We just returned from a seven day cruise out of Port Canaveral on the Carnival Dream. We have cruised many times over the years, including on other Carnival ships. Carnival has dumb downed! The decor on their ships have always been questionable at best, but this ship is particularly dismaying. The use of reds and oranges in the dining area is reminiscent of a fast food restaurant. It makes you want to eat and run. The menus in the Crimson dining room are covered in plastic and look like you are sitting down for a diner dinner. The menu choices are limited and include foods that you would find at a fast food chain. I realize that they are appealing to a specific customer,and that would not be me. The old saying "you get what you pay for". It is our own fault that we chose this ship, because it is evident that we did get what we paid for. Shame on us!!!!
The showroom and comedy club were impossible to find seating in. They did have some nice production shows, but how could you see them? Just too big of a ship with no plan on how to move the people. The attempt at anytime dining is a failure. We waited as long as 45 minutes with a pager in hand to get table. Carnival is a cruise leader and should KNOW how to implement "anytime dining".
Don't offer what you can't deliver. Disembarking at ports was very difficult with no staff around to stop "line cutting".
The service was excellent in the dining room and the room stewards did a great job. The cabin was well designed and spacious with a nice calming decor. Was that the same decorator that did the dining room and public areas?
I guess that we have outgrown the "Fun Ships", and have nothing in common with most of the fellow passengers. Many of the nice, normal people we met said that they would never take a Carnival ship again. I am with them!!! Expect to see me on a Celebrity, Holland America, Oceania, or Royal Caribbean ship in the future where there is peace and quiet and just a general demeanor of respect for fellow passengers. Hope this helps you decide whether or not to take a future Carnival Cruise.
P.S. The final disembarkation went very smoothly, that is right they wanted us off as quickly as possible and started announcing for us to rise and shine at 5:30 AM.