3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We had a great week on the carnival Dream. There was always something for everyone to do. The boat was very clean and staff were always smiling. Our server at dinner, Walter, was outstanding. Always had a great attitude and was the hardest ... Read More
We had a great week on the carnival Dream. There was always something for everyone to do. The boat was very clean and staff were always smiling. Our server at dinner, Walter, was outstanding. Always had a great attitude and was the hardest worker I saw all week. He went out of his way to make our dinners great. We will miss his smiling face. There’s plenty for children to do as well as adults. My only complaint would have to be the quality of dinner some nights. I felt the meals were very hit or miss. Most fish was overcooked and a lot of the food was very bland. I’ve only cruised twice previously and it was on royal Caribbean and I have to say that their food in the dining room is better. I will say you can’t beat carnival’s chocolate melting cake though. Also, I can not recommend Guy’s Burger Bar enough. Absolutely delicious. The quick pizza was pretty good as well. Overall I recommend this cruise to any family. It was a great experience. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Our last cruise was back in 2012; a lot of Carnival procedures and policies have changed since then (FTTF, Sail & Sign Cards at room, Sea Day Brunch), so we weren't really sure what to expect this cruise. We chose this particular ... Read More
Our last cruise was back in 2012; a lot of Carnival procedures and policies have changed since then (FTTF, Sail & Sign Cards at room, Sea Day Brunch), so we weren't really sure what to expect this cruise. We chose this particular cruise because we were able to celebrate Christmas at home with the family, but allowed us to do a cruise while the kids were still out on break. This cruise, I was traveling with my DH, DD (16), and my DS (14). We live about 3 1/2 hours away from New Orleans, so we decided to drive to port the morning of the cruise. Since the Saints had a 12 pm game, we got on the road around 3:40 am, hoping to get into the port area before the tailgaters arrived. We were engulfed in fog thick as pea soup as we drove. We arrived in the Crescent City by 8 am. After driving around a couple of side streets, we found some parking and ate breakfast at Mother's. There were some Saints fans out and walking about, festooned in fan garb. We exchanged some compulsary "Who Dat"s. Then, headed to the parking garage at the terminal. The cost is $140, but was worth the price for us. The garage opened around 9:30. We learned from one of the Carnival staff to wait until 10:30 am to go downstairs and get in line. Around 10:45 am, they started calling Priority boarding, wedding parties, and FTTF. Our boarding pass listed a boarding time of 12 pm - 12:30 pm, but we were on the ship before 11:30 am. The hubs and I had 1:30 pm Couples Massages scheduled. There is no better way to kick off a vacation than spending 75 minutes de-stressing. Our cabin was located on the Spa Deck (12202), and we took advantage of the multiple times throughout the cruise. We'd head to the Thalassotherapy Pool after a long day of walking around in port or on the ship. We took advantage of the Thermal Suites. Between my DH and I, we had 5 massages, a pedicure, and a facial. We love the Spa!! Our embarkation massage completed just in time to run to the room to grab our S&S cards, see our luggage had arrived, grab the kids (who were eating and scouting the ship while we were in the spa) and then head to our Muster Station. They scan our cards now (also a new procedure since our last cruise), so they know if you aren't there (and call you out). Our cabin was clean and was easily able to accomodate 4 people. The beds were a little hard for our liking. We really enjoyed sitting out on the balcony each day. The balcony was not covered, so during sail aways, we got to enjoy conversations with people up on deck 14. Deck 12 is nice and quiet. There were no loud neighbors. The foot traffic was minimal. The seas were rocking our entire cruise, and we could really feel it from our room. We were prepared with chewable Bonnie, so seasickness was kept at bey. We had an early dining time in the Scarlett Dining Room. My biggest complaint on the ship is that our room was located on the most forward part of the ship and we had to travel to the furthest point in the back of the ship to access the dining room. The dining room's location wasn't easy for us to access, and I felt like I was in the Maze Runner each time we went to the dining room -- down 8 flights in the elevator closest to our room. Walk all the way to the back of the ships and then go down the last set of stairs you can find. Everyday for 7 days. I'd pass the windows for the Crimson Dining room and give my pouty face. Why couldn't we have eaten here? We had no issues with our wait staff. Our table was tucked in the back, far away from the entertainment. I felt like all the waiters who didn't know the routine were stuck in front of us. Of the 5 near us, not a single one had the same dance moves. Entertainment on the ship was consistent. Our Cruise Director, Ryan Rose, was full of energy and really tried to engage the guests. He was very personable, friendly, and funny. The performers were good at dancing, but all but one was really pitchy. Despite this, we watched all of the performances. America Rocks was our favorite. The least favorite was the Motown revue. The singers lacked the soulfulness needed to execute these songs. The deck parties were fun. As always, the Hairy Chest Competition was entertaining. We never made it to a Dive-In Movie, since the times for the movies we were interested in conflicted with our dining time. For this reason, we also missed out on the family friendly Punchliner shows. The family oriented ones conflicted with the main shows based on our dinner time. I might be willing to try YTD for this reason alone (we've always had Early Dining). All of our wait staff and cabin stewards were friendly and worked hard to ensure my family had a great vacation. Our favorite place was the Alchemy Bar. Maria, Manol, and Suri made the best drinks on the ship. I really liked the Cucumber Sunrise. The least friendly staff were the ladies working in the specialty coffee shop. My husband and I both had the Cheers package. He is an early riser, but I am not. His biggest complaint about the specialty coffee bar was he could not get a coffee for both of us at the same. He had to wait 5 minutes. This made no sense to him. Our ports of call were to Roatan, Honduras; Belize; and Cozumel. In Roatan, we used a highly recommended private tour operator, Victor Bodden, and created a customizable tour for our family. We visited his sloth and monkey farm (all of us REALLY loved this). My daughter zip lined at the adjacent Mayan Jungle Canopy. Her smiles on the zip line are priceless. There was a guide on the line in front of her, taking pictures along the