travellady Posted December 26, 2004 #1 Share Posted December 26, 2004 Overall, we enjoyed the cruise. Food was good to great, stateroom attendent very accomodating, weather mostly OK except for last sea day, Grand Cayman and Cozumel were good ports, etc. But, I don't believe we'll sail a Fantasy class ship again. I did go in with an open mind after sailing the Voyager of the Seas in August and the Disney Wonder the week previous. I wasn't impressed with the decor - way too Vegasy for us but didn't let that get in our way. However, decor or not, the ship seemed run down, even after a refurb in October. We stayed in a Cat 12 suite and had several issues. Once closed, we couldn't get the closet door opened. Maintenance came up to "fix" it but when the stateroom attendent closed it that night, couldn't open it once again. The shower head was one of those you could remove and hold and the thing would not stay up by itself - very irritating. Though we asked, it was never fixed. The lavendar (yech) ceiling had a major dent in it - not sure how it got there ?? The furniture and built ins were dinged up in a major way - my husband commented that he felt like he was in a Motel 6. And, it was very noisy - we could here word for word what our next door neighbors were saying. I will say they weren't quiet talkers but felt the insulation was less than previous ships I've been on. Kids above us were continually jumping off the bed, even very early in the morning, and the ceiling would shake. I don't blame this on the ship but more the parents not being considerate of others. External of the stateroom, the elevators were very banged up inside and one was broken the entire trip. OK, so taking the stairs didn't hurt us and helped burn off some of the great food calories. The ice cream machine was broken a good part of the time too. Some of the slot machines were broken. Hmm, there seemed to be a "broken" theme running through this cruise. As I said before, food was good to great. We ate in both the dining room and up in the buffet and really no complaints though buffet food was a tad cool though not unexpected for a buffet. Pizza was really good as well - sure beat the cardboard pizza we had a week earlier on the Disney Wonder. Entertainment was pretty lame. Mostly it consisted of guests performing for the rest of the passengers (Xmas show, Love and Marriage game, Knobby Knees, etc.). I did try to sit through a performance of what I call the Argentinian Cowboys trying to be funny (this was hired entertainment). It was bad so we got up and left. Bingo was not fun - one game at a time?? Come on... We did go on two good excursions - my sons and husbands did the beginning scuba diving in Cozumel while I went to the Mexican Cooking School on the beach (a new excursion and if you like learning to cool new cuisines, I recommend it). In Grand Cayman we went to 7 mile beach via taxi and thoroughly enjoyed it. But, we had to leave this port at 2PM and would have liked to have spent more time. Will I sail Carnival again? Honestly, I'm not sure. I met several people on the cruise who felt exactly as we did - having an enjoyable time but have had more fun on other ships. And, one couple mentioned they had sailed the Pride and had a wonderful time and stated "we now know we will never saild another Fantasy Class Carnival ship". So, I will remain open minded and at some point will give Carnival one more chance but will try a brand new if not close to brand new ship. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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