Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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2-3 cruises


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2 out of 5

Like a crowded amusement park.

Sail Date: March 01, 2010

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Oceanview

The people you see on the ship are similar to what you'd see in an amusement park. They saved chairs on the decks even though they were asked not to. They gorged themselves on the free food, resulting in cheaper ingredients and small portion sizes to accomodate the masses taking advantage and waisting so much. The teens were noisy in the hallways and left food and beverage messes around the ship. Many, many people did not dress appropriately in the dining room. The men would wear shorts to dinner.

It seemed like this very large ship added extra state rooms for more people but forgot to add space for them in the common areas, especially the decks.

It was so crowded and very difficult to find available deck chairs. IF you were lucky enough to do so, it was not relaxing due to being crowded by strangers on three sides.

The food was barely average. It was a lovely presentation but quality of ingredients was poor.

Good cruise for kids if they don't mind waiting in long lines to ride the slides.

Pros: Room Stewards/New and clean

Cons: Disappointing food and not being able to get a chair and relax on the decks

Recommends Carnival Dream? No.

Food and Dining
Food presentation: Very good.
Food taste: Below average.
Food portions: Small, due to people wasting so much. It is not convenient to stand in line again for seconds or request more at dinner because the wait is so long.
Cabin / Stateroom
Location: Poor due to no fresh air and the sewer system crossing with air system and causing terrible smells.
Size: What you expect for a cruise ship.
Decor: Nothing fancy, but fine.
Comfort: Average. Mattress a little hard. No fresh air if you do not have a balcony.
Condition: Excellent. Clean.
Children's Programs
Daughter enjoyed having the chance to go to Camp Carnival and spend time with other kids. Staff was average. Check in and check out is safe and dependable. They have a really great party on Thursday night but limit it to 50 kids. If you do not get signed up quickly you do not go. It was not fun for our daughter to watch her friends leave the play room to begin their fun party that roamed the entire ship. She enjoyed many of the other activities.
Ship Quality
It is a new ship so it is clean but the decor is very average, not elaborate. It''s large but does not have enough public seating in common areas. We sometimes avoided public areas because the crowds were not worth it.
Entertainment is what you would expect on a ship.
Service and Staff
They all did an excellent job.
The cruise director (due to Carnival's job requirements) is more like a host on the home shopping channel. He spends all his time on the address system trying to pursuade passengers to purchase ship/shore excursions and merchandise in the ship stores.

Room stewards work very had and do an excellent job. Above and beyond.

The waiters try their hardest but it is difficult for the kitchen to keep up. Feeding thousands of people in one evening is difficult.

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