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Old 01-24-2011, 03:22 PM
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Personally my favorite Carnival ships by design are the Spirit class. However I finally cruised on a Fantasy class ship last summer (Elation) and was really pleased with the cruise overall.

As I've always said - the crew makes or breaks the cruise. We did 5 cruises on the Holiday and they were all great even though it was an old "quaint" ship, but the crew was exceptional.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:12 PM
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I agree. My cruises on the Holiday were made great because of the exceptional crew. I heard from the crew that the ship attracted the best of the best because it had larger crew cabins than the rest of the ships.

This last cruise on the Fantasy was one of my best if not the best because of the crew being so nice to me. You know they all talk about the new passengers in the crew mess and bar. I can't help but to think that Edward (long time crew friend) told them to be extra nice to the red headed guy with a platinum card. They all surely were. I was practically treated like Carnival royalty by the bartenders and the casino staff. Even the Cabin Steward went above and beyond normal with service. Having the Cruise Director take the time to personally say hi to me and chat topped it off. The staff and crew definitely can make a cruise.

I had enough money budgeted to go on the Dream. Instead I am going back on the Fantasy.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:54 PM
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I totally agree with you. the crew can make a good cruise great. The Holiday was absolutely the best crew. The Dream was a big ship but just an ok crew. I wont cruise the Dream again it was just too big. looking forward to the Fascination next week.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:33 AM
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I loved the Valor and the itinerary. We went to Roatan, Belize, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Great itinerary, great ship!
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