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What people said about this ship:

"...turndown service 2 nights out of 5, food was awful in dining room , found the buffet was alittle better, pool decks in 5..." in 125 reviews.

"Highly recommend using Carnival cruise lines." in 58 reviews.

"...good if you had a ton of ice with it, and the coffee on the lido deck was nasty( big bummer for me)." in 33 reviews.




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Decent Short Trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jun 25, 2015

Overall, this was a decent short trip to the Bahamas.  The ship is definitely smaller and in need of an update, but it was clean and the staff was super.  They were always happy and smiling and we were impressed with their ability to remember our names.  It was our 5th wedding anniversary and decided to check out the spa for massages.  They were as expensive as we expected, but still an excellent choice!  They were very relaxing and we enjoyed every minute of them.  The food was a little disappointing and we felt it could be a bit better, but again the staff was great.  We spent two of our evenings in the formal dining room and both times they sang "happy anniversary" to us and brought us cake with a candle.  My wife had her hair done for the formal dinner night (that was actually our anniversary night) and the girl that did her hair was great!  She looked awesome when she got done with her and the cost to do her hair wasn't anymore than she has spent on getting her hair done at home for formal events.  We saw both comedians preform and they were great too!I would say if you are looking for a cruise to enjoy entertainment, relaxation (at a price) and feel welcomed, this is a great cruise for you.  If you are looking for a cruise with amazing food...look elsewhere.

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Gave Carnival a try, won't be returning...

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jun 25, 2015

Decided to take the local cruise out of Jax and even went so far as to get the Grand Suite with extended balcony.  The room was clean and very large in size and the balcony was fantastic.  However, the rest of the experience fell short:

- Because of our room, we had priority status and checkin.  Sounds great except our friends who were non-priority beat us on the boat...by THIRTY minutes. - Mattress was very old and broken in, felt like I was sleeping in a crater - Annoying fan noise in the bathroom that forced us to make sure the bathroom door was always shut - Drink package is a joke.  Limited to 15 drinks per day, which one might think is plenty except they're precisely measured to be very watered down.  Want a shot added then? No problem, you just have to order one and you'll get it 5 mins later.  Something about 5 mins means you won't get drunk and unruly?  Bartenders and wait-staff on deck don't speak english very well so make sure they get your order correct!  You'll repeat it a minimum of 3-5 times. - Dining room was fine, food was above average.  Again, good luck with your drinks because the waiter for alcoholic beverages is separate and very hard to find.  We went through an entire dinner on the final day without getting our drinks even though we asked FOUR TIMES.  The poor waitress was trying to diffuse the situation by making jokes but it wasn't appreciated at all. - Boat layout is interesting and even though smaller, doesn't feel overcrowded - Make sure you learn the times for the buffets.  If you're like us, you'll wake up a little late and you'll watch them closing up because breakfast is over.  Then you'll go on deck for a while and try for lunch...nope, just closed again.  The line for the buffet that IS open is always packed because everyone else missed their shot too! - Room steward was very nice but we almost never saw her, which can be a great thing except for the 3x times during the weekend that it would have been great to find her for some help on a couple things.  We don't blame her though, it looked like she had a massive # of rooms to keep up with. - For the record, THERE IS NO STEAKHOUSE! but they do serve special order additional cost steaks that are very good. :-) - Debarkation was relatively painless. - Room service menu very limited After having run a few RCCL and Disney cruises, Carnival just isn't keeping up.  Perhaps a revitalization of operations is due and they'll turn things around.  However, until then, I won't be returning.  

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jun 24, 2015

Had an absolute great time with my wife and three of my children, 8, 11, 14. Each of which also claim to have had a great time.  Staff was wonderful, food was extraordinary, and entire boat was spotless.  My only gripe was the day of debarkation. All non-US citizens were coralled at 0700 in one of the clubs. With my wife being German, we had to attend as well.  Customs officials were nearly an hour late getting to the meeting and when they did, one went for coffee instead of processing paperwork. There was no coordination with the passengers to keep us informed of what we were doing nor how the process would work. With a mandatory departure out of the staterooms by 0830, we were stressed rather quickly since our children were still in our room and we were stuck on the other end of the boat still at 815.  Leave it to the government to give us our early reality check back from an otherwise glorious vacation.  

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Not kid friendly

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jun 20, 2015

My husband and I wanted to take our children on a fun Bahama cruise. Don't get me wrong, the Bahama islands were incredible but the service and friendliness on the ship was disappointing. We felt as though the staff was merely tolerating their guests. We had two experiences where the staff members were extremely rude. I was taken aback because of the fact I've been on multiple cruises and have never experienced anything like this. The pools were so crowded with adults and their alcohol, which would spill into the pool, that there was standing room only. Absolutely no room to swim and when the kids tried they were yelled at for splashing their drinks. We ended up letting the kids swim between 10:00 and 11:30 at night. This ship obviously caters to the drinking guest and not the family oriented.

We did enjoy the family night comedy show. It was a lot of fun and very family friendly. We also had a wonderful server one night in the dining room and our stateroom attendant was nice. We interacted a couple time throughout our stay.

