806 Carnival Dream Family Cruise Reviews

This was our first cruise. We (my husband, myself, my 17 year old son & his girlfriend (she's cruised lots) decided on a short trip (4 days) to Cozumel from Galveston to see if we would even like to cruise. We were scheduled to ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We (my husband, myself, my 17 year old son & his girlfriend (she's cruised lots) decided on a short trip (4 days) to Cozumel from Galveston to see if we would even like to cruise. We were scheduled to begin check-in at 1:30 pm. Even though we were scheduled we ended up being mixed in with every one left to embark (Note: pick an earlier time). Short wait at check-in & then a quick trip through customs. Stopped for a group photo (we were a group of 8) and began the walk to the ship. We were able to go straight to our room (Note: we were told at check-in that our sail & sign cards would be in the pocket next to our room door). Our room was very clean. We had a queen size bed (2 twin beds) and a couch. Plenty of closet space. This room does connect to the adjoining room, which we kept locked and a full glass door to the balcony (2 chairs & small table). I unpacked and waited for muster call. It began to rain. We went to the Muster Station E3, in the Scarlet Restaurant. There were lots of people and no one would be quiet. It was really hard to hear the entire drill. Being that this was my first cruise I really wanted to know what I should do if there was an emergency! Luckily, you can watch a video in your stateroom. Anyway, our dining time was 6 pm so we decided to look around the boat before dinner. (Note: Day 3 - I finally started to figure out the ship - apparently I am slow learner). Night one was pretty confusing for me. At dinner, I wanted a soda so I asked for one. I was informed that my cheers package wasn't yet activated so I would be charged (I knew this already) which was fine.Dinner was good but we were tired and ready to chill somewhere quiet. Day 1& 2 - We decided on room service for breakfast. THE COFFEE IS HORRIBLE (according to my husband). The breakfast was unexpectedly good! We each got a breakfast sandwich & bagels.....way too much food. Lunch was on Lido , we decided on just grabbing tacos at the Blue Iguana Cantina - very good. We also tried the burgers at Guy's - also very good. We did the buffet breakfast on Day 3 & Day 4 - my eyes were bigger than my stomach. Formal dinner was very good. A very special treat was the seafood shack - snow crab was pricey but I love CRAB! It was just as good as any restaurant I've ate crab at! Anyways on to Cozumel - we got off the boat after a 15 minute line wait. The line was very disorganized and people were rude & pushing. Once off the boat you have to walk along the dock and enter a long building (hall) full of vendors and crowds of cruiser that got off before you. Walk through customs and then you are free to roam. Our excursion time wasn't until 11 am so we found a table at Fat Tuesdays. WOW! The bud light is ICE COLD there! The table we sat at was very close to the water so we had awesome views and lots of photo ops. Our entire group decided to do the Land & Sea Excursion, not really pricey. We started off in a semi sub boat - great views of the reef & fish. We then took a bus (very nice - not at all like a school bus) to see the Mayan Cocoa Company to see how chocolate is made and then to discover and sample some really GREAT tequila! The whole excursion was ±4 hours long. We were entertained the entire time with history and fun facts from our tour guide. Because the chocolate portion & tequila portion are on opposite side of the island you get to sight see Cozumel along the ride. After the excursion we stopped to grab a few souvenirs, got a group pic, quick run through customs and back on the ship. One surprise that I wasn't prepared for was that the ship showed the Dallas Cowboys game on the Lido deck! That Sunday I started seeing all these DC team jerseys and I was thinking - what am I missing! So I checked the hub and sure enough the game was on the itinerary line up! We planted ourselves at an awesome table on the deck (rather early) and enjoyed the game with treats and snacks that I retrieved from the buffet. GO COWBOYS!!!! During the this trip we went to a few of the shows, we didn't care to participate in any so we just dropped in and sat in the back or upper levels. WHAT A LAUGH - we went to a newly wed couple type show and laughed way too hard! Gary is the host of entertainment on this ship and he is hilarious! We saw the synchronized swimming on Lido (a must see) and the 80's music party was a BLAST! We disembarked on Monday by 9 am (we were on floor 2 - called first was floor 1, then 2 and then they jumped up to floor 12), the longest part was customs - in Galveston you start off in 2 very LONG lines, closer to the customs gate - I think it was broke down into 4 or 5 short lines. This portion was the longest wait during the whole cruise. The only thing I would have done different was the CHEERS package - on Days 2 & 3, we could get our 'cheers' drink and then purchase another for our son & his girlfriend, but things changed on Day 4 - they only allow you to get the one drink from your cheers programs. No buying extra drinks. I really thought this was odd. So we would go to one of the bars, get our 1 cheers drink and then walk across the deck to another bar and get another 'purchased' drink. I didn't understand why I could not buy a drink separate. (NOTE: find a waiter and tip them really good - they will bring you WHATEVER you want.) Another note about the Cheers program - we never reached our 15 drink minimum and on one of the sea days we gave it hell. Again - I'd do this cruise again! Now off to plan our next cruise, because I am officially addicted! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This 5 night cruise from Galveston exceeded my expectations. A prior Carnival cruise was not great so I was apprehensive about this one. What a waste of worry! Plentiful waiters for fast soda package service. Was concerned about ... Read More
This 5 night cruise from Galveston exceeded my expectations. A prior Carnival cruise was not great so I was apprehensive about this one. What a waste of worry! Plentiful waiters for fast soda package service. Was concerned about room only being cleaned once a day, but we never ran out of towels (my biggest concern), and on the one day when we had all been in the sand and beach water, I requested towel replacement a bonus time and it was quickly provided. The food was good! Blue Iguana is my new fav. Did not go to the dining room or specialty spots. Very long lines at lunch buffet though. Breakfast room service was free and prompt with lots of food options. Bingo was fun and not rushed. The areas were, in general, always being cleaned. I did not feel like anything was dirty or being ignored. Nor were there out of order bathroom stalls everywhere (I've seen that). On our other cruises on Carnival and Princess we have had mini suites. This cruise was a balcony room. It seemed bigger than a mini suite room though. Maybe the room was just laid out very well. And there was TONS of storage space. Did not attend stage shows but enjoyed both comedians; watched them both two times at their family friendly shows. Arcade was so much bigger than a prior cruise, wow! Spa was used twice - very nice staff, very nice results. My favorite cruise so far has been one to Europe, that's clearly a once in a lifetime vaca with once in a lifetime memories. However I think this cruise is the one I laughed the most on, the one I enjoyed the most; it was laid back, staff were happy, I never felt rushed, there was no pretentious passengers, people were just having fun! There were 2 non-positives: 1. There was a scent of sweat in a few places onboard, it was consistent, not just like a person had walked by. One area was always in front of the Burgundy Room. It made me wonder why cruise ships don't pipe in aromatherapy like resort hotels do? But I have a sensitive nose so maybe no one else noticed. 2. The hairy chest contest was completely out on hand. If Carnival wants to allow the contest to turn into what it did, they need to not have it in the middle of the day around little kids. I found it extremely offensive and uncomfortable, it was allowed to get disgustingly sexual, and mid pool surrounded by swimming kids and water slides of kids is just not the place for such a display. This was a relaxing, fun vacation! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I have waited to post this because I hate for our family vacation to have been impacted in a negative way BUT, I feel like it may help others in the future. Also, I feel like I owe it to my son who will FOREVER have a scar on his head due ... Read More
