DREAM or NIGHTMARE? - My Review with Pictures!

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#1
Windermere, FL
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DREAM or NIGHTMARE - Review with Pictures

BACKGROUND - I'm 16 and this time traveled only with my parents (56 and 52). I'm originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil but moved to Orlando, FL in December 2007 and my parents are kind of retired so they spend their year between Sao Paulo, Orlando, and traveling a lot as well. We have cruised with Carnival several times before and always respected the fact they are the largest cruise line and deliver a great product for a lower price enabling more people to cruise, but we still prefer companies such as Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. We actually weren't planning this cruise; We came back from Brazil July 13 and already had friends coming to visit until the 29th and a trip with other friends to Punta Cana from August 8 to 15, so the only possible date was the 31-7 since the 7th is my sister's bday and she had to stay home working. So the most convenient choice would be the new DREAM since it is a 40ish minute drive and the day we came back we'd be in Orlando before my sister wake up so we could spend her day with her and leave the following morning again....

I called Carnival exactly 13 days before the cruise and couldn't be more satisfied. They no longer had interior staterooms and with the Florida Resident/Senior Discount a balcony would be the same price as an oceanview. We were then offered an upgrade for 40 bucks from Deck 6 to 9, the same type of stateroom and then to 10 for the same price, the pool Deck!!! It would then be my 14th cruise and my parents' 21st, so yeah we're kinda picky ....but not that much we just like to "try" new ships and see how they're doing...we never complain just talk about details between ourselves so sorry for any opinion you might not agree it’s just what we think and sorry If I wrote too much….I couldn’t stop typing....
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Grand Mistral - Brazil - 2007
Liberty of the Seas - E. Caribbean - 2007
Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas - 2008
Brilliance of the Seas - Mediterranean - 2008 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post16784586
Carnival Miracle - W. Caribbean - 2008/2009
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=966690
Eurodam - Baltic - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1320644
Oasis of the Seas - Labadee Extravaganza - Inaugural 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101085
Carnival Dream - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1250565
Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post27093620
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1326804
MSC Magnifica - Aegean & Adriatic - 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post29623209
Legend of the Seas - Asia - 2011
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2011
Pacific Princess - Black Sea - 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1785542
Jewel of the Seas - W. Caribbean - 2013 FIRST BDAY CRUISE!
Mariner of the Seas - Barcelona to Dubai - 2013 FIRST LIVE REVIEW! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1837671

Enchantment of the Seas - Bahamas - 2013
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2013
Seabourn Quest - Western Europe - 2014
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#2
Windermere, FL
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EMBARKATION was very smooth in our opinion. We got a call from Carnival a couple days prior to the cruise telling us that we could board from 10am on, but we ended up getting at Port Canaveral at 11, which worked out well since the last few guests were still leaving the ship. Yes, there were lines for everything: x-ray, check-in, and boarding, but the lines were neither enormous nor slow....in 30-40 minutes we were onboard and headed to The Gathering (Deck 10) since staterooms would be ready at 1:30 and there were few people onboard so there were no lines.

THE DREAM is truly an impressive ship. I was afraid we would think it was too small after the Oasis but the moment we saw her in PC we said "WOW"....
The outside looks amazing like any other Carnival ship(I do like their exterior designs), and the interior is just not our type but we thought it was overall better than the past CCL ships we'd been to. The pool areas for an example looked really nice.

