1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
It was a bingo bugle tournament cruise. I had a great time. My room was clean and airy and I was close to the elevator. I was on deck 2 and concerned because I had read reviews about the noise being so low down and close to elevator. The ... Read More
It was a bingo bugle tournament cruise. I had a great time. My room was clean and airy and I was close to the elevator. I was on deck 2 and concerned because I had read reviews about the noise being so low down and close to elevator. The only noise was a couple of drunks one night and the dropping of the anchor early one morning.i did not go on any any excursions but did go ashore for brief periods.Found the food very good although only warm at the buffet. Dining room early seating was excellent and we had 2 wonderful wait staff that addressed me by name each time and made sure I had my Diet Coke asap Every evening close to dessert time there was entertainment in the form of dance or song by the wait staff. Simply fun..Seaday brunch was excellent. I had a bottomless bubbles package and had no problems getting my pop.definitely worth buying. Embarkation went well .very organized but lots of lines and never-ending walking. I had the best time and have booked for the tournament next year on the carnival magic. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was our first cruise. Our departure port was New Orleans and the embarkation and debarkation went well. We were on the ship and off the ship with no trouble. The ship was beautiful and well groomed. The balcony cabin was just ... Read More
This was our first cruise. Our departure port was New Orleans and the embarkation and debarkation went well. We were on the ship and off the ship with no trouble. The ship was beautiful and well groomed. The balcony cabin was just right with enough space and storage. Noordam, our room steward, was so friendly and nice and called us by our first names. He was very personable. Our room was cleaned daily with fresh towels. The dining was excellent and the food was really good. The waiters were personable and well mannered. I was very impressed by Ramil. He was excellent. Loved the shows they were really good. The entertainers were good. The comedians in the punchliner were so funny. Loved the activities, sometimes it was hard to choose which one to do. The staff throughout the ship was courteous and kept the ship clean. I would definitely like to go back. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Our honeymoon was wonderful on the cruise. It was our first cruise and we really don’t have anything to complain about. Many thanks to our wonderful room steward, 1 Gede is his name. The crew on there is absolutely so kind and selfless. ... Read More
Our honeymoon was wonderful on the cruise. It was our first cruise and we really don’t have anything to complain about. Many thanks to our wonderful room steward, 1 Gede is his name. The crew on there is absolutely so kind and selfless. Thanks carnival dream. We didn’t have our children there but we definitely will for next time. I wish they’d continue porting out of New Orleans,Louisiana but that’ll give us chance to try something else there. The food was great and I like how the tips are automatically drawn so we don’t have to worry about cash on hand. The shows were excellent and hilarious. Alex our cruise director has such a vibrant talented personality. The ship had problems getting the anchor up and made up the time for it. The fellow guests were all so friendly. Of course you’ll have one or two who complains about just about anything but hey, grateful cruiser here and I would do it again with the dream. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Our experience on the Carnival Dream was superb. The staff was amazing! A special shout out to Viktor the bar waiter, Julian the Jr hostess, John our Stewart and Assadee our head waitress! They were all superb & made our trip extra ... Read More
Our experience on the Carnival Dream was superb. The staff was amazing! A special shout out to Viktor the bar waiter, Julian the Jr hostess, John our Stewart and Assadee our head waitress! They were all superb & made our trip extra special! We also loved Lee the cruise director! The entire dream team we give an A+. We also did the chefs dinner. Such an amazing experience & outstanding food! Thank you to everyone on the Carnival Dream! Cayman islands was our favorite stop, would liked to have stayed longer. In Montego Bay, we were not happy with how so many people aggressively try to sell drugs in multiple formats. We ended our time there to go back to the ship. Cozamel was nice, though it rained while we were there. As for the show, go to them all! And the comedy shows we're hysterical! We will definitely recommend this ship! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This was my very first cruise, and by the end of the trip..I am already ready to start planning my next one! Never in my entire life have I experienced such amazing hospitality on a vacation before. The staff are incredibly friendly and ... Read More
