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
2 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Had another wonderful time on the Carnival Dream. Upgraded to a balcony state room and it was well worth it. Very roomy cabin for 2 and a nice balcony. As always the staff on board treat everyone like Kings & Queens, anything you ... Read More
Had another wonderful time on the Carnival Dream. Upgraded to a balcony state room and it was well worth it. Very roomy cabin for 2 and a nice balcony. As always the staff on board treat everyone like Kings & Queens, anything you need they will try to please you. Food was always terrific and plenty of entertainment. Weather wasnt ideal as its winter time and rained a good bit. Two of our three excursions where canceled however Carnival did credit us back with no problems. Good weather in Cozumel and cold beer. Did the SeaTrek excursion and it was very fun and enjoyable. Its difficult to get away each year and I need internet so that I can still communicate via email with work. I upgraded to the premium internet and it really sucked. Could rarely get on line to send an email from my laptop. It was a very nice cruise but internet needs a lot of work, especially since I paid $125. for it. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Getting on and off the ship was easy and quick as we are platinum, which helps. No issues that we saw anywhere. We love cruising out of New Orleans! We were in a porthole cabin, so at the very front of the ship! We saw high waves a few ... Read More
Getting on and off the ship was easy and quick as we are platinum, which helps. No issues that we saw anywhere. We love cruising out of New Orleans! We were in a porthole cabin, so at the very front of the ship! We saw high waves a few times due to the bad weather, but fairly smooth ride. Noisy when the anchor chain goes down, but time to be up and about, so not a big deal. The ship seemed to shudder towards the center of the ship when docking we noticed walking down the hallway. Decent cabin service, but as in recent cruises, steward trying to come into the cabin, knocking and opening the door at the same time. What's up with that? So many dining options! Will never understand how some reviewers complain about the food as there are so many choices! First ever cruise that we could not drink the iced tap water, the water or the ice had a bad taste! Coffee, lemonade, iced tea were ok to drink. Excellent Guy's Burgers, Pizza, sub sandwiches to die for until late. We didn't try the Mongolian Wok this time, but felt like we missed out. Love the freshly made omelettes on the Lido deck better than in the dining room, although we ate breakfast both places. Coffee, juice, and Eggs Benedict seem better in the dining room. We only snacked for lunch or mid-afternoon with a soft-serve ice cream or fresh fruit, so didn't really sample the buffet for lunch or the dining room. We always ate dinner in the dining room. Meals were excellent! Service a little hit and miss, but not so noticeable, except the last night. We always have coffee with our dessert, and the coffee didn't always get there. We were at a big table for 10. Loved the comedians, more so the ones at the beginning of the cruise. The shows in the theater are pretty awesome, but we've seen them all before on other cruises last year with a different cast. Worth seeing once or twice, but getting old after 4 times or more. We had 3 ports, but were rained out pretty much in Belize and Mahogany Bay, so we didn't even get off the ship. Ate, hung out in the hot tubs, and participated in some trivia games. We had a beautiful day in Cozumel, so wandered around the port on our own, picking up some local honey and vanilla. Recommend the Dream class ships for any cruise! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My family of 16 went on the Carnival Dream which left port on New Year's Eve. The check in was pretty easy. We then went up into the buffet for lunch (11:00 am) while awaiting for our rooms to be ready. The buffet is pretty ... Read More
My family of 16 went on the Carnival Dream which left port on New Year's Eve. The check in was pretty easy. We then went up into the buffet for lunch (11:00 am) while awaiting for our rooms to be ready. The buffet is pretty standard for a ship (we've been on approximately 15 previous cruises). Our room was ready around 1:00 and we happily went there. We had a balcony 8367 which was a very good location! The beds were comfy as well as the foam pillows. 2 of our grandsons shared the room with us. Our 14 year old had the sofa next to the 2 single beds (which were pushed together) which we kept made as his bed. Though we did use it as a sofa during the day, just with his bedding on it. Our 10 year old grandson had the pull down bunk which was kept permanently down. He said it was comfy. The bathroom was efficient with enough storage for the 4 of us. Though there were always towels strewn everywhere (including beach towels). The room steward Ronald was excellent and always provided us with whatever we asked for. The overall room was smaller than other ships we've been on, but we kind of expected that. The balcony had 2 chairs and a small table also. It did not look directly onto the ocean, but there was a floor below us (floor 5), which I liked. I