Carnival Dream Cruise Review by JWMiddleton
- Sail Date: April 2012
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Ocean View
The cabins are bigger than those of the smaller ship and as I explained below we really liked our cabin.
Food and entertainment was as expect. I enjoyed the new selection on the menu called "Didja." Each night they had an exotic starter item that most people have never tried and many didn't then. Some examples were Alligator Fritters, Frog Legs and Shark & Langoustino rolls. They also added a "Comfort Food" item each day.
What I was most impressed with was how polite, happy, nice and helpful the staff was! I've been surprised that other reviewers did not find this to be the case.
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