This was my very first cruise, and by the end of the trip..I am already ready to start planning my next one! Never in my entire life have I experienced such amazing hospitality on a vacation before. The staff are incredibly friendly and personable and make you feel like you are all family. I absolutely LOVED all of the shows Carnival Dream had on the ship, you could find me jamming and singing to all the songs they were playing or laughing till i cried because of how well they were put together. The food was outstanding, and if there was something you didn't like, the staff offered to have it recooked or asked if you wanted something else. We were always early to our ports giving us more than enough time to explore, and we had an amazing cruise director, Lee!! Never have i ever met a person with so much enthusiasm and fun put into one body. I highly recommend cruising with Carnival Dream! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This cruise left close to home and it was the best vacation ever. We picked the bobsled excursion in Jamaica. The wait at the the top was longer than expected due to a group riding the breaks of the bobsleds and slowing everyone down. ... Read More
This cruise left close to home and it was the best vacation ever. We picked the bobsled excursion in Jamaica. The wait at the the top was longer than expected due to a group riding the breaks of the bobsleds and slowing everyone down. However, the weather was perfect and the view incredible. The skylift was peaceful and Dunn's waterfall is a must for Jamaica. We went snorkeling for the first time in Grand Cayman. The guides were very good and kept a close eye on our safety. Plus, this excursion allowed a lot of time for shopping. In Cozumel, we chose to do our own trip by getting in a taxi and traveling to a local beach by Chankanaab. Only $15/person including a drink and free rentals of kayak and snorkel equipment. The Dream is a wonderful ship. All the staff was eager and happy to assist with whatever request we had. One of us is gluten free and the restaurants all had options. The entertainment was great, especially the comedians. We left the kids home and got the Cloud 9 package, which we used everyday. The food in the main dining room was some of the best we every had. We tried the BBQ and buffet, but were not impressed. Guy's Burger Bar was worth going back for. There were plenty of children on the ship, but we only encountered them during meal times or when the teenagers hung out at night at the back of the ship. Also, we were lucky the weather was perfect for this time of year. We would definitely choose another Carnival Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because the itinerary had places we wanted to go and sail out of a port we have never been to before (Port NOLA). Overall we had a great experience. It was my fourth Carnival cruise and my wife's first time ever ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the itinerary had places we wanted to go and sail out of a port we have never been to before (Port NOLA). Overall we had a great experience. It was my fourth Carnival cruise and my wife's first time ever cruising with any cruise line. However it was my first time staying in a balcony room and on the spa deck which I highly recommend. The amenities that are offered while staying on the spa deck are worth it and a great place to go when want to experience something more relaxing. My wife has said she will not travel with any other cruise line other than Carnival as she enjoyed it so much and our cruise director Lee Mason was fantastic and very entertaining. The entertainment was great as always with something always going on. The service was exceptional. We had anytime dining which means we sat at a different table and sometimes different sides of the dining room each night which resulted in the dining staff singing "Happy Honeymoon" to us twice during our cruise along with a personalized chocolate cake both times. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We wanted to do something memorable for our 25th wedding anniversary and this cruise was just the ticket. From the excellent food and high class entertainment, this cruise had it all. Whether you wanted the fine dining of the steakhouse, ... Read More
We wanted to do something memorable for our 25th wedding anniversary and this cruise was just the ticket. From the excellent food and high class entertainment, this cruise had it all. Whether you wanted the fine dining of the steakhouse, the normal dining in the regular restaurants or just grabbing something on the go, we didn’t experience any bad meals. The cabin had plenty of room and was quite cozy when we did actually sleep. We had plenty of choices for excursions in the ports of call. There was something for everyone in each of the ports. The shopping opportunities in Grand Cayman & Cozumel we’re off the charts. Embarkation & debarkation both went very smoothly. I would highly recommend you purchase Faster to the Fun if it’s available when you cruise. We were able to embark well ahead of most of the cruisers which made that experience very nice. We are definitely looking forward to our next cruise! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose the Dream out of New Orleans because it’s close to us. Embarking was so smooth and happy! The staff were so excited and helpful! Walking on to the ship and exploring the location for the week was great. The Dream is a beautiful ... Read More
