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Embarkation/Debarkation. Seamless as usual with FTTF. 15 minutes from curb to cabin. Debarkation was very organized and fairly quick. Ship. The Dream is beautiful. Kind of hard to figure why she's going into drydock. Fairly easy to navigate. There are many different areas for each taste also. If you like quiet, there's the double decked Serenity area. Active and in a party mood, there's the main Lido Deck pool. The aft pool is a bit more laid back. The Ocean Plaza/Lanai, personally I think is the best place on the ship for just chilling and relaxing. Cabin. We had Cove Balcony room 2375. Room was spotless and ready to go when we got on board at 1145am, but, having FTTF might have been a part of this. Good sized room, and wait for it.. LOVED the bathroom! I've seen some complaints about the size of the shower. I am big guy (BIG GUY) and I had ZERO issues with the shower. Bed was comfortable and linens were excellent. Bed was super comfortable. SMALL, teeny, tiny criticisms... The bed frame was showing the whole time, no matter how many times the bed skirt was fixed by Paul, our steward. Carpet had two real bad wear areas. Bathroom door you had to push/pull HARD to get it to close. Think these might be one of the aging things that might be addressed with drydock. EVERY lampshade was loose and floppy. Easy fix by tightening down the screw-nut that held them in place, but...Being so close to the water was fantastic. If we ever sail on a ship with cove balconies again, we will DEFINITELY book one. Dining. Here's where bigger is not necessarily better. We've cruised on Carnival's smaller ships (Fascination, Elation) and found the food in ALL venues to be outstanding with a good selection. The Dream, ehhhh, not so much. I think with the extra dining venues available, the buffet especially has suffered. The selection was fairly limited and the food was "ok" at best. Only one or two items changed for breakfast the entire trip. Lunch and Dinner we're "ok" but the selection and quality were average at best. With that being said. Meals in the MDR were spectacular. Sea Day Brunch and Dinners were beyond criticism when it came to selection and quality. And, if you ever find yourself on a Carnival ship with a Steakhouse... GO! Make the reservation and go. It's more than worth the cost. My suggestions to Carnival would be be up the quality/selection in The Gathering, and keep the other venues (besides Pizza Pirate and The Deli) open more than just for lunch. Entertainment. If you're bored, it's your own fault. There is so much to do on board, you could never, ever do everything available in 7 days. Encore shows were good. Punchliner Club was great as usual. The music in Ocean Plaza was top notch. There was always something going on if you wanted to do something by Jase and his crew. Shore Excursions. We did the Rose Hall tour in Jamaica, with a mini tour of the area to and from. Very good tour, informative, and low key/pressure. Grand Cayman we swam with the skates. What an awesome experience. I did not want to leave. In waist deep crystal clear Caribbean water with these magnificent creatures around you was an experience I will never forget. DO IT! In Cozumel, we just had some lunch, a few cocktails and people watched while soaking up the island life at Three Amigos. And of course, hit the Dufry (duty free shops) hard and heavy... LOL... Service. OK... Before I go any further, I have to say, I have never, EVER seen a more hard working and dedicated crew with the sole purpose of making sure your vacation experience was the best it could be. There was not one crew member that I could find any fault with at all. These fantastic people work long hours doing hard work, and they should be not only congratulated and honored for it, they should be recognized and thanked by the passengers and tipped accordingly. Spare me the "pre-paid gratuities" line. Stop being so damn cheap. With that... Carnival... GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER! You are working you staff to death. You seemed to have about doubled the workload of your cabin stewards and wait staff (both food and beverage) at least on this ship. Only on our LAST sea day were ALL the hot-tubs and corresponding bars open. How did we notice this? Because trying to find a cocktail waiter was almost as hard as trying to find a needle in a haystack. Particularly in the Ocean Plaza and Lanai, but also on the Panorama Deck. Two days, the Casino Bar AND Plaza bar were closed, no wait staff available and had to trudge up to the Lido deck where only ONE bar was open. Dining room waiters worked their butts off trying to keep folks happy, and did an EXCELLENT job of it considering they seemed to have a 12-14 table of various sizes station. Special shout outs to Eugene and Drazen, Ocean Plaza bartenders. Faith, Ocean Plaza waitress. Agung, who not only was a busboy/clean up guy in the Ocean Plaza but found he did double duty as a linen guy also. Wassana who was never without a "good morning", huge smile and asking if we were having a good time in the Gathering for breakfast. Paul, our cabin steward who I swear stayed in our closet, because every time we came back to our room, no matter what time, it was straightened up and spotlessly clean. And last, but never ever least. The amazing wait staff in the Crimson Dining Room for dinner and Scarlet Dining Room for Sea Day Brunch. We had anytime dining so didn't have the same wait staff more than once, but each and everyone were perfection, considering the work load placed upon them. And although unseen, special thanks should be given to the kitchen staff as well, because without them, the wait staff couldn't do their jobs at serving such excellent meals.

Great cruise but sometimes bigger isn't always better

Carnival Dream Cruise Review by draggonsgate

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Trip Details
Embarkation/Debarkation. Seamless as usual with FTTF. 15 minutes from curb to cabin. Debarkation was very organized and fairly quick.

Ship. The Dream is beautiful. Kind of hard to figure why she's going into drydock. Fairly easy to navigate. There are many different areas for each taste also. If you like quiet, there's the double decked Serenity area. Active and in a party mood, there's the main Lido Deck pool. The aft pool is a bit more laid back. The Ocean Plaza/Lanai, personally I think is the best place on the ship for just chilling and relaxing.

