Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

3 out of 5

A Mixed Bag

Sail Date: April 14, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

We were excited about the itinerary, and our expectations and hopes were fulfilled in this regard. We were disappointed with the ship -- it is VERY noisy -- the only quiet place was our own cabin. We couldn't enjoy a show or the dance music without earplugs.

The ship is very clean, but also very glitzy-shiny, like too much tinsel on a Christmas tree. Dance floors were sticky, decks were slippery if even slightly wet.

Crowd control was very good, lines minimal (considering 4600 passengers), organization good.

Pros: Loved the itinerary, the shore excursions

Cons: The noisy-loud ship, poor dinner service, disruptive kids

Recommends Carnival Dream? No.

Everything was WAY too loud!! We could not enjoy a show without earplugs for protection. Even the dance bands were too loud, and didn't respond to requests to back off on volume. We're older, and our hearing is not what it used to be, but everything was still way too loud!
Events and programs often coincided, and we were forced to make choices rather than to attend everything we might have liked to do.
There were NO seminars, classes or lectures that were not blatant sales pitches. In other words, there were no program offerings for intelligent people who might like to learn something.
Ship Quality
HUGE ship, easy to get lost, clean. Too shiny and glitzy.
Food and Dining
Service in Scarlet Dining Room was often very slow. We sat down at 6:00 and received only water and bread for over an hour before our dinners arrived at 7:15 or so. Then, shortly after dessert was served (but before coffee), we were told we needed to be out of the room in 5 minutes because they needed to set up for the late seating.
If this happened to me in a restaurant, I would walk out and never return.
Dining room was very crowded -- almost no room to walk between tables.
Service and Staff
Staff is mostly very friendly and willing to help, but heavy foreign accents sometimes made communication a challenge.

They'll listen politely to complaints, but rarely do anything about the problem. Once they have your money, they'll never give it back.
Cabin / Stateroom
We were pleasantly surprised to have TWO bathrooms! Room was quiet and comfortable. The only downside was really ugly artwork on the walls. Good storage, comfy beds.

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