My wife and I had this cruise scheduled and a hurricane named Harvey changed our itinerary for us. This was also the only cruise on the Dream we had not sailed as anyone that has looked at our profile of cruises will see and our 5th on the Dream.
Liked Carnivals new embarkation board with boarding pass, sail and sign card in mail box by cabin door and we love the Cove Balconies on deck 2. The Glory nor the Valor have cove balconies so that will be missed.
The entertainment had the best vocals of any of our Carnival cruises since Chris Williams moved on. One of the dancers, Josh looked a lot like Shelton Cooper (Big Bang Theory)
The service was fantastic with the exception of the Dream Steakhouse.(read below)
Ports and excursions we do not do, mobility problems and to far from soft-serve machine.
Son and his wife and their two boys going with us in November all riding the City of New Orleans.
First of all this is not a rant against Carnival more of an observation in general and particular this one cruise that I hope will be just a one of. We have two more cruises scheduled on the Dream in November 2018 and Feb. 2019 then sadly the Dream moves to Galveston in May 2019.
Now the rest of the story! My reasoning for the claim of (Profit Gouging).
1. Onboard credit has changed from per person to just cabin in other words we would get 25.00 for my wife and 25.00 for me onboard credit booking a 7 day cruise, now just 25.00 for the cabin booked.
2. Gratuity on top of gratuity, I know that a lot of people don't tip any extras and some shame on them do not tip at all. Carnival does charge gratuities either on the front of the cruise or the back of the cruise now another gratuity is added to every sail and sign purchase. My wife and I tip in cash (room service, bar etc.).
3. It could just be me, but appeared to be less staff causing longer wait time and confusion, this also could be for profit over comfort.
Now for my one and only big complaint and the end of steak house dinning. We always eat at the Dream Steakhouse our first night and loved it until this cruise. Arrived at Steakhouse at 6:00 PM table for 4 seated and ordered our drinks, all four ordered steak baked potatoes and salad and that's exactly what we got. At 6:45 our steaks arrived, I was about full from all the bread and butter eaten while I was waiting. Halfway through the steak about 7:00 our baked potatoes arrived and at the end of our steak you guess it our salads arrived and my wife's salad wasn't what she ordered.
Quiet, relaxing with plenty of room for two people and even though we had smooth water the boat moves less on the lower decks. The cove balconies are cut out of the ship and closer to the water, the only view obstruction is looking straight up there you will see the bottom of a life boat.
New Orleans is a great place to visit with a very good Port and the World War ll Museum is a must see. Also highly recommend McClure's BBQ 3001 Tchoupitoulas St. Inside the Nola Brewing Tap Room.