How I do wish that cruise lines would stop using the standard 'anti theft' type of wooden coat hangers. While they are very nice, they are not really practical in that their design restricts the number of hangers available to the passenger because of the amount of rail space they take up. Standard cross bar plastic coat hangers would be more passenger friendly in that many more could be used in the somewhat restricted hanging space in Fantasia's cabins.(This applies to most ships!) I found the available hanging space a bit meagre for an 11 night cruise (3 formal nights) and I was travelling alone! I feel that the monetary cost to cruise lines to use basic plastic hangers would be minimal and would be something appreciated by passengers. I have NEVER experienced a ship where there was ample hanging space/hangers and I have sailed with at least 8 cruise lines!
THE BALCONY STATEROOM
Pretty standard (room 8090 on deck 8 which is starboard near the front) the cabin was decked out in green carpeting and a green headboard that ran almost to the top of the room. Upon entering the room you immediately find the closet which had plenty of space for all of our belongings and a safe that will not accommodate large laptops, but our netbook was fine. You also find the bathroom/shower which was small but adequate. Just like others have mentioned there are no small bottles of toiletries. Rather soap and shampoo come from dispensers like in a cheapo hotel. There is a placard in the bathroom which explains this is an "ECO Friendly" ship and they are eliminating plastic waste by removing the toiletries. In my mind this "ECO Friendly" claim is a bald faced lie as they have absolutely no problem bringing on 10's of thousands of plastic bottles of water to sell to their guests. It's really about the money.
The bed was on the left next to the bathroom and was flanked with two night stands each with drawers. Next to the bed was the couch and across from that was a table with an ottoman/stool. Ship was equipped with Europe and US power plugs. The desk continued to the end of the cabin and below the desk at that point was the minibar and above was the TV. There are only three English channels on that TV and ALL ARE NEWS CHANNELS, WHICH SUCKS. If you go on this ship load your computer with movies and shows and watch that in your room. DO use the interactive portion of the TV to book your excursions. So much easier than filling out paperwork at submitting it at the excursions desk. The balcony was small and had room for two wicker chairs and a wicker table. Deck 8 is the lowest deck of balconies. My forward viewing was obscured by the ships upper deck supports. My front and rear views were fine. The outside walkway on deck 7 was right below me. Deck 7 also has the lifeboats hung on them, so I got to see a lot of lifeboat #1 during my cruise. When we were at sea the view was beautiful, but in port it mostly stunk since the ports are mainly industrial.
I would avoid booking a cabin with a 169 to 200 as the last three digits of the stateroom. These are in the aft section of the ship where the exhaust stacks are. The stacks are not very well insulated and when the ship in under power the sound in the hallways is LOUD and there is vibration. This was true on all decks but it seemed much worse on the lower decks.
The ship does allow smoking inside, which sucks, but I found it tolerable for the most part. It would be better if they walled off the smoking areas with glass (HINT HINT MSC!) There is no smoking allowed on balconies.
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Our cabin was large enough for the 2 of us, pleasingly decorated and comfortable. We had a larger than usual odd shaped balcony, as it was at the point were the ship widened out at the back. It was rather enclosed by a over hang from above so seemed quite cave-like. A little noise from the corridor sometimes as people passed by but other wise quite.
We allowed MSC to choose our cabin and we were very pleasantly surprised. We had a balcony midship. The room was as large as a two star motel in the US and had plenty of storage space. The bathroom was comfortable, too. The room was kept clean and we enjoyed the balcony very much. Read entire member review.
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