Carnival Fantasy exceeded our expections by a mile
This was our first cruise in five years. We were returning to the Fantasy, which we had sailed on 15 years ago when our kids were in elementary school. We chose the Fantasy this time because it sails out of Charleston and we live a 100 miles up the road in Columbia, SC.
This time it was just the two of us for 7 nights. We were very impressed. The crew was exceptional, totally above and beyond anything we expected. The captain steered us through some rough seas out of Charleston. He did a very good job in winds gusting to 72 knots. Smooth sailing after that. The ship was spotless. Our favorite activities were the trivia contests and miniature golf. In the evening we liked the Piano Bar. We chose to eat primarily in the dining room. The food there was exceptional. We even had the same waiter as we did 15 years ago when we cruised with the kids.
The ports of call were so-so. Nassau, Half Moon Cay, and Grand Turk. We weren't focused on them anyway, so no big loss. We didn't do any excursions, but just walked around near the pier. The best was Nassau because it's bigger. The least-best was Half Moon Cay because of all the intense sun that we were trying to avoid. If Carnival had pushed the the return to ship deadline maybe two hours later, especially at Half Moon, that would have been nice, because we could have walked on the beach in the late afternoon/early evening and minimized the sun exposure.
Overall - an excellent trip. Would do it again, although maybe try a bigger ship next time for a change of pace.