I have waited to post this because I hate for our family vacation to have been impacted in a negative way BUT, I feel like it may help others in the future. Also, I feel like I owe it to my son who will FOREVER have a scar on his head due to Carnival's negligence. IF you choose to cruise on Carnival (we NEVER will again), please inspect your room. For as much money as you pay for a cruise, this shouldn't be necessary BUT it may prevent incidents like ours. Carnival has been our family's choice for vacations for the past several years and each cruise we have been on has been worse than the one before. On top of nasty food, bad service, and a filthy STINK filled ship, recklessly harming my child is the final straw for us, we will NEVER cruise Carnival again. Carnival seems too much in a hurry to load new guests on the ship than to be following through with proper maintenance and safety inspections. (I can't imagine that it's getting cleaned very well either.) We had already had an issue with one of our doors in our cabin being off the hinge which was immediately reported. But then, the very first morning of our cruise, the air vent in our room fell off and the corner hit my son in the head causing lots of bleeding and a pretty large gash. The medical center was not very helpful and they acted like it was a big deal because I was hesitant to sign the paperwork that said I would be responsible for the $125 medical visit!!! They told me that security would have to come and do an investigation and ONLY IF their findings confirmed their responsibility would they wave the fee. So they did the "investigation" and two days later the charge was removed from my account. Over 48 hours later, they contacted our room on the ship to check on him and let us know that we could take him back to medical if we needed. 2 DAYS LATER!!! Not only were we never apologized to during this incident but we were made to feel as if we did something wrong. We were told by the doctor on board that he would not be able to be exposed to water (aboard a cruise ship traveling to beach destinations) for 2-3 days. Had a more empathetic approach been taken, we would have all been more inclined to forgiving and moving on from this. It would have taken little effort on Carnival's part to making sure our family deserved the vacation we paid for and deserved. Someone could have very well have given my children arcade credits, (non water) excursions, or some other sort of replacement to the amount of fun THE ENTIRE FAMILY missed out on. We went on vacation as a family, not as individuals. MY son was hurt and unable to swim and it affected all four of us and not a SINGLE Carnival staff member cared. We were treated poorly just because I questioned the $125 medical visit I was reluctant to have to pay. My child will have a scar on top of his head for his entire life. He's a boy and I can and will anticipate some cuts and scrapes but how is it okay for Carnival to me so negligent and have very little remorse??? Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Let me start by saying I have spent the last 20 years sticking up for Carnival. I would tell people I was going on a carnival Cruise for vacation and they would try to take a collection so I could buy up to RCCL. I figured it was fun and ... Read More
Let me start by saying I have spent the last 20 years sticking up for Carnival. I would tell people I was going on a carnival Cruise for vacation and they would try to take a collection so I could buy up to RCCL. I figured it was fun and had great service, so I could live with the food being mediocre and the bed being basic......and then I had a much different experience. 18 friends on a Carnival 5 day at my recommendation. Mostly first timers. It started with the confiscation of our 8" fan which my wife needs to sleep. After 2 hours of standing in line at guest services and losing my temper, they retrieved the fan that they said couldn't be retrieved. You may think this is an odd carryon but at least 8 other people were standing n line for the same thing. You see, it isn't listed as a restricted item and I have taken the same fan on several other Carnival Cruises. My room steward stopped by while we were unpacking to set up a time for his one visit per day. They leave 1 towel per person, so if you shower more than once you are using a damp towel. On to the dining room where the waiter told me if I brought an open bottle of wine 1/3 of the way full, he was going to charge me a corkage fee......I poured it into a water glass and proceeded. The menu has changed as well and the items we used to look forward to are now an upcharge. Guys Burgers was good, the Taco place was good and the Pizza place was good but it always had a long line late at night. If you have a soda card, expect to wait until alcohol drinkers are served before you get yours. I actually was delivered a second beer before the waiter brought my wife's Diet Coke. The activities crew was good, Donkey the Activities Director was quite entertaining. Both Comedians were good and the port of Galveston did a nice job with crowd control. One more tip, luggage tags are no longer dropped at your room, if you want to check your luggage, you have to go to guest services to get tags Most of our group decided to self carry in order to get off the ship sooner. We were in group 18 for the checked luggage and beat them by 20 minutes..... Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose the Dream because we enjoyed sailing on her out of New Orleans and got a casino offer at a pretty good rate out of Galveston which is where we live. Embarkation was simple and quick. It was really nice that the muster was ... Read More
We chose the Dream because we enjoyed sailing on her out of New Orleans and got a casino offer at a pretty good rate out of Galveston which is where we live. Embarkation was simple and quick. It was really nice that the muster was indoors since it was mid August. Our stateroom was on Lido forward. This meant a lot of walking (I had a knee injury and had to use a cane), but we chose this stateroom so that's on us. The room was clean and tidy, but we didn't see much of our steward. Room was cleaned once per day during dinner hour. This is a far cry from the service Carnival provided in the past, though it's no fault of the steward. He did his best. Smoking areas on 5 and 11 received no bar service. They were very small areas with no access to pool nor whirlpools. Smokers were confined to the very small areas and not allowed to use sun loungers. Deck 5 smoking area was blocked off about half the cruise. Deck 11 smoking was right behind the stack and black oil spots were all over our clothes. Casino area was of course full of smokers. Where else could they go? Carnival makes a good bit of money off of smokers. STOP TREATING THEM LIKE TRASH!! One other thing about the casino...there was a drawing held one night and we were to receive an entry for every 100 points we had. We each had around 1300 points. We realized as we watched the names roll around on the screen that neither of our names were there. That didn't give us a very good feeling. Steakhouse. What happened here? This used to be a very nice experience with yummy food and beautiful composed plates. Now you get a piece of meat and roasted tomato dropped on your plate. Why this change??? Terrible. Raise the price if you need to, but don't just ruin it by destroying the ambience! Main dining Food mediocre as usual, but the service was impeccable. Yaco and his assistants were awesome. Yaco served drinks at the back pool on shore days and was the only server to come up to no man's land (smoking area). Thanks Yaco! Crew They were as awesome as they could be. They are overworked and treated like crap by many cruisers. We always treat them well, enjoy talking with them and tip extra. They are the only really enjoyable part of this cruise. Entertainment Violinists were good. Otherwise really lacking. I know you can get better entertainment. Finally We've all seen the carnival experience go downhill over the years. I understand keeping costs down to allow more people the opportunity to cruise. I've never cuised another line so have nothing to compare it to. I've always loved the cruising experience til now. It was the first time I've wanted to go home from a cruise. If you smoke, be warned you'll be treated by the cruise line as a lower class citizen. I won't say that I'll never cruise again, but right now I sure don't want to. Sad. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Dream is a conquest class ship so it has the atrium elevators that hit most floors. It is really a shame they put this extra elevator bank in the Forward of the ship where the elevators are needed the least. They would be much more useful ... Read More
