36 Carnival Fantasy Senior Cruise Reviews

Feb 23rd - 28th. Inexpensive and close to home. Wonderful 3rd cruise on a Fantasy CLASS ship for joint wife and self vacation. The Fog{ weather no stars } kept us from boarding til 7:30 PM and along with Mardi Gra events made for ... Read More
Feb 23rd - 28th. Inexpensive and close to home. Wonderful 3rd cruise on a Fantasy CLASS ship for joint wife and self vacation. The Fog{ weather no stars } kept us from boarding til 7:30 PM and along with Mardi Gra events made for stressful{!} dembarkation, however, we were so happy to get that email to come to terminal to sail. Yes most people I spoke too were disspointed to miss Progreso Darn FOG is the enemy of cruise ship. Some were glad to have an overnight stay at Cozumel because of missing Progreso. For 30 year old ship there it is incredibly good condition. Very little problematic rust, however, there was one set of railing tubes near top, outside in front of ship, near top of stairs that the end of each pipe was some jagged edges but I rubbed the quasi-painted edges and felt no sharp cutting surface. Hot tubs were hot every time and not a singe child on Serenity area. 5 stars. Enjoyed lots of sun, warm and hot temps. Salt moist air was good for wifes asthma. Cabin{ E180 } was immaculately clean, including bathroom. I mean I was seriously impressed at how clean for a 29 year old ship! Engine vibration may have been more than other two cruises, I dunno. Was glad when getting to Cozumel and then having the engines lowered rpm to idle. Cesar Chan was excellent, enthusiastic, University trained, presenter of Mayan and Mexican culture history. Costal bus ride and lookout photo, Mayan temples and ending with authentic Mexican Tequila, dancing couple, food and friendly dinning atmosphere in downtown San Miquel. Crew service was excellent! Food was excellent and too much. Dancing and singing was great dinning experience. Bean burritos at Cantina on Lido deck were my favorite meal and good food every where I ate. Sorry I'm not a Guys Burger bar fan. Fries way to salty for me if not also to greasy{?}. Wife loved music night life. She played music with the ban. I was in hot tube, big bed{ king? and comfortable }, hot tub, exploring ship or hot tub. Oh, yeah, I loved the 2.0 tube slide. Never had those when I was a kid so no way I was going to miss my chance now. We carried on and off our luggage and we debarked and were in our car by 10:30AM in parking garage and that was a little behind their schedule debarkation times. I love cruising and will go again if can accrue the money to try a larger ship someday. Ex the Conquest class. On way back from Cozumel I saw on tv the head-wind speed was apparrent 72 mph and actual speed was 52. Captain said weather was deterioating, and the ship was listing left{ port side? } for about 5 minutes and that was kind of cool. The whole way back the ship had winds and moderate to and fro roll, and forward -backward pitching. I enjoyed that cause by now I know cruise ships rarely sink. A cruise is what you make it. I made it fun 95% of the time. :--) I watched 2 movies on tv. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This is an older ship but well maintained. Mobile cruise port is easy access with convenient parking should you drive.. Positives: Crew and staff; selection and availability of food and drink; cabin steward and cabin upkeep; wait staff in ... Read More
This is an older ship but well maintained. Mobile cruise port is easy access with convenient parking should you drive.. Positives: Crew and staff; selection and availability of food and drink; cabin steward and cabin upkeep; wait staff in Celebration Dining Room; while the entertainment was adequate it was not what one might call top tier but for the price it was OK. Negatives: (1) Carnival requires you to select an arrival time and tells you that you cannot board until your time slot. This was NOT the case on our sailing. Our arrival time was 12:30 to 1:00. We arrived a few minutes early but when we got there the line was long and slow. We asked about our reserved time and were informed that it was first come first on. Only if you PAY for priority boarding do you bypass the line. There were people in line with later arrival times. (2) Carnival allows smoking inside the ship on Deck 9. Unfortunately you have to pass through this area for many of the activities and shopping. There is no ventilation and it smells like you are in a forest fire when you pass through. This was a major disappointment for us. (3) Through no fault of Carnival, the port of Mobile was closed due to fog when we returned. However, Carnivals handling of debarkation was miserable. Although they announced an orderly process for leaving the ship many times, it was summarily ignored by passengers and not enforced by the Carnival crew and staff. So be aware that there may be a mad rush with tempers flaring and crowds pushing and shoving. Carnival could have done a better job of enforcing their own procedure. Overall the cruise was adequate for the money spent. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was most definitely not our first cruise, in fact, I turned platinum on this cruise, and DH will turn platinum in April. But last year after a great cruise in December to the Bahamas, I said to my DH, I really miss true Mexican ... Read More
