1,961 Carnival Dream Cruise Reviews

My second time on the Dream and it was once again quite pleasant. We departed from New Orleans and embarcation was a breeze. From curb to poolside took us less than 15 minutes. Very efficient! The ship was nice, no complaints ... Read More
My second time on the Dream and it was once again quite pleasant. We departed from New Orleans and embarcation was a breeze. From curb to poolside took us less than 15 minutes. Very efficient! The ship was nice, no complaints there. Always clean, never had to wait at a bar or at the buffet, service in the dining room was impeccable and though I found selection very limited in both the buffet and dining room, what there was was of good quality and tasty. The steakhouse was of course delicious and service was excellent. We booked the Captain's Table and as usual it was worth every penny. Food, service and entertainment were top notch and having the table in the kitchen and not a glassed off room was super interesting. The theatre shows were very good, but some were the same I already saw on the Vista 2 years ago. Excellent performances none the less. Piano bar sadly was not that great. Cabin was a standard balcony on the 7th deck. Clean, quiet, comfortable and a very good stateroom attendant. It was just what the doctor ordered to shoo away the winter blues. :) My only real complaint about the ship would be that Carnival replaced the amazing Tandoor Indian restaurant with an upsell seafood restaurant. That was a huge disappointment. Ports were Roatan, Belize and Cozumel and I scuba dived in every port using Carnival's excursions. All the dives were excellent. I specially enjoyed the dive operator picking us right at the ship in Belize. Debarcation was a breeze as I was staying in New Orleans for a few days. I choose one of the latest tags and got off the ship around 9:30am with almost no lines thru customs. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We'd never been on a cruise and after watching a movie about a cruise (not Titanic) we decided to try. We were a bit apprehensive but decided to give it a try. We chose to go in early February as it was after Christmas break and ... Read More
We'd never been on a cruise and after watching a movie about a cruise (not Titanic) we decided to try. We were a bit apprehensive but decided to give it a try. We chose to go in early February as it was after Christmas break and before Spring break so we thought that we would miss a rush of kids. The cruise was mostly filled with retirees though there were a few families. Getting on and off of the ship in New Orleans was a bit of a hassle. They were loading over 3000 people as quickly as they could and overall it wasn't bad. We arrived before our boarding time and so went through the longer lines. It might have been better if we'd come at the assigned time. Our cabin was on deck 12 a Spa balcony room. Having driven to New Orleans from Illinois we had stayed in a couple of nice hotels on the way down. The cruise room was not up to those standards, but it had more space in the living room and bath than our motorhome so we were happy. The steward was very friendly and attentive and the room was always clean. We ordered room service most mornings the food was simple but good. The buffet for breakfast or lunch was always well stocked and the food was very good. Dinners in the formal dining room were always excellent. Our main server Soe was amazing. When the ship was at sea for the day a sit down breakfast was available in the aft dining room. It's hard to imagine getting tired of steak (filet minion) and eggs for breakfast, but it can become a thing. The food was great. There was entertainment throughout the ship: piano bar, comedy club, two lounges with singers. There were also shows in the larger area in the front of the ship. We stayed to the smaller venues. We went to Jamaica, Grand Caiman and Cozumel. Grand Cayman and Cozumel were great. The stop in Jamaica at Montego Bay was disappointing. We hadn't planned any excursions as none seemed interesting. The port itself was a line of a dozen or so shanty stores selling t shirts sun glasses and rum. We snorkeled in Cozumel and swam with dolphins and stingrays in Grand Cayman. Those very much fun and memorable. We enjoyed it enough that we scheduled another cruise with Carnival for next February. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was our second cruise on the Dream once before the dry dock. Must say the 2017 dry dock did the Dream some good! Honestly, I had reservation about booking again on the Dream since our first time it was just ok. The additions of ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Dream once before the dry dock. Must say the 2017 dry dock did the Dream some good! Honestly, I had reservation about booking again on the Dream since our first time it was just ok. The additions of Guy's Pig & Anchor and Blue Iguana Cantina were big hits for us on this trip. We did have the late seating for dinner in the Scarlet Dining Room. Our waitstaff was decent with no major faults. The dining room appeared to be at 60% percent occupancy. Not sure if the lack of occupancy was from the many anytime dining goers or cruisers utilizing several pay restaurants. We enjoyed our Steakhouse night on the first cruise night and having a complementary bottle of wine put us in the relaxation mood! I wouldn't call the Steakhouse fine dining but the extra attention and food quality is well worth a visit at least one night. Being a frequent Carnival cruiser we have noticed the cutbacks and such. One of those I believe is with the waitstaff as they are not as attentive as they used to be. Just 5 years ago, I recall them anticipating my needs before I ever needed to ask. One example is the Bubbles package, if you have it and after the first night dining with them, every night thereafter you would have your soda brought to you before asking. This doesn't happen or hasn't happened to us for the last 4/5 years. The Playlist shows were good and the talent was top notch. We enjoyed 80s Pop to the Max, Flick, and American Rocks! We sat on the lower lounge area and always had a great view of the show. Everyone should see at least one (if not all) of the shows, we skip Hasbro and Love & Marriage. Our ports included Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel which all had their unique qualities. We did not use any excursions through Carnival and always book independently. Our favorite was the Cave Kayaking in Belize with ViV tours. As it turned out, my husband and I were the only two people with our guide on the Kayak tour and it was amazing having his full attention. He did a great job telling us about Belize, pointing out fun things in the cave, and some how convinced my husband and I to hold a tranchula that was just hanging by the side of the path. Even though most excursions are not close to the Belize City cruise port, it is a shame if you chose to stay on the ship. Belize is a tender port and it takes about 15-20 minutes to arrive at the dock. The Dream sailed out of NOLA and embarkation and disembarkation was easily navigated. We parked at the cruise port for about $140, we spit the cost with our friends which made the port parking more economical. We drove right into the garage, the porter met us immediately, took our bags, and then we drove up 2 floors and parked. From parking garage to Lido with a drink in our hand was less than one hour. All my hesitations about sailing Dream again quickly faded once on board. Barring any major breakdown, unusual defect, or unusual cosmetic wear and tear I see no reason we would sail the Dream again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We enjoy getting away from the colder weather in January. We love cruising from New Orleans and have tried to do an Eastern Caribbean for several years. Originally we booked this itinerary as an August cruise only to have it changed to ... Read More
