25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Embarkation/Debarkation. Seamless as usual with FTTF. 15 minutes from curb to cabin. Debarkation was very organized and fairly quick. Ship. The Dream is beautiful. Kind of hard to figure why she's going into drydock. Fairly easy to ... Read More
Embarkation/Debarkation. Seamless as usual with FTTF. 15 minutes from curb to cabin. Debarkation was very organized and fairly quick. Ship. The Dream is beautiful. Kind of hard to figure why she's going into drydock. Fairly easy to navigate. There are many different areas for each taste also. If you like quiet, there's the double decked Serenity area. Active and in a party mood, there's the main Lido Deck pool. The aft pool is a bit more laid back. The Ocean Plaza/Lanai, personally I think is the best place on the ship for just chilling and relaxing. Cabin. We had Cove Balcony room 2375. Room was spotless and ready to go when we got on board at 1145am, but, having FTTF might have been a part of this. Good sized room, and wait for it.. LOVED the bathroom! I've seen some complaints about the size of the shower. I am big guy (BIG GUY) and I had ZERO issues with the shower. Bed was comfortable and linens were excellent. Bed was super comfortable. SMALL, teeny, tiny criticisms... The bed frame was showing the whole time, no matter how many times the bed skirt was fixed by Paul, our steward. Carpet had two real bad wear areas. Bathroom door you had to push/pull HARD to get it to close. Think these might be one of the aging things that might be addressed with drydock. EVERY lampshade was loose and floppy. Easy fix by tightening down the screw-nut that held them in place, but...Being so close to the water was fantastic. If we ever sail on a ship with cove balconies again, we will DEFINITELY book one. Dining. Here's where bigger is not necessarily better. We've cruised on Carnival's smaller ships (Fascination, Elation) and found the food in ALL venues to be outstanding with a good selection. The Dream, ehhhh, not so much. I think with the extra dining venues available, the buffet especially has suffered. The selection was fairly limited and the food was "ok" at best. Only one or two items changed for breakfast the entire trip. Lunch and Dinner we're "ok" but the selection and quality were average at best. With that being said. Meals in the MDR were spectacular. Sea Day Brunch and Dinners were beyond criticism when it came to selection and quality. And, if you ever find yourself on a Carnival ship with a Steakhouse... GO! Make the reservation and go. It's more than worth the cost. My suggestions to Carnival would be be up the quality/selection in The Gathering, and keep the other venues (besides Pizza Pirate and The Deli) open more than just for lunch. Entertainment. If you're bored, it's your own fault. There is so much to do on board, you could never, ever do everything available in 7 days. Encore shows were good. Punchliner Club was great as usual. The music in Ocean Plaza was top notch. There was always something going on if you wanted to do something by Jase and his crew. Shore Excursions. We did the Rose Hall tour in Jamaica, with a mini tour of the area to and from. Very good tour, informative, and low key/pressure. Grand Cayman we swam with the skates. What an awesome experience. I did not want to leave. In waist deep crystal clear Caribbean water with these magnificent creatures around you was an experience I will never forget. DO IT! In Cozumel, we just had some lunch, a few cocktails and people watched while soaking up the island life at Three Amigos. And of course, hit the Dufry (duty free shops) hard and heavy... LOL... Service. OK... Before I go any further, I have to say, I have never, EVER seen a more hard working and dedicated crew with the sole purpose of making sure your vacation experience was the best it could be. There was not one crew member that I could find any fault with at all. These fantastic people work long hours doing hard work, and they should be not only congratulated and honored for it, they should be recognized and thanked by the passengers and tipped accordingly. Spare me the "pre-paid gratuities" line. Stop being so damn cheap. With that... Carnival... GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER! You are working you staff to death. You seemed to have about doubled the workload of your cabin stewards and wait staff (both food and beverage) at least on this ship. Only on our LAST sea day were ALL the hot-tubs and corresponding bars open. How did we notice this? Because trying to find a cocktail waiter was almost as hard as trying to find a needle in a haystack. Particularly in the Ocean Plaza and Lanai, but also on the Panorama Deck. Two days, the Casino Bar AND Plaza bar were closed, no wait staff available and had to trudge up to the Lido deck where only ONE bar was open. Dining room waiters worked their butts off trying to keep folks happy, and did an EXCELLENT job of it considering they seemed to have a 12-14 table of various sizes station. Special shout outs to Eugene and Drazen, Ocean Plaza bartenders. Faith, Ocean Plaza waitress. Agung, who not only was a busboy/clean up guy in the Ocean Plaza but found he did double duty as a linen guy also. Wassana who was never without a "good morning", huge smile and asking if we were having a good time in the Gathering for breakfast. Paul, our cabin steward who I swear stayed in our closet, because every time we came back to our room, no matter what time, it was straightened up and spotlessly clean. And last, but never ever least. The amazing wait staff in the Crimson Dining Room for dinner and Scarlet Dining Room for Sea Day Brunch. We had anytime dining so didn't have the same wait staff more than once, but each and everyone were perfection, considering the work load placed upon them. And although unseen, special thanks should be given to the kitchen staff as well, because without them, the wait staff couldn't do their jobs at serving such excellent meals. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Jan 8th voyage, Carnival Dream, Cabin 7219 We chose to take the Carnival Dream out of NOLA because we'd been in all the other 50 states but had never been to Louisiana. Unfortunately, it was so cold (read: 40 freaking degrees) when ... Read More
Jan 8th voyage, Carnival Dream, Cabin 7219 We chose to take the Carnival Dream out of NOLA because we'd been in all the other 50 states but had never been to Louisiana. Unfortunately, it was so cold (read: 40 freaking degrees) when we reached New Orleans, we still don't feel we've seen the city. The Dream is the largest ship we've ever cruised on before, but it was fairly easy to get around. It was clean and well-appointed. Our cabin stewards and dining room servers were terrific. I accomplished my goal of sliding down the giant Twister water slide! As always, there were more activities than we had time to participate in. Especially since we splurged with week long passes to the Thermal Suite at the spa. Those heated stone lounges called to us with regularity! Our favorite excursion was the Wildlife River Cruise in Belize. We saw crocodiles, manatees, iguanas, lots of kinds of birds. A fresh water dolphin played in our wake as we headed back to the open ocean. For pictures and more about our experience, check out our travel blog TWO OLD FARTS ON A PARTY SHIP. http://2017carnival.blogspot.com/ Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
