4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
The Dream is truly that, a Dream cruise. Extra clean, very friendly personnel, restful time, great food, love, love, love the people who work for Carnival! They are so friendly and accommodating. They took care of every request with no ... Read More
The Dream is truly that, a Dream cruise. Extra clean, very friendly personnel, restful time, great food, love, love, love the people who work for Carnival! They are so friendly and accommodating. They took care of every request with no complaint and with a smile. Every area was clean and neat. I never saw any messy areas. Our cabin always had clean towels and extras in some cases. Our steward personally delivered the next days itinerary and any messages. Rafael was GREAT!! All the public bathrooms were clean at all times. There was never any trash left anywhere because someone from the crew was always there picking up, mopping, vacuuming, and wiping down every area. I never saw any unsanitary areas. All public bathrooms had plenty paper and soap. Every where I turned, there was a dispenser for antibacterial solution and it was always full. Every time someone left a table in any eating area, there was someone cleaning it for the next person. I have NO complaints about any part of the cruise.I didn't rate the entertainment excellent simply because it just wasn't my musical tastes, but my husband who is a musician said that every musician and dancer was talented. I highly recommend sailing with Carnival anywhere and will sail Carnival again in the very near future! Great job, Carnival!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Embarkation in New Orleans was smooth and efficient as always. We were on the ship by noon. The Dream is a big nice ship. Very clean, Never felt crowded. Food in MDR was excellent. We had YTD and it was great for us. All food on the ship ... Read More
Embarkation in New Orleans was smooth and efficient as always. We were on the ship by noon. The Dream is a big nice ship. Very clean, Never felt crowded. Food in MDR was excellent. We had YTD and it was great for us. All food on the ship overall was good, but I found Guys BBQ to not be very good BBQ. I only had the lido buffet once, but found it to be satisfactory. Crew was always working to keep the ship clean, and all staff did a good job, Our cabin steward, Mara did a fantastic job on our room. i found most of the shows to be entertaining, and the cruise director was very good. Enjoyed the coffee shop on deck and the prices were very reasonable for coffee. Roatan was fantastic, We went to Little French Key, and will go again. Belize, we took the Carnival Snorkeling excursion and was not impressed. A 45 minute boat ride to a sand bar in the ocean. Snorkeling was not ideal as equipment was awful, and current too strong to enjoy the snorkeling. Cozumel, we went to Mr. Sanchos and it was excellent as always. Disembarkation was fast and we were off the boat at 10am. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Not sure were all the negative comments are, but this has got to be one of the best vacations I have been on. Ship was spotless, people always cleaning every were you went, keeping up with maintenance, painting etc... Server was top ... Read More
Not sure were all the negative comments are, but this has got to be one of the best vacations I have been on. Ship was spotless, people always cleaning every were you went, keeping up with maintenance, painting etc... Server was top notch, people remembered my name from the FIRST DAY, and continued on throughout the trip. Even in the different sections they all worked would still remember you. Food was top notch, only ate at the buffet once, I was not impressed but the MDR food was GREAT, service was awesome, lasted about an hour and a half...i'm on vacation do not need to be anywhere! Guys burgers and the Mexican taco bar AWESOME. Cant say enough about the food. Casino was fun, just very smokey...to be expected from a CASINO! Activities were great, the Flying Scotsman was AMAZING, I work in the service industry and he is crazy good at his job! Its vacation and reasonable one at that...if your looking for perfect sail on princess. If your looking for a relaxed party type atmosphere this is for you. Met so many amazing people along the way. Looking forward to sailing with Carnival again very soon! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This was our second cruise ever, both on the Carnival Dream. We had an absolute blast! The embarkation process went much faster this time than it did the first time three years ago. Debarkation was much smoother also. The food on the Lido ... Read More
This was our second cruise ever, both on the Carnival Dream. We had an absolute blast! The embarkation process went much faster this time than it did the first time three years ago. Debarkation was much smoother also. The food on the Lido Deck and in the dining rooms was fantastic. The buffets and restaurants on Deck 5 were not as good this time as they were last time. Our room steward, Joel, was just perfect and our room was always spotless. We loved having the towel animals every day! The crew were always friendly and very helpful every time we talked to them. The entertainment was excellent and we enjoyed several of the shows. The excursions were the best ever! Jolly Roger Snorkeling was probably our favorite excursion of all the ones we've taken. I highly recommend Carnival and the Dream!! Our next cruise will hopefully be to Alaska and we plan on sailing with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This was our first cruise and our family has been cruising with Carnival approx 2 times per year for several years now and it was time for us to give it a try. We are hooked! We got home from New Orleans on Sunday night and I booked a ... Read More
This was our first cruise and our family has been cruising with Carnival approx 2 times per year for several years now and it was time for us to give it a try. We are hooked! We got home from New Orleans on Sunday night and I booked a Carnival cruise less than 48 hours later and another one tonight! The dining was superb and the waitstaff was on point! Our steward could not have been better and the cruise director, The Flying Scotsman, made the cruise better than we could have ever imagined. And a shout out to Randy Andy who was the comedy director. Great shows, entertainment, service, and food for all ages and palates. Next March 2019 cannot come fast enough! We have booked a 7 day on the Carnival Breeze. I have never felt more at home and relaxed as I did this past week. Thank you Carnival, you got it right! Tammy McCrory Jennifer Mooney Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
