1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Just got back on 11/22/2018. Had a good time on our cruise, but my wife and I usually have a good time together. Embarkation was fast and painless. The crew was great. Service all around was very good. Our room was fine. Had an ... Read More
Just got back on 11/22/2018. Had a good time on our cruise, but my wife and I usually have a good time together. Embarkation was fast and painless. The crew was great. Service all around was very good. Our room was fine. Had an ocean view. Room steward was very good. Food was below average to average. We had cruised on the Breeze in 2017 and the food on the Fantasy this time around was noticeably worse. The MDR staff was very good, but the food was very average. Some sauces that should have been hot were room temperature. To top it off, we ate buffet the last night for dinner and I got food poisoning. Horrible experience. We don't do a lot of the shows so I can't really say much about entertainment. Progreso was fine, but not touristy. We knew that going in and had no issues with it. Cozumel was great. We snorkeled. I don't know if these negatives are just the Fantasy or the Carnival fleet as a whole. I'm assuming the newer ships, like the Breeze, are better experiences. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We traveled on Carnival Fantasy because of its being located in our hometown. Its convenience is perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise of November 11, 2018. We traveled with some of our grown children and had a lovely time. ... Read More
We traveled on Carnival Fantasy because of its being located in our hometown. Its convenience is perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise of November 11, 2018. We traveled with some of our grown children and had a lovely time. Our room steward, ELFREDA, kept our room clean and comfortable, and supplied us with all we needed. She was friendly and caring in all she did. Our dining room team at Station 230 of ALVIN OGAO ESGUERRA, I NYOMAN SUARSA and FNU MATILDA LALREMDIKI, was friendly and efficient. They quickly recognized our individual preferences as they took our orders and served us. They kept up with and supplied us with what we needed during our meals. As usual, the meals were delicious, especially that wonderful chocolate melting cake. I enjoyed the craft activities provided, especially the picture frame. We thoroughly enjoyed the Magic Show and had a good time both nights with the two Musicals. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This cruise was our 3rd for the year. Spent a total of 17 days at sea in 2018. We chose this cruise out of Mobile AL(really clean nice city) due to the deal we received on the tickets. Embarkation was extremely well organized and took ... Read More
This cruise was our 3rd for the year. Spent a total of 17 days at sea in 2018. We chose this cruise out of Mobile AL(really clean nice city) due to the deal we received on the tickets. Embarkation was extremely well organized and took under 25 mins(from arrival to the ship). Check in window was 12:00-1230. We are not Diamond Card holders nor did we pay for Faster to Fun. Need to mention our Sign and Sail cards were in an envelope at our cabin. They were not issued during check in. That was a 1st for us. Seemed to speed things up so wooo hooo! Once upon the ship we went up to the Lido deck for lunch. Our cabin was ready by 1:30. The cabin was clean and well maintained. Hats off to Kamong!!! We were located in the very front of the ship on the 7th floor. Our room was right next to crew access/linen cart area. So for all hrs of the day and night we constantly heard doors closing and the rumbling of carts. The TV picture quality reminded me of when our moms vacuumed or used the mixer in the 80s. We only watched TV late in the evening before bed. So no biggie. Breakfast on the Lido deck each morning was the same food. No variation at all(the exact same tired 2 flavored danish blueberry and lemon). The food even in the Jubilee dining room was low quality as well. The menu offered 4 dessert options but in reality there were only 2. The only time the desserts were anything better than lackluster was the last day at sea during the Chocolate Extravaganza. Guy Fieri's Burger Joint, Pirate Pizza, and the Blue Iguana Cantina were delicious at all times. All in all this ship was clean and well kept despite it’s age. Marty our cruise director did an adequate job of keeping everyone informed of each day’s happenings. Our cruise included two ports: Costa Maya and Cozumel. At Costa Maya we surprisingly enjoyed the tourist area immediately off the ship; their was a decent variety of gift stores and several entertainers that brought a small bit of culture to our trip. As our trip straddled the Day of the Dead celebrations, costumes and decorations were everywhere, as well as traditional treats to eat. At the Costa Maya shopping village we were also treated to the Voladores, essentially a Mayan ritual during which men climb a nearly 100 foot pole and spin down around while secured by ropes as an appeasement to the gods. While the village is touristy, we enjoyed our time there, particularly a small seaside bar named El Faro that had a fantastic salsa with their chips. At Cozumel, we did take a shore excursion to Chankanaab which is probably one of the best