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
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We came to New Orleans for Irish Fest 2016. So, we were in town the weekend prior to boarding the ship. The Louisiana Children's Museum is a MUST SEE for families. Parking is an adventure, in downtown NOLA. So, plan ahead to pre ... Read More
We came to New Orleans for Irish Fest 2016. So, we were in town the weekend prior to boarding the ship. The Louisiana Children's Museum is a MUST SEE for families. Parking is an adventure, in downtown NOLA. So, plan ahead to pre pay your parking, when ever possible. We pre paid our cruise ship parking through Fulton Street garage. Everything went smoothly. Allow an hour to get into the garage, unload, park, and board the shuttle. Be sure to bring cash for tips. Your bags will be handled by three different people, all working hard for their tips. They will be unloaded by the shuttle driver, at the port. Again, a tip. They will be unloading the entire load of luggage for the shuttle at the port. Our family handles our own luggage, so we do not need to deal with the porters or the lines they create. Embarkation was easy. They do check the boarding pass time listed. We were within our window and boarded the ship in Zone 7. The Dream is a HUGE ship. This has it's pros and cons. It is nice, in that you can avoid the picture stands, casinos, smokers, and drunks more easily. Eating on the Lido deck is a huge challenge during meals. Lines everywhere! Camp Ocean is run very smoothly and efficiently. They have a gem of a Youth Director, Karolina. She is calm, efficient, and patient. The Camp Ocean staff works well together as a team. Our children were always happy to be going to Camp and sad whenever they had to leave Camp. Carnival has made several changes to the cruising experience. Many things we had come to expect, and appreciated, have been removed. Tea drinkers, be warned. Lipton ONLY on the ship. Very sad to see the Bigelowe tea station leave the ship. Dinner water is kept in a carafe on the table. The bread is brought in a napkin lined box. The servers are dealing with more tables per team. They seemed to rotate who would be in and out the fastest. Tip: request the creme brulee dessert for certain nights of your cruise. They can have it prepared in advance. It is a delicious treat. it also ensures you leave the dining room in a timely manner. Dinner time entertainment only occurs a few times during the cruise. 3 nights on a 7 day cruise. Room cleaning is only completed once a day. No pillow chocolates. No samples in the cabin restroom. No hand soap at the sinks. So, if you want an evening chocolate or soap to wash your hands, pack it yourself. It is no longer provided. Gold members are no longer invited to the repeat cruiser party. They are given a drink coupon good only on the last night of the cruise. Our room steward left us a $50 spa gift card one night. That helped make up for some of the negative changes on the ship. The room steward team was only two people, instead of three. They also had a larger number of rooms to clean. Victor Bodden tours are my suggestion for Roatan. We booked the Fun n Sun Tour. Our family enjoyed the Fun n Sun Tour offered by Bodden Tours. Our group, from the ship, had a dedicated driver and tour guide for the duration of our time on the island. It was an entertaining and informative time spent on Isla Roatan. The tour was certainly a highlight of our trip. While at the beach, our guides connected us with a boat crew to take our family out snorkeling. About $90 for a family of 5 for an hour long guided snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, not counting about 20 minutes round trip boat ride. Where they brought us, we had the entire area to ourselves. They do take VISA, if you did not bring sufficient cash for this part. The bottled water is $1 at the resort. They had us back to the ship in plenty of time. This was a wonderful way to see a full driving tour of Roatan, as well as spend family time snorkeling together. WHAT I WISH WE HAD KNOWN GOING IN First, walking down the hill is an adventure in itself. All the independent tour guides have signs. They are all calling to you as you walk by. The Bodden Tours sign is not easily spotted. If it had not been pointed out to me by the security guard, we would have had a hard time spotting it. FYI, it was white, with a large Trip Advisor symbol on it. Second, we made two stops before arriving at the beach. Only two. One was at Fantasy Island. The other was a supermarket. The driver stopped a couple of times to show us iguanas in the trees. Third, we were given a 3rd guide for the monkey/macaw house visit. This was unexpected and left our family scrambling for a tip to give him. We only had a limited amount of cash, so the monkey guide ended up with part of the drivers' tip. So, plan for an extra tip on this tour. Fourth, you will need cash for the supermarket stop. Buy your vanilla here! $1.50 US for half a liter of Honduran vanilla extract. If we had known this going in, I would have bought a box of it. As it was, we bought $6 worth. Fifth, the monkeys do bite. Hard! They also are capable of unzipping pouches and snatching things from visitors through their cage wires. One of them tried to take our baby's pacifier, while he was outside the cage AND in his stroller. The monkeys might be small, but they are clever and strong. Finally, the beaches on the island are public property. Anyone can walk on them, anywhere and at anytime. This means the vendors can walk there, blow their whistles, shout, call out...you get the idea. No, thank you does dissuade for about 5 minutes. They also approach children. My younger daughter was approached repeatedly, by the same vendors, while building a sand castle. We brought her between two rows of resort chairs. They still would not stop pestering even a small child at play. Unless you are in the water or standing next to your guide on the Bananarama decking, you will be accosted by vendors THE ENTIRE TIME. Be prepared. Belize has recently been hit by a hurricane. Honestly, they have no where near recovered. We booked the Starfish Island excursion. It is not long enough on the beach. Kayak rentals are $15 for 45 minutes or $10 for 30 minutes. 30 minutes is plenty of time to spend among the mangroves around the island. This is a relaxing, private beach owned by the cruise lines. We especially enjoyed the kayak rentals. $10 for 30 minutes. Per kayak, not per person. The kayaks do not have backs, so unless you have abs of steel, 30 minutes is plenty. The mangroves surrounding the island are beautiful. The recent hurricane has damaged part of the island. The starfish pond was destroyed. The starfish are making their way back, to be fed again. The playground was still under construction when we were there. I am sure it would have been a big hit with our children. The shell hunting is wonderful on this island. Be sure to pack surf socks or water shoes. The sand is not soft. It is mostly crushed shell. The buffet provided on the island is not vegetarian friendly. Everything has meat in it, or was cooked with meat products. The drinks on the island are good. About $8-10 US a piece. Cash only. It is too bad that we are only given 2.5-3 hours on the island. It would be better if the time was closer to 3-4 hours. All of the staff we encountered were pleasant. The restrooms were clean. Cozumel is our family favorite port of call. Chankanaab is our family's top choice for spending a day in Cozumel. It is a short cab ride from town. You can print out a discount coupon online, if you pay in cash. Otherwise, you pay full price with VISA. The sea lion show is included in the price, as are the deck chairs, swimming pool, life jackets, palapas, gardens, and crocodile rescue view. The small lagoon is an excellent place for walking among the fish. On the day we were there, several larger fish had swam in, over the low barrier. The water is much calmer in the smaller lagoon. Some of the tide pools had a wide variety of sea life. Snorklers who are leary of the ladders and rocks can enter the ocean from the lagoon's low barrier. Vendors are very calm in the park. We were only approached twice by the spa staff and twice by the bar staff. It was a wonderful break! When you arrive, the park has guides. Felipe is the one you want! Hand him your camera, ask for his garden tour, and let him snap all of your pictures. Bring him a $20 for his trouble. These will be, without a doubt, the best pictures of your trip. At the end of the tour, he will take you to the beach, or to the sea lion show. He knows where to seat you, so that you are in the shade AND the first ones onto the stage for the mandatory sea lion kiss photos. They have erected shade and added seats throughout the garden, to make the tours more pleasant for visitors. DO NOT wander the gardens alone. Some of the younger gardening staff will demand tips for very small courtesies. Go with a group or with a guide. The park spa is very economical. If you are wanting a couple's massage or another spa service that is too expensive on the ship. Or back home, check the prices at the park spa. $20 a person for a 30 minute massage. The food is very expensive and not worth the money. Crows are a problem, also, around the restaurant tables. Plan to bring your own water and protein bars. Eat a big breakfast on the ship. Avoid eating at the park, unless you purchase the all inclusive package that includes lunch. Taxis are at the park everyday it is open. For a family of 5, it cost $17 one way. Chris Williams, the current Dream cruise director, is brilliant. He is talented, funny, and bright. We enjoyed our cruise with him. The Flying Scotsmen is a newer cruise director, but certainly has the makings to be one of the best in the industry. Be sure to see his one man show! Tip for debarkation: handle your own luggage. eat breakfast in the dining room the morning you debark. When you have finished a leisurely breakfast, head to the gangway. They should be calling zone debarkation by then. Join the line and get off the boat. Once down the ramp, tell the guard next to the customs exit door that you have no other luggage to pick up. They will let you into the customs area. Once through customs, you are free to go home. It was the smoothest, least stressful debarkation we have ever experienced in New Orleans. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Our cruise on the Dream (9/11 - 9/18 2016) was very good. Our room services were good, MDR service was good both for the early seating and morning breakfast, ports of call were all good. Even though we had rain every day of the cruise, ... Read More
Our cruise on the Dream (9/11 - 9/18 2016) was very good. Our room services were good, MDR service was good both for the early seating and morning breakfast, ports of call were all good. Even though we had rain every day of the cruise, generally the rain did not effect the overall quality of the cruise. The stage shows were just mediocre. We did not have any timing issues associated the engine trouble that I read about prior to our cruise. The ship was as clean as it can be for the amount of people that it accommodates. Our cabin was a balcony on Deck 11 mid-ship. The only trouble we had was a pushy salesman in the jewelry department. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the 2 people that passed away during the cruise and to the families of the other cruisers that had medical emergencies. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
