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Old February 6th, 2012, 09:46 PM
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Hi all- my DH and I are new to the boards. I hope it is ok if we share the name. If not, could CC maybe tell us so we can keep this name for DH and I can get another? We are new to this but he said he posted from my phone earlier.

Anyway we are not very experienced cruisers- 6 carnivals on the Legend, Glory and Dream. Planning on booking Fantasy or Fascination (sp?) Bc of the ports and timing. What should we expect on smaller ships? Anything better or worse? Already figured out no steakhouse. Any recommendations are welcome. We aren't trying any of that controversy on here. Want to stay under the wire for angry posts but could really really use some help. Tried looking at other threads but someone always seems angry.
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Old February 6th, 2012, 09:55 PM
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Hi all- my DH and I are new to the boards. I hope it is ok if we share the name. If not, could CC maybe tell us so we can keep this name for DH and I can get another? We are new to this but he said he posted from my phone earlier.

Anyway we are not very experienced cruisers- 6 carnivals on the Legend, Glory and Dream. Planning on booking Fantasy or Fascination (sp?) Bc of the ports and timing. What should we expect on smaller ships? Anything better or worse? Already figured out no steakhouse. Any recommendations are welcome. We aren't trying any of that controversy on here. Want to stay under the wire for angry posts but could really really use some help. Tried looking at other threads but someone always seems angry.
Yes, you can share the name.
IMO, I like the smaller ships. Legend is my favorite but I like the Fantasy class also. Pros - less people, shorter lines Cons - fewer balconies, less food options
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Old February 6th, 2012, 09:56 PM
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Ignore the angry people...there are just some people on here (and on every other internet board) who just have the need to stir up trouble And you can certainly share a screen name!

Unfortunately, I can't help you with those ships, though. I am someone who needs a balcony and they have so few. Our favorite class of ships are Spirit class (Legend and Miracle are tied for us). But lots of people seem to love them!

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Old February 6th, 2012, 10:01 PM
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I am someone who needs a balcony and they have so few. Our favorite class of ships are Spirit class (Legend and Miracle are tied for us).
Isn't Spirit Class smaller also? I think around the same size as Fantasy class.
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Spirit class is also my favorite but I really enjoyed the Fascination. I liked the smaller ship - it was easier to get around and it seemed like the crew benefited from having less people. Service was stellar on our sailing. But it could just be they had a great hotel director. The Fascination has had some balconies added if you like a balcony where on the Fantasy you would have to book a suite for one.

Overall, the only differences in amenities I noticed were that the buffet had fewer selections on the Fascination. Still plenty to eat, though! Nice serenity deck, and LOVED the open air section of lido that wasn't glassed in like the Conquest class ships are. Great spot for coffee in the mornings.
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Fantasy-class are simply the best ships. Others are just too big.

Unfortunately, Carnival has positioned them as such that you have to sail the larger classes if you want to sail for 7 nights.
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We've sailed the Fantasy class, the Spirit class, The conquest class and the Dream class.

Our favorites in order are the Spirit Class, the Fantasy class, the Conquest class and the Dream class. Have not sailed the Splendor.
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We prefer the conquest class more choices on lido.
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Isn't Spirit Class smaller also? I think around the same size as Fantasy class.
Spirit class is larger...in between Fantasy and the others...has a totally different layout than the others as well.
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Another vote for Spirit class not to big and not to small
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I'm learning...b/c I didn't realize so many different classes...just thought there were names of the ships and that's it. My 1st cruise will be on Destiny - I'm sure someone knows what she is!?!? Thanks.
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And here I've always heard bigger is better!! Lmao
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Hi all- my DH and I are new to the boards. I hope it is ok if we share the name.

Anyway we are not very experienced cruisers- 6 carnivals on the Legend, Glory and Dream. Planning on booking Fantasy or Fascination (sp?) Bc of the ports and timing. What should we expect on smaller ships? Anything better or worse? Already figured out no steakhouse. Any recommendations are welcome. We aren't trying any of that controversy on here. Want to stay under the wire for angry posts but could really really use some help. Tried looking at other threads but someone always seems angry.
Welcome to Cruise Critic! Don't worry about the angry people-some just enjoy stirring up controversy. Sharing a name is fine.

