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I cruise every spring break. I chose this cruise because they dates were right, the price was good, and the debarkation port is awesome (New Orleans). The food in the Scarlet dining lounge was not good, the service was even worse, much worse. The shows in the Encore lounge were fantastic. But why the wait? Ship's crew left the doors closed (light and sound checks, presumably) until showtime, causing stampeding after a long, uncomfortable standing wait of 30 minutes or more (for those of us that like to get there early and get a decent seat). The buffets are still set up in a way that forces people to wait in long lines for 90% of food they don't even want. Why not put the food on islands, as RCCL does? The shore excursion in Freeport (All Inclusive Beach Getaway) was terrible: drinks so watered down it was not even possible to get a buzz after 30 drinks. Not enough chairs for all the guests and no chaise lounges even offered. Overall, a disappointing experience.

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Carnival Dream Cruise Review by thisdudelovestocruise

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I cruise every spring break. I chose this cruise because they dates were right, the price was good, and the debarkation port is awesome (New Orleans).

The food in the Scarlet dining lounge was not good, the service was even worse, much worse.

The shows in the Encore lounge were fantastic. But why the wait? Ship's crew left the doors closed (light and sound checks, presumably) until showtime, causing stampeding after a long, uncomfortable standing wait of 30 minutes or more (for those of us that like to get there early and get a decent seat).

The buffets are still set up in a way that forces people to wait in long lines for 90% of food they don't even want. Why not put the food on islands, as RCCL does?

The shore excursion in Freeport (All Inclusive Beach Getaway) was terrible: drinks so watered down it was not even possible to get a buzz after 30 drinks. Not enough chairs for all the guests and no chaise lounges even offered.

Overall, a disappointing experience.
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