Sail Date: June 2014
My family was giving a cruise as a graduation gift. It was her first cruise and it was so great! The ship was so impressive; especially the laser light show and the line dance that when from top to bottom of the ship at the party, and the ... Read More
My family was giving a cruise as a graduation gift. It was her first cruise and it was so great! The ship was so impressive; especially the laser light show and the line dance that when from top to bottom of the ship at the party, and the Serenity deck made for the perfect relaxing place to hide. The ports were so beautiful and the weather couldn't have been any better.The staff went above board to entertain and really made you feel comfortable to talk with on any subject. Ship had great shows and daily activities to enjoy. I guess my favorite part was the last night on Lido deck; the party was so exciting; being grandmother and being the last one from our group to stop dancing it was a memory for my kids. My son actually went back on the same ship for his honeymoon 2 years later. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
We had a WONDERFUL cruise on the Dream! Embarkation was fairly typical, got to the port around 11:30am, was on board eating lunch at 12:45pm. The staff on board were all amazing! Maybe it was because we were on for 9 days, but we felt we ... Read More
We had a WONDERFUL cruise on the Dream! Embarkation was fairly typical, got to the port around 11:30am, was on board eating lunch at 12:45pm. The staff on board were all amazing! Maybe it was because we were on for 9 days, but we felt we got more personal service from all of the bartenders, wait staff, and cabin stewards. We stayed in room 2376, Cove Balcony. It was a great room. About 30 feet above the water line, and little blocked by the life boats, but there was ample sun during the day and ample shade at times. The room itself was the typical balcony room, perfect amount of space for a couple. There were no issues with any amenities in the room, and it only showed minor wear and tear. This particular cabin is below the galley on Deck 3. There were some noises that could be heard at different times of the day, but never had any issue getting awoke during the night. I must point out that early in the cruise and other random times during the cruise, while walking down the hall from the Mid ship staircase/elevator bank to our room, there were unfavorable smells in the hallway. It was not ALWAYS there, but when it was, it was very noticeable and in the same location in the hallway. Gave us a good laugh as we walked through the hallway. NEVER did it enter our room. There was always ample activities to keeps us entertained, plenty of food options and drinks were good. Overall a wonderful cruise, we met some wonderful people and cant wait for the next trip! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
We were on the Dream for 9 nights starting 4/5/14. We boarded the ship at Port Canaveral and then ended at New Orleans. My only complaint would actually have to do with the boarding but overall it went smoothly after they finally let us ... Read More
We were on the Dream for 9 nights starting 4/5/14. We boarded the ship at Port Canaveral and then ended at New Orleans. My only complaint would actually have to do with the boarding but overall it went smoothly after they finally let us in. We went to Aruba, Jamaica, Caymans, & Cozumel. This was my 12th cruise on Carnival and I tell you that we had a really good time. We were joined by my daughter and her husband. We went to late dining in the main dining room each night and our food was good and our service was excellent. Very friendly staff. Our main waitress' name was Thita and our Maitre'd was Shane. Both were so nice and friendly. I looked forward to the dining each night. We usually had breakfast in the buffet and then ate out on the back deck overlooking the sea. We did go to the Brunch one day and it was very good, just not as relaxed as we prefer when we sit outside. We did the buffet for lunch each sea day and usually hit the deli or the pizza if we got back on the ship late. We did the outdoor bbq one day and it was fine but I preferred the grill for my hamburgers and I liked the burrito bar also. I did the pasta bar one day for lunch and found it pretty good. The mongolian grill was busy everytime I would go by it, but finally on the last day I decided to have lunch there and it was very good also. I had no complaints with their food or service. We went to the comedy club every night that they had it and the comedians were very good. If I had one complaint, it was about the piano bar. I thought he left very much to be desired, but he seemed to have a following of about 15 people evey night. I couldn't take him. The Blackjack Band, and Scott were the musicians I preferred listening to every chance I could. The overall ship was very nice. The casino was ran well, I just wish they would get rid of those constant shuffle machines. I really don't like them. Overall, we had a really good time and I would do the Dream again with no concerns. Oh, the water park area was really nice also. I even got my wife to do a couple of water slides with me. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
The cruise was great enjoyed it but there were a few problems. 1. Port Canaveral departing : It took forever the employees were doing everything they could but I dont think Carnival was set up at the dock for that many people..I can not ... Read More
The cruise was great enjoyed it but there were a few problems. 1. Port Canaveral departing : It took forever the employees were doing everything they could but I dont think Carnival was set up at the dock for that many people..I can not walk or stand for long periods and had to get a wheel chair.. We arrived at the correct time and still had to wait over an hour and a half. 2. Loved the Cove Balcony on deck 2. 3. Was disappointed about the smoking areas other than the lido deck .. no where to sit have a drink and listen to music because of no smoking. I was smoking in the Casino bar it was full so I sat down at a table, a waiter came up and grabbed the ashtray from my hand , then proceeded to grab my arm and like a smart a## stated this is a NoSmoking area. People were standing 3 deep in front of me smoking but I was not allowed to sit down. Everyone around was in shock over him grabbing my arm. 4. Shows were ok, The country music one was so bad we left after 10 minutes, but the Comedy shows were great. 5. The food was ok, most of the time it was luke warm but our waiters were fantastic 6. This was my first cruise all and all had a great time Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
This was a repositioning cruise for the Dream as it moved from its former home port of Port Canaveral to New Orleans. The itinerary was: Embark Pt Canaveral, 2 sea days, Aruba, one Sea Day, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, a Sea Day and ... Read More
This was a repositioning cruise for the Dream as it moved from its former home port of Port Canaveral to New Orleans. The itinerary was: Embark Pt Canaveral, 2 sea days, Aruba, one Sea Day, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, a Sea Day and Disembark in New Orleans. Our first time on the Dream which came highly recommended by friends. So did we live the Dream or did the Dream turn into a nightmare? The trip-o-meter fell more to the living a dream. While not perfect, the plusses outweighed the minuses. Here we go: Embarkation: Flew into MCO day of and had no problem with finding the ship arranged Shuttle. Contrary to what I was led to believe from others, they didn't wait until a full load and we were off within 30 minutes from picking up luggage. Trip to the port was no problem. Arrived just around 11am and got in line (no Fast to the Fun pass or priority boarding). Wish I could say the line moved quickly but it didn't and we stood in the little entrance building for approx an hour without moving an inch. Heard later that they had some issue but didn't hear what it was. After about a half hour they did bring some bottled water. But once the line started to move, no problems and got on board approximately 40 minutes after clearing security. Embarkation Lunch: hit the buffet, good variety of choices, food was good and didn't have a problem finding a seat. While we ate, they did announce all rooms were ready and our luggage came later that afternoon before sailing. Room: Had an aft balcony on the port side of the 8th (verandah) deck. Nice for two, would have been a little cramped with three or four. Balcony had two chairs and a small table and we made the most of it. Our steward and his assistant were both very pleasant and called us by name from day 1. A stark difference than other cruises in recent past where no one bothered to learn you name. Room was 'stocked' with trial size package of toothpaste and lotion and some hand soap. Bath Soap and Shampoo are from dispensers. Plenty of storage (three section wardrobe, four drawer table, plus a few cubby holes). Minibar but we never bothered to ask for the key. Typical small room safe and hairdryer. Only one outlet in the room that I could find. We brought an extension cord with multiple plug ins. Disclaimer: For those who may be on the large size, please don't be offended by the next comment: The shower is tiny. And when I say tiny, if you lean to the broad side, you will find showering challenging. You may end up with body parts outside the shower curtain. It is that small. Food: Steakhouse is definitely worth the extra money. My rib-eye was as good as most that I've eaten. Wife's surf and turf equally tasty. Cheesecake was huge. They do need to add a good chocolate cake to their dessert menu but other than that you can't miss eating here at least once. We had late night dining in the Scarlett DR. Our wait team was fantastic (led by Kelik, who is simply amazing with a wonderful sense of humor). All three of our waiters called us by name and chatted it up Never felt rushed even though we knew they had a long day. The dinner selections were good with better than average taste. The dining entertainment though corny was fun. Entertainment: Probably the worst we've ever encountered in our 19 cruises. I will add that we did not do any of the big production shows. The comics were not funny (one even had to have a cheat sheet and referenced it a lot during his show in the Punchliner). The Emcee at the Punchliner was not funny either, hum a trend. The hypnotist put us all to sleep with his constant chatter and the show was a snoozer. The juggler was county fair talent. The lounge singers had issues staying on key. Lots of improvement to improve. Ports of Call: (Took no shore excursions as we've been to all these before) Aruba: Highly recommend the Bavaria Food and Beer restaurant in Palm Beach ($14 cab