I like the smaller classes of ships - I sailed the Dream, and she was just too big. I find every cruise has it's own identity. Even on the same ship. I've done a few back-to-backs, and I was so surprised how different they were.

Just ask any questions you have here, and someone will answer.
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Old February 6th, 2012, 11:32 PM
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Our last cruise was on the Fantasy and I have to say it was our least favorite so far. I really did enjoy the Legend, Spirit class I think. The Triumph was bigger, also a beautiful ship.
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Hi all- my DH and I are new to the boards. I hope it is ok if we share the name. If not, could CC maybe tell us so we can keep this name for DH and I can get another? We are new to this but he said he posted from my phone earlier.

Anyway we are not very experienced cruisers- 6 carnivals on the Legend, Glory and Dream. Planning on booking Fantasy or Fascination (sp?) Bc of the ports and timing. What should we expect on smaller ships? Anything better or worse? Already figured out no steakhouse. Any recommendations are welcome. We aren't trying any of that controversy on here. Want to stay under the wire for angry posts but could really really use some help. Tried looking at other threads but someone always seems angry.
HHHHHEEEEELLLLLLLLLLOOOOO crustysam: Whichever of you reads this first, welcome to these boards. My wife and I are going on our 11th Carnival cruise this fall. We have also been on the Legend, and Dream. We are going on the Glory this fall. We like the smaller ships. The larger ships have too many people and the resulting service is poor. I didn't like the cruise on the Dream. Service in the MDR wasn't up to the standard Carnival had set on earlier voyages. We also like the Triumph.Go on whatever size ship you feel comfortable on.
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Hi all- my DH and I are new to the boards. I hope it is ok if we share the name. If not, could CC maybe tell us so we can keep this name for DH and I can get another? We are new to this but he said he posted from my phone earlier.

Anyway we are not very experienced cruisers- 6 carnivals on the Legend, Glory and Dream. Planning on booking Fantasy or Fascination (sp?) Bc of the ports and timing. What should we expect on smaller ships? Anything better or worse? Already figured out no steakhouse. Any recommendations are welcome. We aren't trying any of that controversy on here. Want to stay under the wire for angry posts but could really really use some help. Tried looking at other threads but someone always seems angry.
Welcome to CC. I cannot help you on the fantasy class ships. We've only sailed spirit class & Conquest class so far. We are going to try the Dream this fall. Just wanted to say hello, not everyone on here is angry. Most people are very friendly.
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welcome! I can't offer too much b/c I have only been on two cruises. I have been on the Fantasy and the Triumph. I will say that I enjoyed the Fantasy more than the Triumph, Not b/c of the service or anything like that ~ it was wonderful on both ships.....but b/c the Triumph is bigger and had alot more people. Also, it's layout is a little hard to get used to but once you do it is good. Both ships are beautiful but I have not been on the Fantasy since her drydock.

I think it also depends on the time you go b/c we went in Feb on the Fantasy and May on the Triumph..... there were alot more families on the May cruise.

Both ships were beautiful in my opinion and I would love to sail either one of them again.

we are currently looking at booking the Magic or Conquest soon ~ but I may just go with the Elation instead... lol.
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We board the ship early for embarkation and after lunch go exploring and learning our way around.

After that never had a problem getting from here to there on any ship.
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I'm learning...b/c I didn't realize so many different classes...just thought there were names of the ships and that's it. My 1st cruise will be on Destiny - I'm sure someone knows what she is!?!? Thanks.
Destiny stands alone...literally. CCL has it listed as the only Destiny class ship. Guess they jumped to building even bigger right after Destiny.
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We board the ship early for embarkation and after lunch go exploring and learning our way around.

After that never had a problem getting from here to there on any ship.
Once I am booked, I start looking at Deck Plans for my ship
getting the hang of where everything is, where my cabin is, how do I get to the Dining Room.

I get the impression a lot of people don't do this (probably un-seasoned first-timers?
- or those who simply don't know that Deck Plans are available on the internet?)


To get you started, here's deck plans for Glory...
http://www.carnival.com//Deck_Plan.a...=GL&deckCode=3

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