We enjoy getting away from the colder weather in January. We love cruising from New Orleans and have tried to do an Eastern Caribbean for several years. Originally we booked this itinerary as an August cruise only to have it changed to Western when a hurricane threatened. The revised embarkation process is very smooth. We did a jazz brunch in New Orleans and had a 1:30 boarding time. Other than my forgetting to remove a metal object from my pocket as we went through security everything was quite fast. With our later boarding time we elected to forgo the buffet on the Lido deck. We went straight to our cabin and began our unpacking. The safety assembly was smooth with the newer process of a scan of your Sail & Sign card taking role working well. I believe it was the quickest we've experienced. Our 39 year old daughter was also on the cruise in her own cabin. She treated us to dinner in the Steak House the first night (something of a tradition for us). The slightly more formal atmosphere and relaxed service time are a joy. The food was enjoyed by us. My wife had surf & turf and the lobster was excellent. She was not able to finish off her steak but enjoyed it as well. My daughter and I had the filet. Since we have slightly different concepts of appropriate cooking, her steak was medium and mine medium rare. Both were delightfully cooked as we requested. Our serving team of Aleksandrina and Maria were attentive without being obtrusive. We enjoyed ourselves so much it was decided to return on the last night for a repeat experience. Once again the food, service and ambiance excelled. The main dining room experience was smooth;. our table companions pleasant; the wait staff attentive and efficient; and the food what you expect from Carnival. My only complaint is that on Sea Day Brunch you formerly were offered a pastry or bread upour on being seated. This no longer happens. We did Anytime dining once in the Scarlett with Adrian as our server. He was outstanding. We elements of the entertainment to be disappointing.. Having read a review from December our expectations were not too high. The Encore shows were too high concept. The performers had issues with vocal pitch. I am not sure if the accompaniment tracks are done once and perhaps in unfriendly keys for specific performers. It sure felt that way at times. The Allure Strings (a group of 3 attractive young women) played to techno tracks in the lobby bar. Again, highly amplified experience. I did not detect any attempt to adjust tuning between tunes or sets. My ears failed to detect any recognizable tunes (popular or classical) which was a shame. Chuck on solo guitar was great! He does covers and does them well. The country music ensemble played familiar tunes without much energy and a bit of pitch issues at times. Ms. Drumz on the Lido deck did a good job of making the experience feel Caribbean. Unfortunately, we played out early and did not get to the Comedy Club or to the Dive-In movies. We only did one Carnival excursion: Inclusive Beach in Freeport. The beach was fine with umbrellas for those who desired them.The staff was very pleasant and accommodating. We were the second (afternoon) group and the food service was a bit delayed.When it became available, it was excellent beach buffet. Transportation was what you expect: cue up, wait, bus ride. Disembarkation is never fun. While getting off the ship was done as planned by Carnival, the lines down the ramp to package claim, through customs and to the garage were lengthy and slow paced. We were called to cue up at 8:25 and did not get in our vehicle until 10:47.My thought through the process was: this is the place where an air borne virus will infect everyone. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I traveled with a group of eighteen people, most of whom were clergy participating in a continuing education event on board. Overall, we had a great time! My roommate and I were in cabin 2661. This was my first (and probably last) ... Read More
I traveled with a group of eighteen people, most of whom were clergy participating in a continuing education event on board. Overall, we had a great time! My roommate and I were in cabin 2661. This was my first (and probably last) time in an inside cabin. It was definitely my last time being that far forward, and under the lounge where the main shows were held. The unending darkness in the inside cabin was difficult for me. I appreciate the ability to open the curtains and--balcony or oceanview--see the daylight for myself. I also appreciate the quietness of cabins where the thumping of the music from the shows does not disrupt my rest. Other than the noise, the cabin was comfortable and clean, although there is far less storage space than in a balcony cabin. It wouldn't have been enough for my family of three on a seven-day cruise, but it worked for the two of us who shared it. I've been a Carnival cruiser for twenty years, switching to Disney Cruise Lines for two sailings while my son has been young enough to enjoy the characters. Although my early sailings were different, Carnival's service today is no comparison to Disney. I miss the routine twice-daily cabin cleanings. I don't care about having the bed made twice (although it's nice!), but I sure as heck appreciate having clean towels before an evening shower after a long, hot day in a port! Other differences were the lack of tablecloths on the dinner tables, a lack of variety of teas available with coffee, and other small amenities like body lotion, fresh soap every-other-day or so, etc. I really didn't think any of this would bother me, but it felt like quite a step down in service. Please note that (1) the lack of tablecloths isn't enough for me to stop cruising with Carnival, but it's a noticeable difference and (2) I will ask for twice-daily cabin service for all future cruises. This is the first Carnival cruise on which I've seen crew members acting as lifeguards, standing beside the pools. It was a step up in service that I appreciated. I found the ship to be impeccably clean and saw crew members wiping down railings, cleaning windows, and mopping floors all week. Our cabin steward, I Wayan, did an outstanding job. I only saw him once, and my roommate (who arrived late) didn't get to meet him, but he responded invisibly to all of our requests in a timely manner. The dining room meals were all excellent. My prime rib was fork-tender, perfectly cooked, and seasoned well. Roast chicken and stuffing were delicious, although the white meat was dry. The same was true for the southern fried chicken; dark meat was great, breast was dry. Filet mignon and flatiron steaks were as delicious as the prime rib. Our dining room staff, Headwaiter Kijpracha, Team Waiter Pande and Assistant Brian were efficient and friendly. They learned the names of our entire group on the first night, and managed to keep us all straight even though we routinely switched tables to enjoy different company each evening. Lido Deck meals were also good. Guy's Burgers were juicy and there were a nice variety of toppings available. The pizza on board is not my favorite, as I prefer a thicker crust, but the sauce and toppings tasted fine. I didn't try the tacos, but heard nothing but praise for them. We enjoyed the barbecue from Guy's Pig & Anchor, too. For me, the entertainment on board was a mixed bag. There was an absolutely wonderful string trio (Allure), a decent singing duo (Recap Acoustic), and a superb steel drum musician (Ms. Drumz). The Hasbro games were boring to me. They might have been less so if anyone from our party had been chosen to participate, but I doubt it. What I saw of the song-and-dance shows were good but, frankly, the volume in the theater was offensive to my ears, so I never made it through an entire show. Other observations: Negatives: Our group was in Sam's Piano Bar for our learning sessions. I was disappointed at how many people completely disregarded the "Private Session" signs and walked right into our space. It was distracting to us, and to our leader. One day, a man even moved the sign in order to open a closed door--and then propped the door open!