15 Carnival Fantasy Cruise Reviews for Group and Theme Cruises to Caribbean - Western

This was my 7th cruise, 1st on Fantasy. The service was personal and amazing ! The cruise director Andrew (Andy) was the best I have every experienced. He went above and beyond to entertain the passengers. On the last night he hosted an ... Read More
This was my 7th cruise, 1st on Fantasy. The service was personal and amazing ! The cruise director Andrew (Andy) was the best I have every experienced. He went above and beyond to entertain the passengers. On the last night he hosted an event in the Atrium where he sang and danced as he interacted with the guests. During one song, "American Pie" he poured sugar on himself as the song lyrics rolled "pour some sugar on me". He went over the top! This was a family vacation with my husband and 8 adult children. We were treated with such good care and service by everyone. Our room valet, I Wawan, was so courteous and provided us with anything we asked. Our dinner servers were amazing as well. The wait staff came to anticipate our individual needs before we asked, such as bringing me coffee every night at dinner the moment I sat down. I must give a special shout out to Johnamay. She was part of the dinner service crew that made our experience on the ship. Johnamay danced and sang to one of my daughters, which made my daughter's trip even more memorable. Thank you to all the staff and crew. We will be back. Thank you for sharing us and creating these special memories. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The ship was dirty and the food was terribly disappointing. It was like a bad night at a Golden Corral just before they throw the food out. The wait staff and stewards were very friendly, but 2 of the 3 times I went to Guest Services, I ... Read More
The ship was dirty and the food was terribly disappointing. It was like a bad night at a Golden Corral just before they throw the food out. The wait staff and stewards were very friendly, but 2 of the 3 times I went to Guest Services, I dealt with someone who was totally incompetent. I don’t know if this was a training issue or personnel issue, but the attendant was totally unfamiliar with the what the “First to the Fun” included or even what it was. We also purchased the “Chef’s Table” experience. Again, the service was great but most of the food was terrible. The pro was not with the food itself, but with the execution. The wagyu beef in particular was over cooked and drenched in what tasted like McCormack’s sauce. We got back to find that Carnival double-billed all are expenses onboard and sent my bank account into chaos. We will cruise again, but never with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was a girl friend getaway. We wanted to go to Cozumel and we had experienced cruisers with 4-5 cruises under their belt, I had cruised once before and we had a newbie. We were all totally disappointed. This ship is old, dated, small, ... Read More
This was a girl friend getaway. We wanted to go to Cozumel and we had experienced cruisers with 4-5 cruises under their belt, I had cruised once before and we had a newbie. We were all totally disappointed. This ship is old, dated, small, creaky and ready for the scrap metal yard or for a total overhaul. The water was rough, we experienced sea sickness. Our hallway always smelled of sewage as well as several other places on the ship. Our room creaked so much with the rocking of the ship we couldn't sleep. It sounded like a rat was scratching inside the wall above our heads. A sound like a woodpecker would happen each time the ship tilted a certain direction. I finally determined after three nights of no, to very little sleep, it was the TV beating against the metal stand. I stuffed a folded up daily Fun paper between the TV and the stand. Georgia was having a winter break, unbeknown to us. The ship was over run with children. We assumed that buy going in February, most children would be in school. We couldn't get in the swimming pool. The kids were in the hot tubs, splashing and acting like they were tiny pools. Kids are not suppose to be in hot tubs due to health reasons but no one was enforcing that. There were not enough lounge chairs for everyone. People would though a towel on a chair early in the morning. Claiming it all day long even though they only used it an hour or two during the entire day. They closed the upper deck due to waves and high wind so all those empty chairs sat up there unused and unreachable. The same thing was true for the adult only area. Every chair had a yellow towel across it being claimed by someone, sleeping in their cabin or eating at the buffet but not using the chair! The walls in our cabin were dirty. The knob on the closet door was broken. The ceiling tile had been half heartedly replaced. The staff were great as always, as well as the shows and the food. I reported our room problem and the seasickness issue to customer service and was told that was normal this time of year. The worst part was the drinks. Even though they cost about $10-11 each, there is very little alcohol in them. I would expect that at an all inclusive joint but not when your have to buy them at that price. The biggest shock was the all inclusive beach excursion offered on the day we ported at Progreso. The beach wasn't as big as my back yard, lounge chairs were already taken and again the drinks were diluted, I had 6 mixed drinks and a beer didn't even get a buzz. I couldn't believe Carnival offered this as an excursion, shame on them. In the future I will look for other cruise lines, check the age on the ship and do my own excursions. This trip was certainly a learning experience. I was embarrassed for our first time cruiser to experience such a mess. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Very 1st cruise and it was a disappointment. We paid for Faster to the Fun and it was probably worth it, but only if you were at the beginning of the line. Our board time was 11:30, but didn't actually get on the ship till 12:30. ... Read More
