2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise mainly due to the week it was traveling. We enjoyed the ship, although apparently smoking is now allowed everywhere, or the smoking sections were just not enforced, that was not pleasant as we spent our time trying to ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly due to the week it was traveling. We enjoyed the ship, although apparently smoking is now allowed everywhere, or the smoking sections were just not enforced, that was not pleasant as we spent our time trying to escape the smokers. The water slide was also out of commission for a little while during repairs and the movie screened had a large glowing 1 in the upper left hand corner which was distracting sometimes. The stops were nice with our favorite being Cozumel. We did a "Swim with the Dolphins" excursion is Cozumel and a Wildlife and Zoo Safari in Belize, our guide in Belize was exceptional. She was very knowledgeable and friendly and truly seemed to enjoy her work. That excursion was over 6 hours long though and my teenage daughter was upset there was no time for shopping. The port in Mahogany Bay is very nice. It was pouring down rain that day so we didn't go further than the port. The people on the Dream are all very friendly. Our cabin steward Ayu was wonderful. Our cabins were on Deck 12 the spa deck and unfortunately by the outside door. There were lots of kids running in and out of the door all hours of the night and running on the deck right above us. This made sleeping difficult. The cruise director Lee did a great job keeping everyone entertained. His co-host Olivia also did a great job. We never ate in the formal dining rooms as we do not liked to get "dressed up" for dinner while on vacation. Guys burgers are good and the pizza is phenomenal. The buffet is average, probably a lot like a Golden Coral here in the South part of the U.S. My largest complaint are the fees. I think Carnival fees you every time you turn around so that you are paying for the crews salary. Every time you use your sail and sign card there was an automatic %15 gratuity added, didn't matter what is was for. Then we we received our statement there were qty 4 $90.65 charges for gratuities. I called and requested they remove those charges but was told it is "Corporate policy to charge everyone over the age of 2 that fee." This is Ridiculous, especially given how much the cruise cost, the gratuities you are charged when you use your Sail & Sign card and given that we tipped cash to those employees who assisted us. I hope every cruise line doesn't add those extra fees. Because I think we need to find a different one. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
A group of people took the 7 day cruise on carnival cruise on may 27,2018. The one issue we all had was out dated beer that had the taste of vinegar. Four of us in our group purchase the adult beverage card at a price of $400 or more per ... Read More
A group of people took the 7 day cruise on carnival cruise on may 27,2018. The one issue we all had was out dated beer that had the taste of vinegar. Four of us in our group purchase the adult beverage card at a price of $400 or more per person. We called attention to this and nothing was done about this issue. Other than that our cruise was beautiful . The staff were all so helpful and friendly and wanted so much to please the guest . Ship was clean, much activities, food was not to my palate. In the main dining the ships gets fancy with their menu and not really to our groups taste. SO AGAIN LET ME GO OVER THE LIST; SHIP A+, CABIN A+, DINING C, ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES A+, SERVICE AA+, PORTS AND SHORE EXCURSIONS A+---COST FOR ADULT BEVERAGE AND FRESHNESS F ( F and below F) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
My last cruise was in 2010. There has been a lot of changes since then. The dining room used to be a wonderful experience where the wait staff made you feel like royalty. On this cruise we were in the dinning room around 2 hours minimum ... Read More
My last cruise was in 2010. There has been a lot of changes since then. The dining room used to be a wonderful experience where the wait staff made you feel like royalty. On this cruise we were in the dinning room around 2 hours minimum and missed out on a lot of evening activities. The first night of the cruise it took 2.5 hours. I noticed that several people didn't come back to the dining room after that. We had to pour our own water and when the pitcher ran out, we had to ask for more water. Additionally, we didn't receive some of our entrees that we had ordered. It was this way the whole week. I really missed the personal experience in the dining room. It now seemed chaotic and unorganized. The food however, was very good, but bite size portions so make sure you order plenty. We tried every food venue and each one of them was excellent. Pasta Bar was my absolute favorite. We had bought the Cheers! package and we felt the drinks were watered down. There are not enough bartenders at the bars and it would take an eternity to get waited on and get a drink. The bartenders at the Sunrise bar located at Aft, were very rude and got our drinks mixed up more than once. Embarkation in NOLA was stress free and very smooth. We had FTTF and it is worth every penny. We were in our room by 11:15. The elevators were very slow and most of them were not working. We were on the Rivera Deck so we chose to take the stairs. We ending up loosing weight on this cruise. My fitbit said I walked 5 miles a day. My room was 1256 and we literally roasted the whole cruise. I had brought a fan and I asked for another. Even with two fans it was so hot. I am not of hot nature and even I was sweating. We asked maintenance to come and they stated that "it was up to Carnival Standards". In 2010 the room steward called us by name and made us feel special. Not on this cruise. I could hardly find our room stewardess and we were always running out of towels. I had asked for ice every day and even gave an additional tip at the beginning of the cruise and she remembered only twice after that. I highly recommend a Ocean View Deluxe. It is perfect for a family of 4 and the extra bathroom is wonderful. The shows were astounding and a must see. Since the ship is so large and not easy to navigate, I recommend learning the ship's layout before sailing. I must say, that I am disappointed that Carnival has made so many cutbacks and that we no longer receive the special personal service that was offered 8 years ago. We are going to try a smaller ship next year and see if that makes a difference. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
This was my second time on the dream. Almost everything was great . We enjoyed the food, if you can’t find something you like then your too particular. Shows at night we’re good and games during the day were great. Room was nice and ... Read More
This was my second time on the dream. Almost everything was great . We enjoyed the food, if you can’t find something you like then your too particular. Shows at night we’re good and games during the day were great. Room was nice and always clean. The only reason I gave 3 stars is because the lido deck, where many people hang out by the pool. There was not enough entertainment . They played a couple games the hairiest chest contest and another one. Then they Played mellow music . They need to have a DJ and get the crowd of people involved . We were bored . They should have something going on from 10-5 by the pool. We wanted to dance lol. Just needs a little more action on the Lido deck . We did the captains table and that was a great experience . And the boat is nice and big . Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We used to love cruising with Carnival. I don't know if it was just this ship, but Carnival has cut way back on the things we used to love the most about cruising. The shows aren't even worth watching. I used to love the Las ... Read More
