20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
It was a last minute whim; a trip to the beach for a week or a cruise. Easy choice, the cruise! We cruised out of New Orleans to Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan. Embarkation was not too bad. We arrived about 11:30 am amongst a fairly heavy ... Read More
It was a last minute whim; a trip to the beach for a week or a cruise. Easy choice, the cruise! We cruised out of New Orleans to Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan. Embarkation was not too bad. We arrived about 11:30 am amongst a fairly heavy crowd. Once we reached the top of the escalator and entered the line for Platinum and Diamond passengers (not being snotty, just saying it is a perk after 17 cruises on Carnival), it was a quick check-in and we were headed for the ship. The Dream is not decorated as "Vegasy" as some of the earlier ships. The atrium is beautiful and eleven stories high. We went to our room, a Cove Balcony, and dropped off our carry-ons and checked out the balcony. We have had balconies on decks 10 and 11 before, but decided to try a Cove. We loved it! It is much closer to the water, it is protected from the sun's heat, and is more private. We totally enjoyed sitting out there for our morning coffee and evening wine. The cabin was the same as all other balcony cabins. Our steward, Gusti, was friendly and efficient. He kept the cabin spotless and the ice bucket full. The ship was dry-docked in January and it showed; new carpet in the cabin, fresh paint in many places, and an overall spruced up look. The new restaurants, Guy's Burgers, the Blue Iguana Cantina and the Pig & Anchor BBQ were all good. The burgers were quite good and could be dressed with about twenty condiments and sauces. The Iguana Cantina had great burritos and could be dressed with most any addition one could want. The Pig & Anchor barbeque was a nice addition to choices for lunch. It was not the best BBQ that I have ever had; but it was definitely worth waiting in line for; even in a light rain. Unfortunately, it is only open on sea days and for only a few hours. We ate breakfast in the buffet most mornings and the variety was plentiful; the made to order omelets were great. I have read reviews that berated the food in the buffet; wondering if these people create such a variety at home or eat at white table cloth restaurants for every meal. As for the food in the dining room, we had no complaints; the nights of the lobster and prime rib were excellent and the remainder offered very good entrees and sides. As for the desserts, I love the Chocolate Melting Cake but tried some of the other offerings. They were actually quite tasty! Now that I have reviewed the room and the food, I shall go to the pool areas. We try to get on the upper deck to catch the most sun, relax and read. There were usually available sun beds available and we were able to take the stairs down to the pool when we needed to cool down a bit. As always, to get in the main pool means to stand around the edge or bob up and down in the middle. We drifted to the aft pool about the third day and enjoyed the view of the wake, the mostly adult crowd, the nearness of a bar, and a close restroom. There are also two hot tubs in the area; that attracted the youth. The remainder of the public areas had been spruced up and looked like almost new. The jewelry shop had a new offering: prior owned Rolex watches that had been restored to like new. The prices seemed decent; especially since there was not tax! If you have an interest, get some prices for a new model that may interest you; then you can tell if it is a good deal. Now to the entertainment. We attended only a few of the shows and those we did attend were very well done. The most delightful show was the one-man performance by the Cruise Director Chris, the Flying Scotsman. I had read that he was quite extroverted and full of energy. That was spot on! He was out and about on the pool deck and very friendly. On Elegant Night, he was lined up with the senior officers to greet the passengers and post for pictures. While the officers were dressed in their formal uniforms, Chris was dressed in his full dress Scot attire; include a kilt and the remainder of the expected attire. The captain seemed to truly enjoy meeting and greeting passengers and posed for many photos with the cruisers. Other entertainment that was exceptional was a trio of violinists that played in the atrium in the evening. It was a nice classy addition to the experience. The ports: Cozumel has decent shopping at the port without too much hassle. If you haven't been to Cozumel before, take an excursion or take a taxi to Paradise Beach or to town. There are many choices to choose from. If you stay in the port area, wander over to Poncho's Backyard. The margaritas are cold and soothing. Add a meal or just an appetizer and relax. It is a nice retreat from the shopping. Belize has a shopping area with the usual offerings. To see any of the country, an excursion is necessary. The country is poor but the citizens are friendly and quite ready to spend time conversing. In Roatan, one can stay in port and either shop or go to the attached beach. The beach has a swimming area that is nice. If you want to snorkel and see any fish, head to the far end of the beach near the pier. There is a bar and a restaurant; the drinks are cold and the food is good. We've not traveled out of the port area, but an excursion to other parts of the island have good reviews from fellow passengers. The debarkation was fairly quick and painless. If you want to get through Customs and Immigration without standing in a long line, get a porter to haul your luggage. They move through the C&I much quicker and it is worth having them to take your cases to the pick-up area. I hope I have covered all that may be interesting and hope it may assist you with your cruise. We will most likely be on the Dream in about six months. Bon Voyage, Fair winds and smooth seas. Captain Ronn Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
The Dream was another dream vacation for our family. Our 17 year old son and nine year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed themselves again. We buy "Faster to the Fun" when we cruise and even with the staggered embarkation we are ... Read More
The Dream was another dream vacation for our family. Our 17 year old son and nine year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed themselves again. We buy "Faster to the Fun" when we cruise and even with the staggered embarkation we are still feel it is a great value. We parked and we're on the ship within 20 minutes. No problems. The real value comes in ports and when it is time to go home you are first off the ship. Our dining staff was FANTASTIC! They really make your family feel special. Our daughter really enjoys the towel animals and our cabin was cleaned twice daily. Again, no problems, our cabin steward was great! I don't understand some of the negative reviews. Each and every crew member we came in contact was friendly and helpful. Our family really enjoyed the many entertainment options each night. We saw every production show, the clean comedy shows as a family, and we really enjoyed The Cruise Director, the Flying Scotsman, he is one heck of an entertainer. All in all we loved every minute of our cruise and all the ports we visited. We cannot wait for our next Carnival Cruise. The value that you receive for the money is unmatched by any other vacation. Our kids would rather cruise on Carnival than go to Walt Disney World again, which works for me as Carnival is a better vacation as a family and much more affordable. Read Less
56 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Let me start by setting the scene for anyone who reads this. This is my first review on this site, but not my first cruise with Carnival. I am a 28 year old man from Alabama, and I sail with my wife, Sara, who is 24. We have only ... Read More
