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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We booked this cruise with our best friends hoping to enjoy the New Year in warm weather. It was a Premier cruise for casino VIP guests and we were supposed to have VIP treatment including all the perks of faster to the fun - embarkation ... Read More
We booked this cruise with our best friends hoping to enjoy the New Year in warm weather. It was a Premier cruise for casino VIP guests and we were supposed to have VIP treatment including all the perks of faster to the fun - embarkation was easy and smooth but our room was not ready when we got there - in fact, we did not get our luggage until an hour before sail time! So much for FTF and VIP treatment! The muster drill was easy and comfortable in the theater (as opposed to on the Triumph where I was fighting an anxiety attack with stuffing lots and lots of people on a lower deck). We missed the NYE celebration because the casino was open and we were winning! (We're funny like that, but we did get to share a New Year's kiss nonetheless!) The casino was the best part of this cruise - the staff was extremely attentive, the waiters and waitresses were on point (extra points to Stefan!), and the games were - for the most part - paying off well! The weather was not cooperative for our 2 days at sea, but there were, of course, always things to do (not enough trivia, though)! My biggest complaint is the buffet on the Lido deck. The quality of the food has gone down so much from the first time I cruised. I've been on four different Carnival ships - my first time on the Fantasy, the food on the Lido buffet was great - each time after, it has consistently gone downhill. The dining room always came through with great food! (Thanks Ricky! You Rock!) The steakhouse was top-notch! As for the ports, Jamaica was OK. We booked the bamboo raft river cruise, which I highly recommend! It's such a poor country, it made me sad! Grand Cayman was an absolute and utter disaster. The island is such a beautiful place, but we had to dock off the other side of the island than normal, so we had to tender in - it took forever and then we were required to pay $5 a person for a shuttle to the shopping area. None of that prepared any of us, though, for trying to get back on the ship. We arrived back to the designated docking station at 2:30 (the last tender left at 3:15). We waited in line for over 2 1/2 hours waiting for a tender. There was not one Carnival employee to help, distribute water, etc. until we were almost to the front of the line. There were 2 Celebrity ships also in port with us and they had employees out there directing their cruisers. My best friend is Platinum and Platinum members are supposed to get first boarding privileges. With no Carnival employee to help with that, we were all stuck in that long, awful line. Thank heavens for the people with the Boom speaker and some fun music! Cozumel was much better (as always). I love cruising with Carnival and I will definitely go again (the perks they give gamblers from the casino makes it very cost effective). Some petty complaints about the Dream include the decor in the cabin areas - not sure what they were intending with the "Dick Tracy" type comic book drawings for the wallpaper - that just didn't make sense. More trivia games would have been nice! When you have a "Drinks on Us" privilege in the casino, it would be nice to have that apply even when you aren't playing any games. Overall, we had a nice time and a great start to a new year! Happy cruising y'all! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We and another couple and their college age son booked this cruise because it was sailing on new years eve. We drove down from north central Arkansas on Sat and stayed over night in Metairie at the Holiday Inn . We have stayed here before ... Read More
We and another couple and their college age son booked this cruise because it was sailing on new years eve. We drove down from north central Arkansas on Sat and stayed over night in Metairie at the Holiday Inn . We have stayed here before and it works well for us. We were able to leave our cars there for there and arrange a ride to the port about a 20 min or less trip. We arrived at the port a little early about 10:30 am since we are Platinum and our friends had faster to the fun we were checked in in just a few min. The port and the crew did a great job of clearing the ship and we were on board a t 11:00 am. We went to our cabin on the Lido deck forward to drop off our carry on and our checked luggage was there already great job longshoremen and Carnival crew on that. As we headed out to get something from the buffet the crew was already handing out free Champaign. The balloon drop and festivities that night were a whole lot of fun. The whole week went well with no big problems for our group. Overall the food was good the first night was the best in the MDR Lobster, Prime Rib and some great Lamb Chops. We did anytime dinning and never had to wait for a table for 5 but service was hit and miss , great one night and slow the next but over all fine for us. The ports we had been to many times before so we did no excursions Montego Bay Jamaica we did not get off the ship as we don't care for this port. Our friends did but did not stay off for too long . Grand Cayman we had to anchor on the other sis of the island because of weather . Nothing there so they had shuttle