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thecruisequeen September 28th, 2012 11:48 AM

Dream questions (port canaveral & ports too)
 
Looking into this ship.....Have a bunch of questions....

Dream...
1. the good and bad??? In reading many reviews on a few different sites the major complaints I'm reading are....slow dining room staff, food not good (cold), tiny pools, crowded ship...flow not that good. Anyone cruise on Dream?

2. How are the shows?

3. How well does anytime dining work?

4. How does Punchliners work? how many different comedians are featured in one week...is it only one show that gets rerun all week? Is this something you need to make a reservation for?

5. Anyone stay or see cabin Cat. 6M deluxe oceanview with 1 1/2 baths??
are these cabins larger?? Website states there is a junior tub in the 2nd bath....is this a normal size tub or something for a child?



Port Canaveral....
1. What's the best way to get to the pier from MCO?




Ports....
1. Any suggestions on Belize, Costa Maya, Roatan??? I hear Belize is not that great or safe?? Roatan....anyone do the day trip to Mayan Princess hotel?? We like ziplines, calm beaches, horseback riding and shopping.:twisted:

Have not been on Carnival for 9 1/2 years so any recommendations are appreciated. :):D:-P:mrgreen:

storybookcruises.com September 28th, 2012 02:09 PM

Sorry, can't help you with the Dream, but as for Orlando to the pier, we usually prefer to rent a car one-way. I'll drop Nancy off at the pier with the luggage and then drop the car at the rental company where they provide free shuttle to the pier. Then, when we come back from the cruise, we do the same thing in reverse. This gives us the option to do what we want when we want and it's usually cheaper than the cruise line transfers. This is especially true if there is more than two people. If you have the time, I suggest going to Kennedy Space Center, which is amazing and not too far out of the way.

As for Roatan, this is one of my favorite places for snorkeling. West End Beach is amazing! The first time there, we did the zip line beach stop through Shore Trips. Found out the zip line they use is much longer, better, and safer than the one Carnival uses. Plus, we got to spend more time at the beach than the excursion offered by Carnival.

As for Belize, unfortunately this is one port we've not yet been to, but have had alot of clients and family go there. The one biggest excursion everyone wants to do is the cave tubing adventure. Again, this is best done through Shore Trips instead of Carnival. Our daughter and her husband just did this and they said there is a big difference in the two and their experience with Shore Trips was much better. But Belize is like any other place, including Washington, DC. It's a safe place if you remain in the tourist areas or do planned excursions. But if you go off the beaten path where there's no tourists, then it can get a little tricky. Don't listen to what people say about it being unsafe, as that's too general. Belize is known for its outstanding scuba diving. I had a friend who owned a scuba diving company down there for many many years and was always trying to get me to come there to teach. He owned a house and worked there for a long time and never had any problems. He was always sending me pictures to entice me and it's absolutely beautiful. He finally decided to sell the company and retire there.

As for Costa Maya, I'll be honest and say it's not one of my favorite places. Not alot to do. Beaches are nice and snorkeling is good, if you find the right place. We prefer to go to an all-inclusive resort for the day and get away from the crowds.

As for excursions, we really prefer to do independent ones as they may be the same price, or even less, but they're always alot less crowded and usually a whole lot better. Don't mean to sound like I'm pushing Shore Trips, but we've used them for years and have always had a wonderful experience with no problems whatsoever. There are several other really good excursion companies out there - I'm just not a fan of excursions offered by Carnival for many reasons.

Pete

cruised1014 September 29th, 2012 04:31 PM

Oh to Dream
 
You may trust some of those reviews. Much better ships are Liberty, Valor and Freedom. Large adults only pool and hot tubs in the back of the ship on Lido deck. Better service in dining rooms better shows Notice the price diifernce Dream 379.00 the Liberty 449.00 You get what you pay for most of the time. Have a great cruise whatever you decide. Edroflroflrofl

storybookcruises.com September 29th, 2012 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by cruised1014 (Post 1448657)
You may trust some of those reviews. Much better ships are Liberty, Valor and Freedom. Large adults only pool and hot tubs in the back of the ship on Lido deck. Better service in dining rooms better shows Notice the price diifernce Dream 379.00 the Liberty 449.00 You get what you pay for most of the time. Have a great cruise whatever you decide. Edroflroflrofl

Based on a lot of feedback from our clients, I would tend to agree with Ed. There are better Carnival ships than the Dream. Can't wait to see the new Breeze - I have clients on the inaugural cruise next week and can't wait to hear what they have to say about it. At 130,000 gross tons, it ought to be very interesting.

