1st time Carnival cruiser (DREAM) complete review & pictorial (from a NCL cruiser)

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#61
OH
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Joined Jan 2010
If you can't tell by now, I was walking the stairs taking pictures of just the artwork there (you can tell by the time changes, which gives you an indication just how fast I was moving along from floor to floor=1 minute each...huffing and puffing the entire way from all of the food I consumed all week and the nice 6 pound weight gain souvenir that I brought home with me). Well except for that last picture, which was an hour later. Maybe I had to stop for more food and there was a delay in picture taking. Oops.





I believe this was called the Song Lounge?







Time to throw in another odd ball picture just to keep you all on your toes.

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CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination

BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove

BARBADOS: Boatyard

BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs

BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park

COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay

COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar

GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point

GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors

HALF MOON CAY

JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose

ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK

SAN JUAN:Pamelas

ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola

ST LUCIA: Jalousie

ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel

ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki

TORTOLA: Baths
#62
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This place was never used (that I could tell) and was always empty and abandoned when I passed this area. I'm not sure what it is suppose to be or what it use to be? I believe I took this picture after heading up the blingy steps (which you see to the right of the picture).



Once again, just so you know which way you are heading...more blingy signs.



According to Carnivals Dream layout, I think this is the Ocean Plaza maybe? Someone let me know and feel free to correct me on anything that I have misnamed or don't know the name of. All I know is I liked the blue and red mixture of the colors.







There was a little bridge like entrance that went over to this place. I think it was Caliente? When we boarded the ship, there was a wedding going on and a reception in there.

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CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination

BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove

BARBADOS: Boatyard

BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs

BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park

COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay

COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar

GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point

GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors

HALF MOON CAY

JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose

ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK

SAN JUAN:Pamelas

ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola

ST LUCIA: Jalousie

ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel

ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki

TORTOLA: Baths
#63
Richardson, TX
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I think you are making us all smile. I too press both buttons for the glass elevators and the regular ones often and have to run between them. Did you know one ding is up and two dings is down on Carnival? Or is it the other way around, anyway ... listen for the dings.

I keep forgetting something important, my phone charger.. my tablet charger, OMG I was miserable, it was on Magic and they had the 24/7 $39.99 special for the whole cruise and there I was on a B2B with 3 hours of battery life. My watch didnt make it last time either. I throw stuff into my suitcase the last minute and it shows.

the place you said was never used.. did you happen to check it between 5:30 or so.. it looks a little like the taste bar to me. Was it on deck 5?
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#64
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Originally posted by firefly333
I think you are making us all smile. I too press both buttons for the glass elevators and the regular ones often and have to run between them. Did you know one ding is up and two dings is down on Carnival? Or is it the other way around, anyway ... listen for the dings.

I keep forgetting something important, my phone charger.. my tablet charger, OMG I was miserable, it was on Magic and they had the 24/7 $39.99 special for the whole cruise and there I was on a B2B with 3 hours of battery life. My watch didnt make it last time either. I throw stuff into my suitcase the last minute and it shows.
Are you kidding me? There's a system to the dinging elevators? Now you tell me. Well I'll know that NEXT time. Yes, there WILL be a next time if everyone hasn't figured that out yet. I will watch for this for sure and learn the routine quickly. Yea for Carnival. Another plus (although I didn't know about this). Thanks!

Mine was definitely last minute. I had just finished finals that week and things were hectic to say the least. There was no time for packing prior and it was a grab all you can before you leave situation for us. But it worked out in the end as it always does. (Although truth be known, we forgot our cell phone chargers in the van back at Ron Jon, which not like we would use the cell phones, but it could have been an option to keep track of time). One last thing we forgot was the power strip...yea, it was back in the van as well. But I gaurantee, once you forget something, you never forget it the next time and double and triple check.
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CARNIVAL:
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BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove

BARBADOS: Boatyard

BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs

BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park

COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay

COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar

GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point

GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors

HALF MOON CAY

JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose

ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK

SAN JUAN:Pamelas

ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola

ST LUCIA: Jalousie

ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel

ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki

TORTOLA: Baths
#65
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I felt that Carnival did have the little "extra" added touches that I usually find on NCL. Here is one and I will point out others later in the review:



Walking along another glitzy hallway you will find the places for the older children and teen clubs. It made me wish I was a teen still because it looked like a lot of fun to hang out in.



