6 Carnival Fantasy Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

A friend of mine mentioned he and his wife were going to celebrate their 30th anniversity & my wife and me were coming up on our 25th anniversity. So we decided to surprise her and take our first time ever cruise to theBahamas. My ... Read More
A friend of mine mentioned he and his wife were going to celebrate their 30th anniversity & my wife and me were coming up on our 25th anniversity. So we decided to surprise her and take our first time ever cruise to theBahamas. My friends had never met my wife prior to (Co workers). We planned to get her on board with out her knowing she was going on cruise. I had paid for it via a Walmart credit card and had my daughter help her pack for "Charleston week" we kept telling her we would be there the whole week and then over dinner my Friend Joe and Karen mentioend how his cousin "Larry" was retiring from the first mate position and it was a big deal, so Joe Karen and I also told her we were going to a bed and breakfast place Sunday check in at 3:30 but we were going to Larry's retirement party that moring, Joe and I reloaded the luggage and came back to pick up the girls. Well Joe and Karen went in front of us and would tell each point the fast version that it was our first cruise and we would be going to "Larrry's retirement party" and they would say, have a great time at Larry's party. We even had Joe pay for the parking in front of us so when we pulled up they said oh don't worry Larry already has you covered, have a great time at the party. Joe and Karen managed to stay just enough ahead of us so when we got up to a check point they would smile and say, have a goodtime at the party! Once we made it into the atrium one of the crew members walked up to us and asked are you Emily? She said yes, she said. Congratulations your going to the Bahamas! The ship was awsome, the cabin stewad "Poe" ( E152) was great he did extra stuff for us, iced down the water bottles and made sure we had silverware and plaplate for our anniversity cake and was super happy all the time. The dining room waiter (Hari) was too good to us, he was always dancing and singing to himmself, really made the experience special. ( he kept bringing out food we lmuch) Wow did he take good care of us, he was over the top; service . It was the best service I have ever had at any resturant. Kunyakorn was extremely friendly and gave us terrific service there too. Every single service person was never impatient, unbelievable. We had the best vacation of all time on the Carnival Fantasy cruise ship Nov 8-13-2015. The Bahamas. Private island dolphin swim and beach day and all inclusive reef snorkel beach shopping excursions. They were excellent - we enjoyed them tremendously! Great job! The cruiseship crew really made this so great, that was the best part of the trip; everyone was so nice, from the boarding to debarking this was the best trip we had ever had. Very cool! Keeping this a secret for 6 months was hard. Our travel agent kept me up to speed with deals and was great! Again this was the best experience on a vacation we had bar none. I don't know about other cruise lines but this was excellent! And I think I won few husband points for all of the carnival team's efforts. You guys really made it special. Thanks so much! If your thinking about taking a cruise I can say they were fantastic to us the whole trip. Highly reccomend! Activities and events were well planned and we just enjoyed hanging out and enjoying the whole experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was my first cruise, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I thought it was fantastic! Of course the pool is small, the décor is a little dated, but with a good attitude all of our expectations were exceeded. First ... Read More
This was my first cruise, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I thought it was fantastic! Of course the pool is small, the décor is a little dated, but with a good attitude all of our expectations were exceeded. First get the FASTER TO THE FUN pass! We arrived at the Charleston port at 12:33 pm (they told us not to arrive before 12:30). We went to a special place to drop our bags, then went through the security line normally. But then we by-passed about 100 people waiting to get their Sail and Sign cards using the FTTF pass. It’s only $50 per cabin, not per person! The rest of the trip we had a dedicated line at Guest Services, and we got to leave the ship FIRST on debarkation day. We arrived to the dock area at 12:33 pm, and through the entire process we were in our cabin (FTTF gets guaranteed state room access as soon as you board) at 1:45 pm. Not bad. The room steward service was incredible. Our towels were refreshed twice daily and bed made twice. I don’t remember one time walking down our hallway without seeing our room steward working in a cabin. The Seaday brunch was fantastic. The lunch and breakfast buffets are just alright. There’s always something there to find, and they really work to make a nice variety. And there was always a salad bar and fresh fruit for when you needed something