A Cruise to Remember
Port Canaveral (Orlando)
This was our second cruise with Carnival and the Dream was a beautiful ship. Attention to detail and luxurious furnishings made this the trip of a lifetime. We booked a Cove Balcony (mid ship) and were not disappointed. It was very private and protected from the weather and a great spot to enjoy our morning coffee from room service. The amazing thing was the lack of crowds most of the time, with 4,000. passengers on board!
Getting on and off the ship at port and the 4 stops was absolutely the easiest I've ever experienced. We loved the itinerary and were not disappointed at all! Our cabin was well appointed, clean and comfortable. Great shower, good water flow and plenty of hot water. We chose the dine on your own time option and that was the best choice for us. We were seated quickly each time and requested the same wait staff each time. Dennis from the Phillipines was our head waiter and he was wonderful. The food and the dining experience in the Crimson was great. We ate at More
the buffet a few nights because we were too tired from our adventures to dress for dinner. The food was great, no complaints here! We ate all of our breakfasts on the Lido as well, and the omelets were very good and didn't have to wait long at all! One day we had the lanai BBQ for lunch and also went to the Deli on the pool deck, both were really good.
One of the coolest things on this ship was the movie screen at the pool deck. They showed movies at night and football. It was great to just relax in a lounge chair, have a drink and enjoy the show, almost like a drive in movie! We only went to a comedy show and that was fun. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
We booked a snorkeling adventure through Carnival. The snorkeling tender picked us up at the ship and proceeded to Goff's Cay. The reef was beautiful and the crew was fantastic. The fins, masks and snorkels were in great condition (no leaks). Well organized and attentive crew. Our group leader took us completely around the island where the water was up to 15 feet deep. He stayed with us at all times and guided us safely. There were two options to snorkel, from the boat and beach, or just the beach. I chose the beach and it was wonderful. Tip: bring some cash, as a group from Belize had a BBQ and drinks available and there's enough time to do this. Also, it was nice to spend some time just relaxing on the beach.
We booked an inclusive beach day on the Internet through Blue Bay Beach in Costa Maya. A $3. bus ticket took us to the resort within cruise ship viewing distance. It was unspoiled and private. Bottled beer was available all day, along with chips and salsa and seafood tacos for lunch. We had a secluded palapa with 2 lounge chairs and hammocks. The staff, Geraldo and Blondie were attentive and friendly. There was only 3 other couples at the beach that day and the water was clean and pretty. Costa Maya is a small fishing village that is slowly rebuilding after a recent hurricane, so visit now before it is all resorts. As this was our last stop on the cruise, we really relaxed and enjoyed.
We booked an all inclusive day at the Wyndham resort in Cozumel through a private vendor for $50. a person. It was easy to get a cab at the port for $15 to the resort. The day was pleasant, but the drinks included were terrible, and I'm not a picky person. I got locked in the bathroom at the beach for about 15 minutes, and that was embarassing. The lunch included was good and the pools were okay. All in all, we got to see some cool iguanas and enjoyed the day off the ship. The tour director got us a cab to return to port and we checked out some of the shops, but they are pretty much all the same in each port.
The most beautiful stop. We had rented a scooter on the Internet through Capt. Vann's. Their driver picked us up at the port outside of the gates and took us to the shop. We rode the scooter all day all over the island and took great pictures. The views were breathtaking. We loved the West Bay and stopped at Banarama where we enjoyed a crystal clear beach with plenty going on. There was live music, and water sports, well worth the stop. We had a nice lunch and a few local beers before heading back to return our scooter. Our driver came and picked us up and returned us to the ship with ease. Roatan is a beautiful island, but hurry, it's modernizing quickly!