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Carnival Dream Cruise Review by arozylo1

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Carnival Dream
Carnival Dream
Member Name: arozylo1
Cruise Date: February 2012
Embarkation: Port Canaveral
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: 4A
Cabin Number: 9320
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        7-9 4.0
        10-12 3.0
        13-15 3.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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Nice ship, good service, so-so ports
I was invited by my son to join his family for this cruise. I had hesitated to go on a Carnival cruise because of a perception that it was a party boat line for young drunken adults, with mediocre food. I found nothing could be further from the truth. The boat was great (the Dream), the service was great, the food was excellent, and the passengers were pleasant and cordial. I enjoyed the large ship for its many dining options, many pools and spa tubs, an adult relaxation area (Serenity section), wide Promenade deck (5), and a variety of entertainment options.

There of course are things to point out to future travellers. I had a room on deck 9, and on dance night (held on deck 10), it sounded like the dance of the elephants above me. The biggest issue is the ports of call. Cozumel and Roatan were fine, with varied activities, natural beauty and a good anchorage. Belize was a "tendered" port, with a desperately poor and unattractive town in Belize City, and very rough sea conditions for water activities. Costa Maya had similarly rough sea conditions that cancelled many water activities. The eastern-facing Mexican ports often have such rough sea conditions, and the beaches are generally coral and rock with a little bit of sand. My recommendation is to do the Eastern or Southern Caribbean if you want nicer ports and beaches.


I was invited by my son to join his family for this cruise. I had hesitated to go on a Carnival cruise because of a perception that it was a party boat line for young drunken adults, with mediocre food. I found nothing could be further from the truth. The boat was great (the Dream), the service was great, the food was excellent, and the passengers were pleasant and cordial. I enjoyed the large ship for its many dining options, many pools and spa tubs, an adult relaxation area (Serenity section), wide Promenade deck (5), and a variety of entertainment options.

There of course are things to point out to future travellers. I had a room on deck 9, and on dance night (held on deck 10), it sounded like the dance of the elephants above me. The biggest issue is the ports of call. Cozumel and Roatan were fine, with varied activities, natural beauty and a good anchorage. Belize was a "tendered" port, with a desperately poor and unattractive town in Belize City, and very rough sea conditions for water activities. Costa Maya had similarly rough sea conditions that cancelled many water activities. The eastern-facing Mexican ports often have such rough sea conditions, and the beaches are generally coral and rock with a little bit of sand. My recommendation is to do the Eastern or Southern Caribbean if you wan nicer ports and beaches.

Poor city, had to tender, rough water.

Good harbor, great private beaches, attractive island.

Publication Date: 02/29/12
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