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Carnival Fantasy - Overview
Carnival Fantasy at the Dock in Nassau in the Bahamas

Carnival Fantasy at the Dock in Nassau in the Bahamas

Carnival Fantasy (c) Linda Garrison
The Carnival Fantasy is Carnival Cruise Lines' oldest ship, but like many people, she carries her age well. The cruise ship is the namesake of the popular Fantasy class of ships, and her seven almost identical Carnival sister ships are the Ecstasy, Sensation, Fascination, Imagination, Inspiration, Elation, and Paradise.

The Carnival Fantasy sails 5 to 7-day cruises year-round from her homeport in Charleston, South Carolina, which is a terrific city to visit for a few days before or after your cruise. Five-day voyages departing Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will call at Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas; six-day voyages departing Saturday will visit Freeport, Nassau, and Key West, FL; seven-day voyages depart Saturdays and feature Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau. In 2011, the ship will also feature six, six-day voyages from Charleston to Bermuda.

Fares on these cruises are often a great bargain for families, friends, or couples looking for an easy getaway, especially those who live within driving distance of Charleston.

The Carnival Fantasy was built in 1990 and significantly refurbished in late 2008. She is a high-energy ship, with non-stop onboard activities almost everywhere. The decor is fun, but not as wild and off-the-wall as on some other ships. The passenger space ratio is 34, a little less than the Carnival ships in the Dream (36) or Conquest (37) class. The 2,056-passenger ship is large, but not nearly as large as those launched in the past few years. The two main differences frequent cruisers will notice between the Carnival Fantasy and newer Carnival ships are the lack of balconies (only 54 of 1028 cabins have a private balcony) and fewer dining options (no alternative restaurants). However, our 5-night cruise to the Bahamas from Charleston was full, and everyone was having so much fun I don't think either of these were missed.

Let's take a tour of the Carnival Fantasy and learn something about the ship and its onboard activities and entertainment.

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