Well here is our take on the Dream. Its a bit scattered but once you read it you will get my points.
Pre Cruise, we flew in the day before on Southwest, painless flight with the exception of some small children on the plane making noise. Stayed at the Courtyard at Marriott on Cocoa Beach using there Fly, Snooze, and Cruise package since it was just the 2 of us it was 209 plus tax. Travel was through Travelynx, they were there at the airport about 15 minutes after we collected bags, a few minutes early for the trip to the port. Had a small wait after cruise to go to the Airport no big deal to us had a later flight. Rooms in Courtyard are all non smoking. nice room and service, small eatery and bar inside the lobby.
Embark...Quite painless there around 1120am and was on board and eating by 1220pm.
Room was a Spa Inside 11-217, nice room, storage under the bed for the suitcases. Access to the extra Spa stuff, which was nice, just watch out sitting in the More
T-Pool if the ship is rocking cause it will feel more like a wave pool than a spa.
State room Stewart, his name was Mario and i forget his assistants name. Both were very good and sometimes we never saw them go into our room but they were there. Always called us by name and greeted us when they heard us coming down the hall.
Spa treatments, well we did par take in a some and they were great, price was right if you hit the specials they offer. Only down side is them trying to hawk there products after your done with the treatment. Yeah we all have flaws with our bodies and don't need to be reminded of them neither.
Food- LIDO DECK, normal stuff, nothing top line and yet nothing even bottom of the barrel. Typical buffet type food, the lines yeah there was some mild ones just depends on when you go to eat.
MDR, we had ATD which was nice, but the lines were crazy to just get to the desk to find out if you can get a table or had to get a buzzer. Which happened both times we used the MDR. Food was good and service was nice. Menu was almost the same with the added the of the DIdja items.
Steakhouse.....HIGHLY RECOMMEND this one. It was so good the first time we ate there that we booked a second time. People look at your local eating places and see what it would cost to eat dinner out there with all that is included for the $30 price tag. Then you will see you are getting a bargain by eating there. Service was wonderful and staff was great there.
Shows, well we only made one of the shows and it was the Dancing in the Street show. EXCELLENT show, had music from almost all era's. Get there a bit early if ya can and sit in the middle cause its the best place to see it from.
Casino, Staff was excellent, never had any issues with the staff at all, from dealers to the pit bosses, to the hosts and manager, they will get to know you. Got the Drinks on us card by the middle of day 3. Drinks are better free.
Bar service and wait staff, well here is where its funny, on Lido deck all over the place and really hawking the DODs. In the casino once they found out you had the Drink card, well seemed to have gotten slower service. Had like 2 wait staff that got to know us and was stopping at us every time they saw we were almost empty which was nice.
Bingo's... They are what they are. Only problem with them is this, they wait till they are to start bingo to sell the darn cards. Then bingo doesn't start on time and its more like 15 to 20 minutes late. Come on they need at least 1 person there earlier to start selling them so that way it doesn't mess up the rest of the day, since they schedule so much stuff to do and some people would like to do more than just sit around.
And to a sore subject to some....SMOKING. yeah my wife and I are smokers and yes we know its a bad habit but it is ours. Anyway, the new smoking rules we understand and understand why they are doing it. You got one side of the Lido deck to smoke and Half of that bar on that side. Problem with this was that non-smokers would sit over there taking up spots where the smokers wanna smoke. Leaving them to stand around and smoke. Then those same non-smokers complain about the smoke. THEN GET UP AND MOVE. actually told one couple this when i heard them bitch about it. Smoking area in the Casino was about half, and never had a real problem, even heard some non-smokers that were playing slot machine on the smoking side complain that smoke was in the air. Well DUH your playing in the smoking area. Casino bar was half smoking half not, but it was right on top of each other. and seemed the air machine was pulling the smoke over to the non smoking area. you could smoke in the Disco dance club but never went there. There was another spot on Deck 5 on the one side.
My thought is you used to be able to smoke on one side of the ship out on the open decks, with a ship this big it might not be a bad ideal to bring that back since your gonna have sometimes alot more smokers than non smokers. Just my thought there.
Nassau, nothing fabulous just got off and browsed the shops for like a hour. 5 ships in port
St Thomas, beautiful island, USVI, so means you if you smoke get your 4 cartons of smokes there and your extra rum since your allowed to bring it home. Went to a beach Magans Bay Beach and Bar, beautiful beach area, it was a bit windy that day and blowing the sand around making it hard to lay out. Water was beautiful. For those Harley lovers, there is a Harley store right outside of the port within walking distant. for those that want shirts. I think it was 5 ships in port
St Maarten, well we stayed close to the port due to the fact we did not feel that the what the prices were to goto all the different areas of the islands was worth it. caught the cab right into downtown it was i think 3 bucks. line for the water taxi at first was crazy due to the 5 ships in port that day and there was a 6th one too but that was doing a tender. If ya wanna do jet skis walk up and down there boardwalk and price them out, found one for 50 bucks, the others wanted up to 65 bucks, watch out for the one that takes credit cards. He has no machine there and will write down your numbers and i don't play that kind of game. The one we got even got my wife a lounge chair to lay on while i was playing on the jet ski.
Debark, we did self assist and was called off the boat around 710 i do believe, they started debark around 645am i do believe. It was easy and we were off the boat and waiting for our shuttle to the airport and then was at the airport by 845am. Painless.
Would cruise the dream again had a good time. Less
Did no shore trips just went downtown and to the boardwalk. Rented a jet ski for the 30 minutes for 50 bucks and the guy threw in a lounge chair for my wife. Bonus. Walk up and down the boardwalk to get the best price. if there is alot of ships in port take the cab over and then water taxi back. about the same price.