One thing we all agreed was that even though the staterooms look a bit larger than usual, the public spaces are divided in several smaller ones, which we saw that caused some struggle for wheelchair users. I never saw major crowds as I've read besides the boarding area and the restaurant entrance on the first night. What we would change would be the layout. An extra Deck with more space for The Gathering and an extra pool would do good for the 4600 people onboard . Also in my opinion this new class of ships lacks an indoor pool which most newer ships lack like the Royal Caribbean's Oasis, Freedom, and Voyager classes. Even though these ships are designed for Caribbean cruises and we only had good weather this week it could happen. Plus as these ships get older they are repositioned to other places so a retractable roof/magrodome would do great at the main pool. Also one last thing is something I don't agree: the layout of the galley in the middle of both MDR's blocking circulation on Deck 3....at least they made a hallway on Deck 4 but I don't like the idea of two separated dining rooms with the galley blocking in between. We did like that the ship’s AC wasn’t as cold as other ships’ and loved the new “Promenade” concept (even though the 4 hot-tubs were not hot at all)…..talking about hot-tubs I liked the fact they had several around the ship…
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Sea Wind Crown - S. Caribbean - 1997
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Splendour of the Seas - Brazil - 2001/2002
Ocean Breeze - Bahamas - 2002
Carnival Inspiration - W. Caribbean - 2006
Grand Mistral - Brazil - 2007
Liberty of the Seas - E. Caribbean - 2007
Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas - 2008
Brilliance of the Seas - Mediterranean - 2008 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post16784586
Carnival Miracle - W. Caribbean - 2008/2009
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=966690
Eurodam - Baltic - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1320644
Oasis of the Seas - Labadee Extravaganza - Inaugural 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101085
Carnival Dream - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1250565
Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post27093620
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1326804
MSC Magnifica - Aegean & Adriatic - 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post29623209
Legend of the Seas - Asia - 2011
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2011
Pacific Princess - Black Sea - 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1785542
Jewel of the Seas - W. Caribbean - 2013 FIRST BDAY CRUISE!
Mariner of the Seas - Barcelona to Dubai - 2013 FIRST LIVE REVIEW! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1837671

Enchantment of the Seas - Bahamas - 2013
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2013
Seabourn Quest - Western Europe - 2014
Dawn Princess - Northern Australia - 2015
Disney Fantasy - W. Caribbean - 2015
Disney Dream - Bahamas - 2015


Into 2017 with Friends & Family @ New Zealand!
#3
Windermere, FL
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Joined May 2008
FOOD was good overall. The three of us agreed that both the variety and presentation of food at The Gathering (Deck 10) was below the standards plus the usual lines and difficulty to find tables made us have almost every breakfast and lunch at the Scarlet (Deck 3 aft). We did enjoy the sandwiches at the Deli located by the aft pool (also Deck 10). We had second seating (8:15) at the Scarlet Upper (Deck 4) and had a nice small table by the window. Food there was great besides the lack of variety for sides (they usually had three or four dishes that shared the same side which could limit one's choice but as my dad said it makes the logistic easier so it’s understandable). The most remarkable night for us at the MDR was the first elegant one (Day 2) when I had the stuffed mushrooms as starter and the duck as entree (the maitre told me I was the first person he saw in both first and second dining having that dish....I'd say the other 4599 people missed it and was waiting for them to serve it again the following lunch or dinner....)

As far as I know the other MDR Crimson (Deck 3 & 4 mid) served as My Time Dining (or at least the upper deck) which we wanted to try but by the time we booked two weeks before the cruise was already full. We also decided to try the Chef's Art Steakhouse (Deck 12 aft) and pay the 30 bucks per person and we were truly impressed. We usually agree to pay up to 20,25 bucks for especial restaurants but never paid that much and the dishes they offered plus the impeccable service of our Russian and Polish waiters were worth it(btw our MDR waiters Tono and Ni were the best we have ever had on a cruise)! I recommend the escargot bourguignon as an starter (we just love it and even though they had it at the MDR the second elegant night this one was far better!!!) and the filet mignon with béarnaise sauce, wasabi and horseradish mashed potatoes and spinach was amazing, finishing with the chocolate sampler.


OUR ROOM 10245 was pretty good for us who booked it less than two weeks before. We enjoyed the location since it was a higher deck (10), close to the pool area and a short walk from the main/fwd staircase and elevators. Overall we thought it was slightly larger than similar categories in other ships (including the Oasis) and my extra bed on the sofa wasnt't as good as the actual sofa-beds I had on the Eurodam and Oasis but was much better than the sofa on the Solstice.


