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Carnival Fantasy - Cruise Ship Profile of Carnival Cruises' Carnival Fantasy

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Carnival Fantasy - Dining and Cuisine
Carnival Fantasy - Jubilee Dining Room

Carnival Fantasy - Jubilee Dining Room

Carnival Fantasy (c) Linda Garrison
The food on the Carnival Fantasy was good to excellent. The cruise ship has two large dining rooms (Celebration and Jubilee) on deck 8 serving three meals daily, with open seating for breakfast and lunch and either open seating ("Your Time Dining") from 5:45 pm to 9:30 pm or assigned seating at two set times for dinner -- 6 pm or 8:15 pm. The dining room was very quiet for breakfast and lunch, and many passengers enjoyed having a leisurely meal with a good variety of delicious choices. Dinner was more festive because the dining room was full. However, the servers did an excellent job of pacing the meal. Although we had assigned seating, we never felt rushed.

Tables in the dining rooms are of various sizes ranging from two to eight passengers. Gym shorts, flip-flops, swimming attire, cut-off jeans, and tank tops for men are not allowed in these two dining rooms.

Most evenings in the dining rooms are "cruise casual", and one evening on our 5-night cruise was "cruise elegant", where many men wore jackets or dress shirts and the ladies dressed up a little. Very few passengers were in traditional formal wear. Many of those who dressed up did so to get their photos made. Family and/or couple's photographs before dinner were very popular with many of our fellow passengers.

In addition to the two main dining rooms, the Carnival Fantasy has a large buffet area on the Lido Deck near the pool called Windows on the Sea. Breakfast is all the usual selections, along with omelets to order. The lunch buffet has various stations including Mongolian stir-fry, an international section (Mexican, Italian, Caribbean, or French), rotisserie, grill, pizzeria, and deli. Seating at the buffet is both inside and outside. Soft serve ice cream, ice tea, water, and lemonade are available all day. The pizzeria is open 24 hours, and room service is also available all day and night.

The Carnival Fantasy does not have any alternative dining rooms, and all meals are included in the cruise fare. However, those who love specialty coffees or premium pastries as a snack will pay extra for them at the Bistro Cafe on the promenade on deck 9. The promenade deck also has a sushi bar open in the late afternoon and early evening. The sushi rolls are free, but the saki costs extra.

Although the Carnival Fantasy does not have the many dining venues found on newer ships, the meals in the dining rooms and buffet were varied and interesting. The presentation was especially good, given the size of the ship, and the servers were pleasant and efficient.

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