Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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5 out of 5

Great Time on the Carnival Dream

Sail Date: August 21, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

I was not sure what to expect on the Carnival Dream because we did see some negative reviews about the ship. Those reviews, for us, were unfounded. Service was great. We were lucky to get Faster to the Fun (had to check every single day until there was finally a day when some spots opened and I got in). It is totally worth the price. Getting on/off the ship with F2F is a breeze. Also, having your room ready when you come onboard is great too. We were onboard the ship by 1130/1200 and our room was ready. Our bags were delivered about an hour or two (at most) later. 


While my wife and I did not go to the shows, we did enjoy that there was a lot of live entertainment (singers) in different venues around the ship. That was great! Our daughter (13) enjoyed the shows that she went to and loved the friends she made at Circle C (as well as the trophies and medals that she won for Circle C and other cruise events). Our five year old loved the water slides (especially when we were in Jamaica since we did not go ashore and the slide was there for him to use nearly all alone). 


Steakhouse dining was amazing... as it typically is. Main dining was on par with other cruises. No better or worse. 


We did the "Behind the Fun" tour of the ship on the last sea day. If you have the time to spend (3.5 hours), it is very informative. You also get photos taken of your group and a photo with the captain (included in the price). It was a nice touch. Everyone we met during the tour, the chef, logistics officer, one of the show performers, and the captain, were all great. Spent time to answer all of our questions. 


The Dream is missing some of the dining options that we have seen on other Carnival ships (Guy Fieri's Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, etc), but I imagine those will come later. 

The kids said this was their best cruise ever. We will definitely cruise Carnival again. 

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Standard balcony cabin. We do really enjoy the pullman bed so both kids get their own twin bed instead of other rooms we have had where the sofa turned into a queen sleeper that the kids have to share (and that we get to try maneuver around in the middle of the night). Our five year old got to sleep on the top bunk for the first time in his life and he loved it.
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We arrived in New Orleans on the Friday before the cruise. New Orleans is like another cruise port stop! Enjoyed the Gray Line Super City tour of New Orleans. 2.25 hours (discount for booking the 9AM tour).

Expensive cab ride to Carnival cruise port! One mile ride cost us $30. Port fees?

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