64 Carnival Fantasy Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

We had a great time on this cruise back in Feb 2017 thought we would do it again and had a good time here as well. We only have two cruises under our belt before this, but it seems we are getting the hang of it. It was different and ... Read More
We had a great time on this cruise back in Feb 2017 thought we would do it again and had a good time here as well. We only have two cruises under our belt before this, but it seems we are getting the hang of it. It was different and not the magic of our 1st cruise and the most expensive cruise I have taken and a 2nd deck cabin, but it was still a great time and as long as Carnival keeps taking great care of us, we will stick with them. We ate in the Italian restaurant for dinner one night.. Thank You Casino.. It was so great we had no room for dessert.. one of the servers even sang for us. The hot tub was a little warmer than last time, Thank You Carnival.. turn it up just a little more.. it's a HOT tub. The pool is for cool.. You have to work on disembarkation.. Shutting the power of to our room at 0745 was wrong and really left a bad taste in my mouth.. Please.. mark the stairwells and elevators going to areas that can not exit the ship. My knees and ankles are shot and I can't do those labyrinths.. Again .. not a great way to make me want to jump back on your ship. I'm on vacation, stop making it work.. lab·y·rinth Work on the recreation area. Putt putt was great but pool sticks were broken and balls were missing, I would suggest having folks sign for those so you don't have to try to fix irresponsible people. During lunch we heard the basketball court above us in the Italian restaurant, but its lunch.. no biggy. Now if it were dinner? Maybe adjust the location.. nope no suggestion because something is gonna get the sound. There is better than someone's cabin. I can't say enough greatness about the servers in the casino.. you guys really deserve recognition. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Embarkation was perfect...no line no waiting. Only issue was the guys taking your bags in the very beginning begging for additional tip money after tipping them. Keep in mind this was my very first cruise ever! So i was excited and ready ... Read More
Embarkation was perfect...no line no waiting. Only issue was the guys taking your bags in the very beginning begging for additional tip money after tipping them. Keep in mind this was my very first cruise ever! So i was excited and ready to go with a lot of expectations of fun. We got on the ship and it seemed big to me. It was clean and the people were treating us nice. They started of taking pictures, already setting you up to spend money like crazy. Cabin was small as expected, but we were rarely n the cabin. Entertainment was actually pretty decent for me, the crew did most of the entertaining and they had some other DJs and 2 comedians performing every night that were actually funny. I just kinda got tired of listening to them about the 3rd time. The service was good. The ports were Key West, which was a complete waste of time, and Cozumel which was a fun great time. I really enjoyed Cozumel. Only issue I had with this cruise is actually one of the biggest issues was the food. The food on this ship Fantasy was absolutely horrible. Guys burgers and the Mexican restaurant was the only food that was decent to eat. The Lido restaurant and the other restaurants and food choices was a complete tasteless disaster. Carnival needs to be completely ashamed of themselves serving this type of food. The food was extremely low quality and horrible tasting food. The pizzas they made were terrible with no sauce, the sandwiched they made next to the pizza shop was made with very low quality meats. most of the food on this ship is simply inedible. I would never cruise on this ship again due to the food. I pray and hope that the other ships food quality and taste isnt this bad. I will give Carnival one thing, the kids will have fun and it was fun and something to do all day and night. Even the night club played music I like. Its ashame that food had to be soo bad, I would have booked again immediately. The staff worked hard and played hard, I will give them that. I like and loved just about everything else. However the pool is small, people still got in it. Dont expect to be in it that much cause it isnt much room. Disembarkation was not smooth at all, long lines!! they need to improve that also. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
A friend of mine mentioned he and his wife were going to celebrate their 30th anniversity & my wife and me were coming up on our 25th anniversity. So we decided to surprise her and take our first time ever cruise to theBahamas. My ... Read More
A friend of mine mentioned he and his wife were going to celebrate their 30th anniversity & my wife and me were coming up on our 25th anniversity. So we decided to surprise her and take our first time ever cruise to theBahamas. My friends had never met my wife prior to (Co workers). We planned to get her on board with out her knowing she was going on cruise. I had paid for it via a Walmart credit card and had my daughter help her pack for "Charleston week" we kept telling her we would be there the whole week and then over dinner my Friend Joe and Karen mentioend how his cousin "Larry" was retiring from the first mate position and it was a big deal, so Joe Karen and I also told her we were going to a bed and breakfast place Sunday check in at 3:30 but we were going to Larry's retirement party that moring, Joe and I reloaded the luggage and came back to pick up the girls. Well Joe and Karen went in front of us and would tell each point the fast version that it was our first cruise and we would be going to "Larrry's retirement party" and they would say, have a great time at Larry's party. We even had Joe pay for the parking in front of us so when we pulled up they said oh don't worry Larry already has you covered, have a great time at the party. Joe and Karen managed to stay just enough ahead of us so when we got up to a check point they would smile and say, have a goodtime at the party! Once we made it into the atrium one of the crew members walked up to us and asked are you Emily? She said yes, she said. Congratulations your going to the Bahamas! The ship was awsome, the cabin stewad "Poe" ( E152) was great he did extra stuff for us, iced down the water bottles and made sure we had silverware and plaplate for our anniversity cake and was super happy all the time. The dining room waiter (Hari) was too good to us, he was always dancing and singing to himmself, really made the experience special. ( he kept bringing out food we lmuch) Wow did he take good care of us, he was over the top; service . It was the best service I have ever had at any resturant. Kunyakorn was extremely friendly and gave us terrific service there too. Every single service person was never impatient, unbelievable. We had the best vacation of all time on the Carnival Fantasy cruise ship Nov 8-13-2015. The Bahamas. Private island dolphin swim and beach day and all inclusive reef snorkel beach shopping excursions. They were excellent - we enjoyed them tremendously! Great job! The cruiseship crew really made this so great, that was the best part of the trip; everyone was so nice, from the boarding to debarking this was the best trip we had ever had. Very cool! Keeping this a secret for 6 months was hard. Our travel agent kept me up to speed with deals and was great! Again this was the best experience on a vacation we had bar none. I don't know about other cruise lines but this was excellent! And I think I won few husband points for all of the carnival team's efforts. You guys really made it special. Thanks so much! If your thinking about taking a cruise I can say they were fantastic to us the whole trip. Highly reccomend! Activities and events were well planned and we just enjoyed hanging out and enjoying the whole experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Kenny G (piano) was EXCELLENT. I wish we could have seen him more often-entertainment-"so so" as far at]s the shows Motown and Brits...Comedians Cee Jay and Caroline falling down funny-can't wait to see them and Kenny G ... Read More