buses back to the other side but again we have been here many times so we just stayed aboard again. Cozumel our favorite out of the three ports was the same just a beer or two at Three Amigo's and a little window shopping. Again disembarkation we did the carry your luggage off yourself and were off the ship about 7:00am and back at the Hotel by 7:25 am and on the road home by 7:40 am. To summarize It was a very good cruise the crew was great the ship was in good condition , more kids than I expected most well behaved and having a good time just a few teenagers who where unsupervised and rowdy. I do wish the buffet menu would be improved it was ok at best. Dinner in the MDR was good. Did not do the Steakhouse this time. Overall I would do it again. The only reason I rated Dinning as just average was because the buffet needs improvement. All in all a very good cruise with a great crew that seemed to be having a fun time along with the passengers. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Our Cabin had to be cleaned before we unpacked (clumps of hair on shower walls, stained carpet, pink splatters on walls and ceiling) Regular food was mediocre but we also had a Vegan with us and their idea of accommodation was to ask ... Read More
Our Cabin had to be cleaned before we unpacked (clumps of hair on shower walls, stained carpet, pink splatters on walls and ceiling) Regular food was mediocre but we also had a Vegan with us and their idea of accommodation was to ask her each night which of the side dishes from the other meals she wanted. The featured vegetarian meal was the same Indian food all 7 nights. Some the lunch restaurants have options such as a taco salad or veggie burger but they are not printed anywhere and you might only know about it until day 5 when you hear someone else in line ask for it. The specialty restaurants such as BBQ, Mexican, Burgers, Indian, Asian, Pasta are only open for lunch. Our group spent over $1,000 in the spa and they were slow, rude and not helpful on at least 5 different visits. You could not even leave the spa without waiting for the one person working the desk to complete a 10 minute sales pitch for someone else since you had to get your room key back from her. They have a cart with signs that let you pick your own ingredients for a self body scrub. When you ask the spa attendant how you use this service (that we paid for) she went in back and brought out a chocolate mint scrub. When we asked about the sign that tells you to pick your own ingredients, she said they don't do that and she went in back again and brought a second scrub option. I was charged for someone elses drinks one evening in the lounge and customer service took it off only to add it back on a day later. Over 60% of the ships daytime activities are based on getting more money out of you. (spa seminars, jewelry events, sales, auctions, photos, casino, yoga classes, ...) The ship's layout blocks sections of the ship on several of the activity and dining decks so you have to change floors, walk to the other section of the ship and then go back to the floor where you wanted to go. I don't know if this is Carnival or just this one ship but we will choose a different cruise line next time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We went into our Carnival cruise with low expectations, but were happily blown away by their delicious food and excellent food and beverage staff! They exceeded our expectations by a lot! Some of the other departments were just mediocre, ... Read More
We went into our Carnival cruise with low expectations, but were happily blown away by their delicious food and excellent food and beverage staff! They exceeded our expectations by a lot! Some of the other departments were just mediocre, but food and beverage staff were amazing with their exceptional service and genuinely kind individuals. Our daughter has a gluten sensitivity and they treated her like a princess! Dining staff used our first names beginning the first night and would often see us in other parts of the ship later in the trip and always used our first names there as well. Beverage services in the theater were equally as impressive. The hostess on the Dream was an amazing woman who couldn't have been more sweet to my daughter. The ship was well kept up and very clean. They could use some improvement in their entertainment quality, but overall, we were very happy with the Dream. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our second cruise with Carnival and I now have learnt that you know what you're getting with Carnival. A well rounded family cruise that isn't fabulous, just a solid family vacation. We found that this ship did not ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Carnival and I now have learnt that you know what you're getting with Carnival. A well rounded family cruise that isn't fabulous, just a solid family vacation. We found that this ship did not have the best layout for sitting around the pool due to the waterworks activity which wasn't open very often and our kids did once and didn't enjoy! We had previously sailed on Carnival Freedom and found that layout better. The attention to service by all personnel is above and beyond! We found the entertainment was broadly just ok, meaning the shows were fine, the comedians were touch and go with one being good and two being poor. I felt that they should have had more entertainment scheduled for the last day at sea, they just seemed to want to wrap up the cruise and move on to the next one. We stopped in three ports, Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan. We did shore excursions that we arranged privately which were all great. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
