My girlfriend and I cruised on the Dream 1/6/19-1/13/19. I have cruise on Carnival 3 times before. This was my Girlfriends first Cruise. We are in our mid 20’s. Here are some of my thoughts:
We stayed at the Hilton Riverside. So, we walked through the Riverwalk. The walk was quite short and not bad at all. When we arrived at the port it took about 10 minutes to check in our lounge. After that everything was extremely organized and went quickly.
We stayed in room 7222. It was great. We loved the location. It was clean and well maintained. Our Room Steward, George, was fantastic. He was very attentive and kind. We had a few problems with our neighbors (smoking marijuana and cigarettes on the balcony) and George was very empathetic and did his best to help us. We also appreciated that he kept all of our towel animals each night. It was nice to have all of our towel friends at the end of the cruise. Most room stewards replace the animals each night. While it’s a minor detail, we appreciated it.
Main Dining Room (Dinner): We ate in the main dining room every night except for one (Steakhouse reservation). We had the 6pm dining time. For the most part we enjoyed the food very much. Some of my favorite dishes were, the braised rabbit appetizer, country chicken soup appetizer, the curry shrimp entrée, the rosemary lamb shank, and the bitter and blanc desert. My girlfriend thoroughly enjoyed the braised rabbit, filet mignon and the amaretto cake. She disliked the Mahi Mahi and I wasn’t the biggest fan of the beef carpaccio (warm) or the soufflé (undercooked). Although the food was pretty good, the service was not up to the standard I expected. Jorge our main waiter was kind, yet very forgetful and had a difficult time understanding English. He forgot a few drinks or meals and one evening forgot to let us order desert at all. Multiple times we would ask for one thing (whiskey old fashion) and receive something else (whiskey and coke), even though we would always clarify if he had questions. The two assistant waiters, Tomislav and Henry were very nice and hardworking. The entire team seemed very overwhelmed. The service wasn’t what we expected but we still enjoyed the majority of our meals.
Main Dining Room (Brunch): We ate at the seaday brunch twice. The food was pretty good, yet the service was extremely slow. Each dining experience took about 2 hours. I personally think this is to long for brunch. I would recommend the buffet if you are in a rush or have other plans. My girlfriends’ steak and eggs were slightly overcooked but tasted good. I enjoyed both meals I ordered.
Guys Burgers: We both enjoyed these burgers and fries very much! We split a burger one day and each ordered our own the next day. The burgers were juicy and cheesy. The fries weren’t to salty and had just the right amount of crisp. We appreciated the toppings bars. I would recommend looking at both of the lines before joining a line. Everyday there was a line that was quite long, while the other was half the size.
Blue Iguana Cantina: This was somewhat hit or miss for use. Embarkation day I ordered a shrimp burrito and it was fantastic. Later in the week I ordered a huevos rancheros and it was soggy and not flavorful at all. My girlfriend ordered a burrito with chicken one day for lunch and the chicken was burnt and over cooked. The last time I order from here I ordered a breakfast burrito. It was delicious! So, like I said, it’s hit or miss. I recommend giving it multiple try’s if you don’t like it the first time.
Bonsai Sushi: We went here once for a late-night snack on the last night. We enjoyed it a whole lot and wish we went here sooner! The prices are extremely reasonable. We ordered a California roll, a shrimp tempura roll, tuna sashimi and the wagyu beef appetizer. Everything was delicious. We both highly recommend eating here at least once. It’s definitely worth the extra cost.
Steakhouse: Unfortunately, we were unable to finish our meal here, because my girlfriend started feeling quite ill. We were able to have our appetizers and I had my entrée (GF was given hers in a to go box but never ate it). I had the smoked oysters and the tuna tartare for my appetizers. For my entrée I had the New York strip steak with the rapini and wasabi mash on the side. My girlfriend had the shrimp cocktail and the stuffed mushrooms. She ordered the Waygu but never ended up eating it. All of the food we ate were excellent. My steak was slightly overcooked. I asked for medium rare and received the steak cooked medium. I did not send it back since we were in a rush to get back in the room for my girlfriend. The steak was still extremely tasty. The service was good but not amazing. We look forward to giving the steak house another chance on another cruise. We were both bummed that we had to leave a little early, but we wanted to make sure my girlfriend would feel better for our first port the next day.
Pizza: We both thought the pizza was pretty good but not great. I usually ordered the #5 (prosciutto) which I enjoyed. The pizza was cooked quickly, and I don’t believe we ever waited more than 5 minutes for pizza, even when the line was long.
Mongolian: We ate here on the last seaday. We really liked the food, but we did wait a very long time in line. I would recommend coming here on a port day when it is less crowded.
Deli: We split a Cuban sandwich here once. My girlfriend enjoyed it, while I thought it was a little soggy and not great. I also enjoyed the chocolate sea salt cookies they give out.
That’s it for tonight. I’ll add my thoughts on the bars, entertainment, activities and more tomorrow. I’ll also be happy to answer any questions anyone has about the dream.