Sail Date: April 2019
Third cruise; first on Carnival. New Orleans, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel. Embark/disembark very smooth and efficient. Stateroom: Balcony near aft elevators deck 7. Room pleasant, normal, functional. Had two 12-pack cases of ... Read More
Third cruise; first on Carnival. New Orleans, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel. Embark/disembark very smooth and efficient. Stateroom: Balcony near aft elevators deck 7. Room pleasant, normal, functional. Had two 12-pack cases of water pre-ordered and delivered to room. Good idea. Ship has sub-par water. Small balcony had push open door rather than sliding. Food: Guy Fieri's Hamburger Joint and his themed Pig and Anchor BBQ. If these were in my town I'd be a regular customer. 24 hour pizza: If this was in my town => out of business in a week. Main dining (Anytime): Ok. Good service, mostly good food. Crew gets celebration going regularly during dinner. Ate off the regular menu; good flat iron steak, poor, skimpy shrimp cocktails. creative appetizers, sides of veggies kinda small, deserts ok+. Feast night ordered two lobster tails. Good idea. Breakfast: Main dining room, not crowded. Good. (eggs benedict). Good coffee. Buffet, Pretty good. Deli made good sandwiches. 24 hr soft serve ice cream stations good. Experienced very few and limited lines or much trouble finding a table. Could have been due to 800 passengers for a business conference who mainly were out of site and may have eaten together when not in meetings. We tended to use the stairs a lot; two flights up/down to stuff. Nice, quiet, get away place in Library room. Movies under the stars were ok, but surrounded by several open bars with folks enjoying a good (noisy) time. Catch the comedians at the Punchline club. Shows in main theater were ok+. Cruise director was great. Over all, would cruise again with them (taking note of 800 preoccupied conference people and some other reviewers talking about long lines). Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Really a nice ship. Staff was excellent: room steward Josephine, wait staff Sunny, Ikatuk & Kadek In Crimson, bartenders Airine (sp? pronounced Irene) and Dwi at Ocean Plaza Bar (next to Alchemy), Tomislav and Harta at the casino, ... Read More
Really a nice ship. Staff was excellent: room steward Josephine, wait staff Sunny, Ikatuk & Kadek In Crimson, bartenders Airine (sp? pronounced Irene) and Dwi at Ocean Plaza Bar (next to Alchemy), Tomislav and Harta at the casino, Nana at the Lobby Bar and Dipak at level 10 aft bar. All were EXCELLENT and recognized me by name after first day. Rock band was Excellent, brass jazz/soul band was Excellent too! (Together they were PHENOMENAL!) Steel drum lady was good as well. All other bands were “meh”. Biggest Dissapointment: 1st Caribbean cruise I’ve been on without a Latín band. No salsa, no merengue, no cha cha cha, in other words no spice. The disco was really bad too, not a soul in there probably because the music was terrible, undanceable. Food was very good to excellent. For breakfast go to the lido deck and do the omelette station. Pizza was very good too, open 24 hours. Guy’s Burgers were pretty good but Guy’s BBQ (“Pig & Anchor”) was HIGHLY over-rated. Did not do any shore excursions. Overall, good cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Being my first cruise - I learned as the journey continued. Note: My United seat was too small and chairs too close to my knees for me to get out. I would have enjoyed my cruise more if I had "thought" about there being a ... Read More
Being my first cruise - I learned as the journey continued. Note: My United seat was too small and chairs too close to my knees for me to get out. I would have enjoyed my cruise more if I had "thought" about there being a doctor on the cruise. Because of the hurt sacrum and arthritis, I needed to stop more often. Therefore, I would have LOVED having somewhere to sit on each floor. Even if it was near the elevator. There were very, very few places to sit along the passageways. This would be helpful especially to us older or partially handicapped people. Some people just "loved" the cruise director. Since this was my first cruise, I did not have a previous director to compare him to. As for me, I found his English accent very annoying to my ears and you heard it all over the ship - everywhere all the time. Some people loved him. So I am sure he was very good. Even if you are not ready for a wheelchair (like me) you might consider getting a partially handicapped room if you stumble over things or trip a lot. The reason I say that is the first cabin I was in (like 1202) the restroom floor was raised up about six inches. I had to put the lime green cups in the doorway so I would remember to step up the extra height each time I went into the restroom of my cabin. I went to play bingo - one time. It was very expensive. Also - if you were not the only person who won that game, you had to split the pot with whoever won also. I SURE WISH I HAD BEEN TOLD there was a free shuttle that would take me from the ship into Nassau. It was not a really long trip but it was stifling hot. Also, once you entered into the building to get to town, you could not turn back. You had to go through the building and enter the other side and stand in line to wait for the shuttle back to ship or I guess to walk out and