We just returned from a 7 night cruise to the Western Caribbean on the Carnival Dream. The ship was clean, our inside cabin room had good storage. Our cabin attendant was somewhat lax. Our room didn't get cleaned until mid afternoon even though we left in the morning and placed a service please sign on the door.
Upon arrival we were sent to the Lido deck for lunch. The food was sub standard, some looked good but had no flavor other food was just plain awful. The pasta bar on the 11th floor was edible but not great. The dining room was hit or miss. We were so disappointed in the food but the good news is we didn't gain weight. The wait staff in the dining rooms were pleasant but not did not keep our drinks filled and many times we were thirsty waiting for more ice tea or water. The hot food was anything but, mostly lukewarm and the crab cake was actually cold. The hot cocoa machines on the Lido deck were mostly empty.
The shows were good, we especially like the comedy club. The Serenity Area which was off limits to children was nice and peaceful. The Lido deck had plenty of lounge chairs. The large screen was enjoyable especially the movies at night. The kids on board were well behaved which made for a pleasant cruise.
The public rooms were FREEZING ! I wish there was no smoking on the Lido deck, especially cigars, depending on how the wind was blowing it was disgusting.
The table cleaners on the Lido Deck would just walk in front of the guests instead of waiting for the guests to pass which I felt was rude. The captain would make announcements but no one could hear him or understand his thick accent. The cruise director Gary seemed too young for the job not very personable.
After sailing on Royal Caribbean and NCL, Carnival is just disappointing. From service to food Carnival just is not as good. This particular cruise we felt all the ports had the some t-shirts and merchandise just with different names on it.