1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
The staff is what made this cruise really special. The dining staff was amazing. The guest services staff was amazing. The food was as expected. It wasn't the best thing I've ever tasted in the world, but I really can't ... Read More
The staff is what made this cruise really special. The dining staff was amazing. The guest services staff was amazing. The food was as expected. It wasn't the best thing I've ever tasted in the world, but I really can't complain. They are feeding around 5,000 people several times a day. The shows were really good. You have a lot of chances to win prizes. Everything in the shops is overpriced, even when they say you're getting a good deal. The only really good deal you're getting is with alcohol (when you buy bottles from the shop). I didn't think the alcohol drink package was necessary. We pre-ordered $100 bottle of Malibu room to our room, and we brought a 2 bottles of wine and 2 12 packs of mixers (between the two of us). This lasted us for the entire cruise. We did order around 1-2 drinks a day from the bar while at sea. Excursions: At Cozumel, we did the salsa and margarita making excursion. The hotel and view we had during this excursion was GORGEOUS. This is definitely an excursion for someone who has a low activity level. You get endless margaritas, but they have no sugar in them. We weren't a big fan of the margaritas. You will definitely get drunk very quickly. Learning how to make salsa was fun. The hotel we were at had wifi, which was nice. The bathrooms are pretty small, but the entire place is kept very clean. You are able to stay for an hour after the event and use the hotel's pool and man-made beach, but we elected to go back to the port. At the port we shopped and had a really good time. At Belize, we did not do an excursion, but we should have. In Belize, they do not have a big port that cruise ships can go into. You have to take a smaller boat to get to the island. This was a 2 hour process. There are a few shops and restaurants to explore. I recommend booking an excursion, because otherwise Belize is kind of boring. At Roatan, we booked a beach day at Mahogany Bay which included: beach chairs, umbrella, and pool/ocean floats. This was by far my favorite. I suggest getting out there as soon as possible to find good seats. We were at the front row right in front of the ocean. We took a ski-lift to get to the beach which provided amazing views. I really enjoyed that. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Not sure were all the negative comments are, but this has got to be one of the best vacations I have been on. Ship was spotless, people always cleaning every were you went, keeping up with maintenance, painting etc... Server was top ... Read More
Not sure were all the negative comments are, but this has got to be one of the best vacations I have been on. Ship was spotless, people always cleaning every were you went, keeping up with maintenance, painting etc... Server was top notch, people remembered my name from the FIRST DAY, and continued on throughout the trip. Even in the different sections they all worked would still remember you. Food was top notch, only ate at the buffet once, I was not impressed but the MDR food was GREAT, service was awesome, lasted about an hour and a half...i'm on vacation do not need to be anywhere! Guys burgers and the Mexican taco bar AWESOME. Cant say enough about the food. Casino was fun, just very smokey...to be expected from a CASINO! Activities were great, the Flying Scotsman was AMAZING, I work in the service industry and he is crazy good at his job! Its vacation and reasonable one at that...if your looking for perfect sail on princess. If your looking for a relaxed party type atmosphere this is for you. Met so many amazing people along the way. Looking forward to sailing with Carnival again very soon! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We went on this cruise with 85 new and old friends. We first started cruising with this group in 1998. Since then the quality of the cruise has gone down a lot! The food and service used to be wonderful. The food on the Carnival Dream ... Read More
We went on this cruise with 85 new and old friends. We first started cruising with this group in 1998. Since then the quality of the cruise has gone down a lot! The food and service used to be wonderful. The food on the Carnival Dream was awful. Poorly cooked, never hot and very repetitive. The quality was terrible. We had a balcony suite at the very back of the ship because we were told they were bigger. It was bigger, but it was filthy. Even after they washed it (5 days in) it was still not useable. The furniture and the glass railing weren't washed so we couldn't sit down and see out and enjoy the view. The wait times in the Dining Room was terrible. We waited one night over 50 minutes between our appetizer and main course so we had to skip the dessert and coffee or we wouldn't have made the show. Most nights the food came lukewarm at best because it sat around waiting to be served to us. Carnival has cut back a lot on the number of wait staff they have. The cabin was clean, but very dated. The couch was worn and the leather needed washing. The paint was peeling off of the lamps. The main shows in the Encore Lounge were very good. Embarkation was easy and went well. But it was raining when we embarked so finding a seat to have our lunch was next to impossible because everyone was trying to crowd into a sheltered area. The pools were very clean and nice to swim in. Carnival totally destroyed my luggage on disembarkation so now I have to go thru their hoops to get a claim reviewed. I had to ask them to wrap my suitcase in duct tape so I could get my mangled luggage onto our flight home. They didn't seem to care that my luggage was beyond repair and put on the form "broken zipper" The whole end panel was totally ripped off! And in fact the zippers worked! Overall, Carnival has slipped below the standards we expect in cruising and we won't be sailing with them again. We went on a 21 day cruise in January with Holland America and they will be our cruise line from now on. Just about everyone in our group of 85 were disappointed with the food and service. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Departing from New Orleans was interesting as I had no idea how far the port actually was from the ocean. Our balcony cabin had plenty of room to spread out and also for storage. Dining room food was generally very good and the service ... Read More
