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ccleveland June 21st, 2013 02:55 AM

Carnival dream September/ October. Any good? Safe to cruise??
 
Hey everyone, this will be my first cruise ever and I will also be my honeymoon. I am a little worried on the Carnival dream hoping that everything is settled for the ship now. Here are a few questions I have hoping that everyone here on this website can help me out :

1) Has anyone recently been on the Carnival dream? How was your experience good or bad

2) Is the western or eastern cruise for the dream ship better Or more fun?

3) When cruising late September into the first week of October will the weather be good? Has anyone sailed in that time frame before?

4) Any last good tips and pointers for me?

Thank you so much for responding to this if you do. :)

Snoozeman June 21st, 2013 10:41 AM

Sorry, I've never sailed the Dream.

Paul Motter June 21st, 2013 01:27 PM

I have been on it. The Dream is the first of the "Dream-class" ships from Carnival, the same size and layout as the newest Carnival ship, "Bliss."

I personally like the Western Caribbean - but its six of one....

Except Dream does not have all the new decor and "Funship 2.0" features of Bliss. The ship is big and tends to get a bit crowded. It's worth dealing with that if you are on Magic or Bliss (the other two similar sized ships) because of the different onboard features, but Dream has not been getting the same reviews as Bliss.

If you get a great deal, though, it is always worth it.

Keep in mind that October is the peak of hurricane season. That may mean you have to change your cruise plans - but very unlikely the cruise will canceled, Most likely if there is a storm they will just change the itinerary (ports of call). As far as weather goes, though, probably the riskiest month of all - would probably be just fine, but always a chance of storms.

Last tip: book a mid-ship lower deck balcony stateroom.

Last tips -

zydecocruiser June 21st, 2013 01:44 PM

Breeze.

Haven't been on Dream in a while, but was for 28 consecutive days and loved it. Dream has a great Serenity area. If on Dream (or any of that class), we like the Cove Balcony cabins.

Sept/Oct is still hurricane season, so anything could happen, but that isn't related to the ship or Carnival.

ccleveland June 21st, 2013 04:35 PM

Why did you like the western cruise Paul? If I book a ship that has the funship 2.0 is it worth it? I haven't googled all what comes with the 2.0.

I just don't want to have to wait till April/ may when the weather is better to go in a honeymoon. It would suck. That's why I was trying to do the 9/28 western cruise for 7 days or the 10/5 eastern 7 say cruise with the carnival dream. I'm hoping if I go and the weather gets bad, they can change the ports well enough to make the weather sunshine and warm outside.

Paul Motter June 21st, 2013 05:42 PM

Sorry "Breeze" not Bliss. (first message of the day).

About the weather, if it is a hurricane they will change itineraries, but not if it is just rainfall or wind. It has to truly endanger the ship before they will change routes.

There is not much difference between the East & West, and if you ever do a second cruise you can go to the other one. I generally like the West because of snorkeling with the stingrays in Grand Cayman, some of the beaches in Cozumel, etc. But you can also find great beaches in the East. caribbean, too.

So, to give you a real answer I looked up the two routes, and I think I might prefer the East. Just be aware the islands are more populated, shopping is a main attraction. Nassau has Atlantis (cool for day), San Juan fun for just walking around, St Thomas has nice beaches for snorkeling and shopping, Grand Turk is something of a tourist trap.

East: Nassau, The Bahamas
San Juan, Puerto Rico
St. Thomas, USVI
Grand Turk

West: Cozumel has nice beaches. You can do a "resort scuba dive with no license". Costa Maya has some Mayan ruins. I have not been to Belize or Roatan, but I think a lot of people would say they are not that interesting.

west: Ports of Call: Cozumel, Mexico
Belize; Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan
Costa Maya, Mexico

Being October I would guess you stand a chance of better weather in the West, although its always a crapshoot.

But really, just pick one and go. I would be more concerned about the ship than the itinerary. As for funship 2.0 the biggest difference is food & entertainment. 2.0 gives Guys Burgers, Redfrog Pub, Alchemy Bar, Comedy brunch.

