I just got off the dream and had a great time. I could not find MANY recent Dream reviews so I decided to do one for those who are interested.
Overall I have been on about 10 cruises with Carnival, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean. This cruise was my first on Carnival since 2006. my first several cruises had been with family and now due everyone starting their own lives and family it is not just me and my husband. Hopefully I can plan a family cruise again in the future.
I had a horrible 2014. You name it, it happened to me, so I was really looking forward to this cruise. I felt like I earned it so regardless of what may or may not have been to my liking, I was going to have a good time. With that said you may see some negatives but it was not going to ruin my trip.
Once out cab did not know where to go. Was very confused and most parking staff seemed too serious or like they work for TSA.
Found a porter and after that everything ran smoothly
Lots of people inside the cruise terminal but things seemed to flow smoothly. Arrived around 11:30am
We did express check in and after that we were instructed to go through security
After security we went to get our key. We passed the priority room and what seemed to be a long line for regular check in. Took out my phone to take pics and was told it was a no pic zone
We headed up to buffet because room was not ready. Buffet was large space wise but things are spread far apart. Burgers, pizza, tandoori, and deli outside
Everything else inside. I like the seating space but don't like to walk far for my different items. Not a deal breaker though
Room 8257. First door you see when off stairs or elevator. Great if you dont want to walk. Not great if you don't want to hear everyone who comes off stairs or elevator. Again not a deal breaker
My husband surprised me and had the room decorated. Overkill and it looked like the 4th of July but uts the thought that counts
We went to the muster drill. Our station was in one of the main dining rooms. You do not need to bring life jackets. About 5 minutes after we sit down we hear an announcement, something like "attention, all those who are hiding on your balcony, we can see you. Please take your safety seriously and come to drill". We thought it was funny and apparently so did most who heard it.
I wouldn't call it sail away necessarily because for some reason we did not sail away till later. It was cold but it was a lot of fun. Got my first drink of the trip, a Miami vice. Taste good, rich, not too much alcohol. I actually didn't taste any but decided that for now, im fine.
Line dancing was fun. I normally cant get my husband to join but he decided to oblige finally. Good times
We were assigned to the Crimson Dining room. Food the first night was Ok. Not amazing but ok. Server whose name i forgot was excellent. We did my time dining and only waited 2 minutes. Went to eat @ 8:15pm
I had spring rolls, shrimp cocktail and tilapia. I like my food hot from the pot. Few places meet that expectation so I wasn't too surprised when my food was just warm.
Shrimp cocktail taste fresh
Spring roll good but not top restaurant good, tilapia ok. Love tilapia but this one just seemed boring
Husband had sweet and sour shrimp. He thought it was just ok
After dinner we went to casino. Smoke filled. Cant do every day. Lungs cant handle it. I'm from nyc where they banned smoking in public so im no longer used to smoking in public places. Ordered the kiss on the lips that I read about on here. Good but real sweet. No buzz and not taste of alcohol. It was day one so I didn't make a big deal. Will step my drink game up tomorrow :-)
Lost $60 in 4 minutes so we walked around. Heard some good Motown singing and then went to Punchliner comedy club. The manager was the comic that night and he was actually funny.
After the show it was almost midnight so I called it a night. Cant hang like i used to. Actually i never hang late. Im more a nick at nite kinda gal. I can do that all night. Nightlife...only till about 11 lol
I tried to insert my pics in between text but this site is confusing so you will just probably see them below...hopefully. If someone knows how to insert pics please let me know. I have many more and putting them in the right place will make this review much better
Day 2 coming shortly