26 Carnival Dream Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

Really a nice ship. Staff was excellent: room steward Josephine, wait staff Sunny, Ikatuk & Kadek In Crimson, bartenders Airine (sp? pronounced Irene) and Dwi at Ocean Plaza Bar (next to Alchemy), Tomislav and Harta at the casino, ... Read More
Really a nice ship. Staff was excellent: room steward Josephine, wait staff Sunny, Ikatuk & Kadek In Crimson, bartenders Airine (sp? pronounced Irene) and Dwi at Ocean Plaza Bar (next to Alchemy), Tomislav and Harta at the casino, Nana at the Lobby Bar and Dipak at level 10 aft bar. All were EXCELLENT and recognized me by name after first day. Rock band was Excellent, brass jazz/soul band was Excellent too! (Together they were PHENOMENAL!) Steel drum lady was good as well. All other bands were “meh”. Biggest Dissapointment: 1st Caribbean cruise I’ve been on without a Latín band. No salsa, no merengue, no cha cha cha, in other words no spice. The disco was really bad too, not a soul in there probably because the music was terrible, undanceable. Food was very good to excellent. For breakfast go to the lido deck and do the omelette station. Pizza was very good too, open 24 hours. Guy’s Burgers were pretty good but Guy’s BBQ (“Pig & Anchor”) was HIGHLY over-rated. Did not do any shore excursions. Overall, good cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
First, the crew and staff of the ship are very friendly. Always received great service and felt welcome. Very nice room that was cleaned well. The food on the trip was average. Not terrible, not great. We met some very nice people on the ... Read More
First, the crew and staff of the ship are very friendly. Always received great service and felt welcome. Very nice room that was cleaned well. The food on the trip was average. Not terrible, not great. We met some very nice people on the ship from all over the country as well. We did experience some problems. We had neighbors that played music so loud, it was not a pleasant experience. Secondly, one night while pushing my wife in her wheelchair, a guy claimed i touched him and wanted to fight. We also noticed at night in the dining room, guys had jerseys on with the pants below their waste and ladies with their you know what hanging out of their shorts (Carnival, enforce dining room attire). Our door was knocked on 3 times looking for the party next door. I am not sure if it was the week we sailed, the port we sailed from or just bad luck. Our Carnival cruise in Alaska on the Legend was amazing. I will just say, be careful cruising from this port. embarkation= smooth parking = smooth anytime dining = smooth buffet area = not pleasant shore excursions = organized and variety Would i consider Carnival again, yes, never from New Orleans again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Being my first cruise - I learned as the journey continued. Note: My United seat was too small and chairs too close to my knees for me to get out. I would have enjoyed my cruise more if I had "thought" about there being a ... Read More
Being my first cruise - I learned as the journey continued. Note: My United seat was too small and chairs too close to my knees for me to get out. I would have enjoyed my cruise more if I had "thought" about there being a doctor on the cruise. Because of the hurt sacrum and arthritis, I needed to stop more often. Therefore, I would have LOVED having somewhere to sit on each floor. Even if it was near the elevator. There were very, very few places to sit along the passageways. This would be helpful especially to us older or partially handicapped people. Some people just "loved" the cruise director. Since this was my first cruise, I did not have a previous director to compare him to. As for me, I found his English accent very annoying to my ears and you heard it all over the ship - everywhere all the time. Some people loved him. So I am sure he was very good. Even if you are not ready for a wheelchair (like me) you might consider getting a partially handicapped room if you stumble over things or trip a lot. The reason I say that is the first cabin I was in (like 1202) the restroom floor was raised up about six inches. I had to put the lime green cups in the doorway so I would remember to step up the extra height each time I went into the restroom of my cabin. I went to play bingo - one time. It was very expensive. Also - if you were not the only person who won that game, you had to split the pot with whoever won also. I SURE WISH I HAD BEEN TOLD there was a free shuttle that would take me from the ship into Nassau. It was not a really long trip but it was stifling hot. Also, once you entered into the building to get to town, you could not turn back. You had to go through the building and enter the other side and stand in line to wait for the shuttle back to ship or I guess to walk out and walk back to ship. Not sure how I should have handled having my baggage taken to the bus I was to get on to go from pier to airport --- but I am sure going to find out on my next cruise in December 2018. I went down early and took them myself. Little knowing I would have to stop and start and stop and start for a very, very long ways from ship back and forth through corridors to get to the bus for airport. Surely I could have paid to have my bags put on the bus and me just walk it. I will figure this out at beginning of my next cruise. I was on this first cruise by myself. I am very friendly and so were others but I made sure that I have someone with me for my next cruise and it seemed too long by being alone. I began in cabin 11202 but woke up in wee hours with rocking of ship. Went to guest services and they graciously moved me to another room the next morning. Mucho better. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
1) because my brother and his wife have never cruised before. 2) the price 3) where it was going. 4) because my brother and his wife still like to party. Carnival seems more like a party type atmosphere. The staff was wonderful from our ... Read More
1) because my brother and his wife have never cruised before. 2) the price 3) where it was going. 4) because my brother and his wife still like to party. Carnival seems more like a party type atmosphere. The staff was wonderful from our room steward Wayan to our dinner stall Dede, Ignatius, and Polett. to the staff in cloud-9. spent the day in New Orleans before embarkation. Embarkation went very smoothly ( great job) our cabin 7203 is classified interior, but has a window. It is interior with a picture(walkway view).It was our highest level yet. and a good choice. they do sell out fast. we enjoyed most of our dinning I was disappointed in the main buffet, but like the other 3 buffet or was it 4? guy burgers was very good, the pasta bella was not a buffet, but a sit down where you place an order and drop it off at the head of serving line and then go sit down and they deliver it piping hot as you ordered. a don't miss if you travel on the Dream. Main dinning room was very good. the chef's table was an outstanding experience. It di cost extra, but we thought it well worth it. the shows in the encore lounge were to mush like Vegas style and loud. we like more Broadway style performances. disembarkation went very smooth also. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Ship was really nice, but I had prepaid for spa services and they charged me again I had to go to straighten it out every day. At end of cruise still fighting. Their accounting program has no way to enter the prepaid amount deduction at ... Read More
Ship was really nice, but I had prepaid for spa services and they charged me again I had to go to straighten it out every day. At end of cruise still fighting. Their accounting program has no way to enter the prepaid amount deduction at the time of service. Also not once but twice I was told I had a losing hand by two different dealers within an hour apart when I had a winning straight. Pictures taken at excursion we were told to get them at excursions desk then we found out you had to buy at the excursion. I required new ice nightly to ice down my medications sine the medical cooler we rented on board didn’t work. The Stewart never brought ice except for early room cleaning. I called once and was told my steward was off duty it was 5pm. I had to chase down a steward every evening to get additional ice. Also as we were getting to leave ship since I am in a wheelchair I called to ask when do I proceed to disembark. I was told to listen for call for assisted disembarking so I waited in room. Them two stewards told me to leave I was in their way I told them I was waiting to be called. Then I got a call telling me I was hendering the stewards I explained I had called and they told me to just go to deck 3. I finally did get off but felt like I had done something wrong by waiting for the call to proceed. I didn’t feel like a special guest even if I did have a first class room. NEVER PREPAY FOR SPA SERVICES IT MORE HASSLE THAN ITS WORTH!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The dream is about Carnival's largest ship, but it has no additional elevators, or eateries, or activities, or lines for getting on/off the ship. After 4 prior Carnival cruises, I was surprised just how desperately this ship needs to ... Read More
The dream is about Carnival's largest ship, but it has no additional elevators, or eateries, or activities, or lines for getting on/off the ship. After 4 prior Carnival cruises, I was surprised just how desperately this ship needs to be adjusted for it's larger number of cabins. Even at off-peak times, there were always long lines for most everything. We ended up using the stairs a lot, due to the endless waits for overstuffed elevators. I feel so sorry for the disabled cruisers, who had no option except to keep waiting. The port of New Orleans is difficult to access, but once we were there, the embarkation went quite smoothly. Holding the life jacket drill in the dining rooms is a HUGE improvement, which Carnival should have adopted long ago (when other cruise lines did). The halls and cabin seemed like the Carnival standard. The group I was with were mostly directionally challenged, and kept wishing there were much bigger signs for odd/even cabin #s, and the patterned carpet some other cruise lines use to help guests identify front from back at any point. The main dining room always had good selections, but the buffet was hit and miss. I kept ending up at the deli, needing a lot more than the few bits of buffet food I'd found which looked good. Getting back in the afternoon from shore excursions, the only options are Guy's greasy burgers, room service (now very limited), cardboard pizza, or my life saver the deli. I've never had so many deli sandwiches in a week. If anyone else saw where Carnival claims their pizza place will make garlic bread, the employees and managers at the pizza place insist they will only prepare the 5 pizza options listed on their wall :( . The entertainment seems to have been standardized. The main show lounge does musical reviews, while comedy is at the 2nd largest lounge, live music is in the central atrium plus a few lounges, and then at night there is party music in dance clubs plus movies on a screen above the main pool. The other options are swimming pools, deck loungers, hot tubs, mini golf, basketball, a fitness center, a walking/jogging track, a library, an internet café ($), and some deck games (ping-pong, checkers, chess). The crew also runs some trivia events, competitions, kids programs, a spa ($), and of course a casino ($). With a much larger ship, a lot more choices would have been great, but everything seemed identical to our 2 most recent prior Carnival cruises on smaller ships. Cruising on the Carnival Dream, we got no benefits over choosing a smaller Carnival ship, but we found plenty of penalties. I'd find a different option if I could do it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I chose a cruise as a short getaway for my husband and myself. We live in New Orleans so Carnival made sense as it allowed us to be dropped off at the port. As a person with mobility issues (able to walk, use a cane, sometimes use a ... Read More
