447 Carnival Fantasy Cruise Reviews

This was our first cruise and our first time in Mexico so we went into it with no real set expectations. I did do a bit of research beforehand (read reviews, watched Youtube vidoes) which helped us to make the most out of our trip. First ... Read More
This was our first cruise and our first time in Mexico so we went into it with no real set expectations. I did do a bit of research beforehand (read reviews, watched Youtube vidoes) which helped us to make the most out of our trip. First off, we got the Cheers package and had a lot of fun with it - from drink service on the Serenity deck to wine and cocktails at dinner, to yummy coffee drinks at the coffee bar to drink service at the live performances. We visited every bar on the ship during the course of our stay. We also enjoyed the musicals and comedy shows on the ship, as well as, some of the trivia games in the Cat's Lounge. The Serenity deck was a popular spot, and certainly one of our favorite places to be. We ate breakfast and dinner in the Celebration dining room (any time dining) and lunch on the Lido deck choosing from Guy's, Blue Iquana, Pizza, deli, buffet. The Masala Dosa on the breakfast menu in the dining room is delicious. I ordered it as a side to go with my bacon and eggs which were also good. We met Pura, a drink server, on the Serenity deck and we liked him so much that we requested him to be our server in the dining room at dinner. Pura really knows his way around the bar and dining room menus and his recommendations were wonderful - can't say enough good things about him. As far as the ports go, we took the free shuttle into Progreso and then took the 45 minute $9 open bus tour of Progreso - totally worth doing. Afterwards, we shopped a bit in the flea markets and took a nice walk along the beautiful beach. Cozumel was more of a resort type feel with beautiful blue water, boats, snorkeling. We strolled around, went into the shops and paid a visit to Senor Frogs and Margaritaville - which were very fun. Coming back, our morning arrival was delayed by thick fog in the port of Mobile. The captain and Andy the cruise director did a great job giving us updates. We didn't disembark until after 6:00pm. Overall a great trip - nice range of ages in the passengers. Very pleasant and attentive staff. Sigit, our room steward, did a fantastic job throughout our trip. Two thumbs up! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This was my 7th cruise, 1st on Fantasy. The service was personal and amazing ! The cruise director Andrew (Andy) was the best I have every experienced. He went above and beyond to entertain the passengers. On the last night he hosted an ... Read More
This was my 7th cruise, 1st on Fantasy. The service was personal and amazing ! The cruise director Andrew (Andy) was the best I have every experienced. He went above and beyond to entertain the passengers. On the last night he hosted an event in the Atrium where he sang and danced as he interacted with the guests. During one song, "American Pie" he poured sugar on himself as the song lyrics rolled "pour some sugar on me". He went over the top! This was a family vacation with my husband and 8 adult children. We were treated with such good care and service by everyone. Our room valet, I Wawan, was so courteous and provided us with anything we asked. Our dinner servers were amazing as well. The wait staff came to anticipate our individual needs before we asked, such as bringing me coffee every night at dinner the moment I sat down. I must give a special shout out to Johnamay. She was part of the dinner service crew that made our experience on the ship. Johnamay danced and sang to one of my daughters, which made my daughter's trip even more memorable. Thank you to all the staff and crew. We will be back. Thank you for sharing us and creating these special memories. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I had never been on a cruise before, so I read up a lot, and ended up having a great time. The ship itself is obviously older, and the decor is a little dated, but it is well-maintained and kept clean. Food was fine, drinks were great, ... Read More
I had never been on a cruise before, so I read up a lot, and ended up having a great time. The ship itself is obviously older, and the decor is a little dated, but it is well-maintained and kept clean. Food was fine, drinks were great, and service was excellent. I bought the Cheers package, which was a fantastic choice on my part. A great part of the fun was to drink a lot all cruise long. One of my favorite things on Fantasy was to go aft to the water slide area, which has a small hidden bar. It is far less crowded than the rest of the Lido deck, so you can easily have a chair right up against the railing, go down the water slide, and then get a drink from the bar before returning to your chair. Cozumel and Progreso were both great. In Progreso, I got my fix of history with the incredibly detailed Mayan ruins. Our tour was comfortable and well-conducted. In Cozumel, I went to Mr. Sanchos where there were plenty of cruisers both from the Fantasy and other boats. Sit down lunch was fantastic, and the bartenders were very attentive. I tipped very well, participated in a tequila tasting where I bought a bottle. There are plenty of food options all over the ship. I chose a fixed dining option in the main dining room. It was nice to have a fixed group of people, including some younger folks I could see around the ship. Food was okay, not mind-blowing, but enjoyable. Other dining locations were Blue Iguana, Guy's Burgers, and the Lido buffet. The Lido buffet was always great for snacks, or a more casual meal than the main dining room. That said, I recommend stopping by the MDR on a sea-day for brunch at least once. After that, I think Blue Iguana is the best breakfast option with its burritos which are really amazing, they also have pretty good tacos for lunch. Easily the best lunch option on the ship is Guy's Burgers. They aren't just good for cruise ship food, they are genuinely amazing burgers, and the fries can double as awesome drunk food to soak up some booze. Lido is good for snacks at all hours, more than a couple times I'd grab a couple slices of pizza and soft-serve late at night after hours at the club. As for entertainment, there was always plenty going on. I never managed to find anyone actually attending the meetups in the bars, but everyone aboard was friendly nonetheless. The music was kind of lame, I don't think this was the fault of the DJ, it seems like Carnival has some kind of policy where they can't play explicit music even in the 18+ nightclub. Kind of a bummer, but it was still fun to hang out and do shots even if there wasn't tons of dancing. Embarkation and debarkation was obviously a long ordeal, but there's not really anything anyone can do about funneling people through a small space any faster. I believe they handle it as well as they can. One recommendation is to bring your passport NOT your birth certificate + passport, as that gets you off the ship a lot faster. Other tips: If you have any question about buying the drink package, just buy it. Hang out at the back of the ship near the slide. There is a small bar back there that not many notice, and it is far less crowded. Don't miss the chance for Guy's Burgers. Keep an eye on the duty free shop for alcohol flash sales. Don't wait until you get on the boat to try to buy shore excursions, especially if you have a large group. Eat on the deck out aft of the Lido Buffet. Not sure why everyone seems to prefer eating inside. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was a family cruise for my mother's birthday. We picked this cruise because it was close to home therefore we did not have to pay for airfare or hotels. We were not really expecting much we just wanted some family time. What we ... Read More
