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Age: 44


Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Fantasy

Sailing Date: 2011-07-1

Itinerary: Bahamas

Its their oldest ship, but well maintained. The experience was overall positive, but the food left much to be desired. Perhaps its not fair to compare to other cruise lines that cost more, but I was very excited to get off the ship and go to McDonalds. The service was good, the women smiled, the men rarely did, with the exception being our steward and waiter. They seem to be very greedy. $20 for 3 bingo cards for one game? They should be doing that at break even, not trying to nickel and dime us to death.

The food was mediocre most of the time, exceptional very rarely. The selection and flavor of the buffet lines for lunch and dinner were mediocre. Breakfast was as good as you can expect, I don't expect much there since its hard to do better than fresh eggs and bacon. But lunch and dinner I would expect more than just a few selections. I can't say I would do much better serving 2663 people, but I've had better on other cruises.

They will sell you a $30 "endless bubbles" card for sodas, but you have to go to the bar each time, at which time they will pour out half a can of whatever that has been sitting there. Those guys never smiled, they looked bored. I probably got 30 sodas, so I figure I paid $2 a can. You would think they would have soda dispensers at the bar instead of cans, right?

Very nice. We were on the Veranda with a balcony so we had some of the best rooms. Balcony VERY tight, but you still got to see the ocean roll by.

AC worked very well, too well in my kids "inside" room across the hall. They couldn't turn their AC down below a certain minimum level and they froze the whole time.

Decent if you can get a chair. Some people grab a chair and put their towel on it and leave it there for HOURS. Technically the crew should remove them after 30 minutes of non-use but they don't. Some people go to the Serenity deck (back) and reserve their chair at 6am!!!! They then go to bed and come out at 9 expecting their chair.

The shows were decent, the comedy was very funny, but done in a small venue. I had to sit on the floor.

Excursions where nice, but expensive. If you do the dolphin encounter in Atlantis, please know they will charge you $70 for two 5x7's, or $120 for a download of all the pictures. Bring a friend that stays on shore with a good zoom lens and take pictures. Most of the "encounter" activities are you posing with the dolphin to pay for pictures later. A travesty, especially when you figure 4 of you will pay a combined $1K in fees. Their water park was fun.

Snorkeling was fun, but practice snorkeling beforehand. It took me 10 minutes to get out of "panic mode" breathing under water.

- 2 days at sea, normal cruise kind of stuff. - Half day at Grand Turk which was a non-event unless you want to buy gold or diamonds. Not much local traders there. Nice beach though. - Next day at Half Moon Cay (pronounced "key"). Private island, nice water, good snorkeling. - Nassau was nice, Atlantis mostly. Very expensive.

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