We usually do two back to back cruises in February to get a break from our long upstate NY winters. We had booked the first one to go out of New Orleans on NCL. We hadn’t been there before so we thought we’d combine some sightseeing with a cruise. Then I needed to find a second cruise on a different ship with a departure date that would work. Carnival had this cruise the day after, going out of Galveston.
We hadn’t been on carnival in over 6 years. We primarily do NCL or Celebrity (about 28 previous cruises). The Dream is about 10 years old. And the decor is very dated and like the other 5 carnival ships we’ve been on, it has lots of smoked glass, mirrors, and other decor that frankly makes the ship look like an old nightclub. And there was a noticeable amount of rust on our balcony.
We usually eat in the main dining room. But after two dinners there we decided that the food in their buffet was far better. And I don’t know why Carnival doesn’t put tablecloths on the dining room tables.
Unlike the other cruise lines that we use, our Carnival room steward asked us if we wanted him to clean the room in the morning or the evening. On the other lines it’s done twice a day...no need to choose. Our steward said he could do it twice daily, but just the fact that he asked made me think that maybe he was overloaded with cabins, and I didn’t want to add to his workload. So we only had him do it once a day.
Our balcony cabin was actually a bit larger than we’ve gotten recently on other lines. And it was always very clean and comfortable.
The casino allows smoking all over and there were times when we couldn’t avoid having to walk through there.
We went to one of the shows...an energetic cast, but they need a larger entertainment budget...playing memorable movie themes and having lots of lights doesn’t make up for a rather dull, lifeless show.
Every crew member we came across was always very friendly and helpful...as we’ve always found on any other cruise line....they all deserve our thanks.
All in all, it’s still a budget cruise line.