Cruise Ratings
Sail Date: November 2009
After waiting enthusiastically for months to take our Carnival Dream cruise, we embarked from Manhattan, New York for what we believed to be 8 glorious days aboard Carnival's newest, largest, most highly anticipated cruise ship, The ... Read More
After waiting enthusiastically for months to take our Carnival Dream cruise, we embarked from Manhattan, New York for what we believed to be 8 glorious days aboard Carnival's newest, largest, most highly anticipated cruise ship, The Dream. The embarkation went smoothly enough. It took about an hour to get onto the ship. Because the cabins were not available, cruise guest were directed to the Lido deck where we could get lunch. We immediately went to the Mongolian station where we waited in line for over an hour to get food. The food at this station was very good. The area inside was crowded so we had to seat outside which was cold. We then went to our cabin which was very nice and clean. As people began to file onto the ship, space began to slowly become an issue. It slowly began to feel crowed with nothing to do. It was clear the planners seemed to overlook the fact that it was cold outside therefore people, some 4,500 plus crew would be wandering around inside, bumping into each other. By the end of the second night, it was obvious that the staff had overlooked the 18-20 yr olders as there was absolutely nothing planned the entire 8 days for this age group. A friend had an 18 yr old who showed up for a meet and great which was supposed to be planned (it was listed in the cruise caper), but noone, including activity crew showed up. Therefore, they just ran lose, drank ed liquor and got in trouble. She tried to talk to the Cruise director, Tood several times leaving written requests, but he never responded. This lack of response seemed to permeate the cruise ship. Crew members were rude, seemingly tired and overworked. While this was a ship twice the size, 130,000 tonage as one of their regular size ships, 80-90,000 tonage, the crew appeared to not reflect the increase in number of cruise guests. Often our cabins were cleaned after we returned from late dinner seating which was after 9:30pm which would include getting ice, clean drinking glasses, etc. Getting ice and drinking water were indeed a nightmare!!! Of course, if you wanted water in your cabin you could buy it for almost $4 or wait 45 minutes to an hour for room service. Often we did not receive a cruise caper, so you would find out that something happened after the fact. The food was one of the two biggest disappointments of the cruise. Other than the Mongolian station, the food simply did not taste good. The lines were always long no matter where you tried to get food. The pizza was awful. The food in the two restaurants (I ate in the Scarlet restaurants some evenings) was simply not good. As the days past, the number of people eating in the restaurant began to dwindle. One night I asked for a fruit salad (it was on the menu) and simply asked to not have pineapples (as I am allergic) to be removed. This would have left watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe. I was told that this could not be done because the food it "pre-prepared". My last night I tried it again, asking to have some red sauce removed from my shrimp plate and was again told it could not be removed. The sauce completely changed the taste of the shrimp. We ate at Scarlet's 5 of our 8 nights, not one of the night did we get offered tea, juice, even alcoholic beverage until after dinner, during desert. This was only after we asked. Drink order were never taken!!!!! Our table guest just gave up and stopped eating in the restaurant. Between 2:30pm and 6pm, it seemed that hot foods became scarce. However, until 2:30 or 3pm you could get the Mongolian food if you choose to stand in line for over an hour to get it. And, even at that the food station closed down at that time regardless how long you had been in line. I witnessed daily arguments between guest and crew over this fact. Room service had a limited menu, cold and again took nearly an hour to get it. Only continniel breakfast in your room. In short, the food, taste and service was sub par. The second disappointment was the entertainment. The shows were just not good. I did not go on a cruise to see break dancing, ventriloquist acts. The dancers were slow and just not good. This was not my first cruise, however it was my first carnival cruise. So, I had some sense of what I thought I would experience. Please note, the cruise had two comedians during the first 3 days who were very, very good. At this point, I'm speaking of the Encore theater entertainment. However, the other acts were also sub par. I am sorry, but I just don't have the words to describe it. The buzz around the ship was its level of disappointment. You could always judge by the majority of seats being empty, always more seats empty than occupied. One night there was a big party on the Lido deck. For the first time during the cruise it was really full. It was fun even though the music selection was not good. After about 2 hrs it ended. The planner immediately started this "Laser show" which was consistently not good. The laser show lasted about 25 minutes just long enough to clear out the crowd. This was one of the warmer nights, you would think folks would hang around for the show and listen to the band. The reason is because the laser show and band was awful. It was one of the bahamas port nights and good planner would have kept with the theme, perhaps Bahamian or island music, but no, a bad band playing rock music. Often the cruise seemed to lack coherent, just poor planning. I don't recall one crew member, other than the spa staff who seemed to pay attention to the guest, other than trying constantly to sell me a drink. I observed a waiter serve alcoholic beverages to a table of kids I know where under 21 yrs of age. Because the ship has 14 decks, the elevators were the means of getting from deck to deck unless you choose to walk the stairs. They were always slow. The ship is big and beautiful without a doubt. The service, friendliness of the crew, food and entertainment is indeed sub par. This was a Thanksgiving Holiday cruise. which means it extended into the beginning of the Christmas holiday. I expected the ship to reflect at a minimum the thanksgiving holiday, at the most a Christmas tree.....something that reflected the Holiday. Absolutely nothing!!! We went to the restaurant that night, again nothing. they had turkey on the menu, but I guest I expected the planners to take into account that it was Thanksgiving, maybe wear a pilgrim hat, crave a turkey, put a piece of thanksgiving decoration on the table, play holiday music.....nothing happened!!! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
This was my 11th cruise on 5 various cruise lines. Have done Carnival twice before. Love the value, the exterior lines of the ships, but not the interiors so much. Have also done 3 CTNs over the years with NCL. Traveling with me were ... Read More
This was my 11th cruise on 5 various cruise lines. Have done Carnival twice before. Love the value, the exterior lines of the ships, but not the interiors so much. Have also done 3 CTNs over the years with NCL. Traveling with me were my wife, 21 year old son, 16 year old son, and 28 year old son and daughter in law. It was her introduction to cruising. Four of us had a balcony cabin while my oldest and his wife had an inside. EMBARKATION: B We left our home in Jersey City at 10:10 A.M. and traveled to the ship via NY Waterway Ferry each with one carry on bag. Arrived at the terminal at about 11 A.M., Quickly checked in and were given a group 7 card. The check in clerk welcomed us aboard the "Inaugural Cruise". That would be the one and only time we would hear the word inaugural for the whole weekend. The ship started boarding at about 11:30 and our number was called just after noon. Getting on was different since you had to go downstairs through the customs area to board on deck "0" due to the fact that the extended gangways would not fit this new design. They told us it was due to the size of the ship but since I boarded the QM2 there several years ago before she went to Brooklyn, it could not have ben the size. It had to be the design with the lifeboats hanging below the extended promenade. Slowing down the boarding was the picture taking for the sail and sign card that was done as you entered the ship. Other cruise lines do this at sign in which makes getting on board much simpler. Still, we were on board by 12:30. Once on board the elevators at the entrance were packed. We chose to walk up two flights where a crew member directed us to the glass elevators which were completely unoccupied. this helped us get to the lido buffet without waiting. BUFFET: B Once on board we immediately headed to the buffet. There were two main sections. One had a general buffet and a Mongolian bar, the other had a burrito bar and general buffet. There was also a pasta bar upstairs overlooking the dessert bar where you could order pasta dishes prepared to your liking and they were brought to your table. In addition there was a pizza place, grill for burgers, etc. and a deli. And of course soft ice cream was available. The food at all these places was excellent. The fried pork was especially good as was the seafood scampi. The chocolate chip cookies looked small and store bought but were in reality delicious and tasted home baked. The reason I rate this buffet a "B" is because of the layout which causes long lines. Carnival needs to open a dining room for lunch like NCL does which helps disperse the crowd. One thing I notice on Carnival that I do not see on the other lines: the food is too plentiful and too good. I see more obese people on Carnival than any other cruise line. Talk about gross tonnage! CABINS: A Our balcony was on Deck 6 overlooking the promenade at the Lanai with a hot tub just below our room. I'd expect this to be a real problem with noise and smoke when the weather is nice. Our cabin was roomy and tastefully done. Plenty of storage and room for four of us. The balcony seemed cramped. The bathroom is basic but with a shell shaped bowl filled with sample toiletries. The shower has dispensers for body wash and shampoo as well as a retractible drying line. The TV has the basic broadcast stations from Denver ( something to do with the height of the Rockies for broadcasting the signal) a couple of cable channels and many Carnival channels. The ship's information channel is a joke compared to other cruise lines. You never get wave heights and all other info is in metrics. There was also a free movie channel and two pay per view channels. It was easy to see this was a new ship. I had to remove the plastic from the TV's remote control. Walls in the rooms on this ship seem paper thin and you can hear a lot of what is going on in the rooms next to you. Artwork is tasteful but hung at headboard height which is annoying if you want to sit up in bed and read. The safe has a numeric keypad unlike other Carnival ships where you operate the safe with your credit card. The mini fridge is in a cabinet that you can ask the steward to lock. My son and daughter in law's inside cabin also had good space and similar amenities. Friday night it was hard getting to sleep because of the ship's rocking and the banging noise of the waves hitting the ship. I've been on cruises with 27 foot waves , but never as noisy as this. But once asleep, I slept well on the very firm new bed. I heard that some on decks higher up had things falling off shelves and people hanging on to their beds. On the second night the fog horn was blowing every two minutes but that did not disrupt my sleep. THE SHIP: C The design of this ship is flawed in a number of ways. The promenade is uncovered so you have more places to sit on nice days, but if you like a covered promenade to sit on in wet weather or want to get out of the sun, forget about it. The promenade also has two hot tubs on each side of the ship that are just below balcony cabins, as is the Lanai on each side of the Ocean Plaza. This is a "What were they thinking?!" design. To get to any of the hot tubs on the promenade people need to walk through the ship in robes. Not exactly a good plan. The promenade did have a couple of nice seating areas with wicker furniture and pleather cushions. The waterworks slides look awesome, but we could not use them or the pool because of the weather. I wish Carnival had put a sliding dome over one of the pools as they've done on some of their other ships. Also the pools are way too small for the amount of people traveling on this ship. The pool area also hosts a large movie screen They did run Two movies, "Paul Blart, Mall Cop" and "Star Trek" but it was just too nasty to sit out and enjoy. They also run nightly laser shows here which are an interesting novelty but nothing really special. On the night we went to the laser show it was punctuated every two minutes by the ship's fog horn. Lasers need fog to show up properly so in the midst of dense foggy weather the show is done adding more fog with fog machines. While still in port we decided to play the 18 hole mini golf just below the funnel. It was windy but fun and we knew we'd be unable to play once the ship left port. You need to check out the clubs and balls at a table onthe pool deck, leaving your ail and sign card for security. Had to hunt down the person running the place. She was surprised anyone would want to play in the wind. Since we chose to play mini golf we missed our cruise critic meet and greet, but you can only do so much on a 2 day CTN and this was to be a family weekend. Once we started , others started to play too. We found no shuffle board on the ship but there were extra large chess boards on the promenade. The sports deck looked nice but was not open. MUSTER: F Muster drill was an hour late because the ship was having trouble getting everyone on board. There was no communication and people were confused, some waiting in their cabins. Once the drill began there was total chaos. With the new "safety drill" you do not need to bring your life jacket. A number of people did not get the message. Communication on this ship was non existent. Once at your station, no attendance ia taken. A brief demonstration is given, The crew member giving the demonstration at our station didn't know what he was doing. Then they show a brief video, once they figure ot how to lower the screen from the ceiling and get the DVD player working. In some muster stations they never did figure it out and told people to watch it in thier cabin. It would have been comical except that there would have been a disaster in the case of a real emergency. I had absolutely no confidence that this crew would be of any help should an emergency arise. SAIL AWAY: A Sail away was late but beautiful. I'd never done a sail away at night before and the lights were gorgeous. We went to the front of deck 5 on the promenade and had very little wind and a very smooth sail down river. There are stairs at the very front of the ship that allow you to move from decl to deck. DINING ROOM: B Both the Crimson and Scarlet dining rooms are similarly decorated. We had anytime dining which was on the top level of the Crimson. We went at about 7:15 after sail away and our group of 6 was seated immediately. Once at sea the rocking became more pronounced (70mph winds will do that). A tray of silverware fell as did numerous dishes. Still, we were served well and the food was delicious. I had cream of broccoli soup, a wonderful shimp cocktail and beef tenderloin;. Others tried items such as flatiron steak, grilled chicken, vegetarian pot pie. there was not a bad meal n the bunch. The chocolate melting cake was liquidy the first night but perfect the second. During dinner about 9 loud and not so kind announcements were made to the crew as they got ready for second seating downstairs which would start on time in spite of the late first seating caused by the delayed muster drill. Before the advent of anytime dining passengers would not be subject to these announcements because the dining rooms would be closed for preparations, but with any time dining in the same room these announcements were both annoying and crude. On the Crown princess, anytime dining has its own dining room so this is not a problem. Again, this is a design flaw that could have been handled in the planning of this ship. The second night they offered lobster tail and grilled shrimp, prime rib, and duck. I am allergic to lobster, but it looked wonderful and my wife said it was excellent. The prime rib was perfect, served with potatoes and onion rings, but the duck was dense and tasted more like steak than duck. Breakfast in the dining room was pitiful. The OJ tasted as if it were mixed with Tang and the waffles tasted like sponges. My son couldn't eat his pancakes. The omelets were OK. Very disappointing Room service was fast (10 minutes) and efficient, but with limited selection. SHIP ACTIVITIES: B Normally a two day CTN goes south to North Carolina so people can enjoy some outdoor time in slightly warmer temperatures, but since we were sailing in the worst nor'easter of the decade and the storm was around us in every direction we did figure eights off Long Island just far enough out for them to open the shops and casino. The casino always seemed busy, which is not surprising, especially with everyone indoors. We never felt as if there was nothing to do. There was the marriage show, numerous music venues, trivia contests and more. One Saturday afternoon the wind had died down and I was actually able to read on my balcony for an hour. i even took a walk of 3 laps around the promenade as did a number of people. Before dinner on Saturday all six of us went down to the rather small library and checked out the game "Clue" and had a grand time playing together. A ships videographer spent some time videoing us as we played. Not sure what they'll do with that since they were't making a DVD of this trip. We also spent some time having some family portraits taken, the photographers did a terrific job. Our pictures make me smile because not only do they show how much fun we had as a family, but we are all standing slanted in them because of the movement of the ship. My 16 year old did get sick once Saturday morning but was fine the rest of the time. My daughter in law, on her first cruise, did well with ginger pills and seasick wrist bands. The rest of us had no problems. Saturday afternoon, my wife and I went to high tea which held in the scarlet dining room and was delightful. You could choose from a variety of teas and enjoy with finger sandwiches and pastries. My 16 year old also spent a lot of time at Club 02, the teen center. He actually won a 24 carat plastic ship trophy in a dance competition Saturday night. There were 95 teens on board so many skipped school on Friday. I was somewhat surprised that there was no Bingo on this ship and no art auction even though the art facility was larger than on most ships. The gym and spa looked well equipped. but we did not use them. Entertainment was top notch. The show the Friday night was a Mowtown show with Marcus Anthony who sang well and was terrific at getting the audience involved. On Saturday night the production of "Dancing in the Streets" was amazing but not as enjoyable as the night before. The Encore theater is similar to those on other Carnival ships. Shops on board were typical, but smaller than I expected. CREW: B Other than the muster drill the crew seemed to work well and were courteous, but not overly friendly. On boarding many wore shirts that said "JUST ASK". We did and were always properly directed. The dining room staff was efficient and pleasant although there were no dancing and singing waiters. We did have a Carnival crew member come to our dinner table and do a magic card trick that was fairly entertaining. Have never had that happen on any other cruise. Our steward did a great job and the towel animals were adorable. Gratuities were paid at booking for this CTN. You never saw any officers, probably because the conditions were so bad. we heard that the captain actually stayed on the bridge all night Friday. COMMUNICATION: F Communication was non existent. We were not told why we were leaving late. We were never updated on the weather. On the last night there were no disembarking information provided other than non needed custom forms left on our bed. The next morning after docking at 7A.M. they told us that they would call each deck to leave and immediately called deck one. It didn't take long before all decks were called, but very few had left. Many were still sleeping and most were in long lines at breakfast in the buffet. Announcements were not heard in the cabins. We were told that we needed to be off the ship by 9:15. We ate and left at about 8:30, took the ferry to Weehawken and were home by 9:45A.M. OVERALL: B In spite of the rough weather, we had a wonderful time as a family. I have sailed Carnival before and will sail Carnival again. Currently looking at p the Fantasy out of Charlseton this summer. They offer a solid product at a reasonable price. I will not cruise on the Dream again unless it is at a ridiculously low price. The ship's design just did not work for me. Pictures at http://web.me.com/pekrause/Krause_Family_Pictures/Carnival_Dream.html Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Carnival Dream was my 10th cruise and my 2nd Carnival cruise. We had 3 cabins for the 7 of us, 2 inside and 1 balcony. My husband and I are in our 40's, traveled with teens, kids and grandpa so we represented most age groups. ... Read More
