Dumbed Down on the Dream: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by Destin J

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Destin J
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Dumbed Down on the Dream

Sail Date: January 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We just returned from a seven day cruise out of Port Canaveral on the Carnival Dream. We have cruised many times over the years, including on other Carnival ships. Carnival has dumb downed! The decor on their ships have always been questionable at best, but this ship is particularly dismaying. The use of reds and oranges in the dining area is reminiscent of a fast food restaurant. It makes you want to eat and run. The menus in the Crimson dining room are covered in plastic and look like you are sitting down for a diner dinner. The menu choices are limited and include foods that you would find at a fast food chain. I realize that they are appealing to a specific customer,and that would not be me. The old saying "you get what you pay for". It is our own fault that we chose this ship, because it is evident that we did get what we paid for. Shame on us!!!!
The showroom and comedy club were impossible to find seating in. They did have some nice production shows, but how could you see More them? Just too big of a ship with no plan on how to move the people. The attempt at anytime dining is a failure. We waited as long as 45 minutes with a pager in hand to get table. Carnival is a cruise leader and should KNOW how to implement "anytime dining".
Don't offer what you can't deliver. Disembarking at ports was very difficult with no staff around to stop "line cutting".
The service was excellent in the dining room and the room stewards did a great job. The cabin was well designed and spacious with a nice calming decor. Was that the same decorator that did the dining room and public areas?
I guess that we have outgrown the "Fun Ships", and have nothing in common with most of the fellow passengers. Many of the nice, normal people we met said that they would never take a Carnival ship again. I am with them!!! Expect to see me on a Celebrity, Holland America, Oceania, or Royal Caribbean ship in the future where there is peace and quiet and just a general demeanor of respect for fellow passengers. Hope this helps you decide whether or not to take a future Carnival Cruise.

Destin J

P.S. The final disembarkation went very smoothly, that is right they wanted us off as quickly as possible and started announcing for us to rise and shine at 5:30 AM. Less

Published 02/01/12

Cabin review: 4A6453 Interior

The inside cabin on deck six 6453 was very nice with tasteful decor and plenty of closet space. It was not overly large but certainly comfortable. The bathroom was spacious with nice counter space and storage. The condition of the room was excellent and the cabin steward did a terrific job. The linens were very nice and the bed was comfortable. The lighting was good in general and their were lights flanking the mirror over the desk. The cabin food service was very good and on time. We had a refrigerator and a safe as well.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Took a ship shore excursion, on a 70 passenger boat that picked us up at the ship because we were anchored and not docked. The first stop was at a coral garden and it was beautiful. The staff on the boat gave proper safety information and instruction on snorkeling for any beginners. The second stop was at a little private island beach. The swimming was okay and there was a bar and restaurant as well. Good bathroom and changing facilities. The boat offered soft drinks, water and rum punch. Unfortunately, on the return trip to the ship two women and two men got very drunk and were falling on each other and spilling rum punch on themselves and us. The women were performing lap dances for the men one of who turned out not to be even related to the women giving him pleasures. Their two little boys watched this!! Their were many little children on the tour. How embarrassing can you get. I finally spoke up and told them how "there is a difference between having fun and being inappropriate and that there were children present". The women told me "you haven't had kids in 40 years, so don't tell me what to do with my kids." I told her "There are other children on here and to stop". All the while the staff at the bar and the captain did nothing. We approached the captain and spoke to him and he said he could do nothing about drunk passengers. My friend told him that when he leaves the dock with passengers aboard his boat he is in "charge completely". What would he do in an emergency.

Totally a made up port to take pressure off Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen, Cancun. Our shore excursion was cancelled due to high winds. When we were there in 2005 the same thing happened. We didn't stay at the shopping area, which is nice, but took a bus to the fisherman's village called Mahaul. The fare is $3.00 per person US and the return cab is $2.00 per person. The village has been improved since our visit in 2005 and now sports a boardwalk with shops and restaurants. The beach is shielded by the reef and you can sit under the palms in free beach chairs. We had a 30 minute massage for $10.00 per person. The shopping is good with good prices. The silver may not be authentic, better to buy it in the Carnival port. Fun and original quiet Mexican village experience.
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Cozumel is a terrific port for snorkeling and shopping. We went to Playa Palancar and took a private snorkel excursion to the coral canyons. The cab fare for four was $20.00 US each way. It is a nice beach with okay swimming, dining, shopping and lots of excursions to take. The vendor did a great job, using all proper safety briefing and instructions. He guided us at the snorkel site and was very careful and attentive.
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Destin J
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