Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: April 07, 2012
Ship: Carnival Dream
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Good-sized fitness center with plenty of treadmills and ellipticals; several pools to choose from, the children enjoyed the slides (despite the cooler weather a few days); putt putt golf was fun for all; several jacuzzis; the Serenity deck was a nice adult only getaway. No children or teens in sight most of the time; lots of activities inside and outside - early in the week they had a cooking demonstration in the Steakhouse, it was good with nice portions for tastings; Encore had good nighttime shows -- best seats are on the 3rd floor. The Balcony seat side views were obstructed. Good food choices and ethinic foods in the Gathering for all meals. Several bars to choose from if you want to party at night. The casino was basically smoke free, although there were a few areas that allowed it. Deck chairs were hard to come by. If you didn't have a chair by 10am you weren't getting one. The pool staff employees did not follow the stated Ship's rules of clearing off chairs that were unused for 30 minutes or more. We saw chairs claimed with towels/bags for much longer periods and with the amount of staff around, they would have noticed chairs unoccupied for long periods of time (more than a 1-2 hours). Embarking and disembarking ran smoothly.
Self Assist was poorly explained.
The Service Desk employees told us that self assist and assigned groups all were called at the same time (which would make it hard to get an elevator);
The In room Video told us we could choose self assist as long as we were willing to carry our own bags down elevators, escalators and stairs (no stairs existed); and
The instruction sheet left in our cabin told us we could only use self assist if we had airplane carry on baggage but not if we had larger bags.
Result: Service Desk Staff and Instruction Sheet were incorrect on the self assist method. Self assist was fast and easy. You could have taken all of your bags with you as long as you could handle them.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Staff. They were nice and polite.
Cons: Overcooked fish in the Scarlett dining room. Couldn't get a deck chair past 10am and Kids overrunning the jacuzzis and using them as swimming pools.