Carnival Dream was my 10th cruise and my 2nd Carnival cruise. We had 3 cabins for the 7 of us, 2 inside and 1 balcony. My husband and I are in our 40's, traveled with teens, kids and grandpa so we represented most age groups. Emarkation: For most, it was a breeze, for us it was a nightmare. My paperwork was in perfect order and did all of the pre-registering on line. Upon check in the rep gave my daughter her sign and sail, only to find out a few minutes later that she "disappeared from the ressie". My son's name showed up in all 3 cabins. Long story short, an hour after standing in front of the rep, we were ready to board. But on day 3 we realized that that my daughters face was showing up on my son's sign and sail card. Okay, no big deal... on with the vacation. We were sent up to the Lido for lunch. It was packed. The lines were long and it wasn't easy to find a table for 7. My son dropped a plate and got very upset. I told him, "It's okay". Then a Carnival employee turned around and said, "Ma'am it is NOT okay." What ????? Moving on..... Lunch was okay, nothing special. Cabins: They were comfy and met all of our needs. Storage was plentiful. I read a lot of reviews about terrible cabin stewards. I guess we got lucky because ours was awesome. The towel animals were the best I've ever seen and she always went above and beyond. She even helped us look for my son's sunglasses. The major flaw with the cabins is the noise pollution. These walls are paper thin. I read that on previous reviews and they were right. I could hear the conversations next door. I had party animals on one side of me up all night and kids on the other side that were up with the birds giggling and slamming doors. Food: This was the biggest disappointment of all. The food was bad. I would rather eat at the Old Country Buffet. The lines are too long and apparently it's the same layout as other Carnival ships that have half the amount of passengers. The buffets are opened at weird limited times and fighting for a seat was always an issue during the day. It was a 30 minute wait for pasta, 45 for Mongolian stirfry and usually 20 minutes at the deli. The regular buffet moved faster though. The main dining room had an attractive menu but nothing tasted good. The food was bland and even the filet was tough. How can a medium rare filet be tough? The service was poor. I know some people had better servers. Our servers were nice but very slow and the drink service was almost non existant. If we asked for the lemonade or iced tea they acted like we were bothering them. Sometimes it didn't even show up. Entertainment: They don't call this the fun ship for nothing! I think this ship took a lot of criticism for the lack of entertainment during the day, but in all fairness, this ship is meant to be sailed out of Florida, not NY in late November. If we were able to swim or enjoy ports of call during the day it would change the vibe. Passengers were often bored during the day because it was cold and windy in the beginning and end of the cruise. The evening entertainment was so much fun. There was always something to do. The shows were very good, the singers were excellent, the comedians were fun and Vince at the piano bar was always a good time. The kids clubs were okay and the teens were able to hang out with us when they wanted to. There was something for everybody. The break dancers were my son's favorite. He even got a lesson. There were many contests, games and good times. This was the best part of this cruise. The entertainment staff does a great job. We even stumbled upon wandering magicians, unannounced 15 minute dance shows, etc. The only thing I didn't like was watching the staff partying in the clubs with the guests. That's a little tacky. The piano player was drunk some nights, and even the cruise director had a few one night. Hmmmm. But these guys work hard and it shows. Ports I'm not going to say much about this because it's not the normal itinerary and I didn't pick this sailing because of the ports. I picked it because my kids had no school that week, I didn't have to fly, and my brother's family lives in Florida and we landed there on Thanksgiving. I've been to Nassau a lot and it's always fun at the beach. We had a windy day but still fun. We spent Freeport day on the ship enjoying the water slides. This was our warmest day so we enjoyed the ship the way it's meant to be enjoyed! Debarkation: We were told that if we carried our own bags we would have to depart by 7:30 or 8:00 at the latest. We pulled into port early and they started calling us at 6:30 am ! So forget the shower and breakfast. That was crazy. But it was smooth otherwise. Overall: I hated a lot of things about this cruise. But most of them are not the fault of Carnival or not a deal breaker. A lot of fellow passengers were disgusting and this is just the luck of the draw. There were wild teens that caused fights on the last night. I had party animals next door. But the worst of it was the rude disgusting group of foreigners that pretended they had no concept of waiting in line. The food was bad. The dining service was the worst I have ever experienced. The noise pollution in the cabins was annoying. The weather was bad and it was certainly a factor because it brought down the mood of the passengers. But ya know what.... It was still fun!!! The entertainment staff saved the day. And I've said this before, but if we were able to enjoy our days with sunshine, swimming, more ports of call and less sea days in the winter up north, it would have been an amazing time. Evening activities were great fun. I would sail her again only if it was out of Florida and I got a great price. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Just returned from our 7th cruise, on the Carnival Dream, the largest in the Carnival fleet, sailing out of New York. Don't expect the Dream to return to New York anytime soon, as it appears it's doing most of its sailing out of ... Read More
Just returned from our 7th cruise, on the Carnival Dream, the largest in the Carnival fleet, sailing out of New York. Don't expect the Dream to return to New York anytime soon, as it appears it's doing most of its sailing out of Port Canaveral. Embarkation went very well. The wife & I arrived at the docks around 2pm, and within half an hour we were on the ship, which was a pleasant surprise. The Dream is huge !! Over 1000 feet long !! Everything was nice and clean, as it should be, as its less than a month old at this point. We made our way to our inside cabin, which is fine for two, but no more. Three large closets, but only two electrical outlets. Our room steward Elio was nowhere to be found, but the room was perfect, so we didn't really need him. We went off to explore the ship... Most of the action takes place on Deck 10, Lido deck, including the main dining hall. It's big, but not as big as I thought it was going to be; it doesn't appear that they could seat everyone on board if they wanted to. The weather for the first couple of days was bad, but the Dream seemed to take it in stride. We're not big gamblers, so we didn't care for the casino, which again was not as big as I expected it to be. I lost my $20 allowance pretty quickly, so I didn't really spend too much time there. The shops are good, but nothing special, just standard Carnival fare. Plenty of Bingo, if that's your thing, but we didn't care for it. We arrived @ Port Canaveral on Thanksgiving Day, and all went well. The wife & I stayed on-board, since we didn't care to go to Orlando or the beach at this point. They offered Disney for about $180 per person, including the bus trip, which seemed steep to me. Can you imagine going with the wife and kids ?? Bring your wallet !! The second day brought Nassau in the Bahamas, which is interesting, but... we've been there so many times, and it's NOT getting better with age. A lot of the local shops have closed down, probably due to the economy, so there are more vacant shops than occupied ones. We did get a good deal on Bacardi rum at only $5 per bottle !! The Paradise is located here, but we've already been. Beyond that, I've read some articles about the recent crimes that have taken place here, so we never ventured too far. We always felt safe, the police are everywhere, and the locals seemed friendly, so do as you will. Our last port was Freeport in the Bahamas, which again is interesting, but... The port is located in a shipyard, so you have to take a taxi or shuttle to see anything. We didn't care for any of the excursions being offered, especially at the prices, so we just wandered on our own for a while before returning to the ship. Back to the Dream... The food ? Good, but not great, as is typical with Carnival. I enjoyed the Mongolian Grill (45 minute wait...) Pasta Bar (30 minute wait...) Indian Grill (No wait !!) and more. We were always able to find a seat, but sometimes you have to look for it. We didn't try the extra-cost Steakhouse, especially since we heard from others that it's nothing special. The shows ? Dancin' In The Streets was excellent, Get Ready was good, but then there was Hee Haw night.... The performers were fine for the most part, but not as good as some others we've seen, especially on the Miracle or Valor. Other shows were fine, but nothing we haven't seen before. Literally. I think we saw the same Juggler and Ventriloquist, with the same acts, years ago. The comedians were very good, too, as long as you don't mind the colorful language, which we don't. Some other things that come to mind... Where did all the children come from ? Aren't they supposed to be in school in November ? Also, while we met some nice people, we also met some not so nice people. Do you really need to leave your dirty dishes in the elevator ? Do you really need to slam the door to your cabin ? Can you wait in the food lines like the rest of us ? And finally, one of the best things Carnival has ever come up with is Serenity, the "adults only" area. No kids, better seats, and finally, some peace and quiet. If Carnival is listening, I would love to have an entire "Adults Only" cruise ! Perhaps once a year, couldn't each ship in the Carnival fleet have such a cruise ? Overall, we enjoyed ourselves, and would love to sail on the Dream again. Carnival met our expectations as usual, and we look forward to our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Let me start by saying that we have cruised with Carnival a total of 5 times before. For this Thanksgiving cruise from NY, we had a group of 8 cabins (20 people), mostly family and some friends. We all live in Brooklyn, NY, so traveling ... Read More
Let me start by saying that we have cruised with Carnival a total of 5 times before. For this Thanksgiving cruise from NY, we had a group of 8 cabins (20 people), mostly family and some friends. We all live in Brooklyn, NY, so traveling to the pier was easy. We got 2 vans and arrived around 10:30 AM at the pier. We were pleasantly surprised at the quick and efficient check-in process and were sitting on the benches past security at 10:45 AM. We were allowed to board the ship at approximately 11:30 AM. Upon embarkation, we headed to the Lido (Deck 10) for lunch. Our cabins were ready at 1:00 PM. After lunch, we headed to meet the Maitre'D because we had requested Anytime Dining and needed 2 large tables of 10 people each. The Maitre'D was pleasant and told us there were no problems, he said "just come anytime and we will take care of you". Sounds good so far, however the first dinner later that night, we had to wait 30 minutes just to see the hostess at the podium. She told us that they did not have any large tables and the wait would be 1-2 hours or we needed to be separated into smaller groups. Upon talking to the manager, he stated that the ship was completely full and there was nothing he could do. We offered to change from Anytime dining to either early or late just to all sit together but they could not accommodate us. The interesting thing was that there were 2 large tables of people always sitting together without having to argue with the staff. There are 2 dining rooms, 1 in the front of the ship and 1 in the aft. The dining rooms are fairly small, especially the area in the forward dining room on the 4th deck which is dedicated to Anytime dining. The waiters and waitresses are overwhelmed and confused and unprofessional. At one point, one of the waiters said our order was "mind boggling". The Dining room food was good, but service was so poor and frustrating that it made the food worse than it should be. The tomato juice was served spoiled on 3 separate occasions without an apology. Lunch was fairly good, the biggest line was for the Mongolian food (cooked to order) and it was worth the 30 minute wait. I highly recommend the black bean sauce. The burrito bar was also tasty and the pasta bar was tasty, but sometimes the wait was long (20-40 minutes). The activities were the usual hairy chest contest, newleywed game and lots of bingo. The shows were good, especially the Dancin' in the Streets and the late night comedy acts (R-rated). The were lots of children on this cruise and Camp Carnival was overwhelmed but they got the hang of it after the first day and really had lots of cool activities for the kids, especially face painting and games. The staterooms were nice, plenty of closet space and bathrooms seemed a little bigger than before, however we did not like the fact that the balcony cabins all face the 5th deck and not the water. When you look below, you would see people and lounge chairs. Overall, the service in the dining room ruined our experience on this cruise. But the kids had lots of fun. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Just returned from my 8th Carnival cruise which was on the new Dream class ship. I wish to warm those who cruise to have fun to avoid this ship. While it would make a great ship for boring parents, as it is family oriented, it is not a ... Read More
Just returned from my 8th Carnival cruise which was on the new Dream class ship. I wish to warm those who cruise to have fun to avoid this ship. While it would make a great ship for boring parents, as it is family oriented, it is not a ship for funloving parents. Perhaps it is just the newness of the ship, but I found all the employees I asked had been with the cruiseline for years. My son found two socks in his bed the first night. How to you clean a room with clean sheets and put socks in the bed???? I found one dirty tennis shoe under my bed. We did the anytime dining. One night, my husband did not get one item he ordered and my cappacino was expresso.... My kids felt the service was not as personal even though we were seated at the same table many nights during the cruise. Also, if you do this option, keep in mind that you never get to see the waiters do their show as it is always on the lower floor. I took my 18 year old son and his girlfriend. They are very good college kids. They were denied access to the adults only area. I find it quite interesting that they are more than willing to consider them adults in the casino where they can take their money, but they are not considered adults for the Serenity area. Hmmmm They said they are too wild? This age group cannot drink yet so I find it hard to believe they would be that wild and my kids are very well behaved. So if they are not adults who get their own area, and the kids all have their own area????? Why then is there not an area for this particular age group!!!!!!!! I always invite friends who are not cruisers to come with us and try it out. This cruise was no exception. It was an embarassing situation. BUT WORST OF ALL.... THIS WAS THE MOST DISTURBING THING ABOUT THE WHOLE CRUISE..... SITTING BY THE POOL, THE MAIN AREA FOR HAVING FUN DURING THE DAY, THEY ACTUALLY PLAYED OPERA MUSIC!!!!! I DO NOT CONSIDER OPERA MUSIC TO BE THE TYPE OF MUSIC FOR A FUN CRUISE. MAYBE IN THE DINING ROOM.... MAYBE IN THE OTHER AREAS OF THE SHIP.... BUT NOT BY THE POOL! I will never cruise Dream again and am considering changing my preferential cruise line from Carnival because of this disturbing experience. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
We've sailed 18 cruises on multiple cruise lines. On this cruise we traveled as a group of 5 adults in 3 separate staterooms. The ship was full, with over 4400 passengers, a record number of passengers for Carnival Cruise Lines. ... Read More
