My husband & I have cruised previously but have not been on Carnival since a Med cruise on the Magic- 10/13. I was a little apprehensive prior to the cruise. There has been a lot posted on Cruise Critic regarding recent changes on Carnival ships.
EMBARKATION: We purchased Faster to the Fun & for us, it was a good value. Embarkation was slightly delayed on this cruise. I was told that it was due the the Dream having to change terminals at Port Canaveral. I don't know if that was true. Faster to the Fun worked as promised. We we were able to bypass the longer check in lines and drop off our carry on luggage in our cabin Our additional luggage arrived a couple of hours before nearby cabins received theirs.
SHIP: The Dream was clean & well maintained. I personally did not care for the Ship's layout & size. I wish the Crimson Dining Room was located elswhere & not midship. My husband & I also found ourselves trying to avoid crowds & lines throughout the cruise.