Departing from New Orleans was interesting as I had no idea how far the port actually was from the ocean. Our balcony cabin had plenty of room to spread out and also for storage. Dining room food was generally very good and the service was top notch. I particularly liked Guy’ Burger Joint (LOVE their fries) and also the BBQ place (I don’t recall the name.) The buffet, especially at breakfast, was really good—really enjoyed the custom omelet station. On sea days the pool area was very crowded and sometimes it was hard to find a place to sit. Entertainment was pretty good, but it would have been nice to have had more options for activities during the day. Unfortunately, the hot tub we visited wasn’t working well. The water was only lukewarm and so with the wind on the deck, it made for a chilly (and pretty unfun) experience. All in all, a pleasant cruise and a relaxing week. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This was our second cruise ever, both on the Carnival Dream. We had an absolute blast! The embarkation process went much faster this time than it did the first time three years ago. Debarkation was much smoother also. The food on the Lido ... Read More
This was our second cruise ever, both on the Carnival Dream. We had an absolute blast! The embarkation process went much faster this time than it did the first time three years ago. Debarkation was much smoother also. The food on the Lido Deck and in the dining rooms was fantastic. The buffets and restaurants on Deck 5 were not as good this time as they were last time. Our room steward, Joel, was just perfect and our room was always spotless. We loved having the towel animals every day! The crew were always friendly and very helpful every time we talked to them. The entertainment was excellent and we enjoyed several of the shows. The excursions were the best ever! Jolly Roger Snorkeling was probably our favorite excursion of all the ones we've taken. I highly recommend Carnival and the Dream!! Our next cruise will hopefully be to Alaska and we plan on sailing with Carnival again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This was a wonderful trip. I have not sailed on Carnival in 10 years and my boyfriend had never been on Carnival before this trip. We spent one night pre-cruise in New Orleans at Hampton New Orleans Convention Center, it was very ... Read More
This was a wonderful trip. I have not sailed on Carnival in 10 years and my boyfriend had never been on Carnival before this trip. We spent one night pre-cruise in New Orleans at Hampton New Orleans Convention Center, it was very convenient and offered a free shuttle to the port you just had to sign up at the desk. The quickest embarkation we have ever experienced. The terminal was organized and the employees were polite and knowledgeable. The food was great, there were always plenty of choices and if you didn't like something it was encouraged for you to order something different. Our cabin was plenty big for 2 adults and offered lots of storage. Activities we participated in were fun, we tried every bar, lounge, saw every show and each comedian and the piano bar. There was never a lack for options. We enjoyed the ports and excursions very much and felt the value was worth the experience. Disembarkation was simple and organized, it even started a little earlier than expected based on the documentation we were provided. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise because I wanted to cruise Carnival, it was affordable and out of a port of choice. The Carnival Dream is nice enough, about average. Embarkation and debarkation were about average as well, though the porters and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because I wanted to cruise Carnival, it was affordable and out of a port of choice. The Carnival Dream is nice enough, about average. Embarkation and debarkation were about average as well, though the porters and available assistance staff were lacking a bit. GREAT SERVICE-- ARTY was a server near the pool. He was one of the highlights of this cruise. Very accommodating and friendly. Some of the best customer service skills on this ship. KADEK - was exceptionally friendly in giving directions. Goran in the Casino-- top notch, fun and friendly. But whatever you choose to do; AVOID the CLOUD 9 SPA Seminars. Many of the seminar host are extremely rude and demeaning if you choose not to purchase. Though we went to the seminars to get more information and were fully aware that it would be a sales pitch of sorts, we were not expecting to be insulted and demeaned. A young arrogant male- We listened to two of his seminars, one on pain relief and another on detoxification and overall health. Both products were of interest after hearing him speak. Pain relief was for Good Feet arch supports and the seminar was interesting but we did not ask for further consultation. Later, he gave another seminar on having a flatter stomach, which turned out to be a 'beneficial algae supplement that detoxed and cleansed'. We also attended that and was interested enough to go to the next step and have a private consult with him. The 30 minute consult took about 4 minutes after he asked my friend if she had been in earlier. When she said yes for the pain seminar the conversation turned to what she thought of the insert demonstration. Then the humiliation started. Her answer to him was that the product was impressive (she had participated in the demonstration) but she could not afford them right now. His entire demeanor changed in an instant. He said "Well if you can't afford them, you can't afford this" speaking of the algae supplements. After a few more berating comments he told us that he had other clients waiting and rushed us out of the room. My friend was in tears. Our last seminar was with a Asian woman. She was an acupuncturist and was going to relieve pain in our "entire body" with natural/ancient medicine. I am a believer in natural healing so we attended the seminar and promptly scheduled a session. It was shocking! There was a health