My husband and I just returned yesterday from our 7 day cruise on the Carnival Dream. It was the first cruise for us together and since we didn't take a honeymoon in June 2016, we decided to make this our honeymoon trip. We loved ... Read More
My husband and I just returned yesterday from our 7 day cruise on the Carnival Dream. It was the first cruise for us together and since we didn't take a honeymoon in June 2016, we decided to make this our honeymoon trip. We loved everything about the ship and we got a balcony room so that we could relax on the balcony in the mornings before starting our day and in the evenings after a long day of entertainment to unwind. Only 1 major problem...the cabin below ours had a smoker and YES, he was smoking on the balcony, which is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. We reported it the second night and the next day, he was there again smoking. I actually saw him with cigarette in hand and called to complain again. The next day, a crew member came to our cabin to check to see if they could figure out what cabin it was, as they had gone to other cabins and found no evidence of smoking or they knocked on the door and no one answered. So, I went on my Carnival Hub app, which is awesome, by the way, and looked to see where our cabin was and counted from the elevator how may cabins it was to get the cabin number below ours. We contacted guest services once more when we yet again encountered the SMOKER on the balcony and this time gave them the cabin number. Well, needless to say that nothing was ever done since yesterday morning he was there yet again SMOKING on the balcony-which my husband now has photo evidence. I am appalled that the crew on this ship did not know what cabin was below ours and that nothing could be done about this guest smoking on the balcony. My balcony that I was looking forward to enjoying became a nightmare. I asked on this forum before I left about a clothing steamer and found that it was prohibited due to being a fire hazard; however, smoking on a balcony or having an open flame (lighter) anywhere on a ship with 3000 guest is allowed. This however, as upsetting as it was, was not going to ruin my honeymoon, so we just hoped and prayed that the ship would not go up in flames and we made the most of the time we were on the ship. Guys burgers was amazing and the pizza was out of this world. The shows were impecable with the production of Flick so well done. Mathew was awesome as Flick as well as the other performers. Our cruise director, The Flying Scotsman was so full of energy and made the cruise so much fun. We loved all the crew who serviced our cabin and provided excellent care with our needs. Aside from the smoking issue this was a great first cruise for my new husband and I together. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise for the schedule, the destination ports, and the departure port (we had Southwest miles we could use to fly to a Southwest destination, so we used them to get to New Orleans) When you think of how well you eat on ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the schedule, the destination ports, and the departure port (we had Southwest miles we could use to fly to a Southwest destination, so we used them to get to New Orleans) When you think of how well you eat on the ship, the quality of the shows each evening (the performers and special effects were amazing!), the various activities available, and the incredible ports we were able to visit without having to unpack and pack again and again, this cruise was an incredible deal. We were so pampered from beginning to end! We did an independent tour to Tulum from Cozumel, a cruise shore excursion to Caye Caulker to go snorkeling from Belize, and an independent tour and snorkeling on Roatan. All fantastic! It was just two of us, husband and wife, aged 55, taking our first cruise. Based on our experiences on this cruise, I'm sure we will cruise again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Love trip out of New Orleans. Like two vacations in one. However, expected little from Carnival. I was completely wrong. The staff, the food, the spirit, the services were all excellent. I can honestly say that we did not have a negative ... Read More
Love trip out of New Orleans. Like two vacations in one. However, expected little from Carnival. I was completely wrong. The staff, the food, the spirit, the services were all excellent. I can honestly say that we did not have a negative experience in 7 days. While this is obviously not a luxury cruise, I could not ask for more for price/value. My girlfriend and I enjoyed our meals uniformly. the wait staff was friendly, attentive, alert and aimed to please us at all times, We ate dinner in the steakhouse and it was absolutely a great value and delicious. Our room was very comfortable, well appointed, clean and welcoming. The steward was always available and tried to make us comfortable at all times. The shore excursions were pretty typical and nothing special, but everything went as expected. I would definitely travel and recommend cruising with Carnival again, without hesitation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I give Carnival Dream a 9 out of 10, with 10 being the highest. Enjoy the ship and cruise. Ship is clean and neat. Our interior cabin was very roomy and comfortable. Crew was very friendly, Especially Wasanna in the Buffet Area, Always ... Read More
I give Carnival Dream a 9 out of 10, with 10 being the highest. Enjoy the ship and cruise. Ship is clean and neat. Our interior cabin was very roomy and comfortable. Crew was very friendly, Especially Wasanna in the Buffet Area, Always telling you good morning. She puts a big smile on your face every day. Food was good in the dinning room 7 out 10. "I am kinda picky, being from New Orleans" The buffet was very good 9 out 10, So much food by Wednesday I told my wife I didn't want to see any more food. Guys Burger, has some great burgers. The Blue Iguana has good Mexican food, especially the fish tacos. If you like good pizza, they have it. My wife ate pizza every day. Great entertainment and always something to do on board. We stop at Key West, love Key West. Freeport, 4 out of 10. Nassau was nice, 7 out of 10, Just be careful. Felt very uncomfortable. Meet some very nice cruiser on the boat and made some new friends. Embarkation and disembarkation was not bad. Parking was a little pricey. Will I sail on Carnival Dream again, You bet. Looking at booking another trip next year on the Dream. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I absolutely loved this cruise. It was my first one, and I cant wait to go again. The people the ship and doing the food, rooms, or any of the many services were just great. We stopped and talked to them often and met the workers from ... Read More
