Embarkation was great. Probably the easiest and quickest of all our cruises so far. That is one of the few highlight of the trip.
The Dream is touted as one of the biggest ships. When you hear that keep in mind that although the ship is large...it has one less pool than the other ships (no adults-only pool)and the rest of the public space appears to be the same as the rest of the ships. What is larger is the number of cabins and guests this ship can hold. So imagine you are on a cruise that you have been on previously...but with twice the number of people. What this means is competition for pool chairs & hot tub time and very long lines for food.
The hamburger stand by the pool was constantly busy, the line streched back inside to the elevators at most times. The pizza stand line was the most bearable as it moved quickly. The rest of the buffet lines were ridiculous. There was no bacon at the omelet stations so you got to stand in two long lines if you wanted both.
The Chefs Art Steak house was AWESOME! If we were made of money I would have preferred this every night. This brought back memories (of just a few years ago) of how dining on a cruise ship used to be.
The cabins seemed the same size as the other ships. The walls did seem thinner on this boat. Lots of unsupervised children running the halls, lots of rude adults slamming their cabin & balcony doors. We did have a leak in our balcony door that caused a very loud whistle noise. Maintenance fixed it for the most part (still noise but not as bad as it was the first couple of nights).
The sewage smell mentioned in other reviews was definitely there. It was very noticeable in the back of the boat (all levels) and on the Lido deck. Very unappetizing.
Service from the Lido deck waiters was not as good this time, probably due to the number of passengers.
Unless someone gifted a cruise to me I will never sail on the Carnival Dream again.