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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

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Better than expected

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Nice ship, good food, friendly service.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Dec 28, 2014

Nice ship, good food, friendly service.  Clean cabin, We'll cruise on Dream for sure if price will be right. 

The only thing, that could be better is entertainment. Lousy DJ's, country band, and couple of singers soloists with guitar couldn't make good entertainment. Main band on theatre very good and this one could play in bars and other places also. 

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Good Cruise Overall - would recommend for families

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Dec 28, 2014

Good cruise overall and would have been great overall if it were not so crowded on board during the At Sea days.  Way too many people trying to find space and lounge chairs during the daytime.  Food was excellent and plentiful.  Entertainment was lack luster and tired, but that was not very important to me anyway.  Ports of call were awesome; recommend the Carnival shore excursions in Belize and Roatan especially.

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Carnival Dream......Dream on!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Dec 28, 2014

The Carnival Dream "7 day western Caribbean" was somewhat of a dream.......Check in process was a breeze & so was embarking. (some people will not follow direction for the life of them) I really like the cruise director for enforcing those rules for embarking. Nice ship but, difficult getting from one end to the other (having to get off one elevator & catch another or do the stairs to get to your disired location), Good staff for the most part.....The ship Stewart Ida & her crew did an excellent job in keeping the cabins clean & addressing what ever issues there were. One of the head waiters (Valmaireter) seem to have an attitude & keep us waiting to be served, he never returned to our table the whole time yet he catered to a table just two over from us as if it was the only table on board! Thanks to his assistant for helping out. I hate people that hog the lounge chairs, especially in the Adult area of the ship. People were holding chairs for someone else hours on end.They say your things would be removed after 45 minutes of "NO SHOW" well, that was not the case.  People should also control their kids & are teenagers.  They played on the elevators like they were apart of the water slide.   Also, the staff (young man) in the gift shop could not speak much English or answer questions about the merchandise.  I also dislike the photo process......last day of embarking, people were stealing pictures & nothing was done! parents were stuffing pictures into their bags & children back packs. the sensors were going off but no one stopped them. We purchased over two hundred dollars worth of photos & I don't think it's fair to those that spend their hard earn cash to be ripped off by thieves. They should discontinue the photos or find a better way to accommodate all the guest aboard.  Just like you assign them a number for their cabin or reservation for dinner, do the same with the photo process. The buffet was A-Ok for the first few days, but then you kind of got tired of the same ole stuff, & the staff just seem to be making up stuff. We really enjoyed the shows (Great Job)

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Amazing and Awesome!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Dec 28, 2014

Wonderful experience!  Would highly recommend and want to go again soon!  Service, entertainment, cleanliness, and food were all excellent.  Excursions were life time experiences - swimming with dolphins and snorkeling barrier reef were amazing!

 

 

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Not a Bad First Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Dec 21, 2014

This was my wife and I first Cruise. It was really overall not bad. The crew made you feel you were on a vacation. The crew knew how to make you relax and have fun. There was quite a bit you could do on the ship while at sea. The spa was great the staff there was A+. We had purchased the week private VIP spa that had the steam rooms, hot chairs, and Jacuzzi. This was nice because there were a lot of kids on board and there were not allowed to be in there adults ONLY. We did get a couple of massages Ashleigh and another young lady forgot the name did an awesome job 90 mins of relax time and you feel great when you get off the table. Have to say we went back again it was that nice. Our room Stewart was Habibie. He did a great job letting us know of the great things on board and made us feel we were first class. He took 100% care of us did up our room made animal figurines out of towels on our bed. You could not asked for a more awesome man. What was also nice he knew our names on the first day and never forgot on our trip. Now for some things that need to be addressed; 1. The fine dining was not impressive the food was crap. My wife ordered fish with macaroni and cheese and they served her what might be a table spoon. Really! 2. I ordered a steak, I had to smother it with A1 just to try to eat it. I ate about 3 bites and still couldn't eat it. So for the rest of the week we ate at the buffet and sandwich bar and others there on the ship. 3. There were two pools on the 10th deck of the Dream. There were so many kids on board that the adults could not use the pools. Carnival needs to make the pool in the center of the ship for the kids a family and the pool at the rear of the ship adults only. Don't get me wrong I love kids have two myself, however, if you are out only as a couple you want to have a little R&R. The forward part of the ship on 12 deck was nice as well you could lay out and it was private adults only. The miniature golf was fun too. My wife is a Triathlete so for her to keep up on her training was not bad by her standards. They had a running track on the ship and a gym. She was really impressed with spin class that was conducted by Daniel & Sean. They made a great workout and my wife says it was one of the best spin classes she has been in for some time. Even better than in some states that we travel to. Like I said it was not a bad trip we both gave it an 8 out of a 10 for overall experience. The excursions were fun as well. We didn't have anything planned for Jamaica and found a resort when we got off the ship it was a great and fun day. Cayman Islands was the same, however, we just walked to the different shops through town and enjoyed ourselves for the day nice place. Last but not least Cozumel Mexico was just as fun we rented a scooter and did our own thing and it was a beautiful ride. You don't have to make plans for excursions we did ours on the fly and got them cheaper and had a blast. I would recommend this cruise for couples or for family it all depends on what you want for a cruise.

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Great experience as a first time cruiser

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Dec 21, 2014

This is our first cruise ever and glad that we picked Carnival Dream.  Everything went well from boarding to disembarkation.  Crew were very nice and helpful.  Plenty of activities onboard to keep oneself occupied and entertained.  Food was good but there are long lines during lunch especially at Mongolian Wok and Tandoor Indian grill. Shore excursions were good and well organized.  All three ports we visited are great.  Look forward to going on another cruise in near future.

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Great experience!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Dec 21, 2014

Had friends not like Carnival, but this being our fourth cruise and first on Carnival we will be back everything was great.  They complained about the crowds, etc but really never saw it especially when comparing to other cruises.  Only problem was we were cruising with 15 in our group and two  different people called to clarify we would be at same table for dinner at night.  Didn't happen. Had to set up again on ship, and even then on second night best they could do from then on out was eleven of us at a table for ten, and four six tables away. Kind of a downer because we all like to enjoy together at dinner.

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Better than expected

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Dec 21, 2014

incredible experience, from the planning to the excursions, to the time on the boat, it was incredible. The food was excellent, and the service was unbelievable. Really enjoyed the water slides, the "Dive in Movies", and the adult only area

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Great value, awesome food, superb customer service

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Dec 21, 2014

This last minute vacation was the best travel decision made in a very long time. The ship was clean. Customer service was fabulous. Entertainment and food were priceless. I've been on a cruise before and this exceeded my expectations.

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Absolutely fabulous experience overall

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Dec 14, 2014

Everything was great on this cruise.  The Service onboard, the different activities for the kids, the entertainment venues was all above what I expected.  The only negative issue was a disappointing experience with a ship recommended shore excursion.  Upon return when discussing it at the pursers desk we were basically told oh well it happens.  I found that quite unacceptable for something we had just paid over $300 for.  That is the only negative comment I can give.  When we do it again I am not sure I would book through the ship for the excursions because of their indifference to our complaints.  With the exception of the excursion, this was a great value for a vacation for 6 people.

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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.

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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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