Dream is a conquest class ship so it has the atrium elevators that hit most floors. It is really a shame they put this extra elevator bank in the Forward of the ship where the elevators are needed the least. They would be much more useful mid or aft, especially when they reserve elevators for luggage or repairs (elevators showing floor X). I would say the Dream is close to what I recall Magic being when we went 5 years ago. I prefer parts of the Dream over the Vista we went on a month before. My wife prefers the Vista. I didn't notice any issues with teenagers acting up on either ship like we have seen in the past. A lot has to do with the current passengers for your ship experience as I've noticed from reviews. Entertainment: Piano guy Mike was more friendlier on Dream than the guy on Vista. The 3 violin female group had MUCH better synergy on Dream than the group on Vista. The duo on Dream was better than the duo on Vista. The latin on Dream sounded awesome in the Song room! Not sure if they mixed it well, had a good sound guy, or just themselves had a good sound but they did sound great. Never did have much of a crowd for them though, probably because Song is kind of hidden away in the back of the ship. Dream had 2 comedians whereas the Vista had 2 and then switched for another 2 midway through the cruise, hence, had many, many more performances of comedy. The steel drum female on the Dream I didn't care for nearly as much as the steel drum guy on the Vista. Wish he had sold cds. Apparently Carnival does not rebroadcast the main events on the tv anymore like they use to for ice carving, marriage show, morning show, etc. So we went to see the ones we missed on the Vista but expected to see. The remote controls previous channel button never worked on either ship. Dream still has a lido deck cam whereas the Vista does not. Vista has more cams showing outside the boat. Food: Overall service in the dining rooms was lackluster. Reading other reviews, and previous trip on Vista, it seems this is currently a Carnival norm. I had to constantly ask for refills on tea and waitstaff was usually scarce in the dining rooms (even though there are 3 people assigned to your table). Food was average. I stayed Keto so I stuck to staples (chicken, fish, steak without gravy when it was 'allowed') as all desserts and gravies on Carnival are filled with sugar (even the soups!) and cornstartch thickeners. The dinner waiter said he asked chef about leaving gravy off a number of dishes I asked about and was told it had to be a 'special' request at the start of the cruise. One chicken item was "marinated 2 days" in orange sugar sweet stuff, forgot how it was said exactly. I seriously doubt they have room to marinate food that long unless that is simply how it is stored for the duration of the cruise. I ate breakfast in the dining room so I could ensure my eggs (sunny side up) were real and not from a starch powder or liquid carton like cruiselines use for scrambled/omelettes). Next time I'm definitely taking my own atkins bars to eat as desserts or snacks to make the week more bearable. I'm not going to lie, it was somewhat depressing not eating a lot of the food and getting tacos/burgers and not eating the shell/bun. I got some relief after returning home to see I stayed within a 5 pound range for the week, go me! Room 9302 just under lido deck of rooms was good, and got cold! We actually increased the temp some to get comfortable (and we normally prefer it cool as opposed to luke warm). As for Cozumel and Progresso, we just stayed in the tourist traps and then get back on the boat. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Where do I start? The food was AWFUL. We paid extra for the steakhouse the last 2 nights just to get a tasty meal. The food was bland and tasteless. The food service was great, but the food was terrible. The pools are completely crowded ... Read More
Where do I start? The food was AWFUL. We paid extra for the steakhouse the last 2 nights just to get a tasty meal. The food was bland and tasteless. The food service was great, but the food was terrible. The pools are completely crowded and the buffets have monster lines and are completely full. 4500 people is too many people for that amount of square footage. The only time I felt comfortable was when everyone else got off the boat. Then we got to enjoy the water slide and pool. Make sure you have swim shoes for the kiddos if they are going to do water slides as the floor is crazy hot. If you hate crowds this is not for you. To get off the boat we ate breakfast at 8:30 (the latest we could sit down) and 3 hours later we got off the boat. Then to make things worse they started loading passengers for the next cruise before we got off. The shows were enjoyable and the staff were great, but overall for a first time cruiser I was not impressed. I will do an all inclusive in Mexico before taking another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was my second ever cruise, the first was 12 years ago. This ship was so much better and the service was excellent. The nightly entertainment was great and our cruise director was awesome. We did the Salsa and Salsa tour into ... Read More
This was my second ever cruise, the first was 12 years ago. This ship was so much better and the service was excellent. The nightly entertainment was great and our cruise director was awesome. We did the Salsa and Salsa tour into Merida and I highly recommend that especially if you aren't an avid beach-goer and want something different for a day. We also did the Faster to the Fun option and that was definitely as promised. We were able to go directly to our room upon boarding and were in our cabin right at noon on embarkation day. The food was well presented - we ate in the main dining room every evening and our servers were excellent. Even though we had anytime dining we tended to go at the same time and have the same servers are anyway. I liked not being tied down to a time though although if you want to see the early show you'll need to eat early anyways. Lot of families on board as it was mid-July and school is out but there was always something to do. The Build a Bear experience was chaos - they need two times to do this on summer cruises to spread out the crowds. My daughter didn't seem to notice though. I do wish Carnival would update their photo experience, it seems a bit old school to be choosing printed photos instead of getting the digital image. Overall an excellent experience and a great value. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We choose this cruise because we have been on Carnival cruises in the past and enjoyed the party atmosphere and service from the ships staff. We decided to take this cruise 4 day cruise because we have little kids and wanted to test out ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we have been on Carnival cruises in the past and enjoyed the party atmosphere and service from the ships staff. We decided to take this cruise 4 day cruise because we have little kids and wanted to test out there sea legs before jumping into a longer cruise. Day One Embarkation went smoothly with faster to the fun. Once on the ship my kid wanted a soda so we went up to the bar requesting a drink the bartender asked for our sail and sign card but we only had boarding documents because the sail and sign cards weren’t handed out yet. I told him we were told to use the documents but he seemed annoyed by that and took the papers in a forceful manner. I ignored this and moved on. The Barbecue served was horrible and we didn’t get to our rooms until 1:30pm. We were told that rooms would be ready when we boarded because we had FTTF. Dinner at the steakhouse was not great the waiter there was impatient and I was ready to leave. The rooms light fixtures were filthy. Not sure if it was bugs in there or just large debris but eww! The balcony was grimy so we did t enjoy that very much. The shows weren’t great but I’ve seen better on carnival. Day 2 at sea was okay until we went to the coffee bar and the waiter was frustrated because we asked questions about the drinks. Not the typical carnival experience. Camp Ocean was great my kids enjoyed that. Later that night vomit was in the halls and it smelled from that point on until we debarked. Day three was gray only because of the dolphin swim encounter and beach snorkeling. The $300+ couples message was relaxing but the best part of the cruise. Day four just sad couldn’t wait to get home. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Carnival Dream is a gigantic ship with an awesome crew. Do the rooms need a freshen up? Yes! However the rest of the ship was clean, stylishly decorated for a cheesy cruise ship. The food overall was pretty good. Pig and Anchor was ... Read More
