8 Carnival Dream Cruise Reviews for Spa Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

This was our fifth cruise with Carnival. We took this trip very early in the 2013 Hurricane season with no storms during the trip. We used the shuttle service from the Orlando international Airport. we did not stay in a Hotel because we ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise with Carnival. We took this trip very early in the 2013 Hurricane season with no storms during the trip. We used the shuttle service from the Orlando international Airport. we did not stay in a Hotel because we stayed with friends the night before the cruise. We had a Cloud 9 Spa Balcony on this trip. Our Stateroom was on deck 12 Right hand (Starboard) Side. There were only two things that we could have wished for. The balcony on deck 12 do not have a roof over the balcony. So there was no protection from the sun or rain. but, it was nice to have at night. The second was there was no Smoking on the Spa balcony's. (I do not smoke, but my wife does). Also passengers on deck 14 ( there is not a deck 13) could look down ,Spill drinks, drop things on to your balcony. We were in the Scarlet Dining Room for meals. We had a very great service staff for meals. There was something for everyone on the menu. The food was very good. As far as the shows, We thought the show (Dancing in the streets) on this was not as good as past shows.  we thought it was too loud. We did not stay for the whole show. The Punch liner comedy show was not too bad. The ports of call on this trip was Nassau, Bahamas', St. Thomas, and St. Martin. It was our Third Trip to Nassau so we did not do any Excursions in this port. In St Thomas, I did the Two Tank scuba diving Excursion, My wife went into town and did some Shopping. In St. Martian we took a shuttle into town, and ended up getting a tour and got to see the whole island. I do not have any information on the Children's Clubs because we did not travel with any children. As far as the disembarkation, it went very smooth. We were off the ship in under an hour. The only Problem we had was a broken bottle on Liquor on one on our suitcases. But over all a Very Good Trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
The first day went poorly. Though we had booked premium rooms, our luggage tags failed to include the word "priority", and therefore it wasn't until about four hours after we boarded that our luggage arrived at our room. ... Read More
The first day went poorly. Though we had booked premium rooms, our luggage tags failed to include the word "priority", and therefore it wasn't until about four hours after we boarded that our luggage arrived at our room. This was especially disappointing since I had called Carnival and pointed out this error, only to be told not to worry and that our luggage would be waiting outside our room upon our arrival. When we entered our room, I observed a growing wet spot on the carpet outside the bathroom door of our suite. It was recommended that we vacate our room while service staff used a wet vac and did whatever else was necessary to address the source of the water. When we returned to our room later, there was a big fan blowing across the wet area of the carpet. I find it more than a bit unfortunate that Carnival chooses not to open the childrens Camp Carnival program the night of embarkation, at least not until hourly rates begin at ten o'clock. There is only so much one can do with a tiring four year old along with mom and dad, so we turned in the bed at nine o'clock. Day one down and no fun. Upon our arrival in Nassau on the second day of the cruise, we elected to stay onboard the ship. We were not too impressed with this destination on our previous cruise, so we decided to take advantage of the spa package which came with our suite. Entering the Thallasotherapy pool, the dark sea water and spa jets made me fail to notice how narrow the entry steps were, and I took a graceless tumble into the pool. The pulled muscle in my back, pulled thigh muscle, sprained ankle, and cuts I recieved from this accident negatively impacted the remainer of my cruise. I am still recovering more than three weeks later. I was seen by an onboard doctor, given meds, antiboitics, bandages, and a tetanus shot - not exactly my idea of cruising fun! Due to my injuries, day two also ended in bed at nine o'clock while everyone else on board was just beginning to have fun. I managed to limp and hobble around sufficiently to participate in low intensity activities for the remainder of the cruise, however many onboard activities such as the pools, waterslide, dancing, etc. were now beyond my threshold of pain to enjoy. Perhaps most disturbing is that Carnival seems not to care about my negative experience. My two post-cruise communications to Carnival have gone without response. We were able to take in both of our planned onshore excursions, in St Thomas and St Marteen. I wasn't hugely impressed with Megans Bay, however Orient Beach in St Marteen was beautiful, except for the local islanders constantly bothering my family while trying to sell