we went on the Christmas cruise out of New Orleans. The ship was packed full, but even so very fast on and off the ship. Food was very good all over the ship. There are some specialty places that one may like, such as a sushi dining ... Read More
we went on the Christmas cruise out of New Orleans. The ship was packed full, but even so very fast on and off the ship. Food was very good all over the ship. There are some specialty places that one may like, such as a sushi dining experience, and there is a Starbucks type place too for specialty coffees. Coffee is everywhere on the ship...I dreamt that home would be like that. And it was GOOD! Late night foods are pizza and pizza. The sandwich place is open until like 10ish I believe. All the food was great. Mongolian food, Indian food, American food all hot and yummy. Ok enough about freebies... Ok no...Let me add the Comedians on the ship were great, karaoke, the piano bar guy, I mean there is something to do everywhere you look. All for free or included in your cost. The reason this wasn't a 5-star rating. I mean a 5-star experience, was the internet package and the accommodations. The rooms are so flipping small. If you get a regular room you cant move, so send your loved one to the bar while you get dressed. It is so much easier. The shower was great! The beds were soft and comfy. They need to get that air conditioning working better when you get to warmer climates. All the bars on the ship were fun fun fun. So many ethnic people from all over the world get on these ships. Its amazing to meet them all. The back pool I thought was an adult pool??? I may have been wrong that it was adult only, but there were 30-40 kids in there hitting each other, talking bad etc. So no swimming for me! So my only complaints were it wasn't long enough, the costs of drinks, the non-working paid for upfront internet service, lack of an adult only pool, and the size of the rooms. Other than that it was amazing and I wanted to go back! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our first Christmas cruise, and maybe our last. It just wasnt Christmas for us. We spent Christmas Day evening in the Speciality Steakhouse. and I can say I was really underwhelmed and it was definately not worth the extra ... Read More
This was our first Christmas cruise, and maybe our last. It just wasnt Christmas for us. We spent Christmas Day evening in the Speciality Steakhouse. and I can say I was really underwhelmed and it was definately not worth the extra money. I had the surf and turf and my lobster tail and steak were barely lukewarm when It was served. The melted butter for the lobster was warmer than the food. They offered to replace the dinner, but by the time they asked how the meal was, my husband was finished with his meal, and who wants to wait for another meal to be fixed and eat alone? Don't waste your money. We ate every other night in the formal dining, and the food was very good. We had a set time (6:00 p.m) and we loved having the same waiters and table mates each night that we could visit with. I loved being able to try new things each day. We tried the Mongolian Wok, good but very spicey, just be forwarned. Pig and Anchor was just ok. Guy's burger joint had very good hamburgers. The buffet was just ok. The chocolate special was not good at all. I saw a lot of food not eaten on people's plates. We had omlets a couple of mornings, and they were very good. The sea day brunch was good. Don't expect to take a swim, the pools are small and overcrowded. The Whirlpools are cold, not even warm. The cruise director was not the best we have had, and was very self-serving, not extremely funny. We took a Scenic Wildlife River Cruise (Carnival excursion) and it was really underwhelming. Just a boat that went up the river 10 miles and back. It had a roadway running alongside the river, so not really scenic. The wildlife consisted of 1 monkey, 2 iguanas, one small alligator. Certainly not worth the money. We would not take this cruise again. Overall, not my best cruise, but ok. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise early in the year and presented the idea to our teenagers: Would they rather receive gifts for Christmas or to travel by cruise. They unanimously said "Cruise!" so we booked right away and then talked my ... Read More
We chose this cruise early in the year and presented the idea to our teenagers: Would they rather receive gifts for Christmas or to travel by cruise. They unanimously said "Cruise!" so we booked right away and then talked my parents into joining us. We chose this port because New Orleans was about an equidistant drive for us compared to other ports and we were more interested in the Western Caribbean. We also loved the idea of coming back into port on New Years Eve and being able to spend it in New Orleans! As our first cruise we were apprehensive about the crowds and food but were very pleased on how everything unfolded. We arrived a day and a half early and was able to explore New Orleans. We rode the street car to the city park and back, enjoying the sculpture garden as well. We walked from our hotel to the French Quarter several times and took in as much as the city as we