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If you hate crowds and long lines, then this might not be the ship (or cruise line) for you. However, here are some tips to avoid the worst parts: - Avoid the buffet area ("The Gathering", "Pasta Bella") altogether. The food there is not worth the wait in line. - For breakfast, go to the sit-down brunch in the Scarlet dining room - For lunch, skip the buffet and grab a burger or pizza in the afternoon after the lunch line has dwindled or try the salad bar or Oceanside BBQ on the Promenade deck. - For dinner, late dining seemed to be best to avoid the worst crowds for the shows. Our positives: - The shows were excellent. - The ship seemed to be well maintained. People on other decks complained about sewer smell in their room, but we didn't have any problem on deck 8. Our one negative: - Our dining room waiter was completely uninterested and uninteresting. He exchanged maybe 20 words with us the entire week, and never smiled. We highly recommend the Pat & Dianes snorkeling excursion in Freeport. It was the best part of the entire cruise!

Good cruise, here are some tips though

Carnival Dream Cruise Review by LSU Engineer

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2015
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Interior
If you hate crowds and long lines, then this might not be the ship (or cruise line) for you. However, here are some tips to avoid the worst parts:

- Avoid the buffet area ("The Gathering", "Pasta Bella") altogether. The food there is not worth the wait in line.

- For breakfast, go to the sit-down brunch in the Scarlet dining room

- For lunch, skip the buffet and grab a burger or pizza in the afternoon after the lunch line has dwindled or try the salad bar or Oceanside BBQ on the Promenade deck.

- For dinner, late dining seemed to be best to avoid the worst crowds for the shows.

Our positives:

- The shows were excellent.

- The ship seemed to be well maintained. People on other decks complained about sewer smell in their room, but we didn't have any problem on deck 8.

Our one negative:

- Our dining room waiter was completely uninterested and uninteresting. He exchanged maybe 20 words with us the entire week, and never smiled.

We highly recommend the Pat & Dianes snorkeling excursion in Freeport. It was the best part of the entire cruise!
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Interior
Cabin 4D 8307
"Cozy" would be a good term. Keep your stuff organized and you'll be fine.
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