Thanks, one and all. Bahamas were more interesting than some reviewers had led me to believe. Food quality was excellent and service could not have been better. Expected the stateroom to be small and cramped, but it was a decent size with king sized bed and a large picture window to the sea. Only thing that sucked was the on-board tv, perhaps 6 channels, mostly fuzzy - but then, didn't really pay to watch tv. Even though the Fantasy is the oldest ship in Carnival's fleet of 24 ships, you sure couldn't tell inside. It's 20 years old, but they keep it up, had all the upgrades done over the years, and it was clean and spotless everywhere.
I paid to go on a private tour of the inner workings of the ship, only 16 passsengers of the 2000+ had the chance. I loved that part, was in the engine room, kitchens, laundry areas, storage areas, crew living areas, etc. My fave part was spending time on the bridge with the Italian captain of the ship. Even got a special photo of captain and our special group to keep. Will say it was highly secured, these regions of the ship. Guess in our day and age, it has to be that way.
Being that schools are in session, there were only small pockets of kids on-board, which we planned it that way. Heard in the summer months, there is sometimes 50% of the guests are under 18 running rampage over the ship.
We are already planning and scheming out our next cruise. We are sold on them now that we are not cruise virgins anymore.
old sailor - if you see this post - while in the crew's quarters, they had pictures and images of our friend "padre" everywhere. being that a lot of the professional crew were italian, it kind of made sense. i talked to some of them down there, and they seemed surprised that a "guest" even knew who he was, lol. He was watching over me in far out at sea.
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