This was my fourth cruise with Carnival and the second on a Dream class ship. I flew into Miami the day before the trip, this flight was not booked through the Cruise Line. Spent the night the Comfort Inn Miami Airport North. The hotel provided a complimentary shuttle to the cruise port.
The embarkation process in Miami is crowed, the layout of the security area is congested and feels disorganized. The port building itself feels like a shed where you wait to board. The cruise employee working the check in desk was incredibly unmotivated. The task of obtaining our Sail and Sign cards couldn't have been provided slower.
The ship is nice but consistently decorated in drab browns and showing signs of wear. The carpets have visible traffic patterns and grime and the tile in the Lido Marketplace is constantly slick. Not much else to say about the ship itself.
My only real complaint is the cabin. I booked a Cloud 9 Spa (8S) cabin and was very disappointed. The cabin is next to the fitness center. All day I could hear the weight equipment being used. 7AM until as late as 11:30PM my room would rattle. A few nights into the cruise the ship rented the Serenity deck out to a private party that raged until after 1AM. None of this is acceptable for a relaxing spa vacation. The Cloud 9 Spa package is really just unlimited use of the Thermal Suite, discounts on already overpriced spa services and a couple of free yoga classes that you'll never make it to if you sleep in, go ashore, or dine early. Save the money, book a balcony on deck 8 and get a few day passes to the Thermal Suite.