All previous postings have covered much positive and negative of this ship. There is no point in repeating other points of view already posted. My sailing was not much different than the few prior to mine, including change of direction due to the nasty storm ripping through the Western side. I did want to see Nassau and now plan never to return but it was good to see St Thomas after 13 years. Two KMarts on such a small rock was a little too much. I'll pass on any future Eastern excursions.
I'd like to share our dining room experience as it turned out to be the highlight of our sailing, for the most part. We had sailed many years ago on Legend out of Tampa and acquired friendship in Mr. John Wayne and Mr. Ruwan R. John was then an assistant waiter, Ruwan being an assistant Maitre d',four years later they end up on Dream, in YTD Crimson DR,deck 4. It was a pleasant surprise since both of these gentlemen remembered us. Thanks to both of you for making the cruise as nice an experience as it was four years ago on Legend. If you are lucky enough to get YTD and end up on the Crimson DR by all means ask for John Wayne and say hello to the best Senior assistant Maitre d' Carnival has on their ships. They will make it a memorable cruise, even if the food isn't going to step up to your expectations because it didn't mine.
We signed up for the Chefs Table on Monday. For $150USD(2 People)it was very much not worth it. The first part of this event started in the Song Lounge, a nice and quiet beginning of something that fell apart as soon as we relocated to the main Galley. The constant noise and distraction of every crew member trying to get food out to their sections and tables made it very hard to hear presentation. We did enjoy the Chefs Art Steakhouse as always. Food and service was impeccable. We always make a visit to the Concierge Desk and have our gratuity charges removed from our billing so that we can tip accordingly and at our discretion.
Beyond our wonderful dining room staff and our comfortable Cloud 9 Spa cabin there was nothing out of the ordinary to share about this cruise. As its been said many times before now, go with an open mind and have one terrific time on this ship. My favorite decks were 5,6 and 7...all the way forward, affording a fantastic view of the ocean during the day and a wonderful quiet escape in the evening. One final note, Dancing In The Streets was the best Carnival production yet, don't miss this production as its claimed to be the entertainment highlight of the cruise. The noise factor was a bit rich for many but I thought it was a powerful production. If load noises bother you, take a balcony seat as nearly every seat in this theater is good. Have a great vacation. We plan on sailing CCL again soon