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Sail Date: August 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
The cruise in general was very smooth and awesome. sometimes at certain parts of the boat it would smell bad, but the rest was great. I’m only 13 so I really love entertainment and circle c was the most of it. The advisor Josh was ... Read More
The cruise in general was very smooth and awesome. sometimes at certain parts of the boat it would smell bad, but the rest was great. I’m only 13 so I really love entertainment and circle c was the most of it. The advisor Josh was amazing. He cared for everyone there, made conversations, and always made sure nobody was doing anything bad. I’m going to miss circle c only bc he was so great. In all the experience was memorable. Today was the last day and I am home but i really miss it already. I forgot to mention but the customer service was also awesome too. So as the Arcade which was a blast, bingo, and the pools as well. I know i’ve said this many times before but i really really really love this cruise and i recommend to use it. In all I had a awesome time and really hope to come visit again sometime. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
This review is for the Carnival cruise ship The Dream. The staff were super nice but could not understand or speak english very well. The ship was begining to show its age and had several rust spots on the balcony . But the worst ... Read More
This review is for the Carnival cruise ship The Dream. The staff were super nice but could not understand or speak english very well. The ship was begining to show its age and had several rust spots on the balcony . But the worst part was the unkept look of the entire ship. All of the windows were dirty and had streaks of dirt that looked as if it had been there a while. The carpets in the hallways were stained and looked in need of replacement. The balcony sateroom that we were assigned to was 2 doors down from the exit hall. A large family made it a meeting point every day at least 3 times a day. They would yell up and down the hall for their other family members and scream and yell at their children as they disciplined them. This happened several times a day. Right after we embarked our steward stopped at our door to deliver complimentary water bottles. She knocked and banged on the door and stated that she had complintary water to which I replied not now. She then used her pass key to let her self in. Imagine my surprise when the door opened and I was standing there with no clothes on and my husband was in the bathroom. There seemed to be a lot of confusion in the dinning room also, as most of the crew did not understand or speak English very well. However, our main waiter Walter did his best to try and smooth things over. The Food....The Mahi Mahi was over cooked and was replaced with Salmon that was undercooked. While the food was very well presented it lacked a lot in taste. The overall cleanliness of things was discorning. There was often drinks and ice spilled in the elevators and crew members that were looking the other way at the girls as they were cleaning the plexiglass of the stairs. Overall we were very disapointed in our cruise. We were a repeat customer but have decided that next time we will choose a different ship and propably choose a different cruise line. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 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
3 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 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
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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
I do want to say there was one individual in Customer Service that was absolutely amazing! Cudo's to Neo! He was the one that earned the 3 stars. Thank you, Neo you are absolutely the best part of the Ship! The food was horrible ... Read More
I do want to say there was one individual in Customer Service that was absolutely amazing! Cudo's to Neo! He was the one that earned the 3 stars. Thank you, Neo you are absolutely the best part of the Ship! The food was horrible in the buffet area would have eaten in the dining room but my anytime seating was replaced with an 8:15 P.M. dinnertime which I am one not to eat that late at night. The Matre D' in the dining area we were assigned was the worst the last night he did come through for us and we were able to have a decent meal in the dining area. We were on a cruise that allowed for free drinks so it stated in the package but when we arrived we realized it was only if you are playing in the casino. While in the casino, not one waitstaff showed up to take a drink order. If you try and order at the casino bar they will turn you down and tell you to order from the staff on the floor. No waitstaff to be found for most of the cruise. Beware of the free drinks while in the casino could not even get water just a real scam as far as I could see. We finally opted to just purchase a cheers package which you could then purchase from the casino bar. The first day we had a woman meet us at the cabin to introduce herself very pleasant asked us if we wanted service once or twice a day. We opted for twice a day if that was an option however we would see her in the morning and she was nowhere to be found in the afternoons so we would seek out new towels after showering and getting ready for our buffet dinner. Service was scarce all around. The funniest part about the room set-up was that