October 2016 - Carnival Fantasy to Caribbean - Western
Overall I would say that this was a fun little cruise. It was a 4 day cruise that went to Key West and Cozumel. We have been to both ports before so we knew what to expect and where to go.
Purchasing faster to the fun, to me, was a great idea. We got on the ship right after Diamond & Platinum and were able to go right to our room and stow our carry ons, meet our Steward and then head for lunch. Very smooth and greatly enjoyed that.
Disembarkation was completely different. Faster to the fun was ushered into the Universe Theatre and when called, we were not allowed to use the elevators to go down one level, so regardless of age, unless you were special needs, you had to carry your heavy suitcase down a flight of stairs with many many other passengers. This was a severe safety issue because if one passenger had of dropped their luggage, people would have been hurt. They need to revamp this procedure!
Although an aging vessel, we found it to be clean and well maintained, however, there were the obvious signs of use onboard, but I am not the type to judge a book primarily on its cover. The cruise director, a very attractive young lady, tried to keep the passengers entertained and engaged, although most seemed content to be pool side or in the Casino. The pool deck was a bit crammed at times and I found the lack of room in the pool to be in short supply and a little frustrating in the hot tubs as children felt it necessary to swim from side to side. The dining area was nice and clean, and never did you see a dirty table for too long and we always managed to find a spot to sit, generally where we wanted it. The Casino, as usual on any ship smelled of stale cigarette smoke, but that is to be expected I guess. The comedy club was good as usual, but on this ship was smaller than what we had seen on other ships. Very intimate setting. The other clubs were well decorated and clean. The Universe Theatre was a beautiful theatre but the only bad thing I have to say about it is if you are seated upstairs it always seems like you are looking through the hand railing. (annoying).
Our steward was amazing. Puthut was in and out of our room and we hardly saw him except for in the hall. If we needed something, it was there. The MDR service, was a different experience. On the left side of the Celebration Dining Room we had quick service and were pleased but on the left side, it took them 1 hour just to get us an appetizer. The Bar service was a little slow at times but that is to be expected with a lot of thirsty people. The Customer service was excellent but we had purchased the faster to the fun so it was expedited anyways.
For the most part, the food was hot and decent. The variety in the MDR needs to change more frequently as it is the same stuff regardless of whatever Carnival ship you are on, or so it seems. Nothing to write home about. The buffet was ok, they had a different nationality each day which kept it interesting. Guys Burgers, good as usual but you get tired of Burger and Fries after awhile.
Key West is one of my favorite spots as you can get off, feel safe to walk around, etc. We always enjoy key west and just walk around, go for breakfast and a drink and tour the town.
Cozumel, we went to Passion island by power catamaran. We have done this excursion before and it never disappoints. Although the water was murky due to the hurricane, it was like bath water and we stayed in the water for 2.5 hours. Sadly you need more time at this location!
All in All we thought it was a great trip and the Fantasy was a fun little ship but we definitely do appreciate the larger ones more!