card. We use it toward the gratuities, so we will be returning.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
A wonderful experience sums it up! Let me say that we are active seniors -- ages 83 and 76 -- and that this was my first cruise and his 2nd. I was doubtful after reading so many negative reviews, but we were very pleased. Boarding at ... Read More
A wonderful experience sums it up! Let me say that we are active seniors -- ages 83 and 76 -- and that this was my first cruise and his 2nd. I was doubtful after reading so many negative reviews, but we were very pleased. Boarding at 10:30am was a breeze- we were eating lunch at 11:15am. (It's that early-bird Senior thing). I signed up for the "wine package" and that worked well after the first night's mix-up which was straightened out by Andre the Maitre'd who sent us a complimentary bottle of wine the next night. A touch of class! Our balcony room was right above the SMOKING section of Deck 5 which we didn't know that on one side of Deck 5 - the outside chairs & tables is smoking - and on the odd numbered cabin side is non-smoking. Be aware if you are on deck 6! Our Balcony room was very comfortable with plenty of closet space, closet shelves, drawers and counter space. We had a convertible couch, a coffee table and a foot rest/stool. There was a mini fridge with stocked mini bar and a small safe. I brought extra wire hangers; a pop-up laundry basket & a 3-way electric plug as suggested in Cruise Critic. The bathroom had good counter space and shelves for our "stuff". The shower had plenty of hot water and a pull-out line for hanging wet clothes/bathing suits. The bedroom & bath were cleaned and restocked twice a day. Two white terry cloth bathrobes and two huge beach towels were provided for our use. Also provided: a hair dryer, Kleenex, shampoo & body wash in the shower. Our King size bed had 4 pillows and a downy comforter that was very cozy! The balcony had 2 chairs and a table. Our Steward was Harry, who made us a different towel animal every evening and made us feel like "family". We tipped him extra. We usually ate in the Scarlett Dining room as we like the formality and service. Our waiter, Kusumajaya (from Indonesia) was the consummate professional. His humor entertained us, he made us feel special and provided excellent service. We tipped him extra. We usually found several delicious items on the dinner menu. We ate on the Lido deck a few times and enjoyed the varied choices and fun atmosphere. We found the food to be very acceptable. Islands -- Nassau -- not much to do but take a taxi to The Atlantis Hotel. The lines to see the aquarium were too long, so we fed the slot machines. St. Thomas - The best souvenir shopping is at Al Cohen (as told in Cruise Critic) and it's located in the shopping area near the dock. Just ask! Nice T-shirts, island dresses & tote bags @ very reasonable prices. Downtown is good if you're into serious jewelry shopping. St. Martin -- our favorite island. We took a private guided tour of the whole island, spending time at Orient Beach and Sunset Beach. We saw the grand hotels and wealthy homes; and the very poor areas where the goats were in the road. This island is truly beautiful! We had 8 -10 ft. swells and a 55 mph wind on the way down, but smooth sailing all the way back. We had a mid-section cabin so all went well. We plan on doing the Western Caribbean cruise next. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
Itinerary We Took the 7-day Exotic Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral. It included Ports of Call in Cozumel, Mexico, Mohogany Bay, Isla Roatan, Hondoras, Belize, Costa Maya, Mexico plus 2 Sea Days. We booked our cruise last ... Read More
Itinerary We Took the 7-day Exotic Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral. It included Ports of Call in Cozumel, Mexico, Mohogany Bay, Isla Roatan, Hondoras, Belize, Costa Maya, Mexico plus 2 Sea Days. We booked our cruise last minute so we were waitlisted for our choice, Open "Your Time" Dining. Embarkation We arrived at the terminal later than planned on Saturday, January 7th, 2012. Lines were long by 1PM but I have to admit they moved pretty quickly. Within 20 minutes or so, we cleared Security & took the escalator upstairs for check-in. There we learned that we were assigned the late dining seating - 8:15 pm. Just before we boarded the ship, we were stopped for a mandatory security face only photo. We were curious about it since we had never had that taken before but I'll explain what it was for later in my review. Staterooms weren't ready for occupancy until 2 PM so we headed up for lunch at the Lido Deck Buffet. (Elevators are in short supply on Embarkation day so be prepared to wait or walk up/down the stairs.) Although the lines were long, they moved quickly. I was happy to find trays and large-sized plates. I did miss tall glasses for beverages but I managed with their colorful short glasses. We quickly found several empty tables outside by the pool. Music was very loud that day - it sounded like one big party but most