Very 1st cruise and it was a disappointment. We paid for Faster to the Fun and it was probably worth it, but only if you were at the beginning of the line. Our board time was 11:30, but didn't actually get on the ship till 12:30. Sat waiting for "special parties" to get on. The food. Window's by the Sea buffet was no better than any casino buffet in Biloxi. The highlight of the Jubilee Room was our waiter. Guy's burgers were so greasy I think they used them in the engine room. The noise level on board ship was crazy. Everything played & sang as loud as possible. First two days the toilets didn't flush on our side of the deck. Room, not to mention the ship, is really old. Corners of wall panels peeling up. Plastic trim on window ledge bubbling off. Legs on stools & chair dusty. Carpet stained. I wouldn't want to count how many layers of paint are on that ship. Did enjoy the Karaoke & Casino. And our tour of Chichen Itza was everything we expected. We might try sailing again, but not on Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We had a group of 20 of us for this cruise. Three of us were considered expert cruisers and 6 brand new cruisers. The remaining had cruised a couple of times. We chose this ship due to the location of the departation port and the fact ... Read More
We had a group of 20 of us for this cruise. Three of us were considered expert cruisers and 6 brand new cruisers. The remaining had cruised a couple of times. We chose this ship due to the location of the departation port and the fact it was so close to home. We all had a great time with only one or two complainers who would complain even on the best of cruises. We had a great time really and the food wasn't bad. We thoroughly enjoyed the Mexican Bar and Burger Bar (aka Blue Iguana's and Guys Burgers). Also really enjoyed our specialty coffee's in the morning as well as an iced one in the afternoon. We did have the Cheers Package, but would probably not do it again as I think we drank just to make sure we got our money's worth. Our cabin was not a bad size and the bathroom was pretty large too. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
It left from Mobile - which we can drive to the morning of sailing from Atlanta. We were taking 17 family members. Convenient. We took 17 people in 8 cabins. 80 yrs. old - 1 year old. My personal part would be my cabin and the ... Read More
It left from Mobile - which we can drive to the morning of sailing from Atlanta. We were taking 17 family members. Convenient. We took 17 people in 8 cabins. 80 yrs. old - 1 year old. My personal part would be my cabin and the cabin with my mother and two daughters (20 and 17). The food was just OK. Ordered from the steak house twice and was disappointed both times. Did not live up to $20+. Entertainment was so so. Amount of on board activities for a ship with 2000++ passengers was limited. It was cold and rainy the last sea day and there was nowhere or nothing for that many people to do. Would I do it again? Maybe for the convenience. But I would know what to expect. Walked off the boat nearly last (LOL) and we were back home with a lost - time change hour - by 4:00. OH- The ship was VERY VERY rocky. Worst any of us have been on and everyone except one adult and the 1 year old have cruised 3-8 times each. My 20 year old had to go to the medical center and get a shot for motion sickness $78. I marked no children because the 1-year -old belongs to my niece and I had limited contact with him. His mom, dad, and grandparents took constant care of him. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise because we wanted to help our friends celebrate their anniversary. Ended up with 11 going but the cruise was delayed due to Hurricane Nate. We waited around and got to go out for 2 1/2 days and everything was great. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to help our friends celebrate their anniversary. Ended up with 11 going but the cruise was delayed due to Hurricane Nate. We waited around and got to go out for 2 1/2 days and everything was great. All the crew seemed to do their best to help us have a good time and very friendly! We had great rooms, most were inside ones on different decks, but no one had any issues. Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly even tho it took hours to get the ship up the river and docked. We really enjoyed it and was happy that we went even tho there wasn't any port calls. Carnival did well to make up for the unfortunate weather event. We ate in the dining rooms almost every meal and was always well taken care of. Evening entertainment was wonderful in the atrium bar area. Lots to do every day. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Carnival Fantasy was my family's first cruise and we loved it! The staff was amazing and although some staff were hard to understand they were all super friendly! Food was great, some things did taste better then others but overall ... Read More
