1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
5 hours from Mobile so we drove down. Getting on and off the boat simple and easy in Mobile. It’s a nice big port with $70/5 day parking. Get a better ship in there it would be worth it. We chose this cruise because we wanted to take ... Read More
5 hours from Mobile so we drove down. Getting on and off the boat simple and easy in Mobile. It’s a nice big port with $70/5 day parking. Get a better ship in there it would be worth it. We chose this cruise because we wanted to take our 4 boys (10 to 17) and it was cheapest we found. The boys thought it was awesome, and for them it was, my wife and I not so much. But before I go further I do want to say that everyone was super nice and friendly. It was my first cruise and if it wasn’t for people I know that wouldn’t lie to me it would be my last. It was like staying in a musty ran down motel with excellent room service (if that makes sense), the king size bed was so uncomfortable that I was ready to take the frame out in the hall and lay the mattress on the floor. We paid for extra for an ocean view which landed us at the main back of the noisy ship but that was a WASTE because the window had not been cleaned in so long that you couldn’t be 100ft past the back of the ship. The food was ok the best was Guy Fieri burgers and the Blue Iguana was great. We ate lunch there and dined at ships restaurant it was ok fancy food cooked up and served with a smile but lacked variety and flavor I thought. And believe me I tried everything 6 people 4 being teenage boys can put some food away and I tried everything that we ordered. The entertainment was ok I enjoyed name that song, the live music at the bar and marriage game was halirious. Kevin wasss ssso over the top but he wassss funny I thought (If you know him you’ll get that). The shows were ok except for the Country Roads show it was terrible I thought. The ports were ok, Progreso that shops were in your face almost. Cozumel the boys swam with the nurse sharks and stingrays they had fun but they had never done anything like that but it’s was like a petting zoo in the ocean where you can touch it if your fast enough to corner it. I’ve found out that I just can’t afford to take 6 ppl on a cruise. I’ll find a resort, condo, time share or something else because the 5 days on the boat with the excursion was over 6K. I just read over this... Lol I sound like a hateful old man but one of the easiest going guys I know. I just excepted more and better Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this cruise because it appeared to be affordable and we had 25 people going. It was a disaster from the get go. I can’t blame anything on our cabin stewards. They went above and beyond to help us out. Dining in ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it appeared to be affordable and we had 25 people going. It was a disaster from the get go. I can’t blame anything on our cabin stewards. They went above and beyond to help us out. Dining in the celebration dining room was great. Entertaining and a decent selection. They do NOT update menus online so do not rely on the app to be correct. I guess they look at what you spend to determine how to treat you. We booked the Cat In The Hat Breakfast as soon as we got on board. We were told to be at the 8:30. When we arrived we were told we were bumped to 9:45 because of overbooking. So we had two upset kids that we had to pacify for an hour. I will say the breakfast was worth the wait. I wouldn’t recommend Carnival or this ship for families. This would be a great party ship but the activities are not what I expected. Camp for the kids was basically 20 kids in a room with a play kitchen. My grandson hated it and didn’t want to go back. We had a handicapped room because my husband has hip and knee issues and needed it. The cabin was beside the service elevator so it was extremely LOUD all night. We were woken up at 2am nightly by crew singing in the service area. We also had a fire on the ship which caused a bit of drama. People wanted to get to their kids and couldn’t. I am sure carnival will hear more from them. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
First time cruiser excited about seeing Cozumel. I knew beforehand smoking was allowed in the bars and the casino, but I did not know the whole ship would smell like an bar! The lounges and casino do not have physical doors, The entry ... Read More