I absolutely loved this cruise. It was my first one, and I cant wait to go again. The people the ship and doing the food, rooms, or any of the many services were just great. We stopped and talked to them often and met the workers from everywhere. One girl in the casino was from the Ukraine. She was so very nice.We talked with our stewards everyday and they had to get my oxygen bottles as I needed them one at a time. They never acted put out by that and were very accomodating.It was very comfortable in our balcony room and the view was great. The people that took care of us at dinner; remembered us all by first name and treated the kids in our group with loving care. They were included in some dancing etc. and treated very special. I couldnt have had a better time playing bingo, watching shows, shopping and relaxing too. Dont let the waterpipe busting at a later date keep you from going on this boat. It has been fixed and im sure its just fine now. You wont be disappointed on this boat. We will probably go on the same boat the second time, because we know where to go and what to do. They give you itenerary so you know where to be and at what time. Its great!! Have a good time!! The Franklins.....Ben and Darla Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
I really enjoy enjoy cruising with Carnival. The staff, the ships, entertainment, variety of food and affordability make for a wonderful vacation experience. Unpack one time, see a variety of interesting ports, meet great people and ... Read More
I really enjoy enjoy cruising with Carnival. The staff, the ships, entertainment, variety of food and affordability make for a wonderful vacation experience. Unpack one time, see a variety of interesting ports, meet great people and and the dining, entertainment and service is all included. If you want to further enhance your cruise, there are are a lot of ways to spend additional money or just enjoy all there is for one price. The cruise director and entertainment staff were engaging and very talented. The main stage shows were absolutely fabulous! I highly recommend anyone to cruise just one time to see if this type of vacation is right for you. Many folks have become addicted to cruising. I am one of those individuals. Cruising as Santa Claus (NOT an employee, certainly adds to my own personal experience, but even so, you will have a great time. Wishing you fair winds and following seas... Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Getting on and off the ship was easy and quick as we are platinum, which helps. No issues that we saw anywhere. We love cruising out of New Orleans! We were in a porthole cabin, so at the very front of the ship! We saw high waves a few ... Read More
Getting on and off the ship was easy and quick as we are platinum, which helps. No issues that we saw anywhere. We love cruising out of New Orleans! We were in a porthole cabin, so at the very front of the ship! We saw high waves a few times due to the bad weather, but fairly smooth ride. Noisy when the anchor chain goes down, but time to be up and about, so not a big deal. The ship seemed to shudder towards the center of the ship when docking we noticed walking down the hallway. Decent cabin service, but as in recent cruises, steward trying to come into the cabin, knocking and opening the door at the same time. What's up with that? So many dining options! Will never understand how some reviewers complain about the food as there are so many choices! First ever cruise that we could not drink the iced tap water, the water or the ice had a bad taste! Coffee, lemonade, iced tea were ok to drink. Excellent Guy's Burgers, Pizza, sub sandwiches to die for until late. We didn't try the Mongolian Wok this time, but felt like we missed out. Love the freshly made omelettes on the Lido deck better than in the dining room, although we ate breakfast both places. Coffee, juice, and Eggs Benedict seem better in the dining room. We only snacked for lunch or mid-afternoon with a soft-serve ice cream or fresh fruit, so didn't really sample the buffet for lunch or the dining room. We always ate dinner in the dining room. Meals were excellent! Service a little hit and miss, but not so noticeable, except the last night. We always have coffee with our dessert, and the coffee didn't always get there. We were at a big table for 10. Loved the comedians, more so the ones at the beginning of the cruise. The shows in the theater are pretty awesome, but we've seen them all before on other cruises last year with a different cast. Worth seeing once or twice, but getting old after 4 times or more. We had 3 ports, but were rained out pretty much in Belize and Mahogany Bay, so we didn't even get off the ship. Ate, hung out in the hot tubs, and participated in some trivia games. We had a beautiful day in Cozumel, so wandered around the port on our own, picking up some local honey and vanilla. Recommend the Dream class ships for any cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this ship partially because it was going to Grand Cayman. Had been there before but, never toured the city. This was our 13th cruise on Carnival and our 15th overall. Food in the dining room we thought was very good. On special ... Read More
We chose this ship partially because it was going to Grand Cayman. Had been there before but, never toured the city. This was our 13th cruise on Carnival and our 15th overall. Food in the dining room we thought was very good. On special nights it included prime rib & lobster. We also went to Steakhouse for a additional charge of $40.00 per person. It was outstanding and service was impeccable. Well worth the money and a great way to celebrate a occasion. We also had a Cove balcony. A first for us but very popular. It is close to the waterline and is partially enclosed on the sides to limit splash. Would book this type of balcony again as it lends a up close look at flying fish, dolphins etc.. Service was outstanding as far as Room stewards & dining personnel. Bedding was very comfortable. Entertainment in theater was above average with different themes on different nights. Upon leaving the ship disembarkation was very quick. Would book this ship again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose to sail of New Orleans , for easy travel and activity's prior to cruise . Boarding the ship and check in was easy and efficient. Once on board we started to eat (and didn't stop for 7 days) The casual restaurants by the ... Read More
