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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
my sister-in-law choose this cruise for us it was her 13th cruise and my first. she advised me of all the activities on the ship and the different islands we would be going to and she thought this would be the best first time cruise ... Read More
my sister-in-law choose this cruise for us it was her 13th cruise and my first. she advised me of all the activities on the ship and the different islands we would be going to and she thought this would be the best first time cruise experience for me. I agree it was a fantastic experience. and plan to do again. on the ship i really enjoy all the shows in the encore room. i love the fantastic food on board. i even enjoyed the casino at times and the off ship excursions to the beach was really great i got to meet a different culture of people i had never met before and shop for things i have never seen before and really got some great bargains. in Honduras we enjoyed a beautiful pool by the beach and really great food and some island music that i really liked . I enjoyed the whole experience of the cruise from boarding the ship till the day we left the ship It was a fantastic experience Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
1) because my brother and his wife have never cruised before. 2) the price 3) where it was going. 4) because my brother and his wife still like to party. Carnival seems more like a party type atmosphere. The staff was wonderful from our ... Read More
1) because my brother and his wife have never cruised before. 2) the price 3) where it was going. 4) because my brother and his wife still like to party. Carnival seems more like a party type atmosphere. The staff was wonderful from our room steward Wayan to our dinner stall Dede, Ignatius, and Polett. to the staff in cloud-9. spent the day in New Orleans before embarkation. Embarkation went very smoothly ( great job) our cabin 7203 is classified interior, but has a window. It is interior with a picture(walkway view).It was our highest level yet. and a good choice. they do sell out fast. we enjoyed most of our dinning I was disappointed in the main buffet, but like the other 3 buffet or was it 4? guy burgers was very good, the pasta bella was not a buffet, but a sit down where you place an order and drop it off at the head of serving line and then go sit down and they deliver it piping hot as you ordered. a don't miss if you travel on the Dream. Main dinning room was very good. the chef's table was an outstanding experience. It di cost extra, but we thought it well worth it. the shows in the encore lounge were to mush like Vegas style and loud. we like more Broadway style performances. disembarkation went very smooth also. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Okay so this was my very first cruise and I'm here to leave an honest review of it. I'm going to give a brief review of every aspect of this fun vacation! Carnival Dream Ship Okay so the ship was huge. I know I don't ... Read More
Okay so this was my very first cruise and I'm here to leave an honest review of it. I'm going to give a brief review of every aspect of this fun vacation! Carnival Dream Ship Okay so the ship was huge. I know I don't have any to compare it to but my friend I travelled with had been on two Royal Carribean cruises and said this ship was much much bigger. There was a nice running track viewing the ocean, a basketball court, clubs, casino, mini golf, and nice slides for the kids. The casino was always full but always had slots available. The clubs were never full and looked boring. I think there were only two small pools and I never even got the chance to dip in them because it was always too crowded. However, I didn't make much of an effort to get in the pool either. The hot tubs were always full so I never made it in any of them either and there quite a few of them so it was disappointing I never made it in. The ship was always kept clean and there was rarely a dull moment. Cabin We were on the very bottom floor with one of the cheapest rooms so our cabin was very small and we could feel the boat rocking a lot. Our beds were not super comfortable. The bathroom was not very nice at all as it looked a little outdated and very small. No complaints though because that's what we paid for. For two college girls on a budget, it was perfect. Dining The food was not spectacular. The buffets served mostly the same things everyday and there were not many options. The 24 hr ice cream was great! The pizza line was pretty good. Guy's Burger joint was very good. The dining at dinner was pretty good but the serving sizes are small and there are not many options to choose from. Service BEST service. I missed my massage by an hour and they still worked me in. The dinner dining staff knew us by name and even remembered our drink orders each night. Guest service was so polite and helped us figure out a wifi problem we had. The service in general was awesome. Nothing but good things to say about these wonderful people. Ports and Shore Excursions We had great experiences with all of our excursions. We had to take two tender boats in Cozumel and Belize. This was an easy transition from land to shore. I did not travel with any children but the kids on the boat looked like they were having a blast. Mat the cruise director had constant fun and games for everybody. I would definitely go again. SO thankful for this ship and this wonderful vacation! 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
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This was my 10th cruise, and my first going solo. I chose this port and date as it coincided with my office closing for the holidays. I have cruised on Princess, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Carnival, and have had a great time on them ... Read More
