Our Embarkation was quite good, the new "appointment style" worked very well. We did arrive sooner than our 12:30 appointment, since we had to check out of our hotel before noon and all, so we figured on waiting outside for awhile. We were there only a few minutes before our time was called, 15 minutes early! The Dream was a very nice ship, we were very pleased with the service and the way bartenders in our favorite bar, The Lanai, knew our names and used them all week long. The food was absolutely delicious! We signed up for Your Time Dining, as we have the previous two cruises. But, this time, we experienced long lines and long wait times, especially for the first formal night. We made reservations at the Chef Art Steakhouse for the second formal night just to avoid the long wait at Your Time. Could it be that the slot has become so popular that these lines are now a regular problem? It wasn't the end of the world, we waited at the Atrium bar and had a glass of wine. By the time Saturday came around, we hardly had a wait at all, strange! The Steakhouse was over the top, we felt as though we were in a posh San Francisco restaurant, very intimate. We did wonder why some others in the room didn't know it was formal night, though! Our Room Steward was always around and very helpful. Our cabin was a balcony on Lido Deck, we have been there the last two cruises, too, great location and no noise at all. I only wish the weather had been better, we really looked forward to warm, sunny days, but that cannot be helped, of course! We loved New Orleans, we stayed there three days before the cruise left. All in all, a great vacation!
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The Chef Art Steakhouse was absolutely wonderful, can't say enough about it! And, I really don't understand how folks can diss the dining room food, it was great, every bit of it. Beautifully presented and delicious. Lido Deck Buffet "The Gathering" was pretty good, too, no complaints!