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Carnival Cruise Lines reviews

\r\n <figcaption class=\"figure-caption p-3 bg-light rounded-bottom shadow-sm\">\r\n Carnival Dream from Carnival Cruise line was recently renovated in 2017 with Funship 2.0 upgrades and is still one of the largest ships in the Carnival Fleet.\r\n <\/figcaption>\r\n <\/figure>\r\n <\/div>\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \r\n\r\n<p><i>Carnival Dream<\/i>\u00a0was the first of Carnival\u2019s popular line of Dream-class ships, which are among the largest in Carnival\u2019s fleet. Staying true to Carnival\u2019s laid-back approach to cruising,\u00a0<i>Dream\u2019s<\/i>\u00a0most popular attractions include casual dining spots, comedy shows, lip-sync contests and dance parties. The ship attracts large numbers of kids and young-at-heart adults so the atmosphere is often loud and high-energy. There are quiet places to escape to including the adults-only Serenity area and the Cloud 9 Spa.<\/p>\r\n\r\n<p><i>Dream<\/i> launched in 2009 and\u00a0was recently refurbished in 2017 receiving the Funship 2.0 upgrades. In addition to cosmetic updates, the ship also received several new restaurants including Guy's Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, the Alchemy Bar and Bonsai Sushi. Travelers also love the top-notch service delivered by\u00a0the ship's\u00a0experienced crew, and plenty of glowing reviews mention specific crew members by name. The combination of feeling like a new ship, excellent service, and surprisingly affordable fares make Dream one of the Carnival's top offerings.<\/p>\r\n\r\n<p><i>Dream<\/i> just recently surrendered its title of \"Largest Carnival Ship\" when <i>Carnival Vista<\/i> was launched in 2016. But, with a passenger capacity of 3,646 guests, it's still one of the largest Carnival ships sailing today.\u00a0<\/p>\r\n\r\n<p>Travelers can book Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries out of New Orleans until May of 2019. It will then reposition to Galveston and begin offering 4-5 night Western Caribbean itineraries.<\/p>\r\n\r\n<h3>Before you book<\/h3>\r\n\r\n<p><b>Why sail:<\/b>\u00a0Outgoing travelers, party animals, extroverts, large groups with multiple age ranges, families with kids, and cruisers on a budget.<\/p>\r\n\r\n<p><b>You should know:<\/b>\u00a0Carnival is not for travelers looking for fancy dining, elegant formal nights and relaxing by a quiet pool. If you're looking to avoid the loud party and large groups, you might want to try Princess or Celebrity.<\/p>\r\n\r\n<h3>Carnival Dream ship highlights<\/h3>\r\n\r\n <div class=\"mb-4\">\r\n <figure class=\"main-article-image\">\r\n <img alt=\"Carnival Waterworks waterpark on the Carnival Dream\" class=\"img-fluid rounded-top shadow-sm\" itemprop=\"image\" src=https://cruiseline.com/"https:////cruiseline-editorial.imgix.net//ship-detail//carnival-dream-waterworks.jpg?auto=format,compress\%22>\r\n <figcaption class=\"figure-caption p-3 bg-light rounded-bottom shadow-sm\">\r\n Waterworks Aqua Park on the Carnival Dream. - Photo by Carnival Cruise Line\r\n <\/figcaption>\r\n <\/figure>\r\n <\/div>\r\n\r\n<p><i>Dream<\/i> lives up to Carnival\u2019s \u201cFun-Ship\u201d reputation with a wide variety of activities. Those with a knack for showmanship can participate in Lip Sync Battle: Carnival or the \u201cboard games come to life\u201d game show by Hasbro. Kids love the WaterWorks Aqua Park which contains a 303-foot-long Twister water slide. The Camp Ocean youth clubs keep kids aged 2-11 engaged with regular activities and contests. Adults can find some peace and quiet by day in the adults-only Serenity Area or the Cloud 9 Spa. At night adults can ramp up the energy at one of Carnival\u2019s many bars or at Serenity Under the Stars, which is a club-style party on the top deck complete with glow-sticks and tunes from Dream\u2019s resident DJ.<\/p>\r\n\r\n<ul>\r\n<li>Guy\u2019s Burger Joint and Guy\u2019s Pig & Anchor BBQ<\/li>\r\n<li>BlueIguana Cantina and Redfrog Rum Bar<\/li>\r\n<li>Waterworks Aqua Park and Camp Ocean Youth Club<\/li>\r\n<li>Adults-only Serenity Area<\/li>\r\n<li>Hasbro game shows<\/li>\r\n<li>Punchliner Comedy Club<\/li>\r\n<li>Dr. Seuss and Build-a-Bear partnerships<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n\r\n<h3>Carnival Dream cabins<\/h3>\r\n\r\n<p>You\u2019ll find five main categories of <a href=https://cruiseline.com/"https:////cruiseline.com//ship//carnival-dream//cabins/">cabins on <i>Carnival Dream<\/i><\/a>: Interior, Oceanview, Balcony, Junior Suite, and a suite. Standard amenities include a desk\/vanity, mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs, safes, and three closets for storage. Oceanview rooms and above also come with a coffee table and sofa. Room sizes vary from 185 square foot interior cabins to 345 square foot suites. Balcony cabins are generally the same size as interior rooms, but with a 35 to 75 square feet balcony. For a taste of true luxury, book one of the Cloud 9 Spa cabins. These rooms include priority check-in, priority booking for spa appointments, and free entry to the thermal suite and Thalassotherapy Pool.<\/p>\r\n\r\n<h3>Carnival Dream dining<\/h3>\r\n\r\n<p>Most of the ships best dining options are still included in the cruise fare. Which is refreshing since many cruise lines are charging more for specialty dining. Guy\u2019s Burger Joint and Guy\u2019s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse, both developed by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, have become two of Carnival\u2019s top venues. The BlueIguana Cantina serves tacos and burritos for breakfast and lunch. Guests can grab a slice at Pizzeria Del Capitano any time of the day. Mongolian Wok and Indian Tandoor round out the free options with a bit of international flair. While you might find a decent line at either of them, we assure you they\u2019re worth the wait. For guests willing to pay a bit extra, Bonsai Sushi serves up delicious sushi and sashimi. You'll find an intimate setting at Chef\u2019s Steakhouse with a menu including classic ribeye, filet mignon, surf and turf, lamb chops, and more. <\/p>","editorial_2":null,"meta_title":"Carnival Dream: Ship Details, Reviews and Cruises - Cruiseline.com","meta_description":" \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t Learn why the Carnival Dream consistently ranks among the top ships in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet. 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About Carnival Cruise Lines

