Carnival Dream Review

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Review for the Western Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Dream
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First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2024

At first, we were really disappointed with the Dream. Then, things kind of turned around a little during the final sea days.

The good things:

-- The ship and staterooms seemed very clean.

Port Reviews

Galveston

Galveston is great. The food -- from seafood to Italian to Thai -- is outstanding. (Interestingly, back in the 1930's, the Mafia had a big presence in Galveston. As a result, here are some excellent Italian restaurants -- try Maceo's Spice Shop and Deli. ) The town is full of history. Shopping in The Strand (downtown) is fun. The harbor tours are interesting. Willie G's restaurant has one of the world's great Happy Hours. All of those places are within a few blocks the cruise terminal.

There seems to be plenty of long-term parking. The Tremont Hotel and the Harbor House -- which are both near the cruise terminal -- offer park-and-cruises packages.

If you haven't visited Galveston it's worth spending a day or two there before or after your cruise.

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