Carnival Dream Cruise Ship Profile

Ship Features, Itinerary, News, Photos, Review, Accommodations, Notable Rooms, Dining Venues, Kid's Areas, Deck Plan, Outdoor Spaces, Smoking Sections


CDC Ratings

Sanitation Report

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2010 Rating 100 (Feb)
2010 Rating 98 (Jul)
2011 Rating 100 (Jan)
2011 Rating 94 (Jul)
2012 Rating 100 (Feb)
2012 Rating 93 (Jul)
2012 Rating 93 (Oct)
2013 Rating 100 (Jun)
2013 Rating 99 (Nov)
2014 Rating 96 (Apr)
2014 Rating 93 (Sep)
2014 Rating 93 (Oct)
2015 Rating 92 (Feb)
2016 Rating 90 (Mar)
2017 Rating 87 (Feb)
2019 Rating 89 (Feb)
2019 Rating 91 (Jul)

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) performs unannounced inspections, which are conducted twice a year and required for any cruise ship with an international itinerary calling at a U.S. port. Vessels are evaluated proper food handling, preparation and storage procedures, and overall galley cleanliness. Ships’ potable water supplies used in spas and pools are evaluated, as well.


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Deck Plan


Serenity Deck 15

Deck 14

Deck 12

Deck 11

 Lido Deck 10

Deck 9

Deck 8

Deck 7

 Deck 6

Promenade Deck 5

Mezzanine Deck 4

Lobby Deck 3

Deck 2

Deck 1

Adults Only Serenity Retreat

The Serenity area is designed as an oasis for tranquility and relaxation, offering colorful, oversized umbrellas, comfortable chaise lounges and chairs, 2 whirlpools, and breathtaking sea views. Located on Sky deck 15.

Kids Areas

Camp Ocean

Carnival unveiled an exciting, new marine-themed children’s program in 2014.  The expanded program for children ages 2-11 highlights the wonders of the sea through fun, engaging and educational experiences.

More than 200 new ocean-inspired activities range from educational games such as Sea Creature Discovery, Marine Life Trivia, Under the Sea Mad Libs and Ocean Artifacts Memory Tray to creative arts opportunities such as Design Your Own Aquarium, Make Your Own Sailboat, Sea Salt Art, and Create a Penguin from Oreos.

Camp Ocean, will welcome youngsters in with light blue and white underwater colored spaces and friendly, experienced staff. Three age-related categories each have their own identity: children ages 2-5 are dubbed “Penguins,” with those ages 6-8 called “Sting Rays” while 9-11 year olds are “Sharks.”

Distinctive areas and activities have been custom-created for each of the new age designations – from miniature play igloos for the Penguins to interactive gaming stations for the Sharks.

Camp Ocean (ages 2-11)

Camp Ocean features games, finger painting, story time, movies and more all in a supervised environment, while their parents can be off having fun of their own. The fun doesn't end at bed time, either; Carnival's babysitting program offers, for a fee, a fun late-night option for kids while their parents stay out until as late as 3 A.M. 

Circle C (ages 12-14)

Video games, scavenger hunts, dance parties, sports, pool parties and special shore excursions.

Club O2 (ages 15-17)

Teens can enjoy the latest music with exclusive dance parties, video gaming and movies from the club's comfy seating, with video monitors all over the place. Outside of the club, activities include pool parties, team sports and special teen-only shore excursions.

Fun Force Acrobatic Troupe

Carnival Dream features an acrobatic troupe called Fun Force, which will entertain guests in Ocean Plaza and at various venues around the ship.

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Carnival Dream

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.

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The Carnival Dream offers a host of innovations, including the largest spa and children’s facilities in the fleet, a new indoor/outdoor entertainment area offering magnificent ocean vistas, and the longest water slide at sea, part of the sprawling Carnival WaterWorks aqua park. 

A variety of accommodation categories – including a two-bathroom configuration that will be ideal for families, as well as “cove” balcony staterooms closer to the water line – will be available, as well. 

Specs Accommodations
News Notable Rooms
Itinerary Outdoor Areas
CDC Ratings Adults Only
Deck Plan Kid's Camps
Dining Venues Smoking Policy
  Carnival Ship Smoking Areas (PDF)


Ship Class: Dream

Launched: 2009

Refurbished: September 2012

GRT: 130,000

Length: 1,004 ft.

Draft: 27 ft.

Speed: 22.5  Knots

Passengers: 3,646

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Carnival Dream offers innovative features including Cove Balcony Staterooms, Cloud 9 Spa Staterooms and Suites. The ship’s accommodations include spacious deluxe ocean view staterooms with a unique configuration featuring two bathrooms.

In addition to twin beds that convert to a king and ample closet space, the extra-roomy cabins will include one full bathroom and a second bathroom with a junior tub, shower and sink. In addition to dozens of inter-connecting staterooms, many of the Carnival Dream’s accommodations can hold up to five guests – a rarity in new ship construction and also ideal for families. 


Interior staterooms use Carnival Collection Linens, a private bathroom, and 24-hour room service. Upper/lower rooms maximize space using an upper pullman or sofa bed. Cloud 9 Spa Interior rooms offer special amenities, private spa access, and priority spa reservations.

Ocean View

Ocean view staterooms provide you with views of the sea right from your stateroom. Deluxe staterooms are perfect for families with space to fit up to five cruisers, a full bathroom and separate wash area. Cloud 9 Spa Ocean view rooms offer special amenities, private spa access, and priority spa reservations.


