invalid-33599 Sail Date: September 18, 2010 Ship: Carnival Dream Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
The Carnival Dream and its employees were awesome! Everywhere we went, someone on staff was telling us "Good morning" or "Have a great day", etc. The Cruise Director, Butch, was very hands-on and we felt the fun energy in the Dream's activities in large part because of him and his staff. The food was plentiful and various. We were especially suprised at the Indian and Sushi areas. Generally, the food was good. However, there was more than one instance when we found the quality of the food was not at its best at the Gathering Buffet, the Crimson/Scarlett Dining Room, and the Pizza Station. But the Steakhouse, Wasabi Sushi station, and the Tandoor Indian station were our favorites because they were consistently good (although the Sushi station was the weakest because you cannot choose your order). But best of all was our cabin. It was a great value for a balcony stateroom. Although it may not have had all the glamour of a higher deck balcony, it was still just as good for the price.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Already commented about the quality of food. But what makes our rating still excellent is that there was always a second option on food and many times that second option turned out to be something new for us.
5 out of 5
I remember from other cruises that there were so many and various activities to choose from that there was no way to catch it all. The same goes for this trip as well. Seemingly infinite number of things to do, with so many interests and tastes. Plus, as I indicated before, the "upper staff" were very prominent in the activities which added to the fun and energy.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
I had been on a couple of other cruise lines before and I don't really remember how the staff in general were so friendly. No matter where we were, no matter what deck, no matter what area, there was always SOMEBODY on staff greeting us and/or asking us how we were doing! There's over 4,000 passengers but their team did such an amazing job of making us feel like the only 2 on board (even though we were just normal "low rent" passengers; we were no where near a "high roller"). Having said that, I think it's impossible for EVERYBODY to be "the best" at all times, but we were consistently treated with such hospitatlity!
5 out of 5
Of course the ship itself was beautiful and exciting. But I was consitently suprised about was the fact that despite having 4,000 passengers, the ship never felt unkempt. Sure, every once in a while we'd see dishes left on a table or in a hallway, etc., but it was never there when we walked by a second time. The staff obviously worked very dilligently !
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Already commented about our stateroom. Just wanted to point out that it was ready when we boarded and it felt like an "above hotel quality" room. It really did. Sure it's small, but we never felt cramped. In fact, the layout actually felt like a "mini-suite"! Just a small thing, the instructions in the bathroom asked us to leave the towels on the rack if we wanted to re-use them and help save water; well, our towels were replaced no matter where we left them. It became a game of ours to see what would happen. On the other hand, the towel animals were a hit!
Same as Cozumel, although it had more of a spring break atmosphere with the pool-side bars. Some might find that more fun and it looked like people were enjoying themselves. The beach on the otherhand was a tiny rocky shore; that wasn't so bad except that it was riddled with a lot of large flies.
It ended up being true what we heard, people who book a shore excursion, and assuming the excursion was a good one, end up feeling more positive about the visited port. We did the cave tubing excursion. Although I wouldn't say it was as "life changing" was it was hyped-up to be, it was still a good diversion from the previous statement about visiting the tourist village. The excursion allowed allowed us to visit and learn about the country and its citizens in their normal life without anyone "getting in anybody's way". The cave tubing part was fun, don't get me wrong, but the highlight of the excursion was our tour guide teaching us interesting facts about Belize in an informative yet amusing way.
This is more of a general port statement. We simply stepped off of the boat and walked around the tourist village in Cozumel. It has been a very long time since my last cruise and I see a lot has changed. Now instead of getting hit up by the locals as soon as you step off the pier, instead there's plenty of "safe" walking, shopping, etc. However, it has become very "American franchise" like. The ports all had a Fat Tuesday chain restaurant or similar, and a Diamonds International store. But again, it was safer. So I suppose that's a good trade-off.
Don't Miss: Watching the passengers sprinting up the pier because they're almost about to miss the boat leaving them behind.
Mostly the same as Cozumel, however Roatan had a nice, although small, beach area to visit. By the way, don't bother paying to ride the "ski lift" type transportion to the beach. Not only will you walk to the beach faster than you'd ride, but the walk is shaded for most of the path while the ride is not. And since, like a carousel, your chair has to stop several times to let off the riders ahead of you, you end up sitting there in the air baking in the sun.
Pros: The Cove Balcony, lost of food variety, friendly staff
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