Not Exactly My Cup of Tea
Carnival Fantasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Sail Date: December 30, 2011
Ship: Carnival Fantasy
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
Review SummaryThis being our first cruise, we were not sure what to expect. It seemed to be driven more towards family activities and not so much for young couples/singles, which is fine and totally understandable, just not where we are in life.
There seemed to be a lot of options for activities, none that interested me but that is not the Fantasy's fault. I think it would be nice to see an itinerary in advance of what will be going on so you have a better idea of what to expect or be prepared for. I did try to branch out and attend a couple of the shows, but they were always packed which indicated that you need to get there super early to be able to get in, which seemed to always conflict with my dining time.
There were 1000 children in attendance on our cruise, which was surprising bc I never really saw that many children, so that would be a positive. However, there were many times you could tell there was a large amount of people on board for examples: attending a show, getting a lounge chair on deck, finding a seat in the buffet/lunch dining area, moving around the atrium. Not a big fan of the over crowded feeling I got in those situations.
To purchase anything extra like excursions, bottled water, a massage or cocktails were overly expensive, but the drinks were always yummy!
I loved the dinner atmosphere and made good friends with our fellow dinner guest. It was always a good time. We were told that since this was our honeymoon, they would be doing something special for us during the second night at dinner, but that never happened :(
It was nice to port and have time to do excursions and see the Bahamas, but when it came to return, it was a nightmare getting back on the boat, that was the same as when we were departing the cruise, a complete disaster with so much disorganization!
Overall, I did enjoy this experience and may try a cruise again and definitely think it would be fun for when we have a family.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
The only time I would say I experience the above and beyond was at dinner the last night.
Our stateroom steward was awesome. He made the cutest animals and was on top of keeping our room in order. He was also very honest and trustworthy, one instance was when my husband had left his Ipod and a couple hundred of dollars in chips out before heading to dinner (not his smartest move),the steward had attended to our room for turn down and had laid his i pod on the table and all the chips were still there! It was very reassuring that our stuff wasn't being gone through or taken, which is always a fear of staying place!
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: The overall experience. Enjoyed the getaway
Cons: The over crowded feel.