This was our third cruise (Sept 17th-24th) and we wanted to check out the Dream, and try the (Western Caribbean). We have sailed on the Valor, 2008 (Eastern Caribbean) and the Miracle 2009 out of NY. (Eastern Caribbean). September is a good time for us to get away from the daily grind and we also took the time to celebrate our anniversary of 28 years.
Flew out of Hartford Ct. to Orlando on Saturday morning and arrived at the pier around 12:30. Boarding was already in progress and within fifteen minutes we were on the ship with a cold drink in hand. It pays to fill out the paper work on line. Cabins were ready by 1:30 and of course the life boat drill before we could set sail. The Dream is a big ship but not overwhelmingly huge. Granted it took about a day to learn how to get from point "A" to point "B" without ending up turned around or lost, lol.
We had a balcony cabin on the Veranda deck port side forward. Great view, quiet and near the elevators and stairs. Room Stewart was always smiling and kept room neat and tidy. Late seating in the main dining room with Jose' as our waiter. Jose' was great and always pointed out the best choice for the evening when we had trouble making up our minds. Wonderful to talk to and always had a smile. Each night one of us had to try the didja-ever appetizer choice. There is always a comfort food selection. We have done the steak house before on the Miracle but skipped going this time. Met a fun couple from Jersey who were celebrating their 25th and a birthday.
Enjoyed the shows in the Encore Theater and the adult comedian shows in the Burgundy Lounge late night. (Fun Dude, you make the show!) One show that we thought to be very entertaining was Karen, who did a number of singing impersonations of female artist and a (male). Including a wig swap and a song to match the voice. The casino was good to me and I brought home what I won, (that never happens). Had two shore excursions canceled on us due to CLL not being able to fill them? We were credited for one and chose a substitute for the other. We are pretty easy going for the most part and none of this turned into a show stopper or dampened our day. Used the walking /jogging track every day. Spent most of our ship time by the Lido pool. Saw the Adult serenity area, never spent any time there though. We are not foodies but the buffet was good for breakfast and a snack later in the day. The food looked as appetizing as a buffet can. There were lines, however when 3000 plus people have the same idea at the same time, there will be a line. Timing is key.
Noted a couple of annoyances: Passengers who piled their plates with food only to sit down take a bite or two and then leave it. Next would be the handful of self proclaimed entitled folks who paid for this cruise vacation and let everyone know it. " Well, " we all paid for our vacations too. " "Get over it" quit being so rude and be respectful of others, get in line and wait your turn. Who knows? You might meet someone new!
One morning we did notice the "smell" by the elevators. Looked around and noticed fellow shipmates were making comments too. Chalked this one up to some passenger had a flatulent issue in one of the elevators and ran! One other point was the ship movement from side to side that I have read about was nonexistent. Front to Back either. The seas were calm almost as smooth as glass the whole trip. Rained for about 20 minutes one day and that was the only rain we saw on board for the week. The Lanai deck hot tubs were never crowded and there was always a chess game going on.
All in all we had a fantastic time, met some wonderful people. The crew is interactive, engaging and if nothing else, they will make you smile. We would and will take a Cruise on the Dream again.
Cozumel: Decided to venture on our own and went to Mr. Sancho's Beach Club, where we purchased the all inclusive for the day. The all inclusive fee provided a shaded eating area under a thatched umbrella (which was waterproof when the two passing rains visited), drinks, food, snorkel equipment and kayaks. Wave runners and the water playground were available for an extra fee. Hats off to Hector, our wonderful waiter! He was friendly, easy to talk to and eager to share points of interest. If you go, ask for Hector. Snorkeling was ok. The relaxing atmosphere was everything!
IslaRoatan: We went on the Tabyana Beach Break CCL. The bus ride fashioned a roller coaster of sorts, but it also gave us a view of the island and a glimpse of the lifestyle of the people who live there. The beach was wonderful and the coral reef fantastic! The snorkeling here was such a bonus!! There is a channel that splits the reef and makes for some great snorkeling and diving. The colors of the reef and marine life were worth it. This was our favorite!
Belize: Did the reef snorkel and beach break here CCL. Being a tender port the tender came to the ship to pick us up. There were a lot of people which made for interesting snorkeling once in the water and trying not to swim into each other. Then it was rum punch and off to a private island beach for about an hour. Nice beach and could of stayed here longer if time permitted. The tender back to ship included more rum punch, music and dancing. Definitely sparked the interest of fellow cruisers as we got on board. Woo Hoo.
Costa Maya: Chacchoben ruins CCL. Tour guide was informative and explained how the ruins and structures were built. We took some beautiful pictures of the ruins and scenery. The calendar year explanation was very interesting and worth more time. We then spent the rest of the day at Sr. Frogs and shopping.