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The wife and I booked this cruise to Cozumel on the Carnival Fantasy because a few friends and our daughter were telling us how beautiful Cozumel was . We drove down on the Thursday morning early to make sure we were there in time to park and find our way in case there were any problems . GPS took us right to the parking deck entrance and they had people there to guide you in which was great . We checked one bag and carried two with us as carry on . The whole process through security and boarding the ship went easily and fairly quick . Once boarded we ate lunch on Lido deck and were in our room within the hour .The room was M269 on the stern of the ship and was better than we expected . Very clean and layed out well so we had plenty of room to move around and were not cramped at all . We had a very good view out of the window . Even though it was over the mooring line deck it was very quite and even when docking at the ports the lines being put out was not loud at all . The staff called us by name the whole cruise and room service was very quick . We enjoyed all the onboard activities and the comedy shows were extremely good . This was our 1st cruise so had pretty good expectations from a few friends experiences sailing to Cozumel . Carnival however diverted to Progreso from a scheduled Cozumel destination due to a 4 hr fog delay leaving Mobile . No one had the chance to leave the ship as they only announced the change after it exited Mobile port . Many people said they would have rather just left the ship than go back to Progreso . Basically everyone that had been to Progreso were telling us how terrible it was . After the on shore excursion was over we had to agree .The water wasn't nice , the scenery is less than scenic as everything looks like overgrown bushes . You have to spend 2.5 hrs one way to tour the Myan ruins so you only get a couple hours to do the tour then have a 2.5 hr bus ride through dirty housing areas to get back to the ship . I really don't understand why they can't have a backup plan to keep guest on their desired port . It seems they could pick up the speed the night they leave port , the day at sea and following night to make up the time . All guest services would say is these things happen . Great , the wife and I wasted vacation days from work and paid good money just to be told , hey we're going to take you somewhere else . We also had a nice excursion booked in Cozumel and had to quickly pick another one for Progreso only to have a note slid under the stateroom door the next morning saying that one has also been canceled due to lack of required participants ! Uh . Given two choices to choose from we picked the longest one being 7 hrs and then find out 5 of those 7 were the trip to and back via bus . Now the ship was nice even though being a bit old and the crew were all excellent . The food was marginal however and nothing to brag about . IMO Carnival should have given the guest a choice to disembark before leaving port and at a minimum been given a hefty discount for being sent to a 2nd rate destination instead of the one purchased . This experience has most likely steered us away from ever taking another chance with a cruise vacation , especially since we don't really have any control about where we end up .

Wasted Vacation

Carnival Fantasy Cruise Review by rydfree

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The wife and I booked this cruise to Cozumel on the Carnival Fantasy because a few friends and our daughter were telling us how beautiful Cozumel was . We drove down on the Thursday morning early to make sure we were there in time to park and find our way in case there were any problems . GPS took us right to the parking deck entrance and they had people there to guide you in which was great . We checked one bag and carried two with us as carry on . The whole process through security and boarding the ship went easily and fairly quick .

Once boarded we ate lunch on Lido deck and were in our room within the hour .The room was M269 on the stern of the ship and was better than we expected . Very clean and layed out well so we had plenty of room to move around and were not cramped at all . We had a very good view out of the window . Even though it was over the mooring line deck it was very quite and even when docking at the ports the lines being put out was not loud at all . The staff called us by name the whole cruise and room service was very quick . We enjoyed all the onboard activities and the comedy shows were extremely good .

This was our 1st cruise so had pretty good expectations from a few friends experiences sailing to Cozumel . Carnival however diverted to Progreso from a scheduled Cozumel destination due to a 4 hr fog delay leaving Mobile . No one had the chance to leave the ship as they only announced the change after it exited Mobile port . Many people said they would have rather just left the ship than go back to Progreso .

Basically everyone that had been to Progreso were telling us how terrible it was . After the on shore excursion was over we had to agree .The water wasn't nice , the scenery is less than scenic as everything looks like overgrown bushes . You have to spend 2.5 hrs one way to tour the Myan ruins so you only get a couple hours to do the tour then have a 2.5 hr bus ride through dirty housing areas to get back to the ship . I really don't understand why they can't have a backup plan to keep guest on their desired port . It seems they could pick up the speed the night they leave port , the day at sea and following night to make up the time . All guest services would say is these things happen . Great , the wife and I wasted vacation days from work and paid good money just to be told , hey we're going to take you somewhere else . We also had a nice excursion booked in Cozumel and had to quickly pick another one for Progreso only to have a note slid under the stateroom door the next morning saying that one has also been canceled due to lack of required participants ! Uh . Given two choices to choose from we picked the longest one being 7 hrs and then find out 5 of those 7 were the trip to and back via bus . Now the ship was nice even though being a bit old and the crew were all excellent . The food was marginal however and nothing to brag about . IMO Carnival should have given the guest a choice to disembark before leaving port and at a minimum been given a hefty discount for being sent to a 2nd rate destination instead of the one purchased . This experience has most likely steered us away from ever taking another chance with a cruise vacation , especially since we don't really have any control about where we end up .
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Ocean View
Cabin 6C M269
Very nice and clean . Very quite and not much motion even though over the end of the ship . Good view from the window .
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