6 Carnival Fantasy Bermuda Cruise Reviews

As residents of downtown Charleston, we couldn't resist the ease of just jumping on a cruise for our anniversary, and had always wanted to visit Bermuda. Our cabin was R1, a porthole room. It was a nice room, and there's a ... Read More
As residents of downtown Charleston, we couldn't resist the ease of just jumping on a cruise for our anniversary, and had always wanted to visit Bermuda. Our cabin was R1, a porthole room. It was a nice room, and there's a huge window seat. The only problem was that we were near one of the crew access points, and it could get a little loud sometimes with them coming and going. However, the crew was always friendly and very helpful. On our one previous cruise, we did not have any days at sea. We enjoyed the destination so much that we never really had time to explore cruising or our ship. This cruise had 3 full days at sea. The first day at sea, we had seas that were a little rough. They had to close off some of the decks due to high winds, and trying to run on the treadmills was comical. I was very happy to get on firm ground in Bermuda. However, on our 2 return days at sea, it was calm, and we were able to enjoy the sunshine. We were never really bored, but there's probably a happy medium in there somewhere between the two cruises. The Serenity Deck (adults only) was always too full, so we went to the upper deck with the water slides where there were plenty of chairs and more sun, and so few kids in Oct. We really didn't hang around the pool area as the music there was a little too loud. We're young and enjoyed the music, but it just wasn't pleasant at that volume. We did Your Time Dining, and the only time we had to wait was when they were also seating for one of the set dinner times, so I would suggest just avoiding those two times. Every night the staff was friendly and called us by name no matter where we sat. The desserts were just too tempting! I was also pleasantly surprised by the wine list. I really don't enjoy buffets, so we didn't visit it much, but the Mongolian wok was very good and the 24 hour pizza was nice. Bermuda was amazing! We stepped off the boat on Saturday and got into a fast-moving line to purchase 2-day transportation passes. It started raining, so we ducked into the Bone Fish to have some Boddingtons while waiting for the next ferry to Hamilton. The bartenders were very friendly and helpful. We had to rush to buy some rum as gifts in Hamilton as the stores were closing. We wandered around, then had dinner at the Hog Penny which was quite nice. The next morning, we hopped on the bus. I was looking for the 7 bus, but apparently, the bus system is more relaxed or had extra buses to handle the cruise passengers, because the driver just asked where we wanted to go. We said Horseshoe Bay and hopped on. We had to stand as it was full, and that made for a very exciting ride! I think the bus drivers enjoy making the ride an adventure! Whew! Some people were upset/surprised, however, traveling is an adventure. Enjoy it! The bus driver was calling in the locations of any passengers that he wasn't able to take on, so the system seems to work well. Horseshoe Bay was amazing. At the top of the hill from Horseshoe Bay, we stopped a Tio Pepe's, a little Italian place. It was so peaceful to sit outside and watch the world go by, and all of the local Bermuda residents were genuinely friendly! I just wish we had had more time in Bermuda. 24 hours just isn't enough! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
What was supposed to be a trip to Bermuda ended up being a trip to the Western Caribbean because of Hurricane Irene. The folks at Carnival thought it best to steer us directly into the path of the storm instead of sending us straight out ... Read More
What was supposed to be a trip to Bermuda ended up being a trip to the Western Caribbean because of Hurricane Irene. The folks at Carnival thought it best to steer us directly into the path of the storm instead of sending us straight out to Bermuda. Big mistake. There were many sick people and there were barf bags tapped up beside each elevator. I have been on six cruises and I have NEVER experienced rocking like that before. I was terrified. While I am still quite angry at Carnival and I am seriously questioning whether I would ever book with Carnival again, there were some positives. The ship is old, but it has been completely refurbished and it looks new. It is very clean and it has modern décor (not the tacky Vegas-like décor typically seen on older Carnival ships). There is even an adults-only area on the back of the ship called Serenity. It has very nice chaise lounges with cushions and umbrellas. My only complaint about Serenity is that there isn't a pool, only two hot tubs. Not comfortable when you need to cool off on a 90+ degree day. The food in the main dining room was excellent and I really enjoyed the anytime dining, although most nights we did have a wait (no more than 15 minutes). It was still nice to be able to