Let me start by setting the scene for anyone who reads this. This is my first review on this site, but not my first cruise with Carnival. I am a 28 year old man from Alabama, and I sail with my wife, Sara, who is 24. We have only sailed with Carnival, and based on our last three cruises with CCL, we will be hard-pressed to try another Cruise Line. We do a cruise every Spring Break, as my wife is a school teacher and lord knows teachers need an escape before the last months of the school year. We sail out of New Orleans because 1) I know the city very well, & 2) we are able to drive and save the expense of having to fly. We initially chose Carnival because of the price. I have had many phone calls with other cruise lines and travel agents, and I have yet to find anyone who can get my wife and I on a boat for near the price of Carnival. Just as a disclaimer: We can afford to sail with any cruise line, but I place a heavy emphasis on value, ie. getting something for my money. I understand that everyone wants something different in their cruise, and I only intend to share whats important to us, and not belittle anyone else's opinion. Now, on to my review of my cruise on the Carnival Dream, 7 days going to Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Isla Roatan, Honduras; in room 7280 (7th floor balcony, port side, mid-ship). We always use the same Carnival "Vacation Planner" because he's fantastic, and including on board credit (paid in full promotion) we sailed for under $2000.00 My wife and I always make sure to do FASTER TO THE FUN promo with Carnival. It was $59.95 per stateroom and it's always worth every single penny. For those of you who aren't aware of this "excursion" (as Carnival has it categorized as), it allows you to essentially be prioritized like their "Diamond/Platinum" guests, meaning first on and off the ship at all boardings and departures (destinations included). It also grants you a VIP customer helpdesk access and really gets you a ton of other perks while on board. Our favorite part is that it allows us to board the ship first, with our stateroom being prepared by the time we arrive (compared to a wait for other customers) New Orleans Cruise Terminal We parked in the Carnival Terminal at New Orleans Port ($20/day, pay upon arrival). The terminal is full of people, but is well organized and well-staffed so it goes smoother than it looks upon first sight. All of our luggage tags have the big "Faster to the Fun" logo, so we are literally ushered through the lines. We get through check-in and find our section and wait for the OK to board. We probably waited about 30 minutes and they began to call for Diamond, Platinum, Special Assistance Passengers, Faster to the Fun, and then begin loading the rest of the guests by zones. The First Impression The Dream is a massive ship. It holds about 5000 souls on board and has a gross tonnage of 130,000. I have only sailed on smaller Carnival ships in the past, so I was mindblown by how big this ship was. Because the ship had only arrived and unloaded the last cruise hours before, it was impressive to see all the staff working hard to get this ship looking like it was its maiden voyage. The colors/decor are similar to other Carnival ships. I have read many other reviews where other cruisers place a lot of weight on the decor, but it doesnt mean much to us. The decor looks nice enough and does give the impression of elegance, but Ill admit that I do not have a lot to compare it to. Our Stateroom We always do a balcony cabin on the port side, I thank this site for the Port recommendation. Our stateroom, to our disappointment, wasnt quite ready despite us being guaranteed that it would be. The staff was literally in our cabin when we walked in, but they were done in a matter of minutes. Our cabin was organized, spacious, and the view of the Mississippi River was roaring outside our window and balcony. The bathrooms were simple, and well cleaned. The counter space was large enough for my wife to unload her ever expansive bathroom "kit". Carnival provides body wash and shampoo (tangerine lemongrass if anyone wants to know what it is). The most important part of any stateroom to us, is the quality of the bed. We know that our King bed breaks down into 2 twins, so you would initially be concerned with how well the bed would hold together, but you shouldn't be, as its one of the best beds I have found in any ship/hotel. Only real issue we had is that our balcony hadn't been mopped, this issue was quickly remedied. Our cabin had a ton of storage places for clothes, as well as a sizeable safe for us to hold our valuables. Dining My wife and I are food junkies!!! I have been told that Carnival's dining quality is one of the lower ranked items among its competitors, so that alone can make me want to cruise on another liner. But, we have always been happy with Carnival's efforts to allow us to gorge ourselves on delicious food. Other than Guy's Burgers, WHICH IS THE ONLY PLACE YOU NEED TO EAT LUNCH ON BOARD THE DREAM, Ill be mainly focusing on dinner options. On this cruise we dined in the main dining room, the additional cost Steak House (Art's Steakhouse-$35/person) and the Chef's Table ($95/person). We did the Steakhouse on the first night so Ill start there. They offer the party a complimentary bottle of wine (house selection) or 1/2 off any other bottle of your choice if you dine there on the first night of the cruise. I ordered the 18oz Prime Rib-eye, and it was arguably the best I've ever had. In regards to the other courses, we felt disappointed as we didn't see the gap between them and the ones offered at general dining, and when you're paying for food on Carnival, you expect it to knock your socks off. In the end, I didnt see the value in the Steak House, I doubt we will be going again. The Chef's table, in comparison... Was the single highlight of our trip. We did not feel we got our $35 bucks worth at the Steak House, but I would've happily paid double for the show the Chef De Cuisine put on for us and 10 other guests at a dining table placed in the middle of the galley. It was superb, and I only stop my review of it here as I would hate to spoil the experience for anyone else, but I will say this....***If you are a fan of fine dining, love amazing flavors, and well designed dishes with foods and methods of cooking that you only see on Food Network, book your reservation early!!*** Nightly Dining: I have no other cruise lines to compare this to, but we have always loved dinner on our Carnival Cruises. Our waitstaff (3 waiters and a bar waiter) wait on us hand and foot and bring us course after course of food on a changing menu. You can order any quantities that you'd like and if you don't like something, they always allow you to change it immediately. We came to know our waitstaff personally, and we hugged goodbye on the last night. Thank you to I Ketut, Salauddin, and Catalina in the Crimson dining room for amazing service. Service- Fantastic. We never wanted for anything. Our stateroom Steward, "Lucky" was extremely good at managing her 50 cabins and always remembered to keep extra ice and wine glasses in our cabin. We always came back to towel animals and a clean room, no matter what state we left it in before. Finally, I will talk about the shore excursions we did at our 3 stops. In Cozumel, we did Mr. Sanchos (not through Carnival). Its an all inclusive beach club and you pay approximately $55 per person to get in after a $17 cab ride each way. Its ranked #4 on TripAdvisor for a reason, make sure you book it before your cruise as it reaches capacity quickly. Belize wasnt exactly pleasant. We did not book an excursion as my wife just wanted to shop and grab lunch. If you have been to one port souvenir shop you have been to them all, but we did grab some excellent jerk chicken from a daiquiri bar not far from the port. In Roatan, we booked through carnival and did the "relax on the beach" package. It was very nice but the prices of food and beer were really high ($28 USD for a bucket of 6 Honduran beers, as an example) The water was gorgeous and the island as a whole was spotless. Felt very safe and the service was excellent. I do not work for Carnival Cruise lines, nor have any interests that would allow me to be anything other than objective. Carnival has gone 3 for 3 on giving me wonderful vacations. We are booked on the same ship (and same cabin!) for next march. Feed back is appreciated, I hope at least one person will gain something from this review. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We had an excellent experience! We had an ocean view suite and from the get go it was wonderful. We ate the dining room each night and it was always fantastic. Harry and our wait staff from the Scarlet Dining room went above and beyond! ... Read More
