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5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Mobile

5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Mobile

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Mobile
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Costa Maya
  • Day 4
    Cozumel
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Mobile

Carnival Fantasy

Carnival Fantasy - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Exceptional service/friendly crew and passengers; tasty food; clean, comfortable cabins

Cons

Only one main swimming pool; oldest ship in the Carnival fleet

Bottom Line

Ideal for families; excellent value for singles/couples and first-time cruisers


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: June 2019
I took my Husband And 4 Children Cloie(11) Madelyn(7) Alexis(8) Paris (4) on the cruise I Up talked it Because I Had Been On this cruise before and felt it would be An Awesome summer Vacation When on the Cruise We paid for The Oceanview ... Read More
I took my Husband And 4 Children Cloie(11) Madelyn(7) Alexis(8) Paris (4) on the cruise I Up talked it Because I Had Been On this cruise before and felt it would be An Awesome summer Vacation When on the Cruise We paid for The Oceanview cabin and you could not See Out the Window it was so Dirty I was Very Disappointed sheet had Holes and Stains on them it was musty smelling it was Hot The Air Did not Work Correctly In our Cabin we couldn’t use the Elevator hardly due to Children Playing On it every where we pretty much went we Had to walk which is hard with Little Children! We could Hardly Stay At the pool which was a the whole point Of Doing the Cruise Due To Drunk People, they have A Deck For Over 21 But we experience Ppl cursing One lady Was wearing Next to nothing drunk one lady threw up in the pool due to being Drunk one Drunk guy peed in the Drain We has All Sorts Of Couples Making Out In the Pool next to Our kids I had To Every day Pull our babies from the pool we got stuck out in the Middle Of the Ocean On our Excursion For Over An hour And Cause is to Be Sick and when I called to Report this The service lady was Rude And acted as if she didn’t Care Our Family vacation we paid for it was over $3000 for us to Go and we didn’t enjoy it Andy the Service Lady Could have cared Less I’m very Disappointed and Will Not be taking my Family Back on the carnival Cruise Line NOT FOR FAMILIES is how I Rate this Experience Don’t Waste your Money they Don’t Really Care About Your Experience I complained And all they told me was That They could Not control anything on Board per Vanessa Is who I spoke with Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2019
Our family of 8 chose to take the Carnival Fantasy because it was the closest port by car from our home. We have cruised with Carnival before (Victory and Vista) so we had an idea what to expect and most of our experience was similar to ... Read More
Our family of 8 chose to take the Carnival Fantasy because it was the closest port by car from our home. We have cruised with Carnival before (Victory and Vista) so we had an idea what to expect and most of our experience was similar to prior cruises. The cruise director (Paully) and table artist in the Celebration dining room (Rakin) were two standouts in our mind but the whole staff was enjoyable with only a couple exceptions. Our four kids (3, 6, 9 and 15) used all four Camp Ocean areas. They loved their experience and were asking to go to their camp rooms every day. They bonded well with the staff including our three-year old who is normally terrified of being left with strangers. The water slides that were added in January 2019 make a wonderful addition for the kids. Otherwise the pool is too small, too shallow and too full of adults for kids to really have fun in it and there are no other outdoor water options on the ship for kids. Also, there is no outdoor movie screen so movies are held in the same room where the comedy routines are delivered (at different times obviously). The Build a Bear workshop was really fun and well done and didn't really cost more than in a mall on land. For our three kids that did the workshop the cost averaged $37 per animal. Food was predictable but there are no specialty restaurants like Fahrenheit 555 on this ship. Dining food in the evening was much better with steak and seafood options and unusual appetizers for the adventurous each night like braised rabbit, frog legs and oxen tongue. Guy's Burger Joint was awesome and we hit that up frequently. Otherwise the Lido dining for breakfast and lunch felt like eating at Golden Corral and the wait at the Pizza Pirate is unacceptable especially for the poor quality of the product. The arcade was disappointing. There were 19 total machines and 13 of them were games of chance and claw machines where one tries to win impossible prizes like a PS4 or Apple iPhone. The arcade is a very small area tucked in a corner and seemed like an afterthought to us. The six "kid games" were air hockey, a solo racing game, a team dinosaur shooting game, a superhero game where you can win collector cards, a Halo team shooting game, and a 3D ride simulator. The shore excursions we selected were amazing! Probably the best we've experienced in five cruises. In Costa Maya we went to the Lost Mayan Kingdom which was extremely well run and had enough water slides and zip line activities to keep all our kids ages 3 to 20 fully entertained. In Cozumel we chose the all inclusive Passion Island with our older kids taking the Twister speedboat and the rest of our family taking the powered catamaran. Just be aware it's a 40 to 50 minutes ride to the island but the food, drinks, sand, water and staff were incredible! Comedians were OK. Sometimes funny sometimes not. I enjoyed the PG shows better because sometimes comedians seem to lean too heavily on profanity in the R shows trying to be funny rather than coming up with genuinely witty, unique comedy. And where are the women comedians? The musicians and bands were very good - some of the better ones that we've experienced but they can change frequently so our experience may not apply to your cruise after a few months. Rooms were typical. We had two ocean view rooms Aft on deck 5. Aft is a convenient location to the Lido dining room, water slides, and Camp Ocean. Room service was good with our cabin steward creating some nice animal touches for our kids each day. The ship seemed to need more maintenance than usual. We noticed a lot of rust, many windows were so dirty we couldn't take a good picture out of them, one of the elevators in the atrium was broken the entire cruise and one of the elevators in the aft of the ship constantly said 'Maintenance' most ot the cruise although it seemed to work some of the time. Overall Fantasy is a good ship but not excellent and with two days at sea on their five-day cruise it can become challenging finding something new to do especially for the kids. If you live in Alabama, west Georgia or west Florida or east Mississippi the Mobile Cruise Terminal is a reasonable drive that makes this cruise worth considering. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
