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Fantasy Bahamas 4/12/15

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Carnival Fantasy departs from:

Charleston, South Carolina

Carnival Fantasy sails to:

Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Bahamas

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Had a great time crew was very helpful an curteous .would definitely go on this cruise again in the future..this was our first cruise an will not be our last very pleased experience

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mlagoe
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Fantasy Bahamas 4/12/15

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Apr 11, 2015

The staff was outstanding.  They were helpful and always cheerful.  They took time to get to know the guests that they were assigned to and interacted well with everyone.

This was my first cruise so I do not know how the ship compared with others.  I know that the fantasy is an older ship but I was not disappointed with the accomidations.  We had an interior room that was everything that we expected it would be. 

The staff were good about servicing the room twice a day.

I was a little disappointed with the food.  There was plenty of it but it was not always hot/fresh.

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mje63
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HAD A GOOD TIME

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Apr 11, 2015

THE SHIP IS AN OLD SHIP, SO A LOT OF THINGS LOOK DATED. I NOTICED THE CREW CLEANING AND WIPING THINGS DOWN EVERY EARLY MORNING WHEN I GOT UP WHICH IS ENCOURAGING. MY CHOICE OF EXCURSION WAS BAD AT FREEPORT. THE WESTERN HERITAGE AND SNORKEL TOUR GUIDED US AROUND A VERY POOR AND VERY POLLUTED PART OF THE ISLAND. BEST PART OF CRUISE WAS THE EVENING MEALS. VERY NICE.

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Amazing Experience!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Apr 02, 2015

We definitely enjoyed our cruise down to Freeport and Nassau.  The weather was amazing, and the staff on the cruise ship were amazing.  In Freeport we took a taxi to the Junkanoo Beach Club and paid the small fees to stay on the beach and play in the ocean.  It was absolutely amazing. Umbrellas and chairs were $3.00 each and that included thirty minutes on a paddleboard as well as a kayak.  Definitely worth the price.

In Nassau we booked an excursion to the Seahorse Snorkel and Sail and enjoyed the ride on the catamaran and then the snorkeling.  Wish we had more time to snorkel as they only give you one hour, but it was definitely worth the price of admission.  They pick you up right off the port you dock at and then drop you off at the shops which is just around the corner from the ports.

The cruise ship itself was very nice.  Only con I would say about the cruise ship is the small pool on Deck 10, but we spent most of our time on the water slides and my son thoroughly enjoyed those more anyway.  The food was great and the shows were terrific.  Not the biggest ship out there, but it was definitely worth booking!

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Great family vacation!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Apr 02, 2015

We enjoyed this cruise with our 13 & 18 year old.  It was possibly the best family vacation we have  been on as a family.  The cruise offered something for everyone to enjoy.  The food options were perfect as each could choose to their liking.  There were plenty of activities on board to enjoy as well as time to relax and lie in the sun.  A family favorite was the punchliners comedy club which featured two "family friendly" comedians that had us in stitches.  We enjoyed the Freeport day where we had booked a snorkeling & sunbathing excursion.  The snorkeling is amazing; it is like you are in an aquarium with crystal clear water and colorful fish.  Nassau has many places to shop and more places to site see, but with 4 other cruise ships in port that day it was a very busy place.  There is a public beach only a 15 min. walk from the ship that is very nice (Junkanoo Beach.)  The service on the ship was top notch.  Our porter learned our names the first day and greeted us by name the rest of the cruise.  The servers in the dining room always treated us like royalty.  It was the perfect vacation for our family.

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Fun experience for the family.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Apr 02, 2015

Great experience, look forward to another cruise.  My kids loved Circle C; programs were great and fit their age. The late dining was great; food wasn't that good but sitting with new people and making friends was the plus side. I do wish there was a better option for the lounge chairs as I wasn't able to get use of one because people would leave their towel on it and be gone for 2-3 hours. I know there's a 40 minute courtesy for people to be away from their chair, but people ignored that. All in all, the cruise was great. 

 

 

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hse1
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Great Cruise!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Mar 28, 2015

My two girls (Aged 10 and 13) and I went on this cruise for spring break and we had a great time!! This was our first cruise and it could not have gone better!! Thank you Carnival!!