This was a family cruise for my mother's birthday. We picked this cruise because it was close to home therefore we did not have to pay for airfare or hotels. We were not really expecting much we just wanted some family time. What we encountered was beyond my expectations. Yes the ship is nothing fancy as it is old but the staff, the food, the entertainment and activities available were fantastic. We went on Royal Caribbean out of Tampa two years ago and we had to get off the ship in ports to get a decent meal. The food on the Fantasy was wonderful. We ate in the dining room every night. Our waiter Rodulf and Kamei were great. They knew our names after the first night and if we had a coke package there were drinks waiting on us. The entertainment staff were very good. I even went to the country show and I am not a country music fan. Ship did not seem crowded even though it is much smaller than most ships now. I would not hesitate to go on this again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We decided on the Carnival Fantasy because of the Panama Canal Transit. We had never wanted to cruise Carnival because of the reputation of "Party Ship" but the cost was great and the timing was perfect so we took a chance on ... Read More
We decided on the Carnival Fantasy because of the Panama Canal Transit. We had never wanted to cruise Carnival because of the reputation of "Party Ship" but the cost was great and the timing was perfect so we took a chance on the September 16th, 11 day cruise out of Mobile, AL. This ship was so far above my and my husbands expectations. It had just received very bad news coverage from a disgruntled inspector (after we purchased the cruise), and we were already risking the party atmosphere. We were so shocked to find not one of the things we had read or heard about the ship to be true. The staff was amazing and went above and beyond to know who we were and how to make each moment more enjoyable. This was a Journey cruise (over 10 days) so we were with this staff longer than most. We found relationships built that were genuine and positive. The captain was great at keeping us in touch and informed which made it a positive interaction as we sailed. The meet and greet with the staff was elegant and professional – as well as very entertaining with the professional ballroom dancers and Shipmonk’s performing the perfect mood setting music. Drinks were flowing and appetizers and staff met with the elegant ambiance they had set for the evening. The dinning staff was attentive to our every need - greeting us by name and having the things we enjoyed on the ready. Seon, Lady Ann, Pratama, Kataporn and Ola (short version of Ola's name) were dining room stars! Singing, smiling and ensuring our water was always topped off, our sides were always ready and available and any extra’s or additions were cared for. The cleaning staff was amazing! They were constantly wiping windows/handrails/glass as well as vacuuming and cleaning floors. Seti cared for our stateroom in way that made it a place to look forward to coming back to so we could see the surprises he had laid out for us! Selva was one who constantly worked! From the day we got on board and he was getting the luggage out … to meeting him all over the ship as he cleaned, vacuumed, mopped, dusted and always smiling and wishing us a good day. It was a pleasure to have Seti and Selva on the cruise! There was nothing about our Carnival ship that lived up to any negative reputation which had proceeded it. It was clean, run well, fun, relaxing and enjoyable. Marty was the Cruise Director for the first part of the trip and Rico the Cruise Director for the last. They were amazing! Why different Cruise Directors on one cruise? There was a special event we never know about held where Carnival and St. Jude’s are in a partnership, Carnival does various little events on ships to raise money they give to St. Jude’s. This was so touching to learn about. We had our fund-raiser onboard and our ship raised over $15,000 for St. Jude! It was incredible to be a part of. But, back to the reason Marty left the ship mid-way. Marty was selected as one of a very few Cruise Director’s to go and present St. Jude with the monies raised, as well as getting the opportunity to meet with some current families at St. Jude and talk with staff to see exactly how the monies are used to help each family personally. It was a blessing to learn of Carnivals involvement with such a wonderful purpose. Once Marty left and Rico took over – it was just as amazing and Rico’s heart and joy were evident in his calling as Cruise Director. The promotion mid-trip allowed us all to see how much each person values their various roles onboard. The majority of the staff was just as much as professional and fun while being available to complete whatever task was on hand for them. Even in the photo department the ship was not pushy in any way and we found Fresca was so kind and yet fun and willing to capture a great shot, or let us move on by when she saw it would be an interruption. That alone was amazing. The ports of call were different on Carnival than other cruise lines. They ensure you have a wonderful experience if you are even just visiting the port. It was cleaner and easier to get off and back on the ship than others we have sailed. The excursions were well explained and when we did take them (we did not at each port) the staff was highly educated in the experience we were about to embark on. The transportation was in new buses with air conditioning and bathrooms, locations were clean and organized and it was safe and so fun and entertaining! Overall we had so many positive experiences and interactions on our Panama Canal cruise we were amazed. It wasn't all perfect, as with anything when you are with people in the same place for 11 days there will be a snafu to two, but the good was actually great and we are looking forward to taking future cruises with Carnival - hoping to run into some of the same staff again to catch up and see how they are doing – as well as meeting up with people we met on the cruise for creating new memories to last a lifetime. Thank you Carnival for completely changing our impression and view of Carnival cruise line. We are glad we took a chance and grateful for the amazing Panama Canal crossing experience! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Okay this is my second cruise. My first was 10 years ago on the Carnival Ecstasy. I booked this cruise 2 weeks out mostly because I wanted to experience a Fantasy class ship again and it was a port that you can drive to from Kansas. Yes ... Read More