---in order to walk through the bar. He could just as easily have exited the Burgundy Lounge through the main hallway, but chose rudeness instead. There was a child (preteen or early teen) who ran the hallways outside our cabin shouting and/or screaming nearly every evening around 10 pm. Neither of these issues is the fault of the cruise line, of course. And neither would prevent me from cruising with Carnival again, but they were unpleasant experiences. Positives: Every time we had to wait in line, people around us were courteous and good-humored. Guest Services staff was efficient polite when (1) I needed a new S&S card because the bar code on mine had misprinted, (2) an excursion ticket was not delivered in a timely manner and I needed a reprint and (3) my credit card was declined because I'd forgotten to tell them I was traveling. Ports of Call: Montego Bay, Jamaica--Meh. We did the Top Ten bus tour, booked through Carnival. There were no photo stops, just stops for shopping. Definitely would not recommend it. We ended at Margaritaville, which was crowded and unimpressive to us. We chose to walk to a nearby park, where we sat and enjoyed the view while chatting with a local. On the walk back to our bus, we were offered (1) a taxi, (2) marijuana, and (3) a man--in that order. Needless to say, we refused all three. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was a family cruise with grandparents, parents, and grandkids. The grandkids loved the Ocean Kids Club. We had to pry them away every time we went to pick them up because they were having so much fun. On day one our cabin ... Read More
This was a family cruise with grandparents, parents, and grandkids. The grandkids loved the Ocean Kids Club. We had to pry them away every time we went to pick them up because they were having so much fun. On day one our cabin steward introduced himself and asked if we would like the cabin serviced in the mornings between 9 am and 1 pm, in the early evening, or both. We told him we would like both so we could get fresh towels again in the evening after returning from the pool, etc. We also asked him for a second drinking glass in the bathroom. The glass never showed up...all week. And, our cabin was serviced once a day anywhere between 9 am and 3 pm, not at the time or frequency that we were told it would be done at the start of the cruise. The service throughout the ship was lackluster, uncaring, and slow. This included the staff in the main dining room and buffets, at the bars, in the casino, etc. The food throughout the ship was limited in variety, poorly cooked, generally served luke warm if not cool, and had little taste. While I'm not a stickler for "Formal Night" attire, the couple at the table next to us was allowed in the main dining room dressed in shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops. Then, again on Formal Night, a man, who I was hoping would be the Maître D', came to our table to perform coin tricks. Internet, even the "Premium" internet that I had paid extra for was slow and spotty throughout the cruise. No hope of streaming anything. Lucky just to get a connection once in a while and to check e-mail. Entertainment was substandard compared to what we have experienced on other similar cruise lines. The smoke in the casino was unbearable. You couldn't get anywhere near the center of the ship where the casino was without having to suffer the from the smoke. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was for my birthday, we had the best cruise ever. This was our 17th cruise. Great dining staff, wonderful food. The excursions were very fun. We had no been to these three ports before, Key West, Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas. ... Read More
This was for my birthday, we had the best cruise ever. This was our 17th cruise. Great dining staff, wonderful food. The excursions were very fun. We had no been to these three ports before, Key West, Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas. All of the crew were super nice. The cruise director Gary was very funny. Enjoyed his morning show every morning. The shows in the evening was great. The crew in the Fun Shops were very nice. The personal shoppers Vanya and Izzy were very informative and helpful in the shops in the ports of call. When it was time to get off the ship it was so easy and pretty fast. If you are thinking of taking a cruise, I would definitely encourage you to take a Carnival Cruise. You would won't be disappointed. Try a 5 day first then you'll do what my next cruise will be, a back to back cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
So I chose this date for our Carnival Dream Cruise because my husband wanted to go to the Eastern Caribbean and we had never been to Key West Florida before. The weather beganvery cold from our port in New Orleans- we definitely had to ... Read More
So I chose this date for our Carnival Dream Cruise because my husband wanted to go to the Eastern Caribbean and we had never been to Key West Florida before. The weather beganvery cold from our port in New Orleans- we definitely had to wear our jackets for the first Port of call which was Key West. We walked for most of Key West seeing a lot of the sites, saw the southernmost point of the U.S. We got to see Hemingway's home, and also the bar that he frequented, Sloppy Joes. I had some very good conch fritters there. The weather turned a little warmer as we ended up in Freeport & then Nassau. Freeport ended up being the most favorite Port out of the entire itinerary. We visited the Lighthouse Resort at Grand Lucayan there. Food abounds on the Carnival Dream, you'll not run out of choices from the MDR, to all other choices I felt like we were eating every couple of hours! The buffet, the sea day brunch (steak & eggs) Guys hamburgers (ate about 20 of those entire trip) Guy's pig & anchor BBQ (pulled pork is best), the Bonsai Sushi, (good prices), the Italian place above the buffet(great bolognese), the pizza, the blue iguana (taco salad). The best meal we had on the ship was our anniversary night-we ate at the Chef's Art Steakhouse. The steaks were outstanding. The service there was so great, the ambience was wonderful, our waiter was great. We really enjoyed this, I wish we could have eaten there every night! There were a few things that didn't please us while on the cruise - We saw a couple of instances where Carnival employees were being a bit rude to passengers, but for the majority of employees, they were friendly & helpful. Other things were out of Carnivals control, such as actual passengers being a bit rude by not getting in line for the buffet , just walking right in front of others. Also witnessed parents letting their child "drink" from the strawberry yogurt machine! Our room's balcony was the best part of the room(wrap around after on 7th floor) but it was very dirty. The glass on the inside of the balcony was cleaned by a group of 3-4 employees on the 2nd day of our cruise, but they didn't clean the outside of the glass on the balcony which was the dirtiest part! Overall, the room 7454 was nice, but I do believe from experience the suite rooms have better cabin service from the stewards. I still give Carnival a 4 out of 5 on this cruise. The next cruise on Carnival will be Glory in April this year, so we will see how that one goes! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Really a nice ship. Staff was excellent: room steward Josephine, wait staff Sunny, Ikatuk & Kadek In Crimson, bartenders Airine (sp? pronounced Irene) and Dwi at Ocean Plaza Bar (next to Alchemy), Tomislav and Harta at the casino, ... Read More
Really a nice ship. Staff was excellent: room steward Josephine, wait staff Sunny, Ikatuk & Kadek In Crimson, bartenders Airine (sp? pronounced Irene) and Dwi at Ocean Plaza Bar (next to Alchemy), Tomislav and Harta at the casino, Nana at the Lobby Bar and Dipak at level 10 aft bar. All were EXCELLENT and recognized me by name after first day. Rock band was Excellent, brass jazz/soul band was Excellent too! (Together they were PHENOMENAL!) Steel drum lady was good as well. All other bands were “meh”. Biggest Dissapointment: 1st Caribbean cruise I’ve been on without a Latín band. No salsa, no merengue, no cha cha cha, in other words no spice. The disco was really bad too, not a soul in there probably because the music was terrible, undanceable. Food was very good to excellent. For breakfast go to the lido deck and do the omelette station. Pizza was very good too, open 24 hours. Guy’s Burgers were pretty good but Guy’s BBQ (“Pig & Anchor”) was HIGHLY over-rated. Did not do any shore excursions. Overall, good cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Dream Embarkation Wedding Review(Song Lounge and Burgundy Lounge) -I just have to go ahead and say our experience was incredible and completely exceeded my expectations! I did hair and makeup for myself and my bridesmaids at our hotel. ... Read More
