2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 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
2 Helpful Votes
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: January 2019
We had a great time traveling to Cozumel on the Fantasy. It rained the first day out but boarding was quick and well organized. The ship is older but well maintained. The staff was amazing and how they all remember everyone's name I ... Read More
We had a great time traveling to Cozumel on the Fantasy. It rained the first day out but boarding was quick and well organized. The ship is older but well maintained. The staff was amazing and how they all remember everyone's name I will never understand. There were nearly 3000 people on-board but we never felt crowded. Cozumel was fun. We did the snorkel and Aztec ruins tour. The lunch was excellent. I Kadek was our stateroom steward and our rooms were always in perfect shape when we returned. The meals were amazing. Served in courses that didn't seem all that big but when we were done we were full. The waiters at dinner were very attentive and entertaining. Yuri, Suku and Sudarmanto kept us laughing. They performed and danced while we ate on 2 occasions. We had a great time and will be back again to check out some of the islands I hope. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
This was most definitely not our first cruise, in fact, I turned platinum on this cruise, and DH will turn platinum in April. But last year after a great cruise in December to the Bahamas, I said to my DH, I really miss true Mexican ... Read More
This was most definitely not our first cruise, in fact, I turned platinum on this cruise, and DH will turn platinum in April. But last year after a great cruise in December to the Bahamas, I said to my DH, I really miss true Mexican food, so when we got home from dinner, we went on line and booked the Fantasy. We had cruised to Mexico from New Orleans, but we wanted to try sailing from Mobile, as we had never been to Mobile. We drove from Atlanta to Saraland, where we had booked the Microtel. A small hotel chain owned by Wyndom (sp) hotels. We had the park and cruise option, which was fantastic, our room was a mini suite, with a partition between the bedroom (a queen) and a living room, and the window actually opened, and we listened to the rain that night. We had dinner at the Oyster restaurant right next door. The next morning, we got up, went downstairs to our breakfast, repacked, and were on the van at 11:30 to our cruise! The Fantasy is not new, in fact right now it is the oldest ship in the fleet, but our cabin- R4, a porthole cabin, was huge. Considering all that there was to do on the cruise, we didn't spend much time there. But if you are looking for space, for the least amount of money, the front Riviera porthole cabins are spacious. Embarking, really, was a long line, with a long walk up to the Empress deck of the ship. Platinum or not, it really made no difference. Your sail and sign cards are at your cabin, so while DH was having some health issues, I went down, dropped off our bit of carry on, picked up the cards, went back up, got him and went to the Casino bar, where you can smoke even if the ship is refueling. The rest of the time, smoking is at the bar, which gets crowded or up on the Verandah deck. What made this cruise special is that we booked some easy excursions that I thought DH could do (his health is not good) and Carnival really got the excursions right! In Progresso we did the Discover the Mayan World, and we saw all that we wanted plus more. A nice bus, a great driver and tour guide (Arturo) and we saw the salt flats with the pink water, the flamingoes that winter there, the Xcambo ruins-pronounced eshcampo- a church in a truly Mayan town, and a great lunch spot on the beach. In Cozumel, we did Discover Mexico, which is basically an art and history museum, and saw the Paplanta (sp) flyers. Trust me, you will not witness this just every day of your life. So, the excursions were great, the dining room staff for ATD that we had, Divina and crew were great, the food was good, and in fact, we never even ate pizza this time, we actually enjoyed all that we tried. DH's highlight was winning the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest ( I have no idea why I even compete against him) and my highlight was being able to share information about the arts in Atlanta to the group at the Veteran's program meeting. (DH was Air Force). Cruising is what you make it, yes I can tell you it's an old ship, and there is rust. But who cares, if floats, it provides entertainment, and it a fun time or quiet time depending on what you need. The only downside was disembarking-here I was thinking, well I am platinum (serves me right) and we got the wrong memo, we were in the wrong place, and we almost didn't get any special service until I went down stairs and figured out what was wrong. There was a lot of lack of communication on this cruise, but we had a good time, we got off OK and we got picked up by the very sweet group at Microtel, drove back to Atlanta, and got home, by 5. p.m.. Would I do it again, you betcha-going in April. Oh, one thing I forgot to mention, and it's a ladies room thing-they changed the locks on all the public stalls in the ladies room, to cheap breakable plastic locks, that are impossible to use, if it ain't broke why fix it? Well they changed it, and most people had terrible times trying to get out of the stalls. Just a heads up. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We traveled on Carnival Fantasy because of its being located in our hometown. Its convenience is perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise of November 11, 2018. We traveled with some of our grown children and had a lovely time. ... Read More