walk back to ship. Not sure how I should have handled having my baggage taken to the bus I was to get on to go from pier to airport --- but I am sure going to find out on my next cruise in December 2018. I went down early and took them myself. Little knowing I would have to stop and start and stop and start for a very, very long ways from ship back and forth through corridors to get to the bus for airport. Surely I could have paid to have my bags put on the bus and me just walk it. I will figure this out at beginning of my next cruise. I was on this first cruise by myself. I am very friendly and so were others but I made sure that I have someone with me for my next cruise and it seemed too long by being alone. I began in cabin 11202 but woke up in wee hours with rocking of ship. Went to guest services and they graciously moved me to another room the next morning. Mucho better. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Feb. 3, 2018 Day One, my Wife and I arrive at the Days Inn Gretna, La. one day earlier than our Cruise, this is our normal routine. As we check in I notice things are getting run down and in disrepair, the continental breakfast that is ... Read More
Feb. 3, 2018 Day One, my Wife and I arrive at the Days Inn Gretna, La. one day earlier than our Cruise, this is our normal routine. As we check in I notice things are getting run down and in disrepair, the continental breakfast that is still advertised is no longer available and the lounge has been turned over to a private contractor and did not even open. Our room looked ok but had water spots on the ceiling and a stale odor. The room next to ours had several screaming kids from what appeared to be a family living in the hotel (not a good night). The Days Inn is a park and cruise hotel, but this was definitely our last stay. Our next cruise is scheduled in May and we are not driving, instead taking the train from Memphis. Embarkation was fairly smooth had an issue with removing all the metal before passing through the detector. Once onboard we just sat in the theater for about an hour, this is to let all the (me first) I am (in a hurry) people try to get to (where ever) before anyone else. When you first get on breath and try to relax! This was our 4th cruise on the Carnival Dream and our second cove balcony. The Dream for us is a very entertaining and fun ship, Capt. Bovo and the crew were fantastic, Our cabin 2354 Main deck had a little noise, but nothing like what I had read on another post, if you want total silence visit the onboard morgue! The cuisine has improved with the return of Lobster and our servers (always changing due to anytime dining) were great. The entertainment was very good but we missed Chris Williams our Cruise Director from past cruises on the Dream. The port day's my wife and I stayed onboard, we have the ship to ourselves, no wait elevators or food lines. The truth is my wife broke both sides of her cervical just before our cruise in September 2017. We are on the Dream again in August and November 2018 hope to see everyone then. John (67) and Judy (66) Osborne Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
My husband and I had taken this cruise many years ago from a different port and ended up avoiding a hurricane at the time. We could not go to Cozumel because the docks were blown out so stayed out to sea for an extra day. We had been to ... Read More
My husband and I had taken this cruise many years ago from a different port and ended up avoiding a hurricane at the time. We could not go to Cozumel because the docks were blown out so stayed out to sea for an extra day. We had been to this port previously on another cruise so weren't affected or disappointed. Safety first! We thought that this time we would rebook the cruise to see the sights we had missed in Roatan and Belize so travelled to New Orleans for the Carnival "Dream". We booked an excursion for Belize but unfortunately it was cancelled and we could not go because of hurricane Nate. Safety first! When we stopped in Mahogany Bay, we were told that there was no bus to town but could take a taxi. There is a hop on/off offered but it only makes one stop which is the east end & west end with no stops in the town. We did find out that there was a local bus but then got caught in a torrential rain storm so headed back to the ship. Our stop in Cozumel was not where we had docked previously but at Carnival's port just outside of town along with four other Carnival ships. Busy, busy We do not join in on the activities but did enjoy the entertainment which was very entertaining with high energy and great choreography.The food was very good and had good service in the restaurant and the buffet. Our ship was delayed returning to New Orleans by a day because of the hurricane. The Captain kept us informed on a regular basis as to our arrival and deportation which was very smooth for us, with taking our own luggage off. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We've been on Carnival cruises in the past and they have upped their game! Service was very good. Food has gotten better. Shore excursions were very fun, well organized, very informative and priced appropriately. I found the spa ... Read More