There was a good storage space…enough for a week maybe not more and the bathroom was average size….I just don’t like the curtains instead of the actual door they have on Royal & Celebrity ships but I would never choose a ship because of the shower so whatever. The only thing that made us uncomfortable was the constant noise of people walking by(not only children but adults too) SCREAMING even at 2am thinking its noon ….I was taught by my parents to never scream at any time while in a hotel/cruise ship hallway so I found it a grave lack of politeness. It was overall clean but my mom observed that the pillows weren't as clean as they should be and as we fin in other ships (they had a weird smell). We agreed that the Dream was unfortunately not as clean as other ships....
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Ocean Breeze - Bahamas - 2002
Carnival Inspiration - W. Caribbean - 2006
Grand Mistral - Brazil - 2007
Liberty of the Seas - E. Caribbean - 2007
Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas - 2008
Brilliance of the Seas - Mediterranean - 2008 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post16784586
Carnival Miracle - W. Caribbean - 2008/2009
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=966690
Eurodam - Baltic - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1320644
Oasis of the Seas - Labadee Extravaganza - Inaugural 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101085
Carnival Dream - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1250565
Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post27093620
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1326804
MSC Magnifica - Aegean & Adriatic - 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post29623209
Legend of the Seas - Asia - 2011
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2011
Pacific Princess - Black Sea - 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1785542
Jewel of the Seas - W. Caribbean - 2013 FIRST BDAY CRUISE!
Mariner of the Seas - Barcelona to Dubai - 2013 FIRST LIVE REVIEW! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1837671

Enchantment of the Seas - Bahamas - 2013
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2013
Seabourn Quest - Western Europe - 2014
Dawn Princess - Northern Australia - 2015
Disney Fantasy - W. Caribbean - 2015
Disney Dream - Bahamas - 2015


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#5
Windermere, FL
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ENTERTAINMENT was really fun and energetic all day long….there were always multiple activities at the same time and because of that the passengers were never concentrated at the same place. We found the Encore Theatre (3,4,5 fwd) small for the size of the ship but we did not have a problem finding seats and enjoyed all the shows. The best in our opinion was “Dancing in the Street” which was composed of several different effects for a ship like trampolines and lasers! “Get Ready” was also very good and unfortunately they had a technical problem during “8 More Seconds” but I’m glad it wasn’t the other ones we watched. I really liked the main pool area that occupied 3 decks (10,11,12) and enjoyed the Seaside Theatre (It was the first ship we went that had this type of screen by the pool). They had nice shows/movies/Cruise Director’s Program during the day and the few laser shows at night were really cool! Congrats Carnival for this great feature.



THE SPA area was really nice and quiet (as opposed to the rest of the ship). I was glad mom and I managed to run at the treadmill everyday so we could have the melting cake at night and not gain weight….we also followed some other critters’ ideas and only had salad for lunch and used the stairs as much as possible….that helped a lot! I had two massages: a couple’s massage with mom the afternoon in St. Maarten and the stones one the last day….they had several especial offers for it and I was glad there were only two of them prohibited for my age.
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Carnival Ecstasy - Caribbean - 1998
Splendour of the Seas - Brazil - 2001/2002
Ocean Breeze - Bahamas - 2002
Carnival Inspiration - W. Caribbean - 2006
Grand Mistral - Brazil - 2007
Liberty of the Seas - E. Caribbean - 2007
Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas - 2008
Brilliance of the Seas - Mediterranean - 2008 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post16784586
Carnival Miracle - W. Caribbean - 2008/2009
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=966690
Eurodam - Baltic - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1320644
Oasis of the Seas - Labadee Extravaganza - Inaugural 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101085
Carnival Dream - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1250565
Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post27093620
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1326804
MSC Magnifica - Aegean & Adriatic - 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post29623209
Legend of the Seas - Asia - 2011
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2011
Pacific Princess - Black Sea - 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1785542
Jewel of the Seas - W. Caribbean - 2013 FIRST BDAY CRUISE!
Mariner of the Seas - Barcelona to Dubai - 2013 FIRST LIVE REVIEW! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1837671

Enchantment of the Seas - Bahamas - 2013
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2013
Seabourn Quest - Western Europe - 2014
Dawn Princess - Northern Australia - 2015
Disney Fantasy - W. Caribbean - 2015
Disney Dream - Bahamas - 2015


