180 New Orleans Romantic Cruise Reviews

This was our second cruise ever, both on the Carnival Dream. We had an absolute blast! The embarkation process went much faster this time than it did the first time three years ago. Debarkation was much smoother also. The food on the Lido ... Read More
This was our second cruise ever, both on the Carnival Dream. We had an absolute blast! The embarkation process went much faster this time than it did the first time three years ago. Debarkation was much smoother also. The food on the Lido Deck and in the dining rooms was fantastic. The buffets and restaurants on Deck 5 were not as good this time as they were last time. Our room steward, Joel, was just perfect and our room was always spotless. We loved having the towel animals every day! The crew were always friendly and very helpful every time we talked to them. The entertainment was excellent and we enjoyed several of the shows. The excursions were the best ever! Jolly Roger Snorkeling was probably our favorite excursion of all the ones we've taken. I highly recommend Carnival and the Dream!! Our next cruise will hopefully be to Alaska and we plan on sailing with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My husband and I just returned yesterday from our 7 day cruise on the Carnival Dream. It was the first cruise for us together and since we didn't take a honeymoon in June 2016, we decided to make this our honeymoon trip. We loved ... Read More
My husband and I just returned yesterday from our 7 day cruise on the Carnival Dream. It was the first cruise for us together and since we didn't take a honeymoon in June 2016, we decided to make this our honeymoon trip. We loved everything about the ship and we got a balcony room so that we could relax on the balcony in the mornings before starting our day and in the evenings after a long day of entertainment to unwind. Only 1 major problem...the cabin below ours had a smoker and YES, he was smoking on the balcony, which is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. We reported it the second night and the next day, he was there again smoking. I actually saw him with cigarette in hand and called to complain again. The next day, a crew member came to our cabin to check to see if they could figure out what cabin it was, as they had gone to other cabins and found no evidence of smoking or they knocked on the door and no one answered. So, I went on my Carnival Hub app, which is awesome, by the way, and looked to see where our cabin was and counted from the elevator how may cabins it was to get the cabin number below ours. We contacted guest services once more when we yet again encountered the SMOKER on the balcony and this time gave them the cabin number. Well, needless to say that nothing was ever done since yesterday morning he was there yet again SMOKING on the balcony-which my husband now has photo evidence. I am appalled that the crew on this ship did not know what cabin was below ours and that nothing could be done about this guest smoking on the balcony. My balcony that I was looking forward to enjoying became a nightmare. I asked on this forum before I left about a clothing steamer and found that it was prohibited due to being a fire hazard; however, smoking on a balcony or having an open flame (lighter) anywhere on a ship with 3000 guest is allowed. This however, as upsetting as it was, was not going to ruin my honeymoon, so we just hoped and prayed that the ship would not go up in flames and we made the most of the time we were on the ship. Guys burgers was amazing and the pizza was out of this world. The shows were impecable with the production of Flick so well done. Mathew was awesome as Flick as well as the other performers. Our cruise director, The Flying Scotsman was so full of energy and made the cruise so much fun. We loved all the crew who serviced our cabin and provided excellent care with our needs. Aside from the smoking issue this was a great first cruise for my new husband and I together. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise for the schedule, the destination ports, and the departure port (we had Southwest miles we could use to fly to a Southwest destination, so we used them to get to New Orleans) When you think of how well you eat on ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the schedule, the destination ports, and the departure port (we had Southwest miles we could use to fly to a Southwest destination, so we used them to get to New Orleans) When you think of how well you eat on the ship, the quality of the shows each evening (the performers and special effects were amazing!), the various activities available, and the incredible ports we were able to visit without having to unpack and pack again and again, this cruise was an incredible deal. We were so pampered from beginning to end! We did an independent tour to Tulum from Cozumel, a cruise shore excursion to Caye Caulker to go snorkeling from Belize, and an independent tour and snorkeling on Roatan. All fantastic! It was just two of us, husband and wife, aged 55, taking our first cruise. Based on our experiences on this cruise, I'm sure we will cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I give Carnival Dream a 9 out of 10, with 10 being the highest. Enjoy the ship and cruise. Ship is clean and neat. Our interior cabin was very roomy and comfortable. Crew was very friendly, Especially Wasanna in the Buffet Area, Always ... Read More
I give Carnival Dream a 9 out of 10, with 10 being the highest. Enjoy the ship and cruise. Ship is clean and neat. Our interior cabin was very roomy and comfortable. Crew was very friendly, Especially Wasanna in the Buffet Area, Always telling you good morning. She puts a big smile on your face every day. Food was good in the dinning room 7 out 10. "I am kinda picky, being from New Orleans" The buffet was very good 9 out 10, So much food by Wednesday I told my wife I didn't want to see any more food. Guys Burger, has some great burgers. The Blue Iguana has good Mexican food, especially the fish tacos. If you like good pizza, they have it. My wife ate pizza every day. Great entertainment and always something to do on board. We stop at Key West, love Key West. Freeport, 4 out of 10. Nassau was nice, 7 out of 10, Just be careful. Felt very uncomfortable. Meet some very nice cruiser on the boat and made some new friends. Embarkation and disembarkation was not bad. Parking was a little pricey. Will I sail on Carnival Dream again, You bet. Looking at booking another trip next year on the Dream. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This was our 27th cruise, our 4th on Norwegian. Our cruise was a 9-day cruise, with 6 ports of call (Costa Maya, Grand Cayman, Guatemala, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel.) Our cruise package included the Ultimate Beverage Package, 3 nights ... Read More