do not like looking straight down into the ocean! And on floor 5 there were 2 hot tubs between our room that at most times had plently of people in them (including us). They were nice! We actually were in one of them when the ship left port and we were able to cruise down the Mississippi enjoying the view from there. RESTAURANTS: We LOVED Guy's hamburger place. Just delicious! This was on deck 10 next to the outside pool. Always people in line wanting hamburgers, but never a wait of more than 1 or 2 minutes. There was also a bar next to it for the "fixings" you wanted to add to it. And the fries there were delicious. I must have had this 3 or 4 times on our week cruise. Also the BBQ place (on deck 5) was DELICIOUS too! Lots of selections. I would definitely recommend both of these. However the BBQ fast food is only open during days at sea and only at lunch time. Be sure you hit it at least once! The grandkids also enjoyed the 24 hour pizza at the back of the ship on deck 10. Said it was OK. Our first night was New Years Eve and Carnival nicely provided us with blowers, hats and just FUN. There was a 11:00pm balloon drop which was SO MUCH FUN! The next 2 days were sea days (Monday and Tuesday) so our group just explored around and went swimming, shopping, played in the casino (VERY TIGHT) and took pictures. One thing that Carnival advertised was that above the outside pool area or the kids water park was that there was a track walk way you could navigate. This is gone. They must have taken this down. They should have alerted us to this as our kids definitely were looking forward to this! The kids water park was not open during sea days. There was too much wind, and they said it was dangerous. However the small kids slide was open. I am thinking this is pretty much standard, so plan on using the water park on port days when you come back early. The dining room (we were in the Scarlette) was good. The food in general I feel on cruise ships has gone down. The desserts were just OK also. We did have lobster the first night which was a nice added bonus. And the lemonade served on the ship actually is very good. Our kids always asked for this at dinner, though it is self serve in the buffet. My grandkids loved the area in the buffet where they make sandwiches and always come back with a huge one (BLT, grilled cheese). We went to 3 ports (Montego Bay, Cayman Island and Cozumel) which we have been to before. Typical ports - lots for sale, but basically junky souvenirs. We did go to the Dr. Seuss Breakfast with the kids which was EXCELLENT. It cost $5 per person and definitely worth it! A little bit different breakfast and the kiddos were so happy to see the costumed characters. Also did the Build a Bear at Sea. It was fun. Typical prices, but the little girls were so very happy! Debarkation of the boat was definitely the easiest we have ever experienced. Kudos Carnival on this. Fast and efficient. We did carry off our own luggage, which was our choice. Also we did purchase 2 12 packs of water from the ship. Just called on the phone in the room and someone brought it to us within about 10 minutes. You cannot carry on any water. The price of $5 or $6 was very fair! We then carried this water off with us on our island stops. And we did decorate our stateroom door. We bought before the cruise those peel and stick (like to the windows) Dory, fish, etc. and they stayed pretty well on our door. However they did stick to the metal frame better and the mailbox to the side of the door. They didn't have actual sticky on them, but again what you put on a clear glass window. There were no issues with us using these. It made it easier for the younger ones to know which one was our room. NIGHTLY ENTERTAINMENT: It got really boring with the same singers and dancers every night in the showroom. Come on Carnival, bring on some different entertainment a couple of times (like aerial acts, comedians, magicians). After 3 nights we did not go back. Later in the evening there was a "family" comedian that was very good. We typically let the younger ones go to the kids club which they DID enjoy! They often came out with something in their hands they did. More and better evening entertainment is needed. It was definitely a FUN week and one I am sure we will all remember forever! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Carnival Dream Review Our cruise set sail during the cold wintery days of early January 2018 boarding at New Orleans and visited Ocho Rios in Jamaica, Grand Caymans, then Cozumel island of Mexico. It is a 7 day cruise that ends where ... Read More