could with a couple of teenagers. The Dave & Busters in New Orleans is fantastic as it let them play and allowed us to watch football! Embarkation was a breeze and though my wife forgot to sign us up for an earlier time we were able to get on several hours early. We just had to wait longer for our rooms to be ready but once we were on board we headed for the buffet. The ship itself is massive. We walked about six to seven miles a day while on board going from one location to the next. It took us a while to figure out our bearings but a lot of the places we liked to hang out on the ship were directly opposite of our cabin or other places we had just been. Our feet quickly became tired within a couple of days. Everything was kept very clean and the while the decor in the halls was a little dated (I think their goal as it is "art deco") it was fine to us. There was a massive Christmas tree in the ship's lobby which was a beautiful backdrop for pictures. We asked a crew member how many passengers and they told us it was one of the larger filled cruises with 4700 people on it yet it never seemed crowded to us. We never had to wait in line to get anywhere other than small lines to get food which would take 10 minutes max. I anticipated crowds like Disney around Spring Break and so was so relieved when people were not right on top of us. People could use a little more spatial awareness in looking where they're going or not doubling back w/o looking behind them but everyone was in good moods so there was no aggravation over small occurrences like this that did happen. Every where we went, there was always a place to sit. People have complained about the pools being packed and I do agree. We never got in the water due to the kid soup. The hot tubs were a little better and we were able to get into a few but at least one was not hot at all. It was luke-warm at best but it could have just been that day. The bars on the ship were never over crowded except for the casino bar and that was the one place I didn't really want to be in anyway. It was the only place on the ship where cigarette smoke was too strong for us. I'm not much of a gambler so we only used the casino as a course to walk through. Our favorite bars to go to where the aft bar on Lido (don't remember the name), the Alchemy bar where you could get an amazing martini, and the lobby bar where you could hear great music while you did general people watching. Our kids loved the O2 club and would disappear after breakfast, check in at dinner, and then go enjoy until the curfews we set. They had a phenomenal time and are already begging to do it again (just not for Christmas). Dining on the ship was amazing for us. We never spent any extra for the sushi place or the steak venue. We had heard over several reviews that they were not worth the upcharge. We were content with the food in the dining halls and it was fantastic. It was so much better than we expected! I loved that I could ask for whatever I wanted as well. I had four lobster tails on Christmas Day! I'm not a big person, I just love lobster! I also loved the special appetizers that were a bit unusual - Frog legs, escargot, braised rabbit, etc. Each night I tried these and was truly impressed in how much I liked most of them. Brunch in the dining rooms was almost as good and much better than the buffet but those were not bad, just what you would expect out of a buffet. The Mongolian restaurant was fantastic and so were Guy's burgers. We had pizza a lot and the prosciutto was out of this world. We had this A LOT. We did not try the Pig & Anchor as we heard it was just decent and we have some fantastic BBQ where we live. My wife loves Indian food but looked at what they had and was not impressed so we never tried that. I enjoyed the tacos from the Blue Iguana and the pasta from the restaurant upstairs. Room service deli sandwiches were also quite good. All in all I was impressed as I have been to all inclusive resorts with lesser food. The service on the ship was amazing! I cannot say enough about the friendliness of all the bar staff, room stewards, photo people, dining staff, people cleaning the elevator areas etc etc. Everyone was super friendly which has to be hard given that they work so much. Entertainment was the one thing I feel was really lacking on the ship. One of the main disappointments was reading the reviews all year about the Cruise Director, the Flying Dutchman, Scott. Scott was apparently everywhere all the time that people would go on ship and entertained and delighted everyone! I guess he moved to another ship or was on a break and we had Brandon who was about as dull as a cardboard cutout. We never saw him in person (only heard his voice on the intercom) and when we saw him on the television he just was not funny at all. How he got that job I would love to know as I'm sure he gets paid well. Anyway, during the day until about 4-4:30 when the musicians would start there wasn't much to do. There was some kind of clue game going on but unless you got in on it the first day then keeping up with it daily was too late. We didn't really care for the format of the trivia which was something we really enjoy (15-20 questions back to back - no deviation in topic per game). It was also super specific and the people running it were terrible at pronouncing the various names. I like it when the trivia host has a little credibility. These were very cut and dry. If you didn't say exactly what their