Carnival Dream Sept. 04-11-2016 This was my second cruise on the Dream. This port has been the best in embarkation and disembarkation. Very smooth and organized. The Dream was as beautiful as ever sparkling with lights and very clean. ... Read More
Carnival Dream Sept. 04-11-2016 This was my second cruise on the Dream. This port has been the best in embarkation and disembarkation. Very smooth and organized. The Dream was as beautiful as ever sparkling with lights and very clean. We had a spa cabin it was fantastic. The food was just OK. I'm not a fan of the new American Table. The entertainment was fun and I enjoyed it. I have been on a lots of excursions and they were all very good. I really like Mahogany Beach in Roatan. Its right off the ship and you can swim, eat, sing or dance..go to the ship and back as much as you would like to. It's not an educational stop, Like I usually pick. The Dream hasn't been upgraded with all the specialty food. But we did go to the Steak House the first night and it was fantastic. All the crew from cabin steward to dining room to Lido to quest services were all fantastic. Loved the Cruise, Would definitely go again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
we originally were suppose to go to the Bahamas on this cruise, but a tropical storm hitting the Bahamas at the time of the cruise meant out schedules were going to get changed. Once we boarded they gave us an itinerary of the new ports ... Read More
we originally were suppose to go to the Bahamas on this cruise, but a tropical storm hitting the Bahamas at the time of the cruise meant out schedules were going to get changed. Once we boarded they gave us an itinerary of the new ports we would be going to. I would have liked to know where we were going before we got on the boat, but that wasn't a big deal to me. They did a great job with helping us get excursions and other arrangements for our new ports. We stayed on the 8 the floor on the right side of the boat and i would have to say the rooms were pretty warm. We had our room steward call someone to check it out and they showed up very quickly, but they said the room was 72.5 degrees and that it was within standards. now this may be within standards, but it would have been very warm if we had not brought a fan. The dining on the boat was very good especially in the dinning room. Everything was kept very clean and all the workers were very polite and kind. As for as entertainment goes the Punchliner Comedy Club was my favorite by far. They have some great comedians on board. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We decided to sail on the Dream out of NO because it is within driving distance from our home. We were looking forward to going to the Bahamas and Key West since we had never been and also anticipating spending a day in New orleans before ... Read More
We decided to sail on the Dream out of NO because it is within driving distance from our home. We were looking forward to going to the Bahamas and Key West since we had never been and also anticipating spending a day in New orleans before we set sail. The weather did not cooperate with us and we were diverted to Costa Maya, Cozumel and Mahogany Bay. That was perfectly fine with us...we are on vacation after all and the captain can't control the weather. We were glad Carnival was looking out for our safety and considered it an "adventure at sea" since I knew nothing about Costa Maya or Mahogany Bay. I am a planner and not getting to plan or research these ports normally would have stressed me but it was ok. Carnival gave us lots of information and excursions to choose from and we are beach people anyway so really all we needed to do was find a nice beach and each port and that proved to be pretty easy. New Orleans was an experience. I would sail from there again but would not go there for more than one day before my cruise. It is just not my favorite city. We ate at AAA Oyster Bar and the food was great. Prices were decent and service was quick and friendly. Then we went to have a hurricane and check out Bourbon street. We stayed at Wyndham. We did the stay and cruise package. It was $250 (about that) for one night and then we could leave our car there for the week. Hotel was within walking distance of everything we wanted to see in NO so I would recommend this hotel and the package if you are looking for an alternative to the parking garage at the pier. The hotel was clean and the staff was excellent. We went to Cafe Dumond the next morning. My husband loved it. Me...not so much. Overrated in my opinion. I ended up getting a muffin and coffee at Starbucks. We took an Uber to the port. Cost was less than $10. They were there quickly and the driver was friendly and efficient. Highly recommend. Staff at port were super helpful. It wasn't raining yet but it looked like it would start at any moment and they were trying really hard to get the passengers inside quickly. We checked in and waited in the VIP waiting room. Our wait was only about an hour or so and we were in the first group to go on. One of the advantages of booking a suite. By 12:30 we were having lunch and then exploring the ship. Food...it's all subjective. I liked everything I had. Pasta Belle...excellent. Coffee Bar...amazing. (coffee was great, staff even better!), Pizza...great. Buffet...we ate every morning for breakfast and I have zero complaints. But I even like the scrambled eggs that so many people hate. Dinner...took us longer to eat than we were use to but we had a table with 10 people every night so it was to be expected. Our wait staff did an excellent job and the food was awesome. Always several things I would want to try. I would say everything I ordered was great except the lasagna. (but on our last cruse the lasagna was great so...I would order it again) Room...we had a suite on the 7th floor. It was cleaned twice a day. Our staff, led by David, was great. No complaints. Room was always clean, towels always replenished and he was always visible if we needed anything. (which we didn't) Cheers...first time getting cheers. LOVED the freedom to try new drinks and not worry about cost on our sign and sail. Will always buy cheers. Best part...coffee every day at the coffee bar. Ship was clean, easy to navigate and never felt crowded even though I had read lots of reviews about this ship always feeling crowded. We did not experience that. Crowds...yes. Crowded...no. Never waited in line for anything except the comedy club and even then we got in quickly. No problems. Entertainment...This was the only area that I felt was not fabulous. We love live music but the band that played seemed to only play country. My husband is not a country music fan so this was a disappointment. The shows were just ok. Only one girl and one guy sang at every show and neither were very good. The dancers were great and the sets were amazing but the singers and the music selections were not good and we did not enjoy the shows as much as we have on previous cruises because of this. The comedians were good...we saw 3 or 4 shows and all of them were good. The CD was great, it was Jace and he was always around and did a great job at everything we saw. Service...great. As always on a Carnival ship. We did not travel with children. Only my husband and myself so I have no information about programs for kids. We would sail out of NO again and we would go on the dream again. Disembarkation went as smoothly as can be expected. No complaints. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Although the flooding was substantial & most roads to NOLA were blocked the day before our cruise, we found some small backroads to gain entry to the city by going around Baton Rouge--others weren't so lucky & had to cancel. ... Read More
Although the flooding was substantial & most roads to NOLA were blocked the day before our cruise, we found some small backroads to gain entry to the city by going around Baton Rouge--others weren't so lucky & had to cancel. Embarkation was smooth as silk-we had no FTTF nor are we Plat/Diamond yet (next cruise!), but it was no problem at all as we were onboard and eating at Pasta Bella by 11-ish. :) DS ate at this place many times during the voyage & we highly recommend it, but it's especially great on embarkation since the Lido is always mega crowded (and not near as delish. ;) Our room (interior on Main deck) was ready on time & we found it to be clean, a fabulously cool temp the whole week (no fan needed and I hot flash a lot...), and our steward, Jury, was very attentive. He appeared at our cabin kinda late on the first evening & asked if we'd like AM or PM room servicing, to which I answered "both". He immediately made note of it & our cabin was cleaned and towels replaced twice a day as we've all become accustomed. I even asked for our ice bucket to be filled daily and he happily obliged! Great guy for sure. In fact, the service was among some of the best ever, even with our having YTD in the Crimson. We like being able to come to dinner at our leisure, so we've chosen this each time we cruise these days. We found an exceptional dining steward the 3rd night & asked for her section each evening-her name is Wasanna, and let me tell you, she is awesome. You can't go wrong with her ever--she took care of all of us, bringing extra bowls of soup for my son and another dining companion we had, and she remembered that the guys really love LOTS of the white baguette slices in the bread basket, so she brought them baskets full of exclusively THAT type...LOL! Seriously, she is fabulous. The activities onboard were the usual culprits-bingo, trivia, gameshow mania, love & marriage show, etc. But the shows were amazing, folks. Dream is among the last few ships in the fleet to still do the old (and terrific) full length, productions with live musicians, truly talented singers/dancers, and pyrotechnics...nothing like the playlist drudgery that is now the mainstay on CCL ships. Sadly, when Dream makes drydock in January, she too will be transforming to the lame-O 15-18 min playlist shows that we saw on Carnival Freedom. If you are one of the lucky few to see the last of these really good productions on the few ships still sailing with them, then consider yourself fortunate for sure. :) The comedians were super: Billy D. Washington, Tim Young, Don Grey...another by the name of McClemore wasn't all that, but then again, not everyone can be, I suppose. Club 02--my 17 YO son went the first night and met up with 4 others with whom he spent most days of the voyage when we were not on excursions. They usually just used the club as a meeting spot and then went other places, but sometimes they really liked the activities and stayed to enjoy them. His favorites were the different parties each night- glow party, 80's party, etc. Great experience for him. We went on two excursions thru CCL--the