Carnival Dream Cruise Review by gtrnr
- Sail Date: April 2012
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Cove Balcony
Food choices were excellent the entire cruise.
For breakfast you could eat in the dining room or on the Lido deck. Lines were not overly long. Plenty of hand sanitizer at all dining locations. Drinks available included lemonade, orange juice, tea, coffee, water.
For lunch, On the Lido deck you had a choice of menu's (usually America, Caribbean or Italian on various days). If you did not like those there is always the WOK, Burrito Bar, Deli Sandwiches (hot as well as cold), an Indian chicken/beef selection on the AFT by the pool, as well as a Pasta food bar. Also in the afternoons on Deck 5 was a sushi bar. All included as part of your basic fare.
Evening meals in the main dining room were always well presented and very good - plates all delivered in an appropriate temperature setting. There is also a Chef's art steak house that was excellent for a $30.00 surcharge per person. I ate in the MDR all nights except the one we ate in the steakhouse so I can't compare the Lido deck alternative choices although I did not hear of any complaints from passengers.
As for the ports, they were pretty good. Cozumel and Costa Maya are always good for shopping and beach time. Belize and Roatan are great if you take one of the excursions. Keep in mind there is a lot of poverty in Belize and Honduras and some of the locals will ask you for money if you get too far out of the tourist areas on your own.
The only black eye I will give to Carnival on the Dream is there are only two public laundrettes for 4500 passengers. And you must use your sail and sign card when using the machines or obtaining detergent. Fine, as long as the machines work but Guest Services was very snarky with passengers if the machines had problems. They saw no reason to send someone to fix their machines. I was not impressed with guest services on the Dream at all and is the only reason I dropped their score. Guest services on the Carnival Dream needs to learn what "service" and "customer" means.
It was very convenient to our dining room and the promenade deck for shows. Elevators were readily available although we usually walked up to the 10th floor when going to the Lido deck. We never used an elevator when coming down stairs.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Belize CityWe took an aquatic wonders and beach time tour. A tender picked us up and took us to a "submarine" like boat where we were able to observe corral and fish for about 45 to 50 minutes along probably a 400 yard route. Afterwards we spent 70 minutes or so on a nearby sand box island. This island was probably only an acre in size so nothing dramatic. But it was fine a beach. The water was easy to swim in and you could purchase drinks, snacks.View All 2,217 Belize City Cruise Port Reviews
The boat ride to and from the ship was about 35 minutes each way.
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Costa MayaWe had both done excursions from Costa Maya so just looked around the shopping area. Not a lot there although you can swim in a pool or on the beach. Senior Frogs has lots of libations for sale.View All 1,901 Costa Maya Cruise Port Reviews
So we mostly enjoyed having the ship to lay out wherever we wanted to.
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CozumelGreat shopping. I really enjoy NCL ships able to dock right downtown whereas Carnival docks 2 to 3 miles out, but it's not a bad walk if you don't want to take a taxi. Good exercise.View All 5,717 Cozumel Cruise Port Reviews
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RoatanFor this one we visited Maya Cays with a lunch included. This had a very nice beach area for snorkeling as well as swimming. They had several varieties of animals - parrots, monkeys, bobcats, and other birds to look at as well as recreations of a Mayan temple. All very nicely done.View All 2,528 Roatan Cruise Port Reviews
Lunch included an option of barbecue chicken or sea bass, along with salad and potatoes. I had the sea bass which was good.
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