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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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Not your typical fun ship!

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Smaller ship with basic rooms. Poor service for passengers who were on anytime dining. Long wait for all food throughout the ship and fair food, Disappointed after sailing 13 time on Carnival. 

 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Fun Cruise with a lot of Stops

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Cruise was very good.  Had a great time.  With 5 stops, many places to see and things to do.  Take the time and enjoy each place.  Ship is older, and you can tell this. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Carnival VIFP

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Priority Boarding went very well and the Excursions we took were amazing.

As a VIFP member for a lot of years, I felt the food & Dessert menus were not up to par. I didn’t appreciate the Blow Dryer not being in the room, or a thermostat, there didn’t seem to have enough shows in the evening and the two (2) we saw certainly went to the bottom of our list.

We tried to order room service & had to call for their menu, it to almost an hour to get the booklet, so we didn’t order. The Serenity deck was sad, no pool to cool off in only 2 hot tubs.  For two (2) days- 1 was hot & 1 was cold, then someone complained & they made the both hot. So nowhere to cool off & not enough seats.

 

As a VIPF (Platinum for a while) I was totally disappointed with the Gift... seemed senseless and not something I would be using to show off Carnival or being a VIFP member.  As for the Disembarking procedure, it was the worst ever.  We had #1 Luggage tags, that went well.  We, VIFP Platinum had to report to the Palace, I found it stage that there were so very many people there. Once they called us to line up for the elevators, it seemed most people got up. While making our way we noticed most people had Red, Blue & even Gold cards.  I said thing to your Staff member and he just said just wait for another elevator.  Three later, we arrived on Deck 3 to find that there were lots of people (not with Platinum cards out) trying to get into a SINGLE LINE.  There was only one person scanning Sign & Sail cards.  What a Joke...

 

I’m not sure if some if this was due to an older ship or if this is how they do things in Puerto Rico?  We loved the Ports of Call, burt don’t think we would do the Fascination again.  We did an eleven (11) night cruise with Carnival in Nov. 2015, Port Canaveral to San Juan.  The WHOLE trip was amazing, including Disembarking. Everything was so organized.  I hope that these changes are an isolated incidents and not the New Norm for Carnival.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Oldie but pretty goodie...

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

Overall we found the cruise to be a great first experience with Carnival.

All of the crew we encountered were friendly, upbeat and very accommodating.

We knew the ship was one the oldest in their fleet so the amenities and styling weren't on par with newer ships but common areas were generally in good order and we had no major problems. 

The only real negatives were some age/cleanliness issues in our stateroom bathroom in the form of some mold on the ceiling/walls and some disrepair of the electrical switches/outlets on the desk/vanity area.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

We had a great time.

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My husband and I went on this cruise for our 20th wedding anniversary. All of the staff were excellent. We really liked the wait staff in the formal dinning room. We had Budiasa (head waiter) , Adi (waiter) ,and Budiasa (waiter). They were absolutely excellent. We were at table 394. I can't tell you how nice everyone was on the ship. The Punchliner shows were excellent too. We were hoping for more activities onboard the ship. Especially while we were at sea. This was our first cruise. The only shore excursions that we liked were the tour of St Thomas and the tour of St Marteen. The railroad excursion was terrible, the train was old, it jerked us back and forth, and the narrator talked so fast we didn't even understand some of the stuff that she was talking about.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Best family vacation ever!

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The staff was super friendly, there were numerous things for the kids to do, and the food was delicious. The dancing shows and comedians were entertaining. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

First timer

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Favorite part was the employees! They made me feel like they were happy I was there! Never had to want for anything. Ship was very clean,food was good.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Outstanding Experience

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On time, comfortable, fun...always something to do, but quiet enough to relax if I didn't want to do anything.  Food was great.  Service was outstanding.  Staff was friendly and helpful and treated my kids great.  Comedians, trivia and other activities were well run by friendly staff.  The Hasbro game show was a ton of fun.  Could not have been happier with this vacation.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

lWonderful time! Great value! Conditions set for a friendly and pleasurable time.

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From the fantastic food to the towel animals and immaculately clean facilities, the trip made me feel more relaxed and happier than I have felt in a long time.  I loved the shows and the various gatherings and raffles, and that there was always a variety of things to do.  

 

But it above all, there were the fantastic people on the ship.  Our cruise director was fantastic, constantly taking the pulse of the activities and making sure people were getting what they needed.  The Jewelry reps were charming, and  our Steward, John was great.  Happy.  Definitely the crew!

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Good & Bad

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Over all the cruise was great, our cabin kept clean, loved the excursions, the food was over all good, ship was nice activities on the ship were nice

  but we had a couple of  discrepancies , 

At dinner the sensation dinning hall, we ordered a spinach salad, which turned out to have walnuts in the ingredients. It did not state on the menu that nuts were included, we got an allergic reaction to the nuts, the waiter called down to the nurse, which wanted to charge us $60 for benadryl ...  something that was clearly a mistake on the company to not have stated all the ingredients....

2nd discrepancy once again at sensation dinning, it was a night of fine dinning, after we waited for our buzzer to ring & while we were being escorted to our table the hostess called us back to say men could not wear shorts, ( rules are rules) we went upstairs changed with no problem, only to return & see numerous men being escorted to their tables with shorts on, when we pointed out to the hostess the other gentlemen whom were wearing shorts, the hostess never  bothered them,  asked them to change or inconvenience them  in any way.... When we complained & stated our distress, we were offered a drink which was disrespectful & added insult to our injury ...We never ate at the  sensation lounge again after that night.. 

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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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