Carnival Dream Review Our cruise set sail during the cold wintery days of early January 2018 boarding at New Orleans and visited Ocho Rios in Jamaica, Grand Caymans, then Cozumel island of Mexico. It is a 7 day cruise that ends where it begin, New Orleans. I will provide a detail chronological history of our cruise but let me first summarize all the pros and cons as compared to NCL Breakaway, a similar type of cruise ship and similar itinerary. Pros: Carnival Dream is a larger class cruise ship but smaller than the Oasis class. It is Carnival’s largest cruise ship and only slightly smaller than NCL’s Breakaway. Relative to Breakaway, boarding and dealing with the crowds at the elevators was less congested. The crew on Carnival is much less formal and you get to know a lot of them real fast as many of them will call you by your first name from the end of the first day of sail. My star was Natanya, hostess at the Spa Cloud 9 reception desk. You will not find a more genuine, nice person and with tremendous intelligence and memory. I vote her to become a Captain of a cruise liner. They offer many more steam rooms in their spa area relative to Breakway, but like Breakway, you must pay additionally or book the expensive rooms on the ship. One of the private spa steam room was absolutely gorgeous when viewed during the evening, providing various colored lights reflecting off of golden tiles like a scene out of a fantasy mid-evil movie. Getting off and on the ship for our excursions to the visiting ports was a lot less congested than NCL Breakaway and proceeded smoothly. Perhaps choosing times on the later times for leaving the ship and coming back on the early side was helpful. Lots, and I mean eight oversized Jacuzzi hot tubes situated on the decks and pool areas. Two of them are only for adults, 18+ quiet areas. I’m afraid those are the only pros over a similar cruise on the NCL Breakaway which calls home midtown, New York City on the Hudson river and sails to Bermuda for a 2 and a half day stay for a total of a 7-day cruise. Cons: The lobby, although very beautiful, has only a small area for window shopping, making the ship seem smaller than it actually is. The Thalassotherapy pool was down for one day, cold the other, and had a low level of water on yet another day. The coed sauna was on for only the last two days of the 7-day cruise, and the wonderful music one should hear in these spa area was lacking except for one day out of the 7 day cruise. The spa area, where private thermal suites of assorted temperatures and designed steam rooms lacked any type of a pleasant smell from scents. The thermal suite refreshment area lacked in capacity hot water and coffee while decaf was completely absent. The food was far above the average college dorm-like cafeteria foods and had a wide variety of foods. However, their items were very similar each and every day throughout lunch and dinner at the buffet area on deck 10. The seated dining in restaurant halls provided more variability of options but not as much as the NCL Breakaway cruise. The selection of fine liquor was very limited. For example, if you like scotch, you basically had either Chaves Regal or MacCallan cast oak. Room services are great on these cruises but Carnival got one really wrong by not providing any cups, utensils or sugar/sugar substitutes in their service. When I was asked on their follow up call of my room service, I told them what had happened and there was not even an apology or offer to comp/discount the service. If you don’t know, the room service foods are free of charge for regular items but they still charge you gratuity and expect a little more gratuity given directly to the delivery. None of the gratuity was offered back. There are only two pools onboard and none of the pools were just for adults. Fortunately, all the kids were all well behaved on this particular cruise. There is no interior room for cigar smokers. You have to brave the windy environment at two areas of the ship’s decks. Getting your own private table for you and your couple or immediate family could be a problem. You can ask the Maitre D’ when the dining hall opens for supper to be changed, if there are any available. Otherwise, you will have to pay, and pay very early prior to departure, about $100, to get special previledge of boarding early, getting tender early for going ashore at ports where there is no pier, and first picking of where you would like to sit during your seated dinning services. Also, there is only two time slots for dinner, 6:15 and the 8:15 pm, at the two dining halls. The library was very small and paying for the highest package of internet service really is not worth paying for especially while you are sailing in the open seas, that would be the Gulf of Mexico for us. Finally, I have for you a detailed summary of this cruise, the Carnival Dream. To have your best cruise possible, book early and pay for all the extra’s ahead of time. Some of these extra’s runs out even before the sail date. We got the couples access to Thermal Suites and the Thalassotherapy pool in the Cloud 9 spa area. With this package, you have private access to four steam room types of varying temperatures and all equipped with ceramic heated lounge type chairs, two large showers with several options of where you want the water to spray you, a relaxation area with water, tea and coffee, private men’s or women’s locker rooms equipped with electronic key pad lockers, sinks with hair dryers, bathroom, and two spacious shower rooms with jet streams of water that can shoot out from the side if you wish. Finally, you get access to the private thalassotherapy pool to soak in and lounge while bubbles message your body. Located near the Cloud 9 spa area is the regular gym equipped with machines, some weights in the form of rubber barbells, lots of treadmills and ellipticals, a few stationary bikes and a row machine. You then have the general men’s and women’s locker rooms equipped with two over-sized showers, bathroom, sinks with hair dryers, a steam