We chose to sail of New Orleans , for easy travel and activity's prior to cruise . Boarding the ship and check in was easy and efficient. Once on board we started to eat (and didn't stop for 7 days) The casual restaurants by the pool are amazing , Guy's burger is so good it should be outlawed and the Taco stand was incredible ( The only thing better than a Guys Burger is a fresh tortilla) On room was very comfortable and spacious . The bed and pillows we very worn out and need to be replaced. The dinning room food was a mix of exceptional and just so so unfortunately or waiter was a little overwhelmed and our service suffered slightly . ( I prefer more casual dinning anyway) The Ship itself comfortable and very easy to find our way around . Drinks were of course over priced (just like any other cruise) The entertainment at the comedy club was fantastic 2 different comedians every night and they switched them out 1/2 way through the cruise. If you like stand up this is the ship for you. There were a few small negatives on this trip but nothing I would dwell on , All and all a GREAT trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Just loved this ship! We walked the ship from front to back and never found anything we didn't like. The plus for me about our cabin was it had a mini fridge. Room service was great. Brunch in the mornings is always 10 times better ... Read More
Just loved this ship! We walked the ship from front to back and never found anything we didn't like. The plus for me about our cabin was it had a mini fridge. Room service was great. Brunch in the mornings is always 10 times better than buffet. The food during the entire cruise was very good. Service was a plus anytime we had a question or needed anything. The music entertainment in the casino was the bomb. Loved all the music performers on the cruise. We always like to walk and sight see at the ports. We know Cozumel better than our home town :). People are always going to complain about something on all the ships. It's totally what you make of it. We dont cruise to complain, things sometimes happen that we cant control. We cruise because we love it and we Loved the Dream so much that we are already booked for Nov and next Jan. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise early in the year and presented the idea to our teenagers: Would they rather receive gifts for Christmas or to travel by cruise. They unanimously said "Cruise!" so we booked right away and then talked my ... Read More
We chose this cruise early in the year and presented the idea to our teenagers: Would they rather receive gifts for Christmas or to travel by cruise. They unanimously said "Cruise!" so we booked right away and then talked my parents into joining us. We chose this port because New Orleans was about an equidistant drive for us compared to other ports and we were more interested in the Western Caribbean. We also loved the idea of coming back into port on New Years Eve and being able to spend it in New Orleans! As our first cruise we were apprehensive about the crowds and food but were very pleased on how everything unfolded. We arrived a day and a half early and was able to explore New Orleans. We rode the street car to the city park and back, enjoying the sculpture garden as well. We walked from our hotel to the French Quarter several times and took in as much as the city as we could with a couple of teenagers. The Dave & Busters in New Orleans is fantastic as it let them play and allowed us to watch football! Embarkation was a breeze and though my wife forgot to sign us up for an earlier time we were able to get on several hours early. We just had to wait longer for our rooms to be ready but once we were on board we headed for the buffet. The ship itself is massive. We walked about six to seven miles a day while on board going from one location to the next. It took us a while to figure out our bearings but a lot of the places we liked to hang out on the ship were directly opposite of our cabin or other places we had just been. Our feet quickly became tired within a couple of days. Everything was kept very clean and the while the decor in the halls was a little dated (I think their goal as it is "art deco") it was fine to us. There was a massive Christmas tree in the ship's lobby which was a beautiful backdrop for pictures. We asked a crew member how many passengers and they told us it was one of the larger filled cruises with 4700 people on it yet it never seemed crowded to us. We never had to wait in line to get anywhere other than small lines to get food which would take 10 minutes max. I anticipated crowds like Disney around Spring Break and so was so relieved when people were not right on top of us. People could use a little more spatial awareness in looking where they're going or not doubling back w/o looking behind them but everyone was in good moods so there was no aggravation over small occurrences like this that did happen. Every where we went, there was always a place to sit. People have complained about the pools being packed and I do agree. We never got in the water due to the kid soup. The hot tubs were a little better and we were able to get into a few but at least one was not hot at all. It was luke-warm at best but it could have just been that day. The bars on the ship were never over crowded except for the casino bar and that was the one place I didn't really want to be in anyway. It was the only place on the ship where cigarette smoke was too strong for us. I'm not much of a gambler so we only used the casino as a course to walk through. Our favorite bars to go to where the aft bar on Lido (don't remember the name), the Alchemy bar where you could get an amazing martini, and the lobby bar where you could hear great music while you did general people watching. Our kids loved the O2 club and would disappear after breakfast, check in at dinner, and then go enjoy until the curfews we set. They had a phenomenal time and are already begging to do it again (just not for Christmas). Dining on the ship was amazing for us. We never spent any extra for the sushi place or the steak venue. We had heard over several reviews that they were not worth the upcharge. We were content with the food in the dining halls and it was fantastic. It was so much better than we expected! I loved that I could ask for whatever I wanted as well. I had four lobster tails on Christmas Day! I'm