My husband and I just returned from sailing on the Carnival Dream - our 4th Carnival cruise. Big beautiful ship! As usual; service in cabins and dining was amazing. We appreciate so much of what Carnival cruising offers. Loved the Brunch served in dining rooms on sea days; pizza on lido deck was worth going back for again and again! Anybody speaking negatively about the pizza doesn't know what good pizza is. This was good pizza - thin, crunchy crust; not "doughy" which makes good pizza bad. We had a great time - ate too much. Specialty dining at Chef's Art Steakhouse was well worth the cost one evening. Dinner dining in main dining room always a pleasure with good meals - considering thousands per day are being served. Also don't understand people who complain about the quality of the food. As always; lobster tail & filet mignon on the dinner menu. I find it insulting when some call Carnival cruising "the Walmart of cruising" - NOT true. The value is tremendous and service is impressive. Enjoyed afternoon tea on sea days. Pools and hot tubs great with beautiful weather. We had a very memorable week.
Music Venues on ships:
Enjoyed band "Blackjack" - basically southern rock n' roll. They "rocked" and people liked them. Did NOT like "DJ Smokke" or "Chronos" music played at main pool everyday - excessively loud and obnoxious. Nobody even bothered with or danced at the "Sailway Party" because of the awful music selections. Finally; after about an hour and a half; the electric slide was played which is when everybody actually got up to dance. Never heard Jimmy Buffett tunes, steel drum music or even Bob Marley tunes. Wasn't this a Caribbean cruise??? Very disappointing. Ended up playing satellite radio station "Margaritaville" on the way home in the car just to hear what we never heard on the ship. Please people; make your voices be heard on this! Another "strange" music venue were "Dana & Tony" in the Atrium and later by the casino bar. What was Carnival thinking? This couple might be better off in a small, intimate coffee shop. Many others made similar comments; unsolicited. Can't help but wonder if future cruisers might also notice this!
Bars: unfortunately no designated sports bar for the men to watch football comfortably. They ended up having to watch sports at the casino bar which is located in casino where there's smoke from all the smokers (low ceilings.) The men watching TV's had to also compete with live music stationed right there by the bar. Didn't work so well. Not sure why several flat screened TV's aren't added to another bar - specifically the Ocean Plaza bar which would be a great place for it. Tip: best bartenders ever anywhere: Ocean Plaza bar on deck 5; little Asian girls well trained in bartending - mixology, bar etiquette....you name it. Impressive and service provided with wide smiles! Anybody who appreciates and wants a properly prepared drink should go there. They are not merely "beertenders" but obviously well trained and they love what they do. Themed bars on main pool deck (The Red Frog & the Blue Iguana) make for a "cool" pool bar theme but again; music so loud, nearly intolerable. Also hot and crowded with no flat screened TV's at those bars either. Bartenders at adult bar pool not as friendly as the Asian girls on deck 5's bar.