184 New Orleans Romantic Cruise Reviews

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
We enjoyed our cruise on the Dawn. It started out as a family cruise of 4 but ended up as a Family Cruise of three and a Honeymoon for two. We had planned to take our Daughter and her son on a cruise with us during our grandsons ... Read More
We enjoyed our cruise on the Dawn. It started out as a family cruise of 4 but ended up as a Family Cruise of three and a Honeymoon for two. We had planned to take our Daughter and her son on a cruise with us during our grandsons winter break. We booked an inside room for four and waited for the day of the cruise. Two weeks prior to the cruise my daughter decided to get married and make this her honeymoon along with her new husband. We booked an oceanview cabin for them and when we arrived they decided they would prefer to switch to an inside. We went to the service desk and the change was made with no difficulty at all. Food was decent and service was wonderful. We had Leo F. as our waiter in the Augua dining room. After our first night with him we requested to be seated at his table each night. All I can say is we could not have had better service. My wife and I don't do many tours int he ports and on this cruise only got off at the private island and Costa Maya. Our honeymoon couple enjoyed their time at all the ports. Our grandson loved the youth program. The circus show at the end of the cruise put on by the kids was one of the best shows of the week. Of course you can guess why. Entertainment was good If you are expecting gourmet food you will need to dine in the special dining areas and pay extra for it. We find the food in the normal dining rooms to be to our liking. We ate at the buffet for breakfast and lunch and the menu there changed on a daily basis. They even had late night snacks. All in all a cruise is what you make of your time, not what the cruise line provides. we have taken over 23 cruises and each one has been up to our liking. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We had an excellent experience! We had an ocean view suite and from the get go it was wonderful. We ate the dining room each night and it was always fantastic. Harry and our wait staff from the Scarlet Dining room went above and beyond! ... Read More
We had an excellent experience! We had an ocean view suite and from the get go it was wonderful. We ate the dining room each night and it was always fantastic. Harry and our wait staff from the Scarlet Dining room went above and beyond! We did an excursion at every port, Cozumel we went to Chankanaab National Park, it was very beautiful, but aside from the sea lion show (which was fantastic!) it was a little boring. In Belize, we went to the Jaguar Paw ATV adventure. Belize was my favorite! We had an AMAZING tour guide, Peter, I feel like I actually was able to see the city (and the food was amazing). In Mahogany Bay, we went to a private beach club and road jet skies and snorkeled. It was a lot of fun! There is always something to do and I was not ready to leave even after being on the boat for 7 days! The only complaint I had would be the shows were just okay, I would skip the shows in the future, and go to the comedy club. Although, the cruise director Chris was phenomenal!!! His show was by far the best! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We don't like big ships and researched river boat cruises leaving from New Orleans and chose this cruise line as we had heard good reports from precious passengers.We were pleased with our owners suite, the dining was excellent and of ... Read More
We don't like big ships and researched river boat cruises leaving from New Orleans and chose this cruise line as we had heard good reports from precious passengers.We were pleased with our owners suite, the dining was excellent and of course the service was as well. The staff were courteous at all times and made sure that your questions were answered in a gracious way. We were so pleased with this Mississippi River cruise and are already looking in another cruise on another river in the future. The small amount of passengers was what drew us to this small boat. We were never crowded and were able to meet many people on board. The staff were always greeting us with a smile.We were spoiled and will not only recommend this cruise line for friends but looking forward to our next adventure. It was slow paced and what we needed to enjoy our time together. We were never bored and enjoyed the many lectures by Bill. His wife Laura was also a delight. I am afraid if I started naming the many staff that went out of their way to help us in any way, I would leave someone out, so just rest assured that each person made us feel special. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Loved the itinerary. Loved 4 ports and only 2 seas days. Balcony room was outstanding and Rosevelt our room steward was awesome. We ate in many venues including 3 specialty venues. Los Labos, Cagney's and Le Bistro were all great, ... Read More