not a big person, I just love lobster! I also loved the special appetizers that were a bit unusual - Frog legs, escargot, braised rabbit, etc. Each night I tried these and was truly impressed in how much I liked most of them. Brunch in the dining rooms was almost as good and much better than the buffet but those were not bad, just what you would expect out of a buffet. The Mongolian restaurant was fantastic and so were Guy's burgers. We had pizza a lot and the prosciutto was out of this world. We had this A LOT. We did not try the Pig & Anchor as we heard it was just decent and we have some fantastic BBQ where we live. My wife loves Indian food but looked at what they had and was not impressed so we never tried that. I enjoyed the tacos from the Blue Iguana and the pasta from the restaurant upstairs. Room service deli sandwiches were also quite good. All in all I was impressed as I have been to all inclusive resorts with lesser food. The service on the ship was amazing! I cannot say enough about the friendliness of all the bar staff, room stewards, photo people, dining staff, people cleaning the elevator areas etc etc. Everyone was super friendly which has to be hard given that they work so much. Entertainment was the one thing I feel was really lacking on the ship. One of the main disappointments was reading the reviews all year about the Cruise Director, the Flying Dutchman, Scott. Scott was apparently everywhere all the time that people would go on ship and entertained and delighted everyone! I guess he moved to another ship or was on a break and we had Brandon who was about as dull as a cardboard cutout. We never saw him in person (only heard his voice on the intercom) and when we saw him on the television he just was not funny at all. How he got that job I would love to know as I'm sure he gets paid well. Anyway, during the day until about 4-4:30 when the musicians would start there wasn't much to do. There was some kind of clue game going on but unless you got in on it the first day then keeping up with it daily was too late. We didn't really care for the format of the trivia which was something we really enjoy (15-20 questions back to back - no deviation in topic per game). It was also super specific and the people running it were terrible at pronouncing the various names. I like it when the trivia host has a little credibility. These were very cut and dry. If you didn't say exactly what their tablet said you were wrong. Other activities we just were not interested in. The slides were over crowded and kind of hurt my back so I didn't go down but a couple of times on each. The pools as mentioned earlier were over crowded. Sitting around the lido deck was fine if you could get a chair in the sun and withstand the loud music pumped out by the DJ (seriously when he quit his set it was much more tolerable). I know why Carnival pushes their alcohol so much. To make money of course but to give people something to actually do! Nighttime activities were much more lively. The string trio that would play in the lobby were great but the real stars were a band called Down to Funk with some horn players that did old stuff like Earth Wind & Fire, and another duo called Unity consisting of a male and female vocalist playing acoustic guitar. We found ourselves seeking them out to listen to most days we could. We never went to the evening shows as dance numbers are not our thing though our parents said they were all fantastic. Our kids said the O2 club had plenty of activities all day long to keep them entertained but didn't necessarily stick to their set schedules. They based it on what the kids wanted to do so there was some flexibility which the teenagers loved. If there was a time that they did not want to do anything they would go venture out to the rest of the ship. I saw plenty of teenagers hanging out but I never felt that they were in the way or acting too obnoxiously around us. We did a port excursion to Paradise Beach in Cozumel (beautiful water and a nice swimming pool but cab ride, entrance, and drink prices made it somewhat pricey that staying on the ship might have been a better option). In Belize we went to the Mayan ruins in Lamanai which we booked separate from Carnival. The company was called Belize x-stream tours and they were fantastic. The tour was a 45 minute bus ride then a 45 minute river ride on a speed boat on a very small river and our captain was flying! It was so fun. The ruins themselves were massive and very impressive and our guides were amazingly good at their jobs. I also enjoyed that Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language so that was never a barrier when traveling away from the main port. In Roatan we stayed in the main port area to do some shopping and just kind of hang out. The countryside was beautiful though and if I were to go back I would like to rent a car and go explore some. It looked like a set from Jurassic Park. All in all we had a fantastic time. Next time I think we would have purchased the drink package as there isn't much to do on sea days other than drink because you're bored. Our kids loved it and we will take them on another trip, though it may not be a cruise because while they had fun, we never spent much time with them. My wife and I do love the idea of an Alaskan cruise though so that may be our next trip together. It is a definite value!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
As a periodic cruiser, approximately 1 per year, this was our 7th cruise with Carnival, and our second of three scheduled cruises on the Dream. My wife and I drove to New Orleans from Texarkana, TX on Saturday, met up with the rest of our ... Read More
