All around I had a good time. I wish there was more to do once back on the boat suitable for 27- 30 yr olds. The entertainment was very cheesy and geared towards the older non- ethnic population. Also, I would of liked to stay over one night at at least one island. I think tip should be included.
I was really looking forward to going to PR for the first time, we flew in a few days before cruise to explore the island. It definitely did not disappoint ! El Yunque rain forest was great, the beach by our little hotel was beautiful and quiet. Getting on to the ship was easy (BTW don't try to too much soda on the ship or you will be treated like a terrorist). The ship was an older one, but the upkeep was being done the entire cruise. The staff were wonderful and very friendly. We enjoyed St Thomas and St. Maartan the best. The worst place this cruise was Barbados....not very friendly. Came home with an AWESOME tan and completely relaxed. We will be back!!
It's very hard for me to admit but Fascination needs to be retired. The STAFF is the ONLY thing I liked about this cruise. They are among the most HARD WORKING AND BEST in their industry!!! They totally SAVED the cruise for me. Other than that, the ship is "OK" and the ports are GREAT but I will say THANKS TO THE HARD WORKING CREW the ship is kept very clean. Other than that the food was probably the worst I have ever had on any ship/cruise, I'm thinking it's due to so many people just filling TRAYS with food and NOT eating it so the ship needs to put out VERY CHEAP food. The fellow passengers on this ship are really another big problem pushy and obnoxious!!!
I really enjoyed this cruise. I am considered a "Cruiser" and I take 2 cruises per year. This trip to the Southern Caribbean from San Juan was one of my very best cruises. I loved the music played throughout the ship, the shows, food, destinations, cleanliness and the Cruise Director. We had fears of Hurricane Matthew, but Carnival kept us updated and truthfully I did not experience any problems while out at sea. The ports we visited were great, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten were just beautiful. We stayed in San Juan prior to the trip and stayed at the Embassy Suites, and after the cruise we took an excursion to see Old San Juan w/Carnival with airport transfers. Loved it!
The cruise was very good. Arrived in PR and had the whole day to explore before the ship left. (However the late muster drill was very draining). The food was great and lots of choices. We do enjoy the specialty restaurants and was a little sad this ship has not been updated to accommodate that. Always enjoy Carnival Cruises.
we have taken 7 cruise, and the last 5 with Carnival Cruise Lines. We had a great first 2 cruises with Carnival but the last 3 cruises have steadily gone down hill with the quality of in room services, and food quality. This last time was terrible. the food and food service was sub par and there was no personal effort on the behalf of the staff. Dirty glasses were left empty for several days and we did not get any pool towels for the first two days. the bathroom was dirty when we first arrived and we had to clean it ourselves to start our vacation.
I feel these issues are not just ship related because we have used multiple ships with Carnival and still only see a decrease in quality. we will never sail on the fascination again and will probably never use Carnival again at this rate.
I enjoyed only having one sea day. The cruise itself was very enjoyable. Our cabin was wonderful. However, the only thing we were served for lunch was hot dogs and hamburgers everyday!!!!! That was ridiculous both the outdoor and the Lido deck. Also my group was not seated together for dinner, which was another disaster. We eventually had to do anytime dining, I did not like this option. We did not have the same waitstaff and there was a line every night.
ALL OF THE CRUISE WAS EXCITED, I DID NOT REGRET ONE MOMENT, I WOULD RECOMMAND IT TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO CRUISE. THE FEW SHOWS THEY HAD WAS GREAT. EVERYONE WAS TREATED WITH RESPECT. THE STAFF WAS VERY HELPFUL. FOOD WAS AMAZING.
This cruise stops at 5 different islands...all of which just as amazing as the last! All beautiful with TONS of options in regards to do with excursions and beaches. As far as the boat goes, all of the staff were incredible. We had a great waiter at dinner, a great guy cleaning our room and taking care of us, there were great entertainers (comedians, pianist, magician, etc). Carnival aced our table group for dinner. They paired us with 2 other couples of similar ages in similar situations that we ended up spending our entire trip with. There could have been a few more activites after dinner when the comedians were changing and the food wasn't as good at the buffet as it was on our past cruise, but overall great trip!
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!
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!
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