Our first trip in Oct 2010 was OK, but we liked the ports of call so we tried it again. But on our April 2, 2011 trip it was nightmare! The boat was way over booked. If you were not out on deck by 8am you had no chance on a chair. Carnival did nothing to stop the saving of chairs by towels even though it was constantly posted on the big screen TV on deck. The comedy shows seem to be the preferred shows and they were in the smallest theater. The lines were terrible and full every night. Show up an hour in advance or no luck. The comedy shows should be moved to the main theater based on what we observed and heard from other passengers. Getting off the ship on port days are always challenging but add an additional 15-1800 people and WOW! Carnival needs to have initial disembarkation through the front and rear of the boat. Having 4500 people standing in stairwells and hallways creates an unsafe and aggressive situation.
The food seems to always be pretty good giving the quantity they have to prepare, but traveling with children and having no trays to carry food from the buffet lines to the table is crazy! I know they are trying to prevent or limit the quantity you can get at one time but it's all you can eat! You have to get your plate, then find a table and then go back and get drink! Figure this for each child and yourself and it just doesn't make good sense.
Giving the number of ships already docked in Rotan Honduras and the Dream the most technologically advanced ship in the Carnival fleet, it's hard to believe it can not dock at their purposely built dock in 25 mph winds. I know the Dream is a little larger than the Valor, but if this is the itinerary that they chose for the Dream and Carnival built the dock in Honduras, it seems Carnival would have built an adequate dock to handle the ship docking there. A $9 credit for a port that was the reason you chose that trip is not much considering.
Ship security was more interested in trying to stop the 6 and 7 yr old kids from jumping in the pool than addressing the chair saving with towels that was clearly posted, or addressing the intoxicated teenagers running and yelling in the halls at 2 and 3am in the morning.
If you want to save a few dollars and deal with an over crowded ship, long lines for the shows if you can even get in or intoxicated teenagers and unsupervised kids running everywhere the Dream may be your Ship.