I chose a cruise as a short getaway for my husband and myself. We live in New Orleans so Carnival made sense as it allowed us to be dropped off at the port. As a person with mobility issues (able to walk, use a cane, sometimes use a walker, not able to stand for long periods), I was quickly directed to a "Special Assistance" line and this did get us on board with relative ease. If you any issues with distance though, you should request a wheelchair. Our bags were delivered to our cabin in a timely manner The stateroom, 6207, was an 8A Balcony, modified for the disabled, so it was a bit different than the typical balcony cabin which I will cover in the cabin review. Of note, I'd read an earlier review that the balcony was a steel bulkhead with no plexiglass and therefore was an obstructed view. This is not the case now so I assume it's been modified since the time of that review. The dining experience was disappointing. The buffet food was just good enough to not be disgusting. Of course we are from New Orleans and that might have something to do with it - we do have amazing food here - but really it was just so gross and I heard several comments to the same from others. The sit-down dining in the evening was fair. The service was excellent, the staff was friendly and fun but again, the food left something to be desired although it was better than the buffet. Room service was better than expected, timely, friendly, and the sandwiches and salads were pretty good. Early morning coffee was nice but other than the boxed cereals, the fruit and pastries were not so great. Of all the buffet places, I enjoyed the Mongolian Wok the most. The Coffee Bar was also really good. A HUGE concern for me was the lack of cleaning in the public areas. Norovirus is a serious matter and on other cruises I've seen staff with gloves and disinfectant cleaning everything from light switches to hand rails to elevator buttons and doors. On this cruise I saw haphazard table wiping and never anyone cleaning a public area where lots of hands will touch. Unacceptable. Costa Maya and Cozumel were our ports of call and both were mediocre. I found the excursions in general to be seriously overpriced and in both ports we basically had to run a gauntlet of people pushing cigarettes, alcohol and diamonds. The shops in Cozumel were fun for souvenirs but again, lots of pushing to buy. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Three Amigos in Cozumel. The water was gorgeous. I wish I'd had more time to go enjoy the real Cozumel and not the cruiser's experience. The entertainment on the ship was fun, the cruise directors were upbeat and encouraged participation. There were a LOT of kids on board - expected - but they aren't necessarily conducive to those who want relaxation. The Serenity adult area was not well patrolled and under-21 teenagers were frequently in the area. One group was so loud and profane that I had to step up and verbally intervene because both attendants, sweet young ladies tending bar and handing out towels, seemed very reserved and not inclined to do anything. The thalassotherapy 'couples excursion' in the spa was well worth the price. The heated pool was divine and the various steam rooms and saunas were delightful. I found the spa services to be overpriced but that seems to be the norm for most cruises and they did have mid-cruise specials. Disembarkation was not too bad but it was hard to find info about what to do. There was supposed to be a "Disembarkation Info Sheet" in our room the night before but one never showed and no steward had one. We ended up watching a presentation on it on the TV. We'd have gone with the "self-assist" option (you carry out all your own luggage and get off when they call your deck number) if I had the capability of handling luggage and walking but since I don't, we elected to have our luggage brought down the night before and wait for our "zone" to be called after all the self-assist people were done. Overhead calling of decks began at 6:50am. We FINALLY heard our zone called around 10am and got off the ship around 11am and even with "Special Assistance" I still stood in long lines on the walkway to the luggage pick-up and then for Customs. All in all not horrible, but lots of confusion and mayhem. The Gulf of Mexico in winter can be quite nasty. If you're the sort to get sea sick, think twice before booking. Overall the Carnival Dream was okay but it wasn't my cup of tea. My husband feels the same. Perhaps it's better suited to younger people with families who don't mind substandard food, loud pop music everywhere, kids running amok and teenagers sneaking into adult areas to curse and wreak havoc. Despite our nice time in the spa, we won't be repeating the experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We had a great time on our family of 6, 3 cabin Christmas Cruise to the Western Caribbean out of New Orleans. This was a great cruise, close to home and very affordable. The pools were quite crowded most of the time thus they weren't ... Read More
We had a great time on our family of 6, 3 cabin Christmas Cruise to the Western Caribbean out of New Orleans. This was a great cruise, close to home and very affordable. The pools were quite crowded most of the time thus they weren't inviting to use. Our ages included 2 mid 20s, 1- 30s. 1 - 40s, 1-50s and 1 - 60s. Everyone was able to find plenty of entertainment to suit their tastes. We met each night in the dining room and found the food very good and of course excellent service. We truly had a great time! We found it necessary to rent a wheelchair for my husband and surprisingly had difficulty with access to several areas on the ship. Most nights when leaving the dining room we encountered several early teen aged kids running up and down the hallways hooting and hollering - this is not something we have historically encountered when cruising. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
On the Dream from 11/27 to 12/4/16. It was a good cruise, fun, but you can tell Carnival is taking costs out of the cruise, it shows. Our cabin steward came by only once per day however we told him not to show up until after 10 AM and he ... Read More
On the Dream from 11/27 to 12/4/16. It was a good cruise, fun, but you can tell Carnival is taking costs out of the cruise, it shows. Our cabin steward came by only once per day however we told him not to show up until after 10 AM and he honored our wish. He did a great job on the cabin. The dining room staff took marvelous care of us, we had late dinner there were very few people there so they had time for us. It looks like three people are now taking care of what 4 used to handle. The ship is in need of dry-dock and I understand it is due for a facelift in early 2017. Carpet was threadbare in spots and our balcony had more rust on it than we are used to seeing on our previous balcony staterooms. We enjoyed the food in the main dining room and the Sea Day brunches. The lack of tablecloths in the MDR take away a little of the magic of cruise ship dining but we got used to it (part of the cost cutting I suppose). I did not like scheduling of the entertainment. Previously, you could eat late (8:15 dinner) and still see the show in the main lounge. You cannot do that anymore. there is still plenty of other entertaining options and but we did not see a show in the main lounge. My main complaint involved the booking process. After booking the cruise with Carnival by phone, I changed my email account. After updating my email address on the main site logon, other areas using emails, such as cabin confirmations, etc, had to be done by phone as these systems are apparently separate. It took three separate phone calls to get this updated. I have to believe there is at least one fifteen year old kid in Miami who can fix this problem. The Carnival New Orleans terminal is extremely cruiser friendly. My only caution is not to get to the port too late. We got to the terminal at 11:00 for a 12:00 check in and had to park on the roof with very few spaces left. In summary, we had a good cruise but it is obvious Carnival has worked hard to take costs (people) out of the cruise and it does show. Carnival is a value brand, not necessarily bad but they are not as special as when we started cruising. That said we would go again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Well there is a reason Meds are prescribed and Jace the tour director needs to take as prescribed. Everything out of his mouth was at full speed Charlie Brown teacher talk. A little Ritalin would help the guests perhaps understand what ... Read More
Well there is a reason Meds are prescribed and Jace the tour director needs to take as prescribed. Everything out of his mouth was at full speed Charlie Brown teacher talk. A little Ritalin would help the guests perhaps understand what we need to know. He held the mike too close and speed read the schedule numerous times throughout the day. Very unclear explanation of what to do. BINGO consists of three games which you pay 0 for three cards or 30 or 60 for 9. And the prize $70 until the last one which you pick an envelope for which usually was 100. They almost force you to use their tours by punishing you if you don't. We booked an excellent tour on our own in Belize only to find out the tenders would guarantee the people that booked with them to be in the first tenders off. But wait there was the option to get to some lounge early and try to get a ticket for the first tenders. Luckily, I was given a special escort pass because I had asked for a hairdryer (bring yours) on the first day, then second day asked steward and finally wen down that night to guest services only to be told they were supposed to get a shipment in New Orleans and it didn't com in. when given the special escort pass he didn't explain what that meant and other workers didn't know. Finally figured it out after being told by guest services when I complained about lack of information that it was on back of sheet. See he flipped it over and when I asked where, he had to go find someone to find out.)That will teach you me to book with someone other than carnival the next time. Steward never even introduced herself except via card. We ate a lot of pizza because meal times in buffet were very limited. Getting off boat (jump it is faster). Well that was a circus in itself everything jammed up no workers to work crowd control. Almost had a fight on 4th floor with some swear words being tossed around by two men yelling. Okay so we go down elevator and again no workers to supervise the chaos. A gentlemen tells us he has been waiting a long time and the people on elevators keep showing up and jumping in line. So we go around to back of line. Here comes a Carnival director administrator man telling us this is customs fault. There was no one in line but customs stopped everything so please don't hold it against carnival. Being a teacher and used to managing lines I said to him, "but carnival could do a better job managing the chaos. These people just moved right here in line" Then some rather angry lady started in on me, don't blame us carnival keeps making us move from line to line, so don,t yell at us it isn't,t our fault. Of course I got called a heifer ( which at this point I was feeling rather heiferish being channeled into the slaughter house although she was more heiferish than me.). I told her, " I wasn't yelling at you I was telling carnival they needed to organize the chaos. I cruised on Norweigan and had no problem. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We decided to take this trip to see how Carnival Dream compared to the other Carnival cruise ships. We booked the 7 day cruise with the Grand Suite (7317) and and 2 interior rooms to accommodate other family members on our trip with us. ... Read More