Into 2017 with Friends & Family @ New Zealand!
#8
Windermere, FL
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PORTS OF CALL were only details for us since we’ve been to the Caribbean many times, but we didn’t remember St. Thomas so had something new this cruise. Even though the Oasis was together with us at all the ports (Monarch OTS in Nassau and Caribbean Princess in St. Thomas as well) the islands did not feel crowded…ok maybe a little. BTW I confess I almost cried when I saw the Oasis....I tracked her project for 3 years and was in the Inaugural and now I saw her without beeing able to go inside....and most of the people in our ship were amazed watching her....I heard a lady saying even though she talked with some Oasis guests and they loved it she couldn't imagine a ship larger than the Dream....I just though "Heck yeah I can imagine" Since we had a short time in Nassau and it was the first day we just went shopping to buy my sister’s bday present…we went to the EFFY store which we always go and know the vendors and also walked around the nice stores where mom (she couldn’t resist) bought a Gucci purse for a truly awesome price…..AND NO TAX!!!!


In St. Thomas we went to Magen’s Bay which was very crowded but ok and then went to take a shower and have lunch at the ship (EMPTY) and walk around the stores at the port, go to Paradise Point(awesome view!! Definitely going back in Dezember) and guess what? One more Gucci for mom….I start to guess If I’m getting a present this trip or only my mom and sister….I’M NOT JEALOUS
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Sea Wind Crown - S. Caribbean - 1997
Carnival Ecstasy - Caribbean - 1998
Splendour of the Seas - Brazil - 2001/2002
Ocean Breeze - Bahamas - 2002
Carnival Inspiration - W. Caribbean - 2006
Grand Mistral - Brazil - 2007
Liberty of the Seas - E. Caribbean - 2007
Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas - 2008
Brilliance of the Seas - Mediterranean - 2008 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post16784586
Carnival Miracle - W. Caribbean - 2008/2009
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=966690
Eurodam - Baltic - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1320644
Oasis of the Seas - Labadee Extravaganza - Inaugural 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101085
Carnival Dream - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1250565
Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post27093620
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1326804
MSC Magnifica - Aegean & Adriatic - 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post29623209
Legend of the Seas - Asia - 2011
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2011
Pacific Princess - Black Sea - 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1785542
Jewel of the Seas - W. Caribbean - 2013 FIRST BDAY CRUISE!
Mariner of the Seas - Barcelona to Dubai - 2013 FIRST LIVE REVIEW! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1837671

Enchantment of the Seas - Bahamas - 2013
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2013
Seabourn Quest - Western Europe - 2014
Dawn Princess - Northern Australia - 2015
Disney Fantasy - W. Caribbean - 2015
Disney Dream - Bahamas - 2015


Into 2017 with Friends & Family @ New Zealand!
#9
The Woodlands, TX
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Joined Oct 2005
What a lovely writer you are! Thank you for your review and your opinions. Please don't ever apologize for stating your opinion. You are obviously a very mature and intelligent young woman.
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#10
Windermere, FL
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St. Thomas....






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Sea Wind Crown - S. Caribbean - 1997
Carnival Ecstasy - Caribbean - 1998
Splendour of the Seas - Brazil - 2001/2002
Ocean Breeze - Bahamas - 2002
Carnival Inspiration - W. Caribbean - 2006
Grand Mistral - Brazil - 2007
Liberty of the Seas - E. Caribbean - 2007
Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas - 2008
Brilliance of the Seas - Mediterranean - 2008 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post16784586
Carnival Miracle - W. Caribbean - 2008/2009
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=966690
Eurodam - Baltic - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1320644
Oasis of the Seas - Labadee Extravaganza - Inaugural 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101085
Carnival Dream - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1250565
Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post27093620
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1326804
MSC Magnifica - Aegean & Adriatic - 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post29623209
Legend of the Seas - Asia - 2011
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2011
Pacific Princess - Black Sea - 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1785542
Jewel of the Seas - W. Caribbean - 2013 FIRST BDAY CRUISE!
Mariner of the Seas - Barcelona to Dubai - 2013 FIRST LIVE REVIEW! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1837671

Enchantment of the Seas - Bahamas - 2013
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2013
Seabourn Quest - Western Europe - 2014
Dawn Princess - Northern Australia - 2015
Disney Fantasy - W. Caribbean - 2015
Disney Dream - Bahamas - 2015


Into 2017 with Friends & Family @ New Zealand!
#11
Windermere, FL
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Joined May 2008