Dream Embarkation Wedding Review(Song Lounge and Burgundy Lounge) -I just have to go ahead and say our experience was incredible and completely exceeded my expectations! I did hair and makeup for myself and my bridesmaids at our hotel. We shuttled from our parking space. I definitely recommend giving yourself extra time. We were almost late to check in. This made meeting our coordinator and letting our guests know where to go pretty hectic. Jill was our coordinator, and she was fabulous. She made sure someone brought me lunch to my room. They didn't have our first dance song, but she made it happen. She took care of setting up our decorations in the ceremony and reception spaces. She also made sure everyone signed our guest book. Valeria was our wedding host. She made sure I was never empty handed. She checked in on us throughout the week and made our steakhouse reservations. For hors d'oeuvres we had: shrimp sushi, tomato mozzarella, steak burritos, chicken empanadas, beer battered fish, and smoked salmon. For drinks we had rum punch and margaritas. Our cake was coconut with coconut filling, The food was plentiful and delicious. The drinks were strong and they kept them coming. So strong that half our guests didn't make it the dining room that night! The reception itself was great. We did the first dance, mother/son and father/daughter dance, and cake cutting. The rest was party time. The dj had us dancing the entire time. The reception was only an hour long but I don't think our guests could have handled any longer. Kadek was our photographer and he made the wedding for me! I was so worried about pictures and I had no reason to be. The ceremony was in the Song Lounge and we had the curtains open for natural light. He took us all around the ship for pictures. We took so long that I had to go to Muster Call in my wedding dress. Overall, I'd recommend Carnival for a wedding a million times over. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I travel with a group every January and our coordinator chose this cruise. We traveled to New Orleans a few days early to enjoy the city. Parking is so expensive we flew this time. That was a great decision. New Orleans is a very ... Read More
I travel with a group every January and our coordinator chose this cruise. We traveled to New Orleans a few days early to enjoy the city. Parking is so expensive we flew this time. That was a great decision. New Orleans is a very walkable city and their trolley system is very easy and inexpensive. It's also thick with Uber drivers. We stayed at the Best Western on Rampart. Fine hotel with the friendliest most accommodating staff I've ever encountered off a cruise ship. They know their city and are eager to refer you to their favorite places. Embarkation onto the ship was very smooth. We stayed in a cove balcony cabin (#2290) on this cruise, our first time. It was fine; same amount of room as a regular balcony cabin. Very convenient to Crimson dining room and Encore lounge. Also note that you barely feel the ship move at all. The only reason I probably won't book one again is that it was always in the shade of the lifeboats overhead. I like a sunny balcony. There were some ongoing issues with the toilet; each time we called they came right away and after the fourth call they just replaced the thing...no more problems. The only excursion I booked was the Twister and Isla Passion in Cozumel. That boat ride was amazing! The island was pretty crowded when we arrived because there were 6 boats in port, but it thinned out fairly quickly (our excursion started at 10:30am). My husband booked a 2-tank dive that really should have been cancelled. The sea was very, very rough the day we arrived so his dive was much more strenuous than normal causing his oxygen to run low. I'm going to assume the dive master was attending to someone else and that is why he didn't attend to my husband. Thank goodness my man isn't a strict rule follower; he started up on his own but the tank was empty by the time he hit the surface...so he was forced to try using a snorkel in very big waves. He believed he was drowning but another boat saw his struggle and sped over to yank him out of the water. We watched the Motown show and the one they call Flick. Both are very good. So is the strings trio that plays in the atrium. I could listen to them for days. Dining room service was hit and miss. Probably depends on how busy they are and how close it is to their Showtime. Room service was wonderful. Steward was wonderful. Laundry service was great. I've started to experience swollen ankles on my cruises and couldn't figure out why. I read somewhere that this may be because they desalinate the water for drinking and cooking and we're breathing salt air. Though I HATE plastic bottles I went ahead and ordered a case of water for drinking (I normally just drink the ship's water). No swollen ankles. We're Platinum so we got #1 debarkation and that was as smooth as embarkation. I really like the size of this ship and am looking forward to our 2 week trip next January on Breeze! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
ok so I’ll give a review on my first cruise. It just wasn’t that great. Maybe my expectations were too high? I’ll start with the room. It was nice and our housekeeper did a great job. Beds were clean and comfy. The shower was a ... Read More
ok so I’ll give a review on my first cruise. It just wasn’t that great. Maybe my expectations were too high? I’ll start with the room. It was nice and our housekeeper did a great job. Beds were clean and comfy. The shower was a terrible design. Every time we would shower the water would pour out to the floor. A lot of water. I always made sure to put the curtain where it was supposed to go but it didn’t matter. The food. I’ve heard from a few ppl how great cruise ship food is. I guess those people didn’t eat on the Dream. It just wasn’t good. All the bread was hard as a brick and cold. All the “hot” food was lukewarm at best. The only good food was the pasta place. The garlic bread looked good but it was cold. All the cakes looked yummy but they were very dry. The pizza was ok. The coffee was not hot at all. The water tasted like metal. Two of the hot tubs we tried were cold. The stops. Ok so Montego Bay was very sketchy. I didn’t like it at all. They tried to sell us weed two times. I was pretty nervous the whole time. Grand Cayman was nice. Mexico was the best! Mr sancho’s was awesome. When the cruise was over, my family of four all had an issue. My husband has a rash on his leg, oldest daughter has a rash on her face and butt, and a bad sinus infection, youngest daughter has sore in her mouth, and I have a bad sinus infection. To sum it up, we spent a lot of money and didn’t really have that much fun. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We had a great week on the carnival Dream. There was always something for everyone to do. The boat was very clean and staff were always smiling. Our server at dinner, Walter, was outstanding. Always had a great attitude and was the hardest ... Read More
We had a great week on the carnival Dream. There was always something for everyone to do. The boat was very clean and staff were always smiling. Our server at dinner, Walter, was outstanding. Always had a great attitude and was the hardest worker I saw all week. He went out of his way to make our dinners great. We will miss his smiling face. There’s plenty for children to do as well as adults. My only complaint would have to be the quality of dinner some nights. I felt the meals were very hit or miss. Most fish was overcooked and a lot of the food was very bland. I’ve only cruised twice previously and it was on royal Caribbean and I have to say that their food in the dining room is better. I will say you can’t beat carnival’s chocolate melting cake though. Also, I can not recommend Guy’s Burger Bar enough. Absolutely delicious. The quick pizza was pretty good as well. Overall I recommend this cruise to any family. It was a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Our last cruise was back in 2012; a lot of Carnival procedures and policies have changed since then (FTTF, Sail & Sign Cards at room, Sea Day Brunch), so we weren't really sure what to expect this cruise. We chose this particular ... Read More