We had an excellent experience! We had an ocean view suite and from the get go it was wonderful. We ate the dining room each night and it was always fantastic. Harry and our wait staff from the Scarlet Dining room went above and beyond! We did an excursion at every port, Cozumel we went to Chankanaab National Park, it was very beautiful, but aside from the sea lion show (which was fantastic!) it was a little boring. In Belize, we went to the Jaguar Paw ATV adventure. Belize was my favorite! We had an AMAZING tour guide, Peter, I feel like I actually was able to see the city (and the food was amazing). In Mahogany Bay, we went to a private beach club and road jet skies and snorkeled. It was a lot of fun! There is always something to do and I was not ready to leave even after being on the boat for 7 days! The only complaint I had would be the shows were just okay, I would skip the shows in the future, and go to the comedy club. Although, the cruise director Chris was phenomenal!!! His show was by far the best! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise, primarily for two reasons; 1) we wanted to give our graduating high school seniors an end of the year gift and 2) this ship was close to our home in Mississippi. This was our first time to cruise and we went with ... Read More
We chose this cruise, primarily for two reasons; 1) we wanted to give our graduating high school seniors an end of the year gift and 2) this ship was close to our home in Mississippi. This was our first time to cruise and we went with two other families that had cruised before. One couple cruised on the Dream several months earlier. Everyone had a great time. The couple that had recently cruised on the Dream said this time was so much better!. There were plenty of things to do while on board during sea days. We took advantage of every activity we could possibly squeeze in. Finally, on Saturday, our last sea day, we found some great deck chairs at the aft on deck 10 and just crashed. For us newbies, we were amazed at every turn. The entertainment was outstanding each night. The dining room was tons of fun and we probably put on tons of pounds as well. Some nights multiple desserts were ordered by several in our group. I was especially impressed with the friendliness of all staff and crew that we interacted with and with the level of professionalism that each exhibited. We were all made to feel special and important throughout the entire trip. I appreciated how things were organized and how smoothly things seemed to run. if there were problems, we never saw any. Our stateroom (7305) was an interior room. it was comfortable and quiet. We were there to change shower, change clothes and rest. Being close to the center of the boat, it seemed easy to get from our room to just about anywhere on the ship. There were three ports (beside home port) that were all enjoyable. Although the stops in KeyWest and Nassau were good, we loved Freeport the most. We planned a snorkeling excursion. The wind blew and the air was a little cool. However, the water was warm enough for comfort and the fish were abundant. We enjoyed Nassau and visiting the Atlantis and a nearby beach. My wife and I loved each moment and were sad as we had to leave when the cruise ended. Each of our high school seniors had an incredible experience as well.Our other friends loved it too. We all got together, shared pictures, stories and many laughs when we got home. We also started thinking about our next trip - hopefully in the near future. Carnival Dream - did not disappoint! This was a great ship with lots to do and fun places to visit. The newbies and the seasoned travelers all agreed - best vacation ever !! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
I booked the Dream because I was just dying to cruise it as I'd heard many great things about it. I had purchased Faster-to-the Fun so I knew I'd get to board early and start enjoying the experience. The terminal activity was ... Read More
I booked the Dream because I was just dying to cruise it as I'd heard many great things about it. I had purchased Faster-to-the Fun so I knew I'd get to board early and start enjoying the experience. The terminal activity was organized but we still ended up having to wait about 1-1/2 hrs. Before we were allowed to board. All of these hundreds of people were held together in the terminal and then we were ushered on. My cabin was ready and my bags followed shortly. I was very happily surprised and how nice the room was. Iwas happy with the decor on the ship as well and marveled at the giant size of it. Cruise Critic arranged for us to have a "Meet & Mingle" gathering. We were all excited about that. We arrived and there was juice, water and cookies and we were left to our own devices. We talked and got to know each other but had heard that the Meet & Mingle of other ships had been much more organized and fun. They had even had pictures taken by the Carnival crew but we had nothing. One cruiser asked a Pixel rep to take a picture of our large group but after 45 minutes, we all decided to disperse. Loved the ship, loved the ports, loved the food and loved my cabin. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This was our ninth cruise, and it was the best one yet. Carnival never disappoints, and their service is second to none. Everyone is always happy, friendly, and ready to have a good time. I will be loyal to Carnival for life, and the ... Read More
This was our ninth cruise, and it was the best one yet. Carnival never disappoints, and their service is second to none. Everyone is always happy, friendly, and ready to have a good time. I will be loyal to Carnival for life, and the reasons are more than I can list. Excursions: We did the Catamaran Sail and Snorkel in Jamaica, and it was breathtaking. The men working the ship were as friendly as could be, and the coral reefs were gorgeous. For any first-timers, wear sunscreen! The Caribbean sun is much more powerful than you would expect. In Grand Cayman, we did the Jeep tour, which was rather interesting. We visitied several spots on the island, and finished at Tiki Beach. Once again, I had a chance to snorkel, and see the coral reefs. I highly recommend these excursions. Dining: I was overall very pleased with the quality of the food on board. The dining room food was excellent, and our waitress was so friendly. She remembered all of our names from day one, and even had my ginger ale waiting every night. The Guy's Burger Joint was top notch as usual, and even the barbecue was good. The late night hot dogs made me very sick, however. Avoiding one food was not that hard, and I was able to enjoy the rest of my cruise with no ill effects. Entertainment: Carnival is known for its comedy shows, and they were second to none. I laughed so hard that I cried, every single night. The comedians were superb. Their routines are definitely not for those who are easily offended, however, and if you sit in the front row, be prepared to be made fun of. Service: Service was outstanding, and every crew member was extremely friendly. The crew knows how to have fun, and it really showed through the cruise director, and other entertainment staff. Even the room stewards were full of energy. Overall: Winter tends to be the rough season for the Caribbean. This proved to be true on our cruise, as winds were high every night, and seas were a bit high. One night, winds were exceeding 100 km/hr. I was enjoying the rocking and rolling, but that much movement made quite a few people seasick (including our room steward). If you can't handle the movement, I would recommend going in the summer, when seas are calmer. This cruise is perfect for anyone looking for a good, fun, and friendly week on the sea. I will be going on the Carnival Dream again for sure. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2017
This cruise is convenient for me because the Port of New Orleans is only a few hours from my home. The Dream was fun last year, but this year it was a totally different experience because of our cruise director, Chris, the Flying Scotsman, ... Read More
