4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I'll break this review into two parts, (1) the good, and (2) the criticism: The good: - Service. The service and staff were amazing. Friendly, engaging, great with our children, and overall professionals. - Camp Ocean. The ... Read More
I'll break this review into two parts, (1) the good, and (2) the criticism: The good: - Service. The service and staff were amazing. Friendly, engaging, great with our children, and overall professionals. - Camp Ocean. The camp ocean children servoces were great. We feel bad about placing our children in these types of settings; however, after their first visit -- they wanted to go back. The staff were friendly, professional, and great with our 5 and 9 year old daughters. - Food. The food in the Main dining areas was incredible. We all tried exotic foods we'd never order in a restaurant (e.g., rabbit, escargot). The food was well prepared and the presentation was high end. - Disembarking. The Disembarking process was organized and speedy. - Cruise director and selling. The cruise director, Marty, was great. Unlike some of our other cruise experiences, there was little selling pressure. We enjoyed the freedom from pressure to buy or provide extra tips during the trip. Now for the criticism. To be clear, I'm trying to be fair given the age of the ship and factors in and out of the crew's control. - The ship. This is a nearly 30 year old ship, which obviously has undergone some upgrades over the years. Nevertheless, she's pretty worn. The dining areas are out of the late 1980s. There are areas of weather wear and corrosion. The outside areas are small and offer limited water space (e.g., spa, pool) given the passenger load. The port. This ships sails out of Mobile, AL. Embarkation was a nightmare. The parking area is at the end of a traffic funnel, situated on the far side of active railroad tracks. This made for wild traffic (nearly 2 hours). Entertainment. The venues on this ship are akin to a holiday inn meeting room. They're just not modern. The acts offered were well done, however. I'd like more variety, but it wasn't enough to really complain about. Smoking. This was the worst aspect of this ship. The casino and adjoining bar are mid ship, near the mid ship stairway and elevator bank. The ventilation is poor or non exisitant, making the entirety of the center of the ship a smelly, smoke-filled space (from deck 4 through to deck 9. For a family friendly ship, this was a major drawback. There was no escape from the smoke. Here are a few more obtuse items that the crew really couldn't control... But big carnaval could have done better. The arriving passengers were delayed a few hours due to fog. This delayed our boarding from 12pm to 6pm. The fog also delayed our embarkation ~24 hours. Interestingly, during the warmest and clearest part of the following day... we did not embark. Fantasy embarked closer to 3pm.... after the fog rolled back in heavy (heavier than the previous day and night). It was interesting we could leave the port in this heavy fog... but we did. In the end, our boarding was delayed half a day and we lost a port of call. Carnival refunded shore excursions and port fees. This was an unfortunate and frustrating experience. The passengers. Cruises tend to yield a good cross section of America and, inevitably, some drunks and jokers. For those more conservative parents, these aren't attractive attributes in close quarters. This was certainly true of this cruise. There were a fair share of drunks exposing a bit too much, dancing in what I believe they percieved as sexy, and throwing their children in the one pool everyone shared. Some of this was driven by games hosted by the cruise (e.g., hair chest competition... Where contestants had their chest hair pulled, naked torso smelled, and butt slapped by three lady strangers on stage). I'd sail Carnaval again... But not from Mobile or on Fantasy. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I deliberately chose Progreso/Cozumel so I could see Chichen Itza outside of Progreso. The ship's name proved appropriate because seeing the city on this cruise, as on my last scheduled one, remained a fantasy; Progreso was cancelled ... Read More
I deliberately chose Progreso/Cozumel so I could see Chichen Itza outside of Progreso. The ship's name proved appropriate because seeing the city on this cruise, as on my last scheduled one, remained a fantasy; Progreso was cancelled because of fog that kept us in Mobile's port the first evening and the entire next day. Carnival may not responsible for weather, but I remain very disappointed to miss the Mayan pyramid. More than once food served on the Lido deck was tepid at best. Food from the dining rooms was hot but nothing much past average. What was served could be unusual fare, but preparation often fell flat, though I concede that desserts were delicious. Despite my disillusionment with some of the food, Zoe, Yan, and Alit took excellent care of table # 380. They were so friendly and polite, taking care of our every need, and called each of us by name. Our steward Artawa on 6 was equally so and impressed me as he greeted my cabin mate and me by name in the hall more than once. He always had our room ready by the time we returned to it. Beds were comfortable, but overall, the room looked "tired" and in need of a makeover. (I'll settle for its current state rather than pay an increased fare, however). Most frustrating was just the one outlet to accommodate two cell phones and an outlet in the bathroom that did not work. I attended two seminars on 12 with Sebastian and a second excellent instructor. Though this cruise had some issues, I give the entire staff kudos for being topnotch, and I hope to try again to finally get to Progreso! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
First let me say that we had bad weather almost the entire time which was not Carnivals fault but the whole boat smelling of sewer, the elevators not working half of the time, and people throwing up on the stairs and It getting left there ... Read More
First let me say that we had bad weather almost the entire time which was not Carnivals fault but the whole boat smelling of sewer, the elevators not working half of the time, and people throwing up on the stairs and It getting left there were all very gross and off-putting. Our itinerary stated that we had an extra fee associated with the dining room we were assigned to and this being our first cruise, we spent every meal in the Lido buffet where the fool was golden corral quality at best. Cozumel was overpriced and the sales people were very aggressive and we had to pay a "fee" to enter a free beach. Every onboard activity was laced with a sales agenda and we were stuck on the boat an additional 9 hours due to "weather conditions". we paid over 150 in tips to people we never even met. I will say that our room steward was excellent, thoughtful, and friendly. I guess cruising is not for everyone. We drank a lot of overpriced alcohol and gambled in the casino where ashtrays were as esteemed as gold bricks but other than that, there did not seem like there was much else to do. I will never get on a boat the rest of my life but experienced cruisers told me that the cruise we were on was not typical of most cruises. I still feel traumatized from the fact that we couldnt just walk away when the going got rough and that is my opinion of this particular boat. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I chose this cruise because of the high ratings the ship received for families. I have cruised with Carnival on different ships 2 other times as well as sailing with RCL and DCL. I booked the cruise as a gift to my husband for his 40th ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the high ratings the ship received for families. I have cruised with Carnival on different ships 2 other times as well as sailing with RCL and DCL. I booked the cruise as a gift to my husband for his 40th birthday. The ship had a scheduled dry dock which ended prior to this sailing. I thought that meant maintenance would be completed and the ship would be in top condition. Boy, was I mistaken. The first day of our cruise was cancelled as well as one of our 2 stops. We were notified of this while traveling from Michigan. We were offered the opportunity to cancel with a full refund which I thought was nice, however, I was just arriving into New Orleans and thought we could make the most of the trip. We planned on renting a car anyway to get from New Orleans to Mobile and had a hotel booked in Biloxi. We were compensated with $50 per person on board credit and one day of our cruise fare credited to the on board account. I was completely satisfied with this. We decided to book a room in Mobile for the night that we would have been on the ship. Choices were limited because of a football event happening in Mobile, but we stayed within walking distance to the terminal and the price was not too bad. The weather was cold and windy the day of embarkation, but my spirits were high because I knew it would get warmer as we headed to Mexico. Embarkation was extremely smooth. The best I have ever experienced. Everyone was helpful and friendly. We got right onto the ship with no wait and we carried our own luggage to our cabin. Some crew members even offered assistance to myself and my 8 year old daughter on the stairs which I thought was really great. Things started to go downhill as soon as we opened the door to our oceanview cabin. It was tiny. There was nowhere to sit. The bed took up most of the space. The one outlet available was positioned so that I could not use the adapter I brought to add outlets. The bathroom door would not latch nor would one closet door close. One closet had a bad odor. The window was so dirty with paint and caulk, it was depressing to look out. Plus the curtains and walls were stained. When the bed that folded out of the wall was put down, it overlapped the king size bed. A small cot was placed under that bed making it impossible to ever walk around the bed. Also making it so that one must be careful while crawling over the bed to get to the window so as to not hit the upper bed. The television was more like a small computer monitor. The bathroom and shower were good size, but the curtain would not stay attached and the water temperature was difficult to control. There is no counter space at all and very little bathroom storage. The hooks that are on the door are only about half inch so hanging items was also a challenge. The ship looked worn and numerous bathrooms on the lido deck and around the ship were not functioning. They were frequently found to be dirty and the toilets would not flush. Leaks from pipes were happening in several places. Painting was in progress throughout the cruise and the odor of paint thinner would sometimes be present in our cabin, which coupled with nausea from sea sickness, is even more unpleasant. The dining, however, really did impress me. I loved Guy's burgers and the buffet and deli were open so many hours with excellent food choices. We had anytime dining which worked out very well for us. The food was wonderful and the service was really great from a few servers. My kids used Camp Ocean and they really loved it. The camp counselors do a fantastic job and made it a point to make us feel special. Acitivities on the ship were pretty good. I wish there were more scheduled family activities and that the children's activity schedule was available on the Hub. I never made it to any shows, but I heard some were cancelled because of the amount of movement from the high swells we were experiencing for the majority of this cruise. Our cabin was cleaned one time throughout our entire trip. The beds for the children were left out throughout our sailing. I saw our steward one time on our first day. She welcomed us by telling us about the strict smoking policy. I explained that we do not smoke and hate the smell of smoke which I could smell strongly in the hallway. We were located across from a door that said "Crew Only" on it and that door was never fully closed. I believe the smoke smell was coming from there. During the night as the ship rocked significantly, the closet door would creak and the bathroom door had to be left open or it would swing open and closed. The weather was poor for most of the time which I know cannot be controlled. It probably impacted my perception of this cruise, but the ship was really in need of more refurbishment. We have decided that we will not sail with Carnival again based on this cruise. There were other things that were not great on this sailing, but I have listed the main problems. I know others on the ship were also disappointed. I consider myself pretty easy going and I don't like to complain, but this was really a bad cruise experience. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We usually go with a different cruise line but went with this trip because it was a family trip. Ship was dry docked for 2 weeks before this scheduled trip (Jan. 21st). They suffered a propulsion issue that canceled our first day be wise ... Read More
We usually go with a different cruise line but went with this trip because it was a family trip. Ship was dry docked for 2 weeks before this scheduled trip (Jan. 21st). They suffered a propulsion issue that canceled our first day be wise they couldn't get up to speed. We will be given credit for that day and were given an onboard $50 credit. They also took away Progreso port and gave us credit for port fees. Embarkation was relatively smooth despite all passengers being told to show up at the same time. Here comes my major problem with the trip. If it was dry docked and suffered this propulsion issue on the way back to Mobile, there is no way it was fixed properly because we had one of the roughest trips overnight. I had a room that looked out the back of the ship. The amount of vibrating was not normal. It could be felt all the way up to lido deck. Most passengers including my family were super sick. Vomit in hallways and on elevators. Beds sliding across the room. My kids and myself falling out of bed. Seriously scary. Water coming through the ceiling in the hallway draining into state rooms. Musty/mildew smell throughout the entire ship. The winds delayed us so much we got to our only stop late. No pools until the last day. No mini golf, waterslide only open a few hours. Ship did not feel stable despite sea being relatively calm for trip back. Maintenance crew was out and about doing things that should have been done in dry dock like painting and replacing stateroom carpet. No one ever did clean the carpet in the hallway under the leaking ceiling . After second day crew did not really care about trying to solve any problems while we were onboard. They spent their time preparing things for the next trip. This is fragmented and sort of out of order as I just got off ship this morning. The ship needs to be retired. It's not safe to be out if it's going to be tossed around like that. It obviously does not have the power or stamina to make it through a storm. Pick another ship!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I chose Carnival because we have always had a great time, but this time with was Horrible! Words can not express how bad this was. To start we left 2 days before the cruise was to set sail because we were driving 16+ hours and wanted to ... Read More