way. They were available for purchase for a very reasonable price and were waiting in my inbox when we arrived home. After this, we headed to the chocolate factory (it was nothing special); the rum factory, where you could taste samples of the rum and rum cake -- the banana cake was quite tasty; and a stop to the Stone Cameo Factory. OMG! I loved this place. The work was amazing and the prices are reasonable. In Belize, we did Carnival's Lamani excursion. This involved an hour bus ride in an air-conditioned charter bus and a 1/2 hour speed boat ride to the ruins site. The guides were entertaining and the trip went by quickly. We stopped for lunch on the way back and were returned to port 30 minutes prior to the last ferry departure. We had been to Cozumel several times previously, so we had no plans in this port. We walked off the ship, stopped at Pancho's for lunch (good food!), did a little shopping, and then enjoyed the rest of the day on the ship. The kids never went to the planned activities for their ages, so I cannot review either of the teen clubs. My kids did spend copious amounts of time in the arcade, playing putt-putt, eating ice cream, and ordering pizza.What else does a teenager need? Would we do this cruise again? Absolutely. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise because we have taken several cruises (everyone with Carnival but one) and this was a different itinerary than we had ever taken. 1. The ship was pretty boring and was like staying at a 2 star hotel with nothing ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have taken several cruises (everyone with Carnival but one) and this was a different itinerary than we had ever taken. 1. The ship was pretty boring and was like staying at a 2 star hotel with nothing to really do and nowhere to go. 2. There was 6 of us in 2 balcony rooms located on floor 11/Verandah. We can't complain about the young man that tended to our rooms. 3.Buffet food was as good and sometimes better than the dinning room food even when we paid the extra $20 per person one night for a few of us. Sometimes you only got an appetizer OR salad, a plate of meat with no choice of a side but it did come with one finger length potato cut in half the size of a thin (I am 5'2 and at my largest of 155lbs except when I was pregnant) persons pinky, and some nights they weren't even serving dessert. When I leave hungry and normally only eat once a day THERE is a problem. I am not a picky gal when it comes to food. 4. If you are 41 years old and go to bed EVERY single night right after your 6:30 early dinner something is wrong. 5. If you are 41 years old and the best activity on board for you were the slides and drinking there is something wrong. 6. When the oldest person in your group is 42 and the youngest person is 15 and all of you sleep 10-15 hours daily that says this is so horrible that I should just rest up for the drive back home to face every day life. Man every day life is more fun than this vacation was. WHO EVER SAYS THAT? WE DID AND STILL DO. 7. Service was fine and I do feel like many employees were new but that is expected and didn't bother us one bit. 8. I knew that one port had a beach you didn't have to travel to but had to buy food/drinks which was fine. We can't complain about that port. 9. I spoke with employees etc. and decided not to book excursions because I was told the ports had accessible beaches within walking distance and that at one of the ports Carnival would serve lunch/drinks just the same as if you were on the ship. This is also how it use to be but not now. 10. The thermostat didn't work in our room but I refused to complain just like always. 11. The gym doesn't accommodate very many people considering how many people are on the ship. 12. Because it was so boring everyone just wanted to grab a lounge chair and there was never enough. ***** We have been loyal customers for years and have been on several cruises with Carnival with this being the FIRST time we have complained***** I can't help but to be mad over paying $10,000-$12,000 for a vacation that I could have paid half the price for and had good food and more fun. NOTE: I didn't question this because this was a normal thing in our past cruises with Carnival. THIS WAS NOT TRUE so needless to say after all the crap WE NEVER SAW A SINGLE BEACH IN BELIZE OR COZUMEL... Now we had been on a Carnival cruise to Cozumel and the beach was in walking distance and was right off the ship. I think they changed sides to dock on probably just to make more money.. $30 plus a person? Cabs don't cost that much. *****I suggest staying away unless you want to stay in the cheapest cabin, your goal is to only eat buffet food, drink, and sleep.***** Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We planned a family cruise with myself, husband and 3 teenagers (161/2, 15 and 15). This was planned carefully and we were so excited to be skipping Christmas! We flew in to New Orleans the day before and stayed at the Hampton Inn ... Read More
We planned a family cruise with myself, husband and 3 teenagers (161/2, 15 and 15). This was planned carefully and we were so excited to be skipping Christmas! We flew in to New Orleans the day before and stayed at the Hampton Inn Convention Center because they have a free shuttle to the cruise port. - Best way to go if you fly. Embarkation was a breeze. Carnival has a great system down. We were on the ship easy peasy. Our bags were delivered to our room by 1:30 as we were suite guests and has purchased Faster to the Fun for our teens who were staying in balcony room a few doors down from us. The ship color scheme is a bit outdated but I am not super picky. I want the ship clean and it was clean. The staff was friendly and outgoing. Lots of food choices for eating but however we found most of the food to be mediocre at best. Best lunch was Blue Iguana, Pasta Bar and Guys Smokehouse. The Lido buffet was only tolerable. Their best item in my opinion was the OJ and desserts. We did Your Time Dining and Novi and her team did a fantastic job. If you sail on the Dream- ask for her! The food was ok. I ate it but there was nothing that I can remember as remarkable. The wait was long.. like 1.5 -2 hours to eat dinner and my teenagers did not like having to converse with us for that long. I should have brought playing cards while waiting. It wasn't Novi's fault. I think they overload the staff. 