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Carnival Fantasy Cruise Review by chapintraveller: Carnival Fantasy Cruise over Halloween 2011


chapintraveller
1 Review
Member Since 2011
35 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 4.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Carnival Fantasy Cruise over Halloween 2011

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Charleston

We drove to Charleston from Columbia, SC. Directions were good from I-26 to the port. We arrived at the entry/parking area about noon and were on the ship in about one hour. Parking is somewhat expensive at $15 per day. We booked directly with Carnival about 3 weeks before departure and got a really price for an interior cabin.

The weather for our 5 night cruise was not too good. The first 3 days were mostly cloudy and rain or drizzle.

Read port reviews section for our activities in Freeport and Nassau.

We felt all of the crew on the Fantasy were very nice and hard workers. We enjoyed the nightly entertainment, magic show, and dinner. We were on the cruise for Halloween. We did take costumes and had a great time. We and many others wore costumes to the formal dinner that night. We felt the food for breakfast, lunch and dinner was very good. The ship appears to be very clean. We did have very dirty water coming out of the hot water spigot during More our cruise each morning. I'd let it run for about 5-6 minutes and then it would be clear.

We did the self-assist disembarkation. The ship was about 30 minutes later into port than expected. Still we were off the ship and through customs in about one hour.

Highly recommended - a new relatively NEW tour is right onboard. Do it. It is the "Behind the Fun" tour. Book first day or early next morning before orientation meeting. Only two groups of 16 go on this tour for $55. You get to go places normally not possible and learn to further appreciate the work and planning behind a cruise. Galley, crew mess area, bridge, engine control room, stage area and more are included on the tour.

My wife got seasick on our last full day at sea. Winds were about 34 knots and very choppy. I did not get sick, but, it was fairly rough with some noticeable swaying.

We had a great time! We will cruise again on the Fantasy again January 25, 2012.
Video tour: http://animoto.com/play/wDJ30FOj9B0nZ6MgAdJcsw Less


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Cabin review: Carnival Fantasy Interior Riviera E239

E239 - nice and clean for interior cabin; dirty water out of hot water spigot each morning. No noise problem.

Port and Shore Excursions


Did not leave the port as the weather was bad. Freeport has little to do at the port area as it is primarily and industrial area. We did disembark at Freeport to visit the bar located at the port (Sunday NFL football).
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On our 4th day in Nassau it was partly sunny. We did a two mile walking tour that I had read about online (brentjes.com/nassau.html). The walking tour was very nice. After completing this, we continued on walking towards Junkanoo Beach (had a frozen drink at Marshalls on the beach) and then continued our walk to Arawak Cay, known locally as The Fish Fry. Having researched online for best seafood - I came up with Goldies, Twin Brothers and King. Several places were closed on Monday and others generally have a late lunch opening time (we were there right around noon). Asked a fellow on the street if he knew Aldrin King and he was Aldrin King. He led us a short distance to his open-air restaurant. His prices were more reasonable than most of the other places and the food was excellent. We shared a combo seafood platter and I had the seafood chowder. After lunch, we caught the Jitney ($1.25 exact change per person) towards Cable Beach and went on to Sandy Port Beach. We spent a few hours on the beach and then returned on a jitney back to downtown to return to the ship.
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