“Sweet Dreams and Small nightmares”
Cruise review of Carnival Dream

usingmyinheritance Carnival Dream 5 Sweet Dreams and Small nightmares
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Cruised for 7 days in the Eastern Caribbean on the Carnival Dream out of Port Canaveral. First trip with husband and no kids. Fourth cruise with Carnival. Best cruise to date with some "sweet dreams" such as the cleanliness of the ship, the friendliness of the crew, the balcony location and size, the Steakhouse food being worth the extra $30 per person, and the weather cooperating the whole time even during hurricane season.

Some small nightmares such as the small children running up and down the stateroom corridors at midnight, the smokers polluting all the stateroom balconies around them, the drinking water that tasted like swamp water, the hair dryer in the stateroom drawer that was not hot and the cord was so short you had to practically bend over the whole time, the Internet being so slow and taking forever to log on (using up your expensive minutes), and the mysterious allergens that plagued my husband, other guests and some of the dealers in the casino.

Suggestions for Carnival management: why not limit one side of each stateroom deck (port or starboard) to non-smoking only and adults only with no children. I don't want a screaming kid or a smoker next to me on a cruise with my husband. Add one more port destination-3 is not really enough for a 7 day cruise.

Suggestions for cruise travelers: Bring your own hairdryer, bring bottles of water (not in a cooler as they will confiscate the cooler), teach your fellow travelers how to shut a door behind them instead of letting it slam shut, bring extra disposable hangers for the staterooms, tip the steward a little extra so they know that you appreciate all the little things you will ask for, and smile and say hello to all the crew and fellow guests. Americans are not always very friendly to others. Have fun and book the Dream when you can.

Carnival Dream Cruises to the Eastern Caribbean
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Cabin review: Balcony

Great balcony, great location convenient to back elevators and stairs making dining trips easier and quicker. Away from common areas so the only noise was from the kids in the cabin next to ours. Clean and roomy. Lousy hairdryer.

Port and Shore Excursions

Nassau is very unappealing as the native are not very friendly and the area around the port is too touristy and commercial. A tour around the island is a good way to see the whole of New Providence island. Much better to get away from Nassau on a tour. Wish the cruise lines would pick another port in the Bahamas.

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Very dirty and traffic congested. The snorkeling from a catamaran was great fun. Not much to see on the "reefs" so far as fish and sea life for a seasoned snorkeler but the sail is fun. A must do is Sunset Beach by the airport to see the big jets come in right over the beach and road. Great photos and they really do make their approach for landing right over your head. Not much to shop for and was not sure where downtown actually is. Building up around the port so in a couple of years it will be nice for cruisers.

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Forget the shopping as things have changed in the shopping district. No good deals anymore and the jewelry was way over-priced from the last visit in 2007. Magens beach is beautiful and the water is crystal clear. Take a taxi tour to see the best places for photos. Blackbeard's castle had some interesting old homes and make their own rum. Forget the Paradise Point tramway as you can get better views from higher up by a taxi tour for a lot less money.

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Published 10/06/10
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