After a challenging year, my husband and I were looking forward to an affordable getaway in the sun. We drove from Southern Ontario, Canada to Mobile, Alabama, US to board the ship. ​ Mobile felt welcoming, safe and uncrowded. ... Read More
After a challenging year, my husband and I were looking forward to an affordable getaway in the sun. We drove from Southern Ontario, Canada to Mobile, Alabama, US to board the ship. ​ Mobile felt welcoming, safe and uncrowded. Embarkation was the smoothest of our 9 cruise experiences... pay-by-text parking with plenty of spaces, efficient and attentive staff... it was 15 minutes from our arrival to boarding the ship. Brilliant! ​​ This smaller ship - the eldest in the Carnival fleet - is lovely and well-maintained. Everyday, throughout our cruise, we saw maintenance personnel working on painting, shampooing, repairing, etc. This is a sea-going vessel of 20 years, hosting thousands of guests per week, so a few signs of wear and tear are both realistic and charming. I cannot see any reason to complain... particularly when you consider the vacation price. Great value! ​​ We aren't usually keen on ship designs that include split dining rooms (much preferring the layout of the Panamax ships like Carnival Legend), because we find that it interrupts movement/flow of people, resulting in crowding. However, that wasn't an issue on this ship because of the smaller passenger capacity - a pleasant surprise! There were rarely issues with finding a seat in the Lido buffet, around the pool (if you're flexible about location) or at the very-popular comedy shows. ​​ Our cabin - an aft-facing oceanview - was clean and in good working order, with a comfortable bed and accommodating attendant, Artawa (who learned our names and preferences very well). I would recommend a change of the shower curtain and the art work above the bed, which both looked a tired/worn, to keep things fresh. ​​ We registered for and received flexible dining, where we could have a private table for two on our own schedule. The new American-inspired dining room menu is less extravagant than in years past, but still very good... especially if you are willing to try their locally-inspired options. On our first night, we were assigned to an excellent dining room team - Nelson with Octavian and Darma - and opted to request them each night for the duration of the cruise. Since we prefer to eat dinner after 8:00 pm, there was never a wait time and we got more face-to-face time to get to know our team. Every night, Nelson made a recommendation to match with our wine selection, or to match our experience from the day, and they were all great. We were so pleased that we chose to leave an extra $100 USD in cash gratuities for them, in addition to our prepaid amount. ​​ The key to the highly successful entertainment team was the AMAZING cruise director, Paully: hilarious, energetic and very friendly. We had a completely unique cruise experience (even compared to our previous sailings with Carnival), because we chose to attend events that we would normally skip, in order to see him, and those experiences became the highlight of this vacation - 80s and 90s music trivia in the Atrium, Cruise for St Jude, deck parties, etc. ​​ This vacation really was about spending time relaxing in the sun, so much time was spent enjoying Serenity and the Lido pool deck areas. ​​ In Cozumel, we purchased a Downtown Shopping and Beach Excursion from Carnival and had a great time. The host Ricki and the driver Hector were both knowledgeable and accommodating. There were two shopping stops - one more commercial with mass-produced trinckets at posted prices, and one more traditional with handicrafts at negotiated rates. The beach club was excellent - all facilities (pool, beach, chairs, change rooms, bathrooms, wifi, snorkels, etc) were included and well maintained. There was also a bar and restaurant for an additional fee, which we did not try, and some on-site shopping. We enjoyed the beach and were particularly impressed with the lifeguards and snorkeling staff who interacted very well with all the guests. We did participate in a local Tequila tasting and purchased a nice bottle of locally-made Anejo as a souvenir. ​​ In Progreso, the ship docks out in an industrial area a few minutes' drive from downtown (shuttles are available). It was a very hot day, so we chose to only explore the small duty-free area right beside the ship and, then, get back onboard, taking advantage of the nearly-empty public spaces. We noticed several other guests chose to stay onboard as well, with many finding a quiet corner to enjoy a board game or a book. So relaxing! ​ ​If I had to recommend two improvements for this ship: ​ ​1) Main theatre - reconfigure the seating to improve the view. There isn't enough elevation between rows, particularly on the balcony, to allow an unobstructed view of the stage. ​ 2) Add Alchemy bar (perhaps replacing the one beside the comedy club venue) - We missed those unique cocktails from our previous cruises. ​ ​Overall, we had a fun and relaxing time. Our cruise director and dining room team made the experience extra special. The warm weather was great, and the vacation value cannot be matched. Highly recommend! ​ ​ Debarkation was handled very well. There was a short wait where they had to slow down the flow of people through the immigration check point, but that was no inconvenience. Paully walked down the line of guests, explaining the delay and making sure we were still smiling. The terminal was extremely efficient, and we were sitting in our car (which was surprisingly cool considering the hot weather that week) within a short time... and wishing we were boarding again! Seriously, we called long-distance from our Canadian cell phones to see if Carnival was sold out for that next departure. ​ ​In Mobile, we visited the USS Alabama and USS Drum historical site, which was interesting, affordable and well-staffed to handle the influx of cruise visitors. We were given a discounted entry rate and spent hours exploring. We left late in the afternoon and started to make our way back home (to plan our next cruise adventure). We're looking forward to our next opportunity to book with Carnival. Read Less
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