2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our second cruise with Carnival and I now have learnt that you know what you're getting with Carnival. A well rounded family cruise that isn't fabulous, just a solid family vacation. We found that this ship did not have the ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Carnival and I now have learnt that you know what you're getting with Carnival. A well rounded family cruise that isn't fabulous, just a solid family vacation. We found that this ship did not have the best layout for sitting around the pool due to the waterworks activity which wasn't open very often and our kids did once and didn't enjoy! We had previously sailed on Carnival Freedom and found that layout better. The attention to service by all personnel is above and beyond! We found the entertainment was broadly just ok, meaning the shows were fine, the comedians were touch and go with one being good and two being poor. I felt that they should have had more entertainment scheduled for the last day at sea, they just seemed to want to wrap up the cruise and move on to the next one. We stopped in three ports, Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan. We did shore excursions that we arranged privately which were all great. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
we went on the Christmas cruise out of New Orleans. The ship was packed full, but even so very fast on and off the ship. Food was very good all over the ship. There are some specialty places that one may like, such as a sushi dining ... Read More
we went on the Christmas cruise out of New Orleans. The ship was packed full, but even so very fast on and off the ship. Food was very good all over the ship. There are some specialty places that one may like, such as a sushi dining experience, and there is a Starbucks type place too for specialty coffees. Coffee is everywhere on the ship...I dreamt that home would be like that. And it was GOOD! Late night foods are pizza and pizza. The sandwich place is open until like 10ish I believe. All the food was great. Mongolian food, Indian food, American food all hot and yummy. Ok enough about freebies... Ok no...Let me add the Comedians on the ship were great, karaoke, the piano bar guy, I mean there is something to do everywhere you look. All for free or included in your cost. The reason this wasn't a 5-star rating. I mean a 5-star experience, was the internet package and the accommodations. The rooms are so flipping small. If you get a regular room you cant move, so send your loved one to the bar while you get dressed. It is so much easier. The shower was great! The beds were soft and comfy. They need to get that air conditioning working better when you get to warmer climates. All the bars on the ship were fun fun fun. So many ethnic people from all over the world get on these ships. Its amazing to meet them all. The back pool I thought was an adult pool??? I may have been wrong that it was adult only, but there were 30-40 kids in there hitting each other, talking bad etc. So no swimming for me! So my only complaints were it wasn't long enough, the costs of drinks, the non-working paid for upfront internet service, lack of an adult only pool, and the size of the rooms. Other than that it was amazing and I wanted to go back! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was our first Christmas cruise, and maybe our last. It just wasnt Christmas for us. We spent Christmas Day evening in the Speciality Steakhouse. and I can say I was really underwhelmed and it was definately not worth the extra ... Read More
This was our first Christmas cruise, and maybe our last. It just wasnt Christmas for us. We spent Christmas Day evening in the Speciality Steakhouse. and I can say I was really underwhelmed and it was definately not worth the extra money. I had the surf and turf and my lobster tail and steak were barely lukewarm when It was served. The melted butter for the lobster was warmer than the food. They offered to replace the dinner, but by the time they asked how the meal was, my husband was finished with his meal, and who wants to wait for another meal to be fixed and eat alone? Don't waste your money. We ate every other night in the formal dining, and the food was very good. We had a set time (6:00 p.m) and we loved having the same waiters and table mates each night that we could visit with. I loved being able to try new things each day. We tried the Mongolian Wok, good but very spicey, just be forwarned. Pig and Anchor was just ok. Guy's burger joint had very good hamburgers. The buffet was just ok. The chocolate special was not good at all. I saw a lot of food not eaten on people's plates. We had omlets a couple of mornings, and they were very good. The sea day brunch was good. Don't expect to take a swim, the pools are small and overcrowded. The Whirlpools are cold, not even warm. The cruise director was not the best we have had, and was very self-serving, not extremely funny. We took a Scenic Wildlife River Cruise (Carnival excursion) and it was really underwhelming. Just a boat that went up the river 10 miles and back. It had a roadway running alongside the river, so not really scenic. The wildlife consisted of 1 monkey, 2 iguanas, one small alligator. Certainly not worth the money. We would not take this cruise again. Overall, not my best cruise, but ok. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise early in the year and presented the idea to our teenagers: Would they rather receive gifts for Christmas or to travel by cruise. They unanimously said "Cruise!" so we booked right away and then talked my ... Read More
