1,143 Carnival Fantasy Cruise Reviews

i am a widower i lost the love of my live a year ago to a heart attack my daughters encouraged me to take this cruise and i have to say it was the most awesome vacation i have ever had the crew was amazing and even though i was by myself i ... Read More
i am a widower i lost the love of my live a year ago to a heart attack my daughters encouraged me to take this cruise and i have to say it was the most awesome vacation i have ever had the crew was amazing and even though i was by myself i never felt alone the cruise director was amazing he was all about making it the best experience for every guest thank you Benjamin you and the crew of carnival fantasy are awesome i will never forget how much fun i had on carnival fantasy this was my first cruise and i have to say the crew of carnival fantasy are the most amazing people i have ever met it takes awesome people to do what they do they always were very professional in every aspect , i want to thank carnival and the crew of carnival fantasy for making my first cruise experience the most awesome thing i have ever experienced in my life and i look forward to cruising with carnival again Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We choose this cruise for 2 reasons. 1. we live in OKC and needed to go to a conference in Atlanta and we wanted to do a cruise on our trip. Mobile was the best fit for this trip. 2. We have done 8 cruises and never done Costa Maya. ... Read More
We choose this cruise for 2 reasons. 1. we live in OKC and needed to go to a conference in Atlanta and we wanted to do a cruise on our trip. Mobile was the best fit for this trip. 2. We have done 8 cruises and never done Costa Maya. We enjoyed Costa Maya, we did a all-inclusive Beach at Barefoot Beach. Nice beach, enjoyed the food and drink. Unfortunately the waves were big and the water sports were curtailed. Dining room was nice as always, different waiters each night, but they did a good job. Probably the only negative for this cruise was the Elevators. Slow and they missed the floor you were calling from. I won a Ship on a stick for "Carnival Trivia". That is the first time that they have ever had that trivia. We had Sid Davis as the comedian. He was so funny. All in all, it was a good cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We paid extra for early embarkation but in reality, that wasn’t even necessary. We were expecting a little more, with the expense of the Grand Suite. The ship was too small for the number of people on board. The pool (only one) and ... Read More
We paid extra for early embarkation but in reality, that wasn’t even necessary. We were expecting a little more, with the expense of the Grand Suite. The ship was too small for the number of people on board. The pool (only one) and jacuzzi was over-crowded and dirty. There wasn’t enough seating for the entertainment areas. We paid for the premium internet package and it did not work. The food was good, but we were very disappointed in Guy’s. The scooba excursion and lunch in Cozumel was advertised as being at a resort. I was expecting a large beach area with a resort building. It turned out to be a very small area of sand. It was a crowed area with rows of beach chairs with an outdoor covered restaurant. It wasn’t at all like the pictures advertised. We stayed at the Renissance the night before our embarkation and was able to park our car there. They have a shuttle to and from the ship. It’s a bit pricey, but considering the cost of long term parking at the port, I think it’s the better bargain. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The ship was great .. Ben the Cruise Director highly entertaining..the food was great ...my only issue is the Passion island excursion was horrible..the boat people were great ( rafeal and Alex) but the food was horrible the island staff ... Read More
The ship was great .. Ben the Cruise Director highly entertaining..the food was great ...my only issue is the Passion island excursion was horrible..the boat people were great ( rafeal and Alex) but the food was horrible the island staff rude ,the open bar was watered down drinks, the description and photos had inflatable in the water but there were none...the whole excursion was a big let down and we felt like a waste of money. The room was hot and stuff the front desk was still hot ( we had four people in an ocean view room) . The Dr. Seuss breakfast is a must for little ones and the wait staff were great. The food was way better then the last one I was on a month ago which was Royal Caribbean enchanment of the seas ( food was terrible) .I would recommend doing an excursion in Costa Maya ( little shopping there) and shop in Cozumel. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise for the convenience of it being close to home. We left out of Mobile Al. My husband and I actually cruised on the Fantasy on our anniversary 23 years ago, so I was very excited to know this was an option to take my ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the convenience of it being close to home. We left out of Mobile Al. My husband and I actually cruised on the Fantasy on our anniversary 23 years ago, so I was very excited to know this was an option to take my daughter for her senior trip. It started of a little rocky with the threat of a tropical storm but carnival kept in touch with me via text days before embarking to assure us that they were taking care of us and other passengers. We had excellent room service, our room was always clean, the food was excellent, the buffet and dining. We especially loved Nancy!! She was amazing! We had the best time dancing and she is an amazing singer! Also the bartenders were exceptional!! We never had to wait and the drinks were delicious!! The entire cruise was amazing and I look forward to booking again with carnival! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We had a great time on this cruise back in Feb 2017 thought we would do it again and had a good time here as well. We only have two cruises under our belt before this, but it seems we are getting the hang of it. It was different and ... Read More
