35 Carnival Fantasy Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Bahamas

We won a "free" cruise trip through a raffle and booked our first cruise with Carnival Fantasy to the Bahamas. Our trip set sail Friday and returned monday. Overall we had a good experience as first time cruisers. No sea ... Read More
We won a "free" cruise trip through a raffle and booked our first cruise with Carnival Fantasy to the Bahamas. Our trip set sail Friday and returned monday. Overall we had a good experience as first time cruisers. No sea sickness, great hospitality service of the staff of Carnival, plenty of activities to do. Only downfall was the comfort of the beds (but that's understandable since we are on a ship) and some of the patrons were young and rowdy. If Carnival has another trip/line that caters to an older crowd, it'd be a perfect 5/5. Overall though very pleased with our first cruise. Food was good and plenty of selection. The cabins were clean and more space than expected. Bahamas was wonderful and it was great that our trip included staying at the port over night so no worries about rushing back to the boat. I would definitely recommend. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Port, We had perfect weather, not even a wave. However due to bad weather we did not get to stay in Half Moon Cay, which was the only reason I booked this cruise! Seriously right when they announced we were not staying it was hot sunny and ... Read More
Port, We had perfect weather, not even a wave. However due to bad weather we did not get to stay in Half Moon Cay, which was the only reason I booked this cruise! Seriously right when they announced we were not staying it was hot sunny and beautiful. Food, I was eating my dinner, our waiter Wess took my scallops half gone without even asking if I was finished. Also they poured us a "Happy Honeymoon shot" and then later after we drank it charged us for it. This is my second Carnival cruise this year, and it is also my last with Carnival. our room steward was the only good thing about the cruise, Merta was fantastic, he never bothered us and everything was extremely clean, he was very sweet, and polite, I can't say enough great things about him. Most of the staff acted like we were bothering them, especially the dining room. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I liked the short itinerary, not too long nor too short for our first time sailing without the kids. We liked the idea of a long day at Nassau and going in June would ensure nice, warm weather. We found embarkation to be a breeze! We ... Read More
I liked the short itinerary, not too long nor too short for our first time sailing without the kids. We liked the idea of a long day at Nassau and going in June would ensure nice, warm weather. We found embarkation to be a breeze! We just brought carry on luggae so we had no added stress of waiting for our bags to be delivered to our room. We had lunch at the lido buffet and although it was crowded it wasn't too bad. We got drinks right away at the Rum Frog bar! We took a chance and headed down to our room and it was clean and ready! The cruise was the perfect blend of crowds and activities and lots of opportunities to find quiet places to view the ocean. We got the Cheers program which I highly recommend! It was nice to have several drinks without freaking out over the cost. The service we received was fast and friiendly but I did tip $1 extra each time. The comedy show was raunchy but hilarious. The food was varied and althouugh the portiomns were dainty, they filled you up anyway. I especially loved the scallops and risotto, the lido deck pizza and the warm melting chocolate cake. The fruit at breaakfast was also super fresh! My only letdown was they no longer leave little chocolates by your anima; towels at turn down each night. Guess too many peopel can't eat chocolate or something? Overall I would go again but I might upgrade from an ocean view room to a balcony. Our wimndow was a bit frimey so the view was blurry. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
There is no way,l that i would book another cruise on this liner, if i was you, i would spend the cash for a classier liner, i was in the us navy 10 years and the ship needed major rehab, the rails were painted over way to thick, they ... Read More
There is no way,l that i would book another cruise on this liner, if i was you, i would spend the cash for a classier liner, i was in the us navy 10 years and the ship needed major rehab, the rails were painted over way to thick, they needed chipped down to raw metal and sanded, this is safety!!!! the sides of the ship was also the same, this ship needs to be taken care of for the safety of the crew and its guests, it is not taken care of at all. some of the staff serving were not friendly and it seemed you were bothering them to get something to drink, also you have to buy drink packages for the all the members in the cabin, even if they dont drink, this is so not right. It cost $200 just to go to a decent beach to enjoy just 5 hours, this is just crazy, im just a middle class working x vet and too much for me to spende this kind of money. i say pass this liner up, dont do it! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
My husband and I decided on an impromptu cruise since we didn't get a chance to go on a honeymoon after getting married couple months ago. We should have done a more thorough research regarding cruise ships as well as destinations we ... Read More
My husband and I decided on an impromptu cruise since we didn't get a chance to go on a honeymoon after getting married couple months ago. We should have done a more thorough research regarding cruise ships as well as destinations we were going to visit, but I figured all cruises are about the same and it cant be that bad. At least I didnt pay a ton for tickets. We drove in (thankfully it was only a 3 hour drive from Charlotte, NC), the check in process was fairly simple. First thing to take into consideration is the cost of parking. It's $17 per day or $85 total for 5 days which is quite a bit. There are really no other low cost alternatives with the exception of staying an extra day in Charleston and leaving your car at the hotel parking lot (some will allow it up to 2 weeks). Again, I should have done more research and went with a hotel option to save money. Once we got on the boat, right away I could tell this ship was OLD, I mean at least 20 years old. The decor is extremely dated. Weird retro lights, funky carpeting. Not what I expected, but ok. We dropped our things off at the cabin which was fine, small but clean and went to the safety briefing. Afterwards we decided to explore. The ship looked even worse after walking around. Everything was super dated and falling apart. There are glass cases displaying various alcoholic beverages throughout the ship instead of perhaps something remotely interesting such as historical pieces or anything pertaining to Bahamas. Food was pretty mediocre at best, some days the Buffet was decent enough, other days it was downright horrible. For breakfast there was some type of egg concoction that made from god knows what, but it did not taste like eggs. Anyways, to make the story short, here's a list of pros and cons: PROS 1) The price of the ticket itself was fairly inexpensive, around $325 per person plus tips. 2) We didnt have any issues getting on the ship and there were no lines getting there at 2 pm. 3) The staff is pretty amazing, they work hard non stop from the dusk til dawn. They are like little ants, running around, carrying dishes, cleaning, cooking, etc. Our dinner server was an extremely nice man, we enjoyed learning about his background. 4) The evening dining at Jubilee was pretty good with variety of dishes every evening, don't forget to go to the brunch, which is also served at the formal dining room and is very good compared to the buffet food upstairs. 5) The room, while small had basic necessities, the staff always kept it clean. 6) Watching the sunset in the evenings was pretty neat, if you could find a quiet spot away from all the hustle. CONS 1) The cost of parking is pretty steep so take that into consideration 2) The activity schedule was underwhelming to say the least. Unless you're over 50 years old who enjoys gambling and drinking non stop, or parents with kids, there's nothing to do for anyone in their 20's or early 30's. We went to couple comedy shows which were pretty lame. One thing that struck me as odd was that more than 1/2 of the itinerary for the day was just highlighting sales on their tacky jewelry and booze. Any of the events that seemed even remotely interesting, were not free. If they had something where you could enter a raffle or win required an additional fee. The spa services are not included in the ticket and are very expensive ($150 for massage? really?) 3) Drink are not cheap, expect to pay $10+ for any drink. They have specials on some things, but its only like a $1 off. You can buy a drinking pass, but its like $60 a day and not worth it unless you drink more than 6 drinks per day which we didnt. 4) The obnoxious photographers. Ugh, where do you even begin. You can't even enjoy a quiet dinner without them shoving a camera in your face. They are everywhere, its very uncomfortable. When we returned from Nassau, they were even taking photos of people getting on the boat. Why?? Not to mention the cheesy backdrops and daily self indulgent photo sessions. I don't know why anyone would pay money for it. 5) Food was ok for the most part. The desserts are really good in both the buffet section and formal dining. The buffet food was hit or miss. Some of it was very bland or stale, some was better. Stick with dining options and brunches if you can. Its a longer wait, but well worth it. 6) Things like water in your cabin and laundry services cost extra. Pretty much expect to pay extra for everything except food. They try to upsell everything even if you don't need it. 7) The pool is super tiny and the 4 hot tubs they have are almost always occupied. There's a spot called Serenity Spa that offers a more secluded area in the back of the ship with 2 tubs, but they were occupied most of the time. 8) We found ourselves spending most of the days in the cabin or eating, there was just nothing for us to do. This part has nothing to do with a ship, but tips for those getting off at Freeport or Nassau. 1) Freeport is mostly an industrial city. There's a small marketplace at Port Lucaya which boasts amazing shops/restaurants. Don't believe it. It's a bunch of local vendors selling tacky plastic souveniers and t shirts. Nothing I would spend money on. We wandered around for a bit and then bought an excursion from one of the booths there for a "tour" to Lucayan National Park, Basically a bus driver was the tour guide. Almost an hour of driving, we got to this place. He showed us one small cave and told us there's a beach across the street. Because it was drizzling, we only got a chance to swim for maybe 20 mins. This excursion was definitely not worth the $110 they charged us. If you find something interesting to do at Freeport, read reviews first. I recommend going with a more reputable company and not random street vendors, or you'll probably be safe booking through the cruise. 2) Nassau was a lot nicer and we were able to book early snorkeling tour. The snorkeling itself wasn't bad, except that there were only a handful of reef and fish. The water was a bit cold, so maybe they've migrated somewhere else. At least our guide was nice and showed us around Paradise Island. Little Tip, avoid the Fish Fry, unless you want to be harassed by every single restaurant owner trying to sell their food. It was expensive and mediocre. We then made a mistake of renting a scooter from one of the companies at the port. I burned my leg on the exhaust pipe since there was nothing covering it and no one warned us about it. We planned this great romantic beach trip and half way, our scooter broke down. After calling a company and waiting over an hour for them to show up (they said it would take 10 mins), we had no choice but to go back to the cruise because it was almost departure time. So basically we didn't get a chance to swim at all or take any photos at the beach. Again, nothing against scooters, but do your research and find a reputable company with good reviews and newer bikes, not some worn down piece of junk. To sum it up, if you want to go on a cruise, do a thorough research and learn from our mistakes. I don't recommend this particular cruise due to the age of the ship and destinations, but we will most likely try another one with better reputation. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