I chose Carnival because we have always had a great time, but this time with was Horrible! Words can not express how bad this was. To start we left 2 days before the cruise was to set sail because we were driving 16+ hours and wanted to make sure that if we had car trouble we would be able to make the ship on time. We had to drive though a snow storm to get there as well. The evening before our cruise was to set sail ( and we were now an hour away from Mobile) we got a call that due to a mechanical issue with the max speed they were not able to get the ship back to port on time from dry dock. Due to them being a day late they were going to cancel the stop in Progreso ( the port we wanted to go to to see the ruins) and then leave a day late. For this inconvenience we could cancel the trip with a full refund or if you wanted to still go you would get a day credit back and $50 on board credit. Well after driving for 16+ hours we decided to still go on the cruise. Big mistake! The first day the waves were so bad that the entire ship was sick including the crew. Come to find out from the crew the ship was late because of weather as well not just because of the max speed. Then we were late getting into Cozumel so our shore excursion time was bumped back to 12 instead of 10:30. We checked in at 11:45 and did not get to our destination until 12:30. The excursion was a 5 hour duration. We were told to be back at the taxi station at 3:45, but the facility closed at 3. So we came back to the ship when the facility closed. There was no reason for us to sit at the taxi station and stare at each other for 45 minutes. The pool and the higher decks were not open until Thursday (port day) and then Friday due to high winds. The night entertainment was supposed to be a sing and dance routine but because of the weather it was 4 people sitting on stage singing. On our other cruise we couldn't get the kids out of camp they were having so much fun. This time we couldn't get them to go to camp because they would get sick on the back of the boat or when they were feeling up to going all they were doing was watching movies. The food was ok. My melting cake was over cooked. The servers were there to take your order, leave your food and then they were never seen again. So you were not able to complain about the food order or get a different thing. We purchased the drink package and was not able to use it the first 2 days from being sick and when we did try to get a drink it took 20+ minutes to either wait to place your order or for the drink to be made. Staff would tell you wrong information or contradictory information to different people in our party. Times we printed wrong in the fun times. I could go on and on. When I got back home and called to voice my concerns all they told me was that they were going to look into the shore excursion and the rest they were going to keep for their records for future cruises. The took my number to call me back about the shore excursion. I called back 6 hours later to find out that the ships excursion director did email them back and said that the excursion went as planed pick up at 12 back to the ship at 5:30. I said that was not the way it happened and that I have a picture of the itinerary and the hours of the facility and they do not match. The gentleman I spoke with home the phone refused to transfer me to his supervisor and that his word was final. I will never recommend or go on another Carnival Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Let me start off by saying this, I am in no way sending this email to bash Carnival Fantasy Cruise. I just want to share what my wife and I experience during our cruise this time. We took the Cruise leaving out January 21st -26th 2019. I ... Read More
Let me start off by saying this, I am in no way sending this email to bash Carnival Fantasy Cruise. I just want to share what my wife and I experience during our cruise this time. We took the Cruise leaving out January 21st -26th 2019. I always take a cruise every year in January . It's something I have done for years now. Gives me something to look forward during the cold winter months. I had been looking forward to this trip since May 2018. I have been for years Carnivals biggest spokes person. I have told all my family and friends to take a Carnival cruise for the experience alone. This time I would have been absolutely embarrassed if any of my family and friends would have taken this cruise with us. We traveled from Kentucky to Mobile Alabama only to be told that our cruise would be delayed until Tuesday morning or we could have cancelled and went back home. Now looking back I wish I would have opted for a full refund and traveled back home. But we chose to go on the now 4 day cruise. This experience did not live up to all my past experiences I have had with Carnival . This ship did not seem like it was properly stocked , equipped and was very short staffed to handle the passengers on board. There was not enough help on board in any department for it to run efficiently. Which made for very poor service. This ship was not very well maintained from water fountains not working , to the windows being very dirty. We tried to call Guest relations several times just to get clean towels. We would have to wait all day and try catch a house keeper in the hallway in the evenings between 6-9 pm to get fresh towels. In the past every morning housekeeping would come early to clean and stock the room for the day. Maybe if I could have talked to someone I could have had them change the bedding that smelled like sour milk. Or the fact that we had no robes in our closet and mold around in our showers. There was a strong ammonia smell in the hallway at nights that was so strong it would give you a headache. Never in the past did we have a sign saying housekeeping was only available for three hours in the evening. Could be because they was being utilized else where during the day because of being so short staffed ? Which leads me to one of my favorite parts of a Cruise. The food the food was only served at certain times of the day. This is not at all what it has been it in past. Breakfast was served from 6 am to 9 am, from 9 am to 12 nothing, 12-3 lunch, from 3-6 nothing, and 6 pm was dinner. I went and asked for a Ruben sandwich, usually again the past its prepared right there in front of you. Not this time, it was handed to me from a cooler. not freshly made. All the bread on ship was very stale. No matter which meal it was served at it was stale. At the end of each trip I am always dreading it because I have always had such a great time. This time our bags were packed by the door and patiently waiting for our floor to be called. We could not get home soon enough!!! Even tho a refund was offered for missing the first day of our cruise. It would have been nice to get what was actually owed to us. We was owed $217 for the day. We was only paid out $117 . My mistake that I did not have that corrected as soon as I counted it. But the music was so loud I could not hear what they lady was saying to us. I wont say that I wont ever take a cruise with you guys again but after this experience , I don't know if you guys would be my first choice. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Pre-Cruise: Flew in the morning of embarkation. IAD to MOB (layover in Houston) Transfer to the Port. No issues. The transfer service was fantastic. The driver was fun and helpful. While I had turned on notifications because I was on a ... Read More