As a periodic cruiser, approximately 1 per year, this was our 7th cruise with Carnival, and our second of three scheduled cruises on the Dream. My wife and I drove to New Orleans from Texarkana, TX on Saturday, met up with the rest of our party of 21, and spent the night at the Springhill Suites, (a couple of blocks from the terminal). We all loaded up our vehicles the next morning and headed to the terminal at 10:00 am for check-in. Carnival's check-in procedures have changed slightly between our last 2 cruises. You no longer can exit the garage elevators directly into the check-in area. Instead you are directed to the ground floor, forced to exit the building, directed to another door where credentials are checked then directed back into the building up escalators to the check-in desks. There is NO shortage of employees to tell you where to go. The remainder of the boarding was as usual, a waiting game. I am NOT complaining, the wait always adds to our anticipation! Once onboard we headed directly to the LIDO deck where we quickly found a table and began the process of tasting everything available at the buffet We are NEVER disappointed with the options offered. As I stated, our party consisted of 23 people ranging in age from 65 to 4 years old, family and friends. As the cruise progressed and the rest of our party became familiar with the decks and layout, my wife and I were lucky enough to be in the same exact balcony stateroom as we were in on our last cruise, they all found the clubs, activities and friends that kept them entertained for the entire cruise. Every evening all of us would meet for dinner, this was MY requirement for family members, in the Scarlett dining room, where we would discuss the days events, evening activities and address any problems, (there were never any problems). Allow me to sum up our cruise, It was FANTASTIC, my entire party enjoyed it thoroughly, The teens had their clubs (O2), the younger ones had camp carnival, adults enjoyed the casino and BOB in the piano bar. There was not a dull moment for anyone! Now, let me give credit where it belongs. The crew and staff on the DREAM go to ALMOST annoying extremes to ensure you have a great cruise. From the room stewards to the dining room staff, I could single out every individual, you get the point. These people are the hardest working group I have ever encountered, and they do it with a smile! It is this group that makes my vacation!!!!! My wife and I love cruising and in particular the Carnival Dream, so much we have already booked a room for their July 2018 cruise, along with 25 friends and family. Lastly, I have been on many types of family vacations. All-inclusive, Houseboats at Lake Powell etc... There is no comparison when it comes to value for your vacation dollar! The travel, food, shows, activities available etc... Happy New Years!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
I can't say enough about about my week on Carnival Dream - excellent service & food. Very clean, lots of entertainment. Never been a cruise before and I'm hooked. The only down side for me was I had a little motion ... Read More
I can't say enough about about my week on Carnival Dream - excellent service & food. Very clean, lots of entertainment. Never been a cruise before and I'm hooked. The only down side for me was I had a little motion sickness but I was still able to have a great time. My 17 year old daughter loved the teen club. My 19 year old son loved the nightly comedy shows. Some of the highlights of my voyage was the Michael Jackson show- sooo much fun! The various games like trivial pursuit were fun & I challenged my brain daily with the crossword puzzle & sudoku. I attended a art auction (didn't buy anything), played Bingo (didn't win), watched movies on deck 10, arts & crafts etc etc. As for food - all delicious and so much to choose from. Definitely would go again --- just need to make sure i have stuff to prevent sea sickness! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We took the Thanksgiving cruise on Carnival Dream out of New Orleans. We live only an hour from NOLA, and we knew we just wanted to get away for the holiday, so this was a no-brainer. We previously sailed Dream in 2014. We consider ... Read More
We took the Thanksgiving cruise on Carnival Dream out of New Orleans. We live only an hour from NOLA, and we knew we just wanted to get away for the holiday, so this was a no-brainer. We previously sailed Dream in 2014. We consider ourselves fairly well-seasoned cruisers, having sailed on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian. The ship itself is quite nice, but it came out of dry dock not that long ago. It is big, but not nearly as big as Norwegian Escape. While the ship was full (according to Carnival), it never seemed crowded. There were always places to sit in the lobby, Ocean Plaza (where Alchemy, Taste Bar, and Bonsai Sushi are), and Lido. They also were finishing the Christmas decorations as we boarded. Strangely, though, they never lit the tree in the lobby. For our Jewish friends, there was also a Menorah in the lobby. It was never lit, either, but, it's not yet Hanukkah. We had an inside cabin. It was tight; we knew that going in, but it was sufficient. Two adults, two children aged 8 and 7. They were excited about both getting a "top bunk" every night. Obviously, an inside works even better when there are just 2 people, but it was fine for sleeping -- oh-so-dark and quiet! We slept in to about 8:30 every morning! Dining was pretty good -- and much better than on our recent Escape voyage. On NCL, you can get very good dinners at the specialty restaurants, but the meals in the MDRs are lackluster. On Dream, we had very nice dinners every night. There was, of course, the requisite Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving, but there was also a duet of filet mignon and short ribs. I couldn't decide and ordered both. We had early assigned dining, and our wait staff was very good. They always remembered our drinks and dinner never went over about 90 minutes -- which we consider to be good. We ate in the Chef's Art Steakhouse on the last night of the cruise. They had not yet switched to the new menu, so we still got the meat presentation table-side. I had surf-and-turf, which was excellent. My wife had the 9oz filet, and she said it was perfectly cooked. Service at the steakhouse was, as expected, top-notch. Dinner here, too, lasted about 90 minutes. We didn't really bother with the big shows in the theater. We generally took the kids to Camp Ocean after dinner and sat in the lobby for drinks and the music. It differed every night: there was a 3 piece string group, a singing duo, and a steel drummer one night. They were all rather good. In a small bar in the back of the ship ("Song"), there was quite frequently a country duo called Whiskey & Wine. We'll just say they were ok. We did go to 5 comedy shows. The first two were funny, but the last three we went to were absolutely hilarious. If Caroline Picard, the "Cajun Queen," is on your ship, you simply must go. I didn't see any of her PG-rated shows, but her 18+ shows were great -- just be warned: she might be 65 and look like your grandmother, but she could make a sailor blush. We also went to Chris "The Flying Scotsman" Williams's show in the theater. He's the cruise director, and you can't miss him. He's the only one on the ship in a kilt 24/7. His one-man show is good. Service was generally quite good, and I had expected it to be. The only complaint I have is with the bar service. Until