8 tables of 6+ guess is daunting! I always saw her sprinting from table to table. We got tired of the wait and skipped dessert most nights. A few nights we ate at the Lido for dinner and that was awful. I was very disappointed in the quality of food. The bacon is thin very fatty, the lettuce wilty, the eggs taste like the fake eggs they are etc. Even the toast is not crispy and fresh. My biggest issues were with the quality of food, overworking of staff and going to Jamaica as a port. Our Steward Jose was great. But Carnival only does once a day service... they used to do twice. I asked Jose if it was possible to do twice a day and he explained that he is assigned 38 rooms and it isnt possible to clean them all twice a day and half get service in the morning and half in the evening. You have to choose. I think that amount of work is crazy! He was running and working 12 hours a day. Our ports of call were Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Jamaica was my only issue. People there are so aggressive. We went to the Doctor's Cave Beach to relax. The taxi people first of all charge $8 a person to take you there one way. They try to take you hostage in a way and by high pressuring you to go for a tour around the city. If you say no, they act you like you will be abandoned. Once we got settled... people asking to sell you things... even in the water. They literally sit there in the water and act like they are customers and then when you get close, they pop up and begin selling you things. The wait staff at the Doctors' Beach are very possessive. I was asking another server a question and my server came and shooed them away and reminded me that I was her customer! We went to look at a few shops before we headed back to the beach. My kids were all asked if they wanted to smoke pot. Lots of pressure and we left quickly with another high pressure taxi driver. I could not get back on the ship fast enough. Grand Cayman was gorgeous with its turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Cozumel is always a fabulous time. We did Chankanaab in Cozumel and I would highly recommend it. We did a Carnival Excursion at Grand Cayman- the Amazing Snorkel, Stingray and Starfish experience. It was great except we were soooo hungry when we left. They should feed you at least a snack. But the Excursion was good. I just wish our tour driver would not have been on his cell phone while driving and telling us about the culture and life on the island. The entertainment was not good. Off key singing and so so dancing. I was not impressed. The comedy people were not even funny. I tried walking out of one comedian. She sat the entire time and lectured the group about her family issues. Not even funny. I was afraid of being yelled at by her so I suffered through her spiel. The best entertainers were the 3 ladies who played violin or stringed instruments. Now that was great. The water was very choppy every day except for the last day. I walked like I was drunk the entire cruise! All in All I had a great time. I was with my family for Christmas creating memories. Warm sun and sandy beaches. I love doing Cruises but I choose Carnival because of the price. I think from now on I will save up more money (or not take kids) and try a better quality of cruise. Carnival has just cut too many corners for me. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We went to the Carnival Dream last dec 23rd from New Orleans to r West Caribbean is pretty ok,But still I would not suggest to pick this for the following reasons. 1) Stateroom bed has urine smells on the first day with stinky due to ... Read More
We went to the Carnival Dream last dec 23rd from New Orleans to r West Caribbean is pretty ok,But still I would not suggest to pick this for the following reasons. 1) Stateroom bed has urine smells on the first day with stinky due to Ocean View room. Later they fixed after complaining by changing bedsheets etc, So I suggest go for balcony when you pick any other ship. 2) I am in FWD, the cruise is pretty shaky compared to my last DISNEY DREAM, Kids got irritated with this. 3) food/entertainment is ok , 7/10, fitness and SPA is very good. 4) Ports are very good had fun. 5) My major dissapointment with the pictures, they took 170 pictures and they are to charge it individually at 21.99 per picture, which ended up 4000$ which is equal to my OCEAN room for 7 days and 2Adults and 2Kids price, what a RIP OFF here, I had lot of pain and time spent to deal with this ended up getting 45pics and spened 900$ ( I really felt very bad at this moment , my heart broke on this RIP OFF DESIGN) our family pics and memories ended up in a thrash where it is not useful even to them after they spend a lot of time, I am making sure that no one should turn back with this simple single issue as you will end up leaving all your beatuful pics in thrash, waiste of time.No way you can get all the pics back, they have a very good photographers with nice background designs, but useless of time we/photographers spent for 120 pictures at the END, very stupidly they designed this program which I havent saw in any other cruise line. I will make sure atleast another 1000-2000 families and the organizations and community groups which I belong too will not give business to carnival. 6) Looks they dont know how to please a customer and get a repeated business from the customer and WORD OF MOUTH effect, which customer is going to give them 10/10 after such a stupid design,If they are greedy they can make a package 500$ or 1000$ and give back their pictures to the CUSTOMER FAMILY, The design they make is even crossing the greedy line, I think customer can tolerate the GREEDY BUSINESS but none of the customers will turn back if they plan RIP OFF.they name it DREAM, go for disney dream and see the difference you will vote for 10/10. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The only nice thing about our cruis was our housekeeper Fandy he was great. We booked this back in April or May for our honeymoon. We ended up getting two twin beds.... there was a constant loud buzz/hissing sound outside our room we ... Read More
The only nice thing about our cruis was our housekeeper Fandy he was great. We booked this back in April or May for our honeymoon. We ended up getting two twin beds.... there was a constant loud buzz/hissing sound outside our room we could here 24/7. The spa double charged us. Each night for our dinners the service was horrible. They never brought my wife’s wine one night, we had a hard time getting our water glasses re-filled, and the food was either wrong when they brought it, and each night we ended up having to go get pizza or something to eat. This was just a few of our problems we encountered on our honeymoon trip on the dream. We are both positive happy people so we roughed it through, but I would NOT recommend this boat due to poor service and problems. Twin beds on a honeymoon :( Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My partner and I were very excited to travel on one of Carnival’s larger, “newer” ships. Our first cruise was Carnival Conquest in May 2017. This was a disappointment for both of us compared to Conquest. Dream seemed too large for ... Read More
