May 2017 - Carnival Fantasy to Caribbean - Western
Since I started this cruise with 197 nights, they granted me Diamond Level at the start of this cruise. I was surprised, because I had not noticed it on my Boarding Pass. The first night, the floor Supervisor stopped by to give me a letter; welcoming me to the Diamond Club along with a red leather Passport Holder and Luggage Tag ( high quality leather too ). The next day, at dinner the Matre' D stopped by and asked if we would like to join the Captain for brunch the next sea day. There was one other Diamond level onboard and she was there with her Mother. I was there with Dale, of course. There was the Captain, with two other Officers. Brunch was nice, but was really nice was being Fast Tracked off the ship at the end. We were off the ship and in our car by 9:30 AM ! They really know how to treat people well, once they hit this level. I know you don't just want to hear about this level, so about the cruise itself. I enjoyed the artificial grass up on the 13th floor, where the mini golf is. It seems strange to see grass, while looking at ocean all around. It has picnic tables and benches to sit on all around and hardly any people, even on sea days. So, we used that space to sit in the sun instead of by the pools where everyone else was. The ship has been redone, since the last time we were on it, some good and some bad. New bathrooms; they look nice, but there is hardly any storage now; just a real tiny area for tooth brushes. That's it. Cabin 611 has port holes. These port holes are set so far back into the ship that you have a huge area to put your "stuff" on. It's at least 4 feet wide and could make a play area for 2 kids easily. For some reason this ship did not have the same type of newer menu that the Miracle had in Feb. We had the same older one, but on Mother's Day paid the extra $20 each for lobster. Shouldn't have though; it came so burnt we could hardly cut through it. Out of the 8 people at our table, 6 had paid for lobster and all 6 had it arrive burnt to a crisp. Too bad. They gave all the Mother's flowers and offered lots of Mothers Day activities throughout the entire day ( spa, games, Mother/daughter things, etc. ). On our way down to Mobile, we stayed in Greenville, AL and stayed in a Comfort Inn right off of 65. Room 111, downstairs; right by the side door; perfect location for the hotel. Right by a Walmart, since we forgot a few items and also some restaurants were there too. We will definitely stay there the next time we use this port. Some people complained that getting on and off the ship was very unorganized; I'd say, I am just happy they reopened the port. The trip is short and a nice first time introduction to cruising or in our case, just needing to get away !