Carnival Fantasy was my family's first cruise and we loved it! The staff was amazing and although some staff were hard to understand they were all super friendly! Food was great, some things did taste better then others but overall loved the food. If you have any sensitivity's such as gluten intolerance my suggestion would be to contact ahead of time and arrange to be seating in the Jubilee Dining Room. You have an assigned table for the whole cruise which just makes it easier to get the accommodations you need. The 24 hour ice cream and pizza is amazing! Cabins are much bigger then what we were expecting to get on the cruise. We upgraded to an ocean side window and the little extra money is definitely worth it, As far as entertainment goes, my family never stopped. From the cruise director of fun, C-Love to the multiple different shows and activity's going on the whole family had something to do. Shows were amazing and I definitely recommend the Hasbro game show and the 80's show! Even when we hit a rough patch on our last day at sea there shows continued and the performers improvised to bring us as much fun as possible. The ports are great and we honestly didn't need to do any excursions. Definitely recommend meeting the dolphins at Costa Maya, don't pay for the shore excursion to meet them because on the port they only charge you 25 US! Now since I am a teen I think it's time I get to my favourite part of the cruise; Club O2 the club meant only for 15-17 year olds. I didn't see my family unless it was dinner time or if it was 3:30 in the morning because that was how late I would be out having fun! I made so many new friends from this group and the group supervisor (shout out to Martina!) was just plain awesome! So many different things everyday and if you are bringing any teen on this cruise tell them to try it out because they will make lifelong memories! My only complaints would be that my younger siblings who were in Circle C (the group for 12-14 year olds) had a boring supervisor who did nothing so they ended up doing other things on their own. Also the bubbles program is not worth the money (juice is not included no matter what t says online and you have to wait like 5 minutes just to get a pop). I would definitely recommend this to family's and one other shoutout to our amazing waitress who's name I can't spell but she's the head server at the Jubilee dining room! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Invited to cruise with some friends that had never cruised before. Had a great time on the Carnival Fantasy for 5 days. You know your having a great vacation when you have trouble remembering what day it is! The Carnival Fantasy staff went ... Read More
Invited to cruise with some friends that had never cruised before. Had a great time on the Carnival Fantasy for 5 days. You know your having a great vacation when you have trouble remembering what day it is! The Carnival Fantasy staff went above and beyond to make sure we all had a memorable experience. Everyday when we left our cabin we would return and like magic our cabin would be clean and a wonderful towel animal would be waiting along with clean towels and at night our bed would be turned down and a fresh set of towels would once again appear just like magic thanks to our wonderful steward Seth! We ate dinner every night in the Jubilee dining room and I have to say we had the BEST team of waiters on board the ship.....head waiter Manik and his entire team were exceptional!!!! We enjoyed every minute of our dining from the food to the entertainment from the waiters-Wayan Manik, Dewa Gd Anom Trisna, Nyoman Agus Aditya, and Anak Agung Gede Hendra. After dinner we would spend time enjoying the music on board while having a glass of wine or cocktail and our server Shane was the sweetest guy and would spend time chit chatting while taking our orders and always made sure we were having a good time and enjoying our self. The cruise director C Love also deserves a big shout out for his role in making this cruise one to remember. He made sure that by the end of the cruise everyone knew him and was entertained and having a great time. We will definitely be cruising again with Carnival and I can only hope that the next ship we cruise on has the same staff that we have had on the Carnival Fantasy....WONDERFUL GROUP OF STAFF!!!! Kudos to Carnival human resources for hiring great people that love their job because it shows and it makes a huge impact with the cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Group of friends and relatives. we had a blast on the ship! The service was excellent, the drinks were good. We decided not to do the Cheers program due to being cut off at 15 drinks in 24 hrs (others cancelled theirs). We checked with ... Read More