questionnaire and she asked what ailments we had. We each explained our individual problems and she pretended to know what they were. It was explained in simple terms that manipulation of certain body parts would cause great pain. She said she understood and then proceeded with the exact same process on both myself and my friend. It was excruciatingly painful. But that is not the worst of it. She inserted the acupuncture needles (ungloved), left the room and told us to continue moving while she was gone. We were following her direction when we noticed the floor was covered in used acupuncture needles and my friend was BAREFOOT! We counted 37 needles on the floor. Has this person of natural medicine ever heard of blood borne DISEASES?! When she returned we pointed it out; she basically ignored us and the hazard and went on with the sales pitch. After several times of leaving and returning to the room she asked if we would like to schedule another session. We of course said No. And she had the exact same answer that the arrogant man had given us earlier in the week "I have other clients waiting" and rushed us out. We were so shocked. DR. INES- The only saving grace of the spa. She was professional and courteous. She stated her professional medical opinion about the product and how it would benefit each of individually. The incredibly poor customer service is obviously a systemic issue in the CLOUD 9 SPA on the CARNIVAL DREAM. Because the verbiage was so close with these two, one may assume it is part of the Salesman Training for Carnival? While I understand that time is money; there are better ways to end a sales pitch. EXCURSION ACCIDENT- While on a shore excursion booked through Carnival, my friend was accidentally hit in the face by the boat captain. He was pulling an anchor rope when it let go and he elbowed her hard in the jaw. She was hit hard enough that she was knocked into the crowd which prevented a fall and the impact was great enough to cause discomfort and later, swelling. We were a bit surprised when no one from the crew asked if she was OK but we made a point to tell the Captain (as well as other management staff onsite) what had had happened. The boat Captains response was "I think you'll be fine" with no apology whatsoever. CARNIVAL MEDICAL Staff -- A M A Z I N G !! As soon as we returned to the ship we went to medical to have my friends swollen jaw examined. The staff was amazing! Two incredible nurses (didn't catch names), both from South Africa were the best health care professionals that I have seen anywhere in many years. My friend was seen by the on board Doctor and she said the exam was thorough. She was very satisfied with the service she received. We just cannot say enough about how efficient and friendly the medical staff was. OVERALL- I have been on many cruises but this was my friends first. Over the years I have noticed that the staff on various cruise ships have become less and less hospitable. When I first started cruising the employees seemed happy and very friendly. Most seemed to enjoy the work. NOW, The majority appear to hate their jobs. On the CARNIVAL DREAM this time there were almost no smiles, very few chats and not much interaction between staff and cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This was our first cruise and our family has been cruising with Carnival approx 2 times per year for several years now and it was time for us to give it a try. We are hooked! We got home from New Orleans on Sunday night and I booked a ... Read More
This was our first cruise and our family has been cruising with Carnival approx 2 times per year for several years now and it was time for us to give it a try. We are hooked! We got home from New Orleans on Sunday night and I booked a Carnival cruise less than 48 hours later and another one tonight! The dining was superb and the waitstaff was on point! Our steward could not have been better and the cruise director, The Flying Scotsman, made the cruise better than we could have ever imagined. And a shout out to Randy Andy who was the comedy director. Great shows, entertainment, service, and food for all ages and palates. Next March 2019 cannot come fast enough! We have booked a 7 day on the Carnival Breeze. I have never felt more at home and relaxed as I did this past week. Thank you Carnival, you got it right! Tammy McCrory Jennifer Mooney Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
My husband and I just returned yesterday from our 7 day cruise on the Carnival Dream. It was the first cruise for us together and since we didn't take a honeymoon in June 2016, we decided to make this our honeymoon trip. We loved ... Read More
My husband and I just returned yesterday from our 7 day cruise on the Carnival Dream. It was the first cruise for us together and since we didn't take a honeymoon in June 2016, we decided to make this our honeymoon trip. We loved everything about the ship and we got a balcony room so that we could relax on the balcony in the mornings before starting our day and in the evenings after a long day of entertainment to unwind. Only 1 major problem...the cabin below ours had a smoker and YES, he was smoking on the balcony, which is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. We reported it the second night and the next day, he was there again smoking. I actually saw him with cigarette in hand and called to complain again. The next day, a crew member came to our cabin to check to see if they could figure out what cabin it was, as they had gone to other cabins and found no evidence of smoking or they knocked on the door and no one answered. So, I went on my Carnival Hub app, which is awesome, by the way, and looked to see where our cabin was and counted from the elevator how may cabins it was to get the cabin number below ours. We contacted guest services once more when we yet again encountered the SMOKER on the balcony and this time gave them the cabin number. Well, needless to say that nothing was ever done since yesterday morning he was there yet again SMOKING on the balcony-which my husband now has photo evidence. I am appalled that the crew on this ship did not know what cabin was below ours and that nothing could be done about this guest smoking on the balcony. My balcony that I was looking forward to enjoying became a nightmare. I asked on this forum before I left about a clothing steamer and found that it was prohibited due to being a fire hazard; however, smoking on a balcony or having an open flame (lighter) anywhere on a ship with 3000 guest is allowed. This however, as upsetting as it was, was not going to ruin my honeymoon, so we just hoped and prayed that the ship would not go up in flames and we made the most of the time we were on the ship. Guys burgers was amazing and the pizza was out of this world. The shows were impecable with the production of Flick so well done. Mathew was awesome as Flick as well as the other performers. Our cruise director, The Flying Scotsman was so full of energy and made the cruise so much fun. We loved all the crew who serviced our cabin and provided excellent care with our needs. Aside from the smoking issue this was a great first cruise for my new husband and I together. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Feb. 3, 2018 Day One, my Wife and I arrive at the Days Inn Gretna, La. one day earlier than our Cruise, this is our normal routine. As we check in I notice things are getting run down and in disrepair, the continental breakfast that is ... Read More
Feb. 3, 2018 Day One, my Wife and I arrive at the Days Inn Gretna, La. one day earlier than our Cruise, this is our normal routine. As we check in I notice things are getting run down and in disrepair, the continental breakfast that is still advertised is no longer available and the lounge has been turned over to a private contractor and did not even open. Our room looked ok but had water spots on the ceiling and a stale odor. The room next to ours had several screaming kids from what appeared to be a family living in the hotel (not a good night). The Days Inn is a park and cruise hotel, but this was definitely our last stay. Our next cruise is scheduled in May and we are not driving, instead taking the train from Memphis. Embarkation was fairly smooth had an issue with removing all the metal before passing through the detector. Once onboard we just sat in the theater for about an hour, this is to let all the (me first) I am (in a hurry) people try to get to (where ever) before anyone else. When you first get on breath and try to relax! This was our 4th cruise on the Carnival Dream and our second cove balcony. The Dream for us is a very entertaining and fun ship, Capt. Bovo and the crew were fantastic, Our cabin 2354 Main deck had a little noise, but nothing like what I had read on another post, if you want total silence visit the onboard morgue! The cuisine has improved with the return of Lobster and our servers (always changing due to anytime dining) were great. The entertainment was very good but we missed Chris Williams our Cruise Director from past cruises on the Dream. The port day's my wife and I stayed onboard, we have the ship to ourselves, no wait elevators or food lines. The truth is my wife broke both sides of her cervical just before our cruise in September 2017. We are on the Dream again in August and November 2018 hope to see everyone then. John (67) and Judy (66) Osborne Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise two years ago when we were on the Breeze. We always book onboard for the perks and were only on the Breeze because Carnival had cancelled our cruise on the Dream! Only once we spoke with the future cruise booking ... Read More
We chose this cruise two years ago when we were on the Breeze. We always book onboard for the perks and were only on the Breeze because Carnival had cancelled our cruise on the Dream! Only once we spoke with the future cruise booking agent on the Dream we were told that our former booking should have never been cancelled! As a consolation gift they gave us a $25 bar credit (we don't drink) and we didn't figure out until the last day of this cruise that we could have used it all week for specialty coffees! We checked in online as soon as final payment was done and neglected to realize that we needed to select a boarding time! As a result, we ended up having to arrive at the pier 2-2:30 and felt like we missed out on half a day. Our fault I suppose but we still felt like we missed out unnecessarily. We walked on with our luggage (no porters in sight) and went straight to our cabin since it was so late, and yet, no sign of our cabin steward and the room was cleaned but had no card with his name, no rubber cloth to protect the bed from the suitcase, no bottles of water (past guest), no tickets for purchased shore excursions, in fact, there was no card in the phone to show which button would reach which party! My husband pushed a button and got 911 and they got really angry that we didn't have an emergency! When we reached the services desk, we told them our room wasn't ready and within minutes we had a knock on the door. It was our room steward who wanted me to write a note stating that he had made up the room!!! I wrote it and managed to ask for an ice bucket - but in the process he decided what I meant was that I only needed a clean up in the morning and no evening turn down. By now I was not having fun, we had not gotten to eat anything or even hear any music, some cruise!! and it was already time for the muster drill! After 27 cruises, we know how to enjoy a cruise, any cruise, there is no such thing as a bad one, but this one truly tested this belief. I didn't mind him not refilling toilet paper or tissues or leaving the brown box out instead of replacing it in the dispenser, replacing towels even when we left them on the towel bar, etc. We had traditional seating and ended up alone most nights at a table for 5. Then we found out that our table mates (who showed up twice) had been severely ill just prior to boarding, and were still sick that first formal night that they sat at the table with us! They told us this on the second formal night when they once again came to dinner. In general, the food and services on this ship were really not good. I heard that the staff and crew had been transferred to the Vista and that these were people in training. One thing that truly annoyed us was that on the last day of the cruise, the food was finally what we had been hoping for the rest of the week and the entertainment was great as well. It disappointed me to think that they wanted us to like the