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Old December 30th, 2010, 11:49 AM
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Hello everyone! This will be my first time cruising and I have a ton of questions. I'd like to get as much info as possible before I book.

A relative is celebrating her mom's birthday with a cruise. She has to take her kids so she chose the Fantasy. The dates are July 23-29.

I'm looking at the website and the agent suggested 6 Upper, room U18. The travel agent says this is a good spot cuz we won't hear the anchor being let down (didn't even think about that) and other noise related to that.

She also said rooms with a porthole aren't much different from rooms with a window altho they cost $200 more, true or untrue?

I'd also like to know if the Upper level is high up or closer to the water? I had a bad experience years ago where we were under the water and haven't cruised since.

I know I have more questions but I'd appreciate any help anyone can give. Thanks!
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Old December 30th, 2010, 12:14 PM
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Hello everyone! This will be my first time cruising and I have a ton of questions. I'd like to get as much info as possible before I book.

A relative is celebrating her mom's birthday with a cruise. She has to take her kids so she chose the Fantasy. The dates are July 23-29.

I'm looking at the website and the agent suggested 6 Upper, room U18. The travel agent says this is a good spot cuz we won't hear the anchor being let down (didn't even think about that) and other noise related to that.

She also said rooms with a porthole aren't much different from rooms with a window altho they cost $200 more, true or untrue?

I'd also like to know if the Upper level is high up or closer to the water? I had a bad experience years ago where we were under the water and haven't cruised since.

I know I have more questions but I'd appreciate any help anyone can give. Thanks!
The size of the inside cabins are comparable to outside cabins (porthole) but you will get no outside light.

Upper deck will definitely be above the waterline so you won't have to worry about that.

If you have more questions feel free to ask.

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Newlywed, check out Carnival's website. You can find deck plans and other information about your ship in the Ships and Staterooms section. Here is a direct link to the deck plan of Carnival Fantasy: http://www.carnival.com/Deck_Plan.as...%20Fantasy_139

The cabin your travel agent suggested is very far forward. You would not hear any engine noise. I'm not sure about the location of the anchors.

If you are concerned about ship motion something to the center of the ship would have less motion. I've not sailed a Fantasy class ship, but I don't believe any of the cabins are below the water line.
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I had to laugh - looks like the ship was rocking a little when this promotional photo was taken:
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What to know if you’ve never cruised

You mentioned that you have never truly cruised before. Here are some of the reasons why people cruise over and over: Once you register at the ship, they take your credit card information and you receive a “Sign and Sail” Card which is your cabin key and if you want to buy something in the stores, you use it; if you wants a drink, you use it; if you get your hair done or go to the spa, you use it. It is your money as no cash is used on the ship.

Once you get to the ship and unpack you can see many lands without packing and unpacking. As in a hotel, your cabin is cleaned and freshened each day. You can choose never to leave your cabin as room service is free, all you do is tip the waiter. Your food with the exception of specialty restaurants is free. Soft drinks and liquor come with a charge, tips are usually included on the bill they ask you to sign.

There are many dining venues. I like linen service for breakfast and dinner in the main dining room. Shorts for breakfast, country club casual for dinner except for Formal night. A suit or jacket for the men and a pretty thing for the ladies. Many change into jeans after dinner. For lunch we might go to the Lido Deck where they have a 24 hour enormous buffet with many many things to choose from. There is always a hot dog and hamburger joint by the pool and soft ice cream & pizza is available 24/7. The shows, and what great shows they are, are included in the price. We typically eat at early dining (6:00 pm) go to the 8:00 pm show gamble or dance in one of the many clubs and call it a night. The gambling is always loose the first 3 days and then they take it all back the last 3 days.

There are many pools, a spa, hairdresser (very nice) and state of the art, huge exercise center. The classes have a charge but the many machines are free. The sauna is free, the massages are not. They are quite costly BUT if you wait a day or two, they may have a sale or reduce the price on “in port” days. If you use the spa, they try to sell you very expensive stuff…it is hard to say no. I write on the form they ask you to fill out: I am here to relax. DO NOT TRY TO SELL ME ANYTHING. Yes, it is direct but I have never been bothered again.

As I said, you will never see these people again. You can play at being fancy or you can blend into the woodwork. I have never remembered what anybody had on and I suspect that they don’t remember me. Khaki pants or shorts and a shirt are a staple. I do encourage you to have every picture that they take of you taken. There is a floor where you view pictures taken but the great part is, they don’t cost until you buy one. Leave the rest behind.

I learned this as a frequent cruiser and a travel coordinator at 4 More Travel, 4 More Travel Cruise & Vacation Specialists | - Home. Once you cruise, you will wonder why you have wasted so much time on land.

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I sailed on a Fantasy Class ship last month, the Imagination. Cabin U26. It was a normal outside cabin, not a porthole. The ship never used her anchor, so I can't say to that noise, but one morning the bow thrusters sure did make a lot of noise. Something to consider when you are that far forward.
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The port holes are a great bargain on Carnival (on RCL they sell as OVs).

On Fantasy class ships, the PTs only hold 2 people .. sounded like there are more than 2 people involved, since "kids (plural). Unless you are getting two PTs side by side, this might not work for them.

