2 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
Sail Date: February 2018
Cabin (U89) was fine - large - and steward was very good. Bed combortable, Tub (for showering) tight and a high step. Food in dining room - early seating in Jubilee Dining Room (we were with another couple) - was pretty poor, as was ... Read More
Cabin (U89) was fine - large - and steward was very good. Bed combortable, Tub (for showering) tight and a high step. Food in dining room - early seating in Jubilee Dining Room (we were with another couple) - was pretty poor, as was service. Staff was friendly - first names generally used - but service was poorly coordinated. Wine service was unimpressive. Two of the party were gluten-free and ordered meals the day prior. Delivery of appetizers and entrees was NOT well coordinated - generally one or two of the servings was delayed - and food often under-heated or cold. Cold soup, on a couple of occasions, was the last appetizer to arrive (others already served with entrees!). Staff in dining room need to need to be taught - not to dance - but to serve properly: over right shoulder from the rear, or from the side of guests on a bench, and NOT be handing food plates over other guests and across the table! I don't even expect that kind of service from Cracker Barrel at breakfast! Breakfast and lunches at Windows on the Sea Bar and Grill was OK. In and out of the Mobile Cruise Terminal was quick and painless...the only issue is the Interstate system! Getting off I-10 West when you see the cruise ship and port just to your left side on the Mobile River was drill of going past, turning off, and going under the Interstate to get to River Street then going back past the cruise terminal to do a U-turn to get on the correct side of the road to turn off to parking! Yikes! Getting form the parking garage after debarkation and getting on I-10 East was about the same - going back an forth a couple of times, hooking under the Interstate just to get to the entrance ramp! Not the Cruise Terminal's fault, not Carnival's, but what a driving drill! And did I mention that we departed a noon on the first day of Mardi Gras (5 Feb) just before the first parade? Traffic was only bit of a problem. All-in-all the port was fine and expeditious with em-and-de-barkations. Cruise was relaxing. Enjoyed $75 (long - 1-3/4 hr each way) bus trip from Progresso (through Merida) to Mayan Ruins at Uxmal. Pretty cool. Last two times at Cozumel we just stayed on the ship as we had already seen Cozumel city a few times, but on this cruise we took a $85 (3-1/2 hour small bus) trip to the (modest) Mayan Ruins at San Gervasio, and a nice drive along Cozumel's east coast - nice beaches and waves). Relaxing cruise overall, marred by poor table service and marginal food. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
My GF and I sailed on the Fantasy out of Mobile on Feb 1. We celebrated her birthday and our anniversary on this cruise, and the staff went out of their way to make it special! Overall it was a FANTASTIC cruise (even though it was still a ... Read More
My GF and I sailed on the Fantasy out of Mobile on Feb 1. We celebrated her birthday and our anniversary on this cruise, and the staff went out of their way to make it special! Overall it was a FANTASTIC cruise (even though it was still a little cool temperature wise)....OK, in my attempt to keep from babbling and going off on tangents, i will try to keep this organized!! EMBARKATION: We drove to Mobile day of cruise from Northwest Georgia. Prepaid parking in advance and got to the terminal around noon. No traffic around the port, drove right in, dropped off luggage with porter, and parked. I would highly recommend pre-paying, as there was a pretty long line of people waiting to pay at the pay station. We breezed through the lines and security, and they even let me go BACK to my truck to get my cellphone (yep, i am that guy!!). We got our sign and sail cards and boarded the ship. In all the embarkation took less than 30 minutes from parking to boarding. SAIL AWAY: once on board, we immediately headed up to the Lido deck for food and drinks. We had purchased the CHEERS program (and were glad we did...definitely got our $$$ worth on that deal (more later about that). After all the reviews about Guy's Burgers, that was our first stop...not disappointed!!! I wanted to get a fruity drink with an umbrella in it, but it just didn't feel right at the time as we still had to wear light jackets as it was very overcast and chilly, so we went with beer first. ROOM: Our cabin was on Main deck #47. I was quickly reminded why i had previously splurged for balcony rooms or suites, as the cabin was a tight fit. But we booked last minute and this is what was available, so we made do. It really wasn't that that bad and the only complaint we had was we both at some point during the cruise banged our head on the bunk bed that sticks out from the wall - it sticks out about 8 inches right above the pillows of our king bed. We had plenty of room for storage and closet space, and used our suitcase under the bed to store dirty clothes. Our room steward was very attentive to our needs/wants, and it seems every time we went down to the cabin, it was cleaned and a new towel animal was awaiting us!! On arrival, you fill out a card with any requests you have and how often you want your room serviced. DINING: Because we booked so late, we were assigned YTD, but we wanted early seating. One of my favorite aspects of Carnival cruises is the dining experience - eating a the time each night, while getting to know your table mates as well as the OUTSTANDING wait staff! After reading other threads on here, I learned the email address for the Maitre de, so I decided to give it a try, so I sent a quick email letting them know about our celebratory cruise and if there was any way we could get into early dining (and maybe even a table by the windows!). I heard back from Pablo within the hour and said he would try to make it happen.....and he did!! We had a great table with some awesome other couples that we became fast friends with and hung out a lot together (shout out to Ed and Jane!!). Food was great, even