My friend booked this cruise to celebrate my 50th birthday and it was fantastic! The ship was nice, our interior rooms larger than expected and very clean and comfortable. The food from the buffet was only so-so but very good in the sit ... Read More
My friend booked this cruise to celebrate my 50th birthday and it was fantastic! The ship was nice, our interior rooms larger than expected and very clean and comfortable. The food from the buffet was only so-so but very good in the sit down restaurants. I loved the variety offered by the ever changing menus, and tried many new things. We came to like one service team in particular, and requested to sit in their area...Charlie, Eduardo and Andrii provided excellent, attentive and friendly service for every dinner we had. All the dining service staff worked unbelieveably hard, and in addition to that, provided a short song and dance routine as well. The shows in the Encore were mostly good. The Fun Team was entertaining; Jace was funny and seemed very competent as Cruise Director. The break dancers were awesome; I would have liked to have seen more of them. Loved Frequency! Only saw the Comedy show one night, but loved it. The excursions we booked were well planned and fun. I would love more time in each port, but understand there is only so much time! Jamaica's Rose Manor, The Cayman Turtle Centre in Cayman Islands, and the Twister to Isla Pasion were all worth the time and money. Overall, every person we encountered and spoke with, both guests and staff alike, were friendly and helpful. Can't wait to take my husband on the next cruise!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was our 13th cruise and I would have to say, much like other reviewers have already mentioned there were noticeable, albeit small cut-backs on board the Carnival Dream but all in all it was still a great cruise. Embarkation was a ... Read More
This was our 13th cruise and I would have to say, much like other reviewers have already mentioned there were noticeable, albeit small cut-backs on board the Carnival Dream but all in all it was still a great cruise. Embarkation was a bit chaotic. Some friends, who had the same boarding time as we did, were told they had to wait outside while we (and many others in our group who arrived 30 minutes early) were allowed to check in upon arrival. ??? We received outstanding service from our cabin steward, Pasek. He was WONDERFUL! Although the Carnival Dream is now only offering either morning or evening cabin service, we didn't miss the normal two visits. We opted for morning service. Pasek did an amazing job at keeping us well stocked with plenty of towels and ice all week long. He kept our cabin and bathroom very tidy and gave us extra pool towels each morning. Food in the dining room seemed to lack consistency. Some at our table complained that their food was not good at all while others who ordered the same dish said their's was terrific. The biggest complaint, by far, was that by the time we got our food, most of the time it was cold. One of the nights mine was so cold I was afraid to eat it for fear of getting food poisoning. It had very obviously been sitting for quite a long time Service in the dining room was very slow most nights but not because the staff weren't working hard. Carnival needs to step up and hire more help in the food department!!! Those people worked their buns off! Frederico was our main waiter and he was terrific! His helper (I'm sorry, I can't remember his name) was wonderful as well! I saw him working on another area of the ship on day 2 and he recognized me immediately (although I did not recognize him) and called me by name. How on earth did he remember my name after just one meeting? Lido buffet got VERY crowded on sea days but we have learned the art of timing our visits so it wasn't as bad for us as for some. Made to order omelets are always a hit and the guys preparing them in the omelet station furthest to the back of the ship were super! Always happy and eager to please. The pizza was surprisingly delicious but the long lines most of the time made us avoid going for a slice quite often. It, like the dining room, weren't properly staffed. I would have loved to have tried a slice of margherita pizza but in 7 days I never saw them make one. Mostly just cheese and pepperoni. We were told that the Dream would be undergoing a face lift shortly after our cruise. I would love to go back and see the updates. We were disappointed that there wasn't a Guy's Burger Joint. The Seaside BBQ was only offered on sea days and was good, but not easy to find. We never got off the ship at Montego Bay and it was nice to enjoy a quiet day with cocktails by the pool most of the day! Our stop at Grand Cayman was just a quick shopping visit for us. We've been at this port many times and have pretty much done all the excursions we have wanted to here. Our stop at Cozumel was fantastic. We did the Passion Island via catamaran all inclusive and it was off the charts the best excursion we've ever done! So relaxing! Not crowded at all and all the food, drinks and lounging in the water a person could possibly want. I would definitely go back!!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2017
Price and date played big factors in choosing this cruise. I am trying to cruise on every ship that Carnival has. We enjoyed everything about the cruise except for our experiences during the two brunches we attended. We always enjoy ... Read More
Price and date played big factors in choosing this cruise. I am trying to cruise on every ship that Carnival has. We enjoyed everything about the cruise except for our experiences during the two brunches we attended. We always enjoy meeting fellow cruisers, but we are thinking about not asking for sharing tables during brunch. Seems like it takes twice as long to get served. This time we were served in three shifts which means some people were done while others were eating and others were just ordering, all at one table. Weird way to handle the situation. They also did not have the buns I enjoy at brunch. Let down.... My husband sat down on some tar balls while in port at Cozumel up in the Serenity Deck. We were issued credit to cover the cost of the shorts. Serenity was very noisy. Don't know how to let guests know that shouting or constant conversation is not meant for that area. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
