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Carnival Fantasy

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What people said about this ship:

"The food in the dining room was no where as good as it was in the past." in 80 reviews.

"I was on a carnival cruise in 2006 and was n't that crazy about it and was to we..." in 27 reviews.

"The Camp Carnival is a wonderful idea but we found it poorly planned and executed." in 21 reviews.


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kandnanderson
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Suite

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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not what I was expecting

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: May 31, 2014

My first cruise with Carnival was a fairy tale. I was sooo impressed with every detail. This time I felt like I was just a number going through.

The ship was way too crowded, not enough seats to accomadate the guests in smoking area and on decks.

Only one smoking area, with not enough seats, and if you did find an empty seat, it was beeing saved for some one, and music that was so loud you could not have a conversation with some one who was beside of you.

When I was in the casino using the slot machines, my husband was with me and he was told he was keeping others from playing (he was not playing, just spending time with me) so he sat in the window and he was told he could not do that either.

 

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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7 fantastic days

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: May 31, 2014

2nd time on this cruise. Smaller ships seem to be much more social than the big guys. This cruise starts with 2 days at sea. This forces everyone to unwind and relax. Grand Turk island followed by Half Moon Cay is awesome. Beaches are pristine and the water is turquoise. Food is fantastic and the Carnival crew is outstanding. My wife and I recommend this cruise for all.

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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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bkmullen
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

2 star
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All sorts of little stuff goes wrong

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Jun 22, 2014

All whole bunch of little things should have been better.  Any one could have been excusable, but compounded together are too much:

First, the 1 pool and hot tubs are  too small: you can never do anything but stand in the water because of all the people.

The alcohol is not consistent.  Two of the exact same drinks will never taste the same.

The casino rules change per dealer:  some will show the burn card, others will give you time to surrender in BJ, others go too fast.

The lines were a little too long: like Carnival doesn't know that 4:45 pm EVERYDAY was a peak buffet time so enough staff wouldn't show up till 6pm.

Nothing started quite on time.

The music in the clubs and decks was just too loud:  you couldn't have a conversation on the decks. Really loud music is ok for the clubs, but not the deck areas.  Even in the clubs it was excessive: people would cover their ears and leave.

The food was hit or miss.

Positively, I think the boat is well decorated and the room staff great.  Camp Carnival is VERY well done: it gives the kids a time to have kids only time and the staff is very professional and fun.

 

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Family w/young children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
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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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Ask for hair dyer and ice bucket

The food is so great, be careful because you WILL gain weight,,so take the stairs ! Get to know the ship,,find the places where you can have quiet time for yourself or with your friends or significant others. Take time to go to the open Bow & let the breeze blow through your hair,ha,it's great

Go to the Serenity Deck if you want to escape the noise and activity on the Lido Deck. Get to know the staff... they can make or break your experience.... Go watch the stars on the Lido deck late at night... and awaken early to catch the sunrise!

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