August 2016 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Dream
Never Book a Cruise in Hurricane Season
This was our third cruise on Carnival and it was as expected except for the change of the itinerary due to a hurricane. Carnival is a good cruise line but are more or less a Plain Jane cruise line. Carnival has gone to a timed check in and this was much faster and if you set up on board account online it went even faster.
On this cruise we had a balcony stateroom and it was small compared to the suites we usually get. Lots of not being able to get into closet because the bathroom door was open and so on. Bed was very comfortable. Storage room was good with suitcase storage under the bed. Carnival has cut back to once a day room cleaning and no longer does a bed turndown. Room had a safe and frig but it was not very cold.
When we cruise, we dine in the dinning rooms. On the Dream the dinning rooms are very nice but the food is not very upscale. Most often we choose the flat iron steak and baked potato since it was a safe bet. On cruise days they have a brunch in the dinning rooms and this was the best meal we had. Try the steak and eggs. There were times when we wanted a quick snack and this could be hard to find. Pizza was 24 hours but it was hard to catch the buffet open to get potato salad to go with your deli sandwich. Coffee shop didn't open until 11am so early morning fancy coffee was out. Overall the food was good but could have been better. Once they had a grill cookout where the meat was so spicy hot that we could not eat it even though we like some heat in our food.
We did purchase the Cheer's Beverage Package and enjoyed the drinks and bartenders.
We will cruise again with Carnival because we are moving to a town near a port making it really easy to go on a cruise.