We had a great time on this cruise back in Feb 2017 thought we would do it again and had a good time here as well. We only have two cruises under our belt before this, but it seems we are getting the hang of it. It was different and not the magic of our 1st cruise and the most expensive cruise I have taken and a 2nd deck cabin, but it was still a great time and as long as Carnival keeps taking great care of us, we will stick with them. We ate in the Italian restaurant for dinner one night.. Thank You Casino.. It was so great we had no room for dessert.. one of the servers even sang for us. The hot tub was a little warmer than last time, Thank You Carnival.. turn it up just a little more.. it's a HOT tub. The pool is for cool.. You have to work on disembarkation.. Shutting the power of to our room at 0745 was wrong and really left a bad taste in my mouth.. Please.. mark the stairwells and elevators going to areas that can not exit the ship. My knees and ankles are shot and I can't do those labyrinths.. Again .. not a great way to make me want to jump back on your ship. I'm on vacation, stop making it work.. lab·y·rinth Work on the recreation area. Putt putt was great but pool sticks were broken and balls were missing, I would suggest having folks sign for those so you don't have to try to fix irresponsible people. During lunch we heard the basketball court above us in the Italian restaurant, but its lunch.. no biggy. Now if it were dinner? Maybe adjust the location.. nope no suggestion because something is gonna get the sound. There is better than someone's cabin. I can't say enough greatness about the servers in the casino.. you guys really deserve recognition. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
About Us I am Pam (58) and this is my 16th cruise (4th on the Fantasy) and DH’s 13th cruise (3rd on the Fantasy). For both of us, this was like going home. The Fantasy was our very first cruise and we both love her size and the ... Read More
About Us I am Pam (58) and this is my 16th cruise (4th on the Fantasy) and DH’s 13th cruise (3rd on the Fantasy). For both of us, this was like going home. The Fantasy was our very first cruise and we both love her size and the crew. Sailing with us this time are two of our grandchildren, Brayden (7) and his sister, Peyton (6). This is a first cruise for both of them! Our grandson is on the autism spectrum and has sensory issues. So knowing that we may have to stand outside for muster for 30+ minutes, worried me to no end. I just knew a meltdown was coming (and once a meltdown starts, it takes an act of God for it to stop and for him to be calm). I called the special needs department and was able to arrange muster for us inside, sitting. It will be cool and he won’t be surrounded by hundreds of people. I was even offered a private muster, but I didn’t think we needed to go to that extreme. They put notes in our reservation and then asked about my “health issues”. LOL, I had to think on that one for a minute. I am allergic to peanuts. I have never had any worries while cruising. I just let my wait staff know and I am taken care of. I don’t even think about it much anymore since they do such a good job!! Problem all solved!! Now time to get excited about our cruise!! Hotel and Parking I booked the La Quinta Inn on West I-65 Service Road in South Mobile (about 7 miles or 10 minutes from the port). The room cost me $79 for the night for 2 beds and offered a pool and breakfast the next morning. I prepaid online for parking at the port a couple of weeks before our cruise. The cost was $72. Total cost for hotel and parking was $151. If you are watching your pennies, this was a great deal. When I checked the Hampton Inn, it was over $190 to sleep, park and cruise. Now, onto the review!! Weds, May 23 We live in Tennessee, so we drove down the day before our cruise. We left Memphis at 630am and drove to Jackson, TN to pick up the kids. Once on the road, it took us about 7 hours to get to our hotel in Mobile after stopping for lunch and bathroom breaks. We found the La Quinta pretty easily and got checked in. Our room was clean and close to Cracker Barrel for dinner, WalMart for last minute shopping and Target for my hubby to get a few items that WalMart didn’t have. After shopping, it was back to the hotel for baths, showers and a good night sleep for the big day tomorrow. Thursday, May 24 CRUISE DAY!!! We actually slept in a bit and were all up around 7am. (To be honest, I think the kids woke up sooner but just laid there until one of us stirred and then they started giggling with excitement!!) We had a decent continental breakfast and then packed up the car and headed out. We were way too early… haha. Our poor grandkids saw the whale tail as we rounded the corner and both started clapping and woo hooing!!!! We went to the port and asked what time we could enter the parking structure and were told 1015, so we took the kids to the USS Alabama and walked around there for a while. They weren’t too unhappy. They enjoyed looking at the planes and helicopters. NOTE: If you are cruising out of Mobile and want to visit the USS Alabama, have your boarding passes handy. We got to park for free and they give other discounts for the tours. We got back to the port around 10am and got in line (we were 3rd in line) and waited. And waited. Finally around 1030, we were able to pull in and drop our luggage and park. We pulled up to level 2 and parked right there at the elevator doors. SCORE!! Loved being that close after we disembarked. We walked in and showed our passports and the kids birth certificates. They asked me how we were related and I told the lady we were their grandparents. She then asked if we had a letter allowing us to take them on the cruise and asked to see it. NOTE: To all of you who are cruising with your grandkids or someone else’s child, please get the notarized letter allowing you to take them out of the country and to seek medical attention should it be necessary. I have read where people say they didn’t need it. This is our third cruise and this is the third time they have asked for it. Why take the chance of not having it? From the time we pulled into the port at 1030, it took less than an hour to board. They were calling FTTF at 1120. Once onboard, hubby took the kids to sit for a minute while I spoke to Guest Services about Muster. Florita was wonderful. She gave me her card and asked that we come back at 230 and they would take care of us. We then headed to our cabin. We had cabin U159 and our room steward was Pande. HE WAS WONDERFUL!!! He kept our room clean and our ice full. He had extra work with us with the 2 kids, so I ended up giving him an extra $$$ for his trouble. Believe me, he earned it!! We went up to the Lido to have lunch and at 230 we went down to Guest Services and asked for Florita. She came right out and took us to our Muster Station and gave us our own private safety drill. After it was over, Brayden and I headed to the cabin while Papa and Peyton went with Florita to Guest Services to get wrist bands for the kids. Our luggage arrived, so while everyone was out doing the safety drill, we were unpacking and explaining all the horns. Muster could not have gone better for us. We started off the cruise on a good note and NO meltdown!! Sailaway was around 430-5. We were up on the top deck so the kids could see we were leaving. We had early dining, so at 6pm we went to the main dining room where we met our server for the cruise, George. He was great! They took care of the kids first