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Carnival Dream is the first of the Dream-class ships, which are among the largest in Carnival’s fleet. Debuting in 2009, the Dream now sails year-round to the Caribbean from New Orleans. New cruisers and loyal fans of Carnival will be delighted to find some of Carnival’s most popular restaurants and bars including Guy’s Burger Joint, Guy’s Pig & Anchor BBQ, the RedFrog Rum Bar, the pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, and the poolside Mexican eatery BlueIguana Cantina. Activities abound on this fun-filled ship too: those with a knack for showmanship can participate in Lip Sync Battle: Carnival, or the “board games come to life” game show by Hasbro. Kids will enjoy the onboard WaterWorks aqua park with waterslides and Camp Ocean youth clubs, while adults can escape for some quiet time in the adults-only Serenity area or the Cloud 9 Spa. With a whopping passenger capacity of 3,646 guests, Carnival Dream only recently surrendered the title of “Largest Carnival Ship” in 2016 to Carnival Vista.

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Sails from:

Galveston, Texas , New Orleans, Louisiana

Cruises to:

Caribbean , Caribbean - Western , Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises on Carnival Dream

2726 Reviews

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2.1 out of 5

Very Disappointing. Last time we cruise Carnival!! by ghanfam

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Carnival nickel and dimes you to death. We bought an All inclusive liquor pkg and they still charged us for the tax in New Orleans until 11pm the first night. It wasn't that much but "All inclusive" should be just that. They should eat the cost when you pay $860.00 for a liquor/beverage package ($5.16 for one of us and the other was around $10.00). Also, water is included but DON'T dare get a bottle when exiting at a port. That water cost and is not included in your "All Inclusive" package. Now that is just WRONG. Its water- seriously. I only wanted one bottle. Gratuities are pre-charged on the beverage package and we had staff at our table 2 out of 7 days. The other 5 days we waited on ourselves (7 of us). I guess once they have their tip money and beverage money there is no need to wait on you (money savings by not serving anything). They did wait on us in the Comedy Club- great service there. Everyone in our group had the same thoughts about the service. On a scale of 1 to 10 we rated the food 3 maybe a 4 and that's pushing it, entertainment = 3, long lines for food= 2, bed= 8, service 2, elevators...SLOW!!!!!! Last time Carnival gets my $$$$.$$

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3.8 out of 5

Great but very rough sailing by jackfrantz

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If the ship had not been such a rough ride I would have given it a much higher rating. I don't know if the stabilizers were broke or what , but this was the roughest ride I have ever sailed on! This was my 5th cruise and probably my last.

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4 out of 5

Best way to bring in 2019 by tkfam5

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We are excited to book a future cruise and learned a lot from this experience.

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4.7 out of 5

Perfectly Needed Christmas Cruise by terifowler60021

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We were very pleased with all aspects of the cruise. Even though we did run into a few hiccups at times, customer service was very responsive and all was handled extremely well which is why we give the ship, staff, and overall experience an excellent rating. I can't imagine a vacation, especially with 5 people, not having a hiccup here and there. If it's handled well then that's a positive in my opinion.

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4.5 out of 5

Perfect Winter Itinerary to escape the cold! by summer6ft

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Awesome itinerary to escape the cold! From massages to history to tropical drinks we had a little bit of everything on this trip and it was perfect way to unwind and recharge between semesters. Came home looking like Christmas gingerbread while everyone else was pale and cold. Would turn around and go again.

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943 Carnival Dream Tips

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reginamcday
Aug 19, 2015

Try visiting the barbecue section on the ship for lunch. The food is a welcomed change.

mjmauldin
Jul 21, 2014

Get out to the 10th deck early to get a seat by the pool at night to watch movies

expose11
Jul 24, 2014

Eat dinner around 6pm so you can go to the show after and then go straight to the comedy club after the show. They really have the timing right on when shows start so you don't have to miss anything. Relax and let people do stuff for you.

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