Great Get Away, first time on Carnival
Carnival Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)
Sail date: February 03, 2019
Ship: Carnival Dream
Cabin type: Balcony
Traveled as: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago
Review summaryThis is cruise number 3 for both of us, and the first time on Carnival. The "Dream" is a great ship. Comments, observations and about our Stateroom:- Sail & Sign cards are delivered to your room upon day of embarkation and are linked to your credit card with an initial hold of $200.00 U.S., adding more as you spend if you exceed the hold. Interestingly they are different colors depending on your "status" with Carnival. Don't know if this is good or bad. You'll need your card to leave and board the ship at ports of call, and it also functions as your room key. Our room on the 9th deck had a balcony which was nice when your pulling into ports. Linens were clean and crisp. The bed was two twins pushed together to make a king size and it was reasonably comfy. The desk/dresser had 4 drawers which were well worn. The slides needed replacement. One half of the top drawer is consumed by the hair dryer. There are two small closets and a shelf closet. Not much room for luggage. TIP - Bring a power strip! there is only 1 - 115v receptacle and 1 - 220v receptacle. Also - if you need bedside power for CPAP etc, you'll need an extension cord as the receptacles are across the room. The bathroom was of adequate size but poorly lit. Our sink was plugged up. One call to maintenance and that was fixed in a jiffy. We had rough seas on our 6th night. The TV wall mount was rattling something fierce so I "fixed" it by jamming some towels behind it. We toured the Spa. It's nice but expensive. You can get a massage in Cozumel for much less. Daily experience: We arrived in New Orleans the day before embarkation and stayed at the Marriott across the street from the port. Very convenient. Lyft ride from the airport to hotel was $34.00, and taxi from port back to airport was $36.00. OMG the food in New Orleans!!! Ate me-self silly :-) We were scheduled to board between 12:30 and 1:30. Hotel checkout time was 11:00am so we grabbed lunch then got in line to board a bit early. No issues. Boarding and security were surprisingly efficient, and our room was ready for us. Day 1, we spent most of the day exploring the ship, and had dinner at the Steakhouse which was FANTASTIC! didn't get to see much of the mighty Mississippi as it became very foggy as the evening progressed. Secret tip - Don't know if this will still work but it did for us. If you dine in the steakhouse on day of embarkation, you can ask for a complimentary bottle of wine. This isn't advertised. Day 2 & 3, at sea. There are plenty of activities to partake in. It was a bit cool so we didn't spend time in the pools, mostly just lounging on the deck and soaking up some sun. The pool at the back of the ship is quieter. Was going to spend some time in the casino but just can't tolerate the cigarette smoke, it's heavy in there. Definitely hit the piano bar if Zack Daniels is playing, and the comedy club was a riot! Unless your into sales pitches, avoid the Vonda session. She is a charismatic spokesperson who offers guided jewelry shopping tours. It may be legit, in my experience the harder the sales pitch the more likely it is you'll do better elsewhere. We aren't into jewelry and was hoping she would cover other topics of interest but it was mostly jewelry shopping. Day 4 - Jamaica. We did the snorkeling excursion. It was fun! And, on the boat the drinks are free after you finish snorkeling. Day 5 - Grand Cayman. No dock here, you have to use tenders. The beach was fantastic. We caught a cab and went to Royal Palms Beach Front and enjoyed the day sipping cocktails and people watching. Carnival had great tender service, we didn't have to wait in line but a few minutes. Felt sorry for the cruisers on MSC, the tender line was ridicules, it looked like they only had 1 boat running. Day 6 - Cozumel. The bad - at the dock you are herded through a shopping mall, both when you leave the ship, and when you come back. Irritating. The good - cheap massage! across the street from the port you can find the typical touristy shops and get an excellent hour long message for $40 U.S. + tip. Day 7 - Sea day, and it was rough and very windy. So windy they closed the forward decks. The Carnival Dream handled the big waves with ease, I'm sure the stabilizers were getting a workout. Debarkation. Boohoo. Didn't want to go home. Nevertheless when it was our turn to leave it only took about 1/2 hour to get off the boat. Then the long wait at the airport. Would we do this cruise again? Nope. It was great fun, upon reflection we felt the food, friendliness of fellow passengers, and accommodations were better on our last cruise which was Royal Caribbean. Especially the food.
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BRING A POWER STRIP and an extension cord.