Circle C Club. I believe it was for the kids ages 12-14:




Club 02 for those that were 15-17 years old. I thought about trying to act hip and sneak in a few times.




The hallway past the Crimson Dining Room (for those that had assigned dining times). I guess I didn't realize that you were actually separated from those that had assigned dining times by another restaurant. I just thought if you had the anytime dining, you just simply show up at one of the MDR's between whatever time they told you and there was a place to sit. I kinda missed not being able to sit in either restaurant and had to stick to just the one.



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NCL:
EPIC studio SPIRIT PEARL STAR JEWEL GETAWAY SUN SKY DAWN BREAKAWAY JADE EPIC

CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination

BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove

BARBADOS: Boatyard

BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs

BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park

COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay

COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar

GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point

GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors

HALF MOON CAY

JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose

ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK

SAN JUAN:Pamelas

ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola

ST LUCIA: Jalousie

ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel

ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki

TORTOLA: Baths
#66
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So now it's time for us to head to our rooms to see if they are ready. I'm not use to carrying my own luggage around (carry on) with soda in it. NCL lets you check it in with your luggage. Put it in something or not, slap a room tag on it and you're free to go. With Carnival, if you carry on soda, you C-A-R-R-Y on soda and it's attached to your hip during the entire cruise. Just kidding, only until you can drop it off at your room.

We stopped prior to getting on the freeway the day we left home just so that I could buy yet another suitcase to use just for this purpose. I had to have something with wheels. There was no way I was carrying around 3 cartons of soda. (Well, not necessarily me, but me and the hubby).

We stopped by the room prior to them being done and as we were walking down the hall to the room, we noticed the room steward had just finished our room and was headed to the next and 1 of our luggage had arrived outside. So in we went to drop off the soda and pull in 1 piece of luggage that the porter had promised would make it to our room when I handed him our tip.

Now I have read multiple times that Carnival rooms are a lot bigger and roomier than NCL. I don't know what I was expecting, but this was not it. I had seen pictures of an interior room and it also had a sofa in it long ways. But this room did not have anything like that and I can guarantee it didn't seem any bigger than our interior rooms on NCL. It was almost exactly the same.



We always book interior rooms, it gives our budget a break and allows us to cruise twice a year. Cruising twice a year is far more important to us than having a balcony or suite. Would I pass it up if offered? Of course not. But if I have to pay for it, it won't happen. Have I been upgraded before? Yes. Did I like it? Yes of course. But it was at no cost to us. Remember I'm a struggling college student and I only work 3 days a week due to that.

The only difference that I could find was the storage space. The storage space and design of the room was far less superior than NCL. NCL may have some small rooms (?), but I can guarantee they utilize every inch of that small space that they can. Their storage is awesome and we have always had plenty of room for all of our things. They have storage inside of storage. hehe Like our last cruise had the normal closet in the middle and inside that closet they had fold out shelves if you needed more space. If you didn't, you didn't have to fold it out. Inside that closet there was hidden shelves along the side. Not really "hidden", but hidden from the world. They just have wonderful storage. This time, I had to keep some of our clothes in the suitcases and pull them out as needed. I'm not complaining at all. It's just an observation. Would it distract me from cruising with Carnival again? Obviously not!





As you can tell by the picture above, I had started removing the items from the refrigerator to make room for our soda. There was a lot in there and it was jam packed full. I had been told (on here) that if you remove it and wanted it removed from the room, you had to ask the room steward to take it out. Otherwise it would just sit on top of the counter the entire cruise (taking up even more space). However, when I ask the room steward to take it out of the room, he told me NO. I told him we was not going to be purchasing any of it and I would like to use the space on the counter it was taking up and he told me "NO, it has to stay in the room." Um ok then...