Cabin. We had Cove Balcony room 2375. Room was spotless and ready to go when we got on board at 1145am, but, having FTTF might have been a part of this. Good sized room, and wait for it.. LOVED the bathroom! I've seen some complaints about the size of the shower. I am big guy (BIG GUY) and I had ZERO issues with the shower. Bed was comfortable and linens were excellent. Bed was super comfortable. SMALL, teeny, tiny criticisms... The bed frame was showing the whole time, no matter how many times the bed skirt was fixed by Paul, our steward. Carpet had two real bad wear areas. Bathroom door you had to push/pull HARD to get it to close. Think these might be one of the aging things that might be addressed with drydock. EVERY lampshade was loose and floppy. Easy fix by tightening down the screw-nut that held them in place, but...Being so close to the water was fantastic. If we ever sail on a ship with cove balconies again, we will DEFINITELY book one.

Dining. Here's where bigger is not necessarily better. We've cruised on Carnival's smaller ships (Fascination, Elation) and found the food in ALL venues to be outstanding with a good selection. The Dream, ehhhh, not so much. I think with the extra dining venues available, the buffet especially has suffered. The selection was fairly limited and the food was "ok" at best. Only one or two items changed for breakfast the entire trip. Lunch and Dinner we're "ok" but the selection and quality were average at best. With that being said. Meals in the MDR were spectacular. Sea Day Brunch and Dinners were beyond criticism when it came to selection and quality. And, if you ever find yourself on a Carnival ship with a Steakhouse... GO! Make the reservation and go. It's more than worth the cost. My suggestions to Carnival would be be up the quality/selection in The Gathering, and keep the other venues (besides Pizza Pirate and The Deli) open more than just for lunch.

Entertainment. If you're bored, it's your own fault. There is so much to do on board, you could never, ever do everything available in 7 days. Encore shows were good. Punchliner Club was great as usual. The music in Ocean Plaza was top notch. There was always something going on if you wanted to do something by Jase and his crew.

Shore Excursions. We did the Rose Hall tour in Jamaica, with a mini tour of the area to and from. Very good tour, informative, and low key/pressure. Grand Cayman we swam with the skates. What an awesome experience. I did not want to leave. In waist deep crystal clear Caribbean water with these magnificent creatures around you was an experience I will never forget. DO IT! In Cozumel, we just had some lunch, a few cocktails and people watched while soaking up the island life at Three Amigos. And of course, hit the Dufry (duty free shops) hard and heavy... LOL...

Service. OK... Before I go any further, I have to say, I have never, EVER seen a more hard working and dedicated crew with the sole purpose of making sure your vacation experience was the best it could be. There was not one crew member that I could find any fault with at all. These fantastic people work long hours doing hard work, and they should be not only congratulated and honored for it, they should be recognized and thanked by the passengers and tipped accordingly. Spare me the "pre-paid gratuities" line. Stop being so damn cheap. With that... Carnival... GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER! You are working you staff to death. You seemed to have about doubled the workload of your cabin stewards and wait staff (both food and beverage) at least on this ship. Only on our LAST sea day were ALL the hot-tubs and corresponding bars open. How did we notice this? Because trying to find a cocktail waiter was almost as hard as trying to find a needle in a haystack. Particularly in the Ocean Plaza and Lanai, but also on the Panorama Deck. Two days, the Casino Bar AND Plaza bar were closed, no wait staff available and had to trudge up to the Lido deck where only ONE bar was open. Dining room waiters worked their butts off trying to keep folks happy, and did an EXCELLENT job of it considering they seemed to have a 12-14 table of various sizes station.

Special shout outs to Eugene and Drazen, Ocean Plaza bartenders. Faith, Ocean Plaza waitress. Agung, who not only was a busboy/clean up guy in the Ocean Plaza but found he did double duty as a linen guy also. Wassana who was never without a "good morning", huge smile and asking if we were having a good time in the Gathering for breakfast. Paul, our cabin steward who I swear stayed in our closet, because every time we came back to our room, no matter what time, it was straightened up and spotlessly clean. And last, but never ever least. The amazing wait staff in the Crimson Dining Room for dinner and Scarlet Dining Room for Sea Day Brunch. We had anytime dining so didn't have the same wait staff more than once, but each and everyone were perfection, considering the work load placed upon them. And although unseen, special thanks should be given to the kitchen staff as well, because without them, the wait staff couldn't do their jobs at serving such excellent meals.
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Cove Balcony
Cabin 7C 2375
We had Cove Balcony room 2375. Room was spotless and ready to go when we got on board at 1145am, but, having FTTF might have been a part of this. Good sized room, and wait for it.. LOVED the bathroom! I've seen some complaints about the size of the shower. I am big guy (BIG GUY) and I had ZERO issues with the shower. Bed was comfortable and linens were excellent. Bed was super comfortable. SMALL, teeny, tiny criticisms... The bed frame was showing the whole time, no matter how many times the bed skirt was fixed by Paul, our steward. Carpet had two real bad wear areas. Bathroom door you had to push/pull HARD to get it to close. Think these might be one of the aging things that might be addressed with drydock. EVERY lampshade was loose and floppy. Easy fix by tightening down the screw-nut that held them in place, but...Being so close to the water was fantastic. If we ever sail on a ship with cove balconies again, we will DEFINITELY book one.
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