last day so we'd go home happy... umm.. what about the other 6 days???? So, in spite of this experience, we figured it would be better on the next cruise so we went to book a future cruise booking. Well, it turns out that not only would they not allow us to book out as far as 2020, they don't offer the same perks anymore. The onboard credit has been cut in half and they won't allow you book an open booking, you have to pick a specific cruise. Neither of these conditions will work for us since we already have another cruise booked for 2019 and we don't know exactly which cruise we want for the next year that they won't let us book anyway! I cannot say enough good things about the Mahogany Beach in Honduras!!! The beach is spectacular, the snorkeling very good, the chair rail ride to the beach super nice, and the staff on the beach could not be nicer! They worked seamlessly with one another creating a wonderful, pampering environment for us, the guests! Unfortunately I am afraid it is goodbye to Carnival and we'll just have try some other line for 2020 which is really too bad since there are many things we still truly love about Carnival! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise for the schedule, the destination ports, and the departure port (we had Southwest miles we could use to fly to a Southwest destination, so we used them to get to New Orleans) When you think of how well you eat on ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the schedule, the destination ports, and the departure port (we had Southwest miles we could use to fly to a Southwest destination, so we used them to get to New Orleans) When you think of how well you eat on the ship, the quality of the shows each evening (the performers and special effects were amazing!), the various activities available, and the incredible ports we were able to visit without having to unpack and pack again and again, this cruise was an incredible deal. We were so pampered from beginning to end! We did an independent tour to Tulum from Cozumel, a cruise shore excursion to Caye Caulker to go snorkeling from Belize, and an independent tour and snorkeling on Roatan. All fantastic! It was just two of us, husband and wife, aged 55, taking our first cruise. Based on our experiences on this cruise, I'm sure we will cruise again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We went on our Honeymoon cruise out of New Orleans due to location. We could drive :] Also visit with my mom and dad in Prairieville. We had a blast from the time we entered the waiting area, we met great people and had fun talking about ... Read More
We went on our Honeymoon cruise out of New Orleans due to location. We could drive :] Also visit with my mom and dad in Prairieville. We had a blast from the time we entered the waiting area, we met great people and had fun talking about everything to past cruises and where the people lived. It went by fast and very organized to get us all on the ship. I also had forgot and left our sodas in our check in bags but our porter said no problem. It was still in the bags when we got to the room at 1:30pm and No sooner LOL. The ship is beautiful and I loved the Mardi gras theme throughout the ship. Our balcony room was fantastic with plenty of room, I think even if you had three people in that room it would be fine. I enjoyed our cruise director Brian, he worked very hard and made the trip so much fun. The steakhouse was well worth the extra on the first night and they gave us a wonderful red wine. My husband loved it, I don't drink. Food was perfect ever time. i have my steaks well done and they still could be cut with a fork. My husband likes his rare and loved the food. Food was great in Guys and Blue Iguana. I never complained about any of the food on lido, especially the soft frozen yogurt!!! Wow it was good, my favorite dish was in the Scarlet dining room Melting Lava Cake! A must try! I had it each night even when we had th Baked Alaska. Our waiters Aldin, Ryan and Anthony kept briniging us whatever we needed and sometimes what we didn't. Ha ha my husband one night decided against desert, I pouted and Aldin brought it to go for me. I was laughing so much and they really made dinner a fun event! I miss everyone and Pat our room steward !!! One issue and the only issue was the drain in shower would plug and water was all over bathroom floor. I felt bad using so many towels but that was nothing that would spoil my trip and it was fixed. I actually scared myself and the repair man when I walked in the room when we was fixing it. We all had a great laugh. We also did the self disembarkation and it was ok too, just had to take our luggage down 8 flights because someone didn't want to wait on the elevator. Most were closed. ! Can't wait to travel on the Dream again soon. Taking mom next time :] Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Love trip out of New Orleans. Like two vacations in one. However, expected little from Carnival. I was completely wrong. The staff, the food, the spirit, the services were all excellent. I can honestly say that we did not have a negative ... Read More
Love trip out of New Orleans. Like two vacations in one. However, expected little from Carnival. I was completely wrong. The staff, the food, the spirit, the services were all excellent. I can honestly say that we did not have a negative experience in 7 days. While this is obviously not a luxury cruise, I could not ask for more for price/value. My girlfriend and I enjoyed our meals uniformly. the wait staff was friendly, attentive, alert and aimed to please us at all times, We ate dinner in the steakhouse and it was absolutely a great value and delicious. Our room was very comfortable, well appointed, clean and welcoming. The steward was always available and tried to make us comfortable at all times. The shore excursions were pretty typical and nothing special, but everything went as expected. I would definitely travel and recommend cruising with Carnival again, without hesitation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We have enjoyed many cruises with Carnival and 3 on the Dream. We chose this cruise because it was going to Key West. We choose cruises by destination. We like to go new places and see different and interesting things. We like the Burgundy ... Read More
