Carnival Dream

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 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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Spa suite was worth it

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4 out of 5

7 day Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Dream

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The cruise was great and I really enjoyed it as a first time cruiser. However, I expected the food to be a little better and more variety from day to day on the lido deck. The ship layout wasn't the best either, as it was difficult to get around. I did really enjoy all the entertainment on board, classes we attended, and the staff was beyond amazing!

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4 out of 5

awesome cruise and fantastic crew

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

good food(not great) but plenty of it!!

the shore excursions are fun. carnival has bought out the locals and advertise "lowest prices on shore excursions"  the same zipline excursion I went on in 2013 was able to get it back then for 49$ and carnival wanted 59$.... now they want I think 79$ from cruise and on shore- because carnival bought them out:/

 

 

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4 out of 5

Spa suite was worth it

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Was in 12216 which was on spa deck & front of the boat. Could easily walk to lido deck or out to the deck plus spa amenities were included. Our room was to come with Elimes products & they were nicely stocked on arrival but our steward would never replace them. I had to call to get shampoo & conditioner every time. When you are swimming daily, hair is washed daily but no replacements were ever placed. He would bring them when called however. I know probably not important to most but this just annoyed me. 

The steakhouse was amazing & the food in the dining room was good with great service. Our waiter Oliver was awesome & really took care of our table. 

Wish there were more ports as the sea days were kind of boring. 

The comedy shows were very good & overall the adult entertainment was good.

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3 out of 5

Great crew, inconsistent entertainment, noisy passengers

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

The crew and management on the Carnival Dream was excellent and well organized, and the food was good. In the dining rooms and steakhouse, the food was even occasionally surprising in its creativity and flair. We were disappointed in the quality of some of the musicians -- two of the five were "greatest hits" ensembles that had a deep and extensive songbooks of covers, but didn't offer much beyond that, giving us the feeling that Carnival thinks it's best to serve the common denominator instead of retaining truly interesting talent with unique skill or style. Also, the "shows" in the Encore theatre were inconsistent -- several felt like space-fillers rather than thoughtful offerings. Karaoke, which was the activity that interested me the most, often didn't start until 10pm -- making it inaccessible for me (who needed to rise early each morning, prior to excursions, to use the fitness center). But the worst part of our experience on this cruise related to some of our fellow passengers. I was looking forward to being on a ship with a diversity of age groups, young and middle and old. And that expectation was met. But cliques of young adults on the cruise nearly spoiled the whole experience for us. They would gather in public spaces for several hours, drinking and yelling and chanting. (I even heard from a crew member that there were "incidents" of fighting on board.) Late at night, roughly 50% of the time, our neighbors yelled in our hallway and through closed cabin doors, showing no consideration or respect for neighbors who might be sleeping. We were awakened and reawakened by cabin and balcony doors being carelessly slammed behind the exiting person rather than quietly shut -- sending vibrations as well as noise through the walls and floor. I know that a crew cannot control passengers' behavior (nor would I expect them to). But the "Fun Ship" branding and the "Cruise for All" motto has, apparently, created a culture in which some people feel that only THEIR fun matters. The only way I would consider sailing on a Carnival ship again is if I could book a cabin in a specially designated part of the ship that had firm "quiet hours" (say, from 11pm-7am), so we could at least be assured of sleep at night.

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5 out of 5

Honeymoon Paradise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

My husband and I went on the Carnival Dream in January 2016 for our honeymoon and had an amazing time! It was my second cruise and my husband's first. There were a variety of activities. Comedians were hilarious. The destinations were fantastic. The staff was helpful and friendly. And the food in the assigned dining was phenomenal. We will definitely be cruising again and we will not hesitate to go back on the Dream or another Carnival ship!

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5 out of 5

A wonderful Vacation for two

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This was my husband and I first cruise together. I have been on others wit family and friends. It was experience I'm glad we shared together with carnival. Cant wait for the next one with the kids. Happy

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5 out of 5

Awesome cruise to Mexico!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This was mine and my husbands first cruise, also our honeymoon. Unlike many reviews I've read, the staff was very catering and very helpful if we ever needed anything. The food was good, I'm a picky eater and they always had something on the dinner menu I would eat. I LOVED Diane ford in the comedy club, she was amazing. All in all, a great trip. Nothing I would have changed! 

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3 out of 5

Carnival cutting costs and quality

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Carnival should take a look at revamping the employee compensation package as the employees seemed disgruntled and overworked. The employees also seemed to be asking for tips in passive aggressive ways, this was disconcerting and lowered the onboard experience. There was other evidence of cost cutting in the cleanliness of the ship as well as worn chairs and stained furniture and bedding. The overall food quality also suffered. Over the last ten years there a continued dramatic reduction in quality that will lead us to look elsewhere for our cruise needs.

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3 out of 5

My first cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

the favorite part of the cruise was all the shows, they were awesome. my statesroom was very good and the guy that cleaned my room was very very good. i was most disappointed on the first 2 days. it was frustrating to get some one to get me soft drinks and i purchased that package. every time i asked someone to get me a soft drink ,i was either told that they didnt get soft drinks or i had to go back to the bar to get it.this really made me mad. overall all the ports we docked at was enjoyable except costa maya.i really didnt care for it.

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1 out of 5

I think this WILL be our last Carnival Cruise

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The whole experience was SO FAR BELOW what I'm used to

when it comes to cruising. I NEVER complain, I always have

an amazing time. But they cut the staff, YOU CAN FEEL IT

EVERYONE IS TIRED, my room was never turned down

properly (dirty, BLOOD STAINED sheets left on my bed, SCORCHED

YELLOWED sheets on my friends bed. We were rushed out of our

room daily because the steward was "busy" the staff around the boat

in general didn't seem to want to help when asked a question, and

the waiters in the dining room were boarderline RUDE. This makes

me sad this has been my ONLY CRUISE LINE because I've never had issues

but after speaking with some of the staff, they have been "cut down" and now the 

remaining staff is overworked and tired...and you can FEEL IT. why would I want 

to give money to a company that does that to its employees. 

 

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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

4 yrs ago

Refurbished

3646

Total Passengers

2.66

Crew to Passenger Ratio

14

Number of Decks

1823

Total Cabins

38

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