Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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7+ cruises


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1 out of 5

Dream ?????

Sail Date: February 01, 2010

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Like I stated earlier, there were more people aboard then they could give quality service to. For example, the two formal dining areas (Crimson and the Scarlet) have a seating capacity of 2,024. Thats 2,024 for the early seating and 2,024 for the late seating -- for a grand total of 4,048. Since the ship has 4,633 paying customers that leaves 585 with no formal dining room accommodations. We fell into that category and were put on what I call a waiting list. Carnival has coined a phrase to cover this know as Your Time Dining. This allows you formal dining privileges from 5:40 to 9:30, but only when seats become available. Your only hope is that someone would not show up for dinner, or that someone would leave early. Even when seating became available, there was no assurance that you and your spouse would be seated together. Normal wait time for seating was approximately 30 minutes.

Pros: Ships decor is beautiful; with the atrium being truly breath taking.

Cons: The ship was just too big 4,633 paying customers plus a crew of 1,367. Their on board facilities (the two formal dinning rooms and the Encore Theater) do not have the capacity to handle that many people.

Recommends Carnival Dream? No.

Ship Quality
The kitchen facilities, which are located in the center of the boat, were centrally located so they could serve all the ships restaurants from a central location. However, by locating the kitchen in the center section of the ship, it greatly limits guest access to some levels of the vessel. This limited access made it difficult to go from point A to point B without using the elevators to bypass the blocked off kitchen area. Seems as if this ship was designed for their ease of operations and not for the paying guest!!
Food and Dining
The golden era of cruise ship dining is over! Today, due to cost cutting measures, the cruise industry has reduced their dining experience into the mediocrity range. Again, Carnival recognized their short coming and for a minimal fee of only $60 per couple per night ---- you can once again enjoy fine dining in their Chefs Art Steakhouse.

Cabin / Stateroom
Our stateroom was exceptional and we give our cabin steward even higher marks.

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