fare each way) if you love German food. Wonderful wurst (had weissewurst) and schnitzels. Sauerkraut was true bavarian style (slightly sweet/wine based with caraway). The best pretzel ever and very different - yeast based, light and tasty. Fare for two with tip was little over $70, though no beer (soft drinks for us). Ocho Rios: Could only take 20 minutes of the hassle and got back on board. Lousy port side shopping. Grand Cayman: totally bummed the Hard Rock Cafe has closed (wanted to get a t-shirt for the grandkid). Starting to get a little dumpy. Tender stop, no problems as we ate a leisurely breakfast while they got the Carnival booked shore excursions off the boat. Cozumel: good port side shopping and that's about all we did. Overall shipboard experience: While we had 3940+ passengers, no lines or long waits. Lots of kids (spring break) but didn't see them around too much. The pool areas were crowded so we did avoid those. Serenity area for adults when you could find a place to sit (lots of seat saving) was pleasant. Lots of chaise lounges on the promenade deck and the whirlpools on that deck were never crowded. For a ship this size, shopping was very limited. Overall decor was eclectic and not sure what the theme was. Was very surprised of the limited emphasis put on using hand sanitizers. Other ships had crew forcing it on you (which we appreciate), this one, no one seemed to care and very few people used it. I suggest you bring your own. Disembarkation: As this was the Dream's first in NOLA let's just say they have a few kinks to work out. New Orleans - our first time there and our last time there. To those who love/like the place, no offense but it's a dump. We stayed out at the airport for early next morning flight and took a cab to French Quarter ($33 one way) for lunch at the Jager-Haus Restaurant (yep another German food place) which was very good (brats for me, schnitzel for the wife, pretzel though was just one of those out of the freezer things) and beignets at Cafe du Monde. Walked around a bit, the skies opened up and another $33 to go back to hotel. Overall, loved the pace of the trip. The ship was nicer than what I would have expected and I can see why so many are repeat cruisers on this one.   Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
My husband & I have cruised previously but have not been on Carnival since a Med cruise on the Magic- 10/13. I was a little apprehensive prior to the cruise. There has been a lot posted on Cruise Critic regarding recent changes on ... Read More
My husband & I have cruised previously but have not been on Carnival since a Med cruise on the Magic- 10/13. I was a little apprehensive prior to the cruise. There has been a lot posted on Cruise Critic regarding recent changes on Carnival ships. EMBARKATION: We purchased Faster to the Fun & for us, it was a good value. Embarkation was slightly delayed on this cruise. I was told that it was due the the Dream having to change terminals at Port Canaveral. I don't know if that was true. Faster to the Fun worked as promised. We we were able to bypass the longer check in lines and drop off our carry on luggage in our cabin Our additional luggage arrived a couple of hours before nearby cabins received theirs. SHIP: The Dream was clean & well maintained. I personally did not care for the Ship's layout & size. I wish the Crimson Dining Room was located elswhere & not midship. My husband & I also found ourselves trying to avoid crowds & lines throughout the cruise. CABIN: We have always booked an aft wrap/suite. We enjoy spending a lot of time on the balcony & the aft is normally quiet. This is the first cruise we had soot on the balcony, but it was minimal. We also experiended cigarette smoke from nearby & noise in the hallways for the first time. Fortunately, the balcony is large enough that you can move away from the smoke. Just a note for anyone that books this cabin (7459) is that one corner of the bed is very near the closet. It could be an issue for some people. DINING: I definitely noticed a difference since our last cruise. There seemed to be less choices and the food quality was not as good. This was especially noticeable in the buffet, but we also felt the change in the Steakhouse. We choose anytime dining in the dining room. The waitstaff seemed overworked. SERVICE: This crew was the most diverse we have seen & the youngest. There was a language barrier with some, although most crew members were friendly if we initiated conversation. Our room steward was efficient & did everything we requested, but was not not particularly friendly. The only negative service we received was from a young man from FL at the Shore Excursions desk. He totally blew us off when we had questions regarding a Carnival Shore Excursion. Fortunately, the staff at guest services were very helpful and answered our concerns. Also, we thought the cruise director was annoying. There were too many announcements about activities. Entertainment: There was plenty of live entertainment & activities throughout the ship. This is another area where the quality was not as good as previous cruises. DISEMBARKATION: Getting off the ship was no problem, but there were not enough taxis. SUMMARY: There was no experience that had the WOW factor that we have had on previouse cruises. I used to think that Carnival offered a good value for price. Now I am not so sure. I probably will still consider a Carnival cruise if the itinerary is right, but it most likely will not be my first choice.. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
First of all you're on a cruise, how could you not be happy!! But I suppose the point of this review is just to give my opinion. I didn't find much to complain about on the Dream, our cabin was incredible. I loved the location. ... Read More
First of all you're on a cruise, how could you not be happy!! But I suppose the point of this review is just to give my opinion. I didn't find much to complain about on the Dream, our cabin was incredible. I loved the location. Cove balcony is the way to go. We were right behind the elevators which I initially thought would be a nuisance but I loved not having to walk far, the noise was not bad at all (except a few times coming from the stewards closet, but that was during the day & who stays in their room all day anyways!?) It's cool that you can just eat yourself sick, not that I did ;) As for the food the breakfast was not impressing at all, I found myself eating the same thing over & over. The juice seemed a little watered down to me. The lunch was ok, but my FAVORITE was the pasta bar. It's kind of hard to find & a little different than the buffet, but worth it!! Make sure you try it at least once & ask someone how to find it because i can't remember lol!! The tea is not good at all to me but the Red frog Rum bar was OMG the BEST!! I'm a tad disappointed as all I heard was how the ship was so much fun you wouldn't even want to get off but I disagree. BUT since it was my first time I was a little overwhelmed. I thought the shows were kind of lame, but I did enjoy some of the comedians . The wait staff definitely made dinner awesome, they do spoil you. All & all everything went pretty smooth EXCEPT on our last night & the day we left. My son laid his sombrero & sunglasses down on a couch in the main lobby, he walked off & came back to pick them up but a staff member wouldn't let him have it. SHe walked with him to guest services & said you will have to come back with your mom in the morning because i don't believe these are yours. So I do just that, I go to guest services & the man walks in the back, comes back & says there was nothing back there. I move along without saying anything but it's just NOT sitting well with me so I go talk to the other lady & she comes right out with the sombrero but NO glasses (OAKLEYS are expensive!! SO I am not happy!!!!) I still don't know what happened to his glasses & I still don't know why that man lied about his sombrero not being back there, Did it ruin my vacation, no. Did it irritate me yes! BUT we will definitely go back. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
We sailed on the Dream March 8-15. We booked FTTF but since the bridge got stuck, by the time we got to embarkation there were no lines and so FTTF didn't help with boarding. We did get to go right to our cabin (balcony 8436) and drop ... Read More
We sailed on the Dream March 8-15. We booked FTTF but since the bridge got stuck, by the time we got to embarkation there were no lines and so FTTF didn't help with boarding. We did get to go right to our cabin (balcony 8436) and drop our stuff off and head up to lunch. Food - didn't love the buffet at lunch - the indian was good and so was the wok if you were willing to wait 40 minutes. My husband enjoyed the pasta bar. Dinner was okay. Many nights I didn't enjoy the entrees. The menu definitely needs some work. Of course the chocolate melting cake never disappoints. Ship - décor was not very attractive and the layout confusing. Also, the gift shop had very little variety - surprised they didn't have more shopping on board. Casino - was great, very large with low table limits. Pool decks - surprised there were only 2 small pools. We were able to always get chairs but had to get up at 8:30 to get a decent location. Loved the round wickers lounges on Serenity. Spa - we bought the Cloud 9 spa pass and really enjoyed it. Never found any of the areas crowded. Service was great - was surprised at all the times we were called by name. Shows - loved the comedy. Only saw one big show and it was good. LOVED Fun Force. My son especially enjoyed the class and show they did with Camp Carnival. Surprised they don't sell Fun Force stuff in the shop - my son would have been begging for a shirt or hat. Camp Carnival - my 9 year old didn't really enjoy it til later in the week. Didn't seem to be many kids that participated. The staff seemed annoyed every time I went by. And they didn't really encourage the kids to come to the parties like they did on other ships. Once I was waiting on my son and overheard a counselor fussing at the 6-8 age group. She was downright mean. My son still had a great time thought so I guess that's what matters. Overall we had a great week but I just didn't love the Dream. I think we'll try Royal again next time.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
We enjoyed this cruise more than any others in the Caribbean. The Carnival Dream was appropriately named; it is a Dream with beautiful decor and amenities, fantastic staff, and a great itinerary. We started our cruise with dinner in the ... Read More
