Sorry to hear you were not totally happy with your cruise experience on the Splendor. As far as smoking on the Dream is concerned, it is allowed on the Port side of the ship which would include the Port side of the wraparound deck on Promenade but I don't know if it is banned on the Lido deck. Also, smoking is allowed in the casino but only in a designated area. Maybe someone can help us out with this question.
I too was aware of Carnival's decision not to provide free alcoholic beverages at the Captain's Cocktail Party but discount them by $1.00 at all bars. I heard also about the free cocktails at the farewell party, can anyone out there verify this??
Because I live in Florida and can avail myself of a multitude of ports to sail out of and a variety of ships to sail on, there is no reason for me to travel to California to cruise.
Hope your next cruise is more enjoyable and better suited to your likes and dislikes.