recently, you couldn't walk 10 steps without someone asking if you wanted a drink. Now, and I assume it is because of Cheers!, half the time you have to get up and walk to the bar. There are still a few roaming bartenders, but they are a few. Our cabin steward was on point, and our stateroom was made up twice daily. Towels were quickly replaced, including our beach towels, the beds were made up every time we walked in, and the bathroom stayed spotless. Our ports were ok. We didn't really choose the cruise for the ports anyway. We booked our Key West excursion (para-sailing) directly with the vendor that Carnival uses and saved $30/person. In Freeport, we went to an all-inclusive resort that offered day passes -- the beach was beautiful, and drinks and a buffet were included. We did a dolphin excursion in Nassau on Balmoral Island. That was fun, and it was booked through Carnival. The little island itself is crowded with ship tourists and excrutiatingly overpriced ($5 for a bottle of Dasani? $16 for a cheeseburger?). All in all, we would definitely go again. In fact, we are already booked for June 2018. No, we didn't book onboard. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We choose the Dream because it was the biggest and closest ship to us. Perfect timing for the holiday while the kids were out of school and very inexpensive. Our cabin steward and waiter staff were great. There was so much to do and eat on ... Read More
We choose the Dream because it was the biggest and closest ship to us. Perfect timing for the holiday while the kids were out of school and very inexpensive. Our cabin steward and waiter staff were great. There was so much to do and eat on the ship that we didn’t get a chance to experience it all so most likely we’ll try to make it up on our next cruise. The excursions were great. Key West parasailing and beach, Freeport (best port on this cruise) glassbottom boat, jet ski, banana boat, Nasasau Atlantis. The food was great. I hope the blue iguana taco, pasta bar, and pig anchor expand their hours so cruisers can experience and enjoy them more often than a few hours on sea days. My kids keep telling me how much they appreciate what we do for them which really made my day. Embarkation and disembarkation in New Orleans is quick and smooth, save your money on FTTF at this port. Checking in online makes it a lot easier. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Just just got back and had an amazing time on the Carnival Dream! We had a great time and would definitely sail on the Dream again We had an interior room on Deck 7- since we are never in our room. We had no complaints. But, as I ... Read More
Just just got back and had an amazing time on the Carnival Dream! We had a great time and would definitely sail on the Dream again We had an interior room on Deck 7- since we are never in our room. We had no complaints. But, as I said, we are never there... plugs worked well, shower and toilet were fine. Food- was amazing!!! We always do set dining and had 8pm dinner in Crimson. Our wait staff was top notch and dinner was one of the highlights of our trip. Carnival put my husband and I at a table with another young couple and we are now BFF. We started getting most items on the menu and we would just share everything. Food was fantastic. The local selections were wonderful, especially the fish. The only disappointment was the creme brulee but everything else was cooked great! Definitely eat at Guy's BBQ- best food on the boat! Mid shift- deck 5 from 12-2:30 each da. Tandori- the Indian food was also very good! Entertainment- comedy shows were wonderful! We preferred the first two comedians over the second two, but went to a show almost every day. The shows in the theater were wonderful- singing was better than the dancing but a lot of thought went into to the sets and were very well done. I usually find them cheesy but really enjoyed them all. Was a little disappointed with Clue.. i thought it was going to be done at one time, but we are so busy, we missed a lot of clues so didn't follow it well. Bingo was really expensive considering the pay out and that was a disappointment. $40 to play ne day for max prize of $400 was a little steep for me. On other cruises, i play every time, but we skipped the rest of the trip. Casino- we gamble a lot and i played a lot of craps and had a great time. the pit boss and dealers were all friendly and had a good time. Husband played poker and was a little disappointed by how much the house took, but he still played every night. Music all over was great... the man at the piano bar was wonderful- and the cruise staff for games, trivia, tournaments were great. We also really enjoyed the art auctions and came home with a couple pieces that we were really happy with. Drinks- we got the unlimited drink package since we were without kids and thought it was well worth it. My husband had 10-12 drinks per day and I had 7-8 per day. We had latte's every morning at the coffee bar and got vitamin waters and bottled water every morning to take off the boat on excursions that was a great bonus for us. The bartenders at the Alchemy bar were amazing and that was our home away from home while on board. In my opinion- the only place to get a drink! They were wonderful! Excursions- Roatan was our favorite port. We loved it. We set up diving privately with Sun Divers and had the best day and a wonderful experience. We talked to other divers who booked through Carnival and they didn't have a good experience so i think it would be best to book your dives on your own. Belize- we did the cave tubing and zipline. It was a well oiled machine but wasn't as enjoyable as I expected. everyone was roped together so closely and there were so many teams, it was hard to really enjoy it. I don't think we would do it again. And it was over an hour on the bus each way. Cozumel- we did the amazing race and even though we had crummy weather- it was raining and windy, we had a great time! The people who put it on were great and we had a blast! Overall, we had a wonderful cruise and can't wait to book our next one! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Excellent!!!!! The Dream is just that a dream of a vacation. The ship is well maintained and very clean. We had good food at the buffet and excellent food in the dinning room. Guys burgers and the BBQ were very good. The midnight snacks ... Read More
