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Chose this cruise because hadn't been on one for a few years an seemed like a good itinerary even tho I wasnt that impressed with Cozumel last time I went. Sailed out of New Orleans - Belize and Mahogany Bay were EXCELLENT! the zip line in Mahogany Bay and the swimming with the sharks and rays in Belize were both great excursions - the guides for both were great - can't say enough about how good they all were. unfortunately can't say the same for the food in the main dining room which was mediocre at best both times we went. The Steakhouse was much better even tho there was an extra fee as was the Bonsai Sushi restaurant. We stayed in cabin 9472 which was an aft extended view balcony - will definitely stay in one of those again. Had heard that the aft balconies generally ended up covered in soot but never once had that problem or excessive rocking from being at the back. Loved the large curved balcony as well. Size of the room could have been a bit bigger but can't really complain much about that either. Room steward was great, any entertainment we took in was great as well. Hate to keep using the word great over and over again but can't really describe it any other way lol Was disappointed that every time I went to the spa the technicians(or whatever they're called) would try to guilt me into buying some ridiculously expensive products afterwards by telling me what was wrong with my skin or nails or muscles and if I didn't buy their products and start taking care of the "problems" now I would be sorry later. I'm 51 now and expect to have some signs of aging so that sort of thing doesn't bother me - certainly not enough to spend nearly $1000 or more for the stuff they all suggested I get. But other than that I loved the cruise over all - much more than the last one I took on the Paradise, possibly because this was a much bigger ship. The Serenity area was probably my favorite part even tho it was a bit close to where the waterslides started and that did tend to interrupt the quiet from time to time. Not enough to completely ruin catching rays tho haha. Embarkation and debarkation went without a hitch - can't even complain about the lines - stayed in New Orleans for a couple days after we got back. Would definitely recommend going on this ship! Joesey/sailing~wench

Dream Cruise Sept 17-24, 2017

Carnival Dream Cruise Review by sailing~wench

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Aft-View Extended Balcony
Chose this cruise because hadn't been on one for a few years an seemed like a good itinerary even tho I wasnt that impressed with Cozumel last time I went. Sailed out of New Orleans - Belize and Mahogany Bay were EXCELLENT! the zip line in Mahogany Bay and the swimming with the sharks and rays in Belize were both great excursions - the guides for both were great - can't say enough about how good they all were. unfortunately can't say the same for the food in the main dining room which was mediocre at best both times we went. The Steakhouse was much better even tho there was an extra fee as was the Bonsai Sushi restaurant.

We stayed in cabin 9472 which was an aft extended view balcony - will definitely stay in one of those again. Had heard that the aft balconies generally ended up covered in soot but never once had that problem or excessive rocking from being at the back. Loved the large curved balcony as well. Size of the room could have been a bit bigger but can't really complain much about that either.

Room steward was great, any entertainment we took in was great as well. Hate to keep using the word great over and over again but can't really describe it any other way lol Was disappointed that every time I went to the spa the technicians(or whatever they're called) would try to guilt me into buying some ridiculously expensive products afterwards by telling me what was wrong with my skin or nails or muscles and if I didn't buy their products and start taking care of the "problems" now I would be sorry later. I'm 51 now and expect to have some signs of aging so that sort of thing doesn't bother me - certainly not enough to spend nearly $1000 or more for the stuff they all suggested I get.

But other than that I loved the cruise over all - much more than the last one I took on the Paradise, possibly because this was a much bigger ship. The Serenity area was probably my favorite part even tho it was a bit close to where the waterslides started and that did tend to interrupt the quiet from time to time. Not enough to completely ruin catching rays tho haha.

Embarkation and debarkation went without a hitch - can't even complain about the lines - stayed in New Orleans for a couple days after we got back. Would definitely recommend going on this ship!

Joesey/sailing~wench
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Cabin Review

Aft-View Extended Balcony
Cabin 8M 9472
cabin review addressed in main part of review but can restate that balcony didnt get any of the soot or excessive rocking I had previously read about
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