The Carnival Dream was launched in fall 2009, and I had the opportunity to attend the naming ceremony and to take a two-day "cruise to nowhere" on the ship.
My first impressions of the Carnival ship are excellent. The ship is beautiful, and its exciting new features, cabin categories, and dining options are sure to be a hit with those who love large ships and a fun-packed holiday.
Gerry Cahill, Carnival CEO, has said that Carnival's goal is to sell fun vacations and create memorable experiences at a great value. The company has certainly exceeded their own expectations with the Carnival Dream.
Carnival Dream - Facts and Figures
Carnival Dream Size:
- Gross Registered Tonnage - 130,000
- Length - 1,004 feet
- Beam - 122 feet
- Beam at Pool Decks - 158 feet
- Maximum Draft - 27 feet
- Number of Guest Decks - 13
- Passenger Space Ratio - 36
Capacity (including upper berths) - 4,631
Staff - 1,367
Speed - 22.5 knots
Carnival Dream Accommodations:
- Penthouse Suites - 12
- Suites - 58
- Ocean View with Balcony - 817
- Ocean View Family Cabins (no balcony) - 193
- Other Ocean View Cabins (no balcony) - 65
- Interior Cabins - 678
The ship has many lovely, special public rooms. Filled with reds and golds, the Carnival Dream features expensive Murano glass, wood veneers, and custom made tiles. The estimated cost of the ship was $860 million, and it looks it.
The ship's soaring atrium is Carnival's largest, and anyone who comes onto the ship for the first time will be impressed by the exciting atmosphere it creates.
I think many Carnival Dream guests will love the new Ocean Plaza, a hub with day and night entertainment, coffee bar, and full bar.
Burgundy is a 425-seat comedy club that features a wide variety of comedians, offering both family-friendly and adults-only performances each night. Each 7-day cruise will have 24 comedy performances.
For those who love to be in on the action, the Caliente Dance Club has a large dance floor and modern decor. Or, music lovers will enjoy The Song for karaoke or Sam's Piano Bar for their favorite tunes.
The largest lounge on board is Encore!. Each week, guests will be treated to three spectacular reviews, with singers, dancers, and the Fun Force acrobats.
Kids (and some adults) will want to spend all their time at WaterWorks, which features some spine-tingling water slides and wet fun for everyone. Other outdoor activities include an 18-hole miniature golf course and basketball and volleyball courts.
Carnival Dream has two outdoor pools and several whirlpools.
The activities planned for the kids looked fun, but also include an educational element related to the ship's Caribbean itineraries.
Next to Club O2 is The Warehouse, an expansive game room featuring the latest video and arcade games. Teens can also enjoy the Carnival Dream's Y-Spa youth spa program, which offers a variety of soothing treatments.
Carnival Dream - FunHub
The FunHub is accessible via 36 computer stations located on decks 3, 4, and 5. These stations provide guests with free and convenient access to the Carnival Dream intranet and social network on a 24/7 basis. Guests who have their own laptops along or who rent a netbook on the ship can access the sites anywhere on the ship.
In addition, the Carnival Dream introduces two innovative types of staterooms. The first are the "cove" balcony staterooms on deck 2, much closer to the water than traditional balcony cabins. The open area of the balcony is smaller, and can be closed with a hatch if the weather is very bad. Although the opening is smaller, the balcony is more private and still allows marvelous views. The cove balcony cabin interior is the same layout and size as a standard balcony cabin.
Like the family cabins on the Disney Cruise Line ships, the Carnival Dream family quint cabins have two baths -- one is a full bathroom (sink, toilet, shower), and the second bath has a junior tub, shower, and sink. I think this layout is better than Disney's, which has a sink and toilet in one bath and a tub/shower and sink in the second.
The Carnival Dream also features 65 spa staterooms and suites, which are located near the Cloud 9 Spa and have extra amenities/privileges.