This was my 10th cruise, and my first going solo. I chose this port and date as it coincided with my office closing for the holidays. I have cruised on Princess, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Carnival, and have had a great time on them all. My previous cruises were out of either Miami, Puerto Rico or Galveston. Embarking from New Orleans made for quite a difference in the type of passengers on this cruise - almost everyone I met were locals who had driven to the port. Football was on TV's in the bars everyday, with lots of enthusiastic and vocal viewers who also brought their "go" cups advertising their home teams. Embarkation took only 55 minutes from when I arrived at port from the Carnival airport transfer. Long lines but they moved quickly. My first stop was the Dream Lobby Bar, conveniently located on the same level you board the ship - Chocolatini! The Dream is easy to navigate, and had a similar layout to the Glory which I was on last year for this same itinerary (but out of Miami). I had set dining in the Scarlett dining room at 6:00 p.m. Most nights they let us in by 5:50, which was a good way to avoid the crowds. Service was VERY slow, every night our table of 10 was the last or second to last to leave, always around 8:00 p.m. Food quality varied, sometimes cooked to order correctly (I like my meat cooked Medium), but most often overdone and always arrived lukewarm, not hot. Desserts were always good - I had the fruit plate and sugar-free offering each night. Entertainment: The comedians were all very good, both at the PG rated shows and the R18+ shows. There were 4 different comedians on this ship, so try to catch them all if you can. The "variety" type shows with singers and dancers in the Encore theatre were not good - I walked out of two of them and went back to my favourite place - the Piano Bar, where you sing along to the songs you request and drink drink drink! Cabin - For the first time, I had an interior stateroom, and it was perfect for a solo cruiser. Lots of storage space - a cupboard for hanging clothes, a cupboard with shelves, a desk and stool with hairdryer, a mini fridge and safe, decent sized shower and sink area, with lots of shelves in bathroom over sink. Best part of having an interior cabin - it's always dark, so no being woke up by that pesky sunrise! My cabin on the 9th deck mid-ship was ideal, just walk up one flight of stairs to the Lido deck where the buffet and pools are - very convenient. The first day my cabin steward offered me a "menu" for me to sign off on which time I wanted my cabin serviced - morning, evening or both. I chose evening, but after two days changed it to "both" which was not a problem. Having been on this itinerary several times before, I did not do any excursions. I disembarked at Costa Maya to walk around the shop areas, and did the same in Cozumel. I did not get off the ship in Belize, as I did not want to waste an hour to take a tender to shore to walk around some more shops, and enjoyed being on the ship when it was so empty and I could finally get in the pools. At Mahogany Bay, I walked down to the beach and sat in the lounger reading for a couple of hours, but it was overcast and I returned to the ship for lunch and again to enjoy the lack of passengers for awhile. Hint: on sea days, everyone stakes out a lounge chair at 7:00 a.m. - so be warned, if you don't do so you'll be walking the whole ship in the afternoon looking for somewhere to enjoy the sun. Overall, I quite enjoyed my cruise on the Dream, and especially the friendly southern charm of the local passengers, and would certainly go again. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
The Dream is a large ship and very much understaffed. From the check in process, to the room steward, the dining room staff, bar staff, it was about the worst service I have ever received on a cruise ship. Carnival now asks that you ... Read More
The Dream is a large ship and very much understaffed. From the check in process, to the room steward, the dining room staff, bar staff, it was about the worst service I have ever received on a cruise ship. Carnival now asks that you chose when you would like your cabin serviced, evening or morning. My steward did not even show up the first night on the ship. Always a shortage of towels. Like to pick up the dirty towels and not replace them. Went 5 days with no pool towels. In the dining room, the waiters continually overlooked our table. I had to find the water pitcher and bread baskets/butter several times. Diner arrived cool several times. Had to track down the cocktail waiter many times when he should have know that we were a table of drinkers after the first night. Buffet was full of dirty tables most of the time. They now charge $20 for some items on the regular dining room menu such as a NY steak. We had an opportunity to dine in the pay restaurant. The food was quite good, however the service was also severely lacking and heaven forbid you ask for something out of the norm. There was no deviation from the printed menu selections. Bar staff and many of the staff in general were not the typical happy engaged employees we once saw on most cruise lines. The Serenity spa is a $139 fee for the week. The gal at the coffee bar would not take the time to make a drink when she prematurely cleaned up the bar 20 minutes early. She simply stated all I have available is... Entertainment seems to be primarily made up of ship staff more than than the usual performers that had been brought onboard. Be careful with your purchases in the gift shop. I purchased an Invicta 18165 watch marked at $795 at a discounted guaranteed lowest price of $149.. When I arrived home I see the watch can be purchased almost anywhere for $89 including Walmart. Having cruised many times, I do have Platinum status. Debarkation took longer than ever. Even with Platinum status it was after 9:30 before I could get off the ship. One good thing, we did luck out with the weather. All in all, try another cruiseline. Carnival has cut far too many corners. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I take a cruise around Halloween with a large group of singles via a company that specializes in this type of trip. I had never been to New Orleans and a few tips there: taxi or Uber is fastest but also most expensive so use the airport ... Read More
I take a cruise around Halloween with a large group of singles via a company that specializes in this type of trip. I had never been to New Orleans and a few tips there: taxi or Uber is fastest but also most expensive so use the airport shuttle if time is not an issue. As for the city visit the old, whole in the wall places if you want a real taste of New Orleans cuisine and sample the beignets, a delicacy that has powdered sugar as a breakfast or dessert best served hot and 3 for $3. Its a square piece of floury dough friend and covered like a light pastry or doughnut sold all over New Orleans. Port is very close to the downtown area but its cheaper and quieter if you stay in either the business or garden district and walk to Bourbon Street. At night Bourbon Street becomes a walking venue of bars,restaurants and shops a a gay section on the north end of Bourbon Street. Drinks tend to be a bit pricey ($6 beers, $8+ mixed drinks) but lots of historic places throughout the French Quarter and Decatur Street. Louis Armstrong Park has free music on Thursday nights from 4-8 