Pre-Cruise: Flew in the morning of embarkation. IAD to MOB (layover in Houston) Transfer to the Port. No issues. The transfer service was fantastic. The driver was fun and helpful. While I had turned on notifications because I was on a plane I didn’t see the messages about being delayed (fog) until I landed in MOB. They asked everyone to show up about 2 hours later than assigned. It worked out well because we had to sit for about 30 minutes on the runway at IAH. Embarkation: I had the boarding pass pulled up on my phone and was told no you need the paper copy. Luckily I print out everything! I had priority boarding as a suite perk. It took roughly 20 minutes from drop-off to stepping onto the ship. I set up my sail & sign account as “CASH”. I had $50 in OBC and added $0 to it. She seemed reluctant but I told her I didn’t plan to buy anything. My room was ready as soon as I boarded. However, luggage didn’t arrive until after sail away. I think that was due to the fog delay. Stateroom: Loved my cabin and there will pics and details in the Cabin thread. Junior Suite - V1. Service: Wonderful service from our stewards and wait staff. I didn’t see my steward often but the room was always tidy and my towels always replenished. I LOVED my dinner servers. Jorge, Sedana and Matilda were A+. Bartenders and bar servers were also pleasant and fun. Cozumel - It rained our whole first day. I was excited to see sun! Up and off early. I spent most of the day at Nachi Cocom Beach Club. I booked this outside of Carnival. They handed me a glass of prosecco and showed me to a lounger under a palapa. I laid there for about 45 minutes. I then headed to the pool/spa area. It was fun. The one thing I’d mention is that the food is not all you can eat as it would appear on the website. Adults receive one appetizer, one soup/salad, one entrée and one dessert. Children get 3 items. I don’t eat that much and didn’t care. Others seemed very upset by this. I got a chicken quesadilla that was very good. Drinks were good. Wait staff was not around much. Had to go to the bar to get most of my beverages. Food: I like GOOOOD food. I consider Ruth Chris a good steak not a great steak. I was expecting a solid three based on reviews (scale 1-5). That is what I got. I am not unhappy with the buffet or the MDR. I ordered Flat Iron steak the first night. It wasn’t seasoned and was very chewy. I didn’t eat but two bites. The canneloni and the Beef Tenderloin from the last evening were amazing! One night they had a meatball appetizer. There was a veal parmesan entrée. I asked for the meatballs on the pasta instead of the veal. That was yummy. The service was always good! Drink selection (mostly red wine and Bourbon) I found to be fantastic. I drank a lot of Woodford and Layer Cake Pinot Noir. I never got a burger at Guys (the line was always long). The Blue Iguana is good! Of Note: There are things that I have always considered common courtesy, if not rules. I saw people eating the cheese cubes off the salad bar with their fingers (GROSS). I also saw people refilling plates and cups at the buffet. The two hot tubs on the Lido deck were mostly overrun with children. At one point there were 15 kids in the covered one and they couldn’t even move it was so crowded. WHY? I did not get in the pool or hot tubs because RARELY did I see these children, or the adults, get out to use the restroom. I saw people going into the restrooms on the pool deck WITHOUT SHOES ON! While almost everyone dressed up on elegant night, they allowed men in jeans (not nice fancy ones or “church jeans” but old ratty blue jeans) and ball hats into the Jubilee Dining Room (I had late seating and ate there each night). They also allowed a young woman in black tight athletic pants, a t-shirt that was printed like an athletic jersey and a fanny pack into dinner on elegant night. Disembarkation: I was up at 6:45am. I did walk-off. I had priority debarkation, went to the Universal Lounge, got an elevator to the gangway deck and was on the shuttle by 7:30. I had a credit of $4.72 (left for St. Jude's) on my final bill the rest of the $50 was used for tips to bartenders. I tip my room steward in cash and in person. Final Thoughts: The woman in the piano bar, Laura, was amazing. Unfortunately, she was leaving the ship after this trip. The cruise director, Marty, was great! The ship is headed to dry dock. I think a spiffing up is needed but I loved the Fantasy and the size of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We had a great time traveling to Cozumel on the Fantasy. It rained the first day out but boarding was quick and well organized. The ship is older but well maintained. The staff was amazing and how they all remember everyone's name I ... Read More
We had a great time traveling to Cozumel on the Fantasy. It rained the first day out but boarding was quick and well organized. The ship is older but well maintained. The staff was amazing and how they all remember everyone's name I will never understand. There were nearly 3000 people on-board but we never felt crowded. Cozumel was fun. We did the snorkel and Aztec ruins tour. The lunch was excellent. I Kadek was our stateroom steward and our rooms were always in perfect shape when we returned. The meals were amazing. Served in courses that didn't seem all that big but when we were done we were full. The waiters at dinner were very attentive and entertaining. Yuri, Suku and Sudarmanto kept us laughing. They performed and danced while we ate on 2 occasions. We had a great time and will be back again to check out some of the islands I hope. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose the carnival fantasy simply because we saw good reviews on how it was a family style ship. To be honest, it was my first cruise but not my husband or daughters first cruise. Going off their previous experience, food was honestly ... Read More
We chose the carnival fantasy simply because we saw good reviews on how it was a family style ship. To be honest, it was my first cruise but not my husband or daughters first cruise. Going off their previous experience, food was honestly mediocre. Very similar to Golden Coral, (if you like that kind of food then you’ll be satisfied. There wasn’t a big variety of things to have, such as for dinner it was the same food almost every night. We were expecting great food, we were hoping to at least have good quality food. The crew members were top notch, very friendly, kind and informative! The ship was very out of date, and not kept up well. The tube where the water comes out on the drink dispensers were brown/moldy. Not sure if there is even such thing as a health inspector on this cruise line. The ceiling was leaking in the food area and so there were buckets out catching the water while we all ate, not to mention the water dripping on my neck behind me that started. Next disappointment was when docking in new locations, the process is easy getting on and off, it just sucks that we don’t have much time doing the activity we paid so much money for. I hate to leave a semi “bad review” but I want people to be aware of the small things that matter when boarding a cruise ship with their families. This was more on the less expensive side when we booked, so I guess you get what you pay for. For the rest of my family, this was their first cruise and this cruise kind of let them down and possibly wouldn’t cruise again because of this “bad” experience. Unfortunately I can’t upload pics using my cellphone but trust me I have them all! Read Less
4 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Just got back on 11/22/2018. Had a good time on our cruise, but my wife and I usually have a good time together. Embarkation was fast and painless. The crew was great. Service all around was very good. Our room was fine. Had an ... Read More