room and each general locker rooms exit to a small hallway that leads to a coed sauna. Obviously, you must wear swimsuit attire in all the areas except for what is in the locker rooms. Thus, there is only one steam room where complete nudity would be allowed but most guys do wear a towel while in that room located in the general men’s locker room. In short, I would say it is a must to pay for the Thermal Suite and Thallasotherapy pool so you can enjoy it throughout the cruise from 8 am to 10 pm. Just prepay online and visit the spa Cloud 9 reception area on Deck 12 forward to check in every day. I really enjoyed the breakfast as it is my favorite meal of the day. You have mainly two options. The sit down dining hall on Deck 3, aft (Scarlett lounge) or the deck 10 aft (Grand Buffet) buffet style where you sit yourself. The sit down dining hall breakfast has the food better prepared, and at one of the days, had better options. I only ate breakfast on that special day, the King’s Brunch on Saturday, and the rest of my time at the Grand Buffet which has the better view and you don’t have to wait to be seated. There is everything you could wish for at breakfast. Sausages, potatoes, hash browns, grits, toast, pancakes, waffles, fruits, eggs, omelet station, and eggs benedict covered in hollandaise sauce. During breakfast, you can also drink all the orange juice with pulp you want. The other benefit of the Grand buffet, especially after breakfast, are the desert stations, pasta Italian section, sandwich section, Mongolian stir-fry station, Indian foods, pizza, American-Mexican foods, and juicy burgers with crispy fries. Best time for breakfast at Grand Buffet is early during open sea cruise days and late on excursion days (Wed – Fri). The Grand Buffet is typically open from 6:30 to 10:30 am. You can always get your fill of water, tea and coffee all day and night. Orange juice are served only during breakfast and sodas are purchased for a few dollars at the bars. I never got to try the BBQ area on Deck 5, mid Starboard as it had a long line the first day and it never seem to re-opened afterwards. I also didn’t try the sushi bar which you pay extra. There is a finer, dining option but for an extra $35 per person during supper. We did indulge in some gourmet coffee for a few more bucks. It is located on Deck 5 mid, Starboard where you will also find more desserts selections and ice cream for a few bucks more. There are many activities you can do and pre-pay for your excursions on these islands you will visit. We chose the Segway tour and beach time at the Grand Cayman’s. That was fun especially when riding those new and well-maintained large, all-terrain wheel segways on the beach. Afterwards, you can relax in the ocean, lounge on the chairs of the beach or go into the private pool area which has a swim up bar. By the way, if you use one of their umbrella’s, the workers at the beach will ask for $5. Bring your towels from the ship though. You will need them at the private shower and bacthroom areas. We never had to wait much getting off and back on the ship. I just arranged a later departure time and got back to the ship on the early side. The bottleneck is at the elevators when you return. I just go up one flight of stairs from deck 0 to 1, walk to the set of elevators where people are not coming aboard (usually the aft). You have three sets of elevators to choose from and boarding typically uses two of the three (typically mid and forward elevators). Cruising the Gulf of Mexico can be a little choppy. If you are feeling a little nauseous, go to the forward of deck 12 and watch the waves come towards you as you concentrate on the feeling of each wave coming at you and leaving you as you pass it. It helps. Don’t forget to go there while leaving port Sunday evening as you cruise down the Mississippi river and do the same coming back to New Orleans early Sunday morning a week later. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My wife and I enjoyed the cruise just because you get away and dnjoy people waiting on you. I enjoy Princess cruise better just because of the entertainment. I thought the dream had a couple of excellent programs. Flick was fantastic. One ... Read More
My wife and I enjoyed the cruise just because you get away and dnjoy people waiting on you. I enjoy Princess cruise better just because of the entertainment. I thought the dream had a couple of excellent programs. Flick was fantastic. One of the best performances I have seen. Rock America was also good. Great entertainment. I guess I was looking for more in a couple of weeks of cruising. But every night the did have comics. The comics were good but get tried of using the F word to get a laugh. They did a great job on the PG segment but do we have to have comics every night!!! The housekeeping staff were fantastic. Always had your room in great shape. I had two problems and when I reported them they were taken care of very quickly. Same with the food staff. They were excellent. The food was very good. I really enjoyed eating each night in the restaurant. Everyone was so helpful and always working to make the people happy. I was very happy with this cruise other than what I mentioned at first. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this ship partially because it was going to Grand Cayman. Had been there before but, never toured the city. This was our 13th cruise on Carnival and our 15th overall. Food in the dining room we thought was very good. On special ... Read More
