Carnival Dream Cruise Review by WDWBILLY
- Sail Date: December 2014
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Having sailed Carnival many times and leaving from NOLA, on the Conquest, we chose, once again, a Lido deck cabin; No. 10256. The location is amazing! You can walk out into the pool area and continue on to the buffet; all on the Lido deck.
The ports offered the usual land tours; though most were a bit too strenuous for me at this time. My wife did do the Zip Line Express in Roatan. She was terrified the whole time. But she is not the youngest of passengers these days,. That's all I will say about age!!!!
In Belize we chose to go on the tour of Belize City and visit the Myan Ruins. A "WASTE" of a day!!! The tour showed almost nothing and the ruins were a TRAP for beggars and panhandlers!!! The Belize Dock is almost at the water's edge; leaving it extremely congested and making the "Tender Lines" horrible to go back to any of the various ships anchored offshore. The tender trips are about 30 minutes each way, contributing to the many hours we lost while in Belize. We are never choosing Belize as a destination again.
We had been to Cozumel before and, I will say, this port area is one of the best laid out I have ever seen. Again, no tours as we knew we had to take it easy for my sake. This port offers some remarkably fun and interesting things to do and see and I'm sorry I could not partake of some of them.
As for the Dream! The little woman says she enjoyed New Orleans more than the cruise. We did come back to NOLA on 1/4/15 and stayed at the Hilton Riverside until we flew back home the next day. Her birthday is January 4th and mine is January 5th so we celebrated the birthdays with a wonderful day, evening and dinner in New Orleans.
The Carnival Dream did not offer her a motif she was pleased with. However, being a fan of simple and muted decor I found it to be just fine. The food offered by Carnival has gone down hill over the years as was the case aboard the Dream. Dinner selections are no longer up to par with some other cruise lines. The buffet is somewhat the same on most ships. There are some specialty food venues but we did not go to any.
Shows were just OK! The entertainers tried their hardest to put on a good performance each night but lacked the skills needed to really be outstanding. The shows themselves were mediocre. Something to do in the evening however! The lead male singer was quite good! Not so, the female lead! They would rate a "C+" as an ensemble group.
The Cruise Director was OK as well. He also put a lot of effort into his duties and I give him a "B" for this.
The "Punchliner Comedy Club" was quite well done. Both comedians we saw were very good.
Children numbered almost 1000 on the ship. Unfortunately for us there were families where the parents stayed in the balcony cabins and allowed the kids to stay across the hall in interior cabins. Unsupervised every evening, they ran up and down the hall; in and out of elevators and back and forth to the pool area. Most nights they would knock on stateroom doors and run away leaving you to answer the door with no one there. This would go on until around midnight. Our steward even commented on this nonsense!
Would we cruise again on Carnival. Most likely, since I do like the intineraries they offer. We will, however, choose other lines for the next few years and give them a try.
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