The "Basic Design" of the Fantasy Class is much older that 20 years. It is an evolution of the original Tropicale design, which was Carnival's first ever custom built cruise ship. This design was later refined into the Holiday Class and then the Fantasy Class - much like the original Carnival Destiny morphed into the Triumph, Conquest, Splendor and Dream Classes.
That being said, there are a few things I like about the Fantasy Class - the biggest is that they do not mix up the entertainment decks. The Fantasy Class has 4 decks of cabins, then on top of that you have the restaurants, promenade, lido and sports decks.
Booking a Verandah suite is on my Bucket List. My wife and I booked one on the Imagination for our honeymoon, but Hurricane Wilma wrecked the schedule and we had to rebook in a regular cabin in the Fascination.
Last edited by PC GUY; 10-01-2013 at 08:09 PM.