“A little trouble dreaming!”
Cruise review of Carnival Dream

KiminTN Carnival Dream 4 A little trouble dreaming!
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My husband & I just finished cruising on the Dream (May 22-29). We've only cruised one other time on the Carnival Legend, but liked that ship much better (the layout of the ship, ratio of amenities vs. people, etc.).

The Dream was too crowded, too noisy, the ship rocks too much even in calm seas & the worst part is it smells like raw sewage, especially on the Lido deck! We loved our Cove Balcony, but you can hear EVERYTHING going on in the cabin beside you. We were kept awake most nights by people & drunks in the hallway shouting, fighting, cussing. One night I called 911 but no one answered! Security never seemed to be around down near us. Every smile and greeting by the crew members seemed forced. The Comedy Club's "Family" shows were pushing the limit of appropriate content for kids. We were very excited about movies on the big screen up on the Lido deck, but they only played 1 movie the entire 7 days. They could really improve what they do with the big screen. The cruise director has a morning show that is so lame! Would love to have more music videos with pretty beach scenes. We did have some GREAT shore excursions that we found off Cruise Critic.
The first stop in Nassau Bahamas just wasn't long enough time here though! We went on the Catamaran snorkel & beach - great!

In St. Thomas we booked our own sailboat "The Jester" with Captain Jim. He took 6 of us to Honeymoon Beach in St. John for hours of snorkeling, cooked us a fabulous lunch, had snacks, nacho's, & some of the best drinks we had. Worth every cent we spent ($140 per person).

In St. Martin we took a cab ($6 pp) to Orient Bay Beach. AMAZING! Highly recommend this incredible beach but beware of some topless women & merchants that come to sell you their wares while you are trying to get some sun. The cost of beach chairs for 4 of us with 2 umbrellas was $36. Booking through Carnival was $56 pp (included lunch), so it was cheaper to do it on our own.

Our next vacation we are going to skip the ship & just fly to a resort. We didn't feel like it was worth the money & effort!

Carnival Dream Cruises to the Eastern Caribbean
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Cabin review:

We stayed in a cove balcony (Cabin # 2361). It was fabulous and I highly recommend getting one. It provided such a nice refuge from the business of the ship. Loved sitting out there and seeing the water, stars, coming into port, ocean breeze at night & having coffee there in the morning. The down side of the rooms on this ship was that you could hear noise from people in the hallway and you could hear EVERYTHING going on in the next room. This did have a door to an adjoining room where our grandchildren & children stayed so I'm not sure it that is why we could hear so much of the noise. Rooms were spotless. A few times we had to call to have them come clean & had a maintenance problem with the shower not draining, but they came very quickly to resolve it. Plenty of storage, comfy beds & fluffy comforters & pillows. They provided bathrobes, pool towels, shower soap, hand soap & shampoo which was nice.

Port and Shore Excursions

We booked an excursion through Carnival for the Catamaran Snorkel & Beach. Loved it! They picked us up right off the dock, took us sailing to a great place to snorkel for 45 min then to a private beach for 45 min. Time we had in port was too short but we enjoyed every minute. The ship was clean, equipment was good, had snacks on board to purchase & free rum punch on the way back! YUMMY...

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The port here was one of the best and nicest we've been to. We opted to take our own cab to Orient Bay Beach on the French side of the island. We knew from reading other reviews that we may see topless women and we had children (10 & 13) with us. We did, but just didn't make a big deal of it so all went well. We mainly stayed in the water. It cost $6 per person for the taxi & $36 total for 4 chairs & two umbrellas on the beach. Lots of places to eat, shop, shower & bathrooms. One downside was the merchants constantly coming up to you to sell you things or braid your hair. Got a bit annoying. Overall - we loved this beach trip. When we returned to the ship we showered & changed and went to the shops at the port. There were plenty of nice shops to get what we needed & everyone was very friendly. It was so hot & humid! We couldn't wait to get back on board.

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The port at St. Thomas was very nice. We booked our own excursion through Morning Star to charter our own sailboat that seats 6 for 5 hours. They were booked up so they referred us to sail on "The Jester" with Captain Jim. This was one of the top rated things to do - a little costly, but worth every cent! We took a taxi that they recommended to the other side of the island, boarded the ship, sailed over to St. John to Honeymoon beach but decided to stay in the water and snorkel the majority of the day. Captain Jim cooked us a fabulous lunch, provided snacks, soft drinks, his specialty drink (really good) & great music. He waited on us hand & foot. We enjoyed the entire day in a very relaxing atmosphere with no crowds. If you can afford this, DO IT. This was the highlight of our trip.

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Published 06/03/10
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