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10 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from Mobile

10 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from Mobile

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Mobile
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Panama Canal
  • Day 6
    Puerto Limon
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Roatan
  • Day 9
    Cozumel
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Mobile

Carnival Fantasy

Carnival Fantasy - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Exceptional service/friendly crew and passengers; tasty food; clean, comfortable cabins

Cons

Only one main swimming pool; oldest ship in the Carnival fleet

Bottom Line

Ideal for families; excellent value for singles/couples and first-time cruisers


Cruise Reviews

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
The wife and I booked this cruise to Cozumel on the Carnival Fantasy because a few friends and our daughter were telling us how beautiful Cozumel was . We drove down on the Thursday morning early to make sure we were there in time to park ... Read More
The wife and I booked this cruise to Cozumel on the Carnival Fantasy because a few friends and our daughter were telling us how beautiful Cozumel was . We drove down on the Thursday morning early to make sure we were there in time to park and find our way in case there were any problems . GPS took us right to the parking deck entrance and they had people there to guide you in which was great . We checked one bag and carried two with us as carry on . The whole process through security and boarding the ship went easily and fairly quick . Once boarded we ate lunch on Lido deck and were in our room within the hour .The room was M269 on the stern of the ship and was better than we expected . Very clean and layed out well so we had plenty of room to move around and were not cramped at all . We had a very good view out of the window . Even though it was over the mooring line deck it was very quite and even when docking at the ports the lines being put out was not loud at all . The staff called us by name the whole cruise and room service was very quick . We enjoyed all the onboard activities and the comedy shows were extremely good . This was our 1st cruise so had pretty good expectations from a few friends experiences sailing to Cozumel . Carnival however diverted to Progreso from a scheduled Cozumel destination due to a 4 hr fog delay leaving Mobile . No one had the chance to leave the ship as they only announced the change after it exited Mobile port . Many people said they would have rather just left the ship than go back to Progreso . Basically everyone that had been to Progreso were telling us how terrible it was . After the on shore excursion was over we had to agree .The water wasn't nice , the scenery is less than scenic as everything looks like overgrown bushes . You have to spend 2.5 hrs one way to tour the Myan ruins so you only get a couple hours to do the tour then have a 2.5 hr bus ride through dirty housing areas to get back to the ship . I really don't understand why they can't have a backup plan to keep guest on their desired port . It seems they could pick up the speed the night they leave port , the day at sea and following night to make up the time . All guest services would say is these things happen . Great , the wife and I wasted vacation days from work and paid good money just to be told , hey we're going to take you somewhere else . We also had a nice excursion booked in Cozumel and had to quickly pick another one for Progreso only to have a note slid under the stateroom door the next morning saying that one has also been canceled due to lack of required participants ! Uh . Given two choices to choose from we picked the longest one being 7 hrs and then find out 5 of those 7 were the trip to and back via bus . Now the ship was nice even though being a bit old and the crew were all excellent . The food was marginal however and nothing to brag about . IMO Carnival should have given the guest a choice to disembark before leaving port and at a minimum been given a hefty discount for being sent to a 2nd rate destination instead of the one purchased . This experience has most likely steered us away from ever taking another chance with a cruise vacation , especially since we don't really have any control about where we end up . Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We just returned from a 5 day Cozumel cruise on Carnival Fantasy. Yes, she's the oldest in the fleet and she's small, but that didn't take away from a good time. It's my first cruise so I don't have anything to ... Read More