passengers seemed to enjoy it. Inside was much quieter. Soon enough, after a stop for an ice cream cone, our rooms were ready. Luggage arrived right after we located our stateroom. Later we had our safety drill before sailing followed by a huge SailAwayParty with a DJ. Hundreds of passengers joined in the line dancing. Stateroom & Cabin Service We booked cabin 1328 which is a Deluxe Ocean view Cabin on the Riviera Deck #1 Mid Ship. The room was relatively large about 230-square feet with a convertible couch, cocktail table and a king size bed. I appreciated the two end tables & plenty of closet and shelf space for all our belongings. One closet we never even used. Two white bathrobes were available for our use. We had an oversized picture window and best of all two "private facilities." One had a toilet, shower & basin. The other had a tub/shower and basin. It made all the difference in the world to us. The room was very quiet as there were only staterooms above us - not a public area nor directly by an elevator. There we no vibration noises either. We met our steward the first day & just requested extra ice which she provided daily. She was very friendly, efficient and we had no complaints. We loved her daily towel animals & the little chocolates that she provided us at turn down service each night. She timed her cleanings around our comings & goings. Dining Room, Meals & Service The first night we had dinner at 8:15 PM in the Scarlet Dining Room. Our companions were two couples from Melbourne, Fl who lived 40 minutes from our home. The computer must have matched us. We got along very well but we all wanted an earlier dining time. The next day, after we again requested "Your Time Dining," we received a card in our stateroom assigning us that option. Carnival does listen! We were now happy passengers. Our original table was in a corner of the restaurant & we were one of the last diners out of the dining room barely making it to show time in the theater. With the new dining option we had to change restaurants and now ate in the Crimson Dining Room. No matter what time, what table, what waiters, what dining room, we always received polite, efficient service. Every waiter, and we had many, was friendly, personable and tried to please us. They were also helpful providing suggestions for the best dish among the choices. In my personal opinion, the food was great. My favorite selections were: Lobster Tail, Filet Mignon, Prime Rib, Chateaubriand, Escargot, Wild Mushroom Cappuccino Soup, Baked Alaska, Warm Chocolate Melting Cake, (every night) Tiramisu, Crème Brulee & others too numerous to mention. There was always a vegetarian choice and fixed dishes in case you didn't like the daily choices - these included Salmon and Steak. We never resorted to the fixed choices. Passengers who visited the specialty restaurants praised them highly. The Lido Deck Buffets were always busy during morning hours & at lunchtime. Lines moved quickly except at the Mongolian Grill & the Deli which were out of the way. On the last day, we tried the upstairs Pasta Bar & loved it. We are very particular about our pasta sauce but found both the sauces that we tried to be terrific. We'll definitely try this eatery more often if we cruise again on the Dream. You are given a menu, you check off your choices, turn it in & you're given a table number. The staff then brings you your order. For dessert, though, you have to go downstairs to the buffets. Public Rooms There were plenty of bars, cocktail lounges and sitting areas. My one complaint was the Library. It held hardly any books at all. It was ridiculous. The Ecstasy and the Miracle were better supplied. Many of the few books there were in foreign languages although most passengers were American. Carnival please fix this please! It has a book exchange but there were no books there until I left mine on the next to last day. What the ship also lacked was a card room. All around the ship I saw passengers playing cards in the bar/lounge areas and outside on the tables around the Lido Deck. There were more than enough lounge chairs around the pool and around the outside decks in general. I never even went to the several lovely adults-only Serenity Retreats because I found plenty of quiet places to sit in other areas. The pool water was a little cool - it was January, so we only swam there one afternoon. We used several of the Whirlpools which had varying temperatures. We loved the Lanai ones which were oversized and cantilevered from the ship so it seemed like you were part of the sea-really neat! I loved the various conversation groupings of outdoor furniture all over the ship. Nice little touches like this made the ship seem smaller. The Encore! theater was comfortable with upholstered seating and small marble-topped tables just big enough for cocktails and enough room for the waiters to get through serving drinks. The Waterworks area was fun for "kids" of all ages with multiple slides of varying heights and water sprays for the toddlers. For Spa Lovers, The Dream has a very elaborate facility named Cloud 