Vacation // The Cruise Ship

Now that vacation is over and life is settling back down I figured I should do a little recap of my vacation! In order to keep myself a little organized (I have a tendency to jump around) and also so it’s easier for you, I have decided to break this up into 3 posts. I will try to avoid making them too long, but we shall see.

Part 1 | The Cruise Ship : Carnival Fantasy

Part 2 | The Bahamas : Freeport & Nassau

Part 3 | Charleston, SC

Our long-awaited vacation began on Saturday July 25th when we boarded the Carnival Fantasy in Charleston, SC. Since I like to be honest here, I feel the need to share that I was a bit leery about this ship. The Fantasy is one of their older more classic cruise ships (actually, its the oldest), it didn’t have a lot of the bells and whistles, and I simply didn’t know what to expect. I’m happy to say it did not disappoint!

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CABIN

Our cabin was small, but we never felt crowded. The bed, was heavenly. When we first got there I was a little concerned about the bed, but it ended up being incredibly comfortable and I had perfect nights of sleep every night, I actually wondered if there were drugs in the pillows a few times. There was only one outlet in the room, but thankfully we brought a power strip so that wasn’t a problem. One of my biggest concerns is always what the temperature of a room will be, because I tend to be picky. Other than the very first day, the temperature was perfect and I never had to think twice about it. I think it’s a pretty good thing to be able to say I truly had no complaints about the cabin. It was great!

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FOOD

This is one of the best parts about a cruise. Virtually endless food abounds and here’s the thing – it’s not just endless, it’s delicious. While I’m not going to say the food was perfect, it was certainly good and there isn’t much room to complain. The service in the dining room was great, the selections varied, and the food was filling. I have listed mine and Husband’s favorite appetizer, entree, and dessert below. We had an amazing brunch one morning that was to die for. Also, did I mention 24 hour pizza?

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Meg Favorites – French Onion Soup & Greek Salad | Fried Chicken | Creme Brulee

Husband Favorites – Alligator Fritters | Bacon Mac n’ Cheese | Tiramisu

ENTERTAINMENT

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It’s true, the Carnival Fantasy gives you more of a classic cruising experience, but thankfully classic does not have to mean bad. Instead of all of the guests being busied with a few dozen options of things to do during their free time, it was more concentrated on a few great things and those few things were full of excited people. When we weren’t eating or sleeping (which we did plenty of) we were relaxing outside soaking up some sun, curled up with a book in one of the comfy lounge chairs, playing trivia (Disney trivia anyone?), indulging in a little old lady gambling – Bingo, live music venues, Karaoke (watching – not participating), comedy shows, game shows, and more. We were never bored and were truly entertained. It was so good to just spend care free time with Husband, laughing without a care in the world. We might have spent an afternoon on the water slides as well ;).

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Cruise ships are such a unique and amazing vacation. This is my second one now and while I wouldn’t want to do this every year it is a nice getaway. If you’ve never experienced one, I truly recommend you book one in the very near future. It’s an experience like no other. It took me a little while to get my sea legs, but once I did it was smooth sailing from there and I am so glad the cruise ship did not disappoint us!

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