Our last cruise was back in 2012; a lot of Carnival procedures and policies have changed since then (FTTF, Sail & Sign Cards at room, Sea Day Brunch), so we weren't really sure what to expect this cruise. We chose this particular cruise because we were able to celebrate Christmas at home with the family, but allowed us to do a cruise while the kids were still out on break. This cruise, I was traveling with my DH, DD (16), and my DS (14). We live about 3 1/2 hours away from New Orleans, so we decided to drive to port the morning of the cruise. Since the Saints had a 12 pm game, we got on the road around 3:40 am, hoping to get into the port area before the tailgaters arrived. We were engulfed in fog thick as pea soup as we drove. We arrived in the Crescent City by 8 am. After driving around a couple of side streets, we found some parking and ate breakfast at Mother's. There were some Saints fans out and walking about, festooned in fan garb. We exchanged some compulsary "Who Dat"s. Then, headed to the parking garage at the terminal. The cost is $140, but was worth the price for us. The garage opened around 9:30. We learned from one of the Carnival staff to wait until 10:30 am to go downstairs and get in line. Around 10:45 am, they started calling Priority boarding, wedding parties, and FTTF. Our boarding pass listed a boarding time of 12 pm - 12:30 pm, but we were on the ship before 11:30 am. The hubs and I had 1:30 pm Couples Massages scheduled. There is no better way to kick off a vacation than spending 75 minutes de-stressing. Our cabin was located on the Spa Deck (12202), and we took advantage of the multiple times throughout the cruise. We'd head to the Thalassotherapy Pool after a long day of walking around in port or on the ship. We took advantage of the Thermal Suites. Between my DH and I, we had 5 massages, a pedicure, and a facial. We love the Spa!! Our embarkation massage completed just in time to run to the room to grab our S&S cards, see our luggage had arrived, grab the kids (who were eating and scouting the ship while we were in the spa) and then head to our Muster Station. They scan our cards now (also a new procedure since our last cruise), so they know if you aren't there (and call you out). Our cabin was clean and was easily able to accomodate 4 people. The beds were a little hard for our liking. We really enjoyed sitting out on the balcony each day. The balcony was not covered, so during sail aways, we got to enjoy conversations with people up on deck 14. Deck 12 is nice and quiet. There were no loud neighbors. The foot traffic was minimal. The seas were rocking our entire cruise, and we could really feel it from our room. We were prepared with chewable Bonnie, so seasickness was kept at bey. We had an early dining time in the Scarlett Dining Room. My biggest complaint on the ship is that our room was located on the most forward part of the ship and we had to travel to the furthest point in the back of the ship to access the dining room. The dining room's location wasn't easy for us to access, and I felt like I was in the Maze Runner each time we went to the dining room -- down 8 flights in the elevator closest to our room. Walk all the way to the back of the ships and then go down the last set of stairs you can find. Everyday for 7 days. I'd pass the windows for the Crimson Dining room and give my pouty face. Why couldn't we have eaten here? We had no issues with our wait staff. Our table was tucked in the back, far away from the entertainment. I felt like all the waiters who didn't know the routine were stuck in front of us. Of the 5 near us, not a single one had the same dance moves. Entertainment on the ship was consistent. Our Cruise Director, Ryan Rose, was full of energy and really tried to engage the guests. He was very personable, friendly, and funny. The performers were good at dancing, but all but one was really pitchy. Despite this, we watched all of the performances. America Rocks was our favorite. The least favorite was the Motown revue. The singers lacked the soulfulness needed to execute these songs. The deck parties were fun. As always, the Hairy Chest Competition was entertaining. We never made it to a Dive-In Movie, since the times for the movies we were interested in conflicted with our dining time. For this reason, we also missed out on the family friendly Punchliner shows. The family oriented ones conflicted with the main shows based on our dinner time. I might be willing to try YTD for this reason alone (we've always had Early Dining). All of our wait staff and cabin stewards were friendly and worked hard to ensure my family had a great vacation. Our favorite place was the Alchemy Bar. Maria, Manol, and Suri made the best drinks on the ship. I really liked the Cucumber Sunrise. The least friendly staff were the ladies working in the specialty coffee shop. My husband and I both had the Cheers package. He is an early riser, but I am not. His biggest complaint about the specialty coffee bar was he could not get a coffee for both of us at the same. He had to wait 5 minutes. This made no sense to him. Our ports of call were to Roatan, Honduras; Belize; and Cozumel. In Roatan, we used a highly recommended private tour operator, Victor Bodden, and created a customizable tour for our family. We visited his sloth and monkey farm (all of us REALLY loved this). My daughter zip lined at the adjacent Mayan Jungle Canopy. Her smiles on the zip line are priceless. There was a guide on the line in front of her, taking pictures along the way. They were available for purchase for a very reasonable price and were waiting in my inbox when we arrived home. After this, we headed to the chocolate factory (it was nothing special); the rum factory, where you could taste samples of the rum and rum cake -- the banana cake was quite tasty; and a stop to the Stone Cameo Factory. OMG! I loved this place. The work was amazing and the prices are reasonable. In Belize, we did Carnival's Lamani excursion. This involved an hour bus ride in an air-conditioned charter bus and a 1/2 hour speed boat ride to the ruins site. The guides were entertaining and the trip went by quickly. We stopped for lunch on the way back and were returned to port 30 minutes prior to the last ferry departure. We had been to Cozumel several times previously, so we had no plans in this port. We walked off the ship, stopped at Pancho's for lunch (good food!), did a little shopping, and then enjoyed the rest of the day on the ship. The kids never went to the planned activities for their ages, so I cannot review either of the teen clubs. My kids did spend copious amounts of time in the arcade, playing putt-putt, eating ice cream, and ordering pizza.What else does a teenager need? Would we do this cruise again? Absolutely. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise because we have taken several cruises (everyone with Carnival but one) and this was a different itinerary than we had ever taken. 1. The ship was pretty boring and was like staying at a 2 star hotel with nothing ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have taken several cruises (everyone with Carnival but one) and this was a different itinerary than we had ever taken. 1. The ship was pretty boring and was like staying at a 2 star hotel with nothing to really do and nowhere to go. 2. There was 6 of us in 2 balcony rooms located on floor 11/Verandah. We can't complain about the young man that tended to our rooms. 