This was our 27th cruise, our 4th on Norwegian. Our cruise was a 9-day cruise, with 6 ports of call (Costa Maya, Grand Cayman, Guatemala, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel.) Our cruise package included the Ultimate Beverage Package, 3 nights of upscale dining, and $200.00 shipboard credit, which we feel was a great deal! My husband and I traveled to New Orleans from Houston by car the day before. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Superdome who offered us a Stay and Park package that included parking for the length of the cruise which was fantastic. Overall we had an awesome trip. The port was a short cab ride from our hotel, and the Embarkation was one of the fastest we have ever experienced. Everyone was helpful, from the porters at the curbside to the staff inside. We arrived about 10:30 AM, quickly checked our bags, walked in and was through the line in no time. We sat in the terminal for about an hour waiting to board. We had fun trying to locate other members of the CC Board. We had a port side balcony cabin (10548). The rooms on NCL are tiny but efficient. Our cabin steward introduced himself immediately and was always available and helpful throughout our entire cruise. When we got to our cabin there was a complimentary bottle of champagne for us being Latitude Members, along with a 6 pack of 1-liter bottles of water that we pre-purchase. Although we had the Ultimate Beverage Package, had to pay the taxes on drinks while in the Port of New Orleans. Once at sea all cocktails and soft drinks were included. (This does not include fancy coffee or Water). For breakfast, we mostly ate at “The Great Outdoors”. Although we ate breakfast at O'Sheehan's and Summer Palace a couple of days. The breakfast food and atmosphere was good at all. For lunch, we ate at O’Sheehan’s, Garden Café, and Lotus Garden, where we could find things we like. Our biggest disappointment was dinner… there was no lobster to be found!!! Not even in the specialty dining rooms. We had dinner at Cagney’s Steakhouse and were told that Lobster was replaced with Shrimp (really?) Although the food there was good, I was still a little bummed. To my surprise when we ate at Le Bistro, no lobster! I ended up with the grilled salmon which I later found out was the same entre’ that was served in the main dining rooms that night. Since I was so disappointed with Cagney’s selection, we changed our 2nd reservation there to Moderno – bad decision. Unless you are a serious carnivore, Moderno is not for you. I had dined there before on the Jade and Jewel, and recall that the salad bar was awesome, not so much on the Pearl. None of the food was bad, just the selection was not that much better than the meals served in the Indigo Main Dining Room. The service everywhere was awesome. We had to tender into 3 ports (Grand Cayman, Roatan, and Belize). NCL REALLY needs to review their tendering process. You had to stand in line to get tender tickets, then stand in line to leave the ship. It was ridiculous. I suggest that you get tendering tickets when you get you room-key at registration. This would cut down on at least one line you had to stand in. In Costa Maya, we booked a private tour at Maya Chan. It was excellent! Although the ride was a rough one getting there (bad roads) we never felt we were in any danger. Once we got there the service was superb! It was an all-inclusive resort and everything was taken care of. The only excursion we booked through the ship was the Guatemala Highlights and Beach Tour. Although there really aren’t many highlights in San Tomas, our tour guide was very knowledgeable of Guatemalan History and our driver as excellent. The beach resort was very nice as well. I enjoyed meeting other Cruise Critic members at our planned activities, which included the official CC Meet and Greet with the officers. Overall, it was a great trip. I really wish NCL would return to Texas if so I am sure we would cruise with them more often. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The itinerary was a determining factor. I am disabled and confined to a wheel chair and our cabin 10644 was a complete disaster for me and I did have an accessible room. As you opened the door to the cabin the was a steel pole right ... Read More
The itinerary was a determining factor. I am disabled and confined to a wheel chair and our cabin 10644 was a complete disaster for me and I did have an accessible room. As you opened the door to the cabin the was a steel pole right inside which was difficult to maneuver around. The access to the balcony was really messed up, the ramp going to the balcony was obstructed by the bed by about 6 inches which meant that I had to go up at an angle, thus causing my front wheels of my chair to get stuck in the door. My wife had to assist me every time I wanted to enjoy the balcony. Our room was great other than the items above, great room steward, we had to look for him to say hello!! He appeared when we were not in the cabin. As for excursions....NONE for handicap accessible and I was told of the one they did have that I had to exit and enter a bus with steps and at one of those stops I would have to remain on the bus! Was told to hire my own taxi! The food was excellent and we did utilize three of the specialty restaurants and we sure did enjoy Lotus garden. We did enjoy the cruise and booked on board for next December on the DAWN. I had not cruised with Norwegian for a few years but loved the itinerary This was my 29the cruise. Love the freestyle dining and the not so dressy attire. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
New Orleans deportation It took us two hours to go to through the process for us to get on the ship. It was slow but durable. The crew on the ship , was very funny and fun so we had a smile on our face as reported the ship ship, ... Read More
New Orleans deportation It took us two hours to go to through the process for us to get on the ship. It was slow but durable. The crew on the ship , was very funny and fun so we had a smile on our face as reported the ship ship, The food was excellent and entertainment was great. The show was great, the pool was warm and the entertainment on the deportation was great I have gone on the pearl many times and find the ship is in great condition , The employees of the Poe Poe was very good to us. I’ll find the ship was very clean and very much improved since the last time I was on pearl. I cruise in January on the Jewell Drew Ja i’ll find the ship was very clean and very much improved since the last time I was on pearl. I cruise in January on the Jewel And everybody on the ship treated us very very nice, and then we traveled on forever fabric forever forever forever have a VER AL, one called Carnival Carnival Cruise line, It was not nice as nice as the per . Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We sailed the NCL Pearl primarily because of the itinerary. We were interested in visiting 3 ports, the Grand Caymans, Harvest Caye and Guatemala, which we have never been too before. This cruise left out of New Orleans which also ... Read More
We sailed the NCL Pearl primarily because of the itinerary. We were interested in visiting 3 ports, the Grand Caymans, Harvest Caye and Guatemala, which we have never been too before. This cruise left out of New Orleans which also factored in on our decision to book this cruise. We were able to fly in for Thanksgiving in New Orleans and spend Friday and Saturday in New Orleans before embarking on Sunday, November 26th. Since we were booked in the Haven, our embarkation was seamless. We Ubered to the port from our hotel. There were people readily available to receive our luggage before entering the building to go through security. Once we passed through security (a long line that everyone has to pass through) we asked one of the NCL representatives where the Haven registration was. They directed us to a VIP room which is available to all guest booked in the Haven! This allowed us to bypass the HUGE queue of hundreds of people winding through a long line to register and board the ship. In the VIP lounge, we were able to register, meet our concierge, enjoy sparkling wine and light snacks before boarding the ship. We arrived at the Julia Street terminal around 10:45 am and we were onboard and sitting in Cagney's at 11:30 am enjoying a light lunch before we were allowed to access our suite. We were able to explore some of the public areas before waiting in the Haven