Carnival Dream -good value - nice ship: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by OurWay2Go
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Carnival Dream -good value - nice ship
Destination: Western Caribbean
The Food: We always ate dinner in the dining room More as we like the formality. On the whole, we both agreed that the food was EXCELLENT. DH, the beef lover, had wonderful flat-iron steak 3 times and the grand finale of prime rib -- all deemed tender and flavorful. I tended more towards the lobster, shrimp, fish selections and was more than pleased. Sorry to see that they didn't have the "Didya ever?" on the menu. Lunch in the Gathering: the Tandoori was very good; the Deli's Ruben sandwich excellent; the Pasta bar was a bit disappointing after I had linguine that was "glued" together. We didn't go to anything where you had to wait in line -- ever. Breakfast in the Dining Room: is what we prefer. The menu is the same every day. Not a great variety, but we made do. I missed my granola.
Entertainment: No wonder we never saw any shows our first time on this ship! They keep it a secret! If you see "Showtime in the Encore Theater" in the timeline schedule -- just go..and go a little early to get a good seat. Some Big production shows weren't even mentioned in the FunTimes. They use the space for advertising where you can spend your money. And the shows are free...get it?? Forget the Punchliner brunch 10 minute comedy show -- 4 jokes and that's it.
The Ship: how I longed for a comfortable place to sit in a common area. The furniture is mostly solid (not soft) with easy clean plastic upholstery -- great for long wear and children. Also, I wished that I could tell forward from aft in the hallways -- better signage, please.
On Shore: we were pleasantly surprised in Puerto Maya, Cozumel, Mexico. It was a wonderful port with shopping ; lovely garden areas, a really nice restaurant -"Ponchos Backyard" and a great waterfront place to just sit back and enjoy...one of our faves. Because of high wind and rough seas our next 2 ports were cancelled. Our alternate port was Nassau, Bahamas. It was a good time to take a glass bottom boat ride out to the reef to view tropical fish and also see the "rich and famous" homes along the waterfront. A cool drink at Senor Frogs is always fun.
Debarkation: all went as scheduled -- the Park N Cruise van got us to our car by 10am and we were on our way to our winter/Florida home.
Value: Carnival Dream delivers excellent value on an excellent cruise ship. I was disappointed to learn that in order to receive the "up to $200 on board credit", you had to book your next cruise immediately. Last year you had a least a year to book a cruise and receive the credit. So, we didn't book -- too high pressure. Less
Cabin review: 116363
Cabin 6363 was great. Near the elevator, but never any noise. Large enough for 2 - lots of storage and closet space. Bathroom was the best of any line. Balcony was not huge, but ok for 2. We liked this room
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