Mom's First Cruise

Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
Sail Date: April 16, 2011
Ship: Carnival Dream
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 6 years ago
I loved the ship's appearance, staff, overall appearance but my feelings with the experience of children and teens everywhere gave me a bad impression of which I will not return to Carnival. Speaking to many of the guests on the boat, they felt the same way and recommended Royal Caribbean instead. The only real drawback were the kids and the schedule which was not setup to allow you to attend multiple shows/events after sunset. They were not spaced out enough to allow you to complete one show before the other started.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Fine Dining at nights were awesome and the staff was incredible. The buffet was average, not alot of selection on a day to day basis.


5 out of 5
Absolutely stunning shows and entertainment!

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
Obviously not enough since teens roamed the ship including the adult area after midnight and used profanity, loud and abnoxious while the parents did something else. This completely RUINED my experience on the balcony's and upper levels - forget trying to get in the pool or hot tubs, just not worth the attempt.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
This had alot of improvement from my first experience years ago with Carnival.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship is beautiful and very nice.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Lots of room on the one we chose which was 6282
5 out of 5
Beautiful - did the dolphin excursion at Anthony's Key Resort - OMG, fabulous time and the dolphins are basically your pet there! Get to take pictures with your own camera to capture the experience.
Don't Miss: Dolphin Excursion
5 out of 5
We had an outside tour through Cruises Only and had a VIP service with our tour guide, Aldo - with horseback riding, shopping, crocodile viewing, etc. Was overwhelmed on this tour with the generosity he showed us.
3 out of 5
We didnt book an excursion here - armed guards with AK -47's made us uneasy.
5 out of 5
We took a flight once off the ship to San Pedro - awesome experience!

Pros: Entertainment and Food

Cons: Entirely too many kids/teens who were out of control and no CURFEW after 2am or later...The kids were rude, disrespectful and not controlled, where is security on the boat???

Recommends Carnival Dream? No.

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