We chose the Dream out of New Orleans because it’s close to us. Embarking was so smooth and happy! The staff were so excited and helpful! Walking on to the ship and exploring the location for the week was great. The Dream is a beautiful ship, especially the atrium. Our room was clean. Our steward, Michelle, was on top of everything and we loved all her towel animals she left us! We went to all the playlist shows, comedy, and piano bar. All of the entertainment staff were talented and made our days on the boat memorable. So fun! The food in all locations was delectable. We loved the pizza, blue iguana tacos, and Guys burgers. The buffet at lunch was great, too! We ate every night in the dining room and enjoyed all of our meals. Our excursions were AWESOME and so were the ports. We cenote hopped in Cozumel and visited the Altun Ha Ruins in Belize. We just explored the port in Roatan and enjoyed all of the shops. The ship was clean and service throughout was phenomenal! We always had someone removing our plates, offering refills on drinks, and staff was seen cleaning and maintaining common areas daily. Disembarking process was seamless and stress free! We absolutely enjoyed our week on the Dream! Can’t wait to go back! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We just returned from a wonderful week on the Carnival Dream!! We have been on several Carnival ships and a couple of other ships not in the Carnival fleet. I would have to say this has been my favorite!! What made it the best? The crew ... Read More
We just returned from a wonderful week on the Carnival Dream!! We have been on several Carnival ships and a couple of other ships not in the Carnival fleet. I would have to say this has been my favorite!! What made it the best? The crew first off was top notch! They were the best at making our stay a real vacation. The ship was immaculate and the crew was so polite and always made us feel like family. Next, the food was the best we had ever had on any cruise...from the hamburgers, to the dining room to the ice cream! The shows at night were the best we had ever seen!! Our excursions were not some of the best that we have EVER been to but that's okay they were still fantastic!! We have been to a lot of different places and that's okay!! Our excursion in Cozumel was cancelled due to rain and Carnival refunded all of our expenses!! Embarkation and Debarkation was fairly easy!! We went on the Community Tour in Jamaica and some of us did ziplining...both was great!! In the Caymon Islands..we went swimming with the sting rays..what a wonderful experience!! Lee the cruise director was the best!! Made for a fun week!! Would definitely go on this cruise again!! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I was told this was a great ship to cruise on and boy were they right. From the cruise Director Lee to the room steward they did an outstanding job keeping us informed, involved and ready to go bed! Don't have any major complaints ... Read More
I was told this was a great ship to cruise on and boy were they right. From the cruise Director Lee to the room steward they did an outstanding job keeping us informed, involved and ready to go bed! Don't have any major complaints that worth talking too much about. The refridgerators are substandard in that they aren't very high quality and don't keep milk. The entertainment was great with lots of 80's music and that was just what made the cruise perfect! I would stay on that ship again without hesitation. I think this ship is moving to Florida in the near future and would highly reccomend it for everyone. The waiters did an outstanding job each evening serving us and entertaing us to the point we wouldn't miss a meal because it was a highlight of our trip as well. The interary was three port stops in as many days and that was not the most desirable schedule because it would have been nice to had a day at sea between for a little rest but the logistics of it was probably why the way it was planned. GREAT SHIP!