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Carnival Dream

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What people said about this ship:

"Very disruptive in dining room dressed in basket ball shorts, climbing over and not..." in 75 reviews.

"Previous Carnival cruises we have taken have had more on-board activities to choose from." in 32 reviews.

"we had no coffee cups in the morning on the lido deck and the staff seemed inattentive to anyone 's needs." in 35 reviews.



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mjmauldin
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Carnival Dream out of New Orleans

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jul 06, 2014

I'll start with the end........not much I can complain about at all. Everything was pretty dang good!

 

We drove to New Orleans from Dallas (8 hours) on Saturday to save some bucks on flights. That's really the worst part of the trip. The line to get into the parking terminal on Sunday at the Carnival Dock in New Orleans was very long and it took a good half hour or more at noon. We paid the $112 in advance, which is the rule. Unloaded our 8 bags for the 3 of us which included at least two small bags with our minimum allowed beverages ( water, soda, wine). I do recommend you pack for this. It's worth the effort to bring what you can with you (legally)

Finally got through all the check in procedures and boarded the Dream. It was 3 pm before they would allow us down the halls to check into our stateroom. At 3:01 pm we were headed that way, the wife and I and our 14 year old son. Stateroom was on the first deck, had one twin bed for our son, two twins pushed together for wife and I, two bathrooms (one with toilet and shower, one with tub and shower) and a big window. Lots of storage, room was clean, A/C was cool - no complaints.

Set sail at 5 pm as they said and we cruised down the Mississippi River all night and finally into the ocean sometime the next morning. Had the early dinner seating at 6 pm and food/service was very decent. No complaints. They had a every night menu and a special for the night menu. Lots of choices and something for everyone. The chocolate molten lava cake was the weeks "fav", our son had it every night.

Got to Cozumel on Tuesday and did the Mr Sanchos Private All-Inclusive Beach deal. Booked it online (shoreexcusioneer.com) before we left. Cab was $16 bucks, one way, for the three of us which we shared with three others ($32 total). Food was good, service on the beach was good, water was very clear and cool, there was a very cool inflatable playground in the ocean for anyone wanting to go climbing, sliding, jumping and or just playing. You could go to the swimming pool or beach, they had lockers for possessions. Had to be back by 4:30 to sail at 5. On time again

Next day was Belize. We did the CaveTubing which we booked online. We were supposed to disembark at 9ish but was closer to noon because the waves were too heavy to get the tenders safely docked. Made us late for the day getting to our tour guide. Other tours tried to steal us but we eventually found our guide and drove 55 mintues to go cave tubing for an hour and a half. River was cold, cave was cool and all went well. Nothing dangerous though we had been warned to be careful traveling back into Belize. There were several police check points which our driver said was normal. Crime and drugs at an all time high there though so be aware.

Last tendered was scheduled to leave Belize at 4:15 pm which was pretty close to the actual time it left. There were long lines waiting to catch the tenders. We double checked with several people to make sure we were on the right tender to  The Dream because there were other ships docked. BTW, the ships anchor a long way away from Belize. The tender takes about 30 minutes to get to the dock. The ocean was pretty rough though the weather was good. They went pretty slow and I don't think anyone got sick.

Honduras was next and we got in very early in the morning. The entire Mahogany Bay area is well landscaped and everything new. Rumor has it that Carnival spent $6 million on that area. Lots of shops, very clean, there's a big chair lift you can take over that part of the beach. We went snorkeling, waves were rougher than I'd like and snorkeling gear was kind of worn out but all in all, very enjoyable. Lots to see but a couple of people got sea sick on the Catamaran. Nice sail back to the ship, bought some souvenirs and set sail at 5.

Two more days at sea and back in New Orleans bright and early. Though leaving the ship was fairly well organized, it still took forever. They disembark by group numbers and we had a high number for some reason.

Carnival Dream was worth it, We'd do it again. Great staff in the restaurants on board, mostly from Indonesia.

Great job Carnival!

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sassy3
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Carnival cruise lines simply do not take care of their guests .

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jul 06, 2014

We have cruised several times with several cruise lines including Carnival and have always had a wonderful experience until we boarded the Carnival Dream. Our cabin was HOT when we boarded we complained within an hour and continued to call and go speak to the supervisor , on the second day they came and took the temp and kept ssaying they would send up a tech to fix it. NEVER HAPPENED because they knew our entire hall was broke for several weeks and just kept on cruising week after week. It was so hot i literally had to go sit in the lobby area to put on my makeup, people were physically sick in other cabins. Carnival gave us 500$ credit and 15% off a future cruise and were simply rude when we would still complain. I did not want credit , I wanted some air conditioning on my vacation! We will never cruise Carnival again!

 

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Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Great Time With The Family

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jul 13, 2014

Had 27 people on a family cruise out of NOLA on the Carnival Dream.  Huge and beautiful ship.  Did not get the impresson from other reviewers that it was old and dated.  Food was your typical Carnival fare.  Not 5 star but you could definitely find something you would like.  Pros:  Great Indian food at Tandoori Grill and Pasta station.  Cons are that the hours are limited and the lines at the Mongolian Wok were 30-40 minutes unless you were first in line when it opened.

The biggest disappointment I had on this cruise was that we had arranged to sit together as a group prior to our cruise.  3 of us confirmed it with our separate cruise companies right before we left.  Get on the boat and we are separated and Carnival made no effort to get us back together.  Very disappointing!.  I understand that there are 4000 plus passengers, but when a a group of 27 makes efforts to cruise together, and plans accordingly, if Carnival makes a mistake, they should try to solve it.  All in all it was a great cruise!  You get what you pay for.  If you want better food/classier experience, another cruise company might be your solution.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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First time on the Big Dream

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Jul 27, 2014

This was my second time to cruise with Carnival.  All of the staff were marvelous!!!  The Carnival Dream is a huge ship with so much entertainment, excellent food, spaces to enjoy the sun and most importantly, a crew who is the best of the best!!!  I sailed before on the Fascination out of Jacksonville and thoroughly enjoyed it as well.  I think for me I will sail again with Carnival but stick to the smaller ships.  The Dream is just too many people for me. Also, I did ask the cruise tour person (who was not with Carnival as I booked through an agency) about the room 9330 on Vista deck.  She said it was a good location.  Wrong!!!!  The stateroom was very nice and balcony view awesome but the noise HORRIBLE.  We were right under the Lido deck bar area where the chairs were scooted around all day and night.   

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Just the right Vacation

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Aug 24, 2014

It had been nearly 4 years since we had been on a real vacation.  Our last cruise experience had been less than positive but the all inclusive style that a cruise offers was what I was looking for.  No hassle.  We made friends right away and were very impressed with the ship and the staff.  I was way overdue for some down time and this cruise was exactly what I needed.  Although it was difficult for me I was able to limit my internet usage to only 4 hours for the whole week.  The cabin was quiet even though we were right above the Caliente night club.  We don't have small children and it seemed that the ship kept them busy and that was a plus for us to not hear them running up and down the hallway as on our previous experience.  Being able to enjoy a balcony cabin and the Serenity deck was perfect! It didn't feel like there were 4000 people aboard the ship at all.   The only thing I would have done differently was check other sites for excursion experiences.  1 was awful (Tabayana Beach Break) however we loved the ride back through the town as we asked to be brought back early due to the obnoxious venders on the beach, 1 was amazing (Gallows Point Snorkeling) and 1 was just okay (Amazing Cozemel Race) It was a great concept and we love the show but the competitiveness of some people was a bit over the top.   Overall we really look forward to enjoying another cruise on Carnival!

 

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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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