Dream still has good entertainent & food, though. I think you might even prefer some of the shows.


But it's your first cruise, right? You will have a great time regardless of which one you pick.

storybookcruises.com June 21st, 2013 05:43 PM

If you don't want to take a chance on bad weather in September or October, consider going in November or December. In fact, some of the best rates of the year can be found right after Thanksgiving. This is one of our favorite times of the year to go - not only good rates, but no kids and the weather is great!

Pete

zydecocruiser June 21st, 2013 06:16 PM

Mar/Apr/May you can run into Spring Breakers and then Graduation cruises.

I generally prefer Western, but if you can get some "exotic" ports either.

St Thomas is a duty free island for shopping.

ccleveland June 21st, 2013 11:56 PM

I think im going to go ahead and go with it. Hopefuly the weather will be beautiful and everything. i definitely like the western carribean according to you tube and reviews. Apparenty you can swim with the sting rays and dolphins in some of the western Caribbean ports. Anyone know of any good hotels around the port? I will be driving a little over 7 hours from where i live to get there. I wish i could park somewhere else and not have to pay the port fee to park my car for 7 days

zydecocruiser June 22nd, 2013 02:21 AM

We've stayed at Radisson at the port before and it was fine They also have a cruise special.

ccleveland June 22nd, 2013 02:24 AM

Oh ok. What kind of cruise special?

Paul Motter June 22nd, 2013 12:07 PM

A cruise special at a hotel usually just means they will let you park your car there during the cruise if you stay there.

Shouldn't hard to find out, just go to the web site of the Radisson Hotel near that port.

ccleveland June 22nd, 2013 03:18 PM

ok. Sounds good. Thank you! But is it really that safe to leave your car parked at a hotel for 7 days? I think the carnival has a fence around the parking lot with security?

storybookcruises.com June 22nd, 2013 03:24 PM

Couple of websites you can also use for research are www.stay123.com and Airport Hotels - Park Sleep and Fly Packages | Free Airport Parking.

Several hotels in the area offer these specials. Definitely much cheaper than parking at the pier, that's for sure. Just have to pay for one night's stay and get a week of parking for free.

Pete

ccleveland June 22nd, 2013 09:41 PM

ya that idea sounds better than paying extra money for the pier. I just don't want my car broken into or on blocks when I come back lol

cruised1014 June 23rd, 2013 02:11 PM

Carnival Dream
 
Hi, This being your first Cruise ever here are all the tips I can give you. First of all a Cruise is what "YOU" make of it not the ship and not the staff if any little problems happen let them go instead of dwelling on it and just have fun.
You will learn in the Future that Nov and Dec and stay away from holiday wweksis better weather in the Carribean and much lower prices and never
1,500 childeren like in summer months. Your o,k, with you dates cause kids are back in school. Keep in mind you are travling in Hurricane season which ends the last day in November so if there is a Hurricane in the Western gulf your itinerary will change to keep everyone safe. O.K Now the fun stuff. You will eat more food than you ever have in your life. My joke I use when I go on a Cruise is . Wow I am getting hungry I haven't eaten for 45 minutes. Make sure on Sea Days you don't misss the Punchliners Comedy Brunch which is held only Sea days which you should have two. Also Guy's burgers are unreal.
2nd night is Lobster night check the dining room menu on your t.v set to make sure. This is a night you do not want to go to the Steakhouse. The first night is Planko Crusted Shrimp don't miss this if you are a shrimp eater. Dinning room just tell them to keep them comin and at the Buffet it's all you can eat.

You are Cruising at a very HOT time of year make sure sunscreen is used even on the tops of your feet. I have see many cruies ruined from people that burn there feet the first day. There are 10 hot tubs on the ship yopu should have no problem finding a nice one early in the morning. I also wear a swinsuit when I get on the ship. I arrive at the port at 10;30 am and have lunch on Lido deck. Pools are small on this ship but tempature should be good.

Stay away from Casino Vault it looks easy but it;s a suckers bet.

