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We selected this cruise because our daughter-in-law wanted to go to Mexico and it fit our respective schedules. My son, his wife and our three grandchildren drove for over 15 hours from Virginia to New Orleans - we knew better than and left two days later the morning of embarkation. We met them at their hotel and grabbed some of their suitcases and the youngest (three year old) grandson, as we are priority and would be in a separate boarding area and board early, and we went to the port - this lifted a burden from the kids so they could maintain good eyes on the other two grandkids. We boarded fairly quickly and went to our room to drop off some items and nearly all of our luggage was at the room already. Unpacked an went to the Casino Bar to have a drink and wait for the kids to arrive an hour or so later. The ship was nice, the crew was fantastic as they always are, we met wonderful new people/friends and how a wonderful time. Montego Bay Jamaica wasn't our style, we like to walk around and do some local shopping and catch lunch - just didn't feel safe here. Heard multiple rumors concerning vehicles stopped along side of road that would kidnap (primarily young) woman to sell into sex slavery. Barbed wire everywhere near the port. Friends felt safe driving around and heading to different places - so this was just my observation. Went to Cozumel - we really like this port and shopped and at lunch at the end of the pier while my son, his wife and my daughter did a "Ruins excursion" that they loved. Also stopped at Grand Cayman - first time there and what a terribly hot day. Didn't do much but felt safe. Early in our cruising days, we never liked or cared to go to the dining room for meals, nowadays we seem to go more often than not. Food was typical of Carnival ships, wait staff was extremely efficient and friendly. Casino "comped" seven people in the steakhouse - if you haven't eaten in a Carnival Steakhouse DO IT! well worth it. We always self-assist during debarkation, we had a later flight so headed out later than normal but got right off of the ship. Carnival can still do a better job with the customs paperwork instructions for debarkation. I understand that today paperwork is not required unless you need to claim something that would require a duty being paid?!?! Our last two cruises required no forms to be filled out, yet they are provided to us in the room. I also find it funny how different each ship is in their perspectives of the debarkation process. Each have their own way and some work terrifically (Dream did) others do not.

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Carnival Dream Cruise Review by ubeenpunkd

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We selected this cruise because our daughter-in-law wanted to go to Mexico and it fit our respective schedules. My son, his wife and our three grandchildren drove for over 15 hours from Virginia to New Orleans - we knew better than and left two days later the morning of embarkation.

We met them at their hotel and grabbed some of their suitcases and the youngest (three year old) grandson, as we are priority and would be in a separate boarding area and board early, and we went to the port - this lifted a burden from the kids so they could maintain good eyes on the other two grandkids.

We boarded fairly quickly and went to our room to drop off some items and nearly all of our luggage was at the room already. Unpacked an went to the Casino Bar to have a drink and wait for the kids to arrive an hour or so later.

The ship was nice, the crew was fantastic as they always are, we met wonderful new people/friends and how a wonderful time.

Montego Bay Jamaica wasn't our style, we like to walk around and do some local shopping and catch lunch - just didn't feel safe here. Heard multiple rumors concerning vehicles stopped along side of road that would kidnap (primarily young) woman to sell into sex slavery. Barbed wire everywhere near the port. Friends felt safe driving around and heading to different places - so this was just my observation.

Went to Cozumel - we really like this port and shopped and at lunch at the end of the pier while my son, his wife and my daughter did a "Ruins excursion" that they loved.

Also stopped at Grand Cayman - first time there and what a terribly hot day. Didn't do much but felt safe.

Early in our cruising days, we never liked or cared to go to the dining room for meals, nowadays we seem to go more often than not. Food was typical of Carnival ships, wait staff was extremely efficient and friendly.

Casino "comped" seven people in the steakhouse - if you haven't eaten in a Carnival Steakhouse DO IT! well worth it.

We always self-assist during debarkation, we had a later flight so headed out later than normal but got right off of the ship. Carnival can still do a better job with the customs paperwork instructions for debarkation. I understand that today paperwork is not required unless you need to claim something that would require a duty being paid?!?! Our last two cruises required no forms to be filled out, yet they are provided to us in the room.

I also find it funny how different each ship is in their perspectives of the debarkation process. Each have their own way and some work terrifically (Dream did) others do not.
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Balcony
Cabin 8F 6393
Room was typical of the Balconies on Carnival vessels. Always clean and a wonderful cabin crew took care of it.
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