Carnial Dream picture review

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#21
Ontario, Canada
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I am loving your review and I love your pictures! Your kids looked like they were having a good time too!
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#23
Michigan
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Enjoying your picture review. We were on Dream in January of 2010. Seeing it docked next to Oasis makes it look pretty small. We liked the Dream , but agree there was no WOW factor. Looking forward to more of your pictures.
#24
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Great review so far...easy to follow. You get to the important points and your pictures are outrageous.

My kids would point to the Oasis also, what kid wouldn't, LOL. They wanted to try it this year. We instead we are giving the Carnival Liberty a try this year. It was half the price of Oasis/Allure, $3500 verses $7200, an easy decision was made. The good thing about the Carnival Liberty is the ports.
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#25
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The beach you went to in St. Marten. Did they have jet skis for rent? My son wants to do that and so far the only beach I can see is Orient Beach. Thanks
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Originally posted by jillpra
The beach you went to in St. Marten. Did they have jet skis for rent? My son wants to do that and so far the only beach I can see is Orient Beach. Thanks
Yes, there were jetskis available at Great Bay Beach. See picture in next post.
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#27
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We really enjoyed Great Bay Beach. See the Dream in the background? The Beach was really close to the docks.













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Carnival Fascination to Half Moon Cay and Nassau: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2066091
Norwegian Jewel to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976718
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Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584851
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1262795
#28
Notre Dame, Indiana
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Great pictures! I had almost this itinerary on RCCL's Freedom last summer.

Next time in St. Marten, try Maho Beach. Your son would LOVE it I am sure! Planes almost landing on your head and a great beach and beach bar/restaurant right there! I loved it and spent half the day. Also Orient Bay is great but is semi and fully nude. Just a heads up.

Maho Bay Beach planes landing extremely low:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFdwaG7gN-4
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#29
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We booked an ATV tour online through Stmaartencruiseexcursions dot com. It started raining ˝ hour before our ATV tour was to begin. We seriously thought about canceling our excursion, but when we saw the group before us arrive back, they convinced us otherwise. They were soaking wet, but said they had a blast and encourage us to do it. We did. Since it was just the 4 of us, we got a private ATV tour. I cannot express how much fun we had!!!!!! The tour guide stopped and got us trash bags to use as ponchos. The hilarious look just added to the fun. We road the ATVs through town and towards Orient Beach. We had stops along the way and went through a sandy, muddy, off-road area.









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Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584851
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1262795
#30
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St. Maarten again...


The final stop on the ATV excursion was the famous Orient Beach!
By the time we got to Orient Beach, the rain had stopped, and the kids enjoyed swimming and playing. Since it had previously rained, the beach had cleared out, and we were the only ones on the beach. Well, except for old-naked-guy further up the beach on the nude side. The kids never noticed, but I caught him in the background of one of the photos of the kids. Orient Beach was not an exceptional beach by Caribbean standards, I guess it must just be famous for the nudity?!?








On the other side of the rocks in this photo is the nude side:





The ride back to the ship was pleasant and the sun was peaking back out. I highly recommend this tour!!!! What a crazy, fun, wet, muddy blast!
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Carnival Fascination to Half Moon Cay and Nassau: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2066091
Norwegian Jewel to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976718
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Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda (3rd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1728780
Carnival Freedom to Panama, Costa Rica, & Cozumel (favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1347741
Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584851
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1262795
#31
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Excellent review and pictures.
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Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584851
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1262795
#33
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were you on the 28th of Jan???? I thought I saw your kids in the pool, also we went to Orient Beach I remember the nud guy, and it wasn't a pretty site
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Summary:
The Dream is a beautiful ship, but could feel crowded often; especially when getting an elevator, using the pools, or attending a show in the main theater. We didn’t feel that all the added fun stuff to the Dream class ship made the experience much better. The food was excellent and the options were plentiful. The Behind the Fun tour is a nice one-time experience. I loved the nightly comedy shows.

For those interested, here is a link to our Carnival Freedom cruise to Panama, which is my favorite cruise to date. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1347741
In fact, we are considering doing the Freedom’s southern itinerary next year.

I hope some of the information I have provided you will be beneficial to you in planning your next cruise. Enjoy!


Gotta love making my family dress up on formal night. My son's face sums it up pretty well for how he fills about ties. He he he.

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Cruise Picture Reviews:
Norwegian Getaway to Great Stirrup Cay, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Cozumel http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2331862
Carnival Sunshine to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169332
Carnival Fascination to Half Moon Cay and Nassau: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2066091
Norwegian Jewel to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976718
Carnival Freedom to Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba (2nd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1781515
Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda (3rd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1728780
Carnival Freedom to Panama, Costa Rica, & Cozumel (favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1347741
Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584851
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1262795
#36
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Originally posted by madzach
Great review and pictures! We'll be in the same room and doing the same itenirary on April 21st.
We'll be with you on the 21st!!!
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LOL! This might be my favorite picture!

Originally posted by mpcaruth
Summary:
The Dream is a beautiful ship, but could feel crowded often; especially when getting an elevator, using the pools, or attending a show in the main theater. We didn’t feel that all the added fun stuff to the Dream class ship made the experience much better. The food was excellent and the options were plentiful. The Behind the Fun tour is a nice one-time experience. I loved the nightly comedy shows.

For those interested, here is a link to our Carnival Freedom cruise to Panama, which is my favorite cruise to date. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1347741
In fact, we are considering doing the Freedom’s southern itinerary next year.

I hope some of the information I have provided you will be beneficial to you in planning your next cruise. Enjoy!


Gotta love making my family dress up on formal night. My son's face sums it up pretty well for how he fills about ties. He he he.

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#38
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Cute kids !!!!
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#40
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Thanks for the compliments everyone. I tried to keep the review simple and easy to read for other folks like me with short attention spans (less words and more photos).
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***Puerto Limon, Costa Rica ***Labadee, Haiti*** Samana, Dominican Republic*** Cozumel, Mexico*** Nassau, Bahamas*** Grand Cayman*** Belize***St. John, USVI*** St. Martin*** Freeport, Bahamas*** San Juan, Puerto Rico*** Roatan, Honduras***St. Thomas, USVI***Colon, Panama*** Bermuda***Grand Turk*** La Romana *** Aruba *** Curacao *** Costa Maya *** Half Moon Cay ***Ocho Rios and Great Stirrup Cay

Cruise Picture Reviews:
Norwegian Getaway to Great Stirrup Cay, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Cozumel http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2331862
Carnival Sunshine to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169332
Carnival Fascination to Half Moon Cay and Nassau: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2066091
Norwegian Jewel to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976718
Carnival Freedom to Grand Turk, La Romana, Curacao, and Aruba (2nd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1781515
Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda (3rd favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1728780
Carnival Freedom to Panama, Costa Rica, & Cozumel (favorite cruise): http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1347741
Carnival Dream to Nassau, St. Martin, and St. Thomas: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1584851
Carnival Sensation to Nassau & Freeport (Tripwow):http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1262795