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Carnival Fantasy Picture Review * 3/17/12 -3/23/12

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This is my first picture review so bear with me a little :rolleyes: but I have a lot of great info and pictures for anyone going on the Fantasy.

Let me first start out by saying that we drove to Charleston, SC from Northern Illinois. It was a long drive so we were quite excited when we finally got to the hotel in North Charleston.

 

Embarkation

We have never sailed out of Charleston before so we were excited to see a new city and port but embarkation at the Port of Charleston was by far the worst we have experienced in 9 Carnival Cruises. There was a long delay with getting passengers onboard because 2 wedding parties were boarding. We waited about an hour and a half from the time we were dropped off by our hotel shuttle (Holiday Inn Express - West Ashley) to the time we were onboard.

We were on the 6-day cruise to Key West, Freeport, Bahamas and Nassau, Bahamas. We specifically booked this cruise because we wanted to go back to Key West.

 

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We always decorate our door and since we left on St. Patricks Day. This seemed quite fitting :)

 

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Day 1

Our first day onboard we spent the day exploring our new home for the next 6 days. After our first lunch onboard we headed out to the Serenity Deck. The Serenity Deck area would quickly become our place to hang out during the day. The Serenity area is the greatest addition to Carnival ships because it is a nice, quiet area for ADULTS ONLY :p

 

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This picture was taken on the Serenity Deck while we were in port in Freeport

 

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My dad with his "drink of the day"...........A DIET COKE :p

 

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A Carnival Cruise Ship picture tradition. Love the toe nail polish...........hehe

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We had late seating in the Jubilee Dining Room at table 369 with Andre (head waiter) and Derita (assistant waiter). They were just great and by the second night they knew what our preferences were for dinner. Our bar waiter, Soorya, was also fantastic. By the second night our diet cokes were waiting for us when we arrived at dinner.............it is the small reasons like this why we keep coming back to Carnival. After dinner we went to the Welcome Aboard show. I really enjoy this show on each cruise because it feels like the official start to our cruise :)

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love your door decoration! lol so shiny :)

 

Thanks. It doesn't cost much plus it is a good way to be able to find your door late at night after too many drinks of the day :p

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can't wait for the rest of the review.Love the toes!!! We will be on the Fantasy in eight days!!!!!!!!

 

You will love it. There is a lot more to come so stay posted ;). Are you doing the 5 day or the 6 day cruise??

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You will love it. There is a lot more to come so stay posted ;). Are you doing the 5 day or the 6 day cruise??

5 day, with dh, mil and fil. it is mil and fil first.I think they will love it. They are upbeat, and fun to be with,so i think we'll have a really great time. we are on the upper deck,with anytime dining.

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We were at a 10 top for dinner with two other families......one was a mother, father, daughter, and fiance from Ontario, Canada and the other was a mother, father, son, and girlfriend from Akron, Ohio. We had a good group for dinner

 

 

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this was the family from Canada

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this was the family from Akron, Ohio

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this was Soorya, our bar waiter, me and my dad. She was awesome

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this was Derita, our Waiter, me and my dad

***** I will continue on with the review tomorrow but it is time for bed now. Good nite cruise critic friends :)

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Love, love picture reviews! The pics of the serenity deck almost made me cry cause I'd love to be sitting there right now!!

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Wrigley80, can you tell me about the Holiday Inn Express-West Ashley? Did you feel safe in the area? Did the hotel offer a shuttle to and from the port, or parking? Thank you.

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Great start, So glad you got your pics to post, I love photo reviews.:D

 

yeah I finally figured it out and it is always easier than you thought it would be. I knew that once I figured it out it would be a breeze and a lot of fun. I enjoy picture reviews as well :)

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Wrigley80, can you tell me about the Holiday Inn Express-West Ashley? Did you feel safe in the area? Did the hotel offer a shuttle to and from the port, or parking? Thank you.

 

The Holiday Inn Express -West Ashley was a great hotel. I left my car there for the week that we were gone and had no problems. I booked the park and cruise package. The hotel offered a shuttle to and from the cruise port BUT our driver was an @$$. On our way back to the hotel he informed that I could really benefit from Weight Watchers........that pissed me off :mad: and then about a mile from the port we stopped to pick up a hooker :confused: and then we dropped her off at an apartment complex. Our driver gave her money and his business card.....I thought that was quite odd :rolleyes:.

The hotel stay was perfect though with a great breakfast. I found a coupon for the hotel that gave us 20% off our stay :)

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Subscribing to your review. Love the toes! I am definitely going to have to do that on our next sailing!