We traveled on Carnival Fantasy because of its being located in our hometown. Its convenience is perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise of November 11, 2018. We traveled with some of our grown children and had a lovely time. Our room steward, ELFREDA, kept our room clean and comfortable, and supplied us with all we needed. She was friendly and caring in all she did. Our dining room team at Station 230 of ALVIN OGAO ESGUERRA, I NYOMAN SUARSA and FNU MATILDA LALREMDIKI, was friendly and efficient. They quickly recognized our individual preferences as they took our orders and served us. They kept up with and supplied us with what we needed during our meals. As usual, the meals were delicious, especially that wonderful chocolate melting cake. I enjoyed the craft activities provided, especially the picture frame. We thoroughly enjoyed the Magic Show and had a good time both nights with the two Musicals. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We arrived in Nobile AL the morning of the cruise. We found the Port and it was too early to get in so we went for breakfast. We went back to the port around 10am and they were letting us in the parking structure. This was the easiest ... Read More
We arrived in Nobile AL the morning of the cruise. We found the Port and it was too early to get in so we went for breakfast. We went back to the port around 10am and they were letting us in the parking structure. This was the easiest luggage drop off we have experienced so far. When we pulled in the parking structure the attendants were waiting to grab the bags from the cars and then we went and parked. We had paid online for our parking so there was no headache with that. Once we got through check in and on the boat the staff were all smiles and helpful as always. We were excited to try Guy's Burgers and Blue Iguana b/c we hadn't had those on our previous cruises. The food did not disappoint the food was amazing at both. The Muster drill was much shorter than any of the previous ones. My group was taken into one of the theaters and they went through all of the normal stuff. They told us that it was no longer required for us to go outside and stand by the life boats and do that part of the muster drill which was good with me b/c I had a sleeping 3yo on me. Embarkation was very smooth. The first night in the MDR we met our head waiter Alvin he was amazing! We requested him for the rest of the week. He is by far the best we have ever had. When we would see him on the Lido he would even call us by our first names. My 3yo only ate dinner with us the first night then the rest of the week he dined with the kids camp. Alvin would ask about him every night. We have never had someone that was so warm and welcoming and made you feel a personal connection with them. All of our dinning experiences were GREAT! The food was amazing and the service was the best we have ever had. The entertainment could of used a lot of work. There were 2 comedians...one was Cowboy which we had seen a few years ago. He had the same material as he did 2 years ago which was off putting to me and it's not as funny once you've heard them previously. There was another guy comedian as well and I don't even remember his name but he wasn't funny either. We went to the Country show and the British show and left both shows. The singers were HORRIBLE....there were better singers in karaoke than Carnival was paying. The guy at the Piano Bar was amazing...he was definitely the best that we have had. Our room steward did a great job I think he was the best so far as well. All of the staff on the boat was very eager to help! Our 3yo LOVED the kids camp. After he went the first day he kept asking to go back. As I had mentioned previously he only ate dinner with us one time and then wanted to eat with his friends the rest of the week. This was such a relief since I could actually set down and have a grown up meal for a couple of hours. He loved all of the activities and crafts that they did at camp. He even stayed at the camp on Port Days. I had mixed feeling at first about it and was adamant that he would be getting off the boat with us. I am so glad that we decided to take him to camp. He had a much better time at camp than he would have had walking around Mexico in the 90degree weather shopping. The staff at the kids camp were outstanding. They were always so warm and welcoming to my 3yo and made him feel so comfortable. In Progresso we just went to a outdoor market and