Dream is the only ship Iv seen PTs that hold more than 2 people.
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First of all, fantastic choice on choosing a cruise to celebrate! Cruises are such a fantastic choice for a vacation! Upper levels are up closer to the top deck. I really dont' think there is too much difference between having a port hole or an actual window. Most people are really only in their cabin to sleep and to shower. It is nice to have enough room to turn around in, because some cabins can be extremely small, but I have been very pleased with the size of Carnival's cabins. Feel free to contact me if you have anymore questions or check out my blog, which is all about cruising!
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better late than never so here goes:

1) See if you can move up a deck - with some of the ship renovations, there may be noises from below that you never heard before and if you're traveling with kids, I wouldn't take any chances. My favorite Carnival deck is Empress level.

2) Carnival wins hands-down for the Camp Carnival program. You will be able to enjoy your adult time while the kids have a great time too. CC also keeps everyone sane. Remember the kids are on vacation too.

3) July is a very hot time of the year to cruise. Plan for everyone with some baseball hats, lots of good sunscreen, some burn shirts for the kids, etc. Take water bottles or buy the Carnival thermos cups so that no one gets dehydrated. The bottles can constantly be refilled. Be sure to take sharpies with you to put your name and cabin number on your cups.

4) Cabins - if you can - get oceanviews and not portholes - there is a huge difference in the size - think porthole window vs. a picture window at home.

5) Check with Carnival to make sure the water park is not scheduled for maintenance during your cruise.

6) This is extremely important, if any of the kids CANNOT swim yet, get them in a swimming class this winter so that they are comfortable in water over their heads, both onboard and at your port stops. If there are any babies/toddlers, get them in a class too. I don't believe any of the ships have an actual kiddie pool anymore but I'm not positive and diapers are not allowed in the pools!

7) As a courtesy to your fellow cruisers, try to keep the kids out of the hot tubs.

8) Be creative and pack a surprise bag of coloring books, some construction paper, crayons, glue stick, etc., not just electronic games and take a deck of cards.

9) Don't forget to take a power cord or two and a hair dryer - not sure if fantasy level has hair dryers or not. Also with a large group, walkie talkies come in very handy to keep track of everyone!

I love cruising Carnival with our granddaughter so I consider us seasoned now and these are just some suggestions, whether you take them or not.

Have a great time!
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The Fantasy is one of our favorite Carnival ships. It has tasteful decorations and a very nice atrium.

Advice is free so here are a couple of suggestions from me.

As first-time cruisers I suggest that you seriously consider a cabin nearer the middle of the ship than one you will find with portholes.

With kids it might be worth the differnce in price to have a real window for them to look out.

Good luck...you will love the cruise.
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Thank you ALL for these responses! I did searches for Fantasy and came up empty so wasn't sure there would be any info on this board. I do have a few more questions & comments on some of your comments.

Also just to clarify - hubby and I are not bringing kids, our relatives/co-cruisers (is that a word?) are. They chose Fantasy because they heard it was good for kids. Hubby is a bit worried that the boat will be overrun with kids but it will be summertime so I figure that's probably true but what can we do? I've heard various stories on that, mostly about teens - any comments/tips on that?

1. Do we really need passports?

2. What is the difference between inside and outside cabins? I know that sounds like it should be self explanatory but had to ask. Are there temperature differences?

Also when I asked the size difference between portholes vs. windows I meant the room overall not windows, but sounds like there's no size difference.

3. As far as picking a room, where is the best area to avoid as much noise as possible from the ship?

Flowers: Only hubby & I will share a cabin, but the TA said we'd have to attach the beds - I'm assuming someone on board can do that if requested?

Cruisecouple thanks for the tips, especially about the power cord. When I read there's only one outlet per room somewhere else I wondered if I could get away with bringing one. TA recommended that level & that maybe connected to price but I'll find out.
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Just got off the Fantasy on the 13th of this month. This was also our first cruise and enjoyed it very much. We had a porthole room on Riveria which is the lowest passenger deck. We like the porthole. Just enough light coming in and you can sit in the window area if you like and get a good view. These rooms are also a little larger than the rest of the standard rooms. Maybe a couple of feet but that is a lot on a ship.

You will defiantly feel some movement the first night and and last night. I assume you are going out of Charleston since this is the Fantasy's home port. We kind of liked the movement however. You will also notice the bow thrusters but we were already up to go to shore.

Passports: If you are going to Freeport and Nassau you will not need them. Only a CERTIFIED birth certificate and driver license (gov't issued picture id).

Not sure about the temperature differences. We ran our air a little the whole time and stayed comfortable. July could be a different story however.

We did have to bring a hair dryer. None in the regular Fantasy cabins. I also brought a power strip. The one and only plug is right beside the bed. Just plugged the strip in and placed it on the floor.

They should have the beds attached. Your travel agent can arrange this or you can call Carnival direct. If for some reason this does not happen just ask you cabin steward to take care of it because there is a pad that is placed across to not have a break in the middle.

Kids- Did not take ours but there were 250 on board for our cruise. The next boarding had over 700 since there was a holiday involved. I'm sure you will notice kids during a summer cruise. Just go to the Serenity area at the back of the ship. No kids allowed. Sit in the whirlpool and overlook the ocean.

I'm sure you will have a great time. We sure did and are hooked on cruising.
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