Carnival Fantasy Review

Carnival Cruise Lines
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  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars 3.5
  • Expert Rating:3.0-stars 3.0
  • Traveler Rating:3.5-stars 3.6
    • Couples: 3.6
    • Families w/ young children: 3.5
    • Families w/ older children: 3.6
    • Singles/Friends: 3.7
    • Groups: 3.6
  • Health Rating:
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 1990
  • Refurbished: 2013
  • Ship Size: L
  • Total Cabins: 1,028
  • Restaurants: 4
  • Pools: 1

How it Ranks: Carnival Fantasy ranks #19 out of 24 Carnival Cruise Lines Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Launched in 1990, the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy is Carnival's oldest ship. But it doesn't show its age: Thanks to an upgrade in 2010, Carnival Fantasy contains modern features, such as the WaterWorks water park (complete with waterslides and fountains) and the Serenity adults-only retreat. Adults can also enjoy the table games and slots at the casino while kids take advantage of the cruise line's clubs for ages 2 to 17: Camp Carnival, Circle "C" and Club O2. And dining options are just as diverse. Though the Mongolian Wok at the Lido Buffet and the Seaday Brunch in the main dining rooms are especially popular among cruisers, there's also 24-hour room service and daily appetizers at the Taste Bar. The ship also offers the Chef's Table experience, where guests can sample cocktails and hors d'oeuvres along with a three-course dinner (for a $75 per person fee). Evening entertainment includes everything from shows at the Punchliner Comedy Club to serenades at an Egyptian-themed piano bar to interactive fun at Hasbro, The Game Show. In terms of lodging, Carnival Fantasy's Interior, Ocean View and Suite staterooms maximize comfort with standard amenities like televisions and sitting areas. But Suite category rooms guarantee more space and a balcony, along with VIP check-in. And with a 2-to-1 guest-to crew ratio, the ship offers a higher level of personalization than today's megaships.

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Carnival Fantasy Cabins

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Carnival Fantasy Deck Plans

Carnival Fantasy contains 10 decks. Find out which features are available on each Carnival Fantasy deck.

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.