Carnival Fascination

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    
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Carnival Fascination is a large ship, carrying 2657 passengers and 926 crew, and sails from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

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Over all the cruise was great, our cabin kept clean, loved the excursions, the food was over all good, ship was nice activities on the ship were nice

  but we had a couple of  discrepancies , 

At dinner the sensation dinning hall, we ordered a spinach salad, which turned out to have walnuts in the ingredients. It did not state on the menu that nuts were included, we got an allergic reaction to the nuts, the waiter called down to the nurse, which wanted to charge us $60 for benadryl ...  something that was clearly a mistake on the company to not have stated all the ingredients....

2nd discrepancy once again at sensation dinning, it was a night of fine dinning, after we waited for our buzzer to ring & while we were being escorted to our table the hostess called us back to say men could not wear shorts, ( rules are rules) we went upstairs changed with no problem, only to return & see numerous men being escorted to their tables with shorts on, when we pointed out to the hostess the other gentlemen whom were wearing shorts, the hostess never  bothered them,  asked them to change or inconvenience them  in any way.... When we complained & stated our distress, we were offered a drink which was disrespectful & added insult to our injury ...We never ate at the  sensation lounge again after that night.. 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Great ports.

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

This was a 7 day cruise with 5 ports and one day at sea which was phenomenal and you get more bang for your buck. In looking at other cruises there were more days at sea with fewer ports. St. Kitts and St. Maartens were my groups favorite but the other islands were just as beautiful. There weren't many people on this cruise I presume because it was February or the boat itself is a bit dated. Not many small children or teenagers. Pretty good mix of all age adults. Plenty of activities to do on board and service was impeccable.

 

Some of the activities were late at night i.e. comedy show. We decided to do the 8:15pm dining. We were too tired afterwards to stay awake for anything and mostly went to bed thereafter. Would have liked more of the nights shows to start a bit earlier for us early birds. Casino was great but was only open while at sea (laws). Pool area was great. Plenty of areas to relax and look out at sea. 

 

Food was not the best. We understand food costs are always high and food must be pre-cooked hours before in certain circumstances. However, service was impeccable. Not much they can do about the food. They tried their best. 

 

I would recommend this cruise for first timers. Not sure if I would do it again only because I would like to see other ports. 

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Contributor Level: Cruise Director
4 out of 5

Great Time

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The dinning room food and service was one of the best I've had disappointed that they did not have guys burgers on board the lunch choices at buffet were lacking overall a great Cruise the shopper on board Jose was very good as well

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Best cruise itinerary

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The process of getting on the boat was the best ever- it only took 10 minutes and i had my luggage within an hour. The boat is not the nicest boat i have been on but with all of the ports we stopped at and only one day at sea this was the best cruise i have ever been on due to the itinerary alone.  St. Kitts is the weakest port but the others are amazing. The service was not as good as usual but i would book and go again tomorrow if i could.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Great itineray

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

The itinerary and the staff were fantastic.  The ship is small and older and did not have amenities like a refrigerator or hair dryer. Can get a hair dryer if you request one. Lots of movement. Had to take dramamine. Did not have good spaces for music entertainment. Had a good time though

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Contributor Level: Purser
1 out of 5

terrible experience

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the only good parts of the on board  cruise  experience  was our cabin steward IDA...and the shore excursions..

dinner in dining room was ok, not great

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
1 out of 5

worst cruise experience I have ever had, after over 20 cruises

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

This was the worst cruise experience I have ever had.  I have taken over 20 cruises, mostly with Carnival or affiliates.   The room we upgraded too was so small we could barely move in it, as we had a scooter in there for my mother,  The cabin steward was very snippy, turned our air on high every day even though we asked her not to, she said it was too warm in there for her to work.  Asked for ice, said she was busy.  Went to two different talks and no one showed up to give them.  When we got someone to check why there was no one there, he never came back.  Our dinner captain turned us over to his assistant when he had less than a full table.   There were numerous incidents and I wanted this trip to be special as it was a gift to my mother for her 90th Birthday.AngryCrying

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Food and accommodations were excellent. Staff was very pleasant and helpful. We had a great time and will certainly will consider another cruise. Entertainment was mediocre.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Marie's trip

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

The food was the best  I've ever had on any Carnvival ship.   The life boat drill needs much improvement.  If I was the Coast Guard inspector, I would NOT approve the drill on this ship. My family made its living on the Great Lakes for over fifty years. Please feel free to contact me about this. Phone 989-293-1605.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Fabulous cruise

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We all had the best time, the crew on the ship was so friendly, our room was spacious, bed comfortable, lots of closet room. Very good food, enough variety.  Entertainment was very enjoyable.    We did some wonderful excursions and especially liked the "Land and Sea to Soufrierre" in St. Lucia... don't miss this one.  The only downside was the stop in Barbados, people in town were not very friendly and the town is very depressed.  However the shopping area at the port was very nice.   You could easily skip that port and add another day at sea instead.   I would recommend this trip to anyone!HappyBig SmileLove

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adriannawilshir
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Purchase a (waterproof) camera! We loved capturing photos of our time onboard, as well as our excursions. When we went swimming with the dolphins and kayaking, we were able to take our camera in the water with us, giving us amazing photos and video! Also, bring an air freshener for your cabin!

msflatt2012
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Every chance you have to eat in the Sensation Dining Room - DO IT! You will not be disappointed by the staff or the selection!

stephorlo14
Contributor Level: Purser

We brought our GoPro and used it for our excursions and just while sitting around the pool to take pictures and videos! They turned out amazing! I also brought a mini fan to use in the room. Best idea I had!

Cruises:
7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)
Southern Caribbean from Barbados

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Price

L

Size

Jun 1994

Built

4 yrs ago

Refurbished

2657

Total Passengers

2.87

Crew to Passenger Ratio

10

Number of Decks

1028

Total Cabins

26

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