Carnival Fantasy Cabins
Carnival Fantasy's cabins are found on just five decks: Verandah (Deck 11), Empress (Deck 7), Upper (Deck 6), Main (Deck 5) and Riviera (Deck 4). Fantasy offers only a few cabin types: insides (185 square feet), outsides with picture windows (185 square feet), outside with portholes (185 square feet), Ocean Suites (250 square feet) and Grand Ocean Suites (400 square feet).
All cabins feature Carnival Comfort Beds, covered with white, ribbon-cut down duvets and fluffy white down and feather pillows. The bedskirts and drapes are in a pale gold fabric, and the carpeting is brick-red with flecks of gold. The furniture in each room includes a square ottoman with wooden legs and a wooden, Shaker-style chair, both upholstered in a brick-and-gold thin-striped fabric.
The desktop, desk drawers and closet doors are covered in a maple wood veneer. As part of the ship's refurbishment, each cabin now boasts a flat-screen television that carries CNN, CNN International, several in-house channels hawking shore excursions or items from the gift shops, Cartoon Network, ESPN, two movie channels that play new releases (which seem to be on endless loops), ABC, CBS and NBC.
Bathrooms, too, have received a facelift. In fact, they have been completely gutted and redone, and look very clean and bright. New, pedestal-style sinks have been added, leaving just enough space for personal items. The new form gives the bathrooms a sleek, stylized look, with Italian-style faucets in the sinks, and cool, modern shower heads. There's plenty of hot water, but it's nearly impossible to get cold water, and the water pressure is mediocre. Fluffy white towels are provided, in addition to blue beach towels. Bathrobes are also available for use; you'll find them in the closets.
Standard cabins do not have hair dryers, but they can be signed out upon request -- just ask your room steward. Passengers get bars of soap and a wall-mounted pump bottle of Aviva shampoo and shower gel in the shower. Carnival has partnered with several companies to supply sample sizes of personal items in a bowl on the sink counter. It's fun, because you never know what you're going to get. On this trip I got two razors, toothpaste and shower gel.
Ocean and Grand Ocean Suites have balconies, with the regular (Ocean) suites forward on the Verandah Deck at the top of the ship and the deluxe (Grand Ocean) suites located midship on Upper Deck. Both have whirlpool baths and expanded living spaces that include wall units, mini-bars, marble-topped desks and sofa beds. The Ocean Suites have very small balconies that are not completely private as they are viewable from the forward, public portion of the Verandah Deck. The Grand Ocean Suites are bigger and have large, private balconies. Balcony furniture includes two upright chairs (made of metal and blue mesh), a small metal table and a matching sun lounger. The ship also offers 24 accessible cabins for disabled travelers.
Editor's Note: One thing missing from our cabin was a clock. It would have been extremely helpful -- I usually use my cell phone to keep track of the time, but I didn't have it on for the duration of the sailing. An alarm clock also would have been great to have, but wakeup calls can easily be requested via your cabin phone (or by dialing Guest Services if the wakeup call option doesn't work, as was the case when we tried). Passengers may also find a power strip to be helpful, as there are only two U.S.-style plugs in each cabin -- one by the desk and one in the bathroom.
Some rooms are adjoining, great for groups staying in adjacent cabins. However, such luxuries can be a drawback if you don't know your neighbors. Our oceanview cabin was pleasant, except for the rowdy children in the cabin next to ours. At all hours of the day, we heard loud music, excessively noisy television and lots of raucous laughter. They also took to amusing themselves by pounding on the adjoining door and playing with the doorknob -- a huge annoyance for me, as it was directly over my head while I slept. Some cabins also feature Pullman beds, which can be folded down from the wall to provide extra space for third and fourth passengers. Sleep sofas are only available in the suites.
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