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because of the easy drive to New Orleans. We prepaid parking at Fulton parking garage. I’m not sure if we would do this again, but we might. We arrived earlier than our appointed check in time, but we still got on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the easy drive to New Orleans. We prepaid parking at Fulton parking garage. I’m not sure if we would do this again, but we might. We arrived earlier than our appointed check in time, but we still got on the ship fairly quickly. We loved the ship! Lee, the Cruise Director, was the best we’ve ever had and I’ve been cruising for 30+ years. Our cabin steward Suhardi was wonderful. He kept our cabin spotless and was very nice and friendly. Even though they now only clean the cabin once a day, that was fine with us. The food choices were wonderful. We loved all the food, but our favorites were Guy’s Burgers and the Blue Iguana Cantina. On the lido deck there are numerous serving stations for the buffet and the made to order omelettes. The first omelette station usually has a long line, but if you continue on to the 2nd or 3rd station, you can usually walk right up and order. Lawrence, Luis, and Rata, our main dining room servers, were great. Always friendly and calling us by name. We enjoyed the comedy club and all of the music throughout the ship. We liked the nightly shows. I would cruise on this ship again in a heartbeat! No complaints at all. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
This was my wife's favorite ship and we chose it to be the vessel that transported her remains for her burial at sea. Carnival handled the event for the family very respectfully and privately so we could say or goodbyes. Myself ... Read More
This was my wife's favorite ship and we chose it to be the vessel that transported her remains for her burial at sea. Carnival handled the event for the family very respectfully and privately so we could say or goodbyes. Myself and 8 additional family members made the trip to say goodbye. We honored her by participating in the activities she liked - trivia, shows, relaxing and reading, MDR, steakhouse, Alchemy Bar, Guy's Burgers and of course soft serve ice cream. This was my 6th time traveling on the Dream and I would cruise on her anytime. The officers and crew made this voyage very memorable. I special shout out to Tijana Cavic Guest Services Manager and Anka & Cesar Mixologists at the Alchemy Bar for making the trip very memorable and for taking very good care of us during our time of grieving and remembrance. Many of our party are Platinum or Diamond so Embarkation and Disembarkation was no problem for us and went very smoothly. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
There was too much to do to focus on just one for this review. The staff was wonderful. The food was beyond good. I came back relaxed and already planning our next cruise. Our excursion to Passion Island was cancelled due to rain and ... Read More
There was too much to do to focus on just one for this review. The staff was wonderful. The food was beyond good. I came back relaxed and already planning our next cruise. Our excursion to Passion Island was cancelled due to rain and wind but Carnival had it refunded before we returned to the ship! Embarkation was fast and easy as we had our passports and driver licenses out and in our hands. The ship, the Dream was beautiful and large enough to accommodate all of the guests. The food was wonderful and the wait staff knew all eight names at our table. They joined in and joked with us so we felt like we genuinely bonded. Peter, Kadek and Tri made us feel welcome and made everything just perfect. I am allergic to shellfish so they presented me with the next day's menu each night so that they could pre-order my food to ensure that it did not get cross contaminated. Our cabin steward, Astika made sure that we had everything we needed each day. We were thrilled with a new towel animal each day! We found a quiet spot to enjoy sea days and we enjoyed it immensely. The entertainment was great. There were many activities to choose from so everyone in our group found something to do that interested them. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
This was my first cruise and it will definitely not be my last. Great experience. I was impressed with Embarkation, it was incredibly smooth and easy. Lee was the best Cruise Director - energetic and positive. We had 3 good excursions ... Read More
This was my first cruise and it will definitely not be my last. Great experience. I was impressed with Embarkation, it was incredibly smooth and easy. Lee was the best Cruise Director - energetic and positive. We had 3 good excursions - to a Basic School in Jamaica. We met some wonderful children. We saw Turtles, Hell and Stingrays in Grand Cayman - wonderful experience. We had lunch and did some snorkeling in Cozumel - not the best snorkeling but still had a great time. All the on-board and tour staff were incredible. The food was wonderful and fun - they had interesting items that you could try - like escargot, Ox Tongue, rabbit and alligator. My favorite part was the comedy club and the singing/dancing nightly shows. I would recommend nocruiseshipparking.com for parking in New Orleans. It was cheaper and much easier than parking at the terminal. We parked easily and were shuttled to the terminal, so bypassed all the traffic and lines. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
