Loved the Dream: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by garpmqt

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Loved the Dream

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We set sail from Port Canaveral on the 4/30 cruise, visiting Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Costa Maya. We had upgraded to a Cloud 9 Spa balcony for about $20 a month or so before the cruise - best money we ever spent as I'll describe. Our room as on the Spa Deck (12) and while there is not a full roof on the balcony it didn't really create a privacy issue at all, and it got more sun.

The Good

The room was comfortable, clean and well appointed.

The spa amenities were a nice touch.

Our stewards were very attentive and nice towel animals each night.

The casino was nice, and we didn't smell smokey when we went back to the room, although you will smell some smoke.

Wireless option for the I-Pad was nice along with the kiosks.

Best food on any cruise so far.

Nice Cruise Critic roll call group - cabin crawl, meet & greet! (Teeter... :)

Ship was very clean, tastefully decorated (for a Carnival ship), and easy to More navigate.

The ala carte' restaurants were good (deli, tandoor, pasta, wok)


The Serenity areas - adults only, policed, nice hammocks and mini-cabanas, absolutely loved this.

The Cloud 9 Spa - the package with the room ($250 per couple otherwise) gave us access to two steam rooms, sauna, the therapy pool, a couple of rooms with heated loungers, and water (used to refill our bottles, too). We used this area EVERY day, and would go back just for it.

Embarkation and Debarkation - Port Canaveral just plan rocks!

What could have been better:

I think the Steakhouse should be included for one night if you have a category 8C or higher - can't say it's worth the extra $60 plus gratuity as it was good but not $60 more than the value of the dining room food.

Buffet was spotty, and pizza was not great.

Not enough pools - only two outdoor pools and they were small and crowded.

TV movies need a schedule (okay - that was weak)

I think the beds need a mattress pad, not as hard as the Triumph, but my arm kept falling asleep.. :)

All-in-all we pretty much decided that we would have a hard time going to a smaller ship after being on the Dream. We'll look at doing a different itinerary on it or a big RC ship next time. Less

Published 05/14/11

Cabin review: 8P12221 Spa Balcony

great location, small balcony with open roof, has couch sleeper so could hold 3 comfortably. A little noise from the Serenity deck on the morning, but not much. No smell detected.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Didn't leave the ship. Cave Tubing is the best thing to do here if you're not a diver.

The Tropicante, which you can find the e-mail for on the cruise boards, was a fantastic beach break. The owner, Steve, is a great guy and has a nice business on the beach in town that you can only find via social media and reviews. For $22 we had 6 beers, nachos, quesadillas, and some bottled water. Beach is okay, water was warm, service was great.

Just beware that the other beachfront restaurants will try to lure you in and will actually lie to you saying that they 'are the Tropicante, the name just changed'. Also all cabs are $2, so walk out of the port and grab a cab, not the bus which kicks back to the cruise lines cost $3, and just drops you off in the middle of town.

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We booked Nachi Cocum directly, and would do it again (for the 3rd time) in a heartbeat. This is the best value and beach break ever. Great food, great drink options, great beach, plus a pool / hot tub swim up bar, clean bathrooms.
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We booked the Sante Spa directly, a very nice excursion at a unique location. If you are a spa person, you should definitely give it a try, the deep tissue massage was very good. The owners are American ex-pats, and they built it themselves about 11 years ago on a private caye. The problem is you have to physically leave the port to catch a ride and while they send a driver it's a pain. Otherwise Roatan as a port didn't do much for us.
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