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Carnival Fascination

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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A bit more military, a bit less haphazard

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jul 10, 2014

In general, the cruise was excellent. Some significant changes are needed.

1. The embarkation was poorly orchestrated in many areas. Perhaps lengthening the process would help. Many passengers were confused.

2. The food, meals, service, after-hours availability were excellent. Choices were wide and well prepared, service was excellent.

3. Cabin service, clenliness, linen and towels were always clean and nicely done. The young lady we had for cabin service was exceptional. Polite, efficient, helpful.

4. The Off-the-ship events/tours were a distinct failure for us. For example, we bought 4 tickets for the Glass Bottom Boat, and our young son really wanted to go snorkeling. So we managed to change one ticket for him. The womay who sold us the ticket never asked, never alerted us that children HAD to be 18 y.o. or older to go by themseves. We have 2 minor children, leading to a hasty and confusing disaster of trying to change MY Glass Bottom Boat ticket to the snorkling boat, as the escorting adult. The snorkling itself was very good, and our son really enjoyed it. Bus transport was rather confusing, trying to determine which bus was going back to our ship.

5. The debarkation exercise was modeled after a poorly executed Chinese Fire Drill. None of the staff seemed to know what, where, when we would depart. We ended up sitting well over an hour.after our deck debarkation was announced. The elevators and stairs were jam-packed, which lead to the question:  What would have happened if the passengers (and crew) had to leave the ship ASAP in an emergency? More communication and more efficient debarking is necessary. Perhaps hiring a few ex-military would help, such as First Seargents and Warrent Officers.

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Carnicsl Cruise Medical Team Saved ny Husband Life

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jul 10, 2014

We arrived to get on the ship and my husband had a very bad neck/headache from a spinal injection three day before our trip. He never got to do anything but stay in the bed. The ship Dr treated with twic a day eith IV and medication.  So need to say we did not enjoy this trip because of his sickness.  May in the near future me will book again. After paying off the medical charges from the ship. The ship  was lovely for what little time I got to walk around

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Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Cruise for 5 days

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: May 19, 2014

The cabin strewart was great and the dinner crew did well, but the food was poor and the entertainment was sorry.  Will not do this again. No fresh flowers anywhere.  Just plain spaces and people trying to take your pics everywhere.  Of course, that is to make all the money they can.  The pic prices were really expensive. This cruise was by far the pits.  I have cruised all over the carribean and Hawaii.  I have used Carnival in the past, but never again.

 

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Excellent for first time cruisers

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jul 28, 2014

This was our first cruise and just like buying a home your first time out you don't get a mansion - you have a starter home.  This cruise was reasonably priced and if you don't spend money on all the extras it can be very economical.  Yes, the ship is one of the older in the fleet but it has undergone some renovation and has some nice accommodations.  New ship or not, the crew was extremely friendly and went out of their way to be hospitable.  I would highly recommend this cruise to first timers because if you're like me you'll be easily impressed.  More experienced cruiser will want to move up to new ships with more exciting ports of call but for first timers and bargain hunter this cruise is ideal.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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The whole cruise was great.....until they fumbled the ball at the very end.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Jun 12, 2014

The ship was great, the staff was great, the food was great, the shows were great, the activities were great.......all except for the very last day.  On the last day we waited for 4 hours to get off of the ship, and we weren't provided with anything to do the whole time.  Everyone who was waiting so bored that they all began to fall asleep.  We did too.  No one  provided us with any activities to do at all while we waited.  This detracted at much as 20% of the fun from the entire cruise.  They could have done something as simple as group trivia or bingo for us while we waited, but didn't do anything at all.  Although the rest of the cruise was great, I am less likely to go on another cruise just to avoid the experience of the last day.

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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

Dining rooms are on schedule to get your served and out of there. Don't plan on ordering a drink and relaxing before your order dinner. Not an option. First thing, they want your dinner order. Several times we had to let them know we wanted a cocktail first then we'd decide.

There is a adult only section, however no adult only pool. Two jacuzzis but when you are laying out in direct sunlight and hot you don't want to jump in a hot tub.

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