We used to love cruising with Carnival. I don't know if it was just this ship, but Carnival has cut way back on the things we used to love the most about cruising. The shows aren't even worth watching. I used to love the Las Vegas style shows. There weren't any dancers! They were the best part of the entertainment. There's just so much that's not the same. There aren't any more cloth tablecloths except on elegant nights. You have to pour your own water at dinner. You have to pick between morning and night for having your cabin cleaned. It used to seem like the stewards would sleep under the bed. Haha. This ship is not laid out very well. You can't walk all the way across the ship on the 5th floor unless you walk through the smokey casino. The only thing that they have improved on is the wide variety of food. There are a lot more places to eat now. It's still the cheapest vacation for the buck, but I'm not sure we'll be doing this again. This ship did have the best cruise director I've ever had, but I think he's off of the ship soon. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
This was what we picked for our honeymoon and we were very disappointed. Numerous factors came in to play that could have made our trip better but as it was, we may never cruise again. This was my husbands first cruise and my second. Which ... Read More
This was what we picked for our honeymoon and we were very disappointed. Numerous factors came in to play that could have made our trip better but as it was, we may never cruise again. This was my husbands first cruise and my second. Which my first cruise was amazing and I have no complaints. Embarkation was very, very quick and smooth. Even with the long line of people I was amazed by how fast they got everyone on the ship. Our Cabin was fine, no complaints besides the horrible television selection. Dinio our steward was wonderful. Always smiling and friendly. Dining...We truly looked forward to dinner every night. That, I think, was our favorite part of the trip. IGusti, Benni, and Ana were a well oiled machine. Dinner service was always very quick and with a smile. We shared every evening how each of our days were and loved getting to know the crew. As for buffets, they were average. Plenty to choose from and some items were wonderful and some not so great. Guys burgers made us sick the first day of the cruise which really set the mood for the rest of the week. Needless to say we didn't try that again. We never got to try the Ancor BBQ, it was only open one day that I know of and the line was awful. Entertainment was okay. The Flying Scottsman was however amazing and did well getting everyone involved and up beat. Another favorite of our was the Love and Marriage show. I could have went to another one of those during the trip. We laughed so much we cried. We missed alot of the shows because of timing. Our dinner was late so alot of times it interfered with shows. We would either have to rush through dinner or we would have to leave early and miss the ending. I did not enjoy the vocalist at all in the lobby. There was one male that was okay but the rest were awful. We loved Passion Island in Cozumel even though they cut our trip short because the water was getting rocky. It was very relaxing and well worth the money. We didnt do any other excursions unfortunately. The very one thing we had our hopes up to do was in Honduras and due to weather conditions, which I understand, they were unable to dock the boat so we had to go back to Cozumel. Other things added in to our horrible trip...due to timing we had to go during spring break which meant there were tons of kids and only one adult only area that I was aware of which was always full. (The casino even had children roaming through and lingering around) Normally that wouldnt bother me so much but young kids were unsupervised all over the ship and were VERY rude. They would make videos in the stairwell and then get mad when you walked down the steps. They would cut you in food lines to catch up to their other siblings. They took up all of the hottubs and pools during the day so you couldnt swim. The pools were supposed to stay open until midnight and the crew would close almost every night by 9pm. The last port we decided to stay on the ship and enjoy the pools since everyone would be off at excursions and low and behold they were closed. I had my last straw after a Pixel crew member was rude to us while playing cards. I went to Guest Services to talk to someone about my complaints and concerns and basically was told to deal with it. There were a few things out of their control which I understand but they should enforce better supervision of children. I would never let my 6 year old roam around a boat that large by himself. I was not the only one complaining about the rude children either. It seemed to be an issue on our cruise. Also I think the pools constantly being closed down with 4000 people on a boat was ridiculous. He gave no explanation just that they have to clean it. They had it closed our whole last day at sea and only started to fill it up at night when we started back up the river toward New Orleans. Im not sure I will cruise with Carnival again. The Guest Services did not feel like there was an issue with any of my complaint so maybe I am just not meant to cruise. DONT CRUISE DURING SPRING BREAK FOR A HONEYMOON! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise two years ago when we were on the Breeze. We always book onboard for the perks and were only on the Breeze because Carnival had cancelled our cruise on the Dream! Only once we spoke with the future cruise booking ... Read More
We chose this cruise two years ago when we were on the Breeze. We always book onboard for the perks and were only on the Breeze because Carnival had cancelled our cruise on the Dream! Only once we spoke with the future cruise booking agent on the Dream we were told that our former booking should have never been cancelled! As a consolation gift they gave us a $25 bar credit (we don't drink) and we didn't figure out until the last day of this cruise that we could have used it all week for specialty coffees! We checked in online as soon as final payment was done and neglected to realize that we needed to select a boarding time! As a result, we ended up having to arrive at the pier 2-2:30 and felt like we missed out on half a day. Our fault I suppose but we still felt like we missed out unnecessarily. We walked on with our luggage (no porters in sight) and went straight to our cabin since it was so late, and yet, no sign of our cabin steward and the room was cleaned but had no card with his name, no rubber cloth to protect the bed from the suitcase, no bottles of water (past guest), no tickets for purchased shore excursions, in fact, there was no card in the phone to show which button would reach which party! My husband pushed a button and got 911 and they got really angry that we didn't have an emergency! When we reached the services desk, we told them our room wasn't ready and within minutes we had a knock on the door. It was our room steward who wanted me to write a note stating that he had made up the room!!! I wrote it and managed to ask for an ice bucket - but in the process he decided what I meant was that I only needed a clean up in the morning and no evening turn down. By now I was not having fun, we had not gotten to eat anything or even hear any music, some cruise!! and it was already time for the muster drill! After 27 cruises, we know how to enjoy a cruise, any cruise, there is no such thing as a bad one, but this one truly tested this belief. I didn't mind