Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Third Mate

7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

Carnival Dream Surprises Good and Bad

Sail Date: August 23, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Carnival Dream exceed our expectations for the cuisine,which does not enjoy a great reputation, but it should. Entertainment was really good. Loved the comedy shows, but some shows were missed because we were at dinner. Service was great all around....except for the tour desk. 

Since we booked this cruise based on the destinations and tours offered, we were extremely disappointed we were not permitted to book either Mayan tour in Belize because I have a mobility issue. I was willing to sign a disclaimer that I would not be walking around the actual sites, but could enjoy the rest of the tour. But I was treated as if my disability was mental, not physical. I know my limitations and I resented the tour desk staff's taking the decision out of my hands. I would have booked from a tour company at shore, but because of the distance and the possibility we could miss the ship leaving port, we did not go anywhere in Belize. 

I realize this was only one day out of the entire cruise, but it has colored my opinion of our cruise. I don't know when or if we will ever return to Belize, so as far as I am concerned, this was a huge missed opportunity for us. I was not only disappointed, but I felt disrespected. And it will affect my future cruise choices with Carnival. 


Embarkation and Disembarkation
Handicapped assistance to board was a zoo. I felt treated like a 3rd class citizen, waiting for transport. And the staff assigned to push the wheelchairs need to be educated. You do NOT go backwards while going up an incline and you do NOT go forward going down an incline. It's called GRAVITY, and a person could fall out of the chair otherwise.
Ship Quality
"You can't get there from here." Annoying to have to go up or down from the 3rd deck to go from the theater to the dining room. Also, to avoid the smoke filled stinky casino, you had to do the same.
Solution would be to put the casino at one end of the ship, and the same with the ship's galley. Since I use a scooter on board, I had to use the elevators to go from deck to deck, and that meant long waits most of the time unless I was lucky enough to park myself in front of an elevator that came quickly, and was not full. Of course, some of the delays I experienced was because of very rude fellow passengers. Thankfully, most of my fellow passengers were polite and helpful and acknowledged my being there before them.
Destinations and Excursions
I felt disrespected by the tour desk....see above review.
Children's Programs
Many children running around without adult or older sibling.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Food was excellent, plenty of choices, and many of the items at the specialty restaurant showed up on the regular menu.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Arrive a few days ahead of cruise, or plan to stay a few days after. This city is not to be missed. It was great, and we will return to NOLA again.
Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
We took the bus tour around the island....Top Ten, but many were just drive-bys, or shopping stops. Only 3 real stops...iguana farm, cameo 'factory' and visit to original tribe, although story seemed mixed up, referred to Africa, but thought it was an original Caribe Indian tribe. Performers were bored, not a true village or family. Not what I expected.
Belize City, Belize
Cozumel, Mexico
Been there, done that.


Go to the talks about port shopping to get all the coupons available. Skip the specialty restaurants or upcharges from the regular menu. Special choices show up on the daily menu. If I paid extra , I would be upset seeing them available for no extra charge. Be patient.

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