Good experiences on the Carnival Dream

Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
Sail Date: May 28, 2011
Ship: Carnival Dream
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago

The ship was very large but it seemed to handle the number of passengers relatively well. We didn't experience unbearably long lines and there seemed to be room at most of the performances and events. It may have been our dinning times, but the lines actually seemed a little shorter than on some of our previous cruises.

The decor is a little more muted and tasteful than other Carnival ships we have been on. I thought it was a nice improvement.

We had adjoining ocean view cabins. With three small children we do not want a balcony. The major plus of these cabins is that in most of them you get an extra "bathroom" that contains a short tub and a sink. This means that in one cabin you get two sinks (in different rooms), a shower, a tub (with a second shower), and a single toilet. This is a very nice setup when you have a lot of people sharing the cabin. Otherwise the cabins were basically the standard on the newer Carnival ships. They are relatively large and comfortable, if somewhat plain. I don't know if it was our location, but ours was the quietest cabin I have experienced on a cruise ship.

The food was similar to but seemed somewhat improved over our last cruise on the Carnival Liberty. Again it was the Carnival standard menu. The food is good but not overly fancy, not what I would call "fine dinning". There were a lot of options (Indian food for example) on the Lido deck buffets.

Our dinning room waiter real made a big difference on our cruise. He was able to get "off menu" food for our somewhat picky children. He also entertained the children with magic tricks and animals made from folded napkins. It was a really great experience for everyone.

The entertainment also seemed better than on some of our previous cruises.

The ship seemed child friendly. Our children enjoyed Camp Carnival and the water slides were a big hit. The Dream has fewer pools than other ships (only 2) and they are small. The space has been given over to extra water slides (two large slides, two medium slides, and two "baby" slides). This seems like a reasonable trade if you like water slides.

The only real negative we had on the cruise was a bit of a funky smell in the hallway near our cabin. It was also (lightly) in our cabin the first day. Once the ship got underway, the smell in the cabin disappeared but it recurred occasionally in the hallway. It was not a big deal and didn't really effect our cruise.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
5 out of 5
This is an excellent beach port. You can walk to a very nice beach from the ship. The is a chair lift that will also take you to the beach but it is actually slower than walking. Only use the chair lift for the fun of it. We did not do any excursions at this port and we had a wonderful time.
5 out of 5
We did a shore excursion through "The Native Choice". This was an exceptionally good shore excursion. I would highly recommend this outfit.
3 out of 5
We did the "Everyone Loves Rays" excursion. It was reasonably good but nothing extra special

Pros: The extra sink and tub in the ocean view cabins, the friendliness and helpfulness of our waiter

Cons: A bit of a funky smell in the hallways

Recommends Carnival Dream? Yes!

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