We've sailed 18 cruises on multiple cruise lines. On this cruise we traveled as a group of 5 adults in 3 separate staterooms. The ship was full, with over 4400 passengers, a record number of passengers for Carnival Cruise Lines. The embarkation went smoothly, less than an hour from top to bottom. Our rooms were ready when we boarded which is always nice. Being brand spanking new, the rooms more than met our expectations, they were balcony staterooms but with a some new features that made for a very nice stay. The food variety and quality blew all of us away on both the Lido deck and in the Main Dining room. We had Your Time dining and generally ate at 8PM, our average wait for a table of 5 was about 5 minutes. We ate breakfast and lunch every day on the Lido where we sampled the deli, pizzeria, tandoori kitchen, pasta bar, grill, omelet station and of course the buffet which we thought had some of the best food at sea. The Lido was particularly busy on rainy days (unfortunately we had 3 of those) but we never waited more than 10 - 15 minutes on line. Getting a clean table could be a challenge but somehow we always found one and held it while others in our group waited on line. The Mongolian Wok always seemed busy but with so many other selections available, we never felt it was worth the wait. The ship was beautiful and the entertainment was fantastic, particularly the production shows - the production features of the theater rivaled a Broadway theater when it came to lighting, special effects and sets. There was live music and entertainment all over the ship from daytime until the wee hours in multiple venues, including the Casino, the Atrium, the Piano bar, the Burgundy lounge, Ocean Plaza and of course Poolside. The entire staff we encountered and interacted with were friendly, courteous, well groomed, hard working and really seemed to enjoy working for Carnival and intent on making the cruise a very special experience for the passengers. Our balcony cabins were on deck 8 Aft, they were efficiently laid out and pristine throughout. The cabin touches like the extra couple of inches of space in the cabin shower that avoided our being stuck to the shower curtain, the flat screen TV, the minibar/fridge, the excellent lighting, the wonderful bedding, the excellent soundproofing that made for the quietest cruise ever, the safes that worked with a security code, each a small detail but in total made for a wonderful stay. Other nice touches included: The addition of a comedy club. A full 18 hole miniature golf course. The introduction of multiple laser shows. The convenient way the muster drill was handled. Strong coffee in all of the dining venues. The cashless casino with a grand bar and excellent live entertainment. The beautiful atrium and bar encircled with comfortable seating were the best we've encountered on any of the ships we've sailed. We didn't use the spa, gym, hotubs or any of the children's facilities so I can't comment on those aspects but it looked like everyone who availed themselves those facilities were having a good time. The casino was one of the largest at sea with a great bar and good entertainment. We took Carnival Excursions on each of the 3 ports and we were pleased with all of them. After 18 cruises, this was one of the best as it related to the ship, staff, food, and entertainment. We've had better weather, and more interesting ports, but the cruise itself was top notch. Based on the very reasonable price paid we couldn't ask for anything more. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
This was our first time on Carnival, as we always cruise on RCI. We decided to try Carnival because it was a new ship and sailing from NYC. There were four of us traveling together in two cabins. My GF and I and two female friends of ours. ... Read More
This was our first time on Carnival, as we always cruise on RCI. We decided to try Carnival because it was a new ship and sailing from NYC. There were four of us traveling together in two cabins. My GF and I and two female friends of ours. We are all in our late fifties to early sixties. We live in South Jersey and hired a private car to take us to the terminal. We left at 10:00am and arrived at the terminal by 11:30am. We were on line right away and one of our group uses a walker so they told us to go to special assistance to go on board the ship right away, but my GF and I could not go with them because we were not in the same cabin as they were, so we had to wait for our group to be called. Our friend complained when she got on board and they told them to go get us to have us come on aboard but they could not find us in the large crowd of people that was all waiting for their group to be called. Our group was called after a three hour wait and we were on the ship. The ship was nice looking and we went to the buffet for lunch. Our rooms were balcony rooms and were the about the same size as RCI cabins. The balcony was not as wide as RCI. FOOD: The food on the ship was just below average. The buffet area is set up in a crazy way and the idea of the Deli, hamburger grill, pizza station and Mongolian grill on the outside of the buffet area was not a great idea, also the pasta bar was up stairs from the buffet. The tables were never cleared quickly so you had to hunt for a table every time. The Dining rooms were nice but the staff was not that pleasant, they never asked us our names and they rushed you through the meal. SHOWS: The three shows were good and the singers and dancers were very good. The other nights were a juggler and a hypnotist that were just OK. The comedians were just OK. DAILY ACTIVITIES: There was not much to choose from, Trivia or Bingo very boring. ADULT ONLY AREAS: They advertise an adults only pool but we never found one. The Serenity area was at the front of the ship and on the top two decks and were not that easily accessible to people in wheel chairs or Amigo carts as you had to take the forward elevators to the 12 deck then go through the spa area to get a small elevator to the Serenity deck. The elevator was big enough for four people only. There were no bathrooms on the Serenity decks so you had to go back down to deck 12 for the bathrooms. Bathrooms throughout the ship were not placed in the right areas so you had walk far to find one. The different clubs were in out of the way places and were small in space so they were always crowded. The casino was small and they had a smoking section which was not good. The swimming pools were small and there were only two so finding a deck chair was difficult. The doors to the cabins were not too sound proof as you heard everything going on outside in the hall and they would vacuum the floors late a night and early in the morning. Disembarkation was smooth with the exception of the fact that they made an announcement over the speakers in the rooms at 7am that if you were self carrying your luggage you could head two deck zero to leave the ship. We had the last group to leave the ship so we had plenty of time for breakfast and did not have to rush. Like I said this was our first and last cruise on Carnival. It's like the old saying you get what you pay for. So we will pay a little more money for better quality on RCI. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Hello Everyone, My DH and I recently returned from a romantic get-a-way (no children) on the Dream CTN. Overall we had a great time and will definitely return with the rest of the family when it homeport's in Florida. Embarkation: ... Read More
Hello Everyone, My DH and I recently returned from a romantic get-a-way (no children) on the Dream CTN. Overall we had a great time and will definitely return with the rest of the family when it homeport's in Florida. Embarkation: The Manhattan Terminal has vastly improved since the last time we sailed from there. It now has a fresh, modern, open look and feel to it. We arrived at about 10am, check-in procedures started by 11am but actual boarding of the ship was closer to noon. There were vending machines and complimentary coffee in the waiting area. For those who complain about the amount of time it takes to board please remember that earlier passengers have to disembark and the ship has to "ready" itself for you. Cabins: We had a balcony cabin on Deck 6. Please note cabin#6208 is an accessible cabin even though not designated as such. the Pursers desk was not aware of this as this was the first full sailing. Fortunately after sail-a-way we were moved to a cabin 4 doors down. Our balcony cabin was similar to other cabins in the Carnival fleet including layout and color scheme. There were 2 large, plush bathrobes for our use and many sample products in the bathroom. The bathroom had ample counter and shelve space. There was also a lot of closet space and counter space and lighting in the bedroom area. The Cove balcony area was not as closed in as you would think. It had more reinforced steel at the seams than the regular balcony. As a parent it felt a lot safer than the other balconies. The forward O/V cabins seemed a bit small. The deluxe O/V cabins with the double bathrooms are perfect if travelling non-solo. I wish I had one. If you have been on Disney, this concept takes it to a different level. The second bathroom has a sink and a half bath with shower. The spa cabins are heavenly. The layout is the same, however the decor gives it an upscale, modern and calming feel and this effect is carried out through to the hallways. There was a Suite on the 12th floor, all the way forward on the port side. Not sure what category or what the cabin# was, it is not shown on the deck plans. My DH disagrees with me, but I felt our Cat 12 on the Triumph was larger and was a better design. Muster Drill: We did not have to wear or carry our life jackets. You meet in a designated lounge area and receive a safety briefing with demonstration, not unlike the Airlines. Quite painless. Food: The welcoming buffet was not crowded at noon, so we were able to wander around for the best selections. Food choices were plenty and varied and tasted like typical buffet food, "adequate" my DH would say. Lemonade, fruit-punch and a selection of teas and coffee were available and my DH's favorite a 24hr ice-cream dispenser. The outside grills serving pizza and hamburgers etc always seemed to have long lines, however everything was being made and served fresh and the lines moved fairly quickly especially if you strike up a conversation with others in line with you. The Steakhouse was excellent. Food was plentiful and of good quality. Like any great steakhouse the raw meats were displayed to you. The restaurant has an open kitchen which unfortunately is not visible from all angles of the room. There is also a dance floor in the center which had tables set up on it during our dining time. Pictures do not do this room justice. It was well worth the expense. My DH had breakfast in the buffet area on Saturday morning, he reported a very dismal experience. Lunch in the Main dining room was a more than pleasant affair. My DH was a little apprehensive about dining with a large table, but soon had a change of heart. Our table mates included a female movie and commercial star and a popular Online Travel Magazine Writer from Nebraska. Conversation was active and jovial. The food except for the burger was good, better than the buffet. Tea Time was also served in one of the Main Dining rooms. It was no QM2, but it was pleasant and a nice change of pace. We had Pre Dinner at the buffet. There were not many people when we went. The Food was ok. We then had "As you Wish" dining at about 8:45pm. We were able to get a table for 2 without waiting. Some of the same food items from the buffet were being served. It was a lot better in the dining room. The chocolate cake was hot and delicious. Debarkation morning we had breakfast in the main dining room. My DH was again apprehensive, but this time he was worried we would not finish in time to get our shuttle home ( We live in Upstate NY) Again we had great tablemates including Carnival Sales Personnel (not PVP's). Food came out fast and hot. The serving sizes were rather small, however I think that is in response to our need to order more than one entree. On our table at least 7 persons ordered at least 2 entrees or an additional fruit dish or other side item. You can always ask for extra of something. Entertainment: Carnival never disappoints in this area. Two days is not nearly enough time to sample it all. We were able to make it to the main shows on both nights. The Motown evening was fantastic, I am still amazed that he was able to get that many people up on the stage especially with the boat rocking like crazy. The new show started to grow on me as it progressed, but I still miss the "Vegas Style" girls in the skimpy outfits. Although I did notice a change in the main shows on the Liberty a year and a half ago. The shows were a lot less "RisquE" the too. The late night comedians were good. I had seen Mr. Cruise before albeit the family friendly version, but some of the jokes had not changed!!. There were a lot of smaller venues scattered about the ship and they all seemed to be well received. The Piano and Caliente clubs were hopping whenever we passed by. The atrium had a Piano player and or other entertainment.There was plenty of seating and viewing areas that appeared to be the perfect place to sit and listen, or to watch passengers frantically search for their pictures in the photo gallery. The Casino: The Casino did not appear smoky. There was a guitarist entertaining and someone walking around handing out "beef patties". It took a good 20 minutes to lose $20 at the slot machines. There are many comfy chairs along deck 4 and 5 corridors along the windows although they are facing inwards and along the restaurant windows facing out. Internet and Fun Hub: There were quite a few laptops to be found. We did not use the fun hubs but I heard Carnival is hoping to take this concept fleet-wide. Unfortunately because of the weather (which we were quite prepared for) we were unable to partake in the outdoor activities. We would have loved to have seen the laser show although the main show did have some. We did hear rumors that some brave souls were seen in the suspended hot tubs. My DH was hoping it would stop raining long enough to see Star Trek on the Giant Screen, but oh well he has already seen it a half dozen times. Complimentary first run movies were also shown on the cabin TV's. Attire: Before I forget let me mention that casual attire on the second evening was the minority on this sailing. Most ladies had cocktail dresses or pants suits on, and quite a number of men including my DH wore jackets. Spa: We did not take a tour of the facility, but we did have the "Couples Mud Lounge" treatment. Of all the spa treatment we have had this was not only the best but also the best value. The name is misleading. This treatment is given in a private "Couples" lounge. There are five areas. There is the foyer type area when you enter, which has a warm bench, a cabinet with towels and a rolling table filled with different products for your body and face. Surrounding this area is a room with a regular shower, and another room with a rain shower. There is a steam room with "3" heated chairs with a waterfall shower over each one, controlled by the touch of a button on the arm rest. And yet another room where you apply treatments. A spa technician explains the different products and rooms, sets the timer by the door for an hour, locks it and leaves you to your own devices. All this for the special price of $95 unbelievable!!. The Carnival Dream felt familiar, not much different from the Liberty. It had some very nice extra touches. Or it could because like most of you I had researched the ship to death, read the blogs and seen all the pictures, that by the time we finally make it on the ship we really have seen it all. My DH said it was if the ship was designed and decorated by the "JOkEr". I told him it was (smile!!) Nonetheless, Carnival promises a fun ship with good food and great entertainment at an affordable cost, and again it did not disappoint. So people lighten up, loosen up, relax and have some fun. BTW We passed Mr. John Heald on the stairs when we were disembarking, he invited us to stay for the next sailing (in the lifeboat) Ha Ha Ha !! Samantha. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
this cruise was the worst i have ever gone on . If this is there newest and best ship i do not want to see the older and smaller cruise ships I do 2 cruises every year ! to start the food disgusting ! The same repeat food items every meal ... Read More
this cruise was the worst i have ever gone on . If this is there newest and best ship i do not want to see the older and smaller cruise ships I do 2 cruises every year ! to start the food disgusting ! The same repeat food items every meal and what we did get was poor quality , the service what service did not exist , the ship was always dirty tables at lunch still full of empty trays full of breakfast food in the dining halls and the pool areas , the floors covered with pieces of food , the stairways even had plates of food on the steps for hours , the main dining area is too close to the kitchen dish washers the main room smells like a sour dish rag that has been sitting out . the stage shows and the comedy acts were very good . the smaller entertainment like trivia ,planed group activities ,pool side games were very disorganized . my wife loved the spa package ! It was cold and rainy i got board on the cruise after the first day . The ship is cut up into small pockets there is really no promenade to gather in either your in a lounge or a hallway . it was hard to get across this ship sometime having to go to higher or lower floors to cross . we booked theis cruise because it was a little cheaper than royal caribbean wow ! was that a mistake i wont make again ....the kids programs an hour wait to drop off the 6 year old to the kids club, just too drop off she was already registered , and almost as long too pick up , the 14 yr old program had no rules , and no supervision .there were 5 fights in the halls ,i had too stop my daughter from going there ! she had fun but at what cost ? Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2009
The Dream is a wonderful boat. We had a great time on it. However, with 20% of or more passengers, it does get a bit crowded. There were always lines for the buffets. The theater and lounge areas were always very crowded. You often ... Read More
The Dream is a wonderful boat. We had a great time on it. However, with 20% of or more passengers, it does get a bit crowded. There were always lines for the buffets. The theater and lounge areas were always very crowded. You often couldn't get to a comic show unless you showed up very early for it. There were a few extra hot tubs on board compared to their other ships, but again, with an extra 700 or so people on board, very crowded. The ship also seemed to be more affected by waves/weather/etc then the Conquest class. We had a much more 'bouncy' ride in it then we expected in fairly calm waters.Personally I think I much prefer their Conquest class ships to their new Dream class. That seems to be a great balance between public areas and passengers. I rated embarkation on this cruise low, but not too low as the issue was specific to this boat being in NY and having issues with the pier. I believe the current home port is perfectly fine. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
My wife and I have been sailing since our marriage. We have been on about 20 Carnival cruises and almost all of their ships. Our honeymoon was on the Carnivale. The Dream is a beauty, but there was nothing special about this ship, except ... Read More
My wife and I have been sailing since our marriage. We have been on about 20 Carnival cruises and almost all of their ships. Our honeymoon was on the Carnivale. The Dream is a beauty, but there was nothing special about this ship, except perhaps the numerous water slides. Sailing out of New York in the middle of November required no swimsuit, however out of Florida you may have your suit but wonder where all the pools are at. Don't look too hard as the center of ship only has one small pool and one aft. This is it! For over 4,000 passengers? Yes this is largest ship Carnival has ever launched, but the ship was very crowded likely because the extra tonnage went to personal cabins. Don't get me wrong, it is nice and new, but nothing special. In other words, if you can't book this ship in Carnival's fleet don't worry about it. The cabins are identical to any other cabin in Carnival's fleet and they use essentially the same color scheme. We had a cove balcony, but it was not big deal. I would rather have booked a regular balcony. Because of the number of passengers all of the shops were loaded to capacity and all public areas were so busy it was difficult to walk around. Carvival introduced a Comedy Club on this ship and having been to many in NYC, this is the real deal and the comedians were simply some of the best I have seen anywhere. Additionally, the Dream had the best production show I have seen on any ship and on any cruise line! I was really surprised. Believe me my daughter lives in NYC and has danced on Broadway and these dancers were simply that good! The Spa is large, large, large. If this is your thing then check out the Dream. Other than what I have written, there was nothing that really stood out on this ship where I said, "Wow now that is different, unique, or special." If you are going--you will have fun. But if you havn't booked yet don't worry cause all of Carnival's ships are well maintained and well managed. Sail on!! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
