Carnival Fantasy Cruise Review by princess-snowflake
- Sail Date: March 2012
- Destination: Bahamas
- Cabin Type: Grand Suite
Price: You can't beat the price. We were traveling with 3 children and didn't want to spend a lot, but because of the lower price, it brings the riffraff, so be prepared for foul language and overall "icky" feeling those people bring to the overall atmosphere of the ship.
Comfort: The ship is a smaller cruising vessel and you feel it! The boat rocks horribly and I would recommend dramamine patches...otherwise, you will be motion sick the entire trip.
Food: Left much to be desired. Was assigned to the early seating and only went to the 1st 2 nights, then opted out because the same things were being served on the Lido deck. In addition, you have more choices on the Lido deck buffets. The more popular buffets (grill and Mongolian Stir-fry) were only open during lunch-time which was disappointing. But they had pizza and ice cream and room-service 24 hours (limited menu, of course).
Shows: Many were good...comedians were great! Main attraction shows in Universe lounge were ok. Adult activities (trivia games, etc.) were conducted by unhappy stewards who did not have a sense of humor, but that was funny in itself.
Children's activities: These were good. Nothing compared to Disney line cruises, but adequate. Many of the activities you have to pay for. Water slides are great. Pool is 4'9" all the way around. Since it is a "kid ship," would be nice to have shallower spots. Hot tub for kids is much too small. There are adult only places on the ship, but I never went into them, so I cannot comment.
Overall: Can't beat the price, but don't expect luxury or comfort.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
FreeportWe chose to leave our kids on the ship with Camp Carnival at this port. We did not book an excursion at this port. The port was an industrial dump. We took a taxi to the Lucaya marketplace which was depressing. The closest beach to the market was a rocky trail going behind a police station and another industrial wasteland. The beach was rocky, but if you walk down it a half mile, you eventually get to softer beach area to lay out and swim. Overall, I was extremely disappointed with Freeport.View All 1,232 Freeport Cruise Port Reviews
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Beach BreakNassau is much better! It was clean and inviting (except for the hair braiding attacks everywhere you walked...lol). It was more upscale once you got away from the port.View All 145 Beach Break Reviews
We took our children to a Dolphin Encounter on Blue Lagoon island for our excursion. Expect to pay top dollar for the experience, but figure you will only do it once in your lifetime. I recommend an early time for the encounter because you can also buy a pass to spend the day at their private lagoon for swimming and fun. You can also get a lunch included in your price (which was not the best value, but we didn't have another option).
They have other fun things to do...kayaking, water bikes, snorkeling, etc. (for an additional fee). But the beach was beautiful there and the kids had a wonderful time!