We've been on Carnival cruises in the past and they have upped their game! Service was very good. Food has gotten better. Shore excursions were very fun, well organized, very informative and priced appropriately. I found the spa services a little lacking however. Massage was okay. Certainly not the best I've ever had. The manicure was the worst ever. $50.00 and she fiiled the ridges off across the top of my nails leaving them so thin they broke off within the next 2 days and were a mess. Also whatever services they have ,they try to sell you way overpriced products. The ship was very clean and room was nice with balcony. Our room steward was very good and friendly. He introduced himself right away and asked when we normally like to have our room serviced. He always took care of everything when we wanted and made great towel animals every day. Outdoor movies were okay for viewing but very hard to hear with the kids still in the pool and loud and splashing. We really enjoyed the entertainment every evening. A very talented bunch! Embarkation was smooth and timely as was debarkation. Enjoyed our day in New Orleans where we did Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour. Very fun! Ate at Kenny's Seafood, it's a fish market and restaurant , very good food! Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Liked the deportation city of New Orleans, 3 hours from our home, with family where we could spend the night before, and no need for a flight. However, very few people on the trip were from Louisiana. The ship was huge, with over 3000 ... Read More
Liked the deportation city of New Orleans, 3 hours from our home, with family where we could spend the night before, and no need for a flight. However, very few people on the trip were from Louisiana. The ship was huge, with over 3000 passengers. Surprisingly, even though the ship was fully booked, I never noticed the mobs of people I expected to see. The weather was cooler than expected, so the pools were not crowded. DH likes the buffet, and even though we selected early dining, we only went to eat there one night. The dining and buffet have some of the same entrees, although the dining has more selections. If you want to drink with your meal, don't mind waiting a few minutes for your food and want more elegant decor, then go with the dining. With the buffet, the food is ready and you can go back for more of something right away (if you have room). The lines never got very long. The one drawback I noticed was the food wasn't as warm as I would have liked at the buffet. I like buttered toast in the morning, and the toast was room temperature. We were told that we could ask for an attendant to toast some for us, but when my husband asked, the food attendant simply pointed at the toast- the food service employees are as friendly as you could ask for, but many are not very English proficient. The coffee was very good and always piping hot! Failsafe ways to get hot food- Mongolian Wok, Guys Hamburger, Guys Barbeque, omelet station. Big plus for the buffet was the large selection of fruits and vegetables. You could easily fill up just on this. Thanks for not having many fried foods guys! We never tried the pizza but it was open 24 hours, as was the self serve soft ice cream. Drinks available for no cost at the buffet are iced tea, coffee, lemonade, apple juice, and sometimes a mango mix drink, and water. Tip: The food tends to be not highly seasoned, so if you like it this way then you might want to bring your own favorite seasoning. All that is available on the table is salt and pepper. There are some sauces available, such as soy, ketchup, etc. We saw one show on board, the Motor City, and it was very well performed with singing and dancing. Also one comedy show, Just June, very funny. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This cruise got off to a rough start because of a difficult embarkation process and then rough seas for the first two days at sea. My wife and I both were ill. Now to the good. The balcony cabin was nice. Plenty of space and a nice ... Read More
This cruise got off to a rough start because of a difficult embarkation process and then rough seas for the first two days at sea. My wife and I both were ill. Now to the good. The balcony cabin was nice. Plenty of space and a nice sized bathroom. Overall the food was good ( especially liked Guy's Burgers). The stage shows were very good, especially impressive was the technical backgrounds and the performer interaction with the projected imagery. The seats in the theater get a bit uncomfortable after a time. The comedy shows were also good as well as various groups playing around the ship.. I particularly liked the violin trio. The public areas of the ship were nice kept very clean to the point that parts of the Lido deck were slippery from excessive mopping. There is too much space being occupied by photographers and photo displays. Everyone has a phone, Let us enjoy the cruise.without constant photo pestering. As far as getting of the ship Jamaica was disappointing, but the Caymans were beautiful and so was Cozumel. The tendering went smoothly in the Caymans and it is fun to glide over the turquoise crystal clear water. Finally the disembarkation featured too much waiting and long lines. Not sure of the problem there. All in all a good cruise. 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
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
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
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: 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: November 2012