excursions we have ever taken. Was advertised as a beach day and sea lion show, this is extremely misleading: the park has a beautiful beach with good, safe snorkeling(we saw a statue underwater and lots of fish), a pool area with a swim up bar, a delicious all-inclusive buffet lunch, unlimited drinks (alcohol and non), a separate tequila tasting, a fresh guacamole tasting(Flower our tour specialist prepared the guac by hand in front of us), a dolphin area, and the sea lions. The staff here is top-notch and the park is excellent. We would come here outside of a cruise, it is that good. Flower our tour guide took care of us and gave us the option to hang with her throughout the day or explore the park on our own. Even if you’re a solo cruiser this excursion is recommended. Overall, our cruise was decent. We were happy with the staff aboard Fantasy and the efforts they made both to take care of passengers and the vessel, but the room we were in and the lackluster food dampened our enthusiasm somewhat; having sailed on previous Carnival cruises, we felt that this fell towards the bottom. Nevertheless, sailing out of Mobile on this budget-focused cruise was a nice vacation, but we will be looking for more next time. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
So different people cruise for different reasons right? We took this cruise to give our 2 1/2 year old grand daughter her first experience. I am platinum on Carnival and my husband is gold. I have five cruises booked at this time to ... Read More
So different people cruise for different reasons right? We took this cruise to give our 2 1/2 year old grand daughter her first experience. I am platinum on Carnival and my husband is gold. I have five cruises booked at this time to give you some background. We drove from Tallahassee and it only takes about three hours so travel was easy. It was puzzling to me that coming from the east there was very little direction to the terminal. We found our way but not without a lot of turning around. Fantasy is an older ship but easy to navigate. We walked right on the ship without waiting in line more than five minutes. We arrived about 11am. We went right to the room and it was ready. We had an ocean view room and the bed was very comfortable. Our room steward was very helpful and we did ask that he service our room twice daily and bring ice. There was no refrigerator in the room. The window was stained and foggy but it was still ok. There was no bad sewage odor like you smell on some of the larger ships. Our room was very clean. This was a Getaway offer from the casino so we got gifts everyday and that was a nice perk. There were two drawstring bags the first day, champagne the second, chocolate covered strawberries the third and cookies the fourth. We also got the platinum gift which was the gray backpack. I already have one and found it very useful on my last cruise. The casino also treated us to a bottle of wine in the dining room. We did the green eggs and ham breakfast and the parade with our granddaughter and she loved it. We only ate in the dining room once and the service was ok. The food was normal Carnival fare and ok. We had room service once and it was very prompt in arriving. The rest of the time we ate pizza, burgers and marketplace food. We know how annoying kids can be in the dining room and tried to avoid spoiling anyone's dinner. We didn't do any shore excursions in Cozumel. We just got off the ship and walked around a little. We uses the time on the ship for her to play in the waterworks. The ladies in Camp Carnival were very helpful but she only went once and then refused to stay after. A little too much separation anxiety I think. I have to say that I've been on few ships that the staff was any nicer than on Fantasy. Everyone was very helpful and eager to assist at any moment. We did self debarkation and it was quick and painless. Off the ship by 8:45. By the time the cruise was over our gd had adjusted and was opening the door with her room key, sanitizing her hands frequently and telling everyone hello. I think it was a good experience for her and hope that this is the first of many cruises. I have a cruise booked on this ship in February and look forward to going back. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We arrived in Nobile AL the morning of the cruise. We found the Port and it was too early to get in so we went for breakfast. We went back to the port around 10am and they were letting us in the parking structure. This was the easiest ... Read More
We arrived in Nobile AL the morning of the cruise. We found the Port and it was too early to get in so we went for breakfast. We went back to the port around 10am and they were letting us in the parking structure. This was the easiest luggage drop off we have experienced so far. When we pulled in the parking structure the attendants were waiting to grab the bags from the cars and then we went and parked. We had paid online for our parking so there was no headache with that. Once we got through check in and on the boat the staff were all smiles and helpful as always. We were excited to try Guy's Burgers and Blue Iguana b/c we hadn't had those on our previous cruises. The food did not disappoint the food was amazing at both. The Muster drill was much shorter than any of the previous ones. My group was taken into one of the theaters