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

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 142 reviews.

"My family enjoyed their first cruise with carnival cruise line." in 71 reviews.

"The Lido deck was definitely not a family friendly environment." in 38 reviews.


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Great itinerary, fun time

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My biggest disappointment on this cruise was the lack of acknowledgement of our anniversary even though we put it in our booking paperwork.   Seeing other cabins decorated made me look forward to the experience.....that never happened.

 

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Great Itinerary

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Although the ship was smaller than previous cruises, the itinerary was the reason we chose this cruise.

A wonderful trip.  Our Barbados excursion was booked through Cruises inc. and was a wonderful snorkel trip near the beach to swim with the sea turtles.  We were the only couple on the boat.  We would highly recommend this.

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 We traveled on the Carnival fascination it is a smaller ship, it's a little dated. Overall it was a great vacation for the  price. It was very affordable if you

include travel miles. Love stoping a five  different ports in seven days.

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Fun Excellent Cruise in the Caribbean

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The cruise was fantastic, well organized, the cabin and the whole cruise very clean, the food very good specially at dinner time.  All cruise personnel very pleasant and they smile all the time.  Wow, we have a lot of fun in the cruise and in the islands we visited.

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Beautiful islands, poor cruise

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We have sailed with Carnival before and really enjoyed it but this one left a lot to be desired.

 

Cons: Smaller/older ship, bad food for breakfast and lunch and just OK for dinner, and unorganized event schedule with some venues double booked day after day.

 

Pros: Great islands, lots of stops, easy to board the ship, Puerto Rico has a great port to board.

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Great cruise for the money

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The cruise was fun and very enjoyable for my whole family.  My 4 year old son really enjoyed the water slide and kids club.  The food was pretty good too considering my husband and I are "foodies".  We had good cruise port locations as well and each had something different.

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Had Higher Expectations

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This is our seventh cruise. Our last was an 11 day on Carnival Triumph in October 2015. That was such an outstanding trip we may have had higher expectations for the Fascination and her crew.

 

The Fascination is smaller and is showing her age. Our room was an interior on Deck 6 (Upper) and rear quarter of the boat. We could count on being rocked to sleep and could tell if we were in port or moving. Not terrible but noticeable. 

 

The decor was dated. The ship was clean but did not have the wow factor. Getting around was easy enough but not as easy as on larger ships. A little more of the going up to go down kind of thing.

 

Food was good but not as many choices for alternate dining. Missed the Chinese Wok station. 

 

Crew was friendly and service was good but wait staff service was exceptional on the Triumph. Our sit down dinners on Fascination always ran over 1 1/2 hours. Got the feeling there were a lot of new people waiting tables in the dining rooms. 

 

Evening shows were entertaining and enough to keep us busy. 

 

Overall it was a very good cruise. This was the last trip for the ship out of Jacksonville as it's new home port will be San Juan for the next 2 years. So if you are looking for a Southern Caribbean cruise you will likely only have this ship unless you do 8 or more nights. 

 

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We enjoyed our cruise very much.  The staff was very friendly, and the ship was very clean.   Activities planned were a lot of fun.  Getting on and off the ship was very organized and timely.  

 

The food was not as good as expected which is why I did  not give the cruise the top score.  

 

We did not care for St.Kitts but the other islands were beautiful.

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Had a great time. The crew was excellent.Very clean and enjoyable.Would like to do another crusie next year. The dinner was better than expected,the servers were very professional.

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5 Day Cruise

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This was our first Cruise and we were not sure what all to do. I feel like our next one we will be pros. If you are a first time cruiser ask questions. Everyone there is very helpful. Even other cruisers are willing to help out with your questions. Just relax and have a good time. Don't fret over time you have lots.

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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!

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

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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