The bathroom was average size and what I'm use to I guess. Maybe just a tad bit smaller? I know the shower seemed a lot smaller and it was like a triangle. But it did the trick and no complaints here.





I did find that the sink area seem to have a lot of storage space for things. There were tons of glass shelves to put things where NCL has a few, but usually not enough for us and the sink ends up cluttered.



I loved the little swing out mirror they had attached to the wall. This was an added plus. I need one of these at home. It was a magnifying mirror on one side and a regular mirror on the other. It came out to a position you could see the back of your hair and everything. Excitement at it's best.
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NCL:
EPIC studio SPIRIT PEARL STAR JEWEL GETAWAY SUN SKY DAWN BREAKAWAY JADE EPIC

CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination

BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove

BARBADOS: Boatyard

BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs

BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park

COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay

COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar

GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point

GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors

HALF MOON CAY

JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose

ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK

SAN JUAN:Pamelas

ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola

ST LUCIA: Jalousie

ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel

ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki

TORTOLA: Baths
#67
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The shower was equivalent to NCL with them having the shampoo (which I never use) and the body wash (which I always use)...hey, less to pack right? It smelled flowery and did the job.



I have to say that when we started our cruise, we had 6 towels in the bathroom. By the end of the cruise, we were only down to 3. I'm not sure why. I need (like) a lot of towels. I take 2 showers a day, 1 in the morning to get woke up and look presentable and another at night before going to bed to relax me. Then I have to have a towel for my hair (which is very long). You do the math, that's 4 towels just for me. I'm traveling with my husband and daughter...add 2 more towels. 6 towels was a positive sign and then it diminished from there on. Then if you are out at the pools, coming back from a sandy day in port, even more showers to be had.

There was a closet with our life jackets in there. We had 4 of them (it was a possible 4 person room). They were stacked on top of each other and the room steward brought us another (I guess for our little one, even though the thing seemed HUGE).



Another plus for Carnival (well, it could be for those that would use it) is that they automatically give you robes to wear. We have only had robes once from NCL and it was during a cruise that made us VIP status. Now we have robes at home, but even at home we barely wear them. So, we didn't use these either, but still was a nice added touch that NCL doesn't automatically give you.

One thing I found funny and had never seen before were people wearing their robes everywhere on deck. There were tons of people on the pool deck at night, in their robe, watching the movies. I had never thought of that, but that was the night that the hubby and daughter wouldn't wake up otherwise I would have took the opportunity to blend in with the robe theme. LMAO. Is this just a Carnival thing?



The shelves in the room, well...what was left of them, we definitely used up. They had a few rows taken up by all of the bedding that I guess would have been used if there was another person in the room.



You had your normal sized little safe behind the door. It's the same size as the ones that NCL has in their interior rooms...I know this because my OCD folders I make for each trip fit perfectly in there.



The refrigerator was below that, same size as what we are use to.



I have to talk about the refrigerator. I read comments from others saying that it was a "cooling" place and didn't get the sodas cold. Boy were they right. I wouldn't even say they got them cool. It was terrible! We had soda in there all week that never did get cold. Thank goodness for ice is all I can say. I'm a popaholic and I live, eat, and breathe soda (I know it's bad, but that's just how I am. I don't drink coffee and I need my caffeine fix somehow). So definitely a negative thing, but not something that devastated me of course. Just NCL has refrigerators that will have your soda coda by that night.