their wares. For those looking forward to the onboard dining on the Dream, or Carnival ships in general, I advise that you keep your expectations low. The variety and quality of most foods offered are below that of your local economy-priced all-you-can-eat buffet. I overheard one fellow cruiser state that "they serve better food at the local homeless shelter". The main dining was somewhat better, though not spectacular, while the service in the Crimson dining was exceptional! My wait staff was very attentive to all of our needs. Kudos also to our room stewards, who were friendly and provided unbeatable service. Our bottles of wine were kept constantly on ice, and the head steward even bought a gift for my daughter. The room itself was comfortable, and after the wet carpet upon arrival we experienced no other problems. Be advised that the children's Camp Carnival is closed for two-three hours on a daily basis and at varied times, for "cleaning", "training" etc. which makes it difficult for adults to plan and participate in adult events. Although the tone of this review is somewhat negative, in fairness both myself and my family had an enjoyable time during this cruise. The BillyBeachBum family shall cruise again in the near future! BBB Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Although it was a bit more of an adventure than we were expecting, it was truly a wonderful experience! I went in with fairly low expectations as my last cruise was on Oasis of the Seas and I knew that a cruise half the price could not ... Read More
Although it was a bit more of an adventure than we were expecting, it was truly a wonderful experience! I went in with fairly low expectations as my last cruise was on Oasis of the Seas and I knew that a cruise half the price could not compare. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how wonderful the Dream really was. (No, its no Oasis, but it was great for what it was!) Embarkation was super easy--we had Faster to the Fun and definitely loved it. Not sure it helped us get on the ship any faster...we got there at 11 and people were already boarding. But it was so nice to be able to drop our bags off in the room and change into our bathing suits as we pleased. We went and explored and when we got back about an hour or 2 later, our luggage was already at our room. Definitely will do FTTF again if I can on our next cruise! Also the special line for guest services definitely saved us hours with the situation on this cruise and guest services lines always being ridiculously long! We had a spa inside cabin because a couple weeks before the cruise I was looking and was able to upgrade for only $20 from a lido inside! It was awesome!! The room was nothing special but the spa was amazing. The thalaso pool was wonderful after a long day in the sun and the thermal suite was great (although we mostly went in one room there). The tile chairs that look like they would definitely not be comfortable made my back feel unbelievably great. I highly recommend the spa on the dream. We went to the steak house the first night because we wanted to do it and on the first night you get a free bottle of wine. It was quite possibly the best meal I have ever eaten. Truly worth the $35. We knew we wanted to do the Cheers program but opted to start it on the second day since we brought on 2 bottles of wine and had the free wine with dinner. Of course we had some funship specials but less than the $50 a person so it was worth it to wait until day 2. Overall, Cheers was great. It was really nice to be able to try drinks and not feel guilty if we didn't want to finish them. We created a spreadsheet to see how much we saved overall and we saved over $200 and that's with us not drinking as much once the issues started on thursday. Carnival actually ended up refunding us $150 of Cheers in the end also so we truly saved even more but we didn't include that since that isn't normal but was definitely a nice surprise! Seas were really rocky the first couple days--the worst that I'd experience on any of my 6 cruises! But we didn't get sea sickness or anything so it didn't affect us! Other pros: -CREW: the crew was amazing. Our cabin stewards, the spa workers, a few specific bartenders, guest services...just amazing. For a couple days our cabin steward told us he only had 2 hours of sleep but was still working his butt off and trying to make us happy. When the elevators werent working he told us he was having to climb 12 floors of stairs to bring us beach towels!! We obviously told him we didnt need new ones until the elevators started working again. He really went above and beyond and I felt bad for him because he was worried about losing out on tips for the canceled cruise so we left him some of our money that we were going to get refunded because he definitely needed it more than i did! -Comedy club: We saw 3 of the comedians and we laughed the entire time! We did have issues getting drinks while there and once a waiter completely forgot about us so we didn't get a drink the entire show which was a little annoying but nothing to get super upset