We chose this cruise early in the year and presented the idea to our teenagers: Would they rather receive gifts for Christmas or to travel by cruise. They unanimously said "Cruise!" so we booked right away and then talked my parents into joining us. We chose this port because New Orleans was about an equidistant drive for us compared to other ports and we were more interested in the Western Caribbean. We also loved the idea of coming back into port on New Years Eve and being able to spend it in New Orleans! As our first cruise we were apprehensive about the crowds and food but were very pleased on how everything unfolded. We arrived a day and a half early and was able to explore New Orleans. We rode the street car to the city park and back, enjoying the sculpture garden as well. We walked from our hotel to the French Quarter several times and took in as much as the city as we could with a couple of teenagers. The Dave & Busters in New Orleans is fantastic as it let them play and allowed us to watch football! Embarkation was a breeze and though my wife forgot to sign us up for an earlier time we were able to get on several hours early. We just had to wait longer for our rooms to be ready but once we were on board we headed for the buffet. The ship itself is massive. We walked about six to seven miles a day while on board going from one location to the next. It took us a while to figure out our bearings but a lot of the places we liked to hang out on the ship were directly opposite of our cabin or other places we had just been. Our feet quickly became tired within a couple of days. Everything was kept very clean and the while the decor in the halls was a little dated (I think their goal as it is "art deco") it was fine to us. There was a massive Christmas tree in the ship's lobby which was a beautiful backdrop for pictures. We asked a crew member how many passengers and they told us it was one of the larger filled cruises with 4700 people on it yet it never seemed crowded to us. We never had to wait in line to get anywhere other than small lines to get food which would take 10 minutes max. I anticipated crowds like Disney around Spring Break and so was so relieved when people were not right on top of us. People could use a little more spatial awareness in looking where they're going or not doubling back w/o looking behind them but everyone was in good moods so there was no aggravation over small occurrences like this that did happen. Every where we went, there was always a place to sit. People have complained about the pools being packed and I do agree. We never got in the water due to the kid soup. The hot tubs were a little better and we were able to get into a few but at least one was not hot at all. It was luke-warm at best but it could have just been that day. The bars on the ship were never over crowded except for the casino bar and that was the one place I didn't really want to be in anyway. It was the only place on the ship where cigarette smoke was too strong for us. I'm not much of a gambler so we only used the casino as a course to walk through. Our favorite bars to go to where the aft bar on Lido (don't remember the name), the Alchemy bar where you could get an amazing martini, and the lobby bar where you could hear great music while you did general people watching. Our kids loved the O2 club and would disappear after breakfast, check in at dinner, and then go enjoy until the curfews we set. They had a phenomenal time and are already begging to do it again (just not for Christmas). Dining on the ship was amazing for us. We never spent any extra for the sushi place or the steak venue. We had heard over several reviews that they were not worth the upcharge. We were content with the food in the dining halls and it was fantastic. It was so much better than we expected! I loved that I could ask for whatever I wanted as well. I had four lobster tails on Christmas Day! I'm not a big person, I just love lobster! I also loved the special appetizers that were a bit unusual - Frog legs, escargot, braised rabbit, etc. Each night I tried these and was truly impressed in how much I liked most of them. Brunch in the dining rooms was almost as good and much better than the buffet but those were not bad, just what you would expect out of a buffet. The Mongolian restaurant was fantastic and so were Guy's burgers. We had pizza a lot and the prosciutto was out of this world. We had this A LOT. We did not try the Pig & Anchor as we heard it was just decent and we have some fantastic BBQ where we live. My wife loves Indian food but looked at what they had and was not impressed so we never tried that. I enjoyed the tacos from the Blue Iguana and the pasta from the restaurant upstairs. Room service deli sandwiches were also quite good. All in all I was impressed as I have been to all inclusive resorts with lesser food. The service on the ship was amazing! I cannot say enough about the friendliness of all the bar staff, room stewards, photo people, dining staff, people cleaning the elevator areas etc etc. Everyone was super friendly which has to be hard given that they work so much. Entertainment was the one thing I feel was really lacking on the ship. One of the main disappointments was reading the reviews all year about the Cruise Director, the Flying Dutchman, Scott. Scott was apparently everywhere all the time that people would go on ship and entertained and delighted everyone! I guess he moved to another ship or was on a break and we had Brandon who was about as dull as a cardboard cutout. We never saw him in person (only heard his voice on the intercom) and when we saw him on the television he just was not funny at all. How he got that job I would love to know as I'm sure he gets paid well. Anyway, during the day until about 4-4:30 when the musicians would start there wasn't much to do. There was some kind of clue game going on but unless you got in on it the first day then keeping up with it daily was too late. We didn't really care for the format of the trivia which was something we really enjoy (15-20 questions back to back - no deviation in topic per game). It was also super specific and the people running it were terrible at pronouncing the various names. I like it when the trivia host has a little credibility. These were very cut and