I like the Fantasy and it's a great ship for first timers. The shorter cruises are great for introducing you to the cruise vacation and although you won't find people on these message boards who don't like cruising, there is a population of people who've cruised before who wouldn't do it again. That's why I advise new comers to try one of the 3, or 4, or 5, day cruises first.
Food, service, and entertainment on the Fantasy are really good. You won't be disappointed. The bars, casino, and activities are nice too. However, I'd rather the ship skip Freeport, IMO, it's a dump. Not much to do there but shop and to get there you must take a taxi ride from hell. Also, the ship's T.V. selections are poor. Just a couple of channels and they show the same movie over and over for the whole trip.
If you're scheduled dining in the Jubilee dining room make sure you go find it first thing. It's going to be difficult locating it the first time.
The ship has just emerged from a makeover and it's been updated to include an atrium bar and new furnishings. I hope they took care of some of these other grievances.
Thomas (back on the Fantasy 1/04)