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Old May 17th, 2004, 09:31 AM
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Default Just back from FANTASY 3 day cruise any questions?

We had a great time. I'll post a review as soon as I have time.
I'll answer any questions in the mean time.

If anyone tells you, you won't feel the ship move they are not telling the truth.

We went a day early. Rented a car, Drove to Cape Canaveral and stayed at the
Radisson.
We had a evening flight home so we got a room for the day at the
Hyatt in the airport and spent the day at the pool. Best relaxing thing we could have done
because we had to go back to work Monday.

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Old May 17th, 2004, 11:08 AM
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Glad to hear you had a great time! 11 days until my 3 children and I leave for ours on the Fantasy!! What is your opinion of the top 3 things to do on the ship? Do they let children in the talent contest?
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Old May 17th, 2004, 11:59 AM
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The only contests and games I personally saw were on the Lido deck (around the pool)
I may have missed some games. But, of the ones I saw....
All of the evening contests were for 18 and over (Hula-Hoop pass, Limbo, ect...).
Day time the youngest I saw allowed for the "Biggest Splash down the slide"
was 16.

You didn't say how old your kids were. But, I did notice all the kids I saw had huge
smiles, giggling and having a blast (I didn't see any child from very young to under 18
not having fun). They really seemed to enjoy the big slide and the pool.
During the Muster Drill all the kids get a color paper bracelet to be worn the
whole cruise for Identification and to let any one know what Muster station they belong
on incase something were to happen.

#1 ----
Take Bonine (the 24 hour kind) !!
I get car sick and thought Dramamine would work. It did a little bit but wore off fast.
They give away bonine at the information desk (you have to ask for it, you can also buy it at the Galeria).
There were alot of seasick people on our trip.

#2 ----
Get up to the Lido deck right after the Muster Drill you'll have 15min between the end of the Drill and Cast off time. Get to the side of ship where you'll see Bar's and Restaurants
People will wave to the ship. It's so much fun waving to them and it set your mood for the trip.

#3----
Walk around and pose for all the pictures you can. You don't have to buy them.
But, you may end up with some really nice pictures that you'll want to buy.
The only bummer was some of the pictures were only available in the 8x10 size
and if you wanted a smaller size you had to buy a package.

#4 ----
Read your capers highlight things you want to attend carry the capers with you.
We kept forgetting ours and found we missed some of the things we really wanted to see or do.

There are more little bits of Trival information. I'll post them when I think of them.



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Old May 17th, 2004, 02:20 PM
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If you have outgoing children AND they are having trouble getting enough adults to participate, then your children might be asked to play in some of the games. My 13 yo was on stage 4 or 5 times because his hand always went up first and he was OBVIOUSLY having a great time. They want lively folks up on stage!

Yes, like Sis&I said, don't miss being on the starboard (that's right for any landlubbers out there...) side of the ship when you sail out of port. Our board friend Thomas clued us in to that fun event and it was a blast waving to all the folks on land who gather at the bars to watch the ships leave.

You'll have a BLAST!!

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Old May 17th, 2004, 02:56 PM
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Leaving in 16 days and cant wait.....what did you do in Nassau?
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Old May 17th, 2004, 04:06 PM
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Yes, we did do Nassau. We wouldn't have missed it. Too cool.

My sister and I didn't see anything in the Carnival Shore Excursions that appealed to us.
So we did our own thing.

First thing we did when we got off the ship, we entered the first building straight ahead.
Lots of Taxi Drivers will approach you offering all sorts of tours. We said no thank you
and walked straight outside.

We took a Surrey ride (horse and Buggy) around town, pretty cool. (Take note of some stores you may want to shop at when your on foot).
Everyone will want money for something (careful).
Someone approached us and asked if we'd like them to take our picture while we were sitting in the Surrey. (we thought oh how nice and handed our camera over)
He kept buggy us for money. Another guy slipped a bracelet on our arm and wanted
$15.00 each we quickly took them off and said no thank-you.

We then walked around all the stores shopping. People will shout "hey, pretty lady want your hair braided?" Some hand out flyers for discounts. Some try to flag you into their store, "we're having a sale today".
We also walked up and down the aisles of the straw market. Some of the stuff is pretty low quality. Guess what, They were having Sales today also.

Then we went to Senor Frogs for Lunch. What a Blast. Senor Frogs is fun even in the
day time.

Then we walked back to the first building where the Taxi drivers were offering tours
and we took a tour. Very cool, take the information given with a grain of salt. Some may be misinformation. We drove all over the place, WORD OF CAUTION, if you take the
taxi to the Queen's Staircase. Do Not walk the steps alone!!! Walk in a group.
My sister and I were alone. The only other people on the Stairs and walk way were
a few locals. Who wanted money. We had kind of a scary experience.
Boy were we glad to see a police man who just happened to come around the corner.
Our Taxi driver meet us at the bottom of the stairs at the end of a walk way but not close enough for our taste.
Our Taxi driver was very nice, He took us to the Atlantis and we toured the Atlantis.
for cheeper that Carnival was offering.
At the end of the tour he offered to take us where ever we wanted.
We wanted to go to a scuba store. We were looking for a Scuba store
for gifts to take home. but, we couldn't find it on our own)
Then he returned us to where we started.

