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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 81 reviews.

"We had an awesome time and ca n't wait to go on another one, through Carnival Cruise Lines." in 27 reviews.

"My son had a blast in Camp Carnival." in 21 reviews.



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dwilkins
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

5 star
5 star
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5 star
5 star

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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coltinac
Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

3 star
3 star
3 star
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empty star

Fun Cruise But Not My Style

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Aug 23, 2014

My adult daughter and I had a good time on this cruise but I will not cruise with Carnival again.  Our lowest guest deck cabin was very basic; the air conditioning was too cold, there was a lot of engine noise, and no blow dryers were supplied.  Cabin service was a little hit-or-miss:  one of our pool towels was taken but not replaced until requested.  The daily schedule was not provided at first.  Food ranged from excellent to mediocre; I got tired of searching for a table at lunch and breakfast.  The Lido Deck grills prepared food to order (omelets, Mongolian Wok) and was consistently good.  Sometimes the offerings at Windows on the Sea dining were not appealing; the Caribbean days were the best. The public areas of the ship were nicely decorated; however, there seemed to be no good seat in the Universe Lounge to be able to see the stage with an unobstructed view.  There was too much smoking, too much drinking, too much loud music, too much picture-taking, and too much emphasis on shopping at the Carnival-preferred stores.  Positives:  staff were friendly and polite, there were a number of games and activities during sea days.  More shows, movies or cultural presentations would have been nice.  My daughter overheard a younger cruiser say it was a "granny cruise"; I can't imagine how rowdy a young adult cruise would have been!  Guests ranged from kids in diapers to elderly people in walkers and wheel chairs; there were a lot of kids and younger adults.  Carnival seemed to have a good program for children so I would recommend for families.  Even bored teens seemed to have a good time.  I've cruised on four other lines and this cruise is near the bottom.  To have a better experience, I would recommend a more expensive cabin, earplugs and some good reading material.

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

5 star
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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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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

3 star
3 star
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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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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

3 star
3 star
3 star
empty star
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Pool is WAY too small!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Sail Date: Sep 14, 2014

I enjoyed the actual cruise line experience (it was my first).  Cons:  the pool on board was so small.  The adult only area had two hot tubs, and no pool.  Those of us not with children would have had a better experience if the adult section had a pool.  The kids took over the pool and those of us trying to get away from kids (parents, and teachers) were stuck with them and the fact that some of the parents had no idea what their kids were doing.  The smokers smoked wherever they wanted to, even though many announcements were made.  The elevators smelled like smoke midship and I allergic to it, so I had to stay away from the area around mid ship where the casino was.  

The pros:   The staff was awesome, funny, friendly.  Our cabin steward, Rodrigo was amazing.  The food was good, there was a decent variety.  I like the LGBT meetings, I thought that was neat, and the shows were cute.

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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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Sail Date: Nov 15, 2014
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