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Carnival Fantasy

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Nothing to do!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Jun 27, 2014

This cruise was not great.  We have cruised before.  Carnival has cut down the number of activities.  If you like to spend money you can buy art, buy bingo cards, buy diamonds.  But if you expect Carnival to entertain you, then forget it.  There are comdians at night that are great but don't miss any performances because there is nothing else.  Even the musical show was boring.  I ended up watchign Ellen in my cabin during the day.  If you like to be drunk and lay at the pool then great because that's all there is to do all day.  I can do that at home and so can most people.  Anytime dining means it will take you 2 hours to eat dinner.  It causes you to then miss some activities which as I mentioned isn't recommended.  If you miss the comedy show it's back to bingo for you.  Freeport is a below average beach town.  Very much below.  Save your money for Nassau.  This ended our Carnival cruises.  Gotta switch to Royal Caribbean.

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Family w/young children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Too many money making schemes

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Jun 27, 2014

We were disappointed on this cruise.  There is too much down time filled with only money making schemes.  I don't consider "sales" in the shops onboard to be an activity.  Or bingo games where you can win 10K if a miracle occurs.  Having to win Bingo on a powerball number AND under 45 numbers means no one wins it and Carnival knows it.  If you don't like to be drunk or lay at the pool, there is nothing to do.  I doubt too many guests want to buy fine art or listen to Andrew ramble on about buying tanzanites or diamonds.  The service in the Celebration dining room was incredibly slow.  We went on Elation in 2012 and had excellent dining service.  If you're going to offer anytime dining, it needs to be on par with the scheduled dining.  I didn't get a discount to have anytime dining.  On the last morning of the cruise after our suitcases were taken, my husband was told he couldn't wear a tank top in the dining room.  We didn't have our suitcases so we had to eat at the buffet.  After seeing people break rules in the dining room even on elegant night, it pissed me off that we were turned away even though I can wear a tank top just not my husband(makes no sense).  I know there have to be rules but to enforce them an hour before the cruise is over and allow people to dress like pigs all week seems ridiculous.  More than likely it's a way to get people off the ship more quickly even though it took hours longer than it should have to get off.  I noticed there was no attempt to monitor luggage numbers causing people in front of us to be 22 when we were 15.  Because it seems Carnival doesn't care, they just want everyone off so the next victims can get on and spend money.  Royal Caribbean doesn't have nearly as much downtime or poor service.  No more Carnival.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Just right!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Jul 19, 2014

If you're in Virginia, there aren't many summer cruises to pick from on the east coast unless you want to fly. We went on a 25th Anniversary and drove to Charleston, which wasn't a bad drive. The Fantasy was an older ship, but in very, very well maintained condition and just small enough that you didn't spend your vacation trying to find your way around. Cabins, halls, decks--everything was as clean as any other ship I've been on. The price was good and the five days went by quickly. We got the Cheers Beverage Plan--a must do if you're concerned about how many drinks at $8.75 you're going to have. The food was good, service was excellent and this is a great deal if you live within driving distance of Charleston. If you can get to Charleston the day before, see the town and spend the night, it's better still.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Cruise was good not great but good.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Aug 13, 2014

The room was always clean. The wait staff was wonderful. The dinners were really good.  We had a room that had a window but it was dirty on the outside so you really couldn't see really well or take a picture of the outside. If you are older I really liked the Royal Caribbean. This was a ship great for younger people who like to party. Lots of bars and plenty of drinking. We went to some of the shows and enjoyed most of them. Some were cheesy. I do realize that this was a really small ship and am really trying to take this into account. I wish that you didn't have to upgrade to a Jr suite to have a balcony. We spent almost the same amount of money on the Royal and got one.

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Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
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Carnival Fantasy July 2014

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Jul 24, 2014

Overall, the experience was great.  My only recommendation is signs to parking.  It was difficult trying to find where to go.  MapQuest takes you through Meeting St. to Market St. but parking is actually off of Calhoun St.  It was a breeze from that point on. Staff was very friendly and helpful.  We had a great time.

 

It wasn't my first time but it was for several of my family members and they had a blast.  They are already wanting to book another one soon. 

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Go to the comedy shows early if you want a seat.

Ask for hair dyer and ice bucket

Don't miss brunch on the day at sea. The coffee is special. The shower was the biggest on that I've ever had in a cabin.

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