This was our 2nd cruise. Our kids are all grown now, so my wife and I have started to plan 1 cruise per year as our vacation. Last year (Nov 2015) we took a Princess cruise to the Caribbean and were very impressed. Some comparisons with ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise. Our kids are all grown now, so my wife and I have started to plan 1 cruise per year as our vacation. Last year (Nov 2015) we took a Princess cruise to the Caribbean and were very impressed. Some comparisons with this Carnival ship were: 1. Balcony access was better on Princess with a sliding door that could be slightly open at night for the ocean sounds. On the Carnival dream it was a swing door with a difficult to turn handle. The handle was so difficult I was a little fearful of getting trapped on the balcony as the door was either open or closed - no in between unless you propped it open. 2. The thermal tubs on the Carnival dream were not "hot tubs" and the water was really only warm instead of hot. This did have the benefit of allowing you to stay in the water longer without overheating, however, once you became accustomed the water no longer felt very warm. Princess had actual hot tubs next to the pool which were lovely after a dip in the pool. 3. As the Carnival cruise was set up for kids, there were a lot of children running around. We didn't mind this at all as it's nice to see kids having fun. As an escape, the Carnival Dream had the serenity area for adults only (21+). The serenity area was very nice with partially enclosed wicker chairs for 2 and adult only thermal tubs. The downside, however, was there was no adult only pool anywhere on the ship and with the amount of kids using the pools - there was almost no opportunity to use them. On Princess the pools were larger than Carnivals and as I mentioned earlier, conveniently located near "hot tubs". 4. The anytime dining option on the Carnival Dream restricted you to a single restaurant choice, where that option on Princess allowed for different choices of restaurants for anytime dining (which were not the extra pay restaurants). All I all though we had no complaint about the restaurant we were required to use, it would have just been really nice to have multiple options like we did in Princess. 5. I prefer to run on the track rather than the treadmill and The running track on the Carnival Dream was on the top of the boat, which was awesome and made for a great running experience each morning. The running option on Princess was on the main deck where you had to compete with benches and larger crowds of non runners - still enjoyable, but better on Carnival. 6. We like to have house coats in our stateroom for use in the evening and at movies under the stars. On Princess we were able to pre-request them as part of our booking, which was not an option on Carnival. On embarkation day we had to hunt down our stateroom steward to make that request, as apparently that was the only day you could do so. The pre-request option was much appreciated from Princess. Overall we were very happy with our cruise on the Carnival Dream. The ship was clean and well maintained, our balcony stateroom was roomy with a king sized bed and a sofa and the staff / service was excellent. We always choose anytime dining as our option and never had any difficulty getting a table. The food was excellent with an awesome variety of options from buffet to pizza to burgers and hot dogs and a pasta joint. We almost always chose the restaurant for our evening meal, however and it was excellent as well. The entertainment on the Carnival Dream was excellent as well and we always had something we wanted to do each evening. Our one complaint, however, was the adult only rated stand up comedy. The comedians seemed to use the adult only rating as an excuse to use foul language at every turn - even when it didn't quite fit or another word would have made more sense. The PG rated acts were actually quite more enjoyable and funnier. The only caveat to this was the PG comedy act of Sheila Kay. It was clear that she had no PG material pre-planned and attempted to modify her adult show to fit the PG category. It was an abysmal failure, not at all funny and at times inappropriate to the audience. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
I am not sure why people criticise this cruise ship, we have been on Disney, Royal Carribean, Princess, Costa, MSC, NCL and Holland America and the ship compares favourably against all of these with the exception of Holland America which ... Read More
I am not sure why people criticise this cruise ship, we have been on Disney, Royal Carribean, Princess, Costa, MSC, NCL and Holland America and the ship compares favourably against all of these with the exception of Holland America which was our favourite. It is clean, well maintained, the crew are excellent, the entertainment was good, the food is pretty average but not imaginative. It styles itself as a fun cruise and it is that, a lot of american teens and twenties on board make it a noisy but fun cruise (we are in out 60's) but not too annoying. Jase the Cruise Director is excellent and the entertainment around the ship is good, particularly enjoyable is Gilbert in the Piano Bar who is brilliant. We had free dining which was nice but we usually had to wait with a pager, but not too long, by the end of the cruise we ate in the Buffet which was fine. We had an Ocean Suite which was brilliant and well worth the extra money we paid for it, as it also gave us priority boarding, it was larger than any cabin we had had before and Natan kept it clean and tidy and was very attentive. My one gripe is why in this day and age do you have to pay for poor Wifi on a ship, it should be provided as standard and vastly improved. We did two excursions, The Mayan Ruins in Belize - well worth doing and the Top 10 in Roatan, 6 of which are shops, which was ok and fairly cheap. All in All a very enjoyable cruise. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Overall it was a great cruise, we had a great waiter Gusti in the Scarlet Lower Dining room table 525. The Maitra D was very nice also. Food was good. I miss the table clothes on casual nights, the water glasses sweat and drip all over ... Read More
Overall it was a great cruise, we had a great waiter Gusti in the Scarlet Lower Dining room table 525. The Maitra D was very nice also. Food was good. I miss the table clothes on casual nights, the water glasses sweat and drip all over your clothes. The staff was also very nice and tried to make everything go smoothly. The cabin was clean and the steward did a great job. Ship was clean and well kept and was going to be going into dry dock next month. Shore excursions on ATV's was a blast in Belize. Mahogany Beach was very nice and relaxing. Loved having WiFI on the beach and comfy chairs. In Cozumel we went to the Occidental Hotel for an all inclusive day of fun and drinking on the beach. This was not a Carnival tour, the food was terrible everything else was good, you had to pay extra for Wifi for the day. Over all I would not go back to the Occidental. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We had an offer letter for a bargain and this was one of the cruises available. We thought it would be fun to sail over New Years. It was fun! The New year celebration was done up very well and will be remembered for many years. Aside from ... Read More
