The ship itself was beautiful. The decor was unusual but not unattractive. I think it was supposed to be strange as in "Dream." They didn't quite drive the point home, instead leaving us scratching our heads and wondering why there was artwork of polar bears dancing in a ballroom, or mice riding flying books, or sea turtles throwing a beach ball. Our balcony room was very comfortable, although the bed was not a king as stated. Although the ship was considered "full," it didn't seem so at all. There were plenty of deck chairs available, and many niches where one could find peace and quiet or have some privacy for a conversation or to read a book, etc. That's all the good I have to say about our time spent on the ship.
There is no "fun" on this "fun ship." The "Fun Times" were full of things like Spa tour, Guess the price of the painting, Free footprint analysis, Medispa physician consultations, How to look 10 years younger, and one type of Trivia after another. Their attempts at throwing deck parties or dance parties were cheesy and didn't last long (perhaps an hour). They simply made no attempts at getting people mingling. Even the layout of the ship didn't encourage people to gravitate to "common areas" where they might make friends or get caught up in the "fun." I personally don't find the huge tv on the Lido deck over the pool to be "fun," either. What's fun about laying on a lounge chair and watching sitcom reruns day after day?
The food was downright disgusting except for the pizza, the Taste Bar, and Chef's Table. We didn't eat in the dining room, so I can't comment on that. The Tandoor Station had very dry Indian food that all tasted pretty much the same (same flavor profile). The chicken was dry and there wasn't much variety. The Grill had huge hot dogs that were WAY too big for their buns, and burgers that were over-cooked (gray center). The Deli didn't offer much variety and the ham and turkey were very sweet, which is off-putting, and they only offered American cheese. The pizza was good, but was not available 24-hours as promised. I tried to get pizza at noon one day, the whole station was broken down and covered up and no one was there. Another day I tried around 5pm, same thing. Other times, there were people there, but it didn't matter what you asked for, there was a wait and you had to come back later to get it.
They performed "routine balcony maintenance" one of the days we were at sea starting at 9am, so we were told to "ensure your window curtains are closed." Another day they had to repair the main water line, so no hot water was available from 10am until 130-2pm. Elevators were out of order, restrooms in public areas randomly had "out of order" signs on the doors, and that smell everyone talks about was definitely present.
The majority of the staff was friendly and pleasant, but there were a few who made no eye contact, didn't speak, didn't smile, and didn't reply while clearing your plate or walking by, even when we greeted them. Twice while waiting in line to get orange juice, which was supposed to be available for another 10-15 minutes, a crew member would sidestep in front of me, open the machine, and remove the juice and replace it with lemonade without speaking. Twice! At Guest Services we had a crew member get sarcastic as soon as we asked a question.
This was our first, and probably our last Carnival cruise.