Others had also mentioned that you would not get ice unless you ask for it to be filled (another cost reduction by Carnival). Well, ours came filled right from the beginning and was filled every day. No issues and I never ask them to. Not necessarily a positive for Carnival, just something you expect. Had it not happened, no biggie either, I would have just ask for some. Not a big deal to me.
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NCL:
EPIC studio SPIRIT PEARL STAR JEWEL GETAWAY SUN SKY DAWN BREAKAWAY JADE EPIC

CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination

BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove

BARBADOS: Boatyard

BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs

BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park

COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay

COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar

GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point

GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors

HALF MOON CAY

JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose

ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK

SAN JUAN:Pamelas

ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola

ST LUCIA: Jalousie

ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel

ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki

TORTOLA: Baths
#68
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This was the hallway leading to our room:



There were a lot of "people" standing in the hallways all the time (see below)




And I thought they eliminated smoking in interior rooms. These guys obviously didn't get the memo:



Another person on our roll call posted one of a Mermaid, but we never seen her. She must have been hanging out at the opposite end of the hallway because it was the same floor as ours.

I do have to laugh because my oldest daughters room was the last door at the end of the hallway. There was this wall that came out right after it and one of these "guys" was on the wall beside it. It always caught her off guard because she thought a guy was standing there when she would come out of her room. We had to laugh the entire cruise about her "friend" that was stalking her outside her door.

There is a strip on the floor, which I originally thought of it as just being a wire cover or something (like a threshold), but on the last day of the cruise, we found out it was a light strip and they had it on. I'm not sure why it was never on prior to this??? Anyone have any clue?



Inside the room you have the flat screen tv's and you can access your account and such from it. My daughter didn't realize this until I told her the second to the last day of the cruise.

One positive thing about Carnival, they have a Kiosk up on the deck (toward the main atrium) that you can check your balance at any time and it will actually print off your charges and everything. You can also add money to your account that way (which she did her entire cruise). Way to go Carnival for having this. On NCL, you will take yourself up to the desk and wait in multiple lines to apply money or check your balance. Awesome idea. If this is a way to cut back on expenses (from having employees serve you) then it was an awesome cutback IMO.



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NCL:
EPIC studio SPIRIT PEARL STAR JEWEL GETAWAY SUN SKY DAWN BREAKAWAY JADE EPIC

CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination

BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove

BARBADOS: Boatyard

BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs

BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park

COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay

COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar

GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point

GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors

HALF MOON CAY

JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose

ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK

SAN JUAN:Pamelas

ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola

ST LUCIA: Jalousie

ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel

ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki

TORTOLA: Baths
#69
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So now it's about time for us to go to the "Save you own life if the ship sinks" drill. Everyone was assigned to different areas on the ships to meet. It's according to what is on your sail and sign card. Our meeting spot was in the Encore Theater. I'm glad they have it inside, most of the NCL ships have it inside, but the last few they were outside, in the heat, wanting you in a single filed line. Not fun with a child.

Now what I find weird was that they tell you where each area is, you go in and sit down and they periodically come around and ask if you are supposed to be in area "......" and you agree. What they didn't do what account for everyone. How do they know everyone was there? They didn't have a list, they didn't take our names or room number. On NCL, you sign in with them and they make SURE you are there. If you are not, you get this nice little letter telling you that you were bad for not attending and they tell you a time you are to report to another room for your slap on your hands meeting about not attending. How do I know? Not because I got the nasty letter but because they had this meeting at the place that our meet & greet was on the last cruise and I was the person that put it all together and those naughty people were coming into our room and eating all of our drinks and snacks provided to the cc members. That's how I know! Do you think you are getting served snack and drinks for being bad?? Ok, sorry, that just brought back memories for me. LOL

So once they showed us how to put on a life jacket, we were free to roam. It was off to the sail away party on the deck. They had some good hamburgers, hotdogs and fries to get our bellies full and I was ready to sit down in peace an quiet while we drifted off to sea.

A view of us still sitting in port:



We just had to be sitting by Mickey and his gang:



Everyone looked like they were having a blast over there riding the AquaDuck...me dreaming about how maybe some day I'll be able to afford Disney. Sigh. I was really hoping that Disney pulled out before us. I wanted to hear their "Wish Upon a Star" horn. But, that didn't happen. My oldest daughter set up on a higher deck (I found out later) waiting to hear it and it never happened.

