Our : Carnival Dream Cruise Review by mespos
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Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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. Less
Comfortable beds - liked location. Cabins above and below us so no noise from bars, lido deck, etc. We kept drapes closed during day to keep heat from sun out of room.
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