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Carnival Dream

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jun 14, 2015

First time leaving out of New Orleans. We used the transfer from the airport and it went very smoothly. Our favorite excursion was the Little French Key in Roatan. It was incredible. Our room was great and the staff was outstanding.

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Dream Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jun 14, 2015

There are so many things to talk about from this cruise. 7 Day Isla Roatan, Belieze, Cozumel.   I was impressed at how easy the embarkation was in New Orleans.  We arrived at the port parking garage at 10:30, parked, unloaded and checked in and was on the boat by 11:30.  We always pack a bag to carry on with our sundries and a change of clothes and bathing suit.  This is a good Idea as our luggage didn't arrive until 7 PM.  . I was very impressed with our Capitan and crew as there was a tropical Storm in the western Gulf and totally missed it.  First order was to hit the buffet and then the bar, we decided to do the Cheers program, but waited until Monday and saved $50.  I broke even using the program on Wednesday after we returned from our excursion.  We booked our first excursion thru Carnival for Roatan.  Barefoot Catamaran snorkel and lunch.  We loved this excursion and recommend it highly, the Jolly Roger crew took great care of us and we had a blast.    Belieze well let's just say this was our least favorite stop!  We had booked an excursion not affiliated with Carnival as some of our friends had recommended it.  Since we had no contact with them prior to us getting on the tender we didn't know it was canceled.  There is a barrier reef and the ship has to anchor about 3-4 miles from the "port" so the tender takes about 30 min. Not a fan!!  We ended up going to the Altun Ha Mayan ruins on a 18 passenger van that was driven like we were on a race course with a million pot holes.  We were wearing bathing suits and flip flops as our original adventure was supposed to be Goff's Caye beach.  Cozumel was amazing as always.  We always take a taxi to Paradise Beach.  It is a very inexpensive getaway and the service is amazing.  Look it up you won't be disappointed.  All in all I would rate this cruise a 9 out of 10.  The shows were great and the comedians were greater!  We had so much fun laughing and hanging out.  We had 8 people in our group and met a Facebook group with another 200+ people.  They organized a pub/ bar crawl, a poker run thru many different cabins so people could see the different types of cabins that Carnival offers.  They had a slot pull, a wacky sunglass event and meet and greet.  One thing we tried that we haven't done before was the Steak House!  It was Amazing and well worth the extra $35.  You will need to make reservations but you will not be disappointed!  I hope this review is helpful, I know you will have an amazing time on the Dream or any other Carnival ship.  We are cruising again in November on the Magic hope to see you there!!

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Blue Iguana Mexican Fiesta Deck Party Isla Roatan

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Not my favorite cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jun 07, 2015

I had an ok experience on the ship. The ship itself needs updating badly. It is starting to have worn spots at various different places. Secondly, I have been cruising with Carnival for the last 4 years; and the menu is getting old.  I want some variety. Lastly, my child got sick on the 3rd day of the cruise this time. The medical clinic on the boat doesnt take ANY TYPE of insurance, so I had to take my daughter to the hospital in the Caymon Island. This wasnt my favorite cruise. 

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Fun at Sea

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: May 24, 2015

My husband and I had a great time it was exciting being in the slot tournament! The staff was friendly and helpful  on the ship and made the cruise exceptional. The port of calls we enjoyed and would go again.

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Very nice ship!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: May 17, 2015

Very nice ship!  Our room was a bit small but clean and comfortable.  Staff was very attentive.  Easy on easy off and you can't beat the Port of New Orleans.

 

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Great Ship - A Few tweaks would make it perfect...

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: May 10, 2015

The boat is huge and has some features that some others don't, including a mini-golf course and some water slides. Where I felt this ship was lacking a bit, was in the dining options. Sure it had the standard, same as every ship lunch options...It also has the standard 2-3 signature lunch stops which were good. There was a burrito bar which was our favorite, a Mediterranean place which my wife also loved, but probably a bit more than me because she's from Turkey so that hit her sweet spot, and there was an "off the grill", burger kind of place.

All-in-all, the dining was pretty good, but, on the last ship we were on (Carnival Sunshine), there was a "Guys Burger Joint" which I feel was greatly superior to the "On the Grill". If I were Carnival, I'd follow the Guy Burger Joint recipe...I'm sure there's a logistical reasons they haven't, like they can only make hamburgers that way in a "Guys Burger Joint" but if they have more "Guys" they have to pay Guy more cash. More than this little tiff (you're probably like, who is this guy, Michael Moore), is that there weren't any "pay option" dining other than the Chefs Table restaurant (the de-facto pay steakhouse on the ship). Again, on the Carnival Sunshine, there was the standard steakhouse, but in addition to that there was a paid "Italian Restaurant" and a "Sushi Spot" that was also paid. I'm also cheap on top being a well-rounded complainer, but we decided to try these paid places on the Carnival Sunshine and... WOW... soooo good, especially the sushi place. It was like "wow, these rolls are pretty cheap" and so we got several and had really great sushi (and a good amount of it) for like $30...we went back.

