Ultimate Guide to Carnival Dream

Swimming, playing, feasting and laughing. Celebrating the sunrise and toasting the sunset. These are all just part of the experience of cruising on Carnival Dream™, a ship so magnificent it inspired two more Carnival ships to follow in its wake.

If you’re looking forward to a family cruise, romantic getaway or fun time with friends on Carnival Dream, know that the onboard experience promises to be just as exciting as any destination. Pinch yourself if you have to, but there’s no denying your cruise vacation will feel like a dream!

carnival dream sailing through the ocean

Indoor Fun

While a family cruise on Carnival Dream means tons of fun in the sun, the ship boasts some amazing attractions to entice you indoors as well. Do not miss the chance to catch a Broadway-worthy show by Playlist Productions.

These spectacular stage shows—with themes ranging from vintage pop to epic rock—feature singers and dancers who dazzle the audience with their talents.

playlist productions show onboard a carnival ship

For a different kind of live entertainment, take a seat at the Punchliner Comedy Club. You’ll laugh your socks (or sandals!) off when the comedy pros take to the stage, with both family-friendly and adults-only shows on the schedule.

two people enjoying a comedy show onboard a carnival ship

Want to take to the stage yourself? Perhaps there are some born performers in your group… in that case take the crew to strut their stuff at Lip Sync Battle: Carnival. With the same format as the hit TV show, all ages are invited to silently “sing” along to their favorite hits in front of a live audience.

It’s a competition, so if you’re a lip-syncing whiz you might just make it to the final and get to perform with professional lighting, props, choreography and even your own backup dancers!

lip sync battle onboard a carnival ship

If board games are more your thing, check out Hasbro, The Game Show. Here you can compete for prizes by playing giant versions of classic games like Connect 4, Yahtzee and Operation.

girl playing a round of connect 4 on hasbro, the game show

When you want to take a break from all the action, you can really make the most of your cruise by booking a beauty or wellness treatment at Cloud 9 Spa. Perhaps a massage to soothe your muscles after a super-active shore excursion? Or a facial to revitalize your skin after days under the Caribbean sun.

Remember though, you don’t really need a reason for some relaxation—you’re on vacation!

three friends enjoying the cloud 9 spa onboard a carnival ship

Another great spot for a break onboard is Carnival Dream’s Casino, where you can try your luck at the slots or table games. Whether you have a legendary poker face or you’re a high-roller at the blackjack table, there are so many exciting opportunities to win big.

group of friends playing roulette

Of course, Carnival Dream has lots of indoor fun for kids too. All ages enjoy the gaming action the Video Arcade, which is open 24 hours a day. And for the youngest passengers we have our Seuss At Sea programs inspired by the colorful, whimsical world of Dr. Seuss.

They can eat green eggs and ham for breakfast with the Cat in the Hat, create Seuss-themed arts and crafts and catch the wonderful character parade that always puts a smile on everyone’s face.

seuss-a-palooza reading onboard a carnival ship

Outdoor Fun

When you’re cruising from Galveston to the Caribbean on Carnival Dream, you’ll have plenty of time for outdoor fun in the sun. Options range from non-stop action at the WaterWorks onboard water park to the ultimate in relaxation at the Serenity Adult Only Retreat.

For all the splashing, swimming, dunking and soaring fun you can imagine, head to the Twister Waterslide and ride from the sky to the splash-down zone as many times as you desire.

waterslides from waterworks onboard a carnival ship

Prefer to keep your feet on the deck? Putt around the Mini Golf course and aim for a hole in one. Another delightful attraction for the whole family is Carnival Dream’s schedule of Dive-in Movies. Take a seat or lounge chair by the pool and take in a blockbuster movie under the stars.

Along with the big screen and show, we provide popcorn and blankets to make this a movie night you’ll never forget.

mini golf course onboard carnival dream

Great Bars

What goes better with a tropical cruise vacation than your favorite drink? Whether it’s a frosty beer, fruity cocktail or perfect glass of wine to sip while watching the sunset over the ocean, the great bars on Carnival Dream have you covered. Each bar has its own theme, vibe and array of signature drinks, in addition to a full menu of classics.

RedFrog Rum Bar, which you’ll find right next to the pool, has drinks at the ready to get you in the mood for exploring Caribbean destinations. Its special rum-based cocktails are available by the glass (including a souvenir glass option) or pitcher, and among them mojitos, frozen daiquiris and original creations too.

It also offers Carnival’s custom brew, ThirstyFrog Red™, as do all the bars on Carnival Dream.

couple enjoying a drink a redfrog rum bar

If tequila’s more your thing, grab a seat at BlueIguana Tequila Bar where margaritas, Micheladas and more evoke the vibe of Mexico. Or, have the master mixologists at Alchemy Bar create a custom cocktail just for you. Vintage drinks are also a specialty at this pharmacy-themed bar.

three friends enjoying a drink at blueiguana tequila bar

Delicious Dining

With all the unforgettable indoor and outdoor fun, entertainment, cool drinks and relaxation time, you’re sure to work up a big appetite while cruising on Carnival Dream. Luckily there’s no shortage of delicious dining options on board.

You might be cruising from Galveston to the Caribbean, but your taste buds can take a side trip to New England simply by feasting at the Seafood Shack. Lobster rolls, clam chowder, crab creations and the catch of the day are available for lunch and dinner, every day.

family eating a meal from seafood shack

How about a sojourn to Mexico? Dine on your favorite Mexican cuisine at BlueIguana Cantina, where you can customize tacos and burritos with all your favorite toppings. They’re all made fresh to order.

fish and chicken tacos from blueiguana cantina

And you won’t want to disembark until you’ve eaten at Guy’s Burger Joint, the on-board brainchild of celebrity chef Guy Fieri. This top-notch restaurant features a toppings bar so you can load up those fresh-off-the-grill burgers with a side of hand-cut fries, any way you want them.

burger from guy’s burger joint

Ready to Wake Up on Carnival Dream?

Carnival Dream is without a doubt the perfect ship for a dream vacation to the Caribbean. With so many activities on board you can spend all day having fun or enjoy hours on end doing nothing at all. Add to this all the great dining and drinking options, and it’s clear that there’s no dreamier way to take a vacation.