We decided to take this trip to see how Carnival Dream compared to the other Carnival cruise ships. We booked the 7 day cruise with the Grand Suite (7317) and and 2 interior rooms to accommodate other family members on our trip with us. One interior room was for my parents where my mom used a small wheelchair type device and she had no issues getting in and out of the interior room or other areas of the ship. We've booked 7 cruises with Carnival and a few with other cruise lines - we always come back to Carnival. The cruises we've been on with Carnival all left out of New Orleans, so this is very convenient for us since we live only 30-45 minutes away. The port is easy to get to, we park in Erato Street cruise terminal parking. It's always quick service for the attendants to unload our luggage and then we are a quick elevator ride to check in. With the suite, we are lucky to be able to quickly go through the VIP area to check in. Good video my daughter has of this suite and rooms here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01p-MMxw1vY On this trip, we were told that rules have changed with other rooms purchased under the suite (they no longer can check in at the VIP area). We weren't too happy about that since on past trips our others with us could also checkin at VIP. They split from us and checked in normally - they actually didn't take much longer than we did, so all was good. Now, you can also purchase "faster to the fun" for $49 and it is supposed to allow you quick check in as well - we'll try that on our next cruise to see how it goes. Staff was friendly on Dream - we were able to go to our rooms - luggage didn't take too long to arrive. Dream had several options for food - Tandoori (my fave), burgers, buffets, plus it also had a steakhouse which we did visit and had a wonderful dinner one night (steakhouse is a charge, but worth it). The food in the dining rooms in my opinion is much better on Carnival than others. The atmosphere is fun and there's always plenty of things to do on board to keep you busy. My favorite places on the ships are the Serenity decks to just relax and have drinks. We purchase the drink package plan for each cruise - usually wait until the second day of the cruise to purchase. Our trip went to Jamaica, then on to Grand Cayman and then Cozumel before we made our way back to New Orleans. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Getting on the ship was pretty easy. My sister is in a wheelchair and the Carnival people got her and took her to the room which was very nice .Room steward was great and room was great.We did mess up and booked the week of spring break ... Read More
Getting on the ship was pretty easy. My sister is in a wheelchair and the Carnival people got her and took her to the room which was very nice .Room steward was great and room was great.We did mess up and booked the week of spring break which was very crowded.The food on the ship was good and plenty. The only downside was we had early dining for 2 and they did not have a table for us so we never got to eat dinner in the dining room. The shows were very good. The ports were all good. Would cruise the Dream again Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Well I've been on a few Carnival ships,but it had been a while since we last cruised on Carnival. Our Balcony cabin was great. I think the food was pretty good. I got my pin and free stuff from Carnival, but heard from others that ... Read More
Well I've been on a few Carnival ships,but it had been a while since we last cruised on Carnival. Our Balcony cabin was great. I think the food was pretty good. I got my pin and free stuff from Carnival, but heard from others that they didn't get there pins. The Islands were alright. We loved Key West.And Nassua was nice, but Freeport was a waste of time to us.. Entertainment was great except for the Christmas show. Lasted about an half a hour, Poorly done as an after thought. Didn't like the casino..Had to us your sail and sign card in the machines and you didn't get recipe. and the Art auction I fine they are getting to pushy to sell you a painting. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was our 8th cruise, and our first on Carnival. Mary, my companion has MS and uses a cane. Embarkation was a confusing mess. We were shuffled from one red shirted Carnival employee to another, always with the promise that the next one ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise, and our first on Carnival. Mary, my companion has MS and uses a cane. Embarkation was a confusing mess. We were shuffled from one red shirted Carnival employee to another, always with the promise that the next one would be able to secure a wheel chair. We never saw one, and actually boarded ship sort of moved along by the crowd rather than in any organized fashion. Debarkation was also chaotic. Our cabin, 1407, was excellent, very large by most standards, sleeping up to 5, and normally used for families. It was located on deck one aft, which put us right below our dining room, and should have been convenient to the buffet and other services important to us. Unfortunately, we were to find that elevators rarely stopped on deck one. They would come as close as decks 3 or 2, and then proceed back up. On numerous occasions, Mary had to navigate the stairs, along with several other disabled passengers. On one occasion, a woman in a motorized wheel chair unable to get an elevator or use the stairs, became frightened at being stranded and made quite a scene. I had worked as an advocate for people with disabilities, so I volunteered to go take up the issue with the customer service desk. After pointing out the hazard to people with disabilities, I was assured the problem would be addressed. While it did improve somewhat as the week went on, the elevators remained a sore spot, and in my opinion, a safety hazard. Food aboard ship was a total disappointment to us. The buffet was the worst we had encountered in our 8 cruises. Both quality and variety were inferior in every way to previous cruises. For the first time as cruisers, we found ourselves eating away from the buffet, eating pizza on several occasions. The up side was that the pizza was excellent, and there was good access to ice cream and other alternative foods. The dining room was a shock to our system, resembling a discotheque more than an elegant dining room. We were assigned to a booth that reminded us of something from Denny’s. It was a disappointing departure from the large table and wonderful group dining we were accustomed to. We were extremely fortunate to have a wonderful couple named Les and Tammy assigned with us who proved to be perfect dinner companions, otherwise, we would have fought a battle over the accommodations. Elegant dining is one of our most enjoyable experiences while cruising, and Carnival frankly has missed the boat with that. The dining room food was as inferior as the buffet. We and our companions, found the meat dishes in particular, of very poor quality. Carnival definitely gets failing grades when it comes to food. Service was a bright spot. Our servers in the dining room, as well as our room attendants could not have been finer. Our server, a young woman from Croatia was delightful, and always going above and beyond. The same with our room attendant, who was always around, and always pampering us. If the food had been of the quality of the help, we’d have been in heaven. Entertainment was hit or miss, we did attend a good comedy show, but most of the music on stage was stale, or just too loud for our taste. There were some very entertaining audience participation shows featuring the cruise director, similar to what we had enjoyed on other cruises. Trivia, which is one of our favorite activities on cruises, was also hit or miss depending on who was conducting it. The most frequent conductor was an entertainer at heart who seemed too hung up on himself and his own interests to make it true trivia. Even at that, we enjoyed trivia greatly. All three shore stops, Mahogany Bay, Belize, and Cozumel were awesome, and we enjoyed them famously. Due to our disabilities, we are not bungee jumpers or volcano climbers, but rather traditional tourists out for some good shopping, and sights to see. These three stops are great for that, and I highly recommend them. No complaints about the aesthetics of the ship, it is a beauty, decorated in bright colors that add to the atmosphere of party and good times. The casino is bigger than any other we had experienced on a ship, and busier. In fact, the casino seemed to be one of the central features, and a well done one at that. We enjoyed it greatly. In summation, Carnival is Carnival, and you get what you pay for. If like us, you are in to traditional elegant cruising, Carnival is not a good fit. The dream is a party ship, and sailing out of New Orleans, a lot of the passengers are from Louisiana and Mississippi, and are out for heavy drinking, hooting and hollering, and a large number are smokers. If that is your bag, by all means, go aboard. I’ve always said, that we have never been on a bad cruise. We still haven’t, we just enjoy others more than we did Carnival.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We were on the Cloud 9 Spa, on the 12th floor, Riviera, with a balcony. We thought the room would be larger than what we had before on the 8th floor on Carnival Liberty, three years ago.. They were totally the same room. There were four of ... Read More