first was in Belize--shark/ray alley. I highly recommend this one as it was excellent snorkeling off Caye Caulker at the world's 2nd largest reef, as well as swimming with (and we got to pet them too) sharks and rays. This is an open water excursion--no penned up sharks & rays. The nurse sharks wer 4-7 ft long and at least 8-10 of them swarmed the boat immediately as the crew tossed them some fish...and of course, more huge rays than you can count came right on over also. The rays were not a bit shy, but the sharks were a little. We still petted them as they swam among us, and my son even fed the rays by hand...LOL! During the snorkeling part, we saw many parrot fish, angelfish, a moray eel who we also got to pet as she came right outta the reef to check us all out as soon as we arrived. She was about 6 feet or so. Beautiful. We ate lunch on Caye Caulker right afterwards, then viewed some tarpon on the other side of the caye...so cool. In Roatan we just went to the beach right off the ship, plus a bit of shopping in the port area. We hung out for awhile at Fat Tuesday's to throw back a couple frozen foo-foo drinks (hey, it's our right as tourists) before going back to the Dream. Some pretty coral was easily found right at the beach area, too. Really nice afternoon. Our last port was Cozumel & my son had his excursion Certified 2 tank Dive with other divers from the Dream. I simply went downtown to shop while he did this since I am not a scuba certified person. He took his Go-Pro for some amazing video & still shots of speckled stingrays, black spotted moray eels, giant clams, and a whole host of cool stuff the rest of us landlubbers will never see outside of the Discovery channel. He LOVED that excursion best of all. It was two separate dives, one at 80 ft and the other at 55. One was a reef dive while the other was a wall dive, and they both had really unique traits to each of them. He can't wait to dive again. The water there is beyond gorgeous, ya'll. We decided to do self -assist for debarkation as it is quicker, plus, we only had one suitcase each anyway. They called us before we'd even had breakfast (around 7:15 am)..talk about punctuality! Debarkation went smooth as embarkation did, and we had our ride waiting to take us back to the hotel where we'd left our car parked for the week (Holiday Inn Metairie airport). Drove on home uneventfully from there. :) Great cruise, except for the mediocrity that is the "American Table" menu. Still can't get used to seeing fried chicken and pork chops as menu items. Oh well...I'll take the good with the not-so-good anytime cuz I love me some Carnival. Heck, I loved it so much I booked my next one on the 2nd sead day for the cabin credit. :D See you all onboard. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We were 2 families in 3 balcony cabins on the Veranda deck. We all had a great time. We ate in the dining room, Crimson, every night so I can't comment on the lines at the buffet. Breakfast was in the Scarlet dining room and lunch ... Read More
We were 2 families in 3 balcony cabins on the Veranda deck. We all had a great time. We ate in the dining room, Crimson, every night so I can't comment on the lines at the buffet. Breakfast was in the Scarlet dining room and lunch was a bunch of places. We tried the pasta place, it was good and quick, the Indian, same, the Mongolian had a line and wasn't worth the wait. Pizza is always available and very good. Dinner was the best. The two waiters we had made the cruise for us. They interacted with everyone and made it very enjoyable. We stopped in Routan and went to LFK. Not worth the price in my opinion. We didn't do an excursion in Belize, just walked around the shops, which was fun, In Cozumel we went snorkeling. The water in the gulf was like being on a lake, barley any waves. The shows at night were entertaining. Dancing in the streets was the best. This was our first cruise and we are already thinking of another. Lastly we had FTF which made getting on very easy and when we needed to go to guest services we never waited in line. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was an annual family vacation. My husband and I have 4 children and we are always looking for a good time with good value. This seemed like a great option for us. There was a lot for the kids to do. My husband and I are a middle ... Read More
This was an annual family vacation. My husband and I have 4 children and we are always looking for a good time with good value. This seemed like a great option for us. There was a lot for the kids to do. My husband and I are a middle income family and I have to admit, for what we spent we felt like we got what we paid for. We got a good price; got a nice room and our last name isn't trump, so we didn't expect to get the kind of service that goes along with that. I think people need to set their expectations relative to what they are paying for. Here are my thoughts overall: I read A LOT of reviews before I went. I booked 2 connecting balcony rooms and the lady that helped me book was so knowledgeable about tips and tricks to maximize the value. For example, she told me to keep an eye on the prices. If I caught a price drop, Carnival would issue a credit; and they did (twice). She also advised me to get connecting balcony's instead of rooms because where the door is open between rooms it can be tough since the rooms are relatively small. That worked out great for us. Ship: Nice ship you can tell its a little dated, but again I did a lot of research so I knew that going in...It was everything I expected it to be. No more no less. Getting on was super easy (when people follow the instructions.....its always the people that screw up the process because they are trying to beat the system.....just let the system work guys everyone eventually will get on the boat). Cabin: Nice cabin; exactly as described, I was in 11230 and my kids were in 11226. We had access to the spa amenities which was nice but we were above the gym and there was some noise. The exercise room music was pretty loud in the morning. Dining: The chef's table was really amazing......way too much food; if you pay the extra money to eat here, do yourself a favor and don't eat all day. Its a wonderful dining experience. Entertainment and Activities: On board entertainment was fantastic, we have two dancers in the family so they really loved the shows. There was a great variety and the comedians were awesome. Pictures: This is the only really bad thing I can say.....The picture process is terrible....After spending about an hour looking for all my pictures I went to the one person working who also could not find them. They really need online access to the photos; I came home with no professional pictures and that really stunk for me. Service: Service was good....the servers from dinner were the services during the day at the pool so we saw them quite a bit. They make a real effort to learn your name and even your card number so you don't have to keep giving them the sail and sign card. They are attentive, and try to get to you as fast as possible my guess is they are asking the employees to do more with less people, which I blame of the cruiseline not the servers. Ports: Honduras - eh it was okay; not much to see (we took an island tour) wouldn't go back. There is a monkey preserve there with a guy Daniel running it who loves the animals and has made a career out of rescuing and nurturing them.....watching him with them is really amazing. If you find yourself on Rotan; go see him. Belize - LOVE we did ziplining and cave tubing.....kids loved it, awesome experience. (and by the way you can access pictures on line when you get home)........just saying Cozumel - My favorite. Went to a beach for the day; sea lion show and tequila tasting. Beautiful place, would go back in a second....and very safe, you can just get a cab off the boat and have them take you to the beach, you'll save $$. Casino - Shout out to Alexandra.....If you are ever on a Carnival ship and your host in the casino is Alex give her a hug from me, she was AMAZING.....She made sure we had what we wanted and we even drank in the casino free after only a few nights of betting ( we don't bet small but are not high rollers by any stretch). Cheers program - is it worth it, yes.....if you're not a big drinker. If you get the cheers program you can only order one at a time (you cant get a bucket for example). You are limited to 15 in a 24 hour period (6am to 6am)....so if you have one of those nights make sure there is a back up bottle of wine in the room......BTW people without the cheers can have as many drinks as they want. They claim its a way to keep people from getting drunk but clearly its a break even for them, or they would limit everyone. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this cruise because New Orleans is convenient from our home, Memphis, TN. It was about a five hour drive down, and we love New Orleans in general. I went on this cruise with my family(parents, brother, niece, nephew, sons, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because New Orleans is convenient from our home, Memphis, TN. It was about a five hour drive down, and we love New Orleans in general. I went on this cruise with my family(parents, brother, niece, nephew, sons, etc.); there were ten of us. We had four balcony staterooms and they were very comfortable. We enjoy having breakfast or coffee on our balcony and watching the ship sail into port. The staterooms were sufficiently spacious for two average sized adults, and a very tiny five year old. Our stateroom attendant, Michael, was fine. I've had friendlier attendants, but he was quite efficient and our room remained spotless. I miss having the room serviced twice a day, but this is Carnival's policy and has nothing to do with the stateroom attendant. We had room service a couple of times, and the cookies weren't very good. The hot wings were ok, but they only gave me the weird part of the wing, not the wing with the meaty part. The bathroom was small, but not uncomfortably so. I do wish there was counter space in the bathroom. Our closet was a nice size with plenty of hangers. Of course, there was only one outlet, so be sure to bring your approved power strip. The Dream is a big ship compared to other Carnival ships I've sailed on (Elation, Freedom, and the one that used to sail from Mobile, AL. I sail Triumph in a few weeks). There were some great amenities, but she doesn't have Guy's Burger Joint. The bars were fantastic and the movie showing on the deck was a hit with the teens in my family. We went to the nightclub once or twice and the drinks were good and it actually turned out to be pretty fun late at night. The shows were pretty entertaining, as was the trivia. The Dream didn't have the Playlist shows that are part of the 2.0 upgrades, but the game shows were pretty funny. We dined in the main dining room almost every night, and our servers, Joseph and Potu, were great. We made sure they knew how much our table of 10 appreciated them. We made reservations for the steakhouse but ended up canceling them after dinner on formal night afforded me more red meat than I should ever consume in one sitting. We