Carnival Fantasy is an EXCELLENT ship and truly EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS! My family sailed on the 8/17 voyage and we were really impressed!
With Fantasy being the oldest ship it the CCL fleet, and having sailed on the larger Conquest and Spirit class ships, we had low expectations. That and considering the bargain we got booking a month prior to sailing we really expected very little. Boy were we WRONG.
Carnival Fantasy is one of the BEST, if not THE BEST ship we've sailed on. She is in terrific shape, shiny and bright, and well maintained. The crew is FLAWLESS. Cabin stewards, wait staff, and bartenders new our names, the names of our children, and all our "likes" within a day. Entertainment was excellent, comedians hysterical, and a top-notch cruise director in Risa Barnes.
Charleston has terrific enclosed parking in a warehouse with security. Embarkation and Debarkation was easy and the passengers, a majority from the Carolinas, are very friendly and fun. A wonderful cruise and family memory.
Yawn. The shopping after a 20 minute ride is nothing to write home about.
Aquaventure water park is a little expensive, but worth it. Lazy River is NOT lazy - there are some great rapids and slide spots! Booking on the ship is no more expensive then buying tickets directly at Atlantis considering transportation and lunch.