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Dream Review: 04/17/2010 Western Caribbean

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What a delightful review. I loved your bit about Trivia. We too seek to win those Ships on a Stick. Super Trivia sounds good. We meet the nicest people at those contests..and judging from your review..you are one of those nice people. For the food..great pics. They may have changed the menu..but the giant shrimps on skewers.(sweet and sour shrimp I think.is the name).served with rice and tiny onion rings...really good. So are their fruit soups. We sail in two weeks but will be on the eastern route. Good luck to you and your handsome new husband!!!:)

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thanks for the review and pictures. Congrats on your marriage and honeymoon.

 

Can you use your sign & sail card at Mahogany Bay or do you need cash?

 

Thanks again!

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Cozumel

We woke up early so that we could grab breakfast before we arrived in Cozumel. Again, I had pancakes and they were still delicious. I don't think breakfast in the dining room was ever bad.

 

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We were the only ship docked in Cozumel today, so it was not busy at all. We docked about 9am on the port side of the ship.

 

We planned to go over to the mainland and take the excursion to Xcaret. We met in the Encore! lounge and then they dismissed us to go to the port. Not really sure what the point of meeting in the lounge was since they just told us to go down to deck 0 and meet our tour group at the end of the pier. We found the guy with the Xcaret sign at the end of the dock and he took our tickets and gave us a wrist band. Then he sent us off to find the yellow boat that was our ferry over to the mainland.

 

We stopped to take a gorgeous picture on the way.

 

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The ferry was very comfortable with air conditioning and plus seats. They also had TVs which they played music on for the ride over. It was about a 45 minute ferry ride over to Playa del Carmen. It was a little rough, so if you get extremely seasick, I would not recommend going over to the mainland.

 

When we got there, we met our tour guides on the pier and they walked us over to our bus. It was a 15 minute bus ride to the park and our guide Carlos told us about the park while we were driving.

 

When we got to the park, we had a restroom break and then they gave us our wrist bands to enter the park. If you did not have reef safe sunscreen, they took it from you and gave you a number. They gave you a sample of reef safe sunscreen and then you could pick yours back up as you left.

 

We then walked into the park through a few shops. Carlos showed us the map of the park. He said if we wanted to go on the underground river than to follow him. He walked us over there and helped us get situated. They gave you huge bags that you were supposed to put your stuff in and then lock it. You keep the key with you. They then drive your bags over to the end of the river so it's there when you get off.

 

Next post will have some pictures from the underground river.

 

I was on the balcony of my room accross the way in Playa Del Carmen watching as you all came into port, counting down the days till my November cruise on the Dream, great review

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thanks for the review and pictures. Congrats on your marriage and honeymoon.

 

Can you use your sign & sail card at Mahogany Bay or do you need cash?

 

Thanks again!

 

I'm pretty sure you need cash because other Carnival ships (like Princess) also dock there.

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Belize

We had an 8am excursion, so we decided to order room service for breakfast. We put the menu out on our door the night before saying we would like it delivered between 6:45am and 7am. It was there right at 6:45am. The guy handed my DH the tray and he went to go put it down. The guy left before my DH could hand him the tip. We felt horrible.

 

We were scheduled to go on the Goff's Cay Snorkeling excursion. We had to meet in the Encore! lounge at 8am. They called our tour name and said that the excursion was picking us up at the ship. It was nice not having to tender to shore and pick up the excursion there.

 

It was about a 20 minute ride to the island. During the ride, they gave us our snorkels and fins. They also told us we had a choice to snorkel from the boat or from the beach. They said we would be seeing the same thing either way we went. Since I had never snorkeled before, we decided to go from the island.

 

When we got to the island, there were some campers there. I found that very odd. There were also bottle tops and other debris in the sand, so it would not be wise to walk around barefoot.

 

As soon as everyone was off the boat, they told us to put on our gear and follow them. They didn't give us much time at all to get acquainted with the equipment, so I couldn't figure out how I was supposed to breath throughout the time we were in the ocean. I was kind of just holding my breath and then looking under and then coming back up. We snorkeled for about 45 minutes and saw tons of fish and coral. This is a very tiring excursion trying to keep up with everyone.