Kenny G (piano) was EXCELLENT. I wish we could have seen him more often-entertainment-"so so" as far at]s the shows Motown and Brits...Comedians Cee Jay and Caroline falling down funny-can't wait to see them and Kenny G again. My only suggestion for the comedy show is move it into the Universe Lounge-the place they have it now is simply too small---The comedian/juggling show hilarious (Winfrey) . Half Moon Cay beautiful-BBQ at the beach excellent-no lines-tons of seating and food. Drink prices not bad at all-lots of servers, never had to search for someone to bring drinks-pool clean, serenity deck cushions old and need replacing. Lido food and the restaurant never failed to please. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was my first cruise, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I thought it was fantastic! Of course the pool is small, the décor is a little dated, but with a good attitude all of our expectations were exceeded. First ... Read More
This was my first cruise, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I thought it was fantastic! Of course the pool is small, the décor is a little dated, but with a good attitude all of our expectations were exceeded. First get the FASTER TO THE FUN pass! We arrived at the Charleston port at 12:33 pm (they told us not to arrive before 12:30). We went to a special place to drop our bags, then went through the security line normally. But then we by-passed about 100 people waiting to get their Sail and Sign cards using the FTTF pass. It’s only $50 per cabin, not per person! The rest of the trip we had a dedicated line at Guest Services, and we got to leave the ship FIRST on debarkation day. We arrived to the dock area at 12:33 pm, and through the entire process we were in our cabin (FTTF gets guaranteed state room access as soon as you board) at 1:45 pm. Not bad. The room steward service was incredible. Our towels were refreshed twice daily and bed made twice. I don’t remember one time walking down our hallway without seeing our room steward working in a cabin. The Seaday brunch was fantastic. The lunch and breakfast buffets are just alright. There’s always something there to find, and they really work to make a nice variety. And there was always a salad bar and fresh fruit for when you needed something lighter. The dinner service was great, with some small wait times on the first two nights. Once they forgot my appetizer, and sometimes our water glasses went unfilled for a few minutes, but for the most part they worked REALLY hard to make sure our experience was a great one. We learned by watching the people (Diamond Members) next to us when ordering. The appetizers are very small and so they order a few different ones every night. They also order three lobster plates per person during the lobster dinner. Don’t be afraid to order multiple items. The food was ALWAYS delicious in the main dining room. Be adventurous too! The shows were really good on the ship. They did two Broadway type shows, with lots of singing and they do special things in the beginning to get the audience involved. If you’re picked to go on stage or do something silly, just go with it! The comedians were spot on. If you have “Cowboy Comedian” on your ship, go to every show that he does! The adults only and family shows are all great. They do completely different shows the entire cruise, so go to each one. Overall, it was a great first cruise experience. Go expecting relaxation, not perfection. It rained every day of our cruise, but we still had a great time. We chose the self-assist debarkation. With the Faster to the Fun pass, we got to leave at 7 am (although most port times were about 15 minutes behind schedule). With the self assist, you take all your own luggage of the ship rather than having the staff take it off (like at the airport). It took us about 45 minutes total to be driving out of the parking area. This is definitely the way to go! Oh and if they are teaching the dance to “Thriller,” go learn it! It’s a fun experience! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I agree with several other reviewers - if you're not expecting a 5 star cruise, you won't be disappointed. The Fantasy is and older ship and in some places it shows, however, when it was built it was considered super liner. ... Read More
I agree with several other reviewers - if you're not expecting a 5 star cruise, you won't be disappointed. The Fantasy is and older ship and in some places it shows, however, when it was built it was considered super liner. Even though it's smaller than the mega ships, it still has the size to cruise smoothly. We went on a seven day cruise out of Charleston (we live in Raleigh, NC). The embarkation was fast and you're on the boat fairly easily and quickly. The food was good, but not as fancy as other cruise lines (which suits the clientele of this ship well). Lots of choices and fantastic service. We had "your own time" dining which was good, with one major exception... from the second night (formal night) and for three more nights, the line took over 45 minutes to get into the dining room. The staff finally figured out how to take requests for tables by going down the line which considerably speeded up the process, but i wondered how this had not happened before and had caught them unprepared. Entertainment was fun. Not Broadway, but the dancers and singers and support gave it 110%! Paul was a great cruise director. Lots of stuff to do every day. I took a shore excursion to Grand Turk to dive the "wall." That part of exceptional! Kudos to Carnival and Oasis Divers. Room service was quick and on time and very good. Cabin service was excellent. Casino staff was a riot! They were very helpful and gave us comps to boot! Thanks Christopher, Mark, Paul, Veronika and all the rest! The one thing you will notice on this ship is that EVERYONE tries there best to know your name and REMEMBER it. And they have gotten very good at it. The staff has gone overboard (bad pun) to make your stay enjoyable. Our cabin is fine. We always get an inside cabin as I like to nap in the afternoon, and inside cabins are like midnight during the day! Debarkation was slow, but that was more the port authorities fault than Carnival. This ship is probably being replaced sometime next year by the Sunshine. I personally think Charleston could run several ships out of here each week without any problem. Thank you for reading this and enjoy your time at sea. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Been on several cruise lines. Carnival has been the worst. Disembarkations were confusing and disorganized.Getting out of the Charleston Port is an ordeal in it self (going and return). Food on the ship was terrible. Same food was in ... Read More
Been on several cruise lines. Carnival has been the worst. Disembarkations were confusing and disorganized.Getting out of the Charleston Port is an ordeal in it self (going and return). Food on the ship was terrible. Same food was in all the dinning areas. Worst coffee. Any information being given on the speaker system was too loud and individuals giving information was not understandable. That is None spoke English clearly. Entertainment was mediocre. Teenagers were aloud to roam the halls at night talking loud and running through the hallways. Itinerary was not all that good. Three stops only and had to be shuttled to one island, Half-Moon Cay. Nothing was at this Island. Ship information was very poor. No announcements were made about arrival times on locations. No announcements were made that some information would be found in write-ups about next day events. As previous mentioned any announcements made were loud and inaudible. Services, other than cabin attendants, were poor. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