It was a dark and dreary day in New York City. We were very disappointed with the weather. As we arrived at the pier, we couldn't help but marvel at the size of the Dream. Could this really be our ship for the next 8 days? George and ... Read More
It was a dark and dreary day in New York City. We were very disappointed with the weather. As we arrived at the pier, we couldn't help but marvel at the size of the Dream. Could this really be our ship for the next 8 days? George and I dropped our luggage off with the porters, and then went inside to the cruise terminal. As usual, embarkation was a breeze. We were on the ship no later than 12:45 P.M. As we waited on Deck 0 for the elevator, we couldn't help but notice how brightly lit the area was. We were very impressed with the way they presented the ship right from the start. However, we were not pleased with the amount of time we had to wait for an elevator. With over 4,000 passengers, you'd think there'd be enough elevators for everyone. It wasn't so in that case. When we finally were able to grab one, one of the crew members was taking us up to the 10th floor for the Lido Deck. When we stepped off the elevator, again, we were impressed with the way the ship looked. We ended up running into Michelle, one of the members of cruise critic, who we had met on our previous cruise, on board CCL's Triumph in June, 2009. She was with her friends, Jessica and Joe, with whom she worked with at West Point. Justin, Michelle's fiance, wasn't with them at that point. George was somewhat disappointed that he wasn't there. We went to find out what line was the shortest, as we scoped out the food situation. Justin had gone to see a man about a horse, and was heading back as we ran into him. George and Justin bonded on our last cruise, and it was great to see Justin once again. We finally found a place to stand in line. George got food at the Taste of Nations, while I sat and held our seat. We weren't too impressed with the lay out of the Lido dining area. It wasn't as spread out as we'd hoped. At times, it was too crowded. We could barely move. Once we both had our lunch in front of us, we discussed what our game plan was for the day. We had been assigned the late dinner seating, and wanted to go and talk to the Matre'D about changing to the early dinner seating. When we got to the Crimson Dining Room, we met with some guy who wasn't the Matre'D. The Matre'D came in as we were standing there, trying to get our request accepted. He wasn't even working. He wasn't dressed as the Matre'D, and we were not at all impressed with his persona. We were told that we'd get our response in our stateroom the next night. After we had our first disappointment, we ended up going up to our room. We got in contact with Justin and Michelle later on that day. It turned out, againb, we were seated at the same dinner table. George and I were pleased to know who we were sitting with. Jessica, Joe, and Joe's two boys were also sitting with us. It was great to know that we were eating with people we could get along with. The shops on board the ship carried the best of everything at rock bottom prices. We bought some souvenirs and ended up spending quite a lot on them. However, we didn't care because we were on vacation. They had cartons of cigarettes and bottles of liqour for sale, and they beat the prices we have in Connecticut. We had this African-American sales representative who was very friendly, and quite a gentleman. He made our shopping experience comfortable asw we purchased away. The shows were fantastic! We saw "Dancing in the Streets" which will make it big in the theaters some day. It was by far the best show we have seen on the high seas. The costumes, dancing and music really captured our attention. The lead singer had an awesome voice, as she sang her heart out. However, there were some down sides to our trip. We went in to see the Matre'D on the first Fun Day at Sea. It was formal night, and we had gone into the dining room in our regular clothes, just to see if we could change our seating. Claudio, the Matre'D, insulted George. He said that it was formal night, and he wasn't allowed to wear shorts in the dining room. George got really offended, because we weren't there to eat, just to plead our case for the early dinner seating. That set George off on a bad note. There were plenty of things he wanted to say to him, but instead, we turned the other cheek, and walked out of the dining room. However, George was fuming! He shouldn't have been treated like that. Our waitresses were Tatiyana and Romona. They were a lot of fun, and met our every request. Even though we didn't have the early dinner seating, we still enjoyed our company. Justin and Michelle are the two coolest people we've met on our past cruise. At one point, I found out that we were arriving into New York earlier than expected. Our friend Pete was going to pick us up around 8:30 AM, however, we found out we'd be arriving around 6:30 AM. I found a quiet place on the Lido Deck to call Pete, but these people, who sat down after I was talking on the phone, asked me to move. I responded with "I was here first." If they didn't want me talking on the phone, they should have found another place to sit. So of course, they were making rude comments behind my back. I turned the other cheek, and left when I couldn't make any progress with my phone call. However, we enjoyed the ship, and most of the people we met on board. We went to the Cruise Critic meet and greet, and met Justin and Michelle there. Everyone ignored us, so we just left and went elsewhere. I was disappointed. Thanksgiving dinner was great. They had the traditional turkey dinner, but we all opted for something different. There was shrimp and steak. Of course we decided on that food instead of a turkey dinner. They really made our time worthwhile, and we were glad to be with friends we enjoy spending time with. All in all, the ship was a great experience. 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Sail Date: November 2009
We were on the Carnival Dream for the November 23 - December 1, 2009 sailing and we had a great time. I have seen a lot of negatives about the ship, but for us this was our first cruise. We had no other cruises to compare it with and we ... Read More
We were on the Carnival Dream for the November 23 - December 1, 2009 sailing and we had a great time. I have seen a lot of negatives about the ship, but for us this was our first cruise. We had no other cruises to compare it with and we loved it - it has changed us from "resort" vacationers to cruise vacationers and we can't wait for our next one. My review is mostly positive - a few negatives of course, but nothing is ever perfect. A vacation is what you make it and we made it enjoyable. A large part of why we picked this cruise was that it sailed out of New York. We're from Toronto, Canada and don't really like to fly. We took a bus in the day before and spent the day and night before the cruise touring New York. The morning of the cruise we walked around New York City a bit more (who would think places like Times Square would be packed at 9 a.m.?) Then we took a taxi to the port and probably arrived at approximately 11:45 - 12:00. We carried our minimal luggage as far as we could ourselves, dropped it off and went to get in the line to board. There was a line up but it went quickly. Were happy to find we had gotten Your Time Dining that we had been waitlisted for. We boarded and several ship employees were advising people to go up to Lido Deck 10 for lunch buffet and rooms would be available at 1:30. There were tons of people and the elevators were packed so we decided to take the stairs which we did for the majority of our trip. Good for burning off some calories and I found it quicker than waiting for elevators. We got up to the Lido Deck and it was packed. To be expected on the first day of a cruise but the crowding was one of the few issues that seemed to happen for the majority of the cruise. One of the few negatives and I know others have mentioned it so I won't dwell on it. We soon learned there were 4,300 passengers including 1,300 kids on board. Since the capacity had officially been listed at a bit under 3,700, I'm sure the extra passengers resulted in extra crowding in public areas. Yes, there were times it was difficult to get a seat but with a little walking around we always managed to find one. The buffet was okay. We didn't explore too much and just ate what was near us the first day (Tandoori - we were outside as these were the only seats we found at the first lunch) since we still had our carry ones with us. At 1:30 we went our room. We had an 8C balcony room on the portside. It was nice and clean and we were happy with it. Our room steward, Karim, came by to introduce himself to us within a couple hours of our arrival when he saw us exiting our room. He was great. Our room was always clean and the ice bucket was filled along with a nice towel animal each night. He did a great job of the twice daily cleanings always coordinating it so well with the times he knew we were generally out of the room. We tipped him extra the last day as it was well deserved. We were happy with the room and the water pressure in the shower was good and there was never an issue with running out of hot water. The only negative - and because of it I likely would not pay extra for a balcony again - was that it seemed that all our neighbours smoked constantly on their balconies. We're non-smokers and with the strict anti-smoking laws in Ontario second hand smoke is not a concern for anyone here and hasn't been for some time so I didn't even think that might be an issue. In any event, the hall by us always smelled of smoke. Our room was fine fortunately. I enjoyed the balcony the little time I was able to use it, but as soon as I heard someone else's balcony door open I knew I'd have to leave soon as the smoke always drifted over onto our balcony. Next time I'd just book an oceanview as I can't see the point of paying extra and then possibly not being able to use it. The Spa cabins are smoke free but of course more expensive so I'd just go with an oceanview. My Time Dining was in the upper level of the Crimson Dining Room. There were set time diners on the lower level. Our first dinner was the only night we shared a table. I know a lot of cruisers like the shared dining but we generally prefer to eat by ourselves which is why we'd picked Your Time Dining. The first night they asked us if we'd mind sitting with another couple. It was the first day and the dining room was busy. That dinner confirmed why we wanted a table for 2. The husband was nice a nice but the wife didn't want to speak and did not even acknowledge our friendly "hello" when we sat down. We tried to talk about things such as other cruises they've been on etc. to no avail. The husband was friendly though. They ended up not having dessert. The husband wanted it but the wife told him she was ready to leave and he followed her. After that experience we always requested a table for 2. Most nights we were seated immediately. Occasionally we were given a pager and usually waited 5 - 10 minutes for it to go off. No big deal and we were happy. We sat in most areas and found all the wait staff to be friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed our dinner each evening and always finished off with a free cappuccino and my favourite - the warm chocolate melting cake. Over the course of our trip we went to all the shows in the Encore Theatre. I do not remember the names of all of them (there were 3 musical/dance shows) but they were all well done and enjoyable. Other nights they had a juggler, ventriloquist, hypnotist as well as the Legends show where the guests performed and we enjoyed all those as well. (The "James Brown" in the Legends show was excellent and the cruise director, Todd Wittmer did a funny Dolly Parton portrayal as well). The breakdancers (I believe they were called the Fun Force) were also very good. The Burgundy Lounge had 2 sets of comedians for the first and second half of the cruise. They would both do a family show early on and an adult show later on for 2 nights and the comedians were switched later in the cruise. Of the first set, I only saw Marvin Bell's family show and found it funny. For the second set I saw all the performances. Both comedians were good but I found Michael Macy was hilarious - excellent performances at both the family and adult shows. There would also be karaoke some nights in the Burgundy Lounge. The ports - we did not get off the boat in Florida or Freeport. I heard that Freeport had a very nice beach. We preferred to stay on the boat - it was a little bit emptier but still quite busy. We did get off in Nassau. We'd been there several times so didn't bother with booking an excursion. We thought the ones through the cruise line were quite pricey and we'd seen everything before so just walked around on our own. We walked from the port to Atlantis and got some nice pictures from the bridge. They did make several announcements on board about not going into remote areas and how it would be best to come back before dark. They did not however mention the recent armed robberies that had been plaguing Nassau and I really think they should have warned us since they had to have known about them. We found out about that on our own after coming home. Fortunately nothing bad happened but had we known we would not have done all that walking. It was a nice day. Warm, but with a cool breeze, so I found the walk enjoyable and I don't like hot weather. Since we'd seen Atlantis before and had also stayed at the Riu, Paradise Island in the past we just wanted to see how it looked now. I'm not a beach person but my husband walked right onto the Atlantis beach and all along the shore with no wrist band and he was never stopped. The water was a bit rough that day for swimming. My husband enjoyed the jacuzzis on board the Dream and always went to the Serenity Adult Only area. We enjoyed the Lido Deck Party they had one night as well. Did not go to the Piano Bar (very smoky), walked through the casino but did not use it either. The food on board- we really enjoyed the food in the dining room each night. The few extra pounds we went home with are proof of this. The buffet was a typical buffet. It was decent but I really, really enjoyed some of the desserts there. I also liked the Burrito bar and went there a couple times. The Deli was also good. I stood in line for 45 minutes once for the Mongolian. I did it the day we were in port in Florida as I figured there would be less of a wait. It was good but I wouldn't wait that long again. We liked the Pasta Bar for lunch. Early on it was less crowded as people were not as aware of it. You check off what you want on a paper, bring it up and they then bring your order to the table when it is ready. We enjoyed the pasta there. I do have to say that the workers on this ship are the friendliest and hardest working I have ever seen. Always happy, smiling and friendly. They are doing a job most of us wouldn't want to do with a smile. Most people were nice to them but on more than one occasion for reasons unknown I saw passengers giving them a hard time. Twice I saw it when they were trying to get through a buffet line to stack up more plates/trays or get through to clean the buffet counter up. No idea why they were giving them a hard time and I was a little surprised to see it. The day of debarkation we had decided to carry our own bags off. It was super easy and quick and we were on the streets of New York no more than 20 minutes after leaving our room. We had a great cruise on the Carnival Dream and are looking forward to our next. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Since it was a Sunday the cab ride from Port Authority to terminal was quick. We entered the port about 10:30 am, we were one of the first to arrive. We proceeded to the security line, waited a few minutes, walked to check-in (where they ... Read More
Since it was a Sunday the cab ride from Port Authority to terminal was quick. We entered the port about 10:30 am, we were one of the first to arrive. We proceeded to the security line, waited a few minutes, walked to check-in (where they were having some computer trouble) after check-in we were guided to a long terminal area where we waited for our zone number to be called. We were told that they would start calling zones at 12pm, which they did but something happened at the start, they called Zone 1 then stopped, the process after this was very slow, we were Zone 6, it probably took about 35 minutes to make it to us, then they had some trouble with the gangway. All and all we were eating lunch on Lido at 1pm and our rooms were ready at 2:00pm. Luggage arrived quickly sometime between 3:30 and 4:30pm. Others were not so lucky with the check-in process and we didn't leave port until 5pm. Carnival did send an apology letter for the delay. Our cabin was inside. It had a small stocked refrigerator which Joseph opened for us and we were able to store my BF's medicine in it. If your a diabetic you can also get a "Sharp Trap box" for the needles. You can also get a bag of ice off the room service menu for your cooler. The room also has a safe, 3 big closets for your clothes, some drawers on the desk, and room under the bed the your luggage. One outlet in the bedroom, one outlet in the bathroom. Dinner: The best was the Fillet Mignon, it was cooked just right and tasty. The portions are a bit smaller but IMO just right, you can always get more. I'm not a fussy eater, the only thing we didn't care for was the Seafood New burg. We ate in the dining room every night, we had great table mates on either side. Lido: The sushi is NOT on Lido it's on Deck 5 and is right now served from 5:00pm-8pm. It was tasty and the Wasabi was hot. The other special bars serve Lunch only, bottom line is if you want to eat them do it on your sea days. That includes the Pasta bar, Mongolian Wok, Burrito Bar, Tandori. Deli is opened to 11pm and Pizza 24 hours. On Latin night we had hamburgers. They should have done a Mexican buffet. Buffet runs until 9:30, nothing after that. You can order room service. Show: Dancin in the Streets was excellent, I like Country music, so the Country show was great, it is a theatrical production so you don't really have to like country to enjoy the show, The legends show with the on board guests was good, the other were Hypnotist and Juggling which were OK. The Comedy was excellent: we saw 4 shows of the first 2 comedian, and 2 shows of the 2nd set of comedians, all very very good. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
About Us : My husband and I are 60 & 58 respectively but are "young" for our age. We're growing older but not up as the Jimmy Buffett song goes! This was our 5th cruise with Carnival and our 44th cruise overall. Living ... Read More