Just got back on 11/22/2018. Had a good time on our cruise, but my wife and I usually have a good time together. Embarkation was fast and painless. The crew was great. Service all around was very good. Our room was fine. Had an ocean view. Room steward was very good. Food was below average to average. We had cruised on the Breeze in 2017 and the food on the Fantasy this time around was noticeably worse. The MDR staff was very good, but the food was very average. Some sauces that should have been hot were room temperature. To top it off, we ate buffet the last night for dinner and I got food poisoning. Horrible experience. We don't do a lot of the shows so I can't really say much about entertainment. Progreso was fine, but not touristy. We knew that going in and had no issues with it. Cozumel was great. We snorkeled. I don't know if these negatives are just the Fantasy or the Carnival fleet as a whole. I'm assuming the newer ships, like the Breeze, are better experiences. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We traveled on Carnival Fantasy because of its being located in our hometown. Its convenience is perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise of November 11, 2018. We traveled with some of our grown children and had a lovely time. ... Read More
We traveled on Carnival Fantasy because of its being located in our hometown. Its convenience is perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise of November 11, 2018. We traveled with some of our grown children and had a lovely time. Our room steward, ELFREDA, kept our room clean and comfortable, and supplied us with all we needed. She was friendly and caring in all she did. Our dining room team at Station 230 of ALVIN OGAO ESGUERRA, I NYOMAN SUARSA and FNU MATILDA LALREMDIKI, was friendly and efficient. They quickly recognized our individual preferences as they took our orders and served us. They kept up with and supplied us with what we needed during our meals. As usual, the meals were delicious, especially that wonderful chocolate melting cake. I enjoyed the craft activities provided, especially the picture frame. We thoroughly enjoyed the Magic Show and had a good time both nights with the two Musicals. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This cruise was our 3rd for the year. Spent a total of 17 days at sea in 2018. We chose this cruise out of Mobile AL(really clean nice city) due to the deal we received on the tickets. Embarkation was extremely well organized and took ... Read More
This cruise was our 3rd for the year. Spent a total of 17 days at sea in 2018. We chose this cruise out of Mobile AL(really clean nice city) due to the deal we received on the tickets. Embarkation was extremely well organized and took under 25 mins(from arrival to the ship). Check in window was 12:00-1230. We are not Diamond Card holders nor did we pay for Faster to Fun. Need to mention our Sign and Sail cards were in an envelope at our cabin. They were not issued during check in. That was a 1st for us. Seemed to speed things up so wooo hooo! Once upon the ship we went up to the Lido deck for lunch. Our cabin was ready by 1:30. The cabin was clean and well maintained. Hats off to Kamong!!! We were located in the very front of the ship on the 7th floor. Our room was right next to crew access/linen cart area. So for all hrs of the day and night we constantly heard doors closing and the rumbling of carts. The TV picture quality reminded me of when our moms vacuumed or used the mixer in the 80s. We only watched TV late in the evening before bed. So no biggie. Breakfast on the Lido deck each morning was the same food. No variation at all(the exact same tired 2 flavored danish blueberry and lemon). The food even in the Jubilee dining room was low quality as well. The menu offered 4 dessert options but in reality there were only 2. The only time the desserts were anything better than lackluster was the last day at sea during the Chocolate Extravaganza. Guy Fieri's Burger Joint, Pirate Pizza, and the Blue Iguana Cantina were delicious at all times. All in all this ship was clean and well kept despite it’s age. Marty our cruise director did an adequate job of keeping everyone informed of each day’s happenings. Our cruise included two ports: Costa Maya and Cozumel. At Costa Maya we surprisingly enjoyed the tourist area immediately off the ship; their was a decent variety of gift stores and several entertainers that brought a small bit of culture to our trip. As our trip straddled the Day of the Dead celebrations, costumes and decorations were everywhere, as well as traditional treats to eat. At the Costa Maya shopping village we were also treated to the Voladores, essentially a Mayan ritual during which men climb a nearly 100 foot pole and spin down around while secured by ropes as an appeasement to the gods. While the village is touristy, we enjoyed our time there, particularly a small seaside bar named El Faro that had a fantastic salsa with their chips. At Cozumel, we did take a shore excursion to Chankanaab which is probably one of the best excursions we have ever taken. Was advertised as a beach day and sea lion show, this is extremely misleading: the park has a beautiful beach with good, safe snorkeling(we saw a statue underwater and lots of fish), a pool area with a swim up bar, a delicious all-inclusive buffet lunch, unlimited drinks (alcohol and non), a separate tequila tasting, a fresh guacamole tasting(Flower our tour specialist prepared the guac by hand in front of us), a dolphin area, and the sea lions. The staff here is top-notch and the park is excellent. We would come here outside of a cruise, it is that good. Flower our tour guide took care of us and gave us the option to hang with her throughout the day or explore the park on our own. Even if you’re a solo cruiser this excursion is recommended. Overall, our cruise was decent. We were happy with the staff aboard Fantasy and the efforts they made both to take care of passengers and the vessel, but the room we were in and the lackluster food dampened our enthusiasm somewhat; having sailed on previous Carnival cruises, we felt that this fell towards the bottom. Nevertheless, sailing out of Mobile on this budget-focused cruise was a nice vacation, but we will be looking for more next time. 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We arrived in Nobile AL the morning of the cruise. We found the Port and it was too early to get in so we went for breakfast. We went back to the port around 10am and they were letting us in the parking structure. This was the easiest ... Read More
We arrived in Nobile AL the morning of the cruise. We found the Port and it was too early to get in so we went for breakfast. We went back to the port around 10am and they were letting us in the parking structure. This was the easiest luggage drop off we have experienced so far. When we pulled in the parking structure the attendants were waiting to grab the bags from the cars and then we went and parked. We had paid online for our parking so there was no headache with that. Once we got through check in and on the boat the staff were all smiles and helpful as always. We were excited to try Guy's Burgers and Blue Iguana b/c we hadn't had those on our previous cruises. The food did not disappoint the food was amazing at both. The Muster drill was much shorter than any of the previous ones. My group was taken into one of the theaters and they went through all of the normal stuff. They told us that it was no longer required for us to go outside and stand by the life boats and do that part of the muster drill which was good with me b/c I had a sleeping 3yo on me. Embarkation was very smooth. The first night in the MDR we met our head waiter Alvin he was amazing! We requested him for the rest of the week. He is by far the best we have ever had. When we would see him on the Lido he would even call us by our first names. My 3yo only ate dinner with us the first night then the rest of the week he