Late January 2016 to the Bahamas - Weather was chilly

Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 24, 2016
Ship: Carnival Dream
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 9218
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

We got an amazing players club deal out of New Orleans and took off on a 7 day cruise to Key West, Freeport and Nassau.

 

The only real cons of the trip was OBC and  the weather (Not a Carnival issue - it's a January issue!). Windy and cool on the ship meant little time for any quality sun bathing, but heck, a chilly day on a cruise if better than a good day at work. Best days for sunshine were Nassau and the last day at sea. We found the cruisers in general were a little older. Lines were not too bad after the peak hours and ship was pretty quiet after 10pm.

 

We had a $100 OBC as part of our package deal and on Tuesday we got a notice that appeared to award us another $100 OBC (It came from the Fun Shops). Turns out it is was telling us what we already knew and was not extra. No big deal other than spending an additional $100 on souvenirs we thought were "free"!

 

Service

 No issues with anyone. Nice crew.

  Tipped our cabin steward $40 when we met him (IWayan).

    - Always had extra ice, extra towels and prompt cleaning

 We had Anytime dining. Never had the same crew twice, but service was good.

 Red Frog Rum Bar - Quick and cheerful with a drink. I like the Tervis tumbler.

 Pre-ordered Rum was there waiting for us in the room.

 

Things we did on the ship:

  Steakhouse - First night of Cruise (Free/Discount Bottles on 1st Night)

  Comedy Club -  Showed up at the last minute, got good seats. Great shows!

  Casino - Too smokey and drink service was slow. Had the Drinks on Us card.

  Pizza Pirate - Pretty darn good for a conveyor pizza

  Chef's Table - 5 Stars! Great food / service and all the wine one could handle!

  Fitness Center - Nice Gym and the steam room was great to detox

  Taste Bar - Nice small plates to snack on

  Serenity Deck - Nice escape. Cool winds made it chilly

  Sea Brunch - Fillet and Eggs. Hold the Eggs, 2 extra steaks please!

 

Excursions:

 Key West - Rented scooters and did a self tour.

 Freeport - It was raining. We checked out the port and then back to the ship

 Nassau - Walked Junkanoo Beach and loved the Tiki Bikini Hut

 

Summary

 We would do this cruise again - when the weather is a little warmer!

 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Easy access. Up one deck to get to the pools. "Secret Balcony" through the aft door.
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
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