A DREAM Vacation!: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by speechgirl

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A DREAM Vacation!

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We arrived at Orlando International Airport (MCO) on Friday morning and rented a car at the airport. Drove around exploring Orlando and Cocoa Beach on Friday afternoon. Ate dinner at Grills Restaurant on the waterfront (delicious) and stayed at the Radisson At The Port. Nice accommodations in a newly redecorated room. Dropped the car at Budget at 9:30 and they shuttled us to the port.

Embarcation was a breeze and we were on the ship by 11:30. Ate lunch in The Gathering, and began exploring the ship. The Dream is a beautiful ship that is easy to get around after you learn the deck plan (take your deck plan with you for a couple of days). Our interior room was located on the front end of the sixth floor. We were pleasantly surprised at the size of our room with plenty of room to walk around and plenty of storage space. Our large group had early dining, and waiters Gerry and Michael provided a great dining experience every night.

Entertainment: We attended all shows in More the Encore Theater each night. Dancing in the Streets was our favorite show with the singers and dancers. A juggler and magician also provided excellent shows. Fun Force, a hip-hop/modern dance group gave a super show in the atrium, and also participated in a theater show. Don't miss them. We also attended the Punchliners Comedy Club several times, seeing both the family friendly and uncensored shows. The comedy club is a great addition to Carnival entertainment. There are several bands throughout the ship that give lots of musical variety. We especially enjoyed the band Blackjack who sang a wide range of genres, including country, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. Butch is a high-energy entertainment director, and his assistant George has just as much energy. Their entertainment staff led cruisers in a week of many games including trivia, What's My Line?, Win, Lose or Draw, cornhole, Hairy Chest competetion, Rubber Chicken Olympics, etc. Read your FunTimes daily and attend lots of these activities. Less

Published 01/28/11

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Port and Shore Excursions

Walked around the waterfront area to the Straw Market. Locals attemped to lure visitors to buy knockoff purses, tote bags, sunglasses and souvenirs. Water taxis are available to take visitors over to the Atlantis/Paradise Island. Went downtown to shop and went back on the ship by early afternoon.

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We had signed up at the Excursion desk on the ship for the St. Maarten Island Tour. We met outside the ship at 8:15 a.m. and loaded the bus at 8:30 for the three hour tour. Our bus driver/tour guide Rene gave an excellent tour of historical and cultural information about the island of St. Maarten. We drove up the mountain, made a couple of stops for pictures, and drove to the French side of Marigot for an hour. Walked through the outdoor market and along the waterfront. Drove back to the Dutch side of the island and Rene gave the option of getting off in the downtown area or either back to the ship. We chose to go back to the ship and drop off our purchases. A water taxi is available from the ship to the downtown area, but we chose to walk (15 minute walk). Beach area is beautiful with chair/umbrella rentals, jet ski rentals, etc. Lots of shopping here too. This is a gorgeous island!

When we docked in St. Thomas, there were taxis and buses lined up to take cruisers to the downtown area. We chose to walk along the beautiful waterfront (a 20 minute walk). Outdoor market area also has souvenirs and knockoffs, but a lot less pushy than Nassau. Main Street in downtown area is filled with jewelry stores, liquor stores and souvenir stores, and island tours are offered by taxis and buses all along the street. Ate lunch at the Green House open-air restaurant on the waterfront. What a treat!

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