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Carnival Dream

August 2016 - Carnival Dream to Caribbean - Western

Great Time on the Carnival Dream

I was not sure what to expect on the Carnival Dream because we did see some negative reviews about the ship. Those reviews, for us, were unfounded. Service was great. We were lucky to get Faster to the Fun (had to check every single day until there was finally a day when some spots opened and I got in). It is totally worth the price. Getting on/off the ship with F2F is a breeze. Also, having your room ready when you come onboard is great too. We were onboard the ship by 1130/1200 and our room was ready. Our bags were delivered about an hour or two (at most) later. 


While my wife and I did not go to the shows, we did enjoy that there was a lot of live entertainment (singers) in different venues around the ship. That was great! Our daughter (13) enjoyed the shows that she went to and loved the friends she made at Circle C (as well as the trophies and medals that she won for Circle C and other cruise events). Our five year old loved the water slides (especially when we were in Jamaica since we did not go ashore and the slide was there for him to use nearly all alone). 


Steakhouse dining was amazing... as it typically is. Main dining was on par with other cruises. No better or worse. 


We did the "Behind the Fun" tour of the ship on the last sea day. If you have the time to spend (3.5 hours), it is very informative. You also get photos taken of your group and a photo with the captain (included in the price). It was a nice touch. Everyone we met during the tour, the chef, logistics officer, one of the show performers, and the captain, were all great. Spent time to answer all of our questions. 


The Dream is missing some of the dining options that we have seen on other Carnival ships (Guy Fieri's Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, etc), but I imagine those will come later. 

The kids said this was their best cruise ever. We will definitely cruise Carnival again. 

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Anthem of the Seas

March 2016 - Anthem of the Seas to Cruise to Nowhere

Was Not Impressed.

My wife and I wanted to check out Anthem of the Seas on a short cruise to see what it was like and this seemed like a good opportunity. We were considering going on Anthem later in the year with the kids, but wanted to see what it was like first before we brought them along. 


The first thing you need to know about the new, bigger RCCL ships is that they do everything different. Reservations for everything. I guess they have to when there are so many guests onboard. Maybe if this was the first way I ever cruised I would be okay with it, but it wasn't how I always cruised. So, if you do not make all your dining and entertainment reservations early... well, you are out of luck. 


The ship was woefully understaffed.... especially at the bars. Service in the restaurants was okay; not great. While the Bionic Bar is interesting... that interest fades pretty quick. It takes most people forever to decide on a drink and then it gets put in a queue to be made. Hopefully the cup doesn't fall over and the drink gets poured into the cup. Honestly, the Bionic Bar had a lot of interest the first day and after that... there was hardly anyone there. It is very gimmicky. 


For a big ship, it was a very rough cruise. I've been on a lot of small boats and big ships and this ship had a lot of motion. I think that, because it was the cruise to nowhere, the ship went very slow. That probably accentuated the slightly rough trip. 


We have definitely been on better cruises than our Anthem of the Seas cruise. That is disappointing to us because we have loved cruising on RCCL in the past. The next time we cruise RCCL, we will go back to the Freedom class ships. 

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Carnival Miracle

December 2015 - Carnival Miracle to Mexico

Carnival Freedom

April 2015 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean - Western

Liberty of the Seas

November 2013 - Liberty of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Freedom of the Seas

January 2013 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Liberty of the Seas

November 2009 - Liberty of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Majesty of the Seas

November 2008 - Majesty of the Seas to Caribbean - Bahamas

Carnival Elation

July 2001 - Carnival Elation to Mexico

eric677251's Tips

Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey - We may NEVER cruise out of Cape Liberty again. The line of cars to get in was insane (and we arrived early). We have cruised out of a lot of ports and we have never seen anything like that before.
Anthem of the Seas Anthem of the Seas - Book all of your entertainment and dining as early as possible or you will be disappointed with your options.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - We arrived in New Orleans on the Friday before the cruise. New Orleans is like another cruise port stop! Enjoyed the Gray Line Super City tour of New Orleans. 2.25 hours (discount for booking the 9AM tour). Expensive cab ride to Carnival cruise port! One mile ride cost us $30. Port fees?

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