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What people said about this ship:

"The elevators emptied right outside the dining room which was very difficult for 2 mobility limited in to..." in 77 reviews.

"Over all Carnival Cruise is so far the best cruise we 've been." in 32 reviews.

"...some most of the people were nice but the waiters on the lido deck outside the cab drivers were trying to get over bad and..." in 36 reviews.



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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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kbrownin
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Almost Perfect

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Aug 17, 2014

The ship was beautiful, the crew was amazing, the food was delicious, entertainment was first class... Debarkation for excursions - unpleasant. Would recommend this cruise and ship, just plan on cattle call experience for the excursions. I also booked independent excursions - mistake. The times did not work well with the cruise line and after the cruise I learned carnival has price guarantee. 

 

Big Smile

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hagshome
Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Carnival Dream to Roatan, Belize and Cozumel

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

Room:  #1201, perfect for one person, no engine noise, super air conditioning, had two portholes.  I would use this room again for solo cruising

 

Food: plenty of it but the lines were always long for the Lido deck buffets.  I had Anytime Dining and had to wait several times.  They gave me a pager and the wait was usually 30 minutes or less.  The dining room food was average to good, but I couldn't say it was excellent.  I purchased the $35 Steakhouse dinner which was good and the ambiance was cozy.  However, I was surprised to see the same food that I paid extra for, offered in the regular dining area!

 

Ports of Call:   Be prepared for poverty in Roatan and Belize once you leave the pretty cruise ship/shopping area.  Cozumel is so incredibly overpriced.  I recommend buying sundries such as sunscreen elsewhere.  I paid $24 for sunscreen and it was on sale.

 

Excursions: I purchased excursions online, not with Carnival.

 

Staff:  friendliest and most fatigued staff Iv'e encountered on a cruise.  My room steward was super nice but I did find an old dirty white men's sock and a pack of New Orleans postcards under my bed when I was pulling out my luggage to pack to disembark.  Oh we'll.  it happens.

 

Room service: not much to choose from on the menu, but what I ordered was very good.  And fast delivery.

 

EntertInment: some was cheesy but the comedy show and the dNcers were pretty good.

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kratzzz99
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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New Orleans & Jamaica Cruise

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

The Cruise ship was nice. They had a lot of activities and the food was OK. But as always, the best part of a cruise is relaxing on my balcony with my wife and sharing a glass of wine, listening to the ocean and watching the sun set. As far as the port of calls, we had a good time in Cozumel and the Grand Caymans. Jamaica was very disappointing. I had a totally different picture in my head. I would never take a vacation there. If I had to mention a dislike, I would mention the following thing. As you know, you're not allowed to bring more than two bottles of wine aboard. I order some bottles of Bogle Chardonnay. 8 to 10 dollars at the store. Carnival $33.00. I under stand you need to make a profit but a 300% mark up. It got to the point during the trip, everyone with carnival was trying to nickel and dime you to death, with the pictures, drinks at dinner, internet access, phone calls. It just started to get old at times. But, lets end on a good note. The entertainment was great, music, dance productions, lounges, pools, gym, the list goes on. The one thing about a cruise, you really don't need to leave the ship to have a great time. Especially if you, "love the one your with".. Hey, that sound like a song from the sixties!!!!!

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Relaxing View Wild Animal Glass of Wine

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ichi
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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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so so cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Dream | Sail Date: Aug 10, 2014

I had heard that Carnival cruises were noisy and this one was. It was a nice cruise with excellent service but I felt like I was on the party boat and it was a little hard to find quiet at times. I felt at times like I was at a college keg party. They did not enforce the smoking policy, so there were times when I was in a no smoking area (the pool, serenity) and there were people smoking. Went to 3 shows. The first one was horrible (horrible singing, average dancing and a horrible sound system), during the show I looked at the lady on the sound board and she was just kicked back doing nothing and I thought "I don't know much but I do know the mic is kicking a lot of feedback". The second show was good. So I decided to try a third, I should have quit while I was ahead. For those who think this is what to expect on a cruise, this is not my first cruise. My last cruise had excellent entertainment. I can't say it was a terrible cruise, the food was good, the service was good but I found myself bored at times because unless I wanted to get drunk and make a fool out of myself, there was nothing to do. 

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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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