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Steve

Age: 44

Occupation:Travel Agent

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Fantasy

Sailing Date: May 22, 2006

Itinerary: Bahamas

Carnival Cruise Lines
Fantasy Cruise Review
Bahamas

Steve

First of all the Fantasy for being 16 years young is a great ship with a fantastic crew. Checking in is very easy just be patient with the lines. Most people come in on the bus from the Orlando Airport so you'll end up with lines. I really liked the porter at the bottom of the stairs with his had out for his tip while there are signs everywhere telling you tipping is not necessary. But so begins the journey.

Once on the ship, Carnival is learning to block off rooms until 1:30pm so no one is allowed down to them until they are ready. So, go to up to the Lido Deck get some great food, find a lounge chair, and enjoy your early afternoon. By 1:30pm our room was ready on the Empress Deck and we checked it out. Carnival has added a new comfy bed which is great. They also put a luggage cloth on your bed to protect the covers while unpacking, a nice feature. Most of you know about the muster drill? We had a couple of employees one doing mime during the talk and that helped it go by quicker with the hot sun and all.

We set sail and didn't look back. Tuesday is a full day at sea and formal night. Now I know Carnival has gone to resort casual but they are not enforcing the dress code at all. I saw shorts in the main dinning room on most nights except formal night. So that's too bad.

You arrive in Grand Turk on Wednesday. Carnival is the first cruise line to be serving this port so it's being built up as we speak. The shops are there but not full yet. Now, while saying that Jimmy Buffett's Margaretville is there and what a party. Take a look at it on his website. He has a 500,000 gallon pool that is about 4 feet deep with a swim up bar and lots of places to relax around it. If your into the underwater excursions this is your port. Just 1000 yards off the coast is a 3000 foot wall that just drops off into nothingness. All the sea life you want to see is here for a diver or snorkel. They offer a helmet dive where anyone can go about 30 feet down and walk on the ocean floor around beautiful coral and you won't even get your hair wet.

From there you sail to Half Moon Cay. This has been Carnival's sister company Holland American's private island and it is a wonderful stop. The island is beautiful. It's very kid friendly if the kids are coming along. There are misting booths along the walk way to cool down by. The staff comes ashore with you to continue to pamper you with great food and drinks on the beach. The water is cool with lots of sand in comparison with Grand Turk which has lots of coral, so be sure to wear your water shoes there. Shore excursions that are offered are horse back ridding along the beach and in the water, parasailing and snorkeling. There's more than you can imagine. It's a full beach day for you.

Then onto Nassau. We arrived on Friday with along with 5 other ships, over 10,000 people hitting the narrow streets of Nassau on one day. Again lot's of shore excursions. I took the water taxi over to Paradise Island ($6 roundtrip) and walked through the little village and marina of the Atlantis. You want to see how the big money is spent? Take a look at the Yachats here! You can walk through some of the Atlantis for free, shop in their shops and gamble in their casino. If you'd like to see the famous predator lagoon from under the water you can pay something like $25.00 per person, and walk through the tunnel and around the pools. The pools and beaches are off limits to you.

Back to the ship and out to sea.

I do not know much about the ship. You have a few lounges to listen to a band or dance in the disco each night. They offer the internet cafe and a wireless connection is available all at a price. I only made it to the casino once and saw a couple of shows in the main lounge, one being the comedy show. Besides that I sail to see some new ports such as Grand Turk and relax on the ship. I love to eat my breakfast and lunch on the aft of the ship in Windows on the Sea, but always eat suppers in the main dinning area. I just wish Carnival would enforce the dress code.

If your are tight on vacation time and with flying like me in on the day before, this is the perfect cruise. Go and enjoy the Fantasy and whatever you do, don't go by her age. We are only as old as we feel.
 

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