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off the Fantasy this morning, general review

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Thanks for the review. Fellow smuggler here... and I didn't even drink the batch I smuggled.. just liked the idea of smuggling I guess! LOL

 

Next cruise I'm gonna make drinks for my RC friends with my smuggled booze!

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Random pics of the coffin bed with the murderous pillows. As I've said, I'm technologically challenged. Several times I tried to take pictures, I actually made video. You may end up seeing one as I don't remember what is what.

p><p>(before the beds were put together.  Notice the phone.  At some point we discovered how to use them (floor number +room number, so 6096 to dial U96) and we used them often to call from places on the ship to see who was in the room.  Since there is no caller ID, we vowed we were going to make phone pranks one night after our drunken binges.  We were going to call random rooms and tell whoever answered that we were "calling about the lawnmower they had for sale on Craig

One of my pet peeves on cruises is when the steward tears of random pieces of paper to make eyes for the towel animals. I have no idea why I freaking hate it so much. So, Ivan's towel animals weren't the greatest, but he had some leathery premade eyeballs that he used everynight and that saved me a tremendous amount of stress.

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They won't put the beds under the window? I guess this is how mine will look .. Ugh.

 

 

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The vanity is in the middle of the wall opposite the coffin so they won't fit under the window. Yucky. And the one with the phone didn't get uploaded in that batch. It's coming....I haveta cook dinner, dammit. I tried to go to the Lido deck but all that was upstairs and outside was my crappy roof that needs washing. Sigh. The life.

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Maybe this will be the pic of the phone at the headboard. Also random pics that have nothing to do with the review other than sorta letting you into looking at what else was going on.

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See why the bed can't go under the window? That little area where the stool is and the other light is the only area not taken by furniture....boo. stupid cabin.

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Loved your review, and photos! Sounds like a great time was had by all!:) Thanks for posting your review.

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Last sea day: I've never had the let down I had on this cruise. I tend to be pretty stoic and non emotional anyway, but I'm just not susceptible to things like that. I have no idea what happened this voyage. I knew oldest DS was getting ready to go back to his home (4 hours from ours), middle DS is getting ready to go back to college and baby DD is getting ready to go to the USAF. She's sworn in and ready. Well, something about that made me have a meltdown. Sitting on "our couch" at the end of the day I was SOBBING. Not a few tears, but a blubbering mess. The people beside us were doing shots of tequila....talk about awkward. Poor hubby, all he could say was, "who cries on a cruise?" Anyway, that was the end of the day, but there was a "mood," the whole day that was just so deflated.

Had sea day brunch again and tea time again. Before going to brunch, we went to the Lido to have coffee. All the towel animals were out! I was so excited, they weren't there last time on the Fantasy! People used them instead of beach towels throughout the day lol. I spent a little time on Serenity, it was hotter than blazes up there. Eventually I found the cool shower to get wet every now and again, cause who wants to sit in a hot tub in 100 degree weather? Drink service was good. I ordered a gin and tonic (my daytime drink of choice) but as soon as the waiter walked away, I found myself longing for something frozen. When he came back I got a pina colada. Most of the frozen drinks on board are just too stong for me; when we make daiquiris at home, it's ice, triple sec, fruit and rum. That's it. The drink was fine but it wasn't as good as mine ;)

Dragged middle son to tea time with my daughter and me once he found out there would be cake and cookies there. They didn't have the usual strawberries and cream this time. Boo. Also managed to grab some of the Taste Bar which was Red Frog fare and not at all impressive.

I did ride the waterslide. It was on my bucketlist. All I could picture was the look of the poor people at the bottom when my fat ass came barrelling out, in my mind it was like the Honey Boo Boo episode when her mom rides the waterslide, but I was terrified so I was determined to do it. Turns out, the real battle is just climbing the stairs. Then I got up there and there were 2000 kids pushing and shoving that didn't help. (Side note: there were tons of kids on the ship but I decided I mostly like that since the things I wanted to be doing like the casino and bars and comedy clubs didn't attract the kids; they mostly ran over people interested in pizza and ice cream, so having lots of kids was good for me as it meant fewer adults jamming up the stuff I like) Anyway, back to my waterslide story....maybe the slide is fun or scary for little kids, but for me, lol...it was just a meandering slide, nothing scary, no bolts jabbing me, no rushes. Barely enough to even get wet. Anyway, I crossed it off my bucket list on sea day.

I checked out the spa but didn't buy anything there. I am just way too picky about where I spend my "beauty budget." Either I'm going to get crappy service and expect and pay for crappy service at a place like massage envy, or I'm going to pay for high end when I *know* it's high end. Not rolling those dice and paying double than a land massage for something that might suck. And I wasn't into the sales pitch that goes with it. DH teaches at a cosmetology school so we get all our products at cost; I certainly wasn't going to pay a premium to hear them try to sell me their crap.