pm and there are lots of great live music stops. As for our ship: the Dream is being renovated and the martini bar has been taken out in place of more casual seating outside the piano bar. This bar and the casino bar (which is now a combo casino and sports bar) allow smoking which I avoided as much as possible as I don't do well with smoke. If you want sports the casino/sports bar is the only option unless they show on the big screen on the Lido Deck/Deck 10. I always make use of the steam room and the sauna which on are deck 12 forward ( go through the pool area moving forward via Deck 10 then take stairs up 2 flights or the elevator, steam room is in each locker room and there is a shared, coed clothing required sauna in the attached hall way. Fitness Center is open 8 AM -10 PM for those wanting a work out or use the walking track outside on Deck 12. Serenity adults area is on Deck 14 forward with hammocks and day beds no kids are supposed to be there. Dining: do breakfast in the formal dining room as the buffet is so/so for breakfast. After 1st formal night do dinner at the buffett food is just as good, plenty of it and not in the small portions that are now in the formal dining room. Lunch pool side still works great still a good selection most of the day. Cabins are they typical Carnival so a bit cramped and recommend you take disinfectant spray and wash your hands a lot or bring things for potential sore throat/colds as a lot of our group got sick during our week on board. Spray down and take Airborn about 2 weeks prior helps boost your immune system. Shows were pretty good this trip and I always use my own choices for port days. Cozumel: swim with dolphins via ship purchase, got to Tulum via ship, do beach on your own (Carlos N Charlies pay as you go, Mr Sanchos all you can eat and drink. Belize not much to see there not a beach and rains a lot. Roatan, use free Carnival beach or got to Infinity Bay at West Bay, $45 pp for day pass and transport: gorgeous beach, reef right off shore, umbrellas and chairs included, food & beverage service available there & the best beach in MHO in Roatan worth the trip. Cozumel and Roatan are beach days for me, Belize is a tender a bit of shopping but you could skip going to port and not miss much there. If anything take the tender go have a local beer and sandwhich there. Belize is least of the ports and limit on excursions though you can snorkel or go to a beach away from shore. Tender is about 20-30 minutes as they anchor 6 miles off shore there. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
This was a group cruise. The embarkation port (New Orleans) is not equipped to accommodate cruise ships in excess of 2,000 passengers. There are no separate or expedited check-in for Platinum or diamond guests in New Orleans. The trip down ... Read More
This was a group cruise. The embarkation port (New Orleans) is not equipped to accommodate cruise ships in excess of 2,000 passengers. There are no separate or expedited check-in for Platinum or diamond guests in New Orleans. The trip down the Mississippi River was VERY interesting! Have been on the Breeze (Sister ship), I had high hopes for the Carnival Dream. I was very disappointed! The Breeze was a far cry from my experience on the Breeze. The Dream was very poorly laid out. The casino is on the main deck (which ended up being a huge issue for those of us who are nonsmokers). I found that; because of the casino being on deck 5, I was unable to access deck five from about midship forward. Ventilation on the deck 5 is VERY POOR! Also...what's with the Hot Tubs on deck 5???? (people felt very uncomfortable using those hot tube because of the high traffic on deck 5). Also, hardly any specialty restaurants on the Dream (except the Steakhouse). Steakhouse was never busy (but could never seem to accommodate us in advance). No sports bar!! (this is a huge issue for those wanting to watch the World Series or football on Saturday/Sunday). Food was about on par from what I experienced on other Carnival ships (which is below what I would rate other cruise lines on). Carnival has also cut corners on the formal nights (No complimentary drinks and lack of enthusiasm from the crew). Second formal night was barely recognizable as one. Also....no dining room etiquette. On Several nights (not just embarkation night), passengers were in their shorts, sandals, ect and the dining room staff never seemed to care (why have rules and standards in you are not going to enforce them?). Although the ship is only 8yrs old, it seemed like it was 20+. Seemed very old and in dire need of an update. Also...many aspects of the ship are in disrepair (ie: much of the equipment in the gym was broken). Passengers seemed to be able to smoke where ever they pleased (again...lack on management onboard the ship). Positives: My cabin Stewart was excellent! very attentive and accommodated all my requests. The ship was very clean (except for the smoking areas on deck 5). The staff did a good job keeping things clean! The journey down the Mississippi river was very interesting!!! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
The Dream is a great ship compared to my last cruise on the Fasanation. The staff as always were fantastic. I'm amazed out how hard they work and they should be tipped well for all that they do each and everyday! No real complaints ... Read More
The Dream is a great ship compared to my last cruise on the Fasanation. The staff as always were fantastic. I'm amazed out how hard they work and they should be tipped well for all that they do each and everyday! No real complaints other than I wish Carnival was like Princss and offered surf and turf at dinner without the additional cost. I think we pay enough for the cruise to have steak and lobster anytime we want at dinner. I booked all of my excursions on my own. I booked three excursions at three different ports for the price of one on Carnival. Just make sure you read their reviews and make sure they have good ones and a guarantee to get you back to port! Th ship offers plenty of entertainment for all ages. If you ever stop in Belize make sure you check out Butts Up Cave Tubing and book with them. They are top notch and have your tubes waiting on you ready at the tubing site. All the other companies that I saw made the people carry their own tubes. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Embarking: Once in the building during the appropriate time slot it went fast. If you get to New Orleans port too early, you are stuck standing in the garage outside!! Ship: Pros: Food was excellent as always Pool are ... Read More
