Carnival Dream Overview

By - Updated Aug. 6, 2019

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.

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 Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 3,646
  • Total Crew: 1,369
  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.66
  • Built: Sep 2009
  • Refurbished: Sep 2012
  • Number of Decks: 14
  • Total Cabins: 1,823
  • Cabin Categories: 38
  • Gross Tonnage: 130,000
  • Length: 1,004
  • Beam: 122

Carnival Dream Cabins

1823 cabins and 38 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(238 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 188 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $100/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(87 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 226 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $123/night
Balcony Balcony
(419 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $139/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(33 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 293 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $217/night

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Carnival Dream Dining

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The Cherry on Top The Cherry on Top
(10 Reviews)
Plaza Cafe Plaza Cafe
(7 Reviews)
The Chef''s Art Steakhouse The Chef''s Art Steakhouse
(13 Reviews)
The Grille The Grille
(5 Reviews)

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Carnival Dream Onboard Activities

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Jogging Track Jogging Track
(3 Reviews)
Basketball Court Basketball Court
(3 Reviews)
Aft Atrium Aft Atrium
(1 Review)

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3090 Carnival Dream Reviews

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First timer and I would do it again! by ashleychavez3

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

I booked in April and traveled in August. I bought the protection plan for peace of mind. I did not get a drink package. At the end of our trip we added our drinks and it didn't come close to the package charge they were offering for one person. We booked 2 rooms with one adult in each room in case one adult wanted to buy one then the other wasn't obligated to buy it aswell. If 2 adults share a room, both adults have to purchase a drink package. Deck 9 is awesome! Great balcony view! We had 2 kids traveling with us & my 20 yr old sister. My friend and her family were just down the hall from us. Don't pack towels, carnival let's you take theirs off the ship but must return or they'll charhe you $22. Elegant night is a must! Over dress! I loved that I could do laundry. It didn't take long at all. Quick machines. Take water shoes for port days! I would cruise again!

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Excellent Caribbean cruise by roseflowerchild

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

The cruise was great but some of the staff was rude it was family first cruise so we was asking questions about pictures we was trying to take the lady was so rude and unprofessional

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Family Cruise by Cruiser36338068

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Lorraine Larrew is the best hands down! She made this while vacation possible and as stress free as it can get. She stay on top of everything from the start of planning until after we returned. Best vacation I’ve ever had. Lorraine treated us like family.

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1105 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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