I read some of the other reviews and cannot believe we were on the same cruise. While the other reviewers were unhappy, we had a very good experience. We have taken numerous cruises on Royal Carribean, Norwegian, Holland America, and Carnival. The Jan. 14 cruise on Carnival Dream was very good. We had a balcony stateroom. The attendant, Rommel, was excellent. It would have been helpful to have an outlet for my husband to use his Cpap though he was happy to get a break from it. It is,however, equipment that is medically necessary. Since so many people use Cpaps, cruise lines should provide outlets.
I enjoy cooking and am considered by friends to be a good cook. I am critical of food and am more concerned with quality rather than quantity. I found the food, including desserts, to be very good and always had lots of good things to choose. We had lobster tail two nights and I had 2 both nights. (On a Norwegian cruise I remember only getting half of a small lobster tail. That was pathetic.) The warm chocolate cake was so delicious that I had it at least 5 times. There is so much seating in the buffet area that tables were always available. This has always been a frustration on other cruise lines where our food got cold while we searched for a table. We traveled with another couple who also were very pleased. There were lots of areas to sit and relax.
Some other reviewers criticized excursions. It is not like European cruises where there is so much to see. Let's be realistic, Island cruisers should only expect to see sun, sand, and water on excursions. There was plenty of that. We had one complaint about a stop on the "hop on/hop off" bus in Montego Bay. This excursion only cost $20. We stopped at a craft village. The sellers were so aggressive that it caused us to get back on the bus within ten minutes. We were not alone in our thinking. Many other travelers felt the same way and also made a quick exit. Carnival has to do something about that or, at a minimum warn travelers.