Carnival Fantasy Cruise Review by Experienced in Cruising: Fantasy...not for the experienced cruiser
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Fantasy...not for the experienced cruiser
We just got off this boat yesterday (Charleston- 5 day cruise), and while the overall vacation was a nice enough vacation, I can tell you that I would never sail on the Fantasy again. Having been on about a dozen various cruises and different lines, I was very underwhelmed with this experience. On the plus side, the cabin was very nice. No blow dryer in cabin, just ask and they will provide one. The room steward was friendly.
On the down side, the food made all four people in my party sick at least twice or more (vomiting/diarrhea). The food wasn't that good in the dining room, they consistently missed the mark with food either being overcooked, mushy or dry. Portions were child size. Service was slow. We had late seating at 8:15, and the first night it was a struggle to get out by 10 to see a show, which didn't give us enough time to get a seat. As people stopped using the dining room, service improved at our table. Unfortunately a lot of the better shows were scheduled More during the second seating dinner, which we missed.
Some shows were held in a smaller room (magician, comedians, etc), with not a lot of seating for guests so at least 30 or more people had to stand with more being turned away, while the much larger auditorium/theater was not in use at the same time.
Even though the boat was given a facelift, it was very dark and looked old and worn. The pool area was nice, and offered a lot of seating. They weren't many pool games as in other cruises, and there was a dj in the afternoon.
It took about an hour or more to get on the boat, which is longer than usual, and they have a "silent" disembarkation, which means you got a flyer in your room on the procedures the night before, and the morning of, there are no announcements or updates as to when you may leave. We were literally locked in our hallways beyond the time we were supposed to leave (as stated in flyer) and had to wait for the main doors to the elevator to be unlocked and pulled open. If you stood in your cabin, you could watch the tv for procedures.
Overall, it was nice, but not the fantastic vacation we had hoped to have. Less
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