We enjoyed this cruise more than any others in the Caribbean. The Carnival Dream was appropriately named; it is a Dream with beautiful decor and amenities, fantastic staff, and a great itinerary. We started our cruise with dinner in the Steakhouse on the first evening - great food and service and a warm, friendly staff. The entertainment on the Dream was the best we have experienced in several cruises. In Cozumel, we booked an all-inclusive visit at a resort and enjoyed the pools, beach, drinks, food, and a very gracious staff. In Belize, we went on a Carnival excursion to the Xunantunich Mayan ruins, near the Equador border. This gave us the opportunity to see some of the Belize countryside, see the ruins, and have a great lunch on the way back to the ship. In Roatan, we made reservations for a private tour with Bodden Tours. This was one of the best days we have experienced in any of the ports - great guide/driver, beautiful scenery, great glass bottom boat tour, fantastic lunch at Foster's Restaurant, and even had fun visiting the monkeys. The food, scenery, and atmosphere at Foster's was perfect, even before the Monkey LaLa drinks. We are already planning another cruise on the Dream with basically the same itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Our family of 4 cruised on the Dream to the Western Caribbean in March 2013, and decided to do a repeat to the Eastern side this year. We all had a great time on both trips! We parked at Park'n'Cruise, which saved about 50% over ... Read More
Our family of 4 cruised on the Dream to the Western Caribbean in March 2013, and decided to do a repeat to the Eastern side this year. We all had a great time on both trips! We parked at Park'n'Cruise, which saved about 50% over parking at the port. Embarkation was super fast. The guy behind us got his case of "water" promptly confiscated when the security agent opened and tested the liquid for alcohol. We got a cabin on Panorama Deck 11, which I think is the perfect location (see cabin review). FOOD: The food is good. It is amazing to me how they can keep the quality so high for such a huge group of people. Highlights were the omelet station, excellent pizza, Indian Tandoori, and the main dining room dinners. The buffet is just average, but we could always find something decent on it. We did Your Time Dining, and generally ate at peak times (7-7:30). One of us would go down to get a pager while the others were getting ready. It was generally a 20 min wait. It would be nice if the ship had more individual restaurants, rather than just buffet-style stations. STAFF: Antonio in the Crimson Dining Room was amazing. He did lots of tricks like balancing forks on toothpicks, and really entertained the kids. Michael was another good waiter. All of the MDR staff were pleasant and helpful. Be prepared to wait for your entrees some nights. We didn't have anywhere else to be, so we just relaxed and had more bread and butter. We didn't see our room steward Ari much but he worked hard and always got us what we needed. Activities staff were always fun and friendly. PORTS: See my port reviews. We did not prebook any tours. We prefer to take taxis and sort of "wing it". ENTERTAINMENT: The shows were the same we had seen the year before, so we skipped them this time. The male singer was new to us and sounded good. On the pool deck, Troy and Scott would alternate hours of acoustic guitar. Troy has a great voice and was very pleasant to listen to while sunning by the pool. Scott is a very accomplished guitarist but his vocals are hit-and-miss. He likes to get the crowd involved and people seemed to enjoy him. Brian Bradley in the Punchliner comedy club was very funny. We are sorry we didn't see the other comedian. We did Super Team Trivia in Ocean Plaza every sea day, and our team ended up winning. :) TEENS: Our 15yo daughter really had fun at night with the "O2" 15-17 crowd. They have a dance club for them, but she said they didn't stay there much, preferring to walk around the ship and eat pizza and ice cream cones. Our 12yo son didn't do the "Circle C" 12-14 club, but apparently it was fun for the kids who did. FITNESS: The gym is nice, and fairly small for the ship. It is usually crowded. Beautiful views off the front of the ship. Some of the machines could use maintenance, but overall a good fitness center. MEDICAL: Our son threw up in the middle of the night one night, but was feeling better in the morning. As a precaution, and at the urging of the nurse on the phone who said we could fill out a form and get free medication, we took him to the medical center in the morning. They issued him a CDC-mandated quarantine order not to leave our cabin for 24 hours. It was very upsetting, as he was not really sick. He had to miss the day in St. Martin, and we had to eat buffet food that night in the stateroom, as his card was deactivated for the gangway and the MDR. Consider yourself warned. OVERALL: We all loved the Carnival Dream, and wish we had another week aboard! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
We go to Florida every year at this time and stay at a resort home, We have a 14 year old and 16 year old that just can’t keep entertained without going out and doing other things outside the resort. I feel like I am their personal ... Read More
We go to Florida every year at this time and stay at a resort home, We have a 14 year old and 16 year old that just can’t keep entertained without going out and doing other things outside the resort. I feel like I am their personal program director. This year we decided to go on a cruise with the kids and we chose Carnival Dream, we thought there will be lots of kids and things to do for them which would allow us a vacation too. The dream didn’t disappoint me, the kids met friends the very first day. Both kids found their own group of friends. My wife and I had the best March break ever knowing the kids were happy and having so much fun!!!! The staff were so great always paying attention to detail, the officers could learn from the personalities of their staff themselves, they were not unkind but nor were they friendly, I did notice one of the main crew help out at the pizza bar when they were swamped one night he jumped right in and got his hands dirty, that was nice to see. The last time I was on a cruise was 25 years ago and what a change, the ships are so nice we will be cruising again most likely next year, we might try another cruise line only to compare but I can rate carnival a 9 out of 10 in my books. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
We just returned from a week on the Carnival Dream. I travelled with my 2 sons (9 and turned 12 the day of debarkation). We had a wonderful time on the Dream. Embarkation and debarkation were both excellent. We had Fast to the Fun and got ... Read More
We just returned from a week on the Carnival Dream. I travelled with my 2 sons (9 and turned 12 the day of debarkation). We had a wonderful time on the Dream. Embarkation and debarkation were both excellent. We had Fast to the Fun and got priority but the regular lines looked short as well. We were on the ship in 15 minutes and off in about the same amount of time. This always makes for happy travellers. We were in stateroom 12216. It was a lovely stateroom but a HUGE mistake. I would NEVER stay in that stateroom again or 12225 for that matter as it would have the same issue. We were right by the waterslide stairs. Someone posted that the room is noisy when the waterslides were open. I thought that was no big deal because they open at 9am (we are morning people and up much earlier than this) and they close at dusk. What I didn’t realize is that the hundreds of teenagers would run and up and down them at all hours of the night. Sometimes at 3am I would hear BANG BANG BANG as they jumped down the stairs. Also there is a door outside of 12216 that leads to the deck. There is a sign on the door saying that it is only for spa cabins and the regular door was to the right. At night people would use the spa cabin door and the wind would SLAM it shut. Also, the deck parties were very loud and we could hear the music like we were there. Our room steward was wonderful and it was nice to open the door and be immediately on deck, however, this did not outweigh the noise. The spa facilities were lovely but I didn’t use them as much as I thought I would. This is probably because I was the only adult in my party. I would have enjoyed more if my BF would have been along. The food was excellent. My favourite on Lido was the Tandoori restaurant. My son’s favourite was the grill and pizza. We had Your Time Dining in the MDR. The first night we had amazing service from a waiter and asked to be seated in his section the remainder of the cruise. They had no problem accommodating that request. Michael, Ivana and Roderick were AMAZING. Probably the best MDR service that I had in all my 11 cruises. My 9 year old is a picky eater and Michael had no problem accommodating his requests. One example is that he wanted a plain lettuce salad with ranch dressing that was not on the menu and that is what he got as an appetizer every night. Michael even had such a good memory that he memorized my folio number to bill my drink every night. The MDR experience really made our vacation. We had 2 disappointments in ports. One of the reasons that I chose the Dream is to return to Mahogany Bay as that was my favourite port. 30 minutes before arrival we were told that we could not dock in Mahogany Bay and docked in Coxen Hole. All excursions were on but we didn’t purchase one as we thought we would just spend the day at Mahogany Bay. Now it was too late to purchase a Carnival Excursion and being a single female with two children I didn’t want to negotiate an excursion with a local. Now after hearing about a death of an NCL employee three days later, I am glad we didn’t go out on our own. Then the next day they had to cancel Costa Maya due to wind so to us it was like we missed 2 ports. This is something that Carnival cannot help but it was just disappointing. My sons used to love Camp Carnival when they were young. I thought that because they were older and my eldest son turning 12 on the day we leave that they would not enjoy the 9-11 year old group. I was wrong…they LOVED it. My youngest loved the mornings best and my oldest in the evening. My oldest even stayed for the 3am party. Thank goodness they deliver the kids to the cabin at this time as I am not a night owl. The only real complaint (other than room location) would be the excessive amount of teenagers on this cruise. There were 100s of them in packs of 5 or more. They would be sitting in the elevators, sitting in hallways where it was hard to get around and up all night. I am not sure if Carnival has a curfew for under 18 but they should. I have never travelled at spring break before and had my eyes opened. In the end it was fun. We are looking at booking the Dream again out of New Orleans.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