lighter. The dinner service was great, with some small wait times on the first two nights. Once they forgot my appetizer, and sometimes our water glasses went unfilled for a few minutes, but for the most part they worked REALLY hard to make sure our experience was a great one. We learned by watching the people (Diamond Members) next to us when ordering. The appetizers are very small and so they order a few different ones every night. They also order three lobster plates per person during the lobster dinner. Don’t be afraid to order multiple items. The food was ALWAYS delicious in the main dining room. Be adventurous too! The shows were really good on the ship. They did two Broadway type shows, with lots of singing and they do special things in the beginning to get the audience involved. If you’re picked to go on stage or do something silly, just go with it! The comedians were spot on. If you have “Cowboy Comedian” on your ship, go to every show that he does! The adults only and family shows are all great. They do completely different shows the entire cruise, so go to each one. Overall, it was a great first cruise experience. Go expecting relaxation, not perfection. It rained every day of our cruise, but we still had a great time. We chose the self-assist debarkation. With the Faster to the Fun pass, we got to leave at 7 am (although most port times were about 15 minutes behind schedule). With the self assist, you take all your own luggage of the ship rather than having the staff take it off (like at the airport). It took us about 45 minutes total to be driving out of the parking area. This is definitely the way to go! Oh and if they are teaching the dance to “Thriller,” go learn it! It’s a fun experience! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We actually went out of Charleston on the Fantasy twice in 2014 because we enjoyed it so much and Charleston is so convenient for us to drive to instead of having to fly since we live in West Virginia. The Fantasy is the oldest in the ... Read More
We actually went out of Charleston on the Fantasy twice in 2014 because we enjoyed it so much and Charleston is so convenient for us to drive to instead of having to fly since we live in West Virginia. The Fantasy is the oldest in the Carnival fleet (built in 1990) but it still functions wonderfully. The staff is outstanding and we have never been treated so well before. We traveled as a family including myself, my wife, and my parents. My father, who has now past away, was disabled and in a wheelchair. The crew was very nice and extremely helpful to my parents which really meant a lot to me. Our room stewards and waiters were wonderful and they are very proud of their job and you can tell. The food was wonderful. We highly recommend that you eat breakfast in the middle dining room because it was always fantastic. The buffets are good most of the time but we don't get to eat at fancy places at home very often so we like to jump on opportunities such as the brunch. We enjoy the late dining so that we have time at the ports and to not feel rushed for dinner. PORT 1: Nassau - Nothing amazing but there are still tons of fun to be had here. The port entrance is heavily congested by people selling things but that's their livelihood so it's understandable. Port 2: Half Moon Cay - This is by far our most favorite port that we've ever been to. It is a private island only used by individual cruise ships. We were the only ship there and had the whole island to ourselves. The clearest water ever. Carnival even fed us lunch on the island which was really nice. We can't wait to go back! Port 3: Grand Turk - This is a beautiful island. My mom did the horse riding on the beach and said that she enjoyed it. My wife and I took a trolley tour (it was really small but we still enjoyed it). Embarkation was very simple and fairly quick. There are people everywhere to assist you on where to go and what to do. Debarkation was ok. I wouldn't say it was great but it wasn't the worst thing ever. They could make the process smoother and easier but I understand that they are trying to get ready for all of the new guests also. We will for sure go again out of Charleston. It looks like Carnival is moving the Ecstasy up to port out of Charleston for a while. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Let me begin by saying this was our honeymoon. I had been on a cruise before and she was a first time cruiser. We began our cruise on Saturday and arrived at noon (bad idea)! It took 3 hours from the time we entered the parking lot until ... Read More