We have enjoyed many cruises with Carnival and 3 on the Dream. We chose this cruise because it was going to Key West. We choose cruises by destination. We like to go new places and see different and interesting things. We like the Burgundy Lounge comedy and the Encore shows on the Dream. Breakfast in the Scarlet Restaurant is great. The BlueIguana Cantina, the Mongolian Wok, Tandoor and Guy's Burger Joint are all excellent. There is so much to do it can be hard to decide where onboard to go to next. There are a lot of choices for shore excursions. Our child (daughter) is 25 and we hope to be empty nesters someday. She stayed home while we went on this cruise. The service on Carnival is outstanding, everyone is so very friendly and helpful. The only disappointment with this cruise was the room. This was the first time I used Carnival Cruise for assistance booking this cruise. Bad mistake! Never again! Book on your own! Was not allowed to choose a room, was tole that he would insure we got a great room. Worst room I have ever had on a cruise! I thought Elvis was there, A WHOLE LOT OF SHAKING GOING ON! During leaving or entering port the room would shake so bad that things were falling off of the desk. The room was so far from the Encore we did not have to visit the jogging track or gym. Got plenty of exercise on this cruise. Sure we look forward to more cruises in the future, just not with help from Vladimir at Carnival. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I give Carnival Dream a 9 out of 10, with 10 being the highest. Enjoy the ship and cruise. Ship is clean and neat. Our interior cabin was very roomy and comfortable. Crew was very friendly, Especially Wasanna in the Buffet Area, Always ... Read More
I give Carnival Dream a 9 out of 10, with 10 being the highest. Enjoy the ship and cruise. Ship is clean and neat. Our interior cabin was very roomy and comfortable. Crew was very friendly, Especially Wasanna in the Buffet Area, Always telling you good morning. She puts a big smile on your face every day. Food was good in the dinning room 7 out 10. "I am kinda picky, being from New Orleans" The buffet was very good 9 out 10, So much food by Wednesday I told my wife I didn't want to see any more food. Guys Burger, has some great burgers. The Blue Iguana has good Mexican food, especially the fish tacos. If you like good pizza, they have it. My wife ate pizza every day. Great entertainment and always something to do on board. We stop at Key West, love Key West. Freeport, 4 out of 10. Nassau was nice, 7 out of 10, Just be careful. Felt very uncomfortable. Meet some very nice cruiser on the boat and made some new friends. Embarkation and disembarkation was not bad. Parking was a little pricey. Will I sail on Carnival Dream again, You bet. Looking at booking another trip next year on the Dream. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We (mid 60s) decided to take our daughter(30) and son-in-law (40) on a cruise. We have been on several cruises, first time for them. The main reason we picked the Dream out of New Orleans was because we wanted a long day in Key West ... Read More
We (mid 60s) decided to take our daughter(30) and son-in-law (40) on a cruise. We have been on several cruises, first time for them. The main reason we picked the Dream out of New Orleans was because we wanted a long day in Key West (8-5). Our son-in-law is an avid fisherman and we wanted to fish in Key west. We flew down on Saturday January 27th. We took a cab from the Airport to Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter. We selected this hotel as it is close to French Quarter Phantoms and we had two walking tours booked through them. It was pouring rain when we got to the hotel. We planned on going to Jackson Square to spend the afternoon, but because of the rain we ended up at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. We thoroughly enjoyed the insectarium, not impressed with the Butterfly Garden, have seen better. It had stopped raining when we got out so we walked down Bourbon Street to get back to the hotel. The kids went to the Museum of Death, which they seemed to enjoy. We had a 6:00 ghost tour with French Quarter Phantoms, excellent tour and guide, we had a great time. The kids were hungry afterwards, so we missed the parade. We walked to the Bayou Burger and Sports Company and had great burgers (our daughter does not eat seafood or spicy creole). Sunday we had a 10:00 Cemetery Tour with French Quarter Phantoms, again, an excellent tour and guide. We then picked up our bags from the hotel and took a cab to the ship. Probably took about 45 minutes to get on the ship, we never sat down, just wound around in various lines. We all ate at Pasta Bella, great food and no crowd. Then we all went to our cabins to drop off our carry ons. Part of our luggage was there. We split up to do our own exploring. This is the first time I have had a cove balcony. I loved being close to the water, but the balcony was always covered in salt and wet. I won't do that again. First time doing anytime dining, won't do that again either. We selected anytime as we like to eat early and they like to eat late. We ended up eating together about 3 times. We always had to wait to get a table, even if we went at 6:00. We also could not ever get the same wait staff. I would much prefer a set time with no wait and the same wait staff. Food in the dining room was excellent, service was great (3 times), average (3 times) and terrible (1 time). My husband and I loved the stage shows, the singers and dancers were very talented. The kids did not care for the stage shows (what was the point? is what she said about Flick). We all loved the comedy club, though two shows we never found a seat. They enjoyed the live music. Brandon (cruise director), Legs 11, and Sunny (entertainment) were great. I had not been to Quest for many years, has become much more risque, if you are easily offended DO NOT GO. Luckily our daughter elected not to go as she would have been mortified. Unfortunately, the weather was cool, so you could find a seat at the pool anytime and even clamshells at Serenity. Lunches and breakfasts were good at Lido, but lines were too long at Mongolian Wok and Guy's BBQ, never wanted to wait that long. We were asked whether we wanted