BACK FROM A DREAM!: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by TAMMY400099

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Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Day 1: Embarkation. Arrived at the port at around 11:00 am. The process was very smooth. We did not have to wait very long. They started boarding us at 11:30. They called our zone number and we were aboard the ship by 12, Awesome! We went straight to the pursuer's desk and opened a second cash account. This also went smooth. The customer service was excellent.  By around 1:00, we decided to check on our room. We went up 2 floors and ran to the door, It was ready!

The Room:

We chose a SPA cabin because we were going to spend a lot of time in the SPA. The Room was beautiful. The only differences between our room and a balcony is interior colors. We also get a nice robe with cloud 9 SPA imprinted on them, and those fabulous slippers. (by the way you get to keep the slippers), and you get unlimited access to the SPA. The The bathroom was what we expected from a balcony room. The closet space was nice, 3 closets, one with shelves. very nice.

The Ship:

The More ship was massive. The interior design of the ship was typical of Carnival Cruise line. The atrium was a lot smaller than I had expected it to be. I thought they should have opened it up a little bit more than then they did. But all in all the ship was beautiful. The lido deck is smaller than the other ships, this was because the lido was actually 3 floors high! pool deck, chairs on the 2nd deck, and gigantic twisting slide with some sort of drain slide attached to it on the 3rd. Wow!


We sat at a table of 4, We had requested to be seated with our coworkers. There was no problem with this either. The maitride was very happy to accommodate us. The food was excellent. Our waiter had gone above and beyond to keep us happy. Elegant night, I love lobster, the food was excellent.

Chefs' Table:

Well worth the price. Please go there hungry! I am not sure how many courses, 9-10? The food was exquisite. There are some pleasant surprises, that's all I will say about that.

The Spa:

The Thalasso pool is wonderful, It's great after a long day at port. Wasn't ever too crowded. The steam rooms were awesome. I felt like this was my own Zen room. It was never crowded.

The Serenity Deck:

Way too crowded, spent zero time there. That's why we chose to have a SPA Cabin. To use all of the private rooms. We used our balcony when we wanted to lay out in the sun. Less

Published 05/23/11
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Cabin review: 8S12205 Spa Balcony

Our SPA Cabin was nice. It was on the SPA deck next to the SPA of course. It was very quiet. We had plenty of closet space, some with shelves. We were able to store all of our luggage under the bed, that was a plus. The balcony was the right size for us and very refreshing. I will always choose this type of cabin.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Belize: The Port: This is a tender port (note to self, don't over do it the night before with alcoholic beverages, not a good idea). When your number is called to tender, it takes about 10-15 minutes to get to port. Inside the port gate was like all of the others. We did not go outside the gates alone. We went on a shore excursion with Carnival to Xunantunich Mayan ruins. Xunantunich: We arrived at the port by tender, Carnival Excursion people are right there when you get off the tender holding signs for each excursion. We followed the guide with the sign to a very big air condition new model bus. One of our guides happened to be a full blooded Mayan! Bul, (not bul) gave us a thorough history of Belize and it's people. Seeing the way people live here makes you appreciate home, that's for sure. The other amazing thing to me is that in Belize the first language of the people is English, not Spanish.

The Ruin: We arrived at a river, that had a hand cranked mobile bridge. The drive was about 1 hour and 45 minutes. We exited the bus and piled up on the bridge and was ferried to the other side of the river. We were put into 3 vans and was driven about 5 minutes up a hill to the site. To get to the actual site, you had to hike up a small hill. Once we were there, immediately everyone was in aw of how amazing this site was. The pictures came close to what I would see and expect, but to be here was different story. We listened to our guide tell us these amazing stories of the Mayans and how they think they may have lived. We were honored with the opportunity to be able to hike to the top of the temple. Simply amazing. Words can't describe how beautiful and respectful this place is. It is a must see. After climbing down the temple, we were put back into the vans, driven down the hills. We had about 15 minutes to shop at a small shop. We were driven to a authentic restaurant for lunch. The food was great, the meat just fell off the bone of the chicken. ummm.. The rice was great, tasted a hint of coconut in the mix. After eating we were driven back to port just in time to catch the last tender to the ship.

The port: the port itself was very nice, very built up for tourist. Yes, a tourist trap!

The excursion: We decided to do the Isa Passion by Twister! This was the most fun I have had on a roller coaster ride in a long time. the captain and his guides made this ride awesome. We just loved all of the twisting and turning. I had read a review on this message board about a family who wore goggles and everyone laughed them. As it turned out, they were the ones laughing in the end when everyone was complaining about the salt water in there eyes! So we brought goggles with us. Thank god we did! Everyone got soaked. Wearing sun glasses did not help. Thanks cruise critic. LOL

Isla Passion: This Island was beautiful! The sand was like white powder, The water was pure aqua blue. Almost like the blue moon drink, yummy. This was truly a secluded excursion. the only people that was on this island was the twister and catamaran people. maybe 100 people? there was shade everywhere it was like being on your own private island. The food and drinks were included in the price. The food was abundant and delicious. The bathrooms were spotless. They had fresh water showers and there was always someone raking up the beach. I would loved to have stayed here longer. This excursion was way too short. So we got back on the twister again ad twisted our way back to port. We arrived soaking wet again! what a ride!

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