enjoyed the selection in the MDR but some of the items were hit or miss. Cruise food is sometimes about quantity over quality, but I go into it expecting this so I'm never unpleasantly surprised. The signature melting cake dessert was amazing! I'm not a huge fan of the Lido deck buffet, but my family really enjoyed the variety. Tandoor was by far my favorite thing for lunch and I was sad it kept such limited hours. If you enjoy Indian food, try this place as it's yummy, doesn't cost extra, and was never too busy. We had spa treatments. They were expensive, as expected, but not the best massages we've had. I'm thrilled the facial didn't cause a breakout, but then again, it didn't cause any improvement either. My five-year old loved the kids' club on Freedom, but he only went once on Dream and wouldn't return. I doubt it was anything they did, as the place looked fantastic and the staff seemed friendly and engaging. The teenagers (17 year old, and two 20 year olds) in the family loved the teen clubs and young adult activities, and I feel like I hardly saw them. Our ports were Key West, Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas. Key West was a disappointment for our family. We're from Memphis, and Key West in July/August seemed unbelievably hot. I thought I'd researched shopping in Key West...boy was I surprised. There was so little shopping that our rental van was a waste. This port is best seen on foot, bicycle, or taxi. If I had to go again, I'd probably just rent jet skis. The one restaurant I wanted to try (Sarabeth's) wasn't open the day we were in port. This restaurant has a Central Park location in New York and it was amazing. Freeport was fun for our family. The beaches weren't the prettiest we've ever seen but the service on the beach from the resort across the street was great. The people were friendly and the water wasn't too cold. Nassau was beautiful; we did a tour with a private driver and we visited Atlantis. We didn't do Aquadventure because my parents are older and disinterested in waterparks. There were two ships diverted to Nassau unexpectedly because of weather, so Atlantis was much busier than we thought it would be. The price for the waterpark is so steep I'll only do this excursion under optimal conditions when I'm sure to get my money's worth. Embarkation was fast, but I wasn't thrilled with some of the attitudes we perceived from the staff. We all received e-mails and texts advising us our ship was experiencing some mechanical issues and that we should arrive 2.5 hours later than our scheduled check-in. We were scheduled for 2:30 and we arrived at 4:30, only to be greeted with snarky attitudes and rushed along as if we were inconveniencing everyone when we were simply following directions. Debarkation was a breeze. We placed our things out the night before, waited in the dining room and enjoyed our breakfasts until our deck was called. We were out of the terminal about 45 minutes after our decks were called. I found Dream to be very enjoyable. I don't think you can beat the value with Carnival. I'm considering cruising Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas next year for our family vacation, and looking at the cost reminds me why I frequent Carnival. I'd cruise Dream again in a heartbeat, maybe even for this itinerary. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
My husband and I and two of our friends decided to sail out of New Orleans on Carnival Dream, after having experienced a similar itinerary via Carnival Magic out of Galveston in March of 2015 - Our experience was, for the most part, ... Read More
My husband and I and two of our friends decided to sail out of New Orleans on Carnival Dream, after having experienced a similar itinerary via Carnival Magic out of Galveston in March of 2015 - Our experience was, for the most part, even better on the older sister 'Dream' - The food and service was a step up or two on this latest cruise, and the main shows/entertainment was actually far superior on the 'Dream' (when compared to our experience on 'Magic'). (Better feature on the 'Magic' than on the 'Dream' was WaterWorks... The slides seemed faster and more thrilling on the former.) Embarkation went fine and well, although a small technical issue w/ the ship's maximum speed delayed our boarding time by 2 1/2 hours (on 7/31). No problem. Ports of call were fun and decent: We did no formal excursions, but enjoyed meandering along Duval St. in Key West, and having some perfect frozen drinks at John Watling's Rum Distillery's tavern in Nassau. (Highly recommend a visit there, where we had the best Pina Coladas and Strawberry Daiquiris on which we've ever sipped.) Disembarkation was a bit frustrating, but a good bit due to other guests lining up before their zones or situation was called. I didn't care much for the luggage setup at Port of New Orleans, as depending on where your bags are waiting for you, you may have to double-back to the appropriate exit door, against pickup traffic... Some of the Port and Customs employees were a bit disenchanted. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
The cruise was great. The ship was nice and the staff was friendly, however they were very overworked on our trip. Because we went when school was out, the ship was filled to capacity. The staff just seemed stretched thin and overworked. ... Read More
The cruise was great. The ship was nice and the staff was friendly, however they were very overworked on our trip. Because we went when school was out, the ship was filled to capacity. The staff just seemed stretched thin and overworked. It also made eating at the buffet a 4,000 person game of musical chairs. We quickly found ourselves avoiding what we called "deck 10" or the lido deck almost the entire cruise. It was so crowded that I started calling the main swimming pool the "cesspool". But we ARE middle aged and the young folks seemed to be having a nice time, so who am I to judge? Besides trying to avoid the crowds, the buffet food ranged from totally nasty to extremely good and was hit and miss. The main dining room dinners were excellent and the sea day brunch was OK to good, but never great. This was our first cruise and everyone told us that there was plenty of food at all times on your average cruise. I didn't find that at all. As a matter of fact, the first couple of days, we only ate breakfast and dinner because finding lunch was like playing whack-a-mole. Once we found the fun times lunch schedule, we used it like a treasure map to when and where we could finally eat lunch. Just as a warning--the only food you will find between 3pm and 6pm and after 9pm is pizza or a hot dog with the occasional deli sandwich. Room service is also available, but consists of pizza and deli sandwiches unless you want to pay extra, which the cruise line seemed to encourage everyone to do often. We purchased the bottomless bubbles program and it was worth it to us. We aren't drinkers, but really liked having a soda. The bar by the lanai was our favorite and the trivia games and music guessing games were a blast. We booked Carnival shore excursions for all 3 ports and they were fun, but we aren't planning on booking ourselves solid like that on our next cruise. Faster to the fun really worked well for us. I would suggest it to anyone. Our cabin overlooked a shower and a hot tub and was right over the casino, but was very quiet at night. It was also fun for people watching during the day. I would recommend cabin 6338 to couples, but not children because of the proximity to the hot tub, which are loud until 9pm. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Embarkation and disembarkation went rather smoothly. The dining was excellent and the servers were very attentive. The comedy club was outstanding and the food overall was great. Really enjoyed all of the ports and shore excursions. Got a ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation went rather smoothly. The dining was excellent and the servers were very attentive. The comedy club was outstanding and the food overall was great. Really enjoyed all of the ports and shore excursions. Got a chance to explore the cities and culture of each port and feel I would fly back to the countries for a vacation, The SPA was heavenly and the workers were just outstanding. There was always something to do aboard the ship - enjoyed the day of Bar be cue at sea. The musical entertainment was very good - the couple from the Philippines was outstanding.The Cabin was very clean and comfortable-balcony-and the steward (Trisna) was outstanding. He provided all the items I requested. - i.e., robe, ice, etc. Would like to see electrical outlets closer to the bed for CPAP machines. There is one area I feel needs some work. Every morning, I went to the gym and the monitors on the stationary bikes and the elliptical machines did not work. Monitor repair or more durable machines are in order. Overall, I had a wonderful time and plan on doing a lot more cruising. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Cruisers: Myself and two girlfriends. I was the only veteran cruiser of the group. We chose the Carnival Dream for the reasons that the itinerary was just what we were looking for and it departed from NOLA, which was a day's drive ... Read More
Cruisers: Myself and two girlfriends. I was the only veteran cruiser of the group. We chose the Carnival Dream for the reasons that the itinerary was just what we were looking for and it departed from NOLA, which was a day's drive from our homes. Pre-Cruise: Arrived afternoon before sailing. Stayed at Courtyard by Marriott about 2 miles from port. It was a good rate for a good room, however we didn't get access to our room until after check in time and there were alot of people behind us waiting on their rooms as well. My friends went out that evening and hit up Bourbon Street, but I stayed in. Embarkation: A bit on the chaotic side, just because there are lots of people in a fairly small space. I can see why they do the staggered check in times. We arrived at 11:20 for an 11:30 check in, moved through the lines without too much delay. By the time we were directed to wait, our boarding group was being called. From there, we were on the ship within minutes. If you expect a terminal like in PC or Miami, you will be disappointed. Still, they got the job done and I have no complaints. Ship: My only other cruise with Carnival was on the Imagination and this was definitely a big step up. Generally, the ship was clean and well maintained. I knew it was going into dry dock so I expected a bit of wear, and there was but nothing that truly bothered me or was disruptive of the experience. It was a very big ship and our sailing was full, yet it didn't really seem ridiculously crowded. It was crowded, but I expected that sailing in the middle of the summer. The decks were nicely arranged, the two pools very clean and I enjoyed the areas such as the library, lounge areas and the atrium- which I thought was quite beautiful and spacious. There were plenty of deck chairs available, even on sea days. The serenity area was amazing- I loved the seating arrangements and loungers there. Water slides were fun and supervised. We