Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 07, 2016
Ship: Carnival Dream
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 2403
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

We booked and planned this cruise for our children and their spouses ages 20-26, we booked 4 balcony rooms, we have always cruised royal caribe an but chose carnival because we were told it was geared towards the 20 something crowd, boy was that not true. We had our 2 yo grandchild with us as well, and on the first day were told she could not use the small slide even with her parents holding her, so everytime she was outside she wanted to slide and couldnt. The nightclub was closed most nights, the shows were too packed no seats, the smoke filled casino was awful and the food made at least 1 if not 2 of us sick everynight, this was the most disappointing trip I have ever been on and really makes me sad I spent so much time and money trying to plan this for over a year for my family of 9. We will not be cruising with carnival again.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food was not very good, only offered water for drinks, and the water in pitchers on table tasted awful and had things floating in it, our wait staff was the only good part, same things everyday on buffets, and lines very long for burrito bar, Mongolian wok, ect waiting in line 1 hour and then they closed buffet.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Did not like how things closed at times when other shows were going on, seemed forced to attend shows then not enough room to sit, had to stand


3 out of 5
The night club was not open every night, seemed to be closed whenever there was a comedy show, seemed to force you to go to things you may not be interested in, the deck party was a bunch of middle school kids, the whole cruise seemed to be geared to the 12-17 age group, their clubs were always open, my 6 twenty somethings kids were bored most nights, the casino was so smoke filled you couldn't breathe in there, dissapointed that we spent so much time trying to find something to do

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
Went to camp ocean. With our 2 year old grand child and would not leave her in there, the teens where running wild around the little ones, did not feel safe

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Our dinner staff was awesome, freddie and crew, our room steward Ricard was nice but left dirty glasses and dishes in our room, not enough towels every day, and never seemed to be around.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The smell of sewage was awful on the second floor, dirty pool decks all the time

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Nice size room and balcony

Ship Tip

Great if you have kids 12-15, otherwise just enjoy the ports

3 out of 5
City smells so bad all the time, gross
5 out of 5
Awesome place to visit my 3rd time there
3 out of 5
Probably should have skipped this port 1 week after a hurricane, but the zoo was okay just alot of damage
5 out of 5
Definetly will be back there, the reef was beautiful, beach was beautiful best part of the whole trip!
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