We were on the Cloud 9 Spa, on the 12th floor, Riviera, with a balcony. We thought the room would be larger than what we had before on the 8th floor on Carnival Liberty, three years ago.. They were totally the same room. There were four of us and we need more space to put our things away. We lined suit cases up against the wall going out to the balcony. We had 3 closest and used those also. The two drawers under the couch, one was full of sheets, etc. They need to remove those items so you can put more clothes out of the way. I should have asked them to, but did not. I put my suit case under the big bed after I emptied it. Lots of room under the big bed for storage of suit cases.The refrigerator was full of juice and pop. We made them remove all of it so we could keep our own drinks in it. It makes it tempting to have all of that in the fridge and if you drank any of it you are charged for it.The stewards were just wonderful. They straightened our room twice a day. In mornings, removed dirty towels, cleaned, vacuumed. The 2nd time, they turned down the bed and removed all dirty towels, vacuumed and straightened and cleaned again. Room service was very good also.We will go again. We loved it.You can feel more movement in the ship on the 12th floor. The buffet food for lunch and dinner was not real good and also was luke warm to cool. All of the carving meat that we had was tough and could not be eaten.The restaurants on board had delicious food. But the food was also luke warm to cool. Breakfast was just about the same every day. They had an Italian restaurant on the 11th floor and the food was delicious. Opened for lunch and did not open for dinner. I told my daughter in law we should have eaten there all week. We had a good time on board. Lots of things to do. All of the stewards were wonderful. The weather was good to us. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
If you enjoy break dancing shows, and a theatre( where in the third deck, your knees were touching the next row). If someone had to get in or out, the whole row had to get out first (jamming too many people into too small a space),loud ... Read More
If you enjoy break dancing shows, and a theatre( where in the third deck, your knees were touching the next row). If someone had to get in or out, the whole row had to get out first (jamming too many people into too small a space),loud music, and a ship filled with nothing but bars. Casual and never elegant, 4900 passengers trying to jam into a few small pools, and lots of drinking, then you'll love this cruise. The ship itself was beautiful, but they jammed too many people on the ship, forming Disney lines queuing for dinner, guest services, lounge shows, etc. No thanks, that was not fun, nor was it relaxing. I had to get off in port, just to get away from all the people. I am afraid the crew outclassed the passengers. What I liked: The Grand Suite ports visited food, Chateau Briand was exceptional The lobster was good, though broiled, instead of steamed. wines reasonably priced Embarkation and Disembarkation were smooth as glass, no wait time, walked right off and to the car. What I did not like: formal night was a joke, I saw people in overalls. Young girls wearing short shorts and sandals to dinner, like they were at a picnic. Men could not be bothered to dress for dinner I saw very few dinner jackets No Sunday Buffet Brunch, which is a standard on Celebrity and other lines No class Our stateroom attendant for our suite was never around, we couldn't even reach him on the phone room service menu extremely limited, I did not see any hot meals no stationary in the room no lotions, razors, cotton balls, bubbles for the Jacuzzi tub. Towels were well worn and rough soap not replaced, same soap all week- gross when three people are sharing the room Did not pay attention to detail in our room, nor was there a notice that our large bottle of water came with a charge (and we were in a suite!) Never served rack of lamb or double thick lamb chops- staple on most ships on one or two nights Cut rate, budget cruise for the masses Some people loved it. I'd say the ports were great, we made our own entertainment. I loved the Art Auctions on board, once they finally rolled out the champagne. First day they advertised a champagne art auction and served Mimosa's. Yuk, had to wait for the champagne, along with a sea of others. I drink champagne, I buy art, no champagne, I don't buy. End of story. Never again I prefer Celebrity Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
The embarkation was very efficient and, after embarking with our daughter, who is in a wheelchair, we had some lunch in the buffet restaurant before going to our cabin. The cabin was an adapted spa oceanview cabin on Deck 11 (Category 4S). ... Read More
The embarkation was very efficient and, after embarking with our daughter, who is in a wheelchair, we had some lunch in the buffet restaurant before going to our cabin. The cabin was an adapted spa oceanview cabin on Deck 11 (Category 4S). We were very impressed with the space and comfort. Unfortunately we made very little use of the spa area because a large part of it is not open to under 18s. We had hoped to take our 9 year-old daughter in the hydrotherapy pool but were not able to. The crew were generally very helpful and friendly, especially our cabin stewardess - Agniezka (from Poland) - who was absolutely superb. We got a new towel animal in our cabin every night, which our daughter loved. The team of waiters in the Scarlet Restaurant were also very good, as was the entertaining Maitre'D from India. Food was generally very good, although the variety in the buffet restaurant could have been greater on a ship this size. That said, the food we tried was all very good. The ports we visited were all interesting and we were able to walk off the ship and roam around the different places at our leisure without resorting to taxis or public transport. The only port which we found slightly disappointing was Grand Turk. There was very little there except for a beach. I would have preferred to call at the port we were originally scheduled to visit when we booked the cruise - St Maarten. The two sea days were fun and gave us a chance to relax and explore the ship. I really enjoyed the onboard art gallery and art auctions. Disembarkation was definitely the most efficient I've seen in the cruises I have been on, with numbers assigned so that a gradual disembarkation took place between 8am and 10:30 with nor real overcrowding as I have seen on some previous cruises where disembarkation has been squeezed into too short a timeframe. All in all, a very enjoyable cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Well this was our tenth cruise all with Carnival and yes we made Platinum. We have never sailed on The Dream so we were unsure of what to except. We arrived in Orlando on Friday a day before like we always do, it is easier with my wife. ... Read More
Well this was our tenth cruise all with Carnival and yes we made Platinum. We have never sailed on The Dream so we were unsure of what to except. We arrived in Orlando on Friday a day before like we always do, it is easier with my wife. When we arrived we say The Dream sailing in and our first impression was WOW! We had 6 in our group and out of that half had never sailed before. The Dream had just returned from dry dock and there were some issues, but that never affected our trip in anyway, to few to mention. Now for some hints if you travel with a person in a wheel chair except RUDENESS from your fellow guests. My wife needs a wheel chair and as we were trying to get through the picture area we asked EXCUSE ME. the fellow guest said yea just try and run into me!! At show time they have spots marked for wheel chairs, but get there early the fill up with regular guests, i could have parked my wife there, but she does not want to sit by strangers when i have to sit 5 or some rows behind. The Dream does have challenges in it's lay out but so does The Conquest Ships. If you take the elevators in the back to the third floor you can only go into the Scarlett dining room and no where else. We arrived at 930AM and were on by 1045AM there was no one coming off. We had a shore excursion so we were off by 810AM in the morning heading to The Kennedy Space Center. The buffets do have lines but with 4,000 guest that was to be excepted. The dining room food come out hot only one night did it come out warm. The punchliners brunch excellent will do it again. They only have one midnight buffet and after 11PM it is either room service or Pizza not what i thought would happen. I think they should have burgers our something else. In closing let me just say that all in all it was a typical Carnival Cruise and we had a lot of fun. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
My boyfriend and I just returned from a 7-day cruise on the Carnival Dream sailing to Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. We have both cruised before, but this was the newest ship that either of us has been on. CABIN Being ... Read More
My boyfriend and I just returned from a 7-day cruise on the Carnival Dream sailing to Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. We have both cruised before, but this was the newest ship that either of us has been on. CABIN Being physically disabled and traveling with a manual wheelchair, we stayed in an inside modified stateroom on Deck 8. The room was small, but that was to be expected. Regardless, it suited our needs. The cabin had two closets, one with 4 drawers and our lifejackets, and the other with a shelf and a bar to hang clothes and a full length mirror. There was also a small storage area in each of our night stands. We read on other Dream reviews that the cabins had more storage than her predecessors, but compared to other cabins we have had, this was not the case. Obviously we understand that space is limited, but another drawer or two would have been appreciated. There was also a desk area with a built in hairdryer, mini fridge and safe. The small flat screen was an upgrade from other cabin TVs in the past. We had the regular non-cable channels, and a few cable channels, but my boyfriend was disappointed that there was no ESPN. There was also a mirror next to the closet with a decorative light attached to it, but we never figured out how to turn it on. The bathroom was the best modified accessible bathroom that we have seen. Older accessible cabin bathrooms have had the horrible problem of flooding the entire bathroom during a shower due to the roll in shower and poor drainage. That was particularly treacherous for me not to slip on all the water, and also the bathrooms smelled horribly, probably from mold. However, the Dream bathroom was excellent, and one of the biggest that we have had. It had a roll in shower with a fold-down large plastic shower seat and grab bars on every side (and along the wall behind the toilet). There were also drains running the length of the shower and the length of the doorway completely eliminating the annoying flooding problem. The sink vanity area was large with a few built in shelves for toiletries which was a nice bonus and a makeup mirror with a magnified side. There were only two downsides to the bathroom: one was the bolted down garbage can that was bolted way under the sink. It doesn't sound major but I think I missed the can more