December 2015 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Dream
Our First Cruise
Overall, we did really enjoy the experience that Carnival provided. Our two boys, ages 13 and 10 really had a good time between the water slides, pools, hot tubs, putt putt golf course, and football table. My husband and I enjoyed ourselves, but found that 7 nights was a bit long. Sharing a stateroom with our boys was a bit cramped. If we were to ever do this again, we would definitely look to get two separate rooms.
If if you are not willing to fork over the money for excursions once you dock, then buyer beware. We were at the mercy of the locals who were not very honest. This made for a bad experience that was still expensive.
Our favorite part of the cruise was getting to know our dining room servers. They made each evening so much fun for us and our children. We really looked forward to seeing Pik, Wayan, and Dewa! THEY WERE AWESOME! We will remember them always!
We also really enjoyed the magician, Rezaul. He was so down to earth and my boys still talk about him constantly. We also really enjoyed the juggling show by Dana Tison.
We we were disappointed with the cleanliness of the bathroom and our stateroom. My sister and her family have been on 4 other cruises besides this one and she said that this was easily the dirtiest ship she had been on. However, the cleaning was very helpful and friendly.
The food was good overall. We would definitely recommend the dining room for dinner just to change things up and receive exceptional service. You definitely will have plenty of options daily to choose from. We enjoyed eating on the Lido deck for breakfast because you could get anything that you wanted in small or large quantities.
My children did not use the kid's clubs at all and were old enough to play and swim while doing scheduled check ins. Again, overall an enjoyable experience...just too long and we weren't willing to pay the high prices for the offshore excursions, so things got a bit redundant day after day.