enjoyed the mini golf one evening. Dive In Movies was a great plus too- except one night we were watching Creed, and without warning the movie shut off and never came back on! People got quite tense about it- it was a great movie and everyone on deck was really into it. Still don't know what happened there. The Shops are pretty limited- the candy store, jewelry and watches, liquor and then the Carnival stuff. Sales were always ongoing though. We didn't go in the casino except to pass through at times and it was very quick walk through. Stateroom: I booked a Cove Balcony and my friends had an inside stateroom nearby. I thought their room was pretty spacious for an inside and I loved mine. Plenty of storage, bathroom storage as well. The stateroom was in good working order, lights, tv, etc. The beds were incredibly comfortable and I loved snuggling in my linens each night. I spent many nights and afternoons on my balcony. During my stay, the balcony was washed and some other upkeep done, but it was done while I was out, and did not interfere with my balcony time in any way. Deck 2 sits under some main areas and we did hear some noise from that, but it wasn't very bothersome to any of us. What was more bothersome is the ridiculous number of kids who went screaming down the hall at all hours. With the regard to the "smell" I think I may have smelled it once but that was it. I was really comfortable in my stateroom. The Cove Balcony and Deck 2 is fairly close to the water line and I actually quite enjoyed that. Dining: We ate in the buffet areas daily for lunch and sometimes for breakfast. If there was a line, it was very short and most of the food was good. We got room service for breakfast and that was good and always delivered on time. The produce on this cruise was incredible- some of the best fruits I have had in some time. One day on the buffet there was a chocolate buffet line and that was incredible- so many great treats. We had any time seating in the Crimson Dining Room- which was really beautiful. Most of our evenings, we had a head waiter named Mario. He was funny and personable. Sometimes it appeared he had a team, but other times it did not. Dinner was a bit on the slow side- our average was about 90 minutes or so. However, we liked the slow pace, to enjoy food and each other's company. Most of the food in here was very good; an interesting variety. One evening I did the steak for the extra $20 and it was incredible. I will say the melting cake was not prepared consistently in the same way, but that didn't bug me too much. I did get the Bottomless Bubbles and didn't realize soda came in cans- which is not my favorite, so that ended up being a waste for me. We enjoyed several great wines at the recommendation of our matire' d. Spot on for our tastes and liking. We enjoyed the showtime during each seating- the servers made it very fun. I was also given a birthday serenade on the evening of my birthday. All in all, pretty good. Spa: I had two treatments - a pedicure and a massage. The pedicure itself was good but the pedicurist was incredibly rude. Pedicures are difficult for me because I have super sensitive toes. It's not the therapist, it's just the way I am built. I guess she took that personally because she was pretty rude and made no effort to adjust they way she was doing anything. The pedicure itself was good, the experience of getting it sucked. Massage was complete opposite- lovely therapist, did a great job. She did try to sell me oil but I just declined and that was it, no intense sales pressure. We had a medical emergency onboard with a fellow guest on our last sea day and the Captain kept us informed about a diversion back to Cozumel to get that person medical treatment. Cruise director Jase also kept us informed and I appreciated the professionalism of the crew- the guest was tendered and we resumed sailing quickly. The crew I came in contact with and Jase as well as the Captain seemed to have genuine concern and it was reflected in the way they handled the situation. Entertainment: We only saw one show Dancin In the Streets, which I read was recommended here, and it was really great. Lots of vintage dance styles, including breakdancing which was truly amazing. My friends saw both comedians in the PG and 18 and up shows- they said the adult shows got really raunchy, so if that's not your bag, definitely avoid. We enjoyed the 80's nights in the Caliente Lounge- has a great dance floor and the mix of people there was always fun. I also watched the Dr Seuss parade for kids and families, which seemed like a lot of fun. There were tons of other things like trivia games, bingo and the like- none of which we did as we preferred to sun out on deck. Service: Our service on this cruise was great. Ricardo was my room steward, he took great care of me. The room was only serviced once a day, I didn't realize they scaled back. However, I am convinced if I asked him to turn down in the evening, he would have. I asked him how many cabins he was responsible for- and the answer was 36. But everytime I saw him in the hall, he clearly knew me and many other guests. So friendly and I felt like I was seeing a friend every time we saw each other. Room was spotless. Mario in the dining room was also excellent. Shore excursion staff, guest relations staff all friendly and efficient in answering questions. Several crew (not all but many) greeted us with a Good Morning or a Hello. I got the social media package for the length of the cruise which was $25. After we left the last port, I couldnt access wifi and another passenger I talked to experience the same issue and we happened to be at Guest Relations at the same time, asking. The GR staff confirmed it was down and had no idea when it would be back up- which it never ended up coming back. However, I could access Facebook in the computer lounge area but it was painfully slow. I have no idea what happened there. Port 1: Cozumel and we did not do an excursion here. We just walked around plaza, shopped, did fish pedicure and massage (which was a great deal and a good massage to boot) and then headed back. I'm not a fan of Cozumel and had been here before so we were back on the ship by early afternoon out by the pool. Port 2: Belize. We did the Snorkel and Starfish Island Getaway. It was a very organized process- we gathered in the Caliente Lounge and then were led to the tender when it was time. Loaded our entire group on our boat and headed out to reef. There are just too many people allowed on this excursion. Trying to put on snorkel gear while crammed in like sardines was not great. Guides were good though. That day the water was quite rough and many beginners, such as myself, struggled and ended up back on the boat within minutes. Those who stayed out looked like cattle being herded. You had to stay with the guides and my friends said they were constantly being whacked by someone else's fins. Again, way too many people in the group. After the snorkeling time, we were taken to Starfish Island, which was a nice little place to relax. Gift shop, bar and restaurant, typical private island set up. Bar took forever to get drinks but we did not use restaurant. We ended up with about 2 hours here. On the way back, our tender turned into party boat, with rum punch flowing and even some line dancing in the front. It was actually pretty fun and a great way to make our way back to the ship. Port 3: Mahogany Bay. We did the Maya Key excursion- they offer one with and without snorkeling. We did the one without but I ended up changing over to the Snorkel add on when we got there. Its a beautiful place with beach area, snorkeling, animal "rescue" (and I say it that way, because I am not a fan of captivity, and I doubt it was a true rescue facility) pool, and a buffet lunch, gift shop, etc. My big rave here was the snorkeling. Having been super disappointed the day before, the water was practically still and I decided to give it a go again. The hosts in the snorkeling area were awesome- giving me tips and I was successful. They even fed the fish in a shallow area so I could see them school. Had great drinks and bar service on the beach and we also enjoyed a walk through some replicated Mayan ruins and artifacts. From the time we arrived until departure, we got a good 3.5 hours here- the lunch was great too. Shopping in Mahogany Bay was a more pleasant experience than in Cozumel. Debarkation: This was my 8th cruise and by far, the smoothest and easiest debarkation I have ever experienced. We arrived in port at around 5:30 am and got clearance at 6:45. Our decks were called first and we did self assist (which I think makes life so much easier). Time from our cabin door to the elevator at our parking garage: 12 minutes. I timed it. The flow was orderly throughout. I would definitely cruise on the Dream again. We are planning another cruise next summer and I'm not sure we would be on the Dream as we are choosing a different itinerary, but wouldn't hesitate to go back. Carnival is what I would consider a casual cruise line. Disney and RCCL offer a more upscale experience, but you pay for that. For the price point I could afford and paid, the Carnival Dream delivered and actually exceeded my expectations- we had a great week. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
This was our 7th Carnival cruise and 10th total cruise. We had a good time. We were traveling with a group of 10 total. Some were first time cruisers and some were experienced cruisers. The cruise was my daughter and son-in-law's ... Read More
