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Our party of five, ranging in age from 10 to 72, had a wonderful Christmas Cruise on the Carnival Dream. From the time we pulled into the parking garage at the NOLA port until we boarded was under an hour and we felt it was well organized. We choose Balcony cabins forward on deck 7 because we like a quiet location. It was perfect and the rooms were ready at 1:30. Our luggage was delivered within a couple hours and our steward met us and had us fill out a form with our preferences for things like extra towels, robes, turn down service etc. The first couple nights their was an issue with several young men being very noisy in the cabin next to my parents. This was a cabin that had an adjoining door and we will be sure never to book a cabin like that again. My parents complained to them directly and also to guest services. Guest services notified the parents of the complaint and that was the end of that. We were very pleased that the issue was addressed and resolved. The ship sailed at capacity and we heard that their were 1300 children on board. We didn't really experience any issues with it being crowded. We did see some lines for certain food venues but it didn't really effect us much. We only ate in the dining room 3 nights. We booked the cruise late and all that was available was the late seating. Starting a 90+ minute meal at 8:15 in the evening was just to late for us. The food on Carnival is good but not great. That certainly did not stop us all from gaining a few pounds. We loved the entertainment. We went to many family friendly comedy shows, a couple big production shows and many events held in the atrium. They had about a half dozen events that were specifically Christmas related and we had a ball. Jase the cruise director was outstanding. He was funny and charismatic without being over the top or annoying. We had no issues with service in any area. We only requested cabin service once a day and our room was kept in tip top shape. There seemed to be plenty of bar service and the buffet area was kept stocked and clean. We had a minor maintenance issue in our cabin and their was someone fixing it within 10 minutes of our call to customer service. Service in the dining room was slow but I think that had more to do with the mass seating than it did with the competence and efficiency of the wait staff. The Dream is about to go to dry dock for a refresher. We would definitely sail on the Dream again. This was my seventh cruise and I've sailed other pricier lines. I think Carnival and the Dream is a good value. My 10 year old had such a good time that she said she was near tears when we were getting off the ship. You can't beat that for a family vacation!

Great Family Christmas Cruise

Carnival Dream Cruise Review by toothpicker

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Our party of five, ranging in age from 10 to 72, had a wonderful Christmas Cruise on the Carnival Dream.

From the time we pulled into the parking garage at the NOLA port until we boarded was under an hour and we felt it was well organized. We choose Balcony cabins forward on deck 7 because we like a quiet location. It was perfect and the rooms were ready at 1:30. Our luggage was delivered within a couple hours and our steward met us and had us fill out a form with our preferences for things like extra towels, robes, turn down service etc. The first couple nights their was an issue with several young men being very noisy in the cabin next to my parents. This was a cabin that had an adjoining door and we will be sure never to book a cabin like that again. My parents complained to them directly and also to guest services. Guest services notified the parents of the complaint and that was the end of that. We were very pleased that the issue was addressed and resolved.

The ship sailed at capacity and we heard that their were 1300 children on board. We didn't really experience any issues with it being crowded. We did see some lines for certain food venues but it didn't really effect us much. We only ate in the dining room 3 nights. We booked the cruise late and all that was available was the late seating. Starting a 90+ minute meal at 8:15 in the evening was just to late for us. The food on Carnival is good but not great. That certainly did not stop us all from gaining a few pounds.

We loved the entertainment. We went to many family friendly comedy shows, a couple big production shows and many events held in the atrium. They had about a half dozen events that were specifically Christmas related and we had a ball. Jase the cruise director was outstanding. He was funny and charismatic without being over the top or annoying.

We had no issues with service in any area. We only requested cabin service once a day and our room was kept in tip top shape. There seemed to be plenty of bar service and the buffet area was kept stocked and clean. We had a minor maintenance issue in our cabin and their was someone fixing it within 10 minutes of our call to customer service. Service in the dining room was slow but I think that had more to do with the mass seating than it did with the competence and efficiency of the wait staff.

The Dream is about to go to dry dock for a refresher. We would definitely sail on the Dream again. This was my seventh cruise and I've sailed other pricier lines. I think Carnival and the Dream is a good value. My 10 year old had such a good time that she said she was near tears when we were getting off the ship. You can't beat that for a family vacation!
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin 8B 7227
Standard Carnival cabin. Nothing fancy but plenty of storage and larger than similar cabins on some other "value" cruise lines.
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