My Dream Review...and I took LOTS of pics!

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#1
942 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
I sailed with my daughters, ages 8 and 10, and my mom. My husband got sick of cruising (crazy!!!) so this is our 3rd annual ALL GIRLS cruise. We had an amazing time and I have lots of details to give about our time on the ship and our excursions (Little French Key, Starfish Island, and Nachi Cocom).

Before I get involved in my review, I want to get the negatives out of the way I have a few gripes that did not ruin my cruise in any way, but things that I don't like. The rest of my review will be mostly positive, so bear with me for a minute here....

first, we were disappointed with anytime dining, which we chose because 6pm dinner was not available when we booked the cruise, and 8pm is too late for the kids to eat. It took hours, literally, to make it through a meal. We were getting there at 5:45 and not finishing up until after 8pm. We had to leave before dessert (which was fine) on the last night because we wanted to watch an 8pm movie at the seaside theater. And we never got to personally know the wait staff. We missed that part the most. I hope to never do anytime dining again! It was definitely not the end of the world, just not for us.

Second negative: WE MISS THE CHOCOLATE! I know, I know, super petty and not a big deal, but my kids love getting the chocolates on the bed. BOO on Carnival for taking away that small perk.

Third and final negative: I am gold VIFP and am no longer invited to the past cruiser party (or whatever they call it). I have been to that party many times and now I'm not eligible anymore?? And my free drink coupon could only be used on the last day of the cruise after 5pm. So basically they're telling me "OK here's a free drink coupon, but we really don't want you to actually use it, so we're going to try to make you forget about it." And my mom and girls didn't get their free drink since they aren't gold. (they got free drinks last year) They got bottled water instead, which I had already purchased a 12pk anyway. So OK, whatever. Again, small stuff here, but it does make a difference.

Alright, done with the venting and on with this review! I took over 400 pictures so this will be a pic heavy review
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Carnival Conquest, 2012: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
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#2
942 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
We drove from Missouri to Hammond, LA on Saturday and stayed at the Hampton Inn. It took about 10 hours...way longer than google maps claims! They don't factor in traveling with little girls. Sunday morning we had an hour drive into NOLA. We got to the port about 11am and were on the ship around noon. It was crowded but they move you through quick at that port. I've always been impressed with their efficiency. I parked at the Erato Street garage and it was $16 per day.
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Carnival Conquest, 2012: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Triumph, 2010: Key West, Nassau, Freeport
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#4
942 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Getting excited!


We always carry our own bags on. I'm so afraid mine will not make to my cabin somehow!

First thing we did was sign up for the Seuss breakfast. There was a table set up right inside the doors to the lido deck, so it was easy to spot.



Then straight to the lido deck for lunch!



And now our cruise has officially begun. I always start my cruise with a Miami vice
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Carnival Dream, 2014: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Carnival Elation, 2013: Progreso, Cozumel
Carnival Conquest, 2012: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Triumph, 2010: Key West, Nassau, Freeport
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#5
Missouri via Portland OR
6,644 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
Where in Missouri did you leave from?

I'm in Missouri as well and have thought about driving to a port. Ten hours doesn't sound too bad.

TIA
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Liberty 02/08/15 (Grand Turk, (missed) San Juan, St Maarten)
Legend 05/11/14 (Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Grand Cayman)
Liberty 09/14/13 (HMC, St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)
Valor 02/04/12 (St Thomas, Antigua, Tortola, Nassau)
Valor 05/09/10 (Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel)
Valor 09/13/09 (Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel)
Glory 05/16/09 (Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize, Nassau....I mean Nassau, St Thomas St Maarten...Thanks H1N1)
Destiny 02/09/09 (Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk) Pics: http://photobucket.com/Destiny2009
Liberty 09/13/08 (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
Legend 05/11/08 (Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan)
Glory 09/08/07 (Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize, Nassau....I mean Nassau, Cozumel, Key West, Progreso...Thanks Dean)
Valor 5/13/07 (Grand Cayman, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya)
Valor 9/10/06 (Nassau, St Thomas, St Maarten)
Victory 5/7/06 (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Ocho Rios)
Destiny 05/01/05 (San Juan, Dominica, Aruba, Barbados, St Thomas)
Destiny Capers/Photos: http://community.webshots.com/user/monakenny
Elation 05/09/2004 (Progreso, Belize, Cozumel)
Victory 05/11/2003 (Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Ocho Rios)
Ecstacy 05/18/1998 (Key West, Cozumel)
#7
942 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
KenMo, St Louis area. Just took hwy 55 all the way to the outskirts of New Orleans. It's not a bad drive at all.
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Carnival Elation, 2013: Progreso, Cozumel
Carnival Conquest, 2012: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Triumph, 2010: Key West, Nassau, Freeport
Carnival Conquest, 2004: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Carnival Inspiration, 2002: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel

#8
Missouri via Portland OR
6,644 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
Originally posted by bluejay555
KenMo, St Louis area. Just took hwy 55 all the way to the outskirts of New Orleans. It's not a bad drive at all.
Thank you!