the towel design left on your bed that Carnival is known for was just a towel draped in the middle of the bed but could not identify what it was they were trying to create. On the last day at sea, we decided to sit by the pool in the back of the boat 'Lido Deck' woman's restroom backed up staff could not handle shutting down the bathroom, I literally pulled over two wet floor signs that were on the deck and put them in front of the door! This was a hazard waiting to happen. The woman kept ignoring and pushing aside the signs and into the bathroom. The water was up to my ankles and people are walking in there. No one outside to stop them or get someone in there immediately to stop the water flow. I moved out of the area and went up to the Serenity deck which was overcrowded given they had to close the second floor due to high winds. Next morning and by no fault of the crew's we came into port with a huge bang due to the high winds. We had someone else's empty Dr. Pepper cans and a white hanger land on our deck. The vacation was not what I had expected to say the least! The worst part is I have another cruise scheduled for August through Carnival that I do not even want to go on. To be fair though out of the several Carnival Cruises we have taken this is the only one I have complaints with! The others were great so I will give it one more try :) I am hoping it was just bad timing, shortage of staff, too many people booked on the cruise, etc.. 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I purchased a 5 days cruise for my wife and me to celebrate her retirement as a school teacher. We left May 27th for Costa Maya and Cozumel and returned on June 1st. So here is the breakdown of our cruise. 1) Embarkation - we had ... Read More
I purchased a 5 days cruise for my wife and me to celebrate her retirement as a school teacher. We left May 27th for Costa Maya and Cozumel and returned on June 1st. So here is the breakdown of our cruise. 1) Embarkation - we had Fastest To The Fun so it was an absolute snap. We were through the Galveston terminal and on to the ship in 5 minutes. If you can afford this service, I highly recommend you purchase it. Our bags were delivered late, however; With FTTF, they should have been delivered immediately. Carnival realized this and comped me with a free strawberry plate, which I do appreciate. 2) Entertainment - the best show on board was in the comedy club. You should go at least once. There are R rated shows and PG shows, so be sure to choose the version that is to your liking and sensibilities. We went to see one show in the Encore lounge - the Flick show, with singers and musicians. I personally didn't care for it, but other folks found it enjoyable. I also went to see the raffles, bingos, and trivia shows - and generally, they were well run. I even won a free Wifi package, which I used liberally. I thought that cruise director Gary did a fine job in running the cruise and representing Carnival to the passengers. 3) Food - The best meal by far on the cruise was at the steakhouse, which was tremendous. It was one of the best steak meals that I have had in a long time. The service was also exceptional. The only drawback to that meal is that the restaurant itself is on the 14th flood, which does tend to vibrate when at sea - it took some getting used to. The food in the main dining room was also very good - and the service by the crew there was impeccable. Elizabeth was our waiter and you can tell that she really cared a great deal about her guests. We also ate once at the seafood shack - the shrimp there was really good. At the lido buffet, the food there was at least passable; I would instead recommend dining in the MDR when possible. The pizza restaurant was also passable - honestly, I have heard a lot of complaints about it, but it an OK slice of pizza. Carnival could improve the quality of that food, in my opinion. 4) Physical plant - Our cabin was well cared for and comfortable. There was one issue with our stateroom - the safe did not work when we checked in. The stateroom steward did a good job of calling the technician to get it swapped out. Everything else worked properly. Armando was our steward, and he really kept the place clean. The AC kept the room cool, and there was no smell or odors. Some of the elevators were not working - I saw those complaints in other reviews, and yes, Carnival should fix that. It did cause some problems on day embarkation day. 5) Shore excursions - In Costa Maya, we used the Port Pass excursion, which you have to purchase on the dock itself. Apparently, you cannot get this via Carnival. This allowed us to see the bird exhibit there, which was the highlight of the trip for us. We also toured the chocolate factory, which was also enjoyable. Be forewarned - there are issues with sargasso this year in Costa Maya, so you may want to hold off on booking any beach excursion that could be impacted by these plants. In Cozumel, we went to Chakannab, which was also a great deal of fun - although very crowded. The day were were there, 5 ships had docked in Cozumel, and the place was packed. If crowds are not your thing, then you may want to skip this place. But the staff was friendly and the beach was fine, so I would go back there (on a less crowded day.) 6) Spa - my wife had three spa treatments: the seaweed wrap, the acupuncture, and the teeth whitening. She had positive experiences all three times - the acupuncture was particularly helpful with her arm pain. The spa offers a 10-20-30 plan, with increasing discounts for each service you purchase. So this is a good way to save on multiple spa services. On the first day, there is a spa tour, at which point the staff will demo the various services they offer - you should honestly see those demos before deciding on what you want, or paying for anything. 