This was most definitely not our first cruise, in fact, I turned platinum on this cruise, and DH will turn platinum in April. But last year after a great cruise in December to the Bahamas, I said to my DH, I really miss true Mexican food, so when we got home from dinner, we went on line and booked the Fantasy. We had cruised to Mexico from New Orleans, but we wanted to try sailing from Mobile, as we had never been to Mobile. We drove from Atlanta to Saraland, where we had booked the Microtel. A small hotel chain owned by Wyndom (sp) hotels. We had the park and cruise option, which was fantastic, our room was a mini suite, with a partition between the bedroom (a queen) and a living room, and the window actually opened, and we listened to the rain that night. We had dinner at the Oyster restaurant right next door. The next morning, we got up, went downstairs to our breakfast, repacked, and were on the van at 11:30 to our cruise! The Fantasy is not new, in fact right now it is the oldest ship in the fleet, but our cabin- R4, a porthole cabin, was huge. Considering all that there was to do on the cruise, we didn't spend much time there. But if you are looking for space, for the least amount of money, the front Riviera porthole cabins are spacious. Embarking, really, was a long line, with a long walk up to the Empress deck of the ship. Platinum or not, it really made no difference. Your sail and sign cards are at your cabin, so while DH was having some health issues, I went down, dropped off our bit of carry on, picked up the cards, went back up, got him and went to the Casino bar, where you can smoke even if the ship is refueling. The rest of the time, smoking is at the bar, which gets crowded or up on the Verandah deck. What made this cruise special is that we booked some easy excursions that I thought DH could do (his health is not good) and Carnival really got the excursions right! In Progresso we did the Discover the Mayan World, and we saw all that we wanted plus more. A nice bus, a great driver and tour guide (Arturo) and we saw the salt flats with the pink water, the flamingoes that winter there, the Xcambo ruins-pronounced eshcampo- a church in a truly Mayan town, and a great lunch spot on the beach. In Cozumel, we did Discover Mexico, which is basically an art and history museum, and saw the Paplanta (sp) flyers. Trust me, you will not witness this just every day of your life. So, the excursions were great, the dining room staff for ATD that we had, Divina and crew were great, the food was good, and in fact, we never even ate pizza this time, we actually enjoyed all that we tried. DH's highlight was winning the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest ( I have no idea why I even compete against him) and my highlight was being able to share information about the arts in Atlanta to the group at the Veteran's program meeting. (DH was Air Force). Cruising is what you make it, yes I can tell you it's an old ship, and there is rust. But who cares, if floats, it provides entertainment, and it a fun time or quiet time depending on what you need. The only downside was disembarking-here I was thinking, well I am platinum (serves me right) and we got the wrong memo, we were in the wrong place, and we almost didn't get any special service until I went down stairs and figured out what was wrong. There was a lot of lack of communication on this cruise, but we had a good time, we got off OK and we got picked up by the very sweet group at Microtel, drove back to Atlanta, and got home, by 5. p.m.. Would I do it again, you betcha-going in April. Oh, one thing I forgot to mention, and it's a ladies room thing-they changed the locks on all the public stalls in the ladies room, to cheap breakable plastic locks, that are impossible to use, if it ain't broke why fix it? Well they changed it, and most people had terrible times trying to get out of the stalls. Just a heads up. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
So different people cruise for different reasons right? We took this cruise to give our 2 1/2 year old grand daughter her first experience. I am platinum on Carnival and my husband is gold. I have five cruises booked at this time to ... Read More
So different people cruise for different reasons right? We took this cruise to give our 2 1/2 year old grand daughter her first experience. I am platinum on Carnival and my husband is gold. I have five cruises booked at this time to give you some background. We drove from Tallahassee and it only takes about three hours so travel was easy. It was puzzling to me that coming from the east there was very little direction to the terminal. We found our way but not without a lot of turning around. Fantasy is an older ship but easy to navigate. We walked right on the ship without waiting in line more than five minutes. We arrived about 11am. We went right to the room and it was ready. We had an ocean view room and the bed was very comfortable. Our room steward was very helpful and we did ask that he service our room twice daily and bring ice. There was no refrigerator in the room. The window was stained and foggy but it was still ok. There was no bad sewage odor like you smell on some of the larger ships. Our room was very clean. This was a Getaway offer from the casino so we got gifts everyday and that was a nice perk. There were two drawstring bags the first day, champagne the second, chocolate covered strawberries the third and cookies the fourth. We also got the platinum gift which was the gray backpack. I already have one and found it very useful on my last cruise. The casino also treated us to a bottle of wine in the dining room. We did the green eggs and ham breakfast and the parade with our granddaughter and she loved it. We only ate in the dining room once and the service was ok. The food was normal Carnival fare and ok. We had room service once and it was very prompt in arriving. The rest of the time we ate pizza, burgers and marketplace food. We know how annoying kids can be in the dining room and tried to avoid spoiling anyone's dinner. We didn't do any shore excursions in Cozumel. We just got off the ship and walked around a little. We uses the time on the ship for her to play in the waterworks. The ladies in Camp Carnival were very helpful but she only went once and then refused to stay after. A little too much separation anxiety I think. I have to say that I've been on few ships that the staff was any nicer than on Fantasy. Everyone was very helpful and eager to assist at any moment. We did self debarkation and it was quick and painless. Off the ship by 8:45. By the time the cruise was over our gd had adjusted and was opening the door with her room key, sanitizing her hands frequently and telling everyone hello. I think it was a good experience for her and hope that this is the first of many cruises. I have a cruise booked on this ship in February and look forward to going back. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise because it departed for Mobile(only an hour from home) and we were interested in relaxing on the cruise and not planning on getting off the ship for excursions. The ship is one of the smallest in Carnival's ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it departed for Mobile(only an hour from home) and we were interested in relaxing on the cruise and not planning on getting off the ship for excursions. The ship is one of the smallest in Carnival's fleet, which was a plus since my wife cant walk long distances. We enjoyed the friendliness of the crew and the lack of the crowds that can be overwhelming on the larger ships. The entertainment was excellent considering the small theater and limited number of other venue's The main complaint I had was the food. I found that the dining room selections were more limited that on previous cruises on the Carnival Dream and Conquest. Even on Elegant night, the Entree's did not include Lobster tail and Filet Minion as was included on previous cruises, although Lobster tails were offered for an additional fee. I also found the preparation was not very good with most of my dinners overcooked and dried out and the steak was mealy and grizzly. While the Wait staff was for the most part friendly and helpful, I found the pace of dinner extremely slow, which probably the reason most entree's arrived cold. During breakfast in the dining room, I usually received my toast 5-10 minutes before I received my eggs, which were overcooked 2 out of 5 mornings. Another issue was people "Vaping" in the passageways and on the pool and Serenity decks. Even when crew members observed the "Vaping" they said nothing. Overall I enjoyed the cruise and am considering taking another on the fantasy in the not to distant future. I do hope that Carnival will work on improving the food service Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise for the convenience of it being close to home. We left out of Mobile Al. My husband and I actually cruised on the Fantasy on our anniversary 23 years ago, so I was very excited to know this was an option to take my ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the convenience of it being close to home. We left out of Mobile Al. My husband and I actually cruised on the Fantasy on our anniversary 23 years ago, so I was very excited to know this was an option to take my daughter for her senior trip. It started of a little rocky with the threat of a tropical storm but carnival kept in touch with me via text days before embarking to assure us that they were taking care of us and other passengers. We had excellent room service, our room was always clean, the food was excellent, the buffet and dining. We especially loved Nancy!! She was amazing! We had the best time dancing and she is an amazing singer! Also the bartenders were exceptional!! We never had to wait and the drinks were delicious!! The entire cruise was amazing and I look forward to booking again with carnival! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The price is very reasonable. Cabin in the back of Rivera is clean (200s - even side). Steward and Cleaning crew clean several times and very attentive to request for towels. Food at formal dining hall Celebration is awesome. Service is ... Read More
The price is very reasonable. Cabin in the back of Rivera is clean (200s - even side). Steward and Cleaning crew clean several times and very attentive to request for towels. Food at formal dining hall Celebration is awesome. Service is great, despite they work long hours. Entertainment (show) is well choreograph. Cruise director is funny and can really rock a party at the Atrium. Food at Lido deck is good with a good omelet station for breakfast. Don't bring power chord or sockets, they will lend you one. There is only 1 socket per room. This is a fire safety issue. They want to make sure all power chords are up to code. They provide you with 2 complimentary big bottle of water. The $50 unlimited drink is a good deal if you drink alcohol. Otherwise, you can always get drinks at Lido deck. The spa area is very nice, clean and upscale. The service people there are nice. The sales pitch is intense. If they just published a good price, people who want the service would naturally just go on their own. Instead of commercializing it like an auction sale or time share sale commercial. Pre-book your off excursion tour - you get a discount and you just walk to the pole where the tour sign is and they will be waiting for you. A family of 4 fit comfortably in a small captain room. Window room is nice but may get one more sea sick if you look at the sea often enough. As a whole, this cruise is great value and not too long for busy people-busy family who can get away for just a few days and have quality family time. Get the $10 wifi and share it among family. It is worth it, as you just take turn to login to update your mailbox and messages. It is taken as switching from multiple device. Get the $5 chat per person if you need to communicate with each other without wifi. So we share the $10/day wifi plan and buy the $5/person chat plan to stay in contact with each other. Prepay the gratuity and be done with it. Service is good and well deserve the prepay tips. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I traveled with my sister (2 retirees & both gold members VIFPs with Carnival) and we chose this cruise because of our nearness to the Port of Mobile (only 3 hour drive) and also its itinerary. It's nice to visit the Mexico ... Read More