him not refilling toilet paper or tissues or leaving the brown box out instead of replacing it in the dispenser, replacing towels even when we left them on the towel bar, etc. We had traditional seating and ended up alone most nights at a table for 5. Then we found out that our table mates (who showed up twice) had been severely ill just prior to boarding, and were still sick that first formal night that they sat at the table with us! They told us this on the second formal night when they once again came to dinner. In general, the food and services on this ship were really not good. I heard that the staff and crew had been transferred to the Vista and that these were people in training. One thing that truly annoyed us was that on the last day of the cruise, the food was finally what we had been hoping for the rest of the week and the entertainment was great as well. It disappointed me to think that they wanted us to like the last day so we'd go home happy... umm.. what about the other 6 days???? So, in spite of this experience, we figured it would be better on the next cruise so we went to book a future cruise booking. Well, it turns out that not only would they not allow us to book out as far as 2020, they don't offer the same perks anymore. The onboard credit has been cut in half and they won't allow you book an open booking, you have to pick a specific cruise. Neither of these conditions will work for us since we already have another cruise booked for 2019 and we don't know exactly which cruise we want for the next year that they won't let us book anyway! I cannot say enough good things about the Mahogany Beach in Honduras!!! The beach is spectacular, the snorkeling very good, the chair rail ride to the beach super nice, and the staff on the beach could not be nicer! They worked seamlessly with one another creating a wonderful, pampering environment for us, the guests! Unfortunately I am afraid it is goodbye to Carnival and we'll just have try some other line for 2020 which is really too bad since there are many things we still truly love about Carnival! 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
Sail Date: January 2018
Carnival Dream Review Our cruise set sail during the cold wintery days of early January 2018 boarding at New Orleans and visited Ocho Rios in Jamaica, Grand Caymans, then Cozumel island of Mexico. It is a 7 day cruise that ends where ... Read More
Carnival Dream Review Our cruise set sail during the cold wintery days of early January 2018 boarding at New Orleans and visited Ocho Rios in Jamaica, Grand Caymans, then Cozumel island of Mexico. It is a 7 day cruise that ends where it begin, New Orleans. I will provide a detail chronological history of our cruise but let me first summarize all the pros and cons as compared to NCL Breakaway, a similar type of cruise ship and similar itinerary. Pros: Carnival Dream is a larger class cruise ship but smaller than the Oasis class. It is Carnival’s largest cruise ship and only slightly smaller than NCL’s Breakaway. Relative to Breakaway, boarding and dealing with the crowds at the elevators was less congested. The crew on Carnival is much less formal and you get to know a lot of them real fast as many of them will call you by your first name from the end of the first day of sail. My star was Natanya, hostess at the Spa Cloud 9 reception desk. You will not find a more genuine, nice person and with tremendous intelligence and memory. I vote her to become a Captain of a cruise liner. They offer many more steam rooms in their spa area relative to Breakway, but like Breakway, you must pay additionally or book the expensive rooms on the ship. One of the private spa steam room was absolutely gorgeous when viewed during the evening, providing various colored lights reflecting off of golden tiles like a scene out of a fantasy mid-evil movie. Getting off and on the ship for our excursions to the visiting ports was a lot less congested than NCL Breakaway and proceeded smoothly. Perhaps choosing times on the later times for leaving the ship and coming back on the early side was helpful. Lots, and I mean eight oversized Jacuzzi hot tubes situated on the decks and pool areas. Two of them are only for adults, 18+ quiet areas. I’m afraid those are the only pros over a similar cruise on the NCL Breakaway which calls home midtown, New York City on the Hudson river and sails to Bermuda for a 2 and a half day stay for a total of a 7-day cruise. Cons: The lobby, although very beautiful, has only a small area for window shopping, making the ship seem smaller than it actually is. The Thalassotherapy pool was down for one day, cold the other, and had a low level of water on yet another day. The coed sauna was on for only the last two days of the 7-day cruise, and the wonderful music one should hear in these spa area was lacking except for one day out of the 7 day cruise. The spa area, where private thermal suites of assorted temperatures and designed steam rooms lacked any type of a pleasant smell from scents. The thermal suite refreshment area lacked in capacity hot water and coffee while decaf was completely absent. The food was far above the average college dorm-like cafeteria foods and had a wide variety of foods. However, their items were very similar each and every day throughout lunch and dinner at the buffet area on deck 10. The seated dining in restaurant halls provided more variability of options but not as much as the NCL Breakaway cruise. The selection of fine liquor was very limited. For example, if you like scotch, you basically had either Chaves Regal or MacCallan cast oak. Room services are great on these cruises but Carnival got one really wrong by not providing any cups, utensils or sugar/sugar substitutes in their service. When I was asked on their follow up call of my room service, I told them what had happened and there was not even an apology or offer to comp/discount the service. If you don’t know, the room service foods are free of charge for regular items but they still charge you gratuity and expect a little more gratuity given directly to the delivery. None of the gratuity was offered back. There are only two pools onboard and none of the pools were just for adults. Fortunately, all the kids were all well behaved on this particular cruise. There is no interior room for cigar smokers. You have to brave the windy environment at two areas of the ship’s decks. Getting your own private table for you and your couple or immediate family could be a problem. You can ask the Maitre D’ when the dining hall opens for supper to be changed, if there are any available. Otherwise, you will have to pay, and pay very early prior to departure, about $100, to get special previledge of boarding early, getting tender early for going ashore at ports where there is no pier, and first picking of where you would like to sit during your seated dinning services. Also, there is only two time slots for dinner, 6:15 and the 8:15 pm, at the two dining halls. The library was very small and paying for the highest package of internet service really is not worth paying for especially while you are sailing in the open seas, that would be the Gulf of Mexico for us. Finally, I have for you a detailed summary of this cruise, the Carnival Dream. To have your best cruise possible, book early and pay for all the extra’s ahead of time. Some of these extra’s runs out even before the sail date. We got the couples access to Thermal Suites and the Thalassotherapy pool in the Cloud 9 spa area. With this package, you have private access to four steam room types of varying temperatures and all equipped with ceramic heated lounge type chairs, two large showers with several options of where you want the water to spray you, a relaxation area with water, tea and coffee, private men’s or women’s locker rooms