My partner and I were very excited to travel on one of Carnival’s larger, “newer” ships. Our first cruise was Carnival Conquest in May 2017. This was a disappointment for both of us compared to Conquest. Dream seemed too large for its crew to cope with. Service was severely impersonal, though most crew was at least cordial. At embarkation, a person who I assume works for Carnival at the port of New Orleans was on a microphone trying to direct people, demanded to see my boarding pass over her microphone and chastised me for being behind another guest over the microphone to the entire queue of people outside. I was pretty embarrassed by her awful attitude. Then no porters were around to take our luggage that we could find. Microphone lady rushed us inside and we had to carry our suitcases on and wait with them for about 1.5 hours on in both the crowded boarding area and deck 3 before we could get our stateroom. Maintenance in certain areas like decks and pools was handled by one person in any area it appeared, so a lot of time elapsed between cleanings or upkeep. Only the port side Serenity deck whirlpool was “hot” for the entire cruise. The aft starboard whirlpool was temperate, and every other whirlpool was about 90° or lower. In the dining room, we were often left without certain items on the table and had to ask for the wait team to bring them to us, meals were badly cooked (very tough, over cooked prime rib one night), but we did have two really great servers on different teams. Upon returning to the ship at our last port, our cabin door’s lock died and couldn’t read our S&S cards. Guest services had to replace them, and then we returned when that didn’t work, and maintenance had to change batteries and reprogram twice, as first maintenance still had us locked out later when we left the room. Shows were fine. Only the 80’s Pop To the Max was outstanding, though. The cast couldn’t seem to stay on key in the other shows we went to. The comedians were pretty funny in the adult shows most nights, but the Burgundy lounge has many “blind spots,” where you can’t see the stage, so get there 30 minutes early for a decent seat. The laundry facility was alright for washing ($3, drying is free). The ironing boards and irons were a bit confusing and felt cheap/shoddy. Another guest had to give us a tip on how to use the iron as there were no instructions. For good things: air in the cabin worked well. A couple cool nights we had to use the heater for, and warm nights the AC worked fine. The cabin was good sized, and felt about as big as our interior cabin on Conquest, and bathroom was the same. Disembark was so much better than off Conquest in May 2017! Breezed right out through Customs with a quick check of ID’s. Our cruise director Alex was GREAT! Very friendly and fun. Always nice to see him around the ship when we were walking around. We didn’t do the LGBT mixer, but guests and staff we met seemed mostly friendly with us as a gay couple. So I would say it was an LGBT friendly environment. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The Dream is a very beautiful ship and is still in great shape. It was decorated for the holidays, which made it even more beautiful. The steakhouse was absolutely delicious and we enjoyed the food on the ship overall. We loved the spa so ... Read More
The Dream is a very beautiful ship and is still in great shape. It was decorated for the holidays, which made it even more beautiful. The steakhouse was absolutely delicious and we enjoyed the food on the ship overall. We loved the spa so much! It was truly relaxing, the Thalassotherpy pool especially. The shows were great, and we enjoyed most of the onboard entertainment, especially Romaine on the steel drums and the DJs on the ship. We absolutely loved our spa balcony room and our room steward. If we get on the Dream again, we want to stay in the same room lol. We didn’t book any excursions thru Carnival, which was great for us bc we saved money and had an amazing time at each of the ports we stopped at. The cruise atmosphere was definitely fun, but not overwhelming. The Carnival Dream was truly a dream trip come true! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Chose this cruise in early December because I love a winter vacation without the kids and during this time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas . . . the price is right (as Bob Barker and Drew Carey would say). It was my 3rd ... Read More
Chose this cruise in early December because I love a winter vacation without the kids and during this time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas . . . the price is right (as Bob Barker and Drew Carey would say). It was my 3rd Carnival cruise, my first one on the Carnival Dream, and the first one out of New Orleans. Embarkation and Disembarking has improved with each cruise I've gone on. The food was good (love Guy's burgers), overall the ship was clean and I had a good time. We very much enjoyed the Punchliner comedy club as well as the 80's music show that was put on in the main Encore lounge / theater. The cruise director Alex is one of the best. The exercise room on this ship was a little small for my expectations, they had way too many treadmills and not enough room for free weight activities. Serenity adult area is nice, quiet, and comfortable - that is unless you are there when they blow the horn leaving port - scared the you know what out of me for a moment. Many other reviews here have complained of foul smells at different places on this ship. I will say I noticed a few areas that smelled, but nothing more than you experience in everyday life. I generally noticed it more often going by the same rooms and it didn't smell like sewage, it smelled more like people and people's clothes who don't bathe frequently enough. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Chose this cruise for the date and departure port. Nola was amazing and plan to return there soon. The Dream is a large ship that offers an incredible amount of activities and space to roam. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 mid ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the date and departure port. Nola was amazing and plan to return there soon. The Dream is a large ship that offers an incredible amount of activities and space to roam. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 mid ships, the only noise we heard was the family next door playing with there kids , not a big deal. The room was cleaned once a day and they did a great job. Had to ask 3 times for ice in the ice bucket but finally got it every day after the 3rd day. Food was great! Only dined 3 nights in MDR, the first night, the second elegant night and the last night. All 3 nights were great! Had dinner in the stake house and it was great, ordered the art on the table for dessert and it was incredible! Had dinner at bonsai sushi bar, very good. Lunch onboard ever day is great, chose a guy's burger, a blue iguana taco or barito, guys pig and anchor bbq, pasta at the pasta bar, a sandwich from the deli and don't forget the Mongolian wok! I never ate at the buffet, to much other stuff! Breakfast every day in MDR was great, freshly made eggs benadict, stake and eggs, so much more that was not setting in a warming dish on the buffet for an hour. The ship was decked out Christmas ( for those who are offended by the reason for the season, carnival calls it the holidays), it was done nicely not gaudy like some places get. The pools and hot tubs were great and the aft ones were never crowded but the main one midships seamed very busy on at sea days. Went ziplining in roatan, it was fun. Stayed onboard in Belize, enjoyed the water slides and main pool. In cozumel we went to Mr. Sanchos an all inclusive beach club. I made the reservation 2 months before the cruise for a 5 dollar deposit per person. On arrival paid another 45 dollars pp. So for a total of 50 $ pp, we spent the whole day, 8:30am till 4pm eating and drinking, swimming in the sea and lounging in the pools, great time, great service, highly recommended! Disembarkment was well organized and would go smoothly if ignorant people did not cruise. Just follow the directions! Cruise was great and will definitely go again. PS. The Flicks show was the best show I have ever seen on a cruise! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I had an amazing Vacation this time of the year was perfect the weather was just right and not humid or too hot. The service was outstanding. The Only reason I am not giving 5's for everything is my shore excursion in Cozumel was not ... Read More
