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We had a blast on the Carnival Dream in August 2013. It was our first 7 day cruise and we've already booked an 8 day for this year.

Fun on the Carnival Dream(1 minute 26 second video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSVkLSVkFMY

Water Fun on the Carnival Dream via GoPro (55 second video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrei5pWcgpo

Ride the Drainpipe thanks to the GoPro (30 seconds)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf6uOFD4dxg

Our excursion in Grand Turk Blue Water Divers (45 second video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btVlPzrJdUM

We did feel the Carnival Dream felt a little more crowded than ships we had sailed in the past. (Carnival Sensation, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, and Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas)

The water slides were great. There was a Twister slide, 2 yellow slides that were fun for racing, and the Drainpipe. The pool on the back deck was a great extra that the other ships did not have. The center pool was small and always crowded, but still lots of fun.

The Punchliner breakfast was AMAZING! By far the best breakfast on the ship. We enjoyed dinner in the dining room every night and enjoyed the variety although very similar to our past cruises. We had lunch on the Lido most days, but did try the pasta restaurant. It tended to be crowded and have long waits.

The shows were enjoyable and a great place to relax after dinner. The movies on the big screen with popcorn on the Lido deck was a lot of fun even though we never sit still long enough to watch an entire movie.

We enjoyed mini golf a few times. Basketball was also a lot of fun for the kids.

The photographers were great. After the guys got over griping about getting pictures done we were very pleased with the outcome and prices (ask about specials).

The service was AWESOME from everyone. We didn't run into a single grouchy employee. There were a few grouchy passengers....oh well, to each his own.

Don't raise your hand to volunteer for pool Olympics. At 41 I felt 80 when I finished competing against a bunch of 20somethings. It was fun....just took a while to catch my breath afterwards.

The kids enjoyed Camp Carnival for the first time. Signing in and out on their own was great. The girls especially enjoyed learning a routine and performing it on stage.

 

Carnival Dream 7 Day Eastern Caribbean

Carnival Dream Cruise Review by All5ofusgo

Trip Details

We had a blast on the Carnival Dream in August 2013. It was our first 7 day cruise and we've already booked an 8 day for this year.


Fun on the Carnival Dream(1 minute 26 second video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSVkLSVkFMY


Water Fun on the Carnival Dream via GoPro (55 second video)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrei5pWcgpo


Ride the Drainpipe thanks to the GoPro (30 seconds)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf6uOFD4dxg


Our excursion in Grand Turk Blue Water Divers (45 second video)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btVlPzrJdUM


We did feel the Carnival Dream felt a little more crowded than ships we had sailed in the past. (Carnival Sensation, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, and Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas)


The water slides were great. There was a Twister slide, 2 yellow slides that were fun for racing, and the Drainpipe. The pool on the back deck was a great extra that the other ships did not have. The center pool was small and always crowded, but still lots of fun.


The Punchliner breakfast was AMAZING! By far the best breakfast on the ship. We enjoyed dinner in the dining room every night and enjoyed the variety although very similar to our past cruises. We had lunch on the Lido most days, but did try the pasta restaurant. It tended to be crowded and have long waits.


The shows were enjoyable and a great place to relax after dinner. The movies on the big screen with popcorn on the Lido deck was a lot of fun even though we never sit still long enough to watch an entire movie.


We enjoyed mini golf a few times. Basketball was also a lot of fun for the kids.


The photographers were great. After the guys got over griping about getting pictures done we were very pleased with the outcome and prices (ask about specials).


The service was AWESOME from everyone. We didn't run into a single grouchy employee. There were a few grouchy passengers....oh well, to each his own.


Don't raise your hand to volunteer for pool Olympics. At 41 I felt 80 when I finished competing against a bunch of 20somethings. It was fun....just took a while to catch my breath afterwards.


The kids enjoyed Camp Carnival for the first time. Signing in and out on their own was great. The girls especially enjoyed learning a routine and performing it on stage.


 

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Cabin Review

Cabin 1245

There were 9 of us in our party. Two families. Our family has 3 kids. We got one oceanview deluxe triple. It was actually cheaper than inside triple...strange, but true. It was awesome. It had king bed (2 twins pushed together) and a sofa that turned into a twin bed...very comfy. The best part was it had 2 bathrooms. One with a tub and sink and one with shower, sink, and toilet. This is a video we found of this particular room before we went on the cruise. We didn't make it, but it does a great job of showing a deluxe oceanview room. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrzOTbkayLk It was great for getting ready for dinner fast. We also had the cabin directly across the hall. It was an interior with king. This was perfect for our family.

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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Snorkeling

    Grand Turk
    Wow, so beautiful! We are going back this year. We booked a tour with Blue Water Divers before we left home. We had to take a taxi to them. They were very laid back and super nice. The provided everything we needed and took us to 2 snorkeling sites. One in relatively shallow water and the other at the famous WALL with 7000 foot drop off. AMAZING! We saw sea turtles, sharks, gorgeous fish...we are going back!

    The ship docks right at a beach in Grand Turk. You can literally walk off and sit on the beach.

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  • Nassau

    Nassau-we had been before so we just got off and shopped a little. Atlantis is fun, but quite pricey.

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  • City Tour

    San Juan- We got off the ship and grabbed a personal tour guide and went to the El Yunque rainforest and then he gave us a great tour of downtown and even stopped by a beach to let us put our toes in the sand. He also stopped at a convenience store near the rain forrest and let us buy snack, ice, and drinks. He had a cooler. He even gave us his email address so we could email him pictures if we couldn't remember what something was when we got home.

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  • Beach Break

    St. Thomas

    We took a taxi (driver stayed with us) to Megan's Beach. Hands down the most beautiful site we had ever seen. Great beach for swimming. Rentals for snorkeling, paddle boarding, etc. Mountains right beside beach on both sides. Great bar with drinks (oh my, ONE is enough) especially since you'll be there bright and early. It also had snacks and great fruit slushes with real fruit for the kids.

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