Sail Date: February 2013
Charleston is a good port for both embarkation and debarkation. The silent,self assist debarkation is terrific, off the ship and on the road before 8AM. The cruise was very good, as usual, but I did notice a few things new this time. The ... Read More
Charleston is a good port for both embarkation and debarkation. The silent,self assist debarkation is terrific, off the ship and on the road before 8AM. The cruise was very good, as usual, but I did notice a few things new this time. The big difference was in the entertainment, not much to speak of. Whatever happened to the "Broadway style" shows with the house band. On this cruise we got recorded soundtrack and not too much production. The show was okay but not up to our expectations based on past cruises. Looks like the entertainment is moving in the direction of the comedy shows. Not bad but in the lounge which was overcrowded and uncomfortable. There was only one show and a hypnotist on another night. Big disappointment all around. The food and dining room staff were excellent as always. The bartenders couldn't be better, great martini. The weather was not cooperative with cold, wind and rain. Actually, it was very cold, 30s and 40s, with high winds. This was the first year we had such unusually cold weather. Plenty of deck chairs though, where did all the chair hogs go? The ship is in good shape and the crew keeps it neat and clean. The crew was great,friendly, courteous and helpful. Despite the weather, we enjoyed the cruise as we always do each February. Eat,drink and forget about it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2013
Our cruise was February 18, 2013. Overview: My mother in law & I were first time cruisers. I researched many questions on the Carnival Cruise Line site before we left and I fully recommend it. I've read other reviews on this ... Read More
Our cruise was February 18, 2013. Overview: My mother in law & I were first time cruisers. I researched many questions on the Carnival Cruise Line site before we left and I fully recommend it. I've read other reviews on this site where people complained about things they didn't know and it could have been prevented if they just read information on the site. It really covers everything. I picked the excursions that we went on because of the descriptions, pictures & reviews. We were not disappointed in the least. I even used google satellite maps of the two ports to familiarize myself with the area and knew what to expect. We didn't have any issues at all on our cruise. From the embarkment to the disembarkment. Embarkment: Drop off at the Charleston Port was very easy. We checked some luggage and carried one bag each. There were a lot of people checking in but it went smoothly. We did get our bags checked but it didn't take long. Everything kept moving and we barely stood still waiting. The representatives checked us in and told us there would be food available at The Windows of the Sea on the 10th floor. We easily made it to our cabin and my mother in laws luggage arrived right after we did. Mine was in my room after we came back from the safety meeting. It was very cold and windy as we left port, but I stood out on the deck taking pictures of my beloved hometown as we set sail. (even though I live in NC these days) Our Cabin: It was perfect for us. A seasoned cruiser recommended that I book mid-ship and near elevators so it would be easier to move around. She was right. I feel we booked the perfect spot. No unnecessary noises and very convenient to everywhere we wanted to go. Also a good spot to be if the ship is rocking. Our stewards were the best. The stewards were so pleasant and really added to our cruise experience. My steward made me a special surprise for my birthday. On Board: There are activities all cruise long. Something for everyone. We played Bingo, watched shows (didn't care for The Brits but loved Motown), listened to karaoke and many more activities. We went to one of the adult comedy shows and Chris Wiles was great. I actually had seen him several times before. He use to headline our local Comedy club in NC. Excursions: Our two excursions were absolutely wonderful. Both had easy transportation with funny knowledgeable guides. First Port Nassau: Nassau had plenty of close shopping and is where we got all of our souvineers besides the ones that we purchased on the ship. We did the Blue Lagoon Dolphin encounter, which I highly recommend, and fully enjoyed it. My full review for it is on the Carnival Cruise Line site. Second Port Freeport: Freeport dock is in an industrial area but there are a few shops and Senor Frogs is there. Otherwise, you can be transported to shopping, site seeing and beaches. We did the ATV excursion which included a tropical garden and plenty of beach time. I also highly recommend and my full review is on the Carnival site. Meals: We found