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Finding the Exit ramp to get to the New Orleans Port was not an easy task. Having never been to New Orleans, The directions I had got shady around I-10 and state route 90 so we found ourselves roaming some of downtown New Orleans til a stranger and signs helped get us there. Embarkation went real smooth with very little wait time. We Arrived about half way into Embarkation. We parked in the parking garage there in the Cruise Pier for New Orleans price was $14.00 per day and was paid in advance. We tipped the bag handler well right inside the parking garage and it paid off, as our bags reached our room before we did(a carnival first for us). It took us about 20 minutes to get our sail and sign cards and get on board the ship. We did not have passports and went with the Birth certificates and Drivers licenses. Had no trouble. This was our first cruise on a ship less then 100,000 tons so we noticed immediately the smaller size of the show theater and main entrance atrium. The layout of the ship is pretty much the same as the other carnival ships. We booked at the last minute and took the last room available which was located on the lowest deck for cabins Rivera. THe Room was about two rooms from the Front elevators but we had no trouble with the location as we heard very little in the way of traffic from or two the elevators. Our Room had double uppers. Yet due to where they were located we only used one due to fear of people smacking their heads if they sat up in the night on the queens sized bed. Room: Pros- Close to the Front of the Ship we enjoyed easy access to the Disembarking area of the ship, The Theater and Information Desk. The room had two uppers and could have held 4 as long as the people on the bed were not afraid of tight spaces. Cons- The room needs some repairs from the moment we got in it. The upper I used had a railing that would not lock in place and there was a light that had no end cap. If my 3 year old found something long enough it could have been dangerous. The bathroom was ok but the shower had a water temperature issue. Could not keep the temp of the water steady as it went from 40 to 100 degrees in a slow constant swing. This made taking showers miserable. Also the room was far from the restaurants/buffets and camp carnival. Service/workers- Now the service was a bright spot as we found many of the crew going out of their way to make our trip enjoyable. We even remembered the names of a few people not taking care of our own room as they would joke with us as we walked down the hall. Food- Food service was a weak spot. It was hard at peak times to find a table and we had to clear off some dirty dishes at times so that we had a place to eat. It was hard to figure out which part of the buffet style dining was open at any given time and often the food was dry, or had very little flavor. The drinks were good. The one night in the Main dining turned us away for the rest of the trip as we only had two people come by and get our food going. The time between the courses was long and we could not find anybody when we needed them. Ship- We found the ship very clean for the most part but we could not enjoy the pools much as the temperature was always in the low 60's and the water was on the cold side. Nightlife- Now at night the ship excelled to most other cruises we had been on. The DJ playing in the Electricity Disco club had good modern music blasting and kept plenty of people on the dance floor all night and some of the deck parties on the Fantasy excelled to some of the other cruise lines. Camp Carnival- Was a life saver, Our daughter could not get enough and going to Camp Carnival was the highlight of her day as she always had fun and the counselors always were keeping them entertained. This allowed us to go to a few adult shows and enjoy some time in the casino. Overall THe ship did well but due to the time of the year in which we were cruising and a few minor issues we did not feel it was worth sailing on it versus a larger ship. The Waterworks did not impress me and its location took you away from everything else going on.

Fantasy

Carnival Fantasy Cruise Review by Ourfamily06

Trip Details
Finding the Exit ramp to get to the New Orleans Port was not an easy task. Having never been to New Orleans, The directions I had got shady around I-10 and state route 90 so we found ourselves roaming some of downtown New Orleans til a stranger and signs helped get us there.
Embarkation went real smooth with very little wait time. We Arrived about half way into Embarkation. We parked in the parking garage there in the Cruise Pier for New Orleans price was $14.00 per day and was paid in advance. We tipped the bag handler well right inside the parking garage and it paid off, as our bags reached our room before we did(a carnival first for us). It took us about 20 minutes to get our sail and sign cards and get on board the ship. We did not have passports and went with the Birth certificates and Drivers licenses. Had no trouble.
This was our first cruise on a ship less then 100,000 tons so we noticed immediately the smaller size of the show theater and main entrance atrium. The layout of the ship is pretty much the same as the other carnival ships. We booked at the last minute and took the last room available which was located on the lowest deck for cabins Rivera. THe Room was about two rooms from the Front elevators but we had no trouble with the location as we heard very little in the way of traffic from or two the elevators. Our Room had double uppers. Yet due to where they were located we only used one due to fear of people smacking their heads if they sat up in the night on the queens sized bed.
Room: Pros- Close to the Front of the Ship we enjoyed easy access to the Disembarking area of the ship, The Theater and Information Desk. The room had two uppers and could have held 4 as long as the people on the bed were not afraid of tight spaces.
Cons- The room needs some repairs from the moment we got in it. The upper I used had a railing that would not lock in place and there was a light that had no end cap. If my 3 year old found something long enough it could have been dangerous. The bathroom was ok but the shower had a water temperature issue. Could not keep the temp of the water steady as it went from 40 to 100 degrees in a slow constant swing. This made taking showers miserable. Also the room was far from the restaurants/buffets and camp carnival.
Service/workers- Now the service was a bright spot as we found many of the crew going out of their way to make our trip enjoyable. We even remembered the names of a few people not taking care of our own room as they would joke with us as we walked down the hall.
Food- Food service was a weak spot. It was hard at peak times to find a table and we had to clear off some dirty dishes at times so that we had a place to eat. It was hard to figure out which part of the buffet style dining was open at any given time and often the food was dry, or had very little flavor. The drinks were good. The one night in the Main dining turned us away for the rest of the trip as we only had two people come by and get our food going. The time between the courses was long and we could not find anybody when we needed them.
Ship- We found the ship very clean for the most part but we could not enjoy the pools much as the temperature was always in the low 60's and the water was on the cold side.
Nightlife- Now at night the ship excelled to most other cruises we had been on. The DJ playing in the Electricity Disco club had good modern music blasting and kept plenty of people on the dance floor all night and some of the deck parties on the Fantasy excelled to some of the other cruise lines.
Camp Carnival- Was a life saver, Our daughter could not get enough and going to Camp Carnival was the highlight of her day as she always had fun and the counselors always were keeping them entertained. This allowed us to go to a few adult shows and enjoy some time in the casino.
Overall THe ship did well but due to the time of the year in which we were cruising and a few minor issues we did not feel it was worth sailing on it versus a larger ship. The Waterworks did not impress me and its location took you away from everything else going on.
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