Did I Dream?: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by misstopgun
Overall Member Rating
Did I Dream?
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
The lido buffet was more crowded than most ships and the omelet bar did not provide the sides along the buffet I like with my eggs over easy, (bacon and hash browns) and of course if I waited in another line my eggs would be cold. Honestly, I really didn't need the fried eggs so it was a blessing it wasn't convenient. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. I couldn't believe how quickly we were all off. We booked a later flight thinking it might be an issue but we were actually at the Orlando airport by 8:30 am. By the way, for you cigar smokers out there, disposable lighters are allowed in your carry on but cigar lighters are not. Leave those in your checked luggage. I thought my husband knew better. If they confiscate it you will not get it back. Our trip was wonderful and that is saying something because when your cruise a lot, it can tend to be monotonous if you don't have outstanding service and food to enjoy. That is why we keep going. We love to be worry free and pampered for a week. That is exact;y what we got. For the naysayers I have read about today, no cruise is 100% perfect and there will be an occasional disappointment, but if you let the little things consume you, you might as well be back at work where you get paid to react that way. Cruising is about going with the flow and taking it easy while everyone else scuttles about to make you comfortable. The staff works really hard and I am sure they occasionally have a bad day. If you engage them in conversation and find something good to say about them it will brighten their day and thus that of your fellow cruisers. If I was dreaming about what a great time I had, I'll gladly continue to dream. Less
We were offered and paid for an upgrade for an Ocean Suite. I had been in a Penthouse Suite twice before, once we paid for and once upgraded for no cost, and thought this would be similar. I was dissappointed that it didn't increase the size of the room by much and that the jacuzzi tub was so small. Certainly not worth and additional $260. I will stick to the balcony rooms unless offered an upgrade to a penthouse.
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