that the buffets were good and had something for everyone. There are four different styles of buffets on the Lido deck. Windows of the Sea is the main buffet on the 10th floor. There are also other choices such as Pizza, Deli, Sushi, & room service. The dinning room meals are where you get a chance to try items that you wouldn't normally try. I had shark, duck, lamb and yes frog legs for the first time and enjoyed them all. They also have choices that you might already be use to. The service and entertainment was good too. We enjoyed meeting our table mates and continue to communicate with them after the cruise. Disembarkment: We decided to put our luggage out the night before and took our time in the morning to disembark. We had breakfast and then watched dolphins play outside our cabin window before we were led off the ship. Customs didn't take long and before we knew it we were at the end of the pier where my family picked us up. Conclusion: The ship was very clean and pleasantly decorated. We went with open minds to enjoy every bit of it and we did. It was a wonderful cruise and experience. So wonderful we've already booked another cruise before the end of this year on the same ship with the same room. The only thing different is that we are bringing friends to experience it with us this time. The countdown has begun. Happy Sailing to everyone! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2013
My daughter and I sailed out of Charleston Feb. 23 for the five nite Bahamas cruise. We had a good time and I felt we got a good value. Total cost was about $525 each with tax and tips for an ocean view. I booked about 2 months ahead. ... Read More
My daughter and I sailed out of Charleston Feb. 23 for the five nite Bahamas cruise. We had a good time and I felt we got a good value. Total cost was about $525 each with tax and tips for an ocean view. I booked about 2 months ahead. We were on the Upper deck #6 U42. We like this location a lot. We used the stairs the entire trip, just took the elevator twice for the view. We had late seating 8:15 in Jubilee dining room. We like our waiters very much, Marvin was our head waiter. The food was good to very good. We were at a table for 10 and there were 8 of us. Two other mother daughter combos at our table , close to our ages, which was nice. I don't know if that was random or not, my daughter and I don't have the same last name and one of the other parties didn't as well. Not sure how Carnival figured out we were mother daughter vacations.:) The entertainment on the ship was OK. Nothing great. One of the comedians, I can't remember her name, from the mid-west, was pretty funny. We went to the Super Star Karaoke several times and that was good. My daughter sang every night and loved having a live band. She went to the clubs most nights and enjoyed that as well. I thought the small acts in the lounges were good and the DJ's were as well. The ages passengers was a pretty good mix. There were not very many children at least we didn't see many. We had breakfast in the Celebration dining room twice. The wait staff was just OK in the mornings. We had lunch at the buffet on the lido deck a couple of times. Had A sandwich from the deli that was very good. Ordered from room service for snack a couple of times and they were fast. We boarded in a heavy downpour. Got to the ship at 11 and were on by 11:30. The security was tight with some people and not with others. Random as far as confiscating extra alcohol. We each brought a bottle of wine in our carry ones and a box of wine and some vodka in out checked bag. No issues. We always had plenty of ice from our steward. Our room was comfortable and I slept great. Not a lot of motion, just right. I paid $29 for the Internet for the trip. It was fine for email and Facebook, I am glad I didn't pay the $99. For the faster. Day 1 at sea was sunny and we hung out on the lido deck. Lots going on, we didn't have a problem with getting chairs. We were in an elevated area just above the stage on the sun deck and it was a great place to watch all the games etc. from. We enjoyed the Serenity area hot tubs most nights. The one closest to the towel station was the warmest. On our last sea day it was cold so those hot tubs were very popular. I don't know why the ship rushes back up north when it leaves Freeport. It would have been great to stay south so we could enjoy warmer weather on that last sea day. In Nassau we walked to Junkaroo Beach and hung out for about 6 hours. We swam and got some sun. We had one drink from the beach stand and it was strong. We went to Senor Frogs for chips, guacamole and a drink on Our way back to the ship. That was fun as well. We had booked a day trip for snorkeling catamaran trip thru an online website before we sailed. It ended up getting cancelled because it was too rough to snorkel. The guy met us when we got off the ship, waited to pick up other passengers and then told us it was cancelled.