Thom, when you asked the question about lunch venues, I pulled out my Carnival Fun Times to check out the venues open on embarkation day and the Crimson Dining Room is listed as being open for lunch but I can't verify that (we ate lunch at the Gathering).
Hey, I'm your neighbor, I live in Haines City!!
Let me know if I can help answer any other questions regarding the Dream. We ate quite often at the Pasta bar on the 2nd floor of the Gathering, loved it.