First I wanted to say to the comment below about over run by spring breakers??? Really, well that's just bad planning because most schools do take spring break in March!! We sailed out on March 21 2015. Just got back. We visited ... Read More
First I wanted to say to the comment below about over run by spring breakers??? Really, well that's just bad planning because most schools do take spring break in March!! We sailed out on March 21 2015. Just got back. We visited Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau. Grand Turk- Truly not amazing but we made it fun. We did not do an excursion because we wanted to have our own schedule and have a beach day. The boat docks within 2 football fields of the sand so a very short walk with plenty of beach chairs to choose from. Water was very nice. We did not do any shopping here but again, the beach part we were at was nice. We got great pictures and even better shots once we got back on the boat and went to the sports deck (12th floor) Half Moon Cay- WOOOOWW. This place was really nice. White sand, clear and calm water, easy access to the restrooms and food. Expected to pay for food but Carnival actually has it set up where they have the buffet at the picnic areas where you have plenty of covered eating spots to eat at, eat all you want and only pay for alcohol or sodas. I used the GoPro camera here and the shots I got are amazing. I'd stay on this island if I had my choice. Nassau- Very commercialized. You will do some walking here and will get offered everything you can imagine by the locals. "Hey Mon, what do you expect your in the Bahamas!!" You have choices of going to Atlantis and other activities. We chose to take a cab (no shortage of those, there begging to carry you to the beach). $4 a person for the cab ride. We went to Cabbage beach near the Atlantis. It was a free public beach and it was truly amazing. Clear water, friendly people. You will get approached every 10 minutes by someone selling you something, braids, jewelry, Cigars, and again, use your imagination. I'm sure this doesn't happen at the private beaches but again, besides the cab ride, it was free. We drove down and used the port to park. I suggest this if driving. Covered indoor parking with 24 hr surveillance. Cost $120 for the entire trip. Dropped bags off at the drop off spot. They have free bus rides outside of the parking garage to drop you off at the port which is a short walk but with all the chaos, it's what you do. Checking in was a little long but well worth it. Have your passports, have your passports. We were on the main level, window cabin. To be honest, all these reviews about loud hallways being beside the elevators are ridiculous. We didn't hear a thing and could run out of our room and get anywhere we wanted on the boat in 5 minutes. Room service was great, Dining room and food were great. The servers we had for the week were truly amazing. Great with our kids and went out of the way to make sure we were getting all we wanted. The boat is older but you know that before you book your vacation. Yes, there are other bigger ships with the bling but the bigger the ship, the more the people. The boat is dated and will need updating soon, but again, the drive to the port was easy for us and we got to explore Charleston before the trip. My favorite spot was the Casino. I guess because I killed it but the drinks come as quick as you want them, dealers are friendly, some slot machines are older but overall clean and a good set up for this ship. On the 4th night, they gave me and others a free all you can drink alcohol card while in the casino for the rest of the trip. Great time, hit the pizza diner up afterwards! Suggestions- Prepay your gratuities, buy the insurance- the boat doesn't wait for you if something happens, and leave all stress behind! Enjoy, we did and will be booking again real soon!   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Carnival's oldest and smallest ship. Writing about your miserable experience here would be like booking a Bed & Breakfast and complaining that it's not the Four Seasons. Perspective! If you have some, and a good attitude, you ... Read More
Carnival's oldest and smallest ship. Writing about your miserable experience here would be like booking a Bed & Breakfast and complaining that it's not the Four Seasons. Perspective! If you have some, and a good attitude, you will have a fabulous time! We've been on 10 cruises on 6 cruise lines. We adore the Fantasy. We are on vacation!! What's not to love? The food, great. The staff, awesome. The value, very very great. The room, clean. The entertainment, entertaining. Our only disappointment was that we missed Half Moon Cay again. Evidently, Half Moon Cay in the Winter months is routinely has some very rough seas and skipping this port is common. My 10 year old was bored in Kids Club but made friends and had a good time roaming the ship with them. Note: We only cruise in the Winter at non-holiday times. Our cruises (on every line) are all filled with mostly retirees and some families and young people--- the majority of our fellow passengers are respectful, quiet and laid back. Understand that Spring Break, Christmas, and Summertime would be a VERY different experience on Carnival Fantasy. You've been warned. In summary: We loved our 2nd cruise on the Carnival Fantasy! Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
The main problem with Carnival's Fantasy is that it thinks it's 1975. The entertainment was music and comedians mired in that era of long ago. There is practically no internet access (unless you consider taking 10 minutes to ... Read More
The main problem with Carnival's Fantasy is that it thinks it's 1975. The entertainment was music and comedians mired in that era of long ago. There is practically no internet access (unless you consider taking 10 minutes to download a few emails, at 75 cents per minute) and no daily news except the occasional CNN report on 12" TV in stateroom. If you want to keep in touch with your friends, family and business via messaging, Facebook, Twitter or the like, you will be out of luck on this ship. Even internal messaging that works within the ship would be a great improvement since there is no cell phone service at sea -- but Carnival has made no such provision. If you are looking to relax and read in a quiet place, there is nowhere on this ship to do so. Everywhere you go (including the Lido cafeteria) you are assaulted by loud, unwanted music, dating from an era when no one had earbuds and a personal music library on their phone or iPod. The evening entertainment, sometimes quite good (though dated), was always excessively and sometimes painfully overamplified. We had to leave two performances with earaches as a result. Despite Carnival's recent disastrous incidents with onboard fires, ships tipping over and the like, the pre-sailing safety drill was ridiculous and useless, as if they really did not care about the passengers' safety. I have never been on a presailing drill where you left your lifejacket in the room and there was no attempt to see whether all passengers were attending. If you are looking for an isolation-booth type voyage that takes you back forty years, then this is your ship (unless you are looking for peace and quiet, or safety). For me, it's my last Carnival voyage. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
My name is Duane my family and I have sailed on 6 cruises, 5 on Carnival, we traveled from North Carolina to Charleston by Car it took us 4 hours. Directions were not hard to follow and arrived at Port close to 1 pm because Carnival ... Read More
