Dreaming of the Dream!: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by Nitenurse1

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Dreaming of the Dream!

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
On Sept. 3, 2011 our 2nd Annual SBPHC Cruise was aboard the Carnival Dream. There were 20 of us this year, which included family as well as friends. We arrived early at Port Canaveral after parking at the Park-n-Cruise and taking their shuttle to the port. Boarding was very easy and fast with no long lines or luggage searches. The ship itself is very impressive with plenty of places to congregate for large and small groups.

Most of our group members had Cove Balcony rooms. We usually get balcony rooms but had never had a Cove Balcony. I have to say, that I really loved it there! They are closer to the water and are sheltered by the lifeboats which are a level above. We felt like we were in our own little world. And they are 10sq. feet larger than the regular balcony rooms. We were able to open up the dividers between cabins and have a very large balcony! And of course, our stateroom was very comfortable. It seems the cabins on the Dream have a lot more storage areas than just More the closets which was nice.

Service and friendliness of staff was very good on the Dream and our cabin steward always kept our ice buckets and small cooler full of ice for us!

The biggest kudos I have is for the dining/kitchen staff. I follow a gluten free diet and was concerned about how this would be handled. I contacted our Carnival travel agent Jose Arreaza and let him know of the dietary restrictions and he in turn contacted the appropriate people on the Dream. Each night at dinner my "dinner planner" would come to the table and go over the menu with me for the next evening's meal, pointing out what they could make gluten-free, from appetizers to desert! I even got to enjoy Chocolate Melting Cake! I just can't say enough good things about this feature!! And on the Lido Deck, you can even order gluten-free pizza (takes about 10 min) which was great!! I had no worries the whole week!

The entertainment is always good both in the theater and the lounges! The best entertainment was the laser light/music show Thursday night on the Lido Deck. And of course, the giant movie screen is a great addition for watching movies at night and all the on-board activities during the day!

We always do self-debarkation as it is so easy and we were off the ship and back to our car at the Park-n-Cruise by 8:00a.m.! We walked right off the ship and sped through customs without a hitch.

We loved sailing on the Dream and can't wait to get back aboard!! Less

Published 09/25/11

Cabin review: 7C2342 Cove Balcony

The Cove Balcony cabins were very nice. They seemed to have more storage space in shelves and drawers under the couch. Quiet location and the balcony is 10sq feet bigger than the regular balcony cabins and that makes a big difference. When 2 balconies are opened up, you have a great space! The closet space is pretty much the same as other cabins. I would get a Cove Balcony cabin again!

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Port and Shore Excursions

Our third port was Belize. We love going to Belize because we always snorkel. Once again, we did not do a snorkeling excursion through the ship but contracted with a company called EcoTours. They took 18 of us for a day of snorkeling and sight seeing. We stopped first at Cay Caulker where 3 members of our group who were not snorkeling stayed. They rented a golf cart to tour the island and enjoy the local scenery. The rest went on to the reef and snorkeled at 2 separate places. They got to experience snorkeling with nurse sharks, sting rays, and a variety of tropical fish. After snorkeling they came back to Cay Caulker where the entire group enjoyed lunch (fresh grilled snapper!) at a local restaurant called the Happy Lobster. We were back to Belize City and the tendered back to the Dream by 5pm. Again, another wonderful stop. Carlos, Chris, and Jay, with EcoTours did a fantastic job and went out of their way to make every one's experience great!

Our last port was Costa Maya. It is also a port destination for Carnival. We docked at the port but had to be back on board by 2pm so it wasn't a long stop. We spent our time there shopping and then going to Senor Frog's where we really enjoyed the drinks in the palm tree containers! The staff there are very entertaining and have as much fun as their guests! You can swim with the dolphins there or just swim up to the bar! Something for everyone! Too bad there isn't more time in this port!

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Cozumel was our first Port of Call. We have been here many times before and just like to shop and go to our favorite bars so I can't really address any of the excursions that are offered through the ship. We always go to Margaritaville (as our club is the Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club!)and have good food and cold beer. Our other favorite place to go is the "No Name Bar", which is just down the street from Margaritaville. You can sit under the palm trees with your feet in the sand and enjoy good food and great drinks. You can even snorkle just steps from your table! This is our "must go to place" when we are in Cozumel!

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Our second port was Isla Roatan. We docked at Carnival's Mahagony Beach and really had a great day! This is a typical cruise port with all the shops and of course, Fat Tuesday's, but the beach is where we spent all of our time. Again, we did not do any of the paid excursions but opted to just spend our time on the beach. You can get to the beach by walking across the bridge or taking the "Magical Flying Beach Chair". Either way, the beach is a great place to spend your time. Of course, there are bars there with great 32oz. Margaritas in souveiner cups as well as the local beers. We rented "clam shells" (cabanas that go over 2 beach lounge chairs) as our lounges weren't under the palms. This was one of our favorite stops!

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