We are going on a cruise on the Dream January 29th. It is our first time with Carnival although we hae been on Celebrity, RC and Princess numerous times. We were wondering if they have Midnight Buffets and how does Carnival compare with other cruise lines?
Hi dschweitzer, welcome to Cruise-Chat! Congratulations on your up-coming cruise! We've had quite a few members sail the Dream and reported back that the cruise was truly a dream. While Princess is my favorite, I've always enjoyed my Carnival cruises. Carnival is not as sedate as Princess or Celebrity or HAL, but their ships are clean, their crews are great, and their food is very good. You have to try the chocolate melting cake, at least once, it is so yummy!
You'll probably find more families with children on board, but then again, maybe not, since school will be in session.
Sorry, no midnight buffets, most lines have done away with them. They did do a chocolate buffet on our Valor cruise in May, it was during the day, though.
Each cruise line offers it's own uniqueness, so try not to compare one line to another. I know that sounds hard to do, but really it's easy. Who knows, Carnival might end up being your favorite line
Hi dschweitzer, I will be on the same cruise as you. Welcome aboard. I have not seen the Midnight Gala Buffet on Carnival in a few years.
I would like to add my own question regarding dining times.
At one time Carnival used to have staggered dining times (5:45 and 6:00) between the forward and aft dining rooms before they added the anytime dining. From what I understand, are the upper decks of both restaurants reserved for "Any Time Dining" and the lower decks for reserved dining? Or is the forward restaurant exclusively any time and the aft reserved?
I have asked for the early sitting dining. My room is 2 decks below the forward restaurant, so I would prefer to be in that one.
Hi PC Guy, I'm not sure on the Dream, but that's how they worked it on the Valor. The upper part of the main dining room was for Anytime and the lower was for assigned seating. We opted for Anytime, but were able to get the same wait staff each evening. They were absolutely superb. I would think the Dream would be something similar.
dschweitzer / manmtnmike / DREAM. Am hoping for an Apr 23 cruise on DREAM. But this is iffy due to health concerns. Have 25 Carnival cruises to date.
Collecting Carnival ship postcards is my hobby. Need someone who would to a favor? In Gift Shop aboard DREAM are two postcard items I am missing. Carnival Dream postcard album & Dream magnetic mailable postcard. This is 3 1/2" x 5" and can be used as a frig magnet souvenir. Both items are about $4.00 ea. References furnished. Sure will refund costs before sending off the postcards to me.
edited to remove email address.
Rudy Friederich, Knoxville, TN
25 Carnival Cruises
All ships but Carnival Dream
Carnival postcard colloector
We were on the Dream last yr. The cruise will be awesome as they all are. YOu will enjoy Carnival. There is no midnight buffet but you will have no problem finding something to eat at midnight. The assigned seating and the anytime dining are at the same time in the same dining room, and I think it is mixed with both upper and lower rooms for both dining options. The Dream is BIG. VERY BIG, almost too big. There are not more things to do, just more cabins. People complained about the lines and there are longer lines then on most Carnival ships but it was not too bad. It was too big for me. I prefer a little smaller ship. YOu will enjoy the Cruise.
The anytime dinning was done in the midships dinning room and the assigned dinning was done in the aft main dinning room on the Dream. Same setup on the Splendor. I am not sure how they handle it on ships without a secondary dinning venue. My guess is the upper and lower level split. But if I remember correctly the Fantasy class ships do not have 2 story dinning rooms. So that may be completely different. Do they even have MTD on Fantasy class ships?
================================================== ========== Carnival Cruise Lines:
Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise, Magic 1/14, Freedom x 2 6/14
NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007, Celebrity Silhouette 2013