Very, very nice cruise overall!!

Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 55

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Carnival Dream

7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 20, 2017

Ship: Carnival Dream

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10217

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

Had a great time and got lucky with the weather. Ship was great and ports of call with excursions were a lot of fun. For first time daughter participated in the teen club which she absolutely LOVED.


2 out of 5
Having been through other ports that seem to handle high volume pretty well, New Orleans certainly lags behind when I comes to lines and a bit of confusion. Took roughly 1.5 hours to get on ship once having arrived at the port. Carnival Dream was the only ship in port at the time.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Main dining room food is "cruise-standard". Good, eclectic offerings that are mass-produced "banquet-style". Desserts were very good. Guys Burger Joint on the Lido is arguably some of the best food I've ever had at sea, as is the Blue Iguana Cantina. Great selection, fast service, high quality ingredients across the board! Pig & Anchor Smokehouse was a let-down. I realized that the odds of getting something as authentic as Tennessee or Alabama BBQ was going to be virtually impossible, but there was no evidence of the "smokers" being used in the flavor of the food. It all appeared to come from central commissary kitchen and then "flash" grilled or simply served.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Bingo, swimming, dinners, sunbathing, comedy clubs, shows, shopping and excursions. Liked bingo, had never done that activity before.


3 out of 5
Shows were "ok"...after being on the Oasis of the Seas shows are not the same...ever again:)

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Daughter had a BLAST with the teen O2 club. She didn't want to leave the ship.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Great. As always.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
EXTREMELY clean. I like carnivals set-up.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
A bit on the small side and a bit far from elevators, but very nice nonetheless. Being on the Lido deck was very nice...

Ship tip

If you need to disembark quickly make sure to do the carry your own luggage option... We were on the highway by 8:30am!

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana

4 out of 5
Always love New Orleans...just HOT HOT HOT in August!

Montego Bay, Jamaica

3 out of 5
Yes...beach break. Too many people trying to peddle services on you, offered drugs, etc...

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
LOved it. Did the stingray and beach excursion. Probably the best excursion I've ever done!

Cozumel, Mexico

4 out of 5
Love Cozumel. Great shopping area.


2 out of 5
Again, a bit disorganized.
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