Okay this is my second cruise. My first was 10 years ago on the Carnival Ecstasy. I booked this cruise 2 weeks out mostly because I wanted to experience a Fantasy class ship again and it was a port that you can drive to from Kansas. Yes this ship is old and yes she does show some signs of age but she is still a great value for the price and a good looking old ship. I stayed in cabin R3 its a porthole room on the bottom passenger deck. It was a great room! Super big and the portholes offered good light and the same price as an interior. My Steward Budi was awesome. He serviced my room twice a day as I asked and also made sure I always had ice. The food on the ship was great! Everything I ordered in the MDR was cooked how I liked and tasted very good. Service was slow at times but for the most part it was a very good experience. Lines for things like Guys and Blue Iguana were always manageable and not to long. The shows on the ship were very good. Motor City was the best of the shows but all were good. The playlist staff does a really awesome job. The comedy club had some great guys in the there and were very funny and interactive with the crowd. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My family chose this cruise due to the Mobile port location and timing. We were able to get onto the ship quickly with the faster to the fun program. Upon boarding the ship at 12:30pm our cabin was ready as promised and we were able to ... Read More
My family chose this cruise due to the Mobile port location and timing. We were able to get onto the ship quickly with the faster to the fun program. Upon boarding the ship at 12:30pm our cabin was ready as promised and we were able to place our bags into the cabin and tour the ship. Although the ship has a lot of age, it has been maintained very well. The staff is constantly cleaning it on all levels and it was kept clean throughout our voyage. The dining room staff was outstanding along with the dining room food. We also ate in the dining room for brunch on most days and the food was excellent as well. Our room attendant, Arifin did a great job and learned all our names from day 1. We had great weather throughout the cruise and although the ship was at capacity it did not feel overcrowded. The day in Cozumel went smooth. All in all it was one of the best cruises we have been on especially for the cost. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
After a challenging year, my husband and I were looking forward to an affordable getaway in the sun. We drove from Southern Ontario, Canada to Mobile, Alabama, US to board the ship. ​ Mobile felt welcoming, safe and uncrowded. ... Read More
After a challenging year, my husband and I were looking forward to an affordable getaway in the sun. We drove from Southern Ontario, Canada to Mobile, Alabama, US to board the ship. ​ Mobile felt welcoming, safe and uncrowded. Embarkation was the smoothest of our 9 cruise experiences... pay-by-text parking with plenty of spaces, efficient and attentive staff... it was 15 minutes from our arrival to boarding the ship. Brilliant! ​​ This smaller ship - the eldest in the Carnival fleet - is lovely and well-maintained. Everyday, throughout our cruise, we saw maintenance personnel working on painting, shampooing, repairing, etc. This is a sea-going vessel of 20 years, hosting thousands of guests per week, so a few signs of wear and tear are both realistic and charming. I cannot see any reason to complain... particularly when you consider the vacation price. Great value! ​​ We aren't usually keen on ship designs that include split dining rooms (much preferring the layout of the Panamax ships like Carnival Legend), because we find that it interrupts movement/flow of people, resulting in crowding. However, that wasn't an issue on this ship because of the smaller passenger capacity - a pleasant surprise! There were rarely issues with finding a seat in the Lido buffet, around the pool (if you're flexible about location) or at the very-popular comedy shows. ​​ Our cabin - an aft-facing oceanview - was clean and in good working order, with a comfortable bed and accommodating attendant, Artawa (who learned our names and preferences very well). I would recommend a change of the shower curtain and the art work above the bed, which both looked a tired/worn, to keep things fresh. ​​ We registered for and received flexible dining, where we could have a private table for two on our own schedule. The new American-inspired dining room menu is less extravagant than in years past, but still very good... especially if you are willing to try their locally-inspired options. On our first night, we were assigned to an excellent dining room team - Nelson with Octavian and Darma - and opted to request them each night for the duration of the cruise. Since we prefer to eat dinner after 8:00 pm, there was never a wait time and we got more face-to-face time to get to know our team. Every night, Nelson made a recommendation to match with our wine selection, or to match our experience from the day, and they were all great. We were so pleased that we chose to leave an extra $100 USD in cash gratuities for them, in addition to our prepaid amount. ​​ The key to the highly successful entertainment team was the AMAZING cruise director, Paully: hilarious, energetic and very friendly. We had a completely unique cruise experience (even compared to our previous sailings with Carnival), because we chose to attend events that we would normally skip, in order to see him, and those experiences became the highlight of this vacation - 80s and 90s music trivia in the Atrium, Cruise for St Jude, deck parties, etc. ​​ This vacation really was about spending time relaxing in the sun, so much time was spent enjoying Serenity and the Lido pool deck areas. ​​ In Cozumel, we purchased a Downtown Shopping and Beach Excursion from Carnival and had a great time. The host Ricki and the driver Hector were both knowledgeable and accommodating. There were two shopping stops - one more commercial with mass-produced trinckets at posted prices, and one more traditional with handicrafts at negotiated rates. The beach club was excellent - all facilities (pool, beach, chairs, change rooms, bathrooms, wifi, snorkels, etc) were included and well maintained. There was also a bar and restaurant for an additional fee, which we did not try, and some on-site shopping. We enjoyed the beach and were particularly impressed with the lifeguards and snorkeling staff who interacted very well with all the guests. We did participate in a local Tequila tasting and purchased a nice bottle of locally-made Anejo as a souvenir. ​​ In Progreso, the ship docks out in an industrial area a few minutes' drive from downtown (shuttles are available). It was a very hot day, so we chose to only explore the small duty-free area right beside the ship and, then, get back onboard, taking advantage of the nearly-empty public spaces. We noticed several other guests