How to Choose a Cabin on Carnival Dreamby Donna Heiderstadt | June 16, 2017
This 3,646-passenger ship is a crowd pleaser and, while not the newest in Carnival fleet (it launched in 2009), it has been updated with the line's latest features, including Guy's Pig and Anchor Bar-B-Que and activities like the Lip Sync Battle singing competition. It's also got the line's family-friendly staples, including a WaterWorks water park and Hasbro Game Shows as well as adults-only spots like the Serenity pool deck and a Red Frog rum bar.
You'll need to sleep at some point, though. Read on for details on each cabin category, from lowest to highest price, designed to help you choose which one is right for you. All of the listed fares are lowest approximate per person for seven nights. And one last tip: Before you book, check the ship’s deck plan to make sure your cabin isn’t near (or above or below) a noisy dining or nightclub venue.
Interior Upper/Lower — Accommodating two guests in upper and lower beds, these 185-square-foot cabins on decks 1, 2, 6 through 9 and 11 are often a bargain — just remember that someone needs to climb up to the top bunk (from $399).
Interior — These 185-square-foot cabins on decks 1 and 2 and 6 to 10 can sleep two (in twin beds or a queen) or four (in two uppers and two lowers). Some, located forward on decks 6, 7, 9, and 10, feature a picture window that looks out onto a not-so-private walkway (from $419).
Porthole— These 185-square-foot cabins are located far forward on decks 1 and 2 and are classified as interior, but actually feature two portholes and sleep three people (from $439).
Cloud 9 Spa Interior — Ideal for spa-lovers on a budget, these 185-square-foot cabins forward on decks 11 and 12 are perfect for two (but can sleep four) and come with special spa access and amenities (from $489).
Ocean View — These 220-square-foot cabins on decks 1 and 2 sleep up to three in two twin beds or a king, plus a sofa bed (from $489).
Deluxe Ocean View — These 230-square-foot cabins on decks 1 and 2 offer views through a small picture window, but some are partially obstructed. Most sleep up to four and all have two bathrooms — a full one with a shower and a washroom with a bathtub — ideal for families. And, some Deluxe Ocean View rooms connect to cabins next door while others sleep five (from $529).
Cloud 9 Spa Ocean View — For four friends who plan to spend days in the spa or at the beach and nights in the disco, these 230-square-foot cabins with a walkway view on deck 11 forward let you check the weather — just close the curtains afterward for privacy from passersby (from $589).
Cove Balcony — Located on deck 2 close to the waterline, these 185-square-foot cabins have a balcony (with added protection from sea spray) and sleep up to four. Some connect to adjacent cabins (from $609).
Balcony — These 185-square-foot balcony cabins sleep up to four guests and are located on decks 6 to 11, with connecting cabins available (from $669).
Aft-View Extended Balcony — Love a wake view? These 185-square-foot, three-guest cabins on decks 6-9 give you the balcony space to enjoy it (from $744).
Cloud 9 Spa Balcony — Also 185 square feet, these cabins on decks 11 and 12 sleep four and come with upgraded stateroom amenities and a Cloud 9 Spa package. Connecting units are also available (from $794).
Premium Vista Balcony — Couples who crave private outdoor space and a panoramic view will love these cabins, located on the aft corners of decks 6 to 9. While the interior space is still 185 square feet — the same size as the lower category cabins — the wraparound veranda is almost triple that of a regular balcony cabin (from $944).
Junior Suite — For a couple or three friends seeking a bit more cabin space — but not a larger balcony — these 275-square-foot suites on deck 9 feature all of the suite amenities such as VIP check-in, a larger bathroom with a whirlpool tub, and a walk-in closet (from $1,069).
Ocean Suite — Located on deck 7, these 275-square-foot suites sleep up to four and feature suite amenities such as a large bath with a whirlpool tub, a walk-in closet, and VIP check-in (from $1,119).
Cloud 9 Spa Suite — Also 275 square feet, these serene suites on deck 11 forward offer the ultimate indulgence — upgraded stateroom amenities and a Cloud 9 Spa package for two guests, and sleep either a couple or up to four (from $1,289).
Grand Suite — These 345-square-foot suites, located on deck 7, are the largest on the ship. They sleep up to four people and feature a living area, large bathroom with a whirlpool tub, and a private dressing area (from $1,719).
Donna Heiderstadt is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Coastal Living and Islands.