My name is Duane my family and I have sailed on 6 cruises, 5 on Carnival, we traveled from North Carolina to Charleston by Car it took us 4 hours. Directions were not hard to follow and arrived at Port close to 1 pm because Carnival contacted us 3 times stating not to arrive before 12:30 pm. Our cruise was 7 days from 15-22 Nov. the Fantasy is small, crew nice, however we had a junior suite cabin V-7, and we heard wind howl and felt ship rock the whole cruise, the suite did not seem worth the price it had beds for 3 , 3 closets, bathroom seemed small. Food was good , unable to use main slide due to high winds. There were a lot if activities, cabin steward was good, My issues are these at the Port Of Charleston was not organized you wait in long winding line, drop off luggage, then park in warehouse, then wait on shuttle, took us 2.5 hours to get on ship, and .1.5 hours to get off. Port of Grand Turk is ok if you want to stay on a beach, snorkel or swim, not much for shopping, went on tour of island i was informative, Port of Half Moon Cay is not recommended, not much, two shacks for shopping, they fix you BQ on island, again only good if want beach. Cabin V-7 was warm as were our cabins around us, only way to keep comfortable during day is keep curtains closed. Dining in main dining room was great, service nice, food was good. One if shows was repeated on last night, it is good but would have liked something new. Getting of ship is silent, you get notice in room, we arrived at theater at scheduled time, took 1.5 hours to get off, was dropped off at one warehouse had to walk to car. Do not recommend Fantasy, but do recommend Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Ship was late because of fog so boarding was 2 hours late and set sail was 1 hour late. Ship was cold because ship has no heat. It got warm the next day when in Florida waters. Ocean was choppy for 7 days with 30 to 50 mph head winds. The ... Read More
Ship was late because of fog so boarding was 2 hours late and set sail was 1 hour late. Ship was cold because ship has no heat. It got warm the next day when in Florida waters. Ocean was choppy for 7 days with 30 to 50 mph head winds. The ship rode very nice and only a few small children were ill. Most adults wore patches. We had 4 couples and the maitre d got us a very nice round table that we enjoyed for 7 days. Service was excellent as our room was ready when we boarded and our room steward did an excellent job all week. Our waiters did an excellent job also. The food was excellent as usual but menu definitely needs an overhaul. The entertainment was excellent especially the jugglers on a rocky ship. We also enjoyed the comedy club The casino was very smokey because now people can't smoke on their balconies, they come to the casino to smoke. Debarking was excellent. We arrived @ 7:00am and was in my car at 8:00am. South Carolina and Carnival do not charge parking for handicap persons so a saving of $117 was appreciated. When at home the next day, 3 of us came down with a mold infection. We all had separate cabins and were all on separate decks and separate cars. It has now been 5 days and congested lungs are no fun. All in all we had a great cruise except for the illness. I hope they look into the air filters and see if this can be prevented in the future. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
From the minute we neared the port It felt like being herded. That is no fault of the cruise. They have done the best with what Charlestons have given them to work with. With that said, once we were dropped off only to be herded to a line, ... Read More
From the minute we neared the port It felt like being herded. That is no fault of the cruise. They have done the best with what Charlestons have given them to work with. With that said, once we were dropped off only to be herded to a line, to a shuttle (close enough to walk) to be herded to another line. to another line, to another line then finally the line to get on the ship. I get to the room and the bed breaks. I told room steward, it was never fixed. Third day, when they cleaned the room they moved the bed. Under the bed they found two packs of opened double mint gum. Not mine. Must have been left from the previous guest. All in all it was not a bad room. Food was no better than hospital food. I learned to either get the pizza, hamburger or the wok, however the wok closed by the time I was ready to eat. People were complaining about the long wait, an hour or more for the anytime dining. I did that once and learned real fast it was not worth the wait. We were always late to an Island. On one occasion we were herded to the stage room(i cant remember the name). Had to wait there over an hour, to the stairs wait, to the exit for the tender boat wait. It took over two hours to leave the ship. Why? People saving deck chairs, or people putting towels, shirts or books on deck chairs early then coming back hours later. It was so bad on the serenity deck unless you were there before they opened it you did not have a chance. NOBODY seems to care. Although there are signs and notes written every place. Not much to do but drink, or gamble. The comedy show was good but that was only an hour out of the day and you were herded in there too. It was way too small. The price for the cruise was good for what I received. I could see paying more if there was more to do. I also see that they make up for the low fair with the high prices of everything else. It has not been a week since i got home. I have softened up about my opinion. I don't know if I would take another carnival cruise or not. The shinning star was a man by the name of Rashore a server on the pool deck. AWESOME JOB! Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
This was our eighth cruise, having previously cruised on Carnival (2), Royal Caribbean(2), Holland America(2), and Princess(1).We chose this cruise solely because of the convenience of embarking in Charleston and not having to fly or drive ... Read More
This was our eighth cruise, having previously cruised on Carnival (2), Royal Caribbean(2), Holland America(2), and Princess(1).We chose this cruise solely because of the convenience of embarking in Charleston and not having to fly or drive far. There were seven of us in three OV cabins. I wasn't expecting great things but I wanted the new cruisers in our family to have a good time. We arrived in Charleston and encountered the first line that snaked its way to a parking garage, after having turned over our luggage earlier. We parked in a warehouse structure and stood in line on a concrete floor for two hours waiting for a shuttle to take us a few hundred yards to the cruise terminal. This was very hard for me, because of health problems, I have problems walking and standing for long periods. Inside the cruise terminal, it was chaos. You were herded here and there. I was never asked for a boarding pass, just my passport and the Ebola questionnaire. On first entering, the ship seemed somewhat dark, the ceilings being lower that other ships that I had sailed. The cabins were fine, nothing special, but comfortable enough for a ship. We got up to Lido Deck and it was also chaos, probably because it was the first day. It got some better during the week. We selected "your time dining"; however, if you show up anytime before about 8 pm, you have to stand in long lines.The food in the buffet got boring and repetetive. The dining room food was better, but a step down from earlier cruises I have taken, even on Carnival. The first Port day was Grand Turk, which ended up being our best day. We took a cab and went to Pillary Beach, which was recommended. We enjoyed our time there. There were decent restrooms, and a snack and beverage shop very near. An excursion we booked for the teens at the Margaritaville pool was cancelled. I was looking forward to Half Moon Cay the next day. We were scheduled to be there from 9am-5pm and tenders were used. We were where we were supposed to be about 8:30, but did not get to the island until 11:30. We had a short excursion at 1, so we decided to have lunch first. Lunch was half hour late being served. After our excursion, about 3pm, we noticed a small sign at one of the excursion booths where time for return to the ship was bumped to 4:00 from 4:15. I was willing to take a chance and try to get a little time at the beach, but the others were afraid we would get left(since we were threatened not to be later than 4pm reboarding); so we got in the long line that was forming to be tendered back to the ship. To say we were disappointed was an understatement. We were exhausted having stood in lines