I'm in St Joe, so I think you're a little further south than I am. Still...doesn't sound like it would be too much longer.
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Liberty 02/08/15 (Grand Turk, (missed) San Juan, St Maarten)
Legend 05/11/14 (Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Grand Cayman)
Liberty 09/14/13 (HMC, St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)
Valor 02/04/12 (St Thomas, Antigua, Tortola, Nassau)
Valor 05/09/10 (Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel)
Valor 09/13/09 (Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel)
Glory 05/16/09 (Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize, Nassau....I mean Nassau, St Thomas St Maarten...Thanks H1N1)
Destiny 02/09/09 (Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk) Pics: http://photobucket.com/Destiny2009
Liberty 09/13/08 (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
Legend 05/11/08 (Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan)
Glory 09/08/07 (Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize, Nassau....I mean Nassau, Cozumel, Key West, Progreso...Thanks Dean)
Valor 5/13/07 (Grand Cayman, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya)
Valor 9/10/06 (Nassau, St Thomas, St Maarten)
Victory 5/7/06 (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Ocho Rios)
Destiny 05/01/05 (San Juan, Dominica, Aruba, Barbados, St Thomas)
Destiny Capers/Photos: http://community.webshots.com/user/monakenny
Elation 05/09/2004 (Progreso, Belize, Cozumel)
Victory 05/11/2003 (Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Ocho Rios)
Ecstacy 05/18/1998 (Key West, Cozumel)
#9
Dallas, TX
151 Posts
Joined Feb 2010
I had about 15 family members on this sailing. I will be looking at your pics to see if I can spot them, since they apparently didn't take any, or at elast none that they are sharing!
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#10
Sutter Buttes
2,622 Posts
Joined Jan 2012
Originally posted by bluejay555
I sailed with my daughters, ages 8 and 10, and my mom. My husband got sick of cruising (crazy!!!) so this is our 3rd annual ALL GIRLS cruise. We had an amazing time and I have lots of details to give about our time on the ship and our excursions (Little French Key, Starfish Island, and Nachi Cocom).

Before I get involved in my review, I want to get the negatives out of the way I have a few gripes that did not ruin my cruise in any way, but things that I don't like. The rest of my review will be mostly positive, so bear with me for a minute here....

first, we were disappointed with anytime dining, which we chose because 6pm dinner was not available when we booked the cruise, and 8pm is too late for the kids to eat. It took hours, literally, to make it through a meal. We were getting there at 5:45 and not finishing up until after 8pm. We had to leave before dessert (which was fine) on the last night because we wanted to watch an 8pm movie at the seaside theater. And we never got to personally know the wait staff. We missed that part the most. I hope to never do anytime dining again! It was definitely not the end of the world, just not for us.

Second negative: WE MISS THE CHOCOLATE! I know, I know, super petty and not a big deal, but my kids love getting the chocolates on the bed. BOO on Carnival for taking away that small perk.

Third and final negative: I am gold VIFP and am no longer invited to the past cruiser party (or whatever they call it). I have been to that party many times and now I'm not eligible anymore?? And my free drink coupon could only be used on the last day of the cruise after 5pm. So basically they're telling me "OK here's a free drink coupon, but we really don't want you to actually use it, so we're going to try to make you forget about it." And my mom and girls didn't get their free drink since they aren't gold. (they got free drinks last year) They got bottled water instead, which I had already purchased a 12pk anyway. So OK, whatever. Again, small stuff here, but it does make a difference.

Alright, done with the venting and on with this review! I took over 400 pictures so this will be a pic heavy review
When we had anytime dining on the Dream in April, our meals never lasted more than 75 minutes.
#11
942 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Originally posted by YubaSutter
When we had anytime dining on the Dream in April, our meals never lasted more than 75 minutes.
Lucky you! We had a hard time even getting drinks at dinner. I think we were offered something other than water twice. I tell you though, we'd get there at 5:45 and the line to get in would be wrapped around all the way passed the glass elevators.
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Carnival Dream, 2015: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Dream, 2014: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Carnival Elation, 2013: Progreso, Cozumel
Carnival Conquest, 2012: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Triumph, 2010: Key West, Nassau, Freeport
Carnival Conquest, 2004: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Carnival Inspiration, 2002: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel

#12
942 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Originally posted by KenMo
Thank you!

