My other half and I are traveling with our twin 12 year old sons on the Carnival Dream Memorial day weekend and I am stuck on which cabin to get.
I can get a cove balcony which is on deck 2 and close to the restaurant and theater and the boys carnival kids club. Or i can get a balcony cabin up on deck 8 which is closer to the pools and the lido buffet restaurant.
I was told that I would not like a deck 8 balcony because you are always looking down on people walking around on the lanai on deck 6 and could not really see the ocean. Any balcony cabin above deck 6 has no privacy is what i was told.
I want to see the ocean but also want it be convient cabin for both the boys and myself too!!! Anybody have an opinion on this.
We have not sailed Dream. Many people seem to like the cove balconies, you are close to the water and really get a sense of sailing. If you have really bad weather Carnival will close you in.
The lanai is not so wide as to block your ocean view - it is a big ocean and a relatively small deck.
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Dobyt,, Ive been on the Dream twice. I have never stayed in a cove balcony but like someone said, they have water tight doors in case the water gets rough that they can close, thus you run the risk of losing the use of your balcony--that's not too likley to happen but something to think about. Whoever told you there was no privacy above deck 6 on the baclonies did not know what they were talking about. The balconies are all built into the side of the ship and are not tiered, or staggered the way they are on some Princes ships, wherein some baclonies are uncoverd, some partially covered, etc-- on the Dream you do not have that problem.
You asked, so as I've sailed the Dream twice, I would opt for the deck 8 balcony. First time we sailed the Dream we had a balcony on deck 7, the second time deck 8. Although the ship is a big ship, it's not so big that walking a few steps is going to exhaust you and especially 2 -12 year olds !!
Look at Jamman's photos--you can see plenty of ocean from deck 8.