3 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Carnival Fantasy Cruise Reviews

I believe the Carnival Fantasy is the oldest ship in the fleet. For three or less nights, I do believe the ship is tolerable as it's not falling apart, but I wouldn't suggest it for longer trips. I went on the 2 night itinerary ... Read More
I believe the Carnival Fantasy is the oldest ship in the fleet. For three or less nights, I do believe the ship is tolerable as it's not falling apart, but I wouldn't suggest it for longer trips. I went on the 2 night itinerary after the ship's 2016 dry dock. I read there were upgrades to bars and eateries during the refurbishment, but there was no evident hotel upgrades made to the rooms. There is extreme noticeable wear on the ship inside and out. It’s small and the layout is difficult to navigate, especially for those for have a hard time walking long distances or climbing stairs. This was my 5th cruise with Carnival, and I hardly need to complain, but people considering this ship must be warned. My expectations were very low and I think I would have been okay if we stopped in Nassau as planned. However, due to supposed issues with the ship, we were rerouted to Freeport. What was upsetting to the majority on board was that we essentially paid the Nassau cruise fare ($300+ per person) to go to the same place as the Grand Celebration which is an express cruise ship from West Palm Beach that runs $250 for 2 roundtrip groupons (it was also in dock & sadly looked nicer than our ship). This was the week after my birthday and 1st wedding anniversary and I definitely need a do over so I don’t remember this experience for years to come. The room stewards and food/beverage/dining staff work so incredibly hard on any ship, and they were a delight to interact with. It’s not their fault if stations were under-staffed and the fact that dinner took 2 hours to be served the first night or that most food was not prepared properly (undercooked/overcooked). I solely blame the cruise line for poor planning. This 2 day itinerary was not a usual one for the ship. It seems like they only did it because of the dry dock. My opinion may not matter, but they should have probably not scheduled this if it couldn’t be successfully done. That being said, they did offer a small form of credit to all onboard and that they didn’t have to do so I gave them 2 stars verses 1 star. Beware of your purchases made in the duty-free liquor shop on board. Two other parties I was traveling with received the wrong item. Be sure to check the Carnival branded packages that they store your bottles in before you disembark the ship because thereafter, Carnival will blame their 3rd party vendor's staff for order and packaging errors. This is what happened when we called about the issue today. The stage shows on board seemed very low budget, but I didn't cruise 2 nights for the shows. The comedy shows saved the night. The comedian from North Carolina was entertaining. Bottom line: If you are used to cruising with Royal Caribbean and NCL, you must imagine your worst experience and know that it will likely be equivalent to the Carnival Fantasy experience. If I was to choose to sail with Carnival again, it would be on ships 5 years old or less, otherwise, it’s definitely worth spending extra to go with another line. The entire fleet is not bad… the Carnival Breeze was newer, bigger, better and had a superior staff (no surprise). It wasn’t perfect, but where ever Matt (cruise director) and Orlando are, you will see the brighter side when things aren’t great. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Aruba Jamaica ooo I wanna take you Bermuda Bahama come on pretty mama Key Largo Montego baby why don't we go Jamaica Off the Florida Keys There's a place called Kokomo That's where you wanna go to get away from it ... Read More
Aruba Jamaica ooo I wanna take you Bermuda Bahama come on pretty mama Key Largo Montego baby why don't we go Jamaica Off the Florida Keys There's a place called Kokomo That's where you wanna go to get away from it all Bodies in the sand Tropical drink melting in your hand We'll be falling in love To the rhythm of a steel drum band Down in Kokomo Aruba Jamaica ooo I wanna take you To Bermuda Bahama come on pretty mama Key Largo, Montego baby why don't we go Ooo I wanna take you down to Kokomo We'll get there fast And then we'll take it slow That's where we wanna go Way down to Kokomo To Martinique, that Monserrat mystique We'll put out to sea And we'll perfect our chemistry By and by we'll defy a little bit of gravity Afternoon delight Cocktails and moonlit nights That dreamy look in your eye Give me a tropical contact high Way down in Kokomo Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take you To Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama Key Largo, Montego baby why don't we go Ooo I wanna take you down to Kokomo We'll get there fast And then we'll take it slow That's where we wanna go Way down to Kokomo Port Au Prince I wanna catch a glimpse Everybody knows A little place like Kokomo Now if you wanna go And get away from it all Go down to Kokomo Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take you To Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama Key Largo, Montego baby why don't we go Ooo I wanna take you down to Kokomo We'll get there fast And then we'll take it slow That's where we wanna go Way down to Kokomo Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take you To Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama Key Largo, Montego baby why don't we go Ooo I wanna take you down to Kokomo Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
