Cruise Ratings
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
I hadn't cruised Carnival for 6 years. I think their older ships were hard to navigate, plus kind of neon gaudy. Also, the 7 night and shorter cruises have too many kids and drinking young adults. This time I went with a friend, there ... Read More
I hadn't cruised Carnival for 6 years. I think their older ships were hard to navigate, plus kind of neon gaudy. Also, the 7 night and shorter cruises have too many kids and drinking young adults. This time I went with a friend, there were 4 of us who met for a girls trip. However, I thought probably this longer Journeys cruise, being a one way from San Juan to NOLA, would have older passengers. It did! Kids or drunks weren't an issue at all! The service was very good! We had early dining, and a great wait staff! Our cabin steward was efficient, but not overly friendly. The food. Buffet was mediocre. The eggs were powdered and awful. Until I asked for fresh eggs, or had them use fresh eggs for an omelet. The MDR food was much better. The steaks were very good, chicken was okay. I needed gluten free, and they were very good about making it for me. The pasta, pizza, and sandwich weren't all that good though. Plus, they never had any gluten free desserts in the buffet! I did have soft ice cream or frozen yogurt, which was very good. The gluten free chocolate melting cake they made in the MDR was excellent! We went to an afternoon tea, and I was very surprised they had nothing gluten free for snacks, I had just tea! We didn't book any shore excursions from the ship. The entertainment was good to not so good. I didn't think the comedians we saw were that funny. One show was outstanding, Mark Preston of The Lettermen. Too bad they didn't better describe his show in the daily, as we weren't going to it, until someone told us how good it was. The western show was also good. Plus we really enjoyed the break dancers, they were very good! Embarkation and disembarkation were easy and good. Carnival isn't my first choice, but I would consider them again. BTW, this was my 40+ cruise, so I'm not a newbie! However, these are just my observations and opinion! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2016
The ship was very nice although the décor was a little outdated - reminded me of the 70's! We stayed in an inside cabin, was adequate. The steward was fantastic as was all the other crew members. We had early dining so that ... Read More
The ship was very nice although the décor was a little outdated - reminded me of the 70's! We stayed in an inside cabin, was adequate. The steward was fantastic as was all the other crew members. We had early dining so that we could catch many of the shows, however, since service was slow, we did miss a few shows since once they start , the doors are locked and you cannot enter late. We did take many of the ship's excursions, however I would advise to stay on the ship at Montego Bay if you do not wish to take the expensive all inclusive day trip. We took the half day shopping and the local 'flea' market - the craft shops and were hounded to death! It was so bad with the craft people wanting us to go see their booths, it was complete harassment! The ship started in San Juan and completed the cruise in New Orleans - wonderful city! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
I totally believe you get what you pay for. Being avid and seasoned cruisers (19+ times on Royal, Celebrity, Norwegian, Princess, Holland America), this has to be the worse cruise overall that my wife and I have ever been on! Our choice ... Read More
I totally believe you get what you pay for. Being avid and seasoned cruisers (19+ times on Royal, Celebrity, Norwegian, Princess, Holland America), this has to be the worse cruise overall that my wife and I have ever been on! Our choice was made because it was a 10 day cruise. We picked up the ship in San Juan and were finished with the embarkation by noon. The welcome aboard lunch was so-so but, the lettuce for my salad had brown streaks in it. We were told we could go to our suite but upon arrival the cabin steward made all kind of excuses why it was not ready. The food in the dining room left a lot to be desired and there was not a big selection for the entrees. Breakfast was another story. Go to the dining room for better service. The buffet...ugh. Same food for 10 days straight. Water, tea and strange tasting ice tea was the free norm.The lines were unreal to get into the dining room every night. We found the food selection was much better in the dining room as apposed to the buffet. We has anytime dining and never waited more than a minute to get a table for 2. Must say the steakhouse (pay) food was of a somewhat better quality and the service was very good considering we had to pay for it. As to the entertainment, it was the usual with the singers and dancers trying to act like they had "soul"! What a joke. The island tours were the usual and we did what we always do, caught a open air taxi or van at the pier. One disappointing item was the "pay to use the public bathrooms" on most of the islands! Now, the worse part of the cruise was on the 7th day when we ran into rough water and the ship felt like it was going to come apart and sink. The shaking started at about 4pm and lasted all night into the next afternoon. Now, here's the kicker...not once did the captain come on the intercom and appraise us of the sea conditions. I am sure this rough ride was enough to turn off 1st time cruisers! All in all, you get what you pay for and we will probably never sail with Carnival again. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