Known as the "Fun Ships,” Carnival attracts fun-loving couples, families, and singles. High energy ships with constant entertainment (think pools, water slides, after-hours comedians, plenty of activities for kids) and an impressive array of dining choices, including burgers by Food Network star Guy Fieri. Carnival partners with Dr. Seuss Enterprises for themed story hours and kid-friendly "Cat in the Hat" brunches.

Top 5 Carnival Cruise Lines Destinations:

Caribbean - Eastern

(80 cruises)

Caribbean - Western

(65 cruises)

Caribbean - Bahamas

(63 cruises)

Caribbean - Southern

(28 cruises)

South Pacific

(21 cruises)

Top 5 Carnival Cruise Lines Departure Ports:

Miami, Florida

(75 cruises)

Port Canaveral, Florida

(48 cruises)

Sydney, Australia

(41 cruises)

Baltimore, Maryland

(22 cruises)

Charleston, South Carolina

(20 cruises)

Carnival Cruise Lines rankings

Cruiseline.com awards

2021 winner

Best New Cruise Ship - Mardi Gras

Why you should sail with Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Cruise Lines tips

Carnival is known as the Fun Ship line because of its laid back and casual approach to cruising. You should consider taking a Carnival cruise if you…

  • Want a lively, informal atmosphere
  • Are looking for competitive pricing
  • Are a first-time cruiser
  • Are looking to sail from an American homeport
  • Are a fun-loving traveler, no matter your age

Expert review of Carnival Cruise Lines

Best for

Carnival known as the "FunShips" is great for activity-seeking couples, singles, and families. The vibrant atmosphere gets the party going and keeps it going all voyage long.

Not for

Those seeking true relaxation onboard a quiet and intimate atmosphere.

We love

  • The variety of entertainment options on a Carnival cruise is impressive, from Vegas-style productions to sports bars and karaoke. Our favorite: the realistic game shows and the comedy clubs, with their R-rated sets.
  • Carnival caters to kids in a big way, with huge playrooms, video arcades, mini-golf courses, and water slides. Some ships also have a ropes course, and water “sprinklers” for small kids. 
  • Carnival offers more dining options than ever — we’re licking our lips just thinking about the popular (and complimentary) Guy’s Burger Joint, now on six ships and counting. 
  • Roomy standard cabins have nice perks, including mini-fridges and large showers.
  • The “Serenity” adults-only deck area offers respite for quiet-seeking grown-ups.

We could live without

  • The constant barrage of onboard sales 
  • Food consistency can be an issue from ship to ship and sometimes sailing to sailing
  • Lack of adult-only space - while we love the "Serenity" area, most ships lack an area for adults to relax, have a quiet drink and enjoy a more subdued ambiance

Carnival Cruise Lines cruiser reviews

Service and Staff

4.5

Average rating

Cabin / Stateroom

4.3

Average rating

Destinations and Excursions

4.2

Average rating

Ship Quality

4.2

Average rating

Onboard Activities

4.0

Average rating

Food and Dining

4.0

Average rating

Entertainment

4.0

Average rating

Children's Programs

3.9

Average rating

Embarkation and Debarkation

4.4

Average rating

What cruisers say

  • mpgt says ...

    My favorite staff folk were Ahmed in the Paris dining room, the barista in the coffee shop and the staff at Blue Iguana every morning. Overall, everyone who assisted us did a great job and we appreciated how hard they worked. I don't know the... Read full review
  • staceyboo2000 says ...

    Yes....I love Mark. He took very good cares of us! Read full review
  • BucketList says ...

    Loved Grand Caymen and Cozumel---we have been to both many times! Read full review

26 Carnival Cruise Lines ships

Carnival Breeze

Price: $
Ship size: XL
4.2

Thanks to its focus on casual, no-frills fun, Carnival Breeze was rated the best Carnival ship for o...

Sails to:

Caribbean - Western

Sails from:

Galveston, Texas

Carnival Celebration

Price: $$$$
Ship size: XL
0
0 Reviews

Carnival Celebration is a nod back to the original MS Celebration, a true classic ship for Carnival...

Sails to:

Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Southern Caribbean - Western Transatlantic

Sails from:

Miami, Florida Southampton (London), England

Carnival Conquest

Price: $
Ship size: L
3.9

Carnival Conquest was built from 1999 through 2001 and entered service February 1, 2002 as the first...

Sails to:

Caribbean - Bahamas Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Southern Caribbean - Western Panama Canal, Central America

Sails from:

Miami, Florida

Ship size:

  • XL: 4,000 + passengers
  • L: 2,000 to 4,000 passengers
  • M: 500 to 2,000 passengers
  • S: Less than 500 passengers

Price:

  • $$$$: $1500 and up
  • $$$: Up to $1500
  • $$: Up to $1000
  • $: Up to $500

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