Disappointed due to Irene!: Carnival Fantasy Cruise Review by dotruss

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Disappointed due to Irene!

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Bermuda
Embarkation: Charleston
Though I had visited Bermuda some 25 years ago, my husband had never been there, and we were looking forward to this cruise. Unfortunately, Hurricane Irene interfered, and we ended up in Key West and Cozumel instead. Now, we've been to both these ports several times and were not happy to be routed there. Moreover, rather than driving north to Charleston for three hours, we could have driven south for the same amount of time, traveled out of Cape Canaveral and visited more ports for less money than this cruise cost! However, we wanted to make the best of an unfortunate situation so we determined that we would enjoy the trip.

Because we were traveling with friends who were restricted from any strenuous activity (one was in a wheelchair), we opted for tours in both places. These were rather expensive tours for what we received as in both places we were forced to walk MANY blocks to board tour vehicles and to subsequently return to the ship. In Cozumel, the day was rainy and the More so-called tour, except for a small museum, actually consisted of stops at small shops and a brief unsavory shopping area in town. This "tour" cost $59 each. One funny thing: when we stopped in town, vendors came out of shops on the street to entice us into their shops. One actually said to us, "I've got the same junk as everyone else here, but mine doesn't cost as much!"

In Key West, the transportation was wooden trams with seats too narrow and short to accommodate two people comfortably. This took place in blazing heat with no opportunity to obtain cold drinks. The trek back to the ship was miserable.

Had we actually have gotten to Bermuda, we fully understood that stores closed only an hour after we were to arrive on Saturday and were not open on Sunday.

As well, transportation throughout the island was limited. Though we expected these inconveniences (I don't shop in ports, anyway), we wondered why Carnival would schedule such a cruise, since many people thoroughly enjoy shopping. Nevertheless, we would probably try it again,since cruising on another line to Bermuda from a port farther north would entail our having to fly to the port. As far as the ship itself was concerned, our cabin was very nice and clean and our cabin steward was excellent. Yes, we did rock and roll the first night out and helf the next day, but we survived it nicely.

We did the "dine around" thing, but ended up at the same table area in the Celebration Dining Room each night. Our head waiter, a young lady, was wonderful. I can't remember her name but it was the tables 148 and 149 area. The food was fine as we are not picky eaters. Some critics have stated that the personnel on this ship are not friendly. We definitely found that was not the case. Even the officers smiled and nodded when we spoke to them. Less

Published 09/19/11

Cabin review: 4E Interior

Located at absolute front of ship, but fairly quiet since not much traffic in front of room. Cabin space adequate, closet space very good and bathroom good. Very clean, well maintained.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Been there, done that so did not enjoy going there, especially since the weather was poor. Member of our party was handicapped so a tour was our only option for entertainment. This expensive tour consisted of a small, but nice, museum and several stops at local shops.

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Been there, done that several times. Member of our party was handicapped and only a tour was available for recreation. It was hot, cramped and we had to walk many blocks to board it and it was not worth the cost.

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