Great for families
Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: May 08, 2010
Ship: Carnival Dream
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 8 years ago
I have not sailed on Carnival since high school (too long ago to mention). Now, sailing with my wife and two young children (4 & 2), I was a bit aprehensive - which was completely unfounded. The accomodations were fine (although small - which is normal for a lower deck ocean-view room). The kids both had plenty of room as did we - the only time we fell all over ourselves was rushing out the door to go have fun!
The ship has plenty to do for both young and old. My kids enjoyed the pools and water slides tremendously. More importantly, the "Camp Carnival" facility was a welcome treat for two parents needing a small break from the kids - even if just for a few hours. The best part is that kids over the age of 2 can go to Camp Carnival (the competition requires kids to be 3 or older). This was a huge factor in our choosing this line and ship.
The only real negative (and it isn't huge) about the cruise was the buffets. While there is plenty of food, only a few locations with limited choices were open during "off" hours. The burger & hot dog station cut-off at six (I can't tell you how many times kids want hot dogs for dinner - no matter what else is available). The organization of the buffet lines was "off" too. Only the main buffet had trays, the rest were "grab a plate and hope you can carry this and everything else too". Also, many of the condements or "add-ons" such as salsa (for chips) were at the front of the line, not at the end. This seemed to be a recurring theme on all buffets.
The only thing that could have been better would have been more activities for families. Also, the "entertainment" or "contests" at the main pool were adult only (Hairy Chest Competition for example) and probably should be held at the "adult" pool instead of where all the kids were. If nothing else, it disrupted some of the swimming time and young kids don't quite understand why they can't swim but the adults can.
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Don't Miss: The See and Sea excusion was great for the family - the kids loved being in a "submarine"
Don't Miss: You have to hit the straw market right off the port.
Don't Miss: Paradise Point Sky Tram - Great view and nice to relax in the breeze
Pros: The family-friendly atmosphere
Cons: The organization & choices for the various buffets