chose to stay onboard as well, with many finding a quiet corner to enjoy a board game or a book. So relaxing! ​ ​If I had to recommend two improvements for this ship: ​ ​1) Main theatre - reconfigure the seating to improve the view. There isn't enough elevation between rows, particularly on the balcony, to allow an unobstructed view of the stage. ​ 2) Add Alchemy bar (perhaps replacing the one beside the comedy club venue) - We missed those unique cocktails from our previous cruises. ​ ​Overall, we had a fun and relaxing time. Our cruise director and dining room team made the experience extra special. The warm weather was great, and the vacation value cannot be matched. Highly recommend! ​ ​ Debarkation was handled very well. There was a short wait where they had to slow down the flow of people through the immigration check point, but that was no inconvenience. Paully walked down the line of guests, explaining the delay and making sure we were still smiling. The terminal was extremely efficient, and we were sitting in our car (which was surprisingly cool considering the hot weather that week) within a short time... and wishing we were boarding again! Seriously, we called long-distance from our Canadian cell phones to see if Carnival was sold out for that next departure. ​ ​In Mobile, we visited the USS Alabama and USS Drum historical site, which was interesting, affordable and well-staffed to handle the influx of cruise visitors. We were given a discounted entry rate and spent hours exploring. We left late in the afternoon and started to make our way back home (to plan our next cruise adventure). We're looking forward to our next opportunity to book with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We have cruised on this ship 10+ time and will return for another cruise in October. This is the smallest of the Carnival ships. We enjoy having a fewer number of guests, shorter lines and frankly, just less people everywhere. Sometimes on ... Read More
We have cruised on this ship 10+ time and will return for another cruise in October. This is the smallest of the Carnival ships. We enjoy having a fewer number of guests, shorter lines and frankly, just less people everywhere. Sometimes on the larger ships it seems like they increase the cabins but not the common areas. guests who sail on the Fantasy range from babies to seniors, but it always has a southern hospitality charm. Having sailed nearly 30 times, I can say with confidence that the crew of the Fantasy is second to none. They are open, friendly, and in the few short days you are on the ship, they become friends. The dining room staff always remembers what you doing and most of the time, my drink was sitting on the table when I arrived. The waiters around the pool are awesome. On the cruise last week, the waiter remembered that I ordered a bottle of water with every other drink-FROM THE LAST CRUISE IN DECEMBER! He just started bringing it to me again. On the Fantasy, you will not find rock climbing walls, roller coasters or trampolines. However, the children seem to be entertained and happy playing old school games as ship scavenger hunts. Believe it or not, they even have an adult one that is hugely popular. Our favorite places on the ship are the piano bar, the comedy club and wherever the live band is playing. We do frequent the shows as well. While Country Roads is not my favorite, they are all well done and great entertainment. Sometimes on the larger ships it seems like they increase the cabins but not the common areas. I have read several reviews where people have said this is a great ship for first time cruisers, and it is. However, you will also find diamond guests with over 400+ days who sail this ship out of choice. It truly is a ship with a personality and that personality is based largely on that time of year. During the winter months while school is in session, it is mostly adults taking a short break from parenting, holiday celebrations, and work. Summer months, the ship is all about families making the ship seem twice as crowded (4 people in cabins instead of 2). If you do a Journey cruise on the Fantasy, or any other ship, the clientele seems to be much older. I guess its difficult for working families to take 10 days or more but it is still tons of fun. Just different fun. During spring break, well, the ship "rocks" until 3am or so. I love all the ship seasons but you just have to be prepared mentally for what to expect. The dining room food is great and they will bring you one (or two) of everything on the menu if you ask. Embarkation is so easy. Mobile certainly has it down to a science. Debarkation is typical but not nearly as crazy because you simply have fewer guests leaving the ship. Finally, the Fantasy is a popular ship for people to sail back to back (and to back and to back). We met guests on the last cruise that had been on the ship for 2 months. Don't let the age of the ship (and yes, in places it shows) fool you, the Fantasy is consistently one of the top rated ships on customer service. Enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Feb 23rd - 28th. Inexpensive and close to home. Wonderful 3rd cruise on a Fantasy CLASS ship for joint wife and self vacation. The Fog{ weather no stars } kept us from boarding til 7:30 PM and along with Mardi Gra events made for ... Read More
Feb 23rd - 28th. Inexpensive and close to home. Wonderful 3rd cruise on a Fantasy CLASS ship for joint wife and self vacation. The Fog{ weather no stars } kept us from boarding til 7:30 PM and along with Mardi Gra events made for stressful{!} dembarkation, however, we were so happy to get that email to come to terminal to sail. Yes most people I spoke too were disspointed to miss Progreso Darn FOG is the enemy of cruise ship. Some were glad to have an overnight stay at Cozumel because of missing Progreso. For 30 year old ship there it is incredibly good condition. Very little problematic rust, however, there was one set of railing tubes near top, outside in front of ship, near top of stairs that the end of each pipe was some jagged edges but I rubbed the quasi-painted edges and felt no sharp cutting surface. Hot tubs were hot every time and not a singe child on Serenity area. 5 stars. Enjoyed lots of sun, warm and hot temps. Salt moist air was good for wifes asthma. Cabin{ E180 } was immaculately clean, including bathroom. I mean I was seriously impressed at how clean for a 29 year old ship! Engine vibration may have been more than other two cruises, I dunno. Was glad when getting to Cozumel and then having the engines lowered rpm to idle. Cesar Chan was excellent, enthusiastic, University trained, presenter of Mayan and Mexican culture history. Costal bus ride and lookout photo, Mayan temples and ending with authentic Mexican Tequila, dancing couple, food and friendly dinning atmosphere in downtown San Miquel. Crew service was excellent! Food was excellent and too much. Dancing and singing was great dinning experience. Bean burritos at Cantina on Lido deck were my favorite meal and good food every where I ate. Sorry I'm not a Guys Burger bar fan. Fries way to salty for me if not also to greasy{?