First time cruiser excited about seeing Cozumel. I knew beforehand smoking was allowed in the bars and the casino, but I did not know the whole ship would smell like an bar! The lounges and casino do not have physical doors, The entry is wide open and the second-hand smoke travels throughout the ship. I will never go on another cruise unless it is non-smoking or doors and ventilation is installed. Also, there were so many drunk people even though it was not spring break time. I saw one college girl vomit onto a towel on the Serenity deck. The pool was very small and i would never take children on the cruise since there is such a drinking/partying atmosphere. I saw many, many women in the hallways and hamburger restaurant in only bikinis. Appropriate cover-ups were not enforced. The ship was clean and our dining room waiters Eric and Jorge were fantastic. It was hard to find your way around especially since the stairs are not labeled and you never knew which floor you were on. Floor level signs would have been a huge improvement. The onboard entertainment is what I would call cheesy. The bingo was $40 for three bingo cards and lasted less than 10 minutes of actual calling time. The website lists many restaurants, but in reality most of them were in the same cafeteria and each area was labeled as a separate restaurant. For example the ice cream machine was given a separate restaurant name. The coffee shop and sushi counter seemed to be tucked away in a small out of the way area and hard to find. The jewelry and pictures were pushed heavily. The pictures taken were displayed haphazardly and were moved around so much you could not keep up with your pictures to purchase. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We were looking for a 5 day Carnival cruise that left out of Mobile, AL. The Carnival Fantasy is a lady showing her age and while we were onboard the crew were doing some serious repairs and updates. The 3rd day into the cruise they ... Read More
We were looking for a 5 day Carnival cruise that left out of Mobile, AL. The Carnival Fantasy is a lady showing her age and while we were onboard the crew were doing some serious repairs and updates. The 3rd day into the cruise they closed the Blue Iguana Bar and were sanding and adding a fresh coat of varnish. There were several days we saw crew members carrying very large sections of hand rail somewhere. Some outside decks were closed because they were working on them. We heard power tools going most of the days while we were outside. The cabin was small and had a slight musty odor to it, but overall was clean and our steward "Hammie" was Excellent. The bar staff and the food staff were also Excellent and attentive. Ely at the Red Frog Rum Bar was our favorite bartender on board. She was always pleasant and we enjoyed speaking with her. Richard who was a bar server in the Lido restaurant and the Serenity Lounge always had a smile and greeted us by name no matter where he saw us on the ship. Eka who was a server on the Lido deck from the Red Frog Rum Bar took Excellent care of us and checked with us frequently to make sure we were okay. The food was okay. Pizza Pirate was good, the soft serve ice cream and yogurt are always enjoyable. The food on the Carnival Dream was better than on the Fantasy and due to the size of the ship you don't have as many choices. Guys Burgers are good, usually the longest line for food, but they are quick and you don't ever have to wait too long. The food at the Blue Iguana Cantina is also good and we ate there several times. The first and last day of our cruise were cold and windy so we never tried the water slides, although my wife did cool off in one of the fountains on our 4th day, while we were in Cozumel. Our 13 year old son liked the Carnival Dream better as it was larger and had more things for him to do. The entertainment was pretty good. The DJ needs to learn this isn't the 1920's and we don't enjoy listening to 1920's jazz music all the time. The deck parties were nice, they had one night that was 90's music and we enjoyed that. We paid for Faster to the Fun this cruise and I would say it was well worth it, especially for Embarkation. We were suppose to have priority Debarkation, but as usual no one follows instructions and people were just trying to leave the ship as fast as they can. Carnival really needs to figure out how to improve the Debarkation process. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
First off - we have never been on a cruise before. We are the types that usually get on a plane and fly somewhere. However, we decided to take a chance on this cruise since it was fairly cheap compared to flying to another destination and ... Read More
First off - we have never been on a cruise before. We are the types that usually get on a plane and fly somewhere. However, we decided to take a chance on this cruise since it was fairly cheap compared to flying to another destination and pay for the additional costs (car, hotel, etc.). We came into Mobile the night before and stayed at the LaQuinta off I-65 which has a stay and cruise package for $93 total with tax which was an excellent deal since the cruise terminal parking is like $70+ alone. Embarkation: We arrived a little earlier than our appointment of 12:30 since we had never done this before. Checking in was quite quick and painless. I felt the lines moved quickly and everyone was very friendly. Upon boarding the ship, we were told the room would not be ready until 1:30PM. We were on the Empress Deck towards the back with a window. Lunch was good and the weather was okay until around 30-45 minutes before departure