This cruise is convenient for me because the Port of New Orleans is only a few hours from my home. The Dream was fun last year, but this year it was a totally different experience because of our cruise director, Chris, the Flying Scotsman, DJ Verso, and the Fun Team. They were so much fun and constantly had crazy, fun activities going on. My friends and I went to a nice, sophisticated cooking demonstration one minute, and the next minute we were running around the ship on a scavenger hunt. I think this year I enjoyed the ship more than the ports. We did, however, enjoy the ports. We went to Little French Key in Roatan. It was beautiful, and very easy to get to by bus, and we got to see and experience a little of the city by venturing out. Mahogany Bay is lovely as well, and is only a walk away from the port. In Belize, we went snorkeling with rays and nurse sharks. It was a wonderful excursion and well worth the money. In Cozumel, we shopped and ate. It was fun, but I will probably do some type of excursion if I go there again. My disappointment in this cruise was our cabin steward. We NEVER laid eyes on him. Last year, our steward was so attentive, we saw him several times a day. I had even brought a gift this time for our steward. Never saw him. Our room was cleaned daily, and we had turn down service all but one night. But we never met him, and that was very disappointing. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We chose this cruise as we just wanted to cruise for Valentine's Day. It was our third cruise on the Carnival Dream. It was the Dream's first week out of dry dock. I am not sure of all the work done in dry dock, but it ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we just wanted to cruise for Valentine's Day. It was our third cruise on the Carnival Dream. It was the Dream's first week out of dry dock. I am not sure of all the work done in dry dock, but it appeared to me that technology in the main Encore theatre had undergone a very nice upgrade. It also appeared the equipment in the gym had been replaced, which was very nice. Being our third cruise on the Dream we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. The embarkation process was about as normally encountered when cruising on Carnival from New Orleans. No surprises this time. Previous cruises on the Dream we dined in the Scarlet Dining Room, this was our first in the Crimson Dining Room, table 314. We were very pleased with the quality of food, and our Head Waiter, Jay, was excellent. Jay is very friendly and goes out of his way to make his guests dining very memorable. One of the things we love about cruising is making new friends while dining. We were very blessed with great dining companions on this cruise. The current cruise director on the Carnival Dream, Chris, The Flying Scotsman, is absolutely, hands down, the most talented cruise director I have experienced across all my cruises. And... if you love AC/DC, you will love Chris!!! One my personal reasons for continuing to cruise has been my experience with the cover bands which has always been on my Carnival cruises. There was not a typical cover band on this cruise, and I was concerned how the music experience would be on this cruise. Apparently Carnival does not have a live "Show" band for shows in the theatre on the Dream any more. It seems they have taken show musicians and put together bands to perform in the main lounge area, Ocean Plaza on the Promenade deck. I don't want to take anything from these musicians, they are all excellent musicians, and play their instruments quite well, but the experience is very different from say a four person cover band which has played together for years. For my taste I prefer the cover bands. The majority of Carnival guests are probably not as music oriented as I am. I'm an old 70's rock and roller and the new format just doesn't appeal as much to me. That being said, my concern for music experience on this cruise was quickly dispelled. I was quite surprised by the Sky Breeze String Trio. This trio often performed in the Dream Atrium. The trio consists of a first violin, second violin and viola. They play with accompaniment tracks and cover a wide variety of music genres from Adele to Michael Jackson to the Beatles to Led Zepplin. The Sky Breeze Strings Trio was absolutely the music highlight of this cruise for me! In most cases if they were playing, I was there enjoying it. Each member of the trio is very talented on their respective instrument plus they are very nice people who are appreciate of the guests who enjoy their music. I noticed a lot of the same guests were there a lot. I recommend to any Carnival guests who find they have the Sky Breeze String Trio on board to check them out. Carnival "hit a home run" with this trio. We enjoyed our this cruise so much that we are considering cruising on the Carnival Dream again this year. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
My wife and I cruised with five other couples and had a blast! To get the negative out of the way, the ONLY issue we had was the hot tubs consistently being closed and the staff not having a consistent explanation about it. The two ... Read More
My wife and I cruised with five other couples and had a blast! To get the negative out of the way, the ONLY issue we had was the hot tubs consistently being closed and the staff not having a consistent explanation about it. The two hot tubs on the Serenity Deck were not open a total of a full day. Of the seven days only one of the two was open three days and that was ONLY for a couple of hours each. IF you could find a working hot tub on the ship it was filled with kids. My frustration was so high, that I spoke with Guest Relations. The employee went from "they are open" to "the chemicals aren't right" to "it's an issue from the yard period" to "we are aware of the problem" ALL in the same sentence. BESIDES THIS, it was a GREAT cruise!!! SHIP. As I mentioned above we were the first passengers on after the yard period. Read previous reviews about dated and stained carpets and I can say that this yard period took care of this. All of the Carnival ships I have been on have had (what I consider) gaudy d├ęcor. Was NOT the case last week. I really like the new look. DINING. We sat the 8:15 dining in the 4th deck dining aft. I can say without a doubt the BEST dinner service we have had in five cruises! Out staff was amazing! On every other cruise the staff was slow and dinner was painful but Not with Greggorio as our senior waiter. He and his folks were prompt, courteous and provided OUTSTANDING service. Carnival Greggorio DESERVES a promotion!!!! Guy's Burgers was added in the yard period and the food was GREAT!!! Tacos and Burritos at the bar were amazing, only drawback was them only having one person work each side which caused longer wait times. Indian Food. Things that make you want to go hmmmm. Food was good, but didn't see too many folks taking advantage of it. I think this is a niche cuisine and the space could be used for other types of food service. We ate breakfast on the 10th deck every day. I'm not much of a cafeteria line kind of guy, but the eggs-to-order were amazing. Carnival has added a nice touch to this area. They have folks walking around providing service (drink refills etc). These folks were GREAT, with perky personalities who would stop and chat. We enjoyed this new approach. ENTERTAINMENT. Was pretty good. The string trio was really good, but by the end of the end of the end of the cruise... The singing duo in the Atrium was NOT impressive at all. There are some song renditions that I've never heard before...for a reason. Carnival can do better with this. Also, something VERY unique...the piano bar guy played guitar and not the piano??? SERVICE. Service was OUTSTANDING! We spent the majority of our time on the Serenity Deck and Imade (from Indonesia) was FREAKING AMAZING! If you go up there he only needs your folio number ONCE, he'll remember every time after. His personality is WELL suited for what he does! PORTS. Ocho Rios...Bought the Dunns River Falls and beach party, GREAT excursion. DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT buy the video or picture DVD. $40 I'll never see again. All of 17 seconds of video and 7 seconds of pictures. This was a TOTAL WASTE! Grand Cayman, first time there and did our own thing at the beach. Great place with LOTS of shopping!!! Cozumel, been there on EVERY cruise so we hopped on a taxi and went to a private beach. Cozumel is Cozumel! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We chose this cruise because our friends had booked it previously and they wanted to go to these islands. We have never been to any of the islands so thought it would be fun to go with friends. From embarkation to debarkation ... Read More
