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What people said about this ship:

"The staff in the dining room were kid friendly, and she really enjoyed the water..." in 105 reviews.

"I would do another Carnival Cruise." in 50 reviews.

"( I recommend the Key West Pub Crawl)." in 38 reviews.



Carnival Fascination departs from:

Jacksonville, Florida

Carnival Fascination sails to:

Caribbean - Bahamas

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Feb 19 4day Carnival Cruise

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The seas were pretty calm,  The cabin was clean and comfortable.  $60.00 to park the car was a little much,  Parking should be part of the cruise price, I can't walk to the port.   The food was just OK.  did not have much flavor and did not cater to the American taste.  The hot chocolate was good.  The chocolate extravaganza was not.  The pizza was available 24/7, but was slow to be served and did not taste like pizza.  Must have been an Asian variety, crust was too light and no Italian spices or tomato base sauce.

The crew and the service was very good.  management just needs to get it's act together.

This will probably be my last Bahamas cruise.  Once you have seen Freeport and Nassau, you have seen Freeport and Nassau.

I will also try to book more upscale cruise lines in the future. 

 

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Carnival Fascination Is Fabulous!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Feb 19, 2015

Highly recommend using Carnival cruise lines. The staff is very nice and polite. The rooms are perfectly size. The entire cruise ship is always kept clean. There is always something to do... shows, contests, casino, and shops. The food is wonderful and the buffets opened early and closed late. If I ever go on another cruise, I will definitely use Carnival again.

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Disappointed in kids club/rude passengers

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Feb 14, 2015

This was out 3rd Carnival cruise and by far the worst. To begin with one of the Camp Carnival workers was rude to our family and my daughter had to sit out a few hours because she couldn't communicate well. I brought it to a supervisors attention and nothing was done. The passengers on the cruise were rude constantly cutting in lines and pushing people out of the way. We will not be cruising with Carnival again. Looking to cruise with a different cruise line.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Feb 14, 2015

food was just ok, all the cruise workers were very nice., extra cot for 3rd person in room was really bad! should be better for the price you pay!!i could have never slept on it, made my 30 yr old neice do that!!

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janbill
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Feb Cruise on Fascination

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Feb 09, 2015

Okay cruise; been to Nassau several times; probably won't go again.  Ship is dated, but okay.  As usual service on Carnival was excellent; food good except for Lido Deck buffet at lunch where all the food stations were extremely crowded.  We've sailed 3 times on the Fascination and had never encountered this; never got to sample the Chinese or Deli because of extremely long lines.  We thoroughly enjoyed Little Stirrup Cay; didn't know what to expect as we'd never been to one of the cruise line islands; the weather was good which helped.  The cruise met our expectation which was simply to get away just the two of us and find some sun and warmer weather.  Will definitely sail Carnival again, but probably not the Fascination. 

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will186
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Not an ideal experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Feb 05, 2015

Let me start by saying that the crew of the ship was fantastic. They were helpful, friendly, and always a pleasure to be around. That being said there are plenty of things wrong with this voyage. The food was generally poorly cooked. It was often overcooked, burned, and generally tasted pretty bad. The ship is tiny with little to do besides shopping and gambling. The onboard entertainment was virtually nonexistent. There are photographers that constantly walk around trying to get you to take a picture that they can then sell back to you later for highly inflated prices. We were approached no less than four times each night while eating in the dining room by people wanting to take our picture. It became very annoying. We stopped eating in the dining room by the end of the trip. You are assigned a dining room and a time to eat and you cannot go to any other dining room or eat at any other time. You are forced to eat with 8 other drunk people who could care less about you as they are trying to enjoy their vacation with their family. Its not romantic at all. And to top it all off the septic tank would back up and a sewage smell would permeate parts of the ship. All in all I would not recommend this ship or this cruise. I have had much better experiences with Norwegian Cruise Lines.

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peachymom64
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Freeport Nassau...Fascination

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Feb 05, 2015

The staff on the Fascination were great. The food wasn't as good as I expected, it was only ok. The ship needed more things to do. There was no dancing. There also needed to be more activities. They were a little lacking. The people were super friendly, very helpful. The weather was a little chilly apparently a cold front came in before we sailed. The seas were very rough Thursday night and Friday. Freeport wasn't what I expected. The people we encountered were very nice but the town itself was less than we expected.

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Wedding disaster

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Feb 05, 2015

While the cruise itself was good... Not great. Long lines for the buffets and food quality could have been better. My experience with my daughters wedding was very trying. Carnival never bother to tell us there was another wedding book for the same time. I prepaid for the wedding guests to enjoy the buffet on the lido deck while my daughter was getting ready to be we'd. Carnival moved are wedding time from 1pm to 1230 pm so my guests didn't get any food as the buffet wasn't ready. Carnival didn't send the bride and grooms personal wedding vows to the ship so they had to forego that. To top it all off the bartenders at the hour and a half reception were rude and kept leaving the bar unattended and actually accused my guests of stealing a bottle of crown royal from behind the bar........never again

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FlagLyn
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Great quick getaway

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Feb 05, 2015

We had a wonderful suite on the upper deck. It was very spacious. Have stayed in the regular balcony cabins and I get claustrophobic and the showers are way too small. I was in the room quite a bit and it is important to be comfortable. This suite had a nice jacuzzi tub with glass shower doors. The room was quiet for most part, except for one ocassion. Not sure where it was coming from but not a big deal. Didn't see any of the entertainment due to the late hours of performance. There wasn't a lot to do on the ship but that didn't bother me because I was on this for total relaxation. This ship only has one casual dining area (coconut grove cafe) and it doesn't serve but certain hours. You can get Pizza and a deli sandwich 24 hrs/day.  I am used to ships that have multi-casual dining areas and you can dine at anytime.  I missed not having any specialty dining restaurants on this ship.  You can dine in their main dining rooms as well, which you can choose a set time or choose the anytime dining. I personally like the option of having the choice to dine when I want to so we chose anytime dining. The food is alright, not a 4 or 5 star restaurant. I do feel that this ship was just a little under staffed. You waited in lines for everything, especially if you wanted a drink and this was all over the entire ship!  Carnival must have changed their disembarkation methods because I remember being able to carry off our luggage as soon as clearance was caused and not called by floors.  I can get off from Royal, Norwegian, and Princess right away. Not crazy about this new method.

Would I go on this trip again? Absolutely, it is a quick and easy trip for me!

 

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sailing away

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jan 31, 2015

Had a wonderful time. My first cruise so I was not sure what to expect.  Well I can safely  say, it,s everything plus more then what people say .   Thanks! for a fantastic time (Carnival Cruises) you rock.Love

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Chelle
Purser

Take a snorkeling tour in the Bahamas....I do not like water I can't see through but I overcame my fear and it was the best experience ever!!!! Just make sure you purchase an underwater camera so you can capture all of the beauty

janbill
Deck Hand

Not sure I would spring for a suite again on this ship; not that much different than a balcony room. Save yourself a few bucks and just get the balcony classification.

Avoid the mad dash to the Lido deck for that last breakfast and have breakfast in the calm atmosphere of the MDR.

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