equipped with electronic key pad lockers, sinks with hair dryers, bathroom, and two spacious shower rooms with jet streams of water that can shoot out from the side if you wish. Finally, you get access to the private thalassotherapy pool to soak in and lounge while bubbles message your body. Located near the Cloud 9 spa area is the regular gym equipped with machines, some weights in the form of rubber barbells, lots of treadmills and ellipticals, a few stationary bikes and a row machine. You then have the general men’s and women’s locker rooms equipped with two over-sized showers, bathroom, sinks with hair dryers, a steam room and each general locker rooms exit to a small hallway that leads to a coed sauna. Obviously, you must wear swimsuit attire in all the areas except for what is in the locker rooms. Thus, there is only one steam room where complete nudity would be allowed but most guys do wear a towel while in that room located in the general men’s locker room. In short, I would say it is a must to pay for the Thermal Suite and Thallasotherapy pool so you can enjoy it throughout the cruise from 8 am to 10 pm. Just prepay online and visit the spa Cloud 9 reception area on Deck 12 forward to check in every day. I really enjoyed the breakfast as it is my favorite meal of the day. You have mainly two options. The sit down dining hall on Deck 3, aft (Scarlett lounge) or the deck 10 aft (Grand Buffet) buffet style where you sit yourself. The sit down dining hall breakfast has the food better prepared, and at one of the days, had better options. I only ate breakfast on that special day, the King’s Brunch on Saturday, and the rest of my time at the Grand Buffet which has the better view and you don’t have to wait to be seated. There is everything you could wish for at breakfast. Sausages, potatoes, hash browns, grits, toast, pancakes, waffles, fruits, eggs, omelet station, and eggs benedict covered in hollandaise sauce. During breakfast, you can also drink all the orange juice with pulp you want. The other benefit of the Grand buffet, especially after breakfast, are the desert stations, pasta Italian section, sandwich section, Mongolian stir-fry station, Indian foods, pizza, American-Mexican foods, and juicy burgers with crispy fries. Best time for breakfast at Grand Buffet is early during open sea cruise days and late on excursion days (Wed – Fri). The Grand Buffet is typically open from 6:30 to 10:30 am. You can always get your fill of water, tea and coffee all day and night. Orange juice are served only during breakfast and sodas are purchased for a few dollars at the bars. I never got to try the BBQ area on Deck 5, mid Starboard as it had a long line the first day and it never seem to re-opened afterwards. I also didn’t try the sushi bar which you pay extra. There is a finer, dining option but for an extra $35 per person during supper. We did indulge in some gourmet coffee for a few more bucks. It is located on Deck 5 mid, Starboard where you will also find more desserts selections and ice cream for a few bucks more. There are many activities you can do and pre-pay for your excursions on these islands you will visit. We chose the Segway tour and beach time at the Grand Cayman’s. That was fun especially when riding those new and well-maintained large, all-terrain wheel segways on the beach. Afterwards, you can relax in the ocean, lounge on the chairs of the beach or go into the private pool area which has a swim up bar. By the way, if you use one of their umbrella’s, the workers at the beach will ask for $5. Bring your towels from the ship though. You will need them at the private shower and bacthroom areas. We never had to wait much getting off and back on the ship. I just arranged a later departure time and got back to the ship on the early side. The bottleneck is at the elevators when you return. I just go up one flight of stairs from deck 0 to 1, walk to the set of elevators where people are not coming aboard (usually the aft). You have three sets of elevators to choose from and boarding typically uses two of the three (typically mid and forward elevators). Cruising the Gulf of Mexico can be a little choppy. If you are feeling a little nauseous, go to the forward of deck 12 and watch the waves come towards you as you concentrate on the feeling of each wave coming at you and leaving you as you pass it. It helps. Don’t forget to go there while leaving port Sunday evening as you cruise down the Mississippi river and do the same coming back to New Orleans early Sunday morning a week later. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My wife and I enjoyed the cruise just because you get away and dnjoy people waiting on you. I enjoy Princess cruise better just because of the entertainment. I thought the dream had a couple of excellent programs. Flick was fantastic. One ... Read More
My wife and I enjoyed the cruise just because you get away and dnjoy people waiting on you. I enjoy Princess cruise better just because of the entertainment. I thought the dream had a couple of excellent programs. Flick was fantastic. One of the best performances I have seen. Rock America was also good. Great entertainment. I guess I was looking for more in a couple of weeks of cruising. But every night the did have comics. The comics were good but get tried of using the F word to get a laugh. They did a great job on the PG segment but do we have to have comics every night!!! The housekeeping staff were fantastic. Always had your room in great shape. I had two problems and when I reported them they were taken care of very quickly. Same with the food staff. They were excellent. The food was very good. I really enjoyed eating each night in the restaurant. Everyone was so helpful and always working to make the people happy. I was very happy with this cruise other than what I mentioned at first. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Family of 4 with 2 teenagers and 50 year old active parents. Previous cruise experience various lines. This was a first time Carnival experience and we came back with a mixed review. We had an assigned time for 12:00 embarkation check ... Read More
Family of 4 with 2 teenagers and 50 year old active parents. Previous cruise experience various lines. This was a first time Carnival experience and we came back with a mixed review. We had an assigned time for 12:00 embarkation check in and we were on the ship by 12:30 with a 10 minute wait in line. I would not pay for the upgrade to check in early. Of course the buffet was crowded but we knew that was going to be the case and were ok with the crowd. Rooms were available by 1:30 and all luggage arrived by 5:00. This cruise was different in the the first fancy night was Day 1 due to NY eve festivities.... I as the owner of the account give this cruise a 4 (hubby-1, kids -3, me-4)The only thing I prefer is a ship that is physically maintained not to show rust and more pool space. The 2 small pools (saltwater) could be a deal breaker if it were warmer. We departed from New Orleans in 40 degree weather. Also, if youre leaving from the Gulf it's a bit different then leaving from the Ocean. You are slowly moving trough communities at least 8 hours... Now on to the good stuff. We had 2 adjoining balcony (9342-9344)rooms on the 9th floor beneath the pool. Not sure how I didn't catch this but I would say if it's not a deal and you don't want to hear the chairs dragging skip this floor. The appointments of the room were typical although the balcony was much smaller than were accustomed to width wise. I'm 5"10 and my knees were not far from hitting the rail. We had 2 different room stewards and both were great. Introductions were made early, room cleaning schedule was made (we opted for 2x per day). We had room service every morning and went to the dining room for brunch or sit