Carnival Dream is a gigantic ship with an awesome crew. Do the rooms need a freshen up? Yes! However the rest of the ship was clean, stylishly decorated for a cheesy cruise ship. The food overall was pretty good. Pig and Anchor was absolutely tasteless though. I’d skip if I were you. I was fortunate enough to win 2,500 bucks in the casino after only spending 3 dollars! My husband, 700 bucks only spending 100 dollars. My parents won a total of 3,600 but gambled it back. Lol! They usually do this because they have no self control. The fact it YES you can win in a ship casino. The pool areas are crowded but you can easily find a place to sit whether it’s directly in front of the pool or on a quiet area on deck. The staff was so friendly! Each and every one of them! The Captain was superb. We actually were cruising through Hurricane Barry and crew made excellent choices to keep us safe. I was also impressed by the fact that we had only been in our rooms a matter of minutes and a crew member came to double check that we had a life jacket that would appropriately fit my six year old. I’ve been on several Carnival Cruises and they all have been fun. If you’re a miserable person who never has any fun, you won’t enjoy a Carnival Cruise. If you are expecting The Beverly Wilshire, you’re going to be disappointed. If you’re cool with Holiday Inn accommodations and Applebee’s quality food and drinks, you’ll enjoy it. Cozumel was great. We went to a free beach that had table/chair rentals for 10 bucks. It was called Playa Palancar. The beach was sandy and clean. It’s not like some of those other Cozumel beaches that are full of rocks. I wasn’t interested in doing the whole beach club things. Been there done that and an absolute waste of money. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The new check-in process is uncomfortable and not very customer friendly. Walking in the ship is like any other ship that you have gone before. No wow factor. The food was consistently blah to bad through the cruise. We went to the sushi ... Read More
The new check-in process is uncomfortable and not very customer friendly. Walking in the ship is like any other ship that you have gone before. No wow factor. The food was consistently blah to bad through the cruise. We went to the sushi on the second night and I got food poisoning, so my 3rd day was basically ruined by stomach aches and nausea. Good thing we were in Mexico and I was able to buy meds there. On board stores were pretty crappy, nothing really nice to buy: jewelry extremely expensive or dirt cheap but ugly and VERY cheap looking, the clothing items low quality and nothing to sneeze at. Drinks are more expensive than I thought they were going to be. Tonight is our last night and we are going to the steakhouse. Hoping that the $38 surcharge is worth my while. Ship needs cleaning and maintenance. The crew does what they can but they don’t look too happy. I feel quite underwhelmed by this trip, and I’m a seasoned cruiser. Sad. Not sure if I will cruise again with Carnival in the future. AFTER CRUISE UPDATE: ok, so the steakhouse was pretty good, service was great. Definitely worth the almost $40 per person. We did self debarkation and it was pretty smooth and we were able to get out the ship and on the line for immigration in less than 30 minutes. Our immigration line of course was the slowest, we were there for about 40 minutes but were lucky to be able to get on the shuttle to the parking lot right away. Overall it paid off to be ready to go as soon as possible and not using the “relaxed” debarkation. My mom and daughter enjoyed the cruise and feel that the food was good but not as good as usual. They would go back on another Carnival cruise. Myself? I am not sure if I am up to deal with so many people in such small spaces again. We’ll see... thanks for reading my review/rant. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This was our first time on the Dream. The Ship seemed a little smaller that the other two Carnival Ships we have been on. The embarkation and disembarkation went better than I expected. Very easy to board the Ship, with very little wait ... Read More
This was our first time on the Dream. The Ship seemed a little smaller that the other two Carnival Ships we have been on. The embarkation and disembarkation went better than I expected. Very easy to board the Ship, with very little wait time. We had a Spa Cabin, which is great if you enjoy the Spa. You get some great Spa perks and access to the Thalassotherapy pool, which is awesome!. The room comes with Spa robes, slippers, and Spa accessories for the bathroom. The dining was good. We had an excellent dining staff, which can make your dining room experience great. The ship was not very crowed, so we could get around the ship with ease. We did 1 excursion at Cozumel, Mexico. The Twister Boat ride to Passion Island was amazing. This was my second time doing this excursion. Your food and drinks are included. They also have shops and offer massages for a fee. The beach in nice with swings, hammocks, and a volleyball net in the water. You can also ride canoes for free. The excursion is about 5 hours including the boat ride. You get back in plenty of time to shop at port if you choose. The Entertainment on the ship was OK. We did have a few showers, which moved some activities inside. Our second port was Yucatan Progreso, Mexico. If you want to go to the beach, you have to take a bus (it's free). There are some shops at the port, but you must bus to get to the mainland (you can not walk). You can purchase some things cheap, but the people bother you Nonstop! They try to sale you everything! Overall, it was a nice 5 day cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
The ship is absolutely stunning. Everything was very clean and easy to navigate after the first day. The staff was some of the best! Mercy was our room steward and she is the sweetest! I was traveling with my grandmother and my son who is ... Read More
The ship is absolutely stunning. Everything was very clean and easy to navigate after the first day. The staff was some of the best! Mercy was our room steward and she is the sweetest! I was traveling with my grandmother and my son who is 10 months old. He loved her as much as we did. Everyone was so nice to us. Eat in the dining room! The food was excellent along with the wait staff. Alvaro, Richard, and Budianna took great care of us. They made sure we had everything we needed and made the experience very personable. They were so sweet to my son as well and very patient. Our cruise director Gary was so much fun and hilarious! The entertainment was so much fun. The trivia games were a blast and the shows were amazing. If you are going on the cruise in the near future make sure to catch the show Flick! This was such a fun and relaxing vacation. I just got home and I am already looking to book my next cruise. Great job Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Our 1st cruise was on the Carnival Valor, we LOVED everything on the Valor, not so much on the Dream. Everything from cleanliness, food, drinks was a complete let down. The ship stunk on the Lido deck like sewage/urine. The food was ... Read More
Our 1st cruise was on the Carnival Valor, we LOVED everything on the Valor, not so much on the Dream. Everything from cleanliness, food, drinks was a complete let down. The ship stunk on the Lido deck like sewage/urine. The food was nothing special, the dining room basically had the same menu night after night, with only a few items different each night. The desserts were unimpressive, quality inconcistent. We were in the Crisome dining room stuck in a back corner, asked if the window coverings could be opened, so we could see out to the water, was told they never open them, their entertainment show was nothing entertaining about it. The best meal we had was the Dr. Seuss breakfast that was $5 per person extra. We did enjoy Trivia, Sorry and the 50's/60's Rock and Roll show, we went to the 80's music show also, it was ok. The waterworks area was nice and the grandkids enjoyed it. The only 2 times our faster to fun helped us was getting on the ship and getting off the ship in Galveston. The Blue Iguana Bar (Tequlia bar) was closed most of the time, which then back up the Rum bar, so most of the time we waited for a deck server to get us a drink, sometimes taking as long as 30 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Worst accommodations ever on my 14 cruises! Room 6237 was like being at a rock concert for 5 days! The walls, the bed, and the floor were booming during every show! If you go to bed early or enjoy some quiet time at night this is not the ... Read More