times than not, and couldn't get under the vanity to pick anything up. The other downside (although arguably necessary) was the red emergency cord that was hanging down next to the showerhead. I felt like I was more likely to fall out of the shower trying to avoid mistakenly touching the cord than I would had it not been there. But still, I could see where one might need it... The bed was excellent and extremely comfortable. We both slept great every night. However, our cabin was outside of an elevator bank so it was often quite loud as people would talk loudly waiting for the elevator. Because of that we were often awoken much earlier than we would have liked, but with 4,500 guests, it is expected that the hallways won't be all that quiet. The night stands had built in lamps in the middle of the night stand which took up a significant amount of space on the night stand. We have seen another Carnival ship with built in lamps to the wall above the bed which saved a lot more space, and I think they were a better design. The bed was also equipped with built in emergency cords and buttons above the headboard on both sides of the bed. Although we admit they might be necessary, the one on the left was directly above my boyfriend's pillows. While propping up pillows to watch TV from bed, he inadvertently hit the button two times in a row. Someone called our cabin to assure that we were ok, but the first time it happened we had no idea that it was even pushed. The placement of the buttons were awkward and should have been moved slightly. Our steward was one of the best we've had and a refreshing change from a less than exemplary steward we had on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Our steward, Rodney, was friendly and laid back, and told us that he was "easy like Sunday morning." Indeed he was, and we were singing that song the whole cruise. He did a great job and we definitely appreciated it. FOOD All in all the food was decent, but there was nothing that blew us away. We ate breakfast everyday at the buffet in the Gathering. Compared to other cruises it was much easier to find a seat, and we never really had a major problem with that. The breakfast food was standard fare. My boyfriend had omelets each morning, which sometimes had a longer line. We never went hungry, but felt that Royal had a few more options. We felt that there were a lot of different options for lunch, and I never passed it up even if I was still full from breakfast (it is vacation after all). My favorite was Tandoor, which was a smaller Indian food buffet with different dishes each day. We also liked the burrito bar and the BBQ stations with sliders, tacos, and chicken quesadillas. The only thing we would have liked to try was the pasta bar. They also had hamburgers, chicken fingers and hotdogs of course, but we liked the other options. There was also a pizza bar that was open 24 hours, which was good as well as 24-hour ice cream which my boyfriend enjoyed multiple times a day. We would have liked to have had the late-night Mexican buffet one night, but we were stilled stuffed from dinner... The first night of our cruise there was a deal at the specialty restaurant, Chef Art Steakhouse where they were offering a free bottle of wine that night. We felt that was a great deal, and we really enjoyed the steak. Most other nights we went to the Crimson dining room for our late night seating. The room was beautiful, but there were no large tables from what we could see. We sat by ourselves, which was fine, but we had a great experience on a Royal cruise at a much larger table. We also felt like we could not see much of the dining room from where we were sitting, so we could only people watch the same few tables... Our waiters were ok, but not overly personable. They were also a bit slow with wine service, so we would uncork the bottle in our cabin and just ask for glasses. After a while they did not seem to like that we did that and charged us for it (which is standard practice). We were not thrilled with the dinner selections, and I remembered some of the dishes from a previous cruise that were not my favorite. But we still ate ourselves silly, and never passed up dessert. NIGHT TIME We really were not thrilled with the Dream singers and dancers on this cruise. My boyfriend doesn't like these types of shows to begin with, but we both agreed that the main female singer was pretty bad... She was more of a yeller than a singer, which got pretty annoying. The male singer was much better. The dancing wasn't amazing either, but not horrible. A nice addition to the shows was the Fun Force, a group of break dancers and poppers, which was pretty awesome. For one of the shows they did a lot of acrobatic tricks as well as cool dances with glow in the dark costumes. We both really enjoyed that one. They also had a country music show that we both liked as well as a fiddler who was great. Aside from those two shows though, we opted for the comedians, who were performing the adult comedy shows often at the same time as the singing shows. We noticed that the theater was often pretty empty, but that could've been because there were many things going on at the same time as well as a movie on the jumbo screen outside on the Lido deck. The first two comedians of the cruise, Thomas Brown and Tony Esposito were great. We looked forward to each of their shows in the Burgundy Lounge, a cool theatre in a masquerade mask themed room. For the latter half of the cruise we got two other comedians whose names we can't remember. We did not like them as much. One got better after a few shows, but one was so bad we walked out. A few other people walked out as well, agreeing that he just wasn't funny. SEA DAYS The major problem with sea days (as with any cruise we think) is finding a chair to lay out on the decks. We tried to find two seats on the first sea day around 10 and it was almost impossible. We eventually found some but our view of the ocean was blocked by a wall. It was also very windy, but I was just happy to get a seat. I was also happy to have an e-Reader so that I wasn't fumbling with the pages in that wind. The Lido deck was always packed as that was where the pools were. There was also a huge screen that you could watch from the deck which was cool. The pools seemed small and crowded with kids, but not being a swimmer I did not go in. My boyfriend enjoyed the corkscrew slide many times, which could also be seen through a skylight in the atrium inside. Very cool. Mini golf also seemed popular. Our other sea days were cloudy and rained on and off. We did go in a very nice hot tub (and we sought out the one with the fewest kids...), but then it started lightning and we all jumped out. There seemed to be a lot more hot tubs than I have seen on other ships, which was nice, but they were often too crowded with kids for me. We tried to get seats on the Serenity deck, but we could never get a seat. Each day my boyfriend went out earlier and earlier to get a seat, and even at 8 a.m. a ton of seats were already saved. We didn't do anything at the spa other than the co-ed sauna, which was really nice. It was especially nice after cold and windy sea days. They also had female and male steam rooms. SHIP IN GENERAL We would like to note that we read quite a few reviews saying that the ship was extremely rocky, and also a few reviews that thankfully pointed out the obvious that we are on a moving ship. However, the ship definitely rocked more than any we had been on. Not ones to get seasick, we did not mind it, and in fact it seemed fun to me, but if you are one to get sick then that may be a problem. My boyfriend talked to some staff, and they told him that the ship stabilizers were often not fully on because they slowed the ship down. There were quite a few more elevators on this ship than any we were previously on, which was nice, but they still were slow. Not having a choice to take the steps though, we were ok with the waiting. A female voice would announce each floor, but sounded like she needed some serious uppers... It was also a nice change to have many family/wheelchair accessible restrooms on the other non-cabin floors. On much older ships it was my experience that there was only one or two other accessible bathrooms on the entire ship. On another accessibility note, many of the doors to the desks were automatic, which made it much easier to get around. Overall the ship was beautiful, with sparkly granite and tiles and over the top glam, but it is a cruise ship so it should be. We glanced in the kid/teen areas which seemed pretty cool too. PORTS OF CALL Our first stop was in Nassau, Bahamas. We have both been to Nassau numerous times, and are tired of going to the over-priced Atlantis to fill the day, so we just went to the port to use the free wifi, and window shopped. Our next stop was St. Thomas. When we first went to breakfast before getting off the ship I was shocked at the amazing view out of the ship windows of sprawling high green hills. It was breathtaking. We bought an excursion for a boat tour that day, but when we lined up we found out that the boat's transmission blew out, and we obviously couldn't go. That was a major bummer but to our surprise they refunded the excursion. After that we decided to take a cab to Megen's Bay Beach. The cab ride was a nightmare, and I quickly learned to appreciate US traffic rules in comparison to whatever (if any) traffic rules existed in St. Thomas. My boyfriend read that the best thing to do was to rent a car and drive around the island, and I could not be happier that we didn't! Megen's Bay was beautiful, with calm water surrounded by green hills. Since it was ridiculously hot we spent most of the time in the water. We rented beach chairs and there were bathrooms and some food, but we didn't eat there. Then we went to a restaurant we read about in a tour book called Cuzzin's Caribbean Restaurant. We should have known something was up when the cab driver told us he would get us as close as he could. We went down some crazy narrow local roads to a restaurant with a sidewalk that was two feet off the ground and crumbling steps at the corner. Being physically disabled and only able to walk a little, I found it ironic that we probably found one of the most inaccessible restaurants in the Caribbean... I was thankful that I only had one drink at the beach so that I could get myself inside. Apparently when we got there at 4:30 p.m. they were close to closing but we ordered their local dishes. We got conch fritters as an appetizer, and I ordered shrimp and conch creole with fried plantains, potato salad and fries. My boyfriend had curried lamb, rice and beans and coleslaw. Hands down the best meal all cruise, and worth the trouble for us. This was our favorite day and port. The next day we went to St. Maarten. We bought a bus and boat excursion tour and learned a lot. It was still beautiful, but not as green. We first went on a bus tour on the Dutch side to Simpson's Bay, and then a ride in the bay to the French side. We wanted something to eat after gazing at all of the celebrity homes and yachts on the water, but we were warned by the boat captain that the French restaurants were extremely slow. He was not kidding. We