Let me begin by saying this was our honeymoon. I had been on a cruise before and she was a first time cruiser. We began our cruise on Saturday and arrived at noon (bad idea)! It took 3 hours from the time we entered the parking lot until the time we made it to our stateroom. After I calmed down from that experience I was impressed with our stateroom with 2 port windows. I booked late and got a $100 onboard credit for each of us. The first day we learned what to do in case of emergency, after the meeting we had just left port. We made our way to the top of the ship and watched people dance and act crazy as we left Charleston. That evening we enjoyed dinner and explored the ship. On day two we had a day at sea and explored more of the ship. The ship does move around alot so if you get sea sick make sure you take medicine. On day three we were in Key West, FL. We were docked at a military base and had to take a trolley (free) into town. We explored all the touristy places in Key West and made our way back to the Fort Zachary Taylor State Park for the beach. I was very dissapointed at the beaches in Key West, they were rocky and hurt our feet. Be sure to take swimming shoes if you get in the water. On day three we were docked at Freeport. When we got off the ship it looked like a very run down area, we payed $10 to get a van ride to port Lucaya and back. The shops were very much like a flea market. We enjoyed the beaches at My Port Lucaya for a $15 fee each. This included restrooms, towels,chairs and they had several restaurants on premises. On this night we both ate beer battered fish, and after taking one bite we both knew it wasnt cooked all the way. We sent our fish back and ordered something different. About an hour later we were both in our stateroom vomitting violently. Neither one of us had been seasick and knew it came from that bad fish. The next day we were at Nassau, but we felt so bad we didn't get off the boat until 3pm. It was very nice to walk directly off the boat and into town, and we walked around for about two hours until we had to get back on. The next day was a day at sea and we were ready to be home, the food poisoning had really ruined it for us, so we didn't do much this day. We chose to carry our own luggage off the next morning (at 6:45am) and it only took 20 minutes to get from our stateroom to the car. We both enjoyed the first part of our cruise but I think we will wait a while until we cruise again. They did have two great shows we attended, and lots of bingo! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
I'll be doing this on a rating scale of A (best) - F (worst) and covering the areas that we had an opportunity to experience. Sailing out of Port Charleston was not as much of a hassle as we anticipated based on the comments we had ... Read More
I'll be doing this on a rating scale of A (best) - F (worst) and covering the areas that we had an opportunity to experience. Sailing out of Port Charleston was not as much of a hassle as we anticipated based on the comments we had seen prior to our departure. We had a stay, park and cruise package at the Rodeway Inn in Mount Pleasant. When booking I had been advised the rate included the transportation cost to the cruise port. Upon check in they tried to say it didn't. The hotel does not have a shuttle; they have a shuttle service that they use. Ultimately, they did pay for a cab, there and upon our return. I would rate the hotel at a C. The stay included breakfast in the morning and our car was parked in the front of the hotel in view of the front desk. The rooms were okay, nothing fancy, but for the price, it was well worth it. The port was no more then 10 -15 minutes away - directly across the bridge. After taking advantage of early luggage drop-off (I'd recommend strongly to all), we had the cab drop us off to look around the Charleston market. Very stuffy and hot and really not much there that interested us. I think it had more to do with being so hot and all we wanted to do was get on board. We headed over to the "tent" to grab a seat (of which there were about 10) and sit in the only shade available. We did inquire if there was anything in particular we needed to do for VIP and were immediately dismissed by the security officer. "There's no such thing". So, we sat and waited, we got onto the first shuttle and eventually at about 11:45 were off to the check in. Overall I would rate this part of the embarkation a C. Upon arriving in the terminal, there was no VIP line as yet because we were among the first inside the building. However, when we were finished at the desk, they told us to go on up the stairs and wait. We got over to the stairs and were immediately intercepted to tell us no one is permitted to go up until they actually start boarding. Although the check in process went smoothly, it's a thumbs down for any type of VIP treatment. Overall, I would rate this step as a B. It really did go smoothly for us. We did go immediately to the excursion desk to sign up for the Behind the Fun tour and to our surprise it was $55 pp versus the $95 that we expected since it was a 7 day cruise. He advised us that we were on the "wait list" since they couldn't book excursions while they were in port. We also had my sister switch over her sail and sign to her own card at guest services. In terms of the service - I would rate both at an A. No issues. We proceeded to the Lido deck to enjoy some lunch and wait for our room to be ready. The food was good and the DOD was the Funship special. We got to our room about 1:30 and all was well. Our luggage was already there and waiting which is why I'd recommend the early drop off. I won't go into all the specifics for ports and sea days