Group of friends and relatives. we had a blast on the ship! The service was excellent, the drinks were good. We decided not to do the Cheers program due to being cut off at 15 drinks in 24 hrs (others cancelled theirs). We checked with every contact on board and they all said yes 15 max. then your card would be cut off. I'm sure there could be a way to get around it. (someone buy you drinks etc.) but we didn't want the hassle. Getting on the boat was fairly easy. Long line of cars but took about 45 from time we got to Mobile until on ship. We all met at the starboard pool bar (as usual). Carnival has stopped the smoking on the starboard side pool bar, the only place you can smoke now is starboard deck 10 or in the casino or at 1/2 of the casino bar, nearest casino. (I think you can smoke in the Electricity Dance Club at night but we didn't go there). I don't smoke but my wife and several friends do, this new policy needs to change. The top deck was so windy that everyone piled up at the casino bar to smoke. The smoke was terrible and the smell the next morning at the casino area on deck 9 was awful (even my wife and other smokers agreed). It would be so much better to let people smoke at one side of the pool area where it would be outside. The food and service in the Dinning room was very good. I had read reviews stating otherwise but we enjoyed ours. The buffet food was not so good, maybe that's what made the dining room food better. The Guy's Burger were awesome! One of the daily themes on the buffet was French Cuisine. We tried it and both got a bad case of indigestion and my wife got sick. We didn't do anything in Cozumel (got up late). Just a little shopping and back on the ship. Our friends did Carlos and Charlie's and tour of the island they had a good time. Live music was pretty good, with the Live band at the casino bar fantastic! The karaoke was good, most cruises I've been on in the past, Karaoke was limited, but they started at 8:00 pm and went until. It was in the Cat's Lounge right next to the casino bandstand so they had to close the door to keep down interference from the band and crowd. Room was clean and our Steward Molly was great! There was a noise,sounded like water pipes hammering and occasionally pipes rattling that was annoying. NOW - On Debarkation - This was a nightmare. I think the problem was everyone was given a designate time to leave the ship, but when they opened the gates Everyone tried to get off instead off waiting to be called. This could have been due to the ship being late arrival due to storm, but I would imagine it happens every time. We waited our turn and still took a long time 1-1/2 hrs standing in line. we arrived in port about 10:00am we didn't get off ship until about 2:00pm. My suggestion, if you can, wait on ship until most have left. Another suggestion make a restroom visit before getting in line. There are no available restrooms until you are through customs and then it is one portable toilet. Hope this helps someone. Enjoy your cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We went on a scrapbooking themed cruise on the Fantasy, leaving from Mobile. The ship was delayed coming in 27 hours due to weather and we left 27 hours late. We were promised a full day of cruising refund but we found out the hard way ... Read More
We went on a scrapbooking themed cruise on the Fantasy, leaving from Mobile. The ship was delayed coming in 27 hours due to weather and we left 27 hours late. We were promised a full day of cruising refund but we found out the hard way that the refund did not include any prorating of our $393.34 in port fees, taxes, or other fees. This makes zero sense to me since our docking in Cozumel was cancelled. I guess Carnival pays Cozumel zero port fees. I did not get the automatic prorated refund for pre-paid gratuities credited as a refundable credit to my on-board ship account that I was supposed to get so I called and spent an hour on the phone arguing that I never got it and they finally agreed I had not gotten it and so they are mailing a check in 2-3 weeks. Then there was the onboard ship account mess in addition to not getting the prepaid gratuities refund. I downloaded Carnival's cruise app where one is supposed to be able keep up with one's onboard charges. Half the time it did not work. When the account part of the app worked, it worked well and was accurate. However, the last night of the cruise, a piece of paper detailing my charges and credits was slipped under the door that totally disagreed with the online app. So I went to Guest Services and they looked it up and decided the app was right but not the last night paper statement. This was the only positive experience I had with Fantasy's Guest Services. The morning on board the ship, we heard hammering or something right below our cabin from about 6 am to 6:45 am. I went to guest services about 7:15 am and there was noone there and no sign saying they would open or be back at a certain time. So I yelled to see if there was anybody and back. After the third holler, someone came out. I was told they could do nothing about the hammering because I did not report it while it was going on. If it happened again, I should call. So the next morning when it happened again, I called guest services from my cabin and guess what? They did not answer! I hung up, waited a few minutes and called again and again no answer. Shame on you Fantasy Guest Services and Shame on the very noisy Fantasy crew who bang and make all kinds of noises when people should be sleeping. There were many more problems with this stupid cruise, and I will try to think of a few more of them. When we got