My husband and I both 55 sailing on our 6th cruise with Carnival 9th cruise overall. We flew in a day early and stayed on the Country Inn Suites very close to the Port. This hotel was a great location and a short cab ride to the port.
We arrived at the Port at 11ish and were on the ship with drink in hand by noon. The ship was massive in comparison to the other class ships we are used to sailing. We were in a balcony cabin 8237 and had wonderful staff taking care of us all week our cabin was always perfect and always stocked accordingly. Our stewards were friendly and always greeted us by name and with a smile.
The ship overall was very nicely decorated and easy to navigate. Staff could be seen all over the ship keeping everything nice and tidy. Staff was friendly and helpful. There was plenty of entertainment in the way of shows in the main theatre,funny comedians in the comedy club punchliner and plenty of other lounges to spend time relaxing, listening to music, trivia games etc. The pool party and light show was alot of fun especially on a gorgeous summer-like evening. All activities were usually always full so we definitely recommend using the fun times, plan out the day/evening and get to activities early if you have particular seats you prefer.
Our dining room staff was amazing!!! fun, friendly and professional and food every night was great!! We enjoyed many lunches from the deli we love sandwiches! The BBQ on the lanai was ok, burgers from the lido grill were much better!
Our sea days were beautiful and with 4200p on board deck chairs are always a demand. We got up at 8 went to breakfast and were out on deck by 9am at which time the selection of chairs is plentiful still (with the exception of the pool area i think these people get up at like 5am to get these chairs!) by 10am the more desirable areas are starting to get taken, by 11am you would be hard pressed to find a chair in the sun and by noon well lets just say you will be doing alot of walking in search of open chairs together.
Our shore excursions were the Wyndam Resort in Nassau. Unfortunately it was a very windy day so we did not swim but the resort has a nice pool and beach area to sit and lounge the day away, there is a bar on site and box lunch was provided which was sandwich, chips and cookies. Not the most lavish lunch but add a Kalik beer and we were good to go. Our shore excursion to St John in St Thomas was cancelled so we were limited on selection that morning we chose the Kon Tiki Cruise excursion which was a ride on a party boat, steel drum band a short tour of the area and approx an hour at a small beach. The boat ride was fun drinks are available and soon a conga line and limbo were taking over the boat! St Maarten was our last stop and we took the water taxi to the mainland for $6pp roundtrip and browsed the shops and enjoyed the amazing view from the Hard Rock Cafe.
Disembarking the ship we unfortunately were second to last zone to be called so after leaving our cabin alittle after 8am you have to be out by 830 we went up to lido deck for breakfast and waited till approx 10am when we were finally on our way to the shuttle bus back to Orlando airport.
This was probably our favorite ship to date. After reading previous reviews on crowding we were alittle skeptical of trying this larger ship but were definitely glad we did! Other than the obvious times getting off the ship, popular meal times when longs are usually longer we didn't find this ship to feel any more crowded than the smaller class ships. We would definitely sail Dream again should the opportunity arise.