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Old May 17th, 2004, 09:19 PM
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My children are 6, 7, & 14. It sounds like they will have the time of their lives. It's been a very hard year for them as my husband and I just got divorced after 18 months of a long, drawn out seperation. This is our get awat to try and forget for a while all the bad stuff. It has been so much fun planning it for them. My ex-husband is worried about us walking around by ourselves in the Bahamas, but we are doing the Dolphins in Freeport and completely staying at Atlantis in Nassua, so I think we will be safe.
So glad you had such an awesome time. Thanks for sharing it with us!
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Old May 17th, 2004, 10:24 PM
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I'm glad you got back OK. Sorry we missed you the first day. We waited by the Shore tours desk until about 3:45 but then we had to go get ready for the drill and leaving the dock.
It sounds like you had a great time. We did also. It was a great anniversary.

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Old May 18th, 2004, 11:53 AM
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Why were so many people sea sick? How was the weather?
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Old May 18th, 2004, 12:56 PM
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How did you like Atlantis? Did it take long to go through it? We have a 9 yr old and thought he would enjoy this. Did you hear any comments about Blue Lagoon?
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Old May 18th, 2004, 01:15 PM
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KINGWAH,

This was our first cruise so I can't say the seas were rougher than normal because I have no idea what normal is.

We did ask around. They said, The first night our the Captain was driving fast and the seas were pretty rough, But the weather was beautiful.
The third night there were T-Storms that the ship drove around
but they must have effected the sea.
I got the idea that seasickness was nothing to play around with so the 3rd day
(FUN DAY AT SEA) I took some Bonine what a difference. I was OK but I did notice other people (like my Sister) were seasick.

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Old May 19th, 2004, 01:27 PM
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mj
We did Blue Lagoon. It was beautiful. There are lots of hamocks around to lounge on if you want. the beach was warn and you just melted into the sand. i don't recommend Stingray City, but I heard good reviews of the Dolphin encounter. You don't haveto do anything there but just hang though. I think that's what I would do next time.

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Old May 19th, 2004, 03:13 PM
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I think I talked to you b4 you went on your cruise but I'm not sure ,if so I would like to know if everything was ok
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Old May 19th, 2004, 03:37 PM
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Reginald,

Yes, you did talk to me. You were very helpful.

We had a wonderful time, we went to Senor Frogs as you suggested. That was a
lot of fun even in the day time.
We also took a tour of Atlantis as you suggested that was Beautiful.

Thank for all your input prior to our trip.

Sis&I
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Old May 20th, 2004, 09:41 AM
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What was if like in the dining room, formality wise? Hubby and I leave soon for a 3 day and are trying to decide what to pack. I'm assuming b/c it's just a 3 day that it's pretty laid back in what people are wearing into the dining room? Thanks
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I was worried about what to wear and what to bring also.
I shouldn't have worried.

Your right it is pretty laid back.
You'll see people dressed in all different clothes from very casual (although I didn't see Jeans) to Very nice.

The Men at my table (I didn't know them before the cruise) wore
Khaki's and nice slacks with either Dress shirt (Formal night, which is night of Nassau)
and Sports shirts or what you might call Resort shirts.

My sister and I bought sparkle Formals at Boston Store on Sale for around $25.00ea
for formal night.
The other 2 nights we had a Travel Wear Tank dress we Covered up with a different
blazer or open Shirt on the other nights.

We decided we were going to totally pack in Carry on luggage.
At the end of the Cruise we found we wore everything we packed and didn't
need anything more than we packed.
(we did however need to bring huge purses that we shoved all our toiletries in)

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Hi all,

I have enjoyed reading all the postings. We sail Dec 23 for a 3 day to Nassau, and i have a few questions, If anyone has answers.

1. There is a formal night--like one reader posted, I am a nurse and have scrubs or jeans, not much else, what to take?? Will Hubby need a jacket and tie? What about the kids? One 18 year old male and one 12 year old male (tie and JAckets for both????) I assume the girls can dress similar to me.

2. HAs anyone had to split cabins?? With 6 of us we have 2 rooms, but so far no guarantee of the rooms being close together, or even on the same deck, needless to say I am nervous.

3. Any other advice for a first time cruiser, family size 6, ages 18, 16, 12, and 12?

Thanks!!

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how was the entertainment? In august we had a great band on board that kept the nightlife lively!!!!
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Just read the Fantasy has FAILED the cdc inspection, scored a 83, 86 is passing, items found broken food storage coolers and roaches in numerous stages of development.
Sure hope they get it cleaned up before your trip.

Have a nice cruise. : )
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Old November 2nd, 2004, 08:41 PM
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SAd, but true. I read it on another website, but confirmed it at the CDC website.

http://www2a.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp/vspmain.asp

for all ship reviews from the CDC.

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Ru -

I was on the Fantasy last year,,,, ROSS or Marshalls got an awesome dress for 15.00 also we wore a great dres sshirt and black dress pants,,, NEWPORTNEWS.com

Great advice from the original poster I ONLY carry on and ill post why in a minute... please see best packer ever....

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