}. Wife loved music night life. She played music with the ban. I was in hot tube, big bed{ king? and comfortable }, hot tub, exploring ship or hot tub. Oh, yeah, I loved the 2.0 tube slide. Never had those when I was a kid so no way I was going to miss my chance now. We carried on and off our luggage and we debarked and were in our car by 10:30AM in parking garage and that was a little behind their schedule debarkation times. I love cruising and will go again if can accrue the money to try a larger ship someday. Ex the Conquest class. On way back from Cozumel I saw on tv the head-wind speed was apparrent 72 mph and actual speed was 52. Captain said weather was deterioating, and the ship was listing left{ port side? } for about 5 minutes and that was kind of cool. The whole way back the ship had winds and moderate to and fro roll, and forward -backward pitching. I enjoyed that cause by now I know cruise ships rarely sink. A cruise is what you make it. I made it fun 95% of the time. :--) I watched 2 movies on tv. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We were on a specialty themed cruise, but because it wasn't a full charter we had the experience of both the charter & the Fantasy's normal trip. We had 2 adults & 2 children, the youngest being 4, so the smaller ship ... Read More
We were on a specialty themed cruise, but because it wasn't a full charter we had the experience of both the charter & the Fantasy's normal trip. We had 2 adults & 2 children, the youngest being 4, so the smaller ship could not have worked out better for us!! We had a room on the 6th deck at the back of the boat. Above us were the kids club, dining room, and pool level buffet. This made it so convenient!! The kids club was AMAZING!! the staff were so sweet, they constantly had something going on for the kids, and I felt really good about my girls being there. We dropped them off at night after dinner and would pick them up on the way to bed. So convenient and really gave my husband and i the chance to enjoy ourselves at night without any guilt. The rest of the staff on board were amazing as well! not a single rude comment or annoyed face. We were well aware this was an older ship, but didn't lack for anything we needed. I tend to be of the thought that unless you are spending a fortune on a vacation, you have to know that there are some compromises to be made, but that the vacation becomes what you make of it. We didn't want for anything, we didn't feel like we missed anything, the biggest complaint i have is that because it's a smaller ship, there's less staff so sometimes the wait for a drink at the pool bars were a bit long (somehow i survived tho!) The shower pressure in the cabin made for the best shower ive ever had! the rooms were what we expected, and just big enough for comfort. The tv remote was a bit weird as the volume & channel buttons didn't always work, but this was for 1am tv before falling asleep. We had a blast in the casino & bar next to it, they constantly had activities going on inside & outside, and getting on and off at cozumel was quick & easy. we've decided were only going to cruise from now on as its so much easier with 2 kids!!! no cooking, cleaning, and finding something for them to do as its all taken care of. Weve begun planning out next Carnival Cruise for this fall :) Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We had a great time traveling to Cozumel on the Fantasy. It rained the first day out but boarding was quick and well organized. The ship is older but well maintained. The staff was amazing and how they all remember everyone's name I ... Read More
We had a great time traveling to Cozumel on the Fantasy. It rained the first day out but boarding was quick and well organized. The ship is older but well maintained. The staff was amazing and how they all remember everyone's name I will never understand. There were nearly 3000 people on-board but we never felt crowded. Cozumel was fun. We did the snorkel and Aztec ruins tour. The lunch was excellent. I Kadek was our stateroom steward and our rooms were always in perfect shape when we returned. The meals were amazing. Served in courses that didn't seem all that big but when we were done we were full. The waiters at dinner were very attentive and entertaining. Yuri, Suku and Sudarmanto kept us laughing. They performed and danced while we ate on 2 occasions. We had a great time and will be back again to check out some of the islands I hope. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was most definitely not our first cruise, in fact, I turned platinum on this cruise, and DH will turn platinum in April. But last year after a great cruise in December to the Bahamas, I said to my DH, I really miss true Mexican ... Read More
This was most definitely not our first cruise, in fact, I turned platinum on this cruise, and DH will turn platinum in April. But last year after a great cruise in December to the Bahamas, I said to my DH, I really miss true Mexican food, so when we got home from dinner, we went on line and booked the Fantasy. We had cruised to Mexico from New Orleans, but we wanted to try sailing from Mobile, as we had never been to Mobile. We drove from Atlanta to Saraland, where we had booked the Microtel. A small hotel chain owned by Wyndom (sp) hotels. We had the park and cruise option, which was fantastic, our room was a mini suite, with a partition between the bedroom (a queen) and a living room, and the window actually opened, and we listened to the rain that night. We had dinner at the Oyster restaurant right next door. The next morning, we got up, went downstairs to our breakfast, repacked, and were on the van at 11:30 to our cruise! The Fantasy is not new, in fact right now it is the oldest ship in the fleet, but our cabin- R4, a porthole cabin, was huge. Considering all that there was to do on the cruise, we didn't spend much time there. But if you are looking for space, for the least amount of money, the front Riviera porthole cabins are spacious. Embarking, really, was a long line, with a long walk up to the Empress deck of the ship. Platinum or not, it really made no difference. Your sail and sign cards are at your cabin, so while DH was having some health issues, I went down, dropped off our bit of carry on, picked up the cards, went back up, got him and went to the Casino bar, where you can smoke even if the ship is refueling. The rest of the time, smoking is at the bar, which gets crowded or up on the Verandah deck. What made this cruise special is that we booked some easy excursions that I thought DH could do (his health is not good) and Carnival really got the excursions right! In Progresso we did the Discover the Mayan World, and we saw all that we wanted plus more. A nice bus, a great driver and tour guide (Arturo) and we saw the salt flats with the pink water, the flamingoes that winter there, the Xcambo ruins-pronounced eshcampo- a church in a truly Mayan town, and a great lunch spot on the beach. In Cozumel, we did Discover Mexico, which is basically an art and history museum, and saw the Paplanta (sp) flyers. Trust me, you will not witness this just every day of your life. So, the excursions were