dined with the kids camp. Alvin would ask about him every night. We have never had someone that was so warm and welcoming and made you feel a personal connection with them. All of our dinning experiences were GREAT! The food was amazing and the service was the best we have ever had. The entertainment could of used a lot of work. There were 2 comedians...one was Cowboy which we had seen a few years ago. He had the same material as he did 2 years ago which was off putting to me and it's not as funny once you've heard them previously. There was another guy comedian as well and I don't even remember his name but he wasn't funny either. We went to the Country show and the British show and left both shows. The singers were HORRIBLE....there were better singers in karaoke than Carnival was paying. The guy at the Piano Bar was amazing...he was definitely the best that we have had. Our room steward did a great job I think he was the best so far as well. All of the staff on the boat was very eager to help! Our 3yo LOVED the kids camp. After he went the first day he kept asking to go back. As I had mentioned previously he only ate dinner with us one time and then wanted to eat with his friends the rest of the week. This was such a relief since I could actually set down and have a grown up meal for a couple of hours. He loved all of the activities and crafts that they did at camp. He even stayed at the camp on Port Days. I had mixed feeling at first about it and was adamant that he would be getting off the boat with us. I am so glad that we decided to take him to camp. He had a much better time at camp than he would have had walking around Mexico in the 90degree weather shopping. The staff at the kids camp were outstanding. They were always so warm and welcoming to my 3yo and made him feel so comfortable. In Progresso we just went to a outdoor market and did some shopping. It looked really sketchy outside of the market and we had the older kids with us so we decided to go back to the boat after we were finished shopping. We went to Cozumel the next day. We went to Paradise Beach. The taxi drivers kept changing the prices on us b/c we had a large group (10) of us. They told us that even though the signs said passenger vans up to 14 people that the vans could only hold 8 people for insurance purposes. So we had to take 2 van's. They told us $22 per van for the 11 of us. When we got to the destination the cab driver told my husband that it was going to be $29 b/c there was 6 in his van and 4 in the other van. We asked the other's if they lowered their price since there were 4 of them in their van and they said no. So my husband told the driver he wasn't giving him any more than what they agreed on. So Paradise Beach does live up to the name of Paradise. it was beautiful and the facilities were very nice as well as the pool. However the prices that they were telling us were not what I had read online. I had read that the inflatables were $18 and we were charged $21/person. We spent a few hours there and when we were leaving we were told that it was another $110 before we could leave. They said that everyone in the party had to spend $10 on food which we hadn't been told this. My husband specifically asked when he was paying what other charges there would be and they said none. My husband talked with the Manager and just explained that he asked about any other charges when we got there and this $10/person food fee wasn't communicated to any of us. The Manager said he would have to talk to our cabana boy about it b/c they were supposed to communicate this to the guest when they were setting them up. We went back and did shopping at the Port at Cozumel for a while and then were glad to get back on the boat! This will definitely be my last time in Cozumel and Progresso I have had my feel of them and the ever changing prices at every turn. We had kids from the age of 3yo-16yo with us and they all had a great time! The teenagers probably enjoyed Guy's Burger's the most. They also enjoyed the Water Works. I would definitely go on this ship again but with a different itinerary. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My husband and I planned a last minute cruise on Carnival Fantasy out of Mobile Al. I have cruised a couple of times before on Royal Caribbean and had a wonderful experience and this was my husbands first cruise so I was excited for him. ... Read More
My husband and I planned a last minute cruise on Carnival Fantasy out of Mobile Al. I have cruised a couple of times before on Royal Caribbean and had a wonderful experience and this was my husbands first cruise so I was excited for him. The moment I got on the ship i thought what a disappointment. I knew the Fantasy was the oldest ship but I was hoping it was kept in better condition and it was not. It felt dirty to me and my husband like it had not been cleaned well. Our Cabin smelled like sewage when we entered. We had rusty water coming in our window. Curtain was old and falling down. On the top deck while sitting on bench looking out at water we noticed screws missing out of the railing and the top railing was flapping in wind. Whole thing is a rust bucket. We paid to have the internet and you couldn’t even use it. The food was bland to say the least sometimes even cold in the dining room. Poor few selections on buffets. Thank goodness for Guy’s Hamburger Restaraunt on board. Even the desert bars were very poor in taste and selection! One pool for 2600 people! One really good band on board. I hate this was my husbands first cruise experience! Hopefully I will be able to get him to go again but NEVER on Carnival! Don’t waste your money on this ship please! Had a nice excursion experience in Kozumel! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Chose this cruise for our annual family trip due to it being close enough to drive to from Nashville. We were treated horribly from the moment we pulled up until we pulled off. We pulled up and tried to get someone to grab our luggage that ... Read More
Chose this cruise for our annual family trip due to it being close enough to drive to from Nashville. We were treated horribly from the moment we pulled up until we pulled off. We pulled up and tried to get someone to grab our luggage that needed to be checked in and we kept getting passed over while cars further back were being taken care of. A gentleman finally came to our car and apologized. He was upset and let us know that this was common due to other employees not wanting to wait on Black customers because we don’t tip. We brushed it off and went inside to check in. We had a person who required handicap assistance so we went inside and requested help. We had to wait over an hour because people were picking up a customer and not returning to get the next handicapped patron. Eventually supervisors were called in to assist to make sure we didn’t all miss the ship. We finally made it to our room and the stench from the bathroom almost made us vomit. We went into the muster meeting and were initially denied a seat for our person in a cane until we really pushed the issue. The entire cruise was filled with rude service, cold food and closed shops. We went to Guest Service and was told that we should have came to complain each time we had an issue instead of waiting until the third day. After talking to several people on the ship of different ages and races we were sad to realize that the prejudice against African Americans by African Americans was taking place through out the ship. During meal times only one line on the lido deck was open nightly and the food was always cold. Guys burger joint and the other restaurant were not open for dinner. The $10 store was barely opened. The young lady who worked there was extremely rude. If it had not been for Mr Sanchos this would have been a complete bust Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Always wanted to go on a cruise. And Fantasy had everything I was looking for! I had a wonderful time. Never a dull moment. Even when I thought there was nothing to do, we always found entertainment! The food was great! A different verity ... Read More