about. Just wish i had ordered from someone else if I had known our waiter was going to forget about us. -Serentiy area: We chose to hang out in the serenity area because the furniture was more comfortable there and it was easy to get to from our cabin. We got to know the bartenders and servers there and had an awesome time. Didn't get to go in the hammock because it was full but never had a hard time finding a clam shell or loungers--even always got one in the shade and one in the sun which is what we needed! -Comedy Brunch: only had it once because of the issues but the food was DELICIOUS and I enjoyed the short comedy pieces. Was sad we didn't have the other two sea days to have the brunch again! -Pizza was delicious...had it every day. Had some issues with the guy serving it but after the 3rd issue with him, we went to guest services and explained (while also praising the wonderful service we were getting from everyone else) and next time we went back he was making the pizzas not serving them so the rest of the week, the pizza place was awesome. -Deli and Mongolian were great although long lines at both...didn't stop us though! -Pasta place was awesome. Went twice and definitely enjoyed both. It was never crowded like I expected either! -Steakhouse: like I said, awesome. Definitely worth it. -St. Thomas--we went to the Best Western at Emerald Beach which was perfect. Kind of a long taxi ride bc they dropped people off at other stops on the way but totally worth it. Beautiful beach, not crowded even though there were 5 ships in port! Just wonderful!! -4 days in St Maarten--uh yeah don't need to say anything more about how beautiful our view was from where we were stuck in st maarten. It was amazing and it was the best place ever to be stuck Cons: -Buffet: especially at breakfast it was really bad. Ate there twice and never went back for breakfast. Usually I dont love the breakfast buffet but I dont hate it. This I absolutely hated. Bacon was undercooked and eggs were cold even after they brought out a brand new serving of them. -Food in the main dining room: Before we got stuck, the food was just alright. It was often just lukewarm and nothing special. I couldnt even eat the lobster on formal night because it smelled disgusting. The steak I had was never cooked correctly and was just bland. HOWEVER, once we got stuck and they were doing everything to make us happy, they got a special menu and clearly got better food and the last two nights dinners were significantly better! Wish it had been that way every night but the food didn't ruin my trip at all. Might just not eat at the dining room every night next time. -Lack of information: They really did not keep us informed at all the first couple days. The toilets/A/C/elevators were only off for about 6 hours total and it was split up a bit. It was annoying at night because Jamie came on the announcements and said elevators would be shut off for 15 minutes (this was around 9-9:30). Well we left the show we were at around 30-40 minutes later to go to the bathroom and there was a sign saying the bathroom was closed. We stopped at guest services and asked and they said some toilets weren't working but it wasn't all of them. So we werent deterred--our cabin was up 6 decks and on the opposite end so we assumed it would be working. None of the elevators were working nor were the toilets. About an hour or so after that they said there wouldn't be anymore updates until the next day. We started to get a bit concerned but just walked around for a bit to see what was going on. Much to our surprise they still had the mexican buffet going on and people were still chowing down even though the toilets weren't working!! We got a good laugh out of that one. We continued to mull around and talk to a few other people since we couldn't sleep. Everyone joked about how we all assumed there was NO way carnival would let anything like this happen after triumph! Oh well. We went to bed around 12:30 and as we were laying in bed we felt the a/c kick back on and my bf checked and the toilet flushed! We went to sleep assuming we'd wake up at sea the next day. Didn't get updated again until about 10 the next day. By this point i had a bunch of missed calls of my family freaking out because CNN was saying things were horrible. They told us we'd be flying out so that eased some of my concerns since I was just anxious about the situation but since toilets and elevators and everything was working, I was okay. They told us we had to turn in our flight info and we'd get our new flight info by that night and we could be leaving as early as 6 the next morning. Well we continued to check and check and never got any. Needless to say we had a pretty rough nights sleep waiting to find out if we were flying out at 6 am the next morning plus the announcements started REALLY early that morning getting people out. Finally around 6:30 on Friday they announced not to be worried if we hadn't received flight info so I felt better. Just wish they had done that the night before. We live in Florida and had a ride to the port so we weren't too concerned about