This was our 9th cruise and the 7th with Carnival. We were looking forward to a fun week with friends on one of Carnivals fun ships. Driving to the Port of New Orleans and parking was very easy and we were allowed onboard early.
The Dream Atrium was nice with plenty of seating. We were on the 7th floor, aft, with a balcony. There was plenty of space in the room but the closet was right across from the bathroom and it was impossible to open one without closing the other. That made getting dressed a little uncomfortable at times. We could only find one outlet for the room/bathroom so trying to keep electronics charged was difficult. Each night we were awakened by banging and popping noises that sounded like someone doing repairs above us. On a positive note, our room steward kept everything clean with fresh towels at all times.
The halls on each deck are very narrow and many times we would smell a sewage odor while walking to the elevators.
Dining was early seating in the Crimson and we had excellent service each night. Breakfast was in the Scarlet dining room and we preferred to eat there rather than waiting in long lines on the Lido deck.
The only excursion we booked was the Altun Ha and River Wallace tour. We had great tour guides and would definately recommend this one.
Entertainment was the worst we have ever seen on any cruise ship. If there was a live band on the Lido deck no one in our group saw them. It was very boring after dinner each night and the only place that seemed busy was the casino which reeked of cigarette smoke. Unfortunately on the Promenade deck you had to walk through it to get to the Encore Lounge.
Disembarkation was quick and easy and we were off of the ship before 9:00
Overall for the ship to be only 5 years old it looks much older with dirty carpeting in the halls and some worn out seats on the Lido deck around the buffet.
If this had been our first cruise we would not want to take another one. We were very disappointed with Carnival on the Dream and this cruise.