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PROS: - Embarkation and Debarkation - both fast and efficient. We were prepared for a very long wait and a slow process so maybe that helped us view it as a more positive experience in the end. - Food - all around delicious! Again, we went in with rather low expectations and came out extremely pleased. - Service - all around outstanding. Almost every interaction was positive. - Cruise Director - Chris Williams was amazing - B-Low - I am not sure how to spell his name but B-Low was part of the fun squad and I enjoyed him almost as much as I enjoyed Chris. He ran all of the Bingo games and even though we never played bingo we enjoyed watching him lead the games. - Entertainment - really enjoyed the shows in the evenings and the multiple show times allowing flexibility when eating dinner - YTD - really loved having YTD. Allowed us to eat when we wanted and only had a long wait on the first night. - Cleanliness - I can’t imagine the effort it takes to clean up after 4000 people on vacation (I am assuming people are even messier on vacation) but somehow the crew did this. The deck and most public areas were always spotless - especially the bathrooms! - Hub App - so convenient, enjoyed having the schedule and other info right there on my phone (for free) - Muster Drill - Super fast and well organized. Our station was in the encore lounge. We were in and out in about 30 or 45mins. - Ship Layout - took us a couple days to figure out where everything was but that was part of the fun! - Beach Towel Checkout - I LOVED being able to check out new towels on the Lido deck and in the Serenity area and then check them back in so we didn’t have to tote them back and forth from our room. An automated system where they just swiped your S&S card would be better though than the worker having to write down everything by hand. CONS: - Water - Basically just tasted real bad. Will probably invest in ordering a few packs of water to our room next time. I would be interested in a Beverage Plan that included only unlimited bottled water. - Ports/Excursions - this is not really Carnival’s fault but nevertheless we did not have great experiences at the ports - Cabin Decor - I didn’t care for the decor of the Dream in general and the dark colors in the cabin make it feel even smaller than it is. From what I have seen RC and NCL do a much better job with decor. - [lack of] Conditioner - Doesn’t seem like it would be too hard to add this to the showers and my hair would really appreciate it - no coffee maker in the cabins - I would really have liked to have that so I could make my own in the mornings and not have to worry about ordering room service. It would also be nice to have it in the evenings without having to walk to the Lido Deck - Additional Fees - It would be nice if all the additional fees and gratuities were automatically included in the cost instead of being added on later. It would make it easier to plan and budget. -Pools and Lounge Chairs - The pool on the lido was so small and the chairs were always full (either with people or towels).

Fun Trip for a First Time Cruiser

Carnival Dream Cruise Review by ElizabethR25

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Trip Details
PROS:

- Embarkation and Debarkation - both fast and efficient. We were prepared for a very long wait and a slow process so maybe that helped us view it as a more positive experience in the end.

- Food - all around delicious! Again, we went in with rather low expectations and came out extremely pleased.

- Service - all around outstanding. Almost every interaction was positive.

- Cruise Director - Chris Williams was amazing

- B-Low - I am not sure how to spell his name but B-Low was part of the fun squad and I enjoyed him almost as much as I enjoyed Chris. He ran all of the Bingo games and even though we never played bingo we enjoyed watching him lead the games.

- Entertainment - really enjoyed the shows in the evenings and the multiple show times allowing flexibility when eating dinner

- YTD - really loved having YTD. Allowed us to eat when we wanted and only had a long wait on the first night.

- Cleanliness - I can’t imagine the effort it takes to clean up after 4000 people on vacation (I am assuming people are even messier on vacation) but somehow the crew did this. The deck and most public areas were always spotless - especially the bathrooms!

- Hub App - so convenient, enjoyed having the schedule and other info right there on my phone (for free)

- Muster Drill - Super fast and well organized. Our station was in the encore lounge. We were in and out in about 30 or 45mins.

- Ship Layout - took us a couple days to figure out where everything was but that was part of the fun!

