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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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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 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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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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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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We had a great time

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I was our first time cruising we liked it very much especially the dinner restaurants 5 star. The one thing i didnt like that it should be a special area for smoking people it stinks everywhere. The pool should be bigger so it would be enough for everybody same with jacuzzi.

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Water on ship was disgusting.    Service was not as good as other ships I have been on.  Food was not as good either.   I will not go on this ship again

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Still trying to figure out how we get all that for the small price tag?

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My 5 year old son and my 11 year old nephew had amazing times! I am just satisfied with them having the time of their lives. it made it all worth it when we were walking off the ship and my son asked "do we have to leave the cruise?" We had a 13 and 16 year old on the cruise and they claimed that it was boring, but they were always wanting to run off and do something, so that doesn't sound boring to me. I think it was just the I'm trying to be a cool teen thing. Even though you will eat more than you will ever need on the ship, when you get to Nassau ask a cabbie to take you to Twin Brothers and have the fried shrimp! This is the actual reason we booked the cruise, to go eat there, but all of the activities that Carnival sets up are perfect! The comedy (PG and 18+) were funny as all get out and my favorite. Camp Carnival was perfect for my 5 year old! The $60 I spent for the faster to the fun was worth it to me.

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Extremely Relaxing Cruise

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Wonderful experience for our first cruise.  Paid for the Faster to the Fun so were able to board early.  Well worth that expense as it gave us a chance to explore the ship.  Very helpful crew.  Port calls were excellent.  If you went hungry you didn't try.  Plenty of eating options.  Food was good not outstanding. Overall it was an excellent vacation and so relaxing.

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We traveled to Freeport to scuba dive and would have dove in Nassau but did not feel well enough from sea sickness prior day.  However, the Atlantis was a fabulous excursions.  (Much cheaper to take cab and buy tickets ourselves, rather than through ship).  Really wish ship had more antibacterial stations....

 

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5th Cruise on the Fascination

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March 26, 2016, This was my 5th cruise on the Fascination.

I love the convenience of cruising out of Jacksonville, I believe that any time

some one is on a cruise, of any significance there is little to complain about

when so many never get the opportunity. I've done about 25 cruises on most of the cruise lines, I love them all. What I did notice was the Fascination seems to

be getting cheaper with their services, such as no pickles with sandwich in Coconut Grill, mashed potatoes serve in a 2oz cup with dinner,you get the point.,  

 

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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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