when it started raining heavily. The muster drill was fairly easy and I was glad we had an interior spot to gather for that. The Cruise: The food is decent. The breakfast was the best in the Lido buffet. I got lunch at the Lido buffet, Guy's Burger Bar, and the Blue Iguana Cantina. I preferred Guy's and Blue Iguana for lunch. Dinner was okay but I was not too impressed. We only went to the dining room on the last night of the cruise and I did not like the food that much. Again - everything is mostly included so it did not bother me that much. We spent most of the time in kid free zones such as the serenity deck and casino. The serenity deck is small and getting sun loungers can be competitive. The entertainment is okay. I liked the Motor City performance and the Love and Marriage show (hilarious). The Country Road show was terrible. I am not a country music expert but the singers need to work on not being so out of tune. They did great in the Motor City performance but I am not sure why they were unable to perform that well during the other show. The cruise director, Kevin, was actually great but takes some time to adjust to his energetic announcements. The staff was fantastic. Everyone was so nice and polite. Our cabin steward was I Wayan and he was so great. I wanted to go down the slides one time but I never got a chance - I hope to on the next cruise. The mini golf was definitely a no go while at sea. The ball would just roll away because of the wind. A lot of the bars, eateries, activity areas are showing their age. I will say we got to interact with different cross section of America than what we are used to in Atlanta. There were kids but I did not feel like it was overrun with them. Most passengers were courteous and friendly however, the later it got at night the more rowdy it seemed to get. We did not do the formal dinner and did not get dressed up but it appeared at least 70% of the ship's guest did. The Room: The room is very dated. I felt we had plenty of space with the bed in the king arrangement. The mattress and bedding was very comfortable. The rooms can be really cold but we prefer that. The TV is small and you need to flip to the higher channels (100+) to get the HD channels. We watched fuzzy shows for the first 3 days and did not know about the HD ones. The bathroom while small felt very clean and somewhat updated. The artwork in our room was very old and the matting was starting to sag a lot (thus showing old it was). Our window was never clear which was a bummer considering we paid extra for an oceanview. There was plenty of storage as well. I liked the location of the room we were able to get to the serenity deck really quickly and the lido buffet was easy to get to using the back stairs. Port of Call: We were very happy to get to our only port of call with no issues like the over reviews. We did not book a carnival excursion. We picked the Nachi Cocom beach club which is $55 and includes unlimited food and alcohol. They cap the number of people allowed in to like 130 or so. We were down the beach from Mr. Sancho's and it looked like a ZOO. Taxi was $17 each way so it was $144 total for 2 people. I think it was a much better deal than going through Carnival. Debarkation: Fairly straight forward process. We carried our luggage off the ship. We left the room right before 8:30AM and we were on the road in our car from the LaQuinta at 9:07AM after taking a cheap Lyft back to the hotel. We did settle our bill the night before to expedite the process. Overall Impression: This came down to the $$$ for us. Overall the price paid was much cheaper than taking a 3 day weekend trip to like Miami, Denver, Las Vegas, etc. The staff I felt were great and very friendly. The room was adequate and the bed was good, which frankly should be the main concern anyways. With that said, the boat is old and tired. They have not updated the ship to what competitors offer. The ship was built in 1990 which makes it older than me...I doubt Carnival will do a heavy makeover since its the oldest ship in its fleet. I do not think we will sail on it again or out of Mobile until a nicer ship is brought in. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Great little getaway cruise! Main Dining Room was wonderful for brunch, tea time, and dinner! Guy's and Blue Iguana were awesome as usual. Buffet decent for a smaller ship. Pizza was good just a bit slow. Entertainment was nothing to ... Read More
