First, I must say that some recent reviews are just down right rude. I can say this from the perspective of a very highly education individual, I'm offended that some reviews from even my cruise are so very pointed at everyone other than themselves. After all there were 2000 people on-board not just one.
Okay with that said, on to my review....
Our overall experience was great. Being from Charleston is is very convenient for us to just have someone drive us over and drop us off. Getting to the terminal was very easy and once we had dropped our bags off and hopped on-board the shuttle it took only 15 minutes to board. From getting out of the car and stepping on-board the ship took only 25 minutes.
Once we were on-board we had lunch in the Windows of the Sea area. Food was excellent and the service was wonderful. As a trainer for a five-star hotel, this was surprising to say the least. We got to our cabin around 1:00 and only had to wait about an hour before we met our steward Gede, who of which was great, he called us by name the entire trip and this was extremely nice. After the muster drill it was time to have fun! The only negative comment I have on the entire cruise happened just after boarding, as we went to guest services to set up our account the staff member who was there to direct folks to the correct line was not doing his job, the agent behind the counter told us we must moved to the rear of the line instead of helping us. The family who was behind us ended up in front of us. This wasted about 10 minutes of our time.
Sailing away from Charleston and dinner the first night was great. We choice to stay in and rest due to both of us having a long week before. The next day we woke up had breakfast and headed to the deck. It was very warm inside the restaurant as well as one of the shops below we went into. This actually caused me to feel a little over heated and sick. It felt like the ventilation was not working correctly, but overall things were fine once I got something cool to drink. The decks were packed the first day, we got up early so we were able to find us two chairs early but after around 10 there were no chairs left. Formal night was great, only had a ten minute wait for our dinner which I thought was wonderful.
In Freeport we chose to stay on-board. This turned out to be a great choice. We just had a few drinks and enjoyed the great food and sun. Weather was perfect!
Nassau was a very interesting experience. The seas were a little rough overnight and the ship rocked a bit but nothing over powering. Once we docked and we had breakfast we went out to explore. If it is windy, be prepared, it will be very windy. Shops were very nice downtown and we bet the crowds and the stores opening so we just strolled a bit. When we re-boarded before lunch we noticed the Disney Dream next to us, that was the best excitement for our entire ship I think. The speakers were loud enough and we were positioned in such a great spot we could watch the movie on the back. Nice to some back to. As we said goodbye to Nassau we snapped some great photos. Dusk in the Bahamas is beautiful and the picture opportunities are endless as you sail away.
Last day at sea was much like the first day but I saw fewer folks on deck. I think they learned why you should wear sunscreen.
Food was excellent! I have no complaints about the menu or quality of the food. It was right up there with the meals we receive here in the finest restaurants in Charleston (one of the best culinary cities).
Overall, to be over 20 years old I have to give it to Carnival. The Fantasy did not look bad at all. I kind of enjoyed the older look. It made you feel less like a hotel. The accommodations were nice and the beds were great. All the public areas were clean. Shops were small but still very nice, everything else honestly looked new. The company has done a great job keeping the public areas up to date. I was very impressed. It is a small ship and I could most definitely feel the movement. I notice by day three almost 10% of the passengers had on patches. Something I did not see prior. I would like to try larger ships in the future to compare but if I still feel the movement so be it, I'm hooked!
It is a "fun" ship but the schedule made sure that those of use who wanted to relax were able to relax. Drink sales on deck were just that, sales. I never felt pressured into buying and after a few passes the crew did not try to sell us anything unless eye contact was made. I can also say that the passengers seemed to be having fun, and that is what being on vacation is about. If you don't like that or have a problem with that comment then find a cruise line that only caters to those who are stuffy and boring and pay three times more. Trust me the value of Carnival is great and if you want that rate and boring good luck finding it, and remember you choice to cruise Carnival. :) That was my soapbox.
For a very picky person, as I am, I can say that this trip was great. I had a great time and I only wish it could have been longer. I am sold on cruises and look forward to many more.