Always wanted to go on a cruise. And Fantasy had everything I was looking for! I had a wonderful time. Never a dull moment. Even when I thought there was nothing to do, we always found entertainment! The food was great! A different verity of food each day. And I can’t stress it enough... the crew is awesome!!!! Looking forward to my next adventurous cruise.. hopefully we’ll have the same great experience as this cruise. Aurora is the best!!! She treated us like family. She knew us all by our names. Even helped us when we had a night out filled with fun and drinks as we passed our cabins, she pointed us to the correct room. Truly one of the best!! And she answered hep phone no matter what time of the night we call her for assistance. That’s what made our experience so great! Definitely will be planning another cruise soon!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We wanted to so something fun to celebrate my oldest daughter turning 18..so since we never have left the country and Mobile is only about 5 1/2 hours from us we decided to try a short 4 night cruise to Mexico (Cozumel) for the first ... Read More
We wanted to so something fun to celebrate my oldest daughter turning 18..so since we never have left the country and Mobile is only about 5 1/2 hours from us we decided to try a short 4 night cruise to Mexico (Cozumel) for the first time. We knew the ship was old but actually the staterooms (we had 2 oceanview next to each other) and the ship's condition was fine. Beds were firm but manageable. The ship reminded me of a 90s shopping mall with all of the neon but was very clean and well taken care of. Weather and the seas were about perfect post-Michael. We did the Hampton Inn Downtown Snooze and Paid Parking - no complaints there. The Good: 1) Guy's Burgers - excellent!! 2) Cozumel / Mr. Sanchos Beach Club - wow this place is better than anything we've ever been to and we are used to vacationing on the beaches of the Emerald Coast in Florida. We did the snorkeling tour they were selling and it was well worth it ..amazing water and fish in Cozumel. The band sang happy birthday to my daughter with a bit of Mexican flair. Definitely a party scene in the pools - someone had a sign saying they were celebrating their divorce... The beach was very family friendly with amazing water with beautiful tropical fish. Excellent food and drinks .really almost Disney level of service..really hated to leave. 3) Sea Day Brunch - the steak and eggs with cheesecake for dessert was by far the best meal in the dining rooms. 4) The southern/friendly vibe of the majority of the guests definitely came out with the football games showing in the Majestic Bar - thought they didn't show Bama's game on Saturday Oct 13th which caused a lot of unhappy cruisers - though from what we heard that wasn't in the their control. The NFL games on Sunday was wild - lots of very vocal Falcon fans in there watching their game. The Bears/Dolphins game was turned off in OT which almost caused a riot - one guest was very aggressive with staff on getting the game turned back on - felt bad for staff as they tried their best. The Bad: 1) The food (other than Guy's and the Sea Day brunch) - just bland with little taste. The peach soup served one nite tasted like a melted smoothie. Someone else compared the food to airplane food - that may be generous. The desserts all looked so much better than they actually were. The pizza and the ice cream soft serve cones in the buffet was about all that was good in there. Also, why do they have the little cups for drinks? It causes everyone one to constantly have to get a refill. A few people brought larger mugs and filled them - obviously they knew something we didn't. The iced tea isn't sweet (this ship does leave from A L A B A M A...hello?) and it's not unsweet either as it has some mango/berry flavor going. 2) The rude/drunk of some of the guests - between the drunk guests and the crowded pickup scene at the pool with all of the kids around we thought it was really embarrassing. It amazes us that the number of women on a family friendly cruise find it appropriate to wear thong style bathing suits. This isn't Europe ...this is Alabama - you wouldn't be caught wearing that in Gulf Shores.. On more than one occasion we heard parents as they went by our stateroom say to their their kids to yell as loud as you want to wake up our neighbors! One morning at 6:10 we heard clapping and yelling in the hallway.. my daughter wasn't happy and went out in the hall and let them know how she felt about their rudeness. 3) Lack of family activities for teens - other than the water slides which seems to be more popular with the tween and under set there wasn't much to do for my teen daughters. One small pool for 2600 guests is crazy - not sure what the thought process was there when this ship was built. Seems like they could lose a bar or two and add something else for the teen set. 4)Debarkation was a cluster - you never want your guests standing an hour in line to leave - leaves a bad taste. The line backed up to the Art Gallery - it got very crowded and claustrophobic in there while waiting. Some of it is the Customs and Border Patrol holding things up - one thing we noticed in Mobile is the that line to get through CBP was much longer to get through if you didn't have checked baggage. The other issue was that the escalator stopped working which caused another backup to get out. 5) The woeful internet - Should be free for how bad it is. Overall, we definitely want to go to Cozumel again but on this ship probably not. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Family of 4, kids aged 11 and 7. This was Fall break and this was my 12th Cruise, 5th on carnival. First, I love the Fantasy class of ships. They are small and have little outdoor areas a lot of the big ships have gone away from. They ... Read More
Family of 4, kids aged 11 and 7. This was Fall break and this was my 12th Cruise, 5th on carnival. First, I love the Fantasy class of ships. They are small and have little outdoor areas a lot of the big ships have gone away from. They have a classic look and feel. Fantasy is showing her 27 years, but is well maintained and the crew seems to be in good spirits. Several remembered my name despite only visiting their location only a couple times. Embarkation in Mobile was hands down the most easy and smooth process of any cruise I’ve been on. Literally dropped luggage, parked, went thru security and on ship in 25 minutes. Carnival upgraded the fantasy class ships a couple years ago adding Guys burger joint and Blue Iguana cantina. Great burgers and great tacos/burritos and breakfast options as well at Blue Iguana. We had an interior cabin with 2 bunks that dropped from the wall and a king for us. Interior cabins are great for the afternoon nap as it’s dark and how much time will you be in cabin when you have 2 kids with you?! (Camp ocean :)) Our cabin steward introduced himself on the first night and we never saw him again. He always cleaned and turned down beds in the mornings..that’s fine except they rooms gets kinda trashed during the day for changing and naps and showers etc...I think too many cabins too few people working.. Dining Room was traditional cruise dining with the noticeably lacking service. We love food and dining and are not picky eaters and understand it’s not a 200 a plate steak