- Beach Towel Checkout - I LOVED being able to check out new towels on the Lido deck and in the Serenity area and then check them back in so we didn’t have to tote them back and forth from our room. An automated system where they just swiped your S&S card would be better though than the worker having to write down everything by hand.

CONS:

- Water - Basically just tasted real bad. Will probably invest in ordering a few packs of water to our room next time. I would be interested in a Beverage Plan that included only unlimited bottled water.

- Ports/Excursions - this is not really Carnival’s fault but nevertheless we did not have great experiences at the ports

- Cabin Decor - I didn’t care for the decor of the Dream in general and the dark colors in the cabin make it feel even smaller than it is. From what I have seen RC and NCL do a much better job with decor.

- [lack of] Conditioner - Doesn’t seem like it would be too hard to add this to the showers and my hair would really appreciate it

- no coffee maker in the cabins - I would really have liked to have that so I could make my own in the mornings and not have to worry about ordering room service. It would also be nice to have it in the evenings without having to walk to the Lido Deck

- Additional Fees - It would be nice if all the additional fees and gratuities were automatically included in the cost instead of being added on later. It would make it easier to plan and budget.

-Pools and Lounge Chairs - The pool on the lido was so small and the chairs were always full (either with people or towels).
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Cabin Review

Spa Interior
Cabin 4S 11219
We had an interior spa room on deck 11 (Room #11219). While I would have loved a balcony room we were not looking to spend more money than necessary on our vacation so we went with the budget friendly interior room. Neither of us are claustrophobic and we knew we wouldn’t be spending much time in our room anyway. I did upgrade to a spa cabin due to reading many reviews that said the location was very good and the access to the spa and the little extras that came with the room really appealed to me. I believe it was only an additional $50 total for both of us so it seemed like a good deal. The room was very small but once I got over the initial shock of how small it was it never really bothered us. I kept our room picked up to keep it from getting messy and with just two of us it never felt crowded. The decor was alright. I didn’t hate it and it didn’t really effect my experience but it was not my favorite. We both thought the bed was very comfy but that may have just been because we went to bed exhausted every night. There was more than enough storage for all of our stuff (we each brought one regular size suitcase) and I really liked the shelves in the bathroom. The room temp was very nice. We keep our home set around 72 or 73 and we were very comfortable in our room the entire trip. I even had to bump it up a little because it was too cold toward the end of the trip. The towels were very scratchy, I did not like them at all. The bathroom, though small, was plenty big enough to meet our needs and we never needed air freshener even though I read many people who recommended bringing it. I brought my own hair dryer and an extension cord both of which came in handy. The tv remote did not work very well and the channels were limited although we got the main ones (ABC, NBC, FOX) the whole trip. The movie channels literally played the same three movies the entire cruise. The best part about our room was that it was VERY quiet. I don’t think I ever heard any of our neighbors. Occasionally during the day I could hear someone talking out in the hall but that only happened once or twice. If having a spa room means no kids running up and down the halls and screaming then that was worth the extra $50 alone. We enjoyed being on deck 11 as it was close to the Lido deck and serenity deck and climbing several flights of stairs to get to decks 5, 4, and 3 when we needed to attend dinner or other activities helped counter all the delicious food we ate.
Our room steward was very nice. We met her on the first day and she asked us if we wanted morning, evening or both and we chose both. I also asked for a bucket of ice in the evenings. She always replaced our towels and had our bucket of ice ready for us. I felt so spoiled getting back from breakfast and having our bed all made up and then getting back after dinner and having it turned down and ready.