Loved the itinerary. Loved 4 ports and only 2 seas days. Balcony room was outstanding and Rosevelt our room steward was awesome. We ate in many venues including 3 specialty venues. Los Labos, Cagney's and Le Bistro were all great, but we also loved our dining in the Venetian. Our waitress, Christina was the very best and the food was very good. The buffett had a great variety and was delicious. We especially enjoyed O'Sheehan's for lunch several times. The entertainment was top notch. The final farewell show was awesome and I've never seen the senior staff do more to say good bye. Loved the shows. The cruise director, Gio, and the hotel director, Tony, were the very best we've ever experienced. Roel, the concierge, treated us like royalty. We do the same thing every stop in Cozumel, Fury Catamaran Snorkel, it's wonderful. We did a dolphin adventure with Anthony's Key in Roatan, what a great time and worth every penny, and YaYa Beach in Costa Maya, also a wonderful visit. We did not do an excursion at Harvest Caye. Embarkation and disembarkation were vert good in spite of Mardis Gras traffic!!! We did have a little excitement early Thursday morning due to an electrical issue in a cabin near us. The staff and crew responded quickly and professionally to take care of things. We cannot say enough about the crew and staff onboard the Norwegian Dawn!!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This cruise is convenient for me because the Port of New Orleans is only a few hours from my home. The Dream was fun last year, but this year it was a totally different experience because of our cruise director, Chris, the Flying Scotsman, ... Read More
This cruise is convenient for me because the Port of New Orleans is only a few hours from my home. The Dream was fun last year, but this year it was a totally different experience because of our cruise director, Chris, the Flying Scotsman, DJ Verso, and the Fun Team. They were so much fun and constantly had crazy, fun activities going on. My friends and I went to a nice, sophisticated cooking demonstration one minute, and the next minute we were running around the ship on a scavenger hunt. I think this year I enjoyed the ship more than the ports. We did, however, enjoy the ports. We went to Little French Key in Roatan. It was beautiful, and very easy to get to by bus, and we got to see and experience a little of the city by venturing out. Mahogany Bay is lovely as well, and is only a walk away from the port. In Belize, we went snorkeling with rays and nurse sharks. It was a wonderful excursion and well worth the money. In Cozumel, we shopped and ate. It was fun, but I will probably do some type of excursion if I go there again. My disappointment in this cruise was our cabin steward. We NEVER laid eyes on him. Last year, our steward was so attentive, we saw him several times a day. I had even brought a gift this time for our steward. Never saw him. Our room was cleaned daily, and we had turn down service all but one night. But we never met him, and that was very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise because our friends had booked it previously and they wanted to go to these islands. We have never been to any of the islands so thought it would be fun to go with friends. From embarkation to debarkation ... Read More
We chose this cruise because our friends had booked it previously and they wanted to go to these islands. We have never been to any of the islands so thought it would be fun to go with friends. From embarkation to debarkation everything was wonderful. We dined in the Chefs Art Steakhouse on Valentine's Day and the food and service were better than any land restaurant we have been too. My fiance is a huge steak critic and he was blown away. On regular dinners we enjoyed seeing our favorite waiter - Edward. Always with a smile on his face. We really couldn't believe he remembered our names and folio numbers (for drinks of course, after the first night of dining. He was always happy to explain any dishes and was very attentive. He is truly a diamond in the rough. Outside my cabin I was always greeted with a smile from Imead and his team. Even when he was all the way down the hall - he would always wave and make sure we had enough towels and anything else we needed! The room was always so clean and neat when we would come back - it was refreshing! One night when wandering the halls we came upon the Piano bar. We came in while Bradley was playing the guitar and my fiance is a huge music fan wanted to sit down and have a drink (this was at 7pm), we left at 12 midnight - after Bradley played the piano man, Patrick came in, and apparently this guy has a HUGE following! He was amazing. He played all different genres and had a way with the audience. We ended up going there almost every night after dinner to listen to them. I am telling you that those young men are going to make it someday in the music industry. You can feel their passion for what they do. We booked a couples massage for Valentines Day and we had both never had a massage before! We were pleasantly surprised!! It was an amazing experience for both of us. We did not however like the up-selling of the items at the end. I would think that they might recommend them, but they almost made you feel like you had to purchase them. If you travel for Jamaica, Grand Cayman or Ocho Rios - book an excursion outside of the ship and you will save a LOT of money. We did our research and checked out TripAdvisor before booking. We did a stingray encounter and snorkling trip in Grand Cayman for $45 each person! I had heard some cons about Carnival but I am glad I gave it a chance. I am now strictly a Carnival cruiser - we have already been looking for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We chose this cruise as we just wanted to cruise for Valentine's Day. It was our third cruise