1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Had another wonderful time on the Carnival Dream. Upgraded to a balcony state room and it was well worth it. Very roomy cabin for 2 and a nice balcony. As always the staff on board treat everyone like Kings & Queens, anything you ... Read More
Had another wonderful time on the Carnival Dream. Upgraded to a balcony state room and it was well worth it. Very roomy cabin for 2 and a nice balcony. As always the staff on board treat everyone like Kings & Queens, anything you need they will try to please you. Food was always terrific and plenty of entertainment. Weather wasnt ideal as its winter time and rained a good bit. Two of our three excursions where canceled however Carnival did credit us back with no problems. Good weather in Cozumel and cold beer. Did the SeaTrek excursion and it was very fun and enjoyable. Its difficult to get away each year and I need internet so that I can still communicate via email with work. I upgraded to the premium internet and it really sucked. Could rarely get on line to send an email from my laptop. It was a very nice cruise but internet needs a lot of work, especially since I paid $125. for it. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My family of 16 went on the Carnival Dream which left port on New Year's Eve. The check in was pretty easy. We then went up into the buffet for lunch (11:00 am) while awaiting for our rooms to be ready. The buffet is pretty ... Read More
My family of 16 went on the Carnival Dream which left port on New Year's Eve. The check in was pretty easy. We then went up into the buffet for lunch (11:00 am) while awaiting for our rooms to be ready. The buffet is pretty standard for a ship (we've been on approximately 15 previous cruises). Our room was ready around 1:00 and we happily went there. We had a balcony 8367 which was a very good location! The beds were comfy as well as the foam pillows. 2 of our grandsons shared the room with us. Our 14 year old had the sofa next to the 2 single beds (which were pushed together) which we kept made as his bed. Though we did use it as a sofa during the day, just with his bedding on it. Our 10 year old grandson had the pull down bunk which was kept permanently down. He said it was comfy. The bathroom was efficient with enough storage for the 4 of us. Though there were always towels strewn everywhere (including beach towels). The room steward Ronald was excellent and always provided us with whatever we asked for. The overall room was smaller than other ships we've been on, but we kind of expected that. The balcony had 2 chairs and a small table also. It did not look directly onto the ocean, but there was a floor below us (floor 5), which I liked. I do not like looking straight down into the ocean! And on floor 5 there were 2 hot tubs between our room that at most times had plently of people in them (including us). They were nice! We actually were in one of them when the ship left port and we were able to cruise down the Mississippi enjoying the view from there. RESTAURANTS: We LOVED Guy's hamburger place. Just delicious! This was on deck 10 next to the outside pool. Always people in line wanting hamburgers, but never a wait of more than 1 or 2 minutes. There was also a bar next to it for the "fixings" you wanted to add to it. And the fries there were delicious. I must have had this 3 or 4 times on our week cruise. Also the BBQ place (on deck 5) was DELICIOUS too! Lots of selections. I would definitely recommend both of these. However the BBQ fast food is only open during days at sea and only at lunch time. Be sure you hit it at least once! The grandkids also enjoyed the 24 hour pizza at the back of the ship on deck 10. Said it was OK. Our first night was New Years Eve and Carnival nicely provided us with blowers, hats and just FUN. There was a 11:00pm balloon drop which was SO MUCH FUN! The next 2 days were sea days (Monday and Tuesday) so our group just explored around and went swimming, shopping, played in the casino (VERY TIGHT) and took pictures. One thing that Carnival advertised was that above the outside pool area or the kids water park was that there was a track walk way you could navigate. This is gone. They must have taken this down. They should have alerted us to this as our kids definitely were looking forward to this! The kids water park was not open during sea days. There was too much wind, and they said it was dangerous. However the small kids slide was open. I am thinking this is pretty much standard, so plan on using the water park on port days when you come back early. The dining room (we were in the Scarlette) was good. The food in general I feel on cruise ships has gone down. The desserts were just OK also. We did have lobster the first night which was a nice added bonus. And the lemonade served on the ship actually is very good. Our kids always asked for this at dinner, though it is self serve in the buffet. My grandkids loved the area in the buffet where they make sandwiches and always come back with a huge one (BLT, grilled cheese). We went to 3 ports (Montego Bay, Cayman Island and Cozumel) which we have been to before. Typical ports - lots for sale, but basically junky souvenirs. We did go to the Dr. Seuss Breakfast with the kids which was EXCELLENT. It cost $5 per person and definitely worth it! A little bit different breakfast and the kiddos were so happy to see the costumed characters. Also did the Build a Bear at Sea. It was fun. Typical prices, but the little girls were so very happy! Debarkation of the boat was definitely the easiest we have ever experienced. Kudos Carnival on this. Fast and efficient. We did carry off our own luggage, which was our choice. Also we did purchase 2 12 packs of water from the ship. Just called on the phone in the room and someone brought it to us within about 10 minutes. You cannot carry on any water. The price of $5 or $6 was very fair! We then carried this water off with us on our island stops. And we did decorate our stateroom door. We bought before the cruise those peel and stick (like to the windows) Dory, fish, etc. and they stayed pretty well on our door. However they did stick to the metal frame better and the mailbox to the side of the door. They didn't have actual sticky on them, but again what you put on a clear glass window. There were no issues with us using these. It made it easier for the younger ones to know which one was our room. NIGHTLY ENTERTAINMENT: It got really boring with the same singers and dancers every night in the showroom. Come on Carnival, bring on some different entertainment a couple of times (like aerial acts, comedians, magicians). After 3 nights we did not go back. Later in the evening there was a "family" comedian that was very good. We typically let the younger ones go to the kids club which they DID enjoy! They often came out with something in their hands they did. More and better evening entertainment is needed. It was definitely a FUN week and one I am sure we will all remember forever! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We are 29 family and friends from Alaska, California & Colorado. We are all adults except for a 12 and 16 year old. Overall it was a great value. The first-timers were in awe! Carnival is a well-oiled machine. Everything went very ... Read More
