Carnival Dream is the lead ship of the Dream -class of cruise ships. Like all but one of her sisters, she's operated by Carnival Cruise Line. Built by Fincantieri at its Monfalcone shipyard in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, northern Italy, she was floated out on October 24, 2008, and christened by Marcia Gay Harden.  
At 128,000 GT, Carnival Dream was the largest ship yet built for Carnival Cruise Line. Her sister ship, Carnival Breeze , is the latest in the line’s ships, entering service on June 3, 2012, while her additional sister ship, Carnival Magic , entered service in May 2011
Carnival Dream and her sisters Carnival Magic and Carnival Breeze are expected to have the widest variety of activity, dining, and entertainment options of the entire fleet, and are currently the largest ships ever built in Italy, by Fincantieri. 
Carnival Dream features an array of cabins, from interior staterooms to suites, and introduced newer forms of cabins for Carnival Cruise Line. One new type of cabin is a deluxe ocean view stateroom. The deluxe ocean view stateroom has two separate washroom facilities. An Additional new cabin for the cruise line is cove balcony stateroom. The cove balcony stateroom has a partially enclosed veranda. The ship features special spa staterooms that are currently available on Carnival Splendor and Carnival Breeze . Carnival Dream additionally offers couples massages.
Carnival Dream is the first Carnival Cruise Line ship to feature a water park with multiple slides as a newbuild. The ship uses a larger variation of the water park that was recently added to the Fantasy -class ships. The ship features an 18 hole miniature golf course. The ship additionally features a wide outdoor promenade deck that includes an outdoor cafe and a whirlpool jacuzzi in four places along the outside edge of the deck. 
Comparisons to additional cruise ships
When first launched, the Carnival Dream was the largest cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line, though she was surpassed by Carnival Magic and by Carnival Breeze , which were put into service in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The ship isn't the largest in the world; she's surpassed by Royal Caribbean International's Oasis and Freedom classes, as well as Cunard Line's RMS Queen Mary 2 and Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic . By comparison, Carnival Dream is roughly equal to Royal Caribbean International's Voyager class. Notwithstanding Carnival Dream is 17 ft (5.2 m) shorter.
Carnival Dream is an all new class of ships for Carnival Cruise Lines. She features facilities similarly designed and used on the previous generations of Carnival ships while presenting a few new features. Significant alterations have been made to the public access areas of the ship like deck 5, which has an exterior promenade that runs the entire perimeter of the ship. 
Ports of call
Carnival Dream is currently based in New Orleans and replaced Carnival Sunshine on April 14, 2014. She currently offers week long cruises to the western and eastern Caribbean. She was originally based in Port Canaveral.
Incidents and accidents
On 14 March 2013 Carnival Dream experienced a back-up generator malfunction while performing regular pre-embarkation testing. No power outages occurred but Carnival Cruise Line decided to stay docked in port at Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. The ship was scheduled to leave port around 5 p.m. ET the day before. The U.S. Coast Guard said they were notified by Carnival Cruise Lines that Carnival Dream was experiencing problems with her generator.  Carnival was paying to fly passengers back to Port Canaveral, via Orlando International Airport, or their home cities and cancelled Dream's 16 March departure.  The ship set sail on its first cruise after the mechanical problems on 23 March. 
Michael Moses Ward, additionally known as Birdie Africa, the only child survivor of the 1985 MOVE bombing, died in September 2013, at the age of 41. His death occurred in a hot tub aboard Carnival Dream while sailing in the Caribbean. Initial reports indicated an accidental drowning.  Sources say he might have had a stroke in the hot tub
Appearances in media
In the film World War Z, upon entering the command centre of the Naval Vessel the main characters land on, a sailor is seen announcing the authorization for Dream to join the fleet.
In early May of 2018, the Carnival Dream was featured in the news after videos of a large flood on board began circulating. The boat was sailing through the Caribbean Sea .  Carnival Cruise Line said passengers who were impacted by the water line break will receive a full refund, along with a 50 percent credit toward a future cruise and had the option to fly home.