The ship and the crew and the customer service was remarkable. The food was fantasic and Lee the cruise director was awesome! The steak house restaurant was by far the was soooo good, loved the marinis at the Alchemy bar. The violinists ... Read More
The ship and the crew and the customer service was remarkable. The food was fantasic and Lee the cruise director was awesome! The steak house restaurant was by far the was soooo good, loved the marinis at the Alchemy bar. The violinists that performed in the Dream bar were amazing. The lady at the guest services counter was super friendly and the 80’s show was so mich fun! I always enjoy the hairy chest contests and the hamburgers are to die for. I cant forget the free ice cream station that is open 24/7. Yummy.. Our steward kept our room so neat and clean and always had a smile on his face. Simply put - this was the best cruise ever. Great job to The Carnival Dream Team! PS. Need the recipe for the carnival melting cake, the creme brulette, the cheese grits and the foccaccia bread! The debarkation process was by far the best! Thank you Lee! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
This was a celebration of our daughter's high school graduation and our second cruise on the Dream. We like to cruise out of NOLA or Galveston as they are both within 10 hours of our home and we can drive to port. We drove in a day ... Read More
This was a celebration of our daughter's high school graduation and our second cruise on the Dream. We like to cruise out of NOLA or Galveston as they are both within 10 hours of our home and we can drive to port. We drove in a day early and stayed in a hotel in Harvey. We utilized Uber to eat at Oceana Grill and stroll Bourbon Street the night before our trip. Wonderful food and always some crazy entertainment there. We chose to park at the port even though it's expensive. It's inside and super convenient. Embarkation was easy. We had FTTF and were onboard eating lunch by noon. Our cabin and all but one piece of luggage was there after we finished eating. FTTF proved an asset for tendering and even more important during debarkation. The Dream is a beautiful ship and still our favorite. I love all the hot tubs! The crew was constantly cleaning and taking wonderful care of her. We tried your time dining for the first time and while it is convenient choosing your own time to get ready and go eat, we won't do it again. I felt like the wait staff had too many different things going on to give the service we're accustomed to. Our drinks went empty several times and once they didn't know if we'd just come in and needed bread or if it was time for dessert. We only went to one show in the main theatre because we just weren't that impressed with the cast. We spent our evenings enjoying the other singers and dancing around the ship. We went to three comedy shows...also not that impressed with these comedians. Our cabin steward was wonderful and Vera in the Dream Bar was amazing. The bar by the aft pool is a waste of time. Those bartenders were not happy to be there and you would wait forever for drinks even when it wasn't crowded. In Cozumel, it was a little rainy off and on but we chose to swim with dolphins at Chakanaab and had an amazing experience. The pictures are outrageously overpriced so we left without any which is kind of sad. The beach there is very small but very pretty! The food is ok at best. In Belize, we chose to cave tube and zip line. This was our main reason for choosing this cruise. I'd still choose this excursion because we really wanted to experience the jungle of Belize...however, the transmission went out on our bus and it took TWO HOURS to get to the excursion site. We were really rushed once we got there, The zips are short but there are five of them. The cave tubing is a bust. The water is freezing and crystal clear but there is zero current. The poor guide has to swim his arms off pulling people thru the cave. We had no time to eat and were the last tender back to the ship as our ship was preparing to LEAVE! Book any excursion here thru Carnival. You do not want to get left in Belize. Our last port was Mahogany Bay. We did the beach right by the port and it's beautiful. You can fly down on the magic chairs and they take you right to your clam shell chair. We floated a lot and had the option to snorkel and kayak but chose to just relax. The only negative here was seaweed. They were diligently trying to sweep it away but it was still there. FTTF got us straight off the ship at 7:00 AM. We were in our car headed down the road by 7:10. Fabulous. We all really loved this cruise and can't wait for the next one. 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
Sail Date: May 2018
I absolutely LOVE Carnival. This is my second cruise with Carnival, and was completely satisfied. The Staff is so awesome, the food is great. The entertainment is amazing. You'll never go hungry, and you'll never get bored. I ... Read More
