April 2016 - Carnival Fantasy to Caribbean - Western
This was our 7th cruise our 1st with carnival. We were nervous based on reviews, but we were pleasantly surprised. We have cruised RCCL, NCL, CCL and Disney. Just so you can gauge what we are comparing it to. Disney comes in #1 for us and NCL is the bottom of our list. We knew going in it was an older ship, yes you can see wear on it, but it didn't hinder our vacation or ruin anything(I'm pretty picky too) it was clean! Dinner I was worried about based on previous reviews and they outdid themselves with what we ordered.. Loved the food in the dining room. We only ate at the buffet for breakfast 1x another at cantina had breakfast burritos and they were fresh and delishish and just did omlettes the other times. Guys burgers is awesome you will not find a better burger on deck anywhere that I know of. The fries were just as good!! My only minor issues were in design issues of the ship trying to get here from there kind of thing and not being able to, no access, felt like I was going in circles. Also, I am a "traditional" cruiser I like going to dinner and a show in the main theater, the shows were mediocre. Although the punchliner Comedy Club was fabulous! I found activities to be sparse at times especially the evening in port. I wish they had some of the more traditional games like newlywed game etc.. Games on board usually I'm used to having to make choices on which I would want to go to more this was not the case, again a minor issue I still had fun! Over all the staff was wonderful from embarkation to dining, cabin steward, to disembarkation the food was the biggest surprise for me as to how much I enjoyed it. This trip was a test to see if we would bring the family for a week + vacation with carnival and without a doubt we would not hesitate to go Carnival again. No more of a party ship than any other line that I have been on. Loved it!