3.Buffet food was as good and sometimes better than the dinning room food even when we paid the extra $20 per person one night for a few of us. Sometimes you only got an appetizer OR salad, a plate of meat with no choice of a side but it did come with one finger length potato cut in half the size of a thin (I am 5'2 and at my largest of 155lbs except when I was pregnant) persons pinky, and some nights they weren't even serving dessert. When I leave hungry and normally only eat once a day THERE is a problem. I am not a picky gal when it comes to food. 4. If you are 41 years old and go to bed EVERY single night right after your 6:30 early dinner something is wrong. 5. If you are 41 years old and the best activity on board for you were the slides and drinking there is something wrong. 6. When the oldest person in your group is 42 and the youngest person is 15 and all of you sleep 10-15 hours daily that says this is so horrible that I should just rest up for the drive back home to face every day life. Man every day life is more fun than this vacation was. WHO EVER SAYS THAT? WE DID AND STILL DO. 7. Service was fine and I do feel like many employees were new but that is expected and didn't bother us one bit. 8. I knew that one port had a beach you didn't have to travel to but had to buy food/drinks which was fine. We can't complain about that port. 9. I spoke with employees etc. and decided not to book excursions because I was told the ports had accessible beaches within walking distance and that at one of the ports Carnival would serve lunch/drinks just the same as if you were on the ship. This is also how it use to be but not now. 10. The thermostat didn't work in our room but I refused to complain just like always. 11. The gym doesn't accommodate very many people considering how many people are on the ship. 12. Because it was so boring everyone just wanted to grab a lounge chair and there was never enough. ***** We have been loyal customers for years and have been on several cruises with Carnival with this being the FIRST time we have complained***** I can't help but to be mad over paying $10,000-$12,000 for a vacation that I could have paid half the price for and had good food and more fun. NOTE: I didn't question this because this was a normal thing in our past cruises with Carnival. THIS WAS NOT TRUE so needless to say after all the crap WE NEVER SAW A SINGLE BEACH IN BELIZE OR COZUMEL... Now we had been on a Carnival cruise to Cozumel and the beach was in walking distance and was right off the ship. I think they changed sides to dock on probably just to make more money.. $30 plus a person? Cabs don't cost that much. *****I suggest staying away unless you want to stay in the cheapest cabin, your goal is to only eat buffet food, drink, and sleep.***** Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We planned a family cruise with myself, husband and 3 teenagers (161/2, 15 and 15). This was planned carefully and we were so excited to be skipping Christmas! We flew in to New Orleans the day before and stayed at the Hampton Inn ... Read More
We planned a family cruise with myself, husband and 3 teenagers (161/2, 15 and 15). This was planned carefully and we were so excited to be skipping Christmas! We flew in to New Orleans the day before and stayed at the Hampton Inn Convention Center because they have a free shuttle to the cruise port. - Best way to go if you fly. Embarkation was a breeze. Carnival has a great system down. We were on the ship easy peasy. Our bags were delivered to our room by 1:30 as we were suite guests and has purchased Faster to the Fun for our teens who were staying in balcony room a few doors down from us. The ship color scheme is a bit outdated but I am not super picky. I want the ship clean and it was clean. The staff was friendly and outgoing. Lots of food choices for eating but however we found most of the food to be mediocre at best. Best lunch was Blue Iguana, Pasta Bar and Guys Smokehouse. The Lido buffet was only tolerable. Their best item in my opinion was the OJ and desserts. We did Your Time Dining and Novi and her team did a fantastic job. If you sail on the Dream- ask for her! The food was ok. I ate it but there was nothing that I can remember as remarkable. The wait was long.. like 1.5 -2 hours to eat dinner and my teenagers did not like having to converse with us for that long. I should have brought playing cards while waiting. It wasn't Novi's fault. I think they overload the staff. 8 tables of 6+ guess is daunting! I always saw her sprinting from table to table. We got tired of the wait and skipped dessert most nights. A few nights we ate at the Lido for dinner and that was awful. I was very disappointed in the quality of food. The bacon is thin very fatty, the lettuce wilty, the eggs taste like the fake eggs they are etc. Even the toast is not crispy and fresh. My biggest issues were with the quality of food, overworking of staff and going to Jamaica as a port. Our Steward Jose was great. But Carnival only does once a day service... they used to do twice. I asked Jose if it was possible to do twice a day and he explained that he is assigned 38 rooms and it isnt possible to clean them all twice a day and half get service in the morning and half in the evening. You have to choose. I think that amount of work is crazy! He was running and working 12 hours a day. Our ports of call were Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Jamaica was my only issue. People there are so aggressive. We went to the Doctor's Cave Beach to relax. The taxi people first of all charge $8 a person to take you there one way. They try to take you hostage in a way and by high pressuring you to go for a tour around the city. If you say no, they act you like you will be abandoned. Once we got settled... people asking to sell you things... even in the water. They literally sit there in the water and act like they are customers and then when you get close, they pop up and begin selling you things. The wait staff at the Doctors' Beach are very possessive. I was asking another server a question and my server came and shooed them away and reminded me that I was her customer! We went to look at a few shops before we headed back to the beach. My kids were all asked if they wanted to smoke pot. Lots of pressure and we left quickly with another high pressure taxi driver. I could not get back on the ship fast enough. Grand Cayman was gorgeous with its turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Cozumel is always a fabulous time. We did Chankanaab in Cozumel and I would highly recommend it. We did a Carnival Excursion at Grand Cayman- the Amazing Snorkel, Stingray and Starfish experience. It was great except we were soooo hungry when we left. They should feed you at least a snack. But the Excursion was good. I just wish our tour driver would not have been on his cell phone while driving and telling us about the culture and life on the island. The entertainment was not good. Off key singing and so so dancing. I was not impressed. The comedy people were not even funny. I tried walking out of one comedian. She sat the entire time and lectured the group about her family issues. Not even funny. I was afraid of being yelled at by her so I suffered through her spiel. The best entertainers were the 3 ladies who played violin or stringed instruments. Now that was great. The water was very choppy every day except for the last day. I walked like I was drunk the entire cruise! All in All I had a great time. I was with my family for Christmas creating memories. Warm sun and sandy beaches. I love doing Cruises but I choose Carnival because of the price. I think from now on I will save up more money (or not take kids) and try a better quality of cruise. Carnival has just cut too many corners for me. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We went to the Carnival Dream last dec 23rd from New Orleans to r West Caribbean is pretty ok,But still I would not suggest to pick this for the following reasons. 1) Stateroom bed has urine smells on the first day with stinky due to ... Read More