We had an offer letter for a bargain and this was one of the cruises available. We thought it would be fun to sail over New Years. It was fun! The New year celebration was done up very well and will be remembered for many years. Aside from that the cruise itself was slightly above average. We booked Beach breaks through Island Marketing at every port and just got into the relaxation mode. Because of the holiday break, there were many children of all ages on board. We found that when we tired of the chaos and noise we could take refuge on the serenity deck. Otherwise, they just added to the atmosphere. The room steward was very attentive and gave us the option of both AM and PM service. The food was excellent in the main dinning room and above average in the buffet. Entertainment has really dropped off the last several cruises. The only thing worth watching in the show lounge was the juggler. The comedy club had good comedians if you went through the hassles of getting a seat. I believe a cruise is what you make of it. We made it a good eight day battery recharge. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We booked this cruise as the most affordable option over the Holidays. Having sailed Disney and RC previously, was not sure what to expect with Carnival. We ended up having a fantastic time and will definitely sail Carnival again. Ship and ... Read More
We booked this cruise as the most affordable option over the Holidays. Having sailed Disney and RC previously, was not sure what to expect with Carnival. We ended up having a fantastic time and will definitely sail Carnival again. Ship and Cabin were both great. Our room steward kept our room clean and was very friendly, knew us all by name. We ate lunch in the buffet and main dining room, food was just ok.... However, our md server more than made up for it. "Number One" our server was awesome and paid extra attention to our kids. We could never get a reservation at the steakhouse. Entertainment was not as good as Disney, but thought it was better than RC. We enjoyed all the ports, but would probably not visit Belize again. Cozumel and Roatan were both amazing. All in all, a great cruise for the price and now a Carnival fan!9 Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This was my 10th cruise, and my first going solo. I chose this port and date as it coincided with my office closing for the holidays. I have cruised on Princess, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Carnival, and have had a great time on them ... Read More
This was my 10th cruise, and my first going solo. I chose this port and date as it coincided with my office closing for the holidays. I have cruised on Princess, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Carnival, and have had a great time on them all. My previous cruises were out of either Miami, Puerto Rico or Galveston. Embarking from New Orleans made for quite a difference in the type of passengers on this cruise - almost everyone I met were locals who had driven to the port. Football was on TV's in the bars everyday, with lots of enthusiastic and vocal viewers who also brought their "go" cups advertising their home teams. Embarkation took only 55 minutes from when I arrived at port from the Carnival airport transfer. Long lines but they moved quickly. My first stop was the Dream Lobby Bar, conveniently located on the same level you board the ship - Chocolatini! The Dream is easy to navigate, and had a similar layout to the Glory which I was on last year for this same itinerary (but out of Miami). I had set dining in the Scarlett dining room at 6:00 p.m. Most nights they let us in by 5:50, which was a good way to avoid the crowds. Service was VERY slow, every night our table of 10 was the last or second to last to leave, always around 8:00 p.m. Food quality varied, sometimes cooked to order correctly (I like my meat cooked Medium), but most often overdone and always arrived lukewarm, not hot. Desserts were always good - I had the fruit plate and sugar-free offering each night. Entertainment: The comedians were all very good, both at the PG rated shows and the R18+ shows. There were 4 different comedians on this ship, so try to catch them all if you can. The "variety" type shows with singers and dancers in the Encore theatre were not good - I walked out of two of them and went back to my favourite place - the Piano Bar, where you sing along to the songs you request and drink drink drink! Cabin - For the first time, I had an interior stateroom, and it was perfect for a solo cruiser. Lots of storage space - a cupboard for hanging clothes, a cupboard with shelves, a desk and stool with hairdryer, a mini fridge and safe, decent sized shower and sink area, with lots of shelves in bathroom over sink. Best part of having an interior cabin - it's always dark, so no being woke up by that pesky sunrise! My cabin on the 9th deck mid-ship was ideal, just walk up one flight of stairs to the Lido deck where the buffet and pools are - very convenient. The first day my cabin steward offered me a "menu" for me to sign off on which time I wanted my cabin serviced - morning, evening or both. I chose evening, but after two days changed it to "both" which was not a problem. Having been on this itinerary several times before, I did not do any excursions. I disembarked at Costa Maya to walk around the shop areas, and did the same in Cozumel. I did not get off the ship in Belize, as I did not want to waste an hour to take a tender to shore to walk around some more shops, and enjoyed being on the ship when it was so empty and I could finally get in the pools. At Mahogany Bay, I walked down to the beach and sat in the lounger reading for a couple of hours, but it was overcast and I returned to the ship for lunch and again to enjoy the lack of passengers for awhile. Hint: on sea days, everyone stakes out a lounge chair at 7:00 a.m. - so be warned, if you don't do so you'll be walking the whole ship in the afternoon looking for somewhere to enjoy the sun. Overall, I quite enjoyed my cruise on the Dream, and especially the friendly southern charm of the local passengers, and would certainly go again. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Our party of five, ranging in age from 10 to 72, had a wonderful Christmas Cruise on the Carnival Dream. From the time we pulled into the parking garage at the NOLA port until we boarded was under an hour and we felt it was well ... Read More