morning or evening service by the steward, I selected morning, the kids selected evening (so they could sleep in). I don't have a problem with having one service a day, but when I select morning I expect the room to be cleaned in the morning. Several times it was after noon, I am not happy with that. One day we came back to no towels, another day we came back to two bath towels (I told steward I always wanted 3, an extra to wash my hair). There was dust on the top shelves in the bathroom. Definitely corners have been cut there. We also had the Hub, loved that for the menus and days events. Chat did not work well, my husband and I got about 80% of the messages, my daughter got about 10%, our son-in-law 5%. Key West, the main reason for taking this trip was the fishing. called our captain as we were approaching the dock and he canceled the trip due to high winds. Based on the forecast we had seen, I was not surprised, but everyone was disappointed. We ended up doing the shops, kids did the Ripley's museum. Key Lime pie on a stick at Kermits is a must! In Freeport we booked the kayak and nature tour through Carnival, this was the best excursion. We had a great guide, super fun kayaking and about 90 minutes at a beautiful beach. Lunch was very poor, but based on the reviews I expected that. In Nassau, the kids wanted to ride on the beach, I booked this as an independent tour. Our daughter really enjoyed it (experienced horsewoman) our son-in-law not so much. The guide harassed him about horsemanship (heels down, sit up). Again we were warned on trip advisor that this could happen. We took the walking food and culture tour, it was fantastic. Great guide, great food, lots of interesting information. Again it was booked independently and I would highly recommend it. Disembarkation was fine, just walked through customs. This was the first time for us on Dream class, we really liked it. In fact we have a December cruise booked on Magic for our son, daughter in law, and two grand kids. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I absolutely loved this cruise. It was my first one, and I cant wait to go again. The people the ship and doing the food, rooms, or any of the many services were just great. We stopped and talked to them often and met the workers from ... Read More
I absolutely loved this cruise. It was my first one, and I cant wait to go again. The people the ship and doing the food, rooms, or any of the many services were just great. We stopped and talked to them often and met the workers from everywhere. One girl in the casino was from the Ukraine. She was so very nice.We talked with our stewards everyday and they had to get my oxygen bottles as I needed them one at a time. They never acted put out by that and were very accomodating.It was very comfortable in our balcony room and the view was great. The people that took care of us at dinner; remembered us all by first name and treated the kids in our group with loving care. They were included in some dancing etc. and treated very special. I couldnt have had a better time playing bingo, watching shows, shopping and relaxing too. Dont let the waterpipe busting at a later date keep you from going on this boat. It has been fixed and im sure its just fine now. You wont be disappointed on this boat. We will probably go on the same boat the second time, because we know where to go and what to do. They give you itenerary so you know where to be and at what time. Its great!! Have a good time!! The Franklins.....Ben and Darla Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
This was a family cruise of 12 people. My mother and aunt, and 5 siblings and their spouses. Ages ranged from 90 - 38. This was a first cruise for half of us. We cruised out of New Orleans. Six of us arrived on the Friday before ... Read More
This was a family cruise of 12 people. My mother and aunt, and 5 siblings and their spouses. Ages ranged from 90 - 38. This was a first cruise for half of us. We cruised out of New Orleans. Six of us arrived on the Friday before the cruise and the other six arrived the Saturday prior to the cruise. We all stayed at the Springfield Marriott and the location was nice and the rooms were nice and clean. It was easy walking distance to the French Quarter and on the day of the cruise, we had one vehicle which we used to drop off the luggage and the rest of the group walked to the terminal. Embarkation was smooth, the buffet was a madhouse with everyone there eating and waiting to get into their rooms, but that is expected. We all had balcony rooms on the 7th and 8th decks. They were fine, a bit older looking, but they were clean and we had plenty of space for our things. There was a wide variety of activities during the cruise. The entertainment was okay, but the "Flick" show was very good, the best of the cruise. Their were multiple comedy shows most nights. I saw a few of them and they were good. It was in the burgundy lounge, which filled up fast. Need a bigger venue for that, but not sure there is one available. Piano bar was full most nights, but I didn't enjoy it as much as on other cruises. There were plenty of other things to do during the day to keep you busy. I thought the food was good. The dining room food was for the most part very good. Guy's Burgers are great and the taco stand (don't remember the name) is good and has excellent breakfast burritos. The Pig and Anchor seemed good, but only had it once and after finding a place to eat, it was cold, so can't give it a fair review. The buffet was decent and their 24 hour pizza was great. Excursions: Cozumel we all went snorkeling, that was fun and then just laid on their beach. It was a park named Chankanaab, booked through carnival. Roatan (Mahogany Bay) we got our own taxi tour of the southern part of the island, cost $70 plus tip. That was well worth it. Grand Cayman, we all did the dolphin swim. The swim was great, everyone enjoyed it but the second half of the excursion (which was beach time at a resort) was not worth it. The excursion advertises time to swim, snorkel, ride wave riders, parasail, but in reality you don't have enough time to do anything at the resort other than sit on the beach and get your feet wet. Overall the cruise was great, everyone enjoyed themselves. It was a great time to spend with family and enjoy one another's company. The ship is full of things to do, the crew is fantastic, they work very, very hard to provide you a great experience and they do it. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
