Transatlantic Dream: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by misvanelle

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Transatlantic Dream

Sail Date: October 2009
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
We had the pleasure of sailing on the Dream for it's transatlantic voyage October 2009-November 2009. The new ship was nicely appointed and the staff, for the most part, were very warm and energetic. There was a sense of excitement throughout the ship's crew, which is to be expected. I'll be brief and sum it up:

Food: Regular cruise fare; for great food you must visit the steakhouse,well worth the $30 pp

Service: Lots of missed/wrong orders in the dining room, almost like they had not figured out how to get it right just yet. The last night was a very rocky one on the Atlantic so the last night's meal in the dining room lacked a bit. Room service was within 30 minutes most times and the room steward was attentive.

Space: Nice decoration throughout the ship, but space was at a premium at the buffet and poolside. It was very difficult to find a table on Lido deck at any given time, a huge drawback from the lager ship models. This theme has repeated for us More on every ship over 100,000 gross tons.... Also, I'm sure the pool will be standing room only on the Caribbean voyages.

Spa: Shall I say wow?! The spa was very nice with new amenities not on most of CCL's ships. These amenities came at a price, you must buy "membership" to the spa to enjoy it's full potential or stay in a "Spa Room". The spa also had a "Mud Lounge" which was a private experience with a sauna, rain shower, and all the body care needs you could stand, $135 an hour I think.

Camp Carnival: There were only a few kids on the ship so they had the run of the place, not sure how it would work at full capacity.

Cabin: We were in a suite, nicely appointed, similar to other suites on other CCL ships. Three problems: the sliding closet doors derail easily, the LCD TV was too high, thus you could not see clearly in bed (poor angle), and the whirlpool doors would slide and bang loudly in rough seas. Otherwise, pleasant room.

Upon arrival in NY, we were quickly debarked so the party could begin, wish we could have been included in some way, oh well. Overall, this was a great experience and the length afforded us the ability to make life-long friends! We're already booked for the Magic TA! Less

Published 07/27/10

Cabin review: JS Junior Suite

Suite was lovely, closet doors in dressing area derail easily, whirlpool doors will slam back and forth on rough seas, LCD TV is too high up to be viewed from the bed (poor angle makes picture dark), large balcony was great

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Port and Shore Excursions

The port of debarkation was not prepared for such a large crowd so it was a bit hectic and sluggish. Hopefully all these bugs will be worked out in the future.

We had a very smooth embarkation, they have a nice system. Our cab dropped us off, our bags were handled, and signs were clear for where we needed to go. There was no a crowd in the port so it was a very quick process.

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