You are going to have a great time.
We have sailed on the Fantasy 3 times since December and found it to be very safe for ladies. I am 53 and walk the ship all the time alone without any concern.
Hubby and I part ways after dinner because I do karaoke and he goes to the shows. He goes to bed early (around 11:30) and I don't usually get in until 2AM. I have never had a problem.
Of course, as with any situation, just use common sense. Any "big partiers" who are ladies should ALWAYS use the buddy system. Carnival employees are screened....but you never know who your cabin neighbor is. I walk around all the time alone...even at 2 AM but I am not a big drinker.
One good tip is that we bring our own insulated mugs with a TOP. Since I get up from the table to sing karaoke and must leave my drink unattended...the top helps deter anyone trying to slip something in it.
Do not worry about the ice tea. As a Southern gal, it is good. It does come UNSWEETENED and it is available 24 hours a day.
You will love Big Tex (he will be your cruise director) and Hennie "Papa Smurf" is the main Social Host (hopefully he will be promoted to Asst CD soon).
Hennie is a hoot!!!
They have a Mardi Gras pub crawl which we brought our own beads to that lit up. But they give you beads as well.
Milby will be in the piano bar. He is very nice.
Nicole "Nicky" will be your karaoke host. She is lots of fun.
Some other tips:
1. I bring $50 in one dollar tips to tip the free room service, tip the piano guy if I request a song, tip the porters with the luggage etc.
2. I make sure I have several $5 bills when I go into port so that I don't get a lot of Mexican money in change if I make a small purchase.
3. If you are on a 5 day and are going to Costa Maya, you can go into town or you can join the "hole in the fence" gang and go to Chac-Chi. There is also shopping and a salt water pool right at the dock.
4. Cozumel has a CarlosNCharlies, Senor Frog1/2 and a Margaritaville all within 3 blocks of each other right there at the port.
We always spend it as a beach day at Paradise Beach. Paradise Beach does not charge an entrance fee. Lounge chairs, tables, umbrellas, clean restrooms and changing rooms and the internet at the bar are all free. All they ask is that you eat/ drink there.
You can also purchase an OPTIONAL $9 wristband and enjoy their non-motorized toys like kayaks, snorkeling, iceberg, 2 water trampolines and floats. They also have lockers for rent if you need them and all kinds of independent (reliable) vendors around with jetskis, banana boat, parasailing, beach massages, etc. You can even climb a coconut tree!!
Paradise Beach is about $15 one way for a taxi of 4. And don't worry about getting back to the ship. There are more taxis than sand in Cozumel.
5. IMPORTANT - bring an extention cord. There is only ONE (can you believe it) ONE electrical outlet in the ENTIRE cabin.
6. Bring a few extra hangers if you like all your stuff hung up (like me) .
7. The cabins will have robes. If for some reason your cabin does not...just ask the cabin steward to bring you one.
8. They have soap and shampoo in the shower in dispensers. You will need to bring your own hair dryer.
9. They will give you beach towels to use on the ship and in port. DO NOT LOSE THEM...they are $22 each if you lose one. But at least you don't have to waste space packing that.
10. The casino and disco run the latest at night. When I walk past them at 2AM, they are still going strong.
11. You can charge gambling money on your Sail and Sign, but they do charge a surcharge...so if your folks like to gamble...have them bring cash to avoid that expense.
12. Sit close to the front during the shore talks...sometimes they throw freebies out into the audience.
13. In the formal dining room, you can order as much of what is on the menu as you would like. We usually get 2 appetizers. The hot soups are particularly good. If you want 2 lobsters and 3 desserts...go for it! ALSO, expressos and Cappicinos cost extra on the Promenade but are FREE in the formal dining room at night.
14. There is a gym and a sauna that is included. They are located in the Spa. The only things that cost extra in the spa are things that required HUMAN assistance (manicures, massages, facials, exercise classes) Ladies go on one side, men on the other. Walk right in and enjoy. Our guys really like the showers. It gives them an extra place to shower up which frees up our cabin shower. (I have 3 boys)
If you have any specific questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
One more tip~~ relax and have a GREAT cruise!!!