My husband & I & took this cruise for my birthday. We were accompanied by another couple who were 1st time cruisers. We are all 65+ and this was our first time on Carnival. We are Florida residents so we drove 1 1/2 hrs. to the ... Read More
My husband & I & took this cruise for my birthday. We were accompanied by another couple who were 1st time cruisers. We are all 65+ and this was our first time on Carnival. We are Florida residents so we drove 1 1/2 hrs. to the port. Great experience, no problem at all. We parked off the port about 3 mi. away & we were at the pier in no time. Carnival really knows how to embark their passengers. They have many check-in stations & we were on the ship in 10 minutes--no waiting in line. We were on deck 2 in a cove balcony cabin, which I thought was very good. It was sufficient for 2 people and we would do it again. Deck 2 is convenient because it is only 1 deck down from the dining room & is also near the atrium, the theater, & the gangway. We thought the cabin & the whole ship was very clean, a big + in my book. The entertainment, on the whole, I would rate fair to good. The theater's sound system is way too loud. We went to the adult comedy shows a couple of times & enjoyed it. The atrium also had some good singers & music for dancing. Now for the dining--We had the any time dining, a first for us. We liked it because it was more flexible and we happened to hook up with a great wait staff that we requested whenever we went to the dining room. The food was hit or miss depending on what you ordered. We had some very good meals & some not so good. They can't cook beef to save themselves. It's always overdone. You have to ask for medium rare to be able to chew it. The dining room was very cold, sometimes so much so that it was uncomfortable. We didn't like the ports at all & would never sail this itinerary again. Enough said!! The best thing about Carnival is their personnel. Everyone we came in contact with was wonderful. They couldn't do enough for you & always had a smile on their face. We have sailed other lines and we think that Carnival has the best service & personnel. A big shout-out to Windi & Budi, our terrific wait staff. The disembarking was quick & efficient. All in all, we enjoyed the cruise & would sail with Carnival again for the right price. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
Drove to Cocoa Beach from Virginia. Spent the first night in Savannah, GA. Got a great deal at Comfort Inn in Cocoa Beach for stay and cruise. Really nice staff there. Embarkation was painless. LOVED our oceanview cabin--1308. Had 2 ... Read More
Drove to Cocoa Beach from Virginia. Spent the first night in Savannah, GA. Got a great deal at Comfort Inn in Cocoa Beach for stay and cruise. Really nice staff there. Embarkation was painless. LOVED our oceanview cabin--1308. Had 2 bathrooms, one with toilet, sink, and shower and the other with deep tub and shower and sink. LOVED THIS! We chose your time dining because early dining was not available.....what a NIGHTMARE. The entire first floor of the Crimson restaurant is devoted to your time dining. Even when there were empty tables, the host would give you a beeper and you would stand and wait 10-30 minutes for a table. Very inexperienced staff the first night. It took 2 hours and 40 minutes to complete meal! I asked not to be put in that area again, so other nights the service was better. Food was very good. I especially liked the punchliner brunchs on sea days. The food was excellent. The adult comedy shows were very intertaining but very crowded and booked in the lounge. Could Carnival maybe move these to the theater? Loved the casino but slots are very tight. I spent so much money that the casino sent me a bottle of wine at dinner, gave me free drinks while playing and will give me $500 casino cash on my next cruise. I am such a sucker for FREE stuff. LOL. The pools are nice and even warm. I even ventured down the twister waterslide. (at age 65) Lots of fun. My favorite port was St. Maarten. Beautiful water and shopping. Our cabin steward, John was great and kept the cooler filled with ice as requested. All in all we enjoyed the cruise. Next time I will request early dining, assigned seating, but it was nice meeting new people on the ship. I have cruised on carnival, royal caribbean, and norwegian. While RCCL excels at entertainment, Carnival is still the most economical, and bang for your buck. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
Our group consisted of Granny, Poppy, three kids and ten count them ten grandchildren ranging in age from little over a year to seventeen. We saild on the Jan 8th Western Carib cruise. Because one can't be sure of Md. weather, ... Read More