( I did get reimbursed) We were disappointed about that but not much we could do. He gave us a ride for $10 each round trip to Port Lucaya Beach and hung out for the day. We had a good time there and enjoyed the waves and the ocean. Went over to the marketplace for some cheap Coronas and then got picked up at a prearranged time and brought back to ship. Our driver didn't collect our fare until he dropped us back at the ship which was pretty cool. We checked out the Senor Frogs there as well. We saw some gorgeous sunsets and a beautiful full moon rising over the sea. We met a lot of nice people and had a relaxing time. We did dress up for formal night which was the 2nd night on the ship. The night we sailed from Freeport , night 4 they had A beach/ dance party on the Lido deck from 9- whenever with a midnight buffet. Overall, I thought it was a good value and it was great to sail from Charleston. Might try the 7 nit cruise from there. I really liked the size of the ship. Easy to learn the layout and get around. Very good staff. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2013
Okays its the beginning of March now and been home for a few weeks, time to give a review of the FANTASY. First let me start off by saying that we are a family of six Myself 33yr, wife 29yr, and four sons ages 13, 11, 5, and 3. We all are ... Read More
Okays its the beginning of March now and been home for a few weeks, time to give a review of the FANTASY. First let me start off by saying that we are a family of six Myself 33yr, wife 29yr, and four sons ages 13, 11, 5, and 3. We all are first time cruisers. We came from Ohio to Charleston SC, are cruise didn't leave till Monday so we went down early to check out Charleston and got there on Saturday night. We stayed in North Charleston at the Quality Inn for $150 for two nights. Sunday we took the day to check out the town and to see wear we were going in the morning witch worked out well. *EMBARK On Monday morning we checked out of the hotel and headed to the port around 9am we knew that we were early but when we just drove by we saw they were letting people in so we went in. What it was is you could drop off you luggage but they were not letting you park yet they took are luggage and told us to come back around 11am. So we just drove around till about 1030am and hey they let us in. We paid the $85.00 for parking witch at first I though was steep but hey are car was in a warehouse the whole time. After parking we walked out of the warehouse and got on a bus witch took us to the terminal.(3 min ride)then into customs building boy they cram a lot of people in here. waited in line about 20 mins for customs and then 10 min in line to check in with Carnival. In total from parking to ship about 40-45 mins. Not to bad. *Rooms We were told the rooms would be ready at 1:30pm we got done eating lunch around 12:15pm and really wanted to explore the ship but we all had carry on's so we said hell with it and went to are room around 12:45pm and they were ready. We were in rooms M236 & M232 side by side witch worked out well we put the older boys in one room and the little ones with us. ARTHUR was are room steward and he was the BEST... Did I say BEST yes BEST he treated us like family and really took to the older boys always joking with them and even teaching them how to make the towel animals. The rooms weren't that bad. I read tons of reviews about people crying about how small the rooms are and Im here to tell you there not that bad. BEWARE TO FIRST TIMERS they put pop and bottled water in the rooms for you but this isn't included it cost about $20 for 6 cans and one bottle of water and if its not there when you check out your charge for it. *Food Okay we ate breakfast and lunch at the buffet and dinner in the dinning room. The food at the buffet isn't bad and just know that there is buffet on the whole back part of the lido deck. It was hot and tasty most the time the biggest challenge was finding a seat at times. As far as the dinning room food was great but the service SUCKED every night but one. The servers acted like they had no time for anything and treated you like crap. But the food was an A+ so you learned to deal with crappy service. *Camp Carnival Are 3 and 5yr both went to camp two times. First time was for an hour the first night on the ship and the second was the next day for 2 1/2hrs and on the second time the camp called us and wanted us to get are 3yr because he missed us. LOL yes he missed us and they didn't know want to do. LOL so we decided to just wait till the evening to do anything as adults and have there older brothers watch them in the room. Now are 11yr went to camp almost everyday and loved it. He loved he could come and go when he wanted. If they were doing something he didn't like he could just leave. *PORTS Are ports