At 130,000 tons and carrying some 3,646 passengers double occupancy, the Carnival Dream and her sisters are Carnival’s largest, newest and most exciting vessels. Built in 2009, Dream feels a bit more toned and high-end, design-wise, than her older fleetmates—but let’s not split hairs: The ship is another incarnation of the bright and busy floating resorts Carnival is famous for, and is armed with some impressive new innovations.
For example, yesterday’s ho-hum Internet centers have morphed into the Fun Hub, an onboard social networking tool that guests can access via their own computers or devices, or at one of the 36 Fun Hub stations scattered around the vessel. You can create a personal profile and interact with shipmates, plus access information about onboard entertainment, dining and ports.
There’s also a fresh new indoor-outdoor entertainment space called the Lanai, which stretches from one side of the ship to the other on the Promenade deck ans offers a pair of over-sized ocean-view hot tubs cantilevered out over the ship’s rail, plus a café and a bar. Another industry first: 15-minute laser light shows set to rock music by Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Boston and other classic bands. The daily shows are offered on the giant outdoor movie screen in the Seaside Theatre on Deck 12, where you can also catch films and concerts.
Most of Carnival Dream’s entertainment venues reside on Decks 4 and 5, making the area especially conducive for bar hopping and strolling. The ship has a grand three-story show lounge, a pair of two-deck high main restaurants, a sushi bar, an elegant steakhouse, and a sprawling two-deck-high indoor-outdoor buffet restaurant offering just about everything.
The Cloud 9 Spa and huge gym take up the forward section of three decks, and include the adults-only Serenity outdoor relaxation space. The Deck 10 pool area is hub of skimpy bathing suits, cold drinks and fun contests, while the kids are catered to on Deck 11 in the Dream’s city-sized Camp Carnival play area for ages 2 to 11. Other parts of the ship coddle tweens (ages 12–14) and teens (ages 15–17) with dance floors, Wii video games and more. Fun lovers of all ages will appreciate the four water slides, one a 303-foot long corkscrew thrill ride, not to mention three pools and four hot tubs. There’s also the Waterworks “sprayground” with squirting fountains, splash zones and dump buckets, plus miniature golf course and a combo basketball-volleyball court.
As aboard Carnival’s other ships, Carnival Dream’s cabins are roomy, with standard inside cabins measuring 185 square feet and outsides a generous 220 square feet. All sport very comfortable bedding, plus a minibar and a small sitting area. A range of higher-category cabins and suites, including special Cloud 9 spa cabins, offer even more amenities and space. For something different, check out the Cove Balcony cabins, set down near the waterline—reminding you that you really are at sea, even on this giant ship.
Carnival Dream belongs to Carnival Cruise Lines' Dream Class of cruise ships. The Carnival Dream features lots of fun around its pool area, with the outdoor Seaside Theatre - a giant 12 ft by 22 ft jumbo LCD screen for movies, concerts, sports events, and more. The ship is very family friendly, with the most popular family program in the cruise industry, and with outdoor fun such as Carnival WaterWorks waterslides and splash park. Adults will enjoy the Carnival Dream's multitude of bars and lounges.
Year Built 2009 ♦
Ship's Class: Dream Class ♦
Country of Registry Panama ♦
Tonnage 128,000 ♦
Length 1004 ft - 306 m ♦
Cruising Speed 20 knots ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 3,646 ♦
Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 4,633 ♦
Passenger Decks 14 ♦
Officers and Crew 1,369 ♦
Officer's Nationality Italian ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International
Total 1,823 ♦
Suites with Balcony 56 ♦
Oceanview with Balcony 831 ♦
Oceanview without Balcony 258 ♦
Inside 678 ♦
Accessible Cabins (all categories) 35 ♦
Carnival Cruise Lines' cabins are great for families. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.
TV with music channels ♦
In-Cabin Movies ♦
In-Cabin Internet Access ♦
Private Safe ♦
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦
Optional Open Seating - "Your Choice Dining" lets you choose the time that suits you ♦
Formal Nights ♦
Specialty Restaurants: Steakhouse ♦
Specialty Coffee Bar ♦
24 Hour Room Service Available
Bars and Lounges ♦
Card Room/Game Room ♦
Video Games Arcade
Sports and Activities
Resort Style Pool ♦
Sports Court ♦
Fitness Center ♦
Jogging Track ♦
Carnival WaterWorks and Splash Park ♦
Mini Golf ♦
Promenade Deck: none
Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦
MedSpa Services ♦
Sauna or Steam Room ♦
Beauty Salon ♦
Fitness Assessment ♦
Health and Nutrition Evaluation
Children and Teens
Camp Carnival: 2 to 11 year olds ♦
Circle "C": 12 to 14 year olds ♦
Club 02!: 15 to 17 year olds ♦
Family Cabins ♦
Organized Age Specific Activities ♦
Children's Pool ♦
Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦
Youth Staff ♦
Dedicated Teen Center ♦
Teen Programs ♦
Teen Staff ♦
Group Babysitting Services
Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦
Business Center Services ♦
Carnival's Newest Ship A 'Dream' - A Carnival Dream
by Ralph Grizzle. An award-winning travel writer, and recognized cruise ship expert. Note: This review is for the Carnival Dream, one of three "Dream Class" cruise ships. The other are Carnival Magic and Carnival Breeze (arriving 2012).