We chose this cruise because our friends had booked it previously and they wanted to go to these islands. We have never been to any of the islands so thought it would be fun to go with friends. From embarkation to debarkation everything was wonderful. We dined in the Chefs Art Steakhouse on Valentine's Day and the food and service were better than any land restaurant we have been too. My fiance is a huge steak critic and he was blown away. On regular dinners we enjoyed seeing our favorite waiter - Edward. Always with a smile on his face. We really couldn't believe he remembered our names and folio numbers (for drinks of course, after the first night of dining. He was always happy to explain any dishes and was very attentive. He is truly a diamond in the rough. Outside my cabin I was always greeted with a smile from Imead and his team. Even when he was all the way down the hall - he would always wave and make sure we had enough towels and anything else we needed! The room was always so clean and neat when we would come back - it was refreshing! One night when wandering the halls we came upon the Piano bar. We came in while Bradley was playing the guitar and my fiance is a huge music fan wanted to sit down and have a drink (this was at 7pm), we left at 12 midnight - after Bradley played the piano man, Patrick came in, and apparently this guy has a HUGE following! He was amazing. He played all different genres and had a way with the audience. We ended up going there almost every night after dinner to listen to them. I am telling you that those young men are going to make it someday in the music industry. You can feel their passion for what they do. We booked a couples massage for Valentines Day and we had both never had a massage before! We were pleasantly surprised!! It was an amazing experience for both of us. We did not however like the up-selling of the items at the end. I would think that they might recommend them, but they almost made you feel like you had to purchase them. If you travel for Jamaica, Grand Cayman or Ocho Rios - book an excursion outside of the ship and you will save a LOT of money. We did our research and checked out TripAdvisor before booking. We did a stingray encounter and snorkling trip in Grand Cayman for $45 each person! I had heard some cons about Carnival but I am glad I gave it a chance. I am now strictly a Carnival cruiser - we have already been looking for our next cruise. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We traveled on the Dream with our daughter, son-in-law and 2 grand children ages 10 and 7. I have cancer and have made a effort this last 6 months to make lasting memories for my kids and grandkids. This time we had spa rooms. We liked ... Read More
We traveled on the Dream with our daughter, son-in-law and 2 grand children ages 10 and 7. I have cancer and have made a effort this last 6 months to make lasting memories for my kids and grandkids. This time we had spa rooms. We liked them very much as did our 40 something kids. It was convenient and close to the kids program. Everyone did a little something different each day. We were together off and on during sea days, and always at dinner. The food was very good. Our 7 yr old grandson had the flat iron steak every night and many of us also had the chocolate melting cake, with two ice creams also. We hired Glen Harwood from Jamaicaexplore who was very knowledgable and trust worthy. He is not just a driver but a professional tour guide. We went to Sun Valley Plantation and Firefly. It was obvious Glen is like family to these establishments and made every effort to see to our comfort. He's a good man and a very good driver. We enjoyed both very much and ate at Scotchies for lunch. We then went to the Royal Palms where we rented a Cabana and snorkeled on 7 mile beach. This was a good beginning snorkel beach. The price, facilities and service were excellent. We finished up in Cozumel by taking a cab to Chunkanaab Beach and daughter and granddaughter swam with dolphins and manatees. Cab was very reasonable as was entry fee. On board this is the second time we have had photos taken at the Dream Studios. I have read here some people find it expensive. But if anyone has ever paid for a professional photographer at home this is comparable. The books are beautiful. The photographer we had was Jessica Rosslee. She was an amazing photographer who specializes in outdoor shots. What I liked the most is what I remember from cruising the blue caribbean and of course her ability to capture moments. Having cancer I am especially happy to have these memories captured for my children and grandchildren. It was worth the cost. They have many packages and I have found both on the Dream and Vista to be very helpful and willing to work with you on what you want to spend. I found it easier to do the photo sessions and not the long lines and looking for photos. The lighting and quality of photos where so touching. Then we were able to enjoy the cruise. The new show called Motor City was very good as well. My wife prepaid and we were given special spa room rates. I tried acupuncture for the first time. Our kids liked being able to drop kids at club and go relax in one of many spa areas. The food and service was very good. I had forgotten it was Mardi Gras when I booked but it was an easy embarkment. The debarkation went well although we did have a difficult time finding a porter. We live in Mobile, AL so it was a few short hours drive. Our children live in Denver and got reasonable one way flights from Southwest, who allow you more than the single bag. It is an older ship but not shabby and they recently updated the restaurants. We did the Dr Suess things as well as the breakfast and it was very good. The kids loved it. And only $5 a person. We had a memorable time. It meant a lot to us all to be able to do this. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2017
We wanted to leave out of New Orleans and this cruise had the ports we wanted to visit. Wish we had been able to see Coba Mayan ruins when we were in Cozumel but our excursion had been cancelled so we did the Mayan Ball Game excursion and ... Read More
We wanted to leave out of New Orleans and this cruise had the ports we wanted to visit. Wish we had been able to see Coba Mayan ruins when we were in Cozumel but our excursion had been cancelled so we did the Mayan Ball Game excursion and it was great. We had a good time at 7 mile beach in Grand Cayman. We went to Royal Palms. May rent a cabana next time we are there. The Ultimate Thrill Seekers excursion in Jamaica was great. It was our first time on a zip line. Have already booked another cruise on the Dream. Our room steward Gusti was the best. He took very good care of our room and us. We ate over evening meal in the dining room and we had any time dining. The food was very good. I liked the water slides and it was very relaxing in the adults only area. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2017
My husband and i went on a carnival dream last january and took our inlaws with us. We absolutely loved everything about our cruise.the food was great we loved hanging out by the deli and the pizza place.at dinner time we had and amazing ... Read More
My husband and i went on a carnival dream last january and took our inlaws with us. We absolutely loved everything about our cruise.the food was great we loved hanging out by the deli and the pizza place.at dinner time we had and amazing team who served us dinner. Wassana and her team were the best at serving delicious meals and made sure we had a great time.they went above and beyoung for us !!! And we apreciate them. Our excursions were awesome too we did a beach/resort in jamaica with great food included , had a great time in crand cayman and cozumel as well.overal the whole crew was amazing.the debarcation was very organized and everything went smooth. We are currently booking our next trip for august 2018 to the eastern carrebian ,and we are so looking forward to it and so our children. We are hoping for another awesome expirence with carnival dream and we love jason the cruise director he is very cool and entertaining.!!! from tatyana and jim yamry. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was my 13th Carnival Cruise and the Dream didn't disappoint!! We flew into New Orleans two days prior so we can do some sightseeing as we've never been there before.. We stayed at the OMNI New Orleans French quarter ... Read More
This was my 13th Carnival Cruise and the Dream didn't disappoint!! We flew into New Orleans two days prior so we can do some sightseeing as we've never been there before.. We stayed at the OMNI New Orleans French quarter and enjoyed the hotel very much as it was right in the middle of it ... we enjoyed the most walking down Bourbon Street and doing all the sightseeing by foot. I highly recommend staying here if you want to see everything by foot.. On Sunday morning we woke up about 8:30am in the morning, had a quick bite to eat and decided to take a Uber car to the port. $7 includes tip... no hassle what so ever.. Embarkation was extremely smooth with no hassles. The scattered in times were perfect as the crowds were minimal.. great move Carnival... check in to boarding the ship took 20 minutes. Although we did have FTTF, we felt everything was organized. After boarding the ship we went directly to our room to drop off our carry on luggage, FTTF allowed us access and our room was ready.. we were about to 15th boarded. We were hungry and knew we were going to hit long lines at the wok if we didn't take a dash to it right away. "Right Move" as we were already the 6th person in line. And let me say the line never was shorter the rest of the cruise. Remember this!! OK my expectations of the ships condition was a bit concerning as it