that since we just were going to get a direct flight to Orlando and figured they would be fitting us in when they could. Finally around noon on Friday we went to guest services and they gave us our info that we'd be flying out Saturday night. We then relaxed and enjoyed the next day and a half in st maarten. Overall, Carnival handled everything wonderfully. Yes, we had a day of frustration and anxiety but they refunded us 3 days so we couldn't complain! And we got an extra day of the cruise. Before the issues, we had pretty much decided we wouldn't cruise carnival again for a while since the experience on Royal Caribbean is truly better for not much more money. However, since we are getting pretty much a free cruise with the refund and 50% of discounts and the wonderful way we were treated, we are going to try this again probably. We are looking at re-booking the dream with our refund and 50% off future cruise mainly because of the spa rooms and the wonderful crew! We'll judge that one and decide if we are going to pay full price again but it really was a great experience AND the way Carnival handled it was great. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
We sailed for the 2nd time on the Carnival Dream on May 19th. Living in Tampa, FL is only took us a couple hours to drive over to Port Canaveral. We used the Park & Cruise facility which was such a great convenience! We have sailed out ... Read More
We sailed for the 2nd time on the Carnival Dream on May 19th. Living in Tampa, FL is only took us a couple hours to drive over to Port Canaveral. We used the Park & Cruise facility which was such a great convenience! We have sailed out of Port Canaveral a few times and never really had any trouble with check-in and boarding but this was the easiest ever. We arrived about 2 and by 2:30 we were aboard - too late to attend the M & G, but still pretty good. We had a cove balcony stateroom which is our favorite room. Very private and the best place to have breakfast from room service. Our room steward was Ron and he was the greatest. We've had good stewards before but he was the most congenial and helpful We were on the port side of the ship and didn't have any issues with our room, unlike the starboard side. Nassau was okay. We have been there before and it isn't our favorite. My husband had never been to Atlantis so we did the Discover Atlantis excursion. Getting off and on the ship in Nassau requires that you walk through this huge building full of little shops everywhere. This building is not air conditioned and the walkways are very narrow. I truly hate that building. Coming back on to the ship I had a panic attack and nearly passed out due to the lack of AC and too many people crowded to close together. I was so glad to get back on the ship! When we got back on board our Carnival back pack got mixed up with another Carnival back pack. Ours had 2 cameras, my cell phone, and my glasses. The back pack we got had a couple tubes of lotion and a sweater. My husband was upset but we took the other back pack to Guest Services and told them what happened. For a couple hours I had to wear my sunglasses everywhere, but finally they called to say someone had turned in our back pack. When we picked it up, everything was there, so it turned out okay. St. Thomas was next. We have been there before and enjoyed it. We did the helmet dive and had a blast. You walk down a ladder and they place a 75 lb helmet on your head that has an air hose attached to it. The water only comes up to your chin and we were even able to keep our glasses on! We have done a lot of snorkeling, but walking around the coral reef with fish all around was amazing! I would recommend this excursion to anyone who enjoys the undersea world. Dinner every night was great - head waiter wasn't over the top wonderful, but the assistants were really great. The food, as always was very good. We ate in the dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner at different times throughout the cruise and each time we enjoyed it. Eating in The Gathering was very nice, also. The variety of choices was huge and it was always a dilemma. Chocolate was always the order of the day, however. There can never be enough chocolate! St. Maarten was the star of the cruise! This was our first trip to this island and we were very excited to visit it. What a fabulous place! We absolutely loved it. We did some shopping downtown early since we had a very limited amount of time there. After shopping we took the water taxi back to the dock for our excursion - Scenic Coastal Hike. This is a must-do for anyone physically fit enough to do it. I used a walking stick and it really helped get up and down some of the tough spots. This is a hike up and down the undeveloped "hills" of St. Maarten along a goat trail - really, a goat trail! The goats and sheep were grazing on the hillside. The views of the Caribbean were breathtaking and worth the effort. I have never experienced anything like this hike and, while we have always had pretty good guides on our excursions, Juan and Leigh were so passionate about their tour! They answered every question, gave us plenty of rest breaks to enjoy the views, walked us down onto a rocky beach to enjoy the "singing pebbles", explained the ecological importance of the area, supplied cold drinks at the end of the hike and were all around fantastic guides. I wouldn't mind doing this excursion again the next time we go to St. Maarten and I recommend it to everyone! We enjoyed this cruise so much that we have booked another for November and the Legend out of Dover in September 2013. Happy cruising everyone! Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Carnival Dream - Eastern Caribbean Cruise August 13-20 2011 We had gone on two previous Carnival Cruises with our kids and liked them very much because of the number of youth activities that they had. Once the kids left the house we ... Read More
Carnival Dream - Eastern Caribbean Cruise August 13-20 2011 We had gone on two previous Carnival Cruises with our kids and liked them very much because of the number of youth activities that they had. Once the kids left the house we tried other cruise lines (NCL it was OK, and Princess loved it) to have a more relaxing experience. Our normal life has all the excitement we can handle so we don't need to be on sensory overload when we go on vacation. As we were going to be in Florida to take care of some family business and as we were curious about the spa cabins as well as the serenity (adults only) deck we decided to give Carnival another shot, and we are glad that we did. While the main pool area with all the noises, wall to wall humanity and the Justin Bieber documentary on the big screen is what I view hell to be like if you get take advantage of the other areas on the ship you can have a relaxing experience. Outside of the main pool area you would never know you were on a ship with 4000 or so other folks. The folks that designed this ship (with one exception noted below) knew what they were doing. We enjoyed the Spa cabin privileges every day we were on the cruise (special whirlpool, steam room, heated tile chairs, and a relaxation room. My wife also enjoyed the two yoga classes she took as part of our spa cabin privileges. We also found the Serenity deck to be quite relaxing. Instead of using the treadmill we also enjoyed several laps around the Lanai deck every day. We thought the food, especially the soup, was wonderful. The service in the main dining room was excellent. We signed up for any time dining and because we were willing to share never had to wait. We had dinner alone on three nights and shared a table with some very nice folks the other three nights. We thought buying one of the 5 wine packages a good value. We also enjoyed the sushi and salad bar. We signed up for the chefs table. It costs $75pp. They set up a table for 12 in the kitchen and served a gourmet meal with wine, they show you how to make a melting chocolate cake, and the head chef goes into some detail on each of the courses and the operation of the kitchen. You also get a picture of the entire group signed by the head chef. We had breakfast in the buffet just about every day and enjoyed the omelets. We had 2 lunches in the MDR, both very nice. Had pizza for lunch one day, it was OK. Went to the pasta bar one day, it was great. Also tried the buffet and it was good enough. . We saw all 4 of the comedians thought two of them were hilarious, one had his moments, and one was talentless and disgusting. I enjoyed playing craps in what must be one of the best casinos on a cruise ship. We thought the cruise director Butch was engaged but not to the point of being overbearing. Our room was clean, it was quiet at night and the bed was comfortable. The shower was big enough. We had a problem with the shower first day and we were amazed that they had it fixed within 10 minutes of us calling in. Getting on and off the ship was a easy as you could expect. Our wait staff and room stewards could not have been nicer. Did come across any rude staff member all week. We just did beaches when we were in each of the ports. We got a day pass for the British Colonel Hilton in Nassau. We paid $50 each for beach privileges and $30 in food/drink credits. We took it out in drink credits because the kitchen had lost power. It was a very nice facility and we enjoyed our time there but as we had to be back on the ship at 1:30. Given the length of time I'm not sure we would do this again. In Saint Thomas we took a cab to Sapphire Beach and we very much enjoyed our day there. In St. Maartin we took a cab to our Orient beach and enjoyed are day there. We did not get up enough nerve to walk over to the nude side of the beach sad to say. We only had a couple of minor complaints. The regular coffee is horrible. We went to the extra charge coffee bar thinking they would make a good cup of coffee but all they do is poor hot water over a shot or two of espresso. It was not very good. Next time we will bring some Starbucks Via packets. I wish they had a cigar bar. There is nothing I like more then enjoying a nice cigar with a glass of scotch. Understanding that this is not a universal pleasure some ships have a ventilated cigar bar that is segregated from anyone that does not want to be exposed to cigar smoke. This seems like a good compromise. On the dream you are forced to smoke your cigar out on a deck in the heat and humidity which does not lead to a very pleasurable experience. Most of the lounges seemed under utilized so surely on a ship this big they could have carved out some space. So to sum it all up all up we really enjoyed our week on The Dream and would do it again in a heartbeat. Well done Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
