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Carnival Dream Cruise Review by showtime21: A Dream easily forgotten


showtime21
2 Reviews
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Cabin 3.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 3.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 1.0
Public Rooms 2.0
Rates 3.0
Service 3.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 3.0

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A Dream easily forgotten

Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral

To say that my wife and I were excited to sail on the Dream is a bit of an understatement. It had been over a year since our last cruise, which we sail on Carnival Glory, and we were itching to get underway. Since we enjoyed the Glory we were very excited to be on one of Carnival's newest ships!
Well the excitement was very short lived as the best word I can find to sum up our experience on the Dream is underwhelmed.

Being a new ship you would imagine everything would be brand new technology and interesting features with a great ship design. Well that is not the case on Dream. The ship outlay is just ridiculous. And that is putting it nicely. They used the exact same ship design as the Glory but just made it bigger. Now the on the Glory it worked ok because there weren't so many people, but on the Dream it just made the ship feel so much smaller than it is. The public rooms were not at all big enough and so it made the ship crowded. And we all now that is a very bad More thing. We never seemed able to avoid the crowds. It honestly felt as if Carnival designed the ship to get as many people on board they could but didn't enhance any of the public rooms to deal with the extra people. We have sailed on RCI's Freedom of the Seas, it has the same passenger capacity if not more and deals with the crowds SO much better. That ship never felt crowded and had massive public rooms.

The staff was another surprise, not in a good way. They seemed very green and uninterested. For one of your newest ships you would imagine they would have their best working on it. Our Steward was very nice and we enjoyed our waiters but the event staff was very distant and acted like they didn't really want to be there.

The buffet is something of a nightmare being that it is poorly run. They have a Mongolian and pasta section that sounds good but then you get there and they cook it when you order it. Which is good in theory but it means you will be waiting a good 20 minutes for your pasta or Mongolian dish since you have to wait for everyone to get theirs cooked in front of you.

What saved the trip for us was the Ports of call. All of them were simply incredible! We did however not get to port in Mohogany Bay because of high swells which was VERY disappointing. One because the swells didn't seem to bad. And two, because that meant another sea day on a ship we didn't like.

This is another area where the staff failed to us. They did not add any other activities on the ship except for things in the shops to give you sails pitches. And there were already to many of those to begin with. Every activity had a sails pitch intertwined with it so it seemed.

Overall we had a great time in Ports but not so much on the ship. So the ports are what you want but this Dream is one to avoid. Less


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Cabin review: Carnival Dream Interior Riviera

Our room was a typical interior room. A bit more roomy than others that we have had. However we did not like how hot it got in our room. As was the case on the Glory when we sailed on it. I don't know what Carnival's deal is but they don't really give your any AC in your room. Might be better in nicer rooms but that shouldn't be the case if you don't want to be hot in your room you shouldn't have to. Since it was so warm we had a hard time getting a good nights rest.

Port and Shore Excursions


We loved Belize City! In fact up to that point it was our favorite port we'd ever been to. I've read and heard other things that Belize is a rough place you have to be careful. Well we didn't see anything like that. Our experience was fantastic. We went on a Mayan ruins and river tour through Caves Branch. While the Mayan ruins were very cool the real fun was in the river tour. Our guides were simply put, AMAZING! They went above and beyond to make sure we had a good time. We saw monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles, and even dolphins that swam up next to our boat! It was an amazing experience.

This was our 3rd time to Cozumel and we have loved it every time. We didn't have any excursions planned here so we rented a jeep and cruised around the island and shopped downtown. The shopping is very cool in a strip mall kind of setup. The people are very nice and you can get some cool things for really cheap if you barter well. I will say that the Jeep wasn't worth it though. The previous two times we went we rented scooters and those were much more fun to hop around in.
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(5.5)
Well Belize City was our favorite port of call and lasted all of a day until we got to Roatan. One annoying thing is that Carnival owns the port so everything inside the port is Carnival. They do not allow outside vendors that wont give them a cut into the port. So we had to leave the port and walk over a hill to get to where the vendors can gather to meet our tour guide Ronny. After the short walk Ronny took us to our excursion starting point where we went horseback riding through the mountains and back down to the beach. There Ronny has a restaurant called Ronny's Barefeet Bar & Grill where we had lunch on a ocean side table. Literally you are 40 feet from the ocean and the beautiful water! Then Ronny took us on a boat ride down the coast and this was the cherry on top. The island is simply stunning the water is better than pool temperature and just as clear minus the chlorine. We loved Roatan so much and Ronny did everything he could to make us happy. If you find yourself going to Roatan definitely look him up.
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