on the Carnival Dream. It was the Dream's first week out of dry dock. I am not sure of all the work done in dry dock, but it ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we just wanted to cruise for Valentine's Day. It was our third cruise on the Carnival Dream. It was the Dream's first week out of dry dock. I am not sure of all the work done in dry dock, but it appeared to me that technology in the main Encore theatre had undergone a very nice upgrade. It also appeared the equipment in the gym had been replaced, which was very nice. Being our third cruise on the Dream we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. The embarkation process was about as normally encountered when cruising on Carnival from New Orleans. No surprises this time. Previous cruises on the Dream we dined in the Scarlet Dining Room, this was our first in the Crimson Dining Room, table 314. We were very pleased with the quality of food, and our Head Waiter, Jay, was excellent. Jay is very friendly and goes out of his way to make his guests dining very memorable. One of the things we love about cruising is making new friends while dining. We were very blessed with great dining companions on this cruise. The current cruise director on the Carnival Dream, Chris, The Flying Scotsman, is absolutely, hands down, the most talented cruise director I have experienced across all my cruises. And... if you love AC/DC, you will love Chris!!! One my personal reasons for continuing to cruise has been my experience with the cover bands which has always been on my Carnival cruises. There was not a typical cover band on this cruise, and I was concerned how the music experience would be on this cruise. Apparently Carnival does not have a live "Show" band for shows in the theatre on the Dream any more. It seems they have taken show musicians and put together bands to perform in the main lounge area, Ocean Plaza on the Promenade deck. I don't want to take anything from these musicians, they are all excellent musicians, and play their instruments quite well, but the experience is very different from say a four person cover band which has played together for years. For my taste I prefer the cover bands. The majority of Carnival guests are probably not as music oriented as I am. I'm an old 70's rock and roller and the new format just doesn't appeal as much to me. That being said, my concern for music experience on this cruise was quickly dispelled. I was quite surprised by the Sky Breeze String Trio. This trio often performed in the Dream Atrium. The trio consists of a first violin, second violin and viola. They play with accompaniment tracks and cover a wide variety of music genres from Adele to Michael Jackson to the Beatles to Led Zepplin. The Sky Breeze Strings Trio was absolutely the music highlight of this cruise for me! In most cases if they were playing, I was there enjoying it. Each member of the trio is very talented on their respective instrument plus they are very nice people who are appreciate of the guests who enjoy their music. I noticed a lot of the same guests were there a lot. I recommend to any Carnival guests who find they have the Sky Breeze String Trio on board to check them out. Carnival "hit a home run" with this trio. We enjoyed our this cruise so much that we are considering cruising on the Carnival Dream again this year. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our first time cruising. We were celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary and it was our first time taking a vacation without the kids since our honeymoon. Overall we were very happy with our time on board and only had one small ... Read More
This was our first time cruising. We were celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary and it was our first time taking a vacation without the kids since our honeymoon. Overall we were very happy with our time on board and only had one small problem with a balcony smoker which Carnival quickly took care of. EMBARKATION: We departed out of New Orleans and had purchased FTTF upgrade. It went very smoothly. We were directed where to go and went through the lines very quickly. There was a bit of a wait before we were allowed to embark but once we did start there was no problems and it all went very fast and smoothly. It took perhaps 10 minutes from the time we left the parking lot before we had our seats in the terminal and another 10 minutes once embarkation started until we were on board the ship. SHIP: I don't have any ships to compare this since this was our first cruise but overall the ship was very nice. The decor is pretty tacky and reminds you of the 70's, which is odd since it was built in 1999. We noticed a ding here or there but nothing that would detract from our enjoyment. The ship was clean and the employees were all very nice, friendly, and helpful. CABIN: Our cabin was not quite ready so we dropped off our carry on bags and explored the ship. Our cabin number was 7428, an aft balcony. I absolutely loved this balcony and even slept out there a few nights. Our cabin neighbors on both sides were very nice. We have several great conversations with them. The decor was a bit drab with mostly orange and pink in the bathroom, but it was clean and well maintained. We were offered a choice of morning, evening or both for cleaning services by our steward Youston (not sure of the spelling but it was pronounced like Houston but with a Y instead of the H). He did