The Cruise

February 12 - February 16, 2006

Sailing from Port Canaveral, Fl

MS Fantasy - Carnival Cruise Lines
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The Fantasy was built 1990 in Finland, for Carnival, as the first of 8 sister ships, all virtually identical except for the theme of the décor. Fantasy is well named with public areas such as: Cleopatra’s Bar, with Egyptian hieroglyphics and mummy casks; and, Cats Lounge, with its 8 foot cans of cat food, truly “giant” sized boxed of Tide detergent, and bottle top tables—directly from the Broadway musical. These ships are designed for fun and not for traditional cruising. FUN is the operative word! While old salts may be disappointed by the lack of such cruise staples as an observation lounge or a promenade, this ship is not designed for traditionalists. She is an ideal ship for someone desiring to try a first cruise, but for whom being at sea is not an attraction: there are few views of the sea! All activity is geared towards the confinement of the ship, and away from the ocean.

Fantasy is 70,367 tons. 856 feet long. 104 feet wide with a 26 foot draft. She is registered in Liberia, sports Italian officers and an International crew. Power is supplied by diesel/electric.

Sister ships include: Ecstasy, Sensation, Fascination, Imagination, Inspiration, Elation and, Paradise.

 

We sailed from Port Canaveral at 4:30 PM aboard the MS Fantasy,  A Carnival Cruise Lines ship.  The ship was commissioned in 1990 and currently runs between Freeport, Nassau in the Bahamas and Port Canaveral.  We left on Sunday  February 12, 2006 and returned on Thursday the 16th.

This was our first cruise and we were not sure if shipboard life was for us but after this one, we are ready to go again.

We would like to thank the people at Carnival for such a wonderful time, starting with Bill Busby our Cruise Representative.  He set this trip up and arranged for our transportation from Orlando to Port Canaveral and back.  The transfer went on without any problems and using the Skipper's Club, our check in was extremely fast and we were escorted onto the vessel, bypassing the long lines at the regular check in counter.

The crew of the ship were all friendly and offered help for any problems we encountered.

The weather in Connecticut was not going to help us get to Florida. It was forecasted that there would several feet of snow on the Sunday we were scheduled to fly out of Bradley.  We called Song Airlines and they switched us to a Saturday Flight and we had no trouble or delays getting to Orlando.  That night and into the next day, about 25 inches of snow fell in Connecticut and all flight for Sunday were cancelled.

We spent the night at the Resident's Inn at Sea World.  This was our second time staying there and it was fun.

The weather was cold in Orlando (for them). We went to Disney's Pleasure Island and had our traditional Hot Fudge Sunday at the chocolate factory outlet.

The next morning we returned our rental car at the airport and reported to the Carnival check in for transportation to Port Canaveral.  After about a 30 minute wait, we boarded the buss and departed Orlando.

The trip took about an hour and was uneventful. Here are some shots of the trip to Port Canaveral:

Upon arrival, we reported to the Skippers Club office and it took about 10 minutes to get checked in.  A representative took us to the boarding area and we bypassed all the lines and got onboard about noon.  We could not go to our stateroom at first and had to wait about an hour. We went to the Lido deck for lunch.

Here are some shots of arriving at the Carnival Terminal at Port Canaveral:

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