Did I Dream?: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by misstopgun

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Did I Dream?

Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
I just joined the Cruise Critic today and was surprised at many of the comments made about the "Dream" and some of the ports. My husband and I have both cruised 20 times, 18 of them on Carnival. We took our first trip on the "Dream" earlier this month. It was one of the most relaxing cruises we have been on. We found the staff friendly both in the dining room and casino. (Though we lost most of the time) Our room steward was really terrific. His name was Jbjoey. Should you ever have the opportunity to have him as yours, expect the best because he delivers. Having been on so many cruises we know what to expect in most of the ports and which excursions we like or when we prefer to venture out on our own. My suggestion on the "Dream" would be to book early though because we wanted to purchase a clam shell or cabana on the beach in Mahogany Bay and both were sold out the day before. No worries though, there was plenty of shade trees in the general lounge areas on the beach. The food on More the same beach left a little to be desired. I ordered a chicken fajita wrap which was served cold. I sent it back for fear of salmonella poisoning explaining to them that chicken should be heated to a minimum of 160 degrees before serving to prevent foodborne illness at which I got a blank stare. They were happy to replace it with a hot meal but avoided our table from then on.

The lido buffet was more crowded than most ships and the omelet bar did not provide the sides along the buffet I like with my eggs over easy, (bacon and hash browns) and of course if I waited in another line my eggs would be cold. Honestly, I really didn't need the fried eggs so it was a blessing it wasn't convenient. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. I couldn't believe how quickly we were all off. We booked a later flight thinking it might be an issue but we were actually at the Orlando airport by 8:30 am. By the way, for you cigar smokers out there, disposable lighters are allowed in your carry on but cigar lighters are not. Leave those in your checked luggage. I thought my husband knew better. If they confiscate it you will not get it back. Our trip was wonderful and that is saying something because when your cruise a lot, it can tend to be monotonous if you don't have outstanding service and food to enjoy. That is why we keep going. We love to be worry free and pampered for a week. That is exact;y what we got. For the naysayers I have read about today, no cruise is 100% perfect and there will be an occasional disappointment, but if you let the little things consume you, you might as well be back at work where you get paid to react that way. Cruising is about going with the flow and taking it easy while everyone else scuttles about to make you comfortable. The staff works really hard and I am sure they occasionally have a bad day. If you engage them in conversation and find something good to say about them it will brighten their day and thus that of your fellow cruisers. If I was dreaming about what a great time I had, I'll gladly continue to dream. Less

Published 10/20/10
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Cabin review:

We were offered and paid for an upgrade for an Ocean Suite. I had been in a Penthouse Suite twice before, once we paid for and once upgraded for no cost, and thought this would be similar. I was dissappointed that it didn't increase the size of the room by much and that the jacuzzi tub was so small. Certainly not worth and additional $260. I will stick to the balcony rooms unless offered an upgrade to a penthouse.

Port and Shore Excursions

We chose to stay on the ship in Belize because we normally don't book our excursions through Carnival at this stop and at the last minute, our travel agent in Belize had to go out of country for a family emergency. We had already been to the zoo and the other excursions seemed to physical for us "old folks"

Costa Maya is always my favorite stop. We take a taxi to the beach and stop at the Maya Bar which is the first on the strip. Our favorite waiter "Charlie Brown" who knows us by name was not there that day because the first week in Oct. is the end of the low season and he he lives with his family in Belize. The owner though was there and gave us the same five star treatment we always have gotten. If you like a great massage, ask for "Nellie" I look forward to this every time we stop. She charges $40 an hour and then I give her a $20 tip. Still beats the cruise ship prices and I find it much more relaxing. She starts out gently and then goes deeper as you relax. On the ship I find them too rough initially and if it hurts, you cant's relax. A bucket of beer is 6 for $10. Cant beat a relaxing day on the beach!

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We have done most of the excursions at this port on earlier cruises, my most favorite having been swimming with the dolphins. We mostly just get off the ship now to shop and eat and of course my husband has to find a couple of good cigars.

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Another relaxing day at the beach. Life couldn't be sweeter. I am not fond of the "Magical Chair" ride because I really don't like heights but my husband can't walk for long periods so I did it anyway. After a few beers on the beach the ride back was less stressful.

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