and then us. Our food was consistently warm and good. No complaints at all!! That night, we checked the kids into kids camp. Because our grandson is special needs, we were given a phone just in case he needed us. And off to the casino we went. We are BAD grandparents. The casino was loud and there was music and hubby had the phone and didn’t think to check it. Around 930pm, he pulled out the phone and realized he had missed several calls from them. He got up there and got scolded (rightfully so). Brayden didn’t have a meltdown, but he was crying from seeing lightening in the distance (storms scare him). Once Papa was there and he had an ice cream in hand, all was forgiven and everyone was happy. That didn’t happen again! Friday, May 25 Sea Day!!! We woke up to room service and then headed up to the buffet for breakfast. Sent the kids to camp again (they loved it there) and hubby and I went to play trivia and play in the casino. At noon, we got the kids, got in our suits and went for lunch and Splash Pad time! The kids loved playing in the water. Got another ice cream for the road and headed back to our cabin to get ready for elegant night. This is when we heard the announcements that we would not be going to Cozumel the next day. Due to Tropical Storm Alberto, we were being diverted to Progresso. We weren’t real upset, but we weren’t happy either. We were looking forward to our kids first trip to the beach. We figured if we couldn’t get to a beach, we would get off the ship and do some shopping and then back on the ship and let the kids play at the Splash Pad. We had dinner in the dining room again (each night) and then got pictures of the kids. We took the kids back to camp and hubby and I went to a show and the casino for a bit. After getting the kids from camp, it was off to the lido deck for the last ice cream of the night and then off to bed for our big beach day tomorrow (hopefully)! Saturday, May 26 This morning, we took our time getting off the ship to try to bypass the lines for the shuttle. We didn’t succeed, although the line moved pretty quickly. We took the shuttle into town and after a little bit of shopping (shirts for the kids), we walked the 2 blocks to the public beach. We found a shaded table and when the waiter came he asked how many. I told him 4, but should have told him 2. The kids never stayed at the table. He charged me $30 for the table which came with a plate of chips and salsa. We ordered soda and bottled water also. The few hours we were there ended up costing me about $60. The kids LOVED it!! They loved the beach, the loved the water and they loved the sand. We walked back to catch the shuttle and were back on the ship by 1 or so. We let the kids play in the Splash Pad area for a while and then went to the cabin to clean up for Build a Bear and dinner. They were both so excited about getting to pick out their bears and a shirt for each bear. There were teenagers there also and I think the big kids were just as excited as the little kids… LOL!! After dinner, we skipped kids camp because the kids were so tired. Greg took them back to the cabin while I went to spend some time with my friends. I got back to the cabin and both kids were passed out, so I relieved him so he could go see a show or play in the casino. It was an early night for all of us. Sunday, May 27 Our last sea day. We met up with friends at the Dr Seuss breakfast. The kids loved it. My picky kids actually ate green eggs and ham! They loved the characters and loved getting their pictures taken with them!! After breakfast it was back to kids camp so I could start repacking. We were doing self assist the next morning and I wanted everything ready to go by bedtime so all I had to do was get them up and dressed in the morning. That didn’t work… LOL. After lunch, we walked around the ship shopped some, looked at pictures, etc. We went to the cabin for some quiet time for all of us and changed for dinner. Dinner was wonderful as always and our waiter, George, was great!! He really took care of the kids as well as us. We thanked him for everything and gave him a tip above what we had already tipped because he really deserved it. We said our good byes to our waitstaff and to our friends and headed out for the evening. We took the kids to camp and after some time in the casino, headed back to the cabin to finish up packing. I called Pande, our room steward and asked him to come see me for a moment. Once there, we thanked him for all his hard work for us and gave him an additional tip as well for all his hard work on our behalf! By the way, this is when we ran into “Alberto”. We rocked and rolled and it rained and rained. The Capt had done a GREAT job of keeping us safe and out of harms way during the storm, but we had to head back to Mobile, so that meant we had to sail into the storm. We got the kids from camp, got final ice creams and headed off to bed for an early wake up call. Monday, May 28 We woke up around 7am already back in port. We got the kids up and dressed and Greg took them up to the lido deck for breakfast so I could get dressed and pack all of our last minute items. Since we were doing self assist, we headed right down and got in line. It didn’t take long until we were at our car and heading home. We truly love the Fantasy (even though she is old) and would love it if Carnival would build some of the smaller ships again. We love her size and we love her staff. Each cruise on her has been leaving us with wanting more. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Starting with my state room U130 it smelled like smoke. The bathroom had mold around the shower top and had a funny smell the whole trip. Beds are worn out the A/C didn't work we had to get a fan this made sleeping very hot and ... Read More
Starting with my state room U130 it smelled like smoke. The bathroom had mold around the shower top and had a funny smell the whole trip. Beds are worn out the A/C didn't work we had to get a fan this made sleeping very hot and uncomfortable. The T.V stoped working the second day. Food on the lido deck was more like a golden corral buffet. Breakfast was the same everyday. Guys Burger was good. Dinning room was great. Not much room between tables. But the food was better than the lido. Activities was more towards older people. I signed my daughter 13 up for circle C she only went once cause they were closed most of the time. Shows not good at all walked out twice the comedy show was good. I have been on Carnival ships before and this one was a huge disappointment. The ship needs alot of upgrades. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The price is very reasonable. Cabin in the back of Rivera is clean (200s - even side). Steward and Cleaning crew clean several times and very attentive to request for towels. Food at formal dining hall Celebration is awesome. Service is ... Read More
