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Not a Fan of the Mardi Gras Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Feb 15, 2015

I did not know when booking this cruise that there would be so many children on this cruise.  Unfortunately many of their parents let them run amuck and cause issues for other passengers.  We had prank calls from children on the stateroom phone, children running in the halls, pushing all the buttons in the elevators and being rude and disrespectful to adults.  We left our children at home so that we could enjoy our vacation only to find we had to deal with the bad behavior of other people's children.  I will no doubt cruise again but never during a Mardi Gras week from New Orleans!

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Relaxing

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Feb 08, 2015

Everyone on board very friendly and attentive. My main Dining room was extremely attentive and a show in itself, The food was prepared and presented equal to a extravagant restaurant. To me dinner is a night out, relaxing and entertaining which they were able to provide, also the since I usually travel alone I am able to start a conversation so by the 3rd day no matter where I went people said hello, Arkansa to Australia.

The crew from the Galley to the birth attendants were extremely attentive.

Over all the cruise was very relaxing and enjoyable even in Jamaica though some of the venders were pushy they backed off from my Jersey attitude, which a few couples appreciated when I stepped in and got them out of an uncomfortable situation.     

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Carnival Dream from NOLA

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Feb 08, 2015

Had a great trip hanging with a group of 17 people who traveled with us!  We have cruised on the Dream before but found the following observations and due to what we experience lead me to give the rating I did:  

1. There was no Caribbean Band what so ever the whole entire cruise which we have never experienced before (total 19 total cruises most with Carnival (Platinum). That was very disappointing.Angry The shows were great though!  

2. Large percent of cruisers were seniors and I just chalked that up to the time of year.

3. It also seemed that there was a lot of training staff going on, but it was not too big of a deal but it was noticeable.  Maybe this is why we felt the deck entertainment was not as good as we had experienced before.  The deck parties did not have the usual participation nor organization I've experienced in the past.Sad       The ship Host was indeed hilarious!!!!Happy

Overall, had a good time! Happy

 

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Great time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Feb 08, 2015

Had good time...food was very good. nice choice in the selections.

The stateroom were well cared for & clean.  The ship was very clean.  No problems overall..  The staff is very friendly always saying hello.

The drinks were high in price..

 

 

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Relaxing Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Feb 08, 2015

I had never cruised with Carnival before, and was pleasantly surprised by many things. The room was fairly spacious, especially the bathroom, compared to other cruise ship rooms I had been on. Overall the ship was very well maintained and clean. The service was in every way excellent. The food was good, but I would not rate it as excellent overall. I liked the fact that we could bring one bottle of wine each onto the boat. The cruise director did a great job and the shows were very good. My one complaint would be the port. I would definitely consider cruising with Carnival again, but I will never cruise out of New Orleans again if I can help it. The New Orleans people in general lacked hospitality and the taxi service was ridiculously expensive at $80 a trip no matter where we went. It was Mardi Gras week and the people of the town were expecting to make a haul off of us. The post disembarkation was mass chaos with people coming and going at the same time. We waited for over 2 hours before we could finally get a taxi willing to take us to a hotel instead of the airport.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Feb 08, 2015

We enjoyed our cruise but were disconcerted with the way we always had to stand in line for everything.  Our suite was large and our attendant was great.  We had two nice tours but a third one was a disaster. I did not like having to cross through the cigarette smoke in the casino to get from one area of the ship to the other. Would not take an underage child on this ship again. The crew did not seem to have knowledge of the ship when asked about where different places were located they were not much help.  My sister asked for a special milk product she was told to go down to the dining room and ask, a rather long trek as we were dining on the upper deck.  We had a nice time on this cruise but though most would love all the great entertainment and action it is not my cup of tea.

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big ship/smaller ship

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jan 25, 2015

HAVE CRUISED MANY TIMES.....ON THIS BIG SHIP(DREAM) THERE WERE MANY LINES YOU HAD TO WAIT IN...HAD TO WAIT FOR EVERYTHING....ENTERTAINMENT....DINING ROOM.....EVEN AT  BUFFET AND PIZZA STAND. I HAVE NEVER WAITED ON ANY SHIP LIKE I HAD TO THIS TIME......AND FOOD ON BUFFET WOULD  RUN OUT ABOUT EVERY 10-15 PEOPLE AND THEN YOU HAD TO WAIT FOR THEM TO REPLACE WITH MORE FOOD.....ENJOYED THE ENTERTAINMENT AND OVER ALL THE SHIP WAS GREAT...I JUST PREFER THE SMALLER SHIPS....

