Carnival Dream Cabin Photos
Carnival Dream's standard cabins are larger than average; the smallest cabin is the 185-square-foot inside cabin and the largest is the 450-square-foot modified ocean suite with 110-square-foot balcony. In between, you'll find outside cabins, ranging from 185 to 220 square feet, most with 4-by-3 foot window; 230-square-foot deluxe outside cabins that sleep up to five; and 185-square-foot balconies, with private verandas ranging from 35 to 75 square feet. For a splurge, several suite categories include the 345-square-foot grand suite, with separate seating area, bathroom with twin sinks and 85-square-foot balcony; and the 275-square-foot ocean suites and junior suites, both with balcony (ocean suite balconies are 65 square feet, while junior suite balconies are 35 square feet).
Among these are some special cabin categories found only on Dream, Magic and Breeze. The 193 "family quint" cabins, can sleep up to five as the accommodations are configured with two regular twins, two bunk-style beds that hang from the wall and a sofa that converts to a twin. (Note to parents: The two regular twins cannot convert into one queen-sized bed if both bunk beds are utilized, as it would block ladder access to one bunk.) The cabins also have two bathrooms -- one with a sink, toilet and shower, and the other with a tub-shower combo and sink. None offers balconies, but they all have a large picture window.
The second configuration unique to the Dream class is the "cove balcony" on Deck 2. These cabins are located beneath the lifeboats, so other passengers can't see the balconies from public spaces or from balconies higher up. The 110 cabins in this category are about $150 cheaper than a regular balcony cabin and are a good choice for those who like privacy and who don't mind some sea spray. These cabins are the same 185 square feet as many of the standard cabins but have a slightly larger than normal 45-square-foot balcony.
While not necessarily new, spa cabins and suites -- which include priority spa appointments, free fitness classes and access to the spa's pool and steam, dry heat and relaxation rooms -- are located on Decks 12 and 14 adjacent to the spa. (If you are prone to seasickness, avoid these cabins, as they really buck when the seas are high). Wake-view extended balcony cabins, which are several hundred dollars more than a regular balcony cabin, are situated out of the wind and have a 60-square-foot balcony.
Basic cabin styles offer some variations: For example, some inside cabins sleep four with bunk beds, and some of the larger outside cabins have portholes instead of windows. Cabin decor is fairly low-key, with a burnt-orange color scheme that will remind you of either that vacation in Tuscany or the 1970's shag carpet in your mother's house. Artwork is pleasant, but ordinary -- the kind you'd find at a local Sunday morning hotel sale. Storage is more than adequate, and layout, while tight, is efficient. Just don't try to get something out of the closet while someone is coming out of the bathroom. The living/sleeping areas have night tables and a small seating area that faces a mirror. The hair dryer, which is not very effective, is permanently attached in the seating area's pullout drawer. Most cabins are equipped with two outlets, but the one in the bathroom is fairly well hidden in a top corner.
A 24-inch flat-screen television (larger in suites) includes news stations such as CNN, the Cartoon Network, pay-for-view movies and several Carnival channels that cover everything from ship activities to your up-to-date Sail & Sign statement. (It's a good idea to monitor this on a daily basis, as those specialty cocktails add up quickly.) You can also order room service or shore excursions via the TV, but it's much easier to pick up the phone.
Lighting is great, with round-the-room well-disguised fluorescents and other individual lights. Amenities include a safe and a reasonably priced mini-bar, which is stocked with the usual beer, soda and liquor -- and it doesn't ding you for just looking.
Most bathrooms offer showers only. The shower has permanent shampoo and liquid soap dispensers filled with generic (but yummy smelling) product. The only other toiletries are free samples, which run the gamut from a nice Schick razor to Pepcid heartburn reliever. The makeup mirror with a magnified side is a nice touch, as are the comfy bathrobes and the fluffy duvets.
Balconies are furnished with comfortable, quality furniture, typically two high-backed chairs of tightly webbed plastic over tubular aluminum and a small cocktail table.
Noise is an issue in all but the most isolated cabins. Much of it could be mitigated if passengers would gently close doors and use inside voices, but that's not going to happen. Hope for no rambunctious kids -- or honeymooners -- in the cabin next door, but bring earplugs or a portable sound machine just in case. Also, some cabins are noisier than others because of location. If you're sensitive to sound, avoid Deck 6 cabins that are above the disco, casino or other busy public spaces. Deck 7 is generally quieter than most.