My husband and I went on a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas, leaving from the Port of Charleston on the Carnival Fantasy. First, lets talk about the port. We have went on cruises in the past, but Charleston's embarkation/debarkation was ... Read More
My husband and I went on a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas, leaving from the Port of Charleston on the Carnival Fantasy. First, lets talk about the port. We have went on cruises in the past, but Charleston's embarkation/debarkation was the easiest of any port we have used. We arrived to the port at 10:30 and dropped off our bags at the early drop off. Then came back to park at 11:00. We waited in line about 30 minutes (we were early), and then parked inside of the warehouse. It was nice to have a covered, police patrolled facility to leave our vehicle in while we were gone. We got on the shuttle and went to the cruise terminal. After getting in the terminal, we were on the ship within 25 minutes. The process was very easy! Debarkation was very smooth and we were at our car in no time. We will definitely use this port again. Carnival Fantasy- we had an interior cabin on the Empress deck. It was the perfect location, mid ship, close to everything. We enjoyed this ship and it's amenities. Sure, the ship is older, but that didn't keep us from having any fun that we would have had on other ships. The only thing we didn't like as much, was that the Serenity (adult only area) was smaller and not as peaceful as other ships, but that isn't the ships fault, it was the other obnoxious passengers. The spa was wonderful, I will definitely go again. The food was great, there are plenty of options if you don't want what is on one of the buffets. If you have your time dining in the Celebration dining room, ask for a table around 150, or ask for Joseph- he was great!! Freeport- While in Freeport, there isn't much to do right at port, we took a $5pp bus to Port Lucaya. There is a public beach access near the police station. When we got there, it was high tide. Locals walked along a rock wall to get to the beach, but we didn't feel comfortable doing that. We walked on rocks at the bottom, however we did get splashed- no worries though, you're at the beach to get in the ocean, right? The beach was nice, but next time we are in Freeport we will do an excursion. Nassau- We had planned on taking the #10 jitney to cable beach, however our cruise line advised to stay in tourist areas due to increased crime rates. We decided to walk to Junkanoo beach and we were glad we did. We sat at a tiki hut and connected with friends and family with their wifi. Then walked on down the beach where we enjoyed chairs, an umbrella, and table right by the water. It was perfect and we will definitely go back. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
The food in the dining room was disgusting. We tried it twice for dinner and once for breakfast. Disgusting each time and we didn't eat it. We even ordered the special meals that were an additional $20 - still bad. We ended up ... Read More
The food in the dining room was disgusting. We tried it twice for dinner and once for breakfast. Disgusting each time and we didn't eat it. We even ordered the special meals that were an additional $20 - still bad. We ended up eating the buffet or pizza. We have always heard the food on a cruise is the best; this isn't true on this ship. The salads were fresh as was the fruit. Music was so loud on the Lido deck it was impossible to have a conversation without shouting. The music never seemed to stop. It was just annoying . We left the bar on the Promenade deck when the music starting blaring. Difficult to find a quiet place to read or have a conversation. The service onboard was excellent. Our cabin steward, Yul, was very nice, conscientious and kept our room spotless. We found all the crew to be nice and were willing to help in every way. We took showers at night because there was no hot water at 7 in the morning. The casino was fun and we would have played longer but, again, the blaring music was distracting. This was our first and last cruise. Next time we'll fly. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our first time to cruise and it was a celebration for our 25th anniversary. We drove down from WV the day before and stayed at the Hampton's "Snooze and Cruise". On the ship, the food was fantastic and the crew ... Read More
This was our first time to cruise and it was a celebration for our 25th anniversary. We drove down from WV the day before and stayed at the Hampton's "Snooze and Cruise". On the ship, the food was fantastic and the crew was great! I just can't say enough about our room steward and the dining room staff. We are in our late 60's and it was easy to travel around the ship. Loved being seated with others at dinner with "your time dining". We met so many very nice people from all over the world. The entertainment was great, especially the "Motown" group. We attended a military get together one afternoon since my husband is retired military and I was very surprised at how much effort the ship put into having us meet each other with tea, sandwiches and a small dessert! Our shore excursion (Underwater Exployer) was reasonably priced and didn't take a lot of walking to get to it. Embarkation and disembarkation were handled very well. You just have to be patient and wait. The seas were a little rough the whole trip and we did rock a lot but we handled it well. There was also a medical emergency after leaving Charleston and we had to divert to Jacksonville which took a few hours but it was all handled very efficiently and we were kept informed by the Captain the entire time. The Fantasy is a little old and needing some tender loving care soon but over all, we could not have asked for a better trip! Planning for one next year! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was my wife's and my first cruise with Carnival Fantasy. In fact it is the only cruise we have been on for about 20 years. There were some things that we liked such as the service and all of the staff. They were so nice and ... Read More
This was my wife's and my first cruise with Carnival Fantasy. In fact it is the only cruise we have been on for about 20 years. There were some things that we liked such as the service and all of the staff. They were so nice and hospitable. The ship is older and that's OK. The one area where it was lacking was a good dining experience. It was hit or miss in the dining room. Some entrees were good and some were terrible and we had to send it back. In fact, the food in most of the areas were sub par. Many meals, my wife just grabbed an apple after tasting what was being served. The rest of the experience was good. Very organized in getting us on and off the ship. We enjoyed the shows....wish there had been more. If the food was better, we would consider going on another Carnival Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
My wife and I spent our 30 year anniversary on this cruise. We had such a great time. The food was great, Guest services was awesome. We had our photos taken all about the ship. Comedy shows were great. The Magic show was more of a ... Read More
My wife and I spent our 30 year anniversary on this cruise. We had such a great time. The food was great, Guest services was awesome. We had our photos taken all about the ship. Comedy shows were great. The Magic show was more of a comedy magic entertainment. Non-Stop entertainment by the pool. Great Food 24/7. Formal dining was very elegant and fun. If your not into formal dining, there were buffet lines with a wide variety of foods and desert. Seaside cabin with a great view of the ocean was very clean. When we returned to our cabin after dinner, we were greeted with a different towel animal placed our bed each night. All of our excursions went well. Parasailing in Nassau, Swim with and feed the sting rays in Half moon Cay was WOW! In Grand Turk, I heard there was a strike from the "water" tours. (Chucka) I think was the tour company that went on strike. That port we just happened to schedule a land/sight seeing/food tour, so we lucked out. Great tour and good food. Went swimming at the beach afterward. Not that we needed it but, there was even day care for those with little ones. Embarkation and Disembarking was expedient. Summary; JUST DO IT! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
for being the oldest of carnivals ships it is kept well. you can tell it is dated. food was normal for carnival. service was the same. it is a smaller ship so there are less things to do then the big ships. i enjoyed my stay. but i think i ... Read More
for being the oldest of carnivals ships it is kept well. you can tell it is dated. food was normal for carnival. service was the same. it is a smaller ship so there are less things to do then the big ships. i enjoyed my stay. but i think i will try to go on bigger ships from now on. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
The Carnival Fantasy was a wonderful introduction to cruising. I found a dirt cheap last minute fare for my husband and myself. Driving down to Charleston (from PA) was an easy drive down 95. The Magnolia Plantation and Charleston Museum ... Read More
The Carnival Fantasy was a wonderful introduction to cruising. I found a dirt cheap last minute fare for my husband and myself. Driving down to Charleston (from PA) was an easy drive down 95. The Magnolia Plantation and Charleston Museum are great for those that are interested in history, nature or beauty. We stayed at the beautiful and comfortable Sleep Inn. they had a shuttle to the ship, but we chose to drive in. They let us check our bags in early, explore the town and come back to park later. Embarkment was set up in several stages so you never felt like you were really in line with hundreds of people. We paid for an ocean view room and it was much bigger than I expected, with a "king" bed, vanity and small side table. With the small map we explored the boat and quickly got familiar with the layout. We played mini golf while the boat left Charleston. I really enjoyed the stage shows, Motor City and the Marriage Game in particular. There is lots of free stuff to win if you are cagey about it. My husband love the sit-down dinners which were always beautiful and tasty. Research your destinations before you go if you want to do anything but shop. Also it is easy to find cheaper excursions. The van to Paradise island (Nassau) or the Grand Lucyana hotel (Freeport) was easy to catch and inexpensive. Potter's Cay off-season was a huge disappointment. We headed back to the ship for lunch both days since it was so easy to get on and off. Definitely bring a clock, waterproof watches and a sign for your door. Our steward and waitstaff were warm and personable. Each night we dressed up for dinner and posed for several photographs. Getting dolled up made it seem more special. This cruise was the perfect length, we had done everything we wanted to expect the piano bar which was habitually empty. The single pool will be quite crowded in warmer weather, but the two hot tubs in Serenity were a good bet most days. This was a very nice introduction to cruising, but the next time we will choose a boat with more bells and whistles (and pools) or a trip with more shore days to keep things interesting. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