Embarking: Once in the building during the appropriate time slot it went fast. If you get to New Orleans port too early, you are stuck standing in the garage outside!! Ship: Pros: Food was excellent as always Pool are very nice with lots chairs and room. Entertainment in show room very good. Comedians, First two excellent, second two not as good. Service on entire ship was very good, including dining room. Nice gym on ship Cons: First day of cruise my cabin boy said they will only clean room once a day and what do I want day or night? I found that very strange, first in all my cruises. Although, some others passengers had their room cleaned twice daily. I like my ice bucket filled for the evening, I told the cabin boy to do this, but on 3 nights all I had was icy water by 7pm. Im not fussy, but cabin service should been a bit better. They keep raising gratuities and decreasing service in this area. Conclusion: Very nice ship and very fun time, especially out of New Orleans, this was my first cruise out there, Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
We embarked via New Orleans on Carnival Dream on 12-6-15. We went to Roatan, Belize & Cozumel. First of all- the process to get into the port via Security check points is long, tedious and you are standing with your carry on bags ... Read More
We embarked via New Orleans on Carnival Dream on 12-6-15. We went to Roatan, Belize & Cozumel. First of all- the process to get into the port via Security check points is long, tedious and you are standing with your carry on bags forever. Waiting to be processed from one checkpoint to the next- so prepare to stand & wait. Next we got on the boat into our room- which was ok. I would say the accommodations stating room for 4 is not adequate. Very little space to put luggage or storage. Room was not luxurious like you would think. We did have a balcony and it was ok. This boat is so full of people 3600. If you do not like crowds- do not go on a large boat. The people are mostly big, heavy people that are rude, stand in the hallways will not move out of the way and just take their time as if they are the only ones there. The food in the Lido deck was ok- nothing special. The food in the dining rooms was great but served as "gourmet" sizes- meaning very small. 2 bites for an appetizer- 2 oz steaks, very small portions. If you want more- order 2 or 3 appetizers. Breakfast was great, but again, very small portions. Drinks are outrageously priced. We did not get the drink coupons, as we did not think we would drink that much, so we paid as we went. You do have to buy the drink coupons for every day of the cruise and for everyone in the cabin. We knew we would not drink $1400.00 worth of alcohol that week, we did end up spending about $800.00 though. The excursions are made that you have to buy an excursion if you want to be one of the first off the boat. Otherwise, you are waiting for several hours to ride the tinder. The ports are all owned by Carnival and it is a farce. They make it where you can only buy an excursion if you want to sightsee or go to the beaches. Although it is for safety -it would be nice to port near a beach that you could walk to. The excursions are all rather pricey. In Roatan & Cozumel you can walk off the boat without paying for an excursion- but you do have to pay to get around. In Belize we did not purchase an excursion- you can take the tinder to the island which is about a 20 minute ride. BUT- we had to wait in the bar to get a number to be called to get on the boat-after the paid excursions left first. This was such an ordeal- at first it was orderly, we had our number to get off # 56. They called out numbers to board, then 53, 54 55. So we thought we would be next. NO- what they did was say "OK, everyone to the 0 deck to load. This created such a fiasco as people just coming in to load all ran ahead of us -they had no number to board- we were on the 3rd floor had to go to 0 floor - so everyone -about 600 people were walking down the stairs( you cannot get an elevator) and standing on the stairs waiting to go down- these rude people were pushing, shoving and breaking in line- as there was no order now- we were pushed aside by some very rude black women- I said you want to break that bad- go ahead. So we ended up standing in the stairways for 2 hours waiting to get to 0 to the tinder. This was such a fire hazard, and none of the workers even seemed to care or be mindful of the situation. The workers were stressed and not even friendly. You can tell these people do not like their job. The large amount of heavy & rude people take its toll on the workers I am sure. Our cabin Steward was friendly & helpful though. The cruisers load their plates to the extreme, are messy, loud, obnoxious. It is no wonder the US is disliked by other countries. I would say that Carnival cruise is the Wal-Mart of cruises. Will never go on another Carnival cruise. Not worth the money. Roatan was beautiful and the islanders friendly, Cozumel was nice, great bargains but Belize is very unsafe- the port is old, the people there are not friendly, seemed very racist to us. Could not get waited on in the restaurants- took 2 hours to get a menu- then the waitress would not bring our check. This took us 3 hours to eat- they were not crowded - waited on others before us. We did not tip. The shop keepers were rude- seemed as if the crowds were not welcome. Save your money for Cozumel & Roatan. Had we known what an ordeal to load on the tinder and the unfriendliness of the islanders- we would have stayed on the boat in Belize. Not worth the money or time. Everything on the boat is pricey- the spa, the bars, any extra- be prepared to spend & spend. You should also be aware that the port fees & tax are added separately -after you book- also parking in NO was $126.00 for the week. Also a gratuity is added per person, per day. So you are going to spend an additional $400.00 PP so remember to include that in the cost of the cruise. The Comedy clubs and any of the nightlife bars or entertain fill up quickly, you must stand in line at least an hour before hand to get in. They are not worth the wait. DO NOT BUY the coupon booklet from the lady doing the sales presentation for the ports- the items you get free are cheap and ugly. Not worth the $25.00 fee for the booklet. She works for Carnival- a sales ploy. Save your money and go on a smaller cruise line- the rooms are nicer, the workers friendlier, food is a lot better and you can go to better ports. Carnival is a scam. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
