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Carnival Cruise Lines: Carnival Fantasy

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Carnival Fantasy Review

The ship that kicked off Carnival’s first ambitious new ship class, Carnival Fantasy was introduced in 1990. Now considered midsize ships, the Fantasy-class sister ships continue to be some of the line’s most popular. Carnival Fantasy has received numerous upgrades throughout her tenure, including the secluded, adults-only Serenity Deck, but there is no word at this writing on when the ship will be updated to feature Carnival’s "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades. Carnival Fantasy departs from her home port in Charleston, South Carolina, on year-round five-night cruises to the Bahamas.

Bathed in fiber-optic light, glitzy Fantasy-class interiors added expansive six-deck atriums and a new dimension to the original superliner concept. To keep the fun going, these ships offer an almost wearying assortment of places to have a good time. As times and tastes have changed, the ships have evolved as well, with new lobby bars, dedicated club spaces for teens and tweens, miniature golf, and Internet centers. Even newer are Carnival’s WaterWorks water park and the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, which increase the appeal of the older Fantasy-class vessels.

Only one level below the Lido deck, the indoor promenade connects major public rooms on a single deck, with only formal dining rooms, shops, and other small spaces one deck below. Large in size and ideal for a short itinerary, these ships have sprawling outdoor pool and sunning areas, but they can feel cramped when sailing at maximum capacity. Cabins provide calm oases from sensory overload. With the exception of Carnival Sensation, Carnival Fascination, and Carnival Ecstasy, to which balconies were added to existing cabins, you'll have to book a suite if you want the solitude of a private balcony.

The world's largest cruise line originated the Fun Ship concept in 1972 with the relaunch of an aging ocean liner, which got stuck on a sandbar during its maiden voyage. In true entrepreneurial spirit, founder Ted Arison shrugged off an inauspicious beginning to introduce superliners a decade later. Sporting red-white-and-blue flared funnels, which are easily recognized from afar, new ships are continuously added to the fleet and rarely deviate from a successful pattern. If you find something you like on one vessel, you're likely to find something similar on another.

Each vessel features themed public rooms, ranging from ancient Egypt to futuristic motifs, although many of those elements are being replaced with a more tropical decor as older ships are upgraded. Carnival is also introducing features either branded by the line itself, such as the poolside Blue Iguana Tequila Bar with an adjacent burrito cantina and the Red Frog Rum Bar that also serves Carnival’s own brand of Thirsty Frog Red beer, or in partnership with well known brands, such as EA SPORTS to create EA SPORTS Bars at sea and Guy’s Burger Joint, in partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri. Implementation of the new features is scheduled for completion in 2015.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • Central atriums are stunning when sunlight streams in through skylights
  • Surprisingly large libraries are ideal retreats for reading or playing board games
  • Freshly made pizza and calzones are available around the clock

Cons

  • Despite upgrades, the decor is still pretty gaudy
  • These are ships designed for partying, so quiet spots can be difficult to find
  • Sushi bars earn high marks for their complimentary creations, but sake costs extra
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 920
  • Entered Service 1990
  • Gross Tons 70,367
  • Length 855 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,028
  • Passenger Capacity 2,056 (2,610 max)
  • Width 103 feet
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Jan 28, 2017

Review of Carnival Fantasy

Gina Mckenzie Age: 51 Occupation:Clerical Number of Cruises: 3 Cruise Line: Carnival Ship: Carnival Fantasy Sailing Date: 2016-12-3 Itinerary: Mexico Staff was fantastic very friendly. Dana aka Mr D. from China made me feel like a princess. Dewan always happy to great me. He had remembered me from previous cruise different ship a year ago pretty impressive. Food was ok. Service great. Had Mr Herman this time was a very pleasant man. Saw Drago who

was previous server on other ship a year ago he also remembered me and gave me biggest hug.I am a hugger. Room and bathroom kinda small loud because rite across from employee entrance. My room steward Johnny deserve a raise for cleaning up after my nasty travel companies. They did the best they could Shows were ok this ship is more geared to party people Did find some relaxation. Mr D never left me empty handed. Best Mango drinks ever.Mr Shancho Mr Sanchos was a wonderful experience good food. Drinks were ok but for price everything was fine.