We went to the Carnival Dream last dec 23rd from New Orleans to r West Caribbean is pretty ok,But still I would not suggest to pick this for the following reasons. 1) Stateroom bed has urine smells on the first day with stinky due to Ocean View room. Later they fixed after complaining by changing bedsheets etc, So I suggest go for balcony when you pick any other ship. 2) I am in FWD, the cruise is pretty shaky compared to my last DISNEY DREAM, Kids got irritated with this. 3) food/entertainment is ok , 7/10, fitness and SPA is very good. 4) Ports are very good had fun. 5) My major dissapointment with the pictures, they took 170 pictures and they are to charge it individually at 21.99 per picture, which ended up 4000$ which is equal to my OCEAN room for 7 days and 2Adults and 2Kids price, what a RIP OFF here, I had lot of pain and time spent to deal with this ended up getting 45pics and spened 900$ ( I really felt very bad at this moment , my heart broke on this RIP OFF DESIGN) our family pics and memories ended up in a thrash where it is not useful even to them after they spend a lot of time, I am making sure that no one should turn back with this simple single issue as you will end up leaving all your beatuful pics in thrash, waiste of time.No way you can get all the pics back, they have a very good photographers with nice background designs, but useless of time we/photographers spent for 120 pictures at the END, very stupidly they designed this program which I havent saw in any other cruise line. I will make sure atleast another 1000-2000 families and the organizations and community groups which I belong too will not give business to carnival. 6) Looks they dont know how to please a customer and get a repeated business from the customer and WORD OF MOUTH effect, which customer is going to give them 10/10 after such a stupid design,If they are greedy they can make a package 500$ or 1000$ and give back their pictures to the CUSTOMER FAMILY, The design they make is even crossing the greedy line, I think customer can tolerate the GREEDY BUSINESS but none of the customers will turn back if they plan RIP OFF.they name it DREAM, go for disney dream and see the difference you will vote for 10/10. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The only nice thing about our cruis was our housekeeper Fandy he was great. We booked this back in April or May for our honeymoon. We ended up getting two twin beds.... there was a constant loud buzz/hissing sound outside our room we ... Read More
The only nice thing about our cruis was our housekeeper Fandy he was great. We booked this back in April or May for our honeymoon. We ended up getting two twin beds.... there was a constant loud buzz/hissing sound outside our room we could here 24/7. The spa double charged us. Each night for our dinners the service was horrible. They never brought my wife’s wine one night, we had a hard time getting our water glasses re-filled, and the food was either wrong when they brought it, and each night we ended up having to go get pizza or something to eat. This was just a few of our problems we encountered on our honeymoon trip on the dream. We are both positive happy people so we roughed it through, but I would NOT recommend this boat due to poor service and problems. Twin beds on a honeymoon :( Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My partner and I were very excited to travel on one of Carnival’s larger, “newer” ships. Our first cruise was Carnival Conquest in May 2017. This was a disappointment for both of us compared to Conquest. Dream seemed too large for ... Read More
My partner and I were very excited to travel on one of Carnival’s larger, “newer” ships. Our first cruise was Carnival Conquest in May 2017. This was a disappointment for both of us compared to Conquest. Dream seemed too large for its crew to cope with. Service was severely impersonal, though most crew was at least cordial. At embarkation, a person who I assume works for Carnival at the port of New Orleans was on a microphone trying to direct people, demanded to see my boarding pass over her microphone and chastised me for being behind another guest over the microphone to the entire queue of people outside. I was pretty embarrassed by her awful attitude. Then no porters were around to take our luggage that we could find. Microphone lady rushed us inside and we had to carry our suitcases on and wait with them for about 1.5 hours on in both the crowded boarding area and deck 3 before we could get our stateroom. Maintenance in certain areas like decks and pools was handled by one person in any area it appeared, so a lot of time elapsed between cleanings or upkeep. Only the port side Serenity deck whirlpool was “hot” for the entire cruise. The aft starboard whirlpool was temperate, and every other whirlpool was about 90° or lower. In the dining room, we were often left without certain items on the table and had to ask for the wait team to bring them to us, meals were badly cooked (very tough, over cooked prime rib one night), but we did have two really great servers on different teams. Upon returning to the ship at our last port, our cabin door’s lock died and couldn’t read our S&S cards. Guest services had to replace them, and then we returned when that didn’t work, and maintenance had to change batteries and reprogram twice, as first maintenance still had us locked out later when we left the room. Shows were fine. Only the 80’s Pop To the Max was outstanding, though. The cast couldn’t seem to stay on key in the other shows we went to. The comedians were pretty funny in the adult shows most nights, but the Burgundy lounge has many “blind spots,” where you can’t see the stage, so get there 30 minutes early for a decent seat. The laundry facility was alright for washing ($3, drying is free). The ironing boards and irons were a bit confusing and felt cheap/shoddy. Another guest had to give us a tip on how to use the iron as there were no instructions. For good things: air in the cabin worked well. A couple cool nights we had to use the heater for, and warm nights the AC worked fine. The cabin was good sized, and felt about as big as our interior cabin on Conquest, and bathroom was the same. Disembark was so much better than off Conquest in May 2017! Breezed right out through Customs with a quick check of ID’s. Our cruise director Alex was GREAT! Very friendly and fun. Always nice to see him around the ship when we were walking around. We didn’t do the LGBT mixer, but guests and staff we met seemed mostly friendly with us as a gay couple. So I would say it was an LGBT friendly environment. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The Dream is a very beautiful ship and is still in great shape. It was decorated for the holidays, which made it even more beautiful. The steakhouse was absolutely delicious and we enjoyed the food on the ship overall. We loved the spa so ... Read More
The Dream is a very beautiful ship and is still in great shape. It was decorated for the holidays, which made it even more beautiful. The steakhouse was absolutely delicious and we enjoyed the food on the ship overall. We loved the spa so much! It was truly relaxing, the Thalassotherpy pool especially. The shows were great, and we enjoyed most of the onboard entertainment, especially Romaine on the steel drums and the DJs on the ship. We absolutely loved our spa balcony room and our room steward. If we get on the Dream again, we want to stay in the same room lol. We didn’t book any excursions thru Carnival, which was great for us bc we saved money and had an amazing time at each of the ports we stopped at. The cruise atmosphere was definitely fun, but not overwhelming. The Carnival Dream was truly a dream trip come true! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Chose this cruise in early December because I love a winter vacation without the kids and during this time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas . . . the price is right (as Bob Barker and Drew Carey would say). It was my 3rd ... Read More
