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Carnival Cruise Lines

by Lisa Johnson
June 6, 2004

We just returned from our first cruise. It was the 4-day Bahamas from Port Canaveral. My husband and I have been married for seven years and needed some time away. We stayed at the Radisson Resort at the Port pre-cruise and absolutely loved it. We had a 10 am shuttle to the ship. Then we saw the Fantasy....very ice ship! We couldn't wait to board!

It took about an hour to check in and before you know it, we were getting our picture taken and were boarding. We headed to our cabin (U155) with our carry ons. The room wasn't ready yet so we decided to explore the ship. You could notice that the Fantasy is showing her age, but we were pleased to see the refurbushment. We ate lunch at the Windows on the Sea and had a few drinks waiting for the lifeboat drill.

We ended up eating dinner in the Jubilee Restaurant for 8 pm seating. We had a blast!! The food was awesome every night. We enjoyed dancing the Macarena on the last night with our server. All meals aboard ship were great...especially the desserts!! YUM!

The shows were terrific and the comedians were very funny. We met the captain during the Captain's Cocktail Party on formal night. He was cool! The cruise director Matt was fantastic!!

We had an oceanview cabin. It was the best sleep I have ever had!! Everything stayed clean and we loved the towel animals everynight.

The Bahamas were beautiful!! Especially Blue Lagoon Island. Don't miss that was breathtaking!! Freeport was good for shopping, but I prefer the beaches on Blue Lagoon at Nassau. Don't miss Senor Frogs in Nassau! It's right beside the strawmarket near the ship. And try to avoid the pesky women asking to braid your hair. And definitely try the conch fritters...they are sooooo good!!

The weather was good but very hot!! We spend a lot of time near the pool! Shopping onboard was fun. I loved Gold by the Inch!! And there are plenty of times for getting your picture taken.

Disembarkation was hard because I didn't want to leave!! It went smoothly and we were off the ship that morning by 9 am.

I definitely recommend this cruise for first timers or anyone needing a getaway. I am all ready planning our next cruise. We are taking my son after he graduates high school in three years on the Fantasy. Hopefully we will cruise again before then!! Email me for more info and for pictures.