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Problematic but overall a good cruise.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jan 25, 2015

We, my roommate and I, complained 3 times about our room being to hot. Customer service said they would have it taken care of but to no avail. At one point my roommate and I propped  open the door to the hall to get some cooler air. IT WAS RIDICULOUS. I have been diagnosed with MS and my roommate has bad asthma and we both are effected by heat. The elevators were aggravating because you had to wait so long for one and because I had a scooter it took even longer. Speaking of scooter, on our last stop in Nassau returning to the ship, my scooter would not make it up the ramp because it was so steep. We had to push it and then, i was able to ride it in on the ship. When I came to a stop to give them my ship and sail card, my scooter died and wouldn't reset. It had plenty of charge left. I've never had any issues with my scooter till now. I believe the steepness and the jarring of the ramp knocked it out of commission. I spoke to others with scooters and the same thing happened to them. One lady told me hers died too and because she rented hers from assistance at sea, a technician on the ship was able to fix hers. All in all, it was a good cruise.  

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Bob's Bahamas Cruise Review

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jan 25, 2015

Overall, my wife and I received very good value on this cruise vacation for our money.  All of the ship's service personnel and management folks were efficient, polite and professional.  The ship was maintained excellently from what I saw while wandering the ship's gigantic passageways. Carnival offered myriad activities to engage in, both on and off the ship.  If you don't like being bored it's your fault alone if you become that way while on this vacation.  We saw three song and dance shows in the Encore Theatre and thought they were all highly energized, entertaining, and professionally produced.  Our meals in the Scarlet Dining Room were all attractively presented and were well prepared, for the most part.  During the five cruises that my wife and I have taken with Carnival over the past five years on three different vessels, however, it seems that the dinner menus have changed very little since we began cruising with Carnival. We especially enjoyed eating lunch at the Mongolian Wok and Pasta Bella eateries.  The couple of times that we went to the Lido dinner buffet instead of eating in the Scarlet Dining Room, however, we were generally unimpressed with the quality and selection of buffet entrees and side dishes.  Some entrees appeared to be hastily prepared and looked like they could have been compilations of lunch leftovers.  I'm sure they weren't but I got the feeling that the Lido's dinner buffet didn't have as much effort put into preparing it as their lunch buffets did.  Regardless, we found plenty of tasty and nutritious things to eat anytime we wanted while on board, whether it was room service or one of the many other food venues.  I was very impressed with Carnival's embarkation process in New Orleans.  Although we encountered pretty long lines once we arrived at 1:30 pm in the terminal, those lines moved along quickly and it didn't take very long before we had our Sail and Sign cards and were on board.  I was even more impressed with the debarkation system.  We were in group 5, the first group to leave the ship immediately following the self-assist passengers.  I couldn't believe how quickly we sailed through the luggage hold area and Customs and found ourselves on the elevator taking us up to where we parked our car.  In hardly no time we were on our way home to Biloxi.  We had a great time.  Bob in Biloxi

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Nice Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jan 25, 2015

The first 5 days of the cruise there is so much to do, plenty of shows, great ports and things to see and enjoy.  The last to days it seems to get a little boring, (from a guys stand point).  If you don't drink & don't gamble, the last part of the cruise is setting around waiting for the time to pass by. (Yeah that is called rest)  But some of us like to be busy all the time. The last Night of the Carnival Legends, was great, but didn't start till 10 pm. You have to be up at 6 to go eat and be out of your room by 8:30 to get off the ship.  Comedians are swapped out during the cruise, but usually they only do 2 shows each, family and adult. If you wanted you could see all those in 1 night. My main problem I saw was dinner each night. We went to the dinning room at 6pm, anytime dining, got right in and sat down, by the time you ate and got desert, at least 1:45 to get out of there. (every night was like this)  Your shows are anything that starts at 7:30 to 8:00 is almost impossible to make.  Food this trip was not as good or prepared as well as other cruises I have been on at dinner in the main dinning area.  If your going for the first time, I might recommend a shorter cruise to see if you really like it. In closing, this year was the first time I ever got a balcony (Cove Balcony 2nd floor) with door and window. Great view, more room, will be hard to ever go back to a inside room. 

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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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