Number of Cruises: First Cruise
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Fantasy
Sailing Date: June 10th, 2006
Carnival Cruise Lines
Fantasy Cruise Review
Boarding: pretty quick and easy but
filling in my "fun pass" online didn't seem to help. That informatio was lost.
Despite the "no tipping" signs, porter aggressively requested tips for taking our luggage.
Food: No complaints. Liked the formal dining room's food but felt a bit weird because our dining room had no windows and a low ceiling. The service was pretty quick. As soon as one course was finished, the servers brought the next. As for the buffets, they were pretty good too (Indian, Mexican, French, etc.). Made frequent use of the soft serve ice cream machine.
Atmosphere: the decor is definitely cheesy and outdated (orange hallways, etc.). Lido deck was usually very crowded so I had to resort to sitting on the topless deck just to get some space. Cabin was small but comfortable and clean. Not enough TV channels, but most people don't waste their vacation watching TV. Was not interested in going to any of the bars. I wish there were more shops on board for buying snacks. Could never understand any of the announcements made over the intercom system. They were always too quiet (compared to the ruckus) or the speaker spoke too quickly.
Service: cabin steward cleaned my room at least 2 or 3 times per day. She was very nice.
Price: super cheap, but then you're constantly being bombarded with messages suggesting you buy stuff or tip people.
Entertainment: $10 for bingo is too expensive. Was too tired to watch comedian or magic show at midnight. Game show was not very entertaining.Hate country music. Didn't really like the Broadway-style show.
Excursions: Grand Turk: there is not much on the island itself. It was nice to enjoy the beach. We did not go on an excursion this day and we never checked out the giant pool. Half Moon Cay: the ship couldn't stop here because it was too windy.
They automatically put $25 on everybody's
sign & sail card. Nassau: enjoyed Pearl Island snorkeling and stingray
adventure. Other than that Prince George Wharf was super crowded and boiling hot
so I did not have the mood to shop.
Debarkation: took a long time. I think we were on the last deck to get called to leave so it must have been a 1 or 2 hour wait.