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Carnival Dream

Tasty makeover for ship that ushered in a new era in 'Fun Ship' cruising

When the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream arrived in September 2009, she represented a new class of vessel offering a host of innovations and ushering in a new era of "fun ship" cruising.

An extensive makeover in February 2016 added many new dining and bar concepts to bring the ship in line with more recent members of the family.

Carnival Dream

The new spaces included:

  • Guy’s Pig & Anchor Barbeque Smokehouse: Designed by Food Network star Guy Fieri, the open-air free-of-charge venue offers a variety of BBQ favourites The eatery complements the popular Guy’s Burger Joints featured on Carnival Dream and 13 other Carnival ships
  • BlueIguana Cantina: A complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic, freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas
  • Alchemy Bar: A “cocktail pharmacy”-themed lounge with mixologists dressed in lab coats who “prescribe” concoctions from different elixirs and ingredients with creative names like Forty is the New Twenty and The Restorative Basil Dro
  • Pizzeria del Capitano: Here, guests can enjoy five different varieties of hand-tossed, artisanal-style pizza, all free of charge 24 hours a day
  • Bonsai Sushi: A full-service sushi restaurant offering Asian-inspired delicacies, all enjoyed amidst a striking contemporary décor inspired by the Far East
  • These additions complement Carnival Dream’s wide variety of onboard innovations, including a massive WaterWorks aqua park featuring a 304-ft water slide, a Serenity adults-only retreat, a luxurious Cloud 9 Spa with a thalassotherapy pool and thermal suite, and Ocean Plaza, a stunning indoor/outdoor live music and entertainment venue.

    Carnival Dream, which represented a new class of vessel offering a host of innovations when she arrived in 2009,  also offers Seuss at Sea, an exclusive partnership with Dr Seuss Enterprises, as well as play spaces for kids in three age groups.

    A variety of accommodation categories, including nearly 900 balcony cabins and extra-roomy family staterooms that sleep up to five guests, are available, as well.

    Carnival Dream operates year-round seven-day cruises from New Orleans offering three distinctly different itineraries – western Caribbean cruises visiting Montego Bay, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman; or Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Belize and Cozumel; and a Bahamas/Florida route calling at Key West, Freeport and Nassau.

    Vital statistics

    Operated by Carnival Cruise Lines
    Built by Fincantieri, Italy
    Entered service: September 2009
    Refurbished: February 2016
    Cost: $740m
    Gross tonnage: 128,251
    Passengers: 3,646
    Decks: 13
    Lifts: 18
    Crew: 1,367
    Officers: International
    Cabins: 1,823 including
    >> 887 with private balcony
    >> 258 with ocean view
    >> 678 inside
    >> 35 with wheelchair access
    Length: 1,004ft
    Width: 158ft
    Draught: 26ft
    Engines: diesel-electric


    Two dining rooms (two sittings), three alternative dining options, two show lounges, casino, library, two outside swimming pools, gymnasium, self-service launderette.

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