I read some of the other reviews and cannot believe we were on the same cruise. While the other reviewers were unhappy, we had a very good experience. We have taken numerous cruises on Royal Carribean, Norwegian, Holland America, and ... Read More
I read some of the other reviews and cannot believe we were on the same cruise. While the other reviewers were unhappy, we had a very good experience. We have taken numerous cruises on Royal Carribean, Norwegian, Holland America, and Carnival. The Jan. 14 cruise on Carnival Dream was very good. We had a balcony stateroom. The attendant, Rommel, was excellent. It would have been helpful to have an outlet for my husband to use his Cpap though he was happy to get a break from it. It is,however, equipment that is medically necessary. Since so many people use Cpaps, cruise lines should provide outlets. I enjoy cooking and am considered by friends to be a good cook. I am critical of food and am more concerned with quality rather than quantity. I found the food, including desserts, to be very good and always had lots of good things to choose. We had lobster tail two nights and I had 2 both nights. (On a Norwegian cruise I remember only getting half of a small lobster tail. That was pathetic.) The warm chocolate cake was so delicious that I had it at least 5 times. There is so much seating in the buffet area that tables were always available. This has always been a frustration on other cruise lines where our food got cold while we searched for a table. We traveled with another couple who also were very pleased. There were lots of areas to sit and relax. Some other reviewers criticized excursions. It is not like European cruises where there is so much to see. Let's be realistic, Island cruisers should only expect to see sun, sand, and water on excursions. There was plenty of that. We had one complaint about a stop on the "hop on/hop off" bus in Montego Bay. This excursion only cost $20. We stopped at a craft village. The sellers were so aggressive that it caused us to get back on the bus within ten minutes. We were not alone in our thinking. Many other travelers felt the same way and also made a quick exit. Carnival has to do something about that or, at a minimum warn travelers. Overall, we had a very wonderful experience at an affordable price. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
I had a great time, found that the food was good BUT I wasn't a fan of the maitre d'. Likely the attempt at a floor show and entertainment is to induce us in the early dinner seating to move along. That was successful if not ... Read More
I had a great time, found that the food was good BUT I wasn't a fan of the maitre d'. Likely the attempt at a floor show and entertainment is to induce us in the early dinner seating to move along. That was successful if not annoying. Food was above par according to my tastes. I ESPECIALLY took advantage of the Indian cuisine station aft daily. (TASTY) I had to search for the very HOT chutney and it was worth the effort. The burrito station was disappointing to anyone who has lived in the American southwest. More of a wrap instead. The itinerary was good but Ocho Rios was a let down to me as I have spent time on Jamaica before. (Ocho Rios was a late change) MY BIG complaint was that they didn't give us our alcohol returns the night before arrival and disembarkation in NOLA. This required us to get up early, wait in line for our purchases and be unable to pack our alcohol into our luggage... WHICH we had to have out in the hallway the night before. OUR group lost a box of six bottles of alcohol as it crashed to the floor of the store room on the pier... NOT a good disembarkation experience overall to begin with. Even less enjoyable to loose this purchase... Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
Even after a great price break, I would not recommend this cruise / ship to a friend. Pros * staff attitude and service orientation (excellent) Cons * Embarkation - the worst I have ever experienced (being silver or ... Read More
Even after a great price break, I would not recommend this cruise / ship to a friend. Pros * staff attitude and service orientation (excellent) Cons * Embarkation - the worst I have ever experienced (being silver or diamond did not help in any way) * Gym equipment - very poor condition / maintenance * Hot tubs - none of them were warm much less hot. To experience a hot tub, you had to pay for a spa treatment * Entertainment - very limited music options and only a few good bands * Poor quality of food outside of the dining rooms. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