First off we had a great cruise. I would highly recommend this ship and this itinerary. So myself (male 48 years young) and my 3 kids (17 M, 15 F and 13 F) stayed in an interior cabin on deck 8, Verandah, with 2 uppers and 2 lower bunks. ... Read More
First off we had a great cruise. I would highly recommend this ship and this itinerary. So myself (male 48 years young) and my 3 kids (17 M, 15 F and 13 F) stayed in an interior cabin on deck 8, Verandah, with 2 uppers and 2 lower bunks. This was also my 1st cruise. We camp and stay in a trailer so we we're accustom to dealing with a small room but we were pleased with the cabin size. We all found the beds comfortable and there was a good use of storage space. A window or balcony might have made the room feel larger but we had a conversation with a family that was on their 16th cruise and they prefer the interior cabins because they are darker and you can sleep later. The service on the ship was fantastic, especially the dining room and the cabin stewards. But all the crew were really great. On some of the other reviews I read some complaints about poor service, but we had none of that and heard of no one complaining. One review I read the writer complained that dining room staff did not introduce themselves, thinking back our regular dining staff did (we had late dining) but other times we used the dining room the staff did not introduce themselves. That did not bother me, but if it's important to you, be aware. One recommendation, for us we would not do late dining again. There are family friendly comedy shows that take place the same time as the main shows and you cannot see both and do the late dining, you have to pick. That to me is a scheduling issue and as a result would have preferred earlier or anytime dining. If you want flexibility or prefer to eat earlier then avoid late dining as well. The food was very good. Dining room had the best food in general and the staff are very good. Portion size was smaller than you would get in a land based restaurant but you are offered appetizer, bread and desert too, plus you can order multiples. I often ordered 2 appetizers and if you go away hungry then it's your own fault. Plus on the night they served lobster, I had 2 entries (lobster x 2). I read a review where someone complained about the portion sizes, maybe the did not get the concept you can order more than one. The Gathering is your buffet. Descent food and lots of it. Some items very good, some ok, but lots of choice. There are also several small restaurants to eat at. If you like Indian food the Tandoori is excellent, the 24 hour pizza place is very good and the mini burgers from the sea side BBQ were excellent. Pasta Bella is also very good, it's hidden upstairs in the Gathering. I've also heard the Mongolian is very good but we did not try it. As for the rest of the ship we found the experience very good. Shows and comedy clubs were very good. Lots of activities to do although we did find deck chairs to be at a premium on sea days. That is more a problem with the guests that throw there stuff on a chair to hold it then walk away for long periods of time. I did read a comment that a person thought the shows were amateur..ish. I have a daughter that dances competitively, Ive been to plenty of dance competitions with very good dancing and I would say the shows were not the least bit amateurish, maybe there not Broadway, but I was also not paying a $100 a show to see them either. Casino allows smoking so that put me off it. Lots of live music choices in the evening. Drinking can be quite expensive. If you plan to drink a lot here are some suggestions. Carnival lets you bring pop on board, we did that rather than buying the soda plan, worked well for us. Alcohol, if you plan on drinking a lot, there is an all inclusive option, read up on that or use their bon voyage program. this seems to be a little advertised feature where you can buy bottles of alcohol from Carnival in advance of the cruise and they will be delivered to your cabin before you sail. The ports were for the most part very nice. St. Maartin was my favorite but my kids all liked St. Thomas the best. Warning, the food along the beach closest to the port in St. Maartin is expensive. If you go a street or 2 away from the beach there is Subway and McDonalds. We ate on at a open air restaurant facing the beach, very good food, cheap beer, nice view and $75.00. Still I would not have gone to Subway but if cost is an issue be warned. Nassau was just OK, we found a lot of very pushy taxi drivers and tour operators in the port of Nassau. Also the beach we chose in Nassau was just ok, surprisingly dirty and it got crowded shortly after we arrived. It was the one within walking distance of the port, if you want a nicer beach go somewhere else. Get suggestions for the crew or other passengers and take a taxi. Want souvenirs in Nassau, go to the Straw Market. Finally boarding and disembarking from the ship was without issue. Read one complaint about having to stand in the sun and another about having to lug your own luggage. Not sure where this came from as the walkways are all covered and check in is inside a building, Carnival takes your luggage when you arrive if your using a shuttle and if you park there are porters. Leaving same thing, porters are available (fee) but you are only lugging what you want. Check in was quite quick and painless. Last thing, 2 suggestions. 1 if you've never cruised before or have not been to the ports before do some research. You will get more out of your time if you have some idea what and where to go, especially in the ports. 2nd parking is expensive at the port, we used Park N Cruise, it's half the price, it's convenience and easy. Note that the driver for your Park N Cruise shuttle will load and unload your bags for you, you should tip, have some small bills with you for that purpose. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
We are in our early 40s with children ages 16 and 20. We also had our daughter’s boyfriend (19) along. This was our 3rd cruise with the prior being Carnival Triumph and Royal Adventure of the Seas. We flew into MCO the prior night and ... Read More
We are in our early 40s with children ages 16 and 20. We also had our daughter’s boyfriend (19) along. This was our 3rd cruise with the prior being Carnival Triumph and Royal Adventure of the Seas. We flew into MCO the prior night and rented a van as I have many Hertz points from business travel. Because of this, we arranged for parking with the Radisson in Port Canaveral. Despite being shuttled to their overflow lot, that part was easy and seamless. The return was not. There were easily 80 people waiting for the shuttles so we opted for a cab to save a ton of time. They are not equipped to handle the whole ship (plus Disney) disembarking at once. We had 2 balconies on deck 9 aft. We did not get connecting but only had one in between. The ironic part was the family with the room between also had the room on the other side of our room. Both families inquired on swapping one on the embarkation day but were told we could not. Being able to open the door between balconies would have been awesome. We had rooms 9456 and 9464. Rooms were great with one exception. The aft balconies on 9 are right below the Lido deck bar and outdoor areas. People are sliding chairs around early and you hear it all in your room. At first I thought it was my neighbor doing it on the balcony but then figured it out. Just a few staterooms towards mid-ship would alleviate this. One small room drawback is having just one power outlet. If you want to charge multiple devices, pack a power strip! There is shower gel and shampoo provided. Had we known of that, we would not have packed our own. Our Steward was Yudi, a 13 year veteran and it showed. He was awesome. Everything was 5 star service in our room. Onboard activities were great. So many trivia options, music, games, deck parties, movies, meet and greets with Hennie (Cruise Director) and Sr. Officers. For lounge/public area musicians, we had Troy the guitar player whose voice showed signs of fatigue but was pretty good. Sarah and Phoenix were amazing. If you are onboard while they are there, you must go see them. They also perform in The Song Lounge for original song night. These two have a bright future. They are also very warm and friendly to talk to! The band (Celebration) that plays in Ocean Plaza is pretty good but the one guy singer is rarely on pitch. The woman in that band is really good and their instrumentation is right on. The only thing I would do differently if I was carnival would be to dump the other duo, Dana and Tony off at the next port. They are horrid. They ruined more songs and favorite artists of mine than I can count! We are not alone….we even heard some staff talking about it! They joked of taking up a collection to give them money so they would leave the ship! Pretty funny! The Encore theater shows were all very good. The variety by the house group was all very nicely done. The break dancing group was fun and the short-term act, Mike Tison – juggler was a terrific show. Comedy was also very good on the ship. Piano Bar Bob was just OK. I liked his variety and large options for songs but he relies on the “Look who’s here” schtick way too much. Hennie the cruise director is a floater (covers other CDs vacations). He annoyed me at first but really grew on me as the trip went on. His meet and greet was a great time. Some members of our group went dancing in Caliente one night and really enjoyed it, specifically the Latin hour. Lastly, the adult shows such as The Quest and Battle of Sexes were an absolute riot! We love snorkeling and bring our own gear. For our ports, we did Chankanaab on our own. You can find a $2 off per person coupon online bringing the admission to $19 each. Snorkeling was nice but not a ton of fish. A locker was $5 for all of our stuff. Besides the snorkeling, the Sea Lion show was really fun and there were many other things to do on the grounds. Definitely do this on your own to save money. Cab was $16 each way for 5 people and is $11 for 4 people. Costa Maya is a very short port day so we just went ‘downtown’ and looked around. The $3 per person cab to downtown brings you to a very nice beach area. The port area is nice if you are looking for expensive drinks, food and a pool to swim in. Don’t expect to barter with people there since they have 8,000 people in port between the Dream, NCL Epic and NCL Dawn in port. For Belize we felt trapped. The city is not safe and with the ship being offshore and tendering required, we felt like we had to book an excursion with the ship. We spent $89 pp for a snorkel and beach break. First, the reef was good but the group “Chukka” was not my favorite. 