Beautiful Ship, Nice Spa, Loose Casino: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by CruisingAgain102
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Beautiful Ship, Nice Spa, Loose Casino
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Don't waste your time going to the Spa for the $500 give away. It was mostly coupons for 30% off specific services. The services they did give away were nothing you would book and pay for individually, such as a scalp massage, a foot massage, etc.
Nassau - The crew was doing a safety drill and they were announcing and ringing bells all morning. The guys tried to sleep in but they didn't get any rest. The ladies went shopping. We sailed at 2 so not much time.
We had a couples massage, if you book it while still in Port Canaveral for a port day (before sailing) you get the bathing ritual for free. That's a private jacuzzi bubble bath for two for 30 minutes prior to the massage. Very nice. Followed up with a very nice pedicure that I'm still enjoying.
I went back at the end of the week for an Oxygen Facial More that was quite nice, although the sales pitch in the end was a little too high pressure.
We enjoyed the Chef's Table on the first day at sea but they were not able to have a second one due to lack of interest. On Princess the Chef's Table concludes in the main dining room and everyone asks what you're doing and wants to join in. The Dream has a talented Chef, very clean kitchen, top of the line equipment and professional galley staff.
St Thomas - One of my favorite islands, very beautiful and pretty friendly. We went up the gondola to the restaurant and took a taxi back. The taxi was too expensive, $10 per person, and we made the mistake of not negotiating in advance. The gondola was higher than it looks from the ground and quite frightening to people like me who are afraid of heights. The Bushwackers are DELICIOUS liquid courage.
St Maarten - We took a local taxi for a long island tour. They started at $40 per person but we found a driver with a nice, newer minivan who took us around the entire island for $20 each plus tip. Ask for Big Willie towards the back of the shops after the water taxi.
Unfortunately, we had two bad experiences onboard and will not cruise with Carnival again. The first involved an intoxicated couple enjoying a sexual encounter by the aft pool at the bar. This was pretty early in the evening, about 7-8ish. The staff refused to step in, in fact I asked a waitress to send security and she stopped by later and said they would have yelled at her if she intervened. Eventually their respective spouses caught them and it was quite a Jerry Springer moment.
I understand that it can happen anywhere, but there were children on board and the deli counter was a few feet away. The lack of response from the bartenders and staff is the issue.
The final straw and the deal breaker is the quality of the food. Everything looked beautiful, but they mostly presented public school quality food made to look good with talented hands. The cheesecakes all tasted like a powdered mix, the cakes were dry. Breakfast potatos at the buffet were always cold and hard. I don't understand why the Tandori Grill or the Pasta Bar aren't open for dinner, even on alternating nights. Both are inexpensive to produce and very good. Less