dry. If you didn't say exactly what their tablet said you were wrong. Other activities we just were not interested in. The slides were over crowded and kind of hurt my back so I didn't go down but a couple of times on each. The pools as mentioned earlier were over crowded. Sitting around the lido deck was fine if you could get a chair in the sun and withstand the loud music pumped out by the DJ (seriously when he quit his set it was much more tolerable). I know why Carnival pushes their alcohol so much. To make money of course but to give people something to actually do! Nighttime activities were much more lively. The string trio that would play in the lobby were great but the real stars were a band called Down to Funk with some horn players that did old stuff like Earth Wind & Fire, and another duo called Unity consisting of a male and female vocalist playing acoustic guitar. We found ourselves seeking them out to listen to most days we could. We never went to the evening shows as dance numbers are not our thing though our parents said they were all fantastic. Our kids said the O2 club had plenty of activities all day long to keep them entertained but didn't necessarily stick to their set schedules. They based it on what the kids wanted to do so there was some flexibility which the teenagers loved. If there was a time that they did not want to do anything they would go venture out to the rest of the ship. I saw plenty of teenagers hanging out but I never felt that they were in the way or acting too obnoxiously around us. We did a port excursion to Paradise Beach in Cozumel (beautiful water and a nice swimming pool but cab ride, entrance, and drink prices made it somewhat pricey that staying on the ship might have been a better option). In Belize we went to the Mayan ruins in Lamanai which we booked separate from Carnival. The company was called Belize x-stream tours and they were fantastic. The tour was a 45 minute bus ride then a 45 minute river ride on a speed boat on a very small river and our captain was flying! It was so fun. The ruins themselves were massive and very impressive and our guides were amazingly good at their jobs. I also enjoyed that Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language so that was never a barrier when traveling away from the main port. In Roatan we stayed in the main port area to do some shopping and just kind of hang out. The countryside was beautiful though and if I were to go back I would like to rent a car and go explore some. It looked like a set from Jurassic Park. All in all we had a fantastic time. Next time I think we would have purchased the drink package as there isn't much to do on sea days other than drink because you're bored. Our kids loved it and we will take them on another trip, though it may not be a cruise because while they had fun, we never spent much time with them. My wife and I do love the idea of an Alaskan cruise though so that may be our next trip together. It is a definite value!! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
As a periodic cruiser, approximately 1 per year, this was our 7th cruise with Carnival, and our second of three scheduled cruises on the Dream. My wife and I drove to New Orleans from Texarkana, TX on Saturday, met up with the rest of our ... Read More
As a periodic cruiser, approximately 1 per year, this was our 7th cruise with Carnival, and our second of three scheduled cruises on the Dream. My wife and I drove to New Orleans from Texarkana, TX on Saturday, met up with the rest of our party of 21, and spent the night at the Springhill Suites, (a couple of blocks from the terminal). We all loaded up our vehicles the next morning and headed to the terminal at 10:00 am for check-in. Carnival's check-in procedures have changed slightly between our last 2 cruises. You no longer can exit the garage elevators directly into the check-in area. Instead you are directed to the ground floor, forced to exit the building, directed to another door where credentials are checked then directed back into the building up escalators to the check-in desks. There is NO shortage of employees to tell you where to go. The remainder of the boarding was as usual, a waiting game. I am NOT complaining, the wait always adds to our anticipation! Once onboard we headed directly to the LIDO deck where we quickly found a table and began the process of tasting everything available at the buffet We are NEVER disappointed with the options offered. As I stated, our party consisted of 23 people ranging in age from 65 to 4 years old, family and friends. As the cruise progressed and the rest of our party became familiar with the decks and layout, my wife and I were lucky enough to be in the same exact balcony stateroom as we were in on our last cruise, they all found the clubs, activities and friends that kept them entertained for the entire cruise. Every evening all of us would meet for dinner, this was MY requirement for family members, in the Scarlett dining room, where we would discuss the days events, evening activities and address any problems, (there were never any problems). Allow me to sum up our cruise, It was FANTASTIC, my entire party enjoyed it thoroughly, The teens had their clubs (O2), the younger ones had camp carnival, adults enjoyed the casino and BOB in the piano bar. There was not a dull moment for anyone! Now, let me give credit where it belongs. The crew and staff on the DREAM go to ALMOST annoying extremes to ensure you have a great cruise. From the room stewards to the dining room staff, I could single out every individual, you get the point. These people are the hardest working group I have ever encountered, and they do it with a smile! It is this group that makes my vacation!!!!! My wife and I love cruising and in particular the Carnival Dream, so much we have already booked a room for their July 2018 cruise, along with 25 friends and family. Lastly, I have been on many types of family vacations. All-inclusive, Houseboats at Lake Powell etc... There is no comparison when it comes to value for your vacation dollar! The travel, food, shows, activities available etc... Happy New Years!! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Had been on this cruise 3 years ago. Was satisfied but this year the port stores are limited. Looks like many of the larger retailers have pulled out of the area. The tender ride into the port was good but the return trip was very slow and ... Read More