and they went through all of the normal stuff. They told us that it was no longer required for us to go outside and stand by the life boats and do that part of the muster drill which was good with me b/c I had a sleeping 3yo on me. Embarkation was very smooth. The first night in the MDR we met our head waiter Alvin he was amazing! We requested him for the rest of the week. He is by far the best we have ever had. When we would see him on the Lido he would even call us by our first names. My 3yo only ate dinner with us the first night then the rest of the week he dined with the kids camp. Alvin would ask about him every night. We have never had someone that was so warm and welcoming and made you feel a personal connection with them. All of our dinning experiences were GREAT! The food was amazing and the service was the best we have ever had. The entertainment could of used a lot of work. There were 2 comedians...one was Cowboy which we had seen a few years ago. He had the same material as he did 2 years ago which was off putting to me and it's not as funny once you've heard them previously. There was another guy comedian as well and I don't even remember his name but he wasn't funny either. We went to the Country show and the British show and left both shows. The singers were HORRIBLE....there were better singers in karaoke than Carnival was paying. The guy at the Piano Bar was amazing...he was definitely the best that we have had. Our room steward did a great job I think he was the best so far as well. All of the staff on the boat was very eager to help! Our 3yo LOVED the kids camp. After he went the first day he kept asking to go back. As I had mentioned previously he only ate dinner with us one time and then wanted to eat with his friends the rest of the week. This was such a relief since I could actually set down and have a grown up meal for a couple of hours. He loved all of the activities and crafts that they did at camp. He even stayed at the camp on Port Days. I had mixed feeling at first about it and was adamant that he would be getting off the boat with us. I am so glad that we decided to take him to camp. He had a much better time at camp than he would have had walking around Mexico in the 90degree weather shopping. The staff at the kids camp were outstanding. They were always so warm and welcoming to my 3yo and made him feel so comfortable. In Progresso we just went to a outdoor market and did some shopping. It looked really sketchy outside of the market and we had the older kids with us so we decided to go back to the boat after we were finished shopping. We went to Cozumel the next day. We went to Paradise Beach. The taxi drivers kept changing the prices on us b/c we had a large group (10) of us. They told us that even though the signs said passenger vans up to 14 people that the vans could only hold 8 people for insurance purposes. So we had to take 2 van's. They told us $22 per van for the 11 of us. When we got to the destination the cab driver told my husband that it was going to be $29 b/c there was 6 in his van and 4 in the other van. We asked the other's if they lowered their price since there were 4 of them in their van and they said no. So my husband told the driver he wasn't giving him any more than what they agreed on. So Paradise Beach does live up to the name of Paradise. it was beautiful and the facilities were very nice as well as the pool. However the prices that they were telling us were not what I had read online. I had read that the inflatables were $18 and we were charged $21/person. We spent a few hours there and when we were leaving we were told that it was another $110 before we could leave. They said that everyone in the party had to spend $10 on food which we hadn't been told this. My husband specifically asked when he was paying what other charges there would be and they said none. My husband talked with the Manager and just explained that he asked about any other charges when we got there and this $10/person food fee wasn't communicated to any of us. The Manager said he would have to talk to our cabana boy about it b/c they were supposed to communicate this to the guest when they were setting them up. We went back and did shopping at the Port at Cozumel for a while and then were glad to get back on the boat! This will definitely be my last time in Cozumel and Progresso I have had my feel of them and the ever changing prices at every turn. We had kids from the age of 3yo-16yo with us and they all had a great time! The teenagers probably enjoyed Guy's Burger's the most. They also enjoyed the Water Works. I would definitely go on this ship again but with a different itinerary. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My husband and I planned a last minute cruise on Carnival Fantasy out of Mobile Al. I have cruised a couple of times before on Royal Caribbean and had a wonderful experience and this was my husbands first cruise so I was excited for him. ... Read More
