Carnival Dream Cruise Review by CaroleR: The Dream should be sent back to the Shipyard!
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The Dream should be sent back to the Shipyard!
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
I am going to try to be precise. The pros and cons! The pros: The room was nice (no chair to sit on)-inside room. Bed was comfy. Embarkation was good to a point. Food was good; service in the dining room was great except the last evening when I believe they ran out of desserts. The entertainment was good, especially the comedy club. Most theatre shows were okay; Some shows didn't make sense; they were simply singing and dancing..many had no theme" It was entertaining and something to do. Room steward okay, nothing special. They did barbecues on the lanai which was a nice touch and the salad bar near the lanai was great!
The cons (more than the pros): Upon getting on the ship, noticed they had changed our cofirmed early dining to late dining. We are both diabetics and had gone through the same routine on another ship. When we made a fuss, they moved us to a quick line to get onto the ship. We were told to go to the dining room to complain. Waited a while to speak with More supervisor. (Didn't have breakfast & lunch at that time). When my husband held up his testing kit and explained, the supervsior never said a word, wrote a number on a slip and we had early dining in what I termed, a time out table for two. We were so close to a table of about 12 we could have been related. This was the theme of the entire cruise. Because we weren't with a large group or a family, we were the "leppers of the ship!" The buffet was okay, but after 10pm, most eves, you got Pizza, ice cream or one evening, hamburgers and hotdogs (@ 11pm-don't think so).
I came home with a cold because I realized they kept the ship cold so you wouldn't smell the sewer stench around the ship. Surprise, you still smelled it. My husband had only the lanai to smoke a cigar in and many of the days, they took the chairs away. No sports bar to smoke in. I had called ahead to Carnival who lied when he said where my other half could smoke in. Even then, they told him the cigar ashes would come back onto someone from the wind. Cigarettes were not considered a problem, though. One eve he asked the bar staff the kind of port they had. They couldn't tell him and would not show Steve the bottle. They lost bar business for that.
I got deathly ill, after 16 cruises the second eve because, according to several ex-navy men, they were not using the stabilizers to save gas. The seas were not bad, but the shipped rocked, even on the 7th floor. The kids. I have rarely met a kid I didn't like, but the kids on this boat had the run of the ship. As a rule, parents were nowhere to be seen when the kids were running all over the ship. There were no areas they were restricted from and ran in packs. The ship did nothing to stop it. They ran in areas including the casino wetting marble floors at times. Twice I almost slipped going into a club. The casino...small and inadequate. Very few 25 cents slots. Two times I had to literally scream for a supervisor when I had a problem w/ a machine. Two workers were talking to two young guys and couldn't get "their" attention. Went one day to a cooking demo in their specialty restaurant & was sitting underneath basketball court. Very annoying. After that, decided we did not bother doing Chef Art's Steakhouse.
Last morning, debarkation, Announcements to get off the ship started at 6am. They had us out of the room @ 7:30 am. - no breakfast, just off the ship. We had gone to bed at 1pm, so were hoping to sleep until 6:30 and grab a quick breakfast. We then proceeded to pick up our bags - guess what, no bags; Our floor's luggage was lost. We were told to fill out a loss report and if they were found, we would have to come back for them (We live 3 1/2 hours from the port). After what seemed liked hours, they found them, after being accused the tags must have fallen off; no color tags to show room levels like on other ships. They were found on another carousel away from our ship's luggage. No apologies; no explanation.
Let me tell you that I am not hard to please or we wouldn't have done 16 cruises. I doubt that I will go onto another Carnival ship, although the Glory was a great experience. The sad part is Carnival will not care. They picked a brand new ship to do the most cost cutting they could. I guess they were counting on one-timers. One gentleman told him he had also booked a May cruise on the Dream, but was cancelling the second trip. This was only the second ship my husband couldn't wait to get off of...The Dream and the Costa Atlantica. It's too bad my husband didn't listen to the reviews on Cruise Critic. I wanted to go on the Eurodam...oh well, life lessons learned. Less
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