SPA ROOM PACKAGE:
So we got a few different little perks since we had an interior spa room. I already mentioned that our room was very quiet. We had yellow Serenity beach towels in our room which I discovered are the same as the regular blue ones… just a different color. We had robes and slippers in our rooms and while I never used the slippers the robes were nice. The towels in the bathroom were very scratchy… I don’t know if those were different than the ones in the regular cabins but we ended up just using our beach towels as bath towels and signing out more beach towels on the Lido Deck. We had special Elmis brand shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, lotion, and linen spray which was nice. I used the shamp, cond, and shower gel all week. The room was supposed to have better “spa like” decor… it was not anything special. We visited the spa a few times and enjoyed the steam room, thalassotherapy pool, relaxation room, and steam rooms. The locker rooms were very nice and had really big showers and towels were provided throughout the spa. While I certainly enjoyed our few trips to the spa I don’t think I would miss it if I didn’t go next time. While I liked the “spa experience” I would just assume be laying out by the pool in the sunshine.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Beach
    At the beach resort we were not welcomed or explained anything upon arrival and frankly I felt like I wasn’t even supposed to be there. We wandered around until we figured out where to rent the snorkeling gear. We were told we had an hour with the snorkel and mask. The snorkeling was the coolest part even though I am sure it was not even close to what we could have experience on an actual snorkeling excursion. The water was beautiful and clear and we enjoyed our little snorkeling experience. After that we laid out on beach chairs and enjoyed the view for about 45mins before having to head back to ship.
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  • Ziplining
    Originally we were supposed to go to Belize on our second port day but due to weather the boats could not safely tender so we had to skip Belize and go straight to Cozumel. Additionally, we were supposed to be in Cozumel from 7am-5pm but due to the schedule change we were there from 9:30am - 6:30pm.


    Before all of the schedule changes we had a snorkeling excursion booked in Belize and were thinking about booking one for Cozumel as well. After the announcement about the schedule change things got crazy and our options for doing an excursion in Cozumel suddenly became very slim due to people having to adjust their excursion times and I guess everyone decided to do an excursion in Cozumel since they couldn’t do one in Belize.


    In the end we did a zipline and beach break excursion through Carnival that left around 1:45PM and returned around 5:30. At first we signed up for a waverunner and Snorkel excursion and the only slot left was at 1pm. We showed up at 12:30 and they told us that it was too windy and they were going to have to cancel that excursion. That’s when we got bumped to the zipline and beach break excursion. Since we really had no other options at that point I am glad we did that excursion but I would not recommend it.


    The staff at the zipline facility were wonderful and friendly and called us by name the whole time. The ziplines were very unimpressive though. They were short and they all felt / looked the same with the exact same scenery. After about the third one I was over it and ready to move on to the beach but we had to do a total of 11 zips which took about an hour total. After that we went to a beach only a couple blocks from the port (but it took about 30mins to get there from the zip line place due to INSANE traffic).


    At the beach resort we were not welcomed or explained anything upon arrival and frankly I felt like I wasn’t even supposed to be there. We wandered around until we figured out where to rent the snorkeling gear. We were told we had an hour with the snorkel and mask. The snorkeling was the coolest part even though I am sure it was not even close to what we could have experience on an actual snorkeling excursion. The water was beautiful and clear and we enjoyed our little snorkeling experience. After that we laid out on beach chairs and enjoyed the view for about 45mins before having to head back to ship.


    Overall it was not even close to an ideal trip due to many factors that were out of our control (and out of Carnival’s control as well). We might could have had a better experience if we had booked our Cozumel excursion earlier or if we had been aware of the fact that there was rough weather that could potentially cause our excursion to be canceled. In the end though we still got to enjoy the beautiful sights of Cozumel (the water is the MOST beautiful water I have ever seen) and the adventure was mostly enjoyable.
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  • Roatan
    Our first port of call was at Mahogany Bay. We did not plan an excursion for that port and planned on just enjoying the beach that was within walking distance from the ship. Unfortunately the weather was not the best that day and was overcast and rainy most of the day but we still enjoyed it. There is a cool little nature trail that we walked and there are a few shops and local places to eat. There was one other ship docked at the port but it was not terribly crowded. We put our stuff down on the beach and swam in the water for a while. We went back to the ship for lunch and then went back out and found empty beach chairs to lay on and read for the rest of the evening. The scenery was gorgeous and we enjoyed a pretty relaxing day in port. We were back on the boat about 45mins before it was scheduled to leave. We hung out on the promenade deck while it left and that was cool getting to watch it sail away from the port.
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