I traveled with my sister (2 retirees & both gold members VIFPs with Carnival) and we chose this cruise because of our nearness to the Port of Mobile (only 3 hour drive) and also its itinerary. It's nice to visit the Mexico mainland without the added time of a ferry ride from Cozumel. We embarked early and it went very smoothly. It was my 16th cruise (on 4 different cruise lines) and after cruising on larger, newer ships, my expectations were low. I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't miss the larger crowds and I loved the price. The recent renovations are well done and the staff very attentive. When we booked we were assigned late dining at 8:15, which is a little late for us. Since we only needed a table for two, we contacted the dining room on the first day of the cruise and they were able to give us anytime dining. Dragona the hostess, was very pleasant and accommodating. The warm chocolate melting cake is the bomb! Guy's Burger Joint on the Lido deck has the best burgers I've ever eaten, including homemade! The tacos, taco salads right next door at the Blue Iguanua were also excellent. After traveling on RCCL that charges extra to eat at Johnny Rockets, it was especially nice to have these perks included in the cruise price. I would rate this cruise with 5 stars for value. We're platinum members on RCCL and it seems to perks are better with Carnival! It also seems the on board activities are more fun and varied. We liked the Carnival Tower game (like Jenga) and Cranium, beanbag toss was fun too. A great way to meet fellow passengers and staff. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I went on this cruise with friends to celebrate our 60th Birthdays. The food in The dining room was excellent, at Guys burgers, was very good. But the buffet and Mexican restaurant needed much improvement. The rooms could use updates along ... Read More
I went on this cruise with friends to celebrate our 60th Birthdays. The food in The dining room was excellent, at Guys burgers, was very good. But the buffet and Mexican restaurant needed much improvement. The rooms could use updates along with all the bathrooms on the ship. The cruise director Benjamin and the guy in the piano bar were the best things about the whole cruise. I would never go in the Fantasy again. Dealing with drunk and disorderly guest was terrible. I guess these are cruises for younger people who like to stay drunk all of the time. I will say I was very pleased with how they handled the drunk and disorderly in a timely fashion. The room stewards were pleasant but not the best we have ever had on a cruise before. I was just overall disappointed in the ship and the condition it was in. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Spent 5 days on the Fantasy with stops at Progreso and Cozumel, it was cool in Mobile but by the next morning it had warmed up and sun was shining. Do not know how full the ship was but I was able to find a chair away from the pool which ... Read More
Spent 5 days on the Fantasy with stops at Progreso and Cozumel, it was cool in Mobile but by the next morning it had warmed up and sun was shining. Do not know how full the ship was but I was able to find a chair away from the pool which is always busy. this was your typical Carnival cruise and loads of people at Guy's burgers which I don't understand as I enjoyed the old burger grill much better but looks like the Guy's will stay around for sure. The buffet was good and the carved turkey and fish items were excellent, few vegetables available except for the green beans which tasted fresh. Ate at dining room once for brunch and once for dinner but dinner was less than stellar and he wait for my food was over 30 minutes, never again. CD was Mikey and people rave about how good it is but all I remember is he was on the loud speaker constantly hawking the next sale etc, it just got too much and wish he left the ship earlier than our last day. Crew was usual hard working ready to help and ship had a good selection of live music all over the ship. Carnival TV has changed for the worse and we had no idea of weather in Mobile and no ways to watch Olympics and CNN 24 hours a day is not my cup of tea.we had calm seas altho it was windy at times and this was a nice 5 day getaway from winter. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We had taken the carnival dream out of new orleans on this same itinerary...we thought. this cruise on this old boat out of mobile, al is a "whole 'nuther thang." don't plan on having your beverage package delivered ... Read More
We had taken the carnival dream out of new orleans on this same itinerary...we thought. this cruise on this old boat out of mobile, al is a "whole 'nuther thang." don't plan on having your beverage package delivered or get anything but a soft drink or watered down "boat drink" until you are in international waters...this is alabama, after all. "junior suite" was about same size as simple balcony stateroom on larger boats like dream. v-cabins are on deck 11, which has only two elevators working (kinda)...the glass ones to the atrium that don't go to the gangplank or to medical! so, while there are two other full elevator banks forward which traverse all decks, carnival locks them out for the entire cruise including debarkation!!! think about that if you are in a wheelchair or have a sprained ankle or are trying to get you and your luggage to the debarkation deck when all 4 elevators on the floor are locked out! ...and the elevators in the atrium were a running joke from all aboard! they would just stop (not overloaded,) or doors would close, then open up for no reason whatsover, and do it over and over again, often catching people in the 'elevator jaws of death!" ---that line never failed to get a tired laugh from those poor souls just trying to get somewhere on the boat. Now...here is the real rub: we were supposed to have two shore days. but, when we received our 'updated' itinerary, we ended up arriving at the first stop at costa maya at one o'clock in the afternoon, leaving at 8 that night! we said, "ok, at least we have a whole day in cozumel..." but nooooooooooo. turns out we could get to cozumel by 8 am, but, we had to be back on boat no later than 3:30!!! this itinerary used to go out of new orleans using dream-class ships, and it was a very good trip (we took one last year,) with a good boat, and lots of time on shore days. fantasy is not that way! in fact, it seemed like they need to retire that old girl...it is just worn and unable to provide the product that people think they are buying. ...and if carnival can't live up to their "2 shore day" promise coming out of moblie, well...then they shouldn't advertise it. i may never cruise with carnival again...darn sure not out of mobile. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to help our friends celebrate their anniversary. Ended up with 11 going but the cruise was delayed due to Hurricane Nate. We waited around and got to go out for 2 1/2 days and everything was great. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to help our friends celebrate their anniversary. Ended up with 11 going but the cruise was delayed due to Hurricane Nate. We waited around and got to go out for 2 1/2 days and everything was great. All the crew seemed to do their best to help us have a good time and very friendly! We had great rooms, most were inside ones on different decks, but no one had any issues. Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly even tho it took hours to get the ship up the river and docked. We really enjoyed it and was happy that we went even tho there wasn't any port calls. Carnival did well to make up for the unfortunate weather event. We ate in the dining rooms almost every meal and was always well taken care of. Evening entertainment was wonderful in the atrium bar area. Lots to do every day. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our first cruise and we did not know what to expect. You could tell this was an older ship but it appeared well maintained. The cabin was a little small but in good repair. Our room steward, Putnut, was great. The only issue I ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we did not know what to expect. You could tell this was an older ship but it appeared well maintained. The cabin was a little small but in good repair. Our room steward, Putnut, was great. The only issue I had with the room was that it did not have a refrigerator or ice bucket which made the long walks to the back of the ship for a glass of ice a little much. Food was good and plenty of it, a little more variety would have been nice. The food on the buffet was mostly the same as the dining room The service in the Dining Room was first class with the exception of the first night. We had a waiter that was very slow and failed to give good service. All the other nights made up for this night. The excursions were great and we had no issues getting off or back on the ship. C Love, the Cruise Director was Great! He appeared to be all over the ship at all hours, He made for a very memorable trip with his enthusiasm and energy. Overall I was very pleased with Carnival Fantasy, our crew, our Ports of Call and Mobile as our departure city. This was a good ship to introduce us to cruising. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We had not problems getting on or off the ship. Love the fact you can prepay your parking and not have to do anything give them the luggage and park. This was closet to our home, we only want to do a short cruise. We had the some of the ... Read More
We had not problems getting on or off the ship. Love the fact you can prepay your parking and not have to do anything give them the luggage and park. This was closet to our home, we only want to do a short cruise. We had the some of the best dinning room server's on any cruise, we had dinner at a 12 people table and enjoyed talking every night. We enjoyed the food. It was our first time with the American Table I did not see that really matters about the table clothes only on the tables on Elegant night. I like the smaller ships a lot easier to get around. The shows were good and the cruise was nice. I did not really have a problem with the people smoking. Think they need for choice for late night other than room service or pizza. My husband always goes to bed earlier than me so room service is not a good option. But over all it was a great cuise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
The Fantasy ship is one-and-a half hours from our home in Gulf Breeze, FL. This was our third cruise since Dec. 1, 2016. Our steward (Chantai), our restaurant servers, (Diego, Felix, Oswaldo) and Activities Director (Mikey) were ... Read More
The Fantasy ship is one-and-a half hours from our home in Gulf Breeze, FL. This was our third cruise since Dec. 1, 2016. Our steward (Chantai), our restaurant servers, (Diego, Felix, Oswaldo) and Activities Director (Mikey) were some of the best Carnival staff we have ever experienced in thirty plus cruises. We are in our 70's but the 20, 30 and 40 year old guests were kind, polite and inclusive to us and other senior passengers. We like to travel with Carnival because there are families with children that travel Carnival. The different ages of passengers add a genuine atmosphere of fun and excitement to the experience. Never again will we travel with another cruise line that caters just to grumpy and old passengers. Being with young and old passengers is truly an energizing, fun and relaxing experience to us. We'll take another cruise on the Fantasy soon. Thanks guys! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We live a hundred miles from Mobile, but the Fantasy is my favorite ship. Out of 20 cruises I have been on Fantasy 7 times (with two more booked.) The CD is Mikey and he is the best I have ever had, and keeps the action going all the ... Read More