My husband and I planned a last minute cruise on Carnival Fantasy out of Mobile Al. I have cruised a couple of times before on Royal Caribbean and had a wonderful experience and this was my husbands first cruise so I was excited for him. The moment I got on the ship i thought what a disappointment. I knew the Fantasy was the oldest ship but I was hoping it was kept in better condition and it was not. It felt dirty to me and my husband like it had not been cleaned well. Our Cabin smelled like sewage when we entered. We had rusty water coming in our window. Curtain was old and falling down. On the top deck while sitting on bench looking out at water we noticed screws missing out of the railing and the top railing was flapping in wind. Whole thing is a rust bucket. We paid to have the internet and you couldn’t even use it. The food was bland to say the least sometimes even cold in the dining room. Poor few selections on buffets. Thank goodness for Guy’s Hamburger Restaraunt on board. Even the desert bars were very poor in taste and selection! One pool for 2600 people! One really good band on board. I hate this was my husbands first cruise experience! Hopefully I will be able to get him to go again but NEVER on Carnival! Don’t waste your money on this ship please! Had a nice excursion experience in Kozumel! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Chose this cruise for our annual family trip due to it being close enough to drive to from Nashville. We were treated horribly from the moment we pulled up until we pulled off. We pulled up and tried to get someone to grab our luggage that ... Read More
Chose this cruise for our annual family trip due to it being close enough to drive to from Nashville. We were treated horribly from the moment we pulled up until we pulled off. We pulled up and tried to get someone to grab our luggage that needed to be checked in and we kept getting passed over while cars further back were being taken care of. A gentleman finally came to our car and apologized. He was upset and let us know that this was common due to other employees not wanting to wait on Black customers because we don’t tip. We brushed it off and went inside to check in. We had a person who required handicap assistance so we went inside and requested help. We had to wait over an hour because people were picking up a customer and not returning to get the next handicapped patron. Eventually supervisors were called in to assist to make sure we didn’t all miss the ship. We finally made it to our room and the stench from the bathroom almost made us vomit. We went into the muster meeting and were initially denied a seat for our person in a cane until we really pushed the issue. The entire cruise was filled with rude service, cold food and closed shops. We went to Guest Service and was told that we should have came to complain each time we had an issue instead of waiting until the third day. After talking to several people on the ship of different ages and races we were sad to realize that the prejudice against African Americans by African Americans was taking place through out the ship. During meal times only one line on the lido deck was open nightly and the food was always cold. Guys burger joint and the other restaurant were not open for dinner. The $10 store was barely opened. The young lady who worked there was extremely rude. If it had not been for Mr Sanchos this would have been a complete bust Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Always wanted to go on a cruise. And Fantasy had everything I was looking for! I had a wonderful time. Never a dull moment. Even when I thought there was nothing to do, we always found entertainment! The food was great! A different verity ... Read More
Always wanted to go on a cruise. And Fantasy had everything I was looking for! I had a wonderful time. Never a dull moment. Even when I thought there was nothing to do, we always found entertainment! The food was great! A different verity of food each day. And I can’t stress it enough... the crew is awesome!!!! Looking forward to my next adventurous cruise.. hopefully we’ll have the same great experience as this cruise. Aurora is the best!!! She treated us like family. She knew us all by our names. Even helped us when we had a night out filled with fun and drinks as we passed our cabins, she pointed us to the correct room. Truly one of the best!! And she answered hep phone no matter what time of the night we call her for assistance. That’s what made our experience so great! Definitely will be planning another cruise soon!!! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We wanted to so something fun to celebrate my oldest daughter turning 18..so since we never have left the country and Mobile is only about 5 1/2 hours from us we decided to try a short 4 night cruise to Mexico (Cozumel) for the first ... Read More
We wanted to so something fun to celebrate my oldest daughter turning 18..so since we never have left the country and Mobile is only about 5 1/2 hours from us we decided to try a short 4 night cruise to Mexico (Cozumel) for the first time. We knew the ship was old but actually the staterooms (we had 2 oceanview next to each other) and the ship's condition was fine. Beds were firm but manageable. The ship reminded me of a 90s shopping mall with all of the neon but was very clean and well taken care of. Weather and the seas were about perfect post-Michael. We did the Hampton Inn Downtown Snooze and Paid Parking - no complaints there. The Good: 1) Guy's Burgers - excellent!! 