down. Both were good options. For lunch we chose the free alternate options which were magnificent (Guys bbq-sea days only), blue iguana Mexican -yum, pizza and guys burgers 5+. For dinner we stayed true to early dining with Lidia and crew taking good care of us. Shows were a bust except for Flick, comedy options were good along with the the different activities throughout the day. All in all I will go back due to the variety of options (even though I didn't like the pool situation)my kids may go back if a newer ship and there are more active options and my husband will never go back...our itinerary of Grand Cayman, Montego Bay and Cozuml was great. We did excusions involving the beach on all stops ( we typically veer out to the beach on our own) and had a great time. The highlight was Stingray city....I can honestly say this was one cruise where I didn't encounter the Cruise Director..Due to cooler weather he may not have been in typical places, but that was ok. My husband and I skipped the drink package and went for a Spa pass. The spa was thigh light and we enjoyed tha entities all days excep one. The fitness center was average (the ceilings felt too low) but the class offerings were good. I would sum,arise this by saying if you're easy going and know how to make a good time out of most you will have a great time. If you have things that are a must please assess the feedback to your must list. As a side note if you have issues with smoking please pay close attention as to where this is allowed.. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We booked this cruise with our best friends hoping to enjoy the New Year in warm weather. It was a Premier cruise for casino VIP guests and we were supposed to have VIP treatment including all the perks of faster to the fun - embarkation ... Read More
We booked this cruise with our best friends hoping to enjoy the New Year in warm weather. It was a Premier cruise for casino VIP guests and we were supposed to have VIP treatment including all the perks of faster to the fun - embarkation was easy and smooth but our room was not ready when we got there - in fact, we did not get our luggage until an hour before sail time! So much for FTF and VIP treatment! The muster drill was easy and comfortable in the theater (as opposed to on the Triumph where I was fighting an anxiety attack with stuffing lots and lots of people on a lower deck). We missed the NYE celebration because the casino was open and we were winning! (We're funny like that, but we did get to share a New Year's kiss nonetheless!) The casino was the best part of this cruise - the staff was extremely attentive, the waiters and waitresses were on point (extra points to Stefan!), and the games were - for the most part - paying off well! The weather was not cooperative for our 2 days at sea, but there were, of course, always things to do (not enough trivia, though)! My biggest complaint is the buffet on the Lido deck. The quality of the food has gone down so much from the first time I cruised. I've been on four different Carnival ships - my first time on the Fantasy, the food on the Lido buffet was great - each time after, it has consistently gone downhill. The dining room always came through with great food! (Thanks Ricky! You Rock!) The steakhouse was top-notch! As for the ports, Jamaica was OK. We booked the bamboo raft river cruise, which I highly recommend! It's such a poor country, it made me sad! Grand Cayman was an absolute and utter disaster. The island is such a beautiful place, but we had to dock off the other side of the island than normal, so we had to tender in - it took forever and then we were required to pay $5 a person for a shuttle to the shopping area. None of that prepared any of us, though, for trying to get back on the ship. We arrived back to the designated docking station at 2:30 (the last tender left at 3:15). We waited in line for over 2 1/2 hours waiting for a tender. There was not one Carnival employee to help, distribute water, etc. until we were almost to the front of the line. There were 2 Celebrity ships also in port with us and they had employees out there directing their cruisers. My best friend is Platinum and Platinum members are supposed to get first boarding privileges. With no Carnival employee to help with that, we were all stuck in that long, awful line. Thank heavens for the people with the Boom speaker and some fun music! Cozumel was much better (as always). I love cruising with Carnival and I will definitely go again (the perks they give gamblers from the casino makes it very cost effective). Some petty complaints about the Dream include the decor in the cabin areas - not sure what they were intending with the "Dick Tracy" type comic book drawings for the wallpaper - that just didn't make sense. More trivia games would have been nice! When you have a "Drinks on Us" privilege in the casino, it would be nice to have that apply even when you aren't playing any games. Overall, we had a nice time and a great start to a new year! Happy cruising y'all! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our first Christmas cruise, and maybe our last. It just wasnt Christmas for us. We spent Christmas Day evening in the Speciality Steakhouse. and I can say I was really underwhelmed and it was definately not worth the extra ... Read More
This was our first Christmas cruise, and maybe our last. It just wasnt Christmas for us. We spent Christmas Day evening in the Speciality Steakhouse. and I can say I was really underwhelmed and it was definately not worth the extra money. I had the surf and turf and my lobster tail and steak were barely lukewarm when It was served. The melted butter for the lobster was warmer than the food. They offered to replace the dinner, but by the time they asked how the meal was, my husband was finished with his meal, and who wants to wait for another meal to be fixed and eat alone? Don't waste your money. We ate every other night in the formal dining, and the food was very good. We had a set time (6:00 p.m) and we loved having the same waiters and table mates each night that we could visit with. I loved being able to try new things each day. We tried the Mongolian Wok, good but very spicey, just be forwarned. Pig and Anchor was just ok. Guy's burger joint had very good hamburgers. The buffet was just ok. The chocolate special was not good at all. I saw a lot of food not eaten on people's plates. We had omlets a couple of mornings, and they were very good. The sea day brunch was good. Don't expect to take a swim, the pools are small and overcrowded. The Whirlpools are cold, not even warm. The cruise director was not the best we have had, and was very self-serving, not extremely funny. We took a Scenic Wildlife River Cruise (Carnival excursion) and it was really underwhelming. Just a boat that went up the river 10 miles and back. It had a roadway running alongside the river, so not really scenic. The wildlife consisted of 1 monkey, 2 iguanas, one small alligator. Certainly not worth the money. We would not take this cruise again. Overall, not my best cruise, but ok. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Had been on this cruise 3 years ago. Was satisfied but this year the port stores are limited. Looks like many of the larger retailers have pulled out of the area. The tender ride into the port was good but the return trip was very slow and ... Read More
