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753 reviews from our community


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Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Great Time , Nice Ship

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

The over all cruise was great . Nice big ship . Everyone was nice and helpful . I wasn't to happy that I read online that the dream had a sushi bar and didn't and I also didn't like the fact that there wasn't a sports bar. Only place to watch sports was casino and I'm not a smoker so I hated that was one of the smoking area . Other then that I had a great time ..

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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A "Dream" Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

We love to cruise with Carnival, know what to expect and how things should go.  Our room was always kept neat and supplied with fresh towels, the wait staff was extremely polite and attentive, the food was delicious and varied.  The only negative was that there was not enough time in port to allow for an excursion and shopping, at least, not in Jamaica.  Other than that, the weather contributed nicely, the water in the gulf remained calm, and the entertainment was wonderful.  We especially enjoyed the Sea Day Brunch menu, and my wife took advantage of the Spa Package for the Aroma Therapy area.  We also took advantage of the extra 15% off sale prices for the first 2 full days of sailing by getting some pretty neat merchandise.  Overall, this cruise was one of the best we have been on.  We highly recommend this cruise. 

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

2 out of 5
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Week on Carnival Dream was more of a nightmare

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Nov 23, 2014

The ship and crew themselves were generally very good but the long lines for everything tells me they are understaffed - too many people taking pictures and not enough people serving dinner.

The shore excursions were poorly planned. Our first one in Roatan was cancelled - we were never told why but it was not cancelled until we were ashore in the port... no advice followed the cancellation. Our second was cancelled due to poor weather - we could not take the small crafts from ship to Belize - no snorkeling! This is understandable but there was no compensation offered for this loss of an important port excursion. The third excursion was to a Mayan site in Yucatan and was poorly planned, more promised than could possibly be delivered and we were the very last people to reboard the ship - it was very disappointing. Additionally the blabber over the loud speakers to sell drinks or other things on the ship was too loud and incessant - there was no place to sit and talk without constant noise. It was awful! I assume everyone is already deaf due to the apparent need for amplification. I have been on other ships (e.g. Norwegian) and the atmosphere was a lot more pleasant. Additionally the food was too much fat, too much salt, too much sugar - nothing remotely resembling food I, as a diabetic, usually eat: vegetables (beside salad) and whole grains. Is it so difficult to prepare healthy food? (Food was healthier on Norwegian also.)

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Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

2 out of 5
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Customer Service Sells

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Nov 23, 2014

The experience upon the Carnival Dream was not what I expecting considering it was the week of Thanksgiving. The customer service was horrible along with the meals. The best customer service i received was from my room attendant and a server I had in the Crimson Dining Room Thanksgiving night that went by the name Brad Pitt. The Lido Deck Buffett staffing was the worst by for. My friends who invited and paid for my trip have been traveling with Carnival for the past several years and had spoken so highly of their cruises but by far this was one of the worst experiences ever. We were unable to Port in Belize on Thursday by the way was Thanksgiving day and although bad weather is expect during this time of year and the ship may not be able to dock at certain ports, they should be able to offer their guest more than a $14.07 On-Board Credit. They charged $50.00 to change a name before the cruising date but offered a refund that could barely get you a drink or two for a missed port.

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brucep63
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

3 out of 5
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Enjoyable

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Nov 02, 2014

Very relaxing days at sea Great pool side parties. Good movies at the Dive in. Loved Roatan zip line experience. Snorkeling in Belize was ok. Fun shopping in Cozumel.  

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

4 out of 5
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Very Good Trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Nov 02, 2014

We really enjoyed this cruise.  The positives outweighed the negatives by far.  The negatives were the excursion we took in Honduras.  We did the resort beach day and were very disappointed as the beach was very small and there were numerous vendors trying to sell their goods.  However, they had a really nice pool, which is where we spent our time.  The excursion in Belize was snorkeling and that was a lot of fun.  The best excursion for me was in Cozamel and swimming with the manatees.  That was a once in a lifetime experience which I would highly recommend.  The staff on the ship were very good as was the food.  My husband thoroughly enjoyed the art work (we bought several pieces).  The staff were exceptional and very helpful.

This is my 5th cruise on Carnival and I would definitely take another one.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

5 out of 5
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First Time Cruisers

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Oct 26, 2014

I took this cruise as a honeymoon with my wife. We really enjoyed everything about the boat. It was our first time on a cruise and we where in awe of how large the boat was. In the beginning we where nervous because of how long the embarkation process took, and standing in line we wondered how that many people where going to fit on a boat! However, once we where on the boat was large enough and had enough going on that it did not feel overly crowded. The one negative was the food lines. We always ate sit down dinner and it was good and quick service, but any time you wanted lunch you where going to be waiting a while to get food to eat. The ports we stopped at ( Jamaica, Cayman and Cozumel) where nice and safe. Overall, as a country boy nervous about the crowds, i was extremely impressed and my wife had a blast. I recommend getting the drink package!

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

1 out of 5
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My worst cruise every

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Oct 26, 2014

First off it took two hours standing in a line that snaked through the New Orleans Terminal for one side of the terminal to the other. The Dream's TV channels displayed different times on different channels, before I realized that the greeting channel  was 21 minuet slower than ship time I have missed out on three events.  I told the cruise director about the problem and he told me Carnival was just messing with me.  When I left the ship the Dream's TV still had different times. The days at sea were a big waste of time with no planned activates.  Debarkation was another nightmare the handicapped passengers disembarked at the same time as non-handicapped passengers.  This cause delays because the narrow corridor were not designed for wheelchairs and pedestrians to disembark at the same time.  Passengers were bumped with wheelchairs numerous times. Handicapped passengers should disembark the ship before or after non-handicapped passengers.

       

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lacy80
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

3 out of 5
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Fun but not what we expected

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Oct 26, 2014

We have been on several cruises, each one is a little different. However this was the first time we have been on a Dream series boat. Our expectations were high, but sadly we were quite disappointed with the amount of activities available on the boat. This boat, all be it quite beautiful, was  no more active than the smaller boats we have been on. Carnival advertises 3d expierence theaters on board, but that is on the magic not the dream, they also advertise a sky walk, also not on the dream but is on the magic. The food was no better on this boat not even the steak house food. And our room steward was not friendly but quite hateful with us and others on our deck as well. We booked this cruise a year in advance and always book a balcony room because we are both smokers. We find out 30 days before the cruise sets sail that they are taking that privilege away as well. The Jacuzzi was cold not warm at all, the elevators were so slow it was better to take the stairs and half the time one or two of them was out of service. We went with another couple that had never been on a cruise before and because of a poor activities director on board they spent the whole time in their room watching movies because nothing was going on in the boat. They have no intention of taking another cruise. The shows were good, loved the break dancing and the electronic dancers. But would say on a whole this was a very disappointing experience. I will book another cruise but it definatly wont be based on what they say the boat does because most all advertised things are just simply not true.

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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.

perarive78
Third Mate

Go with money to spent don't try to be cheap book your excursions ahead of time it's worth it bring soda and water with you if you don't want to spent on that.

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