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This was our second cruise on the Dream. If you like big ships and lots of people then this is the ship for you. Can't imagine the size of the new Vista which is already out and the Horizon which will be out soon. I think I will concentrate on Carnival's smaller ships for future cruises. We were excited by the ports of call for this cruise; Cozemel, Belize, and Roartan. Visited these ports on a previous cruise but were anxious about the different excursions booked. Embarkation was somewhat unorganized especially in light of the fact that Carnival has instituted a check-in window for passengers. We had purchased the Faster to the Fun package and arrived at the port around 11:00. Checked in and got our sign and sail cards and then sat in the terminal for another hour and a half before being allowed to board. This is the first time out of the past three cruises that we purchased the FTF and didn't get right on the ship. As a good will gesture Carnival is going to refund out money. Excellent customer service. Food and service were way beyond that which we experienced last year on the same ship. Kudos to Carnival for listening to comments that I sent them concerning both of there areas. We chose any time dining for the first time and were happy we did. We had the good fortune of getting a great service team in the Crimson dining room led expertly by Frank. We made sure that we were in his section every night we dined. We had reserved a table in the Steak House for Monday night but Frank alerted us that there would be steak and lobster in the regular dining room that night. We changed our reservation to Saturday. One of the highlights of our dining experience was the Chef's table. We got a tour of the galley and were treated to an eight course meal prepared by the Chef de Cuisine D'Silva. His team made the night memorable. If you have the opportunity to have to take this tour. It costs $75.00 per person but is worth every penny., Cozemel: Went zip lining with beach resort. Fun time but very tiring climbing up the steep ladders to get to the lines. The beach resort was very nice and coupons for food and drinks were included with the price of the excursion. Belize: Took the cave tube with lunch excursion. Very long bus ride to the excursion site. At least the bus was air conditioned. Got our tubes and head gear and off to the river. Word of warning: the water is very very cold. Took some pictures and crossed the river and began a 25 minute hike to the start of the tubing experience. Another word of caution: wear thick water shoes. The entire hike was over lots of rocks and very hard on the feet. Lunch that was included was very good. Roartan: Here is where we deviated from booking the Carnival excursion. My buddy and I decided to golf at the Black Pearl and the wives got a day pass to the Pristine Bay Resort. We saved over $100 dealing directly with the golf course rather than booking with Carnival. Even though Carnival guarantees the lowest price we would have had to book with them first and then present a receipt to get reimbursed. Too much of a hassle. For those golf nuts this a must play course. Very hilly but adequate landing areas and generous greens. If you tend to spray the golf ball best you bring lots of them with you. Counted maybe 12 other golfers during our stay and the wives reported they were the only ones at the resort. We spent every free night on the cruise in the comedy club. The comics were extraordinary and presented both mature and pg shows. A special thank you to Carnival for their military appreciation programs that were presented our three different occasions. As a retired Navy Chief it was great to be recognized. In addition we were fortunate to have a WWII vet onboard. His stories were amazing to say the least. Another kudo to Carnival for their Groove for St Jude t-shirt sales. Every penny they collect goes directly to the St Jude Children's hospital.

A Dream of a Cruise

Carnival Dream Cruise Review by marlstone123

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This was our second cruise on the Dream. If you like big ships and lots of people then this is the ship for you. Can't imagine the size of the new Vista which is already out and the Horizon which will be out soon. I think I will concentrate on Carnival's smaller ships for future cruises. We were excited by the ports of call for this cruise; Cozemel, Belize, and Roartan. Visited these ports on a previous cruise but were anxious about the different excursions booked.

Embarkation was somewhat unorganized especially in light of the fact that Carnival has instituted a check-in window for passengers. We had purchased the Faster to the Fun package and arrived at the port around 11:00. Checked in and got our sign and sail cards and then sat in the terminal for another hour and a half before being allowed to board. This is the first time out of the past three cruises that we purchased the FTF and didn't get right on the ship. As a good will gesture Carnival is going to refund out money. Excellent customer service.

Food and service were way beyond that which we experienced last year on the same ship. Kudos to Carnival for listening to comments that I sent them concerning both of there areas. We chose any time dining for the first time and were happy we did. We had the good fortune of getting a great service team in the Crimson dining room led expertly by Frank. We made sure that we were in his section every night we dined. We had reserved a table in the Steak House for Monday night but Frank alerted us that there would be steak and lobster in the regular dining room that night. We changed our reservation to Saturday. One of the highlights of our dining experience was the Chef's table. We got a tour of the galley and were treated to an eight course meal prepared by the Chef de Cuisine D'Silva. His team made the night memorable. If you have the opportunity to have to take this tour. It costs $75.00 per person but is worth every penny.,

Cozemel: Went zip lining with beach resort. Fun time but very tiring climbing up the steep ladders to get to the lines. The beach resort was very nice and coupons for food and drinks were included with the price of the excursion.

Belize: Took the cave tube with lunch excursion. Very long bus ride to the excursion site. At least the bus was air conditioned. Got our tubes and head gear and off to the river. Word of warning: the water is very very cold. Took some pictures and crossed the river and began a 25 minute hike to the start of the tubing experience. Another word of caution: wear thick water shoes. The entire hike was over lots of rocks and very hard on the feet. Lunch that was included was very good.

Roartan: Here is where we deviated from booking the Carnival excursion. My buddy and I decided to golf at the Black Pearl and the wives got a day pass to the Pristine Bay Resort. We saved over $100 dealing directly with the golf course rather than booking with Carnival. Even though Carnival guarantees the lowest price we would have had to book with them first and then present a receipt to get reimbursed. Too much of a hassle. For those golf nuts this a must play course. Very hilly but adequate landing areas and generous greens. If you tend to spray the golf ball best you bring lots of them with you. Counted maybe 12 other golfers during our stay and the wives reported they were the only ones at the resort.

We spent every free night on the cruise in the comedy club. The comics were extraordinary and presented both mature and pg shows.

A special thank you to Carnival for their military appreciation programs that were presented our three different occasions. As a retired Navy Chief it was great to be recognized. In addition we were fortunate to have a WWII vet onboard. His stories were amazing to say the least. Another kudo to Carnival for their Groove for St Jude t-shirt sales. Every penny they collect goes directly to the St Jude Children's hospital.
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