Courtyard before we were escorted to our suite. The Pearl was recently refurbished back in the spring which showed in all of the public areas. The decor was updated and the public spaces we saw were clean and appeared fresh. It seemed that while smoking was allowed in the Casino, there was enough ventilation that the smoke did not spread to any of the public areas outside of the Casino. Smoking was only allowed when the casino was open and only if you were sitting down and gambling. I saw some people being asked to smoke outside in their designated smoking areas or in the Cigar Lounge if they were not actively gambling. The one thing we missed was Spinnaker Lounge. It seemed the lounge was closed for renovation during this sailing which was a bummer for those of us that enjoy sitting in there during the cruise. A lot of entertainment was relocated to the Atrium due to the renovations which was a shame because there wasn't enough seating for some of the better performers like Alex Ford and his Michael Buble tribute. We booked a Courtyard Penthouse suite on Deck 14 which could only be accessed via keycard. This opened us up to the Haven Courtyard and the Haven sundeck which was worth the price of the suite in of itself. We were never at a loss for access to deck chairs or hot tub access unlike the general sundeck and pool areas. There was a Haven attendant who was available to help us in the Courtyard as needed. He offered to bring snacks and drinks or even refresh our towels while we were in the Courtyard area. Our cabin was clean, spacious and well worth the cost. We had a separate bedroom and living / dining room. The bedroom was connected to the bathroom but could be separated by a heavy curtain. OMG..we loved the shower. We have a rainfall shower head at home with wall jets. Our shower had the same feature in our cabin which reminded us of home! Our balcony was small but still usable for the two of us during our cruise. The entertainment was so so on the cruise. We went to 9:15 show every night. There was a Haven priority seating area reserved for Haven guests which meant we never has to fight for seats. We were always guaranteed seats with a view. We didn't really participate in any of the games (i.e. Deal or No Deal or Bingo) or any of the other activities (cards, board games, etc.) that were also on the daily schedule. We gambled occasionally but spent a lot of time lounging in the Haven Courtyard / Sundeck. Service was absolutely excellent. Our room steward, Ahmad, always left us chocolates and a different towel animal on our bed every night. He took great care of our room and was available to answer any questions we had. Our butler, Renato, was also wonderful. He made sure we had snacks (he was always delivering something or leaving something for us every afternoon). He learned our coffee and tea habits and made sure we had an abundance of supplies. He saw there we brought peanuts and m&ms on board and he made it a points to bring us nuts and m&ms while our suite was being turned down. Our concierge, Yahira, was a goddess! She made sure we had our desired reservations within 15 minutes of our requested time. She greeted us in Moderno every morning for breakfast. She made herself available to escort us off of the ship for priority disembarkation at the ports. She also greeted us before every show. We has an issue with the charges with the gym for cancelled classes. She took care of those and made sure they were removed from our bill. We also purchase a couple of new luxury watches in Cozumel. Yashira was kind enough to arrange to have our purchases picked up from the store and brought directly to our suite while we continued exploring Cozumel. Everyone was absolutely pleasant throughout the ship! Cozumel: We shopped and had lunch at Las Palmares. We walked through the streets and enjoyed the parks. Grand Cayman: We booked a Jet Ski excursion to Stingray City through Fat Fish Adventure which was awesome. I left a separate review for that. Roatan: It rained an so our Zipline / Eco Walk tour with South Shore was cancelled. We ended up staying on the ship and enjoying a day in the spa. Santo Thomas de Castilla (Guatemala): We took a trolley tour of Santo Thomas and Porto Barrios which was an eye opener for us. It made us appreciate the things we have here in San Francisco and reminded us there there are many people that are not quite as fortunate. Harvest Caye: We laid out on the beach and relaxed. Costa Maya: We had an excursion to Maya Chan Beach resort (see separate review). That was an absolutely awesome experience! We would definitely do this itinerary again. We sailed the Haven on 2 previous NCL ships and we can say after sailing the Haven on the Pearl, this was by far the best Haven experience! That's not to say that the Haven on the Getaway and the Epic were bad, its just the service on the Pearl was so much better! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
First cruise. Dining options were plentiful and the food was very good. I was surprised by the number of bottled and craft beers, as well as the very best liquor for mixed drinks. The wait staff all around was fantastic and friendly, ... Read More
First cruise. Dining options were plentiful and the food was very good. I was surprised by the number of bottled and craft beers, as well as the very best liquor for mixed drinks. The wait staff all around was fantastic and friendly, and after the first day, began to know more about individuals, which made the experience more enjoyable. The nightly entertainment was very good and there was a wide variety of activites to keep you busy. The value for the money spent was very good and I was not dissapointed in my cruise experience. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that my wife and I booked 2 additional cruises for late 2018 and early 2019. There was a wide variety of night life opportunities with the different bar themes, as well as different nightly activities at the locations. The local musicians were very good and played music for most travelers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
NCL Pearl was awesome. The food is exceptional especially LeBistro. All the buffets were fresh and food was tasty. The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to help you especially the waiters and waitresses. Entertainment on ... Read More
NCL Pearl was awesome. The food is exceptional especially LeBistro. All the buffets were fresh and food was tasty. The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to help you especially the waiters and waitresses. Entertainment on the ship was also excellent especially the NCL Pearl Dancers, Singers and Jim! We visited six ports - Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Roatan Hondorus, Santo Thomas Guatemala, Harvest Caye Belize and Costa Maya. These were all great ports except for Guatemala (not much to do and port area was not very nice). Harvest Caye (NCL's new private island) is great! The Pool and beach area very clean and nice. Could have stayed there two days. Our cabin (outside - obstructed view) was very spacious and had lots of storage space - very comfortable. I would definitely recommend this ship and NCL. We loved the options of free beverage package and the dining package. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Just just got back and had an amazing time on the Carnival Dream! We had a great time and would definitely sail on the Dream again We had an interior room on Deck 7- since we are never in our room. We had no complaints. But, as I ... Read More
