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Old November 26th, 2003, 04:17 PM
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Does anyone know what the earliest time you can arrive on the ship is? We are leaving on the Fantasy which debarks at 4:00 on Thurs. afternoon. Any tips from anyone who has left from this area. Can't wait til tomorrow.!
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Old November 26th, 2003, 04:22 PM
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Last year we cruised on Disney and arrived at the port around 10:30 am to check in; however, they wouldn't let anyone board until noon.
We will be departing Port Canaveral again this Saturday on Carnival Glory and plan to arrive at the port terminal about the same time. Hopefully, they will board earlier than Disney. I've read where some people were on and eating at 11:30 am. Have fun!!
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Old November 26th, 2003, 07:13 PM
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Will be sailing on the Glory in March. Will you let me know how you like it. Thanks
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Old November 26th, 2003, 08:56 PM
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Susie and I were on board the Glory by 12:30, and we just zipped right through the line. We had all our paperwork ready, and there were NO problems getting through check-in.

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Old November 29th, 2003, 06:42 PM
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Hi,

I just got back from a cruise on the Fantasy 11/21 and when we embarked we were at the port somewhere near 12:30pm, we had a short delay in bording because we ordered tickets online and had to get them printed there at the port, but I think we were on the ship at around 1:30 or so. I was a first time cruiser as well so me and my girl took the time to "find our way around the ship". I mean it's amazing that I never really learned my way from end to end of the ship except via the lido deck.

Back to your question I think the earliest may be about 12pm.
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Old November 29th, 2003, 08:59 PM
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Hi Darrick!

How as the cruise? I'm going on the Fantasy Jan. 4th and would LOVE to hear a recent review of the Fantasy.

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Old November 30th, 2003, 04:59 AM
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We're leaving on the Fantasy January 4th too - our first cruise! Have found a few reviews but continue to watch for more! Most are positive especially since the ship was refurbished in September.
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Old November 30th, 2003, 07:38 PM
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Jonilyn,
Where did you find the cruise reviews for the Fantasy? I've been looking, but haven't found many. I've been bugging folks here at cruisemates to post reviews, but haven't seen any turn up yet!

Are you traveling with your family?

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Old November 30th, 2003, 09:40 PM
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Hi Guys,

I can tell you all about the Fantasy, let me first say that I had a good time which is all that matters, but !!! I didn't have as good a time as I thought I would. I went in expecting not too much and I think that's what I got.

Embarking: pretty straight forward, although if you're catching the shuttle from the airport you'll probably meet quite a huge mass of people at the check in gate. All counters were full of helpful carnival employees so you get through the line pretty quickly and you're ready to board the ship.. yyyaaahhh!!

Bording the ship: I was in aww of the atrium and from the moment I stepped foot on the ship it never felt like a ship until I looked out the portholes or was out on deck. I loved the deck overlooking the sea. I never found my way around the ship except via the lido deck. It's amazing the way ships are laid out and how it was so easy to get mixed up and turned around in such a relatively small space.

Rooms: I had a state room with a window. I don't know all about the number / letter system, I was placed in M226. The room was initially small when I walked through the door but we put the beds together and found that it was enough space for everything we needed the room for, and that was sleeping and getting dressed. I couldn't imagine not having a window, it would seem cramped to me.

Food: The food on the Lido deck was better in my opinion than it was in the dining rooms. The food on the Lido deck is cooked fresh and there are more than just burgers and fries, especially if you get up there when the meal times initially start. The food in the Jubilee dining room seemed to be like glorified hospital food, nothing seemed to be prepared fresh, it's banquet style and you can tell. I will say that I did eat in the jubilee every night except for formal night so the food couldn't have been all that bad.

Ship: Because it was my first cruise I thought the ship was great. I would have thought I was on the best ship in the fleet if it weren't for the Disney Wonder and Royal Carribean Majesty of the Seas sitting in the same port. Those are beautiful ships and make the Fantasy look like a wicked step child sitting next to those two boats. The ship was clean enough for me, but you can tell it's definitely old. I didn't really harp on the fact that many people say is infamous on the Fantasy and that's the vegas style neon lighting. I never really noticed it so it wasn't a bother. But I can tell you that once you begin your trek down the hallways, you will feel like you're in a vegas hotel. The halls seem to go on for days.