Bottom-Line, if the Dream had "Guys Burger Joint" and the "Sushi Place" from the Sunshine, it'd probably be so good, that you'd never want to go on others...aside from seeing other ports.

Now to the itinerary. Probably one of the best itineraries I've had, though Jamaica was just "pretty good" (I blame that on not loving our excursion). That said, I say the Grand Caymen & Cozumel are 2 of the best ports we've been to. I've been on three cruises now and I feel like my dream cruise would be: St. Thomas, Grand Caymen, Cozumel. We've been to Cozumel 2 times, going to Play del Carmen on one, and taking a taxi to a public beach the other (both fantastic)...there are sooooo many great things to do in Cozumel.

The shows were pretty good, and they had break-dancers which added a little extra "fun" to their shows that was missing from other ships, and this ship has a HUGE comedy club, which is much better than any other I've been in. Their comedy club MC, "The Fun Dude", was by far the Best MC in the comedy club...I kind of wish the Fun Dude was doing sets of comedy too.

I'd say this trip ties for my best experience because of the better itinerary, and the larger comedy club & great MC, the put-putt course, and water slides... If they could up their dining game a bit (even just changing the "off the grill" to a "guys burger joint" , the Dream and this itinerary would truly be the Dream.

Oh, and notice I didn't say anything about the night-clubs...because that's not really our thing. Unchhh unchhhh unchhhh.

 

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DONT GO TO JAMAICA WITH YOUR KIDS!!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: May 10, 2015

Don't get off the boat in Jamaica. They will scam you out of money and harass you if they don't get what they want. i was cussed out for refusing to ride with one of the drivers back to my boat. Do not go to the Margarita-Ville the people outside will scam you. One of the drivers said that he would take my 8 year old daughter back to the boat for free if she needed a ride because she was complaining about being hot when we were waiting on our driver. #Seriously

 

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Dream Cruise on the Dream

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: May 10, 2015

This was our first cruise on a "Dream" class Carnival Cruise Boat. Very impressed with the design. The Dream class boat offers lots more deck space (Deck 5) for laying around on loungers on sea days. One side of the boat was always in the sun and the other side offered shade which was great depending on what you wanted for the day. The extra hot tubs in these areas also offers better opportunities for hot tub relaxation. Lido deck is on deck 10 on the Dream instead of deck 9 that we had experienced on other boats. Interior design murals on the walls in the hallways were easier on the eyes compared to other cruise boats. Was somewhat disappointed in the main dinning room food quality. Fewer choices than previous cruises. Totally understand the need to reduce food costs, but some of the food they did have, was just very bland. Best meals I had were the half roasted chicken and the Mahi Mahi. Our servers Jorge and Ceasar in the Crimson Restaurant were awesome. Hennie the Cruise Director was a great host aboard the Dream. Really enjoyed the New theater shows this cruise offered. Had seen the old shows several times, so that was definitely a highlight. We did the "Cruise the Vineyards" wine package. Love that option as we are wine drinkers and this option made it easy to enjoy some wine. Loved the ports. We rode horses in Jamaica and what an experience it was to ride horses in the ocean. Did the Turtle Farm experience in Grand Cayman. The Man Made Lagoon was a great opportunity to snorkel with the turtles. Loved the new port in Cozumel and we paddle boarded there. This was our first experience of cruising out of New Orleans. We arrived the day before our cruise and stayed at the Hampton Inn on Convention Boulevard making the morning of the cruise a lot less stressful. We were on the boat before noon!! The Hampton has a Stay and Park option for cruisers which I would recommend. There is a Fulton Parking Garage close to the port which is also another great option. Would definitely cruise on the Dream and out of New Orleans again.  

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Awesome Cruise!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: May 10, 2015

Our family had a blaston this cruise. Hennie, the cruise director, camp carnival (6-8 ) year olds and our cabin steward, Oliver went above and beyond to make this cruise memorable for everyone.

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Nice Ship Great crew, but way to many people on this cruise, very overcrowded

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Apr 26, 2015

This ship was nice, crew was excellent, but so many people were on this cruise, there was never anywhere to sit, the lines for everything were way to long. this was the 6th cruise I have been on & I've never had to deal with such long lines & overcrowded shows! We left one show because we had to stand shoulder to shoulder in the back of the room... & we all had to wait way to long for food drinks customer relations. Everywhere we went on this ship there was a line that was way to long! Otherwise it would have been a nice cruise,but nobody wants to waste half their vacation waiting in lines, or trying to find a chair on the deck! 

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

expose11
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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.

Check out the adults-only Serenity Deck on board the Carnival Dream. It's near the top of the ship and is a quiet place to get away from much of the noise down below. They have a bar and lots of comfortable places to enjoy watching the ocean glide by. Try a Kiss on the Lips drink! Tasty!

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