Just just got back and had an amazing time on the Carnival Dream! We had a great time and would definitely sail on the Dream again We had an interior room on Deck 7- since we are never in our room. We had no complaints. But, as I said, we are never there... plugs worked well, shower and toilet were fine. Food- was amazing!!! We always do set dining and had 8pm dinner in Crimson. Our wait staff was top notch and dinner was one of the highlights of our trip. Carnival put my husband and I at a table with another young couple and we are now BFF. We started getting most items on the menu and we would just share everything. Food was fantastic. The local selections were wonderful, especially the fish. The only disappointment was the creme brulee but everything else was cooked great! Definitely eat at Guy's BBQ- best food on the boat! Mid shift- deck 5 from 12-2:30 each da. Tandori- the Indian food was also very good! Entertainment- comedy shows were wonderful! We preferred the first two comedians over the second two, but went to a show almost every day. The shows in the theater were wonderful- singing was better than the dancing but a lot of thought went into to the sets and were very well done. I usually find them cheesy but really enjoyed them all. Was a little disappointed with Clue.. i thought it was going to be done at one time, but we are so busy, we missed a lot of clues so didn't follow it well. Bingo was really expensive considering the pay out and that was a disappointment. $40 to play ne day for max prize of $400 was a little steep for me. On other cruises, i play every time, but we skipped the rest of the trip. Casino- we gamble a lot and i played a lot of craps and had a great time. the pit boss and dealers were all friendly and had a good time. Husband played poker and was a little disappointed by how much the house took, but he still played every night. Music all over was great... the man at the piano bar was wonderful- and the cruise staff for games, trivia, tournaments were great. We also really enjoyed the art auctions and came home with a couple pieces that we were really happy with. Drinks- we got the unlimited drink package since we were without kids and thought it was well worth it. My husband had 10-12 drinks per day and I had 7-8 per day. We had latte's every morning at the coffee bar and got vitamin waters and bottled water every morning to take off the boat on excursions that was a great bonus for us. The bartenders at the Alchemy bar were amazing and that was our home away from home while on board. In my opinion- the only place to get a drink! They were wonderful! Excursions- Roatan was our favorite port. We loved it. We set up diving privately with Sun Divers and had the best day and a wonderful experience. We talked to other divers who booked through Carnival and they didn't have a good experience so i think it would be best to book your dives on your own. Belize- we did the cave tubing and zipline. It was a well oiled machine but wasn't as enjoyable as I expected. everyone was roped together so closely and there were so many teams, it was hard to really enjoy it. I don't think we would do it again. And it was over an hour on the bus each way. Cozumel- we did the amazing race and even though we had crummy weather- it was raining and windy, we had a great time! The people who put it on were great and we had a blast! Overall, we had a wonderful cruise and can't wait to book our next one! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was the first cruise for me and my wife. We had no idea what to expect, except for what our friends had told us and reading about others experiences. For the most part the information was pretty accurate. We did pack too much but that ... Read More
This was the first cruise for me and my wife. We had no idea what to expect, except for what our friends had told us and reading about others experiences. For the most part the information was pretty accurate. We did pack too much but that will change for the next cruise. We left out of New Orleans (a day late because of hurricane Nate). It didn't turn out to be much of a hurricane, thank God. It did give us and extra day in New Orleans, which was great. I have to say that if you like crab cakes, try the Oceana Grill on Conti St. They have to be the best ever. We got a chance to explore the French Quarter which was a lot of fun and also Mardi Gras World where the floats and costumes are created for the Mardi Gras celebration. Getting on and off the ship went very smoothy. They have it down to a science. The Carnival Dream is an awesome ship. We had rear wraparound balcony cabin. The stewards kept the cabin clean and tidy. Always made sure we had what we needed. Great staff. Our dining experiences were above and beyond our expectations. This being our first cruise, we decided to try the steakhouse for an up-charge. The food was excellent and the staff was attentive and cordial. The chef came to our table to make sure everything was satisfactory, which was a nice touch. Guy's burgers were delicious, as well as the Blue Iguana. Fabulous buffets. The main dining room was a favorite as well. Great food and service and the dancing staff was a riot. We only got to go on two of our three excursions due to hurricane Nate. Grand Cayman was beautiful. My wife and I rode the Segways. What a hoot! Our next stop was in Cozumel. This was probably our favorite of the 2 stops. Great beaches and entertainment. Did some tequila tasting and enjoyed our lunch that was included. Both excursions seemed very well organized and we never felt rushed or pressed for time. Our biggest surprise was the talent of the staff, especially our Cruise Director, Chris Williams aka The Flying Scotsman. What a talented young man. He can sing, he can dance, he is a one man show. He seemed to be everywhere and kept things going, I swear there were two of him! We are definitely going back! This had to be one of the most enjoyable getaways for my wife and me. It was a wonderful trip and we look forward to the next one. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The timing was right for all concerned. Also we wanted to try going out of NOLA. The DREAM is a beautiful ship with every need you would want for a DREAM vacation. The crew we were helped by are very professional and friendly. We had ... Read More
The timing was right for all concerned. Also we wanted to try going out of NOLA. The DREAM is a beautiful ship with every need you would want for a DREAM vacation. The crew we were helped by are very professional and friendly. We had several DREAM days at the FROG BAR. The waiter of our choise was Erik Ayam. His delightful personally made everyone happy he came in contact with. In the dining room we ha Rhoderick, Edsel, and Raju. They were our DREAM team helping us decide what we wanted and joking making our meals so deslightful,What can I say about Chris Williams excep he is all people's DREAM of a activity director Infact we have decided to nominate him for Captain of the ship. We only got off at one port and really wsn't interested in them. The DREAM of a ship named The DREAM had enough activities to meet our needs. Thank you to all that made our voyage a time to remember on the DREAM. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Wow!! That title is for two reasons. One, Wow what a great trip! Two, Wow why the bad reviews on this ship? I am a pretty avid cruiser, not as much as some but I think for late 30's, 15 cruises is not too bad. I have been on 1 ... Read More