I had an amazing Vacation this time of the year was perfect the weather was just right and not humid or too hot. The service was outstanding. The Only reason I am not giving 5's for everything is my shore excursion in Cozumel was not the best. I was kinda disappointed as I didn't realize how long it was going to take to get to the destination and we ended up only having three hours instead of 6 hours at the location plus it was so packed as their were 6 ships in Cozumel when we were their. My cabin 2346 was wonderful. Very close to the water and when on the balcony we were able to watch the Pilot boat captain jump on and off the ship to Pilot the ship into the harbors and Mississippi river (Takes 7 hours to get through the river to the Gulf of Mexico). Also were able to see 10 dolphins and 1 whale from our room. Weather was around 85'F every day. Sunny and water was great. Jamaica was my favorite place to visit. Would defiantly recommend doing a snorkeling tour when here we saw so many tropical colored fish in the bay. Next time I go to Cayman Islands I am going to do Stingray bay and snorkeling tour as the water was crystal clear the further out you got. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I’m very familiar with the departure city, as I’m a former resident of New Orleans. I have no comment about parking because we parked at my best friend’s house and used lyft for $12/per person. Not bad. We had Faster to the ... Read More
I’m very familiar with the departure city, as I’m a former resident of New Orleans. I have no comment about parking because we parked at my best friend’s house and used lyft for $12/per person. Not bad. We had Faster to the Fun and my friends had a suite, so priority embarkation was available for both parties that arrived at 11:35am. Easy peasy. We met the rest of our party while we were stuffing our faces on the lido. Our cabin was a balcony, 10258. If possible, we try to always book on the lido - we truly love being that close to most of the fun. This was a Birthday cruise for my husband, 8 people total. No kids in our party. We had a blast. On 11/27, we dined at the steakhouse. A couple of people in my party did not enjoy their dinner. I didn’t hear much of their gripes because I was highly satisfied!! Our MDR staff weren’t the best, but I didn’t mind too much (Scarlett dining room, late dining). The wait staff for sea day brunch was phenomenal. We kept getting Soosak (I think that’s the spelling) and he and his partner were just great! My husband was peturbed about the lip sync battle contest, as when we arrived at the start time to enter the contest, but they had already chosen the contestants. If it starts at 1pm, then why at 12:59pm have you already chosen your folks? Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
I realized at the last minute my college aged daughter and high school aged daughter had time off school at the same time. I picked this cruise because the port is drive able, last minute airfare was cost prohibitive. We got there at ... Read More
I realized at the last minute my college aged daughter and high school aged daughter had time off school at the same time. I picked this cruise because the port is drive able, last minute airfare was cost prohibitive. We got there at 11:30a and walked right on, with our own bags. We are Platinum and waltzed right in after checking in. The Dream is not the newest ship but I love the classic look. I was very nervous at the safety drill hearing the adult:kid ratio for this sailing. Carnival security was stepped up and present everywhere did an amazing job keeping things in check,firm but kind. Several announcements were made reminding parents to be parents. We had the best waiter during your time dining, Sabbi. We looked forward to seeing him every night. We booked steakhouse reservations for Thanksgiving, and had an outstanding meal. We ate twice at sushi, amazing. We also booked the Dreams portrait studio, and they took pictures on board and on deck. Our pictures turned out amazing. I spent $500 for a metal 20x30 and for 15 fully edited digital prints. Very pricey, but priceless all at the same time. We were tanned, relaxed and genuinely happy and it showed in our session. We all crammed into a balcony room, and with a little coordination, it was just fine. We enjoyed our shoe trips for the most part. I will review these separately. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We went on a family vacation for Thanksgiving. We usually have top rated service. This time many many staff were unfriendly. Our room steward asked if we wanted room cleaning in morning and evening. We said yes. She only did morning. We ... Read More
We went on a family vacation for Thanksgiving. We usually have top rated service. This time many many staff were unfriendly. Our room steward asked if we wanted room cleaning in morning and evening. We said yes. She only did morning. We asked for ice. Never got it. She rarely spoke in the hallway. She was less than nice to her room helper. Wait staff was not engaging or friendly. The pizza people never smiled of said a word. We did have one really nice bartender, D Pac, and a gentlemen a guest services was very helpful when we found out my stepdad passed away during our cruise. Ship was dirty as well. Stained carpet, etc. We were not impressed this trip, which I dislike having to write because we usually have excellent service, friendly staff, and a fun ship. I wish we could say that this time. And lastly, the unruly kids were horrible. Staff needed to handle that since parents did not. Ban them from carnival... something. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We are pretty laid back cruisers. We are usually down for whatever, and rarely complain or make a big deal of out of things. Our first time out of NO and getting on the ship was probably the quickest and most smoothest experience we ... Read More
