Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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5 out of 5

Carnival Dream. Winning in so MANY ways!

Sail Date: November 29, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony



My wife Marty and I just returned from a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Dream. We had a great time.



We enjoyed a pre cruise park, sleep and cruise at the beautiful Radisson Resort at the Port and enjoyed the prompt shuttle service to the terminal.


We arrived at Terminal 6 around 1 p.m. In Port Canaveral and it was crowded!


Once we went through security, it took about 20 minutes to reach the check in desk where you present your credit card for your on board purchases.


We then went upstairs and sat for about 15 minutes before we took the LONG walk to the Carnival Dream.

Once on board I couldn’t believe the Atrium area!


Very colorful and exciting.


Our Cabin

Our cabin was 9125 on the Visa deck. It’s only 3 cabins aft of the bridge on the starboard side of the ship. This was the first time my wife Marty and I had a balcony cabin together and we both loved it. Marty is a lung cancer survivor and she was concerned she would inhale smoke from the other balcony cabins, but fortunately we didn’t smell cigarette smoke.


The Food

We then went to the Lido deck. Be sure to check out the entire “The Gathering” because so many people stop at the first food station and not walk further aft to see the other stations! Be sure to get a deli sandwich near the aft pool!


You also have to check out the specialty restaurant “Chef’s Art Steakhouse”. For only $35.00 per person, you will have the meal of a lifetime in a romantic atmosphere!


The Ship

Considering the Carnival Dream holds over 3600 guests, there is something to do for everyone. One of my favorite places is the 2 story Serenity Adults Only Retreat at the front of the ship. They have hot tubs and even hammocks!


The Carnival Waterworks is incredible. Lots of fun water slides for both adults and kids.


The Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez is another great venue. They have both family and adult shows.


Speaking of shows, don’t miss the entertainment in the Encore Showroom! My favorite is the Fun Force! These guys are off the chain.


For more about the 7 day Carnival Dream cruise, check out my YouTube videos at the link on the right and stay tuned to Cruise Radio for my review.


Special thanks to everyone at Carnival CruiseLine, The Radisson Resort at the Port in Port Canaveral and Senior Cruise Director John Heald for a GREAT cruise vacation!




Scott Lara

@scottlara1961 on Twitter

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When you board, go to the aft pool and grab a sandwich from the deli!

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