The price is very reasonable. Cabin in the back of Rivera is clean (200s - even side). Steward and Cleaning crew clean several times and very attentive to request for towels. Food at formal dining hall Celebration is awesome. Service is great, despite they work long hours. Entertainment (show) is well choreograph. Cruise director is funny and can really rock a party at the Atrium. Food at Lido deck is good with a good omelet station for breakfast. Don't bring power chord or sockets, they will lend you one. There is only 1 socket per room. This is a fire safety issue. They want to make sure all power chords are up to code. They provide you with 2 complimentary big bottle of water. The $50 unlimited drink is a good deal if you drink alcohol. Otherwise, you can always get drinks at Lido deck. The spa area is very nice, clean and upscale. The service people there are nice. The sales pitch is intense. If they just published a good price, people who want the service would naturally just go on their own. Instead of commercializing it like an auction sale or time share sale commercial. Pre-book your off excursion tour - you get a discount and you just walk to the pole where the tour sign is and they will be waiting for you. A family of 4 fit comfortably in a small captain room. Window room is nice but may get one more sea sick if you look at the sea often enough. As a whole, this cruise is great value and not too long for busy people-busy family who can get away for just a few days and have quality family time. Get the $10 wifi and share it among family. It is worth it, as you just take turn to login to update your mailbox and messages. It is taken as switching from multiple device. Get the $5 chat per person if you need to communicate with each other without wifi. So we share the $10/day wifi plan and buy the $5/person chat plan to stay in contact with each other. Prepay the gratuity and be done with it. Service is good and well deserve the prepay tips. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Service: the crew does their best with what they’ve got. No problems with the polite crew. Everything Else: the ship’s interiors are so dated, it’s absurd. Imagine the cheesiest 80’s and 90’s casino decor. It feels and looks ... Read More
Service: the crew does their best with what they’ve got. No problems with the polite crew. Everything Else: the ship’s interiors are so dated, it’s absurd. Imagine the cheesiest 80’s and 90’s casino decor. It feels and looks dingy and way past it’s prime. Everything is dirty. The pool and hot tubs have filthy rings around the water line and the stairs leading into the hot tubs are coated with years old dirt from filthy feet. Occasionally the stench of diesel fuel or sewage would appear. The restaurant food was airplane quality, mass produced for a clientele devoid of any kind of discerning palette. The cafeteria food was literally like trough slop. And watching the people clamoring to fill their giant plates and shovel the “free” food into their mouths was disgusting. Cozumel is a dirt pile. Tijuana on an island. The locals will relentlessly harass you to buy their garbage wares: all of it is crap. The “beach” is a rocky shore that I would liken to a quarry, NOT a beach. The “sand” is not sand, it is gravel. The shoreline is not a shoreline, it’s a rocky cliff that was poured over with cement. Our “beach club” offered ONE access point into the water: a rickety dock that was covered in slippery slimy algae. The Mexican water was the cleanest park of the entire journey....including everything. My eleven year old son found a baggie of illicit drugs right on the beach by our umbrella and broken lounge chairs. If you live under a trailer park, this cruise will probably blow your mind and feel like the essence of luxury. But if you have ever eaten in a halfway decent restaurant or stayed in a halfway decent hotel, you WILL be dismayed and disappointed. I will never cruise Carnival ever again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary. We sailed out of Mobile, AL since being that is only 1.5 hours away from our home. This was our first cruise (and obviously my first review) so we didn't really know ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary. We sailed out of Mobile, AL since being that is only 1.5 hours away from our home. This was our first cruise (and obviously my first review) so we didn't really know what to expect, even though we have family/friends who have sailed numerous times on this same ship. First, embarkation was quick and painless. Port was readily accessible. Instead of paying for parking we had my brother drop us off which took a grand total of 5 minutes. Porters are there ready to take your bags if you like. However, if you are getting on the ship later than 1pm, I wouldn't bother and just take them to the room yourselves, if you are able, since your room will be ready at 1:30. If you arrive at your assigned time, from terminal to ship should only take about 45 minutes. (Or that was the case with us). Our cabin was U230 in the aft of the ship. The sea was a little choppy on day 2 of our cruise due to some thunderstorms but it was not bad enough to keep us up at night. Other than that, this room rode smoothly. The only drawback is we did get SOME engine noise in our room, but again not enough to keep us up or drown out the tv. It was more like the low rumbling of a ceiling fan. (We took Bonine everyday, so neither of us got sea sick). The cabin was clean and well kept by our stewardess, Mary (who also got us a photoshop gift card and spa gift card in observance of our anniversary) The bed and room temperature were comfortable. You are able to control a vent in which you can shut off your AC, but you have no control over the temperature. The bathroom is small but very functional. The buffet food on the lido deck was average. About what you'd expect from a Golden Corral perhaps.