Good and bad -Disabled guy: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by irishmafia116

Carnival Dream 4
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Good and bad -Disabled guy

Sail Date: February 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Nice cruise nothing especially noteworthy, if you've cruised on Carnival it's pretty much the same every time, not that that is a bad thing, you know what to expect.

The Good:
Great service
Plenty of food!Of course
Improved handicap accessibility
Serenity deck nice
Very easy on and off
Liked the piano bar
Loved the crowd reaction when anyone ventured into the piano bar!
Loved the pasta bar (apparently well hidden not many people discovered it!
Enjoyed the steam room every day,and the serenity room was nice

The bad
The singing in the shows and really all the singing aboard ship -poor-need a new talent agency to get entertainers even the piano guy-- who we loved couldn't sing a lick
OK this is a little thing BUT if you have a deli serving corned beef and/or pastrami sandwiches SPICY MUSTARD is a given except on Carnival ?
Still difficult to exit/enter the ship in wheelchair because of the steep ramps and a number of More bathrooms are not accessible -hint: many in chairs have bladder problems -need to go and go quickly -not the time to have to search or travel to find bathroom
Hip HOP dance show ? Really? To a crowd that averaged over 65 yrs old?
Felt we didn't stay long enough in any of the ports
Why would you only have two hours to check out books in the library? Though we brought plenty of our own reading material.
Stayed at the Renaissance Inn the night before --expensive--parked the car there-not too bad--lady bus driver shuttling us to ship was rude and obnoxious
Americans -there is a very serious obesity problem here--amazing number of morbidly obese people on board--eating most of the day of course -sadly with packs of obese kids with them
Occasionally and in certain areas there was a distinct sewage odor -esp near elevators

Ports were average, been to Nassau before, much improved market -think a hurricane wiped out the last one ---nice woodwork outside-- took a tour with a local guy we found on the street last time, fairly cheap $30 plus nice tip, took us everywhere and helped me in an out with my wheelchair (manual) nice guy sorry lost his name, took us to paradise island and took our pictures together also, went back on ship fairly quickly. St. Thomas -arranged a tour on internet thru godfrey, mentioned on a number of posts here. Was fine much cheaper than cruise ship $25 vs $55 many ships in port so way too much time in traffic touring the island -left only 15-20 minutes to visit beach would like more time here. St. Maarten -again not enough time -(perhaps planned so you'll return?) took catamaran snorkel trip -thru ship--hard to find exiting ship-again many ships in port -SIX -ranging from enormous _Oasis f Seas to average--told before we left that snorkeling would not be good because of weather -option to cancel--we went anyhow--beautiful scenery --long time to get there-they were right snorkeling sucked--but didn't even see any coral reefs --makes me wonder if snorkeling is ever good there--beautiful postcard beach and scenery--oddly resort "owned" half the beach and we were warned we couldn't go on that half -was swimming and guy on jet ski came out and chased me away from that side -apparently they own the ocean there as well ! Would have liked more time to get into town and see St. Maarten --last day at sea cool very breezy weather chased everyone inside YUCK-crowded and though to even get to eat -not that I needed too after consuming 1000000 calories already! Would do this cruise again -but in no hurry to do it -want to try Alaska first.

TIP: if you have a chair or scooter (dozens of scooters on board --yup many of the obese people riding around) when you are in your room and have a roll in shower you can store the chair in shower when not using it, gives you a lot more room. Less

Published 03/14/13

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