Had been on this cruise 3 years ago. Was satisfied but this year the port stores are limited. Looks like many of the larger retailers have pulled out of the area. The tender ride into the port was good but the return trip was very slow and we had to stay on the tender without any air movement. would not consider this trip again. Mahogany Bay was a clean port and very accommodating. Very disappointed that Carnival only offers CNN for news coverage. Also the internet was slow despite paying the additional to upgrade. Food and service in restaurant was good. Steakhouse was great. Went to the lido deck to eat about 11:20 only to find that all the lines were closed. Only option was pizza. Never had seen this that all lines were closed. Guy's burgers and fries were great and all that they were supposed to be. The condiment bar was well stocked. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Were it not for the relentless noise I would really like this ship. Clean, bright, modern, great cabin, good food. Two problem areas: terrible entertainment and noise, noise, noise. 3,500 people cheering, chanting, arguing, laughing and ... Read More
Were it not for the relentless noise I would really like this ship. Clean, bright, modern, great cabin, good food. Two problem areas: terrible entertainment and noise, noise, noise. 3,500 people cheering, chanting, arguing, laughing and talking is noisy enough but add amped up music, announcements about sales and the general din of engines and fans and you have no tranquility at sea. Perhaps the musicians and crew are deaf ... I nearly am after 7 days. The theatre shows (mimed singing) and trotting about a stage are amped to distortion level so you can't understand anyone who actually sings. Even the classical musicians who play in the worst possible place - the atrium - blast through microphones and huge speakers. Should I add that the lame comedians barely elicit a grin? I didn't attend their "adult" shows because I figured if you aren't funny in a regular show then you won't be funny with swearing and toilet talk. In the outdoor theatre they showed the same film twice. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We cruise to relax with family. The MDR was a mess..long waits, mixed up orders and food was terrible. The buffet had better food.I will add we do not go on a cruise expecting gourmet food, just edible and the main dining room was not. We ... Read More
We cruise to relax with family. The MDR was a mess..long waits, mixed up orders and food was terrible. The buffet had better food.I will add we do not go on a cruise expecting gourmet food, just edible and the main dining room was not. We took advantage of all the other places to eat and all were enjoyable. Lines were long all over, but moved quickly. There were many kids running wild and very rude people on this cruise. I have come to the conclusion that a smaller ship is a better choice for us. I did bring my 14 year old grand daughter who enjoyed the kids club. The kids are allowed to hang out outside the doors in the hallway, which made it hard to pass. I did see a security guard there every time I was there. After all of this being said....every worker on this ship was pleasant, had a smile and was always willing to help with anything. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Ship was really nice, but I had prepaid for spa services and they charged me again I had to go to straighten it out every day. At end of cruise still fighting. Their accounting program has no way to enter the prepaid amount deduction at ... Read More
Ship was really nice, but I had prepaid for spa services and they charged me again I had to go to straighten it out every day. At end of cruise still fighting. Their accounting program has no way to enter the prepaid amount deduction at the time of service. Also not once but twice I was told I had a losing hand by two different dealers within an hour apart when I had a winning straight. Pictures taken at excursion we were told to get them at excursions desk then we found out you had to buy at the excursion. I required new ice nightly to ice down my medications sine the medical cooler we rented on board didn’t work. The Stewart never brought ice except for early room cleaning. I called once and was told my steward was off duty it was 5pm. I had to chase down a steward every evening to get additional ice. Also as we were getting to leave ship since I am in a wheelchair I called to ask when do I proceed to disembark. I was told to listen for call for assisted disembarking so I waited in room. Them two stewards told me to leave I was in their way I told them I was waiting to be called. Then I got a call telling me I was hendering the stewards I explained I had called and they told me to just go to deck 3. I finally did get off but felt like I had done something wrong by waiting for the call to proceed. I didn’t feel like a special guest even if I did have a first class room. NEVER PREPAY FOR SPA SERVICES IT MORE HASSLE THAN ITS WORTH!!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
7th Carnival cruise 2nd on Dream. Don't recall out first Dream cruise, picked this one cause we wanted to check out New Orleans. NO was disappointing really kinda dirty, very crowded and lots of crummy roads and sidewalks. Did check ... Read More
7th Carnival cruise 2nd on Dream. Don't recall out first Dream cruise, picked this one cause we wanted to check out New Orleans. NO was disappointing really kinda dirty, very crowded and lots of crummy roads and sidewalks. Did check out the Sculpture garden at art museum, that was really nice.Cemetery tour, Cathedral were ok Cemetery tour horse buggy very expensive $90 for 2 of us. Guide was good but not $90 good. Cafe Du mond was shockingly inexpensive $2.73 ! Went to see plantations, expensive so we just took pictures from outside. Our last few Carnival cruises seem to have downward trend on service, was ok but not exceptional like out first few.We stayed on serenity deck and was definitely worth it. Anytime dining worked out fine. Only did excursion to Cozumel Mayan ruins, was ok definitely not handicap accessible ! guides (Patty} was great lovely trip to beach on far side of island. I'm in wheelchair 1st and 2nd cruise i was only one on board, this cruise must have been 30 !! Food choices in dining room seem to be lot less than some years back, service not nearly as good. shows were ok. June ? comedienne was awesome, others were not funny at all. As you can see nothing much impressive on this one, ok and relaxing but not memorable Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
Our 1st time on Carnival. Embarkation was fine--probably a little shorter for us as we had my Dad who needed a wheelchair & we had gotten a Suite so we got priority checkin. The food was ok--some was really good & others just Ok. ... Read More
Our 1st time on Carnival. Embarkation was fine--probably a little shorter for us as we had my Dad who needed a wheelchair & we had gotten a Suite so we got priority checkin. The food was ok--some was really good & others just Ok. Did like the different choices for lunch. I loved the BlueIguana Cantina--tacos!! The pizza was good. My husband & son loved Tandoor. Service as times was really good and other times just ok. Sometimes we sat along time at dinner waiting for staff. Our room was great cabin 7245---loved the cabin. Some issues with room steward -- not coming to clean in evenings while we were at dinner--then he would come after we got back. Disembarkation was a nightmare----they were so disorganized specifically for those that needed wheelchair assistance. We were told to be at spot at 7:30am to get your name on a list....the people there said we had to wait for someone else to start the list --he didn't get there until after 8am. Then he was very slow & folks before us had been waiting longer. Elevator service at rear of ship was very slow ---my Dad was on Oxygen --it was very frustrating---especially as one elevator was out of service the whole time. Elevators so slow and full. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We had a spa balcony room. Part of the perks of having this room was access to robes & slippers. We had to continuously ask for the robes. My last night on the ship I had to just go to the spa without a robe because I didn't have ... Read More