We are 29 family and friends from Alaska, California & Colorado. We are all adults except for a 12 and 16 year old. Overall it was a great value. The first-timers were in awe! Carnival is a well-oiled machine. Everything went very smoothly. I only rated the food a 4 because of the Port of Call menu. It was subpar, all of the other food was wonderful and well-plated. The diverse entertainment was suitable for all ages. We especially enjoyed the acoustic guitar player. The Cruise Director was very entertaining. The staff was very warm and helpful. The ship was very clean and well-maintained. Embarkation was delayed. The photographers were not very good. They cut off people in photos and were poorly lit with shadows on faces. The cruise was very smooth until the last day when there was a lot of rocking and rolling. All in all a great time was had by all. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We took this cruise with our 3 sons and parents. We were in inside cabin 7367 which was your normal cabin. 4 of us stayed in here. Quick overall on this ship was good. Very crowded but always can find somewhere to go. Lots of nooks ... Read More
We took this cruise with our 3 sons and parents. We were in inside cabin 7367 which was your normal cabin. 4 of us stayed in here. Quick overall on this ship was good. Very crowded but always can find somewhere to go. Lots of nooks to read etc. Food overall was good. The Tandoori was hands down the best!!! So so flavorful. We usually get a Guys Burger every day and we opted for the tandoori almost every day and only 2 burgers which were still tasty. The pizza is always busy but delish. Dining room food was good... on point with our other cruises. My dad had the lamb shanks and said it was the best he ever had. Guys Pig and Anchor not our favorite. Had it once. Line was super long. Room steward and dining staff were both great!!!! Gym is smaller on this ship so it was super crowded. Serenity was nice. I will say what in the world is wrong with people. We were on serenity in a beautiful clamshell chair and the next clamshell had people in it with what sounded like a boom box... or a bluetooth speaker or whatever blasting yes blasting music... and smoking pot. I mean really?????? This was our 11 th cruise on Carnival and we finally hit platnum which was nice!! This particular cruise the downside was the activities. Shows were all the same and not good. Trivia was here and there and just not that many activties for a 7 day cruise. The CD Brandon was pretty much non existent. When he was around he was not good. This never really mattered to us much except last cruise on the Fantasy the CD Mikey was SO SO SO GOOD that it made our experience so much better!!! This time there was just no interaction whatsoever... I have heard that he was a fill in so oh well. Overall the Dream is great. I love the larger ship with the promenade and you can walk the lanai etc... Don't like walking through the casino every time to get from atruim to promenade. Would love to try the Breeze or Vista next!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We and another couple and their college age son booked this cruise because it was sailing on new years eve. We drove down from north central Arkansas on Sat and stayed over night in Metairie at the Holiday Inn . We have stayed here before ... Read More
We and another couple and their college age son booked this cruise because it was sailing on new years eve. We drove down from north central Arkansas on Sat and stayed over night in Metairie at the Holiday Inn . We have stayed here before and it works well for us. We were able to leave our cars there for there and arrange a ride to the port about a 20 min or less trip. We arrived at the port a little early about 10:30 am since we are Platinum and our friends had faster to the fun we were checked in in just a few min. The port and the crew did a great job of clearing the ship and we were on board a t 11:00 am. We went to our cabin on the Lido deck forward to drop off our carry on and our checked luggage was there already great job longshoremen and Carnival crew on that. As we headed out to get something from the buffet the crew was already handing out free Champaign. The balloon drop and festivities that night were a whole lot of fun. The whole week went well with no big problems for our group. Overall the food was good the first night was the best in the MDR Lobster, Prime Rib and some great Lamb Chops. We did anytime dinning and never had to wait for a table for 5 but service was hit and miss , great one night and slow the next but over all fine for us. The ports we had been to many times before so we did no excursions Montego Bay Jamaica we did not get off the ship as we don't care for this port. Our friends did but did not stay off for too long . Grand Cayman we had to anchor on the other sis of the island because of weather . Nothing there so they had shuttle buses back to the other side but again we have been here many times so we just stayed aboard again. Cozumel our favorite out of the three ports was the same just a beer or two at Three Amigo's and a little window shopping. Again disembarkation we did the carry your luggage off yourself and were off the ship about 7:00am and back at the Hotel by 7:25 am and on the road home by 7:40 am. To summarize It was a very good cruise the crew was great the ship was in good condition , more kids than I expected most well behaved and having a good time just a few teenagers who where unsupervised and rowdy. I do wish the buffet menu would be improved it was ok at best. Dinner in the MDR was good. Did not do the Steakhouse this time. Overall I would do it again. The only reason I rated Dinning as just average was because the buffet needs improvement. All in all a very good cruise with a great crew that seemed to be having a fun time along with the passengers. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We went into our Carnival cruise with low expectations, but were happily blown away by their delicious food and excellent food and beverage staff! They exceeded our expectations by a lot! Some of the other departments were just mediocre, ... Read More