First off, ignore most of the bad reviews. If you can't have a great time on vacation, then something is wrong. For 7 days you don't have to cook, clean, make a bed, figure out what to do or where to eat, go to work etc etc. The ... Read More
First off, ignore most of the bad reviews. If you can't have a great time on vacation, then something is wrong. For 7 days you don't have to cook, clean, make a bed, figure out what to do or where to eat, go to work etc etc. The Carnival Dream is a great ship and an excellent value. If you go in thinking that you are going to have 5-star meals every night and white glove service everywhere you go, then you picked the wrong line. Carnival finds ways to keep its prices down while still providing an excellent vacation.Second, a little background. This is my wife and I's (we are in our mid 20s) second Carnival cruise. This is my 18th cruise and her 3rd. I have been on nearly every major line and believe that this was the best value ship I have been on. I will write a longer review that will be available on the forums.The GREAT:Marriott Courtyard --We did the snooze and cruise package through the Courtyard which provided us with a room and all our transfers (airport-hotel, hotel-ship, ship-airport). Everything went very smoothly and the hotel was very nice and right on the beach.Embarkation/Disembarkation --We arrived at the port early (~1015) and quickly went through check-in. They started boarding around 1045 and we were at the pool by 11. Getting off the ship we did self-assist. If you don't have any huge bags, this is the way to go! We were able to get off the boat in the first group at 645, through customs and on our way to the airport at 7. We were worried because we had a 1030am flight, but ended up being the first people at the gate at 8am! Best process of any line. Well done Carnival.Spa --We were not in a spa room, but because we were on the 11th deck, we thought it might be nice to sign up for the VIP spa package ($150 for 1, $250 for couple). This was a GREAT idea. The spa is wonderful, especially the heavy steam room and the thalassotherapy pool. My wife and I loved spending quality time in the spa after a day on deck or at port. I highly recommend signing up. Only around 60 passengers not in spa cabins can register, so do it early! This was the first thing we did when we got on board.Gym --The gym is very large for a ship. Because the Dream is new, the equipment is all brand-new and top of the line. There is plenty of cardio equipment and all the weight equipment you have at a gym.Comedy Club --This is a great addition. Usually comedians are 1-2 nights at the main show. The Dream however has a separate club with 5 shows on 4 nights. The first two shows are family friendly (we didn't go to these) and the 945, 11, and 12 shows are for adults. The 945 show is very crowded (early seating people go right from their main show) so get there early. We ended up going to both the 945 and the 11 shows.Cleanliness --The ship was extremely clean. Glasses/food/etc were always quickly removed from public areas and the bathrooms were always spotless. Our cabin was always very clean. We did notice "the smell" while we were docked in Nassau while sitting by the pool. I have to admit, it was awful, but I don't know if it was the Dream or the other ships that were docked there (Oasis/Monarch). Once the ship got moving, we didn't smell it for the rest of the trip.Entertainment Staff --Having experienced many cruise directors, I thought that the Dream's CD, Butch, was the best. He was funny, energetic, quirky, and very involved without being too much. The Morning Show on sea days is really funny. His staff was great and ran some fun activities. My wife was Brendan's (a.k.a. Buttercup) BFF for the week and he went out of his way to make sure we had a great time.The GOOD:Food -- I never expect cruise food to be the best I have ever had, but I still have decent expectations. I am not a breakfast person, but I thought it was alright. The eggs were very watery, but the pastries were quite good, as was the sausage. Lunch was my favorite meal of the day. I actually never ate at the traditional buffet because I didn't think the food looked that great. Both my wife and I LOVED the grill. The burgers were always right off the grill with tons of fix-ins and the nachos/cheese fries were great. The grill also had the longest hours (12-6), was located right next to the lido pool, and never had a line. The pasta bar was very good, the deli was pretty good. The burrito bar took