Carnival Dream Overview
Carnival Dream was the first of Carnival’s popular line of Dream-class ships, which are among the largest in Carnival’s fleet. Staying true to Carnival’s laid-back approach to cruising, Dream’s most popular attractions include casual dining spots, comedy shows, lip-sync contests and dance parties. The ship attracts large numbers of kids (and young-at-heart adults) so the atmosphere is often loud and high-energy, but there are quiet places to escape to including the adults-only Serenity area and the Cloud 9 Spa.
Although it launched it 2009, Carnival Dream was recently refurbished in 2017. In addition to cosmetic updates, the ship also received several new restaurants including Guy's Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, the Alchemy Bar and Bonsai Sushi. Travelers also love the top-notch service delivered by Dream’s experienced crew, and plenty of glowing reviews mention specific crew members by name. The combination of a new-ship feel, excellent service (a quality that can take years to develop), and surprisingly affordable fares make Dream one of Carnival’s top offerings.
With a passenger capacity of 3,646 guests, Carnival Dream only recently surrendered the title of “Largest Carnival Ship” when Carnival Vista was launched in 2016. Carnival Dream will be sailing Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries out of New Orleans until May of 2019, when it will reposition to Galveston and begin offering 4-5 night Western Caribbean itineraries.
Things to Consider before Sailing Carnival Dream
Outgoing travelers, party animals, extroverts, large groups with multiple age ranges, families with kids, and cruisers on a budget.
Cruisers looking for fancy dining, elegant (and mandatory) formal nights, or relaxing days spent lounging by a quiet pool will be more at home on a line like Celebrity or Princess.
- Guy’s Burger Joint and Guy’s Pig & Anchor BBQ
- BlueIguana Cantina and Redfrog Rum Bar
- Waterworks Aqua Park and Camp Ocean Youth Club
- Adults-only Serenity Area
- Hasbro game shows
- Punchliner Comedy Club
- Dr. Seuss and Build-a-Bear partnerships