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Carnival Dream Cruise Review by beanerboomom1: The Dream Team


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Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children 3.0
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Rates 4.0
Service 3.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 4.0

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The Dream Team

Sail Date: December 2009
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral

Being our 7th cruise, we had great expectations for our Dream vacation upon Carnival's newest baby. She looked spectacular upon embarkation (which went off without a hitch) and was tastefully decorated on the inside.

SIZE: One fault with the massive size of the ship was that the size didn't actually benefit any additional amenities that I assumed it would...it just increased the amount of space to accommodate sleeping arrangements for the masses. This was a Christmas break/New Year's cruise so of course if was packed (including 1400 children who weren't much a nuisance until the last sea day in the hot tubs---parents should monitor their own children for sure:)

FOOD: Excellent variety and flavour (did anyone pass up the melting chocolate cake at the nightly meal?---shame on you!) The venues were plentiful: Wasabi sushi bar, sandwich station, Mongolian Wok, Omelette station, Hamburger grill, pizzeria, unlimited frozen yogurt/ice cream (soft serve). However, the More Chocolate Extravaganza on the last sea day was spectacular:)

CABIN: we were in cabin 2330 which was the new type of cove balcony. Perfect for a family on a budget to have a balcony space, close to the ocean with enough room for two and coffee (we took our cabin coffee table onto the deck to rest our feet as there was no deck table). Our family of four slept comfortably in this set up of a room. 6A category.

ONBOARD ACTIVITIES: the waterworks looked like fun but we never made it that far; loved the Serenity area for adults (wish some conditions of what constituted an adult were posted---like age); Gym was adequately equipped with ellipticals,

treadmills, and weight machines...everyone packed it out the first 3 days and then it wasn't so hard to find a space; pools---for our family, we found them small. We are used to the larger ones on Princess that you can have a good game of water volleyball...they were just fine for dipping in but swimming wasn't actually an option. We also would have liked to see some organized pingpong tourneys as they had two great tables set up. However, we really enjoyed the mini golf course.

ENTERTAINMENT: Loved the juggler (EDGE) and his style of bringing us all to laughter. Due to the lack of modesty for some of the dancers outfits, we chose not to take our daughters to the nightly entertainment. The talent was obviously there, but the discernment in clothing choices was too revealing for our family. The children's Camp Carnival brochure warned of this and they were right. Thx Carnival for the warning as this hasn't been the case on some other questionable entertainment nights on other lines. OVERALL: Loved this cruise, the people we meet and the service we received. We will definitely be utilizing Carnival in the future. Less


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Cabin review: Carnival Dream Balcony Main 2330

Loved cabin 2330. Would have been perfect size for 2 adults. We had 2 adults and 2 children so getting ready for supper was a bit tight but kicked the husband onto the cove sized balcony while us three girls finished getting ready. Loved the balcony...all we needed. Great central location mid ship. Ample closet space. Shower curtain not hearty enough to contain water in the shower. Bottled water on shelf is not free...4.54/bottle. Choose this type of suite for a family of four traveling on a budget...it is superior to the interior quads for space and worth the small amount more:)

Port and Shore Excursions


This is a high pressure port (in the flea market area behind the terminal) and not one that I felt particularly safe in with my two children. We did a tour with a family friend who works in Belize who picked us up at the port. He had a gun on his person and told us that anyone in Belize is able to carry a gun. He has had his life threatened on many occasions and is using the gun for his family's protection. I believe that if you are on a cruise approved excursion and/or you stay in the terminal area, you would be safe in Belize to exit the boat. To go off exploring the city as we did in Cozumel...not so safe.


Second time to Costa Maya and happy to see them continue to develop in this area a few more amenities. Hoped on a bus for $2-3/person and went to the 2nd beach stop (Mauhaul-sorry for the spelling) and spent the day at the beach and surrounded by shopping and good food---try the fried, red snapper platter at Tabas Bar...what a treat. The water was refreshing and the vendors were persistant but not pushy. This was one of the most relaxing ports for our family.


(5.5)
We rented a Jeep for 50 USD. We should have booked through Alamo online before we went and saved a fortune. We suggest you take your vehicle to Chen Rio (locals beach). We were there with about 30 other people and enjoyed the calm, crystal waters. Suggestion: change into your bathing suits before you get there as the bar's bathrooms were tight fitting. We then wen't back into Cozumel and ate at El Chorzan. Too expensive and not worth the cost. From there we went up the other coast to Paradise Beach. Great place if you like crowds and jelly fish but would have preferred going back to the other side and swimming at Chen Rio again.

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Looks like a little disneyland when you get off at the port with their little pastel buildings and their overpriced trinkets. Took in the dolphin encounter and Tabyana Beach excursion. My opinion is flawed due the the weather (it started pouring before we could get to the dolphins---made it very cold unless you were under the water). However, being in the water with these wonderful creatures made up for it. I would suggest going on the dolphin excursion in Cozumel as our dinner mates had better access to swim with the dolphins there then we did in Isla Roatan. Though the tour guides at the dolphin encounter were unhelpful and uninformative, the dolphin trainers who worked with a group of 8 of us and one dolphin, were highly trained and friendly. Due to the rainy conditions, Tabyana was a flop for us and we can't even comment on if it was a good place.

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