“Best Vacation Ever!” was what my 7 year old said on the way home from Mobile, Alabama. I’d have to agree it was a great summer adventure for our family of 4, which includes a 7 year old, 3 year old and a Navy veteran & retired riverboat deckhand husband (so obviously he’s used to the “water-life’).
We started our adventure in Mobile, Alabama where we boarded the Carnival Fantasy.
Once we got on the Fantasy it was a free for all – where do we go first?!?! So we headed to check out our room and put our carry-on bags down. We chose an Ocean view room (balcony made me nervous with the kids). It was quaint (aka-small), but hey, we didn’t plan on being in there but to sleep & shower. The kids had bunk beds which delighted them! And to see the ocean out the window was so cool as well. And the Towel Creations were definitely something for the kids to look forward to.
Next stop – the pool! We didn’t have our luggage yet, so that meant no suits – so I highly recommend packing those in your carry-on bags along with your sunscreen or you will have a very unhappy 3-year old!
The pool wasn’t a large pool, but not too crowded (especially later in the day, in the evening, and on the days you were at port). Lots of lounge chairs but had to grab them up quickly if you wanted to be right by the pool. The kids enjoyed splashing around! There’s also 3 waterslides on this ship that my 7-year old enjoyed – I did not test them out, watching was just fine for me.
The Entertainment crew on this ship was excellent! and the Director, Mikey, was the highlight of my kids days – they wanted to know where he was at all times! We didn’t get to experience a lot of the after 10pm entertainment on this cruise (we had responsibilities = little ones; however they did offer babysitting from 10pm-1am but our kiddos weren’t interested) but what we did experience we did enjoy. Seuss at Sea was great for the kids!
One other thing we fell in love with was the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake with 2 scoops of ice cream EVERY NIGHT… I mean, we opted for that over the Kids disco night – it was a Winner! (I’ve been asked to recreate at home already – gotta get my apron out!) Oh and ice cream for breakfast was a big hit too!
There’s plenty more to do on the ship, so kids can’t get too bored – mini-golf, arcade ($), Candy store ($), shuffleboard, and ping pong. It was a great time to turn off our electronic devices and enjoy making memories!
The ports = Costa Maya and Cozumel. We chose not to get off the ship at Costa Maya – there are a few things to do with kids but not a whole lot for a 3 year old. So we pretty much had the entire ship to ourselves that afternoon so it worked out well! Here’s a view of Costa Maya from the ship….
Cozumel – We decided to go shopping right off the pier and also to visit a resort there – the Iberostar Cozumel. It was a short taxi ride over to the resort. We could utilize their amenities while we were there – drinks, food, activities, etc. This was the first time for the kids to see a beach, sink their feet into the sand and get salty ocean water in their mouths – “Yucky!” is what they thought. But it was like a huge wave pool!
All in all, the trip was great for our family of 4! Contact us for tips and pointers!