This was our first time on the Carnival Fantasy, we did a Royal Caribbean about 10 years ago. We live in Charleston, so we decided to try it out since it debarks from our hometown. I will start with the negatives. It is a smaller ship and ... Read More
This was our first time on the Carnival Fantasy, we did a Royal Caribbean about 10 years ago. We live in Charleston, so we decided to try it out since it debarks from our hometown. I will start with the negatives. It is a smaller ship and therefore you feel the rocks and rolls when there are storms. There is only one dance club, geared toward the 20ish crowd. There was an excellent band on the Promenade Deck, but you had to stand in front of one of the casinos to listen to it. The cigarette smoke was horrible from the casino and the nearby bars. All the bars allow smoking. There is a comedy club, a karaoke club, and a great piano bar, but if you don't arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance begins, don't count on sitting down. Sunday night there was nothing going on except karaoke and it was like a can of sardines in the club. We finally left after an hour of standing. There are way too many photos being taken by the ship photographers. I was ready to yell if one more photographer got in my face. They take pictures CONSTANTLY. Every dinner there they were there, to the point of pure aggravation. A mouth full of food and they want us to smile. Carnival really needs to back off on the pictures. We decided to alleviate the cost of drinks by making some of our own. So we bought a bottle of rum, that was delivered to our room and the all you can drink soda pass for $32.00 each. You receive a cup that can be refilled at any bar with your favorite soft drink. The problem is, when the bartenders see you holding the glass, they tend to ignore you. They want the paying customers who buy the $8.00 drinks. The midnight buffet was a Mexican buffet with usual Mexican food. Nothing special. Now the positive. The staff is awesome. They couldn't be more efficient and friendly. We ate in the dining room each evening and the food was very good. There are not a lot of all night munchie bars. I think pizza, burgers and hot dogs were available. There are a couple of small water slides, basically for the kids, and one pool which is pretty well packed during warm sunny days. A small putt-putt course. Lots of line dancing on the Lido Deck and you could learn a couple of the newest dances. Mostly current pop music. The best part was the Bahamas, it was gorgeous. Next time we will travel to Florida and take a larger ship and most likely another line. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We just got off this boat yesterday (Charleston- 5 day cruise), and while the overall vacation was a nice enough vacation, I can tell you that I would never sail on the Fantasy again. Having been on about a dozen various cruises and ... Read More
We just got off this boat yesterday (Charleston- 5 day cruise), and while the overall vacation was a nice enough vacation, I can tell you that I would never sail on the Fantasy again. Having been on about a dozen various cruises and different lines, I was very underwhelmed with this experience. On the plus side, the cabin was very nice. No blow dryer in cabin, just ask and they will provide one. The room steward was friendly. On the down side, the food made all four people in my party sick at least twice or more (vomiting/diarrhea). The food wasn't that good in the dining room, they consistently missed the mark with food either being overcooked, mushy or dry. Portions were child size. Service was slow. We had late seating at 8:15, and the first night it was a struggle to get out by 10 to see a show, which didn't give us enough time to get a seat. As people stopped using the dining room, service improved at our table. Unfortunately a lot of the better shows were scheduled during the second seating dinner, which we missed. Some shows were held in a smaller room (magician, comedians, etc), with not a lot of seating for guests so at least 30 or more people had to stand with more being turned away, while the much larger auditorium/theater was not in use at the same time. Even though the boat was given a facelift, it was very dark and looked old and worn. The pool area was nice, and offered a lot of seating. They weren't many pool games as in other cruises, and there was a dj in the afternoon. It took about an hour or more to get on the boat, which is longer than usual, and they have a "silent" disembarkation, which means you got a flyer in your room on the procedures the night before, and the morning of, there are no announcements or updates as to when you may leave. We were literally locked in our hallways beyond the time we were supposed to leave (as stated in flyer) and had to wait for the main doors to the elevator to be unlocked and pulled open. If you stood in your cabin, you could watch the tv for procedures. Overall, it was nice, but not the fantastic vacation we had hoped to have.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
If you EVER have the opportunity to travel in a Penthouse Suite, I encourage to find a way to do so. Wow, what an experience. We had booked a Grand Suite, which we have previously enjoyed and then got a call regarding this amazing upgrade. ... Read More
If you EVER have the opportunity to travel in a Penthouse Suite, I encourage to find a way to do so. Wow, what an experience. We had booked a Grand Suite, which we have previously enjoyed and then got a call regarding this amazing upgrade. Yes, it's pricey, but we were 3 couples, multiple generations, traveling & celebrating a grandchild's college graduation. Each couple had their own room, but this suite became our gathering space. We (six of us) enjoyed sunrises on the large private balcony as room service was delivered at 6:00 am. Coffee & juices, bagels, fruit, and cereals, as we visited in our plush white bath robes. We enjoyed sunsets on the balcony and in the living room with wine & champagne we had brought with us. After shows in the evening, we played cards and games at the large table in the beautiful mirrored dining area. Again, we ordered room service for late night sandwiches and snacks. We felt like kings and queens. We could stay in touch with all the activities on the LIDO deck. Yes, the music was a little loud some times, but that just let us know when it was time to join the fun. When we were alone, my husband and I enjoyed the plush bedding, the view from the master suite, and the enormous bathroom, including a whirlpool tub. I had brought along my favorite bubble bath and at night treated my self to bubbles gently rocking with the motion of the boat. Now some info about parts of this experience. Embarkation and disembarkation were NOT fun. We realize that Charleston is still a new port and they are fighting resistance from some of the locals so the facilities are somewhat make-shift, but leaving the ship was way too complicated. It took over 2 hrs. and that is unacceptable. The food on board included all the usual Carnival fare and the servers in the dining room were wonderfully fun and attentive as always. The staff is always cleaning and the boat was sparkling. I attended the sea-day tea and it was quiet nice. I would recommend that they include a few more savory items, but the sweets were beautiful and tasty. We also participated in the Military gathering, as my husband is retired from the Army. This is a nice touch & we enjoyed "bumping" into the people we had met as the cruise continued. If anyone says there's NOTHING to DO, they must be hiding in their cabin, because there are lots of activities. You just have to get out of your cabin and mingle. We enjoyed watching the kids on the big waterslide and appreciated the quiet of the Serenity Deck. I could go on and on, but I think you know by now, that we 6 adults had a wonderful cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
This was our fifth cruise. 4th with Carnival. We were celebrating my husbands 30th birthday. We have 3 small kids and live in Charleston. We were looking for a simple, relaxing getaway. (I feel its important to understand who we are and ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise. 4th with Carnival. We were celebrating my husbands 30th birthday. We have 3 small kids and live in Charleston. We were looking for a simple, relaxing getaway. (I feel its important to understand who we are and what we wanted to appreciate the review.) As a whole, I believe Carnival has gone down as an overall company. Pros: "Cheers" Alcohol Program, Quality of Shows, Friendly Staff, Laid Back Atmosphere, Proximity to Port, Debarkation Process Cons: FOOD-Blah-Not many choices, Library Hours too few and short, Limited activities on Days at Sea A little about the "Cheers" program, according to Carnival's website, only certain ships provide this program, found out day one we could get it also. About $50/person/day - 15 drinks a day up to $10/per, free sodas. The only con is EVERYONE in the same stateroom must purchase program. I believe we spent the same amount with the program as we would have if we purchased drinks separately, but I didn't stress every time I signed one of the receipts for a $10 drink. To me it was worth the money. I'm a fan of Broadway style shows, so I was not disappointed. The comedy shows were great also, but they held them in a small room in the back of the ship, so you may not always get in. I had NO complaints about the staff, everyone was very friendly, and by the time we left, they called us by name, maybe because we ordered too many drinks! If dress code is important to you, you WILL be disappointed. I usually love dressing up, but the atmosphere was so laid back, I felt comfortable going to dinner in a sun dress I would wear over a bathing suit. My husband attended dinner in shorts and a collared shirt. This was the norm. Some dressed up, but they were the minority. To me, Carnival's food quality and choice has steadily decreased, I agree with a previous review, this may be my last Carnival cruise for a while. I never experienced cold food mentioned by others, but my food was over cooked and servers seemed over worked with sections that were too large to accommodate adequate service. There were nights nothing looked good and I ate several appetizers to feel up rather than main course. In order to borrow a book or game you must go to the library hour and check these out with your cabin numbers. They were only offered once a day lasting one hour. With the limited options on sea days, a board game would've been nice. On that note, it seemed the only real activity to do on sea day was sun bathing. The did have a 8 hole putt putt course, and it was fun, but you had to play a few times to spend much time on it. Overall, I believe we got the best vacation for the money spent. I believe vacation is what you make of it. The rooms are not the Ritz, but neither are the prices. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
This is a lengthy review and I have so much to say that maybe it won't all flow well but I'll do my best (note: this is not a happy, upbeat review. We had a poor experience so don't expect a lot of enthusiasm). We left out ... Read More