Our party of five, ranging in age from 10 to 72, had a wonderful Christmas Cruise on the Carnival Dream. From the time we pulled into the parking garage at the NOLA port until we boarded was under an hour and we felt it was well organized. We choose Balcony cabins forward on deck 7 because we like a quiet location. It was perfect and the rooms were ready at 1:30. Our luggage was delivered within a couple hours and our steward met us and had us fill out a form with our preferences for things like extra towels, robes, turn down service etc. The first couple nights their was an issue with several young men being very noisy in the cabin next to my parents. This was a cabin that had an adjoining door and we will be sure never to book a cabin like that again. My parents complained to them directly and also to guest services. Guest services notified the parents of the complaint and that was the end of that. We were very pleased that the issue was addressed and resolved. The ship sailed at capacity and we heard that their were 1300 children on board. We didn't really experience any issues with it being crowded. We did see some lines for certain food venues but it didn't really effect us much. We only ate in the dining room 3 nights. We booked the cruise late and all that was available was the late seating. Starting a 90+ minute meal at 8:15 in the evening was just to late for us. The food on Carnival is good but not great. That certainly did not stop us all from gaining a few pounds. We loved the entertainment. We went to many family friendly comedy shows, a couple big production shows and many events held in the atrium. They had about a half dozen events that were specifically Christmas related and we had a ball. Jase the cruise director was outstanding. He was funny and charismatic without being over the top or annoying. We had no issues with service in any area. We only requested cabin service once a day and our room was kept in tip top shape. There seemed to be plenty of bar service and the buffet area was kept stocked and clean. We had a minor maintenance issue in our cabin and their was someone fixing it within 10 minutes of our call to customer service. Service in the dining room was slow but I think that had more to do with the mass seating than it did with the competence and efficiency of the wait staff. The Dream is about to go to dry dock for a refresher. We would definitely sail on the Dream again. This was my seventh cruise and I've sailed other pricier lines. I think Carnival and the Dream is a good value. My 10 year old had such a good time that she said she was near tears when we were getting off the ship. You can't beat that for a family vacation! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We had a great time on our family of 6, 3 cabin Christmas Cruise to the Western Caribbean out of New Orleans. This was a great cruise, close to home and very affordable. The pools were quite crowded most of the time thus they weren't ... Read More
We had a great time on our family of 6, 3 cabin Christmas Cruise to the Western Caribbean out of New Orleans. This was a great cruise, close to home and very affordable. The pools were quite crowded most of the time thus they weren't inviting to use. Our ages included 2 mid 20s, 1- 30s. 1 - 40s, 1-50s and 1 - 60s. Everyone was able to find plenty of entertainment to suit their tastes. We met each night in the dining room and found the food very good and of course excellent service. We truly had a great time! We found it necessary to rent a wheelchair for my husband and surprisingly had difficulty with access to several areas on the ship. Most nights when leaving the dining room we encountered several early teen aged kids running up and down the hallways hooting and hollering - this is not something we have historically encountered when cruising. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We left out of New Orleans on a 7 day cruise and the time and dates this was the only ship. enjoyed the ship, familiar with the ship since we cruised a total of 3 times in a row. very nice crew and clean. The food was good. They had ... Read More
We left out of New Orleans on a 7 day cruise and the time and dates this was the only ship. enjoyed the ship, familiar with the ship since we cruised a total of 3 times in a row. very nice crew and clean. The food was good. They had some type of shrimp creole dish that you would have thought someone from Louisiana cooked. it was delicious. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth. Cabins on the Dream, the balcony is great. The interior cabin a little small after you have a balcony room and I slept to much in the interior room. We did not like the wait for the elevator when we got on the cruise to go to our room. Most of the elevator were being used for luggage. More elevators should be available for guest. Entertainment: DJ's in the night club, I don't care for the 1 hour 70, 80, 90 etc. Service was great. We are going again as usual but not through New orleans. Ships should not stay in 1 port for more than 2 years. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
On 12/11/16 Sunday morning we boarded the Dream immediately,by being VIP'S we walked right in with no line to the captains lounge after our security check in. total time 10 minutes and were in the captains lounge having refreshments, ... Read More
On 12/11/16 Sunday morning we boarded the Dream immediately,by being VIP'S we walked right in with no line to the captains lounge after our security check in. total time 10 minutes and were in the captains lounge having refreshments, we waited in the lounge for about 2 hrs before we were allowed to board the ship. The Dream is a huge ship; we first had booked a cove balcony and carnival upgraded us to Panorama deck 11 room 11267 Balcony 8g. an on board credit totaling $164 thanks carnival!! This room was huge with a pull out bed couch. The refrigerator is no longer stocked you have to call room service for alcohol beverages. They also no longer put the robes in the room you have to request them. This room was in a great location, when you leave the room you are 22 steps from waves pool and bar, which is the lido deck. the opposite direction 2 minutes to the Atrium elevators. the noise that you hear on the balcony is from the lido deck and dive in movies (jumbo Movie screen). you can also here the deck chairs being moved around on the lido deck. Overall Cabin 11267 room is the room to book. Almost forgot the food was not that good to us we have tasted better. The dream does have a sea-day Barbecue serving pulled pork, Italian sausage and K-bosi sausage was delicious, cornbread yams coleslaw chicken breast, pork and beans, and creamed corn. Entertainment we attended 1 show and every night at the atrium a break-dance group called "fun stop" performed nightly it is a really good show. Our Itinerary first stop was Mahogany bay which we did the beach. Be very careful at this beach just about 4 feet getting into the water there is about a 6 ft. drop with no warnings... Everyone in the water had to warn elderly and children not go no father than 4 feet or they would get a rude awakening. we also ordered the cabanas for $26 to block the sun. In The port of Belize we were tendered in so we just walked and purchased the local beer called "Beliken". In the port of Cozumel we visited Mr. Sanchos resort. We payed $55 for all inclusive, the food and drinks were plenty and they have plenty for you to do. We decided to have the fish called Garafu-dr. fish that eats the dead skin from your feet for 15 minutes $20 dollars. It only tickles your feet. There horse riding, parasailing and jet-ski and plenty more this is the best kept secret in Cozumel. when it was time for us to disembark once again when they called our group we were off the ship and found our bags in less than 10 minutes.Overall would i take this trip again yes. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
