I was a skeptic, but I enjoyed it!
Carnival Fantasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Ship: Carnival Fantasy
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 10 years ago
This was my first cruise, and I was skeptical. I usually like quiet vacations or vacations involving museums, art, theater.... I thought the trip on the ship might be an exercise in poor taste.
Now, the decor IS gaudy. And I gave up drinking a few years back so i am not in to the "party hearty" thing these days, so that aspect did not appeal to me.
But what I found was that the cruise was PROFOUNDLY RELAXING. The gentle motion of the ship, the clean sea air, the beauty of the ocean and the sunsets. There's a lot to do, if you like, but you can also JUST RELAX. Plenty of quiet places to find on board, for reading or just watching the colors of the sea. My cabin, not an expensive one, was VERY comfortable- the bed in particular, with fine linens and a good duvet, was excellent.
The crew was very nice, and they do a great job. Really great. The food was between OK and really good- some of the dinner dishes were outstanding in preparation. Good variety, and lots of tasty lower-calorie "spa" type items that you can have if you like; vegetarian fare, too.
The ship is large enough so you can walk around and not feel cooped up, and some of the entertainment- the jazz trio, one of the comedians- was really first rate.
A TIP: cell calls from on board while at sea are $8 a minute, so unless it's an emergency avoid calling. And you'll pay for one minute for an incoming call even if you don't answer! However, if your phone or notebook supports GPRS, and you can send and receive text POP3 email, it will only cost about 5 cents per message (TEXT only- no photos! The data transfer cost is $15 per megabyte. It works out to about 5 cents for a typical 5k email.)
Cell phone text messaging is more expensive- around $1 each, so stick to POP3 email.
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Cons: Embarkation and debarkation - long lines; also hated the FLIGHT to get to the ship!