This is a lengthy review and I have so much to say that maybe it won't all flow well but I'll do my best (note: this is not a happy, upbeat review. We had a poor experience so don't expect a lot of enthusiasm). We left out of Charleston on our first cruise December 2013 on the Fantasy. It was a 7 day cruise to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau. We are a young married couple (mid 20's for me, early 30's for him) and we have no children, it was only the two of us cruising. As soon as we got on the boat we went to our rooms and then looked around some. I stopped at a bar outside of the casino and asked the little blonde beauty if she would be able to give me just a cup of ice water (I'm blonde too so it's nothing against blondes!). She was EXTREMELY rude, grumbled under her breath about my request as well as another patron who actually wanted alcohol, and even rolled her eyes, slammed the drink down and turned away and then did the same thing to the guy who purchased an alcoholic beverage. She and one other staff person (get to him later) were the only two bad apples we encountered as far as employees go. We pulled out from port around 5pm or 6pm. It was extremely windy and a little cool but we went up on top deck to take photos and look around. After being on the water for about an hour, things turned sour. REALLY sour. The boat began to rock side to side and front to back like nothing I've ever felt before. We both had the seasick Rx patch on but I became very ill, vomiting in essentially every toilet I came across as well as off the side of the boat at one point; my husband felt terrible but never puked. We went to every deck and every area of the ship trying to find relief but the rocking was relentless, having to hold onto the walls on occasion just to get around without tripping. This went on all evening and all night. We bought some medicine from one of the shops on board, Bonine $8 for a travel size pack. It did help and we were able to sleep but I was so weak the next day that we didn't really do anything. I have no idea what went on that first night and second day as I was so ill I wasn't aware of anything going on around me. We did go to the dining room but I had to run out to puke. Our waiter (who was great) told us that it's usually not like this and that many of his guests hadn't showed up to dinner. What bothered me the most was that no announcements were made to explain to people why it was rocking so bad or show a little sympathy (couldnt someone have got on the speaker and at least acknowledged what was happening??). The tapestries hanging in the atrium (big open lobby area that is several stories tall) were swaying like crazy. People were lined up at guest services and they all looked just as white and sick as I did. One employee, after seeing me puke, said to get a green apple from Lido deck and eat it. It came right back up though. Day 2, we finally got out of bed, the boat rocking much less than before, but still had some motion. I went to Lido Deck/Deck 10 to see about food as well as figure out what all we had been missing. The loud music was already blaring and apparently continued to blare throughout the entire trip. I know, I'm only 25, I should enjoy stuff like that. Sorry, but no! I work a professional job so partying and going clubbing and jamming out to loud music and dancing around in bathing suits doesn't really fit into my lifestyle well, just not something I've ever had time to do so I don't appreciate it like others seem to. I'm not judging anyone who likes to party, but I'm simply here to say that if you like PEACE and QUIET and RESPECTFUL adults, maybe Carnival Fantasy or Carnival in general isn't for you. Some of the fellow cruisers were very nice, quiet, etc while others were rude, loud, drunk all the time, messy, entitled (I'm sure you'd have this on most ships though). Deck 10 is the most important deck. Deck 10/Lido has all the food options as well as the pool and two jacuzzis (one of them being for adults only), two bars (only one in use during this trip), lounge chairs, and a stage for events/contests. I didn't get in any water on deck 10 nor did I have a drink at the pool bar so I can't rate those. Here's my opinion on the food: DISAPPOINTING! I'm from southwest Virginia. We use real butter, heavy seasoning, we grill stuff, fry stuff, bake stuff but whatever we make it always has FLAVOR. Not the food on this boat. There's the large buffets (two of them with the same food on them that varied some day to day-open for lunch and supper), the Mongolian Wok (lunch-fill a bowl with veggies and choice of noodles, then pick your sauce and meat-shrimp, beef, chicken- and they put it in a wok and cook it for you), the all american buffet (same thing every day-hotdogs, hamburgers, fries, chicken tenders), Pirate pizza (24 hour and GROSS) and a little deli (open 12 hours a day, wraps, reuben, grilled ham and cheese). For breakfast, mongolian wok turns into an omelette place where you build your own omelet-it was pretty good. Breakfast buffets were pretty good but on a couple days the loaf bread slices were so tough and dry it felt like it was over toasted before it was even toasted. They only had pancakes on a couple days. Always had eggs, bacon, salty ham, sausage, jelly, oatmeal. Apple juice was available at breakfast and I drank as much as I could. We didn't buy a soda card because I'd read bad reviews about how you only got a small drink, you had to find bar staff to get it for you as dining room staff doesn't do sodas, and it just seemed like an inconvenience to get your soda. At all times there was ice available (only on Lido Deck/Deck 10. It would be great if ice machines were on every floor in case you want a cold drink at night. They had lemonade, coffee, cold tea, and packs of tea for hot tea. It was all absolutely disgusting. I drink water almost with everything so not having soda was nothing new to me. I don't drink coffee so that's of no use. The water and ice are absolutely so gross, the first few days i felt sick from it. I guess they have to treat it heavily since it's probably in a holding tank somewhere in the bottom of the ship but it just has the worst taste ever. The desserts were beautiful but absolutely bland, dry, gross. The cheesecake was airy and spongy and actually sprung back after cutting though it and didn't leave a creamy residue on the fork. I've never seen cheesecake like this. We met a nice couple and sat with them for lunch one day and they too had never experienced a cheesecake like this. For supper each night we went to the dining room. Our head waiter was really really great and actually made us smile and laugh and forget most of the bad stuff. Food wasn't really any better in the dining room though except for a couple exceptions, and on most nights they were having many of the same things upstairs at the Lido buffet (no steak or baked potatoes but some of the basic options like same soups, same desserts, same starters). So in summary, most of the food was bland and gross but they had a good breakfast usually, the dining room staff was nice and attentive, the staff in the buffet never acted like it bothered them to clean up after people--and some people were absolutely rude and disgusting and wasteful and left a terrible mess, and I didn't mention the salad bar but it was extravagant and fresh and tons of cheeses to choose from (cubed). Having not been on a cruise before, I don't really know how the decor compares to other ships but the patterns on the carpet seemed kinda bleh (think old greyhound bus, wacky wild busy patterns). Our room was clean and our steward was nice, they did a great job making the beds, keeping us stocked in towels, making beautiful towel shapes each night. Photographers were nice except for one bald young male employee who I thought I was going to punch in the face and I NEVER say things like that but he was absolutely rude and thought he was the king of the world. I won't even go into detail but if I had his name I would most definitely turn him in for his rudeness and arrogance and I refused to let him take any photos of us after his rude shenanigan. Speaking of photos, most of the photos are so-so and the people who are employees who pose with you when you get off the ship look a little cheesy and non authentic, cheap looking costumes. The Punchliner Comedy Club was the BEST and most satisfying thing we did the entire trip. Sad, huh? The comedians were great though, and adult shows were very raunchy and funny (dont sit on the front row if you don't want to be picked on). The host of the comedy shows was awesome too. I have nothing bad to say about the comedy shows except that they need to take place in a bigger spot and I wish they had even more shows. As far as on board activities they had karaoke, some funny stuff that the audience participates in (the game of love, hasbro the game show, men vs. women), bingo, and some really redneck contests like hairy chest contest. I didn't get to see the hairy chest one in person but it was on re-run on the tv every day. They had a hypnotist get on board to do his award winning show and I couldn't tolerate it after about 5 minutes. His voice would make anyone turn themselves inside out and he actually kicked a cruiser off the stage and was rude about it! He told the participating cruisers they had to spit out gum and the one cruiser was trying to be funny so he threw off his hat and said he figured it would be a distraction. The hypnosis guy had an obvious attitude and made the boy leave for doing something funny and stealing the light...the show hadn't even began when he did it!! That instantly ruined any positive vibes we had and then he just continued to repeat the same sentence for 5 minutes in a ridiculous voice so we left, as did other people. They had a nightclub but it looked like only girls with skirts up to their waist were going in. The lady who is in charge of pretty much everything on the ship, her name was Risa *cruise director*. Most irritating voice I've ever heard but that's not her fault, what is her fault is that she talks so fast you only catch about 60% of what she is saying. We stayed in the front of the ship on Upper deck which was a huge huge mistake both for the motion and the NOISE. The noise was unbelievable when the ship would pull into port and down the drain went the idea of sleeping in on vacation! The entire ship sounded like it was about to be ripped in half, at one port it lasted for almost 10 minutes without stopping. Horrible loud banging and the vibrations were so strong things were falling (I had a cup i sat up in the porthole window/bench area and it fell off and the mouth of it broke, my shampoo also fell in the shower). I imagine a train derailing would cause less noise and vibration. Beds were pretty comfy but we have tempurpedic so nothing really feels as good as home does, the pillows were great! I did have one alcoholic drink, it was expensive and weak but tasted alright. Our last night, there was another charge on my bill for a drink from the day before at noon from the pool bar. That definitely wasn't something I bought and i disputed it at guest services and assumed i would just get stuck with it but I checked back on it after midnight and they had fixed it. They make you sign a slip of paper, then they compare the signatures to the bar ticket and if they don't match then they deduct the charge. Overall, we were not happy on this ship. I have to do a lot more research before I attempt to go on another one, and i will most likely try a different cruise line. 7 days is a long time to be on a boat with less than mediocre food and water that tastes like it came from a pond. The Comedy club and the scenery at Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay were the only thing that made this trip not a total fail. P.S. don't waste your time with the personal shopper person. It's all a scam/gimmick. I've read hundreds of ripoff reviews and better business bureau reports about the very stores the personal shopper try to get you to shop at. All the cruise ships have a personal shopper who has deals with these specific stores (diamonds international, tanzanite international, etc) and get a kickback when you buy from them. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We live in Charleston and was very happy to try the great ship that is always in our port. Great ship, incredible staff - the food was fantastic. Our waiters Rafael, Sherwin and Seville were the most amazing servers. They were pleasant ... Read More