Worst accommodations ever on my 14 cruises! Room 6237 was like being at a rock concert for 5 days! The walls, the bed, and the floor were booming during every show! If you go to bed early or enjoy some quiet time at night this is not the room for you! It is above the encore theater and there is no padding whatsoever! They offered to move us but we needed two rooms beside each other and they didn’t have that. I do believe that there should be some type of disclaimer on these rooms when people are booking them! The food and service was excellent and that was a plus! Our dining room staff was amazing and fast and the food was really good! Our ports of call were good, we had booked our excursions thru 3rd party to get a better rate, it was worth it. If you love music everywhere this is the ship for you! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My sister and I wanted to spend some time together. We sailed on the Carnival Dream she was a lovely ship. We had cove balcony on deck 2. we had the best room steward Erwin. He was very helpful and our room was always clean. Every time we ... Read More
My sister and I wanted to spend some time together. We sailed on the Carnival Dream she was a lovely ship. We had cove balcony on deck 2. we had the best room steward Erwin. He was very helpful and our room was always clean. Every time we seen Erwin he would smile and ask how we were doing. (We had one small problem with our room the commode wouldn't flush right They had it fixed in the blink of an eye) Our dining experience was very good. We both really loved the broccoli and three cheese soup Yummy wish I could have a bowl now!!! Aleksander and his staff (Christopher and Miljana) were really good and we loved their personalities. The entertainment was really good we enjoyed everything we went and seen. Such high energy and lots of laughes. Gary was our cruise director and he was amazing he had so much energy and was always smiling. He never failed to say "Hello" or ask how we were doing. Guest services helped us with several things and they did a good job. We only did one exursion this time We went to Bacalar Fort & seven water lagoons in Costa Maya. Boy did we have good time so beautiful. Mau and Ed were or tour guides. Mau was so passionete about his homeland and so full of laughter it was really fun. Ed had has laughing he was a bit quieter then Mau but we enjoyed his information that he shared. We both agree that faster to the fun was a great deal for the both of us. We had a great time!!! Thank You Carnival Dream Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We took this cruise to celebrate me and my best friend's graduation! Since we are both 18, my mom booked the stateroom and arranged all our excursions. My 10 year old sister came along too. Embarkation was more chaotic than usual, as ... Read More
We took this cruise to celebrate me and my best friend's graduation! Since we are both 18, my mom booked the stateroom and arranged all our excursions. My 10 year old sister came along too. Embarkation was more chaotic than usual, as the gangway on deck 3 had a malfunction so all embarkation and debarkation was carried out on deck 0. So, naturally, debarkation was much more chaotic as well. Our stateroom was on deck 11, which comes with spa privileges. However, we learned that the spa privileges are only available to be claimed by 2 people in the room and we had 3 eligible persons staying in the cabin, so an extra spa pass had to be bought at $112. Another issue we had was that when we got into our cabin, they didn't have the right layout for our beds, nor the right names displayed on the "welcome" screen. The bed issue didn't get fixed until after dinner, and the names weren't brought up again. We also soon discovered that our refrigerator didn't work. I attempted to call our steward many times to ask about it or possibly just getting an ice chest set up, but he never answered. Eventually, after messing with the refrigerator for a while (I'm not exactly sure what she did) my mom managed to make it work somehow. I never saw the steward that much the entire trip, although I heard my friend interact with him once when he stopped by to ask if we needed any towels. Dining was amazing, our servers were absolutely stellar with their service. Our dining time was set as early dining in the Crimson dining room. I really wish I could remember the names of our servers so I can give them the recognition they deserve but they were A+. Our table was 366. Since I was 18 for this cruise, I got to indulge in a few more entertainment options than my previous cruise. The Caliente Nightclub had great DJs who were interactive and made sure that everyone was having a great time on the dancefloor. It got pretty wild at times since the only rule seemed to be "no drinks on the dancefloor" but that was okay as nobody got physically hurt but some of the videos that may be posted of the ones doing inappropriate things may be a bit of a blow to the ego/professional life. My friend and I attended a couple of comedy shows. Comedian Johnny Millwater was extremely talented and got a lot of giggles from us. If you have an opportunity to watch his performance I highly recommend it. The main theatrical performance during our cruise was 80's Pop to the Max and it was super fun with spectacular visual work and talented cast members. Overall, I think this cruise had the best entertainment out of all previous cruises I have been on. Our main destinations during this cruise were Costa Maya and Cozumel. In Costa Maya, our excursion was "Beach Escape With Open Bar" and it was just fantastic. Only $40 to have amazing service on a clean and well maintained beach with shaded sitting areas. It was way more than a great deal. The drinks were very good and there were many options to choose from in the open bar with optional paid drinks as well. The port had an interesting layout and I would like to return sometime so I can write more about it, it was very nice. I have been to Cozumel a few times before, but this time we went from Cozumel to Tulum. The ferry ride was pretty rough on a couple members of our party. There was a bar on board the ferry, but I would advise against indulging too much if you have a weak stomach for that 45 minute ferry ride. It was a nice ferry with indoor, air conditioned, seating, though. The bus we took to Tulum was very nice as well. Our tour guide knew so much about Mayan culture and enthusiastically shared information about his culture and community. Our excursion was called "VIP Exclusive Tulum & Cenote Swim with Mayan Lunch" and was not as relaxing or "VIP" as the description said it would be. The entire excursion was very rushed, even after the tour. You can always expect the tour of the ruins to be a little rushed as there is so much to see in so little time, but we were only allowed 10 minutes to use the bathroom/grab a drink by the end of the tour and it was disappointing to not be able to look at some of the more interesting shops. We were ushered to the area of the cenote and Mayan village. Ziplining isn't listed as being on the itinerary but you either zipline or walk a really long ways to the canoes. Oh yeah. Canoeing too. I had no problem with the canoes but I did not feel like doing the zipline. If you were one of the first groups finished with the canoeing, you could rest in the hammocks and wait for everyone else to finish up. Since our group was the last one to finish canoeing, we did not get to lay in the hammocks. Very sad. We swam in the cenote for about 45 minutes, our tour guide showed us the entrance to an underwater cavern which was pretty neat. We were all given snorkel masks and life vests. After we swam for a bit it was lunch time at the Mayan village. It took a little while to walk over there. I felt so sick from the heat that I really couldn't enjoy the lunch as much as I would have liked to. There is no running water in the village, so naturally the bathrooms are pretty rough and you have to be careful you don't get sick. The trek back to the bus was particularly arduous and I would recommend that you don't wear sandals but instead proper walking shoes for the entirety of this excursion. It wasn't relaxing, educational, but not relaxing. I recommend this excursion if you are very active, but it wasn't what we were looking for/expecting. I strongly recommend the Carnival Dream for its amazing service and staff members. I would love to go again and believe that the Dream is my favorite ship that I have been on. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