We had a spa balcony room. Part of the perks of having this room was access to robes & slippers. We had to continuously ask for the robes. My last night on the ship I had to just go to the spa without a robe because I didn't have one & it took hours for the steward to bring the robe. Also, the steam rooms weren't fully functional & I caught the staff taking pictures of what appeared to be damaged areas around the showers. The Oriental steam room was blocked off with an empty towel hamper the entire week. Overall the spa area needs updating & a really good cleaning. Also, the front desk receptionists at the spa weren't the friendliest, either. I can easily describe the food - very cheap quality & boring. But I also understand that you get what you pay for & Carnival is a budget cruise. The good were the spa techs who performed the many services that I took advantage of. I had the best Shellac mani/pedi ever. The couples massage was AMAZING & my bikini wax was a great experience as well. All & all, my husband & I had a good time. I'm already booked on 3 Carnival cruises in the next 10 months. After 2018, I will be exploring other cruise lines such as Norwegian &/or Celebrity. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
Sailed on the Dream for the poker tournament 8/26. We're regular Carnival cruisers, but this was our first - and last - trip on the Dream since the renovation finished earlier this year. Two key points: First, the staff and ... Read More
Sailed on the Dream for the poker tournament 8/26. We're regular Carnival cruisers, but this was our first - and last - trip on the Dream since the renovation finished earlier this year. Two key points: First, the staff and personnel are exemplary. Never had a a better crew, from those that clean the tables to casino people to waiters. All first rate. Second, and most important: never, on any cruise ship (15 total cruises) have we experienced the impact of smokers as we did on this cruise. From the Alchemy Bar (very nice, with an incredible band, Mic Control) to the atrium, the casino smoke permeated the atmosphere. My wife and I both always spend significant time in the casino. I play table games and poker, she's a slot player. Not this time. The circulation in the area was poor, and the massive smoke was just too much to bear. What's worse, the casino is now home to the only bar with TV's for sports.There's not a single place on the ship for non-smokers to watch a sporting event. To top it off, they moved the poker table to a spot directly adjacent to this smoke-infested area, and now allow smoking at the table. That is simply unheard of; no one allows smoking at a poker table - NO ONE. The salvation of the cruise is that the poker tournament was hosted in a nonsmoking conference room, and offered extensive cash games around the three tournaments played. Otherwise, it would have been a poker-less cruise. My advice: if you're a non smoker, avoid the ship. It's a smoke-filled disaster due to a poorly designed casino. I truly believe that Carnival just didn't anticipate the impact of their changes. It's as if they've gone backward 30 years, with smokers favored over non-smokers. They created a smoke-infested design, failed to install suitable air filtration systems, and in the process, ruined a good ship. One plus: the rear deck Serenity pool and surrounding area are very nice. But we couldn't spend all of our time there. I'm in the process of trying to get an explanation from Carnival. This experience has definitely colored (yellow, like nicotine) my opinion of Carnival. This is the first time I haven't had a great cruise on Carnival, and that's sad. Smokers, enjoy. You've got your ship with the Dream. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I was given a seat in the big poker tournament on the Dream and decided to go. I went alone for the first time and it was relaxing not to be on someone else's schedule. We stopped at 3 ports, Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel. The only ... Read More
I was given a seat in the big poker tournament on the Dream and decided to go. I went alone for the first time and it was relaxing not to be on someone else's schedule. We stopped at 3 ports, Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel. The only one I got off the ship for was Cozumel to do some shopping. I had an interior cabin and thought I would feel claustrophobic but it was okay. The food in the MDR was the same old same old and after awhile everything starts tasting the same. I went to one of the shows and it was entertaining. They sang and danced to oldies. On the last night of the cruise something happened in the casino and all the machines shut down. No one could cash out. That really caused a lot of commotion but it was straightened out sometime after midnight. I went to bed not too long after that and went to sleep but was awakened by a horrible sulphur smell that felt like I was breathing in fire. I finally went back to sleep and when I woke the smell was gone. However, I felt very sick from breathing the fumes and halfway down the gangway I asked a girl that worked for Carnival for assistance. She said I would have to go all the way back up to the top and talk to someone at the point where you depart the ship. I decided not to do that and finally made my way to the elevator where some very nice passenger could see I was in distress and had someone come over with a wheel chair.and I was whisked past the passport check point and into a taxi after someone got my luggage for me. The taxi took me to my hotel in NOLA and as soon as I could I went to my room and fell asleep. I slept off and on most of the night and had to change my clothing twice because I was sweating so much. I got up the next morning still sick and went to the airport to come home. I went to the emergency room shortly after getting home and stayed most of the night. It has been over 3 weeks and I have been to a pulmonary specialist 2x and am still sick. I am wondering if anyone else on the ship got sick from the smell. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Embarkation & disembarkation at the New Orleans port was very organized and moved quickly. The food in the main dining room on the ship is wonderful. Our waitstaff in there was very attentive & always called us by name. Ahmad, ... Read More
Embarkation & disembarkation at the New Orleans port was very organized and moved quickly. The food in the main dining room on the ship is wonderful. Our waitstaff in there was very attentive & always called us by name. Ahmad, Ionut and Ricardo were enduring and were the redeeming key to our cruise. I would not recommend Pig & Anchor. it was not traditional smoked meat by any means. The pulled pork was more like dried up Carnitas. No smoke ring or smoke flavor to anything. Definitely not worth the wait. I saw many plates of food that was left unfinished. I feel the level of entertainment is not up to par and somewhat cheesy in many regards. The entertainers seem to have quite a bit of talent but are not being utilized to the fullest of their abilities. The lack of attention by our cabin steward was shocking. Upon arrival Ada informed us that he would only be checking our cabin once per day. This was evident by the condition of filth found in the cabin upon initial inspection. It is inexcusable to have dust caked upon the door jams, wall decor, vents and light fixtures. We had to call maintenance to fix a stopped up sink and replace inoperable light bulbs. We asked for ice to always be available in our room but had to call for room service to bring it as he did not. Dirty dishes were left in the room even after the spotty cleaning that was done. All of our ports were wonderful. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This was our first time on a cruise and we all had mixed reviews. My 12 year old loved everything about it and I think this Cruise really caters to the pre-teen crowd. Pros (Things we Liked/Loved): Service-Everyone on this ship ... Read More
