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I cruised on the Carnival Dream. I chose this cruise because I wanted to take my sister and niece on the vacation of a lifetime and I had taken my first cruise in April of 2016 from New Orleans on the Dream. The first two days of the cruise we felt like we were on a carnival ride, not a carnival cruise. My sister was very ill. Realizing that the ocean can be unpredictable, I let that slide. The food was pretty good, but some of our dishes were served cool, not hot and did not taste all that good such as a shrimp dish in marinara sauce. However, we had awesome soups and the Oysters Rockefeller were the best! There was constant music blaring at all hours which really detracted from our trip. I wish they would cut off the music at 1 or 2 am at least. Also of note, we had a very rude waiter one evening who got testy when I asked for my drink to be brought to me after I looked at it sitting across the room from me for 10 minutes. On the plus side, the steward, I Nyngah was excellent as was one waiter, Juan. Room service was prompt, the boat was clean, and embarking/debarking was relatively smooth. I was extremely disappointed in the first port of call, Montego Bay. First, we had to take a shuttle which cost us 20.00 each that we had not been told about and were not expecting to have to pay just to get into town to shop. We were packed in like sardines on very uncomfortable, hot busses and driven like in a race car to various shopping stops. The town was very sad with all the deteriorated buildings and homeless people about. It is such a shame at the poverty on this beautiful island. My credit card number was somehow stolen in the Margaritaville restaurant. The ride back to the terminal was as unpleasant as the ride away. I would not recommend going into town. You can find the same souvenirs at little hut shops next to the hub where you go on excursions. The second port was Grand Cayman. That stop was more pleasant than the Jamacian stop, but the excursion we took was HORRIBLE. Do NOT go on the Tiki Beach resort excursion. WE were again packed like sardines into small, uncomfortable, smelly busses and driven to Seven Mile Beach. There, we had to secure our own chairs and when we asked the fellows walking around with official looking shirts on, not one offered to get the umbrella for us (we are good tippers). The drinks were horrid, with a weak rum (lacking rum) punch and some type of off brand beer. Nobody told us where the bar was or what we could get, etc. Plan to be ON YOUR OWN there. The buffet was laughable. We had to eat on dirty picnic tables in a place overrun by chickens running about, at times swooping in on the diners. One table had a large pool of vomit covering about 1/4 of it and nobody cleaned it off during the time I was there. The food was charred black "hamburgers" or hot dogs, wilted and brown lettuce, and some type of pasta salad with mostly pasta in it. For dessert, there were 1 inch slices of some sort of pound cake. The lunch was terrible in every regard. WE could not wait to leave this place. The beach itself is beautiful. I would just take a cab and pay for lunch at a restaurant. Don't waist 70.00 on this worthless excursion. The last port was Cozumel, my favorite from the last cruise I took. We did the Dolphin push, pull, ride with all inclusive lunch and drinks. What a laugh!! While I have nothing but wonderful comments for the dolphin aspect of the trip, the lunch was horrid beyond comprehension. There was literally nothing I could eat. Cold fries, tasteless meat of some kind, stale tortilla chips and runny yellow "cheese" along with some glop that was labeled rice pudding and stiff, rubbery jello. It was an offense to serve such garbage. The drink was a tiny plastic cup of soda. Leaving early due to starvation, we stopped to look at the exorbitantly priced pictures snapped of our dolphin encounter. They were so costly I couldn't even buy one as a keepsake. I recommend the dolphin part of the excursion, but NOT the food or pictures.

Cruise was good; skip the excursions and save money.

Carnival Dream Cruise Review by mabernathy3

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I cruised on the Carnival Dream. I chose this cruise because I wanted to take my sister and niece on the vacation of a lifetime and I had taken my first cruise in April of 2016 from New Orleans on the Dream. The first two days of the cruise we felt like we were on a carnival ride, not a carnival cruise. My sister was very ill. Realizing that the ocean can be unpredictable, I let that slide.

The food was pretty good, but some of our dishes were served cool, not hot and did not taste all that good such as a shrimp dish in marinara sauce. However, we had awesome soups and the Oysters Rockefeller were the best!

There was constant music blaring at all hours which really detracted from our trip. I wish they would cut off the music at 1 or 2 am at least. Also of note, we had a very rude waiter one evening who got testy when I asked for my drink to be brought to me after I looked at it sitting across the room from me for 10 minutes.

On the plus side, the steward, I Nyngah was excellent as was one waiter, Juan. Room service was prompt, the boat was clean, and embarking/debarking was relatively smooth.

I was extremely disappointed in the first port of call, Montego Bay. First, we had to take a shuttle which cost us 20.00 each that we had not been told about and were not expecting to have to pay just to get into town to shop. We were packed in like sardines on very uncomfortable, hot busses and driven like in a race car to various shopping stops. The town was very sad with all the deteriorated buildings and homeless people about. It is such a shame at the poverty on this beautiful island. My credit card number was somehow stolen in the Margaritaville restaurant. The ride back to the terminal was as unpleasant as the ride away. I would not recommend going into town. You can find the same souvenirs at little hut shops next to the hub where you go on excursions.

The second port was Grand Cayman. That stop was more pleasant than the Jamacian stop, but the excursion we took was HORRIBLE. Do NOT go on the Tiki Beach resort excursion. WE were again packed like sardines into small, uncomfortable, smelly busses and driven to Seven Mile Beach. There, we had to secure our own chairs and when we asked the fellows walking around with official looking shirts on, not one offered to get the umbrella for us (we are good tippers). The drinks were horrid, with a weak rum (lacking rum) punch and some type of off brand beer. Nobody told us where the bar was or what we could get, etc. Plan to be ON YOUR OWN there. The buffet was laughable. We had to eat on dirty picnic tables in a place overrun by chickens running about, at times swooping in on the diners. One table had a large pool of vomit covering about 1/4 of it and nobody cleaned it off during the time I was there. The food was charred black "hamburgers" or hot dogs, wilted and brown lettuce, and some type of pasta salad with mostly pasta in it. For dessert, there were 1 inch slices of some sort of pound cake. The lunch was terrible in every regard. WE could not wait to leave this place. The beach itself is beautiful. I would just take a cab and pay for lunch at a restaurant. Don't waist 70.00 on this worthless excursion.

The last port was Cozumel, my favorite from the last cruise I took. We did the Dolphin push, pull, ride with all inclusive lunch and drinks. What a laugh!! While I have nothing but wonderful comments for the dolphin aspect of the trip, the lunch was horrid beyond comprehension. There was literally nothing I could eat. Cold fries, tasteless meat of some kind, stale tortilla chips and runny yellow "cheese" along with some glop that was labeled rice pudding and stiff, rubbery jello. It was an offense to serve such garbage. The drink was a tiny plastic cup of soda. Leaving early due to starvation, we stopped to look at the exorbitantly priced pictures snapped of our dolphin encounter. They were so costly I couldn't even buy one as a keepsake. I recommend the dolphin part of the excursion, but NOT the food or pictures.
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The cabin was spacious, the balcony was amazing. Two of the beds were ok, the the third "bed" was actually a small, hard plastic couch we called the "torture chamber" and took turns enduring it. The storage and closet room is surprisingly ample. The bathroom was plenty big for all three of us and the shower was hot!!! Our steward took excellent care of us.
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