were Nassau and Freeport. We didn't do any excursions but we did get off the ship in both ports. In Nassau we got off and walked and did some shoping and went to a public beach and let the kids swim. We had to walk about a mile to get to the public beach but was well worth it. Freeport we weren't going to get off because we were told it was all industry and we needed to take a taxi to the other side of island for anything to do. NOT TRUE! As we were eating on the lido deck that morning and looking out at the port there were lots of shops and a live band right off the ship so we got off and spent about an 1hr or two just looking around. *Shows & Casino As far as show I think they need more. They had a live show the First night and comics on Tue and Thurs nights and a live show Friday night. The live shows were great wish there were more of them. The Casino well very out dated. slot were very old. Tables were pretty good. *Photography ALL I CAN SAY IS RUN!!!!!! LOL.... There is always people with cameras on deck 9 wanting you to pose for a picture witch was cool at first but got old fast and the pictures they take are very over priced *POOLS Okay the Fantasy only has one pool but the do have a water slide area with three slides and a splash area for the little ones the pool was so.so. and the slide area was great.(kiddos need to be 42" to go on slides) They also have four hot tubs one is for kids. witch was ok i guess the adult hot tubs seem to be always full and the kids well there shouldn't be a kids hot tub but the is and most the time there was about 20 kids in an 8 person hot tub. *Disembark Disembark was very easy out of are room and to are car in about 45 mins. and like i said in the embark we parked in the warehouse and when we got off the ship it was raining cats and dogs. So money well spent for the parking. Hope this helps I know I read maybe 200 reviews on the Fantasy ship before we went and now reading reviews on Glory for the Canada trip in June for just me and the wife. GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY SAILING Evans Family Heath, Ohio Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
We heard Carnivals rep about being a party ship; but it embarked from a convenient location and the price was right; so we set sail. We are both over the age of 60. The shows were minimal; a couple of stand up comedians; and a ... Read More
We heard Carnivals rep about being a party ship; but it embarked from a convenient location and the price was right; so we set sail. We are both over the age of 60. The shows were minimal; a couple of stand up comedians; and a performance by about 6 of their own crew. Some shows were around 10:00 p.m. We did not stay up for them as the earlier ones were disappointing. For entertainment, we played the slots. We were instructed by other guests to use our sail and sign card in order to play. I put in a minimal amount, but won! On our last full day of the cruise, I became very ill from a norovirus. When I looked it up on line, the first words were "cruise". It's caused by contaminated food passed by touch. I did see the ships doc who helped. I couldn't leave the room the whole day. The casino person called and reminded me of my meager winnings - $43.00 (I played $30.00 total). I explained I couldn't leave the room and asked if my husband could pick up our winnings. They said NO, I had to personally come and sign for it. Since I couldn't, they said it would take 2 weeks to SIX months to get my check. Worse - when we checked out, we were charged $10.00 each as "entertainment" to play the slots! I wrote Carnival to clarify and they indeed do charge to play the slots. My husband contracted the virus the day after the landing; and it stayed with him for two weeks. The ship wasn't safe for small children; wide gaps between the rails. I'm surprised no child has gone overboard yet. The food, up until the time I got sick, was ok, not great. Our particular room stewards were very good and pleasant; that was the only positive on this trip. With all the trouble Carnival has had, ya think they'd say they'd give us back the $20.00 for playing the slots; but their response was no. DO NOT TAKE CARNIVAL NO MATTER HOW GOOD THE PRICE IS. I wouldn't be surprised if this line dissolves by the end of this year unless they do something to upgrade their ships. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
This was a family cruise and our first out of Charleston. We had 7 first time cruisers and 5 repeaters. Embarkation was fast and easy, on the ship in no time and off to drop off our luggage in our cabins then some lunch. Muster drill ... Read More
