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What people said about this ship:

"We ALWAYS ate in the dining room for dinner." in 98 reviews.

"...i both agreed that the food was far better on other carnival cruise s( on other ships) we 've taken." in 40 reviews.

"The Lido Deck Buffett staffing was the worst by for." in 46 reviews.




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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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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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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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Great ship and alot of fun!!!

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

We wanted to take two items of our bucket list so I looked into trips departing from New Orleans that would go to the Mayan Ruins. This trip is perfect!!!!!!! We flew into NOLA from Calif by Southwest with no stops and stayed the day before and after the cruise ended we stayed for 3 more nights. It was perfect. This was a 2 for One!!  We visited the Altan Ha ruins in Belize, it was hot but great to visit.

New Orleans offers so much to do it is great. The Carnival Dream is a great ship.We enjoyed it very much and we are regular cruisers of many lines.

Book this trip but be ready for hot weather. Very tropical, and have fun!

We are seniors 65 and 80 years old and totally enjoy cruising.LoveLove

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Apr 19, 2015

loved the cruise our steward was wonderful however we found the room a bit stuffy, air condition was not working properly as it was not hot but not real cool either. also need electrical outlets by the bed for people with c pap machines.

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Better Cruises

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Apr 19, 2015

I've been on better cruises. There were a lot of excellent things about this cruise, however, there were several things that could have been better. They give you what they call water in the room, but, I'm here to tell you it is not water. It bubbles in your mouth like champagne does, (Nasty). The food was not as good as was the food on other cruises. We played bingo, thinking we were playing for money. They sell packs that are $20 or $40. Three games are played. The first and second games won money. My friend won the third game and was given a voucher for swimming with the dolphins. She had no intentions of doing this excursion. They should keep in mind that people already have other plans. That's a lot of money for 3 games of bingo. It taught me a lesson. Never play bingo on a cruise, again.

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Some Good Some Bad

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Apr 12, 2015

The food was excellent, the service was top notch and the ship was very clean.  There were several delays getting into the various ports that caused late arrivals and departures.  Belize was an absolute dump, Roatan Island was magnificent.  There seemed to be an extreme amount of confusion at the Port of New Orleans and it took over two hours to get off the ship.

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Great Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Apr 12, 2015

This was the best cruise I have ever been on (3rd cruise) all have been with carnival. Only one complaint my husband hit his head on the hallway light fixture (he is 6'9") causing several cuts to his head  I called the nurse on ship and she sounded like I was bothering her, told me if he didn't need stitches to call room service for some bandaids, did that and room service wanted to charge us for them.  Ummmmm sorry we not paying and they gave them free to shut me up, lol. other than that great time.

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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

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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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