7) Disembarkation - it was a bit slower than we expected. We chose to self-disembark, and with Fastest to the Fun, it was certainly faster. But it still took 2 hours to get off the ship, clear customs, and get to our car. We used the Galveston Terminal parking in lot A, so leaving from there was a quick. All in all, we really enjoyed ourselves, and I am sure that we will be back with Carnival at some point in the future. I would recommend this cruise, and cruise line, to my friends. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
This was a 50th birthday cruise. There were 14 of us total (7 couples). We had first boarding time, and despite the gangway not working because of a lightning strike, we were on very quickly. We went right to Guys Burger's for our ... Read More
This was a 50th birthday cruise. There were 14 of us total (7 couples). We had first boarding time, and despite the gangway not working because of a lightning strike, we were on very quickly. We went right to Guys Burger's for our first one of the trip along with the drink of the day( rum something-too sweet for me) I then got my traditional first Miami Vice and all was good! We walked around a bit exploring and fell in love with the Serenity deck! Lots of room and plenty of shade and sun plus your own bar and water area. Muster Drill was painless, there were several people that didn't attend or were late, so while the rest of us got on with our vacation, they had to stay and do a longer drill lol. We were deck 7 interior cabins mid-ship and loved them! Great location and lots of storage. Room Steward Gusti was the BEST! I only saw him the first day, but our room was made up every single day and extra towels as asked for were always in our cabin. Alchemy bar was a favorite. The drinks, and bartenders are great and always live music which was a plus! Comedian was funny and shows were always packed. Welcome aboard show was ok. Kind of cheesy, but still entertaining. Cruise Director was very energetic and everywhere! I can't recall his name. We did late dining and had three fantastic guys who kept us laughing and very attentive. Only one night the food was not great, but we still enjoy the dining room experience for dinner. Dining room for breakfast also really good! Steak and eggs, eggs benedict and the roasted tomato soup seemed to be the favs in our group. We did Mr. Sancho's in Cozumel and had a great time. Been there several times and it remains a favorite of mine. Shops were nice, piano bar was ok, casino area and bar was nice and always hopping! Guys Pig and Anchor BBQ was yummy! It's outside deck 5 so make sure you find it. Pasta Bella Pasta is a hidden gem that we found last sea day. Upstairs from lido buffet inside. Trust me-you WANT this pasta! Enjoyed atrium bar and live music especially the violin trio and found a new favorite drink called the cruiser! Played Friends trivia but didn't win :/ had fun though! Watched the mixology on pool deck along with hairy chest contest and ice carving. Hairy chest is funny because almost NO ONE had any hair on their chest lol. Great steel drum music on lido and the area above the pool deck is shaded so that is a super nice option! You can see the ocean and everything going on below you. We probably only saw about half the ship. She is huge, but what we saw we really enjoyed. The pizza is still some of the best and those guys and gals work hard back there! Lots of hot tubs, but would have liked to see a pool for only 21 and up. The kiddos have a slide and small water park and still were trying to get in hot tubs on serenity deck which is 21 and up. We mentioned this to them and they promptly left. Super smooth debarkation to shuttle to truck in less than 30 minutes. All in all a fantastic time and what a great way to celebrate a 50th birthday! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Poor We were very excited about this cruise. We decided to pick this one since it was one of the new ones departing from Galveston ( well 10 years) . However, we found an old ship with poor and outdated decoration. We waited about ... Read More
Poor We were very excited about this cruise. We decided to pick this one since it was one of the new ones departing from Galveston ( well 10 years) . However, we found an old ship with poor and outdated decoration. We waited about 45 minutes with at least 800 people in the checking area before getting into the cruise, with almost no air conditioner and not enough space. It was pretty chaotic. Inside, everything was very crowded, amenities were out of shape and most of the time, there was not enough space for everyone. Tons of people everywhere you go, loud music, and no space in the pools. Food in the buffed was plenty, but very poor quality, same with the sandwich and pizza area. The chocolate and cake station was far from exquisite and the pasta bar was completely awful. However, the Mongolian wok was very good, same as the brunch, breakfast and dinner at the Scarlet (main dining). Shows: our second show ( something related to movies) was the best one. The other ones were not impressive. Movies: the movies in the pool were a great idea. Better Our experience at the Scarlet wasn’t great at first. We had to share