Carnival Dream Feb 18 2012: Carnival Dream Cruise Review by mtkseashell

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Carnival Dream Feb 18 2012

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We are first time cruisers traveling with a group of 15 including kids from 11-18.Getting on the ship was fast and easy. Everything was well organized. No lines or long waits. Until we got on the ship. Cramming all the passengers into the pool and buffet areas was annoying. Not nearly enough space for the number of people! We found our rooms easily, and most of our luggage was delivered within an hour. One of the bags arrived about two hours later. Our room was sooooo clean. What a delight! Except that overall the decorating of the Dream is downright ugly. Especially the lobby....
First night in the dining room was a bit slow. We had the late seating. The food was just Ok. Nothing special. The staff was friendly and attentive. They took good care of me with my Gluten free diet needs.
The days at sea were a nightmare! Just awful! Two inadequately sized pools were overfilled with people.Deck chairs were hard to obtain. I showered twice in my room to cool off, and ended up More spending the rest of the day on my deck. it was a nice place to hang out!
Our room steward was a total dream!!! Fan took really good care of us. Our rooms were spotless at all times with fresh towels and ice. They all work so hard and it shows!!
We had dinner at the steakhouse for an upcharge of $30 per person. The staff was pretty stuffy and snotty. The meal was by far the best on the cruise ship, but certainly not close to the best food ever.
The buffet was clean and well organized, but predictable. Kind of like Sizzler or Ryan's. Lots of food, nothing bad, but nothing to write home about either!
Our port visits were ok. Was in Cozumel 22 years ago, so sad to see it is nothing like it used to be. We went snorkeling and took the kids jet skiing. Spent a lot of $$ on not much. Roatan was the most beautiful port. I understand now why the ships cannot get into port in heavy winds!!! The ships must back into the port!! the crew did an amazing job! Belize was another story. We ran aground. Nothing fatal except that the ship had bad shaking after that. Tendering was ok. We were disappointed because our only carnival excursion was cancelled at the last minute. Therefore, we just walked around the port area and had lunch at an upstairs restaurant. Costa Maya was the real deal of Mexico. We planned a scuba diving trip with Maya Palms resort. It was nice except we had to rush back to the ship for a 3:00 departure.
Oh, yea, what's with the lack of clocks???? Bring a watch!!!!!The only clock is in the elevator area!!!
Overall, the kids were bored. Too many kids wanted to play basketball. How many times can you play miniature golf? The pools were extremely small and overcrowded. They couldn't wait to get off the ship. Neither could I. All that money....for what??? I have never wanted to go home after vacation..until this one!!!
Will we cruise again??? I don't know. Probably not anytime soon. If we do cruise again you can be sure it won't be on Carnival! Less

Published 03/05/12

Cabin review: 8D8475 Balcony

Loved our cabin! Plenty of room for 2. Decor was pretty ugly, but the cabin steward had it spotlessly clean! Balcony Deck was really hot in the sun!!! Always smelled like cooking potatoes and onions out there. We did not hear any noise from other passengers, except if they were loud in the hallway. We did feel the shaking of the screws....something was definitely out of alignment. it was especially bad after we ran aground in Belize.It was totally cool when we backed into the dock in Roatan....birds eye view of the island!

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