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Carnival Fascination is a large ship, carrying 2657 passengers and 926 crew, and sails from San Juan, Puerto Rico and Jacksonville, Florida.

Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    

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What people said about this ship:

"Absolutely no dress standards adhered to in the dining room except for `` dress '' night." in 137 reviews.

"My family enjoyed their first cruise with carnival cruise line." in 69 reviews.

"The Lido deck was definitely not a family friendly environment." in 36 reviews.

Carnival Fascination departs from:

San Juan, Puerto Rico Jacksonville, Florida

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Staff and service excellent. Food quality institutional average.  Cigarette smoke permeated non smoking areas. We had the soda package, and because of crowds at the bars, had to wait for sodas. Need an easier way to get sodas. Not enough interesting activities-other than bingo and auctions.  How about adult game tournaments?  Room steward fantastic.

not sure we'll cruise again with carnival.

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HUBBYS FIRST CRUISE

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EVERY EMPLOYEE WAS WONDERFUL AND OUTSTANDING. THE SHIP WAS SPOTLESS. The food was good but  Princess cruise line food is amazing. The comedy shows were great. Given the opportunity we would cruise Carnival again.

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quick getaway

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carnival staff fantastic,food very good,liquor very expensive,price for cruise is hard to beat for what you get and how your treated. kids out of control at pool and hot tubs.

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when we wanted loud we found it, when we needed quiet we got it! great crew and service all smiles..shore exscursions were great and on time and flexible.dinner was tasty and the selections are different every night.

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The worse cruise I've ever had out of like 25

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The 1st day hair in the bed and on the pillows. The housekeeper was rude. Talked to the floor supervisor and she was nice the 1st time. She said they had a stressful day. We have a stressful day as,well when we work but we make sure our customers are happy and we don't let them know we are having a stressful day. We had to call her back after the housekeeper supposedly changed the bed because he only changed the bottom sheet and not the top one nor the pillow cases that had hair still on them. The supervisor came back and was kinda short and rude to us. The 3rd day we had to change rooms due to not having hot wateer. I understand not going to the other ports because of the storms. Safety is 1st but this ship had no entertainment on it, not alot of shows. The only thing you could do is drink or gamble. Bad experience never again

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LONG LINES -1st time Cruise but won't use Carnival again.

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We are still upset at the embarking and the debarkation of the ship and not stopping at 1 of the Ports that we were suppose to stop at/Freeport, due to weather. 

 

  We were VIP and no one told us that we could go straight to VIP boarding (paid extra for VIP and feel we weren't treated any diff). We stood in LONG LINE/OVER 1 HR GETTING ON SHIP and when we finally got to ship boarding, woman asked why we stood In line with VIP and she said someone should have told us before we got to getting on ship. We had went through 3 other/diff employee's on boarding/showing our VIP tickets until we were getting on ship and told we didn't have to stand in line for over an Hr! 

 

 On debarking, it was maddening.  We were suppose to debark at 8a and we didn't get off boat until after 10:30a.  We sat in our room until 8:30ish, then sat in the theater for over an hr and then stood in LONG LINE ON DOWN 7 FLIGHTS OF STEPS/OVER 1 HR GETTING OFF SHIP.

 

 The weather was rainy and windy/which we know can't be controlled, so we were told that the ship could not stop at Freeport .  We were given more night hr's (got there after dark and they counted the dark night hrs as extra time - which no one wants to get off @ strange port after dark) at Nassau.  We were not pleased with Nassau and never want to go back.

 

 The entertainment was definitely a C - average if not below. We felt that the performers gave all that they had but they were more Rookie Entertainers and not talented enough to get our attention.

 

 The food was average. We weren't told about the Sensation/Fascination Ship Dining Room until the 3rd day so we weren't aware that we could eat there 'on our time' until another guest told us. The other food on the ship had LONG LINES and the food was more like 'fast food restaurants' or same food ea day that we STOOD IN LINES for.  

 

 The Hot-tubs were not Hot.  There were 4 although we only seen 2 for the first 3 days and was not aware of the 2 adult only ones in the back of ship until we were bored one day/sunday and went on every floor to see what we could do.  We were hoping that they were Hotter, but they weren't as warm as the 2 that were full of Kids the entire time in the middle of ship. We still had to wait in the cold /wind to get in them to find out and then were disappointed. We (7 of us) had no waiter most of the time and after being in there for most of time, we flagged down the towel boy and asked him to get us a waiter.  It took forever for the waiter to come and sev people got out and came/went in meantime.

 

Sorry that this is long.  We thought the Carnival Cruise was cheap enough but when you see what you get, we see why others pay more for better management, newer ship, better entertainment and better Ports. We did trust and respected our Cabin Girl Johanna but not enough to ever go back on Carnival Cruises again.

 

 

 

 

  

     

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Cruise on Fascination Jan 21st 2016

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I have sailed on the Fascination numerous times due to the convenience of being able to drive and hop right on the ship.  I always thoroughly enjoy my vacation and the food is great and the service is always excellent.

 

I was extremely disappointed that I could not take water on to the boat on this trip however I do understand I guess the reasoning behind that.

 

I think frequent sailed customers should be given options of a room upgrade when available and or more perks which would entice us to sail more often.

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Least Favorite of All of My Cruises

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I've been on many cruises over the past 10-12 years and LOVED them.  This one would fall the lowest in terms of overall satisfaction for several reasons.

 

Don't get me wrong, the ship was clean enough, the majority of the staff were nice and friendly, it just seemed that the dining services portion of the ship was disorganized and possibly understaffed.  We've been accustomed to the staff in the dining room being very friendly and engaging, well organized, etc.   Granted on a 4 night cruise we were put at 3 different tables, which was a FIRST for us!  It never allowed us to dine with those we were cruising with or to build relationships with new table mates.  We played musical tables instead.  I should've just passed on dinner rather than deal with the frustration of my daughter and friends sitting somewhere else in the dining room.  We had been planning this cruise for months as a Girl's Cruise and then we didn't ecpven get to have dinner together.  REALLY?!?

 

1) Our group of 5 were separated for dinner in the main dining room and was not handled in an appropriate manner.  I've never experienced this problem on any other cruise. When we tried to discuss with the Maitre' D, it felt as those he spent more time telling us what he couldn't do vs. what he could do to correct the situation.  He actually came across as argumentative to me.

 

2). The wait for coffee in the dining room was 10 minutes or longer at times and occasionally required reminders.  In most cases, coffee was spilled all over the table cloth in the process.  Staff just seemed overwhelmed and overextended.

 

3).  When ordering drinks most anywhere on the ship, the wait was up to 20 minutes in most cases.  I'm not faulting those providing the service. They can only work so fast.  They needed help.  We've never experienced this on a cruise before.

 

I won't be cruising on Carnival Fasination again.  Disappointed.

 

 

 

 

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Okay cruise

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Average cruise I have been on this ship and to both port before. Nothing new. unable to dock at Freeport but this was due to the weather. Had a couple of unkind words from staff but was not bad enough to report.

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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!

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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