great, the dining room staff for ATD that we had, Divina and crew were great, the food was good, and in fact, we never even ate pizza this time, we actually enjoyed all that we tried. DH's highlight was winning the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest ( I have no idea why I even compete against him) and my highlight was being able to share information about the arts in Atlanta to the group at the Veteran's program meeting. (DH was Air Force). Cruising is what you make it, yes I can tell you it's an old ship, and there is rust. But who cares, if floats, it provides entertainment, and it a fun time or quiet time depending on what you need. The only downside was disembarking-here I was thinking, well I am platinum (serves me right) and we got the wrong memo, we were in the wrong place, and we almost didn't get any special service until I went down stairs and figured out what was wrong. There was a lot of lack of communication on this cruise, but we had a good time, we got off OK and we got picked up by the very sweet group at Microtel, drove back to Atlanta, and got home, by 5. p.m.. Would I do it again, you betcha-going in April. Oh, one thing I forgot to mention, and it's a ladies room thing-they changed the locks on all the public stalls in the ladies room, to cheap breakable plastic locks, that are impossible to use, if it ain't broke why fix it? Well they changed it, and most people had terrible times trying to get out of the stalls. Just a heads up. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We traveled on Carnival Fantasy because of its being located in our hometown. Its convenience is perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise of November 11, 2018. We traveled with some of our grown children and had a lovely time. ... Read More
We traveled on Carnival Fantasy because of its being located in our hometown. Its convenience is perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise of November 11, 2018. We traveled with some of our grown children and had a lovely time. Our room steward, ELFREDA, kept our room clean and comfortable, and supplied us with all we needed. She was friendly and caring in all she did. Our dining room team at Station 230 of ALVIN OGAO ESGUERRA, I NYOMAN SUARSA and FNU MATILDA LALREMDIKI, was friendly and efficient. They quickly recognized our individual preferences as they took our orders and served us. They kept up with and supplied us with what we needed during our meals. As usual, the meals were delicious, especially that wonderful chocolate melting cake. I enjoyed the craft activities provided, especially the picture frame. We thoroughly enjoyed the Magic Show and had a good time both nights with the two Musicals. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We arrived in Nobile AL the morning of the cruise. We found the Port and it was too early to get in so we went for breakfast. We went back to the port around 10am and they were letting us in the parking structure. This was the easiest ... Read More
We arrived in Nobile AL the morning of the cruise. We found the Port and it was too early to get in so we went for breakfast. We went back to the port around 10am and they were letting us in the parking structure. This was the easiest luggage drop off we have experienced so far. When we pulled in the parking structure the attendants were waiting to grab the bags from the cars and then we went and parked. We had paid online for our parking so there was no headache with that. Once we got through check in and on the boat the staff were all smiles and helpful as always. We were excited to try Guy's Burgers and Blue Iguana b/c we hadn't had those on our previous cruises. The food did not disappoint the food was amazing at both. The Muster drill was much shorter than any of the previous ones. My group was taken into one of the theaters and they went through all of the normal stuff. They told us that it was no longer required for us to go outside and stand by the life boats and do that part of the muster drill which was good with me b/c I had a sleeping 3yo on me. Embarkation was very smooth. The first night in the MDR we met our head waiter Alvin he was amazing! We requested him for the rest of the week. He is by far the best we have ever had. When we would see him on the Lido he would even call us by our first names. My 3yo only ate dinner with us the first night then the rest of the week he dined with the kids camp. Alvin would ask about him every night. We have never had someone that was so warm and welcoming and made you feel a personal connection with them. All of our dinning experiences were GREAT! The food was amazing and the service was the best we have ever had. The entertainment could of used a lot of work. There were 2 comedians...one was Cowboy which we had seen a few years ago. He had the same material as he did 2 years ago which was off putting to me and it's not as funny once you've heard them previously. There was another guy comedian as well and I don't even remember his name but he wasn't funny either. We went to the Country show and the British show and left both shows. The singers were HORRIBLE....there were better singers in karaoke than Carnival was paying. The guy at the Piano Bar was amazing...he was definitely the best that we have had. Our room steward did a great job I think he was the best so far as well. All of the staff on the boat was very eager to help! Our 3yo LOVED the kids camp. After he went the first day he kept asking to go back. As I had mentioned previously he only ate dinner with us one time and then wanted to eat with his friends the rest of the week. This was such a relief since I could actually set down and have a grown up meal for a couple of hours. He loved all of the activities and crafts that they did at camp. He even stayed at the camp on Port Days. I had mixed feeling at first about it and was adamant that he would be getting off the boat with us. I am so glad that we decided to take him to camp. He had a much better time at camp than he would have had walking around Mexico in the 90degree weather shopping. The staff at the kids camp were outstanding. They were always so warm and welcoming to my 3yo and made him feel so comfortable. In Progresso we just went to a outdoor market and did some shopping. It looked really sketchy outside of the market and we had the older kids with us so we decided to go back to the boat after we were finished shopping. We went to Cozumel the next day. We went to Paradise Beach. The taxi drivers kept changing the prices on us b/c we had a large group (10) of us. They told us that even though the signs said passenger vans up to 14 people that the vans could only hold 8 people for insurance purposes. So we had to take 2 van's. They told us $22 per van for the 11 of us. When we got to the destination the cab driver told my husband that it was going to be $29 b/c there was 6 in his van and 4 in the other van. We asked the other's if they lowered their price since there were 4 of them in their van and they said no. So my husband told the driver he wasn't giving him any more than what they agreed on. So Paradise Beach does live