We set sail from Port Canaveral on the 4/30 cruise, visiting Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Costa Maya. We had upgraded to a Cloud 9 Spa balcony for about $20 a month or so before the cruise - best money we ever spent as I'll describe. Our room as on the Spa Deck (12) and while there is not a full roof on the balcony it didn't really create a privacy issue at all, and it got more sun.
The room was comfortable, clean and well appointed.
The spa amenities were a nice touch.
Our stewards were very attentive and nice towel animals each night.
The casino was nice, and we didn't smell smokey when we went back to the room, although you will smell some smoke.
Wireless option for the I-Pad was nice along with the kiosks.
Best food on any cruise so far.
Nice Cruise Critic roll call group - cabin crawl, meet & greet! (Teeter... :)
Ship was very clean, tastefully decorated (for a Carnival ship), and easy to navigate.
The ala carte' restaurants were good (deli, tandoor, pasta, wok)
The REALLY Good
The Serenity areas - adults only, policed, nice hammocks and mini-cabanas, absolutely loved this.
The Cloud 9 Spa - the package with the room ($250 per couple otherwise) gave us access to two steam rooms, sauna, the therapy pool, a couple of rooms with heated loungers, and water (used to refill our bottles, too). We used this area EVERY day, and would go back just for it.
Embarkation and Debarkation - Port Canaveral just plan rocks!
What could have been better:
I think the Steakhouse should be included for one night if you have a category 8C or higher - can't say it's worth the extra $60 plus gratuity as it was good but not $60 more than the value of the dining room food.
Buffet was spotty, and pizza was not great.
Not enough pools - only two outdoor pools and they were small and crowded.
TV movies need a schedule (okay - that was weak)
I think the beds need a mattress pad, not as hard as the Triumph, but my arm kept falling asleep.. :)
All-in-all we pretty much decided that we would have a hard time going to a smaller ship after being on the Dream. We'll look at doing a different itinerary on it or a big RC ship next time.