In St. Maarten we did our favorite program there….went to Orient Beach which we found much better than last time (more infrastructure), ride jetskis(which mom was too lazy sunbathing to take pics), and walk around the nude beach (shhhhhh) …..then went back to the port and I went to run and take a shower while my parents went to “look around” the stores where “suddenly” two watches(for them) “fell in their hand”….and I was still waiting for mine….actually I’m still waiting right now…..hahahaha



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Sea Wind Crown - S. Caribbean - 1997
Carnival Ecstasy - Caribbean - 1998
Splendour of the Seas - Brazil - 2001/2002
Ocean Breeze - Bahamas - 2002
Carnival Inspiration - W. Caribbean - 2006
Grand Mistral - Brazil - 2007
Liberty of the Seas - E. Caribbean - 2007
Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas - 2008
Brilliance of the Seas - Mediterranean - 2008 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post16784586
Carnival Miracle - W. Caribbean - 2008/2009
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=966690
Eurodam - Baltic - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1320644
Oasis of the Seas - Labadee Extravaganza - Inaugural 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101085
Carnival Dream - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1250565
Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post27093620
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1326804
MSC Magnifica - Aegean & Adriatic - 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post29623209
Legend of the Seas - Asia - 2011
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2011
Pacific Princess - Black Sea - 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1785542
Jewel of the Seas - W. Caribbean - 2013 FIRST BDAY CRUISE!
Mariner of the Seas - Barcelona to Dubai - 2013 FIRST LIVE REVIEW! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1837671

Enchantment of the Seas - Bahamas - 2013
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2013
Seabourn Quest - Western Europe - 2014
Dawn Princess - Northern Australia - 2015
Disney Fantasy - W. Caribbean - 2015
Disney Dream - Bahamas - 2015


Into 2017 with Friends & Family @ New Zealand!
#12
Windermere, FL
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Joined May 2008
Some pics of the ship....

Dad checking the gold tournament @ the Sports Bar right next to his favorite place....THE CASSINO.....which was not generous at all this time

Promenade Deck (5) where they have the Sushi Bar(Wasabi), the Coffee Shop, Bars, and the Lanai which is outside the windows on the right
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Sea Wind Crown - S. Caribbean - 1997
Carnival Ecstasy - Caribbean - 1998
Splendour of the Seas - Brazil - 2001/2002
Ocean Breeze - Bahamas - 2002
Carnival Inspiration - W. Caribbean - 2006
Grand Mistral - Brazil - 2007
Liberty of the Seas - E. Caribbean - 2007
Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas - 2008
Brilliance of the Seas - Mediterranean - 2008 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post16784586
Carnival Miracle - W. Caribbean - 2008/2009
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=966690
Eurodam - Baltic - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1320644
Oasis of the Seas - Labadee Extravaganza - Inaugural 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101085
Carnival Dream - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1250565
Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post27093620
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1326804
MSC Magnifica - Aegean & Adriatic - 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post29623209
Legend of the Seas - Asia - 2011
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2011
Pacific Princess - Black Sea - 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1785542
Jewel of the Seas - W. Caribbean - 2013 FIRST BDAY CRUISE!
Mariner of the Seas - Barcelona to Dubai - 2013 FIRST LIVE REVIEW! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1837671

Enchantment of the Seas - Bahamas - 2013
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2013
Seabourn Quest - Western Europe - 2014
Dawn Princess - Northern Australia - 2015
Disney Fantasy - W. Caribbean - 2015
Disney Dream - Bahamas - 2015


Into 2017 with Friends & Family @ New Zealand!
#13
Windermere, FL
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I’ve read several bad reviews about this ship saying it was a true “Nightmare” and that they would never board this ship anymore which got me worried but I also read several “Living the Dream” reviews which got me curious. It is impossible to enjoy this ship to its fullest in one week only so I did not try a lot of things I wanted such as the laser tag and the slides (they always had lines and the last day at sea I was going but fell asleep and woke up after it closed), but now that we’re back home after experiencing this new ship I got to a conclusion: This was not a conventional Dream like the ones you dream at night which last long and are sometimes crazy or scary. Carnival’s Dream is more like a nap dream….you know you are dreaming but it looks so real that you get used to it even when it’s surreal like Carnival’s decor….you get comfy and learn how to enjoy it even with crowds and noises, you lose notion of time and the world outside by staring at the sunset or listening to the ocean, and you find out that even though it is not the best Dream or the best sleep you had, you do not want to wake up from that short one week nap, you wish this DREAM would never end.