We live in Charleston and was very happy to try the great ship that is always in our port. Great ship, incredible staff - the food was fantastic. Our waiters Rafael, Sherwin and Seville were the most amazing servers. They were pleasant and went out of their way to make our cruise great. They were always one step ahead of us. The rest of the crew including management should learn from them. At the end of the cruise felt like we were saying good bye to our family members Rafael, Seville and Sherwin. These guys should be given incentive pay. They work tirelessly 6 months of the year and seem very happy with their work and the ship. Great job Jessica the onboard shopping expert. Thanks to her guidance we came home with incredible Caroloha bamboo sheets. They are amazing and would never have known if she hadn't guided us in Freeport. Thank you Jessica!! You always looked amazing too. Fabulous food and entertainment. Macio and Valerie Storm were hillarious! The forum is way to small for these great comedians. Everyone wanted to go to all of their shows and the line to get in went the entire distance of the promenade. This venue should be moved to the universe lounge. Standing room only for the shows is not necessary when you have the bigger venues like the universe lounge. Tons of people were angry it was so packed but Macio and Valerie Storm were awesome! See them anywhere you can. Entertainment - The Brits and Motion City were top notch. The best cruise entertainment we have seen. James in Cleopatra room was great, personable and fantastic sing alongs. We were very happy to get a call to pay for one of the owners suites or the penthouse. It was an incredible room and was our salvation during storms that rocked the boat. Although it was lovely and if you are ever asked to pay the difference do so. Just be aware that is where the VIP treatment ends. We were treated as if we had a $29 a night room. You would think the top room under the satellite had great internet coverage - think again. We never could get coverage - Carnival should tell you that although you may get in and out signals elsewhere on the boat again never in the owners suite - you cannot conduct business on board. You pay by minute and it takes 15 minutes to connect - you pay for that 15 minutes of connection time. Really unfair and for as many times we told them our problems no one cared and they charged our card for use we didn't do - we talked to them on board before leaving and they said sorry it slow but you must pay. Charleston really needs to get the new port done. There is horrible organization cars parked anywhere. You can't walk to your car even though it wasn't far from the boat. Loading up the buses to and from your car was ridiculous. Charleston has plenty of room to make this better and should. Very very poor reflection on Charleston and we were embarassed to say we were from Charleston when local people had signs saying how much they hated the cruisers. Come on - southern charm is needed here - this is a great port and great Carnival ships wanting to come here. Make it top notch welcome the money and the people who want to stop in Charleston before and after their cruise. I didn't realize all the Ohio and Pennsylvania people that drive 10 hours to come to Charleston for these boats. Welcome them Charleston!! What does it say about the best city in the world if you treat them badly and have poor port organization - lets make it first class like the rest of the city. Owners suite - penthouse - Carnival should learn to provide the higher level suites with more amenities - it would take much to include wifi, have VIP car service to your car, early arrival and departure. We felt like a herd of cattle and not at all like what we had just paid for our room. Bottom line - great room, amazing food staff, great entertainers, too many picture takers, too much charged for horrible internet connection if at all, no service from 7777 guest services - treat everyone like they are just a number and not a person. Caribbean night on the lido - nice idea but really it goes on until wee hrs of the morning and the owners penthouse suite is right there. We couldn't go to bed until party was over. Party is great but it needs to be brought inside after 10 or 11pm at night into the nightclubs. Hennie - hysterical cruise director looks like brother of Jim Carey and sounds like him. Bingo fun and lots of people won money but $20 a card how about $10 for the clientelle that is spending so much on drinks! Art work - too high priced for the clientelle on your ship - make the art priced for the customer. James - in Cleopatra with 3pm tea and sweets and night sing alongs was awesome. Again great job on entertainment Carnival! Would I cruise again in Charleston - not until a new welcoming port is made and for Carnival to show a VIP package not a one for all and all for one philosophy. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
The cruise out of Charleston, SC was a great trip. However the port of Charleston, needs some work as the water at the port stinks really bad. Embarkment was smoother and quicker than my last experience, on the ship less than ten minutes ... Read More
The cruise out of Charleston, SC was a great trip. However the port of Charleston, needs some work as the water at the port stinks really bad. Embarkment was smoother and quicker than my last experience, on the ship less than ten minutes of arriving to the customs. Bags were delivered to our room at two different times.. One was early and the other came later that evening. The boat was large, but you can definitely tell it was the oldest ship of Carnival line. The ship was refurbished in 2010 and it still holds up well. The casino is a joke, seriously was humorous watching everyone try to win an IPAD in the coin machine. I believe they took some of the items out to make it appear that people can actually win. And the coin machines are magnetized as there is no way a quarter or stack of them could be basically over the ledge and not fall. On the good note the hubby was able to win $123 off of playing five bucks on the one machine, that we witnessed pay off to at least two other passengers. The shows were entertaining and the dancers and singers were all very talented. The best game show was in my opinion the couples game (similar to the newlywed game). Bingo was always a perk to watch as I love to watch people win. The food was alright. The desserts were better. We mainly ate in the lido deck 10 (buffet). I thought the food here was much better than my experience on Royal Caribbean 10 years ago. We chose the my time dining in the celebration dining hall and the buffet was much better. The lines for the my time dining literally extended around the deck and the decks above and below. The food portion sizes were humiliating as they were enough to feed a baby only. This was my first time eating in the main dining room and unfortunately it was the last night of the cruise. My sister later informed me that you could ask for another entree if you wished to.. of course they didn't tell us that in the dining room. Breakfast on the lido deck was good as you had an option to eat from the grill area or the lido hall, they even had an omelet station. The complimentary drinks were sometimes watered down, but hey its a cruise and they expect you to pay for more quality drinks and sodas. We loved the sushi bar. The room servants were excellent. Seemed like every time we left our room, we returned to it being touched up and cleaned. The staff were great especially in remembering your name and what you liked. Nassau was absolutely the key to the trip. I didn't pay to go to Atlantis especially not through the cruise. We did pay $15 bucks to get a horse driven carriage ride through the historical parts of town near the port. I have to admit I was very skeptical of this because I had to make the local show me his badge as he had it tucked in his shirt pocket, and they did take us through the "hood". But usually that is where some of the historical sites are. We also did the glass bottom boat, which should have just been called a coast line tour of the homes of the rich and famous. There were some tropical fish to see at the bottom of the boat, but nothing spectacular. The water was clear and beautiful. as so was Oprah's home and guesthouse. The boat ride was about an 1.5 hour and I do think that it was worth it even though I didn't see any big fish. Senior Frogs is must do, the food and the scenery right there on the ocean is beautiful. Freeport was a huge disappointment as it is very industrialized. literally there is a cargo dock right there on the port and oil rigs were very present. The only key is that the port has some local outlets right there on port, but it may be worth just staying on the boat. The best part of Freeport was leaving the port as the staff at Senior Frogs (they have one too) stood on there counters and serenaded the cruise on departure. I did forget to mention the first two days at sea were very choppy and the boat rocked severely. But after reaching the Bahamas, the weather was much calmer. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
After ten years of marriage we decided to renew our vows and take a 14 day vacation. This is the longest vacation that I have ever taken, and it was well worth it. Non-Cruise Stuff: We spent our first 5 nights at Hyatt Place North ... Read More
After ten years of marriage we decided to renew our vows and take a 14 day vacation. This is the longest vacation that I have ever taken, and it was well worth it. Non-Cruise Stuff: We spent our first 5 nights at Hyatt Place North Charleston, SC on Mayzck Rd. Great Hotel only about 15 min from downtown Charleston, SC. Well worth the drive to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy side of the city. (This was our 3rd trip to the city, we visit every 5 years).Got a great deal on a taxi to the cruise terminal $50 rt including $5 tip each way for two people from Derrick @ Charleston Taxi Cab 843-343-6274.We ended our vacation at the National Harbor in Oxon Hills, MD @ the Aloft room 803.Fantastic Hotel, Fantastic room! CRUISE STUFF: We booked online with Carnival about 3 weeks out. We decided since we would be in Charleston, SC & we have never cruise out of that port,we would go ahead and take a cruise to the Bahamas on the Fantasy. Understand that our first two experiences on CARNIVAL were not favorable & we reluctantly booked. We booked an inside cabin that seemed twice the size of the stateroom of the inside on the RCCL-Monarch of the Seas. Boarding. Although you have to ride a shuttle (3 min ride) to the cruise port. We stood in line to board the ship. It moved quite fast about a 10 min wait for a "full house". (SN: I hate lines. it's worth going on a few more cruises to become a gold member so I will not have to stand in long lines again-10 min is too long for me.) We did have to walk up stairs (after taking pictures) and up a long ramp as well. The ship boards into the Promenade right at the 21st Century Bar. Several people were standing around with "ASK ME" shirts & we were directed to our stateroom. STATEROOM: Adequate for two adults.As I states above much larger interior room for than other cruise lines. Shower, sink Toilet all worked great nothing broken.Two twin beds into a queen. As always a "hump" in the bed, but you can work around it to "snuggle". Plenty of space for storage. DINING: All is well in this department. Basic Mass Market ship food. MY FAVORITE PLACE: Serenity Lounge This ship does not show her age, and is just wonderful for a cruise to the Bahamas. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Background - I took this same cruise in December of 2011 and again in May of 2012. In December, my wife got a job offer and had to start when when were scheduled to go on the cruise, so I went with a friend. In May my wife could go so we ... Read More
