June 2014 - Carnival Dream to Caribbean - Eastern
Every cruise ship should be modeled after the Dream. Deck 5, which goes all around the ship, is what makes this ship #1. It is so easy to get around and really easy to go from one event to the next. The two pools are nice and the area around them is roomy and fun. We never waited more then a few minutes to get our food in the buffet line. The omlet station can take a bit longer but that is to be expected. All the food on the ship is really good. Dinner is especially good in the dinning room. Service was way above average. Our room was always clean and the bathroom was perfect. I took three showers a day and everytime we left, the room was recleaned and stocked with fresh towels. We asked for turndown service at 8pm so our younger special needs daughter could get to bed by 8:30pm and every night is was done. Not only was it done, but it was always before 8pm. Service at dinner was the same. Our head waiter, Joseph, was more then attentive to our needs. He somehow read my mind and brought me things I forgot to mention or was thinking of getting but didn't speak up. He even cut up my daughters steak one night and offered to feed her so I could enjoy my dinner. I was speechless. Joseph alone made me want to go back to the Dream. Or never get off!
I have never been on vacation that allowed me to get so relaxed that when I returned home I forgot how do do things for myself. I really can't say enough about how good the service and experience as a whole was on this trip. I'm 41 years old and I have been on some very nice trips. This one is at the top if not THE TOP of the list.
It would be extreemly hard for us to go on another ship after this experience. We sailed on the Elation which was a good experience, but nothing like the Dream. The Dream is a huge ship but it feels small. It felt like we were on a ship with 500 people at the most at any given time. Not 3600. Its quick to get around, never felt crouded, the entertainment was top notch and easy to enjoy, and fun.
Our family of 4, me nad my wife, our 14 year old (who we hardly saw in the evening because she was having fun with kids she met in the pool) and our 9 year old special needs daughter, (who can walk, but most of the time we use a folding wheel chair) are already thinking about our next trip on the Dream.