Excellent!!!!! The Dream is just that a dream of a vacation. The ship is well maintained and very clean. We had good food at the buffet and excellent food in the dinning room. Guys burgers and the BBQ were very good. The midnight snacks with grilled ham and cheese, buffalo chicken, 1/4 lb hot dogs, pizza and cookies served on the back of ship after 10:30pm. The Dream has an amazing Cruise Director named Chris Williams also known as the Flying Scotsman. This was my 15th cruise all on Carnival. He is the very best we have seen. He is an entertainer, a gifted singer and all round nice guy. He is every where. He even has a one man show singing everything from rock to an opera piece that nearly brought me to tears. Saying he is amazing just does not say enough. He gets people involved everywhere he goes. The entertainment on this ship was top notch. The singers and dancers were very talented as well as the Comedians. Our room attendant Leonardo kept our room spotless, leaving us a towel character everyday. The service in the dinning room was excellent. The food was tasty and hot with portions to large for normal eating. But if you have a bigger appetite you can order multiple portions all included in price already paid. There is a fancy steak house costing $35 each person for a premium meal. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We had a blast. We had 4 in our Spa Balcony room and it was fine. (probably would have adjoining rooms next time) The Dream was a dream. I can't wait to book a trip with my husband. The food, entertainment, pools, everything was ... Read More
We had a blast. We had 4 in our Spa Balcony room and it was fine. (probably would have adjoining rooms next time) The Dream was a dream. I can't wait to book a trip with my husband. The food, entertainment, pools, everything was great. We were on the Halloween cruise which we were a little worried about but what a blast. Many including us were in costume. Some of the best costumes I've ever seen, everyone was having fun and posing for pictures with whatever celebrity or fun dressed up person they happened to see. We will definitely try a Halloween cruise again. We went on the Croydon coffee and pineapple plantation excursion. We really enjoyed it. It is informational and there is some walking but we were able to try several different types of pineapple and fruits grown on the farm, also a cup of coffee with an authentic lunch. Grand Cayman is beautiful my sister in law did the Stingray swim and she loved it. The water is amazing. Cozumel is a great place for an excursion or just wandering the area shopping. There were 7 ships in port and we were all able to find a place to eat and plenty of shopping. Again the Dream is a dream. We loved the ship and the ports. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I have been on 16 cruises, been on 5 different cruise lines, and when i step on a carnival ship feel like I'm back home. The crew from the cleaners to the dealers, and everyone in between make you feel like you on a cruise. We had 3 ... Read More
I have been on 16 cruises, been on 5 different cruise lines, and when i step on a carnival ship feel like I'm back home. The crew from the cleaners to the dealers, and everyone in between make you feel like you on a cruise. We had 3 sea days and there was something for everyone, from deck chess, to waterslides, to relaxing on deck 11, or splashing in the pool. The food was as expected (the best cruise munching food period) From Guy's to Tandoor...Ect.. too much to mention. Spa is great (yes they try to sell you the world). I could spend time telling you how we missed Belize and opted for Preggo(what did he say) yes Preggo Mexico. I could find 20 things that might upset you, like the smoke infested casino(boo), but why. I truly believe Vacation is the most precious time, try to look at the positive always, enjoy yourself. Side Note. The people cruising were the best i been with in a while, Im glad to meet all of you... Special shout to Jaylen the Late night Comic, from NY. she was great. Also ALL my bar staff. Love ya....Marco Brian S Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was the first cruise for me and my wife. We had no idea what to expect, except for what our friends had told us and reading about others experiences. For the most part the information was pretty accurate. We did pack too much but that ... Read More
This was the first cruise for me and my wife. We had no idea what to expect, except for what our friends had told us and reading about others experiences. For the most part the information was pretty accurate. We did pack too much but that will change for the next cruise. We left out of New Orleans (a day late because of hurricane Nate). It didn't turn out to be much of a hurricane, thank God. It did give us and extra day in New Orleans, which was great. I have to say that if you like crab cakes, try the Oceana Grill on Conti St. They have to be the best ever. We got a chance to explore the French Quarter which was a lot of fun and also Mardi Gras World where the floats and costumes are created for the Mardi Gras celebration. Getting on and off the ship went very smoothy. They have it down to a science. The Carnival Dream is an awesome ship. We had rear wraparound balcony cabin. The stewards kept the cabin clean and tidy. Always made sure we had what we needed. Great staff. Our dining experiences were above and beyond our expectations. This being our first cruise, we decided to try the steakhouse for an up-charge. The food was excellent and the staff was attentive and cordial. The chef came to our table to make sure everything was satisfactory, which was a nice touch. Guy's burgers were delicious, as well as the Blue Iguana. Fabulous buffets. The main dining room was a favorite as well. Great food and service and the dancing staff was a riot. We only got to go on two of our three excursions due to hurricane Nate. Grand Cayman was beautiful. My wife and I rode the Segways. What a hoot! Our next stop was in Cozumel. This was probably our favorite of the 2 stops. Great beaches and entertainment. Did some tequila tasting and enjoyed our lunch that was included. Both excursions seemed very well organized and we never felt rushed or pressed for time. Our biggest surprise was the talent of the staff, especially our Cruise Director, Chris Williams aka The Flying Scotsman. What a talented young man. He can sing, he can dance, he is a one man show. He seemed to be everywhere and kept things going, I swear there were two of him! We are definitely going back! This had to be one of the most enjoyable getaways for my wife and me. It was a wonderful trip and we look forward to the next one. Read Less
Carnival Dream Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.1

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