 

We came back to the beach with about 2 hours left in the excursion. In the brochure about the excursion, it did not say anything about a beach break, so we were a little annoyed about this. Thankfully they let us keep our snorkel gear and we were allowed back out in the water to look around at our own leisure. My DH helped me get acquainted with the equipment at this point and I was able to do some snorkeling for the rest of the time there.

 

There were people there selling good and drinks on the island. The equipment there were using didn't look very sanitary though, so we chose to wait until we got back on the ship.

 

Finally we left the island and were back on the ship by 12:30pm.

 

Pictures in the next couple of posts.

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These pictures are from the guided tour in deeper water.

 

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More pictures snorkeling from the beach.

 

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The boat's mascot. Sorry, there was a water spot on the lense.

 

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The island we snorkeled from.

 

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After we got back to the ship, we grabbed a quick lunch on the Lido deck. My DH tried the burritos and said they were pretty good. More traditional than you can get back home.

 

We went to a couple of games of trivia. We ended up winning Scattegories and got a medal each.

 

We decided not to go to shore because we were worn out from all the sun. We didn't want to fuss with a tender. I'm glad we didn't because a lot of people said there wasn't much to see in the port area at all.

 

The dinner tonight was absolutely amazing.

 

For the appetizers, we both had fried mozzarella. Very delicious.

 

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For the entrees, I had the rack of lamb, which was absolutely delicious. Could have easily eaten 2 or 3 of these. My DH had farfelle with cream sauce.

 

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For dessert, I had the bitter and blanc and my DH had the tiramasu. The bitter and blanc was very good, but I think I would have liked it better without the dark chocolate. Excuse the bite taken out of the tiramasu. My DH forgot about the picture.

 

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After dinner, we booked our excursion for Costa Maya and then went to bed.

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Okay, I'm going to attemt to finish up my review today. We'll see if I can knock through this.

 

Costa Maya

Be forwarned, there are going to be a lot of pictures in this one as well.

 

The day we got into Costa Maya, we had to get up early as well. We woke up at 7:30am and we were already docked with people getting off the ship.

 

We had the Chacchoben ruins tour schedule at 9:30am, so we went and grabbed breakfast in the MDR.

 

Getting off the ship was really simple and easy. No line at all.

 

We met our group at the end of the pier about 9:10am. We left and got on our bus around 9:15am. I guess they go ahead and leave every time they get a full bus, even if it's before 9:30am.

 

As we were getting on the bus, they handed us each a paper sack with snacks in it. It has Lays, some vanilla donuts, and a chocolate cookie type thing. The bus was a brand new charter bus with AC. It was about an hour ride through the Mexican countryside. Halfway there we had to go through a military check point.

 

When we got there, we had about 20 minutes to go to the rest room and look through the craft stands they had.

 

The actual tour of the ruins was about 1 1/2 hours. We kind of wandered off looking at the ruins on our own sometimes because the guide we had talked way too much.

 

Here are some pictures of the ruins. I'll include more in the next couple of posts.

 

This picture was out the left hand side window as you drove into the park. You don't actually get to see this ruin during the tour because they're currently excavating it.

 

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Near the end of the tour, you had to climb up some really steep steps to get to some more ruins. This was no fun at all.

 

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WOW - the ruins are amazing aren't they?!! We have been to Tulum twice and totally fell in love with the Mayan culture. We are doing the Altun Ha excursion in Belize on our cruise in a couple weeks.

 

Totally enjoying your review!

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After the tour was over, they gave us some drinks as we were getting back on the bus. You had the choice of a Mexican beer, soda, or water. My DH drank the beer and said it was really good.

 

On the ride back, they showed us a movie about Mayan life. I fell asleep, so I couldn't really tell you much about it. We got back in to port a little late and only had about 45 minutes left to shop around the port area. We decided to just go back to the ship because it looked like it was going to rain.

 

We went and grabbed lunch real quickly from the Lido deck before sail away.

 

Today after we left port was the past guest party. More than half of the sailing was past guests! They ended up having to have 2 different parties in the Encore! lounge. 5pm was the time for everyone who was at late seating dinner.

 

There was a band playing and some dancing for about 30 minutes. There were tons of free drink choices and a few different apps. The drinks were good and decently strong. The waiters just kept handing you more. The appetizers weren't that good. Took one bite of one and then didn't have anymore. Funship Freddy was also walking around and taking pictures with people at this time.

