Carnival Fascination

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

About Carnival Fascination

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

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5 out of 5

The Perfect Honeymoon!

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This was my first cruise but my wife's 9th.

Needless to say, it was fantastic. My wife says it was the most fun she has ever had on a cruise (perhaps because it was her first with me)!

Accommodations were very nice and clean. The staff was very attentive.

Food was excellent and plentiful. 

The ship was well equipped and well maintained.

If I need to find a fault, it seems odd to me to have to pay extra for water or soft drinks when you can order two servings of prime rib every night for dinner!

We will definitely be cruising with Carnival again in the future.

 

 

 

 

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5 out of 5

Excellent itinerary!

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This was one of the best cruises I've been on. The itinerary was excellent. Such beautiful islands with a variety of activities unique to each island. 

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4 out of 5

Pleasantly surprised

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We had a wonderful cruise.  The food was honestly the some of best we have had (this is my sixth cruise), particularly the dining room.  Very rarely a line or wait at elevators or disembarking. Sometimes a line at the Lido, but it always seemed to move fast enough. The ship may be due for some reno, but in the meantime it is clean and pleasant and well maintained. Great cruise director and events, although we found the ship dancers/singers not as top notch as some we have seen.  (we had a conversation with a former shipboard entertainer and she said this is happening because they now want each person to sing and dance- as opposed to letting good singers sing, and good dancers dance)- not everyone is multi-talented. We found ship excursions to be priced fairly and most were very good (we did both private excursions that we found on dock as well as Carnivals).  The bigger excursion did involve a bit of the "hurry up and wait" scenario and could have been better organized.

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5 out of 5

Best Itinerary Ever

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This is my 8th cruise and I knew when I did my research the ship would be smaller than I was use to.  However, the 5 ports we would visit far outweighed the smaller size ship.  I was a bit disappointed when we couldn't get a set dining assignment for 6 pm, but we did the anytime dining and came at 6 each evening and were able to get the same staff.  The entertainment actually ended up being fine. After seeing a show that left a lot to be desired, we focused on the comedians, Ivy, and the piano bar singer. All were really really good.  I would say the staff were exceptional as well with super attentive cabin stewards. Since there are no refrigerators, they ensured we had ice in our room at all times.  Things to know about the ship is that everything is smaller and it is a bit more rocky. We did hit some wild waves which were rocky at night but no one ever felt sick.  We all enjoyed the shopping on ship, the grill, and the omelette bar.

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5 out of 5

Awesome week

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We had an awesome cruise on a great ship with a great cast of characters.The cruise director FelipeCouto kept the cruise fun.The dining room wait staff was awesome .The breakfast and dinners daily in the dining room were very good!The excursions we incredible!

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3 out of 5

Fun time

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The itinerary is awesome. We mostly loved the island stops and even though there were great excursion choices, even just doing island bus tours and a couple hours at the best beaches on each island was enough for us. The ship is older and not one of the biggest or best that Carnival has to offer and the food left much to be desired. We found the food in the dining room (Sensation) to be way better than the food at the buffets. The pizza bar and deli and soft serve ice cream machine are big hits with the guests. The are 2 elegant nights and lots of nice professional photo opportunities onboard  with nice backdrop choices. If you haven't cruised before, just know that you do need to set aside a moderate amount for onboard expenses. The gratuities are automatically charged per person, per stateroom, around $90 for the week. 

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4 out of 5

GREAT FAMILY VACATION

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This cruise was a wonderful start to the New Year. Great time with our family of 11. The crew on board was fantastic. Saw and Rohan were OUR GO TO BARTENDERS. They did an amazing job. Loved the ship and the time. Will be going again. 

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5 out of 5

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I liked everything about it, it was amazing and the service espectacular , My husband and  I had so much fun there was no time to be bored, it had different programs for each type of person 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Fun Ship

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I have been on 67 cruises and at least ten with Carnival. Our cruise director Filipe, was the best we ever had. He made the cruise a lot of fun! The food was very good and the staff very friendly. The islands are all very good. It is truely the fun ship.

 

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4 out of 5

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This cruise was very enjoyable.. I was disappointed about the food choices at dinner I felt that there was not a great selection of choices.. I don't like fish and it seemed like there was 3-4 choices for fish but not much else.. I also was very disappointed with the deembarkment process I have been on several carnival cruises and have always been able to get off the ship early to catch a plane.. well this time was different we were no able to get off the ship until 7:30 which caused us to miss our 9:00 flight home.. I def think that there should be something on when to book flights home since this was the only ship that has ever given us a problem

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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!

stephorlo14
Contributor Level: Purser

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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