I absolutely LOVE Carnival. This is my second cruise with Carnival, and was completely satisfied. The Staff is so awesome, the food is great. The entertainment is amazing. You'll never go hungry, and you'll never get bored. I cant wait for my next one. Every single one of the staff that was told my name. Always knew my name each and every time I was in their presence. I was amazed by that. I didn't matter if it was the housekeeper, or the spa staff, or the bar tenders. They always addressed me by my name. I was also very impressed by the Captain. He informed us that there was a disturbance close to the ukitan peninsula that we would be going through. And to expect 10ft. Squalls. But he actually got us through it and past it in such a timely manner that we were barely affected by it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
We took the seven day out of New Orleans that stopped at four ports, including Costa Maya, Belize, Mahogany Bay and Cozumel. We had a blast, the ship was huge and had plenty of things to do and activities for everyone. My husband and I ... Read More
We took the seven day out of New Orleans that stopped at four ports, including Costa Maya, Belize, Mahogany Bay and Cozumel. We had a blast, the ship was huge and had plenty of things to do and activities for everyone. My husband and I went to relax and loved the spa deck with the access and the Serenity Deck is just too fabulous. I also love it b/c I can take my kids next time and have a completely different experience. Costa Maya’s beach excursion, snorkel adventure, power snorkel adventure, resort adventure, all happen on one beach, literally, it is about 1 mile long. So, just understand most likely you will all end up at the same beach with the same access to free drinks but it fun and the drinks are yummy! Next stop was Belize, which I checked off my bucket list and will not return. Took at two hour bus tour to the Mayan Pyramid and climbed the tallest one, which was super hard for me but I am proud I did it! Won’t ever again!!!! Mahogany Bay is beautiful and we scuba dived here, and if you do make sure you do it at this stop, the best one! We used Discover Beginning Scuba with Mike and it was totally amazing, bet part of our trip!!! Do it, I promise you will love it. My husband and I were both beginners as in we had never done it before and they were so patient and kind, and made it so easy! We are going to get certified together to do it more, that is how awesome it was. Last stop, Cancun we just walked around, shopped and relaxed. It was very nice, the water is so breathtaking and this is a great place to just sit, drink and reflect after an all the other adventure ports. Anyway, the staff and people at Carnival are so helpful, kink and truly want you to have the best time. Go, they are really the FUN ones!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
This was my second cruise but the first cruise for my children who are 5 and 6. Our cruise sailed out of New Orleans. We drove down and parked our car in the garage. I was a little worried about that at first but the experience was so ... Read More
This was my second cruise but the first cruise for my children who are 5 and 6. Our cruise sailed out of New Orleans. We drove down and parked our car in the garage. I was a little worried about that at first but the experience was so easy. Carnival had plenty of porters ready to help with our luggage from the car and then directed you where to park. Boarding the ship was relatively fast for the amount of people boarding. The line never stopped moving. We scheduled our boarding time from 1:30-2:00 and we were on the ship by 1:15. The only thing that I would add to this experience is that you are permitted to bring soda on the ship, but it must be in cans, not bottles. That also means no bottle water. When we got to our cabin at 1:30, our luggage was already in the hall waiting for us. Our room was an inside room. It was very clean. Shortly after arriving, we met our cabin steward, Merta. He was wonderful and always smiling. He came in and introduced himself and also put the bunks down for the kids. He brought extra towel because we had four people in our cabin. If traveling with children I do highly recommend getting children's motion sickness tablets. My children seemed to be doing well with the movement of the ship until my 6 year old woke up in the morning and threw up in her bed. Merta was quick to respond and take care of the issue. Anytime we saw him in the hallway he always smiled and asked how we were doing. The dining was great. Breakfast and lunch we usually ate the buffet or we would eat Guy's Burgers. The buffet always had several items to choose from. The hours were great and always seemed to be an option anytime of the day. We did not eat at the pizza place, but they were open 24 hours. For our evening dining, we did the our time dining. With two smaller kids, I felt this would be an easier option than having a set time. We were able to eat at our restaurant anytime between 5:30 and 9. The service in the restaurant was phenomenal. Each night we were greeted by Alina and after