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Carnival Dream Cruise Review by rtw68

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Carnival Dream
Carnival Dream
Member Name: rtw68
Cruise Date: December 2011
Embarkation: Port Canaveral
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: 8A
Cabin Number: 8347
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates 4.0
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Great cruise on the Dream!
EMBARKATION

Smooth and efficient. Was on board by 11:42 after entering the port at 11:00AM

Only issue is they were not ready to accept cash for our Sail & Sign card at that time, had to put cash on later in the day.

CABIN

We had cabin 8347, daughter and son-in-law had 8343, son and nephew had 8351 (inside bunk room). Steward opened the balcony partition between our two cabins. Gave us lots of room between the two balconies. Very nice cabin, plenty of storage room (3 closets and 4 drawers). No noise issues other than kids running up and down the hallways one late evening. Location was about mid-ship and we were about half-way between the two hot tubs on the Promenade deck. Room steward (Jarvin) was great.

DINING

Never had a bad meal the whole week. Had anytime dining and never waited (went between 6:30 and 7:00PM the three times we ate there). Joel and Marvin were fantastic and made meals very enjoyable. When we ate in the buffet, we avoided peak times and never had to wait very long. Pasta bar highly recommended, go first day because most don't know where it is. Ate in the Steak House, was fantastic and worth the $30/pp charge. Room service was timely (better than on the Fantasy which was hit-or-miss).

ENTERTAINMENT

Was acceptable. Shows were good (not excellent, just good). Comedians were funny.

PORTS

We had an excursion at Cozumel (Aqua Twister/Isla Passion) and that was great. We didn't plan any other excursions other than the Behind the Fun (which was well worth the money). Stayed on the boat while at Belize and enjoyed the pools, slides, etc.

SHIP SIZE

Have read many reviews about the ship size. Its definitely a matter of taste. The Dream does handle the crowds well if you avoid the obvious busy times. We really didn't think it was any more crowded than our Fantasy cruise. The ship layout was fine once we got accustomed to it. We honestly didn't know if we would like the size of the Dream class ships, but we didn't mind it at all, and will be booking a cruise on the Breeze in 2012.

ELEVATORS

The elevators are normally busy. We used the steps quite a bit which was fine for us. I could see how someone that had mobility issues would get frustrated waiting for elevators all the time.

THE "SMELL"

Never noticed the sewer smell mentioned in the past.

THE CREW

Everyone was friendly, always said good morning, etc. A return smile and greeting was always given.

DEBARKATION

Smooth and efficient. We were off the ship by 7:15AM (did self assist) and waiting for our ride to the airport.

SHIP MOVEMENT

The ship moves A LOT! More than what we experienced on the Fantasy. Nothing horrible but the Dream likes to boogie (wiggling, shimmies, etc).

Publication Date: 12/23/11
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