up to the name of Paradise. it was beautiful and the facilities were very nice as well as the pool. However the prices that they were telling us were not what I had read online. I had read that the inflatables were $18 and we were charged $21/person. We spent a few hours there and when we were leaving we were told that it was another $110 before we could leave. They said that everyone in the party had to spend $10 on food which we hadn't been told this. My husband specifically asked when he was paying what other charges there would be and they said none. My husband talked with the Manager and just explained that he asked about any other charges when we got there and this $10/person food fee wasn't communicated to any of us. The Manager said he would have to talk to our cabana boy about it b/c they were supposed to communicate this to the guest when they were setting them up. We went back and did shopping at the Port at Cozumel for a while and then were glad to get back on the boat! This will definitely be my last time in Cozumel and Progresso I have had my feel of them and the ever changing prices at every turn. We had kids from the age of 3yo-16yo with us and they all had a great time! The teenagers probably enjoyed Guy's Burger's the most. They also enjoyed the Water Works. I would definitely go on this ship again but with a different itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Always wanted to go on a cruise. And Fantasy had everything I was looking for! I had a wonderful time. Never a dull moment. Even when I thought there was nothing to do, we always found entertainment! The food was great! A different verity ... Read More
Always wanted to go on a cruise. And Fantasy had everything I was looking for! I had a wonderful time. Never a dull moment. Even when I thought there was nothing to do, we always found entertainment! The food was great! A different verity of food each day. And I can’t stress it enough... the crew is awesome!!!! Looking forward to my next adventurous cruise.. hopefully we’ll have the same great experience as this cruise. Aurora is the best!!! She treated us like family. She knew us all by our names. Even helped us when we had a night out filled with fun and drinks as we passed our cabins, she pointed us to the correct room. Truly one of the best!! And she answered hep phone no matter what time of the night we call her for assistance. That’s what made our experience so great! Definitely will be planning another cruise soon!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I choose this cruise because it was going to the Panama Canal and the port was close to home in Mobile. It was a longer cruise and like to travel on the ship. The more days, the better it is. We booked the cruise 11 month in advance ... Read More
I choose this cruise because it was going to the Panama Canal and the port was close to home in Mobile. It was a longer cruise and like to travel on the ship. The more days, the better it is. We booked the cruise 11 month in advance because it was filling up pretty fast. Some of my friends were going and they told us about it. This was our 18th cruise on the Carnival. We like a smaller ship and the Fantasy is one of the smallest ship in the fleet. It is the oldest. We took our snorket gear with us so when we visited Rotan (Magahony Bay) we could do some snorkeling too. The water was so clear, but not many things to see in the clear water since they had rock barriers. There were a few little fish to see. The weather couln't have been any nicer. The cabin was ready when we board and we greeted our steward. He was very friendly and we wanted ice and he kept us with ice the whole trip. The dining waiters were very friendly and worked hard for our table of 10. We had people that were late every time and they just smile and took their orders, which sometimes held our meals up. Anything we needed we just call the service desk and we got all our answers and services we needed. The ports were great and we enjoyed our cruise very much. Over all the staff was great. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We recently returned from a 4 night on the Carnival Fantasy. We have always done the bigger newer ships Freedom class and Dream class. This ship was commissioned in 1990 so it is older. There are no refrigerators in the room and we did an ... Read More
We recently returned from a 4 night on the Carnival Fantasy. We have always done the bigger newer ships Freedom class and Dream class. This ship was commissioned in 1990 so it is older. There are no refrigerators in the room and we did an upper/lower stateroom and it wasn't bad. Shout out to Phillip the bartender, Jacky the drink server and Benjamin the cruise director. Of course service all over the ship was awesome. I had the most enjoyable night at Cats doing karaoke. . It was the smoothest ran karaoke I've seen period. I didnt catch his name running it nor did I catch the single guitarist name that was so great. I would recommend trying the smaller ships.. I loved it.. so personable.. however, its older, smaller older not as many different types of things to do, but wow. I would also say for those new to cruising, try a larger ship 1st. Four nights is really short too, but it fit perfectly in for us. We had great time at Cozumel and really wasn't expecting it, well, after we past the cab and vendors ect.. Sunset was right on the Gulf, small, personable, great snorkeling for me and good food and drink.. much less expensive than other alternatives and it was a short walk from the cruise ship Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was our first cruise! It by far was the best vaction we ever had! The food was delicious! We never imagined so much food! The burgers were so good! The dining staff in the main dining room was amazing! They danced with the kids and ... Read More
This was our first cruise! It by far was the best vaction we ever had! The food was delicious! We never imagined so much food! The burgers were so good! The dining staff in the main dining room was amazing! They danced with the kids and provided excellent service! Ben the cruise director was wonderful and kept us entertained the entire time and very up to date on everything going on the whole time! Our room Steward Ed Marc was amazing I can not say enough good things about him! This was my 40th birthday cruise and he left me a 50 dollar spa gift card and gift card for pixels to get some photos! The whole vacation was amazing I just can't say enough good things about all the amazing staff! We definately will be sailing on the Fantasy again! I can't wait until our next cruise! Simply amazing! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I chose this cruise because mobile Alabama port only about 5 and a 1/2 hours from my home. I was a little nervous and hesitant about sailing on a smaller older ship but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I had a great time and so ... Read More
