Carnival Fantasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
5

3 out of 5

Rather pay for things upfront rather than charges and fees on last day

Sail Date: July 08, 2016

Reviewed: 4 months ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

This is my 5th cruise with Carnival and I am noticing that quality is slipping away. The personnel were incredible...but the food was just ordinary.  I miss the days of the culinary displays and the Midnight Buffet- To see the craftsmanship of the culinary display was amazing.  I was shocked to see that soda was no longer free option for the kids...not even during meal time...The food in the buffet surpassed the sit down dinner service in flavor.  The shrimp cocktail was the size of shrimp salad shrimp and VERY disappointed that the culinary cuisine option was not indicative of the country or area....seriously NO Conch-it is the number one food in the Bahamas- yet we could not get it on the ship!!  Very disappointed in the fact that Spin classes were extra $$ and that the "Behind the Scenes" tour was so expensive....would have liked that as an option-The Arcade became an issue and I needed to close my daughters account-games are way to expensive at 1-2$ ....its entertainment with no reward...My Blue Pool towels were used the first day and not returned until the end of the second day-after we returned to the boat after an excursion-even thou I requested new ones-so we opted to buy towels in town.   I am glad that the gaming tables had $5 options and the Dealers took the time to teach the game and answer questions-However the Roulette number indicators were not operating and that caused a few arguments with some players and dealers-remove the defective number indicators to save your staff the aggravation of having to constantly explain the issue....Entertainment wise-Comedians were great-However when there is a Dance Party and games on deck---you need to get people more engaged...watching the gender war games was fun...but they only selected 10 people and there were so many others that wanted a chance to play...more interactive games for day at sea would be fun-not everyone likes to sit by the sidelines and watch....Suggestion- mini golf tournament....waterslide races...even a Limbo contest poolside...simply put...a day at sea became boring because there was no interactive activities....Fantasy has a great little stage area on deck that is totally underutilized..... NO WAY should gratuities be charges per person  on boat...per room I understand--- mandatory gratuities should just be factored into the cost of the ships sale price.....I rather pay extra 35 per night upfront than get charged on my credit card on last day.  I have another Carnival cruise in August-5 day...hoping the issues I had on this cruise are not systematic on all ships....already plan on cutting my excursions because of the gratuities charges...and packing my own crystal light  flavor packets since only drink options are ice tea and lemonade..Not every one enjoys getting liquored up and blasted-with empty calories on vacation

Cabin / Stateroom
no complaints- very standard- comfy beds and great soft sheets
Children's Programs
age 12-commented-she wish there was some sort of token to collect for participating in different activities ..went to other resort and collected bead of color for doing activity-if you collect 5 beads you received a friendship bracelet for free rather than paying fee for making bracelet..kids like to collect items
Entertainment
Last day at sea was boring...raising money for charity was nice but there was no dance party to celebrate-no clue how much was raised. Hairy chest contest dragged on-NO group participation games not even a poolside limbo...you have water racing slides but no races....maybe kids camp does something but not every kid wants to be ditched at kids camp....my daughter made several friends on board and they even said there should be at least a mini gold tournament to encourage usage of the area and only 10 people can play gender wars...when there were so many others that wanted to participate not just watch
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
NO CONCH-and it is primary food in region-Shrimp cocktail was size of salad shrimp...choc melting cake was very good...meat selection during dinner was always overdone--dry...Servers were awesome .....NO Midnight buffet--no culinary displays-fancy cut fruit and veggies-decorations-
Miami, Florida
plan a later flight and enjoy an excursions---Uber is cheaper than shuttle back to airport
Nassau, Bahamas
souvenirs shops close before 7...can not go shopping after dinner when in port

Tip

Pack light - no need to over pack- carry on luggage that you can carry yourself-To many people fumble around with luggage....UBER is cheaper than shuttle transports to and from cruise terminal...



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