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Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Carnival Dream

7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 09, 2018

Ship: Carnival Dream

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 7299

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Come silly & bring comfortable shoes, sunglasses. Nice clothes for pretty pix. Eat a little of everything, ice cream everyday, make the shows & catch the comedians. Schedule time for nothing..for sanity. Soak in a hot tub & stare at the stars. Be aware of the handicapped trying to do the same as you.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
FTTF made it easy & painless

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
There were hit & misses, & the hits were often & surpassed expectations

Scarlet Restaurant

5 out of 5

The staff were on it, hard workers. the food was hit & miss. The hits were often though. Try anything & everything because you can find a new favorite or just mark something off of the foodie checklist.

Deli

4 out of 5

Servings are huge, so share & ditch the fries because you will want room for dessert.

Dream Bar

5 out of 5

DWI-a fun bar tender that made me laugh & helped me relax. Bar is located under the live music stage & serves as a central meeting point. Try the tiramisu drink.

Pizzeria

5 out of 5

24 HR pizza came in handy at movie time & late night snack to help soak up the drinks. Kids should try it with a side of ice cream.

Sam's Piano Bar

4 out of 5

Entertaining, the pianist sang & played his heart out. But it wasnt pretty when he invited people from the crowd to sing with him on stage.

The Gathering Lido Restaurant

4 out of 5

The variety was good & the service too. The dessert bar was my favorite, always changing with a constant fresh fruit bar. Plenty of choices, so try different foods & often. The ship is big enough you will walk it off. TIP-fill a cup halfway with ice cream & then fill with coffee. THE BEST!

Mongolian Wok

3 out of 5

The wok chefs are always hard at work. But it's nothing special with a side of long wait.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The activities were good & some cheesy. When it got too cheesy, we found something else. We enjoyed the towel animal class

Whirlpool Spa

5 out of 5

There are many of whirlpools(hot tubs) enjoy at least one. We did about 3 times in 7 days cuz we were on vaca!

Guest Services / Excursions Desk

5 out of 5

Staff very willing to help you with any concerns or guidance. Be sure to pick up your free deck of cards with the carnival logo

Serenity

5 out of 5

Grab breakfast & a cabana chair for a quiet moment with the sea. At night enjoy the bubbles & the stars in the hot tub till midnight.

The Fun Shops

5 out of 5

In the fun shops were cool knick knacks, but we have many. So if you do too, line up in front when they have the alcohol tasting because you get shots as you wait in line & then about 5 more. The store does carry whatever you might need for excursions or for gifts.

Photo Gallery

5 out of 5

Pricey, but the pixel package was worth it. I have memories of my honeymoon that captured our happiness. So whatever the reason, capture the moment with the very helpful & experienced staff.

Entertainment

2 out of 5
Shows were plenty & fun. Motown & 80's were memorable. Make good use of the hub app so you know what food to order at dinner & make more shows. The violinist's in the atrium were a highlight, the carribean music (metal drums guy) did good too

The Lanai

4 out of 5

For a life size game of chess or checkers with the ocean view as your neighbor. Even a hot tub in the middle of the day. This was a low-crowd area. Pleasant & spacious

Encore! Main Lounge

5 out of 5

show up on time because it fills up. I enjoyed sitting up top for a clear view. Motown & the 80's shows were most entertaining because thats what I grew up on. Live Hasbro was cool too.

Dream Atrium

5 out of 5

I would often start here listening to live music & a drink so I could relax before heading to the crowded areas & also great for taking pix before dinner

Seaside Theater

5 out of 5

Huge screen with outdoor seating playing movies that just made redbox. Grab a beach towel as a blanket, a pizza, ice cream or sodium-free popcorn(yuk)...layback

Ocean Plaza

4 out of 5

Cool spot to chill, grab a drink, listen to live music, take pix, & join the many trivia activities

Dream Lobby

5 out of 5

When having questions that need answering or an excursion concern, there are always employees willing to help. I had up to 6 once & walked away content. The big lounge couches also help get in that "I am on vacation" feel.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
IMPRESSIVE, How do they do it? 7 days cleaning after us with a smile. Greeting us by name day & night.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Maintenance was priority, & it was done with a smile. The layout was confusing at first, but by debarkation I was ready...haa.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Met expectations, small but had enough cabinets, shelves & was cleaned daily.

Ship tip

Use the hub app for the optimal experience, really helps get your monies worth

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana

5 out of 5
organized from the moment I stepped out of the car, checked bags, went through security & had my 1st drink in minutes

Montego Bay, Jamaica

4 out of 5
There's some madness right at first. But after identifying who's who & what's what, it was fun time. Went zip lining & tubing with mika & shrek(local CHUKKA guides) & laughed the whole time

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Everyone's smile was contagious. Very organized at port. Went on stingray encounter(swam with stingrays) with turtle farm(snorkel & held turtles)& then had time to soak up some sun at seagrape beach in 7mile. Ate at Calico Jack's & had the bestest Jerk chicken & shrimp ever. Drank fancy drinks on the beach & collected sea shells. Honeymoon highlight.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Funny & friendly. We missed out on Cozumel(island) because Xcaret ecological park in playa del Carmen(mainland) was just calling us. Gorgeous, swam in caves, saw dolphins, & various parrots & butterflies living in their own habitat. We are coming back just to Xcaret cuz WOW!

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
Getting off the ship was ok, but unorganized once in the terminal & retrieving luggage. To their credit they were dealing with 3 ships doing the same thing at the same time.
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