We live a hundred miles from Mobile, but the Fantasy is my favorite ship. Out of 20 cruises I have been on Fantasy 7 times (with two more booked.) The CD is Mikey and he is the best I have ever had, and keeps the action going all the time with something for everyone. Mobile is a nice smaller city, so it is easy to get around town, and get to and from the Port. We did not have any long lines (although we are Platinum and get enhanced boarding and debarkation.) The staff of board was always friendly, and we had some incredible waiters for dinner. Also have to mention the awesome "Agent 007) was our Maitre'd and he was very helpful and had a first class dining room., The two ports, we visited twice each were Cozumel and Progresso. While Progresso is not an exciting place, it does have some great shopping and the Flea Market is one of the best kept secrets of the Caribbean. Cozumel is always a fun place to visit and highly recommended for new cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
As first-time cruisers, we were concerned about the negative reviews we read prior to departure. We now know there are thousands of very satisfied clients and comparatively only a handful of naysayers. We had a wonderful time. The ship ... Read More
As first-time cruisers, we were concerned about the negative reviews we read prior to departure. We now know there are thousands of very satisfied clients and comparatively only a handful of naysayers. We had a wonderful time. The ship was immaculate, the staff was superlative and the cuisine was delicious. Programs were also well-planned and executed. A highlight for us was the behind-the-scenes tour where we visited the kitchens, control room, etc and the bridge where we got to meet the captain. Like all cruises there are a goodly number of people who enjoy imbibing and gambling, etc. We do not, but it is easy to find a quite, serene escape from the Madding crowd if desired. We enjoyed our fellow passengers, especially some wonderful new friends we met. Good demographic mix of older passengers like ourselves, young couples, families and middle-agers. Prior to departure, the Carnival customer representative was very helpful in answering all of our questions and making recommendations. As he suggested, we are happy we opted for the "faster to the fun" option for a small fee for priority boarding and debarkation. Look forward to going again. Leaving from Charleston is ideal for us. We wish there were cruise destination options from the Port City. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
My wife has been trying for 10 years to get me on a cruise ship. I have always been reluctant because I've always been told cruises typically nickle and dime you to death. In that vain I was not disappointed. I was in fact nickle ... Read More
My wife has been trying for 10 years to get me on a cruise ship. I have always been reluctant because I've always been told cruises typically nickle and dime you to death. In that vain I was not disappointed. I was in fact nickle and dimed to death with the hidden gratuity charges and extra fees for edible food in the eateries. This ship has 2 formal/semi formal dining rooms and I was only allowed to eat in one of them and only at a specific time???? The bar charges don't even require discussion when they charge $10 per drink.. ridiculous. The ship is dated and in need of serious upgrades in my opinion. The food was all but inedible for the most part. The only half decent meal was the dinner on the last night of the cruise. I suppose they figure if your last meal is ok.. then you won't complain. I have been all over the that part of the world staying in all inclusive resorts and even though an all inclusive resort on Paradise Island would probably be five or six hundred dollars more.. the obvious advantages far outweigh the additional cost. I will NEVER sail with Carnival again and most likely will never take another cruise. Thanks Carnival for proving to me that I've been right about cruises for the past 40 years. I just can't believe they charged us over $1100 for this. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
It was our second cruise on the same ship and itinerary from Charleston, SC, over Christmas. Our first was three years ago over New Year's. Both times were family gatherings of sorts. But I hope when the next family cruise gathering ... Read More
It was our second cruise on the same ship and itinerary from Charleston, SC, over Christmas. Our first was three years ago over New Year's. Both times were family gatherings of sorts. But I hope when the next family cruise gathering comes around, our grandchildren will be old enough to travel to another port for it. If the Charleston Port Authority is not going to fix problems with unnecessarily long line-ups and cumbersome processes for luggage drop-off, parking, shuttle to the terminal, immigration, and cruise check-in, it can easily turn Charleston into one of the least efficient (i. e., worst) cruise ports in the US. I was told that a new terminal was in the works, and so on. Hopefully, "expedite" and "simplify" would be among the leading concepts for the project. We didn't notice this (or as much) three years ago, but the Fantasy seemed to have an inordinately large number of unhappy, under-trained, ill-mannered, poorly supervised staff in contact with customers. (I put the arbitrary estimate of 40% in the Carnival post-cruise survey.) There is clearly room for improvement in the recruitment, training, and supervision of the staff. The buffet food wasn't bad tasting, only lacking in variety. Most objectionable was the frequent practice to open only one line of the buffet. The desire for seconds was sometimes dampened by the sight of the line-up. The cruise director also seemed to try too hard to impress. We haven't noticed the same intrusive presence of the cruise director on other cruise lines. For some reason, his voice didn't come across as wholly pleasant over the loud speakers, and he did public announcements often enough. Entertainment at the Universe Lounge was on the whole poor. Viewing from the balcony was often obstructed because of the pillars and low booth seats. What we found praiseworthy was the installation of water slides that allowed the young to have fun. They weren't there before. Also, we did complain last time about food odor everywhere we went on the ship. It was not the case anymore this time. In general, we didn't find this cruise, as cruise, satisfactory. It could have strictly been a bad experience if not for the pleasure of having the family (now families) back together again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We live just over 2 hours from Charleston so we decided to do a quick little cruise to the Bahamas before heading North to New Jersey to spend Christmas with the family! We have done this cruise before so we knew what to expect. This ... Read More