This was our 7th Carnival cruise and 10th total cruise. We had a good time. We were traveling with a group of 10 total. Some were first time cruisers and some were experienced cruisers. The cruise was my daughter and son-in-law's honeymoon. They were engaged two years ago on the Carnival Sunshine. We had Faster to the Fun, which gets you ahead in the check-in and gets your luggage delivered to your room quicker. It also gets you off the ship faster. It wasn't as quick as before, but we got on-board much faster than we would have without it so we definitely recommend it. We had an inside obstructed view cabin which looks forward. There is a rarely used walkway outside the window so keep the curtain closed for privacy. The window is nice and it has more floor space than regular cabins and the cost is less than outside cabins. The cabin does look a little worn here and there, but everything was clean so we were happy with it. The Dream is going to be upgraded next January with some new features and new furnishings. We found the ship to be in good shape. There are signs of wear and tear from serving thousands of guests, but overall the ship's condition was fine. I like having two pools to spread some of the crowd out more. We missed having a ropes course as they are a fun activity. We were all seated at a great table at the back window of the ship. We had a great view leaving the ports. All the servers and bussers were as friendly and helpful as we remember from previous cruises. It seems like they are covering more tables than before because sometimes they were slow getting back to us. I told my server that creme brulee is my favorite dessert. It is only on the menu one night, but she brought me creme brulee for dessert again on the last night. Yes I gave her an additional tip, which I was going to anyway because she was so friendly and helpful every night. There are now water carafes on the table so you can serve yourself. 5 nights there is a bread basket on the table so you can serve yourself. On the two formal nights, the bread is served individually. Just signs that Carnival is using fewer staff to cover all the tables. The menu is different now with American Table and American Feast. Some of the foods we enjoyed on past cruises was still there, but some was not. We found something to enjoy every night, so overall we were happy with the food service. The biggest difference to us was that there are fewer chilled soups now which we enjoy, but I know many people do not. We like to do trivia and games during the day. We were happy with the games available. There do seem to be a few less trivia games. We won 5 ships on a stick, so we had fun and succeeded in winning. They had a new team game, Trivial Pursuit. It is played like the board game with six teams competing for pie wedges in six categories. Our team won medals for winning one of these sessions. The other entertainment was ok. The shows change a little but really seem familiar after several Carnival cruises. We do not like "adult" comedy shows as it seems to be the same jokes with lots of profanity and sexual comments added. We eat at 6PM so we can only make one of the early "family" comedy shows. The Karaoke was lots of fun as it always is. We went to Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. We have been to all before so we knew what to expect. Roatan has a nice beach right beside where the ship docks. You can buy a shore excursion package to it to have a chair and shade and ride the ski lift to the beach and include snorkel equipment if you wish. You can also just walk to the beach and rent a chair there if you wish. It is crowded but hey you're on vacation swimming in the ocean so have fun. There are excursions to travel to other beaches and other activities on the island if you wish to get away from the ship. Belize is a tinder port which means the ship anchors offshore and smaller tinder boats take you to the dock. There is a small touristy area at the dock for shopping, eating and drinking. To do anything else you will have to travel from 30 to 90 minutes each way to get out of Belize City and experience the natural beauty of Belize. We did an excursion here our last trip that was late getting back. The ship was waiting on us because we booked the excursion through Carnival. Be aware that if you book through another company and run late, the ship will not wait for you. Cozumel is a great port with lots of fun activities. We did Salsa and Salsa and Margaritas this time and had a great time making salsa and margaritas and learning to salsa dance. They serve some food and lots of margaritas to go along with what you are making. Highly recommended. Last trip we did The Amazing Cozumel Race. It is similar to the TV show as you solve clues and race around Cozumel. We didn't win, but we had fun and saw lots of Cozumel. Whatever you do in Cozumel, have fun! On the last sea day, we did the Behind the Fun tour, a tour of the ship including the galley (kitchen), bridge, engine control room, theater backstage area, and a lot more. It was really interesting. I highly recommend it. Its only offered on the last sea day to two groups. You have to book it onboard so you need to book it the first day when you get onboard. The price varies, but it was $99 each for us. So, overall, Carnival is definitely cutting some costs which do affect the guests experience. Some are noticeable and some are not, but we still had an enjoyable cruise for a very affordable price. If you want better food and service and are willing to pay more for it, then other cruise lines are available to book. We will stick with Carnival because it is lots of fun for less money. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Embarkation was a breeze and actually quite exciting. The cruise line personnel were extremely friendly, organized and informational. It took only about forty-five minutes from when we left the parking garage to sitting on the Lido Deck! ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze and actually quite exciting. The cruise line personnel were extremely friendly, organized and informational. It took only about forty-five minutes from when we left the parking garage to sitting on the Lido Deck! Disembarkation was smooth as well. This was a "girls" trip and we had a wonderful time. We chose aft balcony rooms and they were quite spacious and the decks were wonderful. We ate in the Scarlett Dining Room and were never disappointed with the quality of the food. We were disappointed in not having white table cloths every night as this is a touch that brings some elegance and brings an ambiance of "vacation." I do not know if Carnival has cut back on the wait staff as we have never waited long to be served on past cruises. This cruise it took almost two hours to dine. The Dream had wonderful shows. The choreography and dancers were tremendous. We enjoyed all of our ports. We chose to purchase excursions from Carnival and were not disappointed. Although we would do this cruise again, we have already booked our next cruise adventure on the Carnival Vista! Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was our second trip on the dream as we sailed last april. my husband and 2 children( ages 10 and 13) were together on the 9th floor. this year we booked a balcony which was awesome, and we will never not have a balcony again. The ... Read More
This was our second trip on the dream as we sailed last april. my husband and 2 children( ages 10 and 13) were together on the 9th floor. this year we booked a balcony which was awesome, and we will never not have a balcony again. The location was convenient to everything. We sailed to jamaica, montego bay (nothing special), the port is horrible nothing to do or see. We went to a beach called dr's that we had gone to several years back and nothing had changed. $6.00 per person to enter and then $6.00 per chair and umbrella. kids enjoyed themselves swimming and jumping of the trampoline into the ocean. next stop was grand cayman, (my favorite island). we hopped on the public bus $2.50 per rider compared to the $5-$6 they charge at the port for a cab and headed to the beach. we always take the ride to the ritz carlton and enter the beach through the public beach access. just played in the sand and floated in the ocean. Last stop was to cozumel (love this island) we hopped in a cab and headed downtown to shop and have some lunch. I took advantage of the spa this time and had a hot stone massage. wow is all i can say about that :) . We spent our days at sea laying around the pool on the lido deck enjoying the music, sites and things they had going on hairy chest contest is the best. the boat set sail at full capacity (4,580) people. it was the busiest cruise we have been on. there was a constant flow of people coming and going everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. i thought for sure that with this many people lines would be long but that was not the case for so many people, of course there were lines but nothing crazy. Some downsides: Room stewards ask on day one when you want your room cleaned (morning or evening) this has changed, however i handed our steward some $$ and asked that he do our room 2x daily and he had no problem doing so. he was very nice and always called us by name. Dining room food was not what i remember at all. the food was blah and not much taste. my husband and i ate 5 nights in the dining room and the kids only hit it 2x. they were much happier with pizza or the buffet as they were busy with kids activities. as a matter of fact there were many days that my older one ran the boat with new friends, would check in every so often and came to bed a 1am nightly. The boat is very safe for children, i never once was concerned about their safety and let them have the freedom that they wanted as long as they checked in now and then. the kids activities are excellent and keep them occupied throughout the sea days. Overall, the cruise was excellent as staff were friendly and helpful. driving to new orleans from cincinnati is very convenient however, our next cruise will be out of port canaveral as i want to try the eastern or southern caribbean and a different ship. I see many negative reviews about the dream...it is a very nice boat for a very reasonable price. sometimes i think that people forget about the cost of the cruise and expect a lot more but forget that they did not pay a fortune. if they want all the glitz and glamour (this boat does have that) than they need to pay the price and look for a different boat or line. i would highly recommend this ship to a family or couple it really has a lot to offer for a very reasonable cost. we paid 2700.00 for 4 of us and had a balcony on the 9th floor cant get much better for all inclusive than that. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was my 5th cruise and my husband's 6th. By far, the Carnival Dream was our favorite ship! We had an interior state room and for the 2 of us it was perfect. There was plenty of closet space, the bathroom was the perfect layout and ... Read More
This was my 5th cruise and my husband's 6th. By far, the Carnival Dream was our favorite ship! We had an interior state room and for the 2 of us it was perfect. There was plenty of closet space, the bathroom was the perfect layout and the bed (as always) was very comfortable. We were in a Spa Interior so we also got to use the Spa amenities. The Thalassotherapy Pool was amazing along with the steam rooms. We spent most evenings enjoying the spa just to relax and unwind from a busy day. Dinner was a little different than we were used to because they changed the menus. I was a little disappointed there was no Bitter and Blanc bread pudding but the melting cake made up for it. The food was awesome. Breakfast and lunch on the lido deck were a bit hectic, not everyone realized there are multiple levels for seating. The entertainment staff was fantastic. The shows were very good, "Checky" Charlie was hilarious at bingo. Jase was an OK cruise director he was everywhere on the ship. I'm pretty sure we saw him everyday. Our favorite bar tender was Thatpicia in the Lobby Bar. She knew what we wanted and had it ready before we even made it to a bar stool. Key West was nice port. We did the Hop on, Hop Off trolley and it was very nice. I'm not entirely sure why Freeport is still a stop for Carnival. The fiasco that was trying to get a cab was enough to put a very sour taste in my mouth for the whole day. Coming back from the beach resort there was a man standing naked on the side of the road and 2 very rude cab drivers. We will not be getting back off the ship in Freeport if we ever go back. On the other side we LOVE Nassau. We had lunch at the Fish Fry that was fantastic. We will be going back on the Dream as soon as it comes back from dry dock. The ship was great but it is definitely time for some upgrades the finishes were a bit dated. They desperately need a Guy's burger! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We Had an amazing trip aboard the Carnival Dream. There were ups and downs, and good and bad points but overall we cant really complain about anything. Embarkation: we purchased the faster to the fun package, personally we thought it ... Read More
