Boarding the ship was routine, easy and took about 40 minutes. We've come to the conclussion that Bigger doesn't mean better. The Dream has been advertised for it's size but we found out that although the ship is huge, most of the size increase was for additional staterooms and cabins. All of the public spaces were over crowded and the lines to eat on the lido deck were so long that we stopped going their after the second day. For the first two days on the lido food courts once we did get our food there was no place to sit and eat it.
Having said this I need to say the service was superb and so were the accomodations. The pools areas were so crowded that we chose not to go there and no we aren't prudes as a matter of fact we are members of a well known 4Wheel drive club located in N. California that took this cruise as a group.
We had two tables for 10 at the late seating for dinner. The food was ok, but pretty much the standard cruise ship menu. On lobster night everyone in our group had more lobster than they could have possibly eaten. As always the deserts were worth waiting for.
Although the Country Western stage show was way too New Yorkish for my taste I completely enjoyed watching the great looking cow girls in their Daisey Duke short shorts and they danced on the stage.
Room service was superior but in our experience it always has been with Carnival. We missed one port ( Isla Roatan ) due to heaving seas and winds so we had an extra day at sea to kill. Once again I'll add that bigger doesn't mean better in my opinion................ too many people and not enough room to accomodate them adequately.
Getting off this big old Dream Ship was a breeze......... All in all we had a wonderfull time and have no complaints worth mentioning EXCEPT yes... there were several evenings when we did smell the faint odor of sewage on board.