I was Sooooooooo excited to go on my first cruise:) And left disappointed and confused why this is all this rave about cruises. The food was so terrible, that I was on Pep-to Bismol night 2. For the breakfast buffet, they pulled ham out of ... Read More
I was Sooooooooo excited to go on my first cruise:) And left disappointed and confused why this is all this rave about cruises. The food was so terrible, that I was on Pep-to Bismol night 2. For the breakfast buffet, they pulled ham out of a water bucket...UGH! The best food I had was an omelet, hot dog, and the Steakhouse (which the Steakhouse was incredibly SLOW even with a reservation)! Night three I felt like I had a rock in my stomach and couldn't eat anything for the next 2 days. Then I though I would try the deli, thinking maybe that would be ok...I couldn't eat it. The Deli gave a a slab of cheese that you could pick up and it wobbled with warm bread (I took one bight and about upchucked. The servers were rude, which shocked me...I was always told the service was great! I love stand-up comedy, so we went to a couple of shows. However, we walked out not even 10 minutes in because they were horrible. I didn't even get a good laugh out. Except for one, who was an amazing funny Hispanic guy. The ship only has 2 pools which are SMALL...and I mean SMALL!!! I went to have a beer and relax in the pool, a bunch of kids start splashing around (no problem), but I want to relax so I go to the other side of the boat "thinking that it must be the side with just adults"...NOPE! So, there is NO adult only pool area! So, I was in a pool for 20 minutes on they entire cruise. If you wanted adult only area, you had to go to a small upper deck with nothing but chairs. The Ports were NICE! Really enjoyed they Excursions, but every time on the way back in all I could think is "Oh god, I have to get back on that ship". There are hidden fees as well, which no one tells you from the Casino to Drinks! I spent a grand in the casino (made not a DIME)...the casino sent me COOKIES! Really, Cookies? WTH! After spending a crap ton for the cruise and getting charged a crap ton while on it...I cannot believe that was my vacation! I don't feel relaxed, I feel jipped! All my co-workers are telling me to try Royal or Norwegian before I say NO to cruises, supposedly they are suppose to be way better...I think I am to scorned though. The one night I just really wanted to get away, I did go up to the Serenity deck to sit in the Hot-tub and stair at the stars. There was a 17 year old kid in there drunk with a bucket of beers behind his heading blabbing about how this was his 12th cruise with mommy and daddy! I thought it was adults ONLY...and how in the hell does a 17 year old get a bucket of beers? So, needless to say after having to listen to annoying crap...I got out 10 minutes later! Pros: Cabin was nice (and so was our cabin attendant), and the shows (in the main room) pretty good! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2015
My first cruise and I traveled alone. I met the most amazing people which made my trip better than I could ever imagine. I didn't need to exercise because I danced evey night all night. I was celebrating my birthday. Crusiers and ... Read More
My first cruise and I traveled alone. I met the most amazing people which made my trip better than I could ever imagine. I didn't need to exercise because I danced evey night all night. I was celebrating my birthday. Crusiers and staff were all so nice it was like a Dream. I definitely was on the right boat. I can not even begin to tell you all how much I truly enjoyed myself. I had so much fun. I am easily amused, down to earth, and my only expectation was to have a good time. The food and entertainment was delicious. Again, I am easy to please. My steward and literally everyone you come in contact usually knows you by name. I can not wait to do it all over again. If the only thing keeping you from taking a cruise is because you are trying to find someone to go with, GO ALONE!!!! I did it and loved it. You will meet tons of people to hang out with and new forever friends. If you are open to having fun...you will. Remember you are on vacation so act like it!!! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
The Dream was truly a dream cruise. I went on this cruise as a single. Carnival sat several singles together for the early dinner and we hit it off pretty well. After dinner we would go to the shows or the comedian acts or sit outside the ... Read More
The Dream was truly a dream cruise. I went on this cruise as a single. Carnival sat several singles together for the early dinner and we hit it off pretty well. After dinner we would go to the shows or the comedian acts or sit outside the piano bar and observe the nightlife on the ship. The shows were good and the other entertainment great. The food, as always, was wonderful. I did the Behind The Fun tour on the last sea day and got to meet the chef in the MDR as well as the chef in the Steakhouse, the Engine Room and the Bridge. Our cruise was unique as we picked up 39 Cubans adrift several hours outside of Jamaica where we did a transfer with the US Coastguard at sea. We also had the Coastguard coming back the next day for an emergency medical evacuation. The crew were great, warm, and accommodating who took wonderful care of us. I recommend the cruise highly. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
Overall we had a great time on the Dream. This was my second time and first for the rest of the group. Travel to port: we live in the Los Angeles area so needed to take a long flight to get to the port. We opted for a red-eye with arrival ... Read More
Overall we had a great time on the Dream. This was my second time and first for the rest of the group. Travel to port: we live in the Los Angeles area so needed to take a long flight to get to the port. We opted for a red-eye with arrival at 5:30 am the day the ship left. This is the third time I’ve done this and each time I swear I am never taking the red-eye again. We didn’t have any issues at all but arriving the day of the cruise doesn’t provide any cushion in case there are issues. And, let’s face it, taking the red-eye is terrible. At best you are only getting a couple hours of sleep. In my opinion if you have the time, travel a day early. Cheapest option to get to the port and provide us some flexibility was to rent a car. We found a coupon code for a great discount on Mousesavers.com for Budget car rental. We picked up the car at the airport and dropped off at Port Canaveral. Process was very easy and for a group of 4 was much cheaper than any shuttle service. Embarkation and FTTF: Even though we all received an email not to arrive before 12:30 we got the port at 10:30 AM. One cabin