Had been on this cruise 3 years ago. Was satisfied but this year the port stores are limited. Looks like many of the larger retailers have pulled out of the area. The tender ride into the port was good but the return trip was very slow and we had to stay on the tender without any air movement. would not consider this trip again. Mahogany Bay was a clean port and very accommodating. Very disappointed that Carnival only offers CNN for news coverage. Also the internet was slow despite paying the additional to upgrade. Food and service in restaurant was good. Steakhouse was great. Went to the lido deck to eat about 11:20 only to find that all the lines were closed. Only option was pizza. Never had seen this that all lines were closed. Guy's burgers and fries were great and all that they were supposed to be. The condiment bar was well stocked. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
I have cruised on the dream in 2012, and found improvement in this 2017 cruise. The shows were amazing, especially "Flick." Don't miss it! Spell-binding! The dining room food was better than average, in most areas. Desserts ... Read More
I have cruised on the dream in 2012, and found improvement in this 2017 cruise. The shows were amazing, especially "Flick." Don't miss it! Spell-binding! The dining room food was better than average, in most areas. Desserts are still lack luster. Service was better on this cruise also. The ship was kept spotless, with lots of precautions, such as hand sanitizer and tissues to open doors with. I did miss the Italian restaurant which other Carnival ships have, and the digital photography which Vista had (much more efficient)! Our cabin steward Lawrence was fantastic on the main deck. Cabin was in a good location, but the sofa bed was so hard, that I was uncomfortable. Lawrence gave me extra blankets and an extra duvet to pad it with, but still uncomfortable. We had a virgin cruiser with us, and even though he was convinced that he would not like cruising, he loved the Dream! There was plenty of activities and entertainment, as well as good music venues to choose from. Thanks Carnival for a great cruise! See you on the Magic January 6th. Colonel KT Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
My daughter broke her toe the first morning and no one informed us that if you were hurt in the first 48 they would fly you home and give you a 110% refund or we would have taken it. The meet and Mingle was great except it was so hard to ... Read More
My daughter broke her toe the first morning and no one informed us that if you were hurt in the first 48 they would fly you home and give you a 110% refund or we would have taken it. The meet and Mingle was great except it was so hard to fine the meeting room. I spent my time pushing my daughter in a wheel chair to eat to get something to drink and to smoke. Was miserable. Would not let us take the wheelchair off the ship she finally got crutches and we got off the ship and back on within a hour and then her arms wore out. In the last port we were told we could take the wheelchair off ship but she could walk some by then so we were able to get off for a little while at the last stop. Terrible cruise and once I was bringing her back from dinner and housekeeping was in the isle and they would not let me take her to they were going to take her the other way but didn't get through they made fun of her and she had to walk to the room. Our stewart was the worst that is why she fell there is a sign that said if the towels were not on the floor they would not pick them up or give you new ones so after a shower there were wet towels on the floor and when she went to the bathroom she hit the wet towels and fell the stewart did not tend to our room for the first 2 days and never gave us clean glasses. It was terrible and a big waste of money. The doctor told her to stay in bed can you imagine staying in the little room and the only thing to eat was room service. Our dining at 6 was great. Had great food great service and very friendly waiters. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Were it not for the relentless noise I would really like this ship. Clean, bright, modern, great cabin, good food. Two problem areas: terrible entertainment and noise, noise, noise. 3,500 people cheering, chanting, arguing, laughing and ... Read More
Were it not for the relentless noise I would really like this ship. Clean, bright, modern, great cabin, good food. Two problem areas: terrible entertainment and noise, noise, noise. 3,500 people cheering, chanting, arguing, laughing and talking is noisy enough but add amped up music, announcements about sales and the general din of engines and fans and you have no tranquility at sea. Perhaps the musicians and crew are deaf ... I nearly am after 7 days. The theatre shows (mimed singing) and trotting about a stage are amped to distortion level so you can't understand anyone who actually sings. Even the classical musicians who play in the worst possible place - the atrium - blast through microphones and huge speakers. Should I add that the lame comedians barely elicit a grin? I didn't attend their "adult" shows because I figured if you aren't funny in a regular show then you won't be funny with swearing and toilet talk. In the outdoor theatre they showed the same film twice. Read Less
Carnival Dream Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.4
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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