a fine job and kept our ice bucket filled. On the second half of our cruise we had cabin number 8403. It was a much smaller deck and noisy. I did like that you could see out the glass (which you couldn't on the aft balcony since it was tinted and very dirty on the outside glass). The room itself wasn't much different and though we were under the South Beach Buffet as long as we were in the room it was quiet. It was only noisy on the deck. Putu was our steward on this leg and also did a fine job. DINING: We had anytime dining and dined in the London dinning room I think every night but one. The service was excellent each time. I never had a problem getting a drink or even a second drink if I wanted. The servers were attentive and the food was excellent to good depending on the items. BTW, we had heard that the buffet served the same food as the dinning rooms. That is absolutely NOT TRUE. The dinning room food is much more refined. What you get at the buffet is more middle of the road, we need to feed the masses, fair. If you haven't tried the dinning room you don't know what you are missing. This goes for breakfast as well as dinner. On the buffet the scrambled eggs are powdered eggs. In the dinning room they are real eggs. The lines at the buffet tended to be long. I have to say the buffet was the least favorite thing on the ship. It was the only thing that was a bit of a let down. I'd rate it as average. ENTERTAINMENT: We only watched one show and a couple of comedy routines.The show was The Big Easy and I found to be a step above high school but my husband thought it was great. As I'm the creative type I am probably a little harder to please then the average person when it comes to entertainment. The first leg we saw Marvin Todd and Lance Montalto's adult comedy routines. We found Marvin Todd to be funny but not hilarious. Lance was a yawn. I fell asleep during the latter half of the routine. The 2nd leg comedians were phenomenal. I was literally choking I laughed so hard. Scotty K had us rolling. SERVICE: I can not complain about any of the services we experienced. We were always taken care of fast and with a smile. PORTS: We did the VIP Exclusive Tulum & Cenote Swim with Mayan Lunch at Cozumel and the Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins Tour at Progreso. Martian on the Tulum tour was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and seemed genuinely concerned that we were having a good time. The cenote swim was my favorite part. The Mayan lunch was ok. It was interesting to see how they lived and it gives you a new appreciation for what you do have when you see how poor much of these countries still are. While we were at Chichen Itza some fool decided to climb the pyramid and got arrested. That was entertaining. :-) Unless you want to spend the night (or longer) in a Mexican jail, don't climb on the ruins. They are serious. They will arrest you. B2B: On the back to back portion of our cruise were were given instructions on what to do the night before the first cruise was to end. Because we were moving rooms we did have to pack up our suitcases but we were able to leave them in the room and the steward got someone to move them to the new room for us. We met at guest services and were the last people off the ship. We were then escorted through the terminal and customs and right back on the ship. We were back on by 10:30 and as we were the only couple doing a B2B we literally were the only guest on the ship for a full 2 hours. We received a complimentary glass of champagne, a photo with the guest services crew and a fruit basket and bottle of champagne in our room. On the first night we were also allowed to choose a complimentary bottle of wine from the dining menu. We definitely felt like royalty. Besides the aft balcony the 1st day of the B2B part of our cruise was my favorite. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I am an NCL enthusiast let's make that clear. The refit of the Dawn works very well. We stayed in Stateroom 10692 a standard Balcony. We had a dinning package of 3 specialty restaurants and an all inclusive beverage package. The first ... Read More
I am an NCL enthusiast let's make that clear. The refit of the Dawn works very well. We stayed in Stateroom 10692 a standard Balcony. We had a dinning package of 3 specialty restaurants and an all inclusive beverage package. The first thing I noticed the entire crew seemed very friendly. That is unusual in today's trend toward mega ships and is precisely the reason I choose smaller ships like this one. For me bigger is not better. Service overall met my expectations with one exception. Cagney's Steak House service was a disaster, however the chef delivered the epitome of a great dinner. That was my one take away from my experience. That being said the itinerary was excellent. 2 Mexico stops, Cozumel and Costa Maya. One stop in Belize; Harvest Caye. Their new private island is not completely done with construction just yet but close. It proved to be a great entertainment spot. It is however far away from some other spots that Belize is known for. One last stop of Roatán proved to be filled with great local shops and great beauty. I loved the options of entertainment on the ship this time. The local troupe and a special event filled the bill. The shows are now packed into Bliss Lounge and the Stardust Theater. For those NCL regulars you might miss the Spinnaker Lounge as it has been replaced with Suites and other staterooms. This might be problematic if you took this ship to do say an Alaskan cruise and looking for a great viewpoint. I can say that I have never had an easier embarkation and disembarkation. Great job NCL Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Sunrises and Sunsets are the best thing since wedding cake! My hubby and I ordered breakfast daily to eat on the balcony. This was our 25 wedding anniversary present to ourselves! We had been planning it for several months and were so ... Read More