45 minutes in the water and then rushed to their private beach for expensive food and drinks. I have been on many snorkel trips for half the cost that provide beer, rum punch and food post snorkeling. This offered nothing. We felt like we were completely ripped off. Isla Roatan was another story. We got off the ship in the beautiful Mahogany Bay. The private beach looked nice but clearly offered no snorkeling. We saw a Carnival manned ‘last minute’ booth at the ‘Y’ in the path and they said for $19 pp, we could go to West Bay but only for an hour. 20 feet to the left was a ‘Roatan Express’ booth. Same price and even took our sign and sail cards to pay but offered any return time up to 4:00 PM. They had a guy at West Bay that would take care of us. DONE DEAL! Once we got there, Gustavo was our ‘beach concierge’ guy. He arranged for the 5 of us to take a snorkel trip on a boat with Captain Andy (small boat). He took us around the corner to the best snorkeling I have ever had in my life. Do the math, $35 all in per person and a perfect experience. Food was moderately priced on West Bay but beer was $2. I am personally ready to go to Roatan for a week. Don’t miss this place. Definitely venture out beyond the private beach and lines (we heard about) at Mahogany Bay. Dining could not have been better. We were in the late seating in the Crimson dining room, table 308. Francis and his 2 teammates were flawless. My wife is allergic to garlic and we quickly became close with Marketa. She secured menus for her to select food for separate preparation and even learned of my Biryani love and had some made for me the last night. Marketa is worth 10x whatever they pay her. She is sweet, friendly, hard-working and a diamond in the Carnival team. The food was always timely, tasty and hot for us. Buffets were as expected – and never without good options. The pizza was the best ever on the cruise. The kids ate their fare in ice cream with the 24 hour availability (which we greatly missed on Royal). The burger place was great for post excursion munchies. The sea-day Lanai BBQ was fantastic!! They hide a fantastic salad bar on deck 5 near mid-ship…don’t miss that for healthy options. Tandoor was delicious although I wish it had longer hours. The deli was perfect for my Rueben loving son. The Mongolian had lines that moved slow as others have mentioned. Our kids had it once. They either need to increase to 4 cooks or drop it entirely. The Pasta Bar up on 11 is hidden. Get it early because their lines increase as the word spreads of the goodness to be found up there. We indulged in a chocolate extravaganza one day in the buffet while at sea. So many delectable options to taste! We found Adam in the Pixels gallery to be top-notch as well. His photos were some of our favorites and was very knowledgeable with cameras. Our old underwater point and shoot finally died and he steered us to a new one which was on sale and cheaper than anything online. We also learned from him of an awesome photo package which included two canvas prints and wallets to go along with the 10 pictures we selected and included the release and a jump drive with the photos preloaded for us. The cost was $280 but worth it for the many pictures we selected. Sea day deck chairs are at a premium. They do not seem to enforce the 40 minute rule for ‘saved’ chairs. Aft spas were VERY hot but the lanai tubs were cooler. The cooler tubs were great for longer periods and very nice down on the side of the boat. Disembarkation was simple. We kept our bags even though they were large as we wanted to get a start to Orlando for a day at Disney. We were off in quick order and through immigration without having to play hide and seek with our bags. Overall, this reminded us of two things. 1) We love the ease and bonuses included with cruising. We forget this as most vacations have us using the many hotel program points I earn as a business traveler. 2) Carnival may not have as many on-ship amenities as Royal but the fun and activity list along with the overall fun atmosphere cannot be topped anywhere else. We will be back on a ship soon….and it will be a Carnival.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
This was our 7th Carnival cruise, 2nd on the Dream. This was a springbreak cruise with a teenage 17 year old son and 7 year old daughter. We drove from Ontario and arrived Friday afternoon. Stay at Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach and parked at ... Read More
This was our 7th Carnival cruise, 2nd on the Dream. This was a springbreak cruise with a teenage 17 year old son and 7 year old daughter. We drove from Ontario and arrived Friday afternoon. Stay at Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach and parked at the port. Embarkation was smooth and efficient at 12:30. Rooms were not ready until 1:30 which is not bad but we have been on Carnival cruises (Glory) where rooms were ready at embarkation. There wasn't anything too memorable about this cruise. Those who cruise frequently with Carnival know what to expect. The food at The Gathering (Lido deck) had lots of variety. Line ups were frequent but it wasn't too hard finding a table. We had the early seating for dinner in the Scarlet dining room. This was the most lacklustre group of wait staff we have ever had on any cruise. Very little enthusiasm from their singing and dancing (is this a reflection of the Maitre D? or were this group just tired being near the end of their 6 month contracts). Service was unbelievably slow (over 45 min from ordering to getting entre) to just plain poor (forgetting tea, never offered more bread, hard to find a drink waiter). I must complain that the signs clearly state that you must wear shoes and cover up your bathing suit to enter the buffet area but there is absolutely no enforcement of the rules. Also, there were several nights where there was running and screaming down the hallways which woke us up from sleep. And these were't just kids. Some were teens/ young adults but also adults talking loud enough at 2 in the morning that I could hear their entire conversation. Have some consideration for others. Entertainment was medicore. The main singers were weak. I could not understand a word the female lead was singing although she could belt it out loud. One comedian gave the same family oriented show the 2nd night as the first which is lame, lame, lame. The juggling show was entertaining though. Unfortunately, my 7 year old daughter refused to go to Camp Carnival after the 1st day cause she was bored. She'd done it all before. (I don't expect a lot though, Carnival's business plan is standardization so you get the same accross the fleet, that's how they keep the cost's down). One poor design point is that one of the smoking decks is on 11 and the wind was blowing cigarette smoke into the entrance to Camp Carnival for the young kids. Once again, I could smell cigarette smoke from my balony. Some chain smoker was nearby. Once again, I would ask Carnival to ban smoking on all balconies. (Like Royal Caribbean and Disney have done) It detracts from the enjoyment of others on their own balconies and it is a fire hazard. For that reason alone, I am inclined to book my next cruise with Royal Caribbean. There were only 3 ports of call for a 7 day cruise. Felt like there should have been another especially 2 sea days at the end seemed a little long. Disembarkation was quick. We did self assist and was off the ship by 7:30 am. However, I did note that Carnival said only those with carry on size luggage were supposesd to self assist debark, which I think is new. I don't think anyone paid attention to that rule as there were lot's of people debarking with huge suitcases. Overall, any day cruising is better than any day working. This particular cruise was less than memorable but that won't deter us from cruising again Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Embarkation - We arrived at the port around 12:30, and we were on the ship in 30 minutes. Embarkation was very smooth and quick. Uneventful and quick. Ports - Nassau - Our least favorite port. We spent the day on Carnival's Bemoral ... Read More
Embarkation - We arrived at the port around 12:30, and we were on the ship in 30 minutes. Embarkation was very smooth and quick. Uneventful and quick. Ports - Nassau - Our least favorite port. We spent the day on Carnival's Bemoral Island Beach break with lunch. We spent the day on an island in the Bahamas. How bad could it be. Wasn't too impressed. Not much to do except to sit on the beach (not too bad of a day). Cardboard was floating in the water and water wasn't too inviting. Food wasn't anything special. Our boat back to the ship broke down, and had to wait about an hour for 2 catamarans to take us back. The catamaran ride was awesome. Spend the day at a beach on an island. - St Thomas - took a cab to Magens Bay. Beautiful beach. Great beach bay. Got some sun, spent time in the water. Had pizza for lunch which was very good. Great time, would do again. Got back to the port and it was raining. Went shopping had a few drinks. Great time. - St Martin - went on a tour with Bernard's tour. Sugar was our guide. Great time. Sugar was very informative. Stopped to hold sea urchins and star fish. Beautiful view. Went to Orient Bay which was nice. Spent an hour, wish we could have spent more time. Next on to Marigot. Had a great lunch and desert. Pastries were very good. Last stop was Maho Beach to see the planes land. Maho beach was very crowded. Cool to see the planes land and take off. Got back to town and went shopping and purchased a Guavaberry smoothy. Very good. Great time. - Entertainment - The entertainment was awesome. We saw the dancing in the streets show, and it was awesome. Very talented entertainments. Very pleasantly suprised. The show was just awesome. Comedy shows were very good. Dan Greuter was the best. He was hilarious. All the comedians were good, but Dan was the best. Best entertainers on the ship were Sarah and Pheonix. They were both phenominal entertainers. Sarah has the voice of an angel. Phoenix was a very good guitar player and singer. Tried to see them as much as we could. We went to the one lounge to hear the blues, and the guy singing was singing country songs???? I guess he looked at the audience and thought thats what we wanted. We walked out after a few songs after realizing he wasn't going to play the blues. Other than that, the entertainment was awesome. - Cabin - We had a balcony on the forward part of the Lido deck. The cabin was very nice, and quiet. The only problem we had is that our neighbor seemed to spend most of the day on their balcony smoking. Everytime I went there she was smoking. The morning was the worst. She coughed for about an hour each morning and thought she coughed up a lung a few times. Other than that, it was a great location. - Dining - We had early seeting. Suzanna (incorrect spelling) was our head waiter. She was fantastic and met all of our needs. I enjoyed the food very much. I wasn't crazy about the brunch on sea days. I preferred how it use to be when they had a separate breakfast and lunch menu. The food on the lido deck was very good. Never got anything from the buffet. Ate mostly at the Tandoor and stir fry stations. The pizza was awesome. On past cruises, I was unimpressed with the pizza, but this cruise, the pizza wasn't just good, it was phenominal. Expecially the Quatro Formaggio, which is cheese pizza without sauce. Carnival hit a homerun with this change. Great pizza. Things that could have been better - There were only 2 things that could have been better. One is the smoking policy on balconies, and the 2nd is saving deck chairs. It's very annoying seeing deck chairs with towels on them. No matter what time you were on the lido deck, there were always towels on the deck chairs. Debarkation - We opted for the self assist. We went down towards the end of the self assist, and we were off the boat and out of customs in 20 minutes. Went to the rental car shuttle area, and waited less than 5 minutes for a shuttle. This was our third time on the dream, and probably our best trip. The boat is still in very good condition. The things that stand out, in order are: 1) Entertainment, 2) Service, 3) Dining, 4) Value. Great time. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