(It also smells like one) Neither of us are crazy about buffets. We chose anytime dining, which I would highly recommend. We were always seated at a table for two. The tables were in close proximity to one another so it was kind of cramped but not unbearable. (given that there were 2600 passengers on board it was also understandable). The Jubilee dining staff were attentive, polite, and even recognized our anniversary by giving us a complimentary mini cake and singing to us which meant a lot to us. The food in the main dining rooms was very good. We gave it about an 8/10. GUYS BURGER JOINT IS AWESOME. Huge burgers with an even bigger toppings bar. There were plenty of places to sit by the pool or on the upper deck, just be mindful that some of those places are extremely windy and are full by 9:30ish. The Serenity deck is ideal (Ages 21 and up only allowed on this deck) but get there early, around 8ish, to reserve a seat. Stand up comics were great, saw two shows and enjoyed them. The live shows, i.e. singing and dancing etc., left MUCH to be desired. They performed a Motown show, which was just ok and "country" show which was, meh. We had one port of call, Cozumel. Got on and off the ship quickly and thoroughly enjoyed the shops there. We also highly recommend Nacho Cocom beach club (55$ per person, all you can eat and drink private quiet relaxing beach). Its only about a 10 minute cab ride which cost about 34 bucks round trip. A very safe port of call, everyone speaks English and no one is jumping out at you trying to get you to buy junk you don't want. Just nod and say no thank you and they move on. Debarkation was quick and painless as well. They call you off by deck. From the time we were called until we were off the ship and in our parents car was about 45 minutes maybe. Overall, the ship is old and does need some TLC but it was always clean. I know it was clean because I got up early every morning around 5:30am and someone was always scrubbing something. In summary - Food 7/10, Service and Cabin 9/10, Embarkation and Debarkation 10/10, Entertainment 5/10, Port of Call 10/10. P.s. - Coffee everywhere else but the bistro/coffee bar on the 9th floor is not good. Equivalent to gas station coffee. Bad gas station coffee. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise for vacation to home and price. We were on the same ship last year. Everything was nice and clean except for extra linens in the closet they were stained. The food was Great, although chicken option s in dining room ... Read More
We chose this cruise for vacation to home and price. We were on the same ship last year. Everything was nice and clean except for extra linens in the closet they were stained. The food was Great, although chicken option s in dining room would be better. My 14 year old loves circle c, Lola the coordinator was great and gave us a hand written letter about how great our daughter was, which is always nice to know. The waiters Juan Carlos and Vague, or 007 were so much fun and great at suggesting items on menu. Our steward Adam was excellent. The excursion to Passion Island was okay. Not worth the money in my opinion for 3 hours on the beach. We loved the cruise and would gladly do it next year. An outdoor movie theaters and adult only pool would be a nice addition. The blue iguana cafe could use longer hours. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We always cruise in April and eight days was a good way to go! Getting on the ship was a breeze. We were very surprised that it was so smooth, considering that it was not a big port. The ship is of the smaller class, but over all we had a ... Read More
We always cruise in April and eight days was a good way to go! Getting on the ship was a breeze. We were very surprised that it was so smooth, considering that it was not a big port. The ship is of the smaller class, but over all we had a good time. Customer service was awesome, Cruise director very entertaining. We had no problems at all. Dining staff great! We booked the Chef's table as a surprise for our friends birthday and they loved the one on one experience of the event and have not stopped talking about it The ocean view cabin was roomy considering we usually book suites or balconies. Staff was excellent and we will be sailing again in November. The DJ was very entertaining and the comedy shows very funny. The Guys burgers are worth waiting in line for! This an older ship but well taken care of. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise because it was 8 days with 5 ports, and I love the older smaller ships. It was a fabulous cruise! Benjamin the Cruise Director was probably the best I've ever seen (and I'm a platinum cruiser on Carnival). ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was 8 days with 5 ports, and I love the older smaller ships. It was a fabulous cruise! Benjamin the Cruise Director was probably the best I've ever seen (and I'm a platinum cruiser on Carnival). The entertainment was excellent. Loved the live music, as well as the shows in the main lounge and the comedy shows. Food was good and service was excellent in the dining room. We did ship excursions on 3 days, and they were all excellent (this is unusual for me, as I usually do private excursions, so it was a very pleasant surprise). My only complaint on the excursions was on the one port that was with tenders (Belize), they were very slow and disorganized in getting the excursions off the ship. I'm sure they do this every week, so it should have been much more organized and efficient. But that being said, everything else, and I mean everything else, related to the ship excursions exceeded my expectations. My only other complaint/recommendation to ship would be the smoke in the Casino is terrible. There should at least be a portion of the casino that is non smoking. I enjoy gaming, but couldn't stand the smoke so I stayed away (probably good for my pocketbook, but not the ship's lol) This ranked as one of my favorite cruises! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I traveled with my sister (2 retirees & both gold members VIFPs with Carnival) and we chose this cruise because of our nearness to the Port of Mobile (only 3 hour drive) and also its itinerary. It's nice to visit the Mexico ... Read More
I traveled with my sister (2 retirees & both gold members VIFPs with Carnival) and we chose this cruise because of our nearness to the Port of Mobile (only 3 hour drive) and also its itinerary. It's nice to visit the Mexico mainland without the added time of a ferry ride from Cozumel. We embarked early and it went very smoothly. It was my 16th cruise (on 4 different cruise lines) and after cruising on larger, newer ships, my expectations were low. I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't miss the larger crowds and I loved the price. The recent renovations are well done and the staff very attentive. When we booked we were assigned late dining at 8:15, which is a little late for us. Since we only needed a table for two, we contacted the dining room on the first day of the cruise and they were able to give us anytime dining. Dragona the hostess, was very pleasant and accommodating. The warm chocolate melting cake is the bomb! Guy's Burger Joint on the Lido deck has the best burgers I've ever eaten, including homemade! The tacos, taco salads right next door at the Blue Iguanua were also excellent. After traveling on RCCL that charges extra to eat at Johnny Rockets, it was especially nice to have these perks included in the cruise price. I would rate this cruise with 5 stars for value. We're platinum members on RCCL and it seems to perks are better with Carnival! It also seems the on board activities are more fun and varied. We liked the Carnival Tower game (like Jenga) and Cranium, beanbag toss was fun too. A great way to meet fellow passengers and staff. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I have cruised the Carnival Breeze, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Vista, and the Carnival Elation. I was greatly disappointed with our cruise last Spring on Elation and was pretty sure I would not try Carnival again. Well, I promised my 9 ... Read More
