Posted on: January 17th, 2013 - Ship Overviews
130,000-TON CARNIVAL DREAM OFFERS YEAR-ROUND CRUISES FROM PORT CANAVERAL
The 130,000-ton Carnival Dream offers a host of on-board innovations and amenities and operates year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral. The ship operates two distinctly different itineraries – an eastern Caribbean route that visits Nassau, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Maarten and a western Caribbean schedule featuring Cozumel, Mahogany Bay (Roatan), Belize and Costa Maya.
The namesake in Carnival’s Dream-class, the 3,646-passenger vessel ushered in an exciting new era of “Fun Ship” cruising with a new layout, sleek hull and distinctive profile.
Features on the Carnival Dream include a stunning café and entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza; 19,000—square-feet of dedicated children’s facilities , including expansive play areas and a huge Carnival WaterWorks water park featuring one of the longest water slides at sea; “scenic whirlpools” that extend over the ship’s sides; a two-level Serenity adults-only retreat; a 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa; and a variety of stateroom categories, including two-bath, five-berth cabins that have particular appeal with families.
Unique Features and Facilities
Among the highlights of Carnival Dream is Ocean Plaza, an indoor/outdoor café and live music venue featuring a large circular dance floor, full bar service and a coffee bar serving lattes, cappuccinos and espressos as well as a variety of sweets. Ocean Plaza also offers full Wi-Fi access, along with 12 stand-alone kiosks where guests can access the FunHub, Carnival Dream’s comprehensive portal and exclusive on-board social network.
Carnival Dream also takes the traditional cruise-ship promenade to new heights with a half-mile, open-air promenade encircling the ship on Promenade Deck 5. Here, guests can take a stroll while enjoying spectacular ocean vistas, read a book, or just take in the sun from one of the many deck chairs that will line this unique open deck area.
Along the expansive promenade, four “scenic whirlpools” cantilever out over the sea providing magnificent sea views. Higher up, Lido Deck 10 offers an elaborate and expansive open-deck area with a tropical, resort-style main pool complete with a Seaside Theatre LED screen with comfortable seating and full bar service. Carnival Dream recently added two new poolside bars that are part of Carnival’s fleetwide Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement program – the Caribbean-flavored RedFrog Rum Bar and the Mexican-themed Blue Iguana Tequila Bar.
Innovative New Staterooms
Particular attention was paid to Carnival Dream’s accommodations, as several innovative new types of staterooms were introduced, including “cove” balcony staterooms – located closer to the water line – offering beautiful sea views and exceptional value.
New deluxe ocean view staterooms – featuring a unique, guest-friendly configuration with two bathrooms and five berths – provide the ultimate in comfort and convenience for guests who can enjoy their unique spaciousness, particularly families. In addition to twin beds that convert to a king, ample closet space and elegant décor, the two-bathroom configuration 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 – a rarity in new ship construction and also ideal for families. Additionally, there is a wide selection of balcony staterooms and suites from which to choose – all offering the best in scenic cruising. Additionally, adjacent to Carnival Dream’s luxurious Cloud 9 Spa are 65 spa staterooms and suites which offer guests a number of exclusive amenities and privileges.
All Carnival Dream staterooms feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows.
Families Will Live the Dream
Carnival Dream’s numerous family-friendly amenities include separate, purpose-built facilities for the line’s three distinct children’s programs: Camp Carnival for kids ages 2-11, Circle “C” for 12- to 14-year-olds, and Club O2 for teens ages 15 to 17, along with a full schedule of morning-til-night activities catering to each age group.
Sure to be a hit with guests of all ages is Carnival WaterWorks, an expansive aqua park offering exhilarating water slides – including a 303-foot-long Twister slide that’s among the longest in cruising and an exhilarating DrainPipe attraction featuring a unique funnel-style design – and various water spray apparatus. Carnival Dream also features an 18-hole miniature golf course.
All this, combined with an attractive and convenient Port Canaveral/Central Florida homeport, make Carnival Dream an exceptional family vacation.
INTERNET CAFÉ, WI-FI ACCESS, CELL PHONE SERVICE – Like all “Fun Ships,” Carnival Destiny offers an Internet café with private workstations featuring flat-screen monitors, along with Wi-Fi access available in virtually all public rooms and areas. Guests can also make and receive cell phone calls whether the ship is at sea or in port.
SPACIOUS ACCOMODATIONS- Eighteen staterooms on the Carnival Conquest that previously featured floor-to-ceiling windows have been retrofitted with private balconies, creating expansive 230-square-foot verandah staterooms. Including these accommodations, Carnival Conquest has 573 total balcony staterooms – ideal for scenic Caribbean cruising. As part of Carnival’s fleetwide stateroom amenities, all of the Carnival Conquest’s staterooms feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system, featuring plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and duvet covers, fluffy pillows and high quality sheets and linens. All accommodations include terrycloth bathrobes and all staterooms offer in-cabin amenity kits with a variety of brand-name product samples for men and women.
INTERNET CAFÉ, WI-FI ACCESS, CELL PHONE SERVICE – Like all “Fun Ships,” Carnival Conquest offers an Internet café with private workstations featuring flat-screen monitors, along with Wi-Fi access available in virtually all public rooms and areas. Guests can also make and receive cell phone calls whether the ship is at sea or in port.