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Linda Coffman


Carnival Fantasy
February 2005

by Laura C

This was the first cruise for us including 2 teenagers, both 15. They had a blast meeting new friends and staying up very late dancing to hip hop/top 40 tunes in the Cats Lounge. The two teenage girls said that Spirals (the teen club) was kind of lame and a little boring, but that it was a good spot to meet up with other teenagers, and then they went on from there.

I loved everything about the cruise. Even ended up winning $1000.00 at the casino onboard! We had so much fun we already booked another cruise in April and talked my parents into going on their first ever cruise with us!
Embarkation was a breeze, although I was just a little bit surprised that when you get on board no one really tells you where to go. They just hand you a mini map of the ship and say 'Here Ya Go'. It didn't bother us though, We just laughed it off and after roaming the Riviera deck for a little while, we found our cabins. The rooms were cleaned twice a day and even the beds turned down in the evening with a little 'animal towel' and chocolate left each night. We thought it was so cute we even took pictures of our animal towels. The cabins were cleaned better and the service better than some 4 star hotels I have stayed in.
We all thought the staff was great! They went out of their way to talk to us and to say hello. Plenty of opportunities for drinks. Lots of partying and dancing but the ship is so big that we were also able to find a few spots out of the way that were quiet and we could just sit and talk for awhile, relax and read or even take a nap if we wanted.
The food was good. Not great, but we didn't expect great. We knew going on that this wasn't a 5 star restaurant. The teens totally enjoyed the self serve ice cream and 24-hour pizza!
The teens had a ball dressing up for formal night and walking down the huge staircase and having their pictures taken. They also enjoyed riding in the glass enclosed elevator. They spent hours in the arcade and one of the teens even had a spa treatment. She said she was treated better than a queen!
We did not go on any shore excursions, but toured Nassau and Atlantis on our own. I think this time we may take a tour or two. The straw market was fun but CROWDED AND CRAMPED.
We boarded expecting to have a good time and that's exactly what we had! As I said, I have already booked another cruise aboard the Fantasy for April 2005 and we cant wait!

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