On the Dream from 11/27 to 12/4/16. It was a good cruise, fun, but you can tell Carnival is taking costs out of the cruise, it shows. Our cabin steward came by only once per day however we told him not to show up until after 10 AM and he ... Read More
On the Dream from 11/27 to 12/4/16. It was a good cruise, fun, but you can tell Carnival is taking costs out of the cruise, it shows. Our cabin steward came by only once per day however we told him not to show up until after 10 AM and he honored our wish. He did a great job on the cabin. The dining room staff took marvelous care of us, we had late dinner there were very few people there so they had time for us. It looks like three people are now taking care of what 4 used to handle. The ship is in need of dry-dock and I understand it is due for a facelift in early 2017. Carpet was threadbare in spots and our balcony had more rust on it than we are used to seeing on our previous balcony staterooms. We enjoyed the food in the main dining room and the Sea Day brunches. The lack of tablecloths in the MDR take away a little of the magic of cruise ship dining but we got used to it (part of the cost cutting I suppose). I did not like scheduling of the entertainment. Previously, you could eat late (8:15 dinner) and still see the show in the main lounge. You cannot do that anymore. there is still plenty of other entertaining options and but we did not see a show in the main lounge. My main complaint involved the booking process. After booking the cruise with Carnival by phone, I changed my email account. After updating my email address on the main site logon, other areas using emails, such as cabin confirmations, etc, had to be done by phone as these systems are apparently separate. It took three separate phone calls to get this updated. I have to believe there is at least one fifteen year old kid in Miami who can fix this problem. The Carnival New Orleans terminal is extremely cruiser friendly. My only caution is not to get to the port too late. We got to the terminal at 11:00 for a 12:00 check in and had to park on the roof with very few spaces left. In summary, we had a good cruise but it is obvious Carnival has worked hard to take costs (people) out of the cruise and it does show. Carnival is a value brand, not necessarily bad but they are not as special as when we started cruising. That said we would go again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
We took the Dream in September of 2015 and the dining room seemed more organized and better staffed than the cruise we just took last week. Our waiter was awesome but had very little qualified help so he was very overwhelmed trying to do ... Read More
We took the Dream in September of 2015 and the dining room seemed more organized and better staffed than the cruise we just took last week. Our waiter was awesome but had very little qualified help so he was very overwhelmed trying to do almost everything. I understand we were completely booked this cruise but that should have been accounted for. Also, the food was not up to the standards from last year. All in all, the cruise was good but I was a little disappointed in the dining room. I did not attend many of the shows (I kept losing track of the time since my watch was dead) so I can't say much about them except what I heard. I did go to the Liar's Club which was good. I played Bingo which was fun and I appreciated the speed they used since they went slowly enough to correctly check my cards. It would be nice if there were a way to leave messages for the rest of the family. We had 14 people in our group over 5 cabins on different decks and if there were someplace centrally located to leave messages for each other, it would be appreciated. Overall, I really enjoyed my trip and I would go back on the Dream. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
We love the Dream and the cruise was great but I am glad that this ship is going into dry dock because it definitely needs some love and attention. I don't think there is such a thing as a bad cruise. The staff were exceptional and ... Read More
We love the Dream and the cruise was great but I am glad that this ship is going into dry dock because it definitely needs some love and attention. I don't think there is such a thing as a bad cruise. The staff were exceptional and the food was great! Will sail on the Dream again. Belize is not my favorite port and I am a little tired of Cozumel but with so much to do on board why bother going into port! The shows were exceptional. The comedian was great and they had a juggler that was my favorite. Make sure you try out the carrot cake, yes it is additional but well worth it and it is plenty big to share, the hubby and I always share a piece of it when we sail. New Orleans is a good port, very organized and quick and friendly staff. Great value for the experience! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
Much better theater than the Vista. The decor is dated and very similar wallpaper as the Splendor. Jase the cruise director is very good as his support staff. Our room steward was a little below average, but I think that the onus is ... Read More
Much better theater than the Vista. The decor is dated and very similar wallpaper as the Splendor. Jase the cruise director is very good as his support staff. Our room steward was a little below average, but I think that the onus is more on Carnival for increasing the amount of rooms they have to clean. He asked us if we wanted morning or evening service and we asked for both and received it, but a little slow in the morning. The dinning service was better than Carnival has provided in the last two years. It was prompt and efficient. Our server's name was Myra and I can recommend her. The food was nothing to write home about. We went to the steakhouse one night and the food quality and service was excellent. Our itinerary was Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. Roatan had an oil slick. The ship smelled like oil and the waters around the ship had an oily sheen. I wished that we hadn't docked there and either substituted another port or if unable, another sea day. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Overall it was a good cruise. I have been on other Carnival ships and this one seemed a bit lacking. The cruise Director was great and his Veteran's Day Event was outstanding. There was less activities on this ship than any other I ... Read More