I wanted to post this today since we're leaving to the Dominican Republic for a week tomorrow so If I forgot about anything or you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll answer as soon as I can!
Thanks,

Ricardo
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Ocean Breeze - Bahamas - 2002
Carnival Inspiration - W. Caribbean - 2006
Grand Mistral - Brazil - 2007
Liberty of the Seas - E. Caribbean - 2007
Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas - 2008
Brilliance of the Seas - Mediterranean - 2008 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post16784586
Carnival Miracle - W. Caribbean - 2008/2009
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=966690
Eurodam - Baltic - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1320644
Oasis of the Seas - Labadee Extravaganza - Inaugural 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101085
Carnival Dream - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1250565
Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post27093620
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1326804
MSC Magnifica - Aegean & Adriatic - 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post29623209
Legend of the Seas - Asia - 2011
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2011
Pacific Princess - Black Sea - 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1785542
Jewel of the Seas - W. Caribbean - 2013 FIRST BDAY CRUISE!
Mariner of the Seas - Barcelona to Dubai - 2013 FIRST LIVE REVIEW! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1837671

Enchantment of the Seas - Bahamas - 2013
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2013
Seabourn Quest - Western Europe - 2014
Dawn Princess - Northern Australia - 2015
Disney Fantasy - W. Caribbean - 2015
Disney Dream - Bahamas - 2015


Into 2017 with Friends & Family @ New Zealand!
#14
Windermere, FL
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Joined May 2008
Glad everyone is enjoying it....any questions feel free to ask


Originally posted by cruisetexas
What a lovely writer you are! Thank you for your review and your opinions. Please don't ever apologize for stating your opinion. You are obviously a very mature and intelligent young woman.
Thanks for the mature and intelligent but I'm a guy
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Grand Mistral - Brazil - 2007
Liberty of the Seas - E. Caribbean - 2007
Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas - 2008
Brilliance of the Seas - Mediterranean - 2008 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post16784586
Carnival Miracle - W. Caribbean - 2008/2009
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=966690
Eurodam - Baltic - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1320644
Oasis of the Seas - Labadee Extravaganza - Inaugural 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101085
Carnival Dream - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1250565
Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post27093620
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1326804
MSC Magnifica - Aegean & Adriatic - 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post29623209
Legend of the Seas - Asia - 2011
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2011
Pacific Princess - Black Sea - 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1785542
Jewel of the Seas - W. Caribbean - 2013 FIRST BDAY CRUISE!
Mariner of the Seas - Barcelona to Dubai - 2013 FIRST LIVE REVIEW! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1837671

Enchantment of the Seas - Bahamas - 2013
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2013
Seabourn Quest - Western Europe - 2014
Dawn Princess - Northern Australia - 2015
Disney Fantasy - W. Caribbean - 2015
Disney Dream - Bahamas - 2015


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#15
108 Posts
Joined May 2009
Originally posted by RicardoC
Glad everyone is enjoying it....any questions feel free to ask




Thanks for the mature and intelligent but I'm a guy
Hahaha!!
Looks like your "Dream" wasn't too much of a nightmare! We're going on her a week from today and I am absolutely ecstatic. How was lunch in the Scarlet? Had a few experiences with MDR lunches/breakfasts that were less than par. Is it something we should try?
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7-night Western Caribbean and 1st time to ROATAN!

9-night Eastern Caribbean/BERMUDA!
#16
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
201 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
Ola! Ricardo - Thank you for such a wonderful and honest review of the Dream. I clicked on the thread because I'm sailing on the Dream Sept 4, but your words and photos blew me away.

You are not only a writer, but also a poet and great photographer. I am the latter and you are GOOD.

Please keep writing and share, if you will, your blog or FB page. I am a fan now and can't wait to see how far you go.

Você é um menino muito especial.
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#17
Windermere, FL
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Originally posted by stingraycityslicker
Hahaha!!
Looks like your "Dream" wasn't too much of a nightmare! We're going on her a week from today and I am absolutely ecstatic. How was lunch in the Scarlet? Had a few experiences with MDR lunches/breakfasts that were less than par. Is it something we should try?