9. The long lines of passengers waiting for appointments on embarkation day attest to its success. Make your appointments early. The Casino was very busy especially in the late afternoon & evening. It was also rather cool - temperature wise. Activities The Dream has three distinct children's programs. There is Camp Carnival for kids 2-11, Circle C for kids 12-14 and Club O2 for teens 15-17. I peeked into the facilities and they were clean, modern and appealing. Kids loved the disco atmosphere. The schedule of activities went from morning until night. Night Owls Program runs until 3AM. Parents were pleased with the activities. The Dream has all the usual on board activities such as bingo, trivia contests, art auction, ice carving demonstration, dance & language classes, Karaoke, crafts, shopping show, wine lecture, Texas Hold'em Challenge, Blackjack Tournament & towel folding but what I enjoyed the most was the Chef's Art Steakhouse cooking class where we all tasted the dishes prepared. There were plenty of parties also like the big Mardi Gras, Electric White Night & the Mega Deck Party. You can even renew your vows. A tour of the ship was also offered.-good idea since the ship is huge. Plenty of activities daily kept everyone from getting bored. Entertainment - Shows The Multi-Million Dollar Extravaganzas in the Encore! theater were something not to miss. One particular show "Dancing in the Street" was so spectacular that I will never forget it. If you cruise on the Dream, do not skip this one. It included the fabulous Carnival Dancers & Singers plus the amazing male acrobatic dancers - head spinning, body popping, break dancing - Fun Force. They had entertained us in the Atrium on a previous evening so we knew that we were in for a double treat. The small piano bars and lounges also had great live entertainment all evening long. We stopped to enjoy music at several nightly. The eleven deck high Atrium had live entertainment performing nightly above a huge dance floor with comfortable seating upstairs and downstairs. I loved the huge LED Screen on the Lido Deck poolside where news shows and movies were shown with complementary popcorn. I caught The Green Hornet and Cars. Even more innovative was the brand new 2 million dollar laser equipment. I had fun on several nights, dancing the Electric Slide & learning the Cha-Cha Slide with hundreds of my fellow passengers - what fun-all under the stars with live music. The Punchline Comedy Club in the Burgundy Lounge was very popular - standing room only at the ones I attended. Shore Excursions There are so many choices that it is hard to make recommendations. What you choose will depend on your age, activity level, interests and whether you have been to the island previously. One that I particularly enjoyed was in Belize. Since I had already been to Belize, I took the Cave & Land Rover Expedition. It is listed as strenuous & we were the oldest people on the tour. You need to be able to maneuver across a foot suspension bridge that swings as you walk above a river, walk a short distance (½ mile) through a rain forest/jungle on uneven surfaces, climb up to a cave in the mountains, and stoop (at times) through an unlit cave with bats. You are given a small battery operated light. If you are claustrophobic, do not go on this one. Everyone on our tour completed the cave portion. Our drive on the stick shift 4X4 Land Rover took us over mostly muddy dirt roads and jungle trails. You need a valid drivers license & the experience of driving a stick shift. The tour concluded with a high speed open motor boat ride along the jungle covered banks of a river & then out into the sea. It is a very fast, exciting ride. The tour was the most fun that I ever had on an excursion. Try it if you are in Belize and up to the challenge. Other tours on the several islands that we visited included Dolphin Swims, Snorkeling, Mayan Ruins, Jeep tours, Beach trips, Catamaran rides, Scuba Diving, Zip Lining, Horseback Riding, Motorcycling, City Sightseeing & Shopping and various combinations of the above. These are just a small sample. You will find something that you like or just hire one of the many local guides for a custom tour of your choosing. Be aware that in Roatan, the local guides or your pre-booked non Carnival tours guides were a long way from the terminal. The Carnival tours are a bit pricey but if for any reason your tour returns later than sailing time, the ship will wait for you. In conclusion, I loved my cruise. The Dream was everything that I expected and more. I will take it again in a heartbeat. This was my 9th cruise on Carnival and the one that I loved best. Although we did have a couple of minor incidents on shore, they didn't mar our trip. Carnival took care of the incidents to our satisfaction. By the way, it turned out that those "security" face photos have nothing to do with security but provide a very unique service. It is a face recognition software program for finding all the photos that the ship photographers take of you on board. You go to a special machine, slide in your room