sat at a restaurant right next to the dock and ordered whatever the chef said was "fast." "Fast" still took 30 minutes, but we talked with a local man and passed the time. The food was great. I had Mahi Mahi with fettuccine and veggies in a butter sauce and my boyfriend had a spice crusted red snapper. Yum! After that our time was up and we got back on the tour to do the bus tour of the French side back to the port. Again we were amazed at the driving conditions there. I thought I was afraid of the bus going around the round-abouts, but then we caused a major traffic jam when our bus went up the windy curve just as another bus went around the curve on the other side of this road. Because this road was barely wide enough for one lane traffic let alone two, the other bus had to pull off into someone's dirt driveway and the rest of the traffic behind him had to back up while we made it around the turn. The other drivers didn't seem phased at all but we were praying... Generally it was a good time and our tour guide was great. We also think we picked up the bus driver's young daughter from the side of the road during our tour probably after school... Odd but I guess acceptable in St. Maarten. All in all we had a wonderful cruise and we can't wait to do it again. We are generally really satisfied with Carnival and would cruise with them again. We can't wait to cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We sailed on the Carnival Dream July 2-9. We were celebrating my husband's 40th birthday, so in addition to myself, my husband, and our 7 year old daughter, our party also included my father-in-law ans some family friends (husband, ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Dream July 2-9. We were celebrating my husband's 40th birthday, so in addition to myself, my husband, and our 7 year old daughter, our party also included my father-in-law ans some family friends (husband, wife, 2 teenage sons). It was mine and my husband's 4th cruise and our daughter's 1st. We have only sailed Carnival-Jubilee, Paradise, and Glory. My daughter and I shared a balcony cabin #6208 and my husband and his dad shared a balcony cabin 2 doors down #6212. I use a walker and wheelchair, so I needed a handicapped accessible cabin. 6208 is the first cabin on the floor (farthest forward on that deck) and had many good features. To begin with, the key card slot automatically opened the door and there was also a switch inside the room to open the door. My only complaint was that the switch was not labeled and it took about 2 days before I realized this. The cabin was large and the doorway was a little larger than the regular cabins (as I realized when trying to fit my walker through my husband's door) and there was no step into the bathroom or out onto the balcony. On the issue of the balcony, though, the outer wall was at least 4 feet high and solid metal. I don't know if this was due to the cabin being in the front of the ship or being handicap accessible. It was okay for me, since I am able to stand on my own, but if you were completely wheelchair bound, the balcony would be useless. Another nice feature of this room (again if you are ambulatory) is that there is a door right outside leading to a secluded area in the front of the ship. This is where we hung out as we left port to start our cruise and it was a great hidden treat! There were lots of grab bars in the shower, as well as a fold down shower chair, but the downside was the grated drains in the floor that made a lot of noise and gave off REALLY bad sewage smells at times. Luckily, this smell wasn't all the time as it could have caused a big problem. The ship itself is very nice and elegantly decorated. Our daughter loved to ride in the glass elevators, but the elevators took a long time and there were not enough for a ship of this size. For those of us who did not have the option to use the stairs at times, the wait for elevators seemed interminable. We were even late to dinner a couple of times because we were waiting for one that was going down. Our daughter loved the waterslides and kid's water play area, and she had a great time at Camp Carnival. It was very secure and well staffed. I liked that there were so many guidelines for keeping the kids safe, and the sheer number of activities could keep anyone busy! She loved the Fun Force dance team and was in their final show. We also took advantage of their babysitting services, and it was well worth the small cost. She got a stuffed animal, backpack, book, pencils, and more. And her favorite part was that we had to pass the ice cream machine when we left there each night! All in all, I would highly recommend this cruise, but I would definitely say that if you are handicapped in any way, please let them know because they will make considerations to help you. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
My wife and I just returned from the July 2nd Eastern Caribbean sailing of the Carnival Dream. We did this trip to celebrate our upcoming 10th anniversary. The Dream was selected because of the itinerary which was Nassau, St. Thomas, and ... Read More
My wife and I just returned from the July 2nd Eastern Caribbean sailing of the Carnival Dream. We did this trip to celebrate our upcoming 10th anniversary. The Dream was selected because of the itinerary which was Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maartens. We drove down from Western Maryland leaving that Thursday, made it to Jacksonville, and then drove down to Orlando and visited Sea World before driving to Port Canaveral that night. I prepaid for a room at the Radisson at the port and even though it's an older style hotel, it appears to be recently remodeled and our room was very nice. Front Desk staff were friendly that Friday night when we checked in and a fellow guest recommended the Tiki Bar restaurant which is located at the port for dinner. We liked the atmosphere better then the food. Being from Maryland, I'm particular about seafood and it just wasn't what I'm use to. My wife is disabled and we had a handicapped Ocean Suite, Room 7270 which was huge, it had to be the size of about 5 regular cabins, more storage space then we have at home. We had VIP Check In and we were on the ship in less then 30 minutes from when I parked and the luggage was delivered about a hour later. We always use Your Time Dining and we had wonderful waitstaff every night. The Maitre D Ruwan was the same who we had on the Pride last year and it was good to see him again. We ate in the Steak House one night and that was wonderful and we did the Chef's Table again this year and that was wonderful. The Gathering which is the buffet on board the Dream was about the same as every other cruise ship buffet I've eaten at. We only use it for Breakfast on Port Days and a quick lunch when needed. I did the slides which were a lot of fun and I got into the pool once, other then that we went to the Serenity Area a few times and we hung out on our balcony. Neither of us are sun worshipers so the thought of hanging out by the pool just doesn't appeal to us. We went to a few shows, which were good, but other then that, this was just a relaxing week. We did excursions booked through Carnival at all three ports. St. Thomas was our favorite, followed by St. Maartens. They were the best accessible for someone with limited mobility using a wheelchair. We didn't care for Nassau, in fact, if I'm ever on a cruise that goes there again, I'm staying on the ship. Embarkation was fast, from the time we left our cabin until we got to our car it was under 30 minutes. Our only issue was the drain was clogged one day and they had to come in and dry the carpet, other then that it was a great cruise. I don't think my wife and I will ever sail on a ship that big again though. We prefer the smaller ships. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
This is my first review on Cruise Critic. I have cruised twice so far this was my second cruise. While my expectations were a little more on this cruise because I had such a wonderful time on my first cruise I can honestly say I had a ... Read More
This is my first review on Cruise Critic. I have cruised twice so far this was my second cruise. While my expectations were a little more on this cruise because I had such a wonderful time on my first cruise I can honestly say I had a wonderful time on this cruise.EMBARKATIONEmbarkation was wonderful. The embarkation staff were wonderful and made embarkation very easy. We got in our stateroom within half an hour.STATEROOMBecause of my disability I needed a wheelchair accessible stateroom. The stateroom was fantastic. Very large with an incredible bathroom and shower. We were located on the SPA deck and we were very comfortable.FOODThe food on this cruise was incredible from breakfast which included made to order omlets to our dining room which was one of the nicest experiences on this cruise. Our wait staff were incredible. Every night they greeted us by name and pretty much new what we wanted before we ordered although they would wait. AK and Benji were very friendly and very fun to have as wait staff. Csaba was our bar waiter and he was friendly and incredible he had an incredible memory and would always remember what you ordered the previous night and ask if you wanted the same thing again. At the coffee bar Daria the barista was very nice. She always remembered my name and always new what I wanted when I went there in the morning. She was very nice and very friendly.ENTERTAINMENTThe entertainment was great. The Carnival Fun Force were a new group on the ship. They were hip hop dancers and were just incredible.The shows were incredible the dancers and the singers were absolutely incredible.The Karaoke was sub par and it wasn't the fault of Kirsty the girl who was the host it was just the selection she was given wasn't a great selection. She actually let me sing a couple of songs from her personal selection which I thought was great.I went to the late shows at the Punchliner comedy club every night. Jeff The Fun Dude was a very funny guy. I Made the mistake of sitting up front the first night and then after that sat up front every night as Jeff and I had some fun each night. He was an Incredible host of the comedy club and the comedians on the ship included Roman, Tony Esposito, Lenny Schmidt, and Will Malfore. They were all very funny.At the Center bar on the Lanai deck the Black Jack band were incredible. They were an incredible band who really new had to rock and roll. I was impressed with Jimmy who is an accomplished musician and has played on the Grand Ole Opry and has been in a couple of movies. He was amazing. Melanie had an incredible voice and was incredible. The rest of the band was amazing as well. I really enjoyed these guys. Carnival needs to step up and pay for to rate entertainment and this band is top rate entertainment and deserve to be paid well for what they do.Overall this was a great cruise. It was a little crowded and because of spring break there were a lot of kids on there, but, overall I didn't find it too bad. Some of the smaller kids were allowed to run free and used the elevators as their own personal play space, but, other than that most of the kids were friendly and polite. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