Our group consisted of Granny, Poppy, three kids and ten count them ten grandchildren ranging in age from little over a year to seventeen. We saild on the Jan 8th Western Carib cruise. Because one can't be sure of Md. weather, we left a day early and did an overnight at Cocoa Beach. Highly recommend this no matter where you live as it enables you to board earlier and enjoy your first meal on the ship. Considering all in our group and changes in cabins, embarkation was easy. By 12 noon on the 8th we all were on the Lido deck having a good buffet lunch. Now about the cruise. I did not get too critical about things because one has to remember Carnival is not a premier cruise line. One can't compare Sachs 5th Ave to Wal Mart or Target. The Dream is a big ship - a very big ship. It now appears that all the cruise lines are trying to out do each other by trying to put monstrous floating hotels on the water. For this trip a very bad thing more later. Our balcony cabins were a good size and well appointed. You can get bigger but will pay more. Personally I will not cruise again without booking a balcony. They just add a bit of get away comfort. Food on board was for the most part good. There was only one dinner that we passed on for the buffet because nothing appealed. Pass on the New England crab cakes - not even close to what you can get in Balmore! Because of the number of people on board the buffet lines tended to get long. Not a real biggie. Maybe to some not to me. Entertainment was par for this level cruise. Shipboard singers and dancers good but not Broadway or Vegas, Very funny magician and expert juggler. The comedy club shows were good and there are two levels family and r rated. both funny and recommended. Don't take kids (in fact they will be asked to leave) to the r rated shows. For younger kids camp Carnival is a good experience. All my younger grand kids liked it. Now for those lost teens 17, 18 and 19 the club for them seemed to be lacking. My 17 year old grandson was lost and i did feel sorry for him This group of people are too young to night club so they wonder about the ship looking for stuff to do. Hey Carnival get with it and put together a young adult club. Butch the cruise director form your own opinion if you sail. He tried to make the fact that two ports were cancelled a great fun thing no Butch it was a sad thing. On the Titanic it would have been Hey everybody we're going down but come on out to the fantail and hear the band play Nearer My God to Be or something like that NOW THE BAD AND UGLY EXCURSION EXPERIENCE OR LACK OF IT. As i said the Dream is a very big ship and Mother Ocean made the seas rough making it impossible (OR SO THE CAPTAIN SAID. Rumor has it that a port scheduling problem kept us at sea and not the weather) to dock at Isle Roatan and Costa Maya. Many many people lost what could have been a once in a life time adventure. Carnival bless their heart is giving all a 20% discount on a future cruise. Generous aren't they? But for families that this was a once in a lifetime vacation there will be no other cruises so a 20% refund is what is deserving. We gained an extra day at sea whoopee. more booze sales for Carnival. We did two excursions both excellent, Swimming with manatees in Cozumel and the Belize zoo tour which is really a reserve for endangered animals Hey got kissed by a jaguar! Cant say enough about the crew. Our housekeeping person Marco and waiter Hari were fantastic. Hari especially with having to put up with all our kids. Guest services people were fantastic especially with having to put up with guests not too happy about the port cancellations. Enough said. Except do the express baggage thing. All your big pieces of baggage are piked up outside your cabin and you don't see them (if all goes well and it did for us) at your airport. However not all airlines participate. any thoughts or questions feel free -mga28@msn.com foxfire. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
SIZE does matter, this ship is big. Dream designed for 3600 passengers had 4700 as most cabins come with extra beds and it was family cruise time. How did it affect us, elevators were a constant wait, each venture out of cabin required ... Read More
SIZE does matter, this ship is big. Dream designed for 3600 passengers had 4700 as most cabins come with extra beds and it was family cruise time. How did it affect us, elevators were a constant wait, each venture out of cabin required elevator travel. Not just a wait for slow elevator but having to ride wrong direction because too many of the opening doors revealed they were full, computer on elevator obliged to stop for our call but didn't have sense to know it was full. Only thing worse than a slow elevator is no elevator when power went off, 14 decks of stairs was possible for those not in wheel chairs as every landing we passed had one waiting. Dream had a power failure and 30 minutes later someone assures the people stuck in elevators that they were working on the problem, it did come back on in less than a hour, but must have seemed longer since no a/c. Deck levels needed: 3 for dining restaurant, 10 for cafeteria, 5 for sushi bar 4 for library,5 for casino, clubs,11 for spa 15 for Serenity, adult only deck but that needed a transfer as only elevator to it was within the spa on 11. Not being young and fit, walking the 1,000 ft corridor forward to aft was a chore. The two formal restaurants with waiters were on deck 3,4 but one was central while the other was aft, the after dinner entertainment theatre was all the way forward. the lounges with late night comedy shows were aft. 1000+1000+1000+1000 and back to the room 1,000 or about a mile on moving decks either with carpet or tile. We noticed lost people every day, even on debarking a lady asked, "are we walking right way to forward area". Only place to know where you are is a floor and deck plan located by elevator banks for each deck, very easy to get confused without fore and aft or port and starboard indicators. Carnival