I went on the Dream with my mother, in her early 60's and my daughter, 18 years old. Checking-in was a very quick, easy process, a majority of employees were very helpful and friendly.
Carnival does give the impression of being a "party ship" and that is exactly what you will find. Deck 10, Lido deck, big screen TV, is the party area. For a quieter experience their is a pool in the back of deck 10.
The food was hit or miss. The deli station on the Lido deck is a wonderful option for a panini, it is right off The Gathering/buffet. Also on the Lido deck is a pizza/burger/hot dog line. All is a bit to be desired.
The buffet is located in The Gathering, closest to the "party area" is a Mongolian Stir-fry, found hair in my food from the Mongolian Stir-fry.
Stairs leading from the Gathering, inside, go to a pasta bar. Not a bad option, pick your own pasta, sauces, and toppings.
The Gathering was OK, typical buffet food. Breakfast, has wonderful oatmeal!, ask for eggs over easy, or you will be stuck with the powdered eggs. The rest is typical breakfast food, eggs, french toast, pancakes, ham, potatoes, cold cerial, so on. Omelettes can be ordered. Breakfast starts at 630, lines start by 730.
The dining room had better food then anywhere else on the ship, still not the best, but good. I didn't order the comfort food option, but their was one daily. We had wonderful service, early dining 600pm. Down side, their were 10 person round tables, very hard to talk to anyone who wasn't within a seat or two to the left of right, although some people might not find this a con.
Room service, for breakfast was a great option before heading down to the gathering. They were very polite and quiet if someone else was sleeping when they came. Has basic, coffee, juice, pasties, cold cerial, and fruit.
Our room steward was wonderful! Very friendly, very helpful. Always had fresh towels, clean room, animals made out of towels daily. The rooms were nice, we didn't spend much time in them. The linens were great, very soft.
Bathroom was very clean, small, but it is a cruise after all. I don't think anyone over 6 feet could fit in the shower very well.
Their were many activities, I wouldn't say something for everyone, just depends on what someone is looking for.
Their were many photo ops too. Some very nice photos, not the best quality, but fun momentos, prices did vary.
Excursion, we purchased prior to our cruise, their are more options when you get on the boat, but they do sell out. If you are willing to be flexible, wait till you get on board to book.
The Dream is what you make of it, if you're like me and my family, we can have fun anywhere, if you are looking to be entertained every minute, this probably is not the best option for a vacation.