Background - I took this same cruise in December of 2011 and again in May of 2012. In December, my wife got a job offer and had to start when when were scheduled to go on the cruise, so I went with a friend. In May my wife could go so we booked the cruise again. Not because it is such a great cruise but because it is a convenient drive from Raleigh and the price is right, especially when you account for cost savings of driving rather than driving. In December, the cruise passengers seemed to be a lot of young African American professionals. They were a lot of fun and really knew how to party. I would hate to see their bar bills. The May cruise I call the red-neck cruise. Enough said. They were fine just not what I am use to. There were more families in May than December. The kids were well behaved and well occupied by the Camp Carnival staff. The kids seemed to be having a very good time. Pros - As with any cruise, no laptop and no cell phone makes a vacation for me. Food was adequate. Cabin service was very good. The gym is adequate. The entertainment was OK. NCL usually has better entertainment than Carnival but NCL disappears from the Caribbean in April. The Boardwalk band was the best on the ship. As in December, they did a really good Beatles cover during the Beatles tribute show on the last night. They also play more of a rock mix of music during their other performances on the Lido deck. The tribute to nightclubs show still stinks. Carnival needs to fire their entertainment producers. A flying and talking couch, really? They had different lead singers from December but they were no better. The dancers were good. The comedians in December were funnier than the ones they had on the May trip but they were still good. The serenity deck is the only place we hung out. It is quiet and there is shade. The food was OK. The only issue I had was the noise level in the main dining rooms was pretty high. We had 10 people at our table and it was difficult to hear the people across from you. The waiter, Lois, was very good. The staff in general were very friendly. They seemed to like it when you ask about where they are from etc.. They work very hard. I was disappointed they did not offer the kitchen tour on the May trip like they did in December. My wife would have enjoyed it. I found it fascinating when I did it in December. The cons- The entertainment was marginal at best. The main thing that I really disliked was disembarkation in Charleston. Carnival was OK, it is the port layout that stinks. Once you get through customs you have to wait forever for the shuttle buses to take you to the car park. Even after that you have to still walk out of one building, cross the street, and into the next building. It would have been faster and easier to walk from the port building to our car. Charleston needs to fix this. It took 2hrs from the time we got in line to leave the ship till we got to our car. That is stupid. Would I do it again? Maybe, because it is so convenient from Raleigh and the price is right when compared to 5 days at the beach. If Charleston fixes their processes, then my answer would be a definitive "Yes". Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
A little background information on me. I am 50, DH is 55 and this was our 13th cruise together and my 14th overall. Previous cruises have been on Princess (9) and one each on HAL, RCCL, Carnival, and NCL. After much debating we settle ... Read More
A little background information on me. I am 50, DH is 55 and this was our 13th cruise together and my 14th overall. Previous cruises have been on Princess (9) and one each on HAL, RCCL, Carnival, and NCL. After much debating we settle on this cruise because it was {A} Very budget friendly (We got a resident rate) {B} It sailed from Charleston, SC a city I had always wanted to go to, and {C} It went to Key West. I was ho hum about The Bahamas, but had never been there so I thought "What the heck." We flew from BWI non-stop to Charleston on Southwest a few days early so we could spend a couple of days exploring. Not crazy about Southwest's open seating, but it worked out okay, and the flight was only 1.25 hours each way. I had gotten both our hotel room and rental car via Hotwire, and feel I saved quite a bit of money by doing so. We ended up at a Best Western Plus near the airport, and saved $125+ per night in hotel by staying in North Charleston, rather than the city itself. If you do decided to spend some time in Charleston I highly recommend going to the visitors center downtown first. They sell tickets to many of the area attractions at a discounted rate. For example the plantations along the Ashley River are pricey; Drayton Hall was $19.50pp and Middleton Place was $23.50pp, but at the visitors center I paid a total of $69 for 2 admissions at each plantation. There are also several historic homes that are opened to the public in downtown Charleston; The Aiken-Rhett House, which is preserved rather than restored, and the Nathaniel Russell house which is restored and is jaw-dropping beautiful. The price to visit one was $10pp or $16pp to see both. Other things to do include a Harbor Tour (They have a AAA rate), and just walking around. On the morning of the cruise portion of our trip we drove back to the airport to drop of the rental, and from there picked up a shuttle ($12pp) that ran into town to catch the ship. It does take passengers to other locations other than the cruise terminal so if pressed for time you might want to consider a cab which I was told would run about $30 for two. Embarkation was fairly quick. The only slow part was security because we had to go in the line for people in wheelchairs and pacemakers, which took a few minutes longer due to hand screening as opposed to just walking through a metal detector. Cabins were ready after 1:30 and we had boarded about 12, so we hung out at The Serenity (The area for adults) and ate lunch. Our cabin was a good size, clean, comfortable, and the shower was bigger than those we have found on other ships. The only drawback was there wasn't much in the way of drawer space, but the closet was a good size and had an area of shelves to store t-shirts and other clothes that could be folded. Our room steward was wonderful and kept our room clean and tidy every day. Food was mostly good. We ate in the dining room every night for dinner save one, and the buffet for breakfast and lunch. The buffet was your basic buffet. average food and plenty of it. I did notice that while the buffet was mostly self-serve, not so when it came to bacon. That was doled out by a server. I didn't realize bacon had become so precious. The grill served good hamburgers/cheeseburgers and hotdogs and there was a pizzeria that was opened all the time except during breakfast when it became the omelet station. I felt the pizza was only fair in taste-tried it once and never went back. In the dining room I felt there was a good selection of choices and never left hungry. The only formal night (For which a number of passengers went all out-never saw so many black ties on men) the popular Bitter & Blanc dessert was served. The chocolate melting cake was available every night. My personal favorite dish was a spicy pumpkin soup served on formal night. The onion soup served on the final night was also very good. On board ship there was plenty to do, or in our case-nothing to do. We hung out on the Serenity Deck for most of the cruise. The first sea day we got out there about 8:15 and was able to get two choice seats by the rail under a sun umbrella. All available seats were gone by 9am. On the 2nd sea day we were out on deck by 7:15 and found that seven people were already out there! We still got 2 seats together on the rail and under a sun umbrella. This day the rest of Serenity did not fill up quite as quickly and that may have been due to the number of sunburns that our fellow passengers were displaying after their day in Nassau. Chair hogs were out in full force. Not so much in the Serenity where a deck attendant did remove towels (But not personal belongings), but out on the lido deck at around 9:30 I noticed a large percentage of chairs with towels, paperbacks, etc., but no people. Ports-There were three ports on this cruise; Key West, FL, Freeport, The Bahamas, and Nassau, The Bahamas Key West-We did not book a shore excursion through the ship for this stop. The weather did not look promising so we opted out of any water activities and instead bought tickets for a self-guided bar stroll. For $30pp we got a T-shirt and 5 coupons for a rum drink at 5 different bars. Neither Margaritaville nor Sloppy Joes are two of the bars. The bars on this stroll are mostly on Duval Street (Where most of the bars and shopping are located). We first walked up a parallel street and saw the Audubon House ($11pp w/AAA discount), walked past the Truman Summer White House, Mile Marker Zero, the Hemmingway House ($12.50pp) and could have kept walking straight to Southernmost Point, but instead turned left after the Hemmingway House and got on Duval St. At about 11am the rain that had been threatening all day finally made an appearance and it poured. The streets were flooded-we were walking in water over our ankles, and the day just went from miserable to worst. We made the best of it, but it was disappointing when I have wanted to go here for so long that the weather was so bad, and it really put a damper on things. Freeport-We had booked the Jeep Adventure Tour through the ship for this stop. While mostly cloudy for much of the day at least it didn't rain. However, the threat of rain all day meant that the tops stayed on the Jeeps. Something to keep in mind is if you are a party of 1 or 2 they will tell you to make friends as they put 3/4 in a Jeep. If you are tall you will find the back seats difficult if not impossible to get into. We made friends with a couple in which the DH at 6'6" was almost as tall as my DH (6'8"). The DW of the other couple and I quickly struck a bargain that we would ride in the back and let the guys do all the driving, and have all the leg space. Just remember if driving in The Bahamas "Left is right and right is suicide." There is a little off road driving and stops are made for beach time, a restroom stop, and lunch at the Garden of the Groves. Mainly you can say you drove on the left-hand side of the road......legally. Nassau-Here we booked the Atlantis Aquaventure Full Day w/Lunch. This turned out to be the best day of the trip; both in weather (Blue, blue skies, just a few fluffy white clouds and comfortable temperatures-low 80's) and in fun. While expensive, I had to keep in mind that to stay at the Atlantis Resort starts at $300 a night and goes up from there, so this is the only way I could ever afford to use their facilities. After trying out the Rapid River ride and one of the less scary slides we hung out by a pool called The Baths that was fairly quiet. We also checked out The Dig, which is pretty amazing for a small aquarium. I would do this again despite the price. Overall I really enjoyed myself and I would sail on the Fantasy again in a heartbeat. I heard several people say that Carnival plans on retiring her soon, and I feel that would be a real shame. It's true she doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the new Dream Class of ships, but she is clean, has a great crew, and is really a nice ship. I do plan on sailing on Carnival again, and it fact made a future cruise deposit while onboard. Happy Sailing! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
