Mixed review for Carnival Fantasy: Carnival Fantasy Cruise Review by angiegal

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Mixed review for Carnival Fantasy

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Charleston
This was our fourth Carnival Cruise and we had a wonderful vacation, but there were some parts of the cruise that could have been better.

First, let me say that the Fantasy is the oldest ship and is one of the smallest, so we weren't expecting perfection. The ship was clean and well maintained. There was always someone fixing something. Because the ship is smaller, there was some movement on board, but very little and it didn't disrupt any activities. Waterworks was added a few years ago. It's a great addition and alternative to the pool. The staff was, for the most part, friendly and attentive. The cruise director, Risa, was pleasant, but talked really fast so it was sometimes difficult to understand what she was saying. Others on entertainment staff seemed just plain tired.

Good vs. Bad

Getting on board the ship was fast vs. getting through parking lot is confusing

Our dining room staff was great! vs. our room steward was More non-existent

Wide variety of food vs. dessert were bland or had strange consistencies

Variety of entertainment (trivia, mini golf, shows) vs. some racy scenes in shows (that are supposed to be family friendly)

Our teens loved the counselors in Club O2 and Circle C vs. less than 200 kids so 12-17 years old were in the same group most of the time

Decor wasn't as Vegas-like as other ships vs. no art in the gallery (really, it was just empty walls)

Both Nassau and Freeport were wonderful! We had beautiful weather and were in port long enough to enjoy both. In Nassau we went to a public beach, Junkanoo, which was great! Less than 100 people there all day! In Freeport, we booked a private snorkeling excursion and were very pleased with it.

Overall, it was a great experience and we will travel with Carnival again, but probably not on the Fantasy. Less

Published 05/14/11

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Port and Shore Excursions

We booked a private excursion because it appeared there wasn't much else to do. The snorkeling was great and the few shops we saw at the port were nice, clean, and reasonably priced (for the most part). It sad to see so much of the island hasn't been repaired since Wilma, but it's still a beautiful place!
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Ladies offering to braid your hair and some in the Straw Market are pushy, which is obviously annoying. But, there's plenty to do and a lot of it is free. Junkanoo, a public beach just past the Sheraton, is one of the best kept secrets of Nassau! We loved the Straw Market and the Fish Fry. You can really do a lot in Nassau without spending much money at all.
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