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Carnival Dream Cruise Review by mikedw: Carnival Dream


mikedw
2 Reviews
Member Since 2006
975 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms Not Rated
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Carnival Dream

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral

My wife and I just returned from the July 2nd Eastern Caribbean sailing of the Carnival Dream. We did this trip to celebrate our upcoming 10th anniversary. The Dream was selected because of the itinerary which was Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maartens. We drove down from Western Maryland leaving that Thursday, made it to Jacksonville, and then drove down to Orlando and visited Sea World before driving to Port Canaveral that night. I prepaid for a room at the Radisson at the port and even though it's an older style hotel, it appears to be recently remodeled and our room was very nice. Front Desk staff were friendly that Friday night when we checked in and a fellow guest recommended the Tiki Bar restaurant which is located at the port for dinner. We liked the atmosphere better then the food. Being from Maryland, I'm particular about seafood and it just wasn't what I'm use to.

My wife is disabled and we had a handicapped Ocean Suite, Room 7270 which was huge, it had to be the More size of about 5 regular cabins, more storage space then we have at home. We had VIP Check In and we were on the ship in less then 30 minutes from when I parked and the luggage was delivered about a hour later. We always use Your Time Dining and we had wonderful waitstaff every night. The Maitre D Ruwan was the same who we had on the Pride last year and it was good to see him again. We ate in the Steak House one night and that was wonderful and we did the Chef's Table again this year and that was wonderful. The Gathering which is the buffet on board the Dream was about the same as every other cruise ship buffet I've eaten at. We only use it for Breakfast on Port Days and a quick lunch when needed.

I did the slides which were a lot of fun and I got into the pool once, other then that we went to the Serenity Area a few times and we hung out on our balcony. Neither of us are sun worshipers so the thought of hanging out by the pool just doesn't appeal to us. We went to a few shows, which were good, but other then that, this was just a relaxing week.

We did excursions booked through Carnival at all three ports. St. Thomas was our favorite, followed by St. Maartens. They were the best accessible for someone with limited mobility using a wheelchair. We didn't care for Nassau, in fact, if I'm ever on a cruise that goes there again, I'm staying on the ship.

Embarkation was fast, from the time we left our cabin until we got to our car it was under 30 minutes. Our only issue was the drain was clogged one day and they had to come in and dry the carpet, other then that it was a great cruise. I don't think my wife and I will ever sail on a ship that big again though. We prefer the smaller ships. Less


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Cabin review: Carnival Dream Suite Empress 7270

We had a Handicapped Ocean Suite, Number 7270. It had to be the size of five regular cabins. We had more then enough room for my wife's wheelchair and she could use her scooter in the room. Large bathroom with double sinks, jacuzzi tube and roll in shower. Nice sitting and bar area, large balcony and we had a king size bed.

Port and Shore Excursions


Did the Nassau Highlights Tour. Wife was unable to get out at the stops due to them not being handicapped accessible. Downtown area was ok, but again shops were kind of hard to get into for someone in a wheelchair.

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We did the tour that went to the Butterfly Farm and had a blast. St. Maartens is relatively accessible for someone in a wheelchair and the people are very friendly.


Did the Historical Highlights and Shopping Tour booked through Carnival. The actual tour was OK, but the shopping was great. Very low pressure and most of the stores were handicapped accessible. Wife bought a ring and I got a watch from Diamonds International to celebrate our anniversary. We'll definitely go back and spend time there again. People were wonderful there.

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