My boyfriend and I took the 5-night Bahama cruise from Charleston, SC and it was a blast! I had never cruised with Carnival before and did not know what to expect, so I was very pleasantly surprised. It was my boyfriend's first ... Read More
My boyfriend and I took the 5-night Bahama cruise from Charleston, SC and it was a blast! I had never cruised with Carnival before and did not know what to expect, so I was very pleasantly surprised. It was my boyfriend's first cruise, I've cruised with Royal Caribbean before. We spent the night in Charleston with friends who drove us to the port on Monday. That maze of concrete barriers was fun, LOL. Based on some things I'd read earlier, we decided to arrive a little late. I'll explain why in a bit. We got there around 1 p.m., got the shuttle bus over to the ship around 1:30. Yes, there was a line of people, but I doubt we waited longer than 15 minutes before reaching security. If you've never been through airport security (and there were some there who obviously had not), remove everything from your pockets, take off your watch and belt, remove your jacket, place it all on the belt for the X-ray machine. Don't muck up the process by trying to just walk on through. You are allowed one bottle of wine per person over 21. You can also bring bottled water. Alcohol is otherwise a no-no. However, and I'm just sayin'... a plastic bottle of alcohol that is still sealed and wrapped in a bunch of your clothes will most likely make it through the baggage process for your CHECKED bags (not your carry-ons) if you arrive late. Why? Look around, there's hundreds of people with 2+ bags per person and they don't have time to scrutinize it all by that point in the day. We did just fine, saved a ton of money on drinks onboard. Early birds will have their plastic water bottles shaken, so if you think you can sneak vodka in that way, think again. They can tell the difference and will toss them. At $7.50 a pop for a watered-down drink, if you don't bring anything with you, opt for wine. They can't do much to weaken that. If you do pack alcohol and they find it, you'll be paged to come to the naughty room and they will tag it for you to pick up when you return home. No loss. If you try to put it in water bottles or Listerine bottles as some told me they tried, they will toss it. Glass bottles will be spotted right away. Early birds got everything searched and another reason not to arrive too early is that your cabin may not be ready and you'll be stuck lugging your carry-ons around deck with you. Nobody even looked in our bags at security, with wine, champagne and bottled water in our bags, we sailed right on through. They will ask for your passport (or you can bring a notarized birth certificate and driver's license) and then issue your sign and sail card. DO NOT lose this. It's your entry onto the ship, you need it when you exit the ship, and it's your key to your cabin. It's also how you buy things on board. Be sure to take a photo ID with you whenever you exit the ship, they will ask to see it. Our cabin was ready, just one deck below the main floor, two decks below the restaurants. It was bigger than we expected. With a king size bed, we had nightstands on either side, a vanity with Hollywood-style lights on either side, chair and another table. Ice bucket was filled, they provide you with bottled water and soft drinks you can buy. Closets were ample with shelves, plenty of hangers, a combination safe you set up yourself, robes, etc. Most luggage will fit under the bed. It was quiet the entire trip. Note: there is no heat. You really don't need it, though. There is an AC vent in the ceiling that you control yourself by turning a knob. They provide a down comforter on the bed and another is in the closet under your life vests. Bed and pillows were comfy, no need to bring any from home. Two pillows per person, and they'll bring you more if you need them. Bathroom was spotless. We had a welcome basket of two toothpastes, two lotions, sunscreen, and Breathe Right strips. There's a flat screen TV which has all three major networks from Miami, TNT and some other cable channels, a movie channel that runs a different movie each day, all day long. There is a channel featuring videos shot each day on the ship (those can be funny), views of the ship, and another channel that gives you all the stats: speed, longtitude, etc. Average speed was 11 knots except on the last day when we were hauling it back at 17 knots. Muster was weird. On other cruises we were required to bring our life vests with us so we could show them we knew how to put them on. Not here, you just go upstairs, sit and watch them put one on, then you wait....and wait....and wait. We got to listen to the slot machine music for 15 minutes before they told us to go up on deck to our station. It's required, so just grin and bear it. Food was fantastic. I didn't have anything I didn't like the entire trip. I usually ordered a couple of starters, a soup or salad, then an entree (sometimes added a second entree if I couldn't decide and then just ate what I wanted until full) and dessert. I had the molten chocolate lava cake with ice cream every night. I loved it. Tried additional desserts too, my boyfriend really loved the pineapple ice cream. I would highly recommend the Chateaubriand served to us on Thursday, it melted in my mouth. After dinner drinks are offered in these really nice shot glasses you get to keep. Lots of people lined up for the buffets on the Lido deck or inside in the grill. I don't understand why unless they just really like burgers or hot dogs. We chose the dining rooms for most meals as the selections were better, service was quicker, and you are seated immediately. No standing in line for a buffet then standing around trying to figure out where to sit. As we left port we went to the Lido deck, didn't have any trouble finding a table and chairs. One guy who worked there was meticulous about lining up all the chairs when people would leave a table. It's good food, but basic stuff like burgers, fries, etc. Someone mentioned in an earlier review that there was no mayonnaise. We found it easily. It's not in a container as the ketchup and mustard are, it's on the buffet line. I think they treat it as a dressing. In the dining rooms you have two menus for dinner. One is constant on the left-hand page, it never changes. The other on the right changes each day. There's always comfort food too, like fried chicken or meat loaf. Breakfast has the same menu each day, the lunch menu changes. One day I ordered eggs benedict for breakfast. The hollandaise sauce looked odd to me, it was sort of hard...not runny...so I didn't order that again. They will fix eggs any way you want them, omelettes made as you like, fruit, cereal, etc. It's really like dining in a restaurant. As far as dress goes, we dressed casual for breakfast or lunch since we were going into ports or sunning on the decks. Dinners we dressed nicely, and there is one night they call "Elegant Dining" where you are expected to dress to the nines. Everyone looked beautiful and they take lots of photos that night. You don't need a tux or evening dress. I wore evening slacks and a long Oriental silk jacket, my boyfriend wore all black without a tie. On "at sea" days, I'd recommend the serenity deck if you want peaceful sunbathing or reading time. If you go to the Lido deck, walk back through the grill, go outside then down a flight of stairs, you'll find it at the stern of the ship. Cushioned deck chairs, a bartender right there on call, and NO KIDS allowed. :) There are two hot tubs also. If you are a smoker, it's allowed outside only, and look for the tables with ashtrays as it's not allowed all over the outside area. No ashtray, no smoking in that area. Soft drinks will cost you around $2 each. Buy the unlimited soft drink wrist band if you want them for $5 total all week, but I heard someone say they are from a tap and flat, not like a canned drink. I saw a lot of people bringing bottled water on board, but don't know if they'll let you bring a case of sodas. I won't even try to list the stuff to do on board. We played the girls vs. guys trivia one night in one of the ballrooms, it was a hoot. We also took in some of the shows, they were quite good. Those kids in the shows really dance and sing their butts off. We went into the karaoke bar just for laughs and found some surprisingly GOOD singers were on board. Some bad ones too, but hey, what do you go to a karaoke bar for anyway? This isn't Vegas, people, so don't go expecting to see or hear Wayne Newton or Neil Diamond. Anyone who doesn't attend at least one show isn't getting their money's worth. There's a jogging track on the top deck, with a water slide for kids and kids at heart. They also have a gym but we did enough exercising on shore to last the week. Plenty of deck chairs up there, it's a nice place to people watch or sit and read. It gets a little noisy on the Lido deck level and that's where everyone goes to hang out by the pool or the hot tub. The music down there during the day is LOUD, so be prepared. They have things like limbo contests and hairy chest contests to keep people laughing. People had told us ahead of time we'd not like Freeport. Wrong. We had a ball there. You have to know what to do, however. We booked the Heritage Tour with Snorkeling. I don't snorkel, but my boyfriend does, and even if you don't you will still enjoy it. Chad and Dwayne were our tour guides, ask for them if you take this tour. Chad is a walking encyclopedia on history of the islands and he calls us all "Family" for as he put it we're all related in one way or another. Dwayne is a dead ringer for Chris Rock, and his humor is just as good. Our first stop is at a lighthouse where you can see coral for miles. I noticed litter and no trash cans. Chad said that they pick up the trash themselves, and I suggested they buy some cans and get an Adopt A Highway program started. LOL Then we got to see a blowhole, which is a small area of water with underground caves. From there we stopped at a park-like place with a nature trail where they explained all the plants native to the islands and showed us some of the underground caves where people would go when the hurricanes would come. At this stop, there were two women and a man selling goods they'd made themselves, across the road from where we parked. There was no pressure to buy from them, but as we were leaving I saw they'd packed up and left -- which made me realize we were the only reason they'd come out there. Wish I'd bought something from them after that. Our final stop was Paradise Cove. This was worth the price of the tour by itself. It's a private beach that only opens for the tours. We were about the only people there. Lunch is included in the tour, hamburgers or hot dogs, conch fritters (YUM) and a soft drink. You can buy fries or extra stuff from the two lovely ladies working in the bar area. Yes, they have plenty of beer, wine or mixed drinks you can purchase. I tried a Bahamian beer called Bush Crack. The name alone made me curious, but it tastes like Budweiser. The