 

Yeah I always get comments about my toes when I'm onboard

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I will be back on tonight to post some more pictures and more reviews from our vacation but I need to start getting ready to leave for dinner :p

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The Holiday Inn Express -West Ashley was a great hotel. I left my car there for the week that we were gone and had no problems. I booked the park and cruise package. The hotel offered a shuttle to and from the cruise port BUT our driver was an @$$. On our way back to the hotel he informed that I could really benefit from Weight Watchers........that pissed me off :mad: and then about a mile from the port we stopped to pick up a hooker :confused: and then we dropped her off at an apartment complex. Our driver gave her money and his business card.....I thought that was quite odd :rolleyes:.

The hotel stay was perfect though with a great breakfast. I found a coupon for the hotel that gave us 20% off our stay :)

 

Did you guys stay at the hotel in North Charleston or West Ashley?

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The Holiday Inn Express -West Ashley was a great hotel. I left my car there for the week that we were gone and had no problems. I booked the park and cruise package. The hotel offered a shuttle to and from the cruise port BUT our driver was an @$$. On our way back to the hotel he informed that I could really benefit from Weight Watchers........that pissed me off :mad: and then about a mile from the port we stopped to pick up a hooker :confused: and then we dropped her off at an apartment complex. Our driver gave her money and his business card.....I thought that was quite odd :rolleyes:.

The hotel stay was perfect though with a great breakfast. I found a coupon for the hotel that gave us 20% off our stay :)

 

Please tell me that you reported his @$$ to the hotel. What a freakin creep!

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Did you guys stay at the hotel in North Charleston or West Ashley?

 

It was the one on Northwoods Boulevard

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Please tell me that you reported his @$$ to the hotel. What a freakin creep!

 

Oh yeah I reported him plus we called the transportation company that he worked for

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Day 2

We were in a porthole cabin (R31) on the Riviera Deck. This was our first time in a porthole cabin. We woke up to an unpleasant surprise. One of our porthole windows was broken........ok change that it was shattered. There was glass on the window sill and in my bed. We called guest services and they sent two guys to check it out. They losed the porthole cover. They said to just go on with our day.......that didn't last too long. My dad and I were called to the guest services desk. We got pulled into the security office where we interogated by the Head Security officer and his assistant for well over an hour. We were forced to explain our story 3 times and then write a written account of what happened.

 

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this is the "before" photo of our porthole windows

 

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And this is the unfortunate "after" photo of our porthole window.

 

The security officers for Carnival accused us of breaking this window. Plus they lied to us and told us that it was "double-paned" window. IT WAS NOT because during our port stop in Key West they replaced the window and re-caulked it. This wasn't a good way to start out our cruise but we weren't going to pay for a window that we didn't break.

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OK now back to the fun with our vacation. Today was a day at sea so it gave us a chance to walk around and explore the Carnival Fantasy. We had a nice, relaxing day in the Serenity area and be sure to make a stop on the soft, relaxing couches along the promenade deck. This is a perfect place to watch the ocean go by. :)

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Oh yeah there is my dad testing out how comfortable the couches are. He looks pretty comfortable to me ;)

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The Resort Style Pool. I really like this set up

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During out first sea day we went up and played mini golf but it was very, very windy. This was by far the best mini golf course we have come across on any Carnival ship. We really had fun :cool:

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When we were playing golf we were taking a break on one of the benches and I noticed something jump in the water.......so I ran out to the walkway and saw..............DOLPHINS. They were about 30 of them just off the bow of the ship. That was awesome and I was lucky enough to snap a good picture :)

 

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Tonight was our first formal night.......I don't enjoy getting dressedup for dinner but it is also fun to get some good pictures :rolleyes:

 

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We clean up pretty good I guess

 

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I'm pretty sure we all know what this is . YUMMY

 

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Why is it that these hallways always seem like they are a mile long....especially when you have heels on

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This little pig was on bed when I returned from dinner

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Day 3

Today was going to be a busy day at our first port of call..............KEY WEST. We docked at the Truman Annex and we were then shuttled into town on a Conch Tour Train. This was super convenient. Our first stop was at Tropical Rentals to pick up our electric car.

 

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This is a must when you are in Key West. But you have to go early if you want to get your picture standing next to it. The line was down the street. Here is what we did.......just go up and sit on the wall there and have someone take your pic. MUCH EASIER AND QUICKER

 

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Oh yeah there it is......our sweet new ride for Key West. This is the best way to get around (in my opinion). We rented for 6 hours and our total was $105.00

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This is Kino Sandals in Key West. Be sure to stop here. I bought 3 pairs of sandals from them. I asked if they had a pair with a buckle on them (I looked at them online before coming to Key West so I knew what I wanted) and they didn't but they made them for me right then and there. That was pretty cool to watch them make my sandals right in front of me.