Played the slots a little more, cashed that out and took it to the pursers desk. Shopped the gift shops a little but wasn't really impressed with the prices. I pay around $90 for Coco Madamoiselle at home, I wasn't going to get a bottle for only a few dollars cheaper only to have to claim it at customs and carry it home, it just wasn't enough savings for me. Same thing with liquor. We are mostly beer drinkers at home and even if the booze was half price, it's too much hassle to carry it home.

The people with the ill-behaved kids at the next table at dinner were super late this night, holding everyone wayyyyy up. I was furious because the comedy club was having a "double header" with both comedians playing. One of the comedians had made it a point every show during the cruise to ask for applause for the military and veterans, so when I ran into him during my couch meltdown, I asked him to shout out to my daughter who is getting ready to go to basic training (in case you missed that detail the other 34958375 times I've said it during the review). DD didn't know I'd made those arrangements, but the boys did and they were anxious to see her reaction too. It meant we had to leave before my Grand Marnier souffle, which sitll has me a bit bummed, but we got there in time to snag pretty decent seats. I'll never figure out why they have the comedy shows in that littler lounge at the back of the ship. I think just about every adult on board was in there, mostly standing crowded in the back. If its such a hit, why not have in the main lounge? Like I also said early, drinks were painfully slow in here. The first night I ordered a "punchliner." Blergh. It was like kool-aid, way to sweet for me. We stuck to beer in here. The guy next to me had an ecig, I know they aren't "legal" in there, but there was no one to stop him. Anyway, at the end of the show, as the comedian did his normal military hooray, he pulled my daughter up on stage. She was confused for a minute but accepted it graciously and it made me happy. I'm sure the rest of the guests have already forgotten it happened lol.

We went right to bed after the show as I've had just enough cruises under my belt to know how little fun it is to drive home in cruise withdrawl mode with a hangover. Big.fat.bummer.

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Thanks for the insight on those rooms. I thought they would just be single rooms but I guess Carnival doesnt do those.

 

 

It was a funny review and I enjoyed it. I apologize for my cynicism...I can be a little dry at times.

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Welcome to empty nest syndrome! It's horrible. It's always on the edges of your day, waiting to crowd in and make you sob. I've got five and four are out of the house. People think I'm crazy for cruising for 12 days in a 175sf cabin with a 16 year old- are you kidding me? If they only knew how fast these kids grow up.

 

I have to say your review is one of those things that comes along and makes me know I did the right thing quitting drinking 15 years ago. Man oh man. That was my life. It may be fun for you but looking back I'm so glad I kicked it to the curb.

 

I'm glad you had a great time on Fantasy and got her primed for me. We're all sitting here PRAYING we don't get any slobs like you had at dinner. Ughhhhhh....

 

Hope your PCD isn't too bad. Book another cruise- it's the only way. Even if it's a year out.

 

Thanks for the review!

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Hey ... I read your review but have a question. I'm leaving oct 16 on fantasy. Did you or anyone you were with use a birth certificate to board? .. And if so did any of them happen to be the little card size ? That's the size my boyfriend has and was told it would work but just wondering if y'all used this. Thanks

 

 

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[ QUOTE=blondie151o;43892492]Hey ... I read your review but have a question. I'm leaving oct 16 on fantasy. Did you or anyone you were with use a birth certificate to board? .. And if so did any of them happen to be the little card size ? That's the size my boyfriend has and was told it would work but just wondering if y'all used this. Thanks

 

 

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Yes the birth certificates are fine just as long as they have the seal. My sister just uses that and never had a problem. I'm doing that for my son this time bc I didn't want to spend 200 to renew his passport.

 

 

 

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We just came back from eastern Carib on the Sunshine. My son who is 23 used his birth certificate card and a photo id and he had no problems boarding.

 

 

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Thanks for the review. 39 days until I'm on the Fantasy. DW and I smuggled a similar amount of booze on our first cruise. Drank only half of one bottle. Not worth the hassle anymore. We'll still be drinking a generous amount.

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We are staying in U77 in November, so please post photos after your stay. Thanks!

 

 

Here is our room on the fantasy. U77 ImageUploadedByForums1414079080.737014.jpg.08cec18836be0fd4abeeb7bfc835eac8.jpg

 

It was a lot better then I imagined. I was concerned about the room between the bed and vanity but didn't have a problem. I would room in it again!

 

 

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Thank you for the update! I am counting the days till we go. If you have any other tips/advice for cruising on the Fantasy, I would appreciate you passing them on.

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Also I've read a lot of complaints about the beds and pillows. I thought it was super comfy and I even asked for 2 extra pillows. Also asked for ice to be filled each am/pm. Def would recommended taking hanging toiletry bag for door or shoe organizer to hang.

 

 

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