We went into our Carnival cruise with low expectations, but were happily blown away by their delicious food and excellent food and beverage staff! They exceeded our expectations by a lot! Some of the other departments were just mediocre, but food and beverage staff were amazing with their exceptional service and genuinely kind individuals. Our daughter has a gluten sensitivity and they treated her like a princess! Dining staff used our first names beginning the first night and would often see us in other parts of the ship later in the trip and always used our first names there as well. Beverage services in the theater were equally as impressive. The hostess on the Dream was an amazing woman who couldn't have been more sweet to my daughter. The ship was well kept up and very clean. They could use some improvement in their entertainment quality, but overall, we were very happy with the Dream. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our second cruise with Carnival and I now have learnt that you know what you're getting with Carnival. A well rounded family cruise that isn't fabulous, just a solid family vacation. We found that this ship did not ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Carnival and I now have learnt that you know what you're getting with Carnival. A well rounded family cruise that isn't fabulous, just a solid family vacation. We found that this ship did not have the best layout for sitting around the pool due to the waterworks activity which wasn't open very often and our kids did once and didn't enjoy! We had previously sailed on Carnival Freedom and found that layout better. The attention to service by all personnel is above and beyond! We found the entertainment was broadly just ok, meaning the shows were fine, the comedians were touch and go with one being good and two being poor. I felt that they should have had more entertainment scheduled for the last day at sea, they just seemed to want to wrap up the cruise and move on to the next one. We stopped in three ports, Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan. We did shore excursions that we arranged privately which were all great. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
we went on the Christmas cruise out of New Orleans. The ship was packed full, but even so very fast on and off the ship. Food was very good all over the ship. There are some specialty places that one may like, such as a sushi dining ... Read More
we went on the Christmas cruise out of New Orleans. The ship was packed full, but even so very fast on and off the ship. Food was very good all over the ship. There are some specialty places that one may like, such as a sushi dining experience, and there is a Starbucks type place too for specialty coffees. Coffee is everywhere on the ship...I dreamt that home would be like that. And it was GOOD! Late night foods are pizza and pizza. The sandwich place is open until like 10ish I believe. All the food was great. Mongolian food, Indian food, American food all hot and yummy. Ok enough about freebies... Ok no...Let me add the Comedians on the ship were great, karaoke, the piano bar guy, I mean there is something to do everywhere you look. All for free or included in your cost. The reason this wasn't a 5-star rating. I mean a 5-star experience, was the internet package and the accommodations. The rooms are so flipping small. If you get a regular room you cant move, so send your loved one to the bar while you get dressed. It is so much easier. The shower was great! The beds were soft and comfy. They need to get that air conditioning working better when you get to warmer climates. All the bars on the ship were fun fun fun. So many ethnic people from all over the world get on these ships. Its amazing to meet them all. The back pool I thought was an adult pool??? I may have been wrong that it was adult only, but there were 30-40 kids in there hitting each other, talking bad etc. So no swimming for me! So my only complaints were it wasn't long enough, the costs of drinks, the non-working paid for upfront internet service, lack of an adult only pool, and the size of the rooms. Other than that it was amazing and I wanted to go back! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
I have cruised on the dream in 2012, and found improvement in this 2017 cruise. The shows were amazing, especially "Flick." Don't miss it! Spell-binding! The dining room food was better than average, in most areas. ... Read More
I have cruised on the dream in 2012, and found improvement in this 2017 cruise. The shows were amazing, especially "Flick." Don't miss it! Spell-binding! The dining room food was better than average, in most areas. Desserts are still lack luster. Service was better on this cruise also. The ship was kept spotless, with lots of precautions, such as hand sanitizer and tissues to open doors with. I did miss the Italian restaurant which other Carnival ships have, and the digital photography which Vista had (much more efficient)! Our cabin steward Lawrence was fantastic on the main deck. Cabin was in a good location, but the sofa bed was so hard, that I was uncomfortable. Lawrence gave me extra blankets and an extra duvet to pad it with, but still uncomfortable. We had a virgin cruiser with us, and even though he was convinced that he would not like cruising, he loved the Dream! There was plenty of activities and entertainment, as well as good music venues to choose from. Thanks Carnival for a great cruise! See you on the Magic January 6th. Colonel KT Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
I am getting this 4 stars even though this is not the nicest boat that I’ve ever been on, because I just had an amazing time. This was a mother/daughter trip and it was lovely. Although this is one of the smaller ships that I’ve ... Read More
I am getting this 4 stars even though this is not the nicest boat that I’ve ever been on, because I just had an amazing time. This was a mother/daughter trip and it was lovely. Although this is one of the smaller ships that I’ve sailed on, it was quite fun. But there were (as with anything else) pros and cons. PROS: This is a pretty laid-back ship which was perfect for relaxation… If that’s what you are looking for this is the boat for you. There are lots of daily activities to keep you busy and you’ll receive a list of these each morning in the daily flyer. I LOVE the running track being at the top of the boat. The main dining room staff are a hoot! There is a nice shopping area with lots of great deals. I’ve been on this boat three times… Twice in the interior rooms and once in the balcony room.... I would certainly suggest the balcony. The interior rooms are very gloomy. The layout of the boat is very user-friendly and easy to get used to. The pool movie theater is very fun. CONS: The spa staff are very pushy… Almost to the point where it becomes quite unprofessional The way they upsell. The spa prices are already unreasonable, this makes visit the spa on this boat rather discouraging. Some of the activities are rather boring. My greatest complaint on this boat is the shows are all music best, and all inappropriate. In fact they are quite raunchy. A bit distasteful if you ask me. It is a Carmival cruise so the caliber of guests is a little lower than your average cruiser. The Decour of the boat is mad 80’s. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise because of the ports it was to visit. we arrived about noon, parked off-site and had no wait to embark. Debarkation was just as smooth. Great job there the ship was very clean and updated. We were in an ocean suite on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports it was to visit. we arrived about noon, parked off-site and had no wait to embark. Debarkation was just as smooth. Great job there the ship was very clean and updated. We were in an ocean suite on the 7th floor. nice cabin, but it overlooked an outside hot tub. If you want lots of quiet time on your balcony, choose another cabin. Late dining was not very crowded. For us, that was nice. Evidently there's a new chef on board and the food was outstanding. i didn't go to the comedy shows but did go to the 80s review =outstanding. spent several evenings with ben at the piano bar. so funny and entertaining. visited key west and nassau, but not freeport. didn't take any tours. Just walked around. Personnel was very professional and did everything to correct the few problems we had. i would certainly sail again on the dream, but not during a holiday. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise because it was listed as one of the Players' Club Premier Cruise choices, and we had really enjoyed our March 2016 cruise on the Dream. First, I will address the different facets of our initial Players' ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was listed as one of the Players' Club Premier Cruise choices, and we had really enjoyed our March 2016 cruise on the Dream. First, I will address the different facets of our initial Players' Club Premier Cruise and then move onto my review of the actual cruise. As part of the package, we were given Priority Boarding. We, also, purchased FTTF because we wanted access to our stateroom as soon as we boarded, as well as, access to the priority line at guest services, which you do not get with Premier's Priority Boarding. Waiting in our stateroom were Players' Club-branded steel water bottles and lanyards holding our "drinks on us" cards, a Players' Club Exclusive Activity Schedule, and an invitation to the Premier Players' Club Welcome Reception. The reception, held at 5pm, was very nice. It took place in the Burgundy Lounge, and the appetizers and drinks were flowing. We were introduced to members of the casino staff, and there was a cash give-a-way. There were numerous drawings/give-a-ways/contests in the casino throughout the week, but unfortunately, our names were never drawn to participate in any of them. Each day, we received something from the casino - chocolate covered strawberries, cookies, duffle bag, plastic water bottle, dinner for two in the steakhouse (review on that later), and a "bounce back" offer for our next cruise. The slots in the casino were very tight. I spent many, many hours in the casino and only saw one cash payout, which really surprised me since I had seen a good number of them on previous cruises. Although, Nosizo and Adrian were excellent casino hosts - friendly, professional and very welcoming, I really don't think that I'm too interested in participating in another Premier Players Club cruise. I spent so much time in the casino waiting on drawings and contests to take place that I did not get to enjoy as many of the other cruise activities as I normally do. Embarkation was a very efficient process. We arrived at 10am and were waiting in the boarding lounge by 10:10am. By 11:15am, we were in our cabin putting away our things. We talked to Raphael, our cabin steward, and completed the questionnaire requesting cabin service each morning and evening, which was performed flawlessly. We prepaid our gratuities, but Raphael got extra at the end of the cruise for his excellent service. Muster drill on the Dream is great. You do NOT stand out on the deck lined up like animals waiting to go to slaughter, instead your muster station is in one of the larger common spaces, and you get to sit and listen to the instructions. On ships where you must stand in lines outside waiting for everyone to finally show up, I feel that muster is a terrible way to start your vacation. When you are able to do it in comfort, I do not mind it at all. We had a balcony cabin on the Upper Deck (6), and we spent a great deal of time on the balcony. Several of the mornings, we ordered early room service and enjoyed a small bite to eat while watching the morning come to life. Room Service always had our food to us in a very timely manner, but they kept forgetting to bring silverware, so we had to wait for them to return before we could eat. The cabin was clean, spacious and had plenty of storage. The beds could not have been more comfortable. We slept like babies. Our only real complaint about the cabin was the lack of outlets. We brought an extension cord for my husband's CPAP machine, but with the cord stretched across the floor each evening, it could be a bit of a hazard if you needed to get up during the night. Dining options on the ship were plentiful. We enjoyed Guys Pig and Anchor, Blue Iguana Cantina, Tandoor, Mongolian Wok, Pasta Bella, but they closed too early. When we returned from one of our shore excursions, we were hungry, but none of them were still open for lunch - it was only 3pm. Our dinner time was 8:15pm. When your dinner time is later, you do not want to eat lunch at noon. Carnival needs to work on this aspect of their dining options. Guys Burgers is open a little longer than the others, but they are not open for dinner. We had burgers from Guys, pizza from Pizzeria del Capitano, and sandwiches from the Deli at various times throughout the cruise. Of these three options, Guys Burgers are the best. We had dinner five of the seven nights in the Scarlet Dining Room - late seating (8:15). We were seated at a large table with others, which was great as we love to meet new people. The food selection was decent on most nights (we've had it all a number of times), the company was good, but service was unsatisfactory. In the past, we had enjoyed getting to know our wait staff, but this time, we did not even learn their names. They took our order and delivered our food (which took too long), but gone was the interaction that allowed us to feel like they cared about taking good care of us as they had in the past. Most nights, I had to leave to get to a show before having dessert because it took so long to get my food. We were very disappointed in our wait staff; therefore, they received our prepaid gratuity, but nothing extra as we'd given in the past. We ate dinner from the Gathering (Lido buffet) one evening (first time ever) because we wanted to watch the Dive-In Movie, which you could not do if you ate in the MDR as times did not work. That night, the buffet had a few of the same items that were being served in the MDR, but they were mediocre at best. We had dinner in The Chef's Art Steakhouse compliments of the casino. Service was great. The food was good, but we didn't find it to be that much better than what was served in the MDR - certainly didn't justify the additional charge. Entertainment was VERY good. Chris the Flying Scotsman is an excellent Cruise Director. Full of personality and very talented. The shows Motown and Flick were really, really good. My favorite entertainment is comedy; therefore, I LOVED the Punchliner comedians. Caroline Piccard and Just June were both outstanding! Due to the fact that the Burgundy Lounge is larger than some of the other ships' comedy venues, it was easier to get a seat for the shows. That is a big plus. We had signed up for a Meet and Mingle through Cruise Critic, and we received an invitation in our cabin to attend it. Carnival had it set-up in meeting room Chamber 2. A couple of the members of the Entertainment Staff dropped in to meet us. Carnival provided danish, coffee, tea and juice. They, also, provided 2 ships-on-a-stick and 2 bottles of bubbly. Not very many of those who signed-up actually attended. We did a drawing for the Carnival-provided prizes. We scheduled excursions in Belize and Cozumel, but since the beach at Mahogany Bay is so nice, we did not book one for Roatan. We took the True Belizean Foodie Tour, and we had a great time. Kenny G was very entertaining. We were supposed to take the All Inclusive Isla Pasion by Twister excursion in Cozumel, but due to high winds, it was canceled. Instead, we chose Mexican Fiesta: Eat, Drink, Dance. It was fun. We enjoyed most of the excursion - the lunch, Mariachi Band, and dancers were excellent. Unfortunately, it was raining so hard that we opted not to walk to the bakery for dessert. Alex was an excellent tour guide, and he made sure that we all got into taxis to take us back to the ship. Debarkation in New Orleans did not go quite as smoothly as did Embarkation, but we have been through far worse. Unfortunately, there were a number of passengers who did not follow directions, which created the issue. Going through customs was a breeze. