Hey AL...you were on the cruise with us!!
Yes, sadly Carnival goofed on this one.
We sailed on the Fantasy 3 times last year and she was "tired" then. We were looking forward to seeing her all "new and fresh".
She is not.
We just sailed on the Imagination after her drydock in January and she was PERFECT (ok the deli wasn't finished ...but everything else was great)....
so we were very disappointed to board the Fantasy and see her in this condition.
Now the GOOD NEWS....
our second cruise was MUCH better than the first one. 99% of the complaints from the first cruise were very valid and those cruisers deserve some kind of acknowledgement for what they had to settle for.
The next cruise will be even better.... until things are normal again.
Carnival made 2 mistakes....they did not take the Fantasy to the East Coast where they did the Inspiration and Imagination. Those two ships came out with only needing some "tweaking". Secondly, they brought the Fantasy out of drydock 2 weeks to early. I don't think they should have cancelled our cruise....but I definately think (especially on that first cruise) Carnival should have been shelling our some serious onboard credit AND smaller future discounts.
The Fantasy came out "undone" and that is unacceptable.
Fortunately for us....the areas that were not completed were not areas that we used....so we were not affected.
We had a BLAST!!!!!!!
Yes, there was a "whiff" of sewage smell in the forward elevator area on all levels. But we were on Upper AFT and did not have any odor back there.
The ladies steam room was not operating at all the times I tried to use it and the Ladies Sauna was only marginal. (I steam my vocal chords daily since I sing in karaoke every night.) But that is the only thing that "affected" us at all. Not a big deal.
It was more of a disappointment...because we saw how beautiful the Imagination looked after her drydock. We were expecting the same thing on the Fantasy. Our cabin had not been redone yet and there was a huge tear in the carpet. This did not affect our cruise as all...it just simply something that you would not expect to see on a ship that was supposedly just redone.
Staff and crew were great.
Karaoke ROCKED!!! I live in karaoke. The karaoke host was suppose to be a friend of him Rozwin....but the karaoke gods pulled a trick on me. Rozwin was getting on the ship as as we got off the ship.
The good news is that Kim (the karaoke host) is a guy that is VERY BEST FRIENDS...with one of my VERY BEST CRUISE FRIENDS. So it was neat to get to sail with him and catch up on Emme and stuff that is going on with her.
Kim (karaoke host) ROCKED. We partied like brother and sister and had a BLAST!!!
Karaoke was 5 hours every night after the first night...so anyone who knows me...knows I was in HEAVEN!!!!
The bottom line is that we had a great time. We were fortunate not to be affected....but there were many who were and their complaints are valid and should be addressed properly.