Not knowing what to expect, my anticipation was high and the Carnival Fantasy did not disappoint! It is one of the older ships own by Carnival, but you would not have known. The interior was beautiful and the atrium was beyond impressive. Although our room was small, it was the perfect size for the two of us.
We chose the ‘Faster to the Fun’ option, which was one of the best choices we made. This allowed us to do exactly as it sounds, get to the fun faster. It got you on board before others, into your room immediately, debarkation before others and many more perks. If your ship has this option, I highly recommend it.
We were unsure how we would know what, when and where everything was going on, but Carnival takes care of this too. ‘Fun Times’ is a daily schedule provided by your cabin steward. Every night when we would come back to the room we had a new towel animal and the next day’s ‘Fun Times,’ This was beyond beneficial and allowed us to fully plan the next day, without delaying the fun.
Between contests, shows, dancing and the casino there is something on board for every cruiser. This is especially true at Christmas time. There were extra shows and events to get involved in. The Grinch was even around causing mischief like always. I personally enjoyed the music trivia games. As our cruise director said, they were really more 2% trivia 98% party. We spent that time dancing and singing away in the atrium. There were game shows and deck parties, kid’s shows and bingo. There was no way you couldn’t find at least one thing on board to partake in.
Although there is plenty to do on board, a major part of a cruise is the ports and excursions. We had two stops, Cozumel and Progresso. If you are looking for shopping, Cozumel is the place to go. Every gift I wanted for others or myself, I found with no problem. As for a port to take an adventure in, Progresso was perfect. We took an excursion to Uxmal, a Mayan ruin. Our guide had so much knowledge and made this one of the most interesting tours I have ever been on. We were even able to climb one of the temples and it was amazing, even if I was exhausted by the time I reached the top.
There are so many things that could be discussed about a cruise, I could go on forever. I will say there is only one thing I did not like, the end. Due to the amount of fun, the end arrived quicker than I thought. However, if I was asked what a good vacation was I would encourage a cruise to anyone. I personally cannot wait for my next one.