Carnival Dream Overview

By Thomas Faddegon

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, 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.

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Best For:

Outgoing travelers, party animals, extroverts, large groups with multiple age ranges, families with kids, and cruisers on a budget.

Things to Consider

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.

Ship Highlights

  • 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

Carnival Dream Cabins

1823 cabins and 38 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(227 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 188 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $93 per night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(83 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 226 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $109 per night
Balcony Balcony
(396 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $125 per night
Suite Cabin Suite
(33 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 293 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $201 per night

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Carnival Dream Dining

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The Grille The Grille
(4 Reviews)
Plaza Cafe Plaza Cafe
(4 Reviews)
Mast Grill and Bar Mast Grill and Bar
(1 Review)
The Chef''s Art Steakhouse The Chef''s Art Steakhouse
(7 Reviews)

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Carnival Dream Onboard Activities

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Basketball Court Basketball Court
(2 Reviews)
Hair Salon Hair Salon
(1 Review)
Serenity Bar Serenity Bar
(3 Reviews)
Mini Golf Mini Golf
(5 Reviews)

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2898 Carnival Dream Reviews

Caribbean Cruise on Carnival by awilhelm825

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Had an amazing cruise. This was our first one and won't be our last. Considering other cruise lines though due our bad experience with the security aboard.

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Carnival and the Dream ship was Awesome! by Putmangang

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

If I took out the terrible Jamaica part of my trip this would of been tied for the best cruise I have ever taken. Love Carnival and the great times and memories they have given me and my family!

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Amazing Caribbean Cruise! by miehl1s

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This cruise was amazing!!! The food, drinks, ports, and service cannot be matched! If you're on the fence about giving this cruise a try please don't be! You will not be disappointed!

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1028 Carnival Dream Tips

Aug 19, 2015

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

Jul 21, 2014

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

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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