to the cruise terminal, there was about a 30-40 minute line of cars outside backed up into the street trying to get into the parking garage. Once we finally got our luggage turned over to a porter and parked, I, who have a handicapped hangtag, had to stand in line with everyone else in the garage for 45 minutes just for the privilege to ride up an escalator to another long line. At this point, I spotted some wheelchairs that I had not seen before and asked for one and was told I did not need one anymore because the lines upstairs for security were real short. So we went up the escalator to security and there were horrible lines. So I asked again for a wheelchair. I wanted over 20 minutes for a wheelchair. After we got through security and signed in, I was pushed up a very, very long ramp and taken to my room by a very nice young man. But the whole ordeal of parking and boarding took over 2 hours. Oh, and by the way, there is a shortage of handicapped parking spots. Our cruise was cut from 2 1/2 days at sea and 2 ports to 2 1/2 days at sea and 1 port. Despite this, Carnival closed the pool on the last day at sea and there was very little to do except eat, drink alcohol, gamble, and play bingo. Shame on Carnival for closing the pool without telling anybody you were going to! Somebody told me Carnival does it on all cruises to clean the pool but I didn't know they were going to do it. I have been on 3 other cruises, twice on Royal Caribbean, and once over 10 years ago on Carnival and this was by far the worst. On the other cruises, the cruise line had interesting speakers who gave programs on board about the natural history or history of our destination, but Fantasy had not interesting programs like that. As for the food, my daughter said she thought the Fantasy had a theme for their food, "dry cake." Except for one night serving of Tiramisu that was tasty and moist, she and I agreed that all of their cakes were very dry and therefore not as tasty as they might have been. Carnival should serve a wider variety of desserts, especially on their buffet, such as some pies or cobblers. On the one night we had in port in Progresso, we decided to try the buffet instead of 6 pm dinner reservation and were dissappointe to get to the Lido buffet and find it there was only one hot line and it was very long. Why? This seems like a very bad management decision. Even in the mornings when they have two hot buffet lines the lines are long so why ever go down to one? Hopefully this is the last complaint, cabins are real small but bathroom not too small and they need to update the cabin to have more than one outlet for recharging multiple phones and cameras. My daughter were fighting over the outlet. And I had to get my daughter to stand on my bed to reach the air conditioning vent to adjust the air flow coming out directly over my bed since I have mobility problems and didn't dare. I'll stop there. You get the picture. Messy accounting, deplorable refund practices, horrible embarkation practices, terrible Guest Services, cabins clean but need modernizing. Since my mother told me never to say anything bad if I couldn't say anything good, I will list a few pluses: clean and neat cabins, very nice and caring personnel on board the ship except for Guest Services, good buffet breakfasts in the Lido buffet although lines a little long and having to share tables with strangers. But sharing a table with a stranger can be turned into a plus. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
First of all, this was our 10th cruise, 1st on Carnival. Most of the others were on Royal Caribbean. This was a group cruise. Medical Coders for a seminar and fun!! Carnival was chosen for the convenience of the port of departure. Also ... Read More
First of all, this was our 10th cruise, 1st on Carnival. Most of the others were on Royal Caribbean. This was a group cruise. Medical Coders for a seminar and fun!! Carnival was chosen for the convenience of the port of departure. Also because my sister has cruised Carnival several times and has been very pleased with their service. My sister's business is the one that put this cruise together and she was also the speaker for the seminar. Ok, not to compare RC and Carnival, At this point, I DO prefer RC over Carnival, but this is just after one cruise. I will have to cruise again with Carnival. EMBARKATION: Several coders were on this trip, but all arriving in Mobile separately. However, my family (sister,brother in law, brother, mother, husband and son) all arrived at the same time. Expecting to get checked in at the same time. My brother is in a wheelchair and due to an illness, my mom was also using a wheelchair at the time. We were all able to go through the VIP security check point. However, when it came time to check in, my husband, son and myself were separated from the others in our group. They were able to check in before us because of the wheelchairs. There were only 3 of us, they could have let us check in with our group!! Therefore, we were separated and the 3 of us had to wait well over an hour to get on the ship. BTW, don't really care for the procedure of getting a number, then sitting down to wait to be called. It could be because of the port size, don't know? FOOD: Lido Cafe was always crowded. Lines were very long. Not a whole lot of choices for food. We did like the pizza. We