Fantastic first cruise!: Carnival Fantasy Cruise Review by baritone77
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Fantastic first cruise!
Here's a few points:
They do charge a gratuity at the end of your trip, which was around 11.50 or so per day/per guest. So unless you are so moved by above and beyond service, don't feel the need to tip for everything.
We did feel the "motion of the ocean" for a couple of days, but it wasn't extreme. If you get slightly sea-sick, you might want to consider bringing something with you
Our trip was pretty windy at times, and although the weather was beautiful, it did get a bit chilly at times, so you might want to bring a light sweater with you.
We would have liked to have seen a few more activities for adults, but when we found ourselves wandering with nothing to do, we sat on the deck in the sun and got a great tan.
The shows were pretty good, but I wouldn't say they were the best I've ever seen. Having said that, please go to the shows! They are entertaining and the performers were extremely enthusiastic!
If they have a "Farewell Fun Party" on your cruise on the last day, GO! There are free drinks and the house band plays a variety of music to dance to!
Some reviewers commented on the "aggressiveness" of the staff (particularly the photographers), but we never felt overly harassed and accosted. Yes, they want to take your picture often, but you are not charged for the photos unless you want to buy one! If the waiters stop and ask if you want something from the bar, simply say "no thank you" if you don't want anything and they move on quickly.
The pool area could get a bit crowded, so finding a deck chair could be tricky.. but keep walking and you will find a spot.
With such a bargain cruise, you will get certain cruisers who have limited to no tact. It was particularly annoying during one comedy show when one guy decided to engage the comic by constantly commenting on what he was saying. The comic hilariously shut the guy up finally, but there was a couple of "seriously dude, shut up" moments. As one of the staff mentioned during the art auction, there is a fine line between being engaging and being obnoxious.. they will tell you when you cross the line. Speaking of art auction, be careful with this one. They have a raffle for "free art" and they will have these "specials" that you might consider to be a pretty good deal, but what they don't tell you until you schedule and appointment to pick up your "free art" is that you can't carry the artwork with you.. you have to PAY for it to be shipped to you (cheapest being $35 for unframed artwork) If you have it framed, you are looking at at least 100 bucks extra. It was a fun experience, but just know that "free art" is not free, and if you win a raffle, be sure to ask if there is shipping cost involved. I could write more, but I realize this review is getting a bit long :) I'm open to questions if you have any!
Overall, the trip was fantastic and I highly recommend Carnival Fantasy!! Less
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