choose what time we ate dinner each night instead of being restricted to one time. Most nights we had a table to ourselves, so no awkward conversations with strangers. The food in the lido restaurant was ok. Though they really need some new breakfast options. I have been on six Carnival cruises and they all serve the same exact thing for breakfast everyday. The shows were sub-par at best. The first show we went to was so crowded, we had to stand for the entire show which made it hard to enjoy. The second show was a Beatles themed show, which I had previously seen on another Carnival ship. They really need some new shows! The band in the lounge played a variety of songs and were quite good. I do have to mention that on the last two nights of the cruise, there was a sewage smell in my cabin. I am not sure if it was because the cabin was in the back of the ship or not. I did mention it to the cabin steward who said that he would look into it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We chose this cruise as it was a short drive from our NC home. Experienced cruisers, we had low expectations of Carnival and we were pleasantly surprised. Good service, lots of food and food choices, easy embarkation and debarkation. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was a short drive from our NC home. Experienced cruisers, we had low expectations of Carnival and we were pleasantly surprised. Good service, lots of food and food choices, easy embarkation and debarkation. We will go again! Not all was perfect of course, but it was a nice getaway. Charleston streets are well marked for cruise traffic. The cruise staff was friendly, our room steward called us by name the first night, and unlocked the door for us several times when he saw us coming down the hall. We elected my time dining, never waited for a table, had various waiters who were friendly and eager to please. Cons: Only in Bermuda 24 hours. We knew this, but others on ship seemed disappointed. Bermuda closes shop after 5pm on Saturdays and on Sundays. However, several shops stayed open longer at the Dockyard because the ship was in port. Do your research folks! We did not go to shop. We took the Famous Homes tour which was informative, enjoyable and reasonably priced. We spoke with others who also took tours and enjoyed them very much. Henry at the piano bar was great. There was some type of entertainment for everyone. This was an older ship, but well maintained. We felt little movement for a smaller ship. Again, this cruise was enjoyable and relaxing. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
The Carnival Fantasy cruise to Bermuda itinerary is basically a cruise to nowhere, but in a good way. You can have a wonderful getaway for a week, enjoy the scenery in Bermuda, without a lot of shopping. All the itineraries are Saturday ... Read More
The Carnival Fantasy cruise to Bermuda itinerary is basically a cruise to nowhere, but in a good way. You can have a wonderful getaway for a week, enjoy the scenery in Bermuda, without a lot of shopping. All the itineraries are Saturday 4pm to Sunday 4pm. This allows you about 1 hour to hit the specialty shops that are closed on Sunday. In other words, no time at all. This is not a problem for most of us that did our research prior to the trip, but many fellow travelers expected Carnival to do the research for them, and tell them ahead of time that the stores close on Sunday. I now realize why Americans have such a bad reputation overseas. The complaints were loud and obnoxious. I would suggest that Carnival place an "A-frame" just off the gangplank - or even an information sheet in your room - giving directions to the bus terminal, trolley stop, and taxi area to make it less confusing. Bermuda is a beautiful island, and after walking around the Royal Dockyard on Saturday, we bought bus passes ($12 each) and took the ferry to Hamilton, and the bus to Gibbes Hill Lighthouse. Horseshoe Bay beach is still very beautiful, but the sand is not as pink - hurricane damage? The lighthouse is not the same, a bit run down, and the Tea Room is gone. Still, the island is beautiful, with a lot of historical sites. Sunday ferries and buses are on a shortened schedule - something to be aware of when you visit. The Fantasy is one of the older ships in the fleet, but is very nicely laid out, and to me, a not so gaudy version of the rest of the fleet. We enjoyed the trip immensely. Much to do, which is typical of Carnival, excellent variety of food and drinks. The Bistro is top notch. We did the "your time dining", and prefer to have assigned seats, but this was not too bad - missed the show in the dining room, as you cannot see it from the side seating. We attended the Chefs Table, which was nice, but for the money, I would take the Steakhouse next time. The sea bass was excellent, but the Filet was the same that you get in the main dining room. I expected to have a steak similar to the filet I ordered at the Steakhouse on the Legend - which was wonderful. The chef went out of