We had sailed on the Dream in 2009 on the first cruise out of Pt Canaveral and was disappointed with ship. We decided to give it another try as it is the closest ship to our home. we drove to the port and parked in Park n Cruise half the price of the port parking. The shuttle dropped us off at VIP terminal and we were on the ship in 20 minutes.We are platinum cruisers so we do get a break there. We were allowed into our room at 1:30 the room and the cabin steward were excellent. The only problem was that I had booked on starboard side of the ship not knowing that was the smoking side. Smoke from the promenade deck 3 decks below was a constant problem. All cruise lines should tell you which sides of the ships are the smoking sides. Everything that I had complained about to Carnival in 2009 had been addressed.
We were cruising with our daughter and her husband and their daughter 5 year old.We had our time dining and had no problem or long waits for a table any of the nights. The food was typical Carnival, our only complaint was that they had eliminated the shrimp cocktail as a starter every nite. Breakfast was better in the dining room than on the lido deck.Lunch was better anywhere but the dining room. The shows were the same shows we have seen on all of Carnivals ships the only complaint was that the dancers and singers had just come on the ship. The male lead singer was good but the female singer thought that shouting was the way to sing. The cruise director Butch was great. We had meet him on the Glory several years before.
The first day at sea was marred with a rain storm that drove us from the serenity deck. We were told that the serenity deck furniture will be updated the first of the year and hopefully they will bring back the clam shell chairs.Our first excursion in Cozumel was a sail snorkel and beach. We should have just gone to Chankanaab Park. We did not see any fish except the when the crew member released food to take our pictures at $12.00 a picture. The beach was nice but the food was very expensive $9.00 for a hamburger.
Our third day was in Roatan at Carnivals private port and beach. We did not book an excursion here as this was our 3rd time at this port. We decided to go to the beach and relax and do some snorkeling. They did not have enough mats to rent. The best snorkeling is on the far side of the long pier. The reef drops to 700ft fairly close to shore and there is plenty of fish and coral to see. The attendants at the beach were not friendly and make sure to stay off the sand or use bug spray as the sand fleas are abundant.
Our forth day was Belize, we took the Lost world canopy zip line excursion. The bus ride to base camp and back was pure torture, But the the zip line was great. There were 5 traverses and 2 repels of 30ft into a cave. The personnel were great and very helpful. They did everything for you to make it a very safe and fun day
Our 5th day was Costa Maya and we booked a clear kayak excursion the weather was cloudy and again no fish.As for shopping Cozumel and Costa Maya are the best ports.The last day was a day at sea and I took the behind the fun tour. I had a great time and went to every place except the engine room. I meet the captain and had picture taken with him.I recommend this tour to the adults who ever wondered "how do they do that" be prepared to do a lot of walking around the ship for 3 1/2 hours.
Disembarking went very smooth on Sat. We were off the ship, after having breakfast, by 9:00am. All in all I would rate the cruise and the ship a 9 out of a possible 10. The cutbacks that Carnival is doing are not necessary or appreciated.