all day and still not being able to go in the water(except at the stingray cove).The stingray cove excursion was good, not exceptional. Next day, Nassau, we had a submarine type excursion scheduled and to get there on a small boat got to see some of the area. We had been to Nassau before and had gone Atlantis; otherwise the area is just a tourist trap. After excursion (average) we were going to Cable Beach, but the weather got really nasty, so we just walked around in the touristy areas and went back to the ship. For the most part I have enjoyed the previous cruises we've taken and have always looked forward to the next one. However, after this one, if I want to go to any of the beaches in the Caribbean, I will take a plane to an all-inclusive resort. I will not spend half my time waiting and standing in lines and miss the things that I anticipate doing. The new cruisers with me were not impressed. The dining room service was very good, once you got in there and the cabin and buffet crew seemed to be working hard to provide good service in those areas. Disembarkation was a breeze. We chose to take our own luggage off, and shuttles were waiting to take us to the parking facility. Our luggage was carried in small trailers behind the shuttles. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I want to try to follow some sort of order in this review so I will follow the guidelines; Background Information: This was our 4th Carnival Cruise, our 2nd on the Fantasy, we are from Fayetteville, NC and book our cruises through ... Read More
I want to try to follow some sort of order in this review so I will follow the guidelines; Background Information: This was our 4th Carnival Cruise, our 2nd on the Fantasy, we are from Fayetteville, NC and book our cruises through Carnival Direct. Hotel Information: We usually book a Park &Cruise, and this trip was no different. We stayed at the Home2Suites in North Charleston. $134.00 for the night, wonderful breakfast, all suites with full kitchen and shuttle to and from the pier. This is an excellent place to stay!!!! Ship Information: One must keep in mind that this is an old ship and no amount of "sprucing up" will change that. That being said, the ship was clean, and accommodating, easy to find your way around and comfortable. Activities: N/A Service: This being our 2nd cruise we found the service to be excellent!! From the room-stewards to the dining room, the lido, buffets you name it and they were courteous and smiling. Am just amazed on each cruise how the staff remembers your names and preferences!! Port & Shore Excursions: N/A Travel to Embarkation Port: Travel there was fine, delayed once there due to ship coming in late but without the wait due to that it was fine. Because of our Cabin, we had priority boarding. Cabin: Ours was a Jr. Suite, V-16. We loved it!! Just a tiny bit bigger than regular but the trim in the cabin is nice, Liked the balcony and in opposition to some reviews, it had ample room to sit. Liked the convenience of being close to the Lido Deck. Dining: Look, on any of these cruises, if you are expecting a 5-star meal, just go on the "Chef's Table Dinner" and you will wonder how they get any food out at all....to so many people all the time. They take you on a tour of the kitchen as par of it, amazing, simply amazing! I also assure you that this is a 5-star meal that was well worth the cost ($150). Children's Clubs: N/A Entertainment: Carnival seems to always lack in this area but it overall wasn't to bad! Disembarkation: Awful, Awful and Awful!! They REALLY need to work on it. Mass chaos with no announcements. The Customs Area for luggage retrieval was horrendous!!! Summary: Overall, We would sail the Fantasy again!! We truly believe these cruises are what you make them. Barring horrible weather, a problem with the ship or getting sick there are plenty of alternate options to utilize if something isn't up to par. Carnival is a well priced cruise line, one that has allowed my wife and I to enjoy a cruise a year as a present to each other. If I wanted to seek more "luxury" or 5-star dining I would use another cruise line.....maybe some folks who criticize Carnival on here are trying to have champagne on a beer budget. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
We actually went out of Charleston on the Fantasy twice in 2014 because we enjoyed it so much and Charleston is so convenient for us to drive to instead of having to fly since we live in West Virginia. The Fantasy is the oldest in the ... Read More
We actually went out of Charleston on the Fantasy twice in 2014 because we enjoyed it so much and Charleston is so convenient for us to drive to instead of having to fly since we live in West Virginia. The Fantasy is the oldest in the Carnival fleet (built in 1990) but it still functions wonderfully. The staff is outstanding and we have never been treated so well before. We traveled as a family including myself, my wife, and my parents. My father, who has now past away, was disabled and in a wheelchair. The crew was very nice and extremely helpful to my parents which really meant a lot to me. Our room stewards and waiters were wonderful and they are very proud of their job and you can tell. The food was wonderful. We highly recommend that you eat breakfast in the middle dining room because it was always fantastic. The buffets are good most of the time but we don't get to eat at fancy places at home very often so we like to jump on opportunities such as the brunch. We enjoy the late dining so that we have time at the ports and to not feel rushed for dinner. PORT 1: Nassau - Nothing amazing but there are still tons of fun to be had here. The port entrance is heavily congested by people selling things but that's their livelihood so it's understandable. Port 2: Half Moon Cay - This is by far our most favorite port that we've ever been to. It is a private island only used by individual cruise ships. We were the only ship there and had the whole island to ourselves. The clearest water ever. Carnival even fed us lunch on the island which was really nice. We can't wait to go back! Port 3: Grand Turk - This is a beautiful island. My mom did the horse riding on the beach and said that she enjoyed it. My wife and I took a trolley tour (it was really small but we still enjoyed it). Embarkation was very simple and fairly quick. There are people everywhere to assist you on where to go and what to do. Debarkation was ok. I wouldn't say it was great but it wasn't the worst thing ever. They could make the process smoother and easier but I understand that they are trying to get ready for all of the new guests also. We will for sure go again out of Charleston. It looks like Carnival is moving the Ecstasy up to port out of Charleston for a while. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
First of all we live with in 30 miles of the port of Charleston. This is our 5th cruise on the Fantasy and 6th cruise out of Charleston. The cruise terminal in Charleston is about what to be expected in a 3rd world country. For some ... Read More
