Carnival Dream Cruise Review by datrucasanova
- Sail Date: February 2012
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Interior
embarkation was fast as carnival always is. Only took about an hour of getting there and we were on ship.
As far as the ship and layout it was horrible. Carnival chose to only make this ship slightly bigger than the close before it but chose to add over 1300 people at 4300.there were long lines for everything. The two biggest complaints of this ship was the pool area and the lighting. to have 4300 people on board carnival chose to have 2 very small pools which i figured they would have stepped their game up for this new class of ships but i was wrong. They minimized the main pool area to make it very very small and impossible to have a chair where the action is to have a middle sitting area. This is a very poor design. the conquest class of ships the main deck had a ramp up where you can sit to be closer to action. The second complaint is the lighting. This ship is very very bright using florescent lights instead of the usual dim lights, especially in the main buffet areas and near elevators. It just doesn't give you the cruise feel due to all the bright lights every where. This was a big turn off of me
Service was really good as all carnival ships are
The shows were not really that good considering i had high expectations due to it being carnivals newest ship. Even left out on a couple of them
The gym was really really small and crowded. They extended the actual spa and took away from the work out area.. I couldn't believe how small it was compared to the size of the ship.
As i read in previous posts this ship rocks like no other. I thought people were just being dramatic but this ship rocked and swayed the whole time to ST Marteen . Even had to stay in a night or 2 because it rocked so bad. The way back wasn't as bad
The food was below way below average. The buffet was horrible at night. No choices what so ever. We only had the choice to sit with other people we didn't know at dinner so we had to try to consume the buffet every night. Once again considering it was carnivals newest ship i thought the buffet would be good at night or a lot of choices.. WRONG. During the day you had a lot of choices which was nice and the breakfast was good but flunked at night
Embarkation was really fast and off the ship before 8am
To summarize do not have high expectations for this cruise just because its a newer ship. The pool area is laid out poorly, the ship has to much fluorescent lighting, and the food isn't great.Although i'm still a die hard carnival fan i am very very disappointed.