a table ( late dining) and there was very little space for everyone, plus the waitress wasn’t ideal either. Luckily, we talked to the Dmitry and he give as a beautiful table in from of the ocean for ourselves (in early seating). This was such a plus! Food here was very good. Reagan ( another waitress) was incredible. My only two recommendations will be: 1) work on better desserts, the chocolate cake was the only good one we had. 2) clean better the plates before you serve them (work on food presentation). Mercy, the lady that cleaned our room was the nicest person we met, besides Reagan. She took care of every detail in our cabin, everything was clean and well organized and she was extremely sweet. Overall: we loved the beach. Cozumel and Costa Maya were incredible! We enjoy having breakfast and dinner at the Scarlet as well. Even so, we won’t be going back to this ship. I recommend newer cruises. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
My 5-day cruise experience to costa maya and cozumel was a disaster from beginning to end! The ship arrived late to the galveston port and the embarkation was delayed. It was very hot, humid, and chaotic! Some people fainted while standing ... Read More
My 5-day cruise experience to costa maya and cozumel was a disaster from beginning to end! The ship arrived late to the galveston port and the embarkation was delayed. It was very hot, humid, and chaotic! Some people fainted while standing and waiting for their boarding times to be called. We did not want to check our luggage but was relieved that we did because when we finally boarded the ship none of the elevators were working! We had to walk flights of stairs from deck 0 to deck 10 after standing for an extended period of time while dehydrated and hungry. We almost missed them lunch, which was cold and nasty. My roommate's luggage didn't arrive for hours because someone snatched her luggage tag off of her suitcase! The so-called activities on the ship were lame so we were bored at sea. Costa maya shouldn't be a destination! The walking distance there was too long, especially in 100 degree weather and when we got there, there nothing to do and you couldn't even look at what they were selling because the sellers bombard you! There was no beach in sight! The only thing i enjoyed during the cruise was the excursion in cozumel that i paid extra for. I just wished we had more time to shop during the excursion. Cozumel was okay...no access to a beach...didn't feel safe taking a cab to a beach since i found out someone was twice (one being a taxi driver). The breakfast was always served cold and the main dining food could have been better and served hot! Both the guy's burger joint and bbq were better than any other food served on the ship because it was served hot and flavorful! Then they snatch $70 from everyone for gratuity! For what?! The ship shouldn't have been operating. It needs to be painted again...lots of rust and not picture worthy! I didn't see anyone take a picture in front of it. It also needs a lot of work internally, including updating the staterooms! The entire time of the cruise the elevators were barely working and if they were working they took forever! I kept seeing maintenance everywhere! I kept smelling painting and paint thinner in/outside of my stateroom which made me feel nauseous! I worried about my safety. Speaking of safety the safety meeting was poorly presented. No one learned anything! They just mumbled and rushed through their demonstration. The disembarkation was another disaster! There was definitely a lack of communication on the staff's part! Everyone was everywhere, the elevators weren't working of course, and we were told to go to deck 3. We sat in a room for 2 hours while the staff disappeared. We left on our own and struggled with our luggage down the stairs with hundreds of people to deck 0. Mind you our stateroom was on deck 1 which didn't make any sense! We could've have left from our stateroom! I'm never cruising with carnival cruises again!!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2014
The best ship I've sailed on Carnival thus far. Pretty new at the time and decent size. Something over 110k+ ton range. Rooms were clean, fixtures were new.. it was just a nice, new and pleasant ship for the fleet. I've been ... Read More
The best ship I've sailed on Carnival thus far. Pretty new at the time and decent size. Something over 110k+ ton range. Rooms were clean, fixtures were new.. it was just a nice, new and pleasant ship for the fleet. I've been on other smaller Carnival ships so this one was much better. Staff was friend and nice per usual. We did formal night dinner every night and the food was pretty good. It wasn't my favorite of all time but very good and the staff was always pleasant. Make sure you tip those guys and gals! We had a basic interior cabin and no complaints. Another couple traveling with us had a balcony and theirs was really nice. Carnival and the Dream were the best parts. The worst part was the weather!! It was October and it rained every day on the 7 day cruise.. I know, bummer... but we had a great time. Roatan was rained out. We just went out to the resort area and got dumped on by rain the whole time so that was not good. Belize was ok but rained a little bit and we did a jeep safari and boat ride around the place.. the rain actually made the ride a little more adventurous. Cozumel was pretty good. Been there several times and this time we did a buggy ride around the town. There was more sunshine in Cozumel that time. It was a good line up of stops and I'm sure if the weather is amazing, it would be perfect. But no complaints whatsoever about Carnival and this newer addition to the fleet. I would like to cruise this ship again in the future or sister class ships of the same size. Bon Voyage! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