We live just over 2 hours from Charleston so we decided to do a quick little cruise to the Bahamas before heading North to New Jersey to spend Christmas with the family! We have done this cruise before so we knew what to expect. This trip is a real slice of Americana. Everything from Walmartians to the snobby "Platinum" cruisers. We had a blast! Enjoyed great weather except for the last day! Enjoyed the Serenity Deck, Cleopatras piano bar, the comedians and the Majestic Bar! The staff was great. Our cabin was clean as a whistle and the food ranged from just okay to pretty damn good. As long as you keep your expectations in check you should really enjoy this trip. In February they will be putting the Fantasy into dry dock and replacing it with the Ecstasy! Wish they would have a few more itineraries. Love being able to cruise out of Charleston. Will most definitely do this trip again! 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
Been on several cruise lines. Carnival has been the worst. Disembarkations were confusing and disorganized.Getting out of the Charleston Port is an ordeal in it self (going and return). Food on the ship was terrible. Same food was in ... Read More
Been on several cruise lines. Carnival has been the worst. Disembarkations were confusing and disorganized.Getting out of the Charleston Port is an ordeal in it self (going and return). Food on the ship was terrible. Same food was in all the dinning areas. Worst coffee. Any information being given on the speaker system was too loud and individuals giving information was not understandable. That is None spoke English clearly. Entertainment was mediocre. Teenagers were aloud to roam the halls at night talking loud and running through the hallways. Itinerary was not all that good. Three stops only and had to be shuttled to one island, Half-Moon Cay. Nothing was at this Island. Ship information was very poor. No announcements were made about arrival times on locations. No announcements were made that some information would be found in write-ups about next day events. As previous mentioned any announcements made were loud and inaudible. Services, other than cabin attendants, were poor. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We took a five day & five night cruise on the Carnival Fantasy last week with our son and daughter-in-law and some of their friends. This was our first cruise and we loved it! One caveat - the Fantasy is a “small” cruise ship ... Read More
We took a five day & five night cruise on the Carnival Fantasy last week with our son and daughter-in-law and some of their friends. This was our first cruise and we loved it! One caveat - the Fantasy is a “small” cruise ship compared to others and when we hit choppy seas, the boat rocked side to side a bit. It was a lot like having one too many drinks and not being able to keep your balance. This spoiled it for one member of our group, who was prone to sea sickness. As a first-time cruise, the Fantasy was terrific. The dining was elegant, the food was incredible, and there was a lot to do. However, unless you are into sitting around a pool with edges completely lined with college age people, do not go during spring break. :-) Also, the entertainment was nice, but not stellar. There was supposed to be “adults only” karaoke after 10 p.m. but the same adorable children filled every third slot, nonetheless. Yes, adorable, but not conducive to adults having a good time! The most impressive take away from this cruise was the incredible friendliness and helpfulness of the crew - every one of them! Even the housekeeping staff would say hello with a big smile, ask how your dinner was, etc. We really felt like royalty! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Ship was late because of fog so boarding was 2 hours late and set sail was 1 hour late. Ship was cold because ship has no heat. It got warm the next day when in Florida waters. Ocean was choppy for 7 days with 30 to 50 mph head winds. The ... Read More
Ship was late because of fog so boarding was 2 hours late and set sail was 1 hour late. Ship was cold because ship has no heat. It got warm the next day when in Florida waters. Ocean was choppy for 7 days with 30 to 50 mph head winds. The ship rode very nice and only a few small children were ill. Most adults wore patches. We had 4 couples and the maitre d got us a very nice round table that we enjoyed for 7 days. Service was excellent as our room was ready when we boarded and our room steward did an excellent job all week. Our waiters did an excellent job also. The food was excellent as usual but menu definitely needs an overhaul. The entertainment was excellent especially the jugglers on a rocky ship. We also enjoyed the comedy club The casino was very smokey because now people can't smoke on their balconies, they come to the casino to smoke. Debarking was excellent. We arrived @ 7:00am and was in my car at 8:00am. South Carolina and Carnival do not charge parking for handicap persons so a saving of $117 was appreciated. When at home the next day, 3 of us came down with a mold infection. We all had separate cabins and were all on separate decks and separate cars. It has now been 5 days and congested lungs are no fun. All in all we had a great cruise except for the illness. I hope they look into the air filters and see if this can be prevented in the future. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
