Christmas on the Carnival Dream: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by travelmomnc

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Christmas on the Carnival Dream

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Departure from Port Canaveral: Fantastic! About 30 minutes to park (prepay $120 for 7 day cruise), walk across the street to terminal, go through security/check-in and walk to Lido deck for lunch. Cabin was ready at 1:15.

Overall: The Dream is our new favorite Carnival ship. Very family-oriented cruise. Cruise personnel told us that there were 1400 kids on the ship out of a total cruise population of 4500(near capacity). However, the ship did not feel too crowded and adults could escape to the Serenity outdoor seating area if the kids were too overwhelming. The second pool on the rear Lido deck was never over crowded. We liked all of the ports (see below)

Positives: Loved our cove balcony cabin - very stable. The 24 hour pizza grill, pasta bella (upstairs from Lido buffet at lunch only) and tandoori station were fantastic and we ate at least one every day. Large gym with lots of machines - never had to wait. Our cruise director, Jamie, was great. Very organized in More getting people sorted out for their excursions. Really liked the Lanai area - coffee bar, trivia contests, Taste bar, quiet hot tubs, uninterrupted walking track around the ship.

Negatives: Dining staff was very disorganized for the first few days and several dishes were delivered cold. Did not really like 3 formal nights - 2 would have been plenty. Comedians were okay (Jeff the Fund Dude was great) but were not as a group as good as the comedians last year. Did not like Spin class - too hot, head almost hit ceiling and instructor was too intent on outdoing members of class. Aside from the specialty stations mentioned above (pizza, pasta and tandoori) the food was mediocre at best both in the dining room as well as the buffet. However, this helped us to keep to our diets so it was not all bad.

Departure: Walked off, went through security and was in our car by 7 am. Less

Published 01/03/13
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Cabin review: 7C2275 Cove Balcony

Cove balcony 2275. very convenient since near stairs but not noisy. very quiet and not too rough. just down the hall from the laundry. 3 big closets and nice size balcony. we would get this type of cabin again.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Port area and tour guides were disapointing but Altun Ha pyramids were great. We took "Altun Ha and City Tour". We drove through Belize city while guides yelled trivial facts about Belize at us. No information about the Maya given until we got to the pyramids (do research before you go). Bus ride took 90 minutes from port to Altun Ha on a one lane road with no traffic (would take longer if traffic). Pyramids are beautiful and you can climb them, if not rainy. No safety rails - would not be safe for little kids. Port area is just a few shops and 2 bars. Tendering in is time consuming. There is no beach near the port area - if you want a beach you will need to do an excursion. Would recommend an excursion or staying on the ship rather than just wandering the port area.

Rather than stay in the Senor Frog's at the port, we took the bus ($2/each OW) to Mahahual town and we were glad we did. Wide beach walkway for strolling (2 miles long), lots of beach bars in the sand with massages, small shops, food, drink, etc. Great calm beach with snorkeling right off the beach. Although it was raining heavily, we had a great time with a beer under a palapa. Much better "Mexican feel" than the cruise port village. One excursion, biking along the beach boardwalk on cruiser bikes, looked fun.
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We took a $11 (one way) taxi to Chankhanaab Park where we spent the day. Great snorkeling, clean bathrooms, food, drinks, etc. Seal and dolphin shows. Lots of beach chairs. Printed out a $2/person coupon before going.
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Many of our fellow cruise passengers walked over to the shopping village and beach area created by Carnival. Plenty of beach chairs, bars, food etc. but the water itself is filled with sea grass. Still, great for little kids to play on the sand. We took a taxi to West Bay ($30/person RT). Although the beach was crowded (4 ships in port that day), we found a place for our towels without paying for a beach chair. The snorkeling was fantastic and the beach sand was good. West Bay and West End have excellent snorkeling from the beach. Plenty of bars and restaurants if you want to eat and drink.
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