loved our waiter and asst waiter in the dining room. Very nice. The food in the dining room was great!! My husband and son got two portions of the lobster! Warm chocolate melting cake EVERY night!!! was great!! Added note: My mom was sick and had a little trouble at dinner, the waiter (can't remember his name) was great, very patient. ENTERTAINMENT: I must say, I didn't care too much for the Cruise Director. I really preferred the assistant cruise director. He was much funnier! The shows were ok. The welcome aboard show was good. Especially since my brother in law was one of the ones that was chosen to play the spoon game. The comedian was good too. SHIP LAYOUT: wasn't too happy with the layout of the ship. On all the cruises we have been on before, you were able to walk around the entire ship on one deck. On the Fantasy, you couldn't do that. STAFF/SERVICE: Our room steward was very good. Room was always clean. Loved the towel animals. Waiter and Asst. Waiter were great too. My husband and I have never danced together before (been married 27yrs). Our waiter had us up and dancing. Now, my husband says that's the first and last time (he doesn't like to dance, I guess!) For the most part, every crew member we encountered was very nice and polite. There were a few we passed in the hall that didn't even speak. We have never seen that on RC. OTHER: Like any other cruise, I believe the pictures were WAY overpriced!! If they lowered their prices, they would sell more pictures. $21.99 for a 8x10 is ridiculous. Not to say that I didn't buy a few!! I did buy a few things in the shops also. ONE MORE THING: As I've mentioned previously, my brother is confined to a wheelchair and my mom was using one on the cruise as well. They shared the handicap accessible room. There were a couple of issues with the room that need to be addressed. I believe my brother will be contacting Carnival about that. The first problem, the telephone was on the OTHER SIDE OF THE ROOM from his bed. So, if he needed help (which my mom did) he had to get out of bed to his chair and then roll to the phone (which was by the door). The other problem was the thermostat control. It was in the ceiling!! What person confined to a wheelchair can reach the ceiling!! DEBARKATION: Went smoothly. No problems. No trouble finding our luggage. Going through customs is much quicker if you get a porter!! TO SUM IT UP: We will go on another Carnival cruise, in fact, my husband and I are talking about taking his parents for their 50th wedding anniversary. Nothing happened on this cruise that would cause me to say that I would never go on Carnival again. But, at this point, I do prefer RC. Give this cruise a try and you will probably get out of it what you put in it. Have fun!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
There were 25 in our group sailing out of New Orleans on Saturday, October 3rd. It was a great cruise. Of course, it must be said that it will be what you make it. We always enjoy sailing out of New Orleans. Very convenient for ... Read More
There were 25 in our group sailing out of New Orleans on Saturday, October 3rd. It was a great cruise. Of course, it must be said that it will be what you make it. We always enjoy sailing out of New Orleans. Very convenient for us to drive down from Memphis. We always park our cars with Machu Pichu Tours. Angel (owner) takes good care of us and our cars and gets us safely to the boat and picks up back up on time to take us back to our cars. The ship is one of Carnival's smaller ships, but very nice. Staff is very cordial. Cabins are kept very clean. It's an older ship. But it is very casual and that makes for a nice relaxed trip. The food is good; much better than it used to be on Carnival. And there are always plenty of choices. If you can't find what you like in the dining room, there are plenty of other choices. Noonan (the cruise director)was your typical cruise director. Nothing special. In fact, he sounded a lot like a recording. Nothing spontaneous. Got a little boring after a while. All of his jokes seemed very rehearsed. Probably uses the same ones on every cruise. Been on Carnival ships that had much more entertaining cruise directors. The girls who directed the games out by the pool were very good. Got very involved with the people. Made for a lot of fun. The weather was great. Smooth seas all the way. No complaints there. We were always able to find a deck chair. Plenty of quiet out of the way places to sit and read a book. The slots in the casino were pretty loose that week. We had three big winners. We also had a big winner on Bingo. The water slide was not open very often. Too windy. But we did get down it a few times. Lots of fun. Carnival seems to have improved greatly on getting us on and off the ship. Everything went very smoothly. Very orderly getting on the ship. Was on deck enjoying lunch in no time. We chose to carry our own baggage off the ship. That way we got off a lot earlier. We have cruised on Carnival eight times. Will be going on our ninth cruise in March of 2010 with our grandkids. Looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009
There were 20+ in our group, from the ages of 4-60. There was something for everyone. Camp Carnival was so good with the 4 yr old, he didn't want to leave when his mother came to pick him up at night. The teens in our group had ... Read More