tablet said you were wrong. Other activities we just were not interested in. The slides were over crowded and kind of hurt my back so I didn't go down but a couple of times on each. The pools as mentioned earlier were over crowded. Sitting around the lido deck was fine if you could get a chair in the sun and withstand the loud music pumped out by the DJ (seriously when he quit his set it was much more tolerable). I know why Carnival pushes their alcohol so much. To make money of course but to give people something to actually do! Nighttime activities were much more lively. The string trio that would play in the lobby were great but the real stars were a band called Down to Funk with some horn players that did old stuff like Earth Wind & Fire, and another duo called Unity consisting of a male and female vocalist playing acoustic guitar. We found ourselves seeking them out to listen to most days we could. We never went to the evening shows as dance numbers are not our thing though our parents said they were all fantastic. Our kids said the O2 club had plenty of activities all day long to keep them entertained but didn't necessarily stick to their set schedules. They based it on what the kids wanted to do so there was some flexibility which the teenagers loved. If there was a time that they did not want to do anything they would go venture out to the rest of the ship. I saw plenty of teenagers hanging out but I never felt that they were in the way or acting too obnoxiously around us. We did a port excursion to Paradise Beach in Cozumel (beautiful water and a nice swimming pool but cab ride, entrance, and drink prices made it somewhat pricey that staying on the ship might have been a better option). In Belize we went to the Mayan ruins in Lamanai which we booked separate from Carnival. The company was called Belize x-stream tours and they were fantastic. The tour was a 45 minute bus ride then a 45 minute river ride on a speed boat on a very small river and our captain was flying! It was so fun. The ruins themselves were massive and very impressive and our guides were amazingly good at their jobs. I also enjoyed that Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language so that was never a barrier when traveling away from the main port. In Roatan we stayed in the main port area to do some shopping and just kind of hang out. The countryside was beautiful though and if I were to go back I would like to rent a car and go explore some. It looked like a set from Jurassic Park. All in all we had a fantastic time. Next time I think we would have purchased the drink package as there isn't much to do on sea days other than drink because you're bored. Our kids loved it and we will take them on another trip, though it may not be a cruise because while they had fun, we never spent much time with them. My wife and I do love the idea of an Alaskan cruise though so that may be our next trip together. It is a definite value!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
As a periodic cruiser, approximately 1 per year, this was our 7th cruise with Carnival, and our second of three scheduled cruises on the Dream. My wife and I drove to New Orleans from Texarkana, TX on Saturday, met up with the rest of our ... Read More
As a periodic cruiser, approximately 1 per year, this was our 7th cruise with Carnival, and our second of three scheduled cruises on the Dream. My wife and I drove to New Orleans from Texarkana, TX on Saturday, met up with the rest of our party of 21, and spent the night at the Springhill Suites, (a couple of blocks from the terminal). We all loaded up our vehicles the next morning and headed to the terminal at 10:00 am for check-in. Carnival's check-in procedures have changed slightly between our last 2 cruises. You no longer can exit the garage elevators directly into the check-in area. Instead you are directed to the ground floor, forced to exit the building, directed to another door where credentials are checked then directed back into the building up escalators to the check-in desks. There is NO shortage of employees to tell you where to go. The remainder of the boarding was as usual, a waiting game. I am NOT complaining, the wait always adds to our anticipation! Once onboard we headed directly to the LIDO deck where we quickly found a table and began the process of tasting everything available at the buffet We are NEVER disappointed with the options offered. As I stated, our party consisted of 23 people ranging in age from 65 to 4 years old, family and friends. As the cruise progressed and the rest of our party became familiar with the decks and layout, my wife and I were lucky enough to be in the same exact balcony stateroom as we were in on our last cruise, they all found the clubs, activities and friends that kept them entertained for the entire cruise. Every evening all of us would meet for dinner, this was MY requirement for family members, in the Scarlett dining room, where we would discuss the days events, evening activities and address any problems, (there were never any problems). Allow me to sum up our cruise, It was FANTASTIC, my entire party enjoyed it thoroughly, The teens had their clubs (O2), the younger ones had camp carnival, adults enjoyed the casino and BOB in the piano bar. There was not a dull moment for anyone! Now, let me give credit where it belongs. The crew and staff on the DREAM go to ALMOST annoying extremes to ensure you have a great cruise. From the room stewards to the dining room staff, I could single out every individual, you get the point. These people are the hardest working group I have ever encountered, and they do it with a smile! It is this group that makes my vacation!!!!! My wife and I love cruising and in particular the Carnival Dream, so much we have already booked a room for their July 2018 cruise, along with 25 friends and family. Lastly, I have been on many types of family vacations. All-inclusive, Houseboats at Lake Powell etc... There is no comparison when it comes to value for your vacation dollar! The travel, food, shows, activities available etc... Happy New Years!! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Had been on this cruise 3 years ago. Was satisfied but this year the port stores are limited. Looks like many of the larger retailers have pulled out of the area. The tender ride into the port was good but the return trip was very slow and ... Read More
Had been on this cruise 3 years ago. Was satisfied but this year the port stores are limited. Looks like many of the larger retailers have pulled out of the area. The tender ride into the port was good but the return trip was very slow and we had to stay on the tender without any air movement. would not consider this trip again. Mahogany Bay was a clean port and very accommodating. Very disappointed that Carnival only offers CNN for news coverage. Also the internet was slow despite paying the additional to upgrade. Food and service in restaurant was good. Steakhouse was great. Went to the lido deck to eat about 11:20 only to find that all the lines were closed. Only option was pizza. Never had seen this that all lines were closed. Guy's burgers and fries were great and all that they were supposed to be. The condiment bar was well stocked. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
I have cruised on the dream in 2012, and found improvement in this 2017 cruise. The shows were amazing, especially "Flick." Don't miss it! Spell-binding! The dining room food was better than average, in most areas. ... Read More
I have cruised on the dream in 2012, and found improvement in this 2017 cruise. The shows were amazing, especially "Flick." Don't miss it! Spell-binding! The dining room food was better than average, in most areas. Desserts are still lack luster. Service was better on this cruise also. The ship was kept spotless, with lots of precautions, such as hand sanitizer and tissues to open doors with. I did miss the Italian restaurant which other Carnival ships have, and the digital photography which Vista had (much more efficient)! Our cabin steward Lawrence was fantastic on the main deck. Cabin was in a good location, but the sofa bed was so hard, that I was uncomfortable. Lawrence gave me extra blankets and an extra duvet to pad it with, but still uncomfortable. We had a virgin cruiser with us, and even though he was convinced that he would not like cruising, he loved the Dream! There was plenty of activities and entertainment, as well as good music venues to choose from. Thanks Carnival for a great cruise! See you on the Magic January 6th. Colonel KT Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
I am getting this 4 stars even though this is not the nicest boat that I’ve ever been on, because I just had an amazing time. This was a mother/daughter trip and it was lovely. Although this is one of the smaller ships that I’ve ... Read More
I am getting this 4 stars even though this is not the nicest boat that I’ve ever been on, because I just had an amazing time. This was a mother/daughter trip and it was lovely. Although this is one of the smaller ships that I’ve sailed on, it was quite fun. But there were (as with anything else) pros and cons. PROS: This is a pretty laid-back ship which was perfect for relaxation… If that’s what you are looking for this is the boat for you. There are lots of daily activities to keep you busy and you’ll receive a list of these each morning in the daily flyer. I LOVE the running track being at the top of the boat. The main dining room staff are a hoot! There is a nice shopping area with lots of great deals. I’ve been on this boat three times… Twice in the interior rooms and once in the balcony room.... I would certainly suggest the balcony. The interior rooms are very gloomy. The layout of the boat is very user-friendly and easy to get used to. The pool movie theater is very fun. CONS: The spa staff are very pushy… Almost to the point where it becomes quite unprofessional The way they upsell. The spa prices are already unreasonable, this makes visit the spa on this boat rather discouraging. Some of the activities are rather boring. My greatest complaint on this boat is the shows are all music best, and all inappropriate. In fact they are quite raunchy. A bit distasteful if you ask me. It is a Carmival cruise so the caliber of guests is a little lower than your average cruiser. The Decour of the boat is mad 80’s. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
My daughter broke her toe the first morning and no one informed us that if you were hurt in the first 48 they would fly you home and give you a 110% refund or we would have taken it. The meet and Mingle was great except it was so hard to ... Read More