Sunrises and Sunsets are the best thing since wedding cake! My hubby and I ordered breakfast daily to eat on the balcony. This was our 25 wedding anniversary present to ourselves! We had been planning it for several months and were so excited when December 11th arrived! We drove in to New Orleans and spent the night at the Hilton Garden Inn in the French Quarter. When it was time to embark the process was painless other than being very anxious to get on board and start cruising. Our room was very nice and the bed was very comfortable. We had to store our suitcases in the shower because we brought the biggest suitcases we owned stuffed full of things we thought we would need. The Carnival Dream Nauti N Nice crew were the best and we had so much fun meeting them and spending time getting to know one another. Wonderful memories! Thanks Carnival it was a Dream! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Lots of puzzle pieces to put this voyage in motion! The adventure all began because my brother-in-law wanted to embark from New Orleans, add that to the fact my husband and I wanted to sail over our anniversary (December 17) and on ... Read More
Lots of puzzle pieces to put this voyage in motion! The adventure all began because my brother-in-law wanted to embark from New Orleans, add that to the fact my husband and I wanted to sail over our anniversary (December 17) and on Crystal! Not to mention friends who wanted to join in on the fun, could not sail over Christmas. What was the likelihood?!?! A year and a half later, all I can say our time together on and off the Crystal Serenity during those two weeks was the best of best times! From one who is totally into Christmas and has sailed on various cruise lines enjoying many holiday cruises, this ship was decked out in absolutely the most gorgeous decor that I had ever seen while on the seas. We were even able to have our butler set up an artificial Christmas Tree in our suite. Trimmed by the staff, it was beautifully decorated, lights and all! Throughout the various ports, my husband and I would purchase a hand made Christmas ornament relective of the islands we explored. Talk about being spoiled...the food, the entertainment, the daytime enrichment classes, ... everything excelled. We loved reviewing our French from a Berlitz instructor who gave both morning and afternoon classes. The practice was fun and we were able to speak French on two Caribbean islands. Learning how to create I Movies was also a plus as both my husband and I have continued making short videos. Having taught school for thirty years, all instructors deserved an A+. That is what Crystal is all about. The finest in everything. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I honestly don't understand all the negative reviews lately. This was by far my best cruise trip ever. All bar staff, sales staff, and dining staff were top notch. Jase was our cruise director and was very entertaining. Embarkation ... Read More
I honestly don't understand all the negative reviews lately. This was by far my best cruise trip ever. All bar staff, sales staff, and dining staff were top notch. Jase was our cruise director and was very entertaining. Embarkation was very smooth and easy. I was on the ship by 11:30. Debarkation wasn't quite as smooth as embarkation, but I do not believe that is Carnivals fault because you have 3600 people all trying to do the same thing at the same time. Ocho Rios was the only negative of the trip but it is what it is. I will be booking my next cruise very soon and I can not wait to go with Carnival again. Food was great the entire trip. The only problem with it was that I ate to much. I strongly recommend getting the Cheers package. If you will have more than 6 drinks per day it pays for itself pretty quickly. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
we chose this cruise because some friends of our had been on it a couple of times. and they said it was great and man was they right. (We booked for 2017 before we left the boat) . cabin 6434 was nice,quite, and had a great sterward . the ... Read More
we chose this cruise because some friends of our had been on it a couple of times. and they said it was great and man was they right. (We booked for 2017 before we left the boat) . cabin 6434 was nice,quite, and had a great sterward . the entertainment was first class and we booked our excursuions thru the cruise and was also well pleased with those. can't wait for nov. 26th 2017 so we can go again. don;t know what all we can say about it. the whole staff was great and and like i say out stewrd was one that would be hard to beet. my wife went to the spa and got the tip to toe treatment and said it was to die for. and of corse the food was great and seamed to never end. well it never did we had a great breakfast before we left the boat on sunday morning. Looking forward to our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We always wanted to go to New Orleans and to cruise the Mississippi. So, the cruise on the paddle wheel America from New Orleans to Memphis was a dream come true that surpassed all expectations!! The young staff was absolutely ... Read More
