momin05 Posted October 25, 2013 #1 Share Posted October 25, 2013 We returned on Wednesday from a family group cruise aboard Fantasy from Charleston to Bahamas. My husband and I have cruised before but never with a group. I was the organizer and so I wanted everything to go smoothly. And I couldn't have asked for better results! First, the seas were like glass. Seriously, I can count on one had the number of times I even felt the ship move. Others in my crowd were taking Dramamine, but I can't imagine why. Our weather was perfect and our excursions were awesome. I will share some of our experiences in the hopes that they will help others and maybe entertain a little. Our group of 17 ranged from age 7 to 74. I'm not sure who had the best time, the 7-year old or 74-year old, but more on that later. My parents had the Owner's Suite and it worked out wonderfully for us. It was like our hospitality suite and it was really nice to have a place to gather and hang out. I had ordered a bottle from Bon Voyage and it was on the table when we arrived. When my dad took it out of the bag, he said "this won't last a day!" So he made me order another one. (I have to admit that a 1L bottle was not nearly as big as I thought.) So within 15 minutes of being on board, we had 2 bottles of Crown Royal. This gets important later in the story. By the way, embarkation was a breeze. Even though we got to go through the VIP line, the regular line was really short. We arrived at the port around 11 and were eating lunch by noon. I also noticed on the last night that one of our luggage tags had evidently fallen off because it had been replaced with a different tag with our room number hand-written on it. We had placed an extra luggage tag inside our luggage, and now I will always do that! I am proof positive that it works. Had one of those awesome deli sandwiches for lunch after embarkation and the weather in Charleston was a glorious 80+ degrees so we enjoyed Lido while the kids enjoyed the pool and slides. Dinner on the first night didn't have great choices, in my opinion. And we didn't have escargot. I know it is a petty thing to mention, but I really enjoy the escargot on a cruise so I was disappointed that it was never on the menu. But the menus for all the other nights were wonderful. We were on Upper deck, Room U159. We normally stay on Empress but since my parents were originally supposed to be in a Grand Suite on Upper, I booked the rest of us along the same hallway. I would not get U159 again. It is directly across the hallway from what I am guessing is the room service preparation area. I don't know where I thought room service was prepared, but I never guessed it was on the mid Upper deck. Around 6am every morning, the door across the hallway began opening and closing, and I don't think 60 seconds ever went by that it didn't open and close. And we could frequently hear plates clanging around. It was only a minor annoyance and certainly did not hamper our experience, but I would not book a room there again. Our room steward was Imade and he was wonderful. Others in our group were further down the hall and they also had an Imade for their steward. It turns out it is a very common name in Indonesia. Our Imade even learned the names of some of our crowd that wasn't in his cabins. I still don't know how they do that. Our head waiter was Raphael. He was great and always had this huge smile. His team took good care of us. If someone can tell me how to insert pictures, I will insert a few. I see the icon, but it wants a url address and I don't know how to turn my pictures into a url address! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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