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I just completed a cruise on the Carnival Dream embarking from New Orleans, LA. This was my 37th cruise and 14th on Carnival. I arrived one day pre-cruise and stayed one night in the Astor Crowne Plaza on Canal Street. Hotel was very crowded with football fans with tickets to the Saints/Packers game at the Superdome. Let me just say I was part of a group of cruise junkies sailing on the ship during the Halloween week. With my VIP "Platinum" level, embarkation was a breeze. I was directed to a private office type facility where I completed my health certification and then on to another room with leather couches awaiting the Carnival rep to call my name and issue my key/cruise expense card. After this process was completed, I was directed to wait in the Platinum section of the terminal where we were allowed to board first. Carnival did a great job embarking me and I was aboard the Dream within 15 minutes of port arrival and inside my interior cabin #8418, which was ready for occupancy. Since I was cruising solo (but with a large group), I decided to book an interior cabin, which suited me fine. The cabin was always clean, quiet and neat. My cabin steward did a great job with my room, although I did not have a robe in the closet, he did obtain one for me right away and apologized for it not being supplied upon embarkation. This ship called on three ports, First was Montego Bay, Jamaica, where I utilized an all inclusive resort. Second was Grand Cayman and third was Cozumel, Mexico. Did an island tour on the Caymans which was very nice and went into town in Cozumel. The Carnival Dream was the cleanest ship I ever sailed on. It was spotless...the crew was constantly polishing, sweeping and cleaning. These folks always had a friendly smile and hello as you passed them doing their chores. My usual cruise gripe was with all the second hand smoke emitting from the port side of the ship where smoking was allowed and drifting over to the starboard side. In the casino. the smoke was terrible...everyone smoked where they wanted to. Deck five, where the casino was located, was smoke filled and caused all kinds of problems for my second hand smoke allergy. I could not utilize the casino during the trip other than a slot pull that our group organized pre cruise. I though that the food was good on the Dream. Service in the dining room was so-so with table mates getting other people's dinner orders. I can understand the servers dilemma because I thought there were less waiters and bus boys on this ship vs. other ships I have been on. I have to give the guys an A for effort for trying to get the orders straight, Personally, I do not like salty foods and I thought the soups were a bit salty. Also, do not order meat loaf at dinner...it was just terrible and I asked the waiter for something different. I thought it was dry and tasteless. Bar drinks were very pricy...$8.58 for a Pina Colata or a Miami Vice. Also, if you have your drinks served to you at the many bars aboard the Dream, don't expect munchies to be available. Looks like Carnival eliminated them as a cost cutting measure. Disembarkation was a snap when we returned to New Orleans. I found my luggage within 30 seconds after entering the luggage area. I had #1 disembarkation level, so I was off the ship real fast . Customs was easy and no questions asked. The officer just looked at my passport and my customs card and welcomed me back into the USA. All in all the cruise was fun, especially Halloween night where passengers wore some wild costumes. Yeah, I'll do Carnival again someday, but my next cruise scheduled is back to my fav...RCCL where the difference between Carnival and RCCL can be seen.

Carnival Dream....Smoke, Smoke and More Smoke

Carnival Dream Cruise Review by Ed11703

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I just completed a cruise on the Carnival Dream embarking from New Orleans, LA. This was my 37th cruise and 14th on Carnival. I arrived one day pre-cruise and stayed one night in the Astor Crowne Plaza on Canal Street. Hotel was very crowded with football fans with tickets to the Saints/Packers game at the Superdome.
Let me just say I was part of a group of cruise junkies sailing on the ship during the Halloween week. With my VIP "Platinum" level, embarkation was a breeze. I was directed to a private office type facility where I completed my health certification and then on to another room with leather couches awaiting the Carnival rep to call my name and issue my key/cruise expense card. After this process was completed, I was directed to wait in the Platinum section of the terminal where we were allowed to board first. Carnival did a great job embarking me and I was aboard the Dream within 15 minutes of port arrival and inside my interior cabin #8418, which was ready for occupancy. Since I was cruising solo (but with a large group), I decided to book an interior cabin, which suited me fine. The cabin was always clean, quiet and neat. My cabin steward did a great job with my room, although I did not have a robe in the closet, he did obtain one for me right away and apologized for it not being supplied upon embarkation.
This ship called on three ports, First was Montego Bay, Jamaica, where I utilized an all inclusive resort. Second was Grand Cayman and third was Cozumel, Mexico. Did an island tour on the Caymans which was very nice and went into town in Cozumel.
The Carnival Dream was the cleanest ship I ever sailed on. It was spotless...the crew was constantly polishing, sweeping and cleaning. These folks always had a friendly smile and hello as you passed them doing their chores. My usual cruise gripe was with all the second hand smoke emitting from the port side of the ship where smoking was allowed and drifting over to the starboard side. In the casino. the smoke was terrible...everyone smoked where they wanted to. Deck five, where the casino was located, was smoke filled and caused all kinds of problems for my second hand smoke allergy. I could not utilize the casino during the trip other than a slot pull that our group organized pre cruise.
I though that the food was good on the Dream. Service in the dining room was so-so with table mates getting other people's dinner orders. I can understand the servers dilemma because I thought there were less waiters and bus boys on this ship vs. other ships I have been on. I have to give the guys an A for effort for trying to get the orders straight, Personally, I do not like salty foods and I thought the soups were a bit salty. Also, do not order meat loaf at dinner...it was just terrible and I asked the waiter for something different. I thought it was dry and tasteless.
Bar drinks were very pricy...$8.58 for a Pina Colata or a Miami Vice. Also, if you have your drinks served to you at the many bars aboard the Dream, don't expect munchies to be available. Looks like Carnival eliminated them as a cost cutting measure.
Disembarkation was a snap when we returned to New Orleans. I found my luggage within 30 seconds after entering the luggage area. I had #1 disembarkation level, so I was off the ship real fast . Customs was easy and no questions asked. The officer just looked at my passport and my customs card and welcomed me back into the USA.
All in all the cruise was fun, especially Halloween night where passengers wore some wild costumes. Yeah, I'll do Carnival again someday, but my next cruise scheduled is back to my fav...RCCL where the difference between Carnival and RCCL can be seen.
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