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I've got my first drink for the day. I am now ready to start my day. Ya GOTTA love Hog's Breath.

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This is the Conch Shack. Be sure to stop here!!!! I ordered Conch Fritters and they were delicious

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Did you guys stay at the hotel in North Charleston or West Ashley?

 

Good catch!

The experience that she described sounded a lot more like North Charleston than West Ashley!

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Day 3

Today was going to be a busy day at our first port of call..............KEY WEST. We docked at the Truman Annex and we were then shuttled into town on a Conch Tour Train. This was super convenient. Our first stop was at Tropical Rentals to pick up our electric car.

 

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This is a must when you are in Key West. But you have to go early if you want to get your picture standing next to it. The line was down the street. Here is what we did.......just go up and sit on the wall there and have someone take your pic. MUCH EASIER AND QUICKER

 

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Oh yeah there it is......our sweet new ride for Key West. This is the best way to get around (in my opinion). We rented for 6 hours and our total was $105.00

 

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This is Kino Sandals in Key West. Be sure to stop here. I bought 3 pairs of sandals from them. I asked if they had a pair with a buckle on them (I looked at them online before coming to Key West so I knew what I wanted) and they didn't but they made them for me right then and there. That was pretty cool to watch them make my sandals right in front of me.

 

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I've got my first drink for the day. I am now ready to start my day. Ya GOTTA love Hog's Breath.

 

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This is the Conch Shack. Be sure to stop here!!!! I ordered Conch Fritters and they were delicious

 

Wec stpped at the Conch Shack our last visit to Key West. It was friggin delicious!!! Best fritters on earth and the beer is ice cold.

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Loving your review so much! We did the same cruise back in October and I have been wanting to go back to Key West so badly!

 

We had fritters from the Conch Shack too and they were wonderful! I'm drooling now thinking of them.

 

Okay, the incident with the broken window really makes me nervous. We will be in a porthole on the Paradise in less than 2 weeks (yippeeee!!!). If this happened to us I know DH would not be nice if we were accused breaking the window........

 

Can't wait for more pictures!!!!

 

Oh yeah, love the pic of your sleeping Dad! My DH gets that same look on his face on our sofa every evening.....:)

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Good catch!

The experience that she described sounded a lot more like North Charleston than West Ashley!

 

Yep. The Holiday Inn Express in West Ashley is much better. I grew up in the West Ashley area and it is relatively safe. Much safer than North Charleston. Not too many hookers hanging around. :p

 

This is a wonderful review Wrigley! Love the picture of your dad sleeping in those super comfy chaise loungers. I noticed those on our 2010 cruise and promised NEVER to sit in them. I watched as victim after victim fell unconscious on sea days. :eek::D

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Loving your review so much! We did the same cruise back in October and I have been wanting to go back to Key West so badly!

 

We had fritters from the Conch Shack too and they were wonderful! I'm drooling now thinking of them.

 

Okay, the incident with the broken window really makes me nervous. We will be in a porthole on the Paradise in less than 2 weeks (yippeeee!!!). If this happened to us I know DH would not be nice if we were accused breaking the window........

 

Can't wait for more pictures!!!!

 

Oh yeah, love the pic of your sleeping Dad! My DH gets that same look on his face on our sofa every evening.....:)

 

Yeah we weren't too nice about our window either. My dad has a short fuse at times and especially at times when we are being accused of something we didnt do :rolleyes:.

You better stay away from those couches if you don't want to fall victim to their comfort ;)

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Yep. The Holiday Inn Express in West Ashley is much better. I grew up in the West Ashley area and it is relatively safe. Much safer than North Charleston. Not too many hookers hanging around. :p

 

This is a wonderful review Wrigley! Love the picture of your dad sleeping in those super comfy chaise loungers. I noticed those on our 2010 cruise and promised NEVER to sit in them. I watched as victim after victim fell unconscious on sea days. :eek::D

 

I still can't believe that our shuttle driver picked up a hooker but it has given us a memory from our vacation that we will never forget :p

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Day 3 continued.......

The next stop on our tour in Key West was at Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe. Their pie is delicious.

 

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ooooooo doesn't that pie look good

 

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Anyone who has been to Key West will remember this tree :)

 

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I LOVE this sign and it is so fitting because Key West is paradise :p

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I really like this picture. I wish the beaches in Key West were better but they are so rocky

 

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I'm pretty sure I had a successful day of shopping in Key West.

 

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I love these pictures of the cloud formations leaving Key West. I was hoping for a good sunset picture but the clouds rolled in and I got some even better pictures of the clouds and the rays of sun poking through :)

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