Meanwhile, here I am sitting on the deck watching this cruise line that I had never been on FULLY PACKED TO CAPACITY...yes, no rooms available, another first for me, getting ready to leave the port in silence as we drift out into the sunset quietly like a ship in the night ninja and all of a sudden...here we go...time to PAR-TAY! The music started blaring, the chairs were moved off the deck and there was Julie the cruise director getting everyone pumped up and ready to dance. Can I get a h3ll yea?! You bet. I was super excited at that point and ready to get my dance on. Whoever said Carnival was a boring, no music ship was out of their minds.

Drink in hand and party on dude!





Have you ever watched yourself dance? Well you shouldn't. You will feel complete humiliation the rest of the cruise when you see yourself on the big screen tv on the deck in front of millions. Just a warning people. I danced until I couldn't dance anymore. I had the time of my life. WHERE WAS MY DAUGHTER DURING THIS???? Still hoping to hear Mickeys horn and not to be found. She's my dancing partner and partner in crime. Darnit. We are best friends, we do everything together...and yet not to be found. Sigh.
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NCL:
EPIC studio SPIRIT PEARL STAR JEWEL GETAWAY SUN SKY DAWN BREAKAWAY JADE EPIC

CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination

BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove

BARBADOS: Boatyard

BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs

BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park

COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay

COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar

GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point

GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors

HALF MOON CAY

JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose

ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK

SAN JUAN:Pamelas

ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola

ST LUCIA: Jalousie

ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel

ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki

TORTOLA: Baths
#70
Fort Worth, Texas
594 Posts
Joined May 2011
Originally posted by mitsugirly
But then again I think I have a little "dark" side in me anyhow...I do work with dead people ya know and I get a thrill every time I hear a trauma alert called at work...you'll find me running. Yea, I'm a little morbid but that's ok with me.
Nah, you're an ED nurse in the making. We are all slightly bent. I used to love getting a code at 0530 when I worked nights--it would keep me busy until the 7 a.m. crew got there.

Great review, and good luck with school--there's a light at the end of the tunnel!
#71
Ontario, Canada
376 Posts
Joined Sep 2004
So excited you were on the Dream! I've read your port reviews and decided to go to Chankanaab in Cozumel because of your reviews!! Super excited to follow your review of the Dream as we will be on her in July !! We too have cruise NCL so I like all the comparisons.
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#72
SoCal Gal
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Joined Dec 2011
Having never been on this ship, I'm really loving all the pictures!
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#73
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Once the dancing was done and over with, we headed back to our rooms to put our luggage away and finally meet up with our daughter to go to dinner. It had started raining outside and everyone scrambled. I was told that the lobster day is the first night and we got dressed up and ready to go to the MDR. Once I was there I found out it was not on the first night, but the second night, which was formal night. I wondered why everyone was in shorts, jeans and stuff.

I ordered the chicken, with the honey mustard sauce I think it was, for starters



Then I ordered the shrimp, which came on a stick (never seen such a thing) and sweet and sour noodles. The hubby had chicken breast and my daughter picked a PB & J. Geesh.



Later that night we were wondering around and found the same food up at the buffet area. Really? You can get the same thing there and not have to dress up? Sigh.

As for the staff, they were working their butts off, you could tell. I know what some mean but staff cuts because it took us about an hour to get our food. Now, I have experienced this on NCL before (our last cruise was a little slow in the MDR). One thing I truly missed on Carnival was the cheesecake. I love me some cheesecake and there was none to be found. I ask every night and every night I got the reply that it was only on certain nights they had it but it "wasn't this night." Well I finally gave up. On NCL, you can get cheesecake any time, day or night, 24/7 if you'd like and it is good. Insert sad face here.

