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Carnival Dream is a large ship, carrying 3646 passengers and 1369 crew, and sails from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    

What people said about this ship:

"We had to walk to the dining room to see the daily menu." in 131 reviews.

"Bob in Biloxi I had heard that Carnival cruises were noisy and this one was." in 48 reviews.

"Actually one of the servers on the lido deck knew my name all week and I think I bought one drink off a..." in 61 reviews.


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First Cruise

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The ship is beautiful.  The only thing that you need to be aware of is the excursions.  Please know where you are to go as we were directed to wrong location and almost missed our bus.  It is a little disorganized.

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Amazing time, Great People, Decent Food

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There was always something going on.  This was our first cruise and we'll definitely go again.  We're glad we got the balcony room.  The cleaning people kept the room spotless.  All of the waitstaff was very friendly.  But the food could have been a little better.  It was very good, but not great.  I still ate a ton!  The breakfast was nothing to brag about.  But there was something for everyone in all departments.  We left the kids at home, but it was very kid friendly.  There was also a "serenity" deck for 21+ that was very quiet.  The comedy acts were great, the shopping was fantastic, and there was so much to do.  Certainly not enough time, even though it was a week long.  Even the port excursions were awesome and reasonably priced.  I'd recommend to anyone and will bring the kids next time.

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A little disappointing!

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First of all, our experience in booking the cruise through was excellent in all respects, but the cruise itself was disappointing.  We had cruised Carnival in excess of 20 times prior to this cruise, and are Plantium in Carnival's VIFP Club.  20 friends and relatives had booked this cruise, and we decided to join them, and looked forward to it for months.  It became apparent almost immediately that the service and amenities on Carnival are not what we had experienced in the past.  The cabin steward acted like it was a chore to service the cabin.  It took until day 3 for him to bring a sharps container for my husband's insulin needles, and we had to request glasses for the bathroom - took 2 days.  Getting the ice bucket filled also seemed to be a chore for him.  On the Lido deck the first morning, all of the tables were filled with dirty dishes.  Everyone was sliding dirty dishes out of the way, to sit and eat in one little corner of a table.  As Platinum guests, Carnival gave us a tray of strawberries on the first formal night.  It was delivered to our cabin, and the strawberries were inedible -- mushy and starting to mold!  There are no more chocolates on the pillow at night, and if you want the cabin freshened up more than once a day, you have to request it.  Dining room food was good with a nice selection, and the Pasta Bella for lunch was delightful.  The ports were a lot of fun, and we went on tours in 2 ports out of the 3.  We booked our tours outside of Carnival and had a great experience with both.  In the 3rd port, we went sightseeing on our own.  The embarkation process was excellent, which made up for the debarkation process being the worst ever!  Again, I want to stress that did an excellent job in handling the booking arrangements, and I want to give a special thanks to Angela Dawson for her exceptional customer service.

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Cruise Critique

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Overall, a very good week.  Wonderful musical productions.  As always, food was plentiful....the quality was mixed, however.  Service and friendliness was excellent.  My wife has health issues and we did not leave the ship.It is convenient to cruise out of New Orleans, as it is an easy two hour drive from our home in Lafayette, LA.

 

One point of clarification.  I thought that we were to receive on board credits.  I asked about the same, and was advised to contact you after the cruise. Your thoughts and guidance?

 

Thanks.

 

Chuck Lein 

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Very windy

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I know Carnival can't stop the wind from blowing but the high winds the first two days was a bummer. After that the wind laid down a bit and it was much nicer. 

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Family vacation

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Took my mother in law and two sons (9 and 10) for spring break vacation. We had an awesome time with plenty to eat,drink, and do for everyone!! This was our first cruise so I learned a lot about what to do and what not to do. I would probably book less activity on excursions and just get off the boat to sightsee close to port as it is nerve racking and a bit too much to do when trying to fit so many activities into short periods of time.  However, excursion employees and Carnival do a great job of helping first timers get where they need to be and when. I booked our cabins on the 6th deck thinking that would be centrally located and easy to get to. It was a good location but next time I will book deck 7 or higher because the 6 th deck is above all the nightclubs and the noise was a little bothersome. If you are not a light sleeper it won't be a problem as it is not really bad but next time I will choose another deck.  All in all it was the best time we have ever had and my kids are already begging to go again!Happy

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Amazing Experience!!! Decent Food!!!! Great Staff!!!

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The highlight of this cruise was the Staff. They were very courteous and provided great service. The rooms were good and clean. The food was good but a little more spice could have gone a long way. I did not like the fact that the most of food options were restricted during the day until 3.00 PM. The desserts were amazing. The shows were great. Again, It would be ideal to take the service / housekeeping / food staff to any vacation. A big thumbs up.

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great staff and great food

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Every  staff member went above and beyond to make every thing perfect.  The food was so  good it was hard to decide.    Loved the entire experience  I would go on Carnival again for sure.

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Staff was great

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It's amazing to see how the staff was so energetic.... all the time.  They really go out of their way for the guests!  The food was ok.  My kids had a great time in their clubs and they loved it!

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boarding the ship was quick and easy. The inside room was , ok, but would not

get one under the gallery, next time.  There was always noise in the am. The ride

was smooth,the room was ok, and the cleaning person, did a great job. It was always clean, and I looked forward to see the towel animals, at turn down. A+

I wish there was more time on land and less time at sea.  The food was great, but

wish I had tried the steak place on the upper deck, earlier in the week.  The food

was great and so was the price.  There were some places that the smoking, was 

a little bother.  The shows were also great.  We had a late dinner schedule , which

caused us to miss some shows.  The weather you provided was great.  We will be back, and bring more family.

   Thanks again

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reginamcday
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Try visiting the barbecue section on the ship for lunch. The food is a welcomed change.

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.

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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