2) Cozumel / Mr. Sanchos Beach Club - wow this place is better than anything we've ever been to and we are used to vacationing on the beaches of the Emerald Coast in Florida. We did the snorkeling tour they were selling and it was well worth it ..amazing water and fish in Cozumel. The band sang happy birthday to my daughter with a bit of Mexican flair. Definitely a party scene in the pools - someone had a sign saying they were celebrating their divorce... The beach was very family friendly with amazing water with beautiful tropical fish. Excellent food and drinks .really almost Disney level of service..really hated to leave. 3) Sea Day Brunch - the steak and eggs with cheesecake for dessert was by far the best meal in the dining rooms. 4) The southern/friendly vibe of the majority of the guests definitely came out with the football games showing in the Majestic Bar - thought they didn't show Bama's game on Saturday Oct 13th which caused a lot of unhappy cruisers - though from what we heard that wasn't in the their control. The NFL games on Sunday was wild - lots of very vocal Falcon fans in there watching their game. The Bears/Dolphins game was turned off in OT which almost caused a riot - one guest was very aggressive with staff on getting the game turned back on - felt bad for staff as they tried their best. The Bad: 1) The food (other than Guy's and the Sea Day brunch) - just bland with little taste. The peach soup served one nite tasted like a melted smoothie. Someone else compared the food to airplane food - that may be generous. The desserts all looked so much better than they actually were. The pizza and the ice cream soft serve cones in the buffet was about all that was good in there. Also, why do they have the little cups for drinks? It causes everyone one to constantly have to get a refill. A few people brought larger mugs and filled them - obviously they knew something we didn't. The iced tea isn't sweet (this ship does leave from A L A B A M A...hello?) and it's not unsweet either as it has some mango/berry flavor going. 2) The rude/drunk of some of the guests - between the drunk guests and the crowded pickup scene at the pool with all of the kids around we thought it was really embarrassing. It amazes us that the number of women on a family friendly cruise find it appropriate to wear thong style bathing suits. This isn't Europe ...this is Alabama - you wouldn't be caught wearing that in Gulf Shores.. On more than one occasion we heard parents as they went by our stateroom say to their their kids to yell as loud as you want to wake up our neighbors! One morning at 6:10 we heard clapping and yelling in the hallway.. my daughter wasn't happy and went out in the hall and let them know how she felt about their rudeness. 3) Lack of family activities for teens - other than the water slides which seems to be more popular with the tween and under set there wasn't much to do for my teen daughters. One small pool for 2600 guests is crazy - not sure what the thought process was there when this ship was built. Seems like they could lose a bar or two and add something else for the teen set. 4)Debarkation was a cluster - you never want your guests standing an hour in line to leave - leaves a bad taste. The line backed up to the Art Gallery - it got very crowded and claustrophobic in there while waiting. Some of it is the Customs and Border Patrol holding things up - one thing we noticed in Mobile is the that line to get through CBP was much longer to get through if you didn't have checked baggage. The other issue was that the escalator stopped working which caused another backup to get out. 5) The woeful internet - Should be free for how bad it is. Overall, we definitely want to go to Cozumel again but on this ship probably not. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
I choose this cruise because it was going to the Panama Canal and the port was close to home in Mobile. It was a longer cruise and like to travel on the ship. The more days, the better it is. We booked the cruise 11 month in advance ... Read More
I choose this cruise because it was going to the Panama Canal and the port was close to home in Mobile. It was a longer cruise and like to travel on the ship. The more days, the better it is. We booked the cruise 11 month in advance because it was filling up pretty fast. Some of my friends were going and they told us about it. This was our 18th cruise on the Carnival. We like a smaller ship and the Fantasy is one of the smallest ship in the fleet. It is the oldest. We took our snorket gear with us so when we visited Rotan (Magahony Bay) we could do some snorkeling too. The water was so clear, but not many things to see in the clear water since they had rock barriers. There were a few little fish to see. The weather couln't have been any nicer. The cabin was ready when we board and we greeted our steward. He was very friendly and we wanted ice and he kept us with ice the whole trip. The dining waiters were very friendly and worked hard for our table of 10. We had people that were late every time and they just smile and took their orders, which sometimes held our meals up. Anything we needed we just call the service desk and we got all our answers and services we needed. The ports were great and we enjoyed our cruise very much. Over all the staff was great. Read Less
Carnival Fantasy Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.1
Dining 3.5 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 5.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 5.0 4.2

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