Bring a 12 pack of your favorite soft drink and pack it in a carry on bag. Put a luggage tag on it and it will show up at your stateroom just like your luggage. No alcohlol it will be conviscated. Have a great Cruise. Ed

ccleveland June 23rd, 2013 05:28 PM

Wow thank you! Very helpful information. Do you know which kind of luggage bags I can use for my clothes and accessories? On the tags for the luggage do you have to put your room number or just put your first and last name and they will know what room you're in?

I'm sure hoping that no hurricanes will come because I really do want to do the Western cruise. I think I made my decision and I'm either going on the Carnival dream on October 5 or October 12.

cruised1014 June 23rd, 2013 08:22 PM

Carnival Dream Info
 
Well Oct 5th goes Eastern and Oct 12th goes Western. If you have not booked yet I use a Personal Vacation Planner with Carnival Cruiselines. Tell him Ed Earl sent you and you will get the best price too. After you book you will need to register all your information like your passports and after you complete all that online you can print your boarding pass and luggage tags which will have your cabin number on them. After you get booked contact me and I will tell you all I know about all the Ports you will be going to sort of a Must to do type of things. I have been to all of the cruise ports in the Carribean many times. We are V.I.P on Carnival and have Cruised over 35 times. Let me know what you decide. Ed roflroflroflroflrofl

storybookcruises.com June 23rd, 2013 11:32 PM

Actually, any agent can get you the same price plus they represent you and not the cruise line. Booking directly with the cruise line is not advisable because if you have any problems, who do you think they represent?

It's always best to book with an agent because they represent you and have alot more information than the cruise line's representatives. Many of them have never even been on a cruise and are only interested in making a sale.

Plus, they only represent one cruise line. Should you want to consider all your options, including other cruise lines, they are no help whatsoever.

Bottom line is to find a reputable agent you feel comfortable with and let them help you with all the arrangements.

Pete

ccleveland June 24th, 2013 03:25 AM

oh ok so you print the info including the tags from the carnival profile that you have on their site??? I will be going to the courthouse in my area to get the passport and will be using me and my fiancess name that we have now on our tickets for the cruise.

pete - i sent a private message :)

storybookcruises.com June 24th, 2013 01:07 PM

Yes, you'll get a luggage tag as a part of your documentation from the cruise line. You can print these out and attach them to your luggage - suggest using some clear tape to make them a little less fragile.

Or you can wait till you get to the pier and the luggage handlers will have a supply of better luggage tags and all you really need to put on them is your cabin number. This is what we prefer to do instead of using the paper ones.

As for your passports, you don't have to have them for a closed-loop cruise - meaning a cruise then starts and ends in the same U.S. port and goes to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda, or the Bahamas. All you need is an original birth certificate and a photo ID, such as a driver's license. That way you can wait until after you're married to get your passports with her married name.

However, I always suggest getting a passport just on the off-chance you have any problems in a foreign port and have to fly home. But in this case, it's not needed and the overwhelming people cruising don't have passports, so don't feel like you have to rush out and get one, especially if your budget is tight.

Pete

darby4905 June 26th, 2013 06:30 PM

Sailed this ship last year in June and October. Booked again in October. Love this ship. Advice book a spa class room and take full advantage of all it has to offer. Check in at the spa desk for the amenities included. Weather....Hurricane season is in full swing in September. Be prepared to have your ports of call changed, length of cruise shortened or lengthened. We prefer Western. Mahogany Bay is awesome! Bring your KCCO attitude and you will have the time of you life.
Cheers!

averrette June 28th, 2013 11:19 AM

Better hurry, Dream is moving to New Orleans in May 2014 .

seaglo July 13th, 2013 12:49 PM

How big is the Brezee ship?

storybookcruises.com July 13th, 2013 04:44 PM

Hopefully, this will answer your question.

Pete



Ship Statistics - CARNIVAL BREEZE
Year Built: 2012
Tonnage: 130,000 tons
Registry: Panama
Length: 1,004 feet
Beam: 122 feet
Passenger Capacity: 3,690
Crew Size: 1,386
Total Inside Cabins: 719
Total Outside Cabins: 1,126
Cabins & Suites w/ verandas: 905
Suites: 54


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