though the portions are smaller than i remember - but that doesnt really matter because you can order more than one of anything you want! By the end of the cruise, our waiter Edulin just pretty much brought me one of everything, lol. Best recommendation that i learned on this board was the melting chocolate cake with ice cream - make sure you ask for a side of peanut butter....it is DEVINE!!!!!!! Food on the Lido deck was good too. we ate breakfast up there each morning, and we were always able to find a table in the back corner of the deck looking over the back of the ship...made breakfast even better! Lots of food options for any kind of eater and the lines were never too long. ENTERTAINMENT: I read several reviews stating how awesome the entertainment staff is and how great Mikey the CD is.....those reviews are dead on!!!!! Mikey was simply fantastic - this was my 6th Carnival cruise and by far, Mikey is the most involved, energetic and fun CD i have ever had. He was always around, starting spontaneous "shenanigans" as he calls it all over the ship. DJ cruise was up on the Lido deck stage in the afternoons playing music and really fed off the crowd and got people involved in games, dancing, etc... The shows in the main lounge were really good, with great singing and dancing. Before each of the shows, Mikey would lead some pre-show fun and games with audience participation (and yes, i got up on stage a couple of times so the audience could have a great time at my expense). In our opinion, the best entertainment was the 70s and 80s music "trivia" nights in the Atrium with Mikey and DJ Cruise. He really knows how to get the crowd involved in having fun - and even if you don't want to join in, its just as much fun to sit back and watch those that do!!! We did not spend anytime in the casino (or really any of the public rooms/bars on that deck as the smell of stale smoke was overwhelming. That really was the only area of the ship that smoking takes place, so the rest of the ship was pretty much smoke free. PORTS: Cozumel was our only port, and we decided against a Carnival Excursion, and decided to get a day pass at an AI resort. We decided on El Cozumeleno, and had a good, lazy day over there. DEBARKATION: got into port at 8AM, and we went with the self-assist option, so we just had to wait for our deck to be called. The longest wait was for the call to head to the gangway, but once called, the line went fairly smooth, just a little slow. But we were back in the car and on the way home by 9:30, so it wasnt too bad. Mobile port does not require declaration forms so that really speeds up the process, and they have several lines going at once to help with the flow. OTHER TIDBITS: as previously stated, we did purchase the CHEERS program, and feel we got our $$$ worth. We are not huge drinkers, but on vacation it sure is nice to not have to worry about prices of drinks and keep up with how much we have spent. Plus, when you add in the sodas, bottles water, and specialty coffee drinks - it was a good savings for us. I did reach the limit one night, and it kind of gave me a sense of accomplishment, lol....it was on the Cozumel day too!!! But that evening was the 80s music trivia party, then the party moved up to the Lido deck for an awesome deck party, so the drinks were flowing!!! Another tip we did was to decorate our cabin door - because it was Susan's bday on board i decorated it with Happy Birthday banner and a birthday scroll thingy that other cruisers could sign - it was so awesome to see all the little bday notes written by the end of the cruse - a neat memento to remember this great celebration!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Went on this cruise with friends, it being our first we weren't sure of how things would go. We couldn't have been happier. We will definitely be going back, SOON! The cabin was big enough for the two of us, we didn't feel cramped or ... Read More
Went on this cruise with friends, it being our first we weren't sure of how things would go. We couldn't have been happier. We will definitely be going back, SOON! The cabin was big enough for the two of us, we didn't feel cramped or uncomfortable. The Dining was excellent, we had an amazing waiter and the food was great. There was enough things going on that it kept us busy. Lots of fun things to do. All of the people on the ship were very friendly and helpful. This is the best way to vacation, you don't have to worry about anything, everything is included. Just show up and get on the ship. Let down your hair and enjoy. I can't wait until our next one the only thing I would change would to take a longer cruise. I want to take our daughter and granddaughter next time. I know that they will enjoy it as well! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this 5 night cruise from Mobile to celebrate our birthdays. We have done the same itinerary twice before sailing form New Orleans and enjoy visiting Mayan sites from Progreso and love everything about Cozumel. We drove in the ... Read More
We chose this 5 night cruise from Mobile to celebrate our birthdays. We have done the same itinerary twice before sailing form New Orleans and enjoy visiting Mayan sites from Progreso and love everything about Cozumel. We drove in the night before and were able to experience one of Mobile's many Mardi Gras parades, which was quite a treat. Embarkation was about as painless as possible, we parked at the port, as alternatives were hard to find. We parked about 11:00 and were on board by about 12:30. We stayed in a porthole room, it had plenty of room and storage for the two of us. While we had lunch on embarkation day from the buffet and deli. we had most of our meals in the Celebration Dining Room. Food was generally good, as was the service. We particularly enjoyed the new breakfast menu served on port days. We also enjoyed breakfast burritos from BlueIguana several mornings and burgers from Guys for late lunch after touring from Progreso. We went to a comedy show one night, the lounge used for comedy is smaller than on previous Fantasy class ships, so that was very crowded. We went to all three production shows, they were decent overall, but we felt the country show was week. Live music around the ship was pretty good, there was one very good duo and a single performer and second duo that were pretty good too. The fun squad seemed to do a nice job keeping the energy level high and there seemed to be a fair amount of activities. In Progreso, we took a shore excursion to Dzibilchaltun, It was an interesting site, and our guides spoke English well. In Cozumel we took a taxi to the ruins of San Gervasio and toured on our own, which we enjoyed. We had the driver drop us off at La Choza where we enjoyed a delicious lunch. We walked back downtown and took a cab the rest of the way back to the ship Debarkation seemed to take a long time, but went smoothly. Overall we had a very good time. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We had a group of 20 of us for this cruise. Three of us were considered expert cruisers and 6 brand new cruisers. The remaining had cruised a couple of times. We chose this ship due to the location of the departation port and the fact ... Read More
We had a group of 20 of us for this cruise. Three of us were considered expert cruisers and 6 brand new cruisers. The remaining had cruised a couple of times. We chose this ship due to the location of the departation port and the fact it was so close to home. We all had a great time with only one or two complainers who would complain even on the best of cruises. We had a great time really and the food wasn't bad. We thoroughly enjoyed the Mexican Bar and Burger Bar (aka Blue Iguana's and Guys Burgers). Also really enjoyed our specialty coffee's in the morning as well as an iced one in the afternoon. We did have the Cheers Package, but would probably not do it again as I think we drank just to make sure we got our money's worth. Our cabin was not a bad size and the bathroom was pretty large too. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Number 14 and 10 years since we were on her for our honeymoon. Over the past several years I have noticed a steady decline in service from Carnival in general due to less staff and more work. Being a smaller ship means you get more of that ... Read More
Number 14 and 10 years since we were on her for our honeymoon. Over the past several years I have noticed a steady decline in service from Carnival in general due to less staff and more work. Being a smaller ship means you get more of that attention we used to get. The service was a 5 STAR!! Mikey the CD was the best I have been around when it comes to customer service. He actually interacted with guests everywhere and gave off lots of empathy! He was high energy and fun. (and I never really paid attention to CDs) Super easy port to embark and debark! Food was over all very good with its usual fair to just good. Only a 4 star review due to the age she is showing. Very very worn, but CLEAN. Probably in its twilight years with Carnival. Did not do shows or comedy but heard good things. There was always something going on. Casino staff was a 10! Karaoke has had a MUCH needed upgrade and is now Touchtunes Karaoke. Did the Carnival Pub crawl and beach excursion in Progresso and we had a blast (fyi-not really beach time), and Mr Sanchos in Cozumel for our 7th time and it won again! Was the roughest cruise we have ever been on but not their fault as it was weather related and the old ships do not have the stabilizers. One IMPORTANT note for the drinkers out there: Until about 8-9pm there is a VERY limited menu SHIP WIDE to order drinks off of due to State regulations so you really get shorted on the Cheers package! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise as it was close to home and would provide a quick winter getaway. In this regard, it was excellent. The weather was nice for three days. The cabin, although at 185 sq ft is likely average, wasn’t arranged as ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was close to home and would provide a quick winter getaway. In this regard, it was excellent. The weather was nice for three days. The cabin, although at 185 sq ft is likely average, wasn’t arranged as well as our other cruises. There was room for the bed and a very small make-up desk, but otherwise is necessary to sit or lie on the bed while in the cabin. There is no couch or other areas to sit. Some of the space was taken up by three large wardrobe cabinets, which was more than enough for two people, The enthusiasm of the crew, and especially cruise director Mikey, made up for a lot of the ship’s shortcomings. The crew was really extraordinary. The ports of Progreso and Cozumel are the typical tourist attractions, unless you take a shore excursion and get away from the port. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because it left from Mobile (a short drive), it was very inexpensive, and we had never been on Carnival. Positive observations: spacious, comfortable rooms; large window in our ocean view cabin; surprisingly good ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it left from Mobile (a short drive), it was very inexpensive, and we had never been on Carnival. Positive observations: spacious, comfortable rooms; large window in our ocean view cabin; surprisingly good food in dining rooms, wonderful attitude from most of the service staff. Negative observations: lack of outlets in cabin ( could easily be modified by changing out lamps for fixtures with charging outlets), inconsistent breakfast times, lack of hair dryer in cabin, lack of good ventilation on deck 9 (smoke from casino and bar permeated the surrounding area, and much of the good music entertainment was in that area), bars were sometimes understaffed. Quality of food on buffet was inconsistent. Embarkation and disembarkation were very efficient. The weather wasn't good, and it was hard to find a warm, quiet, comfortable relaxation space. Parked at the cruise terminal-expensive but handy. This was a good value. Read Less
Carnival Fantasy Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.1
Dining 3.5 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
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 4.0
Rates 5.0 4.2

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