A Long Awaited Dream- Finally Comes True: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by Jacwlyn

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A Long Awaited Dream- Finally Comes True

Sail Date: June 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We began our trip by driving from the Atlanta area to Port Canaveral (Cocoa Beach.) We stayed at the Hilton Cocoa Beach the night before embarkation. It was a beautiful hotel with a breathtaking beach! That evening, we dined at their restaurant, the Atlantis Grill. We each ordered different types of entrees and they were all excellent. I would definitely stay here again. I parked my car at the hotel and utilized the Cocoa beach Shuttle for a fee of $5 pp each way.

The Dream is a beautiful ship, that was well decorated and extremely clean. The staff were always seen cleaning and tidying things up. As for the "smell"- yes, it exists. On occasion, as you are walking down certain hallways or areas, you catch a whiff of a sewage like smell. It was not a lingering smell, and did not interfere with our fun in any way. We dined in the Scarlett Dining Room each evening, except for one, when we ate at the Chef's Art Steakhouse. The food was always good, and as always, you could have More seconds on any course you wanted. The dining room staff were adequate on this cruise. Beyond that I can't really say much else. I didn't feel that our table got the same attention that the surrounding tables received. Our waitress simply served us our meals. The Chef's Art Steakhouse was definitely worth the $30 surcharge pp! The food was excellent and the service was superb. Many people who have previously written reviews have complained about not getting good seats at the shows. Just as you need to get to a movie theatre early, the same applies to the ship's shows, in both the Encore Lounge and in the Comedy Club. We never encountered a problem. Yes, chair hogs do exist, but if you get there about 30 min early, you will have no problem. At the pool, we never had a problem finding chairs. However, we are not the kind of people who like chairs directly adjacent to the pool. Those chairs were at a premium at times. I sampled every dining station on the Lido deck with the exception of the deli. The Pasta Bar was excellent. You select the foods you want, they cook it and bring it to you on Deck 11 AFT. The Tandoori Grill is located on Deck 10 AFT outside. If you like Indian food you will enjoy this. There was never a line. The Pizza Bar was good as it is on every other Carnival ship I have ever been on. They also have a burrito station, which is also excellent and the line moves rather quickly. In order to sample the Mongolian Wok, we came onboard the ship during a port day, as there was no line. It was also excellent. The pools are definitely on the small side for a ship this large. (When we sailed, we had over 4500 passngers onboard.) We booked the cheapest cabin and had more room than my cousins, who were on Deck 9!If you don't mind sleeping in separate beds, then consider a category 1A cabin. Less

Published 06/25/10

Cabin review: 1A2208 Interior Upper/Lower

Our category 1 A room had a different physical shape than the other surrounding cabins. It was spacious and comfortable. We did not encounter any difficulties until the ship encountered high winds/surf. For about two hours one evening we could hear the surf pounding against the front of the ship quite loudly.

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Port and Shore Excursions

My party opted to participate in the Goff's Cay Snorkeling excursion. The surf/winds were high which made the snorkeling a lot more work and a lot less fun. I thoroughly enjoyed our day, but my travelling companions (daughter and sister), did not. I took some great photos and got to see a lot of coral out at the reef. Other than snorkeling or going to the Mayan Ruins, there is not a lot to do in Belize.

Costa Maya does not have much in the way of a real port. What you see upon leaving the ship is a cruise port which has been created for the tourists. There's a pool, several watering holes and many shops. Knowing this in advance, we booked an excursion to a private beach resort, The Mayan Palms,which was about 30 min away by taxi. we had use of all of the resort facilities and were served an authentic Mexican lunch with open bar all day for about $45pp plus the cost of the taxi. It was so nice to get away from the crowds and enjoy a private beach/pool. I would definitely visit this resort again if I were on a ship that docked in Costa Maya.

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I love Mexico, so it's not too hard to make me happy. This was perhaps my 5th trip to this port. The shopping and the snorkeling here is great. This trip we opted to shop.

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Due to high winds we were unable to dock in Mahogany Bay. Our planned shore excursions were cancelled. (We were supposed to have a private cabana on Mahogany Beach). We went to the shore excursion desk and booked a beach excursion which included transportation and lunch. It was a very nice day, and now I can say that I have been to Honduras.

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