First of all we live with in 30 miles of the port of Charleston. This is our 5th cruise on the Fantasy and 6th cruise out of Charleston. The cruise terminal in Charleston is about what to be expected in a 3rd world country. For some reason it took us 2 hours to get on the ship after parking our car. The last cruise we took on August 2014 took us only maybe 30 minutes to get on the ship. We where told that there was not enough shuttle buses to get people from the parking warehouses to the terminal. Sounded like a poor job of ordering manpower to work. This cruise terminal was suppose to be relocated to a new terminal that was supposed to be built 4 years ago but the old money environmental crowd has tied this up the courts for years now to prevent it being built. Just to let you know these people DO NOT like the cruise ship there or the people who get on it. They think you are ruining the charm of Charleston. If you are handicap and park in the handicap parking warehouse expect to wait a while for a shuttle bus to pick up you. There are no places to sit in the building and have only one porta potty to use in the warehouse which of course is at the far end of building. The buses with wheelchair lifts maybe haul one or two people at a time so if you are in wheelchair you might have to wait. Also the buses are hard to climb up on the steps. The buses do not kneel down or there isn't any extended steps to make it any easier to get up on. I am pretty sure they are not ADA compliant.. Once you get to the terminal you have to go through the security check point which is a total pain. The metal screener is over sensitive because it picks up replaced knees and other metal in your body. Then you get the hand wand. The machines at Port Canaveral are not set that sensitive. Also you have to take your laptop out for some reason and then if you bring any can or bottle soda on the ship your sealed case of coke is opened and a the cans are inspected to see if you open the cans filled them with booze sealed them back to factory sealed and glue the box back together. Something that is not done in Port Canaveral. Anyway after that mess you finally can check in. If you are not able to climb a flight of steps and then walk up 4 stories of zig zag gate ramp to deck 7 you can ask to use the deck 3 gangway door on the pier and that the elevator inside the ship. The ship is clean a little worn but the crew makes up for what it lacks in fancy new stuff. The food is so-so on the Lido deck and the Jubilee dining room was the descent 7 day menu. Grand Turk and the Bahamas where nice and sunny considering we are in middle of hurricane season The 12pm to 7 pm time at Grand Turk was nice because our ship was the only one there after the Pride left after about hour when we got there. Debarkation back at Charleston will make you really mad. The ship has the silent debarkation because the old money crowd do not like the ships PA system or train horns at the roads crossings. So the ship goes by zones or self assist which isn't too bad. A crew member comes get you and takes you to the ramp. Ok so far so good. But wait till you get back to the terminal. You meet your bags in the same spot where you got your room key earlier in the week. So go find the your zone and get your bag. Good luck in finding a porter to help get your bags through customs. There was one guy for the 200 people needing help. I really felt sorry for the elderly and wheel chair bound to help them with their bags. This is the part of the story that will make you blood boil. The luggage is still being brought off the ship and unloaded from the ships luggage racks inside the terminal. Well the Ceres longshoreman where having a great time throwing peoples luggage on to the concrete floor. I am sure that some of these bags where carelessly toss upside down, flung or other pieces of luggage dump on top of them on the concrete floor. Good luck with having those memories and souvenirs ending up in one piece much less your bags not being damaged. But you know what is sad is the lack of any leadership skills from the Carnival shore crew. I mention to one guy that peoples bags are being damaged and he told me oh well. Then I talked to the supervisor lady in charge of the longshoremen was going to talk to their foreman but she told me said something to them but they did not pay attention to her. I told her if you hired them you can hold them accountable for damages. I do not think Carnival has a clue how port labor works. If you have damage to your luggage from the longshoreman Carnival is suppose to be able to recover damages from the stevedores. My experience was spending 20 + years of working the ports worldwide for military cargo but using the same port labor, I am sure a lot of other people know how the port is suppose to work and the Cruise terminal is not a good example of that. FYI the Fantasy cruise schedule does not go past early 2016. It makes you wonder if Carnival is going to leave Charleston because the promise new has no been built in over 4 years. I don't think they are going to wait another 4 years for a terminal to built in city where the minority does not want them there. This only my humble opinion thanks for reading it.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
10 Cruises and counting... 2nd and LAST on "Carney!" ... makes one appreciate the "Quality" Lines. Old Ship! Bad port! Poorly organized & badly executed entertainment! The ship's pathetic attempts to entertain ... Read More
10 Cruises and counting... 2nd and LAST on "Carney!" ... makes one appreciate the "Quality" Lines. Old Ship! Bad port! Poorly organized & badly executed entertainment! The ship's pathetic attempts to entertain were highlighted by a "Magic Show" in which the Magician performed on a stage without the benefit of lighting. This ship was "rehabbed" several years ago...but it's still a sows ear! Some of the public spaces are very nice but the Dinning Rooms are tacky and claustrophobic. The entertainment spaces are ill conceived and poorly executed. (Numerous posts and railings thru sightlines) The generally friendly, courteous staff is more than offset by the incompetents of the ships management. One thing you'll never miss... copious opportunities for yet another photo shoot! Average to occasionally near excellent meals and food service... if you can overlook the mindless meal scheduling. (Late dining... 8:15PM...but decent luncheon service ceased @ 2:30PM) Off course... the "healthy choices"... Grease Burgers, Fries, & Ice Cream is nearly always available. Tiring & unimaginative Ports of Call... GRAND Turk? anything but! The Carnival Management Team in Doral needs to get off their butts and on to their "Love Boats!" to experience their product first hand.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
I cruised on the Carnival Splendor in March 2014 0 It was exceptional no complaints at all! The Fantasy - HORRIBLE -Late to port-They also didn't give us extra time in any port and got us to Grand Turk 2 hours late -Port times too ... Read More
I cruised on the Carnival Splendor in March 2014 0 It was exceptional no complaints at all! The Fantasy - HORRIBLE -Late to port-They also didn't give us extra time in any port and got us to Grand Turk 2 hours late -Port times too short -Skipped a port- other cruisers on other boats we met in Nassau all got to go to different islands but Carnival didn't take us anywhere and then added insult to injury when they refunded us .16cents. -Not so friendly staff- guest services - reported all issues all I got was "so sorry nothing I can do" -Room steward - upon arrival there were pee stains on the bed linens, purchased a birthday décor package and someone stole sticker off the door on day 2, when I asked the steward if she took it down or if someone stole it her response was, "I can't watch the room 24/7". She said nice things to us each day but it was looking down at the floor and in a tone that was so forced. She seemed miserable unlike other stewards we encountered who were friendly (naturally) Mold in bathroom-pictures available (nasty) yellow tub water-pictures available (nasty) -Made to leave assigned dinning table and dining room (Jubilee) when other couple stole our table even though we arrived at 6:02pm and our cards showed the table was ours. After being moved to an entirely different dining room (Celebration) had to get up and get our own menus. The maître d told my husband there were no menus left but right behind the maître d were two stacks of menus and my husband took them himself and then waited over an hour for our dinner (this was completely unacceptable we should not have been made to move because someone stole our table we had been sitting at for four days and were assigned to. That couple should have moved!) We were all so mad we couldn't hardly eat and left after just a few bites . -When leaving the ship we had priority departure but staff had no idea why any of us were there (universe lounge) and we sat for over an hour after assigned leaving time (6:45am) before he realized we were suppose to leave first- and that was after I complained and showed him my letter. Regular departure began before priority departure got to leave. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Here is a brief review of our recent cruise on the Fantasy, hitting the highlights and the lowlights of the cruise. Overall, we had an excellent time. This was our second time to do this itinerary on the Fantasy. Our ports were Grand Turk, ... Read More