his way to make sure that I received a special sugar free dessert, and also a shellfish free meal. It was delicious, and the experience was great, but once you have done it, I don't feel the need to repeat the experience. I have the same comment as always about the crew - officers do not smile or even speak to the passengers. The "peons" are friendly, courteous, and go out of their way to make your stay wonderful. Our cabin stewards were great to us. I last traveled on the Fantasy in 1996, and remember paying $10 each time my sons lost a basketball overboard. Glad that court is gone! They made a few changes, but we enjoyed walking around and remembering the different decks and themes. All in all, it was a great trip, and we plan to make this a regular getaway for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Big Positive:We usually enjoy our cruises, but there are some usual malfunctions that we must overlook to have a good time. And after traveling on NCL, we had almost given up on Carnival. BUT the Carnival Fantasy fixed them all! The ... Read More
Big Positive:We usually enjoy our cruises, but there are some usual malfunctions that we must overlook to have a good time. And after traveling on NCL, we had almost given up on Carnival. BUT the Carnival Fantasy fixed them all! The mattresses are usually the biggest problems with any cruise line: We were surprised and delighted by the "new" (new to us) mattresses. Frankly, the rest of the cruise improvements were just the icing on the cake after getting good sleep and rest breaks on those mattresses. The new (to us) wall papers and colors throughout the ship were a treat. The Fantasy still looked and felt like a Carnival ship, but she really had changed our ideas about Carnival. How great is that!Small Negative: The new computerized system in the casino was not very "user-friendly." But we usually do not gamble, so this was only a minor distraction on an otherwise great cruise.Bermuda, as always, was the best! Not a single "Senor Frog" or "Emeralds International" in site! Wish we could live there. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
This is our 6th cruise, 3rd with CCL. We are a couple, early 40s travelling without the kids. Embarkation was the easiest ever. We arrived at the port at 12:15 dropped off our bags, had the car valet parked for us and went inside. There as ... Read More
This is our 6th cruise, 3rd with CCL. We are a couple, early 40s travelling without the kids. Embarkation was the easiest ever. We arrived at the port at 12:15 dropped off our bags, had the car valet parked for us and went inside. There as no line so we were through check and we were on the ship within 10 min. We had an ocean view room on the main deck aft. We had no problems with noise or roughness. The room was 186sq ft with the newer bedding. Our room steward was efficient and we had turn down service and towel animals every night. No foul smells or clogged toilets, the ac worked perfectly, so all in all we were pleased with the room and the steward (nelson). The room had robes, a safe but no fridge. Overall, we thought the ship was in good condition considering it is 16yr old. We did see a few cracked windows (out of the few thousand on the ship) and some stains on the carpet but I have seen worse on other older ships. We ate breakfast every morning on the lido deck, typical breakfast buffet. My only complaint is that the eggs were usually a bit runny on the omelets greasy but apparently not enough to cause me to not eat them every day. Lunch had different buffet items every day and of course there were always burgers, hot dogs, pizza and sandwiches available. Overall, I would rate the lido deck food on par with other cruises but give the sandwich bar a B+. I would like to point out, that unlike some of the new larger ships with 2x the amount of people, we never had to wait longer than 5 min in line at the buffet. We ate in the Jubilee dining room. The menu was good, I don't eat sea food or 'fru fru' food so luckily there was steak on the menu every night. My wife ate the sea food and the funky soups etc most nights and said they were good. I had no problems with the steaks and pastas. Service was good and I was pleased to be able to get ice tea with dinner.(for some reason, on the triumph last year, getting ice tea with dinner apparently was a major hassle for the wait staff) I told the waiter (Darius) on the first night that we would like tea every night and they kept the tea glasses full every night. The waiter and assistant were pretty sharp, not real outgoing but you could get them to talk a bit. We ate with a honeymooning couple from detroit. They only ate in the dining room 2 nights so for 3 of the nights we had the table to our selves. Luckily there was very little dancing and singing done by the waitstaff. They did some but they didn't have big extended 'shows' going on in the dining room. Room service was pretty efficient, we only used it for coffee and they only messed up once out of the 4 mornings we used it. Since I am not a singing and dance fan, we did not go to the main shows. The entertainment was pretty thin on this cruise. 