Just returned from a great trip to the Eastern Caribbean on the Dream. This is a beautiful ship and it is huge. Our last cruise was on the Glory and this ship is larger and holds more people. We traveled with 2 kids ages of 2 and 8 along with my in-laws.
I will start with the embarkation, it went very smooth. I was prepared to stand in a long line and there was a line but it moved very quickly and we were on the ship within 1 hour of driving into port. We traveled with ID and birth certificates and had no problem. I also had a curling iron and flat iron in my bags and both were allowed on.
Our room was awesome, we tried one of the family suites which huge compared to some interior rooms we have stayed in. It was not much smaller than a regular hotel room. Plenty of closet space and it was nice having 2 bathrooms to speed up the getting ready process each day. The only bad thing about these rooms is they are only available on the 1st and 2nd floors. We qualified for many upgrades through our travel agency but unable to use them because this boat didn't offer anything better. Another key point is do not book a room with adjoining doors unless you know who is next door. The noise travels through those doors and with mostly children in these family suites that's all we could hear. We did tons of walking because things are so spread out and we were on the bottom of the ship. This ship was rocking the whole week and the water was not that rough. Many people got sick including my husband. I had taken dramamine which helped some.
Food was good but not great, alot of things that we (southern people) don't eat but it wasn't hard to find something good. I had the mahi-mahi several nights and my husband had the steak. We had dinner in the Crimson dining room and choose to not do the anytime seating because on previous cruises we liked the interaction with the waiters etc. but we didn't have to much of that. Our waitress was Eka and she was a good server but not very entertaining.
We loved the shows, very talented people especially the Dream force. Dancing in the streets was the best but we liked the commedian/illusionist too. The country show wasn't as good it seemed like the actors were out of their element.
There seemed to be lots of drama on this trip with having to stop several times to medically evacuate people. One lady got separated from her group in Nassau and was beaten up. The drug dogs were going through someone's room near us and a young lady was reported missing but she later appeared. The kids loved the waterpark but the pools are not kid friendly. They are small and full of adults and there is no kiddie pool. The twister slide was broken the whole week. Putt-putt was fun but not open at night so you had to play in the blazzing hot sun. The boat does smell terrible but we only noticed it outside and worse near the waterpark.
Overall our experience was great but next time I would like to go back to a smaller boat.