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Carnival Dream Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1,942 reviews
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Great cruise but Dream wasn't

Review for Carnival Dream to the Eastern Caribbean
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6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Mar 2014
Traveled with children

Sailed with my family of 5, and my brother's family of 5 on March 22nd to Eastern Caribbean out of Port Canaveral. Adults in late 40s and 6 kids from 13-18. Won't comment much on port since it's now out of NOLA. (But next time I would stay in Orlando area and drive to port in am instead of Cape Canaveral...yuk).

Embarkation was quickest ever...I was onboard drinking my first Frog Island Iced Tea by 12:15. We had 4 balcony cabins on deck 9 (one below lido) at the front of the ship (#9348,9352,9363,9365), Loved the location. We were sandwiched in between cabins so no noises to annoy us. So glad I read cruise critic about the Dream, because originally we were on deck 6. I had no idea that our balcony would have been overlooking deck 5 and people instead of ocean. It's terrible that Carnival pvps don't tell you this. I'm sure a few people have been disappointed with their balcony cabins on the Dream.

The Dream itself was not laid out very well. The Conquest class is the best in my opinion. First off, as we entered the lobby, it was very unimpressive. You could tell it had been shrunk to fit other areas. The lobby was always one of our favorite places to hang out before dinner on other ships, but this one is definitely missing something. They don't even have room for the entertainers...they have to be up on the staircase in a little stage area. Not very much seating either.

Cabin Review

Great location!! Sandwiched in between cabins above and below, so no noises from clubs or lido. Also, our balcony view was ocean and not deck 5! Anything lower would have been too close to the lanai and not what a typical balcony cabin feels like. The PVPs do NOT tell you this when booking. We found out on our own and luckily changed from deck 6 to 9.

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