We Had an amazing trip aboard the Carnival Dream. There were ups and downs, and good and bad points but overall we cant really complain about anything. Embarkation: we purchased the faster to the fun package, personally we thought it wasn't worth the money. it sells you on the fact that you can get on and off at your own convenience, and that there is no waiting. Well we showed up to our arrival time of 10AM and weren't allowed on the ship until sometime after 12. granted we did have our room available right away rather than others who had to wait until 1:30 to get their rooms ready. other than this we had no issues with embarkation. Sea Days: overall we were underwhelmed with the sea days because of alack of relevant things to do for people of our age(I'm 27, my wife 32.) We found the production shows to but corny and overrated. we spent most nights at the comedy clubs which was much better than the production shows. Casino was nice and the operators were very wiling to help you learn the games. We opted for your time dining, which is a much better choice than a timed dining scenario. there are events planned throughout the day that you might want to go to, but if you have a set dining time you can miss them. the most praise we can give is for our wait staff team. Udaya, Komang, and John; they were by far the highlight of our evenings, always smiling and talkative. ask for them!!! Udaya the headwaiter, convinced us to go parasailing and it was amazing!! All th bars were great with mostly good wait staff, if you want a drink on the decks you need to get up and go get it rather than wait, because there can be a quite lengthy timeframe sometimes. Key West: We rented a gas powered scoter from Sunshine Scooters on the island and had the freedom to go and do what we wanted to. We asked locals and found a local place to eat(Non-touristy) Pepe's. The bet food we had on our trip by far!! Try the clamchowder and the fish sandwich!! Key west's public beach was underwhelming, it was dirty and crowded, we rented chairs and an umbrella(don't forget to negotiate the price down) and stayed for a couple hours. Freeport: We went on a Carnival sponsored excursion, ATV, Beach tour. It was amazing!!! 30-45 min drive to and from, but the driver kept it interesting with Bahamas fun facts and education on the way there and he turned it into "Cashcab" on the way back putting men vs women. The atv ride itself was great, try to position yourself towards the front so you don't get stuck behind someone slow. atv ride ends at garden of the groves, a nice tropical garden. try the fresh coconuts there, they are jelly coconuts rather than the kind you are used to having in USA. From there you leave and go to the Junkanoo Beach area. this beach is much nicer than Key West. Conch fritters are amazing here!! We rented a jet ski on the ocean and had a blast! Chairs and umbrellas are provided, kayaks and snorkeling equipment are provided as well. jet skis are negotiable on prices!! we went back and bought some souvenirs at the portside shops. Nassau: We tried to schedule parasailing through carnival, but it was fully booked. So we went to the vendors in the port and paid less to go parasailing (Carnival was 89 per person we paid 70.) When it was time to go we walked to the boat and there was a line of people from our ship!! so it was a better deal for sure. After parasailing we went to the public beach that is close to the cruise terminal and rented chairs and an umbrella. (Negotiate!!) the beach area is open late but the businesses star to close at 5 because that's when the cruises leave, so make sure if your renting a chair that they aren't going to try and take it form you at 4 so they can close by 5. Ship and Cabin: We had 11th floor Balcony close to the elevators. Many people said it would be noisy, but we never had any issues with noise. We noticed it is much easier to traverse the ship if you walk on decks 10/11 rather than 5 where most people walk. Pizza pirate is an amazing stop late night when your feeling tipsy. The most negative thing I can say about the ship is that the steakhouse is by far not worth it!! service was subpar and the food wasn't served as we ordered it . we complained and had the "Nominal fee removed from our bill because it was so bad!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
This is our second cruise with this itinerary on the same ship, so we had a really relaxing time even with our 7 1/2 year old with us. This review is just to highlight a few parts of this cruise as we kept pretty low key...and this cruise ... Read More
This is our second cruise with this itinerary on the same ship, so we had a really relaxing time even with our 7 1/2 year old with us. This review is just to highlight a few parts of this cruise as we kept pretty low key...and this cruise was back in April so Im a bit late. Dining: Our waiters in the MDR were fantastic, but the kitchen was S L O W. One night it took nearly two full hours to complete dinner, so we skipped dessert so we could see some shows. It was not, and let me clarify NOT our wait staffs fault at all, these guys were running around like chickens with their heads cut off the entire time...the problem was getting everything out of the kitchen. This was our first cruise ever were we actually ate on the lido for dinner equally as often as we ate in the MDR. Ship: Its a large ship, but has so much to do. We really like the Dream....although admittedly hated it the first time we cruised on it. Cabin: Deck 2 Cabin number 2294...we were told it was not connecting...let me assure you it is very much so CONNECTED, let me also assure you I heard every word and every snore from next door. The cove balcony was great except your voice echoed so there were no private conversations, and the suction of the balcony door was loud during fast speeds. Would definitely book another one though. Our carpet seemed a bit old and our curtains had suspicious stains on them..definitely time to maintenance the rooms. Our room steward was Richards and he was most helpful and attentive. Camp Carnival: My daughter loved spending time there, they had many activities she enjoyed and wanted to participate in, which freed up a fair amount of time for alone time for me and my husband but also some family time at the slides. Overall, I would definitely cruise the Dream again...but I do think shes about due for some serious maintenance Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Carnival never disappoints. The food was great, the comedians were great, the shows were average, and the staff was exceptional! Shout out to Tina, our cabin steward, who went out of her way to make my bed comfortable and to Veronika, the ... Read More
Carnival never disappoints. The food was great, the comedians were great, the shows were average, and the staff was exceptional! Shout out to Tina, our cabin steward, who went out of her way to make my bed comfortable and to Veronika, the waiter's assistant in the dining room who always had a smile on her face and who always found a way to make every single guest feel special. Even though this boat is big, it never felt crowded. We never had a problem finding a lounge chair or a seat in the comedy shows or Encore lounge, and we were on a spring break cruise. There was so much to do that we found ourselves wishing we had more time on the ship. The only negative about our trip was our room. I knew when I booked it that it could be a problem since it was under the Lido deck, but we wanted two balcony rooms next to each other, and these were the only two rooms left like this. On the plus side, the door on the balcony that separates each room was able to be opened by our cabin steward, so we could come in and out of each stateroom through the balcony. That made it feel more like a suite with two rooms for our family and gave us an enormous balcony. We LOVED this feature, and not many of the balcony rooms are able to have this door opened. We never heard noise during the night, but at 5:00 AM each morning, we heard the lounge chairs being moved around on the pool deck while the crew cleaned as well as other noises. The noise only lasted for an hour, so we were able to go back to sleep. I should note that we are very light sleepers, so if you sleep soundly, you will probably not even hear it. Our children in 9305 never heard one single noise in their cabin for this very reason. One of the mattresses in 9303 was very hollowed out in the middle. After a terrible first night's sleep, my cabin steward filled the hole with folded duvets and it fixed the problem. She said that this particular floor should be getting new mattresses soon, so this might not be a problem for much longer. Despite our noisy cabin for one hour each day, we were glad to have it since we could access both cabins from the balcony and have easy access to the lido deck. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
I read a lot of reviews before the cruise and as usual if you are the type of person that complains about everything do not go on a cruise. Carnival Dream is a large ship but is very crowded. There are always lines at every eating station ... Read More
I read a lot of reviews before the cruise and as usual if you are the type of person that complains about everything do not go on a cruise. Carnival Dream is a large ship but is very crowded. There are always lines at every eating station from buffets to ice cream to pizza. Just know you will wait in line anytime you want to eat. The food overall is barely above average but again this is what to expect with this type of cruise. Think of a little worse than Golden Corral with less selections. The Dining room food is not much better but going in we knew this. The wait staff is very understaffed so dinner will take a very long time. The only issue I had with this cruise was yes it is spring break so there is always a lot of kids but there were a lot of younger kids without parents anywhere. So they do whatever they want which gets tough after 7 days. This is not really Carnivals fault it is just poor parenting. Carnival provided the kids club use it so you kids are not doing cannon balls into the hot tub. I was a little surprised how crowded such a large boat felt but again we know during spring break what to expect. The balcony room was nice and had plenty of room even with my wife and two daughters. The boat is in good condition not sure why people have made comments that it was not. It is clean especially considering the amount of people who seemed to go out of their way to make messes. Getting on and off the ship was very easy. So if you are going on this or any other Carnival Cruise just know what to expect and you won't be upset. The food is lacking at every level other than that they put on a great cruise. I will trade out good food for a boat that is a nursing home like Princess. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was my third cruise, all on Carnival. Last was on Magic out of Galveston last January. Same ports, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. Chose balcony cabin 8383. Starboard side. Ate in Crimson dining, steward was Louie. Had fttf this ... Read More