forever and wasn't worth the wait. My wife really liked the tandori station that had Indian and Greek food. Though the pizza wasn't the greatest, 24 hours is awesome! Nothing better than pizza 2am! Dinners were hit or miss. Some meals were very other good, others were terrible. I am a meat person, and thought that the meats were generally really bad. They were very chewy, and not tender at all. We did not eat at the Chef's Art Steakhouse.Cabin --We were in a 1A cabin, 11275. We never spend time in the room, so we book the cheapest room and spend our money on other things. Because it was a handicap room, the bathroom was enormous. We also had a great location, right outside of the lido pool. Unfortunately, we had bunk-beds (something we didn't know when we booked). Though this was an inconvenience, it made our room feel much bigger.Pool --The pool area was great and had a lot of chairs. I agree that the pools could be bigger, but only a couple of times were they crowded. The water slides were a lot of fun, but I think I would have preferred a bigger pool area. Didn't use the hot-tubs because we had the spa. The seaside theater is a nice plus, but I wish it showed more movies/TV in the afternoon.Serenity --Serenity is a very nice touch. We spent our first sea day there in one of the big chairs (had to get there before 730am to get one). They should probably make this area bigger as it was a big hit and all the chairs were gone pretty early in the morning. Biggest negative is that it is a real pain to get to. It is on the top deck all the way in the front of the ship. If you want to get food, you have to walk a ways to get it, and by the time you come back with it, someone has taken your chair. Main Theater Entertainment --We didn't go to all the shows because we wanted to see the comedy show at 9:45 (we were late seating). The welcome aboard show was pretty good, the first main dance show was kinda boring. Dancing in the streets was really good, especially the break-dancing group. After that show, we just stuck to the comedy club.Nightclub --We went to Caliente on a couple of occasions. The first time there was no one dancing so we left. The second time was a lot of fun and had a great time until the late hours of the night. Really nice bartenders there.Not So Good --Smoking --My wife and I are not smokers, and unfortunately could not enjoy some areas of the ship because of the smoking. I will say this, most smokers were very courteous, but the smoking "hang-outs" pretty much were off-limits to non-smokers. Sam's piano bar had a cloud in it, so we were unable to go here though it looked like fun. The aft pool was also another hang-out, so we never went back there except for the deli. The casino was rather smokey, but much better than on other ships. I'm surprised cruise-lines have not introduced non-smoking ships yet.Ports --Nassau is pretty dumpy, and with such a short amount of time there, it is almost a useless stop. St. Thomas is kinda a pain because the ship doesn't dock in the city. The cab situation is a mess, and rather expensive. In St. Maarten we did a tour, so can't really comment on the island. The port is new, but also not really near the town center. They offer water taxis at the pier to take you to a beach and the town. Other than that, there really isn't anything bad I can say. We had a great time.Additional Information:1. Drinks are on the higher end, but not too bad. Buy beer in buckets as you save $2 ($23 for 4-16oz beers). They no longer have free drinks at the Captain's cocktail party. They offer $1 off drinks at select bars from 5-8pm. The return cruiser party is on Thursday and has free drinks for 45 minutes. Also, on the last day, Friday, there is a farewell party that has free drinks. Very few people knew about it, and it was not publicized very well. Don't miss it!2. Book your tours early before you leave. Most tours were already booked before the ship left port. If you want to do Magen's Bay, you are better to do it through a tour. Cabs back and forth, along with admission, is about the same in price as the tour.3. Go in with a positive attitude. If you go into your vacation trying to find the negatives, don't even bother going. Save your money. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Two couples travelling together, one on deck 10 and we were on 2 with a Cove Balcony. Loved the room! Lots of closet space, nice private balcony. Don't waste your time going to the Spa for the $500 give away. It was mostly ... Read More