We always wanted to go to New Orleans and to cruise the Mississippi. So, the cruise on the paddle wheel America from New Orleans to Memphis was a dream come true that surpassed all expectations!! The young staff was absolutely delightful. It was most encouraging seeing young people begin their careers. This staff was ALWAYS pleasant and ready to meet any request. Yes, they did make a few minor mistakes, but were always apologetic (and as a retired teacher I firmly believe that you learn best from your mistakes.) Cruising on a small ship with Bill our educator (can't remember his title) made history come alive. The entertainment was remarkable!! The Victory Belles from the WWII Museum brought back the "old" songs. Weldon and Bill Jazz duo were amazing. I usually am not a big fan of comedians, but the singing comedian Judy was well loved by all the audience. Vicksburg stands out as a destination. We had never heard much about this Civil War site, but it beats Gettysburg by a mile. Natchez was another standout as was Memphis. The Plantation tours gave us good insights into King Cotton. Relaxing, Seeing, Eating, Learning and being Entertained what more could you ask for. It was so good we booked a cruise on the Columbia and Snake Rivers for the fall of 2017. Hint: We had perfect weather in early November Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Forgot the other lines. Azamara tries hard and delivers. Everything is great--especially the shows if you keep in mind there are only 600 passengers on the ship. Have sailed five times on Azamara and I just think it's the best ... Read More
Forgot the other lines. Azamara tries hard and delivers. Everything is great--especially the shows if you keep in mind there are only 600 passengers on the ship. Have sailed five times on Azamara and I just think it's the best line. I've sailed Oceania, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Star Clipper, Viking River and Viking Ocean. All are good but Azamara just has that extra something special. Just don't go if you are looking for problems. Whiners can always find something but this line always goes the extra mile. The staff are incomparable. They always have time for you, time to answer a question, time to fix something, get you something you need, whatever. And, always with a smile. Don't know how people can work so hard and still be eager to please. Love the fact that alcohol and gratuities are included. You don't feel that people have their hands out all the time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our second cruise on the Dream. If you like big ships and lots of people then this is the ship for you. Can't imagine the size of the new Vista which is already out and the Horizon which will be out soon. I think I will ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Dream. If you like big ships and lots of people then this is the ship for you. Can't imagine the size of the new Vista which is already out and the Horizon which will be out soon. I think I will concentrate on Carnival's smaller ships for future cruises. We were excited by the ports of call for this cruise; Cozemel, Belize, and Roartan. Visited these ports on a previous cruise but were anxious about the different excursions booked. Embarkation was somewhat unorganized especially in light of the fact that Carnival has instituted a check-in window for passengers. We had purchased the Faster to the Fun package and arrived at the port around 11:00. Checked in and got our sign and sail cards and then sat in the terminal for another hour and a half before being allowed to board. This is the first time out of the past three cruises that we purchased the FTF and didn't get right on the ship. As a good will gesture Carnival is going to refund out money. Excellent customer service. Food and service were way beyond that which we experienced last year on the same ship. Kudos to Carnival for listening to comments that I sent them concerning both of there areas. We chose any time dining for the first time and were happy we did. We had the good fortune of getting a great service team in the Crimson dining room led expertly by Frank. We made sure that we were in his section every night we dined. We had reserved a table in the Steak House for Monday night but Frank alerted us that there would be steak and lobster in the regular dining room that night. We changed our reservation to Saturday. One of the highlights of our dining experience was the Chef's table. We got a tour of the galley and were treated to an eight course meal prepared by the Chef de Cuisine D'Silva. His team made the night memorable. If you have the opportunity to have to take this tour. It costs $75.00 per person but is worth every penny., Cozemel: Went zip lining with beach resort. Fun time but very tiring climbing up the steep ladders to get to the lines. The beach resort was very nice and coupons for food and drinks were included with the price of the excursion. Belize: Took the cave tube with lunch excursion. Very long bus ride to the excursion site. At least the bus was air conditioned. Got our tubes and head gear and off to the river. Word of warning: the water is very very cold. Took some pictures and crossed the