house, but water glasses never being refilled. If you didn’t order a glass of wine when you first walked in, you would be lucky to get it by main course. That said, the waitstaff was working their tails off!!! Once again, too many full tables and not enough waitstaff!! Meals were decent, dessert was meh...all in all we had good food. No lobster on 5 day cruise ( unless you paid surcharge) escargots tho were excellent! Common denominator was too many cabins and tables not enough cabin stewards or waitstaff. Those are really the only things keeping this cruise from being a 4. Pool was crowded on seas days but we got there early and found shaded seats. Waterworks is awesome and on back of ship. My kids are generally well behaved and were able to go from pool to water slides on their own. They would check in every 20 mins or so and they have cruised many times before so they know the drill. Adults please do the water slides at least once. Great view from the top of the big one!! Our routines were morning gym, then mimosas with Lancelot at the red frog rum bar!!! Yes that’s his real name and he’s the best bartender on the ship!!! Then pools and lunch and relaxing and nap dinner etc...we went mellow this time. No agenda just wanted to relax. You can make cruises very busy and stressful trying to keep up with everything. My advice is to just chill and enjoy yourself. They still allow smoking in the casino, so it filters onto the promenade just FYI when ship is at sea. Get the cheers package if you plan on having more than 5 drinks in the whole day. Hot sun cold beer goes fast I’m telling you...plus you can get kids virgin pina coladas and daiquiris and bottled water all included. Also lattes and good coffee at bistro, and Rockstsr energy drinks. All that is included in cheers so it’s worth it to us. Smaller ship equals less walking and less people. This ship was full as it was fall break, but still felt nothing like a full freedom class or bigger on RCCL, etc or carnival Vista class. Debarkstion was easy too. We self carried and were off the ship and driving by 8:28 am! I would sail out of Mobile again. Carnival would enhance its experience by adding a few more waiters and cabin stewards. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
I choose this cruise because it was going to the Panama Canal and the port was close to home in Mobile. It was a longer cruise and like to travel on the ship. The more days, the better it is. We booked the cruise 11 month in advance ... Read More
I choose this cruise because it was going to the Panama Canal and the port was close to home in Mobile. It was a longer cruise and like to travel on the ship. The more days, the better it is. We booked the cruise 11 month in advance because it was filling up pretty fast. Some of my friends were going and they told us about it. This was our 18th cruise on the Carnival. We like a smaller ship and the Fantasy is one of the smallest ship in the fleet. It is the oldest. We took our snorket gear with us so when we visited Rotan (Magahony Bay) we could do some snorkeling too. The water was so clear, but not many things to see in the clear water since they had rock barriers. There were a few little fish to see. The weather couln't have been any nicer. The cabin was ready when we board and we greeted our steward. He was very friendly and we wanted ice and he kept us with ice the whole trip. The dining waiters were very friendly and worked hard for our table of 10. We had people that were late every time and they just smile and took their orders, which sometimes held our meals up. Anything we needed we just call the service desk and we got all our answers and services we needed. The ports were great and we enjoyed our cruise very much. Over all the staff was great. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
The ship is far too outdated, small and therefore too boring to be selected to be part of the longer journey cruises. Food quality and selection is my biggest complaint. It had the same LIMITED choices on all the buffets, for all 10 ... Read More
The ship is far too outdated, small and therefore too boring to be selected to be part of the longer journey cruises. Food quality and selection is my biggest complaint. It had the same LIMITED choices on all the buffets, for all 10 days. The main dining room did change up the menus, however the quality of their choices were not enjoyable. Dessert selection was consistently of poor quality and taste. The cruise itinerary has 7 out of 10 as sea days so Carnival really needed to step up the on board activities. They did do fairly well in that department, however ship size limited their ability to do so. Smoking that was allowed in the Casio flooded the entire floor where most of the on board activities occurred. Very limited outdoor seating areas that were not in full sun and again the indoor sitting areas are located on the smoke filled floor. Overall I loved the journey cruise but Carnival needs to change the ship for this sailing. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was my 11th cruise. On each cruise, I get an ornament size miniature of the ship. Fantasy only had the key chain size. I get the bigger dark blue coffee cups, fantasy did not have them. They didn't have Marlboro in the ... Read More
This was my 11th cruise. On each cruise, I get an ornament size miniature of the ship. Fantasy only had the key chain size. I get the bigger dark blue coffee cups, fantasy did not have them. They didn't have Marlboro in the 100's. Oh, well ! All the black jack dealers were not aware of the rules. Plus the tournament was not played correctly. Did not affect the results. I lost. lol The food at the dining room was so so. Guys burgers was good. The buffet was good. Carnival needs to invest more into maintaining the ship. Too much exposed rust, one wooden railing had bare wood showing. But this doesn't affect my enjoyment. I was concerned about bad language and behavior, but that wasn't the case. I met more folks than on a seven night cruise. There is only one small outdoor smoking area ( deck 11 ), but not a problem. The Bama fans were loud on game day, amusing. Overall, I enjoyed the cruise very much. I will go again. Carnival will be doing a repostioning of the ships, need to wait to see if this ship will still be home ported at Mobile. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Embarkation in Mobile is not as easy as it used to be, but everyone was friendly and helpful. Lines moved pretty quickly. Our room was ready at 1.30, like usual. We had a handicap room and were pleased with the accessibility of the shower. ... Read More
Embarkation in Mobile is not as easy as it used to be, but everyone was friendly and helpful. Lines moved pretty quickly. Our room was ready at 1.30, like usual. We had a handicap room and were pleased with the accessibility of the shower. There was plenty of storage, but not in the bathroom. Dining at the Celebration DR was nice. Good food. I have the waiter order for me. Wi, our waiter, and his staff were diligent and attentive. Entertainment was pretty good. Shows were fun. Singers, Connecting Souls, were great. We spent most of our time at the Atrium bar where Iko and Pinky attended the bar there and are terrific. Even though the Fantasy is the smallest and oldest ship in the fleet, we found everything immaculate, in good working order and a fantastic crew. There is only one pool and it was always very, very crowded. Everyone was helpful, from the Guest services desk(Florita) to the ladies at the Celebration DR. I would definitely go on this ship again, but schedule while school is in session. Read Less
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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