Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

Carnival Dream / late April 2010

Sail Date: April 01, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We have cruised 16 times but 8 of them have been with Carnival. The Dream is really well equipped and it surprised us that only 10 % of the passengers were under 18 years of age. The shows were spectacular, the Serenity Spa is finally affordable. We had the run of the spa for $250 a couple for the week and used it every day. For us, the main features were the mineral water mega Jacuzzi ( as large as many pools ) and the aromatherapy steam bath. The 14th and 15th floor adults only sun decks were spectacular. Although we expected to find people hording all those padded sun loungers we found the exact opposite. The attendant told us the average client spends an hour in the sun and then tends to move on to other parts of the ship. The main pool has water slides every bit as good as a Florida water park. The gigantic main pool includes a large screen theatre screen that even in the day was easy to see. At night we thought it was like going to a drive in movie but this time you enjoyed any of the thousands of sun loungers.

Pros: Newst ship, best equipped and most luxurious.Corrects many other Carnival issues.

Cons: May be too large for some guests,Staff seem tired.

Recommends Carnival Dream? Yes!

Ship Quality
New is always good but with 4000 passengers the clutter accumulated quickly.The staff were cleaning around the clock.
Children's Programs
We had 10 % of the passengers as children and never saw them.At best maybe a dozen seen at a time .Somehow Carnival keeps them really busy.
Food and Dining
Food was superb. We went for late sit down dining and never saw a child .We were told most of those 400+ children were at the early seating. They also have an option we only learned about after we arrived. Dining at will is an option based on the reality that at every seating someone never shows up. For couples this allows you to dine at any time you want in the main dining room as long as they have space. For guests that have no real agenda this is ideal although you may end up at a table with people whom you are not comfortable to share a table. During peak season there may be no tables available if using this meal option. The Lido deck Gathering restaurant is familiar but quite different. Instead of being one or two large rooms it is divided in to four themed sections that have traditional food but also a Deli, Burrito bar, Pasta bar, Mongolian wok bar and a very authentic tandori Indian bar.
Cabin / Stateroom
State rooms: we were on the 9th floor Vista deck forward and the room was compact but plentiful for two. A third person would be crowded. Id never suggest three or four in the same room although finding an inside room across from your balcony cabin should be easy. The 9th and 10th decks forward are ideal if you plan to use the adult only spa and lounge decks. We had cabin 9215 and it was quiet, in port had superb views and we had the bonus of seeing on the bridge. It also had an almost hidden forward balcony where we never saw anyone. Probably as no one knows it is there.
Service and Staff
We found the staff attentive to detail but openly commented how long their hours were each day. Our main restaurant server said his contract ends in one month at which point he gets four weeks vacation hell be back but says never again on a mega ship as the long hours, seven days per week are brutal. We also found the Maitre D unable to handle the hundreds of guests at our meal seating. In the past he always came across as being like your long lost friend but that is not possible with 4000 passengers.
Entertainment
Activities were plentiful and many times we could not do all of them. In room movies were plentiful and free but they did have pay per view if you wanted.

Entertainment; I thought here we go again but this time was wrong. The shows were Vegas style and the main theatre has to have the best sound and light features we have ever seen. Even in the last row you could see and hear everything. Most of the shows have laser and light features.


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