invalid-33599 Sail Date: October 13, 2012 Ship: Carnival Dream Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 5 years ago
Overall, we enjoyed our vacation despite the issues that soured our cruise experience. However, had I know beforehand about the issues that would arise, I would have booked a different cruise line.
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
The food sucked!!! I've been on a carnival cruise before and ate like a king\, however on this cruise\, I couldn't have dreamed up a more horrible experience. The breakfast buffet was almost always out of food. It was like they didn't know how to cook for 4k people. Lines were long and wait times exceeded 30 minutes. Often you couldn't get the food you wanted. Lunch was a little better on the lines and wait times but the food choices were weak and the quality wasn't anything better than typical cafeteria fair. The Pasta Bar was AWESOME!!! The Mongolian Wok was good but wait times exceeded 45 minutes. The grille was the worst... burgers were cooked to the consistency of leather and the burger quality was worse than McD's. Dinner was hit or miss. Some nights the food was good\, other nights not so good. The late night pizza counter was great though and a welcome addition to late night snacking.
3 out of 5
Entertainment was pretty good\, but the scheduling of events wasn't so good. The two nights in the middle of the cruise had relatively little scheduled whereas the other 4 nights had so much stuff we had to miss out on certain events.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
Most of the staff was helpful and courteous. The buffet staff at breakfast time were rude to us on the first morning which we didn't take kindly too. Also\, our first night's dinner experience was rough but after we were assigned to a new table\, the staff there did a great job.
3 out of 5
The ship itself was standard as cruise ships go. It had an adults area but no adult pool. The other two pools were small and always packed. Kids also like to jump/cannonball which can ruin your enjoyment of a tasty beverage. The mini golf course was good. There were large chess sets (but we didn't play). We didn't find any shuffleboard. The water slides were cool! The casino was standard. The comedians were good. The main issue ship-wise was that some levels were not contiguously accessible; half-way down deck 5 you were cut off from being able to walk on one side of the ship and had to either walk over to the other side or go down/up stairs to access the other side of the level. Also the elevators were almost always in use and some waits were extremely long. We tended to walk the stairs for 2-3 levels but since we had a spa room on deck 12\, we had to wait a lot to get between the lower decks and our rooms. Luckily\, Lido deck (10) was only 2 flights of stairs away.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Our stateroom was kept very orderly and tended to professionally by our steward. No complaints.
Pros: Not much... at least they got us to the ports where we had most of our fun.
Cons: Almost all of the food sucked throughout the week. The first night's dinner service was horrible\, but we were re-assigned to a new table and the staff there did an excellent job.
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