This was a family cruise and our first out of Charleston. We had 7 first time cruisers and 5 repeaters. Embarkation was fast and easy, on the ship in no time and off to drop off our luggage in our cabins then some lunch. Muster drill was different, we all had to meet in various bars then taken to the actual muster stations. I have always just gone to the muster station to begin with. Not sure why they did it this way, seems like a waste of time. Sail away was a bit chilly and of course no horn blowing in Charleston but still fun to watch as we went out of the harbor. Food...We ate in the MDR every night, table for 12 and early seating. Food was hit or miss. Some times cold and blah tasting but you could always find some thing you liked.We felt rushed every night and some times we didn't all get our ordered coffee and desserts.Buffet was generally good and deli, sushi,pizza, wok and grill all on par. Room service was hit or miss. Shows.....The Motown was fun but the rest were a bit boring, comedy club was just OK, had 5 shows at night, 2 family and 3 adult. Had the usual sales pitch for Carnival sponsored stores and of course the $10 sale but in a bad location, blocked the entrance to the main lounge. Ports of call... Nassau and Freeport, did a walking tour on Nassau and some did a bus tour. Tried the Fish Fry, very good but expensive! Freeport we did an ATV tour. it was raining when we got there so ours was grouped with another tour for later in the day. It was so much fun and would do it again. Sea days... first one was OK, not bad weather but not the best. Plenty of things to do. The second sea day was freezing!! No outside activities but I did go to Serenity and sit in the hot tub for a few hours(was the warmest place on the ship)! Debarkation was smooth and fast no real problems.If you are having family or a cab pick you up then you have a little hike to get to that area with all your luggage. Just some FYI... The Fantasy does not have heat, fridges or hair dryers in the room, you can get a hair dryer from the room steward and extra blankets. I used a 3 prong plug in my room but in my sons room it would not fit. I don't think I would cruise out of Charleston in the colder months, this may have been a fluke for cold but I much prefer warm sun!! The Fantasy over all is a nice ship and I like the layout. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
This was our first cruise, and although we booked with some friends originally, they were unable to go. We chose Charleston, due to having to drop our dog off with my mom. We stayed one night with her, then drove on to Charleston, which ... Read More
This was our first cruise, and although we booked with some friends originally, they were unable to go. We chose Charleston, due to having to drop our dog off with my mom. We stayed one night with her, then drove on to Charleston, which was about 5-6 hour drive. I will try to cover every aspect of our adventure, the pros and cons, but let me say there were very little cons and the cons are only worth mentioning, for future reference and advice for first timers. I am a very thorough person and I like to nail down details much as I can, to make new experiences go smoothly. I booked our cruise online, and will say that is the fast easy way to go, but I felt safer speaking to someone with my questions, and I had alot of them! The one thing that I asked about several times was when we were able to board the ship. The website said 3pm, and the customer service rep verified this. We were excited, eager, and wanted to get things rolling, so we planned to arrive, by 1:30. The parking was simple enough, luggage drop off was easy, then on to the gangway. By the time we got thru check it, it was about 2:30ish so we thought we were going good. Except for one detail: we hadnt ate since breakfast. We found out that lunch was served, and others had boarded as early as 11 am. Never figured that one out, but needless to say it was a LONG time til dinner! Other than that, we had no complaints! Every day was fun filled, too much to do, in one day! The food was wonderful. Took advantage of room service a couple of nights, after getting back to the room, for the night. Our room was an ocean view, it was large enough with plenty of closet space. We did not spend alot of time in the room. I was always excited to see what animal awaited me when we got it. The first day it was a dog. I was messing around and messed him up, so when we went out for dinner, my husband told our stewart, Joey and he made me another one! I kept him on the shelf under the tv. Every day I added to the zoo! Our first stop was Nassau, and we went on a catamaran, and snorkeling. Then dis some sightseeing and shopping. Day two was Freeport, we went to Tanio Beach where we rented jer skis, has barbque lunch and enjoyed the beach and the lazy river. Best vacation we ever took. We joined in on the games, the only thing we did not participate on the ship was the casino and the spa services. Well worth the money. Cant wait to book my next one. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