cutting back on paper decided not to have deck layout plans readily available they did give small deck level drawing, but customer relations desk had to hunt up a floor plan for the missing info. We enjoyed the ship most while in port, even tried to watch a movie on giant screen, worked until returning passengers filled the tiny pool and noise competed with sound system. Lots of hot tubs on board but they didn't need to heat them here in the tropics. Reason for time of cruise was to celebrate G-son's graduation, from now on we will go back to cruises while schools are still in session. We couldn't hear general announcements due to good sound proofing of door, but I know the in room speaker worked as we did hear a couple of messages looking for individuals. Had to prop door open with dead bolt to be able to hear debarkation announcements. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
We booked the cabin knowing nothing about a Cove type and in talking to Carnival HQ no one there knew anything either. It was not a major shock, then, when we opened the door and studied our week-long home. The cabin itself was pretty ... Read More
We booked the cabin knowing nothing about a Cove type and in talking to Carnival HQ no one there knew anything either. It was not a major shock, then, when we opened the door and studied our week-long home. The cabin itself was pretty basic, similar to most balcony cabins, but the balcony is considerably smaller and a bit frightening. It has steel walls that double as doors and cabin separators, but the seaside also was kind of a steel wall with the opening fair sized, but my impression was a little claustrophobic. There is barely enough room for two people to sit side by side and then the view is limited. The cabins are on deck 2 so really low on the ship which is a two edged feature. First, the balcony was almost always wet, but being low the cabin had little motion and rode nicely. Our last day was really rough but we felt little motion through the night. It was rough enough that the Disney ship stayed on its private island an extra day rather than head into the rough seas. Winds were gusting up to 50 knots. The cruise was fine - food ok, service good and a really beautiful ship. I ventured into an art auction (first time ever) and bought some good stuff. On other cruises I had sneered at the auctions, but the young couple conducting the sales were entertaining and very educating. We are Platinum so our embarcation and disembarcation were great, no hassle. That seemed to be the only benefit to Platinum but that in itself was enough. Our real complaint was similar to many of the newer big ships - too many passengers for the public areas. They seem to add plenty of new cabins, but keep the same public area decks with the ratios seeming to shrink with each new ship. We took a transatlantic on the Emerald Princess last fall and found the same, almost universal complaint. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
Having sailed with Carnival on the Glory twice previously, i was excited to book a vacation on the new 'Dream'. I thought I would love an even bigger ship. Whilst we both enjoyed getting away from the English winter into the ... Read More
Having sailed with Carnival on the Glory twice previously, i was excited to book a vacation on the new 'Dream'. I thought I would love an even bigger ship. Whilst we both enjoyed getting away from the English winter into the Caribbean for its warmth, lovely beaches and glorious seas, we were both disappointed at a couple of aspects of the 'large' ship. The first one being the saving of seats in the theatre. We felt very uncomfortable, at seeing very elderly people climbing to the top of the theatre, to be told by people that the seats were reserved. We noticed this most nights, some people even saving a whole row of seats. This should not be allowed. It should be monitored. All party members should enter the theatre together and take their seats together. There was even a stand up fight one night and security had to be informed. Not a good sight, particularly whilst on vacation. Our second problem, we felt the food in the main dining rooms were not hot enough. Was this because the kitchen was too far away - I lost my appetite, and we went to the Lido a couple of nights. The plus was the Chef's dining room, well worth the extra $30 - what a treat to have hot food, served exactly as it should be. Loved the serenity deck. Will we go on the Dream again - not sure, think we preferred the GLORY. All in all, excellent inside cabin. We had an inside cabin on the 9th deck. We chose not to choose a cabin prior to sailing, but chose to go for a guaranteed inside. We found ourselves on the 9th deck. Next one up was the Lido deck. The cabin was, as per the Glory, spacious, the king size bed extremely comfortable, the bedding, wish I could have brought it home with me -it was lovely. The bathroom was as per all bathrooms I have been on on cruise ships, adequate. Spotlessly clean - thanks to our cabin steward. Plenty of space for clothes, excellent lighting, television placed so you could see it easily from the bed or dressing table. We did not find the hallway noisy. However, the early morning announcements could hardly be heard clearly when cabin door was closed. 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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