Here is a brief review of our recent cruise on the Fantasy, hitting the highlights and the lowlights of the cruise. Overall, we had an excellent time. This was our second time to do this itinerary on the Fantasy. Our ports were Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau. We booked this cruise last minute on a pack-n-go special. We stayed at the Hampton Inn Patriots Point two nights pre-cruise and used their park-n-cruise package. For the ports, we simply went to the beach and in Nassau we went to the Pirate Museum and shopped. Highlights - The Live Music I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the live music on the Fantasy. A new band, “Dat Band”, has recently begun playing on the ship. They are very good, and with both a male and female lead they can play a variety of music. They did a 70’s night, 80’s night, and Motown night, and a “best of” night the last night. Except for the last night, they played across from the 21st Century Bar. On the last night they played in the Cat’s Lounge. They were very entertaining. Another great surprise was Peter in the piano bar. Most of my experiences with piano bar entertainers on Carnival have been less than good. However, Peter is awesome! He can play and sing and does a great job of getting the crowd into the music and keeping the energy up. He is from the Netherlands and already has a pretty good playlist, but is looking to add to it. We went to the piano bar three nights and there was a good crowd each night. The Fantasy is really lucky to have this guy. - The Crew The crew on the Fantasy was great. There were lots of friendly smiles and excellent service. I have no complaints about the crew. - The Food I thought the food was really good. We tried the brunch for the first time and I thought the Steak and eggs dish was excellent. Some dishes were not that good, but overall the food was a hit. - Comedy and variety shows We enjoyed all of the comedians, including one who did a variety show in the theater. Carnival has really found a good thing with the comedy club, but you better get there early. We got there at least 30 minutes early to ensure getting a seat. - Camp Carnival Our son enjoyed Camp Carnival. He said the counselors were fun and he enjoyed the activities. We always consider it a great bonus when he is willing to go to Camp Carnival and give us some adult time. - Half Moon Cay Awesome beach port, enough said. They do need to expand the drink menu. I was disappointed I couldn’t get Sierra Nevada. Minor nitpick though. Lowlights - Embarkation Embarkation at Charleston simply sucks. Having to stand outside in the heat waiting for a shuttle bus is not a good way to begin your cruise! I did however meet a nice fellow cruiser and his wife who were going on their 23rd Carnival Cruise. I thought it was funny that they had never heard of Cruise Critic. - The Ship The Fantasy is starting to show its age a bit, especially in the staterooms. Our stateroom showed quite a bit of wear and there were some minor maintenance issues. None of this detracted from our cruise, but if you are looking for bright and shiny, you may be disappointed in the Fantasy. - Half Moon Cay Tendering We had a long delay with the tenders at Half Moon Cay. I hope it was an isolated incident. When we got to the lounge to get tender tickets the host said they were still waiting for the provisions to be delivered to the island. This was at 9. We sat awhile before the first tender was even called. We got tender ticket 7 and finally got to the island near 10:30. We met some of the cabana renters and they were very disappointed with how late they got to the island. - Match Play Coupons I like to drink the Classic Cocktails and use the receipt to get a match play coupon for the casino. Well, I took my receipts to the cashier and to my surprise she rejected them because they said “Reprint”. I never even noticed it. I told her these were simply the receipts the servers brought me. After arguing with her for a bit about how ridiculous this was, she relented and gave me the coupons. It sounds like there may be some internal wires crossed, but it needs to get straightened out. From my perspective, I bought the drink and had the receipt. - Your Time Dining This is not really a lowlight, but an observation. Most nights there was a huge line that started forming around 5:00 for the 5:45 opening of the dining room for Your Time Dining. The line would wrap completely around the atrium circle and double on itself. I’ve never seen this happen before. On past cruises we have usually walked right in at 5:45. We like to eat early, so this meant we had to stand in line. We might have been better served with just having 6:00 set early dining. Like I said, overall we had an excellent time and we would sail the Fantasy again.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We took the seven day cruise which is offered once a month or so. It stops at Nassau, Half Moon Cay {Carnival Corporation’s private island} and Grand Turk. This trip was one sea day then Nassau first which was nice. The weather was very ... Read More
We took the seven day cruise which is offered once a month or so. It stops at Nassau, Half Moon Cay {Carnival Corporation’s private island} and Grand Turk. This trip was one sea day then Nassau first which was nice. The weather was very cool {cold} in Charleston on embarkation day due to the "Polar Vortex". I think it was around freezing in the early morning, but hey it is January! By the time muster drill arrived pretty much everyone had an adult beverage in their hand that they needed to finish before the drill so you knew this would be a party group. The guest’s age was more seasoned citizens that you find in the spring and summer voyages but this way ship's security had a very boring time and the brig stayed empty. A very nice, well dressed civil cruise. The halls were extremely quiet at night. With about two thousand guests you get the opportunity to meet and visit your friends over and over again. Not like on the Mega-ships with 5,000+ The weather over all was poor on two of the three sea days but was excellent in ports. We were able to tender in to Half Moon Cay without any issues. Very calm sea. Our stay in Grand Turk was held over for a medical emergency on-board and we left late. Since we had two sea days ahead and would be moving in the Gulf Stream current we weren't delayed in the least. The ship is old, that's true but she is exceptionally clean and well kept. You would always see the crew washing, wiping, sanitizing, and cleaning. No strange smells or buckets in her halls as reported on other ships. Our cabin steward Angel and his assistant Wayan were the best team on the ship. We never lacked for anything. I asked him for an extra blanket the first night, because of the cool weather, and it arrived in seconds. We always had fresh linens, exquisite towel animals and chocolates after evening turn-down. The food, as always, was outstanding. We dined in the main dining room for most all of our meals, with confirmed early dining which is in the Jubilee dining room {aft}. Some folks don't get the formal presentation of the dining experience, and I wish more would slow down and notice the setting. This is a four to five star restaurant. Service plates, proper silverware, proper dishware and extremely attentive service. The Lido "Windows on the Sea" restaurant food was three to four stars. Some foods were overdone, such as the fried chicken; and all were nominally spiced. I believe in this day and age the cooking chicken "all the way through" is a very wise exercise in caution for your gastrointestinal health. Not pouring tons of salt or MSG in all the dishes there is healthy as well, but there are salt, pepper, yellow mustard and ketchup on every table. The entertainment was good to excellent. There is always something to do on-board, something to take part in or simply watch. This is a fun ship. Hat's off to Shorty, one of the female cruise directors and her crew who were animated, conversational and very helpful at all times. She spoke to every individual guest before they left the ship. Would we do it again, yes! Where else can you go so nearby, and be pampered, fed, entertained and have a care free relaxing time for the price you pay? Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Cruised with Carnival Fantasy just before Christmas Holidays in 2013 from Charleston, SC. Was very convenient for us because we live in Charleston, parking was $119, but my husband has Handicap sign and was complimentary from the state of ... Read More