I have cruised the Carnival Breeze, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Vista, and the Carnival Elation. I was greatly disappointed with our cruise last Spring on Elation and was pretty sure I would not try Carnival again. Well, I promised my 9 year old granddaughter a cruise and had not sailed out of Mobile before so I thought we would give it a quick try for a four night cruise. We were very pleasantly surprised. We used Lyft from our Renaissance hotel to the port without a hitch. Embarkation was speedy. Mobile's cruiseport is a nice facility and we were aboard in no time. The crew actually seemed to enjoy their work, our table staff were wonderful and the hot food was hot and the cold food, cold. At dinner we did not feel pressured for pictures or drinks (a pet peeve of mine). Our table staff Ivanlo and Denzel were wonderful, particularly with the granddaughter's birthday and our anniversary and didn't bat an eye when the little girl ordered calamari, shrimp cocktail, escargot, and scallops with much delight. We had first seating dinner at a table for three. The two large tables near us were very loud. Chef's Table was spectacular. The Cruise Director Ben and DJ Fuji did a great job without being obnoxious. This is an old ship an but our cabin, an ocean view was sufficient and well maintained and there was plenty of hot water in the shower with good force. The bathroom seemed larger than on Vista.Our cabin steward was wonderful with the towel animals for the grandchild. The water slides, 1 medium and 2 smaller were well watched by staff and my granddaughter enjoyed both the pool and the slides. The sea day brunch was also very nice and we did an early and late brunch that day. The never ending soft serve and fresh pizza were great. It was a one port cruise but just enough to satisfy the budding Spanish student as she haggled for a leather purse with her name on it. Disembarkation is always a cluster but we had time for a nice breakfast in the Celebration Dining Room and coffee in the Bistro to use up our bar credit. I was really not expecting much of this cruise and I was not only surprised, but delighted. We enjoyed the Motor City show, although I dislike the seating in the theater. There were a number of new movies available both on TV and in the theater, Paddington and Last Jedi to name a few. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
There seems to be little or no ventilation on the Promenade deck where the casino and nightclub are located. The haze in the air was so bad it made my eyes burn. Our clothes reeked after spending an hour or so in the casino. The ship ... Read More
There seems to be little or no ventilation on the Promenade deck where the casino and nightclub are located. The haze in the air was so bad it made my eyes burn. Our clothes reeked after spending an hour or so in the casino. The ship seemed to be understaffed as well. Long waits at all the food and drink bars -- pizza bar, coffee bar (bistro) and all the liquor/drink bars. Had to wait up to 25+ minutes for a drink sometimes. Usually only one person staffing each bar, occasionally two. And often, some of the bars on the pool deck were closed leaving only one bar open staffed by one bartender. Food was mediocre at best. Served a cold baked potato in the dining room. The food at the buffet was the same menu for the most part. Desserts were awful. They looked delicious, but looks were definitely deceiving. Cabin was nice. Our room steward was awesome. Ben, the cruise director, was great. Ports were good. Water slides were fun, and the Serenity deck for adults was nice and quiet. Overall, we had a good time but I won't sail on the Fantasy again. I just can't handle the smoke and stench from the cigarettes. They should have better ventilation and air-filtering. I feel for the casino staff. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Embarkation was slow, even if you go at your time. Went on this cruise to be with family. Two ports, Progresso and Cozumel. Progresso excursion was to Mexican Ruin and Merida. Time in Merida was too short. In Cozumel we did the private ... Read More
Embarkation was slow, even if you go at your time. Went on this cruise to be with family. Two ports, Progresso and Cozumel. Progresso excursion was to Mexican Ruin and Merida. Time in Merida was too short. In Cozumel we did the private beach house excursion. It was great. No sandy beach though. Had to enter ocean by a ladder. Current very strong but service, food and beach chair area was good. I’d go again. Cabins were tiny. We had inside and ocean view. Three people in one cabin. Only room to walk around the bed and that was it. The cabins in these categories were two beds, a stool and a straight back hard chair. No frills for sure. The stewards asked when we’d like our service, morning or night. So only once a day housekeeping. That was a surprise to me. Crew were all very friendly and helpful. Benjamin the cruise director was funny. Photos were too expensive and no packages were offered. WiFi was soooo slow. Don’t waste your money on WiFi. Very busy spring break cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was our first time on Carnival. We chose this cruise because it was the closest port to home and we didn't have to spend money on airfare. It also fell right on our anniversary and was a super great deal for a 5 night cruise. ... Read More
