Carnival did their best: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by Rileywish
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Carnival did their best
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
They chartered Delta Airlines and they were top notch getting us back. They paid part of the parking fees back also. This was something that just happened....could they have gotten us back ok to Port Canaveral without a backup generator??? probably....but after the Triumph they didn't want to take that chance. A+++ to Carnival and their employees who went above and beyond customer service for so many people. Then listening to news channels people were complaining about how inconvienced they were and how put out they were when power was shut down (it was only 1 1/2 hours people) they were just looking for attention and their 15 minutes of fame for the cameras. Total nonsense.
As for the trip itself. Getting on the ship at the port was fast. I wanted to get the Faster to the Fun pass but they were already sold out...but we had no waiting whatsoever. We arrived at the port about 11:00 am and went and ate and was in our room about 12:20pm.
I thought the entertainment was so so. Their dancers are great but most of the shows evolved around them. Had a comedian who wasn't that great. Would like to have seen more variety. Other Carnival cruises we had magicians, hypnotists, and other performers. Tho alot of money was spent on the production numbers the dancers did....just would liked to have seen something else than singing and dancing. Food was excellent...only issue was the first day at sea breakfast and lunchtime (especially lunchtime) was a packed mess. Lines were so long. I waited in line for about 35 minutes and finally gave up....went out to pizza stand and it was packed too. So my suggestion is to go down a little early for lunch or maybe get something you can eat a little later and take back to your room.
We had a Cove balcony which was great...almost at water level...so relaxing to have a drink and look out over the water. So worth the extra money you pay for a balcony.
One thing about March...this was the first week of Spring Break. I will definitely avoid this time on my next cruise. Too many kids and teenagers for my taste. Didn't really have any issues with any of them. Pools (only 2 pools and one of them is a salt water pool and both were not very big for the amount of people on the ship) were packed with kids so hard to enjoy. They were even in the hot tubs. Now there is a Serenity section for adults although it really doesn't do much...only chaises and a hot tub for adults. Would have been nice to have a pool in that area just for adults but there wasn't.
All in all an OK cruise. I prefer Western Caribbean cruises a lot more. For the money you can not beat Carnival. Less
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