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Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall rating:

3.1 out of 5
Carnival Dream

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 13, 2019

Ship: Carnival Dream

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

If I cruise with Carnival again I will research all the ships available in my port of call before choosing, I would NOT do a 7 day again and i will lower my expectations. For my first time I did not feel as though I got my money's worth. I left feeling empty and cheated and like I got take


2 out of 5
Embarkation was probably the only day that gets a pass. Simply because I understood the craziness that ensued.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The waiter was so kind and attentive. I wish I could remember his name. Beyond that the food was below subpar at best. The portions were so tiny that the whole table ended up in the buffet after. And none of us knew each other. The food was depressing even on elegant night.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Thank goodness for future cruisers the Dream ship will retire. It lacked so so much. There were hardly any activities besides a slide an arcade and a room with music they called a club for teens. We passed the "teen club" quite a few times and those kids looked as if they were in pain. As for shows and such...I enjoyed 1 show. The rest were just ok. The audiences did not even respond when asked to interact.


3 out of 5
They were lack luster. This was the part that I was excited for as an entertainer myself and it was just lacking energy, diversity and the cast seemed "over it"

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
Didn't attend any

Service and Staff

2 out of 5
Aside from a friendly and attentive waiter. I had poor staff service. My steward just threw stuff in the corner and called it clean and the stuff he threw wasn't even ours because we kept our clothes in the luggage and luggage put away.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
They layout was minimal and the common areas were lacking seating on higher decks. There was space with nothing there

Cabin / Stateroom

2 out of 5
You barely get what you pay for. Cough up the money for more space and comfort. Don't do this to yourself. Sad part is they upgraded us to a higher deck before we cruised and told us it was better than what we originally booked. It was NOT

Ship tip

Pick a better ship. Research them. Don't choose based on a name alone. This dream was a nightmare.

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana

4 out of 5
I live here so it wins by default.

Key West, Florida

5 out of 5
Reminds me of New Orleans. Almost identical vibe

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

5 out of 5
This was my favorite port, wonderful people, beautiful beach and just a hospitable experience.

Nassau, Bahamas

4 out of 5
There are a lot of hustlers and vultures. They are pushy right when you get off the boat and it's a "hood" atmosphere. Get past that and you will see the beauty of it, the good food and have a good time but be aware of your surroundings.


5 out of 5
Quick fast and in a hurry
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