Sail Date: August 28, 2010 Ship: Carnival Dream Reviewed: 6 years ago
Our itinerary was supposed to be Eastern Caribbean (Nassau, St Thomas, St Maarten) but due to "Earl", we were changed to their Western Caribbean itinerary (Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, Costa Maya). We live in Florida so we certainly understand about tropical systems and the need to stay safe, but were still just a little disappointed because we did a very similar trip on the Legend last September. The ship was easy to navigate and well-layed out, but we didn't understand why they would put the adult-only serenity area right past the water slide. Kids being kids, it could be quite loud! Food was good, lots of options for lunch (pasta bar, tandoori, mongolian bbq in addition to the regular buffet) but lines could be quite long. Had an issue one day with no hot water (we heard some folks had no water at all), but they gave free drinks for an hour at the Deck 5 bars for the inconvenience. Entertainment was your standard cruise ship stuff; we felt it was just average. We had the typical Carnival balcony stateroom, adequate in size, but we could hear the singing/music quite loud from the bar one deck below us into late at night and one of the cabin steward stations was right across the hall. FYI-Deck 6, starboard, aft. It was very easy to get on and off the ship. In spite of a few issues, we still had a very good time. If we were to book on the Dream again for the Eastern Caribbean itinerary, we would pay the higher cost and go in the spring to avoid hurricanes!
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