August 2014 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Dream
Room: #1201, perfect for one person, no engine noise, super air conditioning, had two portholes. I would use this room again for solo cruising
Food: plenty of it but the lines were always long for the Lido deck buffets. I had Anytime Dining and had to wait several times. They gave me a pager and the wait was usually 30 minutes or less. The dining room food was average to good, but I couldn't say it was excellent. I purchased the $35 Steakhouse dinner which was good and the ambiance was cozy. However, I was surprised to see the same food that I paid extra for, offered in the regular dining area!
Ports of Call: Be prepared for poverty in Roatan and Belize once you leave the pretty cruise ship/shopping area. Cozumel is so incredibly overpriced. I recommend buying sundries such as sunscreen elsewhere. I paid $24 for sunscreen and it was on sale.
Excursions: I purchased excursions online, not with Carnival.
Staff: friendliest and most fatigued staff Iv'e encountered on a cruise. My room steward was super nice but I did find an old dirty white men's sock and a pack of New Orleans postcards under my bed when I was pulling out my luggage to pack to disembark. Oh we'll. it happens.
Room service: not much to choose from on the menu, but what I ordered was very good. And fast delivery.
EntertInment: some was cheesy but the comedy show and the dNcers were pretty good.