There were 20+ in our group, from the ages of 4-60. There was something for everyone. Camp Carnival was so good with the 4 yr old, he didn't want to leave when his mother came to pick him up at night. The teens in our group had lots of fun in their clubs and met a lot of other teens, it helped it was a springbreak cruise. The adults did everything from Karaoke every night, to bingo, casino, and shows. As far as bringing drinks on board, we were told no, but when we got to the terminal, there were dozens of people carrying 12 packs of soft drinks. We hid what we could in our luggage!! The staff was outstanding, every one of them that made eye contact with you, greeted you. They were very knowledgeable about events that were going on and kept us informed on the extra special things we didn't want to miss. The food was okay, if you got something you didn't like, you could always go back for something else. Room service was good also. The 24 hour pizzeria included a pannini bar. I had a massage on board in the spa. It was well worth the money but I also got a massage in Progresso on the beach for $15 that was just as good. I didn't do any excursions in Progresso, I just stayed on the beach all day. It was hard to relax b/c of all the vendors coming by all day, one even sat on my beach towel to show me his silver. Some in our group went on the Flamingo tour and said it was worth the $20. In Cozumel we shopped all day and ate at Mr Chile's. It was authentic Mexican food and was very good! The margarita was huge and very strong. I wobbled all the way back to the boat...lol. We did find some very good t-shirt deals in Cozumel in the downtown area. I wish I would have known before hand what to pack because I did overpack. I did not wear near as many dress up clothes as I thought I would and I didn't pack enough casual clothes. On our fun days at sea, it was more of a t-shirt/swimsuit and shorts kind of day. Our last fun day at sea, people were still in pajamas at lunch and it was very casual. Don't spend a lot of time on your hair either b/c it's so windy on the decks, your hair won't stay in place anyway. The cruise was amazing and I can't wait to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
This was our 17th cruise. Our 5th with Carnival. We all would prefer RCCL lines, but they moved out of New Orleans after Katrina,that was not an option. Our main reason for this trip was Mardi Gras. We had a group of eight people from ... Read More
This was our 17th cruise. Our 5th with Carnival. We all would prefer RCCL lines, but they moved out of New Orleans after Katrina,that was not an option. Our main reason for this trip was Mardi Gras. We had a group of eight people from three different parts of the country meeting for this cruise and to spend four day in New Orleans afterwards. This was our third trip out of New Orleans, we used a "snooze and Cruise" hotel so parking and getting to the ship posed no problems. We were concerned about parade traffic , so we did planned on a noon boarding. All went very smooth. We had top wait until 1:30 until cabins were open, so we sat on the pool deck and had a few drinks while waiting. Our cabins were all over the ship, my wife and I had selected an outside, two porthole, forward cabin on the Empress Deck. When we choose this cabin, we were not aware of all the crew activity in this area. (We had the most forward cabin we could get) The price on this cruise with all the discounts and fuel surcharge refund was the cheapest per day that we have ever booked. That was a big plus for the cruise. The positive things about this cruise are as Follows: Starting with the life boat drill, very well thought out to keep passengers from standing for a long time on deck waiting for the all clear. Cruise director "Big Tex" was excellent. Comic Kim Harrison was very good on her first show. Could not wait to see her "adult" show the following night. A big letdown. She got very few laughs on a very unfunny routine. The last production show was great. A tribute to The Beatles. The Fantasy was not pushing the "art" actions like the other lines, a pleasant surprise. We had been to both the ports before. In Progresso our group all did different things, and in Cozumel we enjoyed going again on the Fury Sail/snorkel/beach tour. All our group did this one and had a great time. Getting off the ship was a breeze. We were at our Hotel and waiting for the parades to start before 11:00 AM. The negative things: The food in the dining room does not measure up other lines. In the morning and afternoon, the buffet was terrible. We tried breakfast in dining room twice. Impossible to get get eggs done right. Wine and bar service in the dining room needs improvement. This is the first cruise we were unable to purchase a bottle of Asti. We tried to order an after dinner drink but was unable to find bar service. The food in general was the biggest complaint we heard on the cruise. Some of our group walked out of Kim Harrisons second show, but I stayed to the end, thinking it had to get better. It didn't. What a difference from her first show. A recap: Would we sail this cruise again? It would have to be about half the price of some of the other lines. Read Less
Sail Date February 2009
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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