card & up pops all you photos. You don't have to search through hundreds of photos looking for yours. Why didn't someone think of this earlier? Another plus on Carnival is that you can print out a copy of your statement at a machine without having to stand in line at the Guest Services Desk. Neat! Disembarkation It went very smoothly. Some zones were off the ship before we even awoke. As we ate breakfast more were called. Since we carried our own luggage off the ship, we disembarked whenever we wanted. It was painless. We able to use an elevator. As we disembarked the Carnival Dream, we heard the first disturbing report of a cruise ship disaster off the coast of Italy. Later we learned that it was a Costa Line ship under the parent company of Carnival. We felt an instant distant but deep connection.. We were safe, however, while those on board the Concordia were not. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
A bit of background my DH and I are avid Carnival Cruiser and I am a part time home based travel agent. We are 28 and 33. We traveled with my grandparents (my parents as they raised me) both in the mid 60s. They are also well traveled! ... Read More
A bit of background my DH and I are avid Carnival Cruiser and I am a part time home based travel agent. We are 28 and 33. We traveled with my grandparents (my parents as they raised me) both in the mid 60s. They are also well traveled! Okay lets go.... After searching for an inexpensive winter getaway DH and I were very excited about cruising on the Dream as it was one of the newest and biggest ships in the Carnival fleet. My parents do not really like Carnival as NCL is more of their style of cruise. However it was my hubby and gma's birthday so my parents (at the last minute) decided to join us on the cruise. We were also excited about the Western Caribbean itinerary as we visited numerous new ports. My gma had been to Roatan but everything else was new to her. Everything was new to dh, gdad and I. Okay so we flew Southwest from BWI to MCO the morning before the cruise 1/6/12. I will honestly say I hate Southwest. Their seating system is terrible however the trip was uneventful. We had pre order transportation from Cocoa Beach Shuttle. They were not there when we arrived at MCO and they took about 20 minutes to get there when we called. Then the driver acted like we had not pre arranged transport. It was annoying. But we were finally on our way after a few minutes. We stayed the night at Country Inn & Suites. I loved the hotel. Nothing spectacular but the staff were very friendly. It wasn't warm enough for the pool so we went to lunch at Zachary's Family Restaurant. We had the best clam chowder on earth. The rest of our meal wasn't too appetizing but the soup made up for that. We ended up ordering some to go and eating that for dinner in the hotel. Once back to the hotel we all took naps. The Brian and I got up and played in the arcade, went online and went to the store to get sodas and snacks for the cruise. The next morning we weren't too happy about the long wait for bfast but hey it was free so no biggie. After that they started transporting ppl to the cruise ships Yay. I think we were on the 2nd bus to go out and our driver was very entertaining. The Ship All I can say is we loved, loved, loved it. It was the biggest we've been on. Deck 5 was the best IMO. We spent a lot of time just walking around outside on that deck. It was so peaceful and quiet there. We also enjoyed sailaway on that deck. There were about 4 or 5 ships at Port Canaveral so it was fun riding past all the ships and honking on the way out. Some of the other things we enjoyed on beard were the mini golf and the big movie screen (DH and I would go up and get popcorn and skip the movie most nights though). We went to the wine tasting, awesome experience. We had a chef (cruiser) at our table who actually knew a bit more about the wines than the sommelier so that made the tasting extra informative. The spa was amazing. DH and I went on the tour in the beginning of the cruise and really considered getting the week long pass. But the trip was port intensive so we didn't think it was worth it. But we plan to have a spa cabin on our next cruise on the Breeze! Food Our feelings were pretty neutral about the food on this ship. Overall it was okay. We ate dinner in the MDR all but two nights (all but 3 for my parents) which is much more often than usual for us. This was our first time trying the new menu and really it wasn't that big of deal. We liked it just as much as the old one. DH and Gdad each had the fried chicken 1x and thought it was just okay. My gdad who really enjoys exotic food was really disappointed with the shark and the frog legs. I actually liked the frog legs a lot. I also ordered the chilled fruit soups each time they had them and both my gma and I really loved them, the men not so much. One night DH and I ate dinner on Lido and actually enjoyed it more than dinner in MDR. It was the same menu but we could pick and choose and we were happy with it. We also ate there for the