Chose this cruise in early December because I love a winter vacation without the kids and during this time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas . . . the price is right (as Bob Barker and Drew Carey would say). It was my 3rd Carnival cruise, my first one on the Carnival Dream, and the first one out of New Orleans. Embarkation and Disembarking has improved with each cruise I've gone on. The food was good (love Guy's burgers), overall the ship was clean and I had a good time. We very much enjoyed the Punchliner comedy club as well as the 80's music show that was put on in the main Encore lounge / theater. The cruise director Alex is one of the best. The exercise room on this ship was a little small for my expectations, they had way too many treadmills and not enough room for free weight activities. Serenity adult area is nice, quiet, and comfortable - that is unless you are there when they blow the horn leaving port - scared the you know what out of me for a moment. Many other reviews here have complained of foul smells at different places on this ship. I will say I noticed a few areas that smelled, but nothing more than you experience in everyday life. I generally noticed it more often going by the same rooms and it didn't smell like sewage, it smelled more like people and people's clothes who don't bathe frequently enough. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Chose this cruise for the date and departure port. Nola was amazing and plan to return there soon. The Dream is a large ship that offers an incredible amount of activities and space to roam. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 mid ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the date and departure port. Nola was amazing and plan to return there soon. The Dream is a large ship that offers an incredible amount of activities and space to roam. We had a balcony cabin on deck 8 mid ships, the only noise we heard was the family next door playing with there kids , not a big deal. The room was cleaned once a day and they did a great job. Had to ask 3 times for ice in the ice bucket but finally got it every day after the 3rd day. Food was great! Only dined 3 nights in MDR, the first night, the second elegant night and the last night. All 3 nights were great! Had dinner in the stake house and it was great, ordered the art on the table for dessert and it was incredible! Had dinner at bonsai sushi bar, very good. Lunch onboard ever day is great, chose a guy's burger, a blue iguana taco or barito, guys pig and anchor bbq, pasta at the pasta bar, a sandwich from the deli and don't forget the Mongolian wok! I never ate at the buffet, to much other stuff! Breakfast every day in MDR was great, freshly made eggs benadict, stake and eggs, so much more that was not setting in a warming dish on the buffet for an hour. The ship was decked out Christmas ( for those who are offended by the reason for the season, carnival calls it the holidays), it was done nicely not gaudy like some places get. The pools and hot tubs were great and the aft ones were never crowded but the main one midships seamed very busy on at sea days. Went ziplining in roatan, it was fun. Stayed onboard in Belize, enjoyed the water slides and main pool. In cozumel we went to Mr. Sanchos an all inclusive beach club. I made the reservation 2 months before the cruise for a 5 dollar deposit per person. On arrival paid another 45 dollars pp. So for a total of 50 $ pp, we spent the whole day, 8:30am till 4pm eating and drinking, swimming in the sea and lounging in the pools, great time, great service, highly recommended! Disembarkment was well organized and would go smoothly if ignorant people did not cruise. Just follow the directions! Cruise was great and will definitely go again. PS. The Flicks show was the best show I have ever seen on a cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I had an amazing Vacation this time of the year was perfect the weather was just right and not humid or too hot. The service was outstanding. The Only reason I am not giving 5's for everything is my shore excursion in Cozumel was not ... Read More
I had an amazing Vacation this time of the year was perfect the weather was just right and not humid or too hot. The service was outstanding. The Only reason I am not giving 5's for everything is my shore excursion in Cozumel was not the best. I was kinda disappointed as I didn't realize how long it was going to take to get to the destination and we ended up only having three hours instead of 6 hours at the location plus it was so packed as their were 6 ships in Cozumel when we were their. My cabin 2346 was wonderful. Very close to the water and when on the balcony we were able to watch the Pilot boat captain jump on and off the ship to Pilot the ship into the harbors and Mississippi river (Takes 7 hours to get through the river to the Gulf of Mexico). Also were able to see 10 dolphins and 1 whale from our room. Weather was around 85'F every day. Sunny and water was great. Jamaica was my favorite place to visit. Would defiantly recommend doing a snorkeling tour when here we saw so many tropical colored fish in the bay. Next time I go to Cayman Islands I am going to do Stingray bay and snorkeling tour as the water was crystal clear the further out you got. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I’m very familiar with the departure city, as I’m a former resident of New Orleans. I have no comment about parking because we parked at my best friend’s house and used lyft for $12/per person. Not bad. We had Faster to the ... Read More
I’m very familiar with the departure city, as I’m a former resident of New Orleans. I have no comment about parking because we parked at my best friend’s house and used lyft for $12/per person. Not bad. We had Faster to the Fun and my friends had a suite, so priority embarkation was available for both parties that arrived at 11:35am. Easy peasy. We met the rest of our party while we were stuffing our faces on the lido. Our cabin was a balcony, 10258. If possible, we try to always book on the lido - we truly love being that close to most of the fun. This was a Birthday cruise for my husband, 8 people total. No kids in our party. We had a blast. On 11/27, we dined at the steakhouse. A couple of people in my party did not enjoy their dinner. I didn’t hear much of their gripes because I was highly satisfied!! Our MDR staff weren’t the best, but I didn’t mind too much (Scarlett dining room, late dining). The wait staff for sea day brunch was phenomenal. We kept getting Soosak (I think that’s the spelling) and he and his partner were just great! My husband was peturbed about the lip sync battle contest, as when we arrived at the start time to enter the contest, but they had already chosen the contestants. If it starts at 1pm, then why at 12:59pm have you already chosen your folks? Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I realized at the last minute my college aged daughter and high school aged daughter had time off school at the same time. I picked this cruise because the port is drive able, last minute airfare was cost prohibitive. We got there at ... Read More
I realized at the last minute my college aged daughter and high school aged daughter had time off school at the same time. I picked this cruise because the port is drive able, last minute airfare was cost prohibitive. We got there at 11:30a and walked right on, with our own bags. We are Platinum and waltzed right in after checking in. The Dream is not the newest ship but I love the classic look. I was very nervous at the safety drill hearing the adult:kid ratio for this sailing. Carnival security was stepped up and present everywhere did an amazing job keeping things in check,firm but kind. Several announcements were made reminding parents to be parents. We had the best waiter during your time dining, Sabbi. We looked forward to seeing him every night. We booked steakhouse reservations for Thanksgiving, and had an outstanding meal. We ate twice at sushi, amazing. We also booked the Dreams portrait studio, and they took pictures on board and on deck. Our pictures turned out amazing. I spent $500 for a metal 20x30 and for 15 fully edited digital prints. Very pricey, but priceless all at the same time. We were tanned, relaxed and genuinely happy and it showed in our session. We all crammed into a balcony room, and with a little coordination, it was just fine. We enjoyed our shoe trips for the most part. I will review these separately. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
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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