We just returned from a 5 day Cozumel cruise on Carnival Fantasy. Yes, she's the oldest in the fleet and she's small, but that didn't take away from a good time. It's my first cruise so I don't have anything to compare it to so I will say that upfront. I thought there were enough choice of food places to eat, Guy's Burgers was really good as were the other buffets and the sit down restaurant. PIzza Pirate was good, although they seemed behind on making pizzas. The deli was great! The room was obviously small, but I was expecting smaller so I was pleased. We even had a king sized bed and I still had enough room for two. Had a rough start with fog closing down the port at Mobile Alabama so we had several hours to kill which wasn't fun, but no fault of Carnival. Luckily for us, they had a Mardi Gras parade so we were able to see that and that was a blast. Even with the craziness of boarding everyone at once instead of splitting us up because of the delay, everyone on board was so friendly. In fact, I don't think I me ANYONE on that ship that did not look me in the eye and say hello or good morning. Even when we called, the representatives were always very courteous. Since the ship is the oldest there were obvious signs of wear, but I did see the crew taking every opportunity to paint and polish. Unfortunately because of the delay from the port closing due to fog, we had to skip stopping in Progreso so that was disappointing. We received a small refund for that, but instead we went straight to Cozumel for a day and a half instead of just one day. We did the Isla Paradise excursion which was great. Beautiful beach and all inclusive drinks and food. Not many people were there when we were so I loved that. I didn't get sea sick as I didn't feel the ship rocked too badly. The gym was nice, there's a small running track on top with a 9 hole put put gold course. Pool was fine as were the two hot tubs. (Hot tubs were pretty popular. Lastly, they had a great Military Veteran's appreciation event that was great. Loved they have such strong ties to the military and it shows! Also, there were so many events to take in during the times you are at sea. I didn't do any of the drinks packages, we just brought a 12 pack of soda each (allowed) and drank beer in Cozumel. Overall for my first cruise I was pleased and I will say I'm military so my expectations are pretty basic. I've heard from others there are much nicer ships, but there are also twice as many people. This was holds 2600, approx. The difference in price between an all inclusive resort and a cruise even with adding alcohol, the cruise is much less expensive. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Feb 23rd - 28th. Inexpensive and close to home. Wonderful 3rd cruise on a Fantasy CLASS ship for joint wife and self vacation. The Fog{ weather no stars } kept us from boarding til 7:30 PM and along with Mardi Gra events made for ... Read More
Feb 23rd - 28th. Inexpensive and close to home. Wonderful 3rd cruise on a Fantasy CLASS ship for joint wife and self vacation. The Fog{ weather no stars } kept us from boarding til 7:30 PM and along with Mardi Gra events made for stressful{!} dembarkation, however, we were so happy to get that email to come to terminal to sail. Yes most people I spoke too were disspointed to miss Progreso Darn FOG is the enemy of cruise ship. Some were glad to have an overnight stay at Cozumel because of missing Progreso. For 30 year old ship there it is incredibly good condition. Very little problematic rust, however, there was one set of railing tubes near top, outside in front of ship, near top of stairs that the end of each pipe was some jagged edges but I rubbed the quasi-painted edges and felt no sharp cutting surface. Hot tubs were hot every time and not a singe child on Serenity area. 5 stars. Enjoyed lots of sun, warm and hot temps. Salt moist air was good for wifes asthma. Cabin{ E180 } was immaculately clean, including bathroom. I mean I was seriously impressed at how clean for a 29 year old ship! Engine vibration may have been more than other two cruises, I dunno. Was glad when getting to Cozumel and then having the engines lowered rpm to idle. Cesar Chan was excellent, enthusiastic, University trained, presenter of Mayan and Mexican culture history. Costal bus ride and lookout photo, Mayan temples and ending with authentic Mexican Tequila, dancing couple, food and friendly dinning atmosphere in downtown San Miquel. Crew service was excellent! Food was excellent and too much. Dancing and singing was great dinning experience. Bean burritos at Cantina on Lido deck were my favorite meal and good food every where I ate. Sorry I'm not a Guys Burger bar fan. Fries way to salty for me if not also to greasy{?}. Wife loved music night life. She played music with the ban. I was in hot tube, big bed{ king? and comfortable }, hot tub, exploring ship or hot tub. Oh, yeah, I loved the 2.0 tube slide. Never had those when I was a kid so no way I was going to miss my chance now. We carried on and off our luggage and we debarked and were in our car by 10:30AM in parking garage and that was a little behind their schedule debarkation times. I love cruising and will go again if can accrue the money to try a larger ship someday. Ex the Conquest class. On way back from Cozumel I saw on tv the head-wind speed was apparrent 72 mph and actual speed was 52. Captain said weather was deterioating, and the ship was listing left{ port side? } for about 5 minutes and that was kind of cool. The whole way back the ship had winds and moderate to and fro roll, and forward -backward pitching. I enjoyed that cause by now I know cruise ships rarely sink. A cruise is what you make it. I made it fun 95% of the time. :--) I watched 2 movies on tv. Read Less
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