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We have been on the Dream before, I think about 5 years ago and at the time, I said the ship was too Big, and I didn't want to go on it again, but Our Home Plate Restaurant and the Arkansas Razorback Club were going on the Dream ... Read More
We have been on the Dream before, I think about 5 years ago and at the time, I said the ship was too Big, and I didn't want to go on it again, but Our Home Plate Restaurant and the Arkansas Razorback Club were going on the Dream with about 180 people and a lot of friends. We went and had a real fun time. One thing we felt, the sound system in the Encore is way too loud. The theater is on Decks 3,4 and 5, and we sat in the Top row of Deck 5 and it was still too loud. We left a couple of times because it was too loud. My other complaint, they didn't have good Dance Music for the "old" folks. My disappointment was we did not get an invitation to the Meet and Greet, which we have always gotten before. This was my 21st Cruise and we have 22 coming up in January going Southern Caribbean on Royal Caribbean. Looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
I chose this cruise because I was a participant of the $100k Slot Tournament. I really liked the ship and even though there seemed to be a lot of people on this cruise, it never really felt overcrowded. The cruise director, Chris the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I was a participant of the $100k Slot Tournament. I really liked the ship and even though there seemed to be a lot of people on this cruise, it never really felt overcrowded. The cruise director, Chris the Flying Scotsman, was quite amazing. He is a very talented individual and does quite well as a cruise director. I was happy with the activities on the ship. We had a change in the itinerary which was a let down but our safety came first. We went to Progresso instead of Belize. Progresso was quite disappointing!! I loved Honduras and Cozumel. In Cozumel, I spent the day at Mr. Sanchos and they delivered!! It was nice. In Honduras, I did the monkey and parrot tour in the forest. That was also fun!! Now for negatives: Our cabin steward was very, very unfriendly. This is my first time with a cabin steward who just did not seem to be very happy. I know it wasn't us because we are quite neat and there really isn't a lot of cleaning up after us other than linen changes. He just seemed to be a genuinely unhappy person. We gave out candy gift bags and his expression was priceless. He did not want a gift bag, whereas the other cabin stewards/helpers on the floor were quite happy to receive the candy. I found the dining room service to be quite slow and the waiters just didn't seem to be that customer service oriented. You could see when the food was brought out but the waiters would let it sit for a long time before providing your plate. Most times, our food was cold. Last, I was a little disappointed with the customer service desk....some, not all, were not very customer oriented at all. I was a witness to one of the customer service reps. debating with another guest. Some of them were very lackluster!!! Overall, everything else about this cruise was quite nice!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
My sister and I had a great first time on the Carnival Dream (first time on Carnival too). The staff were great, balcony room all good, and there were many activities on board. The Cruise Director Chris Williams ("The Flying ... Read More
My sister and I had a great first time on the Carnival Dream (first time on Carnival too). The staff were great, balcony room all good, and there were many activities on board. The Cruise Director Chris Williams ("The Flying Scotsman") was absolutely awesome, he went above and beyond to give everyone the personal touch. He is also an amazing singer and entertainer! The food was a little bland for us, which was a surprise, but the selection was great and it all tasted good. The excursions were also fun and a great deal. All in all a great trip. The 'Twister' slide was a lot of fun and seemed to last a really long time with all the twists and turns! The shows were excellently done with a super high-energy and a very talented team. There were many different activities onboard to choose from, though Sis and I preferred to lounge quietly on our balcony many times. It is a great plus to have free room service! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
This was my first cruise. I had a great time. The room steward we had was absolutely the best and went out of their way to make our voyage fantastic. Entertainment was amazing. Only issue I had with the food was the blandness they tend ... Read More
This was my first cruise. I had a great time. The room steward we had was absolutely the best and went out of their way to make our voyage fantastic. Entertainment was amazing. Only issue I had with the food was the blandness they tend to need to fix it to accommodate the most food tastes. While the food was bland it was good. The dining room had a different menu every night (other than a few same items including desserts). The buffet was pretty standard stuff. The other restaurants and specialty food was amazing. The real negative was the unlimited soda package I purchased. I will never do it on a Carnival ship unless they make changes. You need to go a ways to get soda, which I could have lived with, but the closest bar to our stateroom was the casino. I think the shortest time I had to wait before service was at least 5 minutes. Never got more than 3-4 sodas the whole trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
This cruise was a "Kick in the Pants FUN" there were five in our group and we had an amazing time. We made the most of every moment and found ourselves so tired that sleeping was literally a dream...pardon the pun. ... Read More
