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I expected more.

sbordas reviewed 5 days ago

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"Our wait staff in the dining room was top notch and the food was really good." in 83 reviews.

"This was my fourth cruise sailing with Carnival Cruise Lines and my experience on Fantasy was great!" in 27 reviews.

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sbordas
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Suite

Experience:
2-3 cruises

3 out of 5
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I expected more.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

My husband and I cruised to the Bahamas on December 7, returning the 12, and we were pleased as well as disappointed.

1. Our cabin host, Rory, was wonderful, attentive, and  knew what we needed before we did.  Every night we came back to a turned down bed, a new towel animal, and chocolates.  My daughter and son-in-law stayed down a few decks and did not get the service that we got from Rory; a towel animal, chocolates, and a turned down bed were not nightly affairs for them.  This disappointed my daughter, because who doesn't love to walk into a room with a cute made up animal, chocolates, a turned down bed, and soft lighting on?  My daughter was disappointed that her host didn't know their names and he didn't make it a point to know, meet, or make their stay more enjoyable. Rory was a perfect 10!  He made up for the other rudeness that we encountered aboard ship. I can't say enough about this terrific man - he even called us by our names!

2.  At the bottom of the atrium, near guest services, there is a bar that has an incredibly rude female bartender.  We believe that she went as far as to make rude comments about us in another language.  Needless to say, we went there twice, experienced her twice, and didn't go back.

3.  There was a gentlemen on deck that served drinks, and at dinner in the Celebration room, he served shots.  He was wonderful, happy, and made our stay pleasant.

4.  Our room was impeccably cleaned - thanks again to Rory.

5.  I picked up the phone and dialed for information, and again I was faced with a rude response from the other end.  My husband also had this experience.

6. The Beatles show was brilliant, fun, and entertaining; we loved this show.

7.  Both of the comedians were hysterical!  We very much enjoyed them.

8.  The young man in Cleopatra's Lounge was unforgettable; he was charming, talented, and made everybody in the lounge have a great time.

9. Our balcony was great.

10. Overall it was a good trip, but when you pay as much money as we did, we expect a great time with at least common courtesy.  The rudeness on Carnival, Fantasy was not acceptable.  This was our first trip with Carnival, and we probably will not sail with Carnival again.  Royal Caribbean's personnel are much more in-tuned to pleasing their passengers. 

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mlchale
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

3 out of 5
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Not that much

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

I liked the staff and employees of the ship very much, they seemed eager to please and served us very well.  I was not very impressed with the dinning experience or the food.  Dinner was usually warm at best. 

   This was my second cruise my first being on Celebrity which was much better and I did not feel like I was being nickeled and dimed to death such as being charged for carbonated drinks. 

   The shows and entertainment were great.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

3 out of 5
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So-SO

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

Did not feel like a VIP on this cruise. Carnival has spoiled me with my past cruises and this time I was NOT impressed! So many low moments, but our vacation was GREAT!

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evest
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 out of 5
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Great ship poor embarking

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Nov 15, 2014

The cruise was great, but when we got there we were in the parking lot for two hours waiting to park. When we got off the ship we were in line for two hours to get to shuttle for parking lot. The shuttle let us off in a building and our car was in another building. We had to carry our bags  two blocks outside then up into another building.  The staff on the cruise were great and so was the food. I would not go on this cruise again unless I find another way to embark and disembark.

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bfbg
Second Mate

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

2 out of 5
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Carnival Fantasy 11/15/2014

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Nov 15, 2014

I have been on 25 Carnival cruises, and this by far was my least favorite. Embarkation and debarkation at the Port of Charleston is painstaking compared to Port Canaveral, Ft Lauderdale or Miami. Stood outside in the freezing cold for about 1 hour, then sat on a bus for about another hour until the ship was ready for boarding. The 'terminal' is very small and does not lend itself to the number of passengers boarding the ship. The Fantasy itself was very clean and easy to navigate.  The food was bland, Lido salad bar was very limited and had same items every day. Main Dining room service at times was slow. The majority of the crew appeared to be in the 'training' mode. While there weren't a lot of kids on the ship, those that were thought that constantly running up and down the public walkways was their entertainment. No security to discipline. Only 1 pool, very, very crowded on sea days. Nightly entertainment lacked the high quality that some of the bigger ships have. The trivia team, Jessica, Michael, Alan and Sunny were the hi-light.  Very funny and actually acted like they really enjoyed what they were doing.  The length of stay on Turks and Caicos was way too short. Half Moon Cay is a beautiful island stop. Nassau, in my opinion, is not worth visiting. Why stop at a port that warrants alerting passengers about crime, and safety and how to avoid?  Would rather stay longer on Turks and Caicos and Half Moon Cay, and skip Nassau altogether. I realize this review is mostly negative, but as I stated 24 out of 25 of my previous Carnival cruises were 100% better, and I do have 4 more Carnival cruises already booked for 2015.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