For desert, they gave my daughter chocolate chip cookies. She wasn't hungry after she ate, so I took her cookies, put them in my small carrying purse and decided I would munch on them later. Remind me to never do that again...not only for the fact that I'm on a cruise ship and there is some type of available food on the ship 24/7 if I get hungry but also for the fact that these things completely crumbled in a matter of a few hip movements from walking. It was a bloody mess I tell ya!

We tried several times to go to the kids club (Camp Carnival) to sign our youngest up and our grandson. They were never open. This is weird. I'm use to NCL being open before sail away and you sign them up, get to view the place, and then after sail away you can bring the munchkins in for play time. Not Carnival. They were not opening until 9pm for sign ups. Wow. Shocker.

So, we went to the atrium and my hubby and daughter got their dance on for awhile. She danced like there was no tomorrow and didn't want to stop when it was time to move on.





Meanwhile, I'm busy snapping pictures in the Atrium and my surroundings as I glanced over waving at her twirling around like a princess and wearing daddy out.
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#74
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That area upstairs in the buffet is the Pasta Place Pasta the way you want it many selections too bad you missed it/
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There is a strip on the floor, which I originally thought of it as just being a wire cover or something (like a threshold), but on the last day of the cruise, we found out it was a light strip and they had it on. I'm not sure why it was never on prior to this??? Anyone have any clue?
I think they are only emergency lights. They were probably on because they were testing them.



Is cheesecake not on room service anymore?
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#76
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So glad I'm not the only one whose schedule is dictated by nursing school. Our last cruise I had to bring my giant book with me, as we had a quiz on day 1 scheduled, and I was getting back 10pm the night before the semester started. Our next cruise is my "graduation celebration" as I'll be done December 13! Good luck to you with your studies.

P.S. I love all the pics you include in your reviews. Helps bring it to life.
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Finally it was 9pm and time to go sign up for Camp Carnival. We signed the kids up and had a look around. The area was pretty big. I've seen bigger, I've seen much smaller, but all in all, it looked like a good time was to be had there and the kids couldn't wait to play...wait, what? You're not open tonight? Seriously? The first night of the cruise and parents are eager to spend money in your Casino and you aren't open? Definitely a negative for me. Sigh.

Just so you know you are going in the right direction for direction impaired people like me...



The front desk, which never really had anyone sitting there. You actually had to go inside at the glass gate and check in with the gatekeeper to pick up and drop off the munchkins. I guess possibly another staff cutback?



Inside CC



The windows you see in the background goes out to one of the decks, which would later become very useful to us...details to come!



The movie viewing area (which is still the same area as previous, this is just where the tv was located)...more on this to come as well.

Daddy and Sakari checking out all of the neat toys on the shelves. She loves dinosaurs and can name the different types. She has a huge box/collection of them at home and as I currently type this, she is watching a dinosaur movie. LOL (Truth be known and keep this our little secret, she is roaring too).



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BARBADOS: Boatyard

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#78
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Originally posted by mitsugirly
I haven't went anywhere my Epic friend. You have to give me time to type and add pictures. Profection doesn't come easy ya know. You may be in need of another cruise real soon for your sudden instant outburst of spasm on my thread thinking I have gone away.

I'll have you know that my nails have grown so long during and since my cruise that I actually sat down and cut them all off just so that I could type my review faster right before I started this. True story. I'm going as fast as I can.
LMAO!!! I am very excited to read your review...just in case you didn't know that!! I am trying to decide between Dream and Breeze. Both have the same itinerary...Grand Turk, Curaco and Aruba, both 8 days, both around the same dates (unfortunately not until 2015)...Breeze is more expensive than Dream though so I am leaning towards Dream. The cruise I want to go on is in 2015!!! I need to get planning. Time is running out!! LOL!!!
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Upstate NY
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Thanks for bringing back some awesome memories made on that ship!! It's nice to see that they have improved some things since we last sailed her in 2011. The Atrium is beautiful, just like you said! It was mesmerizing watching the elevators going up and down during night!

That was Ocean Plaza (the blue and red colors you liked.)

I'm mad I didn't get many pictures of the ship, I wasn't on Cruise Critic back then!

