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Julia Mitchell

Age: 56


Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Dream

Sailing Date: 2017-02-19

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

Our overall experience did not disappoint. We had a great experience and enjoyed the things that suited our tastes while avoiding the things that we do not particularly care for, all without inconvenience.

The food was wonderful. The breakfast bar had everything you could want for breakfast. There were omelettes being served, however I chose not to stand in line for those. There is the option for a brunch which is served until 1pm! There would be no waiting in line if you wanted an omelette there. But this trip we chose not to do the brunch simply because we wanted to eat a little earlier in the morning. We ate Guy's burgers for lunch on a few occasions. We have not tasted any burger equal to that deliciousness. There were other delicious options for lunch as well, we used them all and it was difficult to decide some days. We chose to eat supper at 6pm. Our dinner companions were delightful, the servers were as well and the menus had much to choose from. We were not disappointed with anything we chose to eat. The only down side was eating too much! So good, all of it!

Our first stateroom was situated above a piano bar and the noise kept us awake the first two nights. If you like to party until 2am that is good for you. However we are the bed by 10 up at 5 types so this did bother us a bit. The third morning we went to the customer service desk to request earplugs. They gave us those, asked some questions and were very apologetic and so polite! When we got back to the room a short time later there was a message to call the service desk. We were given another stateroom! We were not expecting that as we believed the cruise ship was completely booked. We were also given a gift card to use at the spa, and a discount on the nights we were inconvenienced by the noise! WOW! We are so impressed and will definitely sail Carnival again! This is our 2nd Carnival cruise, but the first with the Dream

On board activities include something for everyone. As I mentioned in my general statement we found plenty to do within our taste, and simply avoided those things that were not. We have mild taste and are more inclined to clean entertainment. So we stuck to the family friendly things. The dive-in movie is a favorite of ours and the music shows are also something we look forward to. We greatly appreciate the Military appreciation event that every ship does, and the St. Jude event. Both of those are close to our hearts and they endear us to Carnival even more. There is so much about this cruise line that it would take too long to say it all.

We have never been disappointed with an excursion except if the weather was bad, which is not often, and is usually short lived. No one can control the weather, but when that has happened every effort to switch things up and make things right is made. We truly have enjoyed all our experiences. We also have not booked excursions and simply done shopping at the pier and returned early to the ship in order to enjoy the pool without the crowd.

Our trip was fabulous made more so by the staff of the Dream who made every effort to please. We did a couples massage which was so relaxing. The only downside to us was that the seating around both pools was limited and if you did not find a place early or while everyone was on an excursion, then you were out of luck. Also most of the time there were only a few whirlpools operating there are at least 6 whirlpools that have a capacity for 8 people each and only about 3 at a time were open and were filled mostly with kids. But that to us was a very minimal issue. We truly enjoyed our whole vacation and will be going again next year. We took advantage of early booking on the ship.

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