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Overall it was a good cruise. I have been on other Carnival ships and this one seemed a bit lacking. The cruise Director was great and his Veteran's Day Event was outstanding. There was less activities on this ship than any other I have been on. The photographers we an annoyance as were trying to make our way to the early seating at dinner and getting stopped every 5 feet. I have not had that before and hope not again. The Cabin and steward we great. The staff we had in the Scarlett dining room were outstanding. The staff at Guest services were great most of the cruise but the last couple of nights you could tell they were tired of people complaining. They should have someone on the desk the last night with a lot of patience and the ability to explain policies. It took 10 minutes to find out how they reimburse gift card balances. I have always paid for everything by credit in the past. The New Orleans Port embarkation was more of a free for all than the orderly way others have been. A lot of sitting and waiting with no explanations and then the rush when they started check in was crazy. We are going to give the Dream another try in February 2018.

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Carnival Dream Cruise Review by bronzedoll

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Overall it was a good cruise. I have been on other Carnival ships and this one seemed a bit lacking. The cruise Director was great and his Veteran's Day Event was outstanding. There was less activities on this ship than any other I have been on. The photographers we an annoyance as were trying to make our way to the early seating at dinner and getting stopped every 5 feet. I have not had that before and hope not again. The Cabin and steward we great. The staff we had in the Scarlett dining room were outstanding. The staff at Guest services were great most of the cruise but the last couple of nights you could tell they were tired of people complaining. They should have someone on the desk the last night with a lot of patience and the ability to explain policies. It took 10 minutes to find out how they reimburse gift card balances. I have always paid for everything by credit in the past. The New Orleans Port embarkation was more of a free for all than the orderly way others have been. A lot of sitting and waiting with no explanations and then the rush when they started check in was crazy. We are going to give the Dream another try in February 2018.
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Cabin 8G 11259
Cabin was very nice and the room attendant was great.
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