Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and biggest ship, Dream, launched in September 2009 with the goal of “fun for all”, and with its vast array of things to do and see on board, it appears more than ready to meet that lofty target.

While Dream isn’t as large as Royal Caribbean’s Freedom or Oasis class ships or some of what Norwegian or Cunard offers, it is the largest in Carnival’s fleet, ready to entertain more than 3,600 passengers at a time.

It’s the size of three football fields, giving Carnival plenty of room to offer up new opportunities when it comes what cruisers enjoy most: eating, and having fun. Dream was designed to be what Carnival calls the “most innovative floating resort” in its Fun Ship fleet, with more outdoor deck space, its largest spa, and a new dining and entertainment complex called The Piazza.

Play, Eat, Drink, Make Merry….Repeat!

It isn’t hard to find a good time somewhere on board Carnival’s Dream. You can test your handicap at the 2-deck miniature golf course, or shoot some hoops on the basketball court. Or you can just hang out in one of the three pools or seven hot tubs.

Kids of all ages will likely spend a lot of time at the Carnival WaterWorks. It’s four decks high, and 10,000 square feet of pure water slide fun, including one slide with the great name “The Drain Pipe”.

If you’d prefer a quiet escape from the splashing and screaming, there is a chaise lounge or a hammock with your name on it at the adults-only Serenity retreat on the top deck.

When it’s time to eat (and on a cruise, when isn’t it?), you’ll have 15 places to choose from (and I’m not counting room service). Try the Mongolian Wok one day, belly up to the Burrito Bar the next, and settle into the Wasabi Sushi Bar after that. You will still have the dining rooms, the fresh pasta bar, and the Chef’s Art Steakhouse to look forward to.

After dinner, you can take in one of the shows getting standing ovations, or laugh it up at the on-board comedy club. On a beautiful evening, taking in an outdoor movie at the Carnival Seaside Theatre is pure delight. The screen is 12 feet by 22 feet, with a 70,000-watt sound system. Drive-ins never looked and sounded this good!

If you’re still going, there are dozens of other places to have a drink with friends. Dance under the stars on the outdoor deck of the Caliente Dance Club. Or spend a more mellow evening in the jazz club or the piano bar.

Once it’s finally time for bed, Carnival’s Dream has plenty of another amenity that cruisers just love: a room with a view. More than 60 per cent of the staterooms on Dream have an ocean view, and of those, nearly 80 per cent have a private balcony.

So, whether you’re up and active out on deck, or finding a moment to just treat yourself, you’re bound to find a corner of this ship that’s your dream come true. And if you’re happy living the Carnival Dream, just wait!  Magic could strike twice, with Dream’s sister ship – Carnival Cruise Line’s Magic scheduled to launch in 2011.

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