I'm in St Joe, so I think you're a little further south than I am. Still...doesn't sound like it would be too much longer.
Google maps says 14 hours for you. Considering the price of airline tix for a family, it's not a terrible drive.
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Carnival Dream, 2016: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Dream, 2015: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Dream, 2014: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Carnival Elation, 2013: Progreso, Cozumel
Carnival Conquest, 2012: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Triumph, 2010: Key West, Nassau, Freeport
Carnival Conquest, 2004: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Carnival Inspiration, 2002: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel

#13
942 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Originally posted by CCbaby817
I had about 15 family members on this sailing. I will be looking at your pics to see if I can spot them, since they apparently didn't take any, or at elast none that they are sharing!
Awesome! I hope you spot them!
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Carnival Dream, 2016: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Dream, 2015: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Dream, 2014: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Carnival Elation, 2013: Progreso, Cozumel
Carnival Conquest, 2012: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Triumph, 2010: Key West, Nassau, Freeport
Carnival Conquest, 2004: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Carnival Inspiration, 2002: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel

#14
942 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
We had a cove balcony and LOVED IT. (I'll post better pics of it later) We had one last summer for the first time and just had to have one again this time, too. We were in 2357 and it was a great location. We were directly under the pool/restaurant area (by 8 floors of course ) The restaurant was one floor above us and we never had any noise. I've read not to get a cove under the galley. That can get super noisy. It rained just about every night and we could sit on the balcony and not get wet. It's completely sheltered by the lifeboats.



NOLA at sail away


We spent a lot of time at this pool! It was raining at sail away, so there was no deck party going on.
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Carnival Dream, 2016: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Dream, 2015: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Dream, 2014: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Carnival Elation, 2013: Progreso, Cozumel
Carnival Conquest, 2012: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Triumph, 2010: Key West, Nassau, Freeport
Carnival Conquest, 2004: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Carnival Inspiration, 2002: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel

#15
United States
215 Posts
Joined Sep 2014
We live in Northwest Arkansas. We are from KC and my wife's family is from St. Joe. It takes 10 hours for us to get to NOLA. It is also 4.5 hours to St. Joe. from here. In any case it would be worth the drive just to not have to fly from KCI to NOLA.

We like NOLA and stay in the French Quarter. There are a lot of great places to eat in NOLA. We also go to Pat O'Brien's whenever we are there.
#16
Mississippi
938 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Looking forward to the rest of this review since we will be on the Dream for the first time in November.
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#17
Louisville,Ky USA
414 Posts
Joined Jun 2003
We have sailed the Dream several times. Last year with two grand kids and their other Mimi.
She wanted to do one without the kiddos and I said the coves were neat. She didn't care as long as we took her with us. I booked the same cabin. Haven't read much at all about it, so looking forward to your thoughts.
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#18
Missouri via Portland OR
6,644 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
Originally posted by NWACruiser
We live in Northwest Arkansas. We are from KC and my wife's family is from St. Joe. It takes 10 hours for us to get to NOLA. It is also 4.5 hours to St. Joe. from here. In any case it would be worth the drive just to not have to fly from KCI to NOLA.

We like NOLA and stay in the French Quarter. There are a lot of great places to eat in NOLA. We also go to Pat O'Brien's whenever we are there.
Thank you for the info...it's appreciated!
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Liberty 02/08/15 (Grand Turk, (missed) San Juan, St Maarten)
Legend 05/11/14 (Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Grand Cayman)
Liberty 09/14/13 (HMC, St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)
Valor 02/04/12 (St Thomas, Antigua, Tortola, Nassau)
Valor 05/09/10 (Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel)
Valor 09/13/09 (Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel)
Glory 05/16/09 (Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize, Nassau....I mean Nassau, St Thomas St Maarten...Thanks H1N1)
Destiny 02/09/09 (Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk) Pics: http://photobucket.com/Destiny2009
Liberty 09/13/08 (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
Legend 05/11/08 (Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan)
Glory 09/08/07 (Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize, Nassau....I mean Nassau, Cozumel, Key West, Progreso...Thanks Dean)
Valor 5/13/07 (Grand Cayman, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya)
Valor 9/10/06 (Nassau, St Thomas, St Maarten)
Victory 5/7/06 (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Ocho Rios)
Destiny 05/01/05 (San Juan, Dominica, Aruba, Barbados, St Thomas)
Destiny Capers/Photos: http://community.webshots.com/user/monakenny
Elation 05/09/2004 (Progreso, Belize, Cozumel)
Victory 05/11/2003 (Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Ocho Rios)
Ecstacy 05/18/1998 (Key West, Cozumel)