Carnival Dream Review

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Review for the Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Dream
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First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Mar 2014
Traveled with children

First off we had a great cruise. I would highly recommend this ship and this itinerary.

So myself (male 48 years young) and my 3 kids (17 M, 15 F and 13 F) stayed in an interior cabin on deck 8, Verandah, with 2 uppers and 2 lower bunks. This was also my 1st cruise. We camp and stay in a trailer so we we're accustom to dealing with a small room but we were pleased with the cabin size. We all found the beds comfortable and there was a good use of storage space. A window or balcony might have made the room feel larger but we had a conversation with a family that was on their 16th cruise and they prefer the interior cabins because they are darker and you can sleep later.

The service on the ship was fantastic, especially the dining room and the cabin stewards. But all the crew were really great. On some of the other reviews I read some complaints about poor service, but we had none of that and heard of no one complaining. One review I read the writer complained that dining room staff did not introduce themselves, thinking back our regular dining staff did (we had late dining) but other times we used the dining room the staff did not introduce themselves. That did not bother me, but if it's important to you, be aware.

Cabin Review

First off my reservation says our cabin category is 4A but Cruise Critics deck plan does not show 4A as an option on our deck, so I selected 1A. We had 4 in a cabin, 2 Pullman uppers and 2 lower bunks. They were comfortable beds, but beds are a personal preference in my opinion. 2 pillows per bed extra bedding available under the bed.The layout was as follows, as you walk in your cabin to your right is 3 closets, 2 allow you to hang items, the 3rd is shelving. The bathroom is to your left. Shower, toilet and vanity. No drawers in bathroom, small counter space but there is several small shelves to sit items on, a pull out vanity mirror and a low voltage plug for a razor. Plenty of tissue provided, body wash and shampoo in the shower, tooth paste, bar soap and Breath easy nose strips in the bathroom as well. no conditionerAside from the 4 beds, there is a vanity with a stool and a plug. I brought a small power bar and an extension cord as I have a CPAP machine. The power bar came in handy for more than my CPAP machine. 4 drawers in the vanity although 1 is used up for stuff from Carnival and a hair dryer. We were able to unpack all of our suitcases for 4 people with the space provided. Room is very dark with the lights off. Suitcases then fit under the beds for storage.There is a phone and a TV with a few channels including movies. Most interesting channels in my opinion were the ones about the ship, Carnival info. and replays of the main shows.There was a small fridge and a safe next to the cabinets as well. Tight quarters for 4 but do-able, worked very well for us, but we are campers are are use to tight quarters.Cabin Stuart will change your towels each time they come in if you use them. They make your beds in the morning, turn them down in the evening and make sure you watch for the towel animals. Cabin Stuart came by the 1st night and introduced himself.Overall the service in the rooms is A+.We had an issue with a slow draining shower but when we called maintenance they resolved the issue in a couple of hours.

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