We cruised on Carnival Dream on 4/22/12. This was our 2nd Carnival cruise. The first was not a good experience, but it was a very old and small ship so we were hoping the Dream would be more modern with more to do. We are a couple in our ... Read More
We cruised on Carnival Dream on 4/22/12. This was our 2nd Carnival cruise. The first was not a good experience, but it was a very old and small ship so we were hoping the Dream would be more modern with more to do. We are a couple in our 50's and have also cruised with Royal Caribbean on three cruises. We arrived a day early driving down from OK, and stayed the night at the Hilton Garden Inn by the GW Bush airport. A nice hotel and not far from anything. There is not a drop off section in Galveston for rental cars as Carnival site indicates so the cost factor was too high to take a flight, then use their shuttle, ($33 pp one way) to and from the airport. We booked Galveston Park N Cruise Inside Parking for our vehicle. We were able to view & book online. These were exactly as described. They were very organized and we felt very secure in leaving our vehicle in their building for a week. We arrived at 10:45AM and people were still coming off the ship. The parking lot attendant said we could leave our suitcases in our vehicle and just walk over to Old Town Galveston for a little while until the Ship let us board at 11:30AM. This was a very nice walk, about 2 blocks, and had quaint little shops to see and shop. This reminded me a lot of Key West. At 11:30AM we walked back to our vehicle, unloaded our bags and walked the two blocks to our ship. We were onboard and in the Lido buffet area for lunch at 12:00PM. The Lido deck is very confining, and has lots of little areas, booths to eat. It would be hard for a family of 6 or more to eat together. You cannot see the food or the lines from most of the tables. The same food on the Lido is served all week, with very little change. Our 9th floor Balcony room was very nice. We had excellent room attendants who always knew our name. That is part of the survey on the last day, did room attendant refer to you by name? We loved the times when we could be by ourselves and just enjoy the fresh air and relax on our balcony. The room is a very nice size. Lights have to be turned on with your Sea Pass key but that was not a problem for us at all. TV in room had two channels with free movies all the time, but these very rarely changed movies. It would play "Cars" all day and night. It does not cost that much to have a small variety of movies for the room. That way if some nap, others don't, we don't watch "Cars" or "Cats" 4 times in a week! (Yes, there are movies that you can purchase to watch at $10+ each) We did like having all local Miami channels. ABC, NBC or CBS just at Miami time zone. We were also very close to Lido, Buffet, Gym, etc. We found that this location of room was an excellent choice! It is however, very hard to navigate around the overall ship. There are some areas where you have to go down to 5, go thru Casino, then down to 3 for your dining area. Early Dining was full, so we had to have my time dining. It was ok, but think we will still request Early Dining from now on. A different wait staff and dinner companions every night is not as much fun. The extra food facilities throughout the ship are all good. Some are only open on Sea days. Both Breakfast and Lunch in Dining room are the same menu throughout the week, as well as the Lido Deck. We did eat at the Italian restaurant one day for lunch. It was a basic fast food Italian. We did make reservations ahead for the steak restaurant one nite. Make sure you do this far in advance. There were several conflicts by the time I booked a month early. The food was wonderful and it was nice to watch the sunset from our table. The outdoor movie theater is nice, but usually the movies coincide with dinner times or show times. 6PM and 9PM. I think they could have worked out a better schedule for this. We had Grease (sing-a-long) once on another ship and there was about 500-800 people singing along to all the songs! It was a hoot! There were about 300 people at best on the Dream. Popcorn was very limited from a little bar off to the side, and would not allow people to get popcorn once the movie started but wait until the next one for Popcorn. Field of Dreams was the first night and that was a great choice. Classics like this are always good, not "What Women Want"! The Shows at night were very good from what we saw. This is the first time that we have not seen every show at night. One night there was not a show at all. There were 2 or 3 nights when the only show started at 10:30PM. We are early risers, so did not always attend. If there is just one show, it will be packed out. We did go to the Comedy Club and most of the family shows were very funny, especially the first two nights the Club was open. Montego Bay, Jamaica. Docked and could go thru a very small shopping area in about 10 minutes! That was enough for me. We have been to Ocho Rios, Jamaica before and I have read nothing but bad things about cab drivers, people, been given drugs to purchase and seen all the natives