is about to enter drydock.. I was extremely surprised at the condition of the ship. I would've never known it was about to go into drydock.. this ship was spotless! Service throughout the cruise was excellent.. A few minor hiccups here and there but who's perfect.. The friendly smiles always made up for something that might've gone wrong but it was never anything of concern.. The ships shows were excellent I understand that the live band will not longer be on the ship after drydock and that's too bad because they were amazing to have.. All of our ports were OK.. I really won't go into those because the cruise really have nothing to do with anything we did on shore... and everything that we did was on own so I could never hold the cruise line accountable. I will say that we went to Mr. Sancho's in Cozumel and had a blast. Sorry Carnival... The food? Well we did everything, Chefs Table, Steakhouse, and main dining.. all were excellent and the service was excellent. Great job by all... we hung out with a chef a couple times and I have to tell you he was very very very good.. he really cares about his food... Because of the experience we had we have rebooked for my 50th birthday. I can't wait because it will have all the new 2.0 items on the ship.. This will only enhance the beautiful ship that it has already become. I highly recommend this cruise!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Living in Orlando and close to 4 ports we drove to New Orleans for the first time to cruise with very dear friends that work on the Dream. This was our 14th cruise on Carnival and our 3rd on the Dream. Embarkation went smoothly, ... Read More
Living in Orlando and close to 4 ports we drove to New Orleans for the first time to cruise with very dear friends that work on the Dream. This was our 14th cruise on Carnival and our 3rd on the Dream. Embarkation went smoothly, went to the Captain's lounge around 11 and was on the ship by 1130. Leaving the port of New Orleans was very different than leaving out of ports in Florida. Cruising down the Mississippi River for several hours was quite entertaining and scenic. Would definitely cruise out of New Orleans again but next time will fly in, not fond of that drive. The Dream is a nice ship but it definitely needs it's dry dock in February to catch up with the Breeze and Magic. No Alchemy Bar, Guy's Burger and other 2.0 upgrades but we knew that going on. We had the early dining and was out by 715 every night. We did see long wait lines and pagers for the my time dining and heard one couple tell the bar staff they have been waiting 40 minutes. Entertainment was good although we've seen most of the productions before but the Punchliner Comedy shows were good. The only negative is that they make you wait in line 30 to 40 minutes before the show to get in and the line goes all the way down the promenade on deck 5 past the piano bar and to the entrance of the Caliente dance club. Some people were in line not even knowing that they were waiting in line, they thought the promenade was just backed up because of the photographs that were being taken on the promenade for formal night. Only one staff member was at the entrance of the club telling people the end of the line is down the promenade by the night club. The club was always standing room only so they should think about moving these shows to a bigger venue where it will not cause so much chaos. Service was excellent everywhere on the ship although this was our first experience with the once a day room turn down. At first we didn't care for it but after 2 days we actually started liking the steward coming in the morning and not having to worry about him coming in again in the evening. Our first port was Costa Maya. We decided to leave the port area this time and catch a cab to downtown. Well that was the plan but you have to walk out the gate of the port where you join a total unorganized taxi area filled with tour sellers and an overall free for all to get a cab. It probably didn't help the 4 ships were in port that day including the Allure of the Seas. After about 30 minutes of this nonsense we went back to the ship and enjoyed a relaxing day at Serenity. In Cozumel we always go with our friends to this great restaurant downtown they found which I can't remember the name. Catching a taxi in Cozumel was a lot easier than in Costa. Disembarkation was the best we have ever seen. We chose to walk off with our luggage since we had a long drive home. We went to the designated dining room for Diamond and Platinum guest and were off the ship by 645 A.M. and on the road home by 715. Overall a great cruise with great friends. Read Less
28 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Our family traveled to New Orleans for a cruise on the Carnival Dream from Dec 26-Jan 3, 2017. It was AMAZING. I had read so many reviews leading up to the cruise that I was a nervous wreck. Embarkation. I was prepared for this to be ... Read More
Our family traveled to New Orleans for a cruise on the Carnival Dream from Dec 26-Jan 3, 2017. It was AMAZING. I had read so many reviews leading up to the cruise that I was a nervous wreck. Embarkation. I was prepared for this to be hell. It was fast and easy. We arrived at the time we had chosen and we were on the boat with a drink in our hand within 45 minutes. Our cabin was ready at about 3:00 and our bags showed up about the same time. The cabin was clean and everything was in order. I quickly put away the giant bottles of water that are $3.75 each and told the kids to drink (not waste) the 12 pack of water I had ordered before sailing. Our cabin Steward was Wahyu, we tipped him $20 on the first day and he kept everything perfect. I asked for and recieved extra hangers (even though the reviews said it was impossible to get extras). Our room was 9393, it was a great location, we only had neighbors on one side of us. My whole family overpacked for this cruise.... I would suggest going to your suitcase and taking out half of what you put in there... beds were comfy (kids said the fold out beds were hard as a rock) pillows were super soft, no bed bugs, no bugs at all... I was also worried about if the kids would like the kids club areas? According to reviews, they sucked and were never open.... our kids 10 and 17 LOVED everything about them. We had no issues with them not being open, the only issue we had was getting out 10 year old to leave. She made so many friends there that she was crying the night before we left... Our 17 year old stayed out till 6am the final night with all the friends he had met in the club as well. We paid extra for our daughter to stay at the Night Owls party until 1 AM twice as well. They kept the kids busy with crafts, games and karaoke. Food was another thing I was stressed about after reading reviews.... once we were on the ship we found our way around and we all had plenty to eat. The formal dining in the Crimson restaurant was great. Our waiter let us order more than one of everything so we could try all the different things, from alligator to frog legs... we tried everything on the menu over 8 days. I am also here to tell you I gained 5 pounds and I am pretty sure it's because of the chocolate melting cake. We used room service for late night cravings (BLT's were amazing!) and we all ate our fair share of pizza. Pizza was another thing the reviews had me worried about.... it was fine, great, good.... nothing wrong with it at all. It's a thin crust pizza, made fast, it's hot and good. If you walk all the way to the front of the boat ( I think it's the front) you will find a sandwich shop... made to order sandwiches... very very good. The only thing we never found that we liked was salad dressing... it was all off a little. Everywhere you look you will see someone with an ice cream cone.... the entire cruise. I tried the Mongolan Wok on the final day at sea.... OMG I didn't read the sauce sign very well.... it was hot as HELL! the flavor was good but there was no way I could eat it. I had made to order eggs for breakfast everyday and the rest of the family had omelets, the line was steady but moved fast. Entertainment reviews said the shows were below average and there wasn't much to do at sea... I disagree with that. We went to the breakdancing show, 4 comedy shows, bingo, triva show, love and marriage show, piano bar, kids show, etc.... and they were all great! There was one comedian (older white lady) who sucked but both the guy comedians were hilarious! Do not sit in the front row unless you are ready to be "part of the show". If you go to the comedy shows, arrive early (like 30 minutes....) to get a good seat. Really I would arrive at least 20 minutes early to all