3 out of 5
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carnival fantasy

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Nov 05, 2014

enjoyed the cruise, recommend motion sickness meds even if u dont get sick. this boat rocked alot more compared to other lines ive been on. The staff was great, but wish the photo staff was a little more helpful and forthcoming on buying pictures.spent alot and got copies when come to find out after you buy so many you get a drive to pics on so wasted $ purchasing copies.

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sanshep
Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

4 out of 5
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Bahamas

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Nov 05, 2014

I really liked "My Time Dining" and the whole dinner experience was great...from the wait staff to the food, I was satisfied with all of it.

Greatly enjoyed the water slides, not so much for the mini-golf. It was poorly equipped and pretty much for kids only.

Overall, the cruise was a very good experience. Loved the excursion in Nassau, didn't care much for the commercialized part of the island. Little Stirrup Cay was a great place to spend the day. 

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

2 out of 5
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Carnival Fantasy Cruise

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

We've always had nothing but praise for Carnival, but this was the worst cruise experience we have ever had.  The food was not up to par and the choices were not as good as they usually are.  My moms room steward was not up to par, the show, however, was great.  The most frustrating was debarkation.  It was the most disorganized mess and bottleneck of people I have ever seen.  The person that was in charge of the wheelchair, handicapped departure was very rude and finally got into a very ugly confrontation with my mother.  I'm not sure about you, but no one yells at my 66 soft spoken mother, especially when you have already been rude to her and cannot understand that you have one of their rental wheelchairs and all you need is someone to push him off and bring the wheel chair back.  She was told they went by zones so we patiently waited until he said he was on zone 5.  Another very rude walked up to him and said he was tired of waiting, he was zone 20, it was a man and he was very ugly, did he tell him he would have to wait, not the next group that returned was immediately told to get him off, my mom asked why they were put before us and he starts screaming at her that she is going to get off the ship and that was all that mattered, it didn't matter when, and she said they are 20, we are 5, and we have been here 2 hours and they just got here, he again looked like he was going to hit her and proceeded to scream at her as the other people were leaving, I told you, you would get off and that's all that matters then proceeded to tell one of the waiter staff to remove his hands from the wheelchair that he had just brought up and put them on my step dads chair and get him off the ship, the waiter just looked at him and he said do you not understand english, get your hands off that chair, put them on this one and push him off.  I don't like the way he talked to my mom or to the other employee, it was uncalled for and did not look very good on Carnival's part. 

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Suite

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

5 out of 5
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Awesome

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

This was my first cruise and I was hoping it was everything that I ever thought it would be.  Me and my husband went, we tried to get others to go with us but everyone had other plans.  So it was just us two and we had a blast.  There was plenty do to on the ship, comedy shows, game shows, entertainment, gambling, shopping, eating, drinking etc.  Everyone who worked on the ship was nice.  Our room was cleaned up everyday and when we needed anything we just asked and there was never a problem. When we arrived at Freeport it was a blast.  The port is very nice there, the restaurants were open, (check out Senor Frogs, a blast) along with the vendors.  The excursion to the private beach was so much fun.  It was my birthday and all the bahama mama drinks and a buffet on the beach in November with 80 degree weather, was a great way to spend it. The bus driver who gave us the tour through Freeport on our way to the beach was really nice and also the people who worked at the beach were very friendly and attentive. We also went to Naussa and it was nice.  We did the tour of Atlantis excursion and we had a great time.  Naussa is interesting and the driver was very nice and knowledgeable.  Atlantis is awesome.  We are planning our next cruise with our grown children and hopefully some friends will join this time.  We have not stopped talking about a great time that we had so I think they will come.

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