About Us : My husband and I are 60 & 58 respectively but are "young" for our age. We're growing older but not up as the Jimmy Buffett song goes! This was our 5th cruise with Carnival and our 44th cruise overall. Living in New Jersey, we've been sailing only out of the NY area for the past few years since it's so convenient and we don't have to put up with all the headaches of flying. We chose this cruise not only for the NYC embarkation but also for the ship itself. We like big and new. Not many ships are bigger than the Dream and you couldn't get much newer. And our last couple of Carnival cruises on the Legend and Valor were great. Embarkation: We had car service pick us up at out house at 10:00AM and we were at the pier in by 10:55AM. Can't do that when we have to go the Florida or elsewhere to pick up a cruise. Check-in was quick, but the boarding process was incredibly slow. They began boarding at about 11:20AM. We were in group #10 for boarding and didn't get on until about 1:30PM. We were told that the problem was that the gangways could not reach deck 3 as they could not handle ships this big. I sailed on the slightly larger QM2 from the same pier and the gangways worked fine. You had to enter the ship on deck 0 which is the crew deck rather than in the main atrium, so we didn't experience the initial "wow" factor that you usually get when first boarding a ship. By the time we boarded, our staterooms were ready, so we headed there, dropped off our carry-ons and headed to the Lido for lunch. Stateroom: We had a Spa Balcony Stateroom on Deck 12. There was plenty of room in the cabin with a minibar/fridge, a big desk, couch, small table and lots of storage space. Bathroom was a nice size with just a shower. Balcony had 2 chairs and a small table. It was a bit small but served its purpose well. Our Cabin attendant, Chanita and her assistant were wonderful. Our rooms were always cleaned when we returned from breakfast. As well as being very efficient, Chanita had a wonderful sense of humor and was always kidding around with us and the other passengers as well. Warning: Balconies for Spa staterooms on deck 12 are not covered. Although there is a small slanted overhang that affords some privacy from people hanging out on the open deck above, there is no protection from the sun. This was not too much of a problem on this cruise as we only went to Florida and the Bahamas and the sun is not too strong this time of year. But be careful in the Caribbean where the sun is much more intense all year long. Or choose a cabin on Deck 11 which has a fully covered balcony. Spa accommodations include spa branded robes and slippers. Robes were heavy terrycloth not the usual lightweight waffle weave. We also had small bottles of Elemis bath products (same as HAL provides), however, they were not replenished during the cruise. Showers did have shampoo and shower gel dispensers. Both had a nice fruity smell, which I frankly liked better than the Elemis stuff. We also had unlimited use of the spa facilities (more on that later) and 2 free fitness classes per person for which there is normally a $12 charge (yoga, tai chi, spinning & pilates). Unfortunately, the classes were usually at 8:00AM and that was too early for us. There is no smoking allowed in Spa accommodations either inside the staterooms or on the balconies. Unfortunately, there was a smoker 2 decks down who liked to hang their cigarette over the balcony railing so smoke drifted up. Thankfully, we were on starboard side. Smoking is only permitted on portside on the open decks. This was pretty much observed by smoking passengers. The Ship: The Dream is beautiful and well designed for the most part. Some people have commented on the confusing layout, but I don't agree. Although I'm a veteran cruiser, I'm still amazed by the number of people who get totally lost on any ship and still don't know where they're going even on the last day. Most of the public areas are on deck 5 with the 2 main dining rooms on decks 3&4. Pools and casual dining venues are on deck 10. Not too tough in my opinion. The dEcor is somewhat muted by Carnival standards. Joe Farcus must have taken his meds when he designed it. The colors are easier on the eyes than other Carnival ships and there's not as much glitz and glitter. I did think that the 2 pools were too small for a ship that size. There were also no Jacuzzis in the main pool area. Those could be found only in the aft pool, adults only Serenity or the on Promenade deck 5 midship. We only went to Serenity since kids usually took up the other hot tubs. Posted signs stated that children were allowed in the hot tubs unless they're wearing diapers so you can't complain about it. Food - We had an assigned table for 2 for late dinner in the Crimson Dining Room lower level on deck 3. Our servers, Somchai and Kitiya (Miss Kitty) were okay but very friendly. We've had better service on other ships, but we've had worse too. The food was also hit or miss. Both my husband and I like our red meat medium rare. There were 4 meals where our entrees had to be sent back because they were well done with not even a hint of pink. I can understand once or twice but 4 times is inexcusable. While I never expect 5 star cuisine on any cruise ship, there are usually a couple of meals that are outstanding or at least memorable. But I can't say that about the Dream. The food was good but nothing special. We did not go to the Chefs Art Steakhouse which carries a $30 per person surcharge. The venue didn't appeal to us. It was tucked away all the way up on deck 12 aft and not terrible impressive. With that kind of fee, the restaurant should have been more spectacular. We ate in the steakhouses on the Legend and Valor and thought both venues were far better. We ate breakfast and lunch everyday in the Lido, or the Gathering as it's called. This area has gotten the most negative comments that I've read so far, and most with good reason. So here's the good, the bad and the ugly as I see it. The Good: There was a wide variety to choose from. There were 2 traditional buffet lines, one was the Taste of Nations which featured a different cuisine everyday and the other had more generic offerings. There was also a Mongolian Wok (stir fry), Pasta Bar, burrito bar, Tandoor offering delicious Indian cuisine and a sandwich bar. We tried all stations during our eight days and I thought the food was pretty good everywhere. A grill with the usual burgers, dogs and fire as well as the 24 hour pizza were located outside by the pool. Breakfast offerings were the usual with omelet stations in both the front and rear sections of the Lido. Lines moved quickly at the omelet stations, often more quickly than the lines for other food. The Bad: While there seemed to be enough tables, the staff was not very attentive about clearing them. We often saw vacant tables with dirty dishes. People sat down and just pushed them to side while they ate. My husband and I are grazers at a buffet. We prefer to take several small plates with tastes rather than pile everything onto one plate. As a result, we often had a stack of dirty dishes on the table. The staff was just too busy chatting among themselves and often paid very little attention to what they were supposed to be doing. The Ugly: Lines, lines, lines. The entire area was very poorly designed and cannot handle 3,500 passengers. The salad bars are at the start of the hot buffet lines. If you want to skip the salad and go right to the hot food it was nearly impossible to do so. So you have to wait while all the people ahead of you pick through each leaf of lettuce or search for the perfect tomato when all you want is a piece of fish with some rice and veggies. There should be a separate salad bar like there are most other ships. While the wait was never as long as some people have said (up to 45 minutes), 10-15 minutes was not uncommon during very busy times. By far the worst line was at the Mongolian Wok station. The food was delicious but we only partook of it twice because the lines were long and very slow moving. At least 15-20 minutes was not uncommon. It's cooked to order, so naturally it's going to take a while. I think the concept is great but it just doesn't work on a ship this size. The lines for the Tandoor were virtually non-existent. I'm guessing it's because this offered food that many people would consider exotic and they just didn't want to try it. But I thought it was delicious. I wound up eating there most often because of the shorter lines but I also loved the food. Entertainment: Not great, but good. There were 3 "production" shows. "Get Ready" was based on Motown and Classic R&B music. I love the genre and knew every song, but the show just didn't click for me. "Extreme Country" was my least favorite. While I'm not a country aficionado, I'm familiar enough with the bigger hits. The only song I recognized was Shania Twain's "Feel Like A Woman". With all the popular country songs out there, they could have done a better job of song selection which would appeal to wider audience rather than just die-hard country fans. "Dancing in the Streets" was by far my favorite. It was packed with energy and showcased some really good break dancers and amazing acrobats. If I had to tell you not to miss one show, this would be it. My only complaint about the entertainers was that the lead female singer screamed every song. There were times that I couldn't even understand the words of the songs she was singing. There was a comedy club featuring 4 different stand up comics during the cruise. They offered one "G" rated show and 2 "adult" shows each night. If you are easily offended by four letter words or adult subject matter, do yourself a favor and DO NOT attend the adult shows. Needless to say, the late shows are no place for children either. Stick to the earlier ones for the families. They also had the usual jugglers, magicians, hypnotists, etc, but we didn't attend those shows. The casino wasn't as large as I thought it would be for a ship this size. I love the penny slots and but they are popular so it was tough getting a machine at night or in the afternoons on sea days. Smoking is confined to a small section and it is strictly enforced. The ventilation system is also good making the air pretty breathable. Onboard entertainment during the day was also rather sparse. We sat out by the main lido pool a few days and it seemed like the only thing offered was trivia. Other cruises have several activities, especially on sea days, but the only thing the Dream had a rather tacky hairy chest contest. Movies were also only shown in the outdoor Seaside Theater. We had two cool sea days, not unexpected when sailing from NYC, when indoor movies, perhaps in one of the lounges, would have been nice. Cloud 9 Spa: A well equipped spa is always one of our favorite areas on a ship and the Dream did not disappoint us. In fact we booked the Spa Stateroom because it came with unlimited spa access for both of us which would have come with a $249 price tag for the cruise per couple. There was a large Thalassotheraphy pool, 2 steam rooms and 2 rooms with those wonderful heated tile loungers. One of the steam rooms was supposed to be "aromatic" but it never had any particular fragrance after the first day. We never found the spa to be crowded and we did go every afternoon or early evening. I did note that the areas were not looked after very well. Here too, spa attendants seemed to slack off. Unfortunately, some people just leave their towels lying about when they're through rather than placing them in one of the numerous baskets throughout the spa. Attendants rarely picked them up. Dirty glasses were also scattered around. We didn't partake of any treatments, but there were some good specials toward the end of the cruise, even on sea days. I just always found something else I'd rather do than spend an hour in the morning or midafternoon in the spa. The gym was very large and well equipped. I didn't go in the mornings as I prefer walking on the promenade deck as the sun is coming up, but I never found a wait for a treadmill in the late afternoon. Ports: We did not take this cruise for the ports. Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport are not high on our list of favorite stops. We did not take shore excursions although many were offered in all ports. Having been to Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center, we didn't even disembark in Port Canaveral. Instead we spent a relaxing, quiet day on board. we saw the new "Star Trek" movie at the Seaside Theater in the afternoon. We didn't arrive in Nassau until noon, so we never made it to the beach. We choose to browse the shops along Bay Street and go to the Straw Market. Freeport was the only new port for us and we were quite pleasantly surprised. The cruise ships dock in the industrial port area, so it's not very scenic and there's nothing to do there. We took a van shuttle over to Port Lucaya, which is the main resort area on the island, at the cost of $5 per person each way. There's a nice, clean beach. Lounge chairs cost $10 each but there are no umbrellas. We spent a very nice few hours soaking up the sun and swimming in the clear, calm waters. In the Lucaya area, there are also several shops, restaurants and a casino. Shuttles back to the ship were plentiful. Disembarkation: Definitely better than embarkation. We were scheduled to arrive at 9:00AM but we were hours ahead of schedule. We had arranged for a wake up call at 7:00AM but were awakened by an in-cabin announcement at 6:50 which stated that self assist disembarkation was starting. We choose to have our luggage taken off for us and our disembarkation group number was 10. We were off the ship by about 8:45AM and home by 10:15AM. Overall Experience: We knew that this was one of the first cruises or the ship and there are always glitches that need to be ironed out especially when the ship is very different from any others in the fleet. Service especially needs improvement in most areas. I'm not sure what if anything can be done to improve the Lido. Although this wasn't among our best cruises, we had an enjoyable time nonetheless. And the price was very right. We felt we received very good value for the price we paid. We are pretty easy going and not very demanding. We try not to let the negatives get in the way of the positives because the pluses always outweigh the minuses. Our favorite saying is "There's no such thing as a bad cruise" and that's why we've enjoyed every one of the 44 we've taken including this one. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
We came down to the piers for our ninth Carnival cruise on this new ship. We were doing a B2B so we had luggage. I found someone to assist me with our luggage on the elevator and he found a porter for me. I gave him my checked luggage. We ... Read More
We came down to the piers for our ninth Carnival cruise on this new ship. We were doing a B2B so we had luggage. I found someone to assist me with our luggage on the elevator and he found a porter for me. I gave him my checked luggage. We got on board pretty quick in spite of the fact that the NY port couldn't use the regular means for boarding the ship and had to bring us in on Deck zero. My wife uses a walker and it took me and four other passengers to get my wife and walker safely up the slippery ramp. It was raining and no one from Carnival assisted. We got on board and the rooms would not be ready until 1:30 which was more than an hour and one-half away. We got something to drink as the food stations were not open as yet. We tried several stations including the famed Mongolian Wok. Even the mild sauce was too hot for my wife. The mild sauce I thought was okay. Certainly the Mongolian Grille at Sam's Town in Las Vegas, Nev is much better. This food station leaves a lot to be desired. Other food stations were better. The Carnival chef's really did a good job on the buffett. Although, I will say that the pizza station was not quite ready. Whenever I went there it was a five to seven minute wait. Go back and another five to seven minute wait. It failed to meet the Carnival standard. This did not happen when I sailed on the Triumph a month ago. The Safety Drill- was another disaster. They pack you into the area without life vests then show you a film about safety aboard the ship. We got the sound, but, no visual. Dining Rooms never actually opened on time. They might have problems preparing for this amount of people. The food for the most part met the Carnival standard. It was very good. The shows I guess weren't bad. Although I find it hard to believe how the dancers could stay up on the stage with all the motion during the weekend. The Stateroom was a nice stateroom. However, they use the same design as do the Spirit Class ships. My wife could not enter or exit the stateroom with walker. I had to fold it and bring it in or out. Same as on Spirit Class ships. On the Triumph last month my wife could walk into the stateroom with walker fully opened. The Casino was by far the worst I've ever played in. The dealers are all young kids. I've been playing Craps for more than twenty years which is longer since most of the dealers were in years on the planet. The Box Men they had weren't much better and exercised little control except to get into arguing over silly matters. We had bad weather and the ship didn't seem to be able to handle it. We were on the Triumph last month and we were in bad weather too. The ship was more stable. On Triumph Class ships they could enclose the aft pool area. Can't be done on the Dream because of an open deck on the aft of the Lido Deck. It is an okay ship, but, one would have thought with all the ballyhoo about this ship Carnival could have done better. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
We are on our tenth Carnival Cruise and we were doing a B2B. Someone from the ship came for our luggage to bring it to our stateroom for the eight day cruise. Then we went down to the lobby. We met fellow Cruise Critic members Jack and ... Read More
