Just got back off the Carnival Dream today. This was our 6th Carnival Cruise. It was an "OK" cruise, not our favorite. The boat was nice, but very very large, with lots of people on it. We are casual cruisers, and we don't ever eat in the main dining room, so I can't review that for you. Embarkation was fine, we got to the port around 1 and we were on the boat within 30 minutes. We did have to wait until 1:30 to get to our room, so we "attempted" to get some lunch on the Lido deck. We ended up at the grill getting a hot dog, as like much of the cruise the lines at the Lido buffett were long and the food was "weird" and very rich(they had baked beans as a breakfast choice 3 mornings but no pancakes)
Our room was a balcony room and very nice and spacious as always. The room steward was excellent. As others have stated in previous reviews, the slamming of balcony doors, and main doors, was annoying, also the walls seemed to be thinner than on past Carnival cruises. Also, there was only one power outlet per room. The boat itself did seem to move quite a bit more than other boats we have sailed on. The rocking on the second night was terrible and made me seas sick.
Days at sea were just OK, not a whole lot to do unless you wanted to drink and sit by the pool (if you could find a seat) I did the spin class in the gym twice, which was nice but expensive, $12 plus tip for 40 minutes. The main gym was very small for such a large boat and the AC never seemeed to work very well in the gym as it was always hot.
Now the ports, Cozumel was very dissapointing compared to previous trips there. The locals only wanted to sell us stuff and you could not browse without being harrassed. We left downtown early and headed to 3 Amigos on th cruise terminal and had a good time there.
Roatan was different but nice, the boat could not dock at the new port, so we docked at the old crowded port. We took the west end village and sub boat tour. We had a great time with an awesome tour guide named Lady DL. We were harrased there by vendors, but at least they were little kids.
Belize, it rained there and most of the excursions were cancelled. We booked the Alta Hun ruins tour along with a tour of the city. Another excellent tour guide Anthony there. Belize is very impoverished and dirty. We had dinner in the "Chef's Art" Restaraunt that night, which was very nice and worth the money.
Costa Maya... had a great time there, got harrassed again by vendors there, which became very annoying. Sat by the pool and watched drunk people.
We went to the past guests gathering, on this day also, we did NOT get a pin for the Dream, only some really bad drinks. Carnival really needs to have 2 different past guest events, one for those that have taken more than 5 cruises and one for second timers.
The last day at sea was ok, we booked an exclusive tour of the Dream "behind the scenes," which was WELL worth the money, they don't advertise this excursion much as only 32 people get to take it. We got to go 2 decks below deck 0 and see the engine room and also got to meet the captain and have photos taken with him. Book this excursion on your first day if you can.
Other notes: the cruise director Todd was just ok, seemed to be "sleep walking" thru his job. You never her saw him out and about. His 2 side kicks James and the curly haired girl were AWESOME, and did most of the work.
As for the smell, we smelled it frequently since we were on the Lido deck. It wafted thru every night, on Belize night Wednesday, it was REALLY bad and was in our room. don't know what it is, but Carnival needs to fix it.
Disembarking was AMAZING, Carnival got this part right, we were off the boat by 8 am.
All and all a nice cruise, we will not be booking any more cruises on such a large boat.