We started with our pre-cruise stay at the Radisson Resort at the Port in Port Canaveral. They have a great sleep, park and cruise special.
My first impressions of the Radisson were great customer service, very clean room and an incredible full breakfast!
The free shuttle service ran like clockwork.
Day One on the Carnival Dream.
Well, keep in mind the ship holds a little over 3600 passengers.
My wife Marty and I arrived at the cruise port around 1:00 p.m.
There was a very long line for passengers to board.
If you are a Priority or “Faster to the Fun” guest, you need to basically elbow your way through the line to get to the Priority boarding area at the front of the building.
Going through security was pretty fast.
It constantly amazes me how many people don’t prepare for going through security.
People don’t put their cell phones, iPads or other electronics in their carry on bags. This really slows the security process!
Once Marty and I went through security, we waited in line about 20 minutes to check in.
Next we went upstairs and waited about 20 more minutes to take the long walk to the ship.
You better have comfortable shoes and not lugging 30 pieces of carry on luggage!
The walk to the ship is not for the faint of heart!
We stepped on board the Carnival Dream about 1:30 p.m.
We went straight to our balcony cabin (9215) up on deck 9 (Vista deck).
I really like the location of this cabin!
The lido deck is only one deck up from us and the Serenity Adult Only Retreat is only a couple decks up!
Speaking of Serenity, hats off to Carnival for expanding this area!
Granted, it’s a little forward of the Carnival Waterworks, but it is truly an oasis from the pressures of everyday life!
Plenty of comfortable seating, lots of shaded areas and even two hammocks! There are two hot tubs and most importantly, no kids allowed!
Truly family friendly.
The Carnival Dream is the perfect destination for families.
There’s so much to do for all ages, families will return to the Carnival Dream time after time.
Marty and I are about to get off the ship in beautiful St Thomas. More updates to come and special thanks to everyone at the Radisson and Carnival for some incredible memories!
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