Wow!! That title is for two reasons. One, Wow what a great trip! Two, Wow why the bad reviews on this ship? I am a pretty avid cruiser, not as much as some but I think for late 30's, 15 cruises is not too bad. I have been on 1 Princess, 3 Disney, 6 Royal, and this was my 5th Carnival, so with this experience I feel like I know what is good and not so good. I have been reading reviews on cruise critic for years and found them very helpful, so after reading reviews of this ship, needless to say, I was skeptical. I joined, finally after 15 cruises, to give this ship and crew a well-deserved excellent review. I am not a luxury-spoiled traveler nor do I have that lifestyle, but we are a hard-working middle-class family who hopes and expects for a good product and service for hard earned money. That being said we do not knot pick. I wonder when I read negative reviews if there are some who don't realize that a nearly 20 year old ship may have some rust, or there might be a scratch on the wall, or a stain on the carpet. The ship itself is laid out great. All of the public areas are on decks 3, 4, & 5 and the upper decks. Makes navigating this ship easy. The ship felt very roomy. I have been on ships of all sizes, but what makes even the bigger ships seem smaller are low ceilings, this ship has none, on any decks that I was on. The main dinning room was beautiful and had great food and amazing service. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and the maitre d immediately give us a table for two when we requested it! What a huge plus for us! The buffet on deck 9 was small compared to some, but we could always find a table and never had a really long line. Guy's burgers were wonderful, pizza was great, and the ice cream was plenteous! The entertainment was awesome! From the comedians to the singers and dancers to the big magic production all was very worth seeing. None of the entertainment compares to Disney's' but other than that it gives all a run for their money. Progresso is not a good port in my opinion but Cozumel is always great! I wish this ship would do Grand Cayman with Cozumel. Bottom line. This is a great cruise, on a great ship, with a great staff! Don't be scared away by the bad reviews! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We picked this cruise to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We live in Alabama, so we kept our expenses down by sailing out of New Orleans rather than Florida. My husband had always wanted to go scuba diving in Grand Cayman, while I was ... Read More
We picked this cruise to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We live in Alabama, so we kept our expenses down by sailing out of New Orleans rather than Florida. My husband had always wanted to go scuba diving in Grand Cayman, while I was interested in seeing Jamaica, so we picked the Montego Bay/Grand Cayman/Cozumel itinerary. We stayed in a spa interior cabin. The Dream is lovely. Public décor often reached the level of glitz and sparkle you might see at Christmas, though there were a variety of colors used throughout the ship. Private areas had a calmer décor. The hallways had drawings of the classic cruise experience, which I enjoyed. The ship seemed very clean, and the crew was constantly working to keep it that way. There were a few rust spots on some outdoor stairs, and some on the outside of the ship, but those were being worked on as well. On both our Jamaica port day and debarkation day, I saw people painting the outside of the ship. Embarkation was very smooth. We had a 10:30 check-in time. The lines moved quickly and we were in the waiting area by a little after 11. The first people boarded around 11:30. We were in zone 8, which was called around 11:45. The spa was lovely! The three steam rooms were not the same temperature, so people could choose the ones they liked best. I found two of them pleasant, but the third was too hot for me. The tepidarium is very relaxing – it is easy to fall asleep in there. The relaxation room has several cushioned chairs and foot rests – and a beautiful view of the ocean. They had regular ice water, lemon and orange-flavored water, and teas. They also had a plate of apples available. The thalassotherapy pool was kept at a comfortably hot temperature. It was slightly warmer than the whirlpools on the Serenity deck, but not much. The private steam rooms and thalassotherapy pool were never crowded. The most people I saw in a room at one time were 6 – once in one of the steam rooms, and once in the thalassotherapy pool. While my husband liked the heat in the steam rooms and thalassotherapy pool, he did not like the smell of the spa in general, or the scent used in one steam room in particular. The chlorine in both the thalassotherapy pool and whirlpools bothered his eyes if he stayed in more than 10-15 minutes. However, those things did not bother me. All food venues we tried were good to excellent (better than Golden Corral but not the level of fine dining). The food was good quality and served hot, no matter where we ate. We enjoyed the quieter and slightly more formal atmosphere of the dining room and Pasta Bella. It could be difficult to find a spot in the Lido at times. Free beverages included water, milk, juices, lemonade, and tea. We thought the lemonade was excellent, but the tea did not appeal to us. The Serenity deck was a great place to be during the earlier part of the morning, but even later in the day it was not often crowded. The hot tubs there were hotter than the ones in other areas of the ship. We enjoyed the hot tubs on the Serenity, deck 11, and the Lanai, but never tried the ones by the aft pool, as they stayed more crowded. Minigolf was fun, and the time we tried it was not very crowded. We didn’t try the pools or Waterworks areas. I attended a couple of lectures done by the art gallery. Even though they were only 30 minutes long, they helped me understand and enjoy more types of art, and I found them very interesting. The music in the atrium was excellent, and we were sorry we didn’t have more time to just sit in there and enjoy it. We attended 2 playlist productions. I didn’t care for Motor City. While on a technical level the singing and dancing were well done, that kind of music and dance style does not appeal to me. However, we really enjoyed Flick. Some of the special effects were phenomonal, and the integration of dance with laser was beautifully done. On the morning of debarkation we ate in the Scarlet restaurant. It was a nice way to end the cruise. There were places near the entrance to leave our luggage (we were doing self-assist). As noted by others, the crew was a little less friendly and engaging because they were getting ready for the new group who would be boarding. However, service was good. We got into line when we were ready, about 9 am. The lines were long, but moved steadily. It probably took us 40 minutes from the atrium until we were in a taxi heading to our hotel. Montego Bay was humid, but very pretty. We booked a tour with Braco Adventure Tours. The guide told us a little about Montego Bay as we drove along, and we enjoyed the scenery once we were out of the city. It was about a 40 minute drive to the Rio Bueno where we were doing our excursion. I went tubing, but my husband wasn’t feeling well, so he elected to go rafting. The tubing was fun – much of it in the shade, and the class 1 and 2 rapids were just the right amount of thrill for me. I saw a white egret while were tubing down the river. After going over the last rapids, we all got in a raft and they towed us to a pretty little beach a short distance away. Lunch, snacks, and souvenirs were available for purchase. There was an outdoor shower to rinse off, and indoor bathrooms and changing stalls. We spent about an hour there. On the way back, the guide stopped at a souvenir shop and our group made the purchases we wanted. Traffic was heavy as we drove back into Montego Bay, and it was close to 