of the shows, to get the seat you want. Take advantage of the Fun Times and plan out your evenings, there is so much to see and do. There were also a few nights that the had "Dive IN" movies... on the deck. Playing current movies. (Bad moms, suicide squad) Our cruise director was Jase. He had more energy than a three year old drinking Mt.Dew. He was always somewhere, doing something to get people involved and having fun. We were on the "fun" ship after all. All of the staff had a great time. I never saw anyone in a bad mood (for 8 days!) There were people from all corners of the world and the most asked question was "where are you from"... which almost always led to a friendship. It makes me wish that we could all treat each other this way everyday, no matter where we are at. The pool.... I know you are all wondering about the pool. So as soon as I got to the boat, I ripped off my dress and jumped in the pool on the main deck. It was cold as hell, but only for about 3 seconds... then my body realized this was the beginning of something great! I had the whole thing to myself for about 20 minutes before a few brave kids decided to join me! Over the 8 days the pool would have it's very crowded moments, and it's empty moments. The deck chairs fill up fast even though people aren't supposed to "save" them for later.... We did take our own beach towels, which our daughter liked because all the other chairs had the blue carnival towels on them, making ours very easy to spot. The Serenity deck (adults only) was always full as well.... I think people slept up there or something... we were never able to find a place to sit there. We booked 2 excursions through Carnival... Mahogany Bay we booked The Big French Key. This was based on reading reviews before the cruise but all the reviews were for the Little French Key (which wasn't an option for an excursion)... the description led us to believe it was the same thing. We were wrong. Very wrong. The Big French Key sucks, but it connects to The Little French Key so you get to sit there all day and watch the people who somehow ended up there having all the fun. Don't make this mistake, you will spend the day regretting it. We were supposed to be there for like 5 hours and ended up only being there maybe 3 hours...The bus ride to and from this place was an adventure, and a true test to my heart.... armed men with GIANT guns stand in front of gas stations and banks here (CRAZY). We also booked an excursion in Belize to swim with sharks and rays. This was a very disorganized beginning. We waited for 30 minutes in a line because a woman and her child were in the rest room... then we waited again because the group ahead of us hadn't left yet.... then we took a 35 minute boat ride to the place we were to snorkel at the big reef.... for me this is where my day went downhill fast.... I had take the seasick patch off my ear the night before due to my vision being so blurred that the whole world looked like a watercolor painting)... I put on my gear plopped into the ocean and began to bob up and down with the waves.... very very quickly I realized this was NOT going to end well for me. After about 10 minutes of trying to tell myself I would be ok, and in the midst of a panic attack I decided I needed to go back to the boat. My husband and kids LOVED this whole trip. I am so upset with myself for taking the patch off the night before... once we finished snorkeling here, everyone got back into the boat and headed to where the sharks and rays were at. This is NOT your amusement park, swim with sharks situation.... this is swim with sharks and rays in the freaking middle of the ocean. I wanted to try so i jumped back out of the boat... I watched as my family swam off in all different directions, my heart began to race.... there were stingrays EVERYWHERE! The excursion people come to this spot day after day and feed the animals so they are "domestic" or used to people. So we are in the water while they are throwing food into the water.... ummmm no. I'm out. I go back to the boat. My family LOVED this!! They will be talking about this day for years to come. After this we went to shore to some little bar where we ate cold food that was ordered while we were on the boat... my advice is to NOT order when they ask you what you want... walk down the island 50 feet and people are cooking all kinds of fish and lobster right there on grills. We stayed on land for about 90 minutes and then back to the boat.... they had a "treat" for us.... those of us who were not sick like me. They began passing rum punch around and told us we would be stopping to feed the Tarpon. For those of you who don't know what Tarpon are.... they are HUGE fish! They gave all the children a cup of "food" and they all had a great time feeding them (I sat with my head down listening as my son told my daughter "I'm gonna see if one of them will bite onto my hand." I was sick enough that I didn't even try to stop him. He now has some amazing footage of 3 giant fish leaping out of the water to "taste" his fist.) My husband told me the Rum Punch would help me feel better, it did not. The 35 minute trip back was terrible, I was sick and now I had to use the restroom because I drank the damn punch! If you are adventurous, and do not get seasick book this excursion. In Costa Maya my husband and son went to Tequila Beach and found someone there to take them fishing for 4 hours, my daughter and I went to the public beach and went snorkeling. It was beautiful clear water. We had a great time. Then we headed to Tequila Beach (even though the cab driver said we couldn't get in, because it was a private beach.... we walked right on in, and started asking around trying to find out where the fishing boat would dock at) we spent about an hour snorkeling here while waiting for the guys to return, and then another hour swimming with them and no one ever said we couldn't be there. I did notice that almost everyone had a red wristband on, but none the less we were never asked for ours. We also decided to "wing it" in Cozumel. We ended up at a place called "Sky Reef" even though we asked the cab driver to take us to Tortiga Beach. We had been told from a guy selling tours that Tortiga beach was a clean and free beach, we will never know. Once arriving at Sky Reef we paid $15 each to get in and snorkel. The price was to include the gear and a free drink for everyone. We never got the drinks.... the place was small and the beach area sucked. No sand, all rocks. It was a great place to snorkel though and we ended up having a good time. I will always wonder where that free beach was though... We headed back to port and shopped till we dropped since this was our last stop we had to spend all the money... LOL. As you can tell we had a great time, it was 8 days of no phones, and I think that was my favorite part. My family connected with each other again. We talked, we laughed, we tried different things. Every night was like "date night" for my husband and I, who rarely get to spend time alone. There is a drink you must try, it's called "Kiss on the Lips". It's mango and strawberry, frozen paradise. Stay away from the casino, you are NOT going to win in there. The watches they sell are very poor quality, my son bought one that broke a day later. But get out there and enjoy all there is to do. Enjoy the people you are with, and get to know some new people! We paid about $800 per person for this cruise($3200), another $200 for gratuity, our sign and sail bill was $1200 and I'm sure we spent $1000 on other crap. It was so worth it! And we live a very modest lifestyle, not the "money is no object" lifestyle. We are already talking about saving to take this same cruise next Christmas. Thank you Carnival for a wonderful 8 days! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
really needed this get away for the hoildays , This was my first cruse i was so excited i was noy let down in any way , The staff was so amassing to me they went out of there way to make my trip the best it it couid be , The food was to ... Read More
really needed this get away for the hoildays , This was my first cruse i was so excited i was noy let down in any way , The staff was so amassing to me they went out of there way to make my trip the best it it couid be , The food was to die for the best i have ever eaten .i tryed new thing that i had never thougt pf eating befor , My cabin we very nice i Loved the bed it was so nice i loved that the stewatdess Yuli she new my name and always made me feel at home i love the towle animils on my bed every dayi thank you for hiring great peapol . The bar tenders where so nice . the photographers where excellent there was one that really took his time to make sure he got the best shots Rajan i purchased all of the ones he took of me, I also had a photo shoot with Billy mendoza it to was excellent, What can i say abut the entertainment outstanding wandeful and a lot of it i enjoyed evey minute of it i really enjoyed listening to Jessie Horn he is a great singer and a nice person too, I also enjoyed jacze by i said by i love it. the dancers where wanderful too, In all my experience was the best time ever for me .i will be cruesing again with the dream thank you , Read Less