This was my third cruise, all on Carnival. Last was on Magic out of Galveston last January. Same ports, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. Chose balcony cabin 8383. Starboard side. Ate in Crimson dining, steward was Louie. Had fttf this time, and was literally met at taxi and escorted in past lines. Checkin time was 1000 and was on by 1100. Dream appeared older than Magic. Room seemed slightly smaller and tv smaller than similar room on Magic. 8383 very quiet, situated slightly behind mid. Had good view, but a hottub below that could have gotten noisey. Couldnt order room service on tv. Less activities for teens and I missed having the red frog pub on 5 mid like Magic. Food not quite as good, but same menus. Service a bit slow. Best meal was the lamb shanks. Louie was an excellent steward. Toulet was stopped up on checkin and balcony door latch stuck, but it was quickly fixed. Theyve quit leaving chocolates at night, Magic had them january 2015. Roatan we did Vic Bodden to Paradise resort beach of West Bay. Excellent. Belize did city tour and ate at Wet Lizard. Excellent. Cozumel did bar hop tour east side. Excellent. Ship seemed cleaner than magic and not ad rowdy for some reason, even though this was spring break. Chise to have bags carried out on debarkation, got out at 0930. Buddy carried his off and was out by 7. Faster to the Fun a must for non-platinum cruisers. Entertainment best Ive ever seen. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Workers deserve the credit for the success of the cruise due to high seas, rain, deck closings due to safety. ALL WORKERS were fantastic in manners in my company. Not a single complaint. They deserved their tips. Ok- Carnival: ... Read More
Workers deserve the credit for the success of the cruise due to high seas, rain, deck closings due to safety. ALL WORKERS were fantastic in manners in my company. Not a single complaint. They deserved their tips. Ok- Carnival: problems with service/communication/facilities. Deal breaker was the excursion times being bumped up with no notice. Prepaid excursions to Belize went from 7:30 debarkation to 6:30. My group accidentally overheard cruisers mention they passed the excursion desk and picked up excursion time sheets since a change was noted. I went to the desk, the worker politely said the cabin steward will bring this. He did not. If I would have missed the fantastic ziplining that I paid for months in advance, I would not have enjoyed myself nearly as much! Why wasn't every steward reminded? What if he put it in the open cubby and someone took it, it fell, etc. Why not make public announcements... those were made constantly even though you could only hear them in the hall. Why not CALL your room just in case? How about on the TV with all the advertisements? No effort was made to inform us that the excursions were bumped up. It was my bday, and that was my excursion choice. We made it by accident, not by Carnival notification. Room- 2307- shower would not drain. Used my thick flip flops to avoid water excess. Sewerage smell in main deck hall. At least 4 nights. Seminars in the spa- only advertisements to sell you products. Waste of time. Shameful. Constant bombardment of smoke from casino down halls. Room service very poor in food quality. GOOD POINTS: Again, the workers were great. Activities onboard good. Even due to inclement weather- upbeat attitude. Excursions TOP NOTCH! Off ship excursion personnel were 10/10- all three excursions. FttF- worth it. Dining- good. Cabin- was clean. No broken items, etc. Embarkation and Debarkation- top notch. I must admit I had a great time!!!!!!! Nothing can be perfect, but Carnival management needs to be a bit more precise on the Dream. Sewage smell not acceptable for any reason-- read about this in earlier cruise posts and it was there. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Prior to the cruise we stayed at the Hampton Inn Harvey. Had a nice dinner at New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company and then pretty much hunkered down in the room for rest after our 8 hour drive from Texas. The Hampton was clean ... Read More
Prior to the cruise we stayed at the Hampton Inn Harvey. Had a nice dinner at New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company and then pretty much hunkered down in the room for rest after our 8 hour drive from Texas. The Hampton was clean and beds were comfortable, nice free breakfast the next morning. It would prepare us for crowds as it was packed with people just loading up plates as if it were their last meal. This trip was my 16th cruise, 12th with Carnival. Traveling was me (44), husband (34) and our son (5). We were in a Balcony cabin 7262. Cabin was in a great location close to the stairs/elevators and everything was a couple floors up or down so we almost always took the stairs. Our steward DWI was nice and kept things clean, the bucket full of ice and we always had dry clean beach and bathroom towels. We had selected evening service only but noticed he would still come in mid-morning and make the bed. We have no complaints about the once a day turndown and can’t figure out why some are being so dramatic about the change. Weather on this trip was not great but we made the best of it. I will say this was the rockiest ride I have ever had on a ship and it lasted the entire week. You could hear waves crashing into the side of the ship every night and lots of creaking. Some evenings it was funny to watch everyone swaying from left to right. Thankfully none of us get sea sick. This was also the most crowded feeling ship I have ever been on and it seemed there was a line for everything. We were just on the Magic last year (also for Spring Break) and never felt that way. Even the Serenity deck was ridiculous. Manners needed some work as well. It is hard to teach your 5 year old to watch where he is going when adults are almost bulldozing him over. Dining – We spent our first lunch at Pasta Bella and that was great because there was NO ONE THERE! For breakfast we always ate in the Dining Room and even here there was a line up every morning. I simply love the people every day that thought because they rode the elevator they should get to be in the front of the line even though folks are lined up and down the stairs. Smh. For dinner we had anytime dining and used it 3 times and never had to wait, we went around 6 pm. Two nights due to tired husband/child we had pizza or the deli. The second and last night we ate in the steakhouse. OMG, so worth every penny. We did get a free bottle of wine when we ate there on night 2. We had both times the Baked onion soup, Caesar salads, surf/turf (me), spiced ribeye (husband) and the chocolate sampler. We did the Dr. Suess breakfast as well and my son loves it. All in all the food was pretty good. Steakhouse both nights, excellent. Camp Ocean - My son is 5 but will be 6 on April 27th. A short talk the first night with one of the Counselors and she allowed him to be in the 6-8 group. She explained he could be moved down to his group if he complained or had issues but thankfully there weren’t any. He enjoyed the times he was in the Camp, and my husband and I enjoyed the few quiet moments we got to spend together. Only one counselor appeared to be in the wrong line of work and I will say this put a black cloud over the last few days. Very negative person and I did note her name on my survey when we returned home. Honduras – we were originally going to go to Little French Key but at the last minute decided just to walk over to Mahogany Bay. It was a very nice enjoyable day and even though we weren’t able to snag a clam shell we found a nice spot under some palm trees. If you do want clam shells it seems you need to book on board first if you expect to get one. Water was very calm and my son was happy to find quite a few shells..including a Conch, with a live crab inside. He pulled it out of the water and security was on us in seconds demanding we put it back. Um, we weren’t going to take it anywhere…geez. I got a quick pic and we returned the little guy to his home. We had some great food and drinks at Fat Tuesday. Belize – My son and I stayed on the ship and ran the water slide all day, best day ever! So nice to have the ship all to ourselves. My husband went cave tubing. He enjoyed it but didn’t enjoy that Carnival changed the excursion meeting time to 6:45am and then left everyone to sit there an hour. After that he had the tender ride, and approximate 45 minute ride to the caves. He said if you didn’t bring water shoes you had to pay $5 to rent them. Cozumel – Playa Mia. Yikes, let me just say – Way too crowded. We had fun and we got lucky we were one of the first ships to arrive and found nice seats in the shade but seriously never again. My husband stood in line for 30 minutes to get life vests (a requirement if you want to use the floating park). This was hampered by the fact that people weren’t turning theirs in and trying to keep them the whole day. Water park area was fun but virtually no places to hang out there, which meant a lot of walking back and forth to our locker and the beach. We did have good service from our waiter, the food was tasty (Nachos/quesadillas/guac/buckets of beer) and prices were reasonable. Didn’t see any of the main shows but attended the 18+ Comedy shows 3 times and really enjoyed it. Thanks to all the people that got the smokers kicked off their balconies, the Casino is pretty much impossible to hang out in now. Never been so miserable in a Casino before and as a daughter of smokers I am somewhat used to it. I have mentioned in my survey yet again but the Pokerpro tables suck and we really wish Carnival would go back to a good old fashioned live dealer. Platinum – past guest party was very nice and service was good (two glasses of wine). They did show the previous ships but very quickly. My gift was a very nice collapsible duffle bag. Sadly for the first time, we all came home sick. I am still battling a sinus infection/bronchitis as of 3/22. Thankfully my son is over his virus he returned with. We did everything we normally do to keep hands clean, etc. Just didn’t work in our favor this time. Overall, we had a good time because we were with the ones we love and not at work. Our biggest issue was the crowds and the general overall behavior of others…because of this I think we might try to find a less crowded vacation next time and take a little cruise break. I don’t know if it was the Dream and the way it was set up or the fact that we normally cruise out of Galveston but something was just off this go round. I feel very thankful to be able to take vacations at all, and I am certainly not saying “no more cruises”…just want to try something else for a bit. 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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