If you read about the Dream on cruise critic you'll know the dream is a blown up Carnival ship. This is true... the issue is the number of cabins and passengers blew up but the guest areas did not. There are a TON more people on the ... Read More
If you read about the Dream on cruise critic you'll know the dream is a blown up Carnival ship. This is true... the issue is the number of cabins and passengers blew up but the guest areas did not. There are a TON more people on the ship but only two pools. So many guests are in the pools the water is murky to the point where you can't see the bottoms. They were quick to close the pools each evening to change the water over. The saving grace for the kids were the slides. The slides were also fun for a bit for adults but we mainly sat there while the kids went up and down over and over. Be warned on the tallest two slides, they may take a solid toll on your back. The tubes don't quite line up like they should so it's like a bumpy cheese grater of sorts but we didn't get physically cut just a bit sore. Certainly not enough pain to not ride again though... I went a good dozen times over the week:) On a plus side there are plenty of hot tubs. However each one had the white plastic parts that surround the tub breaking in pieces and generally floating around inside of the hot tub. We watched, from out balcony, a crew work on one hot tub all day while in port fixing/re-sealing/etc. yet when it was turned back on all the white parts floated around again. Balcony rooms along the sides of the ship get to enjoy everyone's conversations from deck 4 below. Unlike traditional balcony rooms where you look over and see water on this on you look over and see people lay out on Deck 4. It was almost shocking how well we could hear individual conversations from the hot tubs and deck chairs all the way up on deck 9. If you want a quiet balcony this isn't the right ship for you. A plus of the balcony setup is they stay very dry during rain storms and during rainy times it was one of the most peaceful places to be. Kids camp was ok. The drop off / pick up is moronic. One door in and out, no flow, all bottle neck. Even though the whole place connects you had to drop off kids in separate lines so for us with 2 kids in separate age groups it meant waiting in two lines back to back or both my Wife and I had to show up to drop off.... normally one of us would take or pick up the kids but it was time consuming to do so on this ship. For some reason Carnival started accepting 2 year olds... And the first age group is 2-5. So in this age group you get 2 year olds in diapers screaming for Mommy and Daddy with 5 year olds that are already in school. This is just dumb for everyone as neither the 2 year olds get the attention they need and the 5 year olds are miserable from the screaming. Relative to NCL and Royal Carib (we have sailed with kids on both) the camp is more like NCL. It's kinda day care-ish. Royal Carib is 5 out of 5 stars and NCL/Carnival are more like 2.5 out of 5 stars. The kids seemed to like it though with my daughter only wanting to skip a couple times (never wanted to skip on Royal) Our cabin was deck 9, balcony, mid ship. The location couldn't be better. One floor up to 24 hour pizza, food, drinks and two up to camp carnival. Our cabin attendant was the best I've had and this was my 14th cruise! For the cons, the NOISE. read about Cabin 9361 in the individual reviews section for more! The service in the dining room at night was horrible. The food keeps getting worse on each Carnival cruise we take. Nothing like the Oasis of the Seas we took just a few months ago. The food arrived slowly (at best) and luke warm. I got a Caesar salad one night that literally tasted like old fish bait... I almost threw up. No question on how the food was from the server, just 'are you done?' There is NO help with the kids in a bad way. Royal Caribbean has a quick dine where you eat with the kids and they are done before you then kids camp comes and picks them up. On carnival the kids finished before we were done with our 2nd course and they were either forced to sit there for another hour, one of us had to drop them off at kids camp (approx. 20-25 minute trip up and down), or we just left early. By the 2nd night we had given up dessert as it was just taking too long. They also offer no kids cups or anything kid friendly. I'm fine with my kids drinking out of glasses. I also have big kids but the weight of the drinks was too much for them to keep stable so our nights were constantly worried about spills... finally on the last night my daughter spilled her lemonade. No one eve came over to check in and we were down to one napkin to share for the rest of the meal. Lines for the buffet and Carnival Deli were reasonable. The mongolian wok was nuts every day and the hours it was open was just crazy short. The 24 Pizza place always seemed to be in shock that people were there to get pizza. They didn't even use the hot box to store pizzas already made because they never had pizza made. There was almost always a line. If no line, you had to wait for the pizza to be made anyway so it didn't matter. They did taste good though! The best regular food and service was room service. We did that 3 times and it was always quick, tasty, and exactly what we ordered. The Blue Iguana and Red Frog were pretty much jokes. They added some pizzaz to the standard bars on deck and gave them a name. Nothing special there. This isn't the Red Frog Pub but just a Red Frog Bar. The Steakhouse was well worth the money. By far the best meal we had and as good as the last time we did it on Carnival. FAR FAR FAR better than the Steakhouse on the Oasis (and I assume all Royal C. ships). If you end up on the Dream I suggest budgeting for 2 or more meals there! The daily agenda is a joke. There is little to nothing to do except hang out. This may be fine for you but we found it odd. On the final sea day simple things like the trivia events, where usually 15-20 people show up, would have 150 people because there were so many people and nothing to do. Royal Carib does a great job with reservations to events. Carnival simply has you wait in line. The comedy shows seemed good but we only made it into one. The line went from the comedy club, through the piano bar, down so far we couldn't see the end of it. This is another blunder.... why not do reservations? The shows compared to Royal Carib. are a joke. A half step up from high school on Carnival where Royal Carib are maybe a half step down from Broadway or even on par with Broadway. The "Comedy Brunch" that I read so much about is not a comedy brunch anymore. The theme is still there with the menu, etc. but they don't do the comedy. That was a big let down. This was our 5th, and worst, Carnival cruise. They seem to have turned the brand into the budget brand of the seas Vs. when we started sailing with them 10 years ago. My Wife and I are generally really happy on a cruise and it takes a LOT to get us down while on vacation but this one did enough to drag us into the gutter.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
There is only one word for this cruise experience “BORING”. The Carnival Dream creaked and banged causing us to have sleepless nights, the room air conditioner did not work properly, and the daily activities were limited. The morning ... Read More
There is only one word for this cruise experience “BORING”. The Carnival Dream creaked and banged causing us to have sleepless nights, the room air conditioner did not work properly, and the daily activities were limited. The morning activities did not start until 9:00 A.M. where on other ships the activities were too numerous that we had to choose between several and determine which ones we wanted to not attend. The only good thing from this cruise was that we went to places we have not been before and Mahogany Bay was the best port to visit. We were able to get off the ship there and swim in the ocean because we were not able to get into the ships pools due to lack of pools. Only 2 pools for over 4000 people and a listless activity schedule will make us think “Why did we book a Carnival cruise?” if we ever do again. WAIT, this one was free, except for port charges, and I am glad for that offer because if it was costing me the regular fare I’d be really upset. The only times we saw the cruise director was when he was introducing the shows and the last day when we were disembarking. Events that were scheduled to start at a specific time on the lido deck still had the cleaning crew working to get ready and the 9:30 P.M. “party” started at about 9:45 P.M. with the staff showing up late. Not good in my opinion. The buffet times in The Gathering leave something to be desired. Others ships we have been on close ONE side and allow the cleanup and setup happen over on the other side. Not on the Dream, shutdown EVERYTHING for 2 hours, except for pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers, and the deli. The food in the main dining room was very good and served by a professional staff. The food on the main buffet was ok, I’ve had better for the buffets on other ships. This is cruise number 10 and the second cruise where I did not gain a substantial amount of weight and this one was because of the lack of available food. I had some American Express gift cheques to cash and one day I could cash them and the next I could not, go figure. I should have cashed them all on the first day. There was also a lack of variety in the movies that were on the TV. There were only 3 or 4 movies that ran continuously and there was only one movie on several nights at the Seaside Dive In because the other activities took over the area. The adult Serenity area is a joke. Most other ships have a pool for the adults only and on the Dream there are only hot tubs for the area. (I do not use public hot tubs, because of health reasons). So all in all, it was a boring trip that the crew was getting ready to move to New Orleans. The TV was not appropiate for the size of the room and the interactive TV did not allow you to order room service. When I called customer services to help me through the ordering process, I was told then that that feature was not available. SO why have it on the screen? Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Carnival Dream was okay.  Meals were okay. Breakfasts were normally made to order omelets and they were good. Lunches were from the buffet (one brunch at the main dining room), decent food and choices. The brunch was fine but not worth ... Read More
