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Our cruise started out with a very smooth embarkation process. Within 15 minutes or less of arriving at the terminal, we were on the boat. We had about an hour to kill before our room would be ready so we took a tour of the ship and grabbed some lunch. Buffet was what you'd expect. (My son was gone over a half an hour and we finally texted him to find out where he was. He was standing in line for Mongolian BBQ. This seems to be a fairly standard wait for that particular food choice. I did stand in line and wait for it once and it was tasty but I opted not to choose this option again. ) We had two rooms on the Deck 6, both balcony rooms. They were clean and comfortable. Our steward Gerald was extremely helpful and friendly. Rooms were tidied once a day which I felt was more than adequate. New beach towels were left frequently which was really appreciated since they don't dry that quickly even hanging on your balcony chairs. There was a weird smell along the hallway on Deck 6. Something like a sewer/rotten egg small. Not sure what it was was, but just thankful it wasn't too close to our rooms. Our balcony was located one floor up from the Guys BBQ place and the whirlpool. Generally speaking it was fine, but on one occasion a rowdy group of people were in the whirlpool using awful language to the extent that I had to send my 11 year old daughter inside. Dinner in the Crimson Restaurant was our favorite daily meal. Our servers Lidia, Edi and Holif were very friendly and accommodating. I find the walk through the Casino to be fairly annoying with the smell of cigarette smoke. It filters through to the Ocean Plaza area which is a spot we really enjoy spending time in. The Alchemy Bar was our favorite bar with some really inventive and delicious drink choices. They also put out little bar snacks on our last night on the ship which was great. The entertainment on the ship was really good. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the shows we saw with the highlight for me being Flick. Don't miss out on this one! The entertainers are all very talented. The music in the theatre is played at a DEAFENING level so go prepared with ear plugs unless you prefer to not be able to hear the rest of the evening. Kids loved the waterslides and pool area. We loved the Serenity lounging area. Deembarkation fairly smooth process. It was quick getting off the ship but long lines to get through luggage and customs. All in all a great trip and lots of fun on the Dream! Montego Bay We opted for the Dolphin Encounter. You will stand around for a bit in the port hall waiting for your group to be called. Our tour guide Elizabeth was very pleasant and funny and I really felt that she was looking out for us during our trip. We got about 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins which was very cool. Food was available to purchase although we opted just for drinks (I recommend a Ting and rum!). Photos of your experience are available for purchase but they are outrageously priced. It would have been upwards of $200 to get a photo of each member of our party (6 people) with a dolphin. After the encounter, we were taken to a beach for about an hour and a half. Within 10 seconds of setting foot on the beach, we were accosted by people selling things. My daughter wanted braids and got them on this beach. The water here was lovely but I did not enjoy this beach experience and was happy to return to the ship. Grand Cayman We chose the Sting Ray City family tour. Staff on this tour were very friendly and informative. Quick bus ride to the marina and then we were off to the location for sting rays. We all got to hold and feed the sting rays. This portion of the excursion lasted about an hour or so. There was enough time left after this excursion to wander the port area. We got lunch at a place called Rackams which was very tasty and the views could not be beat. You can actually jump in the water and snorkel right in the water next to the restaurant. We got to feed our leftover food to the tarpons which hang around the restaurant. After lunch, we walked to the beach right near port and jumped in the water. Grand Cayman was our favorite port by far. Cozumel We walked around this port area for a bit before our excursion. There are alot of shops and restaurants. We ventured a bit further outside the port area and were approached by many folks trying to sell us stuff. We did the Catamaran/Snorkel/Beach excursion. This one was alot of fun! Quick catamaran ride to a snorkeling point. They have a photographer who will take photos of you underwater and then you have the option to buy the photos on the boat (A very reasonable $12 per print, I thought). After snorkeling, the booze comes out.. margaritas, beer and soda is served. The margaritas were missing alcohol...lol.. stick to the beer! A short boat ride to a private beach followed. We got about an hour and a half to spend here.. This was a fun time! There is food for purchase. One choice only.. cheeseburgers with a few cold salads for $11. It was fine. The margarita and beer continues to flow and is free. There are inflatable water toys to climb on and slide down and the kids and I really enjoyed this. They also have kayaks and paddle boards to use for free. I would absolutely recommend this excursion to anyone. It was alot of fun.