We are on our tenth Carnival Cruise and we were doing a B2B. Someone from the ship came for our luggage to bring it to our stateroom for the eight day cruise. Then we went down to the lobby. We met fellow Cruise Critic members Jack and Geri at the lobby. We got our room keys and someone told us our Sail&Sign information would be transferred from our last sailing, the one we just completed. Boy did we get a surprise, when we wanted to play BINGO I found out they could not do the transaction. We went to the Purser's Desk. When I informed the person I was talking to that someone else said the information was taken from the first part of the B2B and I even pointed out the person who told me she told me it was incorrect. They were informed by me before giving out information they should make sure it is correct information. That led to an argument. What was nice was the Hotel Manager sent us a basket of fruit and cheese with crackers. We could not go to our stateroom until after 1:30 so we went to the Lido Deck. The food was still good. At the sail away I went to our Balcony and lo and behold I met one of my neighbors Boogirl1 and her husband. Nice folks. At the dining rooms on the first few nights they opened late. Later in the cruise they opened on time. The food met the Carnival standard most of the time. Some of us Cruise Critic people met to go to what turned out to be the brunch. This was toward the end of the cruise. The service was far below the Carnival standard. The food fell well below the the Carnival standard. Two people ordered chicken which was not cooked all the way through. The desserts were not that good. With the shoddy service it took almost two hours to complete. Back to cooking school for the cook. The Casino was still not a good experience. I play at the Craps Table. The dealers that worked there were very obnoxious. They don't want players to really play. One player was tapping the dice against the table, dealer said,"don't tap the dice." Why? Will it cause the table to go through the floor? Will the ship sink if you tap the dice? They certainly didn't like my methodical deliberate way of playing and constantly were trying to hurry me. I got hit on my hands while choosing dice by the stickman several times. Didn't have a good time playing in the Casino. Casino employees need to be properly trained. They have no idea of how to work in the hospitality industry. Craps table closed relatively early every night. No wonder, players don't like to be bullied while they play. Last month we went on the Triumph. They had to run us off the table most nights. I've played Craps for roughly twenty years. I've never seen a Casino run as shoddy as that one. Entertainment- The comedy shows in the Burgundy lounge were pretty good. The shows in the theater were either a hit or miss. Edge was a bit strange, but, he put on a good show. Dancin in the Streets my wife liked. I thought it was just okay. Extreme Country was a disaster. The Fiddle player was very good. If he stood at center stage and played like he was Bob Wills it would have been a much better show. The ship vibrates a lot. It shakes, rattles, and rolls pulling into ports. In the dining room the waiters tried to hold tables steady. There was also a lot of banging and other noises that could be heard throughout the ship. I have never experienced such motion on other Carnival ships even in bad weather. We had a bad storm coming out of Halifax last month on the Triumph with higher waves. Smoother ride. On Triumph Class ships the aft section of the Lido Deck was closed at least every time I was on board. On the Dream it is open which also limits use of aft pool and hot tubs besides offering more seating possibilities in inclement weather. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Hi, Here is my experience. I hope it helps others. We arrived at the port at 11am and by 1140 am we were on the ship. My sister needed Special Assistance so we were one of the very first on board. We did have to walk total of 15 ... Read More
Hi, Here is my experience. I hope it helps others. We arrived at the port at 11am and by 1140 am we were on the ship. My sister needed Special Assistance so we were one of the very first on board. We did have to walk total of 15 to 20 minutes. My sister must use a cane and we all were not happy at the distance to the point of entry. It truly was far...and mind you we had to carry our own suitcases since it was a CTN. No one at Carnival warned us ..if they had we certainly would have put her in a wheelchair. Once on board we made our way to deck 10 to the buffet to wait for rooms which opened up at about 100pm. Since we were first we were able to get some food very quickly. The burrito bar was very good. Service was good there. Most of the rest of the items were typical and just ok. We were disappointed that there were many servers that looked not busy at all. We never had dirty plates cleared or were offered drinks or drink refills at any time during the entire 2 days. There was a noticeable lack of activities on board..this was surprising since the weather was definitely going to keep everyone inside for the next 2 days. The rooms opened early and we were able to get into our balcony room on the starboard side. It is gorgeous. The lighting is great and closet space was great. The bathroom was laid out well and my sister had plenty of room to navigate the bathroom area. Many amenities were provided and that was cool even though we didnt need them. Shower gel and shampoo are in dispensers in the shower. The shower has knobs to control the exact temperature. Nice...and the shower does go from spray to massage. So we go to our Cruise Critic Party..AWESOME!!! Thanks to all who made this possible. I met many new cruise friends and I hope to sail with them in the future. So its 450 PM and we are on our balcony...we hear blaring from the port. Every one sit down. We will stop embarkation until the area is cleared...evidently at that point there were 600 unhappy people still waiting to board the ship. It is correct to assume...we did not leave on time. Muster was fine although it was too easy to just go to your spot and zone out. The screens were small and no effort was made to get people to pay attention. So we leave port. Thank goodness we were starboard. We could go on our balcony with out a coat and enjoy the view of Jersey and the Statue of Liberty...awesome...Port was another story. I went to go get a picture...and was met with 90km winds and rain...I snapped a couple of pics and ran back to my room feeling very sad for the port balconies who were battered the entire trip. Speaking of balconies...the ship has 2 over hanging hot tubs on each side. If your balcony is between them...you will smell smoke. That is the smoking area on the ship and in the am many butts littered the deck area. It was not bad but we were deck 9. But ...we could smell it. That night we saw the headliner. He had a nice personality and a good voice. He was very good at getting the audience engaged. I'm 47 and enjoyed the music. It was a tribute to Motown and was well done in my opinion. Oh Dinner..hahahahahaha yes we did go to dinner at 6pm in the Crimson restaurant. The lower level is mostly 4 tops. It was not crowded but the server was very nice but VERY overwhelmed. She had little help and all the tables of 4 really monopolized her time asking her for every little thing. And other servers who had empty stations did not come over to help her. It was funny because we missed every other course...but we were so happy to get what we got...we didn't say a word..she was that busy. The chateau briand (excuse my spelling) was tough and over cooked. The mash was nice. The broccoli has crumb sprinkles which were a nice twist. My sister took in the comedy show. We cant remember his name but my sister said it was just ok. I went to the casino and played Let it Ride...I can't complain as I did win a bit of money. The dealers and managers were EXTREMELY engaging and friendly. I would have walked away with the same feeling had I lost all my money. They were THAT NICE!!! After that we hit the room but we did stop for PIZZA. I liked it. Nothing special but I enjoyed the crust. I went again after they fell asleep...hehehe pizza is 24/7. Our room SHOOK all night. It was a bad night. People sick..but fortunately we love the motion...didn't bother us at all. The shaking and banging though did make some of us uneasy...it was that loud and unusual. So we wake up and go to Scarlett for breakfast...Eggs Benedict looked scary but was some of the best tasting EB I have ever had on a ship. Cooked perfectly...Plus after our experience dining in Crimson we switched to Scarlett. Table of 10. We went to the casino again..as there was not much planned on board. We then ate lunch at the Buffet...outside at the Tandoori bar because it was a madhouse inside....what a crazy setup for a buffet...lines that converge at the middle to a single station that has the food that people want the most. Needless to say...lines were out the door. Getting back to our lunch....I don't usually like Indian food. However, they made it look so good I had to try it...I got the Tandoori Chicken, the Pork Vindaloo, and some other meat. I had no idea what it was. I went back TWICE..OH MY GOOODNESSS YUM. They had Naan and I had 3 servings of that. I had to load it with butter and it was heaven on earth. YUM YUM YUM. At the Indian Food station they also had a Greek Salad that my sister said was awesome. We then went met friends and chatted and at 3pm we did TEA. It was too funny. It really looked like a high tea until they brought out the lipton tea bags. I think they missed an opportunity to introduce people to new teas...but it was cute to see the servers open the wooden presentation chests to display the lipton tea. The small desserts and sandwiches were well done and elegantly displayed and served. Get rid of the Lipton and bring in some fancier teas with some education about them and you have a winning activity Carnival. We then went to Trivia. Well done..quick and fun. Then back to the room to nap before dinner at Scarlett. We were in the aft corner at a window ....Excellent service and the lobster and shrimp were cooked PERFECTLY. Service was brisk and efficient. The only excitement was when the ship turned and we hit a wave. The back of the ship rose and slammed down and our plates rose off the table about an inch from the force of the slam. A big woooo came out and everyone went on with their meal. The caesar has the anchovies built in by the way...too fishy for me. Cherries Jubilee came advertised as flaming...it did not. The cherries were firm and delicious. The ice cream with it was icy, hard, hand flavorless. We then saw the production show. A M A Z I N G !!!!!!! Kudos to celebrity. We then saw Percy who was very very funny. My sister said he was the better of the 2. We got more pizza and I wanted to test out room service. I called before 11pm and within 15 minutes my food was delivered. We got a reuben....the meat had an odd color..but we thew caution to the wind...it was just OK and we are fine. The doors to the hallway do not stop noise at all. At 430 am we were woken up by someone clucking like a chicken down the length of the hallway. We got up in the AM and went to brave the madhouse buffet again. 30 minutes and we finally got some food. Lines were Super Long...and be careful...the honey and pancake syrup dispenser look the same...I won't comment on the food as it was obvious they wanted us all of the ship by 915. We got off just fine. I will say in general. I felt all the ceilings in the rooms were low. I felt closed in at all times. The dining rooms were nothing special to look at. It is a beautiful ship for sure..but it is a maze to navigate. To be honest..this was my first Carnival sailing. I expected more from their best ship. I thought too they would present themselves better since they talked a good game the 2 days. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
embarkation-we took this cruise to sample the ship and not for the ports as we have not sailed on Carnival in quite some time. We have sailed on her affiliate ships and we wanted to see how the line has improved. Being from Long Island we ... Read More
embarkation-we took this cruise to sample the ship and not for the ports as we have not sailed on Carnival in quite some time. We have sailed on her affiliate ships and we wanted to see how the line has improved. Being from Long Island we had very easy boarding not having to fly. We arrived at the terminal by limo at 10:30 and we were onboard the ship by 11:15. Others had bigger wait times and problems the later they arrived at the terminal. This was one of the most efficient and pleasant embarkations we have had recently. Well done Carnival.We boarded on deck 3 without any problems. stateroom-we were in a spa suite on deck 11 and I must say that the spa suite rivaled any of the suites that we have sailed on Silversea,Crystal,Regent and so on. There is a bath with jacuzzi and two walk in closts among the other luxuries that made for one very comfortable living space for the week. Decor was simple, not too overdone and the balcony was just enough. However, I must point out that their selection of programming needs some serious review. Being New Yorkers,we do not need Denver Colorado stations which we found to be totally idiotic. Carnival needs to step up to the plate on this one. ship layout-It was very easy to navigate. Pools and food venues were on deck 10 and all you had to do was start at one end and walk and you would end up at all of the food court depending on what you liked.From mongolian to pizza to a grilled reuben, hots and hams and every conceivable salad or food and meat that you could think of abounded. My husband's favorite was the pasta bar at the back of deck 11 was the linguine with garlic sauce and shrimp. They gave more shrimp than three orders in a regular restaurant. How anyone could complain about the food is beyond me. The quality and the quantity was more than adequate and all you had to do was ask for more.The only bad feature about the lido was that the staff did not regularly clean the tables nor did they offer to help find a table as well. We saw many people just sit among dirty trays for a good 10 minutes until someone came to clean the table. This should not happen on any cruise ship. On sea days it was worse to find a table, and as a result, my husband and I were never together on a food line as one of us always sat at a vacant table. No reason for this. The lido needs much improvement as more space should have been allocated to the food venues rather than cramming in more cabins. The food makes the cruise. dining-We were in the Scarlett restaurant lower at table 448a table for two. The waiter had too many tables and as a result we always were last to get out and always were late for the shows. She did try to accomodate, but many nights were nearly impossible as she had too many people to assist. It looked like she had roughly 22 people and on a ship this size that is a tall order to fill. Again, Carnival should even out their wait staff a liitle better so no one gets more than the next.The food was excellent,not gourmet but well prepared and seasoned with no burned meats or cold meats anywhere. Menus were above average with very good variety to choose from. The shows were average and geared towards a younger 30's crowd. We are 64 and 58 respectively as were quite a few other passengers who all said the same thing. We did not take any of the port tours as these particular ports were not some of our favorites. Again, we took this cruise to sample the ship not for the ports. Overall service was good throughout and the ship was very clean no fault could I find. disembarkation-The ship pulled in a couple of hours earlier and as a result we were wakened by the in room announcement that they were beginnning to disembark the self assist passengers at 6:20am. This was totally ridiculous as none of us were told at the briefing that this would happen. As a result, we had no time for breakfast much less a shower as we had disembarking no.1 to get off the ship. We were cleared customs at 7:30am and we were on the pier by 7:45. Carnival can get you off when they want to very fast. Personally I think this system stinks.We will sail Carnival Dream again as we feel the kinks will be worked out by then within 6 months. Overall a very nice cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
This was my 10th cruise (3 with RCCL and 7 with Carnival). It was my fiance and I, however, we had other friends that were on the Dream as well. This was by far the BEST CRUISE we have had! Don't get me wrong, there are a few things ... Read More
This was my 10th cruise (3 with RCCL and 7 with Carnival). It was my fiance and I, however, we had other friends that were on the Dream as well. This was by far the BEST CRUISE we have had! Don't get me wrong, there are a few things that need to be worked out, however, what vacation doesn't have something that can be improved. I will do my review in sections. EMBARKATION/DEBARKATION: ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!!!! Smooth, quick and the staff were very efficient and friendly! We arrived at the pier at 1030, checked in at 1045, were seated for only 30 minutes in the waiting area and were on-board and eating at 1120! Debarkation was the same. We did the self debarkation. Got off at 0700, in the car at 0715, home to Poughkeepsie at 0830!! Unbelievable! Could not have been better! ROOM: We had an aft balcony. The room was a typical size room for balcony and we had the extended balcony on the aft. The only complaint here would be the privacy. The dividers are at a 45 degree angle, therefore, no privacy! lol so, if you are looking to have a little discreet fun at night..probably not the best room for you lol. We had plenty of storage space and a couch! Nice room, great decor. Our steward was awesome! Animal and caper every night! :) PUBLIC AREAS: I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the decor throughout the ship. It was just so cute to me. I love the chairs, pictures and colors! Serenity was gorgeous and we loved the round, covered chairs and they came in handy for the sailing away in the rain lol I was a little surprised at how small the casino was, I believe the Miracle Casino might be bigger. The shops were typical (I did get really good deals on "black friday") and we had no problems with getting the alcohol that we wanted at a really good rate. We went in to EVERY public area on the ship and although it would take me days to describe each and every one, our favorites were Serenity, the Piano Bar, the Burgundy Lounge (comedy club), the coffee shop (Ling Ling, was the best staff on the ship lol), the Lanai, mini golf and of course the Casino, and that's because I hit for $600.00 on the Penny Machine!! Yes...pennies!!! Only put in $10, with the least amount played (30 credits) and hit for 60,000 credits on the bonus game!! We were very excited. DINING: Ok...once again, I have no complaints! I don't know if we just went at the "right times" but we never had a wait for more than 5 minutes (which was usually because someone couldn't make up their mind on what they wanted to eat) We enjoyed all the buffets and the pizza, but our favorites were the Pasta Bar, Tandoor (Indian), the Omelette Station and the Deli. The deli has the most awesome Reuben Sandwiches! :) oh, and of course the Ice Cream Machines! No cruise is complete without a cone or two a day lol We never had a problem with the cleanliness, finding a clear table or even getting a table as most people are stating. Not really sure what ship we were on lol We had the 2nd seating in the Crimson Dining Room. Our staff was very friendly and efficient. They knew what drinks we wanted and how we liked our meats cooked. Shout outs to Ramona and Tatiana!! However, once again, I was not impressed with the maitre'd. It bothers me that they never come over until the last night to say hello or in this case, NEVER came over...seemed to glance at our table, but never made his way over. The chocolate warming cake and pumpkin soup are still my all time favorites! ENTERTAINMENT: The Dancing in the Streets was by far the BEST SHOW AT SEA!! The dancers were great and the singer (female) can sing her butt off! lol We got a chance to meet the dancers (fun force) at other activities...these guys are a great bunch and VERY entertaining. We also enjoyed the hypnotist, the 2nd production show and the comedians. We had seen Marvin Bell on the Miracle and still enjoy his comedy! Not sure why we missed the Welcome Aboard Show, but I always enjoy the fact that they recognize the Military (im a Vet and Current DOD Army Civilian) We did not go to the country production show..just not our thing. We LOVED the laser shows and I loved being able to watch my Steelers on the big screen (well, until they lost to the Ravens).All shows were very good. ACTIVITIES: We enjoyed all of the regular activities..trivia, hairy chest contest, ice carving, towel making, but especially enjoyed the adult hip hop class (was very funny watching some people break dance) and we even tried bingo this time. I missed by one number! Now to address some "issues" that I have seen alot of people address. NOISE: We never heard anything from our neighbors and even having an aft 3 decks below the Lido and 2 above the Lanai, no noise! KIDS: I still cannot believe there was 1600+ kids. Once again, not sure if we were on the same ship. We heard people talking about fights or something, but never saw anything. We are fairly young (I'm a 43 yr old cougar, my fiance is 31 lol) and we were out and about until the wee hours. Outside of a punk teenager running his mouth at a grown man at the Baltimore/Steelers game on the big screen, never saw any problems from them. RATTLING SHIP: OK...YES, I finally have to agree. Being my 10th cruise, I cannot remember any other ships shaking so badly when going in to port. Maybe this should be something the engineers look in to. We also were VERY rocky the first 12 hours going out. "rumors" were that the ships stabilizers were not working properly, which would definitely explain it. I have never gotten sick, but I was DEF queasy on that night going out. SERVICE: On our 3rd night, we went back to our room around 1245 am. Our keys would not work! Let me remind you..we were on the AFT, 7th Flr and had to go all the way back to the pursers desk, 3rd floor midship. We were not happy. But the man made us new keys and walked back with us just in case they didn't work. Guess what? they didn't lol He called a tech and he had to change the slot out. Well, needless to say, we got in our room at 0200 am. But the purser was very apologetic and said they had not seen that ever happen. We are understanding..you know what they say..stuff happens! lol Last but not least, Justin and I kept saying to each other throughout the cruise, that we could not believe how friendly everyone was!!! STAFF AND PASSENGERS. No matter where we were, someone started talking to us!!! We will DEFINITELY GO ON CARNIVAL AND THE DREAM AGAIN!!! I still don't know if we were just "Dreaming"! :) Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Upon arrival at the NYC terminal, we got through security and check-in quickly, then there was a long line to get onto the ship. Maybe 40 minutes from the time we got to the port to being onboard which isn't bad at all. It was a bit ... Read More