The Dream is beautiful! I traveled with a mobility scooter due to ankle surgery prior to the cruise. We were one of the first ones on the ship due to this, which was really nice! Lunch was ready and fresh when we boarded at 11:00. Port ... Read More
The Dream is beautiful! I traveled with a mobility scooter due to ankle surgery prior to the cruise. We were one of the first ones on the ship due to this, which was really nice! Lunch was ready and fresh when we boarded at 11:00. Port Canaveral really has the embarkation down pact! Quick and easy. This was our 2nd time out of this port, both times were great. The ship never seemed to be too overly crowded despite the fact there is 4000 people on board. We were always able to get a chair on the lido deck and the food lines were not too bad. Breakfast time seemed to be the busiest. The food and service in the dinning room was great! We tried the Chef's Art steakhouse one night. Worth every penny!! It was divine, fabulous, delicious!! The ship was nicely decorated, but there was not really any extra pizzazz to it like I thought there might be. However, still a beautiful ship! My 6 year old never wanted to leave camp carnival this time. He got mad every time we came to pick him up!! That is a good thing! Our 9 year old did not seem to like it as much this time. We did not allow her to sign herself in and out, so I think that lots of the kids her age were able to do that and there were never many kids there for her to play with. But, she loves to go to the shows and hang with us anyway. Overall, the Dream was a dream trip. Despite the fact my scooter broke midweek and my dear hubby had to push me around in a manual wheelchair the rest of the week. I think I would have enjoyed a little more had I been able to walk, but still had a great time!! DH and I did go to the serenity deck one night and it is awesome!! The hammock is great and the furniture is so pretty, I could have slept up there!! We would definitely cruise the Dream again!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Carnival Dream Cruise 10/30/10, We arrived at the port about 10;30 AM. We were parked and heading to the terminal shortly there after. Check in was a breeze. We went through security quickly and then proceeded up the elevator to check in. ... Read More
Carnival Dream Cruise 10/30/10, We arrived at the port about 10;30 AM. We were parked and heading to the terminal shortly there after. Check in was a breeze. We went through security quickly and then proceeded up the elevator to check in. In a matter of minutes we were headed up the gangway to board the ship. We headed up to the Lido deck, deck 10, I went to the Mongolian bar where I had a wonderful stir fry with shrimp. Kathryn had Hamburger and fries, as did Art. We set there for a bit before heading to try and find Josh the cruise director whom we had told in advance we were coming on board. We met in the main lobby a young lady named Aubrey who was very sweet to us. And because of her, we made every effort to go see all the shows that the song and dance team were putting on., Shortly after we left Josh a note letting him know what cabin we were in. We then proceeded to our cabin to check it out. Because of the way the room was set up, the room looked so tiny. No room for anything hardly. We slept with it like that the first night, then on Sunday morning, we decided to ask the steward to separate the beds so we would have more room. It did make the room look about twice as large., Anyway, back to embarkment day. While we were taking in the room, Josh called and said he would meet us after the welcome aboard show, which we had never before gone to. The show was awesome. After ward, Josh came and talked to us for quite a while. We then headed up to the Lido deck for ice cream. Then we tried our luck in the casino to no avail. Oh well, There is still a week to go., We then headed to bed. We were all so tired we all crashed on the king size bed. And yes, it was hard to sleep 3 to the bed, but when you are that tired, who cares., Good Night., 10/31/10, Happy Halloween, Today turned out to be quite interesting. Beside the fact that we had asked the steward to change the arrangement of the room, we had a good day. The seas were quiet. The sun was bright, and the day was relaxing. We discovered the ship to a degree. Found club 02, circle C, the arcade, found all the bars, and our way around the ship to the best we could. We basically did not do much. About 4 pm, we headed to our cabin to prepare for the Halloween dress up. I went as and injured TBR (Tampa bay rays) fan, and Art went as Joe Maddon. Kathryn went as a Skull Witch. Art and I did get into the contest, but did not get in the finals. That is ok. We at least got in the contest. AND we got a medal for making it that far., After the judging, we headed back the cabin and shed our costumes and headed back out to the casino for about an hour. Again, no luck. About midnight we went to bed., 11/1/10, Today we are in Cozumel, We went into the little shoppers area, where we got a few little things like coffee, and some Mexican vanilla. We then headed back to the ship. We went to the Lido deck to eat lunch after taking our things back to the cabin. We collected our jewels from Diamonds International and Tanzanite International. Which was not much. Diamonds International was a charm for our bracelets. And Tanzanite was a pair of Tanzanite earrings., After eating, we went to the cabin for a quick nap. When we finally woke up, we got ready for dinner, then headed down to the main lobby to wait for the dining room to open. While there, a young lady named Vickie was singing at the piano entertainment area. She was a pleasure to listen to. There was a couple there who danced to almost every song she sang., We had a wonderful dinner with our lovely waiters of Anthony and Rannakdrn (Randy for short). And our bar waiter Hpyoie. His name was too hard to say so he just told us to call him H. H was from Ecuador., After dinner we spent about an hour in the casino, and still nothing. We went to the 8 More Seconds show which was a country western show and it was great. We then did our nightly round up to the Lido deck to get our nightly ice cream and french fries and burger. Then it was off to bed., 11/2/10, Today is Belize. Our nerd port. And we call it that because of the tender to get to the port. The dream can not go in as far as the Glory did, so it was more like a 30 min ride on a tender that goes about 40 mile an hour or more and the boat sits on it's tail to get there. With my vertigo, we opted to stay on the ship because of this. We did not do much. Tuesday night, we went to the see the juggler, and he was great. He did some tricks that I had never seen before, and kept us on the edge of our seats and splitting our ribs with some of the things he would act out. To start the show, the CD pretended like he was having a problem with the microphone and had us basically rolling in the floor laughing. Kitty and I were laughing so hard we were crying., Again, we went after the show for our nightly routine of ice cream., 11/3/10, Isla Roatan. We did go into this port because we had never been here before. Kathryn went on an excursion to the Rain Forest through Carnival. I would not have let her go if it would have been a private excursion., Art and I went to the shops in the port area. Which this port was built especially for Carnival cruise line, by Carnival. We got our charm, our free Tanzanite earrings, and at EFFY, we got a necklace, and for 10$ a matching pair of earrings. Since this shop was brought to the island by carnival, they offered a necklace at any EFFY store you go to and get a collection of the sets by visiting the EFFY stores. (btw, EFFY is a jewelry store.), Art and I headed back to the ship, in a light sprinkle. We took our stuff to the cabin, then headed up to lunch. After lunch we went to the cabin for a nap. About the time we got resting well, Kathryn came in and started telling us about her day. We then proceeded to go to get ready for dinner. After dinner, we went to the Dancing In the Streets show. It was wonderful. They did all different types of things including a short rendition of cats by Andrew Lloyd Weber., What made this week so special was the game that the FUN SHIP ENTERTAINMENT STAFF had going on. It was a little thing that made for a cute game for those who participated. A simple little putting your finger on your nose, and the last on to catch on got made fun of. We had a blast doing it all week with the staff., This weeks staff was awesome. Josh (Big Sexy), the Cruise Director, George (Baby Butch) the Assistant Cruise Director, and the rest of the team, Megan (squeaker), Greg (Gumby), Christian, & Leonnie. This group seemed to just make our cruise even more enjoyable., 11/4/10, Costa Maya. We had said we were not going into town today, but we did. It did not change much since the last time we were there. A few more shops, Again, we got our charm, our Tanzanite earrings, and a few other little things. Kathryn wanted a specially made ring with her name on it, and I got me a new gown/house dress, and a blouse. Nothing much else was bought here. If you wanted tequila, it was the place to get it. So much more than 350 types of tequila sold in the warehouse there in the port shops. Did not really impress me, but I went in just to see the shop and see the worm in the tequila that you always hear about. And yes, they were there. The worm helps to purify the tequila. Some that are made in the lesser countries, or areas of the islands and are hand made, will have the worm in them. Those made in factories most likely will not., We stopped to take a few pictures, and then hung around for the Diamonds International drawing. Hoping of course we would win. But we did not., We headed back to the ship. We went and dropped our stuff off at the cabin, then went for lunch. Tonight was second formal night. At 2:30 we went to Club 02 to watch the CD put on his afternoon show. It was hilarious. After that, Art and I went back to the cabin, and fell asleep. We woke up about 7 pm. We skipped dinner and went to the Lido deck to eat. After eating, we went to the show which was Get Ready which was another wonderful performance by the song and dance team., After the show, we went for Ice cream again. Then headed back to the cabin for the night., 11/5/10, Our last sea day. Boo Hoo. Hate to see the end of the day. Unfortunately, I woke with a migraine and the rocking of the ship due to rough waters and bad weather from TOMAS the tropical depression/storm, really made it bad for me. I finally did go try to eat about 10 am and got so sick. I went back to the cabin and slept till almost 3 pm. After that, I was feeling pretty well, We went and enjoyed the final meal in the dining room. I had shrimp cocktail x 2, prime rib and fried shrimps. What a meal., By the time dinner was over, we were well into the rough weather. Although the dream is a huge ship, and you could barley feel the ship the rest of the week, tonight, the ship was awful. We went to the Liar, Liar show, then stayed for Bingo, but did not play, and then stayed for the Legends show. It was really good. Especially when the CD got on stage as Dolly Parton and was acting silly. It made everyone laugh. But the show was awesome., I got my picture taken with Vickie, the Piano singer, and with Aubrey the young lady that helped us so on the first day today. Got a ton of pictures of the crew and Kathryn with them., We had finished our packing and put our bags out to be picked up. We so did not want to do that. We were having a wonderful time. It could have one on forever and we would not have cared., Off to bed about midnight after spending about 15 - 20 min talking to Josh, we were just too tired to do anything else. However, when I got to the cabin, I could not sleep. Don't know why, but I just could not sleep, Finally got to sleep about 130 - 2 am., 11/6/10, Woke at 4 am, and went back to sleep till 630 am when I thought it was after 8 am. I got up and showered and got dressed. We then proceeded to head to the Encore lounge where we would wait for our number to be called to disembark., We were off the ship with ease. About 20 min total for customs and luggage pickup, NOT IN THAT ORDER. We were in our car and headed out of the port by 930. We stopped for a bathroom break and for coffee on the way home as I had not had any yet this morning., We got home slowly because of the wind on the road, we drove slower than usual. We arrived home about noon. Unloaded the car, then got caught up on face book and mail., And that was our vacation. So sad it is over, but sort of glad to be reconnected to the world, Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