We chose this ship partially because it was going to Grand Cayman. Had been there before but, never toured the city. This was our 13th cruise on Carnival and our 15th overall. Food in the dining room we thought was very good. On special nights it included prime rib & lobster. We also went to Steakhouse for a additional charge of $40.00 per person. It was outstanding and service was impeccable. Well worth the money and a great way to celebrate a occasion. We also had a Cove balcony. A first for us but very popular. It is close to the waterline and is partially enclosed on the sides to limit splash. Would book this type of balcony again as it lends a up close look at flying fish, dolphins etc.. Service was outstanding as far as Room stewards & dining personnel. Bedding was very comfortable. Entertainment in theater was above average with different themes on different nights. Upon leaving the ship disembarkation was very quick. Would book this ship again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We are 29 family and friends from Alaska, California & Colorado. We are all adults except for a 12 and 16 year old. Overall it was a great value. The first-timers were in awe! Carnival is a well-oiled machine. Everything went very ... Read More
We are 29 family and friends from Alaska, California & Colorado. We are all adults except for a 12 and 16 year old. Overall it was a great value. The first-timers were in awe! Carnival is a well-oiled machine. Everything went very smoothly. I only rated the food a 4 because of the Port of Call menu. It was subpar, all of the other food was wonderful and well-plated. The diverse entertainment was suitable for all ages. We especially enjoyed the acoustic guitar player. The Cruise Director was very entertaining. The staff was very warm and helpful. The ship was very clean and well-maintained. Embarkation was delayed. The photographers were not very good. They cut off people in photos and were poorly lit with shadows on faces. The cruise was very smooth until the last day when there was a lot of rocking and rolling. All in all a great time was had by all. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose to sail of New Orleans , for easy travel and activity's prior to cruise . Boarding the ship and check in was easy and efficient. Once on board we started to eat (and didn't stop for 7 days) The casual restaurants by the ... Read More
We chose to sail of New Orleans , for easy travel and activity's prior to cruise . Boarding the ship and check in was easy and efficient. Once on board we started to eat (and didn't stop for 7 days) The casual restaurants by the pool are amazing , Guy's burger is so good it should be outlawed and the Taco stand was incredible ( The only thing better than a Guys Burger is a fresh tortilla) On room was very comfortable and spacious . The bed and pillows we very worn out and need to be replaced. The dinning room food was a mix of exceptional and just so so unfortunately or waiter was a little overwhelmed and our service suffered slightly . ( I prefer more casual dinning anyway) The Ship itself comfortable and very easy to find our way around . Drinks were of course over priced (just like any other cruise) The entertainment at the comedy club was fantastic 2 different comedians every night and they switched them out 1/2 way through the cruise. If you like stand up this is the ship for you. There were a few small negatives on this trip but nothing I would dwell on , All and all a GREAT trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Just loved this ship! We walked the ship from front to back and never found anything we didn't like. The plus for me about our cabin was it had a mini fridge. Room service was great. Brunch in the mornings is always 10 times better ... Read More
Just loved this ship! We walked the ship from front to back and never found anything we didn't like. The plus for me about our cabin was it had a mini fridge. Room service was great. Brunch in the mornings is always 10 times better than buffet. The food during the entire cruise was very good. Service was a plus anytime we had a question or needed anything. The music entertainment in the casino was the bomb. Loved all the music performers on the cruise. We always like to walk and sight see at the ports. We know Cozumel better than our home town :). People are always going to complain about something on all the ships. It's totally what you make of it. We dont cruise to complain, things sometimes happen that we cant control. We cruise because we love it and we Loved the Dream so much that we are already booked for Nov and next Jan. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Family of 4 with 2 teenagers and 50 year old active parents. Previous cruise experience various lines. This was a first time Carnival experience and we came back with a mixed review. We had an assigned time for 12:00 embarkation check ... Read More