Cruised with Carnival Fantasy just before Christmas Holidays in 2013 from Charleston, SC. Was very convenient for us because we live in Charleston, parking was $119, but my husband has Handicap sign and was complimentary from the state of SC. This was our 6th cruise but first time on Carnival. Previous cruising was with NCL and Holland America. We just went to enjoy carefree warmer weather with 7 nights cruise. **Cabin was good size we have oceanview. Everything in the cabin was working properly. Our steward was fantastic. **Food was good nothing special. We are not huge eaters remember just went to enjoy the weather. **Drinks...we have order few drinks and they was great. Those drink-boys was constantly disturbing us to order more. **Ports was no big deal for us in Nassau we didn't get off the ship just because we was there month earlier. Grand Turks we got a taxi to drive us around for 2 hours $35 per person what was a lot for that small island. Half Moon Cay we stay on the ship. **Entertainment was OK. Really enjoyed Hypnosis show that man is talented. You can Google him his name is Asad Mecci. Comedy shows with Akim was great, didn't care for the Cawboy Billy that much. **Fitness Center is good and never crowded. ******This is what really got me concerned with Carnival. Every time I was seating at the same place around the pool. Few times we accidentally spill drinks near the chairs and you can notice water stain on the wood floor. That floor was not cleaned once. With Holland America I have see them every day cleaning those floors and they was not even used because that was cruise in Alaska and was cold. Same with NCL areas around pools was cleaned every single day. Beside that we really enjoyed.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
This was our first cruise, my wife and myself, a 17 year old son and 8 year old son. We were dropped off by a friend in Charleston, so I cannot review the parking process. The drop off process, however was quick and efficient; We arrived ... Read More
This was our first cruise, my wife and myself, a 17 year old son and 8 year old son. We were dropped off by a friend in Charleston, so I cannot review the parking process. The drop off process, however was quick and efficient; We arrived at around 10:30 am, drove through the line quickly, stopped and dropped our bags, drove to the drop off point and were in line for customs in a total of less than ten minutes. We waited about 20 minutes to be boarded on the shuttle to customs. Time well spent, we met with two couples that were veteran cruisers and answered many of our questions. We met with them for breakfast nearly every day, very cool. We purchased the Faster to the Fun (FTTF) and highly recommend it; once off the bus and into the customs bldg., we showed our FTTF paperwork and were escorted to a line with one group in front of us, as opposed to 100. The wait from there and the check in process was about ten minutes, that was including very slow computers. Pictures taken, Sign and Sail cards in hand and we were off to our room, less than one hour from arrival on the property. Our FTTF ensured our stateroom was ready when we boarded, so we dropped our carry on luggage and headed to the Lido deck for lunch. By the time we came back all of our luggage was in the room. It is to note that we noticed people still walking the ship with their carry on luggage at 4pm, rooms not yet ready.....Well worth the 50 bucks for FTTF. We opted anytime dining, which put us in the Celebration dining room. A few times we needed a beeper, but never waited more than 10 minutes for a table. We had different servers, which is different than if you have the assigned time dining in the Jubilee dining room, where you will have the same server. We had good service for the most part, once in a while the servers seemed to be "in the weeds", but my wife and I are in the service industry and this is understandable. Food was great. I had the cold soups 5 of 7 nights, very enlightening to me. There is a standard menu that is always the same and a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts that change every day. You can order as much of anything you want. 3 shrimp cocktails, no problem. I just told my oldest teen to make sure he can eat what he orders, I'm not real big on seeing food wasted. Lunch on the Lido deck, burgers, hot dogs, nuggets, fries, salad bar, Mongolian grill, deli sandwiches, pizza.....a great variety and all very good. This ship doesn't have the Guy Fieri Burger Joint, but that will be a factor in our next cruise choice. Pizza and room service is 24/7. Beverages.....We got the bottomless bubbles for the boys (77 bucks total). I had 48 sodas (20oz) packed and a case of water (20oz) in roller carry on bags that I couldn't get in the car (LOL), so we just took the water, (so I thought, it was the pepsi and mt. dew, my wife's water missed the trip, uh, oh for me). They did let us check it when we dropped our luggage instead of carrying it, which was a help. I don't drink and my wife very little. We took 2 bottles of wine for her, and she may have spent another 100 bucks on drinks for the week. You can buy the cheers program for just under 400 each, but in our case, all adults in a room have to purchase it, so it would be 800 and I don't drink. Ice tea, lemonade (Arnold Palmers) on the lido deck along with coffee and juice 24/7. We all had water bottles to fill up and take to the pool everyday. Outside decks. Pool is pretty small, but it is a ship, two hot tubs, always packed. Plenty of chairs on several decks, never a problem finding one. We mostly stayed on the back deck with the water slides. The waterpark area was great!. Our 8 year old and myself rode those slides a zillion times, great fun. Lots of contests and games on the Lido deck during the at sea days. We saw the Motor City show and the Hypnotist. Both very good, high quality shows. Missed the comedy shows, but heard they were good.....Musician in the atrium (David) and down the promenade every day; very cool and lends to a nice atmosphere. Shops were good with sales and giveaways, wait until the sales and near the end of the cruise to buy anything. Some people complain of all the photo taking by Carnival, but that's just part of the deal, just trying to make a buck; smile and take a nice pic, you may be pleasantly surprise with one or two and want to take it home. We used the Camp Carnival a little bit; our little guy wanted to do a few of the activities with friends he'd met, his favorite was the towel folding class, he made us an elephant one night while we were out and left it with a note for us....how sweet....Our teen met up with some kids his own age and "hung out" with them a lot, LOL>>>>> We will cruise again and are happy with Carnival, though we will probably sail on a bigger ship. The crew was great, very nice and helpful, everyone of them. Our cabin steward and his team went above and beyond for us. Filled our cooler every morning and early evening with ice, tidied up our room like 3 times a day...great people..... Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
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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