We have completed the August 7th western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Dream. Since we have comments not covered in many of the other reviews, I am adding a review here. My wife and I were joined by her sisters and family members and a ... Read More
We have completed the August 7th western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Dream. Since we have comments not covered in many of the other reviews, I am adding a review here. My wife and I were joined by her sisters and family members and a close family friend, so we had six in our group. This was the second cruise for my wife and me, but the sixth or more for our accompanying family and friend. A cruise is an excellent mode of vacation travel for a family get together and also ideal for my wife, who is somewhat handicapped with neuropathic pain from a stroke. She used the family wheelchair for most ship and onshore movement, so we saw how a somewhat handicapped person travels on the Dream....quite well. Carnival handled us extremely well, both in embarkation and debarkation and on assistance getting on and off the ship at ports. They could not have done better. The main negative is that a handicapped person in a wheelchair needs to use the elevators all the time, and there were quite a few bottlenecks here, especially at the elevators at the aft Scarlet dining room. On our cruise last year on the Liberty, we were also assigned the aft dining room. For both cruises (we had the lower Scarlet) we had to use elevators to get to the dining deck since the galley prevents access from the forward part of the ship. If you can use stairs, this is no real issue. But for us this turned out to be somewhat of an irritant, and for a future cruise I think I'll have to insist on assignment to the forward dining room. We had an inside handicapped accessible cabin this year as well as last year on the Liberty. The equivalent cabin on the Dream is larger and we appreciated the very nice closets. The bath, level with lots of room, is perfect for the handicapped. So I can certainly recommend Carnival's Dream for those with difficulties. No one seems to have commented on the high noise level of the Scarlet dining room. The six of us were assigned to a table for ten (the other four spots were empty), but this meant that I'd have to shout at a family member or friend across the table, and I could hardly hear someone two persons away from me. The problem, common in restaurants these days (see a recent WSJ article), is that hard reflective surfaces are used in the design and construction and little effort is made to use any soundproofing materials or techniques. Now if Carnival or Fincantieri claims that they did so, then they were very unsuccessful here. My traveling companions agreed that the Liberty was much quieter on our cruise last year. So any conversation was a challenge. Of course we could eat dinner in the Lido cafeteria, but why? The dining room food is excellent and a sit down meal is important to my wife, who can't handle trays and doesn't want to. The fine meals and excellent service in the dining room are major reasons my wife likes these cruises. At lunch the dining room, with fewer guests, is much quieter. So Carnival needs to hire an acoustic engineer and fix the problem. The dining room seemed to be a lot more crowded (in the design of the layout) than on the Liberty last year. There are round storage/serving platforms between the mostly round tables (main floor of lower Scarlet) and it's hard to make your way through the dining room, esp. for someone trying to use a cane. We usually parked the wheelchair at the door. In many other parts of the ship the music was played loudly, so perhaps cruisers are used to high decibel sound levels everywhere. Tastes vary, but I don't like the loud racket and during the day many outside deck areas are deafening. The Atrium lounge and the Serenity area offer alternatives, so there is something for everyone, and you find everyone on these cruises! Others have commented correctly on the tiny pools, some lines (it depends where and when you eat), elevator bottlenecks (VERY irritating), and so forth. I think the food was excellent. The dining rooms are best, but we enjoyed the Indian, Mongolian Wok, and deli sandwich stations. When you return from a shore excursion, perhaps around 4 pm (with 4 hours to go before the late sitting), you face long lines at the few open food stations. I usually went to the excellent deli sandwich station, but it was always crowded at this time by other excursion returnees. Carnival needs to address this problem on port days. The Dream has a layout similar to that of the Liberty (last year for us), so it was very easy for us to learn our way around. All crew members we met on both cruises were very pleasant and helpful—the very best! The ship is very clean and well maintained (I never noticed the smell mentioned by others). We were very fortunate to have fine weather and calm seas, perfect. Summer can be a turbulent time with storms and hurricanes, so we were thankful. I took three shore excursions to visit the Mayan ruins at San Gervasio (Cozumel), Altun Ha (Belize), and Chacchoben (Costa Maya). All were well worth it. I took Carnival's Belize City plus Altun Ha tour at Belize and was glad I had a chance to see this interesting city, which has not had the best press in these reviews. I didn't walk the city (as I usually do on trips), but had a good tour with enthusiastic and informative guides on the Carnival tour. The city is much prettier than I'd expected. In Costa Maya I took a tour operated by a local company, Native Choice. Our tour group consisted of two minibus loads with a very informative and experienced guide, Joel. It was probably one of the best archaeological tours I've taken. We saw the large Carnival groups and were thankful for our small group (which toured ahead of the crowd). I rely on TripAdvisor for advice on hotels and places around the world and found Native Choice there. People in my group told me of other non-Carnival tours they'd taken at the ports. San Gervasio (at Cozumel) is a lesser known Mayan site with an interesting free standing corbel arch. This design is found in Mayan architecture and also in Mesopotamia and even South America. I am familiar with it from Mycenaean Greece and Egypt but hadn't expected to find it here. My wife's sisters and family took her in the wheelchair ashore at Cozumel, where the taxi company called for a handicap vehicle to take them into Cozumel and back to the ship. Great service! Cozumel has a pretty plaza, a nice museum, and good handicraft shopping. My wife loved it. I also walked the town after my San Gervasio visit, also visiting the museum and their nice little book shop (which did NOT have overpriced books!). I believe we were the only ship in town, so the shops were not crowded. In Roatan I arranged for a taxi to take my wife and me around the west end of the island. It was comparable pricewise to Carnival's tours, but easier for us since the taxi was able to put the wheelchair in the trunk and show us around as we desired. Roatan is well known for its beautiful aquatic excursions to its reefs and beautiful beaches and many fortunate Americans now have homes on this beautiful island. Roatan's Mahogany Bay (Carnival's port) has a decent tourist trap shopping area, but my wife enjoyed it and that's what counts (I've shopped enough worldwide over the years!). There is a similar shore shopping place along with a large pool at Costa Maya, and here the small town of Mahahual is nearby. I was taken to the Native Choice tour office in the town but did not see the town center and I don't know how far this is from the touristy port shopping area. BTW, Mexico has armed military maintaining check points up the roads from the coast. They do not tolerate illegal immigrants as we are told we must on our southern borders! If we did it the Mexican way with soldiers and automatic weapons, we wouldn't have any more illegal crossings. Our family and friend liked the shows and other theater entertainment very much. They also enjoyed listening to music after our late dinner. I preferred to return to my cabin for a chance to organize my camera equipment, get some peace and quiet, and read up on the next day's tour. The great advantage of the Dream and Port Canaveral to us is that it's only an hour and half from home. However, we stayed at the La Quinta in Cocoa Beach (the one at 1275 Atlantic Ave) the night before since this was easier for my wife. It was only 20 minutes to the ship. They offer a park and cruise special but we decided to drive and park (over $100 to park). This is an excellent choice for a port for others traveling to Florida for a cruise. You don't have to travel as far as Miami and you'll find Port Canaveral itself very easy to negotiate. Orlando has its famous attractions (Disney, Universal, Sea World, etc.) and near the port are the Cape Canaveral Spaceport and fine beaches, especially the pristine Playlinda Beach at the Merritt Island National Wildlife refuge. Florida's beaches are clean and beautiful. If you live in the UK, take a charter flight to uncrowded and modern Sanford/Orlando airport, hire a car, explore Central Florida and the attractions, take a cruise out of Port Canaveral on the Dream, and enjoy a relaxed vacation. Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
Carnival Dream Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.3
Dining 4.5 3.9
Entertainment 3.5 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 3.5 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.1

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