March 2016 - Carnival Fantasy to Caribbean - Western
First of all the staff on the ship were awesome - we met many wonderful folks. The guy who took care of our stateroom was amazing, Met us the first day when we boarded, asked our names and never forgot them. Always greeted us with a cheery hello. Wait staff was great. Even tho it was our kids spring break we didn't realize it would be quite so party focused. More than half the cruise was college age kids that took advantage of the cheers program. Too bad that you have to go to the bars to utilize your bottomless bubbles, my kids sometimes had to wait 15 minutes just to get a soda. Total waste of money to buy that, especially since they provide ice tea and lemonade free around the clock. Also make sure you check out your ships anemities based on what you want to do. Our kids wanted to swim but only one pool and it was constantly surrounded with the college kids sitting around the pool one leg in drink in hand. And every hot tub that was on the cruise was 21+. Boat definitely catered to the 21-28 year old crowd. Extras on fantasy weren't that great. I've heard of other Carnival ships having movies around pool at night, sports court, this ship didn't have any of that. mini golf on top was fun but pretty basic. Waterslide was fun but didn't go down into a pool.
All in all staff are what made the experience great, I'd definitely research more next time. Cruise line to see if focus is party and drinking, find out what ship has to offer, pools, extras, etc.