choco buffet. I am not a big choco person but it was delish. We ate most bfasts and lunches on Lido. But we also tend to get addicted to the Cesar salad at the pizza place so that was my regular midnight snack. I loved the Mongolian wok and had omelets there for bfast as well. We only has the Indian food 1x which I was very upset about bc we lovvved it. We never made it to the pasta place but heard really good things from other CC members. We ate at the Steakhouse and weren't really impressed. We usually eat there 2-3x but on 1x on this ship. Service there was subpar and the food wasn't as good as usual. We also loved the Sushi bar. Also I enjoyed the new drinks in the punchliner's comedy club. I met a bar tender at the Casino bar who works in Punchliners also so he was able to make me the drink I loved but I can't remember the name of it. Rooms Okay DH and I were in balcony cabin on the Vista deck, Worst decision ever. We were underneath the outdoor pool deck area on Lido and we could hear every single thing. It was soo bad that we complained on day 2. We received 30% of our cruise cost back on our S&S and 20% off our next cruise. Carnival staff handled the problem so well. However the $$$$ didn't alleviate the noise which really made the trip less relaxing than planned. We had a great room steward. Very personable and we joked with him constantly. His personality made us not notice that he wasn't that good at cleaning the room. Of course we tipped him extra!! He was awesome, kept trying to steal me from my hubby so we could go party together. My parent's room was on Lido and they had no problems but for some reason their room felt smaller than ours. Staff The staff on this ship were exceptional. We dealt with a couple ppl bc of the issue with our room and they were very professional and accommodating. The supervisor checked in on us over the course of the cruise and gave us her direct line in case we had any issues. I was in charge of the CC party so I worked with a staff member for that as well. She was great. Also our dining room team was awesome. Our lead server was so serious and focused. He had been on cruise ships for over 20 years and he was exhausted. He only had 1 cruise after ours and then he was retiring. Also this was the 1st time that we ever saw the Maitre D actually interact with ppl in the dining room, good stuff. I don't even remember the CD and fun staff.... That says it all. We also had a problem with the internet cafe guy never being around. We had a discrepancy with internet usage that the purser's desk couldn't address. They kept giving us the internet guy's schedule but he never showed up for work. There were times that there were groups of ppl waiting for him to no avail. Okay we were excited about these ports, however DH and I were disappointed that we only really spent time with my parents at 1 port. They were more focused on quick shopping in port and hanging out/relaxing on board while everyone was off the ship. So this is pretty much just what DH and I did. Also we never schedule excursions with the cruise line, too pricey. We visited Cozumel, Roatan Honduras, Belize and Costa Maya Mexico. Overall this cruise was awesome. We planned to just relax but found ourselves being very active the entire cruise. This was our first time doing the past guest party which we enjoyed. We like the shows on this ship. Especially the one featuring the hip hop dancer. That was amazing. Dis embarkation was easy peasy no problems there. Cocoa Beach Shuttle was easier to deal with as they were there immediately after we called them. The flight back to BWI was terrible bc we weren't able to check in early enough to get seats together so I was stuck between a couple who didn't talk the entire trip. The read a book and the husband slept. I didn't know they were together until we arrived at BWI and she told him " I'll drive home bc you have the flu and I don't want you getting me sick !!! Of course I instantly became ill and was sick for 2 weeks!!!! What a way to end a marvelous vacay!!!! This was a lovely vacay and I would definitely cruise on the Dream again but would choose a different room. I'm excited about booking the Breeze for 2013! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
After looking forward to our 9/24/11 cruise on the Dream to celebrate my mom's 90th (NOT a typo) birthday with my husband, 2 sisters and 1 brother-in-law, I started reading reviews and wondered if we had made a big mistake in booking ... Read More
