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Sail Date: June 2012
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Check in went quickly. After a short wait we had our boarding photo taken and boarded the ship. We then had another photo taken with a green background. It was for facial recognition of the photos that will be taken on the ship.

We did the usual. Stare at the atrium on our way to the lido deck for some lunch. Not much food was ready yet. We purchased some bottomless bubbles stickers while waiting for the food to be ready. We drank a lot of soda and juice on the cruise.

We booked a deluxe ocean view cabin with four passengers. The cabin has one bath room with a toilet, a sink and a shower. It also has a second bathroom with a sink and small tub with a shower. Really nice that two can shower at the same time separately. There was enough closet and drawer space for our clothes. All of our luggage fit under the king size bed. The beds were very comfortable. The cabin had a thermostat that was adjustable to keep the cabin a temperature that we liked.

When we More entered our cabin I was surprised not to see the fold down bed on the wall for our fourth person. I didn't realize that it came down from the ceiling. We had purchased some birthday cabin decorations from the Bon Voyage department before our sail date. They really made the cabin look nice.

We met our cabin steward shortly after we entered our cabin for the first time. She got the extra pillows we wanted. She turned out to be one of the best cabin stewards we have had on a cruise.

We had a drainage problem in one of the sinks. We called maintenance and they fixed it while we were out of the cabin.

The waiters in the main dining room were great. We had early seating in the lower Scarlett dining room. It was nice to see out of the window. Though most of the time all we saw was just water. It didn't take our waiters long to know what we liked and took care of us very well. We had a birthday cake delivered to our table twice during the cruise. The waiters sang and danced for us many times. The food was very good. Steaks, chicken and ribs. Also some soups that I had not heard of before. But still good.

We ate room service food every night. Sometimes we would call the order in. Other times we would order using the TV in our cabin. It usually arrived quickly. We kept a small stack of one dollar bills in the top drawer of the dresser for room service tips.

We enjoyed breakfast in the main dining room every day. We prefer to be waited on rather than carry our food while looking for a place to sit.

We also ate a lot of food from the lido deck. Also the burrito bar, pasta bar, pizza and sandwiches. All of which were good.

We purchased some drinks to get the souvenir glasses. Missed the disco ball though.

In Nassau my wife and daughter went shopping. My grandson and I rented a taxi by the hour and visited Fort Montagu, the Queen's Staircase, Fort Fincastle and Fort Charlotte. We ended our ride at Senior Frogs were we met up with my wife and daughter. They seemed to have a successful trip based on the bags they were carrying.

In St. Thomas we started after breakfast with a short walk to the Sky Ride for the view and to take some great photos. We then went back to the ship were we joined the excursion to Snuba at Coral World. Another great experience swimming under water. When not swimming there is the sea turtle pools. The shark tank. Sting ray pool and many iguanas. Also a restaurant and gift shop.

In St. Maarten we did Captain Alan 3 Island Snorkel. A bit of a bumpy boat ride to our destinations. But nice when we got there. Saw many fish, sting rays and sea turtles. The mud bath was interesting.

The entertainment was quite good. We enjoyed the shows in the main lounge. Danced in the Caliente dance club. The Ocean plaza had a live band. There was music for all ages somewhere on the ship. The younger crowed enjoyed the Fun Force break dancers. They had a one hour show in the atrium and took part in some of the main shows.

We only saw one comedy show but it was funny.

We took part in some trivia games and the Game Show in the main lounge. Played bingo and laser tag. Our grandson spent some time in the arcade.

On deck we were able to find deck chairs near both pools when we went there. We played mini golf and we all experienced the water slides. More than once.

We took A LOT of photos and the photo staff was very helpful.

The ship sailed very smooth. Our cabin was quite at night. The ships staff was courteous and friendly. Never noticed the alleged odor that some people have noticed before.

We had such a great time on this Carnival Fun Ship we booked another cruise while on board. Less

Published 07/02/12

Cabin review: 6D1330

This was our first time on a Dream class ship. We expected it to be very crowded. It did not seem that way. With the extra dining options on the lido deck everyone is not in the same place. We went to both pools at different time and found deck chairs available. Entertainment was very good, the food was good and the staff was excellent. We would sail on the Dream again. It didn't heart that the port is only nineteen miles from our home.

Port and Shore Excursions

We have been to Nassau many times so we have seen a lot of things there. We were there on Sunday this time. Many stores were closed and the down town area did not seem as busy as other timers we were there.
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Captain Alan's 3 Island snorkel. Only fourteen people on this excursion. Was nice not to be in the water with sixty other people at a time. Booked on line in advance. Snorkeled in two places and did the mud bath. First time I have ever seen sea turtles while snorkeling. Also saw stingrays. The boat ride was a little bumpy at times but we had another great time.

Paradise Point Skyride

It was the first thing we did in this port. It was a short walk from the ship. Great view from the top. Worth the experience. Once back down we had time to connect with out next excursion.


A new experience being under water like that. Did not see many as many fish and other sea life as we were hoping to see. But did have a great time. There are many things to see when not in the water. A shark tank, sea turtles pools, stung ray pool and many many iguanas. There is also a snack bar and a gift shop.
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