river and began a 25 minute hike to the start of the tubing experience. Another word of caution: wear thick water shoes. The entire hike was over lots of rocks and very hard on the feet. Lunch that was included was very good. Roartan: Here is where we deviated from booking the Carnival excursion. My buddy and I decided to golf at the Black Pearl and the wives got a day pass to the Pristine Bay Resort. We saved over $100 dealing directly with the golf course rather than booking with Carnival. Even though Carnival guarantees the lowest price we would have had to book with them first and then present a receipt to get reimbursed. Too much of a hassle. For those golf nuts this a must play course. Very hilly but adequate landing areas and generous greens. If you tend to spray the golf ball best you bring lots of them with you. Counted maybe 12 other golfers during our stay and the wives reported they were the only ones at the resort. We spent every free night on the cruise in the comedy club. The comics were extraordinary and presented both mature and pg shows. A special thank you to Carnival for their military appreciation programs that were presented our three different occasions. As a retired Navy Chief it was great to be recognized. In addition we were fortunate to have a WWII vet onboard. His stories were amazing to say the least. Another kudo to Carnival for their Groove for St Jude t-shirt sales. Every penny they collect goes directly to the St Jude Children's hospital. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
CARNIVAL DREAM WAS A TOTAL DREAM!!! This was the first cruise my husband went on with me and I was worried cruising would not be for him but he is already planning our next one! We had a WONDERFUL experience and love carnival and the ... Read More
CARNIVAL DREAM WAS A TOTAL DREAM!!! This was the first cruise my husband went on with me and I was worried cruising would not be for him but he is already planning our next one! We had a WONDERFUL experience and love carnival and the dream. I am a picky eater and I loved most of the food. There are so many options if you don't like your meal get another one! Our balcony room was awesome and our room steward WOW... Ivan is amazing- He treated us like royalty and I sure hope we see him again on the dream. His supervisor also was great. When we called him or maintenance they were super fast to make our stay perfect. Our cabin was perfect my first balcony experience and that is what we want for all of our future cruises. The layout of the ship was easy to figure out, the beds super comfy, easy on and off the ship. Sure a bit of a wait but who cares it is expected when you have 3000+ people. We did not opt for the drink package but tried a few tropical drinks all tasty. We did anytime dining and loved it. I tried the $40 day spa package one day for the special pool and saunas etc...and it was not for me. Others might enjoy it just a personal preference. We did not do any of the shows but they looked great. We just enjoyed relaxing, sleeping in, eating, tanning, excursions, and forgetting about anything off the dream! Hubby tried the casino he liked it. I am allergic to smoke so I could not go in there. The 2 issues we had were one there was another balcony smoking near us which is not allowed but the dream staff took care of it. There are places to smoke but the balconies do not allow it but that is known before booking. The staff followed up with us and took care of everything THEY ROCK! The second thing might have been our fault not sure but on the first dressy night hubby wore dress shorts and they turned us away. He did not bring any pants its a cruise we thought shorts daily so not sure if its our own fault but that was a bummer having to miss lobster night would have been nice if they could make an exception since he did not bring pants or least let us get dinner to go. Those 2 issues did not take away from our great vacation at all. One thing I would have liked is more sun protection like umbrellas especially on the serenity deck. We did an excursion at each port. Cozumel top 10 things this one has potential but it was too long it could have been cut down supposed to be 5 hours but after 4 hr 45 min I got off the bus and took a taxi back and got a massage while hubby finished with the group. I would not recommend this tour because it was long and hot but did have some good points. We also did the top 10 things in Jamaica and it was much better. Nikki the tour guide was perfect, funny, knew the area super well, and very entertaining. In Cayman we did an all inclusive of 7 mile beach and really enjoyed that whole day beautiful water! The staff on the dream are super friendly and helpful. Sure not 100% perfect but the majority were great and made us feel at home. We loved our cruise and can not wait until we are on another or the same carnival ship - eastern carribean here we come :) Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Took this cruise for my honeymoon, my husband and I loved it. The boat is big so I am sure we didn't get to see everything. The service was awesome and the food is equally as good. The bar drinks were very good and bartenders were ... Read More