The next time we vacation in the Bahamas it will be at a resort and not a cruise. We made the best of it and had a great time but it was no thanks to the Carnival Fascination staff.

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maybe BEST vacation EVER

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2015

I have NEVER had a vacation where I felt SO disconnected from the stresses of work, the hustle & bustle of keeping appointments & schedules, the "life" issues of extended family/friends, and the daily chores of cleaning, cooking, etc. as I was able to UTTERLY ENJOY while on board the Carnival Fascination!!!! By being at sea and away from all that, I had no choice but to focus on just ENJOYING every moment. It was wonderful!!! Our cabin steward Ketut was SUPER sweet! He was always asking if we needed anything else. The comedians on board were hilarious, and the shows were more entertaining than I ever imagined. The room size was pretty small, but when you're only in it to sleep & shower, it's not so bad after all. The bed was way comfortable. All the food was DEEEE-licious!! We chose the "your time dining" & it was perfect! I loved how every night the waiters would put on a show for dining room. In fact, on the last night of our cruise I found myself getting a tear in my eye at the thought that I was at my last cruise night's dinner. I didn't want to leave the crew that works so hard to make sure all the passengers enjoy their cruise! Our 2 excursions were worth EVERY penny! In our spare time since we've returned, we've done nothing but research if we can make it work to go on another cruise! The only negative thing I have to say is when 2500 to 3000 passengers can fit on a ship, you should really have more than 1 small to average size pool. But as packed as the pool always was, the pool ladders were always kept clear to allow access in & out. I'd give this vacation a 9.9 out of 10 (darn .1 pool!).Big Smile

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Not worth the price I paid and SO disappointed

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2015

Our 1st cruise ever, thought it was going to be awesome, but.... Almost all of the ships activities/specials are alcohol related ( we dont drink). One store on the ship and its only a jewelry store. Staff was amazing and friendly though. Booked 2 shore excursion for my hubby and I one was a stingray "swim". All we did was stand in ankle deep water and feed the stingrays..no swimming as pictured and explained on the excursion deal. 2nd excursion was a Reef snorkel,shopping, and beach day. Well, after you wait for 5 buses to take the people whom purchased the all inclusive ( alcohol and food) you get to take another boat to the reef, only swim for 30 min, then back on the boat for 20-30 to get back to shore, ordered our food...waited an hour. Finally ate as fast as we could to go stand back in line to get on another bus to take us back to the ship. So basically I bought an excursion to snorkel with no beach time and no shopping time...waste of money. The only highlight to the cruise was being able to lay out on the ship and get a tan which I could have done at home because there was nothing for us to do. My 1st cruise, 1st impression, and my birthday was one I will never forget and probably never do again. Lesson learned Angry

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3 out of 5

Could've been better, could've been worse

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2015

The Good:  Entertainment was good.  Staff friendly.  We had a grand suite with extended balcony which was exceptional.  Excursions were great even though they made a booking mistake and had to move our excursion in Freeport to a later time.  They credited us 25% of the excursion.

The Not-So-Good:  Small, older ship.  Food just ok.  Desserts barely ok.  Pool was so crowded it's like being in your bathtub with 3 people.  If you don't drink alcohol, don't bother with the soda package...you have to go to the bar every time you want a soda and you're treated like second class for it.  We should've just stuck with the lemonade. 

 

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Beginners Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2015

Beginners Cruise....This ship has things to do to accommodate the entire family. Food was good on the first day of sail (hungry). By the 2 - final day you are so tired of eating the same bland foods. Also, ship needs an upgrade although crew were nice polite and could only clean so much to contain the odor of urine in Cabin bathrooms.

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2 out of 5

Would not do it again

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jun 01, 2015

As a first time cruiser, maybe I was expecting too much. I am sure the fault lies with me and my lofty ideas of what cruising would be like. Perhaps thinking that there would be places on the ship to relax without having to endure the drunken conversations of my fellow passengers was a mistake. My constant hope that finding serenity on the "Serenity Deck" would be possible during the 5 day trip was no doubt a result of my enduring naivety. I probably should not have expected there would be enough glasses to go around at lunch time or that iced tea would hold out through dinner. In fact, hoping that the only pool on the ship would be large enough to handle more than a small fraction of the cruisers was just a ridiculous notion most likely planted in my head by the evil media and their marketing tricks.

As I reflect back on my trip, it is clear that the relaxing vacation fueled by unending amounts of good food, sun, quality entertainment , and quiet strolls with my wife while taking in the ocean breezes that I had so been looking forward to was never more than a pipe dream. Honestly, if it were not for my over active imagination and belief in the idea that I was about to have the time of my life, I probably would have had much more fun. Bottom line - Don't expect more than a drunken crowd, long lines, cheesy shows, small amounts of pool time, 2 Star restaurant quality food, high priced unorganized excursions, and over priced drinks and you my friend, will have a blast.

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5 night Bahamas

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: May 18, 2015

We really enjoyed this cruise!  The stops were beautiful and the staff was wonderful!  The entertainment was good but not spectacular.  The food was also very good but there was a substantial fee if we wanted steak or seafood.  Overall, I would recommend this cruise line!

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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!

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

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