Carnival Fantasy overview
Carnival Fantasy debuted in 1990 making it the oldest ship in the Carnival Fleet. It was most recently refurbished in January 2019. Big updates came in 2016 with Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades focused on dining, entertainment, and public venues. Onboard you’ll find great areas for splashing and soaking up the sun with the WaterWorks aqua park and great pool areas. Popular dining venues and bars include the RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, and fan-favorite poolside eatery Guy’s Burger Joint.
Traditionally, Carnival ships are perfect for families with kids, and Carnival Fantasy is no exception with exciting Dr. Seuss-themed activities like a parade, storytime, and a character breakfast bring kids’ favorite Seuss books to life. Camp Ocean provides age-appropriate activities for ages 2-11 while teens can hang out Club O2 and Circle “C”. For adults looking to have a more peaceful experience, the adults-only Serenity Retreat is the perfect spot. Parents can experience the nightlife thanks to Night Owls, where kids 11 and under can have fun with others their age until 1 am.
In 2018 and 2019, Fantasy won our Cruiseline.com Members’ Choice Award for Most Improved Ship. This is likely due to the 2016 dry dock as well as excellent service and an expanded lineup of dining options.
Carnival Fantasy cruises leave from Mobile, Alabama and is currently the only ship-based at that cruise port. It's a convenient option for those that live in that region. She sails 2 to 5-day cruises to the western Caribbean, as well as longer “Carnival Journeys” voyages through the Panama Canal.
Before you book
Why sail? This ship is perfect for families with children young and old. It can also be great for couples who don’t mind sailing on an older ship without all the bells and whistles of new ships. Fantasy is a good option for first-time cruisers who feel overwhelmed by the thought of a mega-ship allowing them and prefer to dip their toes into cruising on a smaller, more laid-back vessel.
What to consider: There is only one swimming pool and no specialty dining options aside from the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast and Chef’s Table experience.
What is there to do on Carnival Fantasy?
There are a number of top-deck activities that the whole family will love. Carnival Fantasy has 3 swimming pools and 6 jacuzzis, but the outdoor fun doesn't end there. She also features the WaterWorks aqua park with water slides, a tipping bucket, and sprayers.
Kids will love the Dr. Seuss-themed activities and parade as part of Carnival’s Seuss at Sea programming. Kids also have their very own youth clubs in Camp Ocean with games and crafts and the Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea. Towel Animal Theater is also available on Fantasy, where passengers can learn how cabin stewards make the cuddly creatures. Families can come together for Hasbro, The Game Show where board games come to life on stage. Other entertainment options include Playlist Productions' main theater shows and deck parties. Comedy shows are on display in the Punchliner Comedy Club, where there’s an early family show and then a late-night performance for adults only.
There are several other features around the ship just for adults. Head to the adults-only Serenity Retreat for some time away from the kids, and the spa with a thermal suite, massages, and treatments. The RedFrog Rum Bar is a great place to grab a drink. At BlueIguana Tequila Bar you can kick back with a cold cocktail. The piano bar is always open for requests. The casino features slot machines and table games among many other favorites.
Carnival Fantasy ship highlights
- Guy’s Burger Joint
- WaterWorks aqua park
- BlueIguana Tequila Bar
- RedFrog Rum Bar
- Seuss at Sea
- Serenity adults-only retreat
- BlueIguana Cantina poolside burrito and taco venue
Carnival Fantasy cabins
Since Fantasy is an older ship, you won’t find the vast array of stateroom categories onboard that you’d see on a modern mega-ship. Cabins on Carnival Fantasy include interior, oceanview, and suite staterooms with balconies. Those who book an interior category can choose from two options. There's a true interior cabin, or one with a porthole which is also considered interior, and an excellent value. If you want a suite, there are both junior and grand suites to choose from.
Carnival Fantasy dining
Carnival Fantasy has two main dining rooms which are Celebration and Jubilee. They are located on deck 8. Both sport warm neutral tones, wooden chairs, and the same menu. Those sailing on Fantasy can choose from Your Time Dining or traditional early and late seating, which are at 6 and 8:15 pm. Tables are set up for two to eight passengers.
The only specialty dining on the ship includes the unique Chef’s Table experience. But, there are also steakhouse selections on the main dining dinner menu. These are available for an extra cost. The ship’s lido buffet is called Windows by the Sea and consists of food stations like Italian, the grill, salad bar, and dessert spot. The complimentary venues are the popular poolside Guy’s Burger Joint and BlueIguana Cantina. There is also a Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss-inspired breakfast on one morning during the cruise for an additional charge.