My daughter broke her toe the first morning and no one informed us that if you were hurt in the first 48 they would fly you home and give you a 110% refund or we would have taken it. The meet and Mingle was great except it was so hard to fine the meeting room. I spent my time pushing my daughter in a wheel chair to eat to get something to drink and to smoke. Was miserable. Would not let us take the wheelchair off the ship she finally got crutches and we got off the ship and back on within a hour and then her arms wore out. In the last port we were told we could take the wheelchair off ship but she could walk some by then so we were able to get off for a little while at the last stop. Terrible cruise and once I was bringing her back from dinner and housekeeping was in the isle and they would not let me take her to they were going to take her the other way but didn't get through they made fun of her and she had to walk to the room. Our stewart was the worst that is why she fell there is a sign that said if the towels were not on the floor they would not pick them up or give you new ones so after a shower there were wet towels on the floor and when she went to the bathroom she hit the wet towels and fell the stewart did not tend to our room for the first 2 days and never gave us clean glasses. It was terrible and a big waste of money. The doctor told her to stay in bed can you imagine staying in the little room and the only thing to eat was room service. Our dining at 6 was great. Had great food great service and very friendly waiters. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Were it not for the relentless noise I would really like this ship. Clean, bright, modern, great cabin, good food. Two problem areas: terrible entertainment and noise, noise, noise. 3,500 people cheering, chanting, arguing, laughing and ... Read More
Were it not for the relentless noise I would really like this ship. Clean, bright, modern, great cabin, good food. Two problem areas: terrible entertainment and noise, noise, noise. 3,500 people cheering, chanting, arguing, laughing and talking is noisy enough but add amped up music, announcements about sales and the general din of engines and fans and you have no tranquility at sea. Perhaps the musicians and crew are deaf ... I nearly am after 7 days. The theatre shows (mimed singing) and trotting about a stage are amped to distortion level so you can't understand anyone who actually sings. Even the classical musicians who play in the worst possible place - the atrium - blast through microphones and huge speakers. Should I add that the lame comedians barely elicit a grin? I didn't attend their "adult" shows because I figured if you aren't funny in a regular show then you won't be funny with swearing and toilet talk. In the outdoor theatre they showed the same film twice. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
I can't say enough about about my week on Carnival Dream - excellent service & food. Very clean, lots of entertainment. Never been a cruise before and I'm hooked. The only down side for me was I had a little motion ... Read More
I can't say enough about about my week on Carnival Dream - excellent service & food. Very clean, lots of entertainment. Never been a cruise before and I'm hooked. The only down side for me was I had a little motion sickness but I was still able to have a great time. My 17 year old daughter loved the teen club. My 19 year old son loved the nightly comedy shows. Some of the highlights of my voyage was the Michael Jackson show- sooo much fun! The various games like trivial pursuit were fun & I challenged my brain daily with the crossword puzzle & sudoku. I attended a art auction (didn't buy anything), played Bingo (didn't win), watched movies on deck 10, arts & crafts etc etc. As for food - all delicious and so much to choose from. Definitely would go again --- just need to make sure i have stuff to prevent sea sickness! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We cruise to relax with family. The MDR was a mess..long waits, mixed up orders and food was terrible. The buffet had better food.I will add we do not go on a cruise expecting gourmet food, just edible and the main dining room was not. We ... Read More
We cruise to relax with family. The MDR was a mess..long waits, mixed up orders and food was terrible. The buffet had better food.I will add we do not go on a cruise expecting gourmet food, just edible and the main dining room was not. We took advantage of all the other places to eat and all were enjoyable. Lines were long all over, but moved quickly. There were many kids running wild and very rude people on this cruise. I have come to the conclusion that a smaller ship is a better choice for us. I did bring my 14 year old grand daughter who enjoyed the kids club. The kids are allowed to hang out outside the doors in the hallway, which made it hard to pass. I did see a security guard there every time I was there. After all of this being said....every worker on this ship was pleasant, had a smile and was always willing to help with anything. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We took the Thanksgiving cruise on Carnival Dream out of New Orleans. We live only an hour from NOLA, and we knew we just wanted to get away for the holiday, so this was a no-brainer. We previously sailed Dream in 2014. We consider ... Read More