a few nights, my kids would run up to her and give her a hug. She was wonderful and always smiling. We had Jose three of the seven nights. Jose, Putu Edy, and Michael were wonderful. They interacted with the kids and made animals out of the napkins for them. One of the best parts is that they would always call us by name, making us feel special. Formal nights were amazing! The staff would have a song that they danced to each night. This made the experience that much better and enjoyable. We went to 4 of the shows during our cruise. Each and everyone of the shows were great! I love music and all the entertainers did a great job. My children enjoyed them as well. My children went to the Camp Ocean a few times during the cruise. They enjoyed their time there and asked to go back several times. It was their choice if they wanted to go, I did not force them to. My children also liked the pools as most kids do. I love that Carnival offers life jackets to the smaller kids. We also watched a movie on the Lido Deck. It had cooled off that night and Carnival had blankets that you could borrow while watching the movie. My kids thought that was wonderful that they were able to watch Coco in a lounge chair under a blanket. On one of the days at sea, my children were able to participate in the Sousa Palooza parade and story hour. The entertainment staff were so good with all the children and they loved how they were able to interact in the story. This cruise had everything for any type of vacation you want. The only thing that I did not rate as excellent was the shore excursions. We got off the ship in Jamaica and Cozumel and did the 10 Best in each stop. We wanted to shop and get souvenirs to remember our trip. The excursion description said there would be shopping but the tours were so rushed, you did not have much time to shop at all. I would have been better off to not pay the extra money for the excursion and just got off at the port and shopped there. Also be aware in Jamaica, everyone you meet expects a tip. They call you in for a picture then say, don't forget to tip for your picture. I found the people to be very pushy and rude. The service on the ship was extraordinary. One staff member by the name of Shujith was amazing. We met him while sitting outside and he interacted with my kids and made them towel animals. They thought that was so neat. We went to the towel folding class and he was there helping the kids fold their towels into animals. Each day he saw my kids, he would fold towels with them. Every crew member you came into contact with on the ship was always smiling and seemed so eager to make sure you were having fun. My children and I enjoyed our vacation so much and much of that is because of the staff on the Carnival Dream. Thank you for making this such a memorable experience. We are already planning our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We choose this cruise for price as well as where is was going? We wanted to see more countries than just Mexico and Roatan & Belize were a part of this itinerary? We went to Daniels Monkey & Sloth Sanctuary as well as snorkeled ... Read More
We choose this cruise for price as well as where is was going? We wanted to see more countries than just Mexico and Roatan & Belize were a part of this itinerary? We went to Daniels Monkey & Sloth Sanctuary as well as snorkeled in Roatan then Belize we did shopping at the port then back to the ship to rest up and play a little bingo. Cozumel we did a treasure hunt provided by the jewelry stores. This was a blast and we ended up getting a bracelet dull of charms as well as a necklace & earrings all for free and no purchase necessary. We will take,this cruise again one day. Our only complaint with CCL is their expensive drink packages. I don't drink alcohol but my husband does and CCL requires all parties to purchase the drink package if one person in the cabin purchases it. At over $50.00 a day that is almost what my ticket for the whole cruise cost. Absolutely ridiculous! Our steward Ms. Linda was awesome. We were never without ice in our fridge and our room was cleaned to our expectations. We chose to dine in the crimson room in the evenings at a round table which gave us a chance to meet some new & very interesting people. Our servers were exceptional though I do prefer not to be pushed to try something I never asked for which only happened on out first night thank goodness. The Guys burgers & fries cannot be beat for lunch and the condiment area was always fully stocked. As for the buffet dining, the food was medocre, nothing to brag about but definitely convenient for a last minute snack. I eould just say CCL should eliminate all the dirty mirrors in the buffet dining rooms. If there is no time to clean them then just get rid of them because they wer without a doubt a not appealing to look at while we were trying to eat a meal. as for activities on board, we played bingo one night and watched mivies every night in the big screen under the stars. Probably couldn't get much better than relaxing under the stars while eating popcorn and having an ice cold drink while watching a mivue in the big screen. were already planning our next cruise we kived it so much. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
