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I found your board wile looking for reviews and information on the Fantasy and thought I would share our stories (and some pics).
This is the second cruise for my wife and I. Our first was on the Carnival Ecstasy out of Galveston (Houston, technically, since Galveston got cleaned out last year) last October for our 15th anniversary.
To say that we fell in love with cruising would be an understatement.
My father has been on dozens of cruises, and I finally understood why he kept going back.
Well, we decided to take a similar cruise with our kids this year for summer vacation but picked the Fantasy out of New Orleans because it was $600 cheaper.
I got a call yesterday from a nice lady at Carnival asking if we would like to upgrade from our 185 sq ft cabin (for the 4 of us) to the owner's suite. After speaking to her and getting some pictures I was all over the deal.
I have seen a few pics on the internet, but they were mostly older and (I would assume) before the recent renovation.
I forgot to include the notes she sent along with the pics.
Dbl convertible sofa
2 single sofa beds
Combination whirl pool tub/shower
2 – 42” flat screen TV’s
Home entertainment center
Separate bedroom, living room area, and a dry bar area with fridge (Dry bar meaning no sink)
Black out curtains
Cabin Size: 916 sq ft BL Size: 110 sq ft
We also got an attached ' ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM' word doc with this in it:
Guest hereby acknowledges being advised that the Owner's Suite is not generally available to the public. Guest further acknowledges that Carnival has advised and made him/her aware of the location of the cabin. As such, there may be noise from deck activities such as live music, announcements, moving of deck chairs which may be heard from within the cabin.
In consideration of the fore mentioned the Guest hereby releases CARNIVAL from any claims related to the Guest use of the owner’s suites.
Does this room come up in inventory when you are searching on Carnival.com? I have never seen it.
Do all the ships have Owners suites?
You won't find these suites listed on deckplans or in the inventory of available cabins. You have to know about them and request them specifically. To my knowledge, they are only available on the Fantasy class ships and I don't think all of the ships in that class have it.
"What we've got here is... failure to communicate."
CCL Holiday 7/1996
CCL Fantasy 6/1998
CCL Elation 7/2002
HAL Zuiderdam 6/2004
CCL Conquest 5/2006
CCL Legend 5/2008
(CCL Freedom 5/2010 - Reluctantly had to cancel)
CCL Miracle 10/2010
CCL Freedom 4/2012
RCI Independence 11/2013
RCI Radiance 5/2015
Good for you!
I wonder if some one wanted your particular cabin and that's how you got the offer?
04/2014 Carnival Imagination Long Beach, Catalina, Ensenada
02/2014 Carnival Sunshine New Orleans, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel - John Heald's Blogger's Cruise
02/2013 Carnival Imagination Miami, Cozumel, Key West - Platinum!!!!
06/2012 Carnival Glory Boston, St. John, Halifax
10/2011 Carnival Legend Tampa, Cozumel, Belize, Honduras, Grand Cayman
11/2010 Carnival Victory San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Barbados, St. Maarten
10/2010 Carnival Inspiration Tampa, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
11/2009 Carnival Freedom Ft. Lauderdale, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Panama
11/2006 Carnival Sensation Pt. Canaveral, Freeport, Nassau
02/2006 Celebrity Zenith Miami, Grand Cayman, Key West (I cheated on Carnival)
08/2004 Carnival Paradise Miami, Cozumel, Belize, Honduras, Costa Maya - Thank you Hurricane Charley!
09/2003 Carnival Inspiration Tampa, Grand Cayman, Belize, Costa Maya, Cozumel
08/2002 Carnival Victory Miami, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten
That is absolutely incredible. I doubt that our owner's suite guru's Tom n Cheryl have ever gotten a deal like that.
You've got that right! Since it's our preferred Fantasy Class cabin, the only way that we can be assured of having one, is to BOOK IT (for example this coming Thursday - WOO HOO)! As a general rule it runs a few/several hundred more pp than a Cat 12.
I am happy to see that the Sensation and Fantasy class OS upgrades were very similar (classy) as contrasted with the update to the OS on the Inspiration. You can see the differences in our Smugmug link below.
We have enjoyed the OS a few times on the Sensation, Inspiration, and Imagination. As I recall, they are on all Fantasy class ships except the Paradise and Elation.
Just know that once you have tasted that fruit, other "fruit" is not as sweet - lol.
Carnival Fantasy June 28-July 3, 2008
Carnival Conquest April 12-19, 2009
Carnival Triumph June 12-17, 2010 (first cruise with the kids!)
Carnival Triumph March 31-April 5, 2012 (kids ready for more!)
I've only dreamed about cruising in one of those suites so I don't know from personal experience but I believe they are on the Sports deck (two above Lido) overlooking the Lido pool mid-ship. If you look at a deck plan diagram of the Sports deck, the big semi-circular white space just below "Atrium" I believe is where the OS's are located.