beaches are white, water is clear and not too terribly cold. Chad will fix you up with a lounge chair on the beach if you want, which I did, and he will tell you over and over "this is YOUR day, you just let me know whatever I can do for you." I hated to leave this place, it was so serene and beautiful. I gathered shell and coral (hide that, by the way, the cruise lines don't like you bringing coral or shells on board unless you buy them but Chad says it's perfectly fine with them). My boyfriend and the rest of the snorkelers saw some sting rays, barracudas, lots of colorful little fish. It's well worth it, he said. There is a little bar next to some shops by the ship (I think it's called Stephen's) when you get back that has wi-fi for $5/hr. On board the ship it's $24.95 per half hour. I had my iPad and was able to check messages there before we went back on board. Phone calls on board are $2 per minute. Wireless calls are high, check with your carrier to see what international rates are. In Nassau we opted to go local and hire a driver. There are plenty waiting for you when you get off, trust me. JoJo found us and told us he had a stretch limo. That sounded better than being in a van or taxi. At $25 per person it ended up being a bargain. We saw the good, the bad and the ugly of the city with JoJo. He took us up to Fort Fincastle so we could see the area from above. Streets are so narrow there, I kept expecting to hear the screeching of metal against another vehicle. There are gift shacks there as well, where I bought a conch shell for $5. We saw a boatload of them just lying around on the side of the road in Freeport, but Chad told us they stink since they've not been properly cleaned yet, so we didn't take any of those. We stopped at Atlantis Resort. What a bunch of snobs. But, for $2,500 per night/4 night minimum, I guess they can afford to be. Not being guests, we were not allowed to come in the main entrance, but were constantly being herded off to side entrances or stairways. It's beautiful in a gaudy Vegas way, but I prefer hanging with locals. We got back to town and went to Senor Frog's. As you get back to the ship area where the taxis are, head to your left if you are facing the ship. It's got a red terra cotta roof, just listen for the music. What a fun place! Everyone wearing hats made from twisted long balloons, singing, conga lines for shots of tequila. Nachos are to die for. Great margaritas. Had to buy my t-shirt there. Met two nice high school boys from SC who were having the time of their lives. You can also buy Cuban cigars at a store nearby on your way back to the ship. Hide them, as you'll put your bag into Xray when you come back on board. They are not legal to bring back into the US, but since nobody looks in your bags when you come through customs (they didn't ours, anyway) you can put them in your carry-on or in the bottom of your purse. Word of warning about slot machines anywhere on the islands or the ships. They are not calibrated to the US standards so save your money. People were having problems with the ones on the ship eating their money. If you must gamble, they have craps, roulette, blackjack and Texas Hold-em tournaments. Friday was a bouncy day at sea and after talking to some folks who'd taken this trip at other times, they said that is the norm. So bring your seasick meds. Took me all morning to get myself ready and able to eat lunch. I was fine after that. We were traveling along at 17 knots in order to get back to Charleston by Saturday morning (we arrived around 6) so that didn't help matters. Stores onboard will be having things on sale by this last day so if you've been eyeing a souvenir, wait until then. We bought two of the big blue beach towels since our travel agent had given us vouchers for onboard purchases, voucher for photos and a bottle of wine. She's the best!! My boyfriend got his haircut in the salon for $25 and it looked really nice. I didn't do any of the spa stuff, it was way overpriced. Duty free alcohol is actually pretty cheap. We didn't buy any, but I'm pretty sure they hold it for you until you disembark. The staff of Carnival did a fantastic job of making everyone feel welcome and relaxed. Our cabin steward was awesome, we rarely ever saw him unless he needed to ask us something. They have a Cruise/Snooze door hanger you can use. We didn't have to except on the mornings we were at sea so they'd know we were at breakfast. After dinner the bed was always turned down and the towel animal was waiting to greet us. We used room service a couple of times, food was good and they delivered within the alloted time frame we requested. There is a video on the TV with information about disembarkation that runs all day on Friday. We opted to put our bags out the night before instead of trying to deal with them ourselves. Watch the TV screen on the channel indicated and it will tell you when to go to the lounge by your deck number. By the time we got there, they told us to go on down and out. Line to get our luggage was a little long, but moved along quickly. Oh, the drug dogs come on board early in the morning to sniff the halls. I heard one bark and it startled me to hear a dog on board the ship. I guess they let them sniff all the bags before loading them up as well. So, if you're thinking of bringing back any contraband, I'd think twice. Overall, we had a great time and met some really nice people. Not a lot of kids at this time of year, so we really enjoyed the peace and quiet. Temps were a little windy/chilly that first day, but by the time we got further south I was glad I had the sunscreen and plenty of shorts/t-shirts. I would definitely take this cruise again or recommend it to others. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
This is the first review that I've ever been moved to write, so I'll keep it short (maybe). Pricing vs. cabin - Paid in the $800 range for both in R14, inner stateroom. Totally adequate. Hated the step up/dwn when using the ... Read More
This is the first review that I've ever been moved to write, so I'll keep it short (maybe). Pricing vs. cabin - Paid in the $800 range for both in R14, inner stateroom. Totally adequate. Hated the step up/dwn when using the bathroom area. Seems like a big step, especially when underway. Embarkation: Had some work arounds during our drive into port area, there was some type of costume running event going on, no biggie, just asked the police and they got us where we needed to be. You'll snake around this large lot via cones and cement barriers. (Have your boarding pass and ID, BC, or passport ready.) which lead you to several lines to pay for park ($90 - check, CC, cash). A bit of stop and go till you get to inside parking (late arrivers have to park outside), once there, you have to board a bus for a 500 yard ride to the ship, and no you cannot walk, gotta take bus to get on pier. Once inside things moved along great. Was advised that this ship sells-out regularly and no upgrades can be had at check-in. Told to check with Guest Services once on board, but, by then it wasn't important. We had rollaways and hustled right to our room to drop off, met room attendant, very nice. Off to Lido deck for lunch. Dining: Lido (poolside- hotdogs, hamburgers, and fries, etc) good hamburgers and fries. Buffet inside, different theme everyday, institutional food with flair. You won't go hungry for sure, pizza available, and cold sandwich bar rounds it out. Nice touch; a drink cart person is cruising around to refill your lemonade, ice tea or water glass. Deserts are very good, with a chocolate fountain one of our days. MDR: Food was average to above, depending on the dish. Beef short ribs were excellent and any seafood entree was A+. Some of the other beef dishes, "skirt steak" was a cut of sirloin and tough and under whelming. MDR servers were steady, not exceptional. Lido/Buffet servers were quite frankly, broodish and unfriendly. When people are unhappy with their jobs it shows. Same goes with the bartenders staff, competent, yet no smiles to be seen or interaction. Exception: The Casino staff (Airguard, is the man), outstanding, obviously a great team lead by someone that understands the business model of service. Shows: Didn't make it through any of them. Asst Cruise director, Craig, "your voice from above" constant refrain to "make some noise" for whatever and whomever he was talking about had me reaching for the mute button. Lead vocalist assigned to the show troupe incessant overacting/upstaging was enough make Linsey Lohan jealous. All that being said, the value for the money spent is a bargain. We weren't there for class A service or amenities, just a getaway on the sea, which the Fantasy fit the bill perfectly. Clean public areas abound, no weird smells, short waits for dining and elevators made it a very nice trip. Debarkation; Silent service as you leave the ship, all explained fully on TV (so don't kill yourself trying to make the briefing). Find your time to exit stage left and magically the elevators will be available for you. Roll your luggage off or pick up later. Customs very fast and through. All told time-wise: 35minutes. Would we cruise with Carnival again: YES Best bang for buck! P.S. Almost forgot the best-est, instead of an excursion- JUMP on the Chef's table dinner. Seven course, a tour of the kitchen (while early service is going) champagne with canapes (all outstanding) made especially for you and 4 other couples. A demo on making the chocolate melting cake (which you'll consume later) then you'll be whisked to the library where your table is set and the experience really takes-off. Its $75 per, but well worth it. Especially for the foodie in you, ask the chef anything, and enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We found our room and the flood inside it. They were drying the carpet outside the bathroom where there was a leak of "unknown causes." The floor dryer prevented us from being in our room for a few hours. Then they had to check ... Read More
We found our room and the flood inside it. They were drying the carpet outside the bathroom where there was a leak of "unknown causes." The floor dryer prevented us from being in our room for a few hours. Then they had to check our room just about everyday for any more trouble and the balcony door as well. The floor dryer, amongst other things, sat outside our room for days. The room began to smell like staleness or a weak sewage smell after about 3 days. Then on Friday (our trip began on Monday) we came back from breakfast to another puddle by the balcony door. An hour or so later they came with the wet vac to clean it up. Boy did that smell bad! We had to leave again, and when we got back the room smelled awful while the floor dryer blew the smell around! We had to prop the balcony door open. The Ocean Suite has no hair dryer or clock and the balcony is semi-private and very small. People passing on the deck below could see the deck and if they tried hard could probably see into the room. The room stewardesses were very friendly although the service was not consistent. Sometimes there was fresh ice, and empty trash cans, sometimes there was not. Beware of the food service crew members in the buffet, they will run you over along with the passenger crowd. They are so concerned with cleaning up and in a hurry that they will just bump into you. The food was wonderful. Prices on drinks and such were priced comparably to any bar or restaurant. The ship was nice. They talk about the renovation, but clearly there are still issues with the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Carnival Fantasy Ratings
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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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