This review is only what I saw or what happen to me, and no one should take it as what is the norm on the Dream.
We have cruised 13 times prior to this cruise and have been on Carnival twice before, but never on the Dream. This was a last minute cruise. We received a call from Carnival 21 days prior to the cruise and offered a very good price for the Sept. 28th 7 days cruises on the Carnival Dream out of Port Canaveral. We parked our car at Park n Cruise and were shuttled to the terminal the cost is more than half of what parking cost at the terminal. From parking to shuttle to port and boarding the ship was about 30 minutes.
We did manage to get our dinning changed for your time dinning to early seating and was assigned to a table for four in the Scarlet Dining room table 504 which was adequate but not great. Service was just OK, I complained to the head waiter on the second night about slow service and cold food and from that point on everything was just OK. The Pasta Bar, Tandoor Station, Burrito Bar were all excellent, The Mongolian wok always had a 40 minute line at it so it had to be good also. Buffet was just adequate and close at 9:30 each night leaving only Pizza and the grill open, but the food was plentiful and hot. Seating at the buffet was always available.
Cabin 1226 is an Ocean View on deck one portside forward, in or 14 cruises this was the largest cabin we have been in and the only one with a bath tube. Very small TV for the size of the room but the cabin had all the expected amenities. The problem with the cabin is it is an adjoining room with the door at the foot of the bed. You could hear all the talking laughing and TV from the adjoining room. Our neighbors partied till I called guest services to ask them to be quite which happen nightly. This room is also just above the gangway and on early port morning an on tender mornings it very noisy when then start getting ready for passenger, this started around 6:30.
Shows in the Encore were very good but very loud. The best part of the entertainment was the Punchliner Comedy Club in the Burgundy lounge which was excellent; you had to get their early for a good seat. The Break dancers were very good also.
We were given a disembarkation baggage tag number twenty for 9:30 to 9:45 we asked guest services if we could get off earlier and were given tag number four for 7:45. The big hold up was at Custom which seem very slow.
Carnival although the largest cruises line it is also the Kmart of the cruise industry. The cruise was OK and you get what you pay for. I will cruise on Carnival again just as I will still shop at Kmart if the price is right. But I will never take an adjoining room again or a cabin on deck one again..