Balcony staterooms provide private sea view access. Relax on your balcony and appreciate the sea breeze. Cove Balconies are close to the waterline with a close-up view of the ship's wake as it cruises along the open sea. Extended balconies have extra room for relaxing. The Premium Vista Balcony rooms wrap around the aft portion of the ship for maximum sea views. Cloud 9 Spa Balcony rooms offer special amenities, private spa access, and priority spa reservations.


All suites come with VIP check-in and extra features like walk-in closets and balcony views.

The junior suite features a standard-sized balcony and a whirlpool tub. The Grand Suite has expansive space and a dressing vanity. Cloud 9 Spa Suites rooms offer special amenities, private spa access, and priority spa reservations.

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Dining Venues

($) = Specialty restaurant, surcharges apply

Main Dining Rooms

Carnival Dream’s two-level Scarlet and Crimson main dining rooms will have their choice of six different appetizers and soups, two salads, and six entrees each night.

Ocean Plaza

Spectacular indoor/outdoor café and entertainment venue designed as the ideal spot for guests to relax and people watch. In addition to a dance floor and a stage featuring live entertainment. The centerpiece of Ocean Plaza will be Plaza Café, a patisserie serving lattes, cappuccinos, espresso and other specialty coffees, along with sweets such as baked-on-board cakes, pies, cookies – even freshly made milkshakes.  Full bar service, specializing in martinis, mojitos and other popular cocktails, will be offered, as well.

The Gathering

A two-level casual eatery offering breakfast, lunch and dinner alternatives. 

Mongolian Wok

Offering custom-made stir-fries with guests’ choice of meat and vegetables and finished with one of Carnival’s signature sauces.

Chef's Table ($)

A VIP, private tour of the kitchen starts this experience. After signature cocktails, the chefs cook a private, multi-course meal of items not found on regular menus. A $75 per person surcharge applies.

Coffee Bar

A casual complimentary coffee bar offering pastry treats or something sweet, like a milkshake or ice cream.

The Taste Bar

Complimentary bite-size offerings inspired by popular Carnival dining venues.


24-hour pizzeria with seven kinds of pies and calzone, Caesar salad and garlic bread

The Chef’s Art Steakhouse ($)

Offers delectable cuisine in memorable surroundings.  139-seat venue offers a sumptuous menu of prime dry-aged U.S.D.A. beef – selections include a nine-ounce filet, 14-ounce strip loin, 18-ounce grilled prime rib chop and 24-ounce porterhouse – along with lobster tail, lamb chops, Chilean sea bass, Maine Lobster ravioli and more. Reservations are recommended and there is a charge of *$30 per person. Located on Spa Deck 12.    * Prices subject to change

Room Service

An expanded 24-hour room service menu includes choices such as Medium Rare Roast Beef and Brie on French Baguette and Grilled Fresh Mozzarella and Portobello Mushroom on Focaccia, is also be offered.  Room service orders are delivered to guests’ staterooms any time of the day or night at no charge.

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Notable Features


Feel the energy radiating up from the dance floor and get ready to add to it. This is the place to let go and get lost in the music as the DJ busts out the hits.

Alchemy Bar

A vintage-themed cocktail “pharmacy” that’s the go-to spot for guests seeking a unique experience with mixologists who “prescribe” concoctions from different elixirs and ingredients or guests’ own custom-created cocktails. Bar menu

Laser Shows

The 15-minute nighttime laser shows will feature choreographed lasers projecting brilliant aerial patterns of blue, red and green set to music by popular artists such as Styx, Rush, Van Halen, Boston and Pink Floyd are just one of a wide range of entertainment choices available.

Encore! Theater

Three lavish production shows in Encore!, an elegant 1,400-seat theater, along with solo musicians on Promenade Deck and a host of live music venues. 

Sam's Piano Bar

Carnival Dream guests are sure to enjoy Sam’s, a lively piano bar featuring rollicking sing-a-longs, and Caliente, a pulsating dance club  with a high-tech sound and lighting system. 

Ocean Plaza

Exclusive to the Carnival Dream will be Ocean Plaza, a stunning indoor/outdoor café/entertainment venue that will showcase bands playing a variety of music genres. Ocean Plaza also will host art, photo and spa seminars, scrapbooking classes, magicians and jugglers, trivia contests and people-watching spot.

Jackpot Casino

Full gaming casino located on Promenade deck midship.

Punchliner Comedy Club

This club highlights a wide variety of comedians offering both family-friendly and adult-only performances nightly. “Superstar Live” takes karaoke to a whole new level by offering wannabe starlets, crooners and rockers the opportunity to perform accompanied by a live band and backing singers.

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Outdoor Features


The most elaborate children’s facilities at sea, including expansive play areas and a huge Carnival WaterWorks aqua park; "scenic whirlpools" that extend over the ship's beam. In addition to a 303-foot-long, four-deck-high corkscrew water slide – the longest in cruising – there will be 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.

Carnival’s Seaside Theatre

This 270-square-foot LED screen and poolside seating is the perfect spot for guests to sit back, relax and watch classic and first-run movies, sporting events, news, concerts and other programming, either during the day or night. Panorama deck.

Sports Deck

Carnival Dream’s other open-deck activities include the line’s first 18-hole miniature golf course, as well as basketball and volleyball courts with stadium-style seating.

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