This was our second Carnival Dream trip. The first was from NYC in November 2009 from NYC which was the inaugural journey to the Caribbean. This one was in October 2010 to Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Marten. The following is the Pros and Cons (very little to mention):
From the embarkation to the debarkation the process was simple and professional. The breakfast was completely fresh, ample and well diversified. The lunches were just over the top. I counted seven to nine different types of choices from NYC deli, pasta restaurant, over sized burrito and a awesome BBQ and many more. Free Sushi before dinner about four days per week. The dinners were also very well prepared with a "S.P.A. section which provided a tasty calorie friendly choice so if you pigged out for lunch you could still go to dinner and have a tasty 310 cal dinner also including a diet friendly dessert. The last day at 3pm was a chocolate extravaganza at 3pm in The Gathering on deck ten. This is an all out dessert orgy! Not just chocolate either,just go. The 24/7 pizza had seven different choices. The grill on the lido deck served burgers but don't be afraid to ask for grilled chix because they have it also but ask and they will make it. Of course a Mex buffet at 11:30pm on one night. The shows and comedy were very well done and the band "Celebration" tried their best to get people to dance but everyone was too full I think but the band was awesome. The pool steel drum band rounded out the music.The staff all around was very courteous and professional. The boat was very clean and maintained. The facilities had everything you could want and don't miss the adult only "Serenity Deck". The slide of 300 feet is the longest in the Caribbean which is not just for kids. Even with all the people the boat never felt crowded. Just go. I wish it left from NYC all the time. In St. Thomas walk to the "sky ride" Its a great value for $22 you get an exciting gondola ride up the mountain. Once at the top there is a bar restaurant with a free parrot show! Only two shows and the last one is around 1pm. St. Maarten is awesome and a cheap place to drink. Felt very safe. A free beach that offers you two chairs, umbrella and five Heineken for $20!!! Its nuts but true. Just take the $6 water taxi (round trip) all day and the beach is right there. The adult lounge can get crowded but around noon people go to lunch and it opens up. If you want a substitute to the serenity deck go to deck 11 on the sides near the pool area. No one goes there and its near everything. Very private. Just go.
We did wait for our coffee and tea at least a half hour for room service in the am. Just order as soon as you wake up and before you know it arrives. Its free and whatever you want. Forget Nassau. That island should be skipped.
Take it from a two time Carnival Dreamer its worth it!