15 years ago on our first cruise (Disney's brand new ship), we were docked next to the Carnival Fantasy in Nassau. Our Disney ship was like a fine dining restaurant docked next to a Taco Bell. We vowed never to sail Carnival, much ... Read More
15 years ago on our first cruise (Disney's brand new ship), we were docked next to the Carnival Fantasy in Nassau. Our Disney ship was like a fine dining restaurant docked next to a Taco Bell. We vowed never to sail Carnival, much less on the Fantasy. It had what looked like a million Christmas lights all over it, the music was VERY loud and went on through all hours of the night, and the people never slept. You know, the "fun ship". Disney had a steel drum band and lots of elegance. Fast forward 15 years to cruise #7. Carnival sails the Fantasy out of Charleston, we live near there, the price was fabulous, and so we booked! Now, aside from that snooty first paragraph, we are very easy to please on vacation. We expect a good time, we bring along great attitudes, and have never had a bad cruise. Summary upfront in case you don't want to read all my ramblings: We loved Carnival. We love the Fantasy. There. Done. It was awesome!! Note that the time of year we sail is now always Winter and usually January. We have never been on a Spring Break cruise (probably a VERY different experience). Our first cruise (Disney 15 years ago WAS Summertime and that's probably why Carnival was rockin! We've not been on a Summer cruise since. We like the older clientele that comes with January cruising -- we are morning people.) Now for some details... Embarkation was flawless. We got dropped off at the port to save $. Charleston and Carnival have this thing locked up tight as far as procedures. Everything was a breeze. Food: Breakfast. The breakfast was exactly like the 4 other cruise lines we've been on. There is something for everyone and plenty of variety and nothing worth remembering. The coffee was very good. Lunch. We ate in the Celebration dining room once and at the buffet the other 6 days. The Caribbean buffet was phenomenal. The other stuff was fine too. Again, plenty of variety. The pizza line and the deli line take forever. Get an ice cream cone while you wait (or 2). The ice-cream machine (and frozen yogurt) is AWESOME. This is very tasty stuff, and there are machines in the dining room and outside near the pool. We each had 2 or 3 cones... per day... for a week. Legit. And these don't count towards dessert allotment. Dinner: LOVED DINNER. The 'everyday' menu and the 'today menu' were full of great choices and everything we tried was fantastic. I mean, very very good eats! Everything looked prepared with love and attention to detail. I will say that dinners aboard the Carnival Fantasy were every bit as good (perhaps better) than our other cruises. Service: We've never had anything other than great service onboard any cruise. They are all fabulous!! Some people are more outgoing and fun than others, but all provide a high level of service and do their jobs well. Dining time: We could only eat in the Celebration dining room because we did not have assigned dining time. It opened at 5:45. We got in line by 5:30 and waited with lots of other hungry people each night. The 2 times we came in after 7pm, we had to get a pager and wait for a table. The tables are mostly small here so you don't have to dine with other families. The other dining room (Jubilee) has more large tables. We cruised in January so mostly older people onboard = early eaters like us! Cabin: We had an inside cabin with a bunk for the kid. The cabin was functional and comfy. The bathroom was the same. It is not luxurious, but it is not lacking. Well, there is only 1 outlet plug. It is lacking in another plug but no harm done there. The water is hot and the toilet is loud. Same stuff, different ship. Entertainment: Something for everyone! The Beatles show was the best thing I've ever seen! The bands were great, as were the comedians. We like to watch the art auctions sometimes too. If you can't find fun stuff to do on a Carnival cruise, you are too picky. The casino was packed. We enjoyed watching other people spend their money. Shopping: There were some great deals on jewelry and other stuff. I was surprised at how the prices were very fair for many items. Drinks: Ouch. This can really drain a wallet. Carnival had nothing unique going on there though -- cruise-industry-standard liquid and standard price list. We got such a great sailing rate, many fellow cruisers spent more on bar-tab than on cruise-fare. You've been warned. Cheers! Camp Carnival for the little ones: Our son enjoyed it (he was in the 6-8 age group). It was not the best we've seen (you can't beat Disney on this stuff!). He's not picky. He went 2-3 hours a day and usually liked it...a tad bored at times, but not a deal-breaker. Pools: It was January. The (few) kids had the pool to themselves. Brrr... The