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Carnival Dream: Photo tour & overview
Carnival Dream features two dual-level dining rooms, a gourmet steakhouse and the Lido Restaurant. It also features Ocean Plaza, which combines tasty treats with entertainment. Entertainment and activities abound on the ship, as is water-based fun, with everything from the heart-racing waterslide action at WaterWorks to the soothing Thalassotherapy pool at the Cloud 9 Spa.
Where Carnival Dream sails
Home ports: New Orleans and San Juan, Puerto Rico
Destinations: Carnival Dream sails in and around the Caribbean in both the summer and winter on six- to 10-plus-day itineraries. The ports she calls on in the Western Caribbean include Cozumel, Mexico; Belize; Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. In the Eastern Caribbean, she sails to Freeport and Nassau in The Bahamas.
Top dining options
The Steakhouse menu features premium cuts of beef cooked to your exact specifications, as well as a selection of seafood, entrées, gourmet appetizers and an extensive wine list.
Enjoy a multicourse dinner hosted by one of Carnival’s master chefs. The VIP experience starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for a select group of 14, followed by a tour to see the galley in operation and then a full-service dinner of appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on the regular dining menus. The experience is $75 per guest, and reservations are required.
Carnival Breeze's Lido Restaurant is your one-stop destination for casual dining options such as Carnival Deli, Chef’s Choice, Mongolian Wok and Salad Bar. Seating is available indoors and outdoors.
The Taste Bar
Stop by for a taste of the flavors awaiting you at dining venues across the Carnival fleet. The Taste Bar offers complimentary appetizers before dinner for a taste of something different.
Take a break and revive in style at the coffee bar, stocked with premium coffees and delicious pastries.
Entertainment & activities
The Punchliner Comedy Club
Carnival teamed up with renowned comedian and TV personality George Lopez, who helped select talent for the fleetwide Punchliner Comedy Clubs. Guests can enjoy an evening laughing along to the comedians’ jokes.
Carnival's Seaside Theatre
Guests can watch a movie on the giant outdoor screen while relaxing in a pool or lounging on a beach chair.
Feeling lucky? Head over to the casino to try out a wide selection of poker, blackjack, roulette, craps and more.
Carnival's DJs have all been trained by DJ IRIE, the Miami Heat's official DJ, to drop beats that inspire dancing in all areas of the ship, such as the Liquid Nightclub and at deck parties.
Bars & lounges
RedFrog Rum Bar
RedFrog Rum Bar is Carnival's laid-back bar based on the no-worries vibes of the British West Indies and Key West. It is serves up tasty rum drinks and Carnival's house brew, ThirstyFrog Red.p>
BlueIguana Tequila Bar
The menu offers up Mexican favorites, including several brands of tequila and a slew of Mexican brews. There’s a lineup of frozen concoctions, cocktails and margaritas served by the glass or by the pitcher, and even a special Mexican beer cocktail.
Order your go-to drink and just kick back as you watch your favorite sports come to life on the bar’s big flat-screen TVs.
Piano Bar is the swanky, jazzy bar setting designed for laid-back, fun times. The live music may even encourage a sing-along or two.
Particular attention was paid to Carnival Dreams' accommodations, as new types of staterooms were introduced when the ship launched. The line's first-ever "cove" balcony staterooms, located closer to the water line, offer sea views for a good value. The deluxe ocean view staterooms feature a guest-friendly configuration with two bathrooms. In addition to twin beds that convert to a king, ample closet space and elegant decor, the two-bathroom configuration will include one full bathroom and a second bathroom featuring a junior tub with shower and sink. There are even staterooms that can accommodate five guests, which is rare in new ship construction and also ideal for families.
Camp Carnival is the place where the youngest cruisers (ages 2 to 11) will experience games, finger painting, story time, movies and more in a supervised environment, while their parents can be off having fun of their own. Carnival's babysitting program also offers, for a fee, a fun late-night option for kids while their parents stay out until as late as 3 am.
Youths ages 12 to 14 can enjoy video games, scavenger hunts and dance parties at Circle C, as well as enjoy getting outside with sports, pool parties and special shore excursions. Plus, they can enjoy all of this excitement with kids their own age.
Teens 15 to 17 can enjoy the latest music with exclusive dance parties at Club O2, as well as video games and movies from the club's comfy seating and video monitors all over the place. They'll even have fun outside of the club, with pool parties, team sports and special teen-only shore excursions.
This onboard water park features two waterslides: Drainpipe and Twister. At the center of Carnival WaterWorks is a giant, 300-gallon dump bucket that combines water and gravity in a way that's sure to soak.
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Top highlights on this ship
- Waterslides at Carnival WaterWorks
- Carnival's house brew at RedFrog Rum Bar
- Thalassotherapy pool at the Cloud 9 Spa
Top dining options on board
“Carnival Dream, whose sister ships are Carnival Breeze and Carnival Magic, operates year-round Caribbean cruises from Florida. There are ample facilities for children, who should particularly enjoy the outdoor waterpark and pool facilities. There's also a Serenity adults-only, extra-charge retreat as well as a sports activity area on deck.”