This was our 34th cruise and 6th on Carnival. We were on the Dream a year ago and so below are a few changes. We were with our daughter, son-in-law, and two children. This was during Thanksgiving week and there were about 1400 children aboard. With those crowded conditions it was as good as could be expected.
Embarkation - During the last two months the Dream is using Terminal 6 and not Terminal 10 that was given to us on our documentation. This is a brand new terminal. There are more security scanners and more check in counters. We did not have to wait for anything - we arrived a little after 11 AM. After getting your sign and sail card, you are directed to the photo area. I thought that it the family group picture, but it is for your sign and sail card. You go up two flights on the escalator and then you walk the length of the ship to enter near the bow. The check-in is good, but prepare to walk a lot.
Breakfast/Lunch - On the next day, you can go to the buffet (deck 10) or sit down in the Crimson Dining room (deck 3 mid ship). Lunch is in the same places.
For the three sea days, they do not have a standard sit down breakfast or lunch, but a Headliners comedy sit down brunch from 9 to 1:30. On the hour they have a comedian tell a few poor jokes. They have breakfast items and even a fillet steak with two eggs over it and sliced potatoes underneath. They also have a small salmon steak. There are also a few dessert items to choose from. This has only been in operation for two months - an experiment.
A few other changes that I had not experienced on Carnival and most other ships. There are no evaluation forms, no real choice to set your departure zone (time). We were zone 17 and were expected to get off between 9:15 and 9:30. Our cabin area all had zone 17. Many used express off loading where you cart your own baggage - we always see people struggle as they use the stairs as the elevators never come when you want. The elevators are slow for such a new ship. The cabin doors are paper thin - not like the Oasis or Allure. Public restrooms are small.
Booze - do not put your wine bottle in your suitcase, but carry it with you. We took a 12 pack of coke. They will get your booze in your suitcase, but you can retrieve it at 6:30 AM on the last day. Any unsealed bottles will be discarded and not saved.
I thought for such a large ship that the entertainment would be more than 3 productions - those were great, but the other days it was family feud, etc - very cheap.
Overall I have no big complaints.