This was my 2nd ever cruise with my first cruise having been in December on the Elation. I loved it so much we immediately booked another cruise on the Dream over Spring Break. My husband and I are both in education so cruising is only an option for us during school breaks.
First, I would like to thank everyone on this board. I went into my first cruise completely blind (and honestly, not looking forward to it) and this time I wanted to be completely prepared. I learned SO MUCH on here and my cruise was infinitely better because of it. We would have missed out on so much if it wasn't from everyone here. So, THANK YOU!
We got to port around 11 by the time we got into the garage and made our way inside. The lines were quite long and a lot of people were sitting waiting for their turn to board. By the time we made it through the lines everyone was boarding so arrival time was perfect. We got on board and made our way through the atrium. It was actually smaller than I anticipated, I expected something so much larger than the Elation but it was really not much bigger.
We went to grab a bite to eat and then made it to our room. I was so excited to finally see a cove balcony. It was a great room. Of course, we didn't appreciate how amazing the balcony was while docked on the river, we realized just how amazing it was when we woke up the next morning with nothing but the Gulf in site. Beautiful. The room was cool for us every night with the exception of one night, no idea why it was warmer that night. We had no noise issues from above or from being near the elevators. The balcony was so private and always shaded from the lifeboats above. We loved being near the water and hearing the sound of the ocean, you could even hear it with the balcony door closed and I really liked that at night as we fell asleep. The room itself was fine and just as I expected after being on the Elation. Our room steward was amazing, I wish I could remember his name but I can't. He always had ice for us and our room very clean, we left him a nice tip on our last day for all of his help.
More to come.