My husband, myself, our daughter and 4 yr old grandson went on this cruise. I was nervous if we’d like it, but it proved to be an excellent vacation. We spent one day in New Orleans, stopping at the aquarium. It’s the best ... Read More
My husband, myself, our daughter and 4 yr old grandson went on this cruise. I was nervous if we’d like it, but it proved to be an excellent vacation. We spent one day in New Orleans, stopping at the aquarium. It’s the best aquarium i’ve Ever visited, and worth the cost of admission. The ship is large enough to have much to see and explore but not so large that a person would feel overwhelmed. Since we had a suite, we had priority boarding which made the boarding process much easier when traveling with a child. We had cabin 7312, a grand suite, and there was plenty of room and storage for 4 people. B/c this cabin is mid ship, it’s a convenient walk to either elevator. Our Stewart was Erfron, who was excellent. The location was quiet. About the only negative is one closet door stuck slightly and didn’t glide as easily as the others. We ate a few times in the MDR, and was pleased with the food and excellent service. We had “my time” dining and had several waiters who gave extra attention to our grandson (which warms my heart ❤️); they were Yudi, Fernando, Sevin, and Gusti. It’s not easy for a 4 yr old to seat thru dinner, but they kept him entertained and made our trip so very special. We tried various other dining during the week. Magnolia Wok was good. The pizza was ok ( pizza was good, made to order, but I prefer thick crust). Guy’s burgers were yummy, and the fries to die for. My husband tried the deli and Pig & anchor, and thought both was good. Pasta Bella was tasty. We ate quite a bit at the Lido buffet and enjoyed each meal. Blue iguana was probably my favorite. Between the 4 of us, we visited Swirls daily, and it was delicious. We missed the show we wanted to see (80’s pop) due to lack of available seats (we arrived late). We did attend the Dr. Seuss parade. Although our grandson was too shy to volunteer for a role, he enjoyed watching it. He loved picking his build a bear a animal (bunny). In the evening we sat on Lido and watched dive in theatre. We all enjoyed the Green Eggs & Ham breakfast; Yudi and Sevin again made him feel special. Ports- Jamaica we visited Dolphin Encounter, which we liked; it’s clean, set up well, organized and a cute park. Our dolphin was Alex. We also went into a shallow lagoon and touched a sting ray. The ride was maybe 20 minutes to get there. We then went to Doctor’s Cave beach. It’s a nice beach for kids (level & calm), the sand is soft but Its in the middle of a resort area and I was hoping for a more natural/secluded beach. Grand cayman- we went to the turtle farm. We loved this park; very clean and laid out well. We snorkeled with the turtles, saw a shark, and swam in the pool area. There’s so much to do there I wish we had more time to see it all. We then took the bus to a boat and went to stingray sand bar....it was awesome! The water was crystal clear and the rays were amazing. Cozumel- we did a little shopping before our tour at the dolphin encounter (dolphinaria?). Once again, the park was clean and we enjoyed our visit. This tour included lunch, which tasted good. Otherwise we spent our time in the pools, hot tub and our grandson on the small sliding board. Again b/c we had priority boarding, disembarkation was smooth. We all had a great week and are already talking about booking another cruise Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The ship was nice however being a smoker I found it to not be very smoker friendly (I know there are people who don't like smoking but, why should they have it better than us smokers? We all pay to cruise) there seemed to be more ... Read More
The ship was nice however being a smoker I found it to not be very smoker friendly (I know there are people who don't like smoking but, why should they have it better than us smokers? We all pay to cruise) there seemed to be more smokers on board than there was room for us all to smoke and be able to sit down and relax with a smoke and drink. The cabin was nice and dinning (food) was okay (our dinning staff was awesome!). The comedy shows were great but, the theater shows not so much. If you were in a hot tub at night (not late at night either before 9:00pm), you had to get out of the hot tub to go to the bar to get a drink yourself. Servers were very scarce. Our other services were on point. We missed our Honduras port which was very disappointing, as the excursion I had booked there was on my bucket list. Overall the cruise was nice and I got to spend quality time with family. Although my first cruise which was with Norwegian cruise line was much better. We plan on cruising again in the future, we may or may not book with Carnival as I am undecided at the moment. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Third cruise; first on Carnival. New Orleans, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel. Embark/disembark very smooth and efficient. Stateroom: Balcony near aft elevators deck 7. Room pleasant, normal, functional. Had two 12-pack cases of ... Read More
Third cruise; first on Carnival. New Orleans, Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel. Embark/disembark very smooth and efficient. Stateroom: Balcony near aft elevators deck 7. Room pleasant, normal, functional. Had two 12-pack cases of water pre-ordered and delivered to room. Good idea. Ship has sub-par water. Small balcony had push open door rather than sliding. Food: Guy Fieri's Hamburger Joint and his themed Pig and Anchor BBQ. If these were in my town I'd be a regular customer. 24 hour pizza: If this was in my town => out of business in a week. Main dining (Anytime): Ok. Good service, mostly good food. Crew gets celebration going regularly during dinner. Ate off the regular menu; good flat iron steak, poor, skimpy shrimp cocktails. creative appetizers, sides of veggies kinda small, deserts ok+. Feast night ordered two lobster tails. Good idea. Breakfast: Main dining room, not crowded. Good. (eggs benedict). Good coffee. Buffet, Pretty good. Deli made good sandwiches. 24 hr soft serve ice cream stations good. Experienced very few and limited lines or much trouble finding a table. Could have been due to 800 passengers for a business conference who mainly were out of site and may have eaten together when not in meetings. We tended to use the stairs a lot; two flights up/down to stuff. Nice, quiet, get away place in Library room. Movies under the stars were ok, but surrounded by several open bars with folks enjoying a good (noisy) time. Catch the comedians at the Punchline club. Shows in main theater were ok+. Cruise director was great. Over all, would cruise again with them (taking note of 800 preoccupied conference people and some other reviewers talking about long lines). Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We’ve only been on 1 other Carnival cruise. It’s typically not our first choice of cruise lines. Positives: clean staterooms, Seafood Shack was fabulous, staff was attentive. Lunch deserts were out of this world. Comedy was ... Read More
We’ve only been on 1 other Carnival cruise. It’s typically not our first choice of cruise lines. Positives: clean staterooms, Seafood Shack was fabulous, staff was attentive. Lunch deserts were out of this world. Comedy was entertaining. Negatives: Excursions were poorly described. Based on descriptions, We were disappointed. Not enough pool chairs Pool area was overcrowded Entertainment was really bad, really bad. Let me say that again, really bad. We wer never greeted when we came aboard. We didn’t know how to get a card to enter our room Disembarkation took forever. Carnival missed the opportunity to improve the customers experience by making the excursions clearer, choosing better productions, offering more onboard activities, flexible dinning times, greeting upon boarding ship, disembarkation quicker, offering more buffet areas instead of just 2 ( the lines were insane). This was not a bad cruise, was average based on experiences we have assess from past cruise lines. We’ve had fabulous cruises and average cruises. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I chose this cruise based on its ratings for best first family cruise. We booked a midship balcony room. Had late arrival time so parking lot was full and we had to park in overflow lot C. It took a long time to get there due to traffic ... Read More