Well I know inquiring minds want to know about the new Journey cruises, so I will share some highlights. This is our first Carnival cruise in 6 years and just my husband and I, (56 and 46 yrs old) cruised. We have been cruising Royal for ... Read More
Well I know inquiring minds want to know about the new Journey cruises, so I will share some highlights. This is our first Carnival cruise in 6 years and just my husband and I, (56 and 46 yrs old) cruised. We have been cruising Royal for the interim. Will we cruise again on Carnival? Maybe, but it is doubtful. Carnival has a decent product, our expectations were not wildly high and I would say they hit the middle of the road in the actual experience. The ship is certainly showing some age and no doubt will be better after dry dock. But the crew is excellent! Cleaning everything, everywhere all the time. No dishes left anywhere, mopping the pool deck constantly and very nice and engaging. We were blessed with the presence of John Heald on our second leg of the journey and he was as funny as ever. We had a few highs and a few lows. The highs first: The ports were fun. We did ziplining through the ship in St Kitts and I was a novice. I would do it again and again...we loved it and although I am afraid of heights the excellent company we used made me feel very safe and comfortable. St Thomas we took a cab to Megan's Bay and spent about 4 hours there. It was beautiful. St Marteen we just strolled around and did some shopping. Love bartering with the jewelers there and we brought home a few nice things at a very good price. Grand Turk....well there is just not much there but the beach, period. Jamaica we went to Bamboo Beach, another Carnival all inclusive excursion. I think we paid $50 or so apiece and it was all you can eat and alcohol. Very tasty. New movies on the pool deck were so much fun to watch! Lido deck barbeque was wonderful! Side areas to eat like the deli and the salad bar were great. Steakhouse was a winner, we went twice and really enjoyed it! Well worth the money. The few special events like the Captains Party were very nicely done and everyone loved them. The dress up for the 80's night and the Gala Midnight Buffet was stunning to say the least. Disembarkation in New Orleans was a breeze. We self disembarked at 7:15 and were straight off to the airport by 8:00. The not so good... Embarkation was just a melt down mess. It took 2 hours, with no place to sit, no guidance at all from Carnival. Pity to the folks that were Platinum or paid for FTTF because they were certainly not given any priority at all. All of the port days front loaded on the second leg left you pretty exhausted. Would be nice if they could break it up a little better. The ones who did all 21 days were really worn out. They had over 5 ports in a row. Sorry but the food has really declined in selection and quality. There were nights we just really struggled to pick something good to eat. The lunch buffet was just not great either. We did not starve but I did not look forward to meal time nearly as much as in the past. Our room was 6326 and right above the craps table in the casino. It got very loud at night which can be expected but you almost needed ear plugs. About night 6 a horrible burning odor started filling the cabin and although they searched they could not seem to find anything? After the second night of choking on the smell all of a sudden the room smelled overpoweringly of room air freshener. It was just bizarre and made it very hard to breath either way. I was wondering if it could have been the air sanitizing system for the casino but we could not get an answer and our room steward said absolutely the cabin was not normally like that. The sea days had almost nothing to do. Very few deck activities. If you like cards and trivia games indoors you will love this cruise. The evenings were fine but nothing to get excited about. If you had small kids you were certainly on the wrong cruise. A couple brought their "service dog" with them that was a miniature poodle being pushed around in a baby carriage complete with outfits. The dog supposedly alerted if the husband was going in to diabetic shock. Well half the time the wife was pushing it around while it yapped and enjoyed the sights and the husband was up on the pool deck having a cocktail. It is really sad to see people take advantage of a very necessary ADA service for so many. Really not Carnival's fault but I could have done without the towel wringing by John Heald over what a hero the poodle was and how he had saved the man's life multiple times, as he sipped his white Russian in the seat next to me with the dog in the baby carriage again. 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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