The 7-day Western Caribbean was incredible on the Dream. We could stroll the Promenade deck after dinner and enjoy the Caribbean ambience like we were the only people on board. We liked deck 5, the Lanai area, for its ambience, outdoor areas, and for the Ocean Plaza hub, particularly for its early morning coffee and treats at Plaza Cafe and Patisserie. We enjoyed music and incredible mini-martinis there in Ocean Plaza as well.
The aft dining was incredible--not crowded at all--and always with restaurant style seating--it just made meeting people so much easier, with lenthy conversations if we wanted it. This just didn't happen in the rushed, crowded cafeteria hubs on deck 10; you could beat the crowd with early breakfast. But in Scarlet Dining, we enjoyed window seating at lunch and breakfast--always an unhurried treat.
Dream's food is really good. In Scarlet Dining, you just can send it back and ask for something else--but it was so good I never did.
Our room, interior on Deck 1, was nice, comfortable, and the steward was attentive and friendly.
Dream's shows got better each night, culminating in an incredible laser light show. The singing and dancing were expertly choreographed, and we were never bored, that's for sure. Other ports were great: Roatan (Mahogany Bay) was a great port where we struck out by local bus to Club Natali, where we enjoyed a pristine beach, snorkeling, kayaking in the mangroves, all for five U.S. dollars. Nothing can beat the ambiance and activities of the Carnival Dream. The miniature golf was fun; the gym was well furnished for a workout or just getting on the treadmill.
The ship's crew was out to please and they succeeded. We had read online complaints about rowdy kids, but every child on board was having fun and behaving as far as we could tell. We had no complaints the entire 7 days.