We arrived at Orlando International Airport (MCO) on Friday morning and rented a car at the airport. Drove around exploring Orlando and Cocoa Beach on Friday afternoon. Ate dinner at Grills Restaurant on the waterfront (delicious) and stayed at the Radisson At The Port. Nice accommodations in a newly redecorated room. Dropped the car at Budget at 9:30 and they shuttled us to the port.
Embarcation was a breeze and we were on the ship by 11:30. Ate lunch in The Gathering, and began exploring the ship. The Dream is a beautiful ship that is easy to get around after you learn the deck plan (take your deck plan with you for a couple of days). Our interior room was located on the front end of the sixth floor. We were pleasantly surprised at the size of our room with plenty of room to walk around and plenty of storage space. Our large group had early dining, and waiters Gerry and Michael provided a great dining experience every night.
Entertainment: We attended all shows in the Encore Theater each night. Dancing in the Streets was our favorite show with the singers and dancers. A juggler and magician also provided excellent shows. Fun Force, a hip-hop/modern dance group gave a super show in the atrium, and also participated in a theater show. Don't miss them. We also attended the Punchliners Comedy Club several times, seeing both the family friendly and uncensored shows. The comedy club is a great addition to Carnival entertainment. There are several bands throughout the ship that give lots of musical variety. We especially enjoyed the band Blackjack who sang a wide range of genres, including country, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. Butch is a high-energy entertainment director, and his assistant George has just as much energy. Their entertainment staff led cruisers in a week of many games including trivia, What's My Line?, Win, Lose or Draw, cornhole, Hairy Chest competetion, Rubber Chicken Olympics, etc. Read your FunTimes daily and attend lots of these activities.