Overall it was a good cruise. I have been on other Carnival ships and this one seemed a bit lacking. The cruise Director was great and his Veteran's Day Event was outstanding. There was less activities on this ship than any other I have been on. The photographers we an annoyance as were trying to make our way to the early seating at dinner and getting stopped every 5 feet. I have not had that before and hope not again. The Cabin and steward we great. The staff we had in the Scarlett dining room were outstanding. The staff at Guest services were great most of the cruise but the last couple of nights you could tell they were tired of people complaining. They should have someone on the desk the last night with a lot of patience and the ability to explain policies. It took 10 minutes to find out how they reimburse gift card balances. I have always paid for everything by credit in the past. The New Orleans Port embarkation was more of a free for all than the orderly way others have been. A lot of sitting and waiting with no explanations and then the rush when they started check in was crazy. We are going to give the Dream another try in February 2018. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I take a cruise around Halloween with a large group of singles via a company that specializes in this type of trip. I had never been to New Orleans and a few tips there: taxi or Uber is fastest but also most expensive so use the airport ... Read More
I take a cruise around Halloween with a large group of singles via a company that specializes in this type of trip. I had never been to New Orleans and a few tips there: taxi or Uber is fastest but also most expensive so use the airport shuttle if time is not an issue. As for the city visit the old, whole in the wall places if you want a real taste of New Orleans cuisine and sample the beignets, a delicacy that has powdered sugar as a breakfast or dessert best served hot and 3 for $3. Its a square piece of floury dough friend and covered like a light pastry or doughnut sold all over New Orleans. Port is very close to the downtown area but its cheaper and quieter if you stay in either the business or garden district and walk to Bourbon Street. At night Bourbon Street becomes a walking venue of bars,restaurants and shops a a gay section on the north end of Bourbon Street. Drinks tend to be a bit pricey ($6 beers, $8+ mixed drinks) but lots of historic places throughout the French Quarter and Decatur Street. Louis Armstrong Park has free music on Thursday nights from 4-8 pm and there are lots of great live music stops. As for our ship: the Dream is being renovated and the martini bar has been taken out in place of more casual seating outside the piano bar. This bar and the casino bar (which is now a combo casino and sports bar) allow smoking which I avoided as much as possible as I don't do well with smoke. If you want sports the casino/sports bar is the only option unless they show on the big screen on the Lido Deck/Deck 10. I always make use of the steam room and the sauna which on are deck 12 forward ( go through the pool area moving forward via Deck 10 then take stairs up 2 flights or the elevator, steam room is in each locker room and there is a shared, coed clothing required sauna in the attached hall way. Fitness Center is open 8 AM -10 PM for those wanting a work out or use the walking track outside on Deck 12. Serenity adults area is on Deck 14 forward with hammocks and day beds no kids are supposed to be there. Dining: do breakfast in the formal dining room as the buffet is so/so for breakfast. After 1st formal night do dinner at the buffett food is just as good, plenty of it and not in the small portions that are now in the formal dining room. Lunch pool side still works great still a good selection most of the day. Cabins are they typical Carnival so a bit cramped and recommend you take disinfectant spray and wash your hands a lot or bring things for potential sore throat/colds as a lot of our group got sick during our week on board. Spray down and take Airborn about 2 weeks prior helps boost your immune system. Shows were pretty good this trip and I always use my own choices for port days. Cozumel: swim with dolphins via ship purchase, got to Tulum via ship, do beach on your own (Carlos N Charlies pay as you go, Mr Sanchos all you can eat and drink. Belize not much to see there not a beach and rains a lot. Roatan, use free Carnival beach or got to Infinity Bay at West Bay, $45 pp for day pass and transport: gorgeous beach, reef right off shore, umbrellas and chairs included, food & beverage service available there & the best beach in MHO in Roatan worth the trip. Cozumel and Roatan are beach days for me, Belize is a tender a bit of shopping but you could skip going to port and not miss much there. If anything take the tender go have a local beer and sandwhich there. Belize is least of the ports and limit on excursions though you can snorkel or go to a beach away from shore. Tender is about 20-30 minutes as they anchor 6 miles off shore there. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Embarking: Once in the building during the appropriate time slot it went fast. If you get to New Orleans port too early, you are stuck standing in the garage outside!! Ship: Pros: Food was excellent as always Pool are ... Read More
Embarking: Once in the building during the appropriate time slot it went fast. If you get to New Orleans port too early, you are stuck standing in the garage outside!! Ship: Pros: Food was excellent as always Pool are very nice with lots chairs and room. Entertainment in show room very good. Comedians, First two excellent, second two not as good. Service on entire ship was very good, including dining room. Nice gym on ship Cons: First day of cruise my cabin boy said they will only clean room once a day and what do I want day or night? I found that very strange, first in all my cruises. Although, some others passengers had their room cleaned twice daily. I like my ice bucket filled for the evening, I told the cabin boy to do this, but on 3 nights all I had was icy water by 7pm. Im not fussy, but cabin service should been a bit better. They keep raising gratuities and decreasing service in this area. Conclusion: Very nice ship and very fun time, especially out of New Orleans, this was my first cruise out there, Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
I told my first cruise for my birthday and it was amazing! I went to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. I had such a great time even thought it did ran at all three ports in the late afternoon due to Hurricane Season!! The food on the ... Read More
I told my first cruise for my birthday and it was amazing! I went to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. I had such a great time even thought it did ran at all three ports in the late afternoon due to Hurricane Season!! The food on the cruise was great and I really enjoyed the Seaside Brunch the best. We had great tablemates so I looked forward to dinner everynight. Be sure to pick the early dinning at 6pm when the food is fresh and comes out quickly. The late dinner had to wait for their dinners each night. Go to the comedy shows they are a lot of fun and the crowd gets really involved. Our cruise director Jace was great and so was all of the staff on the ship. Jono was the best stewart ever!! He really made by birthday special even though I forgot to go to the spa to use my certificate! I will be booking my second cruise very soon!! This was the best vacation I ever had!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Let me say that my husband are Platinum members. This was our third year in a row to sail on the Dream. We have always enjoyed being on her. Being we have been on this ship before we definately notice all the changes that were made. ... Read More