because those really are personal preference. We ended up with an added sea day because the captain was unable to dock at Grand Turk. The winds were too strong and although he tried twice, (we were soooo close) he had to turn away. We wish he had made the announcement sooner because it really was a tease to be that close, taking pictures, and then sail away. At least this time we got to see somewhat that which we would be missing again (this was our second try at Grand Turk). I do have to say that making it to Half Moon Cay wiped out our disappointment. It was beautiful and the food was good. It was well worth the wait. Nassau was unimpressive. We didn't book any excursions since we planned on it being a "shopping" day. I'm glad we read the material before disembarking about all the cab drivers. It let us know that the shopping was only a 5 minute walk to the pier and that we didn't need a cab. We were bombarded with cab drivers and every other type of "tour" and it really was pretty annoying. Overall - Half Moon Cay an A, Nassau a C Now on to the ship itself. We had anytime dining and it worked out well for us. There were two nights that we had to wait, but it wasn't any big deal, we used that time to get our pictures taken. And, we had a nice little tray of goodies after waiting the first night with a note that said "we're sorry" you had to wait. Nice little touch. I think the premise is great because we weren't nailed down to a specific time we had to be ready to go eat, but I think the wait staff seemed to struggle a bit. I don't know if it was that they still aren't used to serving various stages to multiple guests or that they were short staffed. But, it really did depend what section we were in as to the service we received. We were at a window seat each night and alternated between three stations. Overall, I would rate it as a B. The food - the portions for the main course were too big but there wasn't anything we had that wasn't good. We were somewhat disappointed in the menu choices though. It seems like they scaled down compared to the Triumph two years ago. By that I mean the dishes weren't as fancy in preparation or choice. We did get room service every morning for coffee and tea on the balcony and one late night snack. Quick and curteous - I love that you can fill out the cards before you go to bed to have it there when you want in the morning. Overall, the food was a B. The room - we were in a grand suite and there were 3 of us. My sister ultimately decided not to pull out the sofa bed because it was far too uncomfortable. She chose to sleep on it as a couch instead. Otherwise, plenty of room and a nice size balcony. The steward(s) were only seen directly once when he came to introduce himself and that was about it. Overall, the room was clean and we would rate it and the service at a B. The activities - I would have to say overall were a C. The cruise director, from everything we heard wasn't very good and the assistant, although trying, wasn't much better. Not much life in either of them for the activities we observed. The worst had to be waiting for the tenders for Half Moon Cay. There was nothing, no comedy, no talking, dancing, nothing... Quite a boring hour of having to sit and wait. But, at least we got to the island sooner then later. It looked as though they were still tendering at 12:30 / 1:00 and we had originally arrived at 9:15. Band - Music Highlights in the Cats Lounge --- we loved, loved, loved this band. If you like a variety that you can dance to from the mid 90's and earlier, this is the band for you. The Behind the Fun tour. We were very pleased with the tour. The down side was the individuals that were on the tour that tried to play up that they knew more the ship staff and that the picture with the captain was with everyone. We thought it was going to be with the individuals by Cabin. It was definitely considered a "strenuous" excursion. If you can't do steep steps or any steps then you can't take the tour. It was almost a straight 3 hours of walking and up and down. We did take the elevator a couple of times but not many. It was awesome to be able to see the Galley and the bridge. I would do it again for those reasons. The rest was interesting but nothing I would need to see again. Overall - would rate this as an A. We did take advantage of the future cruise certificates and that'll give me something to plan and look forward to in the next few years. Overall we had a great cruise and we would sail the Fantasy again. We'd have to rate the ship overall a B. The primary reason - the lack of pool area for sea days (definitely and F) we didn't let it ruin anything, but they definitely have a poor design to accommodate everyone on sea days. So much to say, but I'll close with this - Carnival still is meeting our expectations for cruising. They have to make changes to go with the times and response to customers, but we really didn't notice anything of importance cut back from our first cruise two years ago, unlike what I've been reading about on the boards. I think everyone just needs to experience for themselves and enjoy your cruise. There's no other vacation like it. Happy cruising to all! Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
