Carnival Dream Vs. Freedom

I am gearing up to book our next cruise using our FCC that we received from the Vista mechanical issues. I am looking for opinions..the good, the bad and the ugly on these ships. I am leaning towards a 5 or 6 day this go round. I am on a budget so i am hoping choosing one of the shorter trips would be more cost effective for me. Also, I am going to try to keep this a surprise for my son. I will tell the hubby but probably not my son until we leave for port.. or get close to the port.

So what do you all think of the Carnival Dream and Freedom? I am also doing my own research, but I think the opinion of others helps too.

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12 Answers

They are two very different class of ships. I happen to prefer the Conquest class (Freedom) to the Dream class. However, the Dream class is bigger and my recollection of the Dream itself was a better water works (it's been a while since we've been on either). If you need the Thalassotherapy Pool, it is only available on the Dream, but the Dr. Seuss Bookville is only on the Freedom (note to those reading this: of the two ships in question). Hope this helps. Can't wait to see what you choose.

We been on Dream once and Freedom 4 times including a 14 day Journey cruise thru the new panama canal.

We like both ships, but we prefer the Conquest class ships(Freedom) as they seem to be more "homier". The Freedom seems to have "their act together" better than the Dream(Dream class ships) as for service, etc., but the Dream did a great job also. We like both ships, in fact we are going on both ships next year. But we dont like long walks to get places, so we prefer the Freedom. The Dream has more things for kids to do than Freedom, but it is just me and my wife, so water works, pools really doesnt matter to us as for ship selection EXCEPT we went on Vista for Sky Ride, now that was fun, but now the ride is down. We went on Vista for that reason and that was a too big ship for us. Study ships layout and then choose, again they are great ships.Freedom and Dream, that is

Thanks y'all!! I will keep doing my own research.. i have enjoyed every ship we have been on, so i know either one will make for a great cruise. We sailed on the Vista early July and I felt that even though it was so massive, it was very crowded. I never felt like that on the Magic or the Triumph. Then again we didn't really use the pools much back then, and now with our little man, he LOVES the pool.

I am just excited to do research and sail on a new (to me) ship. My husbands step mom may go with us as well.. she wants my hubby and I to have a date night or 2 and she thinks our son will go hang out with her.. HA! Maybe by then he will, but its debatable. Only happened once on our last trip..we will see what a year later age wise brings

So after a week or so of looking at pictures reading info etc.. I think I have decided on the Dream. Of course, I still have to wait a little bit before I can call and book so it may change Yummy

It just seemed to have more kids water features and it did remind me of the Magic. Also, since it's a shorter voyage, we may get the cruise next to nothing with out credit. And my mother in law is wanting to go with us, so it would be easier on her wallet too. Again, it could change but i think I have decided.

Also, my son saw the Alvin & the Chipmunks movie with the Dream in it, and just HAS to go on that ship. Big Smile

Sailed the Spirit, Conquest and the newer larger class of ships and prefer the Conquest class. to us the Conquest is well laid out and just easier to maneuver around.

I was looking for a 7 day cruise for my honeymoon in April so it was between the Freedom and Vista. After all I have read, most people seem to prefer the "Conquest Class" as they are a little smaller and don't tend to feel as crowded. I suppose that the "Dream Class" advantage would strictly be that there are more activities and spaces but keep in mind, the "Dream Class" carries about 1,000 more people so more waiting around from what I understand. With it being the day after our wedding and having done our research we booked a 7 Day Western Caribbean cruise on Carnival Freedom in April for my honeymoon to Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Hope this helps.

Alvin and the Chipmunks for the win!Big Smile

Exactly! I will let him think they are on board and he can have a scavenger hunt looking for them LOL

That will keep him and Me-maw busy for a day or so Yummy

You could look for "stuffed or doll like" ones for him to find (eventually).!?!Wink

DWalker19, I looked! They have several options (and reasonably priced) on Amazon.

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