Carnival Dream Cruise Review by JemIB66: Relaxing Eastern Caribbean Adventure
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Relaxing Eastern Caribbean Adventure
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
The embarkation was very efficient and, after embarking with our daughter, who is in a wheelchair, we had some lunch in the buffet restaurant before going to our cabin. The cabin was an adapted spa oceanview cabin on Deck 11 (Category 4S). We were very impressed with the space and comfort. Unfortunately we made very little use of the spa area because a large part of it is not open to under 18s. We had hoped to take our 9 year-old daughter in the hydrotherapy pool but were not able to.
The crew were generally very helpful and friendly, especially our cabin stewardess - Agniezka (from Poland) - who was absolutely superb. We got a new towel animal in our cabin every night, which our daughter loved.
The team of waiters in the Scarlet Restaurant were also very good, as was the entertaining Maitre'D from India.
Food was generally very good, although the variety in the buffet restaurant could have been greater on a ship this size. That said, the food we tried was More all very good.
The ports we visited were all interesting and we were able to walk off the ship and roam around the different places at our leisure without resorting to taxis or public transport. The only port which we found slightly disappointing was Grand Turk. There was very little there except for a beach. I would have preferred to call at the port we were originally scheduled to visit when we booked the cruise - St Maarten.
The two sea days were fun and gave us a chance to relax and explore the ship. I really enjoyed the onboard art gallery and art auctions.
Disembarkation was definitely the most efficient I've seen in the cruises I have been on, with numbers assigned so that a gradual disembarkation took place between 8am and 10:30 with nor real overcrowding as I have seen on some previous cruises where disembarkation has been squeezed into too short a timeframe.
All in all, a very enjoyable cruise. Less
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The cabin was very spacious and comfortable, being a disability adapted cabin. Although the oceanview was slightly obstructed by the communal balcony area outside, The view was still good. The bathroom was very nice, with a large shower area and again more spacious than average. The decor looked slightly old fashioned but was still very nice.Read All Spa Ocean View (obstructed views) (6S) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Grand Turk is a very small flat island, with a population only just exceeding that of the number of passengers on the ship. The island boasts a lovely white sand beach but not much else. We took a taxi to the main town which just consisted of a few market stalls, a couple of bars, a library, a small museum and a couple of shops. If you like the beach and paddling in the sea this is a great port. For others it is probably going to be a bit disappointing.
Nice port with shops and main town easily accessible on foot from the ship. It was quite picturesque and the locals were very friendly. The only criticisms would be that we were not there for long enough and also the identification checking by port security was not sufficient for the volume of people as there were 3 ships in port. This resulted in long lines. All in all though we thought this was our favourite of the ports we visited.
Embarkation and disembarkation very efficient and well organised.
This was again a very picturesque port with some lovely old buildings and a very Spanish feel to it. It was very easy to disembark from the ship and go on foot for a walk around San Juan. Again a very nice experience overall. The only criticism again perhaps the short time we spent there.
The Butterfly Farm was very interesting and only a 5-minute walk from the ship. A guide gave a talk on butterflies and we were able to walk round at our leisure. It was quite small though and it would be nice to have a few more species of butterflies to look at.
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