Carnival Fantasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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2 out of 5

decent but not spectacular

Sail Date: February 01, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Overall the ship was tidy but the decor was significantly outdated and you could see the wear and tear.  I'm not sure if something was wrong with the plumbing or if our room was maybe placed near the septic system but there was a constant smell of raw sewage in the hallway outside of our cabin.  Thankfully the smell was not in the room too. The comedians on the ship were great.  However, one of the entertainment options (the Cleopatra Room) was not open once during our trip so our only options were a dance club or karaoke.  Also, I'm not sure if this is the case on all cruise ships but I was shocked that smoking was allowed inside at most of the bars (and the casino which was more expected).  The designated smoking area at the outside bar was ok but on the final day of the trip most passengers stayed  inside due to the rougher and cooler conditions.  With all of the smokers smoking inside the ship it was impossible to escape the smell of smoke unless you were in a private dining room or your cabin.  The PA system on the ship was either broken or needed updating because we were unable to understand any of the announcements unless we were in our room to hear them.  And lastly I wish I had a picture of this but the deck crew was "fixing" one of the upper deck railings and after the attached the railing they wrapped both ends with white masking tape. I have no idea whether that was supposed to be a warning that it was not steady or secure or what - but it looked tacky and really unsafe.

Cabin / Stateroom
Inside the cabin was fine. Outside the cabin in the hallway it smelled like raw sewage.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarking was quite prompt even with the long lines. However, we opted for the "relaxed disembarkation" and were instructed to be at the Odyssey Lounge at 8:50am to depart the ship. At 8:00am the captain came on the loudspeaker and indicated that the luggage had passed through customs more quickly than expected and they were making a final call for all passengers to exit the ship. They continued to repeat this announcement with urgency. So our relaxed disembarking where we planned to have coffee and breakfast and exit - as previously instructed- by 8:50 turned into a rushed exit. When we ran by the cafe to grab a coffee or fruit on the way out everything had already been broken down. Because of the rushed and earlier than planned exit we had planned for our pick-up off the ship to come at 9:30. The temperature in Charleston was 41 degrees when we got off the ship and we had to wait 40 minutes outside in the cold for our ride since we exited the ship earlier than expected. It was a pretty frustrating and disappointing way to conclude our vacation.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
We went with the private island excursion and stingray encounter. It was clear that this island is owned by Carnival because the beverage options only offered bud and bud light :( Also the stingray encounter involved a group of 20 people standing in knee deep water while we touched a contained group of stingrays. The staff could barely get the stingrays to come over even after putting fish in the water. Clearly they had several other groups before our 11:30am group and the stingrays had been fed and eaten enough to not be interested in more food. Also the instructions from the staff were poor and it was overall unorganized.
Onboard Activities
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Food and Dining

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