Carnival Dream

3.7 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 5 yrs ago    
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Carnival Dream is a large ship, carrying 3646 passengers and 1369 crew, and sails from New Orleans, Louisiana.

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tzeller66 says ...

Only issue is when needed something, no one ever answered the phone.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

not the best I've been on but still a really nice ship!

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I love this ship but the staff seemed to be either understaffed or off this week.  They were all very nice but always seemed behind or never able to catch up:( I felt sorry for the dinner staff, it was like being at a great restaurant where barely anyone showed up for work!  I saw way too many people needing help and no one to help them, it was esp bad for people in wheel chairs!!  Usually Carnival is always spot on for handicap people but this trip was horrible in that area. I saw people in wheel chairs needing help constantly! And the elevators were amazingly slow or not available at all. The food was very good and of course Guys burgers were the best burgers anywhere!!!!  This cruise director was one the best I have ever seen, and I've seen a lot. Ports were good as usual but the whole ship of Carnival seemed off:(  If you've never sailed you probably wouldn't see it as much but I have seen other ships run much better!  This is a beautiful ship and great to have in NO but the staff needs help!!!  Cruising is still an amazing deal for a vacation!  

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Carnival service is not as good as it once was!

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SadOverall the cruise good however my next cruise will not be on Carnival.  The level of service has gone down.  My cabin steward said he could only service our cabin once a day (instead of twice) because he had more cabins to take care of.  Bar waiters were only in certain areas at certain times.  Bingo prize amounts changed from when they were announced to when they were deposited to on-board accounts.  Charges to on-board accounts were done by hand for Bingo and some did not appear until days later.  Charges appeared for Bingo even when there was not a game.  Guest Services could only send an inquiry to the bingo staff.  Then you wait for a response from them.  There were three adult people in my Ocean View Suite and none of the bills were correct.  Disembarking was total chaos - everyone came down at once, the elevators and stairs were packed.  The line wrapped around the lobby multiple times.  Worse than any other cruise I have been one - this was my sixth cruise.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Little wheelchair accessibility and ripped luggage

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The first day and a half of the cruise was spent trying to get a room that was accessible, even though we were in an accessible room. This Dream cruise has very low standards of accessibility. It was so very frustrating. Also, they ripped my luggage and replaced it with a piece of cheap crap and would not let me take home my ripped luggage to get a refund or replacement.  In fact, they would not let us off the ship until we proved to them that I left my ripped back in our cabin. The accessible bathrooms on the ship were filthy and had water coming out of the floor.

Other than that, it was a great cruise. Good food and excellent crew.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Only issue is when needed something, no one ever answered the phone.

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Did not do what they said.  So had to pay for international rates on my phone to get kinda fixed.  Everytime I called to talked to person who booked, she never called back so everytime I called I got a different person, who said a different thing.  Totally not happy with .  Cant believe that my siblings use you guys all the time.  Probably last time for me unless my husband does it.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

High School ReUnion

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Over all everything was awesome the balcony rooms were great having the doors open between the 7 cabins was great Thanks to John for helping us get them open.  We will be back to celebrate more reunions that's a promise .

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great Getaway with Friends

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A large group of friends traveled together with adjoining balconies. Best moments were shared together there! So much to do that everyone was happy and could find something to suit their taste. Food was great. Loved the addition of Guy's Burgers!

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Loved this Cruise. Can't wait until our next one!

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I loved the Grand Cayman Island port.  We went to the Royal Palms Resort and spent the day on the beach and by the swim-up-bar at the pool.  This port was one of my favorites so far.  The waters and beach were so beautiful.  Also, returned to Cozumel Mexico and hung out at Poncho's restaurant there at port and enjoyed the amazing food and hospitality.  This is testament that you do not necessarily have to spend a lot of money on excursions to have a relaxing and great time at port.  The Carnival Dream ship was very nice and although it was larger than the one we went on last year, the Carnival Triumph, it was laid out similar and was easy to find your way around.  The food was, of course, amazing and the staff were also amazing.  Can't wait for our 2018 cruise!!!

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Not our best vacation

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This ship is in need of some serious overhaul.  Ship had problems with water leaking into corridors and rooms during rainstorm.  Service was poor in many areas and had to stand at service desk many times to deal with overcharges on our accounts.  We had booked this cruise to celebrate a family members birthday.  There were 11 family members on board.  Every cabin had difficulty with our finances.  The wi-fi phone package never worked for anyone.   The cabins had air circulation problems. Lights were burned out on arrival in the suite and still out on departure. Several of our group had difficulty with rooms not being serviced on a daily basis. The dining room had difficulty seating our group on multiple nights even though this was prearranged prior to departure.  Water excursions had to be cancelled in Cozumel due to windy conditions.  Our excursion to the ruins was nice and had a very informed tour guide.  Our bus had a leaky air conditioner that dripped down my arm every few minutes.  Our food stop was awful.  We were charged $12.00 for a SMALL plate of soggy nachos that were supposed to be chicken nachos.  NO CHICKEN what so ever.  We had to chase down the waiter for the bottle of water that was purchased at the time our bus left.  We did have a great snorkel adventure in Grand Caymans.  The adventure was everything that was advertised.  We went to Hard Rock for beach time in Montego Bay, jamaica.  We could have easily walked there.  We got on a bus that was supposed to be free.  The driver informed us that we had to pay $5.00 per person once we were underway.  Every spa service for our group was double charged to our accounts.  Spent a lot of time at service desk trying to straighten this out. Not our best vacation and left us wondering if we want to travel with this cruise line again.  

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

First cruise and I will go again

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The staff was so friendly and helpful. There was always something going on, from BINGO, to shows, to karaoke, to just relaxing by the two pools. I would suggest trying as many of the free restaurants that you can and try different foods. If you don't like something, just ask for something else. 

 

Since this was my very first cruise, I did a lot of research on what to pack before I went. I ended up packing too many clothes. However, I did buy towel clips and a mesh shoe rack to hang on the back of the door. It was great since I didn't have a lot of extra space. 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Best cruise I've ever been on!

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 I've cruised a few times before and I've always enjoyed it, but this was the best cruise by far. The ports were beautiful especially Grand Cayman, but what really made this cruise special was the cruise director Chris the flying Scotsman and his team. They made every day an event and really seemed to be enjoying the cruise which spills over to the passengers increasing everyone's fun. The food was fantastic especially Guy Fieris pig and anchor that was some terrific barbecue. I would highly recommend anyone who is considering going on a cruise go on the carnival dream, you won't regret it. 

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The Atlantic Deck features the Encore! Main Lounge, photo gallery, Rendezvous Club Lounge, the Page Turner Library, second floor of the Crimson and Scarlet...

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reginamcday
Contributor Level: Second Mate

Try visiting the barbecue section on the ship for lunch. The food is a welcomed change.

expose11
Contributor Level: 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.

mjmauldin
Contributor Level: Third Mate

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

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Price

L

Size

Sep 2009

Built

5 yrs ago

Refurbished

3646

Total Passengers

2.66

Crew to Passenger Ratio

14

Number of Decks

1823

Total Cabins

38

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