Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

A Mixed Experience

Sail Date: June 18, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Room Type: Suite

A very nice ship, although as noted below and worth emphasizing, the main pool was ridiculuously small given the size of the ship and the number of children. I also felt that Carnival "nickles and dimes" guests - 15% "gratuity" mark-up on wine bottle orders. Fellow traveler reported paying $11 for a tiny sewing kit. A charge for drinks at the BBQ. Staff was excellent; food was bad.

Pros: Stateroom

Cons: Food

Recommends Carnival Dream? Yes!

Ship Quality
Ship public areas were mostly clean. Main pool was far too small for ship size -- a big MINUS. Decorum on ship was mixed at best - some rude quests, especially the teens. Shouting in public areas and sex in spas occurred.
Nothing outstanding or even notable. Maybe those with kids had a better experience.
Food and Dining
Food was a bad experience -- regular dining room food was awful. Buffets were uninspired. Outdoor BBQ was good. Room service menu was too limited (including breakfast). Steakhouse was excellent. Room service was reliable and mostly timely.
Cabin / Stateroom
Beautiful Grand Suite Stateroom. Meticulous stateroom housekeeping. Very comfortable. Really, no negatives.
Service and Staff
Lots of pleasant staff members, very polite and always willing to help. Just short of "the best" rating.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Skip the Megan May Beach excursion -- overcrowded. Excursion was poorly organized at port. Unknowingly, we took a public taxi (enlarged shuttle that holds 10 or more passengers) and had to pay for it and the beach entrance fee. To Carnival's credit, they refunded our excursion cost.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
The Catamaran excurion was a GREAT experience. The crew members were just great -- super friendly. Have lunch at the local outdoor BBQ on the beach -- better food than ship -- BBQ chicken, ribs and nice salad. Unlimited food & drinks/beer on return trip provided on return trip!
Don't Miss: Catamaran & snorkeling excursion.
Nassau, Bahamas
Too short. The Blue Lagoon (excursion) was very nice. Don't bother including lunch - not a buffet, just a burger with rice and salad. Buy lunch yourself.

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