Great little getaway cruise! Main Dining Room was wonderful for brunch, tea time, and dinner! Guy's and Blue Iguana were awesome as usual. Buffet decent for a smaller ship. Pizza was good just a bit slow. Entertainment was nothing to write home about but not bad. Plenty of things to do all day long. Serenity was great in the mornings! Ports were great (costa maya and cozumel). I thought that the staff were extremely helpful and probably the best thing about the cruise. Service was great- Room attendant was spot on. Of course there are some downsides to this ship. It's old, I believe the oldest in Carnival's Fleet. My wife actually enjoyed the smaller size of this ship. Main pool area was a little crowded in the afternoon but thats normal. My one big complaint was that our room was right underneath one of the speakers for the stage show. Our bed shook during the rehearsals and evening shows. This was annoying but not a deal breaker for us. Overall a great, easy, affordable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because I had just spent several weeks cooking for, and organizing, a party for my husband’s 75th birthday and I needed a break. We have been on over 40 cruises, on several different cruise lines,in the last 20 ... Read More
We chose this cruise because I had just spent several weeks cooking for, and organizing, a party for my husband’s 75th birthday and I needed a break. We have been on over 40 cruises, on several different cruise lines,in the last 20 years and some have been better than others. We have cruised Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess, Holland America, Celebrity, Cunard’s Queen Mary II and a couple of lines that are no l9nger floating around. I list these only to stress that we have run the gamut of ships and seen, and experienced a lot of variety. For us the drive to Mobile is relatively easy and only about 4.1/2 hours and the price was right. We had a blast on this sailing. The Mardi Gras parade and entertainment was great. We had taken beads and head gear for it but the activities team provide masks which added to the fun. It was our wedding anniversary that day so the dress up added to the celebration for us. We particularly loved Maddie in the cruise director’s’ team. She was a gem. Yes, the Fantasy is older and smaller but that did not detract from the fun and friendliness of the crew. We had a cabin on main deck, aft, which was acceptable and quite quiet. The food is more than acceptable and we liked the Blue Iguana grill. I like the Indian food selection at dinner which I find to be better than the other cruise lines that offer it. Our only quibble, both of us being English, is that Carnival have chosen not to serve any strawberry jam with afternoon tea . Sure they have scones and cream but you HAVE to have jam as well. As they used to serve it one can only assume that this is cost cutting and it does seem a little chintzy to say the least, We knew this was going to happen and we actually took jam with us! Just a minor complaint. Overall we had a very good time. There was a great band playing (name of which escapes me) and we went to hear them most nights. We enjoy a stop at Cozumel. I have mobility problems so it works for us to get off the ship, take a walk to Pancho’s Backyard, have a couple of beers with chips and salsa, listen to the marimba band and just relax. A little shopping at the same time does not go amiss. I cannot comment on Progresso as we did not get off. We have been to Merida before, which we enjoyed, so we did not feel the need to go again. We realized that the years have gone by since we first started cruising. When we went to the Love and Marriage show, 20 years ago, we used to marvel at the old folks who had been married the longest. This cruise we were IT which caused us great amusement. No we didn’t participate. It gave us the satisfaction that we had made it to 53 years and could have played along if we had wanted to. I’ve no complaints about Carnival Fantasy and this sailing. None whatsoever. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
The wife and I booked this cruise to Cozumel on the Carnival Fantasy because a few friends and our daughter were telling us how beautiful Cozumel was . We drove down on the Thursday morning early to make sure we were there in time to park ... Read More
The wife and I booked this cruise to Cozumel on the Carnival Fantasy because a few friends and our daughter were telling us how beautiful Cozumel was . We drove down on the Thursday morning early to make sure we were there in time to park and find our way in case there were any problems . GPS took us right to the parking deck entrance and they had people there to guide you in which was great . We checked one bag and carried two with us as carry on . The whole process through security and boarding the ship went easily and fairly quick . Once boarded we ate lunch on Lido deck and were in our room within the hour .The room was M269 on the stern of the ship and was better than we expected . Very clean and layed out well so we had plenty of room to move around and were not cramped at all . We had a very good view out of the window . Even though it was over the mooring line deck it was very quite and even when docking at the ports the lines being put out was not loud at all . The staff called us by name the whole cruise and room service was very quick . We enjoyed all the onboard activities and the comedy shows were extremely good . This was our 1st cruise so had pretty good expectations from a few friends experiences sailing to Cozumel . Carnival however diverted to Progreso from a scheduled Cozumel