My Western Caribbean Carnival Dream Review. 04/14-04/21. Lots of photos!

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#1
Ontario, Canada
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Hello. Here is my review of our Carnival Dream Western Caribbean Cruise. Our ports of call were: Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Costa Maya. Some info about us first. My name is Michelle (37) and my hubby is Drew (36) this was our second cruise. I want to thank other cruise critic members for all the tips I learned about the Dream. We had a good vacation and I want to go back on that ship with our kids next time. I am going to share with you my pictures and my honest opinions about the ship and the excursions we went on. I hope you enjoy it.
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Ontario, Canada
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We flew to Orlando and arrived in the evening. We stayed at the Radisson Resort at the Port. It was okay for a 1 night stay. There was Mc Donalds accross the street and a gas station close by to stock up on cruise snacks. There were other newer hotels close by I would book one of them next time. The shuttle service on the morning of the cruise was running late and people ended up taking a taxi to the port. It was organized chaos with crowds of people. If you stay there request an updated room. We went to Grills Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar for dinner. It was very busy and they had a live band. The food was delicious and the service was very good.
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#3
Ontario, Canada
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We boarded the ship around noon, it went fast and smooth. The Carnival rep asked us if any of us have had flu like symptoms. I'd never been asked that before, thankfully our answer was no! She also said that there was going to be 4300 guests on board and 600 of them were children! We headed right on up to the Pasta Bar to have lunch. It was not busy at all and it was so good. I had a ceasar salad, shrimp alfredo and garlic bread. Then we headed to a bar to get our soda stickers. I wasn't going to get it, but I caved and did it anyways! I think it's so expensive, imagine all the cases of pop we could buy for the price they charge! Anyways, then we walked around and I took photos of the ship until our room was ready. It is such a beautiful ship, I loved the decor. Here is some photos of the ship I took and our stateroom. We had a mid-ship inside cabin on deck 2. Quick thought: people are correct when they mentioned that there is a sewage smell and the boat does rock.












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Just a cool quote(saying) I found:

Cruising let's you share a back porch with a billionaire. In Turkey we anchored next to a diamond merchant's 200 foot megayacht for two days. He spent 50 million dollars to visit the same destination as us. Some people buy floating condominiums and some people buy the sailing equivalent of a cargo crate, but we all meet at the same barbecue pit on the beach.



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#7
North Ridgeville,Ohio
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Thanks for the review. It brings back the memories I made on the Dream in January.
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Great photo's, thanks for doing your review and pictures.
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#9
Ontario, Canada
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We had to go to Key West due to a guest having a medical emergency. Here is a pic of the Coast Guard. Hoping the guest is okay?



It's after midnight here, so good-night. Tomorrow is my Cozumel review and photos.
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#10
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We are sailing on the Dream in August and booked an inside room too (aft on deck). I noticed they took the chairs out of the room and only have a vanity chair. Did you find the room had enought space? Looking forward to more pictures and your review!
#11
Ontario, Canada
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Originally posted by TACMS
We are sailing on the Dream in August and booked an inside room too (aft on deck). I noticed they took the chairs out of the room and only have a vanity chair. Did you find the room had enought space? Looking forward to more pictures and your review!
I found the room just the right size for 2 people. We never used the chair, we did store items on the desk.
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#12
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Enjoying your review and pictures! We sail on the Dream in less than three weeks so this is really getting me more excited (if that is possible!!).
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Crystal River, Florida
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We sail on the Dream in less than a week!
Saturday can't come soon enough.
I'm excited to keep up with your review this week.
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Originally posted by cruzlovr75
It's after midnight here, so good-night. Tomorrow is my Cozumel review and photos.

OK, it's after 10AM - get up and post some more!!
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#16
Columbus, OH, USA
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Joined Feb 2004
[quote=cruzlovr75;33472345][size=3][color=purple] Quick thought: people are correct when they mentioned that there is a sewage smell and the boat does rock.

Yep! We were on the same sailing and on deck 2. The smell at the elevators starting about day 2 or 3 was awful. We also had to walk through the Crimson dining room once and I had to hold my nose.

I felt the ship was extremely rocky as well and had to take dramamine twice during the week. First time out of 6 cruises.

We did have a good time, overall though.
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Enjoying the review so far!!
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#18
Ontario, Canada
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Originally posted by Ilive2cruise
Enjoying your review and pictures! We sail on the Dream in less than three weeks so this is really getting me more excited (if that is possible!!).

I hope you have a great cruise!
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#19
Ontario, Canada
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Joined Nov 2011
Originally posted by Zoey
Who is that in the photograph on the bathroom wall?

Sorry I am not sure.
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#20
Ontario, Canada
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Originally posted by ShotoJuku
OK, it's after 10AM - get up and post some more!!

Lol! I had to get the kiddies off to school and doing lots of laundry! I will start again now.
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