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Dec 9, 2016

Mexico

Staff was fantastic very friendly. Dana aka Mr D. from China made me feel like a princess. Dewan always happy to great me. He had remembered me from previous cruise different ship a year ago pretty impressive. Food was ok. Service great. Had Mr Herman this time was a very pleasant man. Saw Drago who was previous server on other ship a year ago he also remembered me and gave me biggest hug.I am a hugger. Room and bathroom kinda small

loud because rite across from employee entrance. My room steward Johnny deserve a raise for cleaning up after my nasty travel companies. They did the best they could Shows were ok this ship is more geared to party people Did find some relaxation. Mr D never left me empty handed. Best Mango drinks ever.Mr Shancho Mr Sanchos was a wonderful experience good food. Drinks were ok but for price everything was fine.

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Dec 31, 2015

Bahamas

This was my very first cruise, and I was well aware that Carnival is considered the low end of cruise lines. Carnival was chosen given the convenience (driving distance to charleston) and the price was unbelievably low for a 5 day cruise. The cabin was not nearly as small and horrible as I had expected and the staff was warm and helpful throughout the cruise. However, the food was below average at best, very little entertainment, and the ports deplorable.

Everything I have ever heard about cruises was how fabulous the food is. Carnival Fantasy was horrible. We had reservations for the main dining room each night. Nothing was ever good. Prime rib one night converted to chateaubriand the next, beef tenderloin was stroganoff the following nite, etc. Every night there appeared to be leftovers as an entree. The buffets were full of outright gross dishes day after day. The only food available all the time was pizza and a deli. Pizza not bad and had a line waiting to get it all of the time. Deli was terrible. The room was fine. Small of course but clean. Lame. Comedy Club had 2 acts and they were only 30 minutes each at totally separate times, and the same act each time. Casino is only there to take your money. Lack of other entertainment coerced us to gambling and not one time in five nights did I see/hear anyone win a jackpot. Definitely pass on the "private beach" excursion in Nassau. Small crowded beach with one grossly over priced option for lunch. I would not recommend a Carnival cruise to anyone.

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Apr 9, 2015

Charleston to Bahamas

Lame forgettable cruise on worn out antiquated ship. Cruise is basically a 120 hour relentless sales pitch. Advice: bring your Dramamine and keep an eye on the ships accounting dept. Check you balance every day. They're quite tricky. Bon voyage Carnival. Heading back to the sweet awesomeness of RCI Oasis class! Not bad. Dining service is great. Carnival. Unattractive. One electric outlet? Really? Lacking. Live shows are

silly. Avoid the Nautical Snorkel trip. Treated like cattle. Bus 40 minutes late for dock pickup. Bus driver drives like drunken maniac. More waiting in the sun at the marina. Excursion duration is about half of the advertised time. Catamaran is a poorly maintained, filthy piece of junk. 30-40 ppl herded onto a boat suited for 10-12 passengers. Done.

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Jun 9, 2014

Bahamas

We took this cruise as it was close to home and it was our 30th wedding anniversary. We had gone to Nassau for our honeymoon so thought it would be nice to go back. This ship needs help! The crew on this ship needs help! Terrible service at dinner, food came out cold after waiting. Plus when we got to Charleston sat in the car an hour as it was raining and they couldn't unload bags from your car... hello - you have been going out of this port

for 4 years and you don't know it rains there. No entertainment worth seeing, no upholding the "dress" code at dinner - love going to dinner and seeing people come in dressed like they are going to work in their yard. This was not a good experience - and then when all the "fun" was over slow going getting off the ship. We should have used the self get off instead of putting bags out the night before - it was almost 2 hours from getting off the ship until we were at the car. They had 2 shuttle buses taking people to the parking garage - again, how long have you been doing this Carnival?? Will not do this again! I realize Carnival Corp. owns several cruise lines that offer wonderful service - and these have spoiled us - Not very tasty food - the self serve soft ice cream was great tho! Stateroom was nice - we had an inside - had a wonderful room steward - she always greeted us by name If you like hairy chest contests guess then you would like onboard activities.

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