I really enjoy enjoy cruising with Carnival. The staff, the ships, entertainment, variety of food and affordability make for a wonderful vacation experience. Unpack one time, see a variety of interesting ports, meet great people and ... Read More
I really enjoy enjoy cruising with Carnival. The staff, the ships, entertainment, variety of food and affordability make for a wonderful vacation experience. Unpack one time, see a variety of interesting ports, meet great people and and the dining, entertainment and service is all included. If you want to further enhance your cruise, there are are a lot of ways to spend additional money or just enjoy all there is for one price. The cruise director and entertainment staff were engaging and very talented. The main stage shows were absolutely fabulous! I highly recommend anyone to cruise just one time to see if this type of vacation is right for you. Many folks have become addicted to cruising. I am one of those individuals. Cruising as Santa Claus (NOT an employee, certainly adds to my own personal experience, but even so, you will have a great time. Wishing you fair winds and following seas... Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
There were many reasons we were not happy with our cruise. The first one being when we were called off the ship for our luggage to be opened. My husband had a small kit of electrical tape, some sewing needles, a travel screwdriver, a ... Read More
There were many reasons we were not happy with our cruise. The first one being when we were called off the ship for our luggage to be opened. My husband had a small kit of electrical tape, some sewing needles, a travel screwdriver, a crescent wrench and some other small items he ALWAYS carries with him. We had just come through the airport with these items. The lady that was with security and made him open his suitcase was very rude. There was another security agent trying to help and told us that they would store the items for us until we got back and the other lady said that there was 'no room to store tools'. So in this case we had to throw all of these items out. That was the start to a very unsatisfying experience with Carnival. There were many other reasons we will probably not sail with Carnival again. The staff that did interact with us was not very friendly. The wait time on the elevators that were working, was horrible. Many of them were not working. We often stood at the bar for more than 5 minutes waiting to be waited on. A few times we finally gave up and walked away. We ordered room service almost every morning and sometimes never received it. One night at dinner, we had planned our time to go see the show afterwards. It took us an hour and 45 minutes to get through dinner. The lag time between the courses was horrible. Our room on the 7th deck, made me wonder what part of the ship was below us. Every morning I could smell eggs cooking and at night between 5 and 9 you could not stand to be in the room due to the overwhelming smell of a charbroiler as if the steaks were being cooked right in our room. We were also so excited that this ship had a barbcue joint, only to be let down when we found out it was only open 2 hours a day for the days you were at sea only. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
1) because my brother and his wife have never cruised before. 2) the price 3) where it was going. 4) because my brother and his wife still like to party. Carnival seems more like a party type atmosphere. The staff was wonderful from our ... Read More
1) because my brother and his wife have never cruised before. 2) the price 3) where it was going. 4) because my brother and his wife still like to party. Carnival seems more like a party type atmosphere. The staff was wonderful from our room steward Wayan to our dinner stall Dede, Ignatius, and Polett. to the staff in cloud-9. spent the day in New Orleans before embarkation. Embarkation went very smoothly ( great job) our cabin 7203 is classified interior, but has a window. It is interior with a picture(walkway view).It was our highest level yet. and a good choice. they do sell out fast. we enjoyed most of our dinning I was disappointed in the main buffet, but like the other 3 buffet or was it 4? guy burgers was very good, the pasta bella was not a buffet, but a sit down where you place an order and drop it off at the head of serving line and then go sit down and they deliver it piping hot as you ordered. a don't miss if you travel on the Dream. Main dinning room was very good. the chef's table was an outstanding experience. It di cost extra, but we thought it well worth it. the shows in the encore lounge were to mush like Vegas style and loud. we like more Broadway style performances. disembarkation went very smooth also. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
Had another wonderful time on the Carnival Dream. Upgraded to a balcony state room and it was well worth it. Very roomy cabin for 2 and a nice balcony. As always the staff on board treat everyone like Kings & Queens, anything you ... Read More
Had another wonderful time on the Carnival Dream. Upgraded to a balcony state room and it was well worth it. Very roomy cabin for 2 and a nice balcony. As always the staff on board treat everyone like Kings & Queens, anything you need they will try to please you. Food was always terrific and plenty of entertainment. Weather wasnt ideal as its winter time and rained a good bit. Two of our three excursions where canceled however Carnival did credit us back with no problems. Good weather in Cozumel and cold beer. Did the SeaTrek excursion and it was very fun and enjoyable. Its difficult to get away each year and I need internet so that I can still communicate via email with work. I upgraded to the premium internet and it really sucked. Could rarely get on line to send an email from my laptop. It was a very nice cruise but internet needs a lot of work, especially since I paid $125. for it. Read Less
Carnival Dream Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.1

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