had Fast to the Fun and the cabin opted not to pay the extra. Check in process for both cabins as the same, easy, fast, no lines. FTTF group was called about 11:00 to go to the second story waiting area. After about 20 minutes we were on our way to our cabin. Our cabin was ready as promised. The cabin that didn’t get FTTF boarded about 15 minutes behind us and although the cabin wasn’t ready they were able to store their luggage. The Ship: I was first on the Dream in July 2010. The ship is 3 years older but I really didn’t notice any wear and tear. The ship is big and some reviews people complain about areas being crowded. I never once felt there was too many people. The one exception is the main pool area on sea days. The lounge seating by the pool is very very limited. The deck above doesn’t offer seating in the sun. You need to go two decks up to get to additional lounge seating if you want the action of the main pool. Other than this there is plenty of seating including the serenity area, Deck 5 promenade, Deck 11 mid ship Jacuzzis, aft pool. Food: we had Any Time Dining because that’s what worked for our group. In total we were a group of 9. Only two nights we needed to wait for a table and the wait was only about 20 minutes. Service was great and good was great, no complaints. Because we were a large group it did take longer to serve the table. On average dinner took 2 to 2.5 hrs. That’s a bit long but we did see smaller tables turn over much quicker. If you are in a large group and plan on going to the shows then you need to plan accordingly or break the group up into two tables for faster service. Food options were good but we did miss out on the Blue Iguana Cantina breakfast and lunch options. I hope that Carnival puts this on all of the ships. Ports: Cozumel: Part of the group chose to take a taxi to the Money Bar and part chose to rent scooters. Those who went to the Money Bar had a great time. There isn’t a sandy beach area but the area is nice, water warm, and drinks some of the best. I also suggest the Guacamole and Ceviche. Those who chose the scooter rental chose unwisely. The scooters were not the best. One seemed to have some steering issues with the end result of someone taking a spill on the road. The scooter ended up with a few more scratches but rider ended up with a badly scratched up leg from the foot to the upper thigh. Word of advice: DON’T RENT SOOTERS IN COZUMEL!!! That little single scooter spill in the road resulting in run from the authorities, scooter rental owner, and a daily (for 4 days) antiseptic wound scrub in addition to several hundred dollars of medical costs and a payoff to the scooter rental company. Belize: We choose to use Cavetubing.bz for Zip Lining. I highly recommend Cavetubing.bz. They took great care of the group, the equipment is new, they provide a wonderful lunch, and they got us back to the port in plenty of time. Roatan: we choose to stay at the free beach area. If you like to snorkel, there is great snorkeling off the small wooden pier at the far end of the beach. The coral area is some of the best I’ve ever seen. Costa Maya: We choose Nohoch Kay all inclusive beach break through Island Marketing. This is the second time I’ve been to this beach. They really know how to take good care of their customers. Again, I highly recommend Nohoch Kay. Debarkation: We didn’t have a flight until 6pm so we were the last group off this ship. No problems no issues. I tried Luggage Express for the first time and will do it every time now. I didn’t have to lug my luggage around the customs area or mess with it until I picked it up at LAX. That was the best $20 I spent on the ship.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
I would definitely go on the Carnival Dream again. The experience was exactly what it should be -- fun and not too serious. Meeting all the people on the cruise ship was the best part. We made friends with everybody from families, singles, ... Read More
I would definitely go on the Carnival Dream again. The experience was exactly what it should be -- fun and not too serious. Meeting all the people on the cruise ship was the best part. We made friends with everybody from families, singles, couples, groups, and crew. It was a week long fun-fest. I think its important not to take anything too seriously though. As a former hospitality-industry professional, I must commend the crew on their excellence in service. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to keep a smile and great attitude around the clock. But they really nailed it. The two Asian girls at the Ocean Bar were fabulous!!!! They are masters at remembering names and drinks. The music performers were also great (Scott) and never failed putting on a great show. I didn't get to see many of the larger productions. But there was one man who did a comedy show in the large theater and he had me in hysterics. Our room Steward, Noel, was top-notch! Every crew member on the ship was amazing and provided fabulous service. The food is not high quality. However, it is certainly acceptable, and offered to you in great quantity if you so please. For the price point that Carnival offers, it would be completely ridiculous to expect anything more. I was happy that I was easily able to eat Pescatarian the entire time. My travel-buddy is a vegetarian, and she did not have any problems finding plentiful choices either. If I could give one suggestion to Carnival, it would be to provide a more relaxing pool area. The pools were very small and crowded, which dissuaded me from spending much time there. Also, as another cruiser stated, the music was oppressively loud on the pool deck. And I can't imagine that travelers want to hear hip hop and club music blasting all day. There is a dance club for that, which is also a ton of fun! But you can choose to be at the dance club when you want to hear that. Pools should be bigger with more seating. Maybe instead of a golf/track area or basketball court, another pool? Overall -- super fun experience with great service and good food. The ship was extremely clean too. :) Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
Enjoyed another successful Carnival Cruise, this time on the DREAM. The ocean view cabin was spacious and very nice but I am not used to being on the 2nd DECK and at the very back of the ship! The motors are very loud when entering into or ... Read More