I sailed with The Flying Scotsman (Chris Williams) last Nov and wanted to sail this cruise with him again. He does not disappoint when it comes to onboard entertainment, whether from him or his staff. He has so much energy that he brings ... Read More
I sailed with The Flying Scotsman (Chris Williams) last Nov and wanted to sail this cruise with him again. He does not disappoint when it comes to onboard entertainment, whether from him or his staff. He has so much energy that he brings to the cruise. The shows on board were excellent. Chris also did a a wonderful veterans appreciation on the last day of the cruise. Our cabin steward Pande kept our room clean and the ice bucket full. We didn't see him much, but saw the after math of his work. (very Good). We also did anytime dining and had Eka as our server for most of the cruise. The dining personnel would see us coming and welcoming us by name, as we walked down the hallway, and began seating us in Eka's section even if we came in separately. (a minute or 2 apart.). Overall it was a very good cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We left from Port New Orleans! The embarkation was a smooth process. It took about 30 minutes from luggage to on board! We arrived about 11:30 and were on board by 12:05. We were greeted warmly by our Cabin Steward, Adi! He was ... Read More
We left from Port New Orleans! The embarkation was a smooth process. It took about 30 minutes from luggage to on board! We arrived about 11:30 and were on board by 12:05. We were greeted warmly by our Cabin Steward, Adi! He was phenomenal. He called us by our names and he was enthusiastic about our days ashore. Also, he made the most wonderful towel displays and left our cabin spotless! The food was ok most nights! We enjoyed the elegant nights the most. the dinner selection was wonderful those nights. Because our daughter likes to swim, many evenings we had to eat on the Lido because we wanted to be with her. I tried every restaurant and fell in love with Chrisann from St. Lucia at the coffee bar! She new just what I wanted (vanilla milkshake with shot of Espresso!--THICK)! The Entertainment was great! Chris the Flying Scotsman was our Cruise Director and he really made our experience wonderful along with his teammates, J-Swift and Stephen! I thoroughly enjoyed our journey together. We played bingo, participated in trivia, watched the LipSync Battles, visited the spa for the kids party option, danced at the deck parties, watched Dive-In movies, and more. I would do it again in a heart beat!!! We Definitely Lived the Dream!! We also enjoyed the Stingray City and Rum Beach excursion in Grand Cayman, We went to Paradise Beach in cozumel. It was probably the highlight of our trip. It was wonderful!!! Fresh Mojitos!!! The beach was ok. There was a water park area (inflatables) available; however, my daughter loves water but is a beginning swimmer and the water was too deep for her. BUT she LOVED The pool there! It was warm and refreshing! Wait until Cozumel to make your liquor purchases. Carnival matches the price BUT specialty items are SIGNIFICANTLY Cheaper!!!! We also did the hop on hop off in Montego Bay. Overall, the cruise was phenomenal. We enjoyed every moment! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
My group leader planned it for a group of 17 and it was our first cruise after 32 years of marriage. I can honestly say we were very happy with cruise, the food and drink, the wonderful shows that Chris and his staff provided every night, ... Read More
My group leader planned it for a group of 17 and it was our first cruise after 32 years of marriage. I can honestly say we were very happy with cruise, the food and drink, the wonderful shows that Chris and his staff provided every night, our delightful room service and talented dinning staff. If you are awarded a chance to have Charlie Brown as your waiter, I promise you will love him. No complaints here, if anything, the teens and tweens on the ship should have been watched closer by parents, they were quite unruly at times. All around the ship provided us with the ultimate and lovely vacation. Look forward to another cruise! shore excursion, we paid Annis $20.00 per person and she took us to all the main points of the Grand Caymans. She will stop for you real quick if their is something you want to see. In Jamaica we did a 35.00 a person excursion that ship recommended and stayed safe. I must say that some women saw I had money in my hand to pay for a hamburger and they were trying to steal from me but I held tight. Coszumel, the Isla Passion, well worth it! Food, drinks, shopping and swimming! and nice boat ride!! Read Less
Carnival Dream Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.1

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