We took the Thanksgiving cruise on Carnival Dream out of New Orleans. We live only an hour from NOLA, and we knew we just wanted to get away for the holiday, so this was a no-brainer. We previously sailed Dream in 2014. We consider ourselves fairly well-seasoned cruisers, having sailed on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian. The ship itself is quite nice, but it came out of dry dock not that long ago. It is big, but not nearly as big as Norwegian Escape. While the ship was full (according to Carnival), it never seemed crowded. There were always places to sit in the lobby, Ocean Plaza (where Alchemy, Taste Bar, and Bonsai Sushi are), and Lido. They also were finishing the Christmas decorations as we boarded. Strangely, though, they never lit the tree in the lobby. For our Jewish friends, there was also a Menorah in the lobby. It was never lit, either, but, it's not yet Hanukkah. We had an inside cabin. It was tight; we knew that going in, but it was sufficient. Two adults, two children aged 8 and 7. They were excited about both getting a "top bunk" every night. Obviously, an inside works even better when there are just 2 people, but it was fine for sleeping -- oh-so-dark and quiet! We slept in to about 8:30 every morning! Dining was pretty good -- and much better than on our recent Escape voyage. On NCL, you can get very good dinners at the specialty restaurants, but the meals in the MDRs are lackluster. On Dream, we had very nice dinners every night. There was, of course, the requisite Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving, but there was also a duet of filet mignon and short ribs. I couldn't decide and ordered both. We had early assigned dining, and our wait staff was very good. They always remembered our drinks and dinner never went over about 90 minutes -- which we consider to be good. We ate in the Chef's Art Steakhouse on the last night of the cruise. They had not yet switched to the new menu, so we still got the meat presentation table-side. I had surf-and-turf, which was excellent. My wife had the 9oz filet, and she said it was perfectly cooked. Service at the steakhouse was, as expected, top-notch. Dinner here, too, lasted about 90 minutes. We didn't really bother with the big shows in the theater. We generally took the kids to Camp Ocean after dinner and sat in the lobby for drinks and the music. It differed every night: there was a 3 piece string group, a singing duo, and a steel drummer one night. They were all rather good. In a small bar in the back of the ship ("Song"), there was quite frequently a country duo called Whiskey & Wine. We'll just say they were ok. We did go to 5 comedy shows. The first two were funny, but the last three we went to were absolutely hilarious. If Caroline Picard, the "Cajun Queen," is on your ship, you simply must go. I didn't see any of her PG-rated shows, but her 18+ shows were great -- just be warned: she might be 65 and look like your grandmother, but she could make a sailor blush. We also went to Chris "The Flying Scotsman" Williams's show in the theater. He's the cruise director, and you can't miss him. He's the only one on the ship in a kilt 24/7. His one-man show is good. Service was generally quite good, and I had expected it to be. The only complaint I have is with the bar service. Until recently, you couldn't walk 10 steps without someone asking if you wanted a drink. Now, and I assume it is because of Cheers!, half the time you have to get up and walk to the bar. There are still a few roaming bartenders, but they are a few. Our cabin steward was on point, and our stateroom was made up twice daily. Towels were quickly replaced, including our beach towels, the beds were made up every time we walked in, and the bathroom stayed spotless. Our ports were ok. We didn't really choose the cruise for the ports anyway. We booked our Key West excursion (para-sailing) directly with the vendor that Carnival uses and saved $30/person. In Freeport, we went to an all-inclusive resort that offered day passes -- the beach was beautiful, and drinks and a buffet were included. We did a dolphin excursion in Nassau on Balmoral Island. That was fun, and it was booked through Carnival. The little island itself is crowded with ship tourists and excrutiatingly overpriced ($5 for a bottle of Dasani? $16 for a cheeseburger?). All in all, we would definitely go again. In fact, we are already booked for June 2018. No, we didn't book onboard. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We choose the Dream because it was the biggest and closest ship to us. Perfect timing for the holiday while the kids were out of school and very inexpensive. Our cabin steward and waiter staff were great. There was so much to do and eat on ... Read More
We choose the Dream because it was the biggest and closest ship to us. Perfect timing for the holiday while the kids were out of school and very inexpensive. Our cabin steward and waiter staff were great. There was so much to do and eat on the ship that we didn’t get a chance to experience it all so most likely we’ll try to make it up on our next cruise. The excursions were great. Key West parasailing and beach, Freeport (best port on this cruise) glassbottom boat, jet ski, banana boat, Nasasau Atlantis. The food was great. I hope the blue iguana taco, pasta bar, and pig anchor expand their hours so cruisers can experience and enjoy them more often than a few hours on sea days. My kids keep telling me how much they appreciate what we do for them which really made my day. Embarkation and disembarkation in New Orleans is quick and smooth, save your money on FTTF at this port. Checking in online makes it a lot easier. 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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