Enjoyed another successful Carnival Cruise, this time on the DREAM. The ocean view cabin was spacious and very nice but I am not used to being on the 2nd DECK and at the very back of the ship! The motors are very loud when entering into or leaving a port! Food was decent,, best side dish, the Potato Salad,, FRESH DAILY. Had a visit to the CHEF'S STEAK HOUSE @ $35 per person,, WORTH EVERY DOLLAR!! The sail away party was fun, but the lack of the island bands and Calypso music from former days made it a lil boring. A couple of days the activity level planned for guest was very limited! Also missing from the buffet were chicken Tenders,,, the rest of the food was good. The disco At night was fun , met some new friends and learned some new line dances. CASINO area was smoky,, they should have designated areas for smokers so all can enjoy and not choke to death! The SPA SAUNA STEAM ROOM are lacking in size it was hard to find them compared to other ships .IMPRESSIVE are the number of hot tubs on board including those that appeared to be hanging over to the sides of the ship. Water slides were ok but one of them was not so thrilling. Staff was great and friendly from day one. Looking forward to next Carnival Cruise NOV 1st on board the Glory. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
The ship was close to perfect. Staff extremely helpful and competent. Shows were great, Food left a bit to be desired. There was plenty of food and a great selection at dinner, but I feel the menu is stretched so thin, the quality of the ... Read More
The ship was close to perfect. Staff extremely helpful and competent. Shows were great, Food left a bit to be desired. There was plenty of food and a great selection at dinner, but I feel the menu is stretched so thin, the quality of the food can suffer. The Lido deck buffet is not open enough. Give an extra hour or two after typical breakfast and lunch hours please! Entertainment was nothing more than it should have been nor less. Casino adequate, nightlife good, plenty of booze, lots of live music. Overall a 4.0-4.5 star cruise. Picked the Dream mainly for the price point, but the Port Canaveral embarkation was very ideal for mainly location reasons, but their port fees are $70+ less than Miami as well. Embarkation was extremely seamless, friendly and quick. We booked the cruise last minute and found a great deal as well as received a cabin upgrade for being a past cruiser. Thanks Carnival! My buddy and I just graduated college and wanted one last mini-spring break trip before the real world hit us to celebrate. I've been on Disney and Carnival, and my buddy has been on Royal Caribbean. Typically in order of quality; Disney, RC, Carnival... But Carnival definitely made its case on the trip. Something I wasn't expecting. The itinerary was great, the Eastern Caribbean is much more enticing than the Western in my opinion. All 3 ports (Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten) were all very efficient in getting passengers where they wanted to go. It is pretty hectic, but finding your way isn't very hard. Just keep one hand on your family and the other on your wallet pocket and you'll be fine. The ship itself was extremely clean. I'm a stickler for logistics, and the ship's layout was surprisingly efficient and easy to navigate. Lots of elevators and stairs to prevent bad congestion. FOOD - Don't expect a wow-ing plate every time you eat. There are a few dishes at dinner that wow, but other than that it's pretty typical. The staff do a great job, but the food just isn't what cruise food used to be. If you're unsure about what you're ordering, don't get it, whereas on a cruise you used to be able to enjoy even dishes you weren't very sure about because they were just so good. The ship is huge and there's about 6k people to feed including the staff, the food is not going to be exceptional every time you eat. However, there is always something good to eat. And of course, unlimited portions. dining room was fun. ENTERTAINMENT - 2 out of the 6 comedians we saw on board were above average, the other 4 were just average, which isn't bad at all. They all were at least moderately funny. There's always great live music being played throughout the ship, whether it's a "man and his guitar" on the pool deck, the cosmopolitan 3-piece on deck 5, the asian duo that loves Paul Simon in the lobby, the piano man, and many other groups, they're all very good and very entertaining. Nothing beats live music for atmosphere, and Carnival nailed it. Really would have loved some soft jazz in the dining room though with the piano man and some other pieces. LOTS of random activities, Jaime(e?) the cruise director was spectacular. You can tell she tries a little too hard sometimes, but she has to. She's the director. She's great and very personable. The shows were the perfect length and surprisingly good. ROOMS - Cabins were great. You typically don't spend much time in there anyway, so for what it's used for, it's great. Cleaned twice a day, climate control can be finnicky (pray for a good one). They're decorated well, and everything you need is there. The decor of the ship is fairly typical, but definitely classy. I'm no designer so I won't even try to find adjectives for it. Overall, great ship, great staff. I did catch the rumored fecal smell every now and then, it is definitely true. But it wasn't a huge problem. Just a random whiff in the elevator area every now and then. Even though the ship is huge, and there's more people, it's definitely not crowded. Don't worry about that. Nightlife is great if the demographics on the ship work out for it. 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: September 2011
This is my review of my sailing on the Carnival Dream. BACKGROUND INFO-This is my 5th cruise with Carnival and my 11th overall. I selected this sailing for three reasons. The first was I wanted to sail on Carnival's newest ship, ... Read More
