Week on Carnival Dream was more of a nightmare

Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 23, 2014
Ship: Carnival Dream
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 6454
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

The ship and crew themselves were generally very good but the long lines for everything tells me they are understaffed - too many people taking pictures and not enough people serving dinner.

The shore excursions were poorly planned. Our first one in Roatan was cancelled - we were never told why but it was not cancelled until we were ashore in the port... no advice followed the cancellation. Our second was cancelled due to poor weather - we could not take the small crafts from ship to Belize - no snorkeling! This is understandable but there was no compensation offered for this loss of an important port excursion. The third excursion was to a Mayan site in Yucatan and was poorly planned, more promised than could possibly be delivered and we were the very last people to reboard the ship - it was very disappointing. Additionally the blabber over the loud speakers to sell drinks or other things on the ship was too loud and incessant - there was no place to sit and talk without constant noise. It was awful! I assume everyone is already deaf due to the apparent need for amplification. I have been on other ships (e.g. Norwegian) and the atmosphere was a lot more pleasant. Additionally the food was too much fat, too much salt, too much sugar - nothing remotely resembling food I, as a diabetic, usually eat: vegetables (beside salad) and whole grains. Is it so difficult to prepare healthy food? (Food was healthier on Norwegian also.)

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
no really healthy options for those who don't want a steady diet of salt, sugar and fat.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
much too noisy - I just wanted to get away from whatever it was due to incessant loudspeaker commentary telling me what a great time I was having and how I needed a few more drinks.


3 out of 5
not really great but pretty good

Service and Staff

1 out of 5
not really "bad" but certainly poor - not enough staff - long lines for everything - do not vacation to stand in line.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
I am not sure I would say "great" but it was definitely comfortable and adequate.

Ship Tip

Find the Spa and the Serenity Deck early in the week - the only place with any peace on board. Get to dinner early because the lines can be very long and the food cold.

3 out of 5
swamp tour
3 out of 5
Our tour was cancelled with no notice so we hired a taxi for 4100 to drive us around the island for 3-4 hours.. Our driver spoke less English than we would have liked but took us to interesting places.
1 out of 5
This stop was cancelled due to bad weather.
1 out of 5
Never had a chance to see Cozumel as we had a tour to Tulum (very interesting) that was poorly planed, involved a lot of walking and getting in and out of busses and boats and was generally poorly planned- we were late for the ship's departure time.
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