This cruise was a "Kick in the Pants FUN" there were five in our group and we had an amazing time. We made the most of every moment and found ourselves so tired that sleeping was literally a dream...pardon the pun. I've read many of the reviews that were negative on this site and yes we had some negatives too. But, if that's your personal focus then that is the experience your hang on to. We choose to laugh and enjoy the good! So our cruise was simply amazing for all the attributes that Carnival gives. Our negatives: 1. Tipping at the end of the cruise. We were basically misled by the leaders at dinner. We were told needed to tip cash at the end of the cruise because that's how our stewards and servers make their salaries. I knew that was a fishy statement.. Our accounts were charged $77 each to cover tipping. 2. Long lines are going to happen PERIOD. That is the experience and we knew this. 3. More time at Ports of Call would have been nice. 4. Excursions: We chose bus tours due to elderly family. We needed more time to shop and explore. You cannot do much in 15 minutes. Also....they take you to their friends stores and give you a mini "Buy Here Speech". The push spending money were they steer you. 5. Desserts SUCK. Chocolate Melting cake is to die for yummy. MUST DO's 1. Join the SPA retreat. Worth every Penny! SO GOOD. Do it! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
My husband and I had taken this cruise many years ago from a different port and ended up avoiding a hurricane at the time. We could not go to Cozumel because the docks were blown out so stayed out to sea for an extra day. We had been to ... Read More
My husband and I had taken this cruise many years ago from a different port and ended up avoiding a hurricane at the time. We could not go to Cozumel because the docks were blown out so stayed out to sea for an extra day. We had been to this port previously on another cruise so weren't affected or disappointed. Safety first! We thought that this time we would rebook the cruise to see the sights we had missed in Roatan and Belize so travelled to New Orleans for the Carnival "Dream". We booked an excursion for Belize but unfortunately it was cancelled and we could not go because of hurricane Nate. Safety first! When we stopped in Mahogany Bay, we were told that there was no bus to town but could take a taxi. There is a hop on/off offered but it only makes one stop which is the east end & west end with no stops in the town. We did find out that there was a local bus but then got caught in a torrential rain storm so headed back to the ship. Our stop in Cozumel was not where we had docked previously but at Carnival's port just outside of town along with four other Carnival ships. Busy, busy We do not join in on the activities but did enjoy the entertainment which was very entertaining with high energy and great choreography.The food was very good and had good service in the restaurant and the buffet. Our ship was delayed returning to New Orleans by a day because of the hurricane. The Captain kept us informed on a regular basis as to our arrival and deportation which was very smooth for us, with taking our own luggage off. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
PROS: - Embarkation and Debarkation - both fast and efficient. We were prepared for a very long wait and a slow process so maybe that helped us view it as a more positive experience in the end. - Food - all around delicious! Again, ... Read More
PROS: - Embarkation and Debarkation - both fast and efficient. We were prepared for a very long wait and a slow process so maybe that helped us view it as a more positive experience in the end. - Food - all around delicious! Again, we went in with rather low expectations and came out extremely pleased. - Service - all around outstanding. Almost every interaction was positive. - Cruise Director - Chris Williams was amazing - B-Low - I am not sure how to spell his name but B-Low was part of the fun squad and I enjoyed him almost as much as I enjoyed Chris. He ran all of the Bingo games and even though we never played bingo we enjoyed watching him lead the games. - Entertainment - really enjoyed the shows in the evenings and the multiple show times allowing flexibility when eating dinner - YTD - really loved having YTD. Allowed us to eat when we wanted and only had a long wait on the first night. - Cleanliness - I can’t imagine the effort it takes to clean up after 4000 people on vacation (I am assuming people are even messier on vacation) but somehow the crew did this. The deck and most public areas were always spotless - especially the bathrooms! - Hub App - so convenient, enjoyed having the schedule and other info right there on my phone (for free) - Muster Drill - Super fast and well organized. Our station was in the encore lounge. We were in and out in about 30 or 45mins. - Ship Layout - took us a couple days to figure out where everything was but that was part of the fun! - Beach Towel Checkout - I LOVED being able to check out new towels on the Lido deck and in the Serenity area and then check them back in so we didn’t have to tote them back and forth from our room. An automated system where they just swiped your S&S card would be better though than the worker having to write down everything by hand. CONS: - Water - Basically just tasted real bad. Will probably invest in ordering a few packs of water to our room next time. I would be interested in a Beverage Plan that included only unlimited bottled water. - Ports/Excursions - this is not really Carnival’s fault but nevertheless we did not have great experiences at the ports - Cabin Decor - I didn’t care for the decor of the Dream in general and the dark colors in the cabin make it feel even smaller than it is. From what I have seen RC and NCL do a much better job with decor. - [lack of] Conditioner - Doesn’t seem like it would be too hard to add this to the showers and my hair would really appreciate it - no coffee maker in the cabins - I would really have liked to have that so I could make my own in the mornings and not have to worry about ordering room service. It would also be nice to have it in the evenings without having to walk to the Lido Deck - Additional Fees - It would be nice if all the additional fees and gratuities were automatically included in the cost instead of being added on later. It would make it easier to plan and budget. -Pools and Lounge Chairs - The pool on the lido was so small and the chairs were always full (either with people or towels). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our 5th time on the Dream. It is one of my favorite ships. We stayed in an interior cabin because we like the cost and the darkness while sleeping. We are in the cabin very little. Basically only to sleep and shower. The food was ... Read More
This was our 5th time on the Dream. It is one of my favorite ships. We stayed in an interior cabin because we like the cost and the darkness while sleeping. We are in the cabin very little. Basically only to sleep and shower. The food was fine, and I enjoy the Guy's burgers, the Burrito bar and all the choices at the dining room. We always pick anytime dining when it is just my wife and me. The entertainment was good, and I especially enjoyed Flick and the Rock show, but it was all good. Our cabin steward was very attentive and took care of any special needs we had. We did a back to back so we were on the ship for 14 days. I would tell people that unless you have a special reason for going to Montego Bay or an excursion you specifically want, it's definitely a place to skip and stay on board. We did the Mexican Fiesta excursion on our last stop to Cozumel and it was a lot of fun. I really enjoy Carnival's people and service. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Chose this cruise because hadn't been on one for a few years an seemed like a good itinerary even tho I wasnt that impressed with Cozumel last time I went. Sailed out of New Orleans - Belize and Mahogany Bay were EXCELLENT! the zip ... Read More