This is my review of my sailing on the Carnival Dream. BACKGROUND INFO-This is my 5th cruise with Carnival and my 11th overall. I selected this sailing for three reasons. The first was I wanted to sail on Carnival's newest ship, the second was it was a birthday gift for me and the last was due to a water flood issue on the Triumph last year, Carnival offered a great discount rate on my next sailing. I was going to sail with a friend,but due to issues at home, she had to cancel and I end up alone. TRAVEL TO PORT --I work for an airline and always travel at least one day prior to sailing. Instead of flying standby, I purchased a one way to the closest airport of Orlando. Got in late in the evening and rented a car one way from Orlando to Port Canaveral. This is easy 45 minute trip with one tollway of $1.50. The directions from the Orlando airport to the Port Canaveral area are very easy to follow. HOTEL INFO --I stayed at Laquita Inn Cocoa Beach on North Atlantic. The hotel is a older budget hotel and is good for a one night stay. This location don't offer shuttle service to the boat. There are several others in the area that do. EMBARKATION--I arrived at the port area around 10:30 a.m. The line wasn't long and it took about 20 minutes for me to check in. I was in zone 8. At 10:58 s.m. the wedding parties were allowed on board, then VIP. My zone was called at 11:14 a.m. SHIP INFO --The Dream is one of the largest in the Carnival fleet. The ship while large, was easy to get around. There was waits at the elevators at times and larger crowds on the first day. The best deck on the ship (at least to me) was deck #5. You could walk around the ship on this deck. This deck also had plenty of lounge chairs and even on both sea days, never crowded. For those who state that you could never find lounge chairs never came to this deck. There are several jacuzzis on this deck that were never full and few children. There were also plenty of tables and chairs in shaded areas which quite a few people enjoyed to eat,talk, do puzzles, play cards,etc. The shops were the typical Carnival shops on their ships. The pricing was in par with the other Carnival ships. There are lounges all around the ship. Some are a nice size and others kind of small. FELLOW CRUISERS -- You had a nice mixture of cruisers on board. There were several family reunions, groups of friends traveling, families, couples (both straight and gay),solos, grandparents traveling with grandkids,etc. According to Butch, our cruise director, there were over 4,000 people on board and about 600 children. About half of the cruisers were repeat cruisers CABIN ---I booked an inside cabin with porthole windows. My cabin was 2212 on deck #2. What I like about the cabin was being at the end of the hallway it was very quiet. Unless you had a cabin in that area, very little traffic. The cabin has a twin bed and the sofa that can be turn into another twin bed. If you are a couple, the beds can't be place together. The portholes gives the room alot of light and you can close the covering to darken the cabin. While it's great for one person, can be tight for two. The storage is good. The safe is one where you use a four number code. The bathroom is a typical cruiseship bathroom. The only fault in the cabin is if there are high waves hitting the ship, you will hear it. Three of the seven nights this was the case. You will also hear the ship positioning in and out of ports. If you are a light sleeper, might not be a good pick. But I enjoyed it. My cabin steward CC from Thailand was excellent. She always had a smile and kept the cabin spotless. DINING --The ship offered several options for dining. You had the Lido, a deli, wok area, burger area, 24 hour pizza, Indian food and pasta bar on the 10th floor. Some of these areas like the Pasta bar, Indian food and wok area were open only for lunch. Alot of people don't know about the Pasta bar area until midway on the cruise. This is a great place to eat lunch on the first day to beat the crowds. The wok line was always long. Carnival need to expand this to have at least five cooks to cut the line time down. I had fixed dining in the Scarlett on the late dining. Carnival seem to know how to place people together for a great table. The table had three other solo cruisers and four friends traveling together. Half of the table birthday was in September within a week of each other. Our dining staff started off a little slow and improved as the week went on. This was the first cruise where the dining room food overall didn't just wow me. There were a few items here and there,but it was ok. I ate in Chef Art's the steakhouse twice and the food there was excellent. The steaks were so good!! The service was also great. ACTIVITIES --- There was always something going on the ship. You had alot to pick from. SERVICE --- Out of a scale of 1 to 10, I give the service a 8. The cabin service, steakhouse and entertainment staff was excellent. The bar staff in a few of the lounge areas and bar were subpar. There was staff that ignored or overlook me to wait of groups and couples. This is was a cruise where I spent less on drinks because of the service. I guess that the staff thought one person, less tips. EENTERTAINMENT --There was alot to do each day. If you wanted to see shows, dance, have a laugh, it was all offered. I really enjoyed the Fun Force, the couple in the atrium area, the Latin group and the Punchliner. I never went to the piano bar,but it was always packed. There was dancing in the club with times with the small kids and their parents, teens and adults. There was a country group that seem to have a nice crowd. I only went to two shows and they were good. But I'm not a big show person. I know others who went to all of the shows and really enjoyed them. CHILDREN'S CLUBS --- There were 600 children on board the ship. You saw them around the ship,but overall they stayed on the fourth floor in their area. PORTS AND SHORE EXCURSIONS ---I only booked one tour with Carnival and the remaining were with local tour guides suggested on this website. COZUMEL -- I booked the Cozumel Bar Hop. This is a great tour,esp since you visit the east side of the island. We also lucked out with a turtle nest hatching at the first bar stop. ROATAN --- I booked with Ronystours.com. Rony had Mr. Cameron as my driver. I did the freestyle tour primary just an island tour, shopping and lunch. I got a great overview of the island, great gifts (buy from the vendors at the pullouts,better pricing) and lunch at Rony's mother house. Belize --- Used Island Marketing to visit Lamanai. While the tour guides and the boat ride to the ruins where excellent, the fact that they combine two ships with different times together made the tour a rush one. COSTA MAYA --- I booked Maya Chan beach. Due to the rain the early morning, it was cloudy. There were alot a bugs and sea grass. The sun came out later in the day. Maya Chan was great. The service was excellent and the lunch was outstanding. The only fault is the time in the port is so short (7a.m. to 3 p.m.) Carnival need to extend it by at least two hours I also did the Behind the Fun tour on the last sea day. Emma, our guide was excellent and if you want to know what goes on a cruiseship, take the tour! DISEMBARKATION --- It took less than 30 minutes to swipe off the ship and catch the car rental shuttle. New Orleans need to come and learn from Port Canaveral on how to disembark. Overall it was a good cruise. I don't consider it my best, but it was a relaxing time for me. 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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