We are pretty laid back cruisers. We are usually down for whatever, and rarely complain or make a big deal of out of things. Our first time out of NO and getting on the ship was probably the quickest and most smoothest experience we have had with carnival. Parking was expensive at port. Overall ship was clean, however room was a B on clean. It wasn’t bad enough to complain but got the feeling it was just quickly wiped down not thoroughly clean. It was kind of like this the entire cruise. I don’t know if this makes a difference but I will say it’s the first time we have not stayed in a suite, and just had two ocean view rooms. Wondering if service declines with lower category rooms? Dining Dining was great. Guys burger bar was AMAZING and I’m pretty sure at least one of us ate here at least once a day. We didn’t get chance to eat at the bbq place. As it’s only opened for lunch on at sea days. Food in main dining was average with a few great moments, although I feel this is typical with main dining on cruises. Entertainment Was good and we all had a good time. Although some Big adult events such as $5000 Bingo/build a bear workshop seemed to be inconveniently booked at same times. We had late dining and felt there was a gap in things to do between 4-7:30, but then the activities picked up around 7:30. Our next cruise we will either do early dining time or your time dining because we felt every night we had to decide between dinner or an activity. Ports Costa maya- we did water park. Had great time. It was less than 5mins from port. Although carnival charged for my 5yr old, when 5yr olds are free at park. I contacted carnival through their best price guarantee- after two weeks I finally heard back(day before cruise) that they are in process of updating their site to offer free for 5yr also. It was too late to cancel his ticket online so once aboard I talked to guest services. Had to show them carnival email before they would refund ticket. Didn’t refund the 110% like guarantee says but did refund ticket price as on board credit. The difference is only about $8 so I was fine with that. Mahogany Bay- Maya private island. Highly suggest! We Loved the monkeys!! Belize- we booked private tour. CaveTubing.bz and LOVED it! This port doesn’t have much to do directly off ship. And plan extra for timing getting on and off ship and it’s via a charter boat. Cozumel- took a cab on our own to Paradise Beach and saved over $200 not booking through cruise. No beaches are within walking distance of port. Kids clubs Kids had a great time and begged to go to clubs everyday. My teen felt her club activities started late, and wish they offered more earlier in the day. We cruise usually every other year. We enjoyed this ship but we don’t ever book the same ship twice. We would do a western Caribbean cruise again though. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Let me say this by only use your debit or credit card to BOOK THE CRUISE. For everything else please use cash. Bring LOTS of CASH! Again CASH ONLY. Luggage - be ready to tip those that get your luggage to the ship. keep at least a carry ... Read More
Let me say this by only use your debit or credit card to BOOK THE CRUISE. For everything else please use cash. Bring LOTS of CASH! Again CASH ONLY. Luggage - be ready to tip those that get your luggage to the ship. keep at least a carry on with the items you'll need (meds, toiletries, etc) Embarkation - quick, smooth. have your passport or birth certificate(with photo ID) and your boarding pass ready to go. they'll look over your documents and take a photo of you. the line moved quickly and smoothly. Once on the ship: we immediately went to eat while we waited on our luggage or the chance to get into our cabin. lido deck was crowded but what can you expect. food was decent. Remember to bring a sports bottle or Yeti, as the cups are super small. Cabin: decent size. we had 3 twin size beds and one bunk bed. two bathroom, with two showers and one toilet. ocean view (room 1296) it was nice and clean. they leave your sail and sign card outside your door in your little mailbox, you'll be attached to this card for the duration of your cruise. BRING A LANYARD Elevators: i think we ran smoothly. of course the first day is going to be hectic but that was the only time we really experienced any delays with the elevators. NOTE: let people OFF the elevator before getting on. Lido deck: great and plenty of room for the crowd. NOTE: Please don't just randomly stop when you're walking...99% of the time someone is behind you. people stood in random places that just created traffic or would stop to check their phones or whatever, be aware of others around you. casino: played $20 won $123. wheel of fortune. that's the only time in the casino. smokers are in the casino so not my choice of an area to chill. again your money will be on your sail and sign card but you'll have to cash out to have them do with your money as you'd like. Ports: costa maya (rented a $2 taxi went downtown, had a massage ($25) and some drinks and chilled on the beach) Honduras (carnival excursion $104) RTV's in the jungle...with Roatan ATV's ..best experience ever. then we paid the guy $30 to take us into town and give us an "off tour, no tourist" type experience. went to a great little place to eat. Belize (purchased a tour once at the port $25) took us to a Rum factory, and all across the island. totally worth it. i have dreads and when we got back a woman re did my hair for $20...usually costs me $70 in the states. cozumel. (we rented a car for $100 w/insurance) and did as we so pleased. Room steward: Paulo, excellent. room was always clean and tidy. Disembarkation was slow and painful. took way longer than getting on the ship. NOLA does NOT have a tax for booze brought back to the states. have your ID ready. and have cash for tipping. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
This cruise left from New Orleans. It was an 8 day round trip. Our stops were Costa Maya, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel. There was 10 adults total in our group. We stayed in an inside cabin on deck 1. The cabin was quiet and hardly any ship ... Read More
This cruise left from New Orleans. It was an 8 day round trip. Our stops were Costa Maya, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel. There was 10 adults total in our group. We stayed in an inside cabin on deck 1. The cabin was quiet and hardly any ship movement. Easy access to the ironing room, aft dining room and exiting the ship each day. The food was delicious in the main dining room, pizza, burgers, cantina and sandwiches. We enjoyed trivia each day, dive in movies and the water slides. This cruise was our 2nd on Carnival and 1st time during a major holiday. There was over 1000 kids on this ship. The only problem was the kids. Some of them thought running up and down the halls screaming, knocking on doors, throwing items from the decks, pressing all the floors in the elevators, blocking the stairs was the highlight of their trip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
