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.
The biggest screw up came when we were to go by tender to Belize. Someone at Carnival came up with an idea to have the guests stand for 45 minutes in a long line to get a numbered sticker then sit for 1 or 2 hrs. in the showroom waiting for that tender number to be called. Ridiculous ! I did not leave the ship that day. That procedure was completely unacceptable and many guests that we talked to thought so too. That said, Belize is not our favorite spot, kind of dangerous. We have been there on another cruise and did not feel safe. They tell you not to go beyond the fenced area for your safety. The other side of the fence have military or police with rifles. We didn't consider that port a highlight of the trip.
After leaving the ship and walking half way down the pier a tram was available to bring you to the shopping area. This was a nice touch especially for the people that have difficulty walking. Once we arrived at the shopping area you will notice nothing has a price tag, the merchants try to get as much out of you as possible. One example was a poncho, when I inquired how much I was told $95.00 as I walked away he was shouting $45.00. The stores mostly sold the same good as varying prices, what ever they can get out of you. This is a real tourist trap and rip off. We didn't buy anything there.
Very pretty setting. A large swimming pool in the center of the shopping which is a nice touch.
Due to weather all of the water excursions were cancelled. The seas were rough and choppy and it was super windy. That said, Cozumel is beautiful. Nice clean shopping district within a short walk from the ship. The people in Cozumel were friendly and helpful.
Such a beautiful place. Short walk from the ship is a shopping district, very clean and attractive. The beach and nature trail is a short walk from the ship and is just gorgeous. The greenery is so lush. The beach was nice, plenty of chairs and if you wanted to rent kayaks or paddle boats they were available. Steel drum band was fun too. Very beautiful, nice people.