Awesome cruise on the Carnival Dream!!: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by happycruiser1971

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Awesome cruise on the Carnival Dream!!

Sail Date: July 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Our family cruised on the Carnival Dream sailing July 14. We had an amazing time. I was a bit skeptical after reading some of the reviews, but am VERY glad we opted to take this trip. Embarkation was very fast! We arrived at 11 am and were on board by 11:45. Our luggage did not arrive until almost 6:00. The boat is large, and can be difficult to navigate, but Carnival made many improvements when building this ship over others we have sailed. First, there is plenty of room. Even with 3600 guests on board, we never felt claustrophobic. There are lots of seating and gathering areas all over the ship, inside as well as outside. There is so much to do, and I can not say enough good things about the Camp Carnival staff. Both of our children, ages 6 and 9, enjoyed spending time there. Their is a good variety of activities to choose from, and they opted to eat there almost every night.

Now the food - the Pasta bar was amazing. We ate lunch there often. There was never More a line until the last day at sea, and they have a nice variety of ingredients to choose from when selecting your dish so that you do not feel like you are eating the same thing all of the time. It was also nice that they bring your food to the table, so you do not have to navigate the aisles with multiple plates of food (when traveling with children). We ate in the dining room the first 2 nights, but unfortunately the service was slow and the food was only average. We opted to eat on the Lido deck for the remaining nights as they had the same food selections as the dining room, plus additional options. There was also rarely a line, so we were able to get in and out quickly to enjoy our vacation. We did splurge for the Steak House one evening. The food and service was excellent! I would highly recommend trying it! We also ate at the Deli and the Pizza Bar, and the ice cream was always a treat. My husband ate from Wasabi each night - the sushi was good and he was able to get Sake on board (a much cheaper alternative to drinking wine or beer...$12 a bottle!)

The kids enjoyed Water Works very much, and the slides are a lot of fun. There were lines on the big slides on sea days, but there was never a line on the Racers which were also a blast. There is also a water slide and some fun things for little ones to do (those under the 42 inches necessary to ride the big slides). There are a couple of big chess sets - never a line to play, plus ping pong tables, and they even showed some concerts on the Seaside Theatre during the day. There were many hot tubs, probably 10 scattered all around the boat, and they were never too crowded to enjoy. We did not see any shows, mostly because we were winning in the casinos and having a blast there! We did attend the deck party on Wednesday night. It was a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend going. Cory the cruise director was fun, but never in your face.

Everyone was very nice, and the service was impeccable. There were servers around frequently, and people clearing your plates constantly. They keep the ship very clean, and do a great job making everything shine. Everyone remembered our names, even the Sushi Bar servers remembered my husband and would greet him each night. No matter what you needed, it was provided, often before you even realized you need it.

We have sailed on 2 other Carnival ships, and this one is by far the best of the 3. We enjoyed our other cruises, but this one was spectacular. Less

Published 07/28/12

Cabin review: 8A9369 Balcony

Our cabin was very nice, and quiet. We heard some hallway noise some evenings, mostly other guests coming back to their cabins, but nothing through the ceilings or walls. There was ample room for our family of 4, and the balcony was nice to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning while the kids were still sleeping. The bathroom was a nice size, and there was lots of room for clothes. The balcony was by far our favorite part of the room.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Like another reviewer, we were also glad we were only in Nassau for a short time. We had been there before, so opted to walk around in town and shop instead of finding an excursion. The people are nice, but there is not much to do within walking distance. We were off the ship for maybe 3 hours, and then back on board for some fun at the water slides.
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St. Maarten was amazing. By far this was our favorite port. We had wanted to do some snorkeling, but the excursions we wanted were sold out. Our options were also limited as most of the snorkeling excursions had a minimum age of around 9 or 10 years old. We took a cab to Dawn Beach for the day instead. The cab ride was relatively short, but for a family of 4 it cost us $56 to get there and back. They are having some sea weed (some is an understatement) wash up onto the beach, and the cab driver had us look at the beach first to make sure we wanted to stay before he left us there. We decided to stay, mostly because the beach was beautiful, and there was no one else there so we had the place to ourselves! The kids built sand castles, and eventually decided to jump the waves despite the sea weed. Even with the seaweed, we had a great day! $15 to rent 2 chairs and an umbrella, and there was a restaurant there that brought drinks and lunch to us on the beach. One tip - our cab driver said he would come back to pick us up at a time we had agreed to. We were waiting at that time, and waited an additional 45 minutes before he finally arrived. In that 45 minutes, we turned down several other cabs. Next time, we would not pre-arrange a cab back as there were ample taxis around to get you back to the ship.

Island Tour

St. Thomas was fun. We did the Ultimate Island Experience. We had wanted to snorkel, but the available tours sold out quickly (book before you board for best selection). The tour took us to a couple of look out points where we had a great view of the ship! There were also locals there selling everything under the sun, including photos of a poor donkey dressed up in sunglasses and other clothes. Next we went to Megan's Bay. Megan's Bay is supposed to be one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, but I have to tell you, I was not impressed. It was crowded, there is not much beach for so many people, and not much swimming area in the bay. You had to rent chairs, as there was no other area on the sand to spread out a towel. We had 2 hours on Megan's Bay, and were glad when it was time to board the bus again. Next we went to Blackbeard's Castle. This was the highlight of the excursion for the grownups, while the kids like the Bay best. Blackbeard's Castle has lots to see, including a Rum distillery where we were able to tour and sample some flavored rums. We are not fans of rum at all, but after sampling we brought back a couple of bottles. you cannot get it in the states, so I recommend bringing it home. It is very smooth! There are also a couple of historical houses, and an Amber museum on the premises as well as a swimming pool that we were able to use. The people were very very nice, and always there to direct us on our self-guided tour (you go at your own pace), but they were never overbearing. We spent several hours here, and then you have to get your own transportation back to the ship. We were easily able to get a taxi for $7 per person.

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