Carnival Dream was okay.  Meals were okay. Breakfasts were normally made to order omelets and they were good. Lunches were from the buffet (one brunch at the main dining room), decent food and choices. The brunch was fine but not worth taking a long time in the dining room to eat. Dinners were just okay, not bad but nothing really worth writing home about either. My biggest complaint with dinners was that I went by myself and that really seemed to disorient the staff. The first night I was placed, by myself, at a table for seven. A waiter came and took the seat next to me for another table. I ordered and was through my appetizer before four more people were seated with me - awkward. Another night, I waited more than an hour for a table (your time dining) and was then seated by myself at a table for two. For some reason the waiters decided I was on the same schedule as a table of six next to me (who were seated after me). Our first appetizer came at the same time but they each ordered three appetizers and I sat waiting for dinner while they ate their second and third appetizers. When my dinner finally came, I ate a bit and left - very disappointing experience. I considered adjusting the tip downward for the restaurants because of the two disappointing dinners, the first time I've considered adjusting a tip downward - ultimately I left it the way it was. Entertainment was standard cruise stuff. I watched bits of some shows but didn't sit through an entire show. Not bad but far from thrilling. Music around the ship was mostly top 40 elevator music, no real talent on display - like the shows, it's what you expect. I enjoyed the comedy club and the karaoke to live music the best of the choices. I tried one water slide and was pleasantly surprised - mostly sat by the pool on sea days or went to beaches on shore days. I can see how some would consider the ship boring. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
*** First off.... when you come from the hotel and need to put your baggage with the crew to load..... I got harassed about 5 times that they take donations (the crew bagging for a tip) when i complained to customer service they said they ... Read More
*** First off.... when you come from the hotel and need to put your baggage with the crew to load..... I got harassed about 5 times that they take donations (the crew bagging for a tip) when i complained to customer service they said they were not supposed to ask there union workers and on top of that they were just doing there job. they did no special treatment for my luggage. *** I can feel the boat move all day. i dont know what cruise line someone else was on that didnt feel the boat move. but i felt it all the time and so did the party of 5 i came with. Now you can tolerate it but please be aware you will be feeling the movement. *****the boat was small, not that many places to go. 1 level for shops and about 6 shops..... 2 were like jewelry shops , a candy shop and a souvenir shop and that was about it. i small small circle of shops. ***** they whole time they will have you trying to buy things.. drinks...spa packages..etc etc throughout the cruise. and if you are not buying drinks crew just ignores you if you want to buy a soda.. you need to get it yourself . *****entertainment was ok. some comedians were funny in the burgundy room. **** buy your excursions on shore the cost of carnival is rised like 75%!!! they say they give the best price.. but just compare on your first excursion..you will see.buy from the locals! **** casino sucks . I love to play at casinos. if you spend 150 dollars expect to only win about 10 dollars. so really you will be down 140. ..nobody was winning on slots x3 days i played there...lol they had a picture of someone winning 200 dollars on the cruise in the casino. ****vilma was our housekeeping lady.... the nicest employee!!! she was sweet.other party i came with said there housekeeping guy was also very nice. so big plus for there housekeeping staff. *****other employees didnt really smile. you'll see ***** getting off and on the ship on all excursions and ports were fast and efficent. **** took 3 teenagers and they enjoyed the activities and enjoyed the cruise.(myself early 30s and my mom 50's) were kind of bored on cruise. **** food best part... they keep u feed.you wont go hungery. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Embarkation was fairly simple. They had 2 ladies checking in a room full of Diamond, Platinum, and Suite Guests and finally someone from another area came to get us and check us in. My biggest complaint was the ship could not handle ... Read More
Embarkation was fairly simple. They had 2 ladies checking in a room full of Diamond, Platinum, and Suite Guests and finally someone from another area came to get us and check us in. My biggest complaint was the ship could not handle everyone eating lunch and embarking was an absolute nightmare. Took us 20 minutes to find a seat! Pool hogs get their chairs at 7am and only once did I see Carnival actually removing towels and stuff after the 40 minute rule. This ship has really small pool areas for such a big ship. First nights dinner service was terrible. The waiter kept forgetting about us. After the first night it was awesome as we had Joseph table 211 and if it wasn't for him and his group we would not have gone back to dining room. I will not do anytime dining with small children again. Cabin was ok and room steward Christinia was really friendly and good. If you like to shop onboard the shopping area is really small. The Spa selling is horrible. I got roped into a facial that I didn't want because I was told it was soooo much better. It wasn't. Won't let that one happen again. I think she spent more time walking around then actually doing my facial and then came at me with $500 worth of products I must have and a Medi-spa Doctor appointment where he wanted to charge me another $550. Overall this cruise was good for what we paid for it but I wasn't a big fan of this particular ship. Debarkation was really fast the fastest I have ever seen and by far the best. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
We traditionally sail with Holiday American or Italian ships while in the Mediterranean. This was our first cruise with Carnival and it is different. First, the ship has a lot more travelers and a lot of them were young people. It takes ... Read More
We traditionally sail with Holiday American or Italian ships while in the Mediterranean. This was our first cruise with Carnival and it is different. First, the ship has a lot more travelers and a lot of them were young people. It takes some adjustment. Embarkation was fantastic. It was speedy, efficient with friendly smiles on the staff. Our pickup was delayed at the hotel as the van was overcrowded. Still, we didn't wait long for another van to show up. We did not have to wheel our luggage ourselves. We were dropped off beside the cargo handlers. However, the front desk on board was woefully understaffed. That meant that a simple question took about 20 minutes to ask. Not a great first impression. Everyone was in the dining room at the same time. It was so loud and crowded that my anxiety level rose proportionately. Started the cruise with a couple massage. The indulgence is worth the price. Food is a big part of every cruise. The made to order omelettes are worth standing in line. It is a pasteurized mix but you can get individual eggs at the same station. The assortment of meats, fresh fruit, breads are generous. We only went to the dining room for breakfast one time preferring the lido dinning for the first meal of the day. Lunch at the Tandoor is a preferred spot for staff for a reason. Spicy specialties with fresh hot bread-naan and one other can't be beat. We avoided the pizza place for a reason. It was the preference of the younger crowd. Lunch from the other stations was varied. The WOK had a line from the minute it opened until it closed. Allow 20 minutes or more if you want the experience of smoke wafting over you the entire time. It takes awhile to get that saturated smell. We had the late seating and are not accustomed to eating that late. We adjusted. While not as refined as the food on Holland American, it was easily a cut above good. There was one night that I chose several appetizers as the selections for entree were unappealing. Everyone at our table thought it all way too spicy even the meatloaf. The staff had to contend with a very large table of young people and did so graciously. We could have done without the wait staff trying to entertain us. They try hard but it adds too much to their work load. Disco is dead and I readily see why that club is being redone. However, a 50-70s era place would have been nice. We like to dance while touching and seldom had the opportunity. A pet peeve was that even though there was a NO Smoking sign on the club door, the place reeked of stale cigarettes....just like the casino. We couldn't walk through it. Going around is not that easy but figuring it out was like doing a labyrinth. Some entertainment was good but would have been better IF the volume was turned down. A featured female singer was sharp and piercing and if the volume was turned down, she would have been balanced with the others on stage. Still performances done with such a small backstage are to be admired. We are glad that the Comedy Club was not as raunchy as described. If the cruise director would slow the pace at which he speaks, he would be easier to understand. He sounds as if he is trying to get as many words in as he can without breathing. We constantly were asking "What did he say?" Enforce the "Children must be supervised by an adult" while in the hot tub or pool area. Its scary to see them alone... or see them run to an adult out of sight about once an hour. I don't want to be responsible for them. It shouldn't fall on my shoulders to supervise them? If Holland America can give water away when you disembark, why can't Carnival? I missed the warm towels.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
