Carnival Dream is the very first ship in the Dream class, leading the way for sister ships Carnival Magic and Carnival Breeze. The fun-filled ship offers plenty of ways to spend your days at sea — so much so that you might find you hardly want to leave at your calls of port at all!
The largest built at her christening, Carnival Dream floated out in 2008 with the widest variety of activity, dining and entertainment options out of all the Carnival cruise ships during the day, meant for more fun than ever.
It’s even made a few celebrity appearances in movies; a good portion of the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked were filmed aboard Carnival Dream and the vessel is mentioned in World War Z.
The ship received refurbishments just last year (2017), meaning that you can expect even more upscale accommodations and fun, thanks to new enhancements and additions.
Ready to see what this ship has to offer and why it might just make the top of your list for your next cruise? Here are our top 17 way to enjoy a Carnival Dream cruise.
1. Options, options, options!
If you ever wanted more options than ever as to your accommodations aboard a cruise ship, Carnival Dream delivers. There are an array of cabins to choose from, including interior staterooms, luxurious suites and a newer type of cabin that was created just for Carnival Cruise Line.
The deluxe ocean view stateroom has two separate restrooms, great for when you’re traveling as a family or if you have fellow traveling guests over to your cabin during your cruise. That’s not the only new cabin option on this ship, though.
There’s also the cove balcony stateroom, which is unique thanks to its partially enclosed veranda. Similar to the Carnival Splendor and Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream also offers spa staterooms. There are 21 different accommodation options to choose from!
2. A Spa Sanctuary
Speaking of the spa, Carnival Dream is there for you when you’ve been having a rough day at sea or a long day in port. Cloud 9 is appropriately named for the amazing way it’s going to make you feel. Cloud 9 offers an array of amazing spa treatments and salon services, from hot stone massages to a dip in the Thalassotherapy pool, pedicures to manicures.
3. Festive Flavors
Get into the Caribbean spirit with a visit to Carnival Dream’s tequila bar. The BlueIguana Tequila Bar is featured over several of the cruise line’s ships, so if you’ve tried it before, you can find the same great experience aboard Carnival Dream.
Not only can you try several varieties of tequila, but you’ll also find Mexican beer and frozen margaritas on the menu as well. You can choose to kick back and stay a while, or just take your drink with you to the pool. Other flavors The BlueIguana Tequila Bar serves up include breakfast burritos, salsa, tacos and more — complimentary!
4. Sweet Tooth Satisfaction
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, we’ve got what you need. Carnival Dream’s candy shop is Cherry On Top and it offers floor to ceiling sugary goodness. Like something out of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, find all your favorites and discover something brand new at this colorfully jaw-dropping space. Rainbow lollipops, chocolate-covered snacks, gummies in every shape and size — you’ll be left wanting for absolutely nothing.
5. Dreamy Itineraries
Carnival Dream provides the perfect itineraries for travelers leaving from the American South. Cruises depart from both New Orleans, Louisiana and Galveston, Texas, putting them in easy driving distance of those who don’t live quite close to Florida, where many cruises depart. You can choose from four-, five- or seven-night itineraries, so there’s something to fit every timeframe and budget.
The seven-night itineraries visit the Western and Eastern Caribbean from New Orleans, while the five-night and four-night itineraries explore the Western Caribbean from Galveston. What can you expect in each region?
The Eastern Caribbean includes St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and St. Maarten, where you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife, exotic natural scenery, adrenaline-pumping activities or even a round of golf. The Western Caribbean includes Mexico, Belize and Jamaica, so you can visit waterfalls, dive from cliffs, explore a private island or dive deep into the rainforest.
6. Adults-Only Areas
Let’s face it. Sometimes you just need to get away from the kiddos when you’re on vacation. Carnival gets this and that’s why they provide adults-only areas that you can enjoy all to yourself, no screaming, shouting or begging included.
The adults-only Serenity Lounge is a bi-level outdoor area that only allows visitors over the age of 21. You can claim a daybed for some lounging in the sun, cozy up next to your significant other on one of the round couches or enjoy a laidback drink at the bar. The space is all about relaxation during the day, before it transforms into a Miami-style nightclub after dark, with a DJ and dancing.
7. Steakhouse Dining
Just as you indulge in spa treatments, alone time and sweet treats during your Carnival Dream cruise, don’t forget to indulge in a little fine dining as well. The Chef’s Art Steakhouse isn’t included in your normal cruise dining package, but it’s well worth the little extra you’ll pay to get in. You enjoy a four-course dinner that’s a total steakhouse-style experience, with all the succulent filet mignon, seafood and decadent desserts you could want.
8. A One-of-a-Kind Beer
For all the beer aficionados out there, Carnival developed its own beer, so you can sip on something you can’t find anywhere else, and then write home about it. Carnival’s ThirstyFrog Red beer is exclusively available at the line’s RedFrog Rum Bars, which just so happen to be the sister bar to BlueIguana Tequila Bar. Try a pint out on the Lido Deck and see what you think!