A fun week on the Dream

Carnival Dream Cruise Review by CindyCNJ

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Trip Details
Our cruise started out with a very smooth embarkation process. Within 15 minutes or less of arriving at the terminal, we were on the boat. We had about an hour to kill before our room would be ready so we took a tour of the ship and grabbed some lunch. Buffet was what you'd expect. (My son was gone over a half an hour and we finally texted him to find out where he was. He was standing in line for Mongolian BBQ. This seems to be a fairly standard wait for that particular food choice. I did stand in line and wait for it once and it was tasty but I opted not to choose this option again. )

We had two rooms on the Deck 6, both balcony rooms. They were clean and comfortable. Our steward Gerald was extremely helpful and friendly. Rooms were tidied once a day which I felt was more than adequate. New beach towels were left frequently which was really appreciated since they don't dry that quickly even hanging on your balcony chairs.

There was a weird smell along the hallway on Deck 6. Something like a sewer/rotten egg small. Not sure what it was was, but just thankful it wasn't too close to our rooms.

Our balcony was located one floor up from the Guys BBQ place and the whirlpool. Generally speaking it was fine, but on one occasion a rowdy group of people were in the whirlpool using awful language to the extent that I had to send my 11 year old daughter inside.

Dinner in the Crimson Restaurant was our favorite daily meal. Our servers Lidia, Edi and Holif were very friendly and accommodating.

I find the walk through the Casino to be fairly annoying with the smell of cigarette smoke. It filters through to the Ocean Plaza area which is a spot we really enjoy spending time in.

The Alchemy Bar was our favorite bar with some really inventive and delicious drink choices. They also put out little bar snacks on our last night on the ship which was great.

The entertainment on the ship was really good. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the shows we saw with the highlight for me being Flick. Don't miss out on this one! The entertainers are all very talented. The music in the theatre is played at a DEAFENING level so go prepared with ear plugs unless you prefer to not be able to hear the rest of the evening.

Kids loved the waterslides and pool area. We loved the Serenity lounging area.

Deembarkation fairly smooth process. It was quick getting off the ship but long lines to get through luggage and customs.

All in all a great trip and lots of fun on the Dream!


Montego Bay

We opted for the Dolphin Encounter. You will stand around for a bit in the port hall waiting for your group to be called. Our tour guide Elizabeth was very pleasant and funny and I really felt that she was looking out for us during our trip. We got about 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins which was very cool. Food was available to purchase although we opted just for drinks (I recommend a Ting and rum!). Photos of your experience are available for purchase but they are outrageously priced. It would have been upwards of $200 to get a photo of each member of our party (6 people) with a dolphin. After the encounter, we were taken to a beach for about an hour and a half. Within 10 seconds of setting foot on the beach, we were accosted by people selling things. My daughter wanted braids and got them on this beach. The water here was lovely but I did not enjoy this beach experience and was happy to return to the ship.

Grand Cayman

We chose the Sting Ray City family tour. Staff on this tour were very friendly and informative. Quick bus ride to the marina and then we were off to the location for sting rays. We all got to hold and feed the sting rays. This portion of the excursion lasted about an hour or so. There was enough time left after this excursion to wander the port area. We got lunch at a place called Rackams which was very tasty and the views could not be beat. You can actually jump in the water and snorkel right in the water next to the restaurant. We got to feed our leftover food to the tarpons which hang around the restaurant. After lunch, we walked to the beach right near port and jumped in the water. Grand Cayman was our favorite port by far.

Cozumel

We walked around this port area for a bit before our excursion. There are alot of shops and restaurants. We ventured a bit further outside the port area and were approached by many folks trying to sell us stuff. We did the Catamaran/Snorkel/Beach excursion. This one was alot of fun! Quick catamaran ride to a snorkeling point. They have a photographer who will take photos of you underwater and then you have the option to buy the photos on the boat (A very reasonable $12 per print, I thought). After snorkeling, the booze comes out.. margaritas, beer and soda is served. The margaritas were missing alcohol...lol.. stick to the beer! A short boat ride to a private beach followed. We got about an hour and a half to spend here.. This was a fun time! There is food for purchase. One choice only.. cheeseburgers with a few cold salads for $11. It was fine. The margarita and beer continues to flow and is free. There are inflatable water toys to climb on and slide down and the kids and I really enjoyed this. They also have kayaks and paddle boards to use for free. I would absolutely recommend this excursion to anyone. It was alot of fun.
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