Sail Date: December 2016
This is the 2nd time I have sailed the Dream. The Comedy clubs and shows are great on this ship, and Guy's Burger Joint is the best. Great modern ship with great food and relaxation! They have the Cove Balcony on this ship which puts ... Read More
This is the 2nd time I have sailed the Dream. The Comedy clubs and shows are great on this ship, and Guy's Burger Joint is the best. Great modern ship with great food and relaxation! They have the Cove Balcony on this ship which puts you at water level with a very private balcony. The sun and rain do not find you on the balcony and it is very private with a great place to sit and relax and enjoy the water swirling by below. Also, the Cove Balconies are at the center of the ship on a lower level so there is less "Motion of the Ocean" here so it is more serene and less worries about seasickness at this location. Cabin is roomy and clean with great service. Food at the main dinning is excellent plus good choices for lunch. All of the ship was clean with good service. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Sunrises and Sunsets are the best thing since wedding cake! My hubby and I ordered breakfast daily to eat on the balcony. This was our 25 wedding anniversary present to ourselves! We had been planning it for several months and were so ... Read More
Sunrises and Sunsets are the best thing since wedding cake! My hubby and I ordered breakfast daily to eat on the balcony. This was our 25 wedding anniversary present to ourselves! We had been planning it for several months and were so excited when December 11th arrived! We drove in to New Orleans and spent the night at the Hilton Garden Inn in the French Quarter. When it was time to embark the process was painless other than being very anxious to get on board and start cruising. Our room was very nice and the bed was very comfortable. We had to store our suitcases in the shower because we brought the biggest suitcases we owned stuffed full of things we thought we would need. The Carnival Dream Nauti N Nice crew were the best and we had so much fun meeting them and spending time getting to know one another. Wonderful memories! Thanks Carnival it was a Dream! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
I honestly don't understand all the negative reviews lately. This was by far my best cruise trip ever. All bar staff, sales staff, and dining staff were top notch. Jase was our cruise director and was very entertaining. Embarkation ... Read More
I honestly don't understand all the negative reviews lately. This was by far my best cruise trip ever. All bar staff, sales staff, and dining staff were top notch. Jase was our cruise director and was very entertaining. Embarkation was very smooth and easy. I was on the ship by 11:30. Debarkation wasn't quite as smooth as embarkation, but I do not believe that is Carnivals fault because you have 3600 people all trying to do the same thing at the same time. Ocho Rios was the only negative of the trip but it is what it is. I will be booking my next cruise very soon and I can not wait to go with Carnival again. Food was great the entire trip. The only problem with it was that I ate to much. I strongly recommend getting the Cheers package. If you will have more than 6 drinks per day it pays for itself pretty quickly. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
we chose this cruise because some friends of our had been on it a couple of times. and they said it was great and man was they right. (We booked for 2017 before we left the boat) . cabin 6434 was nice,quite, and had a great sterward . the ... Read More
we chose this cruise because some friends of our had been on it a couple of times. and they said it was great and man was they right. (We booked for 2017 before we left the boat) . cabin 6434 was nice,quite, and had a great sterward . the entertainment was first class and we booked our excursuions thru the cruise and was also well pleased with those. can't wait for nov. 26th 2017 so we can go again. don;t know what all we can say about it. the whole staff was great and and like i say out stewrd was one that would be hard to beet. my wife went to the spa and got the tip to toe treatment and said it was to die for. and of corse the food was great and seamed to never end. well it never did we had a great breakfast before we left the boat on sunday morning. Looking forward to our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
We left from New Orleans, a short 2.5hr drive. Getting on and off was easy. We had inside cabins and they were roomy and nice. We cruised the western Caribbean. Stopping in Ocho Rios, visiting humming bird sanctuary. Got to feed them. ... Read More
We left from New Orleans, a short 2.5hr drive. Getting on and off was easy. We had inside cabins and they were roomy and nice. We cruised the western Caribbean. Stopping in Ocho Rios, visiting humming bird sanctuary. Got to feed them. Then ate at a jerk chick restaurant near airport. Stopped at Dewars and visited local grocery to stock up on coffee and beer. Next Grand Cayman easy cab ride to Royal Palms, renting beach cabana, then Cozumel where we ate out at three amigos and shopped. It was very relaxing cruise. Loved the shows. Our room Stewart was amazing as were our wait staff. Ate in Steakhouse and loved it. The spa is super nice on this ship. Love the spa thermal hit tub and different steam rooms. Everyone was nice on the ship. The cruise director Jase was very energetic. The trivia was fun. Will definitely do again as they upgraded food areas in Jan. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
Halloween on the Carnival Dream is always a great time. Scarlett Dining room crew were wonderful, food delicious, service great. Cruise director Jase also good. Interior room on lido was convenient and cool with great 1x day morning ... Read More
Halloween on the Carnival Dream is always a great time. Scarlett Dining room crew were wonderful, food delicious, service great. Cruise director Jase also good. Interior room on lido was convenient and cool with great 1x day morning service-our choice. Room steward was awesome. Good entertainment, loved the spa & serenity area. We will be back next year! Husbands enjoyed their Carnival excursion golfing in Cozumel. All of us enjoyed the private cabana rental in Mahogany Bay Roatan. We did not leave ship in Belize due to rain and no desire to see Belize. We did not use casino at all, enjoyed the mini golf. The Halloween festivities were great and we enjoyed the party. Only made it to 1 show-Dancing in the Streets which had been updated and was enjoyable. We do wish that Carnival would go back to a regular talent show for guests instead of Legends show which is getting stale & old as "singers" never change. All in all a great time!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
The Dream is a great ship compared to my last cruise on the Fasanation. The staff as always were fantastic. I'm amazed out how hard they work and they should be tipped well for all that they do each and everyday! No real complaints ... Read More
The Dream is a great ship compared to my last cruise on the Fasanation. The staff as always were fantastic. I'm amazed out how hard they work and they should be tipped well for all that they do each and everyday! No real complaints other than I wish Carnival was like Princss and offered surf and turf at dinner without the additional cost. I think we pay enough for the cruise to have steak and lobster anytime we want at dinner. I booked all of my excursions on my own. I booked three excursions at three different ports for the price of one on Carnival. Just make sure you read their reviews and make sure they have good ones and a guarantee to get you back to port! Th ship offers plenty of entertainment for all ages. If you ever stop in Belize make sure you check out Butts Up Cave Tubing and book with them. They are top notch and have your tubes waiting on you ready at the tubing site. All the other companies that I saw made the people carry their own tubes. 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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