I hope you went to the front of the ship at night, they turn the lights off so the captain can see and you can see all of the stars in the galaxy - Gambee if you're reading, make sure you do this on the Breeze! It's simply amazing to see all of the stars like you never have before!

I'm mainly a Royal fan but I would sail on the Dream class anytime!
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This place was so colorful and I loved it.





A shirt they would later give to my daughter to color and then proceed to not let her color it...details on that later as well!



Their going away gift on the last night of the cruise:



It looks like a lot of stuff for them to do some drawing activities right? But my daughter does not like to participate in things like that....MORE TO COME!!!!

Ok, so Camp Carnival was not open for registration before sailing and not until hours later after sailing. Then they are not open that night AT ALL. So far not off to a good start right?

The next thing they inform me is that we have to carry around this god awful huge "cell" phone from the 1990's in order to have our kids there. Um say what? Where am I suppose to put this thing? It has no clip on it and you are forced to carry it. It didn't even fit in my small hand purse. They require everyone in the kids club, ages 2-5, to have one of these. They give you a school plastic box with the phone and the charger in it to take back to your room to charge and make you check in with it each time by giving them your number. You assigned me the phone, you wrote the number down, shouldn't you HAVE that number? Ok so this was not my idea of "fun" but guess what...I just found my new source of a way to tell time AND...... me and my oldest daughter now had a form of communication between each other when we were seperated. LOL Whenever we were going somewhere, trying to find each other, simply pick up the cell phone and call. NOT WHAT CARNIVAL? You just gave us a personal communication tool. Thanks! My daughter also carried hers to port with her (for some reason these phones stayed on ships time no matter what port we were in) and we now knew exactly what time it was all the time. My daughter also used the plastic school box they gave to her as something to put her stuff in while in the bag. It kept things from getting wet and she made it into a little carrier. HA! Take that Carnival. I was not as enthused about carrying the dinosaur phone as she was, but I delt with it.

They also require the children to wear an armband the ENTIRE cruise. Remember how mine did not like the last armband from Ron Jon and that was only on for 1 day? Well I was just informed that she would now have another armband for the entire week. Gasp. Here we go....(in the end, she only ask for it to come off for a few days and then she finally gave up and all was well, but I guarantee that when stepped foot off the cruise and she knew it was over, she ask again for us to remove it).

Well since there was nothing more that a family with children can do at this time of night (since everything consisted of bars, dancing, or casino), that pretty much left us out on anything other than going back to the room for the night (after a little snack of course).

Outside our room was our tickets for our excursion to Playa Mia (the only excursion we did with Carnival because it's a place we wanted to go and that was the only way to book it). It was kind of neat that each room had it's own little "mailbox" outside of the room. I'm use to things being shoved in the room number outside the door for everyone to see. This was kind of "hidden". I liked it. A+ Carnival.

We arrived to find our first towel animal...his name was "no feet" according to Sakari.



Our beds were together (which was something we were wondering about since Carnivals online sign in kept changing it back to separated) and Sakari's bed was pulled down from the ceiling.

We each was left a mint...another A+ Carnival. At least you still do that for the cruisers. This is something you now have to "earn" with NCL and be up the ladder to receive. Rolling my eyes out loud.

Ok, time to plug in that dinosaur cell phone to charge for tomorrow, the computer, and charge the batteries to the camera...wait, only 1 plug and I forgot my power strip either at home on the table or in the van left at Ron Jon. (Yea, it was the van at Ron Jon's we found out after the cruise). I would continue the rest of the cruise on a charging frenzy between all of the items. Some took priority over others and some people were a little upset about that (Camp Carnival to name one).
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CARNIVAL:
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BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove

BARBADOS: Boatyard

BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs

BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park

COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay

COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar

GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point

GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors

HALF MOON CAY

JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose

ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK

SAN JUAN:Pamelas

ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola

ST LUCIA: Jalousie

ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel

ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki

TORTOLA: Baths