2:30 before we got back on the ship. Grand Cayman was an easy, beautiful day. Because my husband had congestion, we canceled our scuba excursion with Carnival and went snorkeling at Eden Rock. Really beautiful coral and clear, calm water. We saw a lot of fish, including plenty of blue tang, but also a nurse shark and 4 large rainbow parrotfish. It was not crowded at all. A couple of times tour boats stopped in the area, but there were never more than 20 people in the water at any one time, and usually a lot fewer. It was an easy walk to and from the tender pier. Even though we didn't get to go scuba diving, it ended up being a great day. For Cozumel, we had booked tickets to Chankannab Beach Adventure Park with snorkel equipment rental included. Again, very good snorkeling, though the water was a little rougher. We saw some coral formations at a shallow depth, and there was a lot of marine life. We saw lots of zebrafish and others which would swim within a few inches of us. One of the most interesting fish we saw was a tiny dark blue fish which had turquoise spots. The spots looked like they were glowing. We also saw a sea snake. We visited the crocodile exhibit and the archeological section of the park with Mayan replicas. The park has good facilities. We liked that there were indoor showers along with the toilets and changing areas. We shopped a little at the port before reboarding the ship. My husband bought a nice leather belt. New Orleans. We went to Vieux Carre Baptist Church after debarkation. We had planned to just walk around Jackson Square and the Riverwalk that afternoon, but on the spur of the moment bought tickets for a city bus tour. Again, very interesting and we learned a good bit about New Orleans. My husband did get sick for part of the cruise - cough and congestion. Carnival staff were kind and helpful. Our room steward gave us some cough drops, and the wait staff in the dining room were willing to send up a plate of food for him when I asked. Overall, this was a good experience (except for my husband getting sick, which wasn't Carnival's fault). We tend to enjoy quieter activities, with just a little entertainment thrown in. Carnival delivered just fine. We would like to cruise again in the future, and would definitely consider going on Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My husband and I sailed on the Carnival Triumph for our first cruise experience, but I had some hesitations at first because I had read so many bad reviews about the ship. DO NOT LISTEN TO PICKY VACATIONERS! The Triumph itself, as well as ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Carnival Triumph for our first cruise experience, but I had some hesitations at first because I had read so many bad reviews about the ship. DO NOT LISTEN TO PICKY VACATIONERS! The Triumph itself, as well as our overall cruise experience, far exceeded my expectations that had been built from negative reviews. Embarkation was not as bad as we thought, either; we had one of the earliest and therefore most crowded times, but we were still on the ship within 2 hours or less of arriving at the terminal. Much easier than getting on a plane at the airport. The ship itself is beautiful and very clean. I read reviews complaining about "outdated decor." Who cares? It looks like a cruise ship, not a Pinterest farmhouse, so I'm not sure if "out of style" really applies here. Parts of the ship have a fun Vegas-like feel to them, while others have a very classy and elegant look. We loved our ocean view stateroom (read my review on that below for more detail). The Lido buffet and restaurants had plenty of variety and the food here was very fresh and tasty. However, the main dining hall takes the cake! We ate there every night and felt like were being pampered with so many gourmet options. The chef was simply amazing; everything I ordered was cooked to perfection and presented as if it were art. Also, one of the men seated next to us at our table had dietary restrictions due to a specific health condition, and the chef himself personally introduced himself and talked to the man about his needs and preferences. Each night, the chef made special meals just for this man (who was very humble and appreciative), and each night he came to our table to make sure his meal was perfect as can be. While this did not involve me directly, I am impressed at the level of attention and service that was given for this couple's specific needs. Our servers were very friendly, professional, and simply lovable! Each evening all the servers performed fun and hilarious dances in the dining hall, and as soon as the music stopped they were back at your table serving your desserts. We also saw very dedicated service in our room steward, as well as basically crew and staff member on the boat. They all work so hard to make your vacation the best it can be, all with smiles on their faces! If you have conversations with them, you'll learn that most of them really do love their jobs, but they also make big sacrifices to be there and are away from home for a long time. The staff on the ship played a huge role in our cruise experience, and they are one of the main reasons the Triumph deserves 5 stars! While my husband and I (both in our mid-late 20s, no kids) wished there had been a little more variety in entertainment and programming on sea days, we thoroughly enjoyed listening to all of the musicians on the ship. My husband (a musician himself) appreciated their individual talents and skills, and each group/singer brought something unique to the table. Our shore excursions were amazing and completely worth the costs we paid for them (I have reviewed them separately on the Carnival page for Cozumel and Progreso!). Do your research to find what's best for you! Excursions were our favorite part of the cruise! On the final morning, we chose to carry our luggage off with us, and we are glad we made that decision as we got to be one of the first groups out. Disembarkation took much less time than expected, and we were off the ship and back at our hotel within an hour (once again, so much easier than an airport!). The only real complaint I can think of is that the alcohol was expensive and weak. We didn't get the Cheers package because for us it wouldn't have been worth it (unless you're going to drink more than 5 drinks a day every day, it's cheaper not to get it), and so we were paying $10/drink. This would be fine with me if the drinks had been stronger. I couldn't taste (or feel!) any alcohol in my drinks except for the one time I got a double. That being said, I assume this is the case on all the ships. Don't skimp us on liquor when we pay for it, Carnival! Overall, we experienced a relaxing and adventurous vacation on the Triumph and would be happy to sail on this ship again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Embarkation was a breeze with the Faster to the Fun option. We were some of the first to get on board and our luggage was there and our room was ready. Others had to wait for hours dragging their carry on bags with them everywhere. The ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze with the Faster to the Fun option. We were some of the first to get on board and our luggage was there and our room was ready. Others had to wait for hours dragging their carry on bags with them everywhere. The ship was kept very clean considering it was quite crowded. Food was very good. Do not miss out on the Pig and Anchor bar-b-que! It's only open certain hours so check on that. I recommend getting the Carnival app because finding out about dining and activities was very easy this way. The pizza was also delicious. We ate at the Chef's Art Steakhouse our first night and it was excellent. One of the best crab cakes I have ever eaten.