Flew into MCO from Detroit, and picked up a car from Dollar that I got on hotwire. Next day boarded the ship, and we were on within 15 minutes which was nice.
Overall, and after 7 Carnival cruises, I have to say that the Dream is by far, my most favourite ship. It was like they got all the elements right. I LOVED deck five, and how you could just veg outside on the deck near the water (like the old fantasy class.) I also LOVED the burgundy lounge which does all the comedians. What a great novel idea. I only went to one show, because I was so utterly addicted to the four rotating comedians. As well, the food was also the best I have had on any ship. It was so good, that I actually ate many times at the night buffet, and usually I am always in the dining room. Staff was wonderful and friendly. I also loved the spa showers.but they were a bit harder to find on this ship. Oh and I had so much fun on those slides!! Go up there, just for the view. You won't be disappointed.
Negatives: They aren't selling the CD's at the photo shop anymore. So you can't buy your own digital image. I don't know if they think they are going to sell more packages this way? Anyways, that really bugged me. My husband was really upset by the cost of beer, which is 25 dollars for a bucket of four beers. It was quite literally, over the top. He was so upset, he's talking about going to an all in (and he doesn't even drink much!) Also, get rid of the omelette line. If people want omlettes, go to the dining room, and stop holding up the buffet line.
Nassau- Took a cab ride to Astrada gardens. Which really, you can walk to. The gardens are overpriced, and it took us like 20 minutes to burn though it. But I did like the pink flamingos, as you can walk with them. We walked to a nearby beach, in view of the ship, and sat on chairs and drank heavily rummed pina colodas. Got burned, but relaxed and enjoyed the view.
St. Thomas- I never really liked this port, so I put a lot of energy into researching St. John's Trunk Bay. I was very interested in doing the underwater snorkelling tour. Well, me, DH, and my two kids, piled into a cab, to go to the ferry, and then took the ferry. And then grabbed a cab to Trunk Bay. Total cost for transportation round trip was 170.00 dollars!!! Yes, it's cheaper than the boat, but I still think it was a royal rip off. Trunk Bay was pretty but the snorkel trail took all of twenty minutes to do, and was not worth the effort, and cost. I should have just gone back to Meagan's beach. As well, the line up for food.meant that we didn't eat, and I had to scramble to find an extra 125.00 dollars to put down as a deposit to rent the 5 dollar snorkelling gear. Seriously.
St. Maarten- We were feeling a bit weary after getting so screwed at St. Thomas but went forward and caught a 35 dollar cab to Maho Beach. OMG, it was amazing. We grabbed a table at the bar and drank and ate, and every time a plane, came ran like crazy to experience the total thrill of it. Four hours flew by (haha) just like that. Then we took a cab back and got dropped off on Front Street and enjoyed the shopping which was at great prices. This was my most favourite port, and I will be rebooking any itinerary that has it in the future.
Sea Days- They were good, and I always found a place to veg. I really like the Adult serenity deck on 15. Get there if you have the energy to climb that high. Also take advantage of buying the Carnival Cruise credit towards another ship. This is the third one of I have purchased and have had nothing but positives about the program (although "Nathan" who sold it to us was not the nicest person on the planet.)
All in all, I had a great vacation, and have no complaints.