Carnival Dream or Carnival Freedom?
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Either choice you'll have a blast!!
Fantasy (three times) / Imagination / Inspiration / Carnival Triumph / Carnival Glory (twice) / Carnival Freedom / Carnival Legend (twice) / Carnival Fantasy / Carnival Miracle / Carnival Pride (twice) / Carnival Dream
Im betting Freedom is the better deal? You dont say.
Dream is a overblown Freedom class and there have been complaints about overcrowded, some of which have been addressed. Dream is only a tad newer.
The eastern dream goes to Nassau which is a waste because the ship sails at 2 so hard to do much. We enjoyed st maarten and st Thomas. He slept most of our time at the nude/orient beach in st Maarten. It isn't like they are attractive nudes The beach, Maho, where the planes fly over you is cool.
We are looking forward to the Freedom. I have seen lots of nice review. Some commented about cheaper to fly to Miami than orlando... Not for me. Plus you have figure out how to get to hotel if you fly into Miami.
If the cost for cruise is about same then 8 days is better than 7!!!
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never cruised Carnival before, looking at Dream or Freedom in April 2011. Any suggestions for those who have been on either? Both are Eastern Carribbean, Dream is 7 nights 3 ports/3 sea days and Freedom is 8 nights 4 ports/3 sea days. I can get an ocean view on either for pretty much the same price. We are a family with 2 boys age 14 and 10, so need lots of activity on ship. The family rooms on Dream look nice with bigger bathroom but don't want to base my decision on that. Any advice? Thanks!They are both pretty new ships so I wouldn't hesitate about either. If you're at all interested in Spa facilities go with Dream for absolute certain. I haven't sailed on her myself, but her Spa setup is apparently similar to that on Splendor which is incredible in this regard.
Dream is a significantly larger ship which would probably sway my decision in her favour if I liked both itineraries the same. I don't really hold with this "Smaller ships are better" point of view as I really like a big ship to explore. Maybe this is because I tend to avoid the Lido and Pool areas at all times, but I've never noticed huge crowds on the larger ships (Splendor as compared to Spirit for example).