Hahaha it was a Dream....the Nightmare was my worries after reading reviews of people who hated it

U see something I wanted to write but forgot....the good of Scarlet for Breakfast/Lunch is there are no lines so you wait seated but the menus are the same everyday so for the lunch expecially is kinda bad but I'd try it a couple times(we had lunch there 3 days....)
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Grand Mistral - Brazil - 2007
Liberty of the Seas - E. Caribbean - 2007
Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas - 2008
Brilliance of the Seas - Mediterranean - 2008 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post16784586
Carnival Miracle - W. Caribbean - 2008/2009
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=966690
Eurodam - Baltic - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1320644
Oasis of the Seas - Labadee Extravaganza - Inaugural 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101085
Carnival Dream - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1250565
Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post27093620
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1326804
MSC Magnifica - Aegean & Adriatic - 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post29623209
Legend of the Seas - Asia - 2011
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2011
Pacific Princess - Black Sea - 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1785542
Jewel of the Seas - W. Caribbean - 2013 FIRST BDAY CRUISE!
Mariner of the Seas - Barcelona to Dubai - 2013 FIRST LIVE REVIEW! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1837671

Enchantment of the Seas - Bahamas - 2013
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2013
Seabourn Quest - Western Europe - 2014
Dawn Princess - Northern Australia - 2015
Disney Fantasy - W. Caribbean - 2015
Disney Dream - Bahamas - 2015


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#18
Windermere, FL
1,258 Posts
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Originally posted by SeaBrz
Ola! Ricardo - Thank you for such a wonderful and honest review of the Dream. I clicked on the thread because I'm sailing on the Dream Sept 4, but your words and photos blew me away.

You are not only a writer, but also a poet and great photographer. I am the latter and you are GOOD.

Please keep writing and share, if you will, your blog or FB page. I am a fan now and can't wait to see how far you go.

Você é um menino muito especial.
Thanks!
I'm actually surprised people think I'm a good writter....I was in Brazil but when I moved here I just sucked writting in English.....but trying to get better....
Are u Brazilian too?
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Ocean Breeze - Bahamas - 2002
Carnival Inspiration - W. Caribbean - 2006
Grand Mistral - Brazil - 2007
Liberty of the Seas - E. Caribbean - 2007
Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas - 2008
Brilliance of the Seas - Mediterranean - 2008 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post16784586
Carnival Miracle - W. Caribbean - 2008/2009
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=966690
Eurodam - Baltic - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1320644
Oasis of the Seas - Labadee Extravaganza - Inaugural 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101085
Carnival Dream - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1250565
Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post27093620
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1326804
MSC Magnifica - Aegean & Adriatic - 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post29623209
Legend of the Seas - Asia - 2011
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2011
Pacific Princess - Black Sea - 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1785542
Jewel of the Seas - W. Caribbean - 2013 FIRST BDAY CRUISE!
Mariner of the Seas - Barcelona to Dubai - 2013 FIRST LIVE REVIEW! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1837671

Enchantment of the Seas - Bahamas - 2013
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2013
Seabourn Quest - Western Europe - 2014
Dawn Princess - Northern Australia - 2015
Disney Fantasy - W. Caribbean - 2015
Disney Dream - Bahamas - 2015


Into 2017 with Friends & Family @ New Zealand!
#19
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
201 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
Forgot to also tell you you "Have Fun in the DR!" I can't give much advice, but I spent two weeks in La Romana in 2002, and made a couple trips into Santo Domingo (fun, safe, no problems). What I do know is that the DR people are warm, loving, and friendly -- and you will fit in perfectly.
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RCI Sovereign (1998, 1999, 2001, 2005)
RCI Mariner - W Carib (Jan 2004
Ocean Club Mirage I (2003, 2004)
CCL Glory - E Carib (Sept 17 2005 - straight thru TS Rita)
CCL Sensation - T&C's (Mar 29 2007)
CCL Glory - W Carib (April 4 2009)
CCL Dream - W Carib (Sept 2010 - Another family 50th Birthday Cruise)
CCL Victory - Bahamas (May 2016)