Just returned from the Carnival Dream
Saturday - Embarkation was a breeze. We drove to the port, and arrived at 10:30am. We dropped off our bags and parked. Filled out our health card and went thru security. We carried on 2 bottles of wine. If you have any liquid container that is opened they will make you discard it. If its sealed, no problem. We were walking on the ship by 11:30am. We immediately went to our room and dropped of our carry on. This is where you find out about the service we had on this cruise. I know we were going to our room before we were supposed to, and anyone we encountered could have told us to leave and come back at 1:30pm. Instead we passed by at least 10 stewards knee deep in work and all said hello and welcome aboard.
We had room 9472. This is an wrap balcony and we loved our room. Our cabin steward, Reddi, was great.
Dinner in the aft Scarlet dinning room was a little slow the first night, but our waiter Salvio was nice and did a good job all cruise. FYI they did charge a corking fee for the wine.
Sunday - Nassau. Been there a bunch we didn't do much. Captains party and elegant night. Drinks $1 off at captains party. Dinner service was a little quicker this night, and we all enjoyed multiple lobster tails. Yes they are smaller that in the past, but who cares when you can order 2. We went to the Extreme Country show in the main theater. The show was good, but not great.
Saw the late night comedian. The comedy shows are definitely a hit and the comedy club is packed for almost each show. The 9:45 and 11:00 were the most crowded and the midnight was busy but not packed. The do 2 family and 2 adult shows each night and rotate between 2 comedians.
Monday - Sea Day. The chair hogs were out in full force. Not sure if it was because of the large number of kids on board but it was impossible to find a chair anywhere near the main lido pool after 9am. We did find a chair towards the rear of the ship on the side. Weather was great so no complaints.
Monday night saw comedian Happy Cole, and he was hilarious.
Tuesday - St. Thomas. We've been there before so we decided to take a cab and spend some time at saphire beach. The beach was nice, and again the weather was perfect. We then went to downtown shopping district and had lunch at Cuzzins. On our way back to ship we decided to take the sky ride to paradise point. It was nice up there and the bushwhackers were delicious.
Tuesday night we saw Dancing in the Streets in the main show lounge. This is one of the better shows we have seen anywhere, much less on a cruise ship. Do not miss it! They fly in entertainers each week into St. Thomas. They come on board to do the show, and then fly out of St. Martin the next day. For anyone who has seen the show, I'm referring to the 2 strong guys.
Get to the lounge at least 20 minutes early of you want a decent seat.
Wednesday - St. Martin. 7 ships in port, including the Oasis and congestion was the word of the day. We did Bernards tour, and while it was good, it seemed like we spent most of the day in traffic grid lock.
Tonight we went to the Chefs Art supper club. Well worth the $30.00, and dinner was amazing.
Thursday - Sea Day. We did the Behind the Fun Tour. This tour is excellent and worth the $$$. You get to see some amazing things and speak with all the heads of the different dept. We met the captain and the bridge and it was amazing. We took turns sitting at the helm and taking pictures with the captain.
Went to the marriage show in the afternoon, which is always funny.
Friday - Sea day. Again we had beautiful weather, and again it was hard to find a chair. We did find a small deck in between the big screen and miniature golf. This is a good place to catch some rays.
Farewell party from 5-6pm. Free Drinks. We sat at the bar in the burgundy lounge and ordered whatever we wanted. This is much better that getting the pre-made drinks the servers are bringing around.
Saturday - Disembarkation. Again it was easy getting off the ship. Wait for your zone. No need to get off early since your luggage is loaded on carousel by zone #. Not like in Ft. Lauderdale or Miami where its all laid out and you just grab it.
Random thought.... We liked the Dream. The smell is still there. It was most noticeable at the main lido by the elevators under the big screen. It was also the worst towards the end of the cruise. The ship seemed to move more than any other ship we have been on, and we had good weather. The lido is very crowded Try the Ocean Plaza for lunch. Salad Bar, Hot dog, burgers, quesadillas, and turkey wraps, and no crowds. Probably wont sail Spring Break again, unless parents learn to control their kids. Why 10-12 year old kids are allowed to run around the ship at 2am is amazing to me. Heard lots of noise form kids running down halls and slamming doors. We did smuggle some drinks on board. No problems, and all our luggage was locked. We will probably try a smaller ship next, maybe the Miracle. Bigger isn't always better. Overall cruise was good. We sailed with first timers, and they thought the ship was great.