Rather than a specific theme, the namesake vessel in Carnival Cruise Line’s Fantasy class of eight ships has fantastical decor that references many legends and contemporary icons.
Thanks to lots of 2008 Evolutions of Fun renovations and additions, which were eventually completed for all Fantasy-class ships, Carnival Fantasy features most of the fleet’s latest amenities and recreation concepts. She received more Fun Ship 2.0 updates than any other ship in her class (except Carnival Inspiration).
Guy’s Burger Joint is new to this ship and definitely the big draw at lunchtime. The juicy, plump burgers overloaded with toppings are an improvement on all basic pool grills. Apart from that, the dining options onboard are the traditional formal dining rooms and casual, convenient Lido counter/buffet service.
The main dining rooms are Celebration and Jubilee. Both accommodate flexible Your Time Dining in addition to the traditional twice-a-night assigned seating. Cruisers select their choice before sailing and are expected to stick with it. Menus change nightly, although there is an “Always Available” menu of classic choices. There’s also a health-conscious, special diet-friendly offering, labeled Spa Carnival.
The buffet on Lido deck is called Windows on the Sea. While breakfast is a typical spread served cafeteria-style, lunch is enhanced by many specialty food counters. That’s standard on Carnival, and this ship has quite a few of them: a New York sandwich deli, a custom stir-fry station called Mongolian Wok, sometimes Indian food, and Carnival’s signature 24-hour pizza counter. Table service from a limited menu is offered for dinner. This area serves a snack bar menu till late night.
Bars & Lounges
Day life on the pool deck is livelier and boozier in 2016, thanks to the addition of popular branded bar concepts BlueIguana Tequila Bar and RedFrog Rum Bar. At BlueIguana, cruisers get tequila drinks and a Mexican-inspired pool party style. RedFrog offers umbrella drinks and Caribbean vibes. Both venues are outdoors with no separation from the main pool deck.
Legacy venues on this ship are plentiful and full of personality. The Cats Lounge has hints of Andy Warhol in its décor full of pop culture consumerism, while the Forum Lounge’s decor is a reference to Rome[ZR1] . The Majestic Bar is clubby and dim-lit—very old-school Vegas.
A Roman-themed promenade leads to various lounges and entertainment venues. Highlights include: the Universe Lounge, an intergalactic main showroom featuring Playlist Productions revues and audience-participation shows; the Cleopatra piano bar, paying homage to Egypt with life-size Egyptian sculptures, hieroglyphics and sarcophagi; and Electricity, a fantastic pulsating dance club.
The Forum Lounge is the smaller of two show lounges, and alternates between comedy and karaoke.
Club 21 Casino is in a highly visible and easy-to-find location on Promenade, and does just fine drawing a crowd without having a wild theme. Ditto for the adjacent bar.
Recreation and Activities
Evolutions of Fun dry dock gave this ship a redesigned resort-style main pool area on the bustling Lido Deck, and replaced the second pool with a Carnival WaterWorks water park with a 300-foot-long waterslide, dual racing slides and a water-spray apparatus. It also installed Serenity, the popular fleet-wide adults-only area, which on this ship has two whirlpools.
The latest activity upgrades, completed in February of 2016, were mostly to the youth facilities. The children’s program was changed to Camp Ocean, which is the newest program Carnival offers for age 2-11 (broken into 3 age groups). Seuss at Sea brings its own brand of costume character fun.
In spite of WaterWorks and the play area, the single pool on this ship can’t really serve the many people who want to use it.