With more than 19,000 total square feet of space catering to children, ‘tweens and teens – from expansive indoor and outdoor play areas to a sprawling aqua park housing the cruise industry’s longest water slide – the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream is designed as the ideal family vacation.
The focal point of Carnival Dream’s children’s activities is an expansive play area encompassing 5,000 square feet of space and offering ocean views. Located on Deck 11, Camp Carnival is divided into three distinct sections, each catering to a different age group.
The first area, designed for children ages 2-5, features an arts and crafts center and a variety of age-appropriate toys and games; the second, aimed at six- to eight-year-olds, offers video game consoles such as PlayStation2 and Wii linked to the latest plasma TV screens; and the third, catering to kids 9-11, includes a karaoke machine, air hockey and foosball tables and PlayStation2 and Wii video game consoles. A reception desk will provide parents with a convenient and inviting venue to check their kids in and out of the program.
Sure to be a big hit with older kids are the modern, high-tech Circle “C” and Club O2 facilities, catering to 12- to 14-year olds and 15- to 17-year olds, respectively.
Located on Deck 4, the 1,075-square-foot Circle “C” center gives ‘tweens a place to call their own, with a dance floor, DJ, a video jukebox and Internet workstations, providing the perfect place to just kick back and relax.
Adjacent to Circle “C” is Club O2, a 2,740-square-foot teen club where older kids can make new friends, and dance to the latest hits cranked out by a high-energy disc jockey.
Designed as the ultimate “chill” space, this expansive room also includes a soda bar, music-listening stations and a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system.
Both the Circle “C” and Club O2 programs have a dedicated director who oversees a host of fun activities, including late-night movies, video game contests and pool parties.
Located next to the teen club is The Warehouse, an expansive game room featuring the latest video and arcade games. Teens can also enjoy Carnival’s popular Y-Spa youth spa program offering a variety of soothing treatments.
As the largest “Fun Ship” ever constructed, Carnival has made maximum use of the Carnival Dream’s massive open decks, creating a variety of fun and inviting features, including Carnival WaterWorks, the largest and most elaborate water park at sea.
In addition to a 303-foot-long, four-deck-high corkscrew water slide – the longest in cruising – is another 104-foot-long spiral water slide that leads into a giant funnel, providing riders with an exhilarating and memorable conclusion to their journey. WaterWorks also includes twin double-lane 80-foot-long racing slides and various water spray apparatus with squirting fountains, splash zones, “dump buckets” and more.
I’ve written this many times, but it merits repeating: Carnival Cruise Lines does a better job than any other cruise line in delivering its brand promise. And that brand promise, which has been the same since the maiden voyage in 1972 of the company’s first ship, essentially boils down to this: Sail with us, and you will have fun.
“We have one basic goal, and that is to sell fun at a great value,” Carnival President and CEO Gerry Cahill told journalists this morning aboard the new Carnival Dream.
Docked at Pier 88 in Manhattan’s west side, Carnival’s newest and largest addition to the “Fun Ship” fleet is abuzz with shows, live music, entertainers and people enjoying themselves. The new ship features many “fun” innovations, such as a huge WaterWorks aqua park with the longest water slide at sea.
Overheard in the elevator, a boy, perhaps 8, says to his mother, “I love this ship mommy. You know how much I love it?”
“How much?” she asks.
“So much that I’m going to live on it.”
Perhaps the kid should take a look at ResidenSea’s live-aboard ship The World if he plans to pitch camp at sea for good, but for vacations, it’s easy to see why kids would love Carnival Dream.
For starters, more than 19,000 square feet of space is dedicated to children, ‘tweens and teens. Next, there’s Carnival WaterWorks, the largest aqua park at sea. WaterWorks features a 303-foot-long, four-deck-high Twister water slide, the longest at sea, and a 104-foot long spiral water slide known as the DrainPipe. It leads into a giant funnel for an exhilarating conclusion down the slippery slope. There’s also a pair of dual-lane 80-foot-long racing slides and various water spray apparatus with squirting fountains, splash zones, “dump buckets” and more.
Supervised programs cater to thee age groups: Camp Carnival (ages 2-11), Circle “C” (12-14) and Club O2 (15-17).
A new category of accommodations features deluxe ocean-view staterooms with two bathrooms (one with a junior tub). And many accommodations can sleep up to five guests.
Carnival Cruise Lines carries more than 625,000 children annually aboard its 22-vessel “Fun Ship” fleet. That’s equivalent to filing six of Carnival’s Fantasy-class vessels for an entire year, or to put it another way, roughly half of the total number of kids carried by the entire North American cruise industry.