This was our first time on a cruise and we all had mixed reviews. My 12 year old loved everything about it and I think this Cruise really caters to the pre-teen crowd. Pros (Things we Liked/Loved): Service-Everyone on this ship deserves to have their pay doubled. Everyone was so friendly, hard-working, and pleasant. We constantly wondered what their lives are really like catering to us and we hope the company treats them very well. They certainly deserve it. Food-Carnival's food was good to great on every level. We tried every food option they had and either liked it or loved it. The buffets were amazing. Guy's Burgers and BBQ were exceptionally good. The sit down dinner service was a joy and treat. The Steakhouse was also well worth the up-charge. Cabin-The beds were super comfortable. We even had adequate storage for all of our junk. Activities- Our kid was constantly entertained. He loved the pre-teen club and magic tricks at dinner. He never felt bored and we barely saw him throughout the cruise. Cruise Director Matt- He is great at his job! Cons (Not so great): Obesity- I am not at my ideal weight but I have never seen so many morbidly obese people of all ages in one place! It was so extreme that I always wondered what the cruise staff and people at the port countries must think of what Americans are like. It was depressing to think that so many people have this illness and can't control it. The spa staff had daily seminars on health and wellness and I thought who is attending those? Not the cruise's fault either but it depressed me and I know I'm being mean and judgemental but it is no exaggeration that 70% of the passengers were very obese. The buffet food choices seemed to cater to that with limited healthier food options. Hard to get a piece of fruit at 2am but ice cream and pizza were available. Smoking and Noise- Not the cruise's fault but people smoked on their balconies even though it's not allowed. Smoking was allowed in the casino so if that bothers you, you won't like to gamble there. Since this cruise caters to families, there was constant noise until the wee hours. Kids running up and down the halls, slamming doors etc. So if quiet relaxation is your thing, you won't have much of it in your cabin. Etiquette-Again, not the cruise's fault but some basic etiquette/consideration was lacking in a big portion of the passengers. Our neighbors left dirty diapers at their door in the hallway for housekeeping to pick up. Come on now! You can't find a trash can? Cruise dinner attire seemed to be somewhat ignored by passengers. I saw people wearing baseball caps at the sit down dinner. I thought the dinner and ambience of it would lend itself to better dress. Small kids were not supervised on the boat so you would find them running amok at 2am or knocking things over and not picking them up etc. Pools-The pools were very small. Our very middle class subdivision pool is way bigger than the ones on this boat. If 10 people were in the pool, it was full. The pools did not appeal to anyone in our group not even the kids. It was overall a fun time and all the drawbacks were outweighed by the staff. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This was our first cruise. There were four of us - my husband and I and our two daughters, ages 9 and 14. The food was good, the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating (with the notable exception of the pool bartenders), and ... Read More
This was our first cruise. There were four of us - my husband and I and our two daughters, ages 9 and 14. The food was good, the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating (with the notable exception of the pool bartenders), and everything was clean and well-kept. There are two pools, both very small considering the ship's capacity (roughly the size of a backyard pool), but they are expected to serve thousands of guests. Every time we had to enter the main pool area it felt like we were taking our daughters to a wild, drunken frat party. The music blared nonstop at ear splitting levels, the pool "entertainment" consisted of the cruise director, Mat, hosting various (extremely loud) drunken contests that were wildly inappropriate for the many kids present, and then repeatedly encouraging the kids to "look away." This is also right where the water slides are, so no escaping it unless you don't let the kids use the pool or slides. The second pool at the back of the ship wasn't much better because it's where everyone went to try to escape the horror of the main pool, so it was full well past capacity and largely unusable. By the last night, the main pool was so full of drunken partiers, and the water color had turned to a sickly, grayish green, that we were genuinely concerned for our 9 year old's safety. After day two, our 14 year old had already declared it all completely disappointing, too loud, with the pool so full of embarrassing drunks that she largely wanted to stick to our stateroom the whole cruise. We loved Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Montego Bay is terribly impoverished, run down, and the locals are desperate for any tourist money they can get. We hopped on a shuttle guided by a woman named "Sylvia," and asked to be taken to Doctor's Cave beach which I'd researched ahead of time. Sylvia assured us and others on the shuttle she would take us there and pick us up again. Once we were driving, she very forcefully announced she was taking us to a different beach (Tropical Bliss) and would be charging us 50% more than the agreed upon price. She insisted it was the best beach on the island. When we asked questions or disputed the price, she became angry and confrontational. Upon arriving at her beach, she demanded the increased payment for the ride there, beach entry and our return trip. We refused to pay for the return trip and by this time people were getting upset. The beach was muddy, weedy, broken equipment and we were all dumped and trapped there. After a few minutes, I went to the beach attendant and demanded a taxi with a driver who would not scam us to be called to take us to be beach we had originally requested. The attendant was terribly apologetic and had been hearing the same story from many angry people on the shuttle. He flagged down an empty shuttle bus and paid them to take us to Doctor's Cave. The shuttle driver and cab were very friendly and also apologetic for the treatment we'd received as they are supposed to be selling Jamaica, not making tourists never want to return. Doctor's Cave Beach was absolutely beautiful, and we enjoyed our time there very much. It was certainly all a learning experience. Our experiences at Grand Cayman and Cozumel were absolutely stellar. We were treated like royalty by the locals who helped us (and we tipped them generously), we had delicious food, and we can't wait to return. All being said, we'd like to try another cruise someday as we loved many parts of it, but will probably look for a smaller ship without such a focus on hard partying. We prefer quiet relaxation without the crush of humanity everywhere, and want our daughters to be able to enjoy the pool and other entertainment without us constantly worrying about what they are seeing and hearing and whether they are safe. I'm not sure if Carnival offers anything that meets this description. We'll definitely go into our next cruise wiser and more informed as to what to expect. 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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