( and I try a crab cake wherever I go). My husband loved his filet and lobster. Lido deck food is decent.We only ate there for breakfast. Formal dining room food is very good and has a good variety. We had the anytime dining plan. We always got there early (5:45) and never had to wait. First waiter was ok. Second waiter we really, really liked so we requested him every night (Yaco was his name). Our room was on level 8. This was a great choice because it was low enough to avoid noise from above, but not too far to take the stairs (elevator waiting is not for me). We had a rear facing room with a balcony which I loved because you could see both sides of you. The balconies are spacious but not very private. It is easy to see onto the balcony next door and above. The room was very spacious with lots of storage. I'm kind of a clean freak so I would give it a 7 out of 10 for clean. There was a toenail ( just saying, not mine, near the phone) and some dust in places that I would think would be wiped down often. The bathroom was super clean. Towels and sheets were comfortable but the actual bed not so much. Since it was just my husband and myself we chose to relax at the Serenity adults only section of the ship during the day. The chairs there are the most comfortable. It is very quiet there compared to the rest of the outdoor areas. We could still enjoy the music but it was much more peaceful there. We were not there to party. There are bathrooms nearby and a bar and bar servers and towel station. The towel attendant knew me by name. There were about 8 round pod like chairs that were very comfortable and highly desired. We would eat breakfast then go to our "pod" about 7:30 and they would get taken quickly so early bird gets the worm on that one. The water slides were super fun and a good way to cool off. The deck gets extremely hot so water shoes if you have them for walking to the water slides. We played lots of putt-putt (mini-golf). Sometimes we would have to wait for a club and ball but not too long. In the evenings there are picture stations all over. The scenes change each night so if you see a scene you like take the pictures because you won't see it again. We took lots of pictures. We ended up buying 4. Take them, it's fun and if you don't like them when you view them the next day just toss them in the bins. We did not order room service so I can't say anything about that. I don't like food where I sleep (nasty). There is a safe and hair dryer in the room which is handy. There is also a mini refrigerator (we didn't use). The shows that we attended were very good. An 80's music inspired show was awesome. The family game show was fun, but would have been more fun if one of us were chosen to play. We saw 2 different comedians. I laughed the most at the R rated show. We did not use the casino (don't gamble) but we had to walk through it a few times and it reeked of cigarette smoke. We did not use the spa. We did not go in the pools or hot tubs but they seemed very clean. The pools were way to crowded. Not for swimming for sure, just for standing in to cool off. We enjoyed the "dive in" movies a couple of nights. The popcorn was bland though. It needed salt or butter or something. We had a great time. All staff was friendly and hard working. All fellow cruisers were courteous and in good spirits. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Everything was done so well. Staff was very nice and helpful. Loved our room (8280). Balcony too hot usually. The ship was always hopping and there was always good food. Alvardo in the dining room was so professional and nice. Our room ... Read More
Everything was done so well. Staff was very nice and helpful. Loved our room (8280). Balcony too hot usually. The ship was always hopping and there was always good food. Alvardo in the dining room was so professional and nice. Our room was immaculate; thanks to "Pie". Ports were nice; we arranged our excursions privately and everything was wonderful. We really tried to cram too much into the excursion days. It made us tired. We didn't use the fitness items, and pools were very crowded. Adult pool wasn't really available unless one was "elite" or something. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and everyone was so supportive with little presents. Beware of "free" drinks in the casino as one must be playing to get one; way more expensive than just going to buy a drink. Also, beware of the card with which to charge your room; right in the slot machines. Take cash, and know what you are spending. We decided not to venture south again in the summer, the cruise was fun, but in the future we would opt for small ship/perhaps adults only. Kids weren't a problem, just LOTS of people. Comedy shows - we went to two; they were great. Nightly music jams; great. Picture pick-ups were a mess. They say they are going to digitize soon. HAVE FUN!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Had a GREAT time and always cruise on Carnival. DINNING: Crimson - Deck 3, Hostess was Sherrell and service team was Ricky Mario, Deonna and Kostadin were GREAT and served us an anniversary cake and had everyone sing to us for our ... Read More
Had a GREAT time and always cruise on Carnival. DINNING: Crimson - Deck 3, Hostess was Sherrell and service team was Ricky Mario, Deonna and Kostadin were GREAT and served us an anniversary cake and had everyone sing to us for our 50th Anniversary. All were great and food was good. Mat, Entertainment Director, best of all tour directors we have ever had. EMBARKATION: Maddie helped us to leave the ship. She was a lot of help. HAD A GREAT 50TH ANNIVERSARY TRIP THANKS TO ALL NAMES ABOVE. Enjoyed Jamaica and the tour of the city, had a wonderful lunch of jerk chicken and enjoyed shopping and receiving free gifts and talking with the people. Did not tour Grand Cayman Island (been there several times). We did tour Cozumel and did a lot of shopping and received free gifts, enjoyed talking to the people and seeing the colorful sights. Overall had a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Well we started planning our American holiday two years ago, and found the cruise while we were surfing the web. From the first contact requesting a brochure the service was amazing. When it came tie to book our trip, we received a ... Read More
Well we started planning our American holiday two years ago, and found the cruise while we were surfing the web. From the first contact requesting a brochure the service was amazing. When it came tie to book our trip, we received a call from America to us in Australia, we didn't even have to pay for the phone call. We were delighted to find out that we could select our own cabin, and that we would be given the night before our cruise in a hotel in New Orleans included in our package, and would be taken to the America by bus from the hotel. On embarkation we were greeted by friendly staff easily identified by their uniform, and informed that our cabin was waiting for us to move on in. From that moment on we were treated like royalty. I have a food allergy and was invited, along with others with allergies/special diets, to meet the Chef. He very nicely explained about his food prep area and that all allergies/special requests were noted and would be carefully monitored. One passenger was a full Vegan and the Chef and Head Mai'tre D assured her that she was fully catered for. We were not made to feel at any time that we were a "trouble". Our cabin was spacious and very comfortable, with a private balcony, all cabins except those on the main deck have balconies, which