Carnival Dream Cruise Review by sandshells
We asked to be on a cruise along with other passengers who were of similar ages to us and similar interests. We had been on many Celebrity cruises before and were coerced to go on a Carnival cruise this time, because it was a new ship and was supposedly greatly improved. We were on a Carnival Cruise about 15 years ago and were not happy with it, but we were going with two other couples, one of whom had worked for Carnival many years ago. When we entered the cabin, there was an ozone machine in the room running at full blast. We were told that they were just refreshing the room and would disconnect the machine in about 30 minutes and to come back then. When we returned the machine was still running and there was a terrible smell in the room. We asked to speak to someone from housekeeping and when she came to the cabin, we were told that the ozone machine was running to try to eliminate the smell of a week's worth of cigarette smoking. Our room steward, Alberto was wonderful and I gave him an extra $20.00 for being so great. Our waitress was also wonderful and was from Bulgaria. she taught me a few Bulgarian expressions, but the one I used for almost every meal was "all the food is cold". The ports we went to were just awful...one of them had four or five little shops that looked like they were probably owned by Carnival! There were no planned activities at poolside, except for kid's movies or rock music blasting all day long on the over sized movie screen. All in all, it was not a very good experience! As mentioned in some other reviews, the theater was much too small for the size of the crowd on board, although there were many elevators, they were hard to get as they didn't stop at the floor when you pushed the buttons! The cruise director was very good and the two shows were also great. The layout of the buffets were horrible! If you wanted an omelet, you had to wait forever in one line and then go to another long line to get juice and toast or breakfast meats! I would certainly never consider going on a Carnival Cruise again!!!
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