Carnival Fascination

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    

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

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Awesome staff, great food in restaurant, not so good buffet

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4 out of 5

Awesome staff, great food in restaurant, not so good buffet

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My absolute favorite part of the cruise is its staff! What an awesome staff Carnival has! Very friendly, polite and fun! The waiters are outstanding, I admire them so much, doing so many things at once! The food at the restaurant is so good! (Bread was almost always cold though) we got assisted by so many great waiters! We absolutely recommend: Jose Luis, Ketut, Rismayana & Viacheslav! Outstanding guys! Food at the buffet was not so good, I always ended up at the deli (which was great and pretty fast, thumbs up to my deli friend! He did outstanding job). Richard was our room assistant, he was so awesome! Always super attentive and so friendly. Although the cruise is quite small myself and my family had a blast! The cruise temperature was extremely cold too, even the cabins when putting the hottest temperature it remained cold, I went to a Alaska and I could put the temperature really high! Wish I could have done the same since it was freezing! 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

An Island a Day

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The advantage of this cruise was the amount of ports.  Only one day at sea.  Plus, if you arrive early enough, you can get on the ship, leave your stuff in your room and go explore San Juan.  The ship is one of the older ones in the Carnival fleet, but you're not on the ship that much with so many islands to see.  We've been to St Thomas so we took an excursion to St John's.  It was nice not being with the crowds. In St Maarteen I recommend going over to the taxi terminal and booking a group tour there.  Everything is pre-priced and they know they have to have you back at certain times.  You'll save a lot of money over the cruise ship tours.  When leaving from San Juan expect a lot of Spanish speaking passengers.  Most of the announcements are bi-lingual.  Another thing to consider, because the islands are fairly close together the ship travels more slow than other destinations thus making for a very smooth sailing. 

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3 out of 5

Pobre servicio en la cena para vegetarianos

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Mi familia es vegetariana y 9 años atrás viajé en el mismo crucero por que contaban con 2 obciones para vegetarianos en la cena y las cambiaban diariamente, en esta ocacion contaban con solo una obcion en el menú los 6 dias, Manifeste en servicio al invitado y el penultimo dia me ofrecieron una obcion que para mi sorpresa me la iban a cobrar. por lo demas estuvo bien, pero definitivamente deja de ser una obcion para vegetarianos.

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4 out of 5

Fascination from San Juan

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This older ship is in good condition.   The crew was excellent and the facilities were well-maintained.   The MDR meals and staff were very good and I enjoyed the entertainment.

 

The food alternatives outside the MDR were lacking as the lines were always long when the venues were open.   The opening times for the buffets and Mongolian Wok were too limited.

 

Overall, the price was right and the ship was good enough.   The itinerary on this 7-night cruise from SJ was very good with 5 ports over 6 days.

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4 out of 5

Very good

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

It was a great time, just  the other guest were rude at times.  The staff was amazing no matter where you went and needed.  Just wish there were more things to do on the  ship and shops . 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
3 out of 5

Birthday cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

St .Lucia was beautiful, as was Barbados. Would love to return to both places again.  Really enjoyed the late departure time because it gave us time to explore Puerto Rico for almost 2 days, including El Yunque and the forts in Old San Juan.  The parts that I did not care for included the age and cleanliness of the ship.  Very dated looking, and various areas had unpleasant smells, including sewage and cigarette smoke.  Food was mediocre on many days, and cleanliness of buffet areas (seating areas in and outside) was really poor.  Ship seemed to be understaffed.  Heard many staff expressing how tired they were, complaining about lack of breaks.  Dining room staff was very friendly.  Casino staff was 50/50, and some were very sloppy with their dealing abilities.  Several dealers never spoke or made eye contact, and if they did, it was obligatory at best.  Ship seriously lacked activities. Comedians were excellent all around (all 4 were absolutely hilarious!)  STOP LETTING PEOPLE SMOKE IN THE CASINO or provide them with a closed room.  It's just gross to be forced to walk through that.  

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
5 out of 5

Terrific vacation! Already recommended it to friends.

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This was unique in that the Cruise left port at 10:00 pm on a Sunday.  It allowed us to fly into Puerto Rico on Friday afternoon and spent the weekend site seeing.  We rented a car and drove El Junque and climbed La Mina Falls which was incredible.  We went to the Fort in Old San Juan, had cold beers and great food all before getting on the ship.  The destinations were amazing and enjoyed all of them.  The staff was super friendly.  My porter, Al, always had ice in our room when we got back in from excursions.  He made our bed even if I took an nap before dinner.  Excellent service!  Wait staff was fun and friendly.   Casino staff for the most part were friendly.  Christopher could have cared less that we were there.  Kept looking over his shoulder waiting on his break relief.  Whatever, not spoiling my fun.   Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and timely.   Comedians were hysterical!!!  Shows were good!  Made great memories and met some super nice peopleBig Smile!

 

My only con:  this ship must be an older one.  It was a little musty in places and noticed really bad smells on Lido deck.  Tiles broken and/or missing in Lido buffet area.  Overall needs some TLC.

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5 out of 5

An grand experience

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Stopping and touring the different islands was a blast!. There was lots of fun on the cruise ship also. Games, bingo, lots of group dancing, comedy, food, food, food and more food. 

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3 out of 5

Facsination

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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.  

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adriannawilshir
Contributor Level: Third Mate

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!

msflatt2012
Contributor Level: Third Mate

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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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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Price

L

Size

Jun 1994

Built

4 yrs ago

Refurbished

2657

Total Passengers

2.87

Crew to Passenger Ratio

10

Number of Decks

1028

Total Cabins

26

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