It was my husband and myself, this was our second cruise the first being on the Carnival Holiday, so we kinda knew what to expect. We left out of Mobile on a Saturday and it was raining so that really put a damper on things but you ... Read More
It was my husband and myself, this was our second cruise the first being on the Carnival Holiday, so we kinda knew what to expect. We left out of Mobile on a Saturday and it was raining so that really put a damper on things but you can't control mother nature!! The sailaway was not pretty and it rained off and on the rest of the day, so we found a bucket of beers and a table outside and tried to enjoy the sailaway, we just watched the people in the hot tubs and pools the weather didn't seem to slow anyone down!! After the first day things got better, we had cloudy skies the next day and then after that it was sunny days!! Since we had been on a cruise before we really just kicked back and relaxed!! The food, I thought was great, sure there was things that I didn't like but I wouldn't have liked it if I was in a place back home. I ate every two hours and then some. Really liked the deli station and that's where my husband would get his made to order omlett every morning, he said they were very good. The pizza was tasty and I always found something on the buffet to fill me up, no problems there. The MDR, we had the anytime seating and I will never go back to the early or late seating, it was so nice to just go whenever you felt like it. I had something different every night and I thought it was all good, my husband had a steak every night and some nites he said it was better than others, but my feelings on that is "how hungry are you", when your eating every two hours and your not really hungry you may think things aren't as good!! Not me though....I love to eat!! The Serenity Area was awesome, it is VERY quiet except for the relaxing music they are playing, the day we went we had no problems getting a chair, but the next time we went we didn't get one, we did go one nite and just get in the hot tub around 8pm and we were the only ones back there but the hot tub was SO HOT, I couldn't stand it and had to get out!!! If you want a seat you should go really early (8-9) or later on like 4pm. Very nice addition! The shows....we went to the Universal Lounge every nite, and they were all entertaining to me, one nite was a juggler a comedian, and a night club show and the last nite was the Beatles tribute, all were good, I thought!! We played bingo one night before the shows and almost won!!! It was fun The past guest party was top of my list, I was so happy to see our invitation and they had the drinks flowing, that was the best part, they had little crackers with tuna or something on them, I didn't really eat those, I just drank the free drinks, I think we had at least 7-8, they just kept giving them to me, I tried one of each!! The ship rocked more on this one than on the Holiday but I think we had rougher waters, it didn't make me sick or anything I just felt it more than I remember on the last cruise!! But hey, your on a ship in the water!!! The slides were a blast and we felt just like the kids going down them, there was not a wait and you should really go down them if your able! Some other thoughts....I did see a woman win 500 dollars in the casino on the penny slots, dont know how long she had played but she won!! I like the layout of the ship it was very to learn and know where you were going. We had a inside room and I think they are big enough for two people, we had plenty of room for everything we needed and the room stewards were GREAT, our room was spotless and if we ever needed anything they were right there. Awesome people. We did take all the pictures we could on formal nite and then bought a couple, those people that take the pictures are good at putting you in poses and they do turn out good!! We didn't have any children with us so I can't comment on the kid clubs but we did talk to a couple that had a 9 and 13 year old and said they had a good time when they went. I would go again on the Fantasy or any other Fantasy Class, I think they are great ships. We stopped at Progresso and Cozumel. In Progresso we went to Buddy's and had a few drinks and I got a $15 massage for one hour and it was AWESOME, right there on the beach!! In Cozumel we just did a lap around the shops and got back on the ship and had it to ourselves for the rest of the day, that was really nice too! We have been to Cozumel before so we didn't feel like we missed out on anything. All in all this was a great time, this ship is big enough that I wasnt running into the same people all the time but not so big that I got lost or couldn't find something!! Just book it and go, you will love it!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Carnival Fantasy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.1
Dining 3.5 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 5.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 4.2

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