First of all we live with in 30 miles of the port of Charleston. This is our 5th cruise on the Fantasy and 6th cruise out of Charleston. The cruise terminal in Charleston is about what to be expected in a 3rd world country. For some ... Read More
First of all we live with in 30 miles of the port of Charleston. This is our 5th cruise on the Fantasy and 6th cruise out of Charleston. The cruise terminal in Charleston is about what to be expected in a 3rd world country. For some reason it took us 2 hours to get on the ship after parking our car. The last cruise we took on August 2014 took us only maybe 30 minutes to get on the ship. We where told that there was not enough shuttle buses to get people from the parking warehouses to the terminal. Sounded like a poor job of ordering manpower to work. This cruise terminal was suppose to be relocated to a new terminal that was supposed to be built 4 years ago but the old money environmental crowd has tied this up the courts for years now to prevent it being built. Just to let you know these people DO NOT like the cruise ship there or the people who get on it. They think you are ruining the charm of Charleston. If you are handicap and park in the handicap parking warehouse expect to wait a while for a shuttle bus to pick up you. There are no places to sit in the building and have only one porta potty to use in the warehouse which of course is at the far end of building. The buses with wheelchair lifts maybe haul one or two people at a time so if you are in wheelchair you might have to wait. Also the buses are hard to climb up on the steps. The buses do not kneel down or there isn't any extended steps to make it any easier to get up on. I am pretty sure they are not ADA compliant.. Once you get to the terminal you have to go through the security check point which is a total pain. The metal screener is over sensitive because it picks up replaced knees and other metal in your body. Then you get the hand wand. The machines at Port Canaveral are not set that sensitive. Also you have to take your laptop out for some reason and then if you bring any can or bottle soda on the ship your sealed case of coke is opened and a the cans are inspected to see if you open the cans filled them with booze sealed them back to factory sealed and glue the box back together. Something that is not done in Port Canaveral. Anyway after that mess you finally can check in. If you are not able to climb a flight of steps and then walk up 4 stories of zig zag gate ramp to deck 7 you can ask to use the deck 3 gangway door on the pier and that the elevator inside the ship. The ship is clean a little worn but the crew makes up for what it lacks in fancy new stuff. The food is so-so on the Lido deck and the Jubilee dining room was the descent 7 day menu. Grand Turk and the Bahamas where nice and sunny considering we are in middle of hurricane season The 12pm to 7 pm time at Grand Turk was nice because our ship was the only one there after the Pride left after about hour when we got there. Debarkation back at Charleston will make you really mad. The ship has the silent debarkation because the old money crowd do not like the ships PA system or train horns at the roads crossings. So the ship goes by zones or self assist which isn't too bad. A crew member comes get you and takes you to the ramp. Ok so far so good. But wait till you get back to the terminal. You meet your bags in the same spot where you got your room key earlier in the week. So go find the your zone and get your bag. Good luck in finding a porter to help get your bags through customs. There was one guy for the 200 people needing help. I really felt sorry for the elderly and wheel chair bound to help them with their bags. This is the part of the story that will make you blood boil. The luggage is still being brought off the ship and unloaded from the ships luggage racks inside the terminal. Well the Ceres longshoreman where having a great time throwing peoples luggage on to the concrete floor. I am sure that some of these bags where carelessly toss upside down, flung or other pieces of luggage dump on top of them on the concrete floor. Good luck with having those memories and souvenirs ending up in one piece much less your bags not being damaged. But you know what is sad is the lack of any leadership skills from the Carnival shore crew. I mention to one guy that peoples bags are being damaged and he told me oh well. Then I talked to the supervisor lady in charge of the longshoremen was going to talk to their foreman but she told me said something to them but they did not pay attention to her. I told her if you hired them you can hold them accountable for damages. I do not think Carnival has a clue how port labor works. If you have damage to your luggage from the longshoreman Carnival is suppose to be able to recover damages from the stevedores. My experience was spending 20 + years of working the ports worldwide for military cargo but using the same port labor, I am sure a lot of other people know how the port is suppose to work and the Cruise terminal is not a good example of that. FYI the Fantasy cruise schedule does not go past early 2016. It makes you wonder if Carnival is going to leave Charleston because the promise new has no been built in over 4 years. I don't think they are going to wait another 4 years for a terminal to built in city where the minority does not want them there. This only my humble opinion thanks for reading it.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
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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