Chose this cruise because hadn't been on one for a few years an seemed like a good itinerary even tho I wasnt that impressed with Cozumel last time I went. Sailed out of New Orleans - Belize and Mahogany Bay were EXCELLENT! the zip line in Mahogany Bay and the swimming with the sharks and rays in Belize were both great excursions - the guides for both were great - can't say enough about how good they all were. unfortunately can't say the same for the food in the main dining room which was mediocre at best both times we went. The Steakhouse was much better even tho there was an extra fee as was the Bonsai Sushi restaurant. We stayed in cabin 9472 which was an aft extended view balcony - will definitely stay in one of those again. Had heard that the aft balconies generally ended up covered in soot but never once had that problem or excessive rocking from being at the back. Loved the large curved balcony as well. Size of the room could have been a bit bigger but can't really complain much about that either. Room steward was great, any entertainment we took in was great as well. Hate to keep using the word great over and over again but can't really describe it any other way lol Was disappointed that every time I went to the spa the technicians(or whatever they're called) would try to guilt me into buying some ridiculously expensive products afterwards by telling me what was wrong with my skin or nails or muscles and if I didn't buy their products and start taking care of the "problems" now I would be sorry later. I'm 51 now and expect to have some signs of aging so that sort of thing doesn't bother me - certainly not enough to spend nearly $1000 or more for the stuff they all suggested I get. But other than that I loved the cruise over all - much more than the last one I took on the Paradise, possibly because this was a much bigger ship. The Serenity area was probably my favorite part even tho it was a bit close to where the waterslides started and that did tend to interrupt the quiet from time to time. Not enough to completely ruin catching rays tho haha. Embarkation and debarkation went without a hitch - can't even complain about the lines - stayed in New Orleans for a couple days after we got back. Would definitely recommend going on this ship! Joesey/sailing~wench Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Let's start by saying ,we came a day earlier than our scheduled cruise. We stayed at the Crown Plaza Hotel in New Orleans . This hotel is not far from the cruise parking garage, Fulton Parking. They have a shuttle to the port . Our ... Read More
Let's start by saying ,we came a day earlier than our scheduled cruise. We stayed at the Crown Plaza Hotel in New Orleans . This hotel is not far from the cruise parking garage, Fulton Parking. They have a shuttle to the port . Our ship is the Carnival Dream. Once we get to the port,now it's embarkation time. Standing in line ,not knowing if you are in the right line. No signs ,then finally someone comes and states if this is your check in time , go to another line. This is so unorganized. They need to find a better way to do this. Once inside the building things went pretty fast to enter the ship. Yay! We were in cove cabin, 2309. Loved our room. Because we would go thru rough waters,balcony was not accessible until Monday. There was a shortage of crew because of previous hurricane. There also was sewage problem on the 2nd level. Order was stronger near the laundry room. FOOD: Guy's burgers were great ! Lido restaurants were disappointing, food not so good. Encore entertainment disappointing because lack of performances and performers. This is a 7 day cruise. We spent more time on the balcony. Excursions: Bamboo Beach Club: disappointing, looks like something someone threw together at the beach. The best part was the unlimited number of drinks, because the food was not good. All in all the cruise was 3 star. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I won a seat in the $175,000 Carnival Poker Pro NLH tournament so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to play in the tournament (4th time) nor could my wife pass up another cruise. EMBARKATION: Embarkation was smooth - ... Read More
I won a seat in the $175,000 Carnival Poker Pro NLH tournament so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to play in the tournament (4th time) nor could my wife pass up another cruise. EMBARKATION: Embarkation was smooth - that's helped by the fact that we are Platinum cruisers. STOPS: Our stops were Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. We have been to all three of these destinations many times. My wife insisted that we take the "See and Sea" excursion in Roatan - to be honest, I was bored and happy when it ended. We didn't take an excursion in Belize. In Cozumel we took the "Amazing Secret River" excursion. I highly recommend this excursion. The only bad parts for me was the 50-minute ferry ride (each way) to the mainland and the 2 hours of "forced" shopping time before you can return to the ship. My wife is one of the world's great shoppers, so she loves to shop. SERVICE: Carnival has cutback on service personal. The cabin stewards have more cabins to clean now so they ask you if you would like once per day service or twice per day service. In the dining room they have cutback as well so expect to spend more time dining than in the past. Our cabin steward, Ida Bagus, was as good, if not better, than any cabin steward we have had. We used "Anytime Dining" (for the first time on Carnival). We often had 10+ minute waits to be seated & we rarely had the same wait staff. On the last night we were seated promptly but no one came to take care of us. After 10-minutes I reminded them that we were there to eat dinner not just enjoy the atmosphere. FOOD: Not great but pretty good - you won't go hungry. ENTERTAINMENT: Carnival hasn't cutback here, at least not sense the last time they cut back on the number of shows or the variety of shows and entertainment. We have been cruising with Carnival since 2000. The quality of entertainment (and other services) has gone down a lot over the years. OTHER STUFF: My wife bought the spa package for $139 for the week. While some people were complaining about the spa she enjoyed it. I bought the $84 WiFi package - it worked great for me . I was able to post photos and do other things online. The casino is VERY smokey - the worse of any ship I have been on. Luckily the poker tournament was held in a conference room on Deck 4 and no smoking was allowed. I didn't play any games in the casino! Deck 2 (mid ship) smelled like sewer after several days. We were forward on Deck 2 and didn't smell it in our cabin. DEBARKATION: Again, since were are Platinum cruisers we got "Priority" debarkation so that went very smoothly. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Starting with the Good. . . . The Cabin. We booked a Cloud Nine Spa Balcony Cabin, number 12201. We liked this cabin very much. The location couldn’t be beat, just steps to the spa, and with included access to 1) the ... Read More
