2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
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: October 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: July 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 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
2 Helpful Votes
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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 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
Carnival Fantasy Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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