Entertainment: the late night comedy shows were great! So were all the other shows. The show rooms are extremely cold!!! If you're a cold type person, bring a jacket, you will be cold!!! The clubs and bars on the ship are great! You'll feel like you're on land when walking through many of those areas. The casino is nothing short of fantastic if you're a gambler. I lost 40 dollars the first day, but won 160 dollars the next. BlackJack of course.

Ship Staff: Very very very very very troubled that it was as many times as I previously mentioned very.... hard to understand any employee on the ship. Everyone is from a different country and english is their second language. I wasn't unhappy with the staff execpt for the night in which my waiter was musty / funky / didn't smell to fresh up and around the armpits! That was an apetite killer. Everyone else seemed to be pretty helpful, or at least as helpful as I expected them to be.

Shores: Freeport - not really impressed with the Freeport stop, we did however go to the Pirates of the Carribbean Beach Party and rented Wave Runners (I think we got a deal, 2 ski's for a half hour, total $60) I think the going rate on those Wave Runners are $60 per half hour. We also did some para sailing, That was great!! Very expensive but worth it. I think that was just about the same price, we paid $120 for two of us. If you want to just chill out on a private beach, do the Pirates of the Carribbean, it's great! Do it, free alcohol once your get off the bus, but that's it! You'll have to pay for any other drink that day. Lunch is pretty good and free! Water is clean and nearly transparent! You can snorkel and do other things in Freeport which is probably great too. You have such a short time in Freeport that you'll most likely only have the time to do one Shore Excursion so choose wisely.

Nassua - You're there all day and night! You can do whatever you didn't do in Freeport in Nassau, we chose to swim with the dolphins. Oh my g*d! Great Tour!!! You're wisked away on a boat past the Atlantis which is a great tour too, to the Dolphin Encouters private beach to swim with the dolphis. If you start early, you can do a couple of shore tours in Nassau. What I have heard was that if you want to do the Atlantis tour, don't choose the tour that the ship offers, simply get off the boat and follow the crowd to where the water taxis are, pay about 6 bucks round trip to Atlantis and pay much less to do the same tour at the Atlantis then you would if you paid the ship to set it up. Shopping in Nassua was good, I was freaked out by the cars driving on the wrong side of the road and many with the steering wheels on the wrong side of the car.

Picture Taking: you will prompted to take so many pictures while your on the ship,, by all means take them. You can see them before you pay for them so it won't hurt to "say cheese" do know that it will a challange finding your pictures amoung the hundreds that will posted in an 8 feet wide / 50 foot long hallway, but once you do find them you'll either love your photos or hate them. We like all but 1 that we took, and if you take any photo other than the ones with the backdrops and lights that are set up near the casino and bars they're pretty affordable.

Let me see, what else...... what else??

Debarking: probably the longest wait on the whole trip. We had pink tags and pink and red tags are some of the last people to leave the ship. You can either put your bags out in the hallway the night before or choose to carry them out yourself. I suggest putting your bags out in the hall the night before, get up and get dressed, go to the lido deck for breakfast and wait until your color is called.

The day at sea was pretty relaxing, we sat by the pool most of the day and watched the activities going on PoolSide and that was fun. But like I said, I didn't have a bad time, but not a good of a time I thought I would have and I can't tell you why.

I do not agree with the automatic tipping or the dining room matre de soliciting tips. You will however like the getting hot hot hot dance they do during one of the dinner meals.

I will be cruising again and it would probably be Carnival. I mean it was the best 250 dollars I've ever spent for a 4 night vacation. Be aware that sign and sail is a little deceptive but it's what it is. Because you never handle cash on your trip, except for when you visit the ports. It's almost easy to get overwhelmed with charges by just handing over your card. I suggest using a credit card instead of cash because I did hear a lot of people with there name being called out over the loud speaker before we were allowed to disembarked.

I hope I was able to answer all of your questions. If not.. I'll try to in a future post.
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Old November 30th, 2003, 09:48 PM
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Just returned from the Glory 11/22-11/29. We arrived at terminal via Mears Shuttle from Orlando Airport at 10:40 a.m. Took a while to get luggage off bus, go thru security screening, registration and key pickup. We were walking on the ship at 11:25. Couldn't get to room until 1:30 so went to lunch on the Lido deck and then to On the Green to watch Michigan beat up Ohio State (GO BLUE).

Service was excellent with Carnival.

Enjoy!

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