did some shopping. It looked really sketchy outside of the market and we had the older kids with us so we decided to go back to the boat after we were finished shopping. We went to Cozumel the next day. We went to Paradise Beach. The taxi drivers kept changing the prices on us b/c we had a large group (10) of us. They told us that even though the signs said passenger vans up to 14 people that the vans could only hold 8 people for insurance purposes. So we had to take 2 van's. They told us $22 per van for the 11 of us. When we got to the destination the cab driver told my husband that it was going to be $29 b/c there was 6 in his van and 4 in the other van. We asked the other's if they lowered their price since there were 4 of them in their van and they said no. So my husband told the driver he wasn't giving him any more than what they agreed on. So Paradise Beach does live up to the name of Paradise. it was beautiful and the facilities were very nice as well as the pool. However the prices that they were telling us were not what I had read online. I had read that the inflatables were $18 and we were charged $21/person. We spent a few hours there and when we were leaving we were told that it was another $110 before we could leave. They said that everyone in the party had to spend $10 on food which we hadn't been told this. My husband specifically asked when he was paying what other charges there would be and they said none. My husband talked with the Manager and just explained that he asked about any other charges when we got there and this $10/person food fee wasn't communicated to any of us. The Manager said he would have to talk to our cabana boy about it b/c they were supposed to communicate this to the guest when they were setting them up. We went back and did shopping at the Port at Cozumel for a while and then were glad to get back on the boat! This will definitely be my last time in Cozumel and Progresso I have had my feel of them and the ever changing prices at every turn. We had kids from the age of 3yo-16yo with us and they all had a great time! The teenagers probably enjoyed Guy's Burger's the most. They also enjoyed the Water Works. I would definitely go on this ship again but with a different itinerary. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Always wanted to go on a cruise. And Fantasy had everything I was looking for! I had a wonderful time. Never a dull moment. Even when I thought there was nothing to do, we always found entertainment! The food was great! A different verity ... Read More
Always wanted to go on a cruise. And Fantasy had everything I was looking for! I had a wonderful time. Never a dull moment. Even when I thought there was nothing to do, we always found entertainment! The food was great! A different verity of food each day. And I can’t stress it enough... the crew is awesome!!!! Looking forward to my next adventurous cruise.. hopefully we’ll have the same great experience as this cruise. Aurora is the best!!! She treated us like family. She knew us all by our names. Even helped us when we had a night out filled with fun and drinks as we passed our cabins, she pointed us to the correct room. Truly one of the best!! And she answered hep phone no matter what time of the night we call her for assistance. That’s what made our experience so great! Definitely will be planning another cruise soon!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
I choose this cruise because it was going to the Panama Canal and the port was close to home in Mobile. It was a longer cruise and like to travel on the ship. The more days, the better it is. We booked the cruise 11 month in advance ... Read More
I choose this cruise because it was going to the Panama Canal and the port was close to home in Mobile. It was a longer cruise and like to travel on the ship. The more days, the better it is. We booked the cruise 11 month in advance because it was filling up pretty fast. Some of my friends were going and they told us about it. This was our 18th cruise on the Carnival. We like a smaller ship and the Fantasy is one of the smallest ship in the fleet. It is the oldest. We took our snorket gear with us so when we visited Rotan (Magahony Bay) we could do some snorkeling too. The water was so clear, but not many things to see in the clear water since they had rock barriers. There were a few little fish to see. The weather couln't have been any nicer. The cabin was ready when we board and we greeted our steward. He was very friendly and we wanted ice and he kept us with ice the whole trip. The dining waiters were very friendly and worked hard for our table of 10. We had people that were late every time and they just smile and took their orders, which sometimes held our meals up. Anything we needed we just call the service desk and we got all our answers and services we needed. The ports were great and we enjoyed our cruise very much. Over all the staff was great. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 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
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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