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Jeff

Age: 43

Occupation:Farmer

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Dream

Sailing Date: 2011-02-19

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

The positives of the trip was the staff. The cruise director was one of the best and all the staff was very pleasant. The ship was beautiful, the shows great, and the food was great. The negatives was that the ship seemed more crowded that any carnival cruise that we had been on before. It was near impossible to get a deck chair at times and it just seemed so crowded everywhere. The ship did have plenty of hot tubs though except that half of them were closed for the last day at sea for cleaning. Why would they be closed for a day at sea? We booked this cruise because of the ports of call and then did not dock at Roatan which was a downer.

The food was very good. The buffet lines on Lido were crowded most of the time so I recommend going to the dining room for lunch. I loved the pasta and burrito bars although the burrito bar was extremely slow. I thought there could of been more variety, but overall was good. The dining room for the evenings was excellent. Our waiter was the best. We had kids traveling with us and he especially made their dining special. Every evening he along with a waiter from a neighboring table had a magic trick for us. This is our 3rd cruise and we've always lucked out and have had excellent dining room staff.

Our stateroom was always cleaned and have no complaints. Our steward was friendly and one of the best towel creators we've had. We were on the ninth deck and it was noisy above us from the lido deck. We recommend avoiding the ninth deck.

The ship just seemed too crowded. It was winter-break in parts of the east coast and the ship was overrun with kids. I don't mind kids, but there were just too many on this cruise. Avoid times when parts of the country have break to avoid the mass number of kids. The shows were great. Three of the four comedians were funny, but once again, the early showing was overcrowded and standing room only.

This was the downer of the cruise. We booked the cruise for the port of Roatan. However, as we were sailing right in front of the port, the captain came on the intercom and said it was too windy to port although 2 other ships were already docked. The conditions did not seem that rough and one of the staff said that this is not the 1st time that the ship did not dock at Roatan. Apparently conditions have to be perfect for this size of ship to port there. Carnival should not be using a ship this size at this port if it isn't going to dock fairly often. We had fun at the other 3 ports. Rented a car at Cozumel and drove around the island. At Belize we did a snorkel tour. The waters were rough and the guides were a little pushy about staying with the group of about 100 people so a lot of the younger kids dropped out and just waited on the island. We had a good time at Costa Maya. Booked snorkeling with a local outfit for a lot less dollars and it was just the eight of us. Then spent time on the beach. Really had a good time here. You need cash if you want to buy stuff in the old city. We did you credit card once and we got took for 15 extra dollars.

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