Starting with the Good. . . . The Cabin. We booked a Cloud Nine Spa Balcony Cabin, number 12201. We liked this cabin very much. The location couldn’t be beat, just steps to the spa, and with included access to 1) the Thessalotherapy pool (a fancy indoor hot tub), 2) a nice sauna, 3) the laconium, 4) the tepidarium, and 5) the relaxation room. All very nice, and super calm and quiet. The water in the hot Thessa Pool really could have been hotter, though. Oh, and some previous internet reviews claimed that the Cloud Nine cabin balconies on Deck 12 were subject to noise and debris (cigarette ash) from above. I can say for a fact that at least the first three balconies on the starboard side (12201 thru 12205) are NOT noisy and NOT subject to any debris from above. Entertainment. The ship has a comedy club, and the comedians were all very good. We particularly enjoyed Jeff Jena - this guy’s adult show was the best I have ever heard on our 14 cruise! The production shows were very high energy. As with most cruise shows, the singing was erratic. However, the dancing was good, and the special effects were superb. Poker Tournament. My wife and I participated in the bid poker tournament held on the Dream every August. This event is well organized and a lot of fun. It would be nice if they changed the ship and itinerary every year though. Food. OK, the food actually varied from mediocre to good. On the good side were the Guy Fieri hamburgers and the Tandori (Indian) food. Pizza was also good. On the mediocre side, the huevos rancheros were served cold. Breakfast selections were limited and after a few days quite monotonous. Crew. Room attendants, Bar staff, and Dining Room staff were all friendly and competent. Onboard Laundry. Carnival ships have a self service laundry. We like that. Upselling. Not much of this, thankfully! Now The Bad . . . The Lido Deck Buffet operation was odd. On a couple of days, the Lido was swarmed at 6 PM, yet the hamburger joint actually closed at 6 PM and only half of the food stations on the Lido were opened. This was disappointing. No drink specials. We like those on other cruiselines, not sure why Carnival doesn’t have them. We participate in a lot of the trivia contests while cruising, but found this Carnival trivia to be strange. Many questions asked for a specific year something happened, without giving multiple choices. For example, what year was Elton John elected to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or what year did George V become King, or what year was the first Presidential election in the United States. Not surprisingly, no one could get these sorts of questions right because of the degree of answer precision required. And Finally . . . .The Ugly. . . . Embarkation was nasty. Carnival gives you specific time blocks to arrive for embarkation, and ours was 1:30 to 2:00 PM. The specificity makes sense, it would seem, to ensure that the ship is loaded steadily over several hours. It also seems if they enforce embarkation times, the time it takes to actually get on the ship would be minimal. Wrong. We arrived within our assigned time block, but waited in long lines for over an hour to check-in and board. I really hated that, with a bad back and all. Debarkation was a bit better, as we just waited until almost everyone was off. Still some lines though. Well, someday maybe I will have sufficient status for priority embarkation/debarkation . . . The mattresses in our cabin were really saggy. I mean, noticeably saggy. Not good, particularly for my back. Overall, though, we enjoyed our cruise as the pros outweighed the cons! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
We selected this cruise because our daughter-in-law wanted to go to Mexico and it fit our respective schedules. My son, his wife and our three grandchildren drove for over 15 hours from Virginia to New Orleans - we knew better than and ... Read More
We selected this cruise because our daughter-in-law wanted to go to Mexico and it fit our respective schedules. My son, his wife and our three grandchildren drove for over 15 hours from Virginia to New Orleans - we knew better than and left two days later the morning of embarkation. We met them at their hotel and grabbed some of their suitcases and the youngest (three year old) grandson, as we are priority and would be in a separate boarding area and board early, and we went to the port - this lifted a burden from the kids so they could maintain good eyes on the other two grandkids. We boarded fairly quickly and went to our room to drop off some items and nearly all of our luggage was at the room already. Unpacked an went to the Casino Bar to have a drink and wait for the kids to arrive an hour or so later. The ship was nice, the crew was fantastic as they always are, we met wonderful new people/friends and how a wonderful time. Montego Bay Jamaica wasn't our style, we like to walk around and do some local shopping and catch lunch - just didn't feel safe here. Heard multiple rumors concerning vehicles stopped along side of road that would kidnap (primarily young) woman to sell into sex slavery. Barbed wire everywhere near the port. Friends felt safe driving around and heading to different places - so this was just my observation. Went to Cozumel - we really like this port and shopped and at lunch at the end of the pier while my son, his wife and my daughter did a "Ruins excursion" that they loved. Also stopped at Grand Cayman - first time there and what a terribly hot day. Didn't do much but felt safe. Early in our cruising days, we never liked or cared to go to the dining room for meals, nowadays we seem to go more often than not. Food was typical of Carnival ships, wait staff was extremely efficient and friendly. Casino "comped" seven people in the steakhouse - if you haven't eaten in a Carnival Steakhouse DO IT! well worth it. We always self-assist during debarkation, we had a later flight so headed out later than normal but got right off of the ship. Carnival can still do a better job with the customs paperwork instructions for debarkation. I understand that today paperwork is not required unless you need to claim something that would require a duty being paid?!?! Our last two cruises required no forms to be filled out, yet they are provided to us in the room. I also find it funny how different each ship is in their perspectives of the debarkation process. Each have their own way and some work terrifically (Dream did) others do not. Read Less
Carnival Dream Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 3.5 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.5 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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