 

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Todd came on the stage about halfway through the party and talked a bit. He also showed us a video about the history of Carnival. There was someone on the ship that had sailed Carnival 49 times!

 

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After the past guest party, we went back to the cabin and found a present waiting for us. Todd had asked on the first night that if you were celebrating anything, to write him a letter to read on his morning show. So I sent him a letter telling him that we were on our honeymoon. He sent us a bottle of champagne and a ship on a stick! So ended our quest for a ship on the stick on the Carnival Dream. I wrote him another letter thanking him for the generous gift. Sadly I never got to thank him in person before we got off the ship.

 

We didn't see anything on the dinner menu that we wanted tonight, so we went up to the Lido deck instead. Sadly, most of their dinner options were the exact same as in the dining room. They did have a roast beef carving station though that was absolutely delicious.

 

After dinner we attempted to go to the 9:45pm comedy show. We got there about 10 minutes before the show began and there were no seats. So make sure to get there early!

 

While we were waiting for the later show at the comedy club, we decided to go up to the photo gallery and look at the pictures. They had the new system in place, but they had only scanned our card once, so we actually had to search for each picture. The photo gallery takes up on entire floor of the atrium, so you have a lot to look through. We found a cute 5x7 that we liked, but I couldn't justify spending $12 for a 5x7.

 

We got to the comedy club for the 11pm showing around 10:30pm and there were tons of seats. We ended up having to be behind one of the oddly placed poles though.

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Last Sea Day :-(

We slept in too late, so we weren't able to have breakfast in the MDR today. I didn't see anywhere where they were offering brunch either. So, we just went to the Lido deck to grab breakfast. There weren't many options here at all. They didn't even have any pancakes. They syrup dispensers were also broken, so when I went to pour it on my french toast, it completely flooded the plate.

 

We went to the debarkation talk because Todd was also incorporating it into a game show to get more people to come out. Surprisingly, the majority of the people who were at the talk were past guests who already know how to debark. There were about 4 people who played Minute to Win It throughout the the course of the talk and they won some really nice prizes.

 

We had the last round of Super Trivia today. We gained even more people in our group this round, so we were able to come up with a good bit of points. We still came in last place though. :-( Super Triva was fun, but it was kind of annoying that you had to be there for all 3 rounds. The winners of Super Trivia ended up getting some champagne and a ship on a stick.

 

We decided to try out the Lanai BBQ for lunch today. They had things like chicken quesadillas and sliders. I didn't see anything out there I liked, so my DH grabbed his food and I ran up to the Lido to grab mine. They had a Chocolate Extravaganza buffet on the lido deck today. I grabbed a bunch of different desserts for us to try, but none of them were really that good. Personally, I would skip this buffet line.

 

The Newlywed Show was awesome! The answers to the questions were not scripted at all. After The Newlywed Show, the entertainment staff did a little skit and at the end, Todd came out dressed as a ballerina. it was awesome!

 

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They had the Farewell Party later this afternoon. In the Capers on the last day it didn't say anything at all about free drinks. They did mention in the Capers the very first day in the section about things to look forward to in the week. It was held in the Burgundy lounge and not many people showed up at all.

 

They had all the same options for drinks as they did at the past guest party, but there seemed to be less alcohol in these. They kept handing us more at this party too. We had like 5-6 within a 30 minute period and we never once asked for another drink. They always just brought them over. There was a band playing throughout this party as well.

 

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We went to do a little shopping for souveniers. They had a sale on some t-shirts which were 2/$20. We bought a couple of those for my parents.

 

We relaxed on our balcony for a little while before heading off to dinner. It was our last night of our honeymoon.

 

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As we were getting ready for dinner, I noticed that you could see Miami in the distance.

 

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Gorgeous sunset.

 

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That night we ate in the MDR for one last time. This was the most disappointed I had ever been in the dining room on a Carnival ship. Service took forever. We waited 30 minutes before we got bread or had our order taken. Then we didn't get our apps for another 30 minutes after that. There was also a really drunk guy at the table behind us making loud and rude comments and no one said anything to him about it. Sadly, the food was that good tonight either.

 

We appetizers, I had a Ceasar salad again and my DH had the Fetoush salad. Neither salad had much dressing on them at all.

 

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For our entrees, I had the panko crusted shrimp and my DH had the prime rib. Again, the prime rib was really fatty (don't have a picture of it this time).