9. Something for Everyone
No matter your age, taste or budget, there’s something for everyone aboard Carnival Dream. Whether you want to relax in the spa or get in some adventure, you can do it. The same holds true when you’re docked. Lounge about on the beach, or book an adventure activity, from snorkeling to sightseeing.
Even the dining and entertainment fits a range of travelers. Kids will love breakfast with the Cat in the Hat, while older kids have their run of the WaterWorks amusement park. Everyone can enjoy showing off their skills in a lip sync battle, while music and comedy fans will love the top-tier performers that come along for the cruise.
If your crew just can’t sit still during sea days, you can take in a game of mini golf, get competitive at SportSquare or test the limits of your bravery in the SkyCourse.
10. Party All Night
If you love a good party, Carnival Dream has just the thing. This ship has plenty of options for the nightlife seeker. Lido Deck nightclub goes well into the wee hours of the morning, as does Encore theater on Deck 5. The music keeps the venues pumping and the dance floor is always full. No matter the hour, you’ll find loads to keep the fun going.
11. Little Nooks and Crannies
With thousands of passengers all crammed into one ship, you can expect Carnival Dream to get kind of crowded on sea days, right? Wrong! This ship is designed to hold all of its passengers with ease, and, as such, there are lots of little nooks and crannies where you can escape for a little bit of privacy.
Deck space and seating areas abound, many that are never full and if you want lots of seating with access to hot tubs and little crowds, the Lanai Promenade is the place to go.
12. Welcome to Flavor Town!
If it’s awesome flavors you’re looking for, you’ll find them at not one, but two dining outlets aboard Carnival Dream that are endorsed and designed by the mayor of Flavor Town himself, Guy Fieri.
Guy’s Burger Joint offers some of the best burgers at sea and all the dining is included in your cost, and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que gives you some mouthwatering, slow-cooked barbecue alongside your favorite classic ‘que sides.
13. Snackin’ on the Go
When you’re not quite hungry enough to stop into one of the many different dining options for a full meal, but you’d still like to grab a little something, there are plenty of options to choose from there as well.
Snack options are abundant aboard Carnival Dream. Grab a single slice from Pizzeria del Capitano, open 24 hours a day. The Coffee Bar has just what you need to get energized for a big day of fun, alongside delicious pastries. Swirls hits the spot with soft-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt.
14. Games for All
Your favorite classic games come to life with two entertainment options aboard Carnival Dream. Clue: The Murder Mystery is larger than life when the ship becomes your game board and the suspects are real. You get a free CLUE Case File to get started and then the sleuthing begins.
Similarly, there’s Hasbro the Game Show, which pits cruisers against one another in giant games of Connect 4 and Yahtzee, among other family favorites. You and your friends and family can win awesome prizes, all while being cheered on by the live audience.
15. Camp Ocean
You never have to worry about putting together an itinerary for the kids aboard Carnival Dream. The kid-loving crew has already done it for you! Camp Ocean is essentially a summer camp for traveling little ones, ages 2 to 11. Children are separated into groups of 2 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years and 9 to 11 years.
Together, groups have lots of fun with arts and crafts, games, activities, movies and more. They get their own lunch menus filled with kid-friendly favorites. If they need to stick around at night while mom and dad enjoy one of the ship’s many nightlife options, there’s fun to be had after hours as well, with the Night Owls kids program, so kids can enjoy staying up late in a safe environment.
16. Teens Have Fun, Too
As any parent knows, vacationing with a teen can be, well, difficult. All those moods and you never know what they’re going to enjoy. They likely won’t like hanging out with their folks, either. Give everyone the alone time they crave, with a trip to Circle C or Club O2.
Circle C is a preteen haven, where kids 12 to 14 enjoy connecting and having fun with their fellow cruisers their own age. Activities include outdoor movies, games, parties and more.
In Club O2, cruisers ages 15 to 17 have fun watching movies, listening to music, playing video games and hanging out with their fellow teens. It’s so much fun, Carnival has repeatedly been named one of the best cruise lines for teenagers!
Carnival’s onboard waterpark, WaterWorks gives you plenty of fun in the sun with its wide array of water activities. There’s the huge Twister Waterslide, which isn’t for the faint of heart.
Multiple other water slides ensure you’ll have the time of your life. Plus, little kids enjoy the fun, too, with special children’s areas that are a little bit safer from the big waves and splashes. It’s an area of the ship that everyone can enjoy!
Also Read: Easy Guide on Carnival Ships by Age
Ready to Go?
What are you waiting for? Carnival Dream offers some of the best fun at sea, regardless of your age. With convenient sailings and short itineraries, there’s something for every traveler and every budget. These 17 reasons to cruise on Carnival Dream are just the start — get out there and discover why so many people have called this experience their best vacation yet!