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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: May 16, 2015

OK is the best I can say. The good-wait staff and housekeeping were great. Ship is old but clean. The Comedy Club was excellant. Room was as expected. The ok-overall entertainment was ok. At least something to do. Dining room food menu was ok. At sea the ship rocked back and forth the whole trip . Didn't bother me but could be a problem for some. The not ok-food in the dining room was barely warm upon arrival. Food was cold before finishing. We bought their soda sticker. Cokes and sodas were harder to get than it should be. Had to compete with the bar traffic just to get a coke. This area is very busy. Sodas should be more accessable. The grill area is always crowded. At least this food was hot. They should have 2 seperate areas like this instead of 1. We were suppose to go to Nassau and Freeport. We were going on an excursion in Nassua in 10 minutes when they announced that we were not going to Freeport at all because of problems with the dock. They had to have known about this much sooner because they sail there every week. We should have been told at least a day before we sailed that this could happen so we could plan better. Nassua excursion-overall pretty good. The only problem was the tender put us off in Nassua 5 blocks from the ship.  The problem is my wife has a disability and can't walk long distances. There was construction and we had to walk around that. Taxi would not have helped. Getting on the tender was at the end of the ship-about 1 block. They sail this cruise every week so they should know about these little problems and warn you so you can be prepared. Alot of these problems are management problems. They should be easy to fix. Alot of people were upset about Freeport being canceled. Overall this cruise was better than working but was disappointed. I like this port because I can drive there. I hope they can make things better. 2-1/2 stars is the best that I can do.

 

 

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Nice cruise, Bahamas were just okay...

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

Pros - affordable vacation. lots of food. clean statesroom. friendly staff. comedians were good. great weather. boat was ontime. easy to get off boat. carried own bag on departure. within 30 minutes of docking we were at our car.

Cons - Charleston: parking $17 per day.

Cons - Cruise Ship - took longer to board probably an hour to get on boat after arriving at parking lot. the food was good, but not great. Anytime dining should be renamed "Long-time dining" as two of our three meals there took about 2 hours. The staff was overwhelmed. We moved our meal plan to set time dining. it worked much better.

Cons - the Bahamas - Freeport appears it's best days are behind it. spent the day at Junkenoo beach. In the Bahamas - Nassau - this is a more upscale beach (next to Atlantis), however, you are constantly harassed to buy things - jet ski, banana boat, drinks, Cuban cigars, conch shells. lots of people always around asking if you want this or that. paid $20 for an umbrella. it was hard to relax at Cabbage Beach

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: May 07, 2015

The food was very poor. The boat  it self was OK, but there was rust on all the metal railings etc. The main dining room staff was poor. I had to ask for something to drink after waiting 10 minutes. The people who sat us didn't ask us if we wanted are own table, but rather just suck us with two other couples. Countless times there were dirty dishes on tables that hadn't been cleared. We were never told what life raft # we were to go to. Lee are cabin maid was very good.  The staff on the ship never wanted to engage in to much conversation about where they were from. We were never told before paying that we would have to pay for a $100 gratuity at the end of the trip. Not happy with that one. Should have been included in the price. Such a system gives your  crew very little incentive to go the extra mile. The process to get on the ship was very good, however the getting off part was torture. Customs was a joke and a complete waste of time. I know the cruise line has nothing to do with this, but your low prices draw undesirable passengers  which made the trip horrific. I guess one get's what one pays for. Never again.

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first time cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: May 07, 2015

My first cruise as well as my boyfriends and we had a good time! Enough entertainment, food & things on board. The ship was not too big nor were we overwhelm.

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Rough at sea

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

We bad a good time, except for the sea got rough because of the weather and the ship rocked almost all the time we were out at sea. The food was Ok at the food bars but not a lot to choose from. They gave us an 8:00 pm dinner time after promising us 6:00 pm witch it even said 6:00 pm on our key card.we also couldn't dock at Freeport. Because of the weather.The staff was very freindly.The staff that clea ed our room were the best,and always willing to help you find your way around. The captain was very freindly and docked the ship very smoothly.we would prefer a larger ship the next time.The sip was kept very clean at all times.

We would realy prefer Royal cruises. We enjoyed it a lot more.

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Carnival Expereince

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

The staff onboard Carnival Fantasy was amazing! Everyone was super nice and it was interesting meeting people from all over the world. The only thing that disappointed me was not being able to port in Freeport. The weather was to bad for us to port and so we had to turn around and have an extra day at sea. But for our first cruise we did have an amazing experience and we will be booking again with carnival.

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Wonderful vacation....

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Apr 27, 2015

The crew of the Fantasy went out of their way to ensure our cruise would be great.  Everything from accommodations, to entertainment (comedian Doug WONDERFUL!!!) and food were great.  I enjoyed the experience so much that I booked another getaway on the Fantasy for September.  THANKS Carnival!!!Happy

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Decent Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Apr 27, 2015

I took my three teenage kids on this cruise.  Parking was $85 at the pier and according to a police officer I spoke with is the safest and best price for the downtown Charleston area.  Wait time to board was average and the Police and Carnival people were all very friendly.   Departure took about 30 minutes and the shuttle service to the parking lot was quick and efficient.  I read a review that said a couple had to wait five hours to get off the ship and to their car because of a lack of shuttle service.  This was not our experience. 

As with most Carnival cruises it can be frustrated being constantly approached to purchase something.  A picture, drink, mug, shore excursion...it is non stop and annoying.  I'm guessing Carnival breaks even on the cost of the cruise and makes there profit from the charge cards.  Anything and everything can be charged on your room card.   I spoke with a 35 year old guy in the hot tub who told me his friend's tab was $750 and we were mid way through the cruise.

Our cabin was cleaned three times a day by "Lee" who was a very pleasant Asian man.  Fitness centre was adequate but small. 

We did not take any Carnival excursions but opted to go to the beach at both Freeport and Nassau.  The locals are very pushy and will try to sell you anything.   They roll their eyes when you say no thanks.  Within a 30 yard distance we were approached 5 times to purchase a jet ski or banana boat ride.  Both these stops are dirty and sub standard.  I will try to avoid any future cruises that stop at these ports.

Overall we had a good trip.

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First time cruisers on Carnival Fantasy

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Apr 27, 2015

This was our first anniversary cruise on our first cruise.  The experience was great.  The ship was clean and overall pretty well organized.  Activities were fun although slightly less than what I thought there would be.  There were not as many kids as I thought so that was good.  Pool was good although smaller than I thought.  The 21 and over area was great.  The cruise was relaxing and the rooms were great especially with the view although we only had one outlet in the room.  

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Overal a great time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Apr 22, 2015

The cruise was very relaxing and the perfect honeymoon my wife and I needed. The service was impeccable and the attention the staff paid to us was unmatched for any vacation I had ever been. The onlything I would have recommended is the on board entertainment was a bit lacking. The comedy show was held in a smaller theater and was always too packed. With 2 sea days, maybe a few more activities that would help pass the time.

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