We sailed with a group of 35 out of New Orleans.
We had a wonderful cove balcony cabin 2441. I was very worried about being right under the galley, and thought it would be very noisy. Apart from once or twice, I never heard a thing. I did bring along a small fan, which probably helped. The room was very nice, with adequate storage and very comfortable. WE loved the cove balcony. It was so private and cozy. One day we had a Thunderstorm, and it was awesome to sit outside and watch the rain and lightening! We saw a few flying fish, but no dolphins.
The food on the Dream was just like all the other Carnival ships. The buffet was not so great, but I don't usually care for buffet food anyway. The pizza was wonderful, and there is a little hidden Italian sit-down restaurant on the 12th floor, only open for lunch on sea days. Most people don't even know it's there. We did the steak house one night, and it was absolutely fabulous. The best steak you will ever eat. The main dining room was nice. You can have all the shrimp you want on this boat, as the shrimp cocktail is on the menu every night, and a couple of nights there is friend shrimp also. We also enjoyed the sea day brunch. Be sure to try the macaroni and cheese with bacon. It's wonderful!
One word of advice-do not get the all you can drink package. We had a few that did this and it was a real disaster. They felt pressured to get the maximum of 15 drinks daily, and most of the time it was difficult to do. If they were "successful", they were trashed and sick! I think if they didn't put the maximum of 15, people might just get 10 or less, but since there is a number attached everyone thinks they have to reach that magic number to get their money's worth! One couple in our group gave it up after the 1st day, and were only charged for the drinks they had on day 1. Is not a great deal at all if you want to drink beer.
The shows were good, and we found ourselves in the comedy shows every night. The production numbers were good also, as was the live band and singers throughout the ship.
The Dream is a beautiful ship, and we are in fact sailing again in August.
The only negative aspect was one night at 0400 a 14 year old went missing and they had to page into every cabin all over the ship every 10 minutes to see if anyone had found him. They then went door to door and inspected all the cabins. He was eventually found asleep in another cabin. The entire ship was irritated with him, and I heard he and his mother were asked to leave at the first port.