To begin with, having traversed the Internet for reviews about Carnival Fantasy and finding stories about distracted service, dirty rooms and crowded public areas, I had low expectations. My boyfriend and I chose the Fantasy because it was ... Read More
To begin with, having traversed the Internet for reviews about Carnival Fantasy and finding stories about distracted service, dirty rooms and crowded public areas, I had low expectations. My boyfriend and I chose the Fantasy because it was the least expensive in its category with the kind of itinerary we wanted. Being hardy backpackers, we thought we could put up with a little inconvenience for a short relaxing vacation of sand and sun. I'm glad to say that we were pleasantly surprised and absolutely loved our Carnival cruise. Leaving New York City on a cold drizzly day, we were immediately won over by warm, breezy Orlando. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn, which has complimentary pickup from the airport and is located in a green leafy business park with jogging trails and a little lake. I would highly recommend it. We arranged with Laura's Shuttle (407-888-8004) to take us to the pier the next morning (round trip, $35 a person). (PS Crummy hotel alert: avoid La Quinta West at all costs. Staying there on the way back, we found it dirty, next to a noisy highway and graced only by a McDonalds next door.) We had both packed small backpacks so we opted to carry them aboard rather than wait for the crew to deliver them at 7:00 p.m. If you want to hop in the pool right away, it's a good idea to bring your swimsuit aboard with you. Packing tip: if you are coming from colder climes, don't lug your winter coat to the airport with you (because you'll find a it a fat wooly nuisance in the Bahamas). Instead, layer a sweater and light jacket. Light, airy clothes are great for the trip, and you'll appreciate more than one swimsuit. (Don't ty to buy one in the Bahamas --expensive and little variety.) Our oceanview cabin, in the bowels of the ship, was perfect. Roomy, full of light, simple decor, clean, with a big comfortable bed. It was also quieter down on Riviera than on the higher decks. I would recommend an oceanview for all of the natural light and amazing view of the blue sea & sky. The public areas are varied and some spots are rarely crowded. Our favorites: the lounge chairs around the casino (fun for people-watching), the ping-pong area, the jogging track (a good place to sunbathe), the gym and the topless sun deck (empty but for a few old dudes hoping to sneak a peak). A tip: there are two hot tubs in the spa that usually empty. Dining was a favorite part for both of us. The evening meal, in the Jubilee dining room, was much more elegant than we expected, with white tablecloths and a tasty range of food. My favorites: lobster tail, artichoke salad, crab meat cocktail, cold mango soup, De-lice of the sea, souffle and chocolate mousse. John had filet mignon and sirloin steak every night. The cooking was French-style, small portions and heavy on the cream. The vegetarian options were also good, but I recommend avoiding the low carb options (bland). Out server, Denny, always made a few recommendations that were very helpful. If you see two appetizers you crave, order them both. Mmmmmm. We had the salad bar at Windows on the Sea a few more times and enjoyed the fresh vegetables, but it smelled like a diner (greasy) and was full of large people guarding the ice cream machine. Instead, we ate in the dining rooms as often as possible. The Celebration dining room breakfast was delicious. The wait staff even got my weird coffee order right (double espresso and pot of hot water). The service was phenomenal. Our servers and room stewards were so friendly, thorough and prompt! I have never had such courteous service (maybe I'm accustomed to surly NYC service). We were very, very impressed. At ports I suggest avoiding the Carnival packaged tours (you can get more bang for your buck with local operators) and embark on your own. We found great beaches and toured local neighborhoods on our own, seeing more of the real life of the island than most cruisers. My one problem with cruises is how it feels a bit colonialistic to come to an island and enjoy its attractions without contributing much to the economy. Most cruisers don't buy food or drink on the islands and don't stay in hotels, spending only small amounts on little purchases and transportation. Cruise ships themselves don't buy goods or produce from ports and pay only a small amount in taxes & fees to drop their toxic wastes (i.e., film developing chemicals). I would have liked Carnival to serve Bahamian food, offer information about Bahamian culture, history and language and purchase some items (i.e., rum, coconuts, bananas, crafts for the gift shop) from the islands. We loved our Carnival cruise, but it's pre-packaged travel ... nice for a short sunny getaway but not the kind of vacation that teaches you about a place or lets you experience another way of life. You can expect comfort and relaxation, but don't expect to have your horizons expanded by a Carnival cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2005
Carnival Fantasy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 5.0 N/A
Dining 3.5 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 5.0 3.7
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.3
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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