The cruise was great. Service was great. I did not enjoy all the kids on board. The kids ran wild on the ship and there were complaints all week. I will not cruise again on a holiday week... too many kids... Just a personal ... Read More
The cruise was great. Service was great. I did not enjoy all the kids on board. The kids ran wild on the ship and there were complaints all week. I will not cruise again on a holiday week... too many kids... Just a personal preference. The food was pretty good. Although I wish the buffets and burger places were open more in the in between times of breakfast lunch and dinner. The cruise critic meet and mingle never happened. No one in our group received an invite. The shows and entertainment were very good. I enjoyed the 80s show a lot. The cabin was normal. But the bed was so hard. This is the first cruise that we had that problem. Our room steward put 2 comforters under the sheets to try to help. But it was still very uncomfortable. The other people in our groups had comfortable beds. We checked theirs out to compare. It was just ours. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
My friend amber asked me to go with her. I loved the cruise the best thing about it was the people novi especially she was our waitress and oshaine they were awesome. American brad is an amazing host I seen him a lot throughout the cruise ... Read More
My friend amber asked me to go with her. I loved the cruise the best thing about it was the people novi especially she was our waitress and oshaine they were awesome. American brad is an amazing host I seen him a lot throughout the cruise and he was amazing. I did not receive an invite and had no idea what time or where the meet and mingle was so that was a little disappointing but overall I had a blast. There was a smell throughout the hallways a sweage smell it was bad at times but the crew made up for it. The director was good too I just never really seen him much. I saw American brad a lot more and he was complexity awesome. He involved little kids in everything we done he made every event fun funny and just all around amazing time for me being away from home he made it feel like home. Novi was amazing as well the best waitress I ever had. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose the cruise because it best fit our schedule with it sailing over the holiday break. But, I was taken back by so many things. The concern is with the passengers for the most part but I think Carnival can take better control. I ... Read More
We chose the cruise because it best fit our schedule with it sailing over the holiday break. But, I was taken back by so many things. The concern is with the passengers for the most part but I think Carnival can take better control. I want to start by stating the service by those that work for Carnival was good! Our cabin steward (Henry) our waiters at dinner (Greg, Vicxon, and Aleksandra) were great! Now the other matters - waiting for guests to arrive for muster drill, children throwing ice on people from upper decks, dirty plates of food left on stairs, people yelling from balconies to other ships when docked; and last but not least the dress for dinner in dining room especially on cruise elegant night (I know we don't have to dress formally but) shorts and flip flops are now allowed. And, someone had their sneakers on the table! Sorry but that is our last Carnival Cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This ship is nicely laid out and I liked the earth tone decor, even if it is a bit dated. Food was okay. Dining room dinners were not great and they serve all the same food in the Lido each evening so if you want to skip dinner, you can ... Read More
This ship is nicely laid out and I liked the earth tone decor, even if it is a bit dated. Food was okay. Dining room dinners were not great and they serve all the same food in the Lido each evening so if you want to skip dinner, you can eat the same food upstairs. The Lido buffet was the typical gluttonous mass of humanity that it usually is so I tried to avoid it as much as possible. Here are some options: Sandwich bar on Lido.- Very good but usually long lines. Wok bar on Lido- I was told it was very good, but I never was able to catch it without 20 people in line so I never ate there. Pasta Bar on Lido- Tried it twice. Couldn't eat it either time. Bland, over cooked pasta. Burger Bar at pool: Excellent. Best ship burgers we've had. Burrito Bar at pool: Okay. Edible, but not great. 24 hour pizza : Best I've had on any ship so don't miss out on this Sushi Bar: Best deal in the house. For a small extra cost, you can get awesome tempura rolls. They had a small menu, but everything was excellent and you can sit and be served like a civilized person. Pig Guy Pork: Only open on sea days and the line was always so long that I never tried it, but on the last day, I walked by just before closing time and was able to taste the pork and Mac and Cheese. It was okay, but I''m glad I never bothered to wait for it. I had 2 dining room meals and wasn't too impressed with either so I never went back and it takes a long time to get served. Breakfast in the dining room- Best eggs benedict and Vanilla French toast on any ship. It's not fast, but it's nice and civilized and the breakfast was excellent. One thing I was surprised about was that the floor in the Lido buffet area is tile and gets very slick when wet, which it was due to the warm, muggy air. I almost fell twice and saw others slipping as they walked. I'm just surprised they would have a hazard like that. Casino- loved it except it's always very cold in there. Lots of smokers but they all sit at the bar so not the best place if smoke bothers you. Shows: Typical cruise shows. One was okay, one was boring. Entertainment: The live band was very good but the best was the 3 violinists who played rock songs on their violins. They are probably the best entertainment we've ever seen on this class of ship. We were mesmerized by their music. The disco was okay. The DJ was willing to take requests but didn't really engage with the customers. The Trivia was pretty good. The service on the ship was excellent. The bartenders, wait staff, room steward, were all very friendly and accommodating. Some of the casino dealers were a bit boring...never a smile and no personality, but most were okay. We did not so any excursions and the weather was a bit cold and cloudy so no water activities this time, but Costa Maya and Cozumel are always nice to visit. We got a massage at the port in both places and really enjoyed that. I would say my biggest disappointment on this ship was the other passengers. There were just so many rude, pushy, unfriendly, ignorant people. No common courtesy. People eating in the buffet line, leaving food all over the place, talking loud during the musical performance, saving seats during shows, pushing and shoving during the sales, babies in diapers in the jacuzzi. So gross!!! I will never cruise from New Orleans again, but this is not Carnival's fault. As far as value for money...you get what you pay for. I would say this is a lower end ship. Good for a get away, but don't expect to be wowed by the ship or the food and you'll be okay. Embarkation/Debarkation was flawless. Easy and quick on both ends. The people at the port were also very friendly and helpful. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We wanted a cruise after hurricane season, and to sail from a port near us.We had only been on one other really "big" Carnival ship ( The Pride). The atrium was beautiful. And the decor was fabulous, but there was an offensive ... Read More