3 nights of singing and dance productions, 1 night of guest talent show and 1 night with a magician and comedian. We did not go to any of them. We did go to a late night comedy show and I didn't think the guy was too funny. For you football fans, you do get an abc and I think a cbs station so I was able to get sun afternoon games. We couldn't get monday night though because there was no sat signal, however if they do get a signal you would be able to see the game in the majestic bar. We also skipped the bingo and most of the other organized activities. We did watch the hairy chest contest and the love and marriage game. Although they are both cheesy, the are funny. The casino was not very friendly, I guess that I ended up being about $100 down over the entire week. Luckily I won $80 on the last night to make it a bit less painful. The pool area was nice, I did not see much if any chair hogging. We are able to find chairs near the pool every time we wanted and there were always open tables on the lido deck. The slide was open till 5 every day including the 1st day. Also, the staff in the pool area and in the windows by the sea were very quick to clean tables which of course made it easier to find one. I think since this was a fall cruise, with mostly middle aged passengers without the kids made this a more laid back and calm cruise than some of the others I have been on. Saw very little drunkenness and no buffet line cutters, seat saving or other rude behavior. Our first port was grand turk, or ccls' other private island. Grand Turk is basically a tiny island which is only of interest to divers. When you get of the ship, you go trough a little shopping area which I am guessing is mostly carnival owned. My wife went to Margaritaville which she said was a total blast. That is where the 'party people' were hanging out. The drinks were 7.50 but strong. I had heard in the past that the DJ was real crude, my wife said he was not and actually was having to keep the passengers in line. Overall, my wife said it was a real fun place but the drinks caught up with here and she was asleep in her room by 2pm! I did a 2 tank dive with blue water divers. It was a very, very nice wall dive. I will post more about the dives on the scuba board. Half moon cay is a nice place. The further down the beach you go, the less crowded it gets. We rented a clam shell ($15) and it was worth it. There is no beach snorkeling though, it is shallow and sandy bottom for a long way out, so if you want to snorkel, sign up for a tour. The water and beach are beautiful though. CCL serves burgers, jerk chicken and hotdogs for lunch on the island. I did another dive here which was nicer than I expected, I will post more on that in the scuba board. I will say that it was not a cattle boat operation which is what I was expecting. Overall, half moon cay is a very, very nice beach day. Nassau was, well Nassau, this was our 3rd time here. We did sign up for the catamaran snorkel trip. It was ok, not worth the $45pp unless you are seeing the underwater life for the 1st time. We went a bit outside nassau harbor and snorkeled on a shallow reef for about an hour. There were alot of reef fish so as I said, it would be worth it for a newbie. After the snorkel trip, we got a few t-shirts, booze and then jumped back on the ship. Here are some random thoughts, normally we don't get hyped up about the shopping and spa 'specials' but we did pick up matching his / her watches for $30 for the set. The sale is on the Half moon cay day. Formal night, most people wore suits, there were very few tuxes that I saw. Overall dining room attire was dockers and a polo shirt, There were a few people wearing shorts but in all honesty, I really don't care about what others are wearing. The weather was perfect, hot as hell but no rain, little wind and the seas were the smoothest that I have every seen on a cruise. If you want quiet spots, the back of ship on decks 10 and 11 were pretty deserted. Most of the day time action was of course the main pool area and at night midship on deck 9. Overall, we were very happy with the cruise, normally we do a western during spring break time which is more of a party atmosphere and more active. This cruise is all about beaches and relaxing. So if you are looking for alot of sun, sand, water in a low key atmosphere, this cruise would be perfect for you. As I mentioned, this was our 6th cruise and I would rate it as our 2nd favorite. Overall it was a very quiet, relaxing cruise. CCL seemed to be on top of their game, everything went perfectly and flowed smoothly. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date September 2006
Carnival Fantasy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.1
Dining 3.5 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 5.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 4.2

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