 

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For dessert we each had the Grand Marnier souffle, which was absolutely amazing. I will definitely be ordering that again.

 

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When we got back to our room, they had cleaned up and turned the bed down, but we didn't have a towel animal waiting for us. :-( They also took all our personal stuff out of the mini bar and put it on ice and locked the cabinet to the mini bar.

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The next morning we pulled into Port Canaveral about 5:30am. We woke up at about 6:30am to Todd making announcements that self-debarkation was starting to take place.

 

We got up and went down to the MDR to eat breakfast. They called our number as we were finishing up, so we went down to the gangway about 5-10 minutes late. We walked straight through without a wait. Customs was really simple. Took us a little while to get to our bags because there were so many, but the carousels make it really easy to find them. It took us about 20 minutes to get through the entire debarkation process. Our Radisson shuttle was waiting right there for us when we got off the ship. Really simple and quick debarkation.

 

Well, my review is over. I hope ya'll enjoyed it. Feel free to ask any and all question you have. I will try to answer them to the best of my ability.

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Kudos to you on a great review & I wish you & your hubby many many years of love & happiness!!:)

 

Cant wait to sail on the Dream in Oct. Thanks again for sharing!!

 

Carmel

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Thanks for the review! I really enjoyed it and your pictures!

 

Don't feel bad about the room service tip thing. Same thing happened to my hubby on the Inspiration earlier this month - he got the tray, went to set it down and grab a tip, and the server was gone! :eek: I learned that the best thing to do was to have the tip ready when you open the door, because those servers are very fast!

 

Also, I noticed the farewell party wasn't advertised well on the Inspiration either. Same situation you encountered - mentioned in the first day's Capers, then nothing the day of. I didn't realize we missed it until the day after it happened! Oh well.

 

Anyway, glad you had a great time and thanks again for sharing! :)

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Quick ?-What time did you get off the ship? And did you do self debarkation? Thanks!!

 

Carmel

 

Sorry, I was quick with the review of debarkation because I didn't write anything down that day. We did not do self debarkation. We were zone 8 and got off the ship about 8am.

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Thank you so much for your review! I printed out the other day and read last night.

Can you tell me, although the DR no longer has the brunch, do they still serve lunch?

I heard they have great fish and chips and have been telling my ds-12 who loves them that we would dine in the DR together one afternoon. Between my 16 year old dd and 12-ds, I won't see them too much on the cruise and thought this would be a good time to have some alone time with him.

Thanks.

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Thank you so much for your review! I printed out the other day and read last night.

Can you tell me, although the DR no longer has the brunch, do they still serve lunch?

I heard they have great fish and chips and have been telling my ds-12 who loves them that we would dine in the DR together one afternoon. Between my 16 year old dd and 12-ds, I won't see them too much on the cruise and thought this would be a good time to have some alone time with him.

Thanks.

 

Yes, they do lunch on sea days.

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Yes, they do lunch on sea days.

 

Thank you very much! I know I have an hour at lunch with him and time at dinner LOL

THANK YOU!!!!!

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At 11am, they had a cooking demonstration in the Steakhouse, which I definitely had to be at. There was no charge for this. They handed you a recipe booklet as you walked in so that you could follow along with the chefs. They showed you how to cook and display each meal. Then, they brought out samples for everyone to try. They cooked a Mushroom Cappuccino, Baby Leaf Spinach & Fresh Mushrooms, Broiled Supreme of Free Range Chicken, and Tiramisu. They were all delicious.

 

 

I was glad to hear that the demonstration was free. But, do you have to sign up for it in order to get in, or is it just a matter of showing up early enough to grab a seat?

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At 11am, they had a cooking demonstration in the Steakhouse, which I definitely had to be at. There was no charge for this. They handed you a recipe booklet as you walked in so that you could follow along with the chefs. They showed you how to cook and display each meal. Then, they brought out samples for everyone to try. They cooked a Mushroom Cappuccino, Baby Leaf Spinach & Fresh Mushrooms, Broiled Supreme of Free Range Chicken, and Tiramisu. They were all delicious.

 

 

I was glad to hear that the demonstration was free. But, do you have to sign up for it in order to get in, or is it just a matter of showing up early enough to grab a seat?

 

Just saw your question.

 

It was just a matter of showing up early to grab a seat. No sign up required.

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