Carnival Dream Cruise Review by CAS_J: Carnival Dream Eastern Carribean
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Carnival Dream Eastern Carribean
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
This was our fifth cruise with Carnival. We took this trip very early in the 2013 Hurricane season with no storms during the trip. We used the shuttle service from the Orlando international Airport. we did not stay in a Hotel because we stayed with friends the night before the cruise. We had a Cloud 9 Spa Balcony on this trip.
Our Stateroom was on deck 12 Right hand (Starboard) Side. There were only two things that we could have wished for. The balcony on deck 12 do not have a roof over the balcony. So there was no protection from the sun or rain. but, it was nice to have at night. The second was there was no Smoking on the Spa balcony's.
(I do not smoke, but my wife does). Also passengers on deck 14 ( there is not a deck 13) could look down ,Spill drinks, drop things on to your balcony. We were in the Scarlet Dining Room for meals. We had a very great service staff for meals. There was something for everyone on the menu. The food was very good.
As far as More the shows, We thought the show (Dancing in the streets) on this was not as good as past shows. we thought it was too loud. We did not stay for the whole show. The Punch liner comedy show was not too bad.
The ports of call on this trip was Nassau, Bahamas', St. Thomas, and St. Martin. It was our Third Trip to Nassau so we did not do any Excursions in this port. In St Thomas, I did the Two Tank scuba diving Excursion, My wife went into town and did some Shopping. In St. Martian we took a shuttle into town, and ended up getting a tour and got to see the whole island. I do not have any information on the Children's Clubs because we did not travel with any children. As far as the disembarkation, it went very smooth. We were off the ship in under an hour. The only Problem we had was a broken bottle on Liquor on one on our suitcases. But over all a Very Good Trip. Less
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The Room on this vessel was not any bigger than any of the other balcony rooms. The only thing was the unlimited spa access because of the stateroom. If the Spa is not a Must Have, I would not spend the extra cost for this room verses a regular balcony room. Unless it is a Cheap upgrade or a free upgrade (as it was for us). We had them take the two twin bed a make a Queen size (not a King Size) for us. The bed was very firm. but, Comfortable. I would book this room again.Read All Spa Balcony (8S) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
We have been to this port 3 time before, so we did not book any excursions. we did disembark and walked along the pier to the straw market . and did a little souvenir shopping before going back to the ship.
We did not book an Excursion in this port because it was the first time that we have been there and just wanted to see the port. We took a shuttle down town and ended up getting an guided Tour of the whole Island. We found the Dutch side in a lot better shape than the French Side. But the People on the Island were Very Friendly. We will take another cruise to this port again.
Scuba - certified
On This dive trip the water was a bit choppy, and the reef site we went to was not a vivid as I would have liked. But the Dive Master said that early summer (June) was not a great time as the reef is still in the winter stage. She said it gets a lot better in the fall & winter. After the first dive, the dive boat had mechanical issues and we had to wait from them to send someone from the dive shop to make repairs.
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