May 2014 - Carnival Dream to Caribbean - Eastern
e sailed identical cruise from Galveston year before. In paticuliar, the sound at the poolside theater was excellent which was not the case on the Magic. Being somewhat a germophobe we avoid the buffets, especially at peak periods. Being herd around with finger licking lost guests with plates overflowing is anything but appealing, so we opt for dining room or room service. We did dine a couple of times at the Lido however, and found the food average to so-so. Dining room was acceptable. Filet Mignon was not the recognizable filet cut, pretty sure a slice of roast was placed under something that vaguely resembled a filet. Fish was good. Flat iron steak was pretty good too, but overall we found the food a bit bland. I am amazed that all beef was prepared as requested..medium-rare, medium-well and well!! I think this was a first in our cruising! Melting Choc. Cake was a hit as was the apple pie and balsamic dressing. On blandness, we know food is prepared for all ranges of taste and diet so we found overall acceptable. Waitstaff and room steward were excellent. Entertainment was typical Not so Newlywed Game, Hairy Chest Contest, dancing and singing, karaoke. Marginal to very good. We thought overall the cruise an excellent value. Group of 7, age range 22-72, traveled in 2 staterooms, balconies, to celebrate our eldest son's graduating college. We only felt crowded while unpacking luggage. Have cruised 9 times, enjoy the smaller ships and more eduacational types of entertainment such as talks on ports and culture, but to just unwind and escape this was perfect. Even with 3,000 other guests you can find a quiet corner. Were told Carnival will be retrofitting all ships. I think updating to a less glitz, less 80's look will be welcomed. Unfortunately, I think the theatre on this class of ship will remain with sightline issues of support columns. They are to build a larger ship too, but I adhere to the philosophy bigger is not always better. However, to transport large numbers, keep a profit margin and market to entry level bargain shoppers, I think noone can compete with Carnival.