March 30, 2006
I cruised on the Fantasy March 30,2006 3 day to Nassau and had a nice time. Upon arriving at the pier there were maybe 20 people in line. Absolutely no wait to check in and my steward hadn't even finished my cabin yet, but I was able to leave a few things behind and he made sure everything was locked up once he was finished. I arrived early enough to enjoy the lunch buffet and to tour the ship before the crowds. We had the lobster tail on the first night, it was a bit tough but the fish was excellent. I am a big buffet lover so I could always fill up there. Overall the food was good except for the soft serve yogurt and ice cream machines were either freezing the stuff or empty.
This was my third Carnival cruise and one of the nicest crews by far, the weren’t the fastest, but very nice and pleasant. I stayed in an inside cabin on the Riviera Deck center ship. I will never stay in an inside cabin again because I need daylight but that’s what I get for being cheap. I did learn from earlier cruises to apt for a lower cabin, center ship, high enough from the engines, low enough from the night activities/clubs, not to much ship movement in the center of the ship. We did have a lot of church and school groups on the sailing so the festivities ended by midnight. As for the band on the lido deck I didn’t like personally. No one was dancing or even around listening at the closest bar. Some passengers even took it as a sign to leave when the band started playing.
The slide was open for the children to enjoy so that kept them from running the ship. Not a lot of the parent/guardians used camp carnival I don’t think they realized that it would make there cruise even more enjoyable. Especially during the Las Vegas inspired reviews with LOTS of skin showing and during the VERY adult comedy shows. I heard parents complaining and they were told that about camp carnival and the babysitter service.
I did buy the shore excursion for the Nassau historical tour and wasted my money , we had a tour guide that barely talked so I got a nice ride around town. The tour guide can make or break the trip, ours broke it. I did enjoy the ride and get some great pictures. I felt sorry for the partiers because they made the famous “Party Boat” a family party boat so needless to say I was empty and no late night partying. It was a sad day for the college kids that had planned to go on the party boat. I would recommend to cruise to anyone. You can relax yet still enjoy all the fun activities in just a few days.