Family of 4 with 2 teenagers and 50 year old active parents. Previous cruise experience various lines. This was a first time Carnival experience and we came back with a mixed review. We had an assigned time for 12:00 embarkation check in and we were on the ship by 12:30 with a 10 minute wait in line. I would not pay for the upgrade to check in early. Of course the buffet was crowded but we knew that was going to be the case and were ok with the crowd. Rooms were available by 1:30 and all luggage arrived by 5:00. This cruise was different in the the first fancy night was Day 1 due to NY eve festivities.... I as the owner of the account give this cruise a 4 (hubby-1, kids -3, me-4)The only thing I prefer is a ship that is physically maintained not to show rust and more pool space. The 2 small pools (saltwater) could be a deal breaker if it were warmer. We departed from New Orleans in 40 degree weather. Also, if youre leaving from the Gulf it's a bit different then leaving from the Ocean. You are slowly moving trough communities at least 8 hours... Now on to the good stuff. We had 2 adjoining balcony (9342-9344)rooms on the 9th floor beneath the pool. Not sure how I didn't catch this but I would say if it's not a deal and you don't want to hear the chairs dragging skip this floor. The appointments of the room were typical although the balcony was much smaller than were accustomed to width wise. I'm 5"10 and my knees were not far from hitting the rail. We had 2 different room stewards and both were great. Introductions were made early, room cleaning schedule was made (we opted for 2x per day). We had room service every morning and went to the dining room for brunch or sit down. Both were good options. For lunch we chose the free alternate options which were magnificent (Guys bbq-sea days only), blue iguana Mexican -yum, pizza and guys burgers 5+. For dinner we stayed true to early dining with Lidia and crew taking good care of us. Shows were a bust except for Flick, comedy options were good along with the the different activities throughout the day. All in all I will go back due to the variety of options (even though I didn't like the pool situation)my kids may go back if a newer ship and there are more active options and my husband will never go back...our itinerary of Grand Cayman, Montego Bay and Cozuml was great. We did excusions involving the beach on all stops ( we typically veer out to the beach on our own) and had a great time. The highlight was Stingray city....I can honestly say this was one cruise where I didn't encounter the Cruise Director..Due to cooler weather he may not have been in typical places, but that was ok. My husband and I skipped the drink package and went for a Spa pass. The spa was thigh light and we enjoyed tha entities all days excep one. The fitness center was average (the ceilings felt too low) but the class offerings were good. I would sum,arise this by saying if you're easy going and know how to make a good time out of most you will have a great time. If you have things that are a must please assess the feedback to your must list. As a side note if you have issues with smoking please pay close attention as to where this is allowed.. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We took this cruise with our 3 sons and parents. We were in inside cabin 7367 which was your normal cabin. 4 of us stayed in here. Quick overall on this ship was good. Very crowded but always can find somewhere to go. Lots of nooks ... Read More
We took this cruise with our 3 sons and parents. We were in inside cabin 7367 which was your normal cabin. 4 of us stayed in here. Quick overall on this ship was good. Very crowded but always can find somewhere to go. Lots of nooks to read etc. Food overall was good. The Tandoori was hands down the best!!! So so flavorful. We usually get a Guys Burger every day and we opted for the tandoori almost every day and only 2 burgers which were still tasty. The pizza is always busy but delish. Dining room food was good... on point with our other cruises. My dad had the lamb shanks and said it was the best he ever had. Guys Pig and Anchor not our favorite. Had it once. Line was super long. Room steward and dining staff were both great!!!! Gym is smaller on this ship so it was super crowded. Serenity was nice. I will say what in the world is wrong with people. We were on serenity in a beautiful clamshell chair and the next clamshell had people in it with what sounded like a boom box... or a bluetooth speaker or whatever blasting yes blasting music... and smoking pot. I mean really?????? This was our 11 th cruise on Carnival and we finally hit platnum which was nice!! This particular cruise the downside was the activities. Shows were all the same and not good. Trivia was here and there and just not that many activties for a 7 day cruise. The CD Brandon was pretty much non existent. When he was around he was not good. This never really mattered to us much except last cruise on the Fantasy the CD Mikey was SO SO SO GOOD that it made our experience so much better!!! This time there was just no interaction whatsoever... I have heard that he was a fill in so oh well. Overall the Dream is great. I love the larger ship with the promenade and you can walk the lanai etc... Don't like walking through the casino every time to get from atruim to promenade. Would love to try the Breeze or Vista next!!! Read Less
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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