Pete

thecruisequeen September 30th, 2012 07:58 AM

Thanks Cruise Planner!! you are very helpful around here...they need to put you on the payroll!! :-P
I hear great things about Roatan and West End. I also hear Cave tubing and diving are the things to do in Belize. Been to Costa Maya once awhile back though.
I'll keep Shore Trips in mind too. Rental Car to the airport could work. was looking at the shuttle services. Are you a Travel Agent??


Cruised1014 thanks!! Of course with bad reviews also have to mention the good reviews too. Yeah maybe the smaller ships with Carnival is the way to go.

Like the Itinerary and cabin on Dream but Breeze is doing 6 and 8 nighters that look interesting too however it stops at Nassau. Not a fan of Nassau. Especially during the winter it's 50/50 weather wise. It may be warm or chilly.

ronnie September 30th, 2012 11:48 AM

Stay away from the Valor if you must go on Carnival. Just back a week ago. The MDR was awful, service was slooow, food was room temperature at best and the food it self wasn't that good. To be fair, the MDR is understaffed and I believe they did the best they could. The food and selections didn't get any better at the buffet. The deli did offer good sandwiches. This is where our group ate seven out of eight nights, the food and selections were that bad. Everywhere you went you would hear people talking about how cheap Carnival has gotten. OH, then you have put up with some fellow named Goose and annoying and loud annoucements all day and into the night. This will be my last cruise with Carnival. If you can, spend a little bit more money and go with RCCL,Celebrity or Princess. You will get a much better cruise experience. They truly are the Wal-Mart of the Seas.

storybookcruises.com September 30th, 2012 02:58 PM

Personally, I agree with Ronnie about Carnival. But then again, as I always say, what one person loves another will hate.

We've never had a bad experience with Carnival and have enjoyed all our cruises with them, but we definitely prefer other cruise lines. But we're older and we appreciate the finer things in life, especially good food and good service. This is why our all-time favorite is Celebrity. But because it attracts an older crowd and is a bit too sedate for some, younger people don't particularly care for them because there's not alot of nightlife. Their food is excellent and their newer ships (the Solstice-class) are wonderful.

Younger folks tend to prefer RCCL because of all the amenities, especially on their new ships like the Oasis-class ships. However, I have been somewhat disappointed in the quality of their food lately in the main dining rooms. Not up to the quality it had been a few years ago.

Perhaps this is why if we're doing a group cruise with family and friends, we really like Princess. Food is better than RCCL, but there aren't quite as many amenities.

Food is very subjective - sort of like McDonalds vs Burger King; some like one over the other, some like both, and some like neither.

And this is the best part about cruising; there's something out there for everyone and the fun is in trying them all until you find the best one for you.

Pete

storybookcruises.com September 30th, 2012 03:06 PM

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Originally Posted by thecruisequeen (Post 1448696)
Thanks Cruise Planner!! you are very helpful around here...they need to put you on the payroll!! :-P
I hear great things about Roatan and West End. I also hear Cave tubing and diving are the things to do in Belize. Been to Costa Maya once awhile back though.
I'll keep Shore Trips in mind too. Rental Car to the airport could work. was looking at the shuttle services. Are you a Travel Agent??

Glad I could help and yes, I'm a travel agent (Cruise Specialist), but I just like to provide information that might help people enjoy their cruise. And, after all, I think everyone on here is looking to do the same thing; they want people to have a wonderful vacation and if they can give some tips or advice that will add to the enjoyment, then it makes it all worthwhile. It's just that often times we can provide a different perspective than the average cruiser, especially since we get alot of feedback from our clients that is useful to pass along.

Pete


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