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Carnival Fantasy Cruise Review by zooman60: A Mid-winter Exploration

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Cabin 4.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 1.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children 5.0
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 5.0

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A Mid-winter Exploration

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Charleston

The criteria for selecting this cruise were relatively straight forward. First, an embarkation port we could drive to from the Triad of North Carolina. Charleston,SC worked nicely. Second, duration of about a week. Third, affordable. Fourth, available child programming if needed, or desired by our grandchild. This cruise from Carnival satisfied all of our requirements and generally exceeded our expectations.

The stateroom was clean, and as described. The cuisine was well prepared and well presented. The staff in all venues was personable, solicitous and professional. Embarkation and debarkation were well organized, especially considering the relatively ad hoc nature of the Charleston, SC passenger facilities. The folks of Carnival and the Port of Charleston appear to be very interested in "making it work." The facilities and programming for young children were as advertised, though our charge lost interest after the second visit. No reason was stated, and on only a 5 day More cruise we did not feel the need for forced respite.

The ports for this offering were Freeport and Nassau. The former is a "new town" with the ship mooring in an industrial area. Not our favorite. Nassau is "old" and the cruise ships tie up right downtown. We could walk to a public beach, three-year olds love sand, while admiring some of the historic buildings of Nassau.

Good value at a reasonable price, we would do it again with or without our grandchild. Carnival is interested in FUN, for history, culture and local insight in advance of arrival you are pretty much on your own. Less

Published 01/26/11

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Cabin review: Carnival Fantasy

Main deck midships, what is not to like for a standard ocean view cabin. Had a fold down pullman bed for the third occupant. There was room, barely, for a fold out rollaway. We used the pullman. A three year old could walk under it. This arrangement left more floor area in the day. It could get a little noisy at night as other passengers left the entertainment venues in search of their cabins, typical of most ships.

Port and Shore Excursions

Nice enough place considering the ships berth in an industrial area. Tourist activities are about a 20 minute trip away. Very little history or culture in this port. Shopping is also somewhat limited, though this was not a concern to us. Standard souvenirs were available if desired.

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You disembark in the hard of "old" Nassau. If the old buildings and forts are your interest it probably doesn't get much better. If diving and white sand beaches are your passion, it is going to be slight trek. The pirates still frequent the harbor area, but now they operate "duty free" stores and sell gem stones from around the world. Saw many of the same stores, and merchandise, in Juneau a few years back.

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