OK. So we hit hurricane force winds at one point, solid 60knot winds with 15' seas. So never again in October. That out of the way... We had a balcony room, handicapped. But they didn't tell us that the balcony room had a 4' steel bulkhead, not a Plexiglas rail. Paid for full balcony, got obstructed view. We are DEFINITELY going back to Carnival on this one since they did not disclose this. The dining staff was great, but the food was average at best. I've had better at the local buffet. Any pastry cook that can ruin a cheesecake needs to turn in his/her apron. The entertainment staff was great as were the entertainers. However, the Country/western show should be completely scrapped and retooled. It was a parody, not representative of modern Country. We had several heavy showers, and the water pooled in areas of the deck, on the Lido deck. The staff was very slow in clearing these areas, This should have been a priority as standing water on the deck is hazardous.
Transportation to and from the ship. We stayed at the airport Marriott in Orlando, coming in the night before. The Carnival buses loaded us up quickly, got us to the boat and we were on by noon. Getting off, we utilized the airport delivery service for our bags, self-served getting off and were back in Orlando two hours after docking. Best on-off we've had.
Summary: There was a feel in the boat that some of the staff was in a don't-care mode. We asked for a simple repair to the shower head in our shower (wouldn't stay pointed out-would always point downwards). That never got done. Again, the food was not up to Carnival standards. For example, one item was roast chicken with stuffing. Well, the chicken was good, but whatever it was that they rolled out there for stuffing was not stuffing. It was white, creamy, and looked like some sort of scalloped potatoes in alfredo sauce. Since the bulk of the passengers are US, perhaps a more US-centered menu and cooking would be in order.
The main gripe I had is that there was a general lack of concern in the overall service area and the kitchen area in the boat operations. And since we had several days at sea, this was a significant issue.
I will cruse with Carnival again, but not on the Dream.
Dirty, over-hyped. Been to the Wyndham beach area, been to Atlantis. Suggestion: Don't waste your money. Definitely not worth it. For that matter, we almost got left behind when the bus failed to come pick us up at Wyndham. However, the Carnival staff had someone waiting for use when we drove up in a cab, and gave us partial credit back. Here is where it pays to use a Carnival excursion.
One of our favorite places. Beach is right there on the edge of downtown. Take the taxi downtown, do a little shopping, have some local food, and have a great beach day.
Great shopping, and if you really work it, you can pick up some great deals. But be careful. At the same time, be aware that if you are careful, there are other companies that can beat the "preferred" deals that Carnival pushes. Just watch what you are doing. Also great excursions. A great time can be had here.