big slide was not open during high wind (we had a lot of that). The small slide was fun. The splash pad is a great concept for little ones. Again, January. I'm under a towel staying warm most of the week. Ship: Some areas were very majestic and grand. Some were neon and very "Vegas". It is certainly not a new ship or a big ship or a fancy ship --but we LOVED it. This trip solidified our desire to not sail on one of the 4000+ passenger mega-huge vessels. I wish there were more ships like the Fantasy. The fantasy is big enough but not too big. We liked seeing the same people over and over and not having many long lines anywhere. Nassau. This was #6 or #7 there for us. We finally walked beyond the 1-block of Bay Street and saw something new this time! Google this: Queen's Staircase. Walk there. For FREE! You'll be glad you did--especially if you've ever thought Nassau was dull. It was lovely, it was exercise, and it was awesome! We also stumbled upon the Pirate Museum. Loved that. Other than that, we had some nice conversations with locals, bought sodas for $1 and beers for $2 and enjoyed our day walking around. The Straw Market is worse than ever now though. They have 100 vendors all selling the same exact thing. I haggled for a cheap necklace that I ended up finding cheaper in a store. Half Moon Cay: Didn't get to go because of wind. Grand Turk: New favorite port. For FREE, you get the beach (with the best view of your ship!! You feel like you can swim up to it!), good snorkeling, shells, a FREE mega huge pool and some shopping without anyone asking you to buy anything (opposite of Nassau). The vendors ignore you until you need help... brilliant. Son did the Flowrider (google that) surfing thing. He loved it but of the 8 people that were in his group, 8 wiped out multiple times. You might need a chiropractor after the Flowrider. You've been warned. Hard falls happen. It was pretty much a bargain compared to most "excursions" though. $39 for 90 minutes. After about 45 minutes, his group of 8 had dwindled to 4. He slept GOOD that night but needed ibuprofen for neck pain the next morning. We loved Grand Turk and wish we could stay longer. (left at 1pm! = Not cool, Carnival, not cool.) Disembarkation. Really, how do you mess this up? You can't. Vacation's over. Get your stuff, and get off the ship. The instructions are easy, and the process works. Some will gripe about elevators, stairs, times, etc. But really, 2000 groggy people with onset of vacation-conclusion-depression and the complaining inevitably starts -- not to mention they all just got their bar tab and final bill $$$$ --and reality set in quickly. Budget: We are debt-free, frugal, simple folks. We buy zero pics onboard (tempting but unnecessary -- we hand our camera to strangers and trade pic-taking favors), 3 drinks, no sodas onboard (you should have SEEN me sucking down those 2 Coke Zeros in Nassau!), $5 in the casino (and won!), paid the standard tips, bought 4 bottles of liquor to take home for pet sitting and chauffeur, and 2 tshirts. We had a VALUE of a vacation and didn't feel like we missed out on anything! It was GREAT! We would love to sail on the Fantasy out of Charleston again next year! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
We traveled with a group of 10, 3 children and 7 adults. Ages ranged from 7 to 60. Although the ship was old it came across to us as maintained very well. We boarded the ship around noon on the 9th and was able to go straight to our ... Read More
We traveled with a group of 10, 3 children and 7 adults. Ages ranged from 7 to 60. Although the ship was old it came across to us as maintained very well. We boarded the ship around noon on the 9th and was able to go straight to our stateroom, which was very nice. We booked our stateroom with a king size bed, when we arrived it was two twins, I didn't see this as a big deal just had to find our stateroom steward to get his help to fix this. He did offend me when he told me that he didn't set the king bed thinking that it was a mother and son traveling. All I could think was YUCK! He fixed our bed and was totally amazing the rest of our cruise. The dinning hall was definitely NOT what I expected. The first night was all about serving, no smiles, no fun. On our second night they decided to dance and sing, they did this on my first cruise which made dinner so much more fun. We only ate in the dinning room assigned eating twice due to this. The kids were in the whirlpool one day, when I went over to check on them upon stepping on the wooden step a slither of glass went into my foot and I started bleeding. We got someone to come over and there was no sense of urgency that I was sitting there bleeding. I was fine, however was worried about the kids stepping out, finally about 10 minutes after sitting there and getting my foot to stop bleeding someone came over to take a towel and whip