This was our first time on Carnival. We chose this cruise because it was the closest port to home and we didn't have to spend money on airfare. It also fell right on our anniversary and was a super great deal for a 5 night cruise. Not any balconies on the Fantasy except for the suites so we had an ocean view stateroom. We bought faster to the fun and check in was a breeze. We thought faster to the fun was well worth the money and will try to get it again if we ever cruise with Carnival again. Room: We were able to go right to our room as soon as we boarded and drop off any carry on luggage we had. The room was ready and looked good. It was clean and well kept. No stains on the carpet or anything. It was in a great location on the ship as far as being able to access everything. The only thing I didn't like about the room was it was right below the galley for the 2 restaurants above. I usually won't get a cabin under a galley, restaurant, pool deck, or nightclub. I decided to try this one out since I couldn't find a single review were people reported noise. I am an early riser anyway (4:00 am) so it wasn't a big deal but around 4:30 am every morning, there was lots of noise from above. Stainless steel dishes dropping, tables crashing together, and what sounded like a floor jack rolling crates of food around. I knew better, so it was my fault that I booked it... Dining: Guy's Burger Joint, and the Blue Iguana Cantina, were excellent. We ate at one or both of these every day. The buffet on the other hand was super small and you could not reach 50% of the items because they were located behind the food in front and you had to ask a server to get it for you. The food was average at best, so not overeating at the buffet was not a problem. I had a reuben sandwich from the deli. The meat was like rubber and very fatty. The main dining rooms were good. I liked all of the meals I had. The macaroni and cheese was awesome. Entertainment: We only saw one comedian and he was funny... We spent most of our free time on the ship on the 21 and over serenity deck. Since we didn't have our own balcony, this is where we would go to be outside. Service: The service on the ship seemed good for the most part. Our room steward asked us if we wanted morning or evening service or both... I kind of felt uncomfortable with this because it felt like he wanted to do the minimum to get by. Normally if I only wanted one or the other, I would put the " do not disturb " sign on the door... Because sometimes I like morning service, always evening, and sometimes I like both. He did fill up my cooler with ice every night. I thought the service in the main dining room was better than I expected. It was great! I left the main server extra cash at the end of the meal. Ports: We liked Progreso. We always go out of the main port area to do our shopping. The vendors in the city were very aggressive. We just tried to remember they were just people trying to make a living. We had fun talking with the locals and eating the food we would come across along the way. Cozumel: This was our 4th time to Cozumel. I think they have some of the most beautiful water in the world. We had a scuba trip booked through Carnival and It was canceled.. I went to the desk to ask why, and they said the Carnival Breeze bumped our 9:00 am time slot and we would have to go later in the day. Thanks Carnival, but no thanks... Overall we had a good time, but I don't think I will ever book another cruise without our usual aft facing balcony. The junior suite on the Fantasy is just an ordinary balcony stateroom on any other ship, except for double the price. I couldn't see paying the price for only a 5 night cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I went on this cruise with friends to celebrate our 60th Birthdays. The food in The dining room was excellent, at Guys burgers, was very good. But the buffet and Mexican restaurant needed much improvement. The rooms could use updates along ... Read More
I went on this cruise with friends to celebrate our 60th Birthdays. The food in The dining room was excellent, at Guys burgers, was very good. But the buffet and Mexican restaurant needed much improvement. The rooms could use updates along with all the bathrooms on the ship. The cruise director Benjamin and the guy in the piano bar were the best things about the whole cruise. I would never go in the Fantasy again. Dealing with drunk and disorderly guest was terrible. I guess these are cruises for younger people who like to stay drunk all of the time. I will say I was very pleased with how they handled the drunk and disorderly in a timely fashion. The room stewards were pleasant but not the best we have ever had on a cruise before. I was just overall disappointed in the ship and the condition it was in. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
It all started at check in when the carnival app went down. It showed we didn't have a reservation, which we did but the staff was super rude. We finally get on the boat and everything is great until we get to our room. I don't ... Read More
It all started at check in when the carnival app went down. It showed we didn't have a reservation, which we did but the staff was super rude. We finally get on the boat and everything is great until we get to our room. I don't think a deep clean has been done in our room for months. I can't even tell you how much dust and mold was in our room. It sparked up my ashtma and allergies, and I'm still sick from this. Even the crew said it was paid and there was nothing they could do, besides get a fan.(which helped some) The ship was very old and probably needs to retire. Considering I have been cruising with carnival for years, I did have a high expectation that it would be a great cruise like my previous ones. And to top it all off the last day our toilet broke at 8am and did not get fixed until after 3pm. Even though we asked our stateroom Stewart three times, and called guest services three times it eventually got fixed. I even found an engineer in the hall who said "that's not my job".The engineer then leaves our door wide open to the public for quite some time so we get in touch with security who is the biggest joke of them all. We had a meeting and they still refused to say it was there mistake even though we seen the key report. It was just our room that had these problems but it surely wasn't taken care of. Denzel, Rhea and Anita in the dining area definitely took care of us though. Duraio at the front desk was phenomenal. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My partner and I just returned from our cruise and had such a great time! At the end of the trip, he asked that we go ahead and book another one :D Our cruise experience was really about relaxing and enjoying time together, so we ... Read More
