I sailed on the Carnival Dream out of Port Canaveral on August 6. We were three adults and 2 children (13 & 9). We arrived at Port Canaveral at about 10:30 am. The check in process took less than 10 minutes. Much more efficient than at the Port of Miami. I sailed out of there in October and the check in was a nightmare. It took over one hour. Once we boarded the ship we were directed to the buffet until the cabins were ready at about 1:30. The lines were long but nothing outrageous.
Waterworks - Slides are great. If you lie completely flat on your back on the twister it is a bit rough on your back. The drainpipe is extremely fast. You shoot out into the bowl really fast. I did hit the back my head a couple of times. The only problems i see are that the deck is extremly HOT. You cannot walk on the floor barefoot.
Pool Area - The main pool is EXTREMELY small. Not big enough to accomodate so many people. The deck is even hotter than at the waterworks. Not a joke. You will burn your feet. As with all ships you will find the chair hogs, those people that set out their stuff on chairs but never seem to use them. I was under the impression that any chair left unattended for more than 30 minutes would have the towel removed to allow another guest to use it. I saw many many chairs sit unused for hours with towels on them and nothing was done. There was one couple sitting next to me who had two sets of chairs. One in the shade and one in the sun.