destination due to a 4 hr fog delay leaving Mobile . No one had the chance to leave the ship as they only announced the change after it exited Mobile port . Many people said they would have rather just left the ship than go back to Progreso . Basically everyone that had been to Progreso were telling us how terrible it was . After the on shore excursion was over we had to agree .The water wasn't nice , the scenery is less than scenic as everything looks like overgrown bushes . You have to spend 2.5 hrs one way to tour the Myan ruins so you only get a couple hours to do the tour then have a 2.5 hr bus ride through dirty housing areas to get back to the ship . I really don't understand why they can't have a backup plan to keep guest on their desired port . It seems they could pick up the speed the night they leave port , the day at sea and following night to make up the time . All guest services would say is these things happen . Great , the wife and I wasted vacation days from work and paid good money just to be told , hey we're going to take you somewhere else . We also had a nice excursion booked in Cozumel and had to quickly pick another one for Progreso only to have a note slid under the stateroom door the next morning saying that one has also been canceled due to lack of required participants ! Uh . Given two choices to choose from we picked the longest one being 7 hrs and then find out 5 of those 7 were the trip to and back via bus . Now the ship was nice even though being a bit old and the crew were all excellent . The food was marginal however and nothing to brag about . IMO Carnival should have given the guest a choice to disembark before leaving port and at a minimum been given a hefty discount for being sent to a 2nd rate destination instead of the one purchased . This experience has most likely steered us away from ever taking another chance with a cruise vacation , especially since we don't really have any control about where we end up . Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We just returned from a 5 day Cozumel cruise on Carnival Fantasy. Yes, she's the oldest in the fleet and she's small, but that didn't take away from a good time. It's my first cruise so I don't have anything to ... Read More
We just returned from a 5 day Cozumel cruise on Carnival Fantasy. Yes, she's the oldest in the fleet and she's small, but that didn't take away from a good time. It's my first cruise so I don't have anything to compare it to so I will say that upfront. I thought there were enough choice of food places to eat, Guy's Burgers was really good as were the other buffets and the sit down restaurant. PIzza Pirate was good, although they seemed behind on making pizzas. The deli was great! The room was obviously small, but I was expecting smaller so I was pleased. We even had a king sized bed and I still had enough room for two. Had a rough start with fog closing down the port at Mobile Alabama so we had several hours to kill which wasn't fun, but no fault of Carnival. Luckily for us, they had a Mardi Gras parade so we were able to see that and that was a blast. Even with the craziness of boarding everyone at once instead of splitting us up because of the delay, everyone on board was so friendly. In fact, I don't think I me ANYONE on that ship that did not look me in the eye and say hello or good morning. Even when we called, the representatives were always very courteous. Since the ship is the oldest there were obvious signs of wear, but I did see the crew taking every opportunity to paint and polish. Unfortunately because of the delay from the port closing due to fog, we had to skip stopping in Progreso so that was disappointing. We received a small refund for that, but instead we went straight to Cozumel for a day and a half instead of just one day. We did the Isla Paradise excursion which was great. Beautiful beach and all inclusive drinks and food. Not many people were there when we were so I loved that. I didn't get sea sick as I didn't feel the ship rocked too badly. The gym was nice, there's a small running track on top with a 9 hole put put gold course. Pool was fine as were the two hot tubs. (Hot tubs were pretty popular. Lastly, they had a great Military Veteran's appreciation event that was great. Loved they have such strong ties to the military and it shows! Also, there were so many events to take in during the times you are at sea. I didn't do any of the drinks packages, we just brought a 12 pack of soda each (allowed) and drank beer in Cozumel. Overall for my first cruise I was pleased and I will say I'm military so my expectations are pretty basic. I've heard from others there are much nicer ships, but there are also twice as many people. This was holds 2600, approx. The difference in price between an all inclusive resort and a cruise even with adding alcohol, the cruise is much less expensive. Read Less
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
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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