After looking forward to our 9/24/11 cruise on the Dream to celebrate my mom's 90th (NOT a typo) birthday with my husband, 2 sisters and 1 brother-in-law, I started reading reviews and wondered if we had made a big mistake in booking on the Dream. This is an account of our experience. We found a $4.99 per day special on off-site parking that was ideal (Just look for the yellow submarine floating in the air near the terminal(sorry I can't remember the name of the lot. We had to reserve our spot before the cruise to get that deal. Went through embarkation in mere minutes...so easy! Then to the Lido deck for lunch. Big crowd,but short waits in lines. Food was good. then on to our cabins. Very clean as usual, and our steward, Kahil, was perfect!! He produced a needle & thread when we lost a button just before dinner, took down the dividers between the 3 balconies, so we had one long balcony. One deck below us on deck 5, there was a nice hot tub, which was almost never used, with lots of empty chairs around to enjoy the sun or shade. Our balconies overlooked the hot tub, so we could be in it and talk to my mom, who LOVES the balcony!! Tropical storm Ophelia was nearby, but didn't pose much of a problem. I did notice the boat moving a lot the first 2 days, then as we went further south toward St. Thomas, the sea was calmer. We saw a water spout that got a lot of attention (my first), and the most beautiful rainbow ever over the ocean. The food in the Scarlett dining room was very good. Lobster night was a big hit, and was cooked to perfection..Our 2 waiters, Sonny & I.Gusti, were absolutely awesome!! We didn't just leave waiters behind, we left friends. As for the rest of the employees, none of us EVER saw or heard anything but kind remarks, helpful directions, etc.Everyone spoke if they passed you in the hallways or anywhere else on the ship. I honestly can say that the Carnival staff was about the best I have encountered. This was the 6th cruise for my husband and I, and we hope to go again soon, on Carnival, because we can count on good food, great service, and super good times. If you go on the Dream and you don't have a good time, it isn't because of anything they do or fail to do. It is because you are looking for something to gripe about. Maybe that makes you a 'savvy traveler'. Oh,and every passenger I saw was sober, nicely mannered and having a great time. The entertainment was good. I have seen better, but again, no real complaints. The machines in the casino were tight,and I never did see anyone winning anything. The ironing rooms were very nicely equipped, as were the public restrooms we used. The pool area got crowded, but we used the hot tub more. The 'returning guests' party was very nice, with free drinks galore. Children weren't a problem (I think most were back in school), & parents seemed to have a handle on discipline, except for one boy who threw food on his mother's head out near the pool. Debarkation was simple and over in a matter of minutes. How did a whole week fly by so fast? Wait on us Carnival......we're coming back. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2011
This was our 2nd cruise aboard the Carnival Dream. We boarded her out of Port Canaveral which is very convenient for us living here in Central Florida. Our first cruise was December, 2009, when Carnival had a one-time 9-day itinerary and ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise aboard the Carnival Dream. We boarded her out of Port Canaveral which is very convenient for us living here in Central Florida. Our first cruise was December, 2009, when Carnival had a one-time 9-day itinerary and this cruise was a 7-day with a few of the ports. The only complaint back in 2009 and in September, 2011, is that the ship's food court on the Lido Deck is not large enough to accommodate a ship with so many passengers. The staff can't (or don't) get the tables cleared fast enough to eliminate the confusion of passengers standing around waiting for tables. We are Milestone Rewards Carnival cruises so we get VIP service. This was the first time we tried the "Your Time Dining" and it was wonderful. Our first night we gave the dining room hostess our stateroom number, requesting a 2T (table for two) and we were taken to a lovely little alcove where there were four tables for two - it overlooked the first floor of the formal dining room. Our servers were excellent. The food? Well, we have trouble ordering food we can't pronounce but we did find the 'comfort' food selection was very good for the nights we didn't want to order from the menu of the night. We did not make it to Nassau as the hurricane was too close so the captain took us further south toward Cuba and we went on to St. Thomas. In 2009 we stayed in a suite which was nice. This time we booked a regular balcony which was more than adequate. My husband is a smoker and never smokes in the stateroom so the balcony is perfect for him. Most all the cruiselines are prohibiting smoking in staterooms without the passengers having to pay upwards of $250 cleaning fee. The cleaning fee in most cases would be cheaper than upgrading to a balcony but we do prefer the luxury of sitting outside as we cruise - particularly at night. We would recommend this ship to families and it would be great for reunions, as well. I don't know that we will board her again any time soon even though the port is so convenient and, we have been on so many cruises, east/west doesn't matter...we are beginning to take longer cruises to far away places. We'll see how that pans out. 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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