We went with family members on Feb. 22 and it was wonderful. Yes it was not perfect . Some of the food was average, some long lines and some rude cruisers (including one young olive-skinned woman in the aft pool all week who constanlty ... Read More
We went with family members on Feb. 22 and it was wonderful. Yes it was not perfect . Some of the food was average, some long lines and some rude cruisers (including one young olive-skinned woman in the aft pool all week who constanlty yelled the f-word even with kids around and yelled to her boyfriend that he wasn't getting l---- the rest of the trip. People were laughing at her not with her). But that's what cruises are and its better to dwell on the positives. Embakation -- Easy. We parked off site at Port Park (at the Radisson) and that went well on both ends. We filled out all information before and had a smooth sign-in. We were on the ship at 11 and rooms available at 130. Food -- Generally excellent. We liked the deli sandwiches on the aft deck, the pizza and burgers on Lido deck. And try the Mongolian wok, but be prepared to wait. At breakfast. we had omelltes at the buffet. At lunch, the sit-downs were just OK. Dinners wre at table 468 with Ujang and Reynaldo. Great servers and people. Try the cold soups and then have two desserts. Melting cake is yummy. Cabin -- We had an inside cabin for one of the first times and found it fine. Plenty of space for clothes and other stuff. Ship -- Easy to navigate. Just know that much of what you do with be on decks five and ten. Shows -- Typical, which means average. The best shows were the comics John and Vern. Hilarious. Ports -- Nassau was ok. St. Thomas try this: cab to downtown to shop and then go to nearby beach after or before. We went to Magens Bay and that was expensive. St Marteens try veering left at the dock and do the water taxi to Maho Beach and others or go through the arch to vans to various locales. We did Orient Beach and it was full of sights (winks) and sounds. Fun stop. Debarkation - Easy. I think everyine was off by 10. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
I have sailed on 7 cruises, including 4 with Carnival, and last week's trip on the Dream, while not a nightmare, left much to be desired. Here are the more serious problems we enountered: Just minutes before we were scheduled to land ... Read More
I have sailed on 7 cruises, including 4 with Carnival, and last week's trip on the Dream, while not a nightmare, left much to be desired. Here are the more serious problems we enountered: Just minutes before we were scheduled to land at Mahogany Bay in Honduras, the captain announced he was diverting us to Port of Roaton, 15 miles to the south. The Mahogany Bay beach was the main reason we booked this cruise. I and many other passengers were disappointed with this change. Another Carnival ship, running behind schedule, already was in the Mahogany Bay pier and the captain claimed windy conditions made it risky for us to pull in alongside. We passengers did not notice anything above a moderate breeze (about 25 km) with no whitecaps. At the least, Carnival should have given us more advance warning (like the night before) and provided free shuttle buses so we could reach the Mahogany Bay beach quickly and safely. I was traveling with a friend plus 16 of his relatives. When my friend booked the trip directly with Carnival reservations, he specifically asked for us to be seated at adjacent dining-room tables as a family. When we arrived on ship, we found the rest of the family had been assigned to the Scarlet dining room, while we were put in the Crimson dining room. I immediately went to see the maître d before the cruise started. He explained there were no seats left at the family's tables. He moved us into a table of 4 in the Scarlett on the other side of the dining room. The next day, he managed to reassign us to a table adjacent to the family tables (but we were still separated from them by partitions of an alcove.). The lesson we have learned is not to trust Carnival’s reservations dept. and instead use the reliable travel agent used many times by my brother-in-law. . My friend became ill with flu-like symptoms halfway into the cruise – Wed. night. He did not have any symptoms prior to the cruise. The symptoms became worse each day. By Sat. departure, he could barely walk. We stood in the debarking line for about 30 minutes, and finally I directed him to a couch in the main lobby while the line was at standstill. A young Carnival woman stationed near the elevator came over to tell him rudely he was seated in an illegal area. My friend tried to explain he was ill and didn’t have the strength to get back in line. Finally, another Carnival staffer, Alex from the Activities staff, came over, sized up the situation and put in a call for a wheelchair. He was very polite and sympathetic, keeping watch on us we waited for the wheelchair and reassuring us we would soon be on our way. About 15 minutes later, Roman arrived with the wheelchair and helped us make our way quickly into the line for the disabled. At the elevator, he turned us over to a staffer from the Port of Canaveral, who helped us clear customs and get a porter to handle our luggage. Although half of the casino is supposed to be smoke-free, smoke odor permeates the whole casino and nearby hallways. Carnival needs to have partitions or better smoke-eaters. Also the casino’s hours were limited. On the final afternoon, both the casino and shops remained closed after the ship had left port. Also on the subject of smoking – our balcony was positioned directly above a deck smoking area. Smoking zones should be kept far away from the non-smokers. The $100 on-board credit we received for signing up for a Carnival credit card did not seem very generous. As repeat customers, we felt we should have received more than 1 drink voucher. Our relatives who booked thru a travel agent each received an additional $37.50 in discounts. Some received $75. We felt we should have received a $100 goodwill bonus in credits for the mistake Carnival made in the dining seating. I made that pointed suggestion to Guest Services, but Guest Services said they couldn’t help us. That left us with the feeling that Carnival didn’t really want to maintain customer loyalty, so we are considering Celebrity, MSC or Norwegian for our next cruise. Dining room food was generally OK, but not outstanding. Entrees below average included spring roll and meatloaf, Prime rib was very fatty and rarer than ordered. Some portions, such as mashed potatoes and lobster tail, were miniscule. The dining room design was dark and claustrophobic , plus we were on a very busy traffic aisle. Our servers Julie and Victor both were excellent, and Julie especially had a lot of personality. Lido Deck food in general was better but not as good as past Carnival cruises. Quality of ingredients seemed to have declined. I did like the Tandoor Grill and ate most of my lunches there. Dining room dress code remains confusing and obsolete. Most men dislike wearing suits or tuxes. I suggest limiting “elegant” to one night per cruise, and have men’s wear be more flexible – fancy shirt (like Hawaiian shirt) and long dark pants should suffice. Alternatively, you could send the very formal people to open seating in the Steakhouse and let the main dining room stay casual. On Tuesday, the ship newspaper listed casual as the dress code, but only thru word of mouth did we learn it was “elegant.” Very confusing, and even our calls to Guest Services produced different answers about the dress rules. I like to take brisk walks early in the morning. One morning about 6 a.m. on Deck 5, the entire prow of the ship was in darkness. A fellow walker in front of me had a flashlight that helped guide me along. Sides and rear of the ship were OK. The theater band and dancers were excellent – up to Las Vegas standards. The final show, with passengers performing, was a very mixed “Amateur Hour.” Well, at least they tried. There is too little access to cold drinking water. Most beverage stations lacked water, and ice cube supplies often were shut off. TV programming is limited. There should be more free movie and new channels. It would be helpful to have more detailed information about the ship itself, and various port attractions (not just the Carnival-sponsored excursions.) We also had problems with the TV remote control. The steward replaced the batteries but it still didn’t work right. Other people in our group reported the same problem. I was not impressed with the ship’s décor and expected something more modern and brighter for a vessel built in 2009. But maybe most people like the Art Deco look from the 1950s. I did like the roominess of the balcony cabin, and the couch. Temperature control was somewhat balky so most of the time we felt too stuffy or else too cold. However, beds and bedding were comfortable. It would be helpful to have adjustable beds in some rooms for passengers who have to sleep elevated.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
We had an amazing time. I will break it down by categories. Emarkation: so very easy. Everyone we spoke with was helpful and friendly. Somehow we got priority boarding and didn't have to wait to board. Ate lunch on Lido deck and then ... Read More
We had an amazing time. I will break it down by categories. Emarkation: so very easy. Everyone we spoke with was helpful and friendly. Somehow we got priority boarding and didn't have to wait to board. Ate lunch on Lido deck and then off to rooms. Stateroom: I was in 7249...inside room...surprisingly spacious and comfortable. Very clean and bright. Bath wasclean and big enough to move in. Plenty of storage space. Stepmom was across hall in 7251...balcony room...also quite nice. Spacious...used balcony alot. Food: quite tasty and plentiful. We ate every night in Crimson room...staff was very attentive and everything was very good. Also ate in buffett and it was good too. LOVED the pizza and ice cream. Ports/tours: enjoyed the ports and our Mayan ruins tour in Belize. Our guide was Denise who was really knowledgeable and was great! Ship: we thought the Dream was very nice. Clean and nicely decorated. The shows and entertainment was varied and we enjoyed as many as we could. Casino was fun...a little smokey...dealers very nice and friendly. Debarkation: process was so easy and seamless. Off ship and home in 2 hours...stepmom lives near Vero Beach. Would definitely go again!!! Read Less
Carnival Dream Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 3.5 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.5 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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