had a table and two chairs so we could enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mississippi as we sailed along. Each day we were able to help ourselves to a sumptuous array of fresh fruit/cereals/danishes, as well as a selection of hot choices of the day. French toast/eggs/oatmeal/bacon etc. Lunch and the evening meal included wine or beer or juice, and if you liked a little from this selection and a little from that, the wait staff simply advised the Chef and that's what you got. The shore excursions included in the cruise were well planned, organised and carried out. The night before we were given a run down on the next day's activity which included any access issues, for example long walk/stairs/ramps. Nothing was missed out. The evenings entertainment was varied, and included a talk by the on-board historian who was very knowledgeable and informative. The musicians were fabulous, and each a different take on jazz/blues/old favourites. I can not speak highly enough of the Crew, by the end of the first day we were known by name, greeted warmly by all we came across and nothing seemed like too much trouble. As in any activity things do not always go quite as planned, but if this happened we didn't seem to hear about it til it was over and fixed, a sign of true professionals. If we could, we would do the other half of the Mississippi with this line, but sadly time didn't allow this, but fingers x'd we will one day get to sail again with the America and her fabulous crew. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We have been on the Carnival Triumph in June of 2016 and 2017 and we are booked for June 4, 2018. My husband and I have fell in love with the Triumph and the Triumph family. We celebrate our Anniversary in June 7 and have decided to ... Read More
We have been on the Carnival Triumph in June of 2016 and 2017 and we are booked for June 4, 2018. My husband and I have fell in love with the Triumph and the Triumph family. We celebrate our Anniversary in June 7 and have decided to celebrate with Carnival every year. We have had nothing but an awesome experience with Carnival. Be nice to the Triumph family they work extremely hard to ensure you have a great vacation. The food is absolutely amazing, the bartenders are wonderful, the Triumph is also very clean. The live shows are so much fun, we try to see them all but there is so much fun going on you can’t see every show and do everything available, it’s just all so fun and exciting. The casino is great, you must enjoy a few games while your on the boat, the employees at the casino are so helpful and very friendly. The bartenders in the casino are also great!! There’s just nothing I can say bad about Carnival or The Triumph. We are spending our 22 year Wedding Anniversary this June 7 on The Carnival Triumph and we are extremely excited as if it was our first time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise for 2 reasons first we wanted to revisit NOLA on our 25th wedding anniversary and secondly to see Jamaica. We sailed the Dream on 3 other occasions and were excited to sail her again. The food was up to par nothing ... Read More
We chose this cruise for 2 reasons first we wanted to revisit NOLA on our 25th wedding anniversary and secondly to see Jamaica. We sailed the Dream on 3 other occasions and were excited to sail her again. The food was up to par nothing out of the ordinary. Our room was a cove balcony and we loved it! The shows in the main lounge were very well produced and the cast was excellent. As usual the casino was smoke filled but I still enjoyed the action. The ports were all good it was our first time to Jamaica the weather was great. We went to a resort about 5 minutes by taxi from the boat it was called splash time all inclusive but didn't have top shelf liquor other than that it was good. We are from central Florida so the trip to and from NOLA was a bit exhausting doubt we will do that again especially since we have wonderful ports here in Central Florida. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our first cruise for my husband and I. We were excited and the Dream definitely surpassed our expectations. Embarkation and debarkation was a breeze. We had a balcony room which was spacious and always meticulously cleaned ... Read More
This was our first cruise for my husband and I. We were excited and the Dream definitely surpassed our expectations. Embarkation and debarkation was a breeze. We had a balcony room which was spacious and always meticulously cleaned everyday. Our steward Calixso stopped by daily to check on us and ask if we needed anything, which we thought was great! We had a great mix of people on board. Food was always hot and fresh. Never had to wait in lines except at the Pig and Anchor. We loved the shows and entertainment more than anything else. The Flying Scotsman Chris Williams is not to be missed. His personality and way with the cruisers on board made us feel welcome and had us in stitches most of the time. The only negative thing I have to say about the Dream was that the pools were always crowded and full which we did not get to use at all. We did make use of the Serenity retreat area and hung out drinking cocktails and beers. The crew were always friendly and smiling and there was a "buzz" to the general atmosphere of excitement. Overall, I'd highly recommend this cruise and we've already booked our 2nd :) Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Date, price and ship. This was my 9th cruise on Carnival but never on the Dream. The ship was great, loved the new choices for lunch and dinner. Just wish the BBq places open more hours. It is only open on sea days from noon till 230. So ... Read More
Date, price and ship. This was my 9th cruise on Carnival but never on the Dream. The ship was great, loved the new choices for lunch and dinner. Just wish the BBq places open more hours. It is only open on sea days from noon till 230. So made it really hard to plan to eat there. Love our cabin and all the crew members. We had the new American Table and I thought the food was great. Not having a table cloth on nights other than elegant nights was fine with me. I loved the all the new choices. Guys Burgers is still one of my favorite, you can't beat the pizza that is available 24 hours and I never had to wait over 5 minutes with a long line. The shows were good and I loved the larger casino. The slots seem to pay out better than some ships. Will be trying to book the dream again soon. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We had a good group of people show up for our meet & Mingle, even the Cruise Director came for a visit and we received a free picture of our group. Don't hesitate to set up your Meet & Mingle Carnival supplied snacks and non ... Read More
We had a good group of people show up for our meet & Mingle, even the Cruise Director came for a visit and we received a free picture of our group. Don't hesitate to set up your Meet & Mingle Carnival supplied snacks and non alcohol drinks.... We had a bingo cruise game card and gave them out also had the 3x size people drawing for a free t-shirt. Santa # 2 won. We got to meet all the people we have been talking to for months. Our Cruise Director talked to us with words of encouragement, wisdom and FUN. We had more than one hundred people show up, some left early and some came late, but we got to meet them all. Met several people from close by and many from other areas around the Country. We could possibly stay in contact with a lot of these people. Many thanks to Carnival for hosting this Event... Read Less
Sail Date April 2017

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