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Thanks for the nine hours notice

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Mar 28, 2015

 I received a text message nine hours before our fleight was to leave, that it had been cancelled. The fleights were arrainged by cruises only, and after 50 minutes on the phone with them they said they would fly me and my family to the first port the ship was stopping at; that would be day three of a five day cruise. That did not sound like a good option.  I also had booked transportation from the airport to the ship and the return trip through the carnival web sight and was unable to cancel that through their web sight, even though the carnival representative said i could. That cost was 300 dollars for my family of five. Then  there was 80 minutes on the phone trying to make sure that i would be refunded for the airfare, cruisesonly said i would, but still have not been.

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It was okay

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Mar 21, 2015

The ship lacked good entertainment and activities to keep everyone entertained.  We also had a problem with the fact that two of our friends ended up at another table for dinner.  They should have been with us at our table.

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Jmurp
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1st Cruise Experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Mar 21, 2015

Overall, I give this cruise 3 stars. My opinion doesn't really take into consideration comparing this cruise to another, just my overall cruise experience. This was my first cruise after all. Arrive as early as you can for boarding (Carnival specified no earlier than 1230pm, I arrived at 1233pm) as a regular boarding (if you don't upgrade to the expedient processing or are not a VIP, i.e. repeat cruiser) too approximately 2 hours from start to finish. Check in was not unlike an airport and the staff was courteous. Our bags arrived at our room shortly after we did with the exception of one small bag, which arrived about 2 hours later. This actually exceeded our expectations. Drink prices are inflated, expect to pay $ 5-6  a beer, $7-10  for wine or liquor per drink. You can bring a bottle of wine per person on board, but no liquor (people snuck liquor in using water bottles). Extra alcohol (floaters) are just $2 more, so save money by purchasing one mixed drink and adding this (they are limited in how much alcohol they can add to various drinks though, check with your bartender). The decor was a bit dated as they had been renovated in 2010, but overall it was still nice. Reminded me of Vegas, but in a boat, and without people trying to shove pamphlets for escorts in your hand. We started with 3 days at sea. Not a fan. The small pool was overcrowded with children and quickly became something you didn't want to swim in. My wife and I dared a dip the second day at sea and came out encrusted with what we told ourselves was salt as this was a salt water pool (we never asked if it was because we honestly didn't want to know the answer if it wasn't). Hot tub water was an opaque pale green by day three at sea and didn't get any better (there are three hot tubs on board, one pool). Food options were plentiful. Breakfast was good with healthy options available. Lunch was the same. I preferred the deli most days, but we both tried most of the different lunch options. While good, nothing better than a local buffet on the mainland. Dinner was better than breakfast or lunch. I had food poisoning two days. Evenings of Day 3 (Roast) and Day 7 (Mahi-Mahi). My wife and I were both sick on the evening of Day 7. I feel it was more to do with preparation and storage of the food than anything else. In both cases I had nausea w/vomiting and diarrhea (I don't care to share this because I want you to be prepared) for approximately 6 hours. Grand Turk was an interesting and welcome stop. The welcome center was built by Carnival and is full of their sponsored shops. The market in historic downtown is full of imported merchandise (no local artisans, verified by our cab driver who asked one of our passengers to start a business here and sponsor local artisans). Local food is good though. Try Barbie's conch fritters. Buy a Turk's Head Lager from down the street at the liquor store though (saves you $3 dollars a beer) and enjoy a little local flavor. Half Moon Cay is all Carnival. So it's a spot to sun and sand only. Drink prices soared here for some reason. Two mixed drinks, one with a rum floater, and I spent $30. Carnival should be ashamed, but I can tell drinks are where they are making money on this cruise. Nassau was by far the best stop. We didn't make the beach a priority here but walked the city instead. Great local finds. Try Westling's Distillery, and try the 5 year rum. I brought 2 bottles of the 3 year home with me as they don't export yet. Twin Brothers was our lunch destination and my wife discovered the best Pina Colada she's ever had (I agreed). Their conch fritters, salad and burger were all really good. We visited the straw market for local souvenirs and the Tortuga Rum Cake gift shop for the best rum cake I've ever had. One quick trip to the beach and then back on board for the return (full day at sea). Debarkation was actually well done and we were in our car on the way home in barely over an hour and a half from start to finish (most standing in line in our hallway for the elevator off). Be prepared to stand in line for EVERYTHING. WI-FI is not free. Don't waste your time going to their demonstrations, they give you all the coupons and vouchers when your disembark at every stop, or just go see your expert at their fun shop booth. OH, if you didn't get the memo, there are two formal nights where you are expected to dress to the nines, plan accordingly.

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