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Jill Meads

Age: 45

Occupation:Education Specialist

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Fantasy

Sailing Date: 2010-08-16

Itinerary: Bahamas

This was our first cruise and most of us enjoyed it. We didn't have any really bad experience while cruising. Embarkation and debarkation in Charleston, SC was very organized. It is a good idea to get to the port before the time that they give you. We were told to be there at 1:30, but arrived around 10:30. We were able to drop off our luggage and then only had to wait about 30 minutes before they started the line. Everyone was friendly and informative. We would probably cruise again, but on a different ship. There was not much to do on this ship.

The food was good, but nothing outstanding. They were always serving food somewhere on the ship, so you didn't go hungry. The tea was not good. Alcoholic beverages were quite expensive after adding the gratuity.

The stateroom is fine for 2 people. The bathroom is quite small. Room service was excellent!. Our room was cleaned and beds made shortly after we left our rooms and also turned down at night. We always had clean towels replensihed.
Other members of our group did have a problem with their room. When the room was booked, they were told that they would have a pull down bed or sofa type bed for the third person. When they arrived at their room, they only had a king size bed and the room was the same size as our room for 2 people. When they went to customer service, they told them that all rooms were full and that a bed would be made up in their room. This was a mattress on a frame about 2 inches from the floor and took up what little walking space that was in the room. When adding a third person to your stateroom, you should be told what this will consist of.

The shows were great! They did have some games and contest throughout the cruise. This boat has only one pool for more than 2000 people. We never even got close to the pool. We were able to cool off on the top deck where the waterworks are located. Other than that, there was not very much to do on this ship.

There was not a lot to do in Freeport. Some of the exursions were expensive. We ended up taking a taxi to the beach and shopping. It was $10 per person round trip. There were a variety of shops, restaurants and bars and the beach was a short walk across the street. The beach was really nice.
We all enjoyed Nassau. You had to walk about 15 minutes to the buses. We decided to do the Atlantis Aqua adventure, which was quite expensive....$170 per person. We all enjoyed this and wished we could stay a few days. There were water slides, rides, pools, aquarium, beaches, shopping, casino, etc. You may want to check at the main gate and see if you can get this cheaper than booking with Carnival. There are lots of shops located downtown by the bus stop. We explored some of these before walking back to the ship.

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