Posted on: January 17th, 2013 - Ship Overviews
CARNIVAL’S 2,056-PASSENGER CARNIVAL FANTASY OFFERS YEAR-ROUND SEVEN-DAY CRUISES FROM CHARLESTON, S.C.
Carnival Cruise Lines’ 70,000-ton Carnival Fantasy operates seven-day voyages from Charleston, S.C. – the only year-round cruise program from that port.
On this route, the week-long voyages depart every Saturday and feature visits to Grand Turk, the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, and Nassau.
Carnival Fantasy emerged with a host of guest-pleasing amenities and facilities as part of the line’s $350 million “Evolutions of Fun” ship refurbishment initiative for its eight Fantasy-class vessels. Newly added features include a Carnival WaterWorks water park with a 300-foot-long water slide, dual-racing slides and water spray apparatus; Serenity, an adults-only area located aft with two whirlpools; and a redesigned resort-style main pool on Lido Deck.
The namesake vessel in the line’s Fantasy-class, the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy offers a diversity of themed lounges, bars and nightspots, myriad full-service and casual dining choices, an on-board health and fitness facility, supervised programs for kids and teens, a comprehensive golf program and spacious accommodations.
PUBLIC ROOMS AND AREAS
Carnival Fantasy’s interior features an abstract décor that varies greatly throughout the various public rooms and areas. Highlights include the Cleopatra piano bar, which pays homage to ancient Egypt with sarcophagi, life-size Egyptian sculptures and hieroglyphics, and the Cats Lounge, inspired by the hit Broadway musical and offering guests a unique “cats eye view” with a décor of oversized cans, kitchen utensils and food containers. The ship’s library, the Pavilion, offers a traditional setting of mahogany-and-glass bookcases and walls adorned with original artwork, while the refined Majestic Bar, a popular spot for before- or after-dinner cocktails and people watching, features a grand marble staircase and gilt-trimmed columns leading down to the Jubilee Dining Room. Other public areas include Electricity, a pulsating dance club with a state-of-the-art sound and light system; the Universe Lounge, a multi-level theater showcasing Las Vegas-style performances; and Via Marina, a Roman-themed promenade providing easy and convenient access to the ship’s various lounges and bars.
With dining such an important part of the Carnival vacation experience Carnival Fantasy offers a wide variety of formal and casual options, including the full-service Celebration and Jubilee formal dining rooms and the poolside Windows on the Sea Bar & Grill, a casual eatery serving full breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets and a 24-hour pizzeria. All Carnival Fantasy’s dining venues feature vegetarian dishes and children’s menus, as well as Spa Carnival Fare, delicious health-conscious menu items that are lower in fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories. The ship also features a patisserie, a Mongolian wok and rotisserie, as well as complimentary 24-hour room service.
CAMP CARNIVAL, CIRCLE ‘C,’ CLUB O2 – Building upon Carnival’s distinction as the family cruise leader carrying 725,000 children annually fleetwide, Carnival Fantasy offers organized programs for three different age groups – Camp Carnival for 2- to 11-year-olds, Circle “C” for 12- to 14-year-olds, and Club O2 for 15- to 17-year-olds – with supervised activities and expansive, modern facilities for each.
CARNIVAL WATERWORKS – A signature element of the Fantasy-class upgrades is Carnival WaterWorks, a fun-filled water park located on Verandah Deck. Designed with an all-ages appeal, WaterWorks encompasses a 300-foot-long twisting, turning water slide – among the longest and most elaborate at sea – along with dual-lane 82-foot-long racing slides, and a wide variety of water spray toys. In addition, Carnival Fantasy’s main pool on Lido Deck – which includes a swimming pool and two large whirlpools – features a distinct resort-style ambiance. Vibrant oversized umbrellas, thatched roofing and colorful tile work that creates a decidedly tropical feel.
ADULTS ONLY RETREAT- Carnival Fantasy also features Serenity, an exclusive adults-only retreat located aft on Promenade Deck. With tropical design elements that include teak-style decking, large umbrellas and thatched roofing, Serenity provides an ocean-going oasis for relaxation and comfort. Guests can enjoy icy cocktails and frozen drinks while relaxing in plush chaise lounges and chairs.
‘SPA CARNIVAL’ – Fitness has become an important part of people’s daily lives and guests sailing on the Carnival Fantasy can take advantage of the ship’s newly renovated health and fitness facility, “Spa Carnival.” Among the largest facilities of its kind, the 12,000-square-foot “floating health club” features new private treatment rooms and updated exercise equipment, as well as a mirrored aerobics room, men’s and women’s locker rooms, steam rooms and saunas, and a sophisticated menu of body and facial treatments, including a number of exotic “European-style” therapies. Also featured is a one-eighth-mile jogging track, along with a beauty salon offering a variety of hair, nail and make-up services.
INTERNET CAFÉ, WI-FI ACCESS, CELL PHONE SERVICE – Like all “Fun Ships,” Carnival Fantasy offers an Internet café with private workstations featuring flat-screen monitors, along with Wi-Fi access available in virtually all public rooms and areas. Guests can also make and receive cell phone calls whether the ship is at sea or in port.
As part of Carnival’s fleetwide stateroom enhancements, all of the Carnival Fantasy’s 1,028 staterooms feature the “Carnival Comfort Bed” sleep system, featuring plush mattresses, luxurious duvets, fluffy pillows and high quality sheets and linens. All accommodations include terrycloth bathrobes and offer in-cabin amenity kits with a variety of brand-name product samples for men and women.