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What people said about this ship:

"...was a big -- staff friendly, too much activity in dining room , food could be a lot better( overcooked, too spicy..." in 75 reviews.

"About six months ago we traveled on the Destiny with Carnival Cruise line." in 32 reviews.

"...control, i stayed on the 9th floor, directly below the lido deck , at night i heard the click.clacking of peoples i hear..." in 35 reviews.


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mjmauldin
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Carnival Dream out of New Orleans

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jul 06, 2014

I'll start with the end........not much I can complain about at all. Everything was pretty dang good!

 

We drove to New Orleans from Dallas (8 hours) on Saturday to save some bucks on flights. That's really the worst part of the trip. The line to get into the parking terminal on Sunday at the Carnival Dock in New Orleans was very long and it took a good half hour or more at noon. We paid the $112 in advance, which is the rule. Unloaded our 8 bags for the 3 of us which included at least two small bags with our minimum allowed beverages ( water, soda, wine). I do recommend you pack for this. It's worth the effort to bring what you can with you (legally)

Finally got through all the check in procedures and boarded the Dream. It was 3 pm before they would allow us down the halls to check into our stateroom. At 3:01 pm we were headed that way, the wife and I and our 14 year old son. Stateroom was on the first deck, had one twin bed for our son, two twins pushed together for wife and I, two bathrooms (one with toilet and shower, one with tub and shower) and a big window. Lots of storage, room was clean, A/C was cool - no complaints.

Set sail at 5 pm as they said and we cruised down the Mississippi River all night and finally into the ocean sometime the next morning. Had the early dinner seating at 6 pm and food/service was very decent. No complaints. They had a every night menu and a special for the night menu. Lots of choices and something for everyone. The chocolate molten lava cake was the weeks "fav", our son had it every night.

Got to Cozumel on Tuesday and did the Mr Sanchos Private All-Inclusive Beach deal. Booked it online (shoreexcusioneer.com) before we left. Cab was $16 bucks, one way, for the three of us which we shared with three others ($32 total). Food was good, service on the beach was good, water was very clear and cool, there was a very cool inflatable playground in the ocean for anyone wanting to go climbing, sliding, jumping and or just playing. You could go to the swimming pool or beach, they had lockers for possessions. Had to be back by 4:30 to sail at 5. On time again

Next day was Belize. We did the CaveTubing which we booked online. We were supposed to disembark at 9ish but was closer to noon because the waves were too heavy to get the tenders safely docked. Made us late for the day getting to our tour guide. Other tours tried to steal us but we eventually found our guide and drove 55 mintues to go cave tubing for an hour and a half. River was cold, cave was cool and all went well. Nothing dangerous though we had been warned to be careful traveling back into Belize. There were several police check points which our driver said was normal. Crime and drugs at an all time high there though so be aware.

Last tendered was scheduled to leave Belize at 4:15 pm which was pretty close to the actual time it left. There were long lines waiting to catch the tenders. We double checked with several people to make sure we were on the right tender to  The Dream because there were other ships docked. BTW, the ships anchor a long way away from Belize. The tender takes about 30 minutes to get to the dock. The ocean was pretty rough though the weather was good. They went pretty slow and I don't think anyone got sick.

Honduras was next and we got in very early in the morning. The entire Mahogany Bay area is well landscaped and everything new. Rumor has it that Carnival spent $6 million on that area. Lots of shops, very clean, there's a big chair lift you can take over that part of the beach. We went snorkeling, waves were rougher than I'd like and snorkeling gear was kind of worn out but all in all, very enjoyable. Lots to see but a couple of people got sea sick on the Catamaran. Nice sail back to the ship, bought some souvenirs and set sail at 5.

Two more days at sea and back in New Orleans bright and early. Though leaving the ship was fairly well organized, it still took forever. They disembark by group numbers and we had a high number for some reason.

Carnival Dream was worth it, We'd do it again. Great staff in the restaurants on board, mostly from Indonesia.

Great job Carnival!

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sassy3
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Carnival cruise lines simply do not take care of their guests .