My partner and I just returned from our cruise and had such a great time! At the end of the trip, he asked that we go ahead and book another one :D Our cruise experience was really about relaxing and enjoying time together, so we didn't have grand expectations for dining and entertainment. We knew we would make the best out of anything thrown our way. We spent most of the time laying out, drinking and eating, and sleeping. Ship First things first - the ship. Yes, it's outdated, but very typical of what I think of when I think about going on a cruise. The ship is easy to find your way around and there is plenty going on to keep you busy for four days. There is a pretty nice gym on board. Steam Room. Sauna. Upgraded equipment. Cabin We were in an interior room and the empress deck. It did the trick for us and we loved being close to everything. We were even offered a suite upgrade a couple of days before for $300 and were happy with our choice to stay in our selected room. We went for the drink package and so we often needed a mid-day nap. The darkness that comes with an interior room was perfect. All that sad, I'm really glad I had low expectations for the room. There was lots of age marks throughout the room. The air conditioner above the bed had some sort of mystery substance - we decided it was dust and didn't touch. Carnival now makes you chose if you want turn down service or morning service. We chose evening service. We frequented our room so I feel like it made it difficult for our steward to catch a good time to clean. However, Johan always made sure we had clean towels. Dining I can be a bit of a food snob, so I had low expectations that the food would blow me away. And it met my expectations. We at dinner every night in the dining room. I think the chef does his best to give guest a fine dining experience on low cost, high volume environment. If you can get a table with Joseph, he's awesome. For the Lido Deck options, my boyfriend was obsessed with the Blue Cantina. I really enjoyed the Guy's Burgers. We didn't touch the regular buffet. The pizza situation was odd. They were really great about making sure everyone had a fresh pizza, which made the lines long all the time. Entertainment & Activities Meh. The first night the show just seemed to be the cruise director utilizing the audience for fun. Second night...very show choir-esque..I know these ppl work hard and I dont want to pick them apart...but the talent wasn't our cup of tea. The next two nights we didn't bother. We did, however, love the atrium parties with the cruise director. Also, the talent at the atrium bar and the 21st century bar were great! We went to the night club most nights. The DJ played lots of hits that anyone would know. When we requested more recent hits the DJ would tell me it's too early...even though it was 1 AM...I'm 26 and not sure how long he was expecting to go...when we left soon after to grab pizza most of the night club attendees were on deck with us. Service Excellent! Again, we had the drink package, so by the end of the trip all of my favorite bartenders knew my sail and sign # and my name :) We spent a lot of time on the Serenity Deck and were happy with the frequency of the bartender. A couple of notes on the Serenity Deck - the first sea day...it was packed and no one was getting up. On the last Sea Day...the chairs rolled over often. One night one of the hostesses selected us for a behind the scenes tour of the kitchen. We were able to meet the chef and try everything on the menu. IT WAS AWESOME. Ports and Shore Excursions We booked the jeep excursion with cozumelcruiseexcursions.com. We enjoyed the trip, but I don't think we would do it again. I've done the Jeep Adventure and Snorke; at Punta Sur with Carnival and loved it. I was hoping this tour would replicate the journey for a lower cost. With Carnival, you drive around just enough to say you saw the island and enjoy quite a bit of time at the lighthouse and snorkeling. With the excursion we chose this time, we drove A LOT. My boyfriend loved it though and felt good about seeing the local parts of town along with the beautiful beaches. With only an hour left in the tour, we were only just arriving to the snorkel portion. We chose to skip this part b/c my partner didn't really care to snorkel and we didn't want to be late to the ship. If snorkeling is a priority for you, this wouldn't be a great pick. Our priority was sightseeing so it did the trick. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Traveled to Progresso & Cazumel This was a surprise gift from my Daughter in Law & Son. We all went as a family. 6 adults & 4 kids. This was my first cruise & I was very skeptical about going. So glad my Husband & I ... Read More
Traveled to Progresso & Cazumel This was a surprise gift from my Daughter in Law & Son. We all went as a family. 6 adults & 4 kids. This was my first cruise & I was very skeptical about going. So glad my Husband & I went! It was great from the start. We had an inside cabin that was very Clean with King bed, Luxury bedding, lots of Towels, TV & good Closet. Our family were all on the same floor. Room service included free! The embarkation & disembarkation was on time & smooth. The whole Ship looked new, beautiful & very clean. The Entertainment was fun! Except very Loud! Dining was wonderful. During the day we ate on the 10th floor with a Lot to choose from. At night we had fine dining in the Ambassador Room. The Service was Excellent!!!! Everyone working on the ship was so pleasant and they were ready to serve you in any way. The excursions were so much fun. We had them all planned before we left. The only smoking areas were at the Casino & the Casino Bar as expected. No smoking anywhere else. The only negative was the Pool. It was way too small for all the people. The children took it over because of Spring Break. However, there was an Adult area with Hot Tub & nice sun bathing area that was quite & peaceful. I read reviews before I left & so many were negative. Don't believe all of them. Some people are just unhappy no matter what. Believe me this Ship was great! YES! I WOULD GO AGAIN !!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I Got talked into it, cruises never appealed to me but my spouse has wanted to go for years so I gave in. There were way too many rude brat kids, not being controlled by their parents.. Couldn't visit the casino due to cigarette ... Read More
I Got talked into it, cruises never appealed to me but my spouse has wanted to go for years so I gave in. There were way too many rude brat kids, not being controlled by their parents.. Couldn't visit the casino due to cigarette smoke. Pool and hot tubs always filled with kids. Lido deck in general was always packed with people and blasting music, had to avoid it whenever possible. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY AND PAY FOR Wi-Fi SERVICE. I paid for four days worth of their 'Premium Wi-Fi. It was a lousy Wi-Fi connection and within an hour or two of leaving the port of Mobile, there was no connection at all for the rest of the trip. Paid for the 'bottomless bubbles', what a joke, you have to go to a bar and wait till they're finished serving customers ordering alcohol. Speaking of alcohol, what a scam that is, you can't bring it on the ship and they charge $8 to $11 for a mixed drink and $24 for a 4 pack of beer. Needless to say, it will be awhile before we consider going on another cruise, it would definitely not be a 'family friendly' cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Carnival Fantasy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 5.0 N/A
Dining 3.5 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 5.0 3.7
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.3
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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