Wonderful, but a few caveats....
Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean
Sail Date: March 10, 2012
Ship: Carnival Dream
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
Review SummaryFirst caveat; write your review on WORD before putting this into the form. I typed for a half hour straight into the form and it LOST EVERYTHING when I went to save (told me Id been inactive for too long). WTH? Ok, back to the cruise.
Overall, the cruise was wonderful. I felt so pampered and just loved it. Of course, there are some caveats, in no particular order:
We watched a movie one night on the Lido deck and Cruise Director Steve came on to tell us that the unicyclist performance in the Encore lounge was canceled due to the huge motion of the ship. Ok, that was fine but then he spent a solid 5-10 minutes telling us about the other activities, and emphasized the shopping. I was sick to death of them telling us to shop and spend, spend, spend. Ridiculous. If theyre going to interrupt the movie, doesnt it make sense to pause it?
Deck chairs: You can NEVER get a deck chair people seem to get up there at 6 a.m. and fall asleep on the love seats (TWO per chair, and they used it like their personal bed space) on the serenity deck, and towels covered the seats on the rest of the deck chairs. Allegedly, they were supposed to remove the towels every half hour if you didnt sit in the chair, but that never happened.
Excursions: Save yourself some grief and just find someone off the boat (unless you want snorkeling or something). We paid $80 for an excursion (a bus ride around the island) and it was awful. We couldnt see from our side of the bus, and the guide never even stopped or paused at the monuments/sites to see what was what. He DID make sure we had an hour to shop in the French side.sheesh. When I complained to Gavin, the manager of the shore excursions, he basically told me it was my fault by saying, Im sorry it didnt meet your expectations. No, Gavin it didnt meet the requirements of a TOUR. If I wanted someone to drive quickly around an island for three hours, mumbling into a microphone, I could be anywhere in the world. He offered no solution or compensation. I will never take another Carnival Excursion. WASTE OF MONEY.
Cash: Take more than you think youll need. We figured we didnt need it because were on an all-inclusive boat, right? Nopethink again. Youll need it for all the water taxis and such it adds up quickly. Luckily the Bank of Nova Scotia (on St. Thomas) had no fees, so we got our money free from the ATM.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: My room steward "Imade" and his staff of Ninja cleaning crew; our wonderful server Raynauld
Cons: Lido deck food; excursions