We wanted a cruise after hurricane season, and to sail from a port near us.We had only been on one other really "big" Carnival ship ( The Pride). The atrium was beautiful. And the decor was fabulous, but there was an offensive odor throughout the ship that just would not go away. Our cabin steward and his staff was great. The room stayed cool just like we like it. The staff, as a whole, seemed very stressed and over worked ( they always had a smile and hello for you, but something seemed off, from stewards to the dining staff). My teens enjoyed this cruise better than last one, there were more "Southern talking" teens like themselves. I was still not pleased with the activities offered for teens to do, and I do have a few suggestions, but will save those for Carnival. All in All, out of the 6 Carnival cruises we have done, we like the smaller ships. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
First, the crew and staff of the ship are very friendly. Always received great service and felt welcome. Very nice room that was cleaned well. The food on the trip was average. Not terrible, not great. We met some very nice people on the ... Read More
First, the crew and staff of the ship are very friendly. Always received great service and felt welcome. Very nice room that was cleaned well. The food on the trip was average. Not terrible, not great. We met some very nice people on the ship from all over the country as well. We did experience some problems. We had neighbors that played music so loud, it was not a pleasant experience. Secondly, one night while pushing my wife in her wheelchair, a guy claimed i touched him and wanted to fight. We also noticed at night in the dining room, guys had jerseys on with the pants below their waste and ladies with their you know what hanging out of their shorts (Carnival, enforce dining room attire). Our door was knocked on 3 times looking for the party next door. I am not sure if it was the week we sailed, the port we sailed from or just bad luck. Our Carnival cruise in Alaska on the Legend was amazing. I will just say, be careful cruising from this port. embarkation= smooth parking = smooth anytime dining = smooth buffet area = not pleasant shore excursions = organized and variety Would i consider Carnival again, yes, never from New Orleans again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We are Platinum level with Carnival so we enjoy cruising with them., jWe had great service from the crew. Got to have good relationships with several of the bartenders. We had one bad experience the first night (they woke us at 10 pm ... Read More
We are Platinum level with Carnival so we enjoy cruising with them., jWe had great service from the crew. Got to have good relationships with several of the bartenders. We had one bad experience the first night (they woke us at 10 pm and said we were not at the muster drill which of course we were and they records proved it) but were able to resolve it with the guest services manager. It was a llittle rocky start but she made it right. Our steward was attentive and since he knew we were early risers he made sure our cabin was one of the first cleaned so we could come back after breakfast and start our day. I was a little disappointed in the lack of activities on board while we were in port. This is the first cruise we have been on that I didn't get a ship on a stick mostly because there was not enough opportunities to win one. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Always looking for new ports--first time in Costa Maya, Belize & Roatan. Had a great cabin in the spa area on the Panorama Deck 11. Embarkation was busy but not too bad--we actually walked to the port from the Springhill Suites on St ... Read More
Always looking for new ports--first time in Costa Maya, Belize & Roatan. Had a great cabin in the spa area on the Panorama Deck 11. Embarkation was busy but not too bad--we actually walked to the port from the Springhill Suites on St Joseph St. I already knew about climbing down the full staircase coming out of the Riverwalk Mall thanks to CC so I was ready--unfortunately I fractured my wrist the day before the cruise misjudging a handicap curb cutout and spent my pre-cruise evening in the ER! Despite this minor setback, I was able to fully enjoy all of the ports except some of the water-sports. Since we had a spa deck cabin, I took full advantage of the spa showers which are huge & the kind staff at the Springhill Suites made sure that I had enough bags to cover my soft cast so I could use the showers & whirlpools. We booked independent excursions in each port as I prefer to give back to the locals. We did Maya Chan Beach in Costa Maya which was all inclusive. Traveling there via van was a bit bumpy as there roads had excess potholes & water due to rainy season, but our van driver attempted to avoid as many road obstacles as possible. Staff was extremely friendly & local food was yummy. Water-sports activities were included in the price-beach did have a bit of sea grass which they raked frequently. We did an island tour with Roatan Snorkling Tours which included a stop at Victor Boden Wildlife Area, a chocolate & rum factory and beach stop at Bananarama Beach Resort. Our tour guide Jana & driver Richard were amazing! The highlight for me was getting to hug a sloth--they are wonderful animals! The beach was also great with clear water & multiple food/drink offerings. Next we did cave tubing with Butt's Up in Belize. Our guide Jimmy was great & we met up with another guide Jose when we got to the caves. These gentlemen were able to pull 13 of us through the caves! You do have to walk through 3 streams to get to the caves as well as walk thru the jungle, but I managed without a problem with my wrist wrapped! Our excursion was only $35 which included lunch vs over &100 thru Carnival! Our favorite spot was Mr Sanchos in Cozumel--two of my party went snorkeling & had beach massages which they loved! Our waiters Martin & Aldo took great care of us despite the crowds that day. Water was amazing. Also enjoy the shopping areas in Cozumel. Our last sea day was a bit rough with cloudy weather and lower temperatures, which sent most of the outdoor activities indoors. Loved our cruise director Alex as well as our dining room team (late seating) & cabin steward--they were amazing! Spa was lovely and we took advantage of the steam rooms and whirlpool. Only negatives were smoky casino & piano bar guy sang off key, so we didn't go back--did the deck movies instead. 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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