My wife and I are going on our first cruise and taking are kids 11,7,and 4. Would like any information on the ship. We are looking forward to the best time ever. Have not been on a vacation for ten years. We leave the 29th of Feb.
When you get to Freeport, get away from the dock. There's not much there and it's not very pretty. Much more to do in nearby Port Lucaya. Nassau is much nicer with lots of things to do. Fantasy is an older ship but very well maintained and just refurbished. I like my dinners in the dining room and prefer breakfast at the buffett on Lido deck. Don't miss the shows. Take the kids to the front of the Sports deck outside the track for a great view with plenty of breeze. You and the Mrs. check out the balcony on either side at the back of Lido deck buffett. Have a great cruise!
The Fantasy is a beautiful ship and your kids will have a great time. My 13 yo and I sailed her in January and had a great time. the kids program is terrific and they'll love the pool! You and your wife will enjoy the shows and the food! The kids will will dig the 24 hour pizza bar and the 24 hour ice cream machine on the Lido deck.
We went on a glass bottom boat tour in Nassau. In Freeport at Port Lucaya there were lots of kids on the beach and playing on a HUGE water trampoline having a ball. Yes, Freeport is ugly at the pier, but other parts of Freeport are quite lovely. Lucayan National Park is supposed to have one of the prettiest beaches in Freeport.
Have a great time!
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We just got back from a Fantasy cruise earlier this month. It was our first cruise and I enjoyed it so much! The staff was wonderful on the ship and there is so much to do. We only went to the straw market in Freeport but their was so much to do in Nassau, we just couldn't fit it all in. It is really beautiful there. We went to the Atlantis, to a beach and on a glass bottom boat. I think if I return I will go to the Blue Lagoon because I've heard it is incredible there. It takes about 45 minutes to get there and it was going to be an all day thing but it would have been really relaxing. Our day was a little hectic trying to do so much.
I hope you enjoy your trip as much as we did.
Hey MN Cruiser,
We just got back from our first cruise. The Fantasy was a very pretty ship they do a great job of keeping it clean. It was much nicer than I was expected after people said it was the oldest. It was beautiful. We had a great time and the kids loved it. Mine are 11,7 and 4. The food was great and the service was outstanding, with the exception of a couple of bartenders. The other thing was the kids camp was great but we found that when we were at shows or playing games we had to leave because kids camp said you had to pick up kids at certain times. They could fix that a little and it would be better.
We booked a ocean view cabin on rivera deck and got upgraded to the main deck. It was ok but the rooms are small for five people. But we did manage. Next time we will spend the little extra and get the cat 12 suite.
Overall we had a great time and can not wait until our next trip.
Hey Tom, next time I would suggest spending the extra money on another, adjoining, room for the kids rather than a suite. You will be more comfortable and have more room and the biggest advantage is you have a second bathroom.
Tom - We cruise with our children so there are 5 of us. We always book a second room, either adjoining or right next to each other. We've found that works best because of the second bathroom and it has been cheaper than booking the suite.