try to get you to purchase everything they own. I think Jamaica is dirty, and annoying with very limited excursions to really enjoy safely. I really don't understand why any cruise line goes there. Costa Maya and others are much better places to port. Grand Cayman-Tendering. This is such a different port than Jamaica. It is beautiful, clean, and full of fun things to do that you feel safe doing! The tendering does take some time, so allow for that if you book your own excursions. My husband dives, so we booked a 2 tank dive thru Carnival. They use Don Foster Dive Shop. This was an excellent organization. They were top knotch, experienced and safety conscious attendants. I also go along as a non-diver so I see more than even the average diver. I was very impressed. They were prepared, efficient, and instructed where, when, what to see, and how they were going to dive & get equipment. This was one of the best dives my husband has been on. Cozumel-Port. This was also an excellent place for excursions. The port is clean and plenty of nice places to shop before our excursion. My husband also dove at this port. Unfortunately after we got on board Carnival Dream the first day, we were given a notice that his dive in Cozumel was cancelled with no explanation. There were also 18 other people who booked this dive. We were disappointed that they didn't try to help us to make another arrangement or give us notice so we could do so before boarding. We frantically rushed to call our son and have him book another dive in Cozumel thru a private organization. He booked us thru Papa Hogs. There are several dive shops in the area, and a taxi for $4 can take you to their shop. This was also an excellent dive and we had told a few Carnival Dream divers from Grand Cayman about this privately booked dive, so they also came along. I was able to sit on a very small beach and wait. There was a nearby bar where I got a soda and some chips. It was nice to just sit, get wet if I wanted and just have a great view. Overall it was a good cruise because my husband and I needed to rest and relax. I think the Carnival Cruise line is geared more for those who really like to drink and party. The shows, food, and overall entertainment are just not high quality except for the steak restaurant. We are just not into partying and drinking, so will probably go back and stay with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
We have cruised 21+times since May of 2000. Love to cruise.We stayed at the Raddison on The Port. Excellent in every way. Would recommend!! Even had a 2 person jacuzzi in our room. Staff there went over & beyond to accommodate the ... Read More
We have cruised 21+times since May of 2000. Love to cruise.We stayed at the Raddison on The Port. Excellent in every way. Would recommend!! Even had a 2 person jacuzzi in our room. Staff there went over & beyond to accommodate the busy & hectic # of cruisers staying there. Flew to Florida on the 24th. Took a nice Trolley around the beach & ate at a nice little cafe overlooking the beach.We booked a limo from the airport round trip to pick us up on the return as well. It was Sanford Limos & they were late for both pickups. Would not recommend. Taxi was $3.00 per mile, so the limo was cheaper (160.00) but had to wait along time. Would look elsewhere for transportation.This was the Dream sailing 4-26-11 from 4-2-11. Took off a week to be with my daughter, her husband & our granddaughter who was celebrating her high school graduation.Easy Embarkation. Very nice port as well as very nice airport.Room was Empress 7335, supposed to be a suite, but only the bathroom was bigger. Not large enough to warrant the extra fees.Service was great, did not see our room steward much. She had way to much to take care of. Dining was great in the Supper Club. Dining room reservations got very messed up & the maitre d got very hateful & rude. They put us in a side room away from the main dining area. His name was Dakar, rightly named. Dining is very important to us. We like to visit with others same folks every night. This put a damper on the whole week.Entertainment was good, especially the 8 More Seconds- we had seen it on the Ecstasy. There was a comedian, Bob who was fantastic. Worked well with the audience & children.Had a veterans get together. They should announce it over the p a. It was not well thought out. Had it in the main foyer with kids running & playing. Should of had a cruise person there to welcome them. This is an important group & needs to be recognized.Did a resort at Nassau- Not anything great. St Thoma, did the underwater motor scooters. Scary but fun. Crew was excellent. St. Martin is very expensive & taking a cab around the island is a big waste. They cram 12 in a 8 person auto. Beach was nice when we finally got there.Disembarkation was good however they did not call VIPs early or have a waiting room like they did on other cruises.Limo was 1 hour late picking us up & getting us to the airport.Overall the reason for this cruise was our granddaughter & my daughter, so seeing them was wonderful.Jubilee, Spirit, Paradise, Ecstasy, Celebration, Victory, Valor, Pride, Conquest, Dream & Miracle. Constellation, Summit, Millenium, Island Princess, Splendor of the Seas. many of them more than once. Favorite cruise Jubilee to Alaska. May 11, 2000.Would be glad to answer questions, pamc@westtxrealty.comPam ClouseAlpine, Texas Read Less
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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