CARNIVAL FANTASY SHIP REVIEW
By Jen Campbell
The summer of 2013 we took a cruise with our family including a few relatives on board the Carnival Fantasy, out of Charleston, SC and headed to both Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas. We had an enjoyable time with so much to do!
The ship was colorful, but yet with a laid back, chilled vibe. As with most cruise lines, chairs near the pool come at a premium! Activities were plentiful! We enjoyed high tea one afternoon complete with cucumber sandwiches, wonderful hot tea and delicious desserts. The day was filled with tons of contests, shows and events. They had dancing near the pool, dance parties, 2 water slides, shows, great entertainment in the main theater, a nice fitness facility (although I didn’t dare step inside….well, because…I was on vacation!, adult-only spot to relax in hot tubs and sun bathe, ping-pong, a few shopping avenues, numerous bars and night clubs and yummy FOOD! No meals were ever a disappointment us, whether it came from the main dining room, or via the popular buffet, it was always delicious! One thing that disappointed us, we’d read that they had sushi on board, when we went to the location they served it, we were told they had discontinued this! We were quite disappointed to hear this as we’d had our heart set on sushi.
The service while on board Fantasy was pretty decent! We had a nice staff serve us daily and had no concerns or qualms while on board. Our room was kept tidy and neat each day.
On our 5 night voyage on board Carnival’s Fantasy Ship, they had 1 formal night. The rest were called resort casual (tropical sundresses, khakis and soft collared shirts for the guys). On the formal nights many wore dress jackets and ties, and even some women wore a beaded gown, although cocktail dresses seemed to be the norm. During the day the dress code is super casual is totally cool, most wore bathing suits, cover-ups and shoes when indoors.
Gratuities on Carnival’s Fantasy Ship will run you $12 per person per day. You can even pre-pay these prior to your cruise, which is something I love to do before all my cruises! Don’t forget, a 15% gratuity is automatically added to any bar tabs.
Drink packages are available on Fantasy too, so we did soda passes for my spouse and 2 children, as it seemed cheaper this way. The price of the drink packages vary depending upon your drinking preference.
I have a Carnival cruise planned this month on the Carnival Victory, I’ll be sure to share with you my thoughts when we return!
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