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We were looking for a 5 day Carnival cruise that left out of Mobile, AL. The Carnival Fantasy is a lady showing her age and while we were onboard the crew were doing some serious repairs and updates. The 3rd day into the cruise they closed the Blue Iguana Bar and were sanding and adding a fresh coat of varnish. There were several days we saw crew members carrying very large sections of hand rail somewhere. Some outside decks were closed because they were working on them. We heard power tools going most of the days while we were outside. The cabin was small and had a slight musty odor to it, but overall was clean and our steward "Hammie" was Excellent. The bar staff and the food staff were also Excellent and attentive. Ely at the Red Frog Rum Bar was our favorite bartender on board. She was always pleasant and we enjoyed speaking with her. Richard who was a bar server in the Lido restaurant and the Serenity Lounge always had a smile and greeted us by name no matter where he saw us on the ship. Eka who was a server on the Lido deck from the Red Frog Rum Bar took Excellent care of us and checked with us frequently to make sure we were okay. The food was okay. Pizza Pirate was good, the soft serve ice cream and yogurt are always enjoyable. The food on the Carnival Dream was better than on the Fantasy and due to the size of the ship you don't have as many choices. Guys Burgers are good, usually the longest line for food, but they are quick and you don't ever have to wait too long. The food at the Blue Iguana Cantina is also good and we ate there several times. The first and last day of our cruise were cold and windy so we never tried the water slides, although my wife did cool off in one of the fountains on our 4th day, while we were in Cozumel. Our 13 year old son liked the Carnival Dream better as it was larger and had more things for him to do. The entertainment was pretty good. The DJ needs to learn this isn't the 1920's and we don't enjoy listening to 1920's jazz music all the time. The deck parties were nice, they had one night that was 90's music and we enjoyed that. We paid for Faster to the Fun this cruise and I would say it was well worth it, especially for Embarkation. We were suppose to have priority Debarkation, but as usual no one follows instructions and people were just trying to leave the ship as fast as they can. Carnival really needs to figure out how to improve the Debarkation process.

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Carnival Fantasy Cruise Review by BambooChicken

Trip Details
We were looking for a 5 day Carnival cruise that left out of Mobile, AL. The Carnival Fantasy is a lady showing her age and while we were onboard the crew were doing some serious repairs and updates. The 3rd day into the cruise they closed the Blue Iguana Bar and were sanding and adding a fresh coat of varnish. There were several days we saw crew members carrying very large sections of hand rail somewhere. Some outside decks were closed because they were working on them. We heard power tools going most of the days while we were outside. The cabin was small and had a slight musty odor to it, but overall was clean and our steward "Hammie" was Excellent. The bar staff and the food staff were also Excellent and attentive. Ely at the Red Frog Rum Bar was our favorite bartender on board. She was always pleasant and we enjoyed speaking with her. Richard who was a bar server in the Lido restaurant and the Serenity Lounge always had a smile and greeted us by name no matter where he saw us on the ship. Eka who was a server on the Lido deck from the Red Frog Rum Bar took Excellent care of us and checked with us frequently to make sure we were okay. The food was okay. Pizza Pirate was good, the soft serve ice cream and yogurt are always enjoyable. The food on the Carnival Dream was better than on the Fantasy and due to the size of the ship you don't have as many choices. Guys Burgers are good, usually the longest line for food, but they are quick and you don't ever have to wait too long. The food at the Blue Iguana Cantina is also good and we ate there several times. The first and last day of our cruise were cold and windy so we never tried the water slides, although my wife did cool off in one of the fountains on our 4th day, while we were in Cozumel. Our 13 year old son liked the Carnival Dream better as it was larger and had more things for him to do. The entertainment was pretty good. The DJ needs to learn this isn't the 1920's and we don't enjoy listening to 1920's jazz music all the time. The deck parties were nice, they had one night that was 90's music and we enjoyed that. We paid for Faster to the Fun this cruise and I would say it was well worth it, especially for Embarkation. We were suppose to have priority Debarkation, but as usual no one follows instructions and people were just trying to leave the ship as fast as they can. Carnival really needs to figure out how to improve the Debarkation process.
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Cabin Review

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Cabin 6D E34
The cabin was quite cramped with 3 of us in there. I do like how they do the Upper Berth though, it was quite neat, but if my son grows any taller he won't fit on it. The cabin had a slight musty odor to it and you can tell the ship is older, but it was kept very clean by our steward "Hammie." He was always very pleasant and cleaned around our sleeping 13 year old on most days.
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