Well this was our tenth cruise all with Carnival and yes we made Platinum. We have never sailed on The Dream so we were unsure of what to except. We arrived in Orlando on Friday a day before like we always do, it is easier with my wife. When we arrived we say The Dream sailing in and our first impression was WOW! We had 6 in our group and out of that half had never sailed before. The Dream had just returned from dry dock and there were some issues, but that never affected our trip in anyway, to few to mention.
Now for some hints if you travel with a person in a wheel chair except RUDENESS from your fellow guests. My wife needs a wheel chair and as we were trying to get through the picture area we asked EXCUSE ME. the fellow guest said yea just try and run into me!! At show time they have spots marked for wheel chairs, but get there early the fill up with regular guests, i could have parked my wife there, but she does not want to sit by strangers when i have to sit 5 or some rows behind. The Dream does have challenges in it's lay out but so does The Conquest Ships. If you take the elevators in the back to the third floor you can only go into the Scarlett dining room and no where else.
We arrived at 930AM and were on by 1045AM there was no one coming off. We had a shore excursion so we were off by 810AM in the morning heading to The Kennedy Space Center. The buffets do have lines but with 4,000 guest that was to be excepted. The dining room food come out hot only one night did it come out warm. The punchliners brunch excellent will do it again. They only have one midnight buffet and after 11PM it is either room service or Pizza not what i thought would happen. I think they should have burgers our something else.
In closing let me just say that all in all it was a typical Carnival Cruise and we had a lot of fun.