I chose this cruise based on its ratings for best first family cruise. We booked a midship balcony room. Had late arrival time so parking lot was full and we had to park in overflow lot C. It took a long time to get there due to traffic and we received little direction on how to get there. Our room was ready when we finally arrived on the ship and luggage arrived quickly. Room was not as clean as I expected. Thick layers of dust/dirt around the perimeter of the room and on the counters. The bathroom and beds were very clean and beds comfortable. Loved the Cruise Director Gary. Great kids clubs and activities. For food, the Steak Restaurant was great, and you receive a free bottle of house wine if you eat on the first night. Guys Burgers and Guys BBQ Pig and Anchor were great. The Cantina with tacos and burritos were also great. The buffet was ok at best as was the evening dining. Lots of options, but food was hit or miss and most of the food was not hot. I know they are feeding tons of people so it has to be prepared ahead. Soup was always hot in the dining room. Salads were good. My son loved the shrimp cocktail. The warm chocolate cake is fantastic. Also, brunch on sea days is good as were the breakfast burritos or huevos rancheros at the cantina. All made fresh and small batch, so hot and delicious. Kids loved having pizza and ice cream 24/7 and ate burgers and fries every day! Great shows, movies, and activities. Service was good. They get to know you and your names. I was surprised smoking was allowed in the casino and in designated areas. I’m not a smoker and am not used to being in places where smoking is allowed indoors, so I didn’t spend much time in the casino. We stopped in Key West and went parasailing with Sebago Watersports. Great excursion! Freeport isn’t a great port since it isn’t walkable. You have to take a taxi or book an excursion to enjoy this stop. We took a taxi to Junkanoo Beach. It was $14 round trip per person. There is a free beach or a beach with ammeneties for $5.75/person. You can pay for food/drinks and rent chairs and an umbrella. Much better deal than paying for the excursion. In Nassau we booked the Carnival VIP Dolphin Swim and Lunch at Blue Lagoon. We waited forever! We got off the ship at 7:30AM for an 8 AM tour. We waited at the port until 9:30 AM with little direction or support before they finally lined us up and pointed toward the dock where we would need to board a ferry to the island. There were two other ships also in port with large groups going to the same place. With no one directing traffic we waited way too long! Once we finally arrived, the dolphin swim was amazing and the beach location was fun. Lunch was good, burgers, chicken, hot dog, rice and beans, corn, etc. Great excursion but poorly organized that morning. I purchased the weekly spa pass. It wasn’t worth it to me as I didn’t utilize it enough. Nice steam rooms and mineral pool and adults only area. I traveled with my two children, so the money would have been better spent on a massage or other treatment. I did purchase the relaxation package on the last day at sea as they offered a discount. I also booked a facial based on another promotion. Both services were fantastic. Days at sea were great. Lots of activities. Brunch with extended hours so no rush to get to breakfast. We were blessed with great weather, so Sun and Fun abounded. We would definitely recommend the Carnival Dream and Cruise Director Gary! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This is my second and husbands 3rd cruise with Carnival. We went on this cruise in 16 and had a wonderful time so we brought our family with us for this cruise. So our party of 8 with 6 first time cruisers had some great experiences and ... Read More
This is my second and husbands 3rd cruise with Carnival. We went on this cruise in 16 and had a wonderful time so we brought our family with us for this cruise. So our party of 8 with 6 first time cruisers had some great experiences and some not so great. So here is what I took away, Theodoro and Nordam our cabin stewards could have not been more wonderful. They and our wait staff Arlianty, Naw, and Ramil were also the light of our evening and we loved seeing Dandy in the mornings for brunch. The Spa staff specically Emma was quite RUDE and we won’t use the sap again. The staff otherwise just seemed less enthusiastic this trip and Guest service staff was also rude not only to us but we heard them being rude to others just asking questions. The Crimson matradee was also quite gracious. The camp ocean staff also was great to our 4 year old granddaughters. Ms. Cheese and Ms. smiley were a hit with them. We were so excited to take our children and grandchildren on this family vacation because of our last experimece but we felt a little let down as staff didn’t seem as present in their position, and from someone who has been in customer service and healthcare for many years the staff who on the last cruise made us look forward to this trip have now made us feel like we definitely wouldn’t travel on the Dream again but we may need to try another cruise line all together. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I was able to take my in-laws that have lived their entire lives in Mexico and never had any type of vacation like this. I was so glad to be a part of it. Everything was great to them and it really showed me how much I took for granted and ... Read More
I was able to take my in-laws that have lived their entire lives in Mexico and never had any type of vacation like this. I was so glad to be a part of it. Everything was great to them and it really showed me how much I took for granted and nit picked. I realized that someone remembering my name or not wasn't a big deal, whether I could sit in a deck chair, or whether the shows were exactly like broadway shows or not. So if you are reading this you won't see a review of everything nitpicked, you will read what a great time my family and I had and I will do my best to be objective at times to give the reader something to go on. Saying I loved the food doesn't mean the food was great, it means I found it great. You could read a review from someone on the same cruise as I was and they could say the food was terrible. So what you may want to keep in mind is what are YOU looking for in a cruise? Do you even like cruises? Do you like the thought of being with the same 3000 people or even more, for a week? Do you like the idea that you will wait for many things? I went on the March 17th cruise out of New Orleans on the Carnival Dream. What a big, beautiful ship I was on for a week. Of course with the newest cruise ships out there, the Dream isn't the biggest. But when you compare the Dream to the Carnival Fantasy it is quite large. The Fantasy was my first cruise in June of 1994. A lot has changed that's for sure. When they started the check in process the ship wasn't completely empty of passengers from the previous cruise but they had a lot of room to wait in the building once we were checked in. We got there about 9 30 in the morning and they started the check in at about 10 15. At about 11 15 they started letting the diamond, platinum, and suite passengers on. Oh before that they let on a wedding group. Then us FTTF folk got let on the ship. I would say we were on the ship by 11 30 but I didn't record times exactly. They said FTTF could go straight to their rooms and I did, but I was allowed to put up my carry on but they kindly asked me to come back a little later as they were still cleaning my room. This was about 11 45 and it didn't bother me and we just went walking around and checking the place out. While my family was still eating I went to the Crimson dining room at 12 30 to ask the maître d if I could switch to your time dining and that was granted. We had a deluxe ocean view room that accommodated 5 people and it was quite roomy. Let me say, it was plenty of space for the 5 of us, but this did include a 2 year old and two teenage girls, my wife and myself. We didn't really go in the room that much but honestly it never felt cramped and we always had a place to put things. Like many other Carnival ships, there was only one 3 prong outlet and people that weren't prepared for that were quite upset. I had two 10 foot extension cords and a power strip that wasn't surge protected. This allowed us all to plug in everything we wanted to. The room also had two bathing rooms. The one with the shower had the toilet, the other room was just a mini bath tub that you could bathe or shower in. I really liked this room. I don't remember the room steward's name but