Nice Cruise, perhaps a bit to long
Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: January 21, 2012
Ship: Carnival Dream
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
Review SummarySo to start this is cruise #4 for us, we are not novices and in fact we decided to get married on board this cruise with the Carnival Dream. Getting married on the ship was absolutely the right choice, they did an outstanding job, everything went smoothly with all sorts of little surprises in our cabin, during dinner, and throughout the cruise. The cost was right, oh and I have to tell you that the photos taken by the ships photographer were unbelievable, a bit pricey, but so worth it. If your considering getting married on board a ship, we recommend it A++, you won't be sorry.
There were only a couple of points we wanted to share with others considering the Dream or this cruise and we will list them below.
1. We selected a balcony cabin on deck 9, directly below the buffet (Mmmm), but also directly below the pool deck. literally all night long all we heard were deck chairs being moved around as they stacked, cleaned the decks and then unstacked the chairs. We got very little sleep. Another couple traveling with us had brought ear plugs for themselves which helped, but for us and others in our party...very light and little sleep all trip.
2. The food was good and on some evenings very good, but unfortunately on lobster tail night in the dinning room, the tails were...well small and rubbery like they were not fresh or cooked earlier and left warming under a heat lamp. The prime rib was tasty, but very thin, but overall I would grade the food on the buffet and in the dinning room a B+ ( and still love those chocolate melting cakes Mmmm )
3. Ports of Call -
Cozumel, always fun, I have been there twice before, Very nice shopping right at the pier and great places for beverages right at the pier. 6 of us spent $16 and caught a taxi/van downtown to do some shopping and see the sights. This is the way to go. Low impact, safe, and very inexpensive. We hit Senior Frogs, Hard Rock and the little market. Rating A
Belize - First thing to note, this is a tender boat port, this is not a problem, just noting for any potential first time cruisers. This is a fantastic area, beautiful seas, great shore excursions, and the national language of Belize is English so everyone you run into you can talk to. We chose one of the shore excursions to the Xunantunich Ruins. This was an hour 1/2 bus ride each way but this was one of the highlights of our cruise. Knowledgeable guide, ruins were astounding and the lunch was Mmmm Mmmm good. We would highly recommend this trip to the ruins over those at Tulum we did on a previous cruise. Rating A++
Isa Rotan - Could not port, seas to heavy and to windy. :-(
Costa Maya - This is a little outpost port built just for the cruise lines. There is really nothing outside of the port near by. All excursions were at least 1 hour drive away. The port has some great shopping with at least 10 jewlery & Silver stores. The port has a Senior Frogs and Carols & Charlies. The beach front is nice but rocky. Overall this was our least favorite port and would not go back to this port for at least 5+ years until the area develops a bit more.
So overall A rating for this cruise, we did enjoy it, but for anyone looking for a balcony cabin, our suggestion is to take deck 8 or lower so you can get some sleep.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Ship was only 3 years old and has a great lay out and is in wonderful shape
Cons: Food was avearge over all, extremely noise at bed time if you stayed on deck 9