On Carnival's Fantasy Class ships (this includes the Carnival Fantasy, Ecstasy, Sensation, Fascination, Imagination, Inspiration, Elation and Paradise), there are a variety of options for getting a great view of the scenery around the ship. This blog post will only include spots that pertain to Carnival's Fantasy Class ships. I may write future posts that relate to other classes of ships and cruise lines.
Ship's Observation Deck
Each of Carnival's Fantasy Class ships have an observation deck above the ship's navigational bridge. You can find this observation deck on the Verandah Deck. This area allows for a great view of the ship's "mouth" and the front of the ship.
To get to this area you have two options. If you are on the Verandah Deck walk towards the front of the ship. Once you get to the area with staterooms turn to the left and walk down the stateroom hallway that is on the left side of the ship. As you keep walking towards the front of the ship you should reach a door. Open this door and you will see another door immediately following. Once you open the second door you should be outside. The second option to get to this area of the ship is to walk on the Lido Deck's outside area by the lifeboats towards the front of the ship. You should see a stairwell that will take you directly up to this area. It does not matter if you walk on the outside part of the port or starboard side of the Lido deck. Both sides have stairwells that will take you up.
On the Sun Deck there is an area at the front of the ship that allows you to have a view of the Verandah Deck's Observation Deck and the ship's "mouth". You can find this area directly at the front of the Sun Deck. It is located by the mini golf course and jogging track area.
This area offers a similar view to the Verandah Deck Observation Area, but on this deck you are higher up and have a better view of decks that are lower.
Verandah Deck AFT Viewing Area
The Verandah Deck's aft area is a great place for a view of the scenery behind the ship. On the Fantasy Class ships, except for the Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise, this area is near the WaterWorks (waterslides). On the Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise this area is near the AFT pool.
For adults 21 and older, wishing to get away from children or for a quieter view the Serenity Adults Only Retreat is a great place to be to see the view from the back area of the ship. All of Carnival's Fantasy class ships should have a Serenity Adults Only Retreat located on the Promenade Deck at the back of the ship.