Number of Cruises: First Cruise
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Fantasy
Sailing Date: June 12th, 2005
This was my husband and I first cruise. We had to fly into Orlando, Florida the day before which was a good idea, due to the weather. The shuttle bus ride was fun and the bus driver was very helpful with making sure our paperwork and things where filled out correctly. Sorry I can not remember his name. Getting on the ship was a breeze. Our first stop was Freeport, Bahamas. We shared a taxi ride with another couple to the international bazaar. Not what I read in the books. The ride there was not pretty. Then when we get there, there was this lady screaming welcome to International Bazaar all day long. It was not nice to shop there, maybe because they have not rebuilt from the hurricane's in 2004. Not much good stuff to say about Freeport. The Taxi driver where very rude! Oh I met this couple and all I can say is do not be late getting back to the ship before it sails to the next port.
The cruise was fun. I mean this was our first cruise we partied till the sun came up. The food was ok, every one was helpful if we had any questions.
My husband won about 400.00 dollars in the casino, he never wins. I got a message on the first night of the cruise that was great! I got a discount some first night special. The Fantasy ship was full all rooms taken, so one thing I did not like is that there was not enough seats in the shade to eat or sit by the pool. The ship was very clean our room was great, there where lots of entertainment on board but me any my husband loved DJ Sugar in club 21. She kept the top 20 hits playing all night long. The crew did the basic to get through the cruise. I do not remember any one's name on an special things they did for us. Next we where in Nassau, Bahamas. We had a really nice time there and the taxi service driver was really educated on the city and even took us for a mini tour through the Atlantis hotel. It is very nice there, I think we will try to go there and stay there for a couple of days. 25 dollars a couple-good deal. We saw all of Nassau. From what he said he took us by Oprah's and Michael Jackson beach home. I would wait till you get off the ship to go on a excursion. Check the prices. To disembark was a breeze. I had read many cruise cruise reviews and they where all bad about the disembark process. You should just sit back and wait for a while enjoy some breakfast. When they say it ok to leave the ship every one runs to line up and that is why they have to wait so long.
All in all I was very please with my first cruise experience. It is as fun as you make it.