I found him to be pleasant and they cleaned the room very well each day. I didn't hang out much by the pool and none of us had the desire to lay out in the sun. Having said that, I do know that at least 5 people I had talked with said they hated that they could never get a deck chair and that people were reserving them very early in the morning and not using them until later. I believe this is a problem that Carnival tends to have on all of their cruises. I know they have a sign posted that said you can't keep a chair that you aren't using for more than 45 minutes but people said this rule wasn't followed nor enforced by the staff. No problem to me at all but I know there were definitely a few people that were upset by this. The pizza that is available 24 hours a day is all the way in the back of the ship by the aft pool on the lido deck which is deck 10. You can also order a personal pizza delivered to you wherever you are on the ship. I did that once for my older daughter and it was quite a large size and it was pretty fast delivery and it was 5 dollars to have it. On the other side of the back of the ship on the Lido is the seafood place where you can pay extra for and get some seafood. I never even looked at the menu or know of anyone that had eaten it. Then you have the buffets in the lido deck and then by the pool you have blue iguana café and guy's burgers. The line to both of these places were long almost all of the time. I say long because to me it was and I braved the burger line once and I waited about 20 minutes to get a burger. I didn't experience the blue iguana but my wife did and she enjoyed it and she waited about 20 minutes as well. You can check out many places online on what these places offer on their menu. My wife is the queen of eating hot stuff and that place had her in tears so they must have had some heavy duty salsa. I never did the steak house but we did the pasta bar a couple of times. I really enjoyed being able to order some pasta with a salad and bread. It is included in the cost, you just have to be aware that it's typically only available from 12 to 2 30 p.m. The dining room was pretty awesome. It was beautiful and had a ton of hardworking and very friendly staff. The food was always warm or hot and everyone in our group of 7 loved everything they tried. I didn't hear of any complaints about the food from anyone and I was in group of over 600 people on social media and I didn't see any of them complaint about the food. I know several people complained about their room staying hot but our room was always cool and quite comfortable. I never noticed an overwhelming smell but several had mentioned that they continued to smell a strong musty odor or sewage smell. Many had complained of becoming ill with a sore throat, sinus, head cold type issue. My wife and son were two of the people that had this and many on the group said they were ill. There were many different types of activities to choose from throughout the day. Many different trivia activities, the typical hairy chest contest, scavenger type games, to musical shows. We usually had to pick one out leave a second choice behind because there were so many options. Me and my family enjoyed the shows at night. All of those people involved put so much time in to those shows. Those men and women worked hard and it showed and I was so glad my family and I were able to enjoy those. This was the second time I had been on a carnival ship where they had the lip sync contest and I truly think it is awful. So I asked the group what they think of it and really many people said they quite enjoy it. So there you have it, people like things I don't. This cruise went to Jamaica and we went to a resort for the day and it was your typical resort. We ate, we drank, we swam, we returned back to the ship on time! I had a really good time with my family and enjoyed our time together. We went to Grand Cayman but then we quickly waved goodbye to Grand Cayman as the captain came on and said the swells were to big for the tenders to safely access the cruise ship. Nothing anyone can do about that but cruise on. We got to Cozumel 3 hours earlier because of skipping Grand Cayman. That was pretty cool to get there a little earlier. My family being all from Mexico really enjoyed the extra time. We went to a day resort there too and had a great time with great food and a lot of drinks served. We didn't over do it though and we just had a good time spending it together. For the crew that always works so long and so hard every single day, I didn't see it in their faces. Many of them would stop and talk to my 2 year old boy and they were always so friendly to us. I don't know they can appear to be so happy all the time with all those hours they put in. There's really a lot more to review but I have already written so much. But for this family that finds positives in almost anything, we had a wonderful cruise. It was so fun having all of us together to experience what a beautiful world we live in. So many things a person can find wrong about, but the world is how you choose to see it and live it. We chose to have an amazing cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Arrived a day early to explore some of New Orleans. Had a great meal at Felix in the French Quarters. Arrived on Sunday at the port around 10 am. Parked at the port cost was $140 for the week. Going through check in was pretty fast about ... Read More
Arrived a day early to explore some of New Orleans. Had a great meal at Felix in the French Quarters. Arrived on Sunday at the port around 10 am. Parked at the port cost was $140 for the week. Going through check in was pretty fast about 20 minutes but had to wait in the holding area until 11 am when they started to let people aboard according to the zone you were in. We were in zone 4 and got on the ship around 12 pm. Rooms were not ready unless you had a suite or faster to the fun pass until 1:30 pm. We went and had lunch at Pasta Bella which is complimentary for lunch but for dinner there is a fee. Lunch was very, very good highly recommend it. At 1:30 the rooms were available and we had 2 cabins on the 1st floor deluxe oceanview. We had 2 in one room and 4 in the other room. I must say the deluxe oceanview rooms on this ship were OUTSTANDING!!!! The room is very, very spacious, it has a bathroom and a half. One room you have a sink, toilet and shower (with the curtain) and the other is a junior size tub with shower and sink. The room also has 4 closet!! What cruise ship that has 4 closet?!! This was not a suite but and oceanview room and the view was very good. A very large window. If I ever cruise with Carnival again this will be the room I will alway try to get. Our room attendant for the week Mr. Oktav was EXCELLENT!!! Room was always clean and neat everyday and anything that we needed he went out the way to provide it for us. We had 1st seating in the main dining room (The Scarlet dining room) and we had 3 servers, Mr. Acer, Ms. Dandy and Mr. Arnold and they were very, very GOOD!! They gave us great service and was very friendly, professional, courteous and then some!! After the first night they remember our names and our drinks were waiting for us each evening when we arrived at our table. The food was great each night at dinner. The selection at breakfast was ok not great. Lunch you had many different places to chose from especially on sea days. Guy's burgers were excellent and well as Guy's pig and anchor. Overall the food was great can't complain at all. The entertainment was very, very good. The cruise director Gary and his staff did a wonderful job to keep you entertain and busy. Overall I must say the staff was one of the best we've ever encountered. I didn't have anyone on staff to have an attitude with anything that I may have asked them about. The staff went above and beyond to make sure my family and I have a wonderful vacation. I would give the staff a 10 out of 10 for the service they provided. The only thing I would say was negative was the disembarkation. The way the luggage tags was given out to have your bags to be taken could have been more organized. It took a very long time to disembark the ship so if you're driving and you're not walking your luggage off the ship you will be on the ship until at least 9 am or longer before you can get off. Even with that we still had a great time because of the staff. I would highly recommend the Carnival Dream if you're looking for a great cruise and I look forward to cruising with them again one day. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
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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