Two couples travelling together, one on deck 10 and we were on 2 with a Cove Balcony. Loved the room! Lots of closet space, nice private balcony. Don't waste your time going to the Spa for the $500 give away. It was mostly coupons for 30% off specific services. The services they did give away were nothing you would book and pay for individually, such as a scalp massage, a foot massage, etc. Nassau - The crew was doing a safety drill and they were announcing and ringing bells all morning. The guys tried to sleep in but they didn't get any rest. The ladies went shopping. We sailed at 2 so not much time. We had a couples massage, if you book it while still in Port Canaveral for a port day (before sailing) you get the bathing ritual for free. That's a private jacuzzi bubble bath for two for 30 minutes prior to the massage. Very nice. Followed up with a very nice pedicure that I'm still enjoying. I went back at the end of the week for an Oxygen Facial that was quite nice, although the sales pitch in the end was a little too high pressure. We enjoyed the Chef's Table on the first day at sea but they were not able to have a second one due to lack of interest. On Princess the Chef's Table concludes in the main dining room and everyone asks what you're doing and wants to join in. The Dream has a talented Chef, very clean kitchen, top of the line equipment and professional galley staff. St Thomas - One of my favorite islands, very beautiful and pretty friendly. We went up the gondola to the restaurant and took a taxi back. The taxi was too expensive, $10 per person, and we made the mistake of not negotiating in advance. The gondola was higher than it looks from the ground and quite frightening to people like me who are afraid of heights. The Bushwackers are DELICIOUS liquid courage. St Maarten - We took a local taxi for a long island tour. They started at $40 per person but we found a driver with a nice, newer minivan who took us around the entire island for $20 each plus tip. Ask for Big Willie towards the back of the shops after the water taxi. Unfortunately, we had two bad experiences onboard and will not cruise with Carnival again. The first involved an intoxicated couple enjoying a sexual encounter by the aft pool at the bar. This was pretty early in the evening, about 7-8ish. The staff refused to step in, in fact I asked a waitress to send security and she stopped by later and said they would have yelled at her if she intervened. Eventually their respective spouses caught them and it was quite a Jerry Springer moment. I understand that it can happen anywhere, but there were children on board and the deli counter was a few feet away. The lack of response from the bartenders and staff is the issue. The final straw and the deal breaker is the quality of the food. Everything looked beautiful, but they mostly presented public school quality food made to look good with talented hands. The cheesecakes all tasted like a powdered mix, the cakes were dry. Breakfast potatos at the buffet were always cold and hard. I don't understand why the Tandori Grill or the Pasta Bar aren't open for dinner, even on alternating nights. Both are inexpensive to produce and very good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
Just back from the Dream 2/13-2/20...gorgeous boat...love the decor throughout very modern We stayed in room 12217...spa floor...worth every extra penny...decor of the hallway is upscale and the room decor is upscale...best part only 10 ... Read More
Just back from the Dream 2/13-2/20...gorgeous boat...love the decor throughout very modern We stayed in room 12217...spa floor...worth every extra penny...decor of the hallway is upscale and the room decor is upscale...best part only 10 cabins in our hallway....so nice and quiet all the time. Only bad part...no cover over balcony and adult serenity is right above taking away the privacy. The adult serenity area and the spa are beautiful. The food in the dining room and in the Chef's art steakhouse was so good. We never ate a bad meal. The casino was fun. Enjoyed the funhubs for the Internet throughout the ship. Okay....so here is how our trip started....landed in Atlanta at midnight....all planes grounded....no hotels no rental cars....stuck until Tuesday (it is Friday night). We finally convinced Budget to rent us a car one way for 400 dollars...yup a subcompact for 10 hours for 400 dollars...what are you going to do? We then had no luggage. With little but our passports we drove from 1am to the Orlando airport and returned the car...we stopped for about 20 minutes to grab a few toiletries and shorts and t-shirts. We took a shuttle to the port and made the cruise. We had been up 42 hours straight by the time we fell asleep. Within a day I was in the infirmary with strep throat......never totally recovered.....oh well....we were on a cruise. Caliente...the night club.....crazy wild fun fun fun Nassau...walked around...senor frogs for some drinks St. Thomas....Secret Harbour......GO.....what a nice cove....good eats and drinks and nice beach. St. Marteen....French Beach Break.....don't book this.....the service is very poor...very poor....I can assure you that the other 80 people on the excursion felt the same way. Go to town rent 2 chairs, umbrella, and bucket of beer for 15 bucks! Regardless enjoy. Okay so some things that could be improved on the Dream.... 1. common areas are too small for the amount of people on the boat. 2. More drink servers 3. Buffet area was crowded and hours limited (didn't eat here much) 4. Other than that....all good Read Less
Sail Date February 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

Find a Carnival Dream Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click