Upon arrival at the NYC terminal, we got through security and check-in quickly, then there was a long line to get onto the ship. Maybe 40 minutes from the time we got to the port to being onboard which isn't bad at all. It was a bit strange to board at deck Zero instead of into a beautiful atrium, but we got a ground view of the cove balcony cabins which looked cool from the outside. We checked out our 8C cabin, L-shaped aft just before the wrap 9c cabin, and it was very nice and very new. Awesome double-wide balcony with chairs and lounger. Note the safe uses a code—not a credit card to lock it. Flat screen tv on wall, and the navigation channel is better than on other Carnival ships. Small refrigerator, nice closet space and bathroom, blow dryer in the drawer, full length mirror on one of the closets. Love the amenity basket too. We then set out to explore. Waterslide is incredible though it was too cold to go on it. Nice seating areas forward on the higher decks near the spa. A lot of access to forward outside viewing areas too. Outdoor movie screen was good with lots of poolside seating—not in stadium setup like other Carnival ships—all one deck level. Mini golf and basketball are farther back. Center of deck 5 is Ocean Plaza which is a nice open area that has a bar and band, margarita bar, and coffee/dessert bar (for fee). Also outside access with seating areas and hot tubs. I really liked this area and it was always full of activity. Promenade deck went all the way around outside which was great and there were hot tubs and seating areas here and there. Balcony cabins on decks 6-9 overlook this deck. Very tall atrium was very nice and this ship actually has couch seating on the decks above and overlooking the atrium so you can still be part of the activities. Scarlet and Crimson dining rooms were beautiful and we had a nice table for 4 by a window, though both nights they opened later than 6pm to a lobby full of waiting people. Not sure why they weren't ready at 6. Food service was good, drink service was slow. They appeared to be understaffed. Food was very good and I was thrilled lobster was featured the second night. I missed seeing the dinner menus posted outside the dining rooms though; doesn't appear there is anywhere to post them. There was a $30 upcharge steakhouse on deck 10 or 11 aft, but we didn't try it out (as we just ate there on Carnival Liberty and the menu was the same). Lido food: Setup a bit different than other Carnival ships but always crowded. Outside on Lido aft is the deli and a fabulous Indian food station. Upstairs inside is a pasta bar—you fill out your order sheet and the food is cooked to order and delivered to your table. We enjoyed lunch here. More forward on Lido is another buffet and the Mongolian grill which always moved slowly, but then again, the food is cooked to order. Farther forward outside is pizza and burger grill. I do think a Carnival supervisor needs to watch the lines in order to facilitate things moving along quicker. Also need to keep other food venues open longer than just lunch; mid-afternoon the pizza, deli and burger lines were too long since they were the only options (besides room svc which we did not use this cruise). Ice cream stations open too. We didn't use pools or waterslides as it was November in NY. Would love to have tried them out though. Largest art gallery I've seen on a ship to date. Launderettes are on decks 2, 7 or 10 only. Ironing on all decks. $3 per wash and dry load; $1.25 for detergent. Theater was beautiful; had seating on outside both sides of lower deck which I've not seen before. So you had the curved seating toward the stage, and then couches lined up left and right perpendicular to the stage. Dancing in the Streets is the best show I've seen on a ship. Drink service was very slow as it appeared only two people were handling the entire lower level theater. One drink we ordered never arrived. Clubs are aft and all were busy at night. Piano bar (too smoky for me), comedian shows (get there early to get a seat!) and one other smaller club. Dance club Caliente was usually active. Casino always busy too. Debarkation was a breeze as with a Cruise to Nowhere you have no customs and take your own luggage. We docked about 7:15 and we left among the first people at 7:40 or so. Yes, there were small annoyances here or there—trays left in hallways quite awhile, long lines at eateries. Yet I would go on this ship again in a heartbeat. It's new—what's not to like? About me: I have sailed Carnival, Princess, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
http://cmd.shutterfly.com/commands/pictures/slideshow?site=carnivaldream1&page=carnivaldream1&album=77 Sorry this is so long, but tried to put all my thoughts here. Let me start by saying that reviews should be for individual ... Read More
http://cmd.shutterfly.com/commands/pictures/slideshow?site=carnivaldream1&page=carnivaldream1&album=77 Sorry this is so long, but tried to put all my thoughts here. Let me start by saying that reviews should be for individual ships and NOT the cruise line. Each ship is an individual and it's own management and staff, and that's what makes each one special. We fell in LOVE with the Miracle this past Summer, so that is the only Carnival ship we have to compare the Dream to. Carnival Dream is certainly a big ship but is it an improvement over the rest of the fleet? The design on the Miracle (IMHO), far surpasses that of the Dream. All for fun-fun for all, this past cruise to nowhere put the Dream to the test. Although all were for fun there was not much to be had. Embarkation could have been a more organized. ID picture for the SS card should have been taken at the counter when registering instead of when you board the ship, which slowed the line to board the ship. The line to board the ship was long, this was after you had been waiting inside and your group number was called. Activities were limited to a bean bag toss, trivia (more on that later), putting contest, auction etc. Now I can't expect Carnival really provide more than that with such horrible weather, which was not their fault, it was just really sad to see people lining the atrium rails 10 decks or so high to watch me putt. If I were putting in my back yard I'm sure my neighbors would find this less than entertaining, but once a free bottle of $5 dollar champagne is at stake-one cannot look away! The things that truly have to be seen first hand are the new slides and mini golf course, pictures cannot do them a justice. The slides are huge and will no doubt be enjoyed by many in better weather. The mini golf course is well done and probably beats some land based ones we've played but alas it was not to be (weather). Dining: We did not dine in the main venues as we had reserved Chef's Art for both evenings. Chef's Art is the steakhouse onboard and is every bit as good as any prime dining experience on HAL, Princess, and land-based steak houses, if not better. Decor is subdued and dimly lit for effect. Food and service were impeccable here. We did dine in the Scarlet lower for breakfast and the decor is not glitzy by any means some reds but not over the top like Bacchus on Miracle. Service here was ok but this was open seating breakfast so we can't comment on dinner time. However, the portions for breakfast were a little on the small side. Lido buffet was (I hate to say horrible but I'm going to say it anyway) horrible. What was horrible? A combination of overcrowding, the lack of an organized flow, and the food choices (falafel????). There were good smells coming from the Asian buffet station, but the line was so long it didn't make sense to stand there for 20min. Hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza were outdoors, and again a very long line each and every time we tried to get a hot dog for our Son. My son wanted pizza after kids club at mid-night, we stood in line in the cold for 20 min to get a slice for him. Cabin: We had an aft balcony on deck 9, it was roomy inside and out. There is no privacy on these aft balconies, not because of people looking up or down on you but your next door neighbors. These balconies have their partitions angled back on a 45 so if you're standing even near your railing, you and your neighbor have full view of each others balcony. One can easily see into your cabin without even leaning let alone hop over so keep your door locked and drapes drawn at night.(see photo). The mattress is of gymnasium floor mat quality and a lot of massages will be sold no doubt. The Carnival Miracle had nice pillow top mattresses and had me sleeping like a dog, I wonder why Carnival took a step backward on this. The bathroom was tight but do-able, but as a word of caution, if you plan to use the overhead electrical outlet in the bathroom to charge something, leave the light on as the outlet is only energized while the lights on. The aft balcony we had on deck 9 is sheltered by the pool area overhang of deck 10, you will not get direct sun or rain. Overall design: What were they thinking? The biggest question from all passengers is probably going to be why did they put those overhang spas on the promenade deck? Passengers wanting to use them have to walk through the Ocean Plaza lounge in swimming attire and bathrobes (saw a lot of that). Some of these poor people were red-faced having to walk through a main lounge when people were dressed in formal attire, though it's certainly not their fault. Once in one of these hot tubs, you have full view into all balcony cabins situated on the sixth deck and vice versa. Only one of these Spa hot tubs was open, and with the bad weather, this was the only place to take a dip, thus it was very crowded. All of the balconies on both sides of the ship have been set back so you can no longer look directly down to the ocean. When you look down you see the unsheltered promenade deck and it's users baring the elements. The promenade itself is not only home to these alienated hot tubs but glass walls 8' or 9' high lining the outer edge so you can no longer look over the railing at the sea like the old days (last week). The only place you can do this is on the fantail. Ocean Plaza: It's just an ordinary lounge with floor to ceiling glass windows and a glass door on both port and starboard to access the promenade and the alienated hot tubs. This was used for the majority of the events, however, not enough seating and gets very crowded. Problem here is that when either door is opened, any table nearby is stripped clean of any napkins or anything else that will take flight (not a good place to play that free deck of cards). We played trivia here but on two occasions, we had a full lounge ready for trivia and nobody from the entertainment staff showed up. Used the house phone to call the front desk but that's not easy, you have to go through a full menu of options unless of course it was an emergency. It was not an emergency trivia session. On both the first night of trivia and the last one, no one showed up and no announcements were made. I felt bad for the poor waiter who kept being asked "what happened to trivia". I know this may seem "trivial" to most, however, because of the weather, there wasn't much else to do. Knowing that the weather was going to be so bad, they should have had more entertainment in the other lounges. Sam's piano bar did not open until after 9:00 p.m., same for the Burgundy lounge, caliente dance club and Jazz lounge. Safety: An odd note on the handrails for the staircases on the Dream (see pic), there's really no way to grab these handrails in a traditional sense, they're about 7" deep and tapered towards the top. To hold the handrails is like holding onto a glossy textbook by the spine and the book is open slightly. If you should loose you balance on the stairs you'll need superhuman strength in your hands or you're going down ,people with limited dexterity or arthritis may want to opt for an elevator. Desserts: The desserts are great at the lido and you can easily grab those without a big line. Lemonade, iced tea are also good and easy to grab but the water has a little funk to it (probably the new lining in the tank). Croissants and danishes are perfect, coffee is pretty good but if you're a big coffee head you can use the nice cafe for a charge. Last but not least - The Muster: Now I don't know if it's Carnivals' fault but the new muster drill is a disaster waiting to happen. A lot of people not paying attention, no attendance taken-this can't be good. There's no substitute for being at the lifeboat station and actually putting on a life jacket. I watched as over 1,000 people slowly file into the dining room through a single set of glass doors and wondered what 's going to happen when it comes time to fill the boats. That's pretty scary. At one point, there was an announcement to watch the safety video. Everyone was looking around for the screen, no screen in the dining room. At this point the Maitre D' starts speaking and making jokes! For those of us who have sailed before and have experience, I know this drill gets redundant, however, once people are panicking in an emergency situation, there's no room for jokes and not knowing where to go. The children's facilities are AMAZING! Our 9-year old SON LOVE every room he saw. We knew that this was only a two day party cruise, and not to expect much from the staff. However, it was a good way to see if we wanted to sail on the Dream again - Notice that I said DREAM and NOT Carnival! Not sure if we would sail on the Dream again. Having seen them try to entertain a full ship during two days of bad weather, I hate to see what happens on longer cruises which also have bad weather. Over all, we had a good time and lots of laughs. If I remember anything more, I will post later. Please feel free to ask any questions. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
First let me start by saying that my husband and I, and the other couple we travelled with had a fantastic time. We were there to eat, drink and enjoy getting together with old friends, and we accomplished all of those things. However, ... Read More
First let me start by saying that my husband and I, and the other couple we travelled with had a fantastic time. We were there to eat, drink and enjoy getting together with old friends, and we accomplished all of those things. However, the cruise itself needs a lot of work. Some background information about us as travelers. The four of us are between 26-29 years old. And both couples have cruised a couple times with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess and Disney cruises, so we have some idea of what to expect, and what the standard is in this level of cruising. We're not fussy, but we do note when things aren't up to the standard we expect, and we're willing to pay a bit more occassionally for good service. In this instance it was a Carnival cruise, so we went into it expecting large crowds, that the food would be good (but mass produced), and service would be available, but not necessarily as personable as one would like. Overall I would give this ship a rating of 3/10. Emarkation: The embarkation process was horrible. And honestly one of the worst parts of the trip. Our documents had stated that the check-in process would start at 2 and go till 3:30pm, with the ship departing at 5pm. I knew from previous experience that you are usually able to board earlier, but we ended up being a bit delayed and arrived right at 2pm anyway. The first part where we went through security and received our keys/sign and sail cards was quick and painless. However, once we got through that, we sat for about 2 and a half hours on the floor in the terminal waiting to board the boat. It should be noted that water and lemonade were made available to passengers waiting to board, which was considerate. We finally managed to get on the boat around 4:45pm, and we were certainly not the last people to board. On a week long cruise this delay might not have been that big of a deal, but for a two day curise, this sort of delay really eats into your time. There was no communication from the staff as to why there was a delay, or how it would affect the departure/muster drill (which was to have happened at 4:30pm). We weren't sure if we had missed the muster drill, or if they were doing it later for all passengers, or perhaps just for the passengers that were late boarding. Around 5pm, the chime sounded for the muster drill and we reported to our stations, where we were supposed to go over life jacket procedures, and watch a small safety video. After arriving at our muster station we lined up to report in and watch the video. The projector screen came down, however the video never played, nor was the crew able to get it up and running. After waiting for about 20-30 minutes, they finally released us, telling us we could watch the video from the tv in our stateroom if we had any questions. I'm pretty sure we all left hoping that we would have no need of the safety instructions we never received. Since our group had the early dining at 6pm (and we were familiar with the safety precautions based on previous cruises), we shrugged it off, and left to explore the boat for a few minutes and then find our table for dinner. Ship DEcor and Design/Itinerary: Normally I enjoy the Carnival decor. The ships are glitzy and reminiscent of Vegas and generally a lot of fun. I am not a fan of the dEcor on this particular ship however. This may come down to personal taste, but I found the whole thing to be way