I chose this cruise because mobile Alabama port only about 5 and a 1/2 hours from my home. I was a little nervous and hesitant about sailing on a smaller older ship but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I had a great time and so did my kids.Parking at the mobile port was a breeze. I did notice that check in lines works greenly long and we arrived around 12 o'clock. We did have priority boarding however because my daughter recently had foot surgery and was using a knee scooter to get around So we got on the ship fairly quickly. We stayed and I ocean view room and I was surprised with how large the room was compared to other ships I have been on. Previously have only stayed in interior staterooms. The beds were comfortable and the room was clean. Breakfast buffet was good But the other buffet items were so so. I mostly ate at the blue iguana and guys burgers and fries for the majority of the cruise. My 7 year old daughter utilize the kids club and she thoroughly enjoyed it and she absolutely loved the water slides at the back of the ship. The ship never felt crowded to me I was always able to find a deck chair with no problem. Even the lines for buffet and other restaurants were not too bad at all. This particular cruise had a much different vibe from other cruises I've gone on which I've only embarked from Florida previously. Lots of Southern people and country music being played. I really enjoyed Enjoyed the country road production. This was a great cruise and I look forward to sailing on the fantasy again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Our cruise to Mexico had been a phenomenal trip with so many new experiences. Planning out a trip is always fun, deciding where we were going to go was difficult since there are so many options. I had decided to surprise my boyfriend to a ... Read More
Our cruise to Mexico had been a phenomenal trip with so many new experiences. Planning out a trip is always fun, deciding where we were going to go was difficult since there are so many options. I had decided to surprise my boyfriend to a cruise for his birthday. I made the choice to go on a cruise since, neither of us have ever gone and had thought it would be a great experience for both of us. I booked our cruise through Cruise Only and they had such an easy system that made it so simple to book. Cruise only provides discounted prices when it comes to cruise that way everyone can go and have some fun. When it came to our cruise I was also able to make payments. I purchased the suite with a balcony that way we can enjoy the view whenever we like. So, I had a year to make payments which made the trip more affordable not to have to come up with a huge lump sum all at once. Getting the suite, we were considered VIP which meant it provided us to have the option to load and unload when we went off the boat. We will be on the cruise for four nights and five days. I gotten a great deal on a flight for both of us there and back seventy-five dollars per ticket. Which was cheaper than if we had driven plus the time we would have had to take. Which Cruise Only provided us discount on flights that made it a lot easier to find great prices. In July of 2018 was when we had an opportunity to get on the boat they made us feel like royalty, our bags were taken to our room. Our port was in Long Beach and headed to Catalina and Baja Mexico. We will be on the boat for a week and was excited for our adventure. I believe everyone should have an opportunity to go on a cruise and see if they like it. Make sure to bring nausea medicine everyone one deals with the motion of the boat different, we were fine but there were others who were not. So, I recommend going on a short cruise first, just in case you do have nausea you’re not spending a week being sick. One cool thing is we had everything exclusive meaning we were able to eat whenever we got hungry and order pretty much whatever we like. Breakfast and dinner had a place where we can go sit down and eat, to have a server. One night we did order steak and lobster which was not included in the price, but was affordable and tasted great. On the Carnival boat there, customer service was great and was there for every need that we had while we were on the boat. From the custodians, servers everyone was amazing. The staff were from all over the world. We did find out that the laws are different at sea and the cruise ship could work the employee as much and pay them as they desire. That is why they hire so many people who are not American because a lot of foreign countries just want the chance and willing to work less hours for less pay. Which showed us how blessed I am really to live in the US. We meet a custodian who was in contract for 6 months with Carnival meaning she will be on the boat for that time and work long hours. She loved her job and was happy with what she did. So, for the most part everything we could expect the staff provided us with what was needed. There were so many activities that were included in the trip which were shows such as comedians, musicals, magic shows and much more. My favorite was the comedians, it was my first show ever and the eighteen and plus had me dying in laughter. We spent most of our time in the jacuzzi which was nice with the view of the ocean or land. We also participated in activities of the boat such as jet skis, a tour in Catalina and Mexico. We had an opportunity to see the culture and Mexico by going to the Blow Hole, while walking to the Blow Hole so many people were out selling crafts and really hustling. In Mexico we had an opportunity to do a tequila tasting, which I have never been a fan and actually enjoyed it. They had tequila that was watermelon flavored. Our View of our room was amazing while we were at land. We booked the suite with the balcony so we could view our location whenever we liked. At sea, the sunset was beautiful and had an opportunity to really admire the sunset with the water. At night it was black and we could not see anything but the sound of the water which was very relaxing. Our room was smaller than I would have thought with booking a suite, but what else would we expect on a cruise boat. My only negative review was there was a lot of children on the boat and not many places that adults could go to relax. They had one area that was twenty-one and up which was very small, they had two jacuzzi and a few chairs to get sun at or relax, I did spend a lot of my time in the jacuzzi to relax but there would be filled with people. I do not have any children so I would probably go on another cruise boat that is serviced more to adults than people with kids. Carnival would be a great cruise once I have a family since they had so much to do for children. Overall, I loved our cruise and we had created so many memories and it was our best vacation, we have ever had after our cruise our vacation did not end there. We decided to stay in Long Beach a few nights after too enjoy are vacation some more I cannot wait for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
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 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
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
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
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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