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jul 06, 2014

We have cruised several times with several cruise lines including Carnival and have always had a wonderful experience until we boarded the Carnival Dream. Our cabin was HOT when we boarded we complained within an hour and continued to call and go speak to the supervisor , on the second day they came and took the temp and kept ssaying they would send up a tech to fix it. NEVER HAPPENED because they knew our entire hall was broke for several weeks and just kept on cruising week after week. It was so hot i literally had to go sit in the lobby area to put on my makeup, people were physically sick in other cabins. Carnival gave us 500$ credit and 15% off a future cruise and were simply rude when we would still complain. I did not want credit , I wanted some air conditioning on my vacation! We will never cruise Carnival again!

 

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gattihouse
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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The Carnival experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jun 22, 2014

The Carnival compound at Roatan was great. We went zip lining and then to their private beach which was just a short walk from the ship. We did not need to rent beach chairs since there were plenty available under the palm trees. This port had shops, a beach ,and an easy  or extreme  zip line experience all within walking distance of the ship.

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expose11
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

5 star
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Best ship and awesome experience!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2014

Every cruise ship should be modeled after the Dream. Deck 5, which goes all around the ship, is what makes this ship #1. It is so easy to get around and really easy to go from one event to the next. The two pools are nice and the area around them is roomy and fun. We never waited more then a few minutes to get our food in the buffet line. The omlet station can take a bit longer but that is to be expected. All the food on the ship is really good. Dinner is especially good in the dinning room.  Service was way above average. Our room was always clean and the bathroom was perfect. I took three showers a day and everytime we left, the room was recleaned and stocked with fresh towels.  We asked for turndown service at 8pm so our younger special needs daughter could get to bed by 8:30pm and every night is was done. Not only was it done, but it was always before 8pm. Service at dinner was the same. Our head waiter, Joseph, was more then attentive to our needs. He somehow read my mind and brought me things I forgot to mention or was thinking of getting but didn't speak up. He even cut up my daughters steak one night and offered to feed her so I could enjoy my dinner. I was speechless. Joseph alone made me want to go back to the Dream. Or never get off! 

I have never been on vacation that allowed me to get so relaxed that when I returned home I forgot how do do things for myself.  I really can't say enough about how good the service and experience as a whole was on this trip. I'm 41 years old and I have been on some very nice trips. This one is at the top if not THE TOP of the list. 

It would be extreemly hard for us to go on another ship after this experience. We sailed on the Elation which was a good experience, but nothing like the Dream. The Dream is a huge ship but it feels small. It felt like we were on a ship with 500 people at the most at any given time. Not 3600. Its quick to get around, never felt crouded, the entertainment was top notch and easy to enjoy, and fun.

Our family of 4, me nad my wife, our 14 year old (who we hardly saw in the evening because she was having fun with kids she met in the pool) and our 9 year old special needs daughter, (who can walk, but most of the time we use a folding wheel chair) are already thinking about our next trip on the Dream.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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First time on the Big Dream

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jul 27, 2014

This was my second time to cruise with Carnival.  All of the staff were marvelous!!!  The Carnival Dream is a huge ship with so much entertainment, excellent food, spaces to enjoy the sun and most importantly, a crew who is the best of the best!!!  I sailed before on the Fascination out of Jacksonville and thoroughly enjoyed it as well.  I think for me I will sail again with Carnival but stick to the smaller ships.  The Dream is just too many people for me. Also, I did ask the cruise tour person (who was not with Carnival as I booked through an agency) about the room 9330 on Vista deck.  She said it was a good location.  Wrong!!!!  The stateroom was very nice and balcony view awesome but the noise HORRIBLE.  We were right under the Lido deck bar area where the chairs were scooted around all day and night.   

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Popular Tips for Carnival Dream


mjmauldin
Third Mate

Get out to the 10th deck early to get a seat by the pool at night to watch movies

expose11
Third Mate

Eat dinner around 6pm so you can go to the show after and then go straight to the comedy club after the show. They really have the timing right on when shows start so you don't have to miss anything. Relax and let people do stuff for you.

Enjoy a sit down breakfast. Great way to meet wonderful people and get pointers from seasoned cruisers. Skip the Mongolian station - took an hour.

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