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The Carnival Dream: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

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The Carnival Dream is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Carnival Dream.

Destination

The Carnival Dream sails to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Fla. The ship stops at such ports as Cozumel, Mexico; Nassau, Bahamas; and St. Thomas.

Luxury Cruise Ship

The Carnival Dream is the first of the cruise line's Dream-class ships. These ships are almost twice as large as Carnival's Fantasy-class ships. The Dream offers more luxuries than the smaller ships, making it easier to cater to families.

Special Features

The Carnival Dream features Spa 9, which includes a saltwater massaging whirlpool. The ship also has plenty of activites for younger members, including children's clubs, Waterworks water park, a nine-hole miniature golf course and a video arcade. Grown-ups can escape to Serenity, the adults-only haven, or try their hand at poker in the Jackpot Casino.

Accommodations

The Carnival Dream offers more balcony rooms than its predecessors, with balconies on six of the nine classes of staterooms. The Dream offers Cove balconies, which are much lower on the ship than previous balconies. These balconies give a close-up view of the ocean.

Cost

All scheduled cruises on the Carnival Dream are seven-day trips, but prices vary depending on the destination and the season. A cruise to the Western Caribbean in November 2012 costs $459 per person for an interior cabin, and $1,119 per person for a suite. A cruise in the Eastern Caribbean in November 2011 costs $609 per person for an interior cabin, and $2,309 per person for a suite.

Excursion

Passengers recommended the Cozumel snorkel and beach party. They enjoyed the sailboat to the snorkeling site, and the beach party with plenty of slides and lounge chairs.

Dining Experience

The Carnival Dream's two main restaurants, the Crimson and the Scarlet, serve two assigned seatings for dinner. The Lido buffet transforms into the Seaview Bistro for casual dinner dining. In addition, the ship has the Chef Art's Steakhouse, a premium restaurant open at dinner.

Maiden Voyage

The Carnival Dream was launched Sept. 21, 2009. The ship made its maiden voyage to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral.

In The News

According to the Coast Guard News, a woman was evacuated from the Carnival Dream after suffering convulsions in August 2010.

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Tour of the Carnival Dream.

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