Took this cruise for my honeymoon, my husband and I loved it. The boat is big so I am sure we didn't get to see everything. The service was awesome and the food is equally as good. The bar drinks were very good and bartenders were usually pretty fast. We really enjoyed the comedy club, both comedians were very funny. They provide you with tons of activities to do during the day. The room we stayed in was small of course, but it was just what we needed seeing we were not in the room often. The housekeepers cleaned everyday and they did a great job, it was very clean when we arrived and after the cleaned every morning. I really have no complaints about the cruise or any of the workers, everyone was a pleasure and very friendly. Can't wait for my next cruise with carnival! I would cruise on the triumph again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My wife & I chose to take our teenage son on this family cruise out of New Orleans. We had a very smooth boarding process. We settled in quickly & enjoyed the ship immediately. The staff was amazing-- totally dedicated & ... Read More
My wife & I chose to take our teenage son on this family cruise out of New Orleans. We had a very smooth boarding process. We settled in quickly & enjoyed the ship immediately. The staff was amazing-- totally dedicated & wonderful to us the whole trip. We enjoyed our at Sea Days on the Boat all most more than our Port Days. We enjoyed snorkeling in Cozumel & an excursion to see the ruins in Progreso. Our guide was Victor, who is a Mayan, he had lots of great info for us. We didn't have any of the bad experiences that we had read about on this site. We were really doubting our decision of picking this cruise & this ship after reading all the awful reviews. But, after such wonderful experiences we decided that a trip is what you make of it-- we went to have fun & we did! The Paris dining room waiter's at table 629-- they were so much fun, professional, & amazing. We loved the food-- the deserts were awesome!! Late night Room service was AMAZING!!!! Susila, Stateroom steward, He helped me keep medicine cold the entire trip & was so nice. Mike, Jake, Simon, & Bob-- From the Fun Crew-- They went above & beyond to insure that everyone was joining in & having fun! They were the life of the Sea Days. Olga was a very friendly bar keep at the Capital Bar. She was lots of fun also! My son loved the O2 for teens!! Between the O2, mini golf, the pool, movies, & friends he made.... he slept for 2 days when we got home! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
The food on the triumph wasn't the greatest. I remember one night having to give up on a piece of roasted duck. I say this to lead you into the following; the people and experiences were amazing. Every single person on the ship ... Read More
The food on the triumph wasn't the greatest. I remember one night having to give up on a piece of roasted duck. I say this to lead you into the following; the people and experiences were amazing. Every single person on the ship was, seemingly to me, genuinely nice and hospitable. The service was fantastic. The activities seemed to be endless. Every minute of every day was jam packed with fun stuff to do. The excursion to the Sacred Caverns in Santa Rosa, Yucatan (Port was Progresso) was an unforgettable event. Our tour guide's name was Claudia. She was sweet, knowledgeable, and informative. We explored underground caverns and snorkeled in the purest water. Surface temperature was over 100 degrees F; however, the water underneath the surface was clear and crisp at around 50 degrees F. The caverns that hold the water are breathtaking and are home to many swallows and a few bats. We ate Salbutes (authentic Mayan Tacos), consisting of a local sour orange marinated chicken with fresh cucumber, avocado, red onions, and the most delicious hand made tortillas imaginable. Do yourself a favor and go see these sacred caverns. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My wife and I just got back from a weeks cruise on the NCL Dawn out of New Orleans. We did two sailings on the newer Getaway out of Miami in 2014, but really liked the itinerary (Cozumel, Belize, Honduras, Costa Maya) so decided to give ... Read More
My wife and I just got back from a weeks cruise on the NCL Dawn out of New Orleans. We did two sailings on the newer Getaway out of Miami in 2014, but really liked the itinerary (Cozumel, Belize, Honduras, Costa Maya) so decided to give this somewhat older ship a try. We were glad that we did because we had a great time overall. Yes the ship is a bit older, and they are actually going into dry-dock in May, but we didn't feel slighted the least bit. The room was great, the food was great, the entertainment was great, and the service was even better! The only big thing we missed from the newer Getaway was the advanced technology on board like being able to book shows, dinner, and check out account balance from the TV in our room. The on demand movies were also nice to have on the Getaway. I believe that they are going to be doing those upgrades plus a full interior 75 million dollar make over so we will definitely go again. We really liked the quaintness of the Dawn and its various pubs, bars, and restaurants on board. I read a lot of bad reviews about the dawn so we were somewhat concerned, but if you go to have a great time and not worry about every single thing being perfect you will have a great time. But if you are a complainer by nature and need every little thing to be absolutely perfect for you, just stay home because there's just no pleasing you anyway. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016

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