too over the top even for Carnival, and often felt a bit dizzy You do not want passengers feeling vertigo as the walk down a spiral staircase. It was obvious that a lot of attention went into the detail and decor, and the ship was kept very clean, but I ended up feeling overwhelmed by the decor most of the time. The good news is that the ship was very easy to navigate, especially for as big as it was, We had no problem learning the ship in the short time we were aboard. I had thought that the Dream had a glass dome above the pool area. If they did have it, they never put it up, which I thought was strange. We had really bad weather during the cruise (though the weather was certainly not the ship's fault). We ended up grabbing our spa robes to wear around the ship to keep warm, as some of the lounges were rather cold, and anywhere that had doors to the outside was a little chilly. The picture of the itinerary had made it seem that the ship was going to be heading down south a ways (close to Georgia/Florida) then turn around and come back to New York. Our actual route kept us very close to the coast of New York. This may have been in part because of the weather (lingering effects from the hurricane?), but from what I have seen, most of the bad weather was located right around lower New York and Jersey. As a result of our location we did have really rough seas. I heard from one of the passengers that the stabilizers on the ship were broken, but I don't know if that was true or not. Staterooms The staterooms were absolutely fine. We didn't spend particularly much time in ours (inside state room with no window). If you have one of these rooms, I do recommend turning the tv onto the channel with the ship camera outside and muting it. This will give you the "window" experience, and allow you to approximate what time it is based on the sun. It can be rough waking up in the morning at 9am in a pitch black room with no frame of reference. There were also no alarm clocks in the staterooms. Not a big deal, but it's something I don't generally pack, so it's good to know for future reference. The cabins had decent storage, and the Carnival bath robes were provided in the room (those came in handy later on). Basically if you've seen one cabin in this category, you've seen them all. Dining: Main Dining Room: The food in the main dining room was wonderful, and much better then I was expecting. I would even say it was a step up from previous cruises. Still not 5 star, but then anyone who is expecting that from this type of cruise, obviously hasn't done their home worke. Still the meat was incredibly tender, seafood well prepared and seasoned. Beverage service was a huge miss though. I ordered a soda the 1st night, and had to ask for it three times before it finally made it to the table (I had it by the time I got dessert), and the 2nd night the beverage service waiter never even made it to our table. Luckily our main waiter was wonderful, and she worked hard to make sure our water glasses were always filled, and that we always had fresh coffee in our cups. I didn't see an assistant waiter, it's possible that they no longer have them. Highlight: We had a table by the window in the dining room, and watching the Statue of Liberty all lit up float by at night was beautiful. Buffet: We ate at the buffet for breakfast and lunch the 2nd day. This was fairly close to what we had in cruises past. There was lots of variety, and tons of food. Burritos in the lunch buffet were good. Lines were atrociously long at pretty much all the stations, and most of the food was average. We did have pizza late one evening on the 2nd night, which was very good. We also availed ourselves of the frozen yogurt whenever we walked past. Overall I'd give the food here a B to a B-. Solid effort, and if you can't find something to eat you're in trouble. But nothing that really stood out. Other: We also tried the sushi one evening as an "Amuse Bouche" before dinner. It was not rolled particularly well, and our pieces kind of fell apart, but the fish was fresh and tasty. We attempted to find the "Midnight Snacks" on the lido deck the first night, however none were set out. We also went for Margaritas and Chips (advertised on the cruise capers) in one of the lounges at one point. When we arrived there were no chips in site, and no waiters selling Margaritas. We ended up ordering a couple Margaritas from the bar and snacking on some goldfish crackers they set out. While these things really are no big deal in the grand scheme of things (we certainly didn't go hungry, and we managed to find drinks well enough on our own), they do start to add up, and detract from the experience. Room service: This was pretty sad. We called the first night for room service, and it was an hour and a half wait. Second night we ordered from the tv in our room. It never showed up. Not a big deal, we went and found some more frozen yogurt. But this sort of thing really needs to be fixed. Entertainment: We went to both of the shows in the main theater, and to the adult comedy shows on both nights. Our group was thoroughly entertained. 1st night in the main theater was 1 gentleman singing songs from Motown along with a good band, and we all had a blast singing and bopping along. 2nd night in the main theater was the big production, the one that the cruise director had been touting from the beginning. It was a great show, but I'm not sure how "family friendly" it really is. There were sections of the show were the dancers were dressed as pimps and hookers, and one small section were one of the "hookers" takes a spin around a pole. Now the clothing wasn't that revealing, short skirts maybe a little midriff, a bathing suit would probably be more revealing, but it's very clear what they are. The moves are still fairly tame, but there is some occasional grinding. I saw one woman take her grandson out of theater at this point. They've added some acrobatics and some break dancing that was wonderful. They also used some pyrotechnics during the production, but they seemed really out of place and unnecessary. I think Carnival is trying to update it's image for a younger crowd. Both of the adult comedy acts were fun. We laughed and had a great time, but the guy from the Carnival staff who was supposed to do the warm-up set was awful. They had two shows each night, one at 9:45pm and one at 10:45pm with different comedians. We had originally planned on doing the 9:45pm one the 1st night, but left immediately because we thought that warm up guy was the headlining comedian. When we then came back for the 10:45pm and he was back doing the same bad jokes, we realized he was just the opening act. We also participated in a trivia contest, attended the marriage show, and the lounge crawl, which had the ability to be a lot of fun. They had it set up to do a different decade of dance in each lounge. We started strong with the 50's/60's in the atrium, then moved to do the 70's. Then we were supposed to follow the crew to the disco for the 80's music. At this point we overheard one of the staff say that the disco was too full, and the staff wandered off without explanation, and they kind of all dispersed. I have no idea where they went. We shrugged and decided to call it a night, but they need to make that better organized. We were looking forward to the 80's! We had also had a blast playing air hockey, and battleship, which we check out of the ships library. Disembarkation: This was also pretty rough. We received no information on what time we would be arriving in port, or what time we would be expected to leave the ship etc. We did receive customs forms to fill out (which weren't needed, as we did not go through customs on the way out). I recall either having a cruise caper or a paper with info on it about procedures for leaving the ship on cruises past. Neither one were handed out. When we asked about it we were told by the staff that they didn't want to stress out the guests, and that's why we weren't given the information. It was also slightly problematic because the announcements that went over the loud speaker the morning of the disembarkation could only be heard from the hallway. While we were in our room we could hear the chime from the announcement, but nothing else. We could have very easily missed or slept through it. Summary: I want to stress that despite all of the complaints listed above we really did have a fun time. I feel like all I've done in this review is whine, and that doesn't give the whole picture. Part of the problem may be that the ship and crew is brand new, part of it may be that it was only a two day cruise, so things are run a bit differently, thus more bumps along the way. In the end, it was certainly better than a weekend at home. But when compared to other cruises we've taken, it was certainly the worst of the bunch. I doubt any first-time cruisers would come back based on the experience from this ship. My advice, give the Dream another year or two to work out all the kinks, before sailing on it. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
The Carnival Dream was a beautiful ship! Embarkation: I don't remember every detail (saying it was a long time ago) but we live in New Jersey and took the hour/ hour and a half drive to New York instead of flying to Florida. It ... Read More
The Carnival Dream was a beautiful ship! Embarkation: I don't remember every detail (saying it was a long time ago) but we live in New Jersey and took the hour/ hour and a half drive to New York instead of flying to Florida. It was smooth, and then we got in line, and then parked our car. Next, we took a big elevator down, and then it was perfect through security and onto the ship we went!! We went to our cabin first although you are not technically supposed to but we went to the cabin and dropped off our bags. The line at the Lido Buffet was long... but what do you expect? We had to get a table upstairs at the Steakhouse but we didn't care. Cabin: Not very pleased. It was me (11 at the time), my two sisters (8, 12) and my mom and dad in a "Deluxe OceanView" cabin. This was the first ship to offer a ocean view to hold five people, and that's why my parents booked it. I don't understand it because that cabin was the same size as any oceanview cabin (besides the two bathrooms) but they just set up another bed on the couch. WAY to tight for five people trying to get ready for a dinner at night or get ready in the morning. If you can, get two cabins, connecting cabins, or a suite. It would be much more worth it. The ship: Beautiful! Everything about it was just so nice. Only issue was that we had a lot of routy New Yorkers, and teenagers so through out the week there were broken TVs, broken lamps, drunk people, and just a few cabins down from us... and totally destroyed room. The good thing is you were never bored on the ship! Dining: Loved the Crimson dining! Loved our waiter too! We were at a table with a couple and their little girl which was fine, and they weren't even there like 3 times that week. Warm chocolate melting cake was my favorite... obviously! And on Thanksgiving, I did have turkey, and a pumpkin soup as well as watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day on the big screen by the pool (and on the TV in our cabin)! I think being on a cruise ship for Thanksgiving was amazing (and being in the warm sun in November)! Circle 'C': My older sister and I decided to try out Circle 'C'. The first day at sea, I really wanted to do a photo scavenger hunt, so I went although my sister didn't want to(and I am not very good with meeting new people). Half way there I almost turned around, but I just sucked it up and went. I didn't really know what group to join, so I just asked a group because they all seemed nice and they said yes. We all got medals because we won! It really turned out to be a lot of fun running around the ship taking pictures and it was well ran! Arcade: I loveddddd the arcade! I had never really found it until like half way into the week. It was on the fourth floor... I think... totally out of the way. It was simple. You just stuck in your cabin card thing, and put in how many coins you wanted, and out came the coins! Only issue? 1. My parents hated me spending all that money in there. 2. That was where I lost my card. I had left it in the machine and forgot to take it out, so my little sister and I walked out. I realized it was gone, ran back, but it wasn't there. I quickly ran to the desk in the lobby to help, and it was the quickest thing EVER! I was so frantic because I was scared my parents would be mad at me. The lady was very nice, and thankfully the line wasn't that long like it had been a couple of times. She took my name, and my cabin number I think, she found my card, disabled it (in case the person who took it tried to use it to charge money to my parents account) and printed me a new one! Awesome service! :) Camp Carnival: My little sister only went later in the week and a few times. The only bad part about it, was a lot of activities you had to pay for or have a parent. And, all the activities my sister wanted to do, ALWAYS ran over the time we had dinner (6:00-8:00). But, sometimes it was great for her to go and do her thing, meet new people, and have fun with kids her age! Well, she's soooo weird so I would ask if she made any new friends and she would say, " I don't know." or, " I don't remember their names!". I personally think she made friends with some little boys and was embarrassed! ;) Steward: I didn't really meet, MEET the steward but I guess he was good. My parents talked to him, so I guess that's good! :) Except, the first night was pretty bad. I was pretty nauseous, mostly at dinner, because of the rocking of the ship. It was November in New York. I just never had been in rough waters like that, and I have never gotten nauseous on a ship before. It was almost impossible to walk around the ship without holding onto anything because it would jerk you over. It was funny sometimes though! :) We sat down in a little stage area (I don't remember the name) and this poor women had to sing in front of like 8 people! Anyway, my stomach was annoying me from dinner, and I really had to go to the bathroom (ya no!) so I just sat down outside our cabin because it still was not made yet. And yes we had checked in like an hour before and it was not touched. We understood that the stewards were probably going crazy because it was the first night! Well, they were a few cabins down from us, so we just decided to wait. I don't remember the exact time, but I would say 9:30 PM and we got into the cabin. I truthfully don't know if that's early or late for the room to be done, and I am not trying to sound mean or disrespectful, but I was tired and dizzy. If you are feeling dizzy or the rocking of the ship is making you feel sick, I would recommend to go back to your cabin as soon as possible, and just lie down. I had to lie down to feel better, and I didn't feel the rocking of the ship as much. It was sort of calming rocking to sleep, though! :) [ We had a deck 1 cabin like always, because my mom says it's cheaper, like mid-ship?] Water slides: The line was long sometimes, mostly for Twister. It got very cold all the way up there sometimes! I tried The Drainpipe two times, and I was good. I got scared when I started going REALLY fast, and I was like partially sitting up, partially sitting on my back. Not a good idea to sit up. To gain momentum, you have to lie on your back, which no one told me! I couldn't really see, but all of a sudden I dropped out, and banged my head pretty hard! The second time I bruised my knee. If you figure out how to do it, have fun! Not for me though!! The Twister on the other hand, was worth the wait! It was long, and so much fun. After I learned to lie on my back, I went so fast! The BEST part, was seeing my dad splash at the end! ;) The racing slides were fun too. They were just simple, and me and my sister would race all the time! Awesome for all ages. :) Pool: Barely went in! Most of the time it was too cold, or raining but I don't know why all of a sudden it started to gross me out on this ship that it was salt water. On all of the other ships I had been on, it never really bothered me. I felt like I was in the ocean (which I don't swim in) and fish were going to bite my feet, or jellyfish were going to sting me! I don't know why! I also hated that no one really went in the lido pool, but tons of people were around it, watching TV, or suntanning. I felt weird going in and it felt like everyone was watching me! Whirlpools: Me and my sisters went in twice. My mom hates them because they are bad for kids skins, but they were perfect on a chilly day. The first time, my and both my sisters went in one in the back of the ship out of the way, so we were alone. Then a dad and his daughter joined which was fine! The second time, just me and my little sister went in on one that hung over the ship (which was pretty cool). We were alone, and then like ten people piled in. There was older people, kids, a bigger person, and just SOOO many people! I couldn't even really put my feet down without touching someone else's! Ugh! :P It was fine though, because they all deserved to be in the hot tub too, so my sister and I got out. Shows: Only saw one show, and it was a ventriloquist! I love ventriloquists, and he was VERY funny! :) But, some things were a little inappropriate for me and my sister (my little sister wasn't there) so it was like... awkward? Other then that, great! :) Staff: Truthfully, some of the staff we rolled upon were not very nice. One was at the gift shops, doing the bracelets I believe? She just didn't seem too happy. The other one was in the Atrium at the bar. My sisters and I had a drink card, so I went there almost every time to get sodas. She would give me an attitude saying that kids couldn't sit there, or I needed my room card out. She just didn't seem to like kids that much, but what can you do! Room Service: OY! Only ordered room service once while my parents were out one night at the casino. We got 2 hot chocolates (yes we wanted hot chocolates!) fruit and something else. We had also bought 'UP' on our TV to watch that night. We all fell asleep after 30-45 minutes after we order room service. Knock knock knock! " Beccaaaaaaa... goooo... getttttt....itttt..." I was sleeping on the couch, so I opened the door and the steward was VERY nice and brought it in placed it down for us, and I gave him his tip. Wonderful service! But, I never checked the time (does anyone else feel that you lose track of time on a ship?) so I don't know how long we all slept. I can tell you no doubt that it took no less then an hour. I did not think room service took that long! It was just upsetting because we were all so tired after that, we barely finished anything! I don't think it was worth it, but maybe the mornings are better? This December I think we will try that! :) ICE-CREAM: The best thing that God ever invented? FREE ICE-CREAM ALL WEEK, EVERYDAY, 24 HOURS!!!! For kids, its like a dream come true! I have heard different things, but I think that nothing beats cruise ship ice-cream, and I don't know why! It's so sweet, and creamy... OMG! I want it right now!! :) I think that Royal Caribbean's is a little bit better, but that's okay! I'm happy either way! :D Well... I think that's it! Thank you for anyone who sat through this and read through my review! If you can leave questions that would be awesome! :) I hope this helps you if you are planing a Carnival Dream cruise! :) -77cruiselover77 (Becca) Read Less
Carnival Dream Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.1

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