Walmart with a Water Slide
Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: December 17, 2011
Ship: Carnival Dream
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Review SummaryThe ship is really big and clean. The ship itself is not the reason for my bad rating, but the really bad activities, unimpressive food, and corny performances made for a poor cruising experience. There was not enough outdoor seating to accommodate all the guests on the sunny cruise days - we were packed in like sardines and there were screaming children everywhere. The singers and performers were horrid (except for some good dancing), and activities on-board were confined to bingo and "how-to's" on jewelry shopping at port. It seemed a good environment for teenagers, but any semi-cultured adult would find the situation a bit disgusting. However, the service staff was excellent and everything was clean and well-kept.
Food and Dining
Convenience of dining times is good, but after dinner ends the only option is greasy pizza or ice cream - they don't even leave out fruit or sandwiches for healthier options. However, it is possible to order better options through 24 hour free room service.
The shows in the evenings were of poor quality - maybe what one would expect to see at a high school. The stage was nice with a large theater and great lighting system, but the performances were horrid.
The comedy shows were pretty good, but a few of the comics were not great. Also, there was usually not enough seating for everyone in the comedy room, so people had to wait in line and still risk not being able to find a seat. The other options of piano bar and jazz room were of very low quality and I rarely saw guests in there. The other option was karaoke.... yuck.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
It was loud inside the room - we could hear all activity in the hallway and loud noises from the ship itself. The TV only had a few channels, but we did not watch much TV anyway.
The room was VERY clean and the room attendants were excellent - this was one of the best aspects of the cruise.
The location chosen for our room was also excellent - on deck 11, close to the buffet area, pools, deck areas, and spa.
Pros: The exercsise room and spa area was really nice. But you had to pay an extra $100 to have access to the spa facilities of steam rooms and secluded lounge areas for adults only.
Cons: Nothing was at all classy. The ship was crowded without enough outdoor lounge areas. The food was not very good at all - about the level of a Golden Corral. The stops ar port were very short, not leaving enought time for activites other than shopping at the many of junky tourist shops or jewlers.