down the wooden step. Carnival to us personally was more about sales than fun. Even down to playing bingo it meant. There were no package deals on the pictures you had to buy each sheet individual, I would think they would make more money if they would offer packages rather than throwing all that paper away. We had two days of "fun at sea", although we had the fun facts with us on the last day of fun at sea they made announcements during the day telling you what was going on we thought that should have been done daily. Carnival's website advertised that the Fantasy would have the Hasbro's games on it in Jan 2013, we were informed that no they would not have it until after the dry dock they were getting ready to go under. We did excursions however we did not go with any Carnival offered. Do your research you can get better deals by not using them. We chartered a fishing boat for 4 hours in Nassau for 6 people. In Freeport we went to Paradise Cove to do snorkeling that only cost us 35 dollars per person, which included the ride to and from the ship and all the equipment. Both of these items had we gone thru Carnival would have cost us double what we actually paid. On day two Carnival automatically collected the "gratuity" charges. As other reviews stated I think you should have to earn this. Upon talking to several of their employees they honestly did not know what their gratuity was. Many travelers told us they don't pay Carnival these fees they give the funds directly to whom they want which I agreed with and we did. Although your told food will be available 24/7, please be aware the only thing really available is pizza and wraps. This was very disappointing to me. The selections of food as well to me could have been so much better than it was. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
The end of January myself and 5 friends and 4 of there children booked a cruise on the Carnival Fantasy. I booked hotel rooms because we were driving from Ohio and wanted to get in the night before so we wouldn't be rushed and tired ... Read More
The end of January myself and 5 friends and 4 of there children booked a cruise on the Carnival Fantasy. I booked hotel rooms because we were driving from Ohio and wanted to get in the night before so we wouldn't be rushed and tired the day of the cruise. After booking the hotel I decided that I needed to get some transportation for all 10 of us from the Hotel to the ship. So I called a few services and was surprised at the cost, I thought it was rather high. So I tried one more company TC Transportation. I inquired about the rate and he asked me what hotel I was staying at, when I told him he kind of hesitated and said you don't really want to be staying there it isn't the best area he said let me call around and see what else I can find for you. So he called me back and found another hotel for me with the same rates. He said it was also a lot closer and that way it wouldn't cost me as much to get to the ship,his rates are very good. So I called the hotel he suggested which was a La Quanta hotel and reserved my rooms. Then I called him back and made arrangements for transportation to the ship and back. He also recommended a restaurant and gave me the number to call. He gave me a lot of information, and when we were about 15 minutes away from the hotel, he called to make sure we could find the hotel alright, the hotel was very nice, it was clean and in the morning we had a very nice free breakfast. Thanks to Todd who went above and beyond the call of duty and made our trip so much more stress free.The next day he was right there to pick us up. Getting on the ship was a breeze much faster than any other cruise I was on. The cruise was not the greatest, we had some very crappy weather. It rained and was windy most of the cruise, we couldn't even stop at Half Moon Cay because the waves were to choppy to get on the tenders. But we still had a good time. The Crew on the Lido deck was great on the good days when we could be outside, the entertainment was great Orlando Magic kept the games the music and the fun going, and the bar staff was Johnny on the spot.So even though we had crappy weather they made every day a fun day. The comedy shows were great and so were the dancers. I would take a cruise out of Charleston again But not in the winter. Disembarking was also a breeze they do it a little different in Charleston and it went very quickly. The Carnival Fantasy is the oldest in that fleet of ships and it was going into dry dock when we got back to be refurbished, it really did need it. The food was great but alot of time they only opened one side of the buffet which caused very long lines, not sure why they did that. So other than the weather it was a great experience. Read Less
Carnival Fantasy Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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