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Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall Rating:

3.2 out of 5
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Carnival Dream

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail Date: September 10, 2017

Ship: Carnival Dream

Cabin Type: Suite

Cabin Number: 7348

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review Summary

Weather a little rough the first night but wonderful after that. Ship was not as elegant as I had hoped and most of the lounge areas were not very comfortable. Had a great cabin steward and several waiters were notable, most crew were very friendly. Room had bedbugs, not nice. Enjoyed the new itinerary. The food was very good in the dining room but not really impressed with buffet food. The Burgers, pizza and barbeque spots were great.


4 out of 5
A little slow because ship was late getting passengers off. We had suite so was priority boarding but they didn't handle keeping people informed very well.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The dining room had very good food and the service was timely. The buffet had almost the exact things every morning, got boring and the evening food was fair to good. Pretty disappointed with the desserts and coffee cafe was costly and blah compared to Princess.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Didn't do too much, used the fitness center and that was OK. The outdoor movie screen was horrible, couldn't stand to watch any. Looked in at a few shows but nothing too interesting otherwise. Don't shop much, gamble or buy art so most activities around those were wasted on us.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Our room steward was great and we had a few really great waiters in the dining room. Most in the buffet area were just so so.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
I liked all the stairway options but the lounge areas with good views outside without a lot of noise were minimal. Really missed having an area like on Princess to get coffee, pastries, sandwiches and then sit and enjoy some quiet entertainment.

Cabin / Stateroom

2 out of 5
It was plenty big and lots of storage. Balcony not very deep. I would have given it a higher rating but near the end of the trip I was bitten by bed bugs......not a very nice way to end the trip.

Ship Tip

If you like Princess cruise ships this will disappoint, but if you have kids and/or have cruised with Carnival before it will be OK.

Ports Of Call

New Orleans, Louisiana

5 out of 5
Arrived 3 days ahead and explored the city. WWII Museum was great and of course just walking the River Walk and around the French Quarter is a must!

Key West, Florida Did not visit port

Hurricane Irma changed itinerary.

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island Did not visit port

Nassau, Bahamas Did not visit port


3 out of 5
Decided to walk off and carry luggage....evidently everyone else did too. Couldn't get an elevator so ended up taking the stairs. Easiest through customs of any cruise ever!!
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