Let me say that my husband are Platinum members. This was our third year in a row to sail on the Dream. We have always enjoyed being on her. Being we have been on this ship before we definately notice all the changes that were made. This year there were tons and tons of kids on the ship, who were to me polite and no problem. We are from the north and didn't know that in the Southern states they have what is called "Fall Break". We had a balcony cabin on Deck 6 Cabin 6284. Our cabin person was excellent. The stool in my cabin was broken and he had it fixed right away. It seemed like he must have been hiding because we sooner left the room and it was cleaned up. Great employee! There needs to be a better air system in the casino. The smoke was so bad in there that people trying to walk through were holding their noses. One man was walking around smoking a cigar which is not allowed. I don't mind cigarette smoke as I at one time was a smoker but this was really bad. We had anytime dinning in the Crimson dining room. The first night we were seated at table 120 and had three great male waiters. So whenever we ate in the dining room we requested either table 120 or 140. Sorry I can't remember their names but they were great!! Give them a raise. Now for the menu. The new menu SUCKS!!! In the 25 cruises my husband and I have taken we have never missed eating in the dining room until now. Because the menu was not any good we did not dine in the dinning room two nights. One of the biggest disappointments were the soups. Usually there are two hot and one cold ;soup on the menu. The cold soups which are my favorites were not offered every night. This seemed very odd not being served on formal night. Normally I love the soups and would order all three. But this time maybe I had one a night. I had ordered the Grilled Shrimp for my entree. What a joke. Out came 4 small pieces of shrimp. I had bigger and more (5) in my appetizer of Shrimp Cocktail. The staff was very friendly and the ship looked clean . Carnival is making a lot of cut backs and it is a shame. I think it may be time to start checking out other cruise lines. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I cruised on the Carnival Dream. I chose this cruise because I wanted to take my sister and niece on the vacation of a lifetime and I had taken my first cruise in April of 2016 from New Orleans on the Dream. The first two days of the ... Read More
I cruised on the Carnival Dream. I chose this cruise because I wanted to take my sister and niece on the vacation of a lifetime and I had taken my first cruise in April of 2016 from New Orleans on the Dream. The first two days of the cruise we felt like we were on a carnival ride, not a carnival cruise. My sister was very ill. Realizing that the ocean can be unpredictable, I let that slide. The food was pretty good, but some of our dishes were served cool, not hot and did not taste all that good such as a shrimp dish in marinara sauce. However, we had awesome soups and the Oysters Rockefeller were the best! There was constant music blaring at all hours which really detracted from our trip. I wish they would cut off the music at 1 or 2 am at least. Also of note, we had a very rude waiter one evening who got testy when I asked for my drink to be brought to me after I looked at it sitting across the room from me for 10 minutes. On the plus side, the steward, I Nyngah was excellent as was one waiter, Juan. Room service was prompt, the boat was clean, and embarking/debarking was relatively smooth. I was extremely disappointed in the first port of call, Montego Bay. First, we had to take a shuttle which cost us 20.00 each that we had not been told about and were not expecting to have to pay just to get into town to shop. We were packed in like sardines on very uncomfortable, hot busses and driven like in a race car to various shopping stops. The town was very sad with all the deteriorated buildings and homeless people about. It is such a shame at the poverty on this beautiful island. My credit card number was somehow stolen in the Margaritaville restaurant. The ride back to the terminal was as unpleasant as the ride away. I would not recommend going into town. You can find the same souvenirs at little hut shops next to the hub where you go on excursions. The second port was Grand Cayman. That stop was more pleasant than the Jamacian stop, but the excursion we took was HORRIBLE. Do NOT go on the Tiki Beach resort excursion. WE were again packed like sardines into small, uncomfortable, smelly busses and driven to Seven Mile Beach. There, we had to secure our own chairs and when we asked the fellows walking around with official looking shirts on, not one offered to get the umbrella for us (we are good tippers). The drinks were horrid, with a weak rum (lacking rum) punch and some type of off brand beer. Nobody told us where the bar was or what we could get, etc. Plan to be ON YOUR OWN there. The buffet was laughable. We had to eat on dirty picnic tables in a place overrun by chickens running about, at times swooping in on the diners. One table had a large pool of vomit covering about 1/4 of it and nobody cleaned it off during the time I was there. The food was charred black "hamburgers" or hot dogs, wilted and brown lettuce, and some type of pasta salad with mostly pasta in it. For dessert, there were 1 inch slices of some sort of pound cake. The lunch was terrible in every regard. WE could not wait to leave this place. The beach itself is beautiful. I would just take a cab and pay for lunch at a restaurant. Don't waist 70.00 on this worthless excursion. The last port was Cozumel, my favorite from the last cruise I took. We did the Dolphin push, pull, ride with all inclusive lunch and drinks. What a laugh!! While I have nothing but wonderful comments for the dolphin aspect of the trip, the lunch was horrid beyond comprehension. There was literally nothing I could eat. Cold fries, tasteless meat of some kind, stale tortilla chips and runny yellow "cheese" along with some glop that was labeled rice pudding and stiff, rubbery jello. It was an offense to serve such garbage. The drink was a tiny plastic cup of soda. Leaving early due to starvation, we stopped to look at the exorbitantly priced pictures snapped of our dolphin encounter. They were so costly I couldn't even buy one as a keepsake. I recommend the dolphin part of the excursion, but NOT the food or pictures. 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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