Dream was NOT a dream!: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by mrsshoper

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Dream was NOT a dream!

Sail Date: December 2009
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We had this trip planned for approximately 8 months. I was very excited because it was a first cruise for my husband, my son and myself. Embarkation was a headache because the computers crashed and we waited forever. I was O.K. with that and still very excited. The size of the ship was incredible and we couldn't wait to experience our first cruise! We get on board and I can't wait to see our stateroom on the 7th floor. Of course you would think with 3000 to 4000 people on board the elevators would be plentiful and fast but no, they're not! We had to wait for one forever and they take forever as well.

Our stateroom was exactly as I expected since it was an interior cabin I knew it would be small and that was O.K. We were excited to start our adventure. We unpacked and went to the Lido deck to have lunch. The lines were long. We went upstairs and found the pasta bar before anyone else had discovered it was there. It was pretty good.

The fun days at sea suck for More anyone under the age of 55. The only thing to do is to lay by the pool. The activities were all geared towards the older generation. There were a few adult comedy shows which were pretty good. There were a few shows that were OK if you could get a seat. We got to one show almost an hour early and the place was packed! Most shows were like this. There wasn't much for kids to do on this cruise either. My son is 14 and he got bored a lot. They have a special club for his age group but there wasn't a whole lot planned for them.

We thoroughly enjoyed our ports of call...Antigua, Tortola, St. Thomas and Grand Turks. We were suppose to dock at San Juan but for some reason they found out the day we were to dock that we couldn't without causing damage to the life boats hanging over the side of the ship. Well, that's fine but I don't know why they couldn't take us to another island. They could have even taken us to the private island that Carnival has. No, we had another "fun" day at sea. We got a $20.00 per person credit for not stopping in San Juan. Just didn't seem right!

The food left something to be desired. It was not that great. Some nights were good and some nights were bad. The Gathering had food that seemed lacking in taste most of the time. The service in the dining hall the first four to five nights was not that great at all. We didn't see our maitre'd until about the 5th night and of course the last night with his hand held out for a tip which he did not receive from me. Our cabin steward, Dave, was fantastic! We couldn't have asked for a more considerate, fun and personable steward. Thanks Dave for making our stay a little more nice!

The average age of the guests on our cruise was approximately 60. I could be wrong and it could be a little older but it's a guess since just about everyone on board was about 20 plus years older than me. I was always taught to respect adults older than me because of their age, if for no other reason. It was very HARD to be nice to even the elderly when they were rude, disrespectful and down right hateful at times! It was very hard not to say something at times. My husband was on deck watching the game and I ran up to our room to get our son. Well this older "gentleman" asked my husband if he could sit in the seat next to him and he told him that it was for me and that I was coming right back. The man then stood right in front of my husband so he couldn't see the t.v. My husband said, "excuse me but I'm watching the t.v." The man said, "Yeah, I'm just standing here waiting to see if your wife comes back". He then asked his friends to come stand with him to watch the game thereby blocking my husbands view from the game. Needless to say, he got up and left before he actually said something offensive to the man. I was standing in line waiting somewhat patiently to get some breakfast. When it was my turn some older man came up and stepped right in front of me, got what he wanted and left. No excuse me, nothing! I've never in my life seen such old, rude people.

I don't know if I'll take another Carnival cruise or not. We may just fly to the islands instead! Less

Published 12/13/09

Cabin review:

We an inside cabin on the 7th floor. There was plenty of closet space, about 3 drawers and a safe. There is room under the bed to store luggage. I don't think they thought out the whole pull down bed when you have a king size in the middle of the room (two beds pulled together to form one bed is approx. a king size). There's not a whole lot of room for the ladder. It was pretty quiet on our floor.

Port and Shore Excursions

Nice island. It was nice getting off the ship and having them welcome us. There is a beautiful church, Saint John's Cathedral and Parish. If you get the chance, go see it! It is in it's original state and it's made of all wood inside. This church is a must see!

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There's not much to Grand Turk. The island is only 7 miles long and about 2 miles wide. If you get the chance to see the cliffs at the lighthouse then do it! It's a spectacular view! You can rent a car for $55.00 for the whole day (not that there's much to see). With the insurance and $10.00 for unlimted gas the rental was about $80.00 to $85.00. We had a great time. Conch World...don't pay for that tour...it's not worth it!

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Shopping, shopping, shopping! If all you want to do is shop then this is the place to do it. I loved St. Thomas. It was clean and fun!

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We swam with the Dolphins and it was one of the most exciting things we've ever done. It was so worth it to us to take this excusion. I was a little disappointed when a woman told me that she took the ferry from another island and paid only $188.00 for TWO people to swim with the dolphins. So, live and learn! We still loved it and it was a memorable experience. They let us use our own waterproof camera!

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