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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

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What people said about this ship:

"The service and food in the dining room were as good as a 4 star restaurant." in 121 reviews.

"Highly recommend using Carnival cruise lines." in 56 reviews.

"The palm trees on the Lido deck and the big new pool and slides for the kids." in 32 reviews.



Carnival Fascination departs from:

Jacksonville, Florida San Juan, Puerto Rico

1426 reviews from our community




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great service and food

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Apr 11, 2015

We enjoyed our cruise. Food was exceptional. The waiting in line to get on and off the ship was much too long.  No place for elderly or disabled to sit or rest. Had to stand for 2 hours each way, then walk much too far. Too many people standing in the walking areas of the ship to get around efficiently. It was a lot like trying to shop on Black Friday. Just too crowded to get around. Staff were all trying to do their best. Have no intentions of going again any time soon. After the first couple of days we stayed in our room and used room service rather than fight the crowds. Too many unsupervised kids running everywhere. About 3 or 4 dozen kids 12 and under in the hot tub area at all times.  No chance for any adults to use it. My next cruise will be adult only and half as many passengers.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Apr 11, 2015

the staff was great, did every thing to make us happy cruisers///// food very good rooms clean and comfy. shows ok love carnival hot tub happiness sunny   days only had slow embark but really now no worries on vac.......

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delilahlynn
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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Apr 11, 2015

Overall not a bad cruise.  However I will say that if you are a smoker you feel like you are a 3rd rate passenger because you do not  have many places on the ship you can smoke.You have to go so far to get to one.I believe that you should have at least one closed  lounge area mid ship  dedicated to smokers only.That way we can have a place to relax and not have to deal with people who do not smoke. Trying to get a table at the pool area where you can smoke was very hard.People that do not smoke were taking up tables in the only area's we have to smoke and way too many kids around the smokers.Also customer service was good unless you went to the bar to get a soft drink I guess if you are not a drinker you were served last.We will not be going on another cruise. Thank You Delilah Lynn

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Great spring break getaway with the kids

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Apr 06, 2015

This proved to be just what our family of 4 needed. When we last cruised our two daughters were very young. At 11 and 13, however, they are now able to take advantage of the 12-14 "Circle C" club (we got no hassle in requesting that our 11 year old be allowed to "crash") which provided them with plenty to do such as: a scavenger hunt, hide and seek in the ship's huge theater, and line dancing. Although initially apprehensive about allowing them to move about the ship without us, we felt quite comfortable with their participation. Additionally, the food was great, plentiful and very accessible (although there was a bit of a wait for the main dining room).  Re: excursions, the first day we opted for the private island instead of Atlantis, which I thought we'd be too rushed to enjoy.  Even at the island, we enjoyed looking at the dolphins, but opted to skip the dolphin swim and encounter because we didn't want to wait in any lines. We basically enjoyed the beach, including kayaking and the inflatable park (extra cost) along with the inner tubes. My only complaint about the cruise is that it was a bit frustrating trying to find sun beds everyday since people disregarded the rules and held them by leaving a beach bag, etc. even when not using them for lengthy periods. Also, some folks camped out at the shaded tables that were intended for meals, making it a bit difficult to immediately find seating at times. But, hey, what can you expect during spring break. It was still an excellent vacation!

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25th wedding anniversary trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Apr 06, 2015

My husband & I had so much fun on our cruise.  The staff was incredible and the activities and shows were top notch!   We totally enjoyed our time with Carnival on Fascination.  Looking forward to our next cruise.

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Fun family cruise. Food was a disappointment

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Apr 06, 2015

Had a good time.  Room was fine and staff was friendly.  Our only issue was the food.  Breakfast buffet was pretty good but both large coffee makers were broken the entire trip causing several people to complain.  The lunch and dinner options were about as impressive as Shoneys-- just average.  Formal dining room was a big let down.  First night was good and everyone was happy.  Second and third night we couldn't believe the difference.  Our table of nine sent back half of the entrees.  They actually brought my ice cream completely melted--seriously?  There was no fourth night.  This was our first cruise and all I ever heard about was how good the food was.  We traveled with friends who have been on several cruises and they couldn't believe how poor the food quality was.  My last gripe is this.  I'm from the south and we take some eats very seriously.  Don't attempt to serve me grits if you don't know how to make them and same with the frog leg appetizers---you failed.

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5 nights Bahamas

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Apr 06, 2015

This was only my second cruise.  Overall we had a great time!  All of the Carnival employees, from the waiters at the pool, to the people that serviced our rooms were friendly, genuine, and provided excellent customer service.  The entertainment on the cruise was awesome.  We attended the 2 main performance shows and several smaller shows or events.  All were very fun.  Our excursion in Nassau was great - Blue Lagoon.  The excursion in Freeport  (Snorkeling, Beach, and Straw Market) was pretty good.  The snorkeling was fantastic, but the Straw Market was very disappointing.  Based on the show that we saw on the TV in our stateroom regarding the straw market, we were expecting something very different than what we experienced.  The shopping in Freeport was mostly tourist trinkets.  The process for embarkation and disembarkation was seamless and made it very easy for us.

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jim384
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Carnival Fascination Food was Terrible!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Apr 06, 2015

The overall condition of the ship was fine.  The food started out fine for the first day or so, but went downhill quick.  Meatloaf and Fried Chicken should not be the main options for food on a cruise.  Overall service was not great.  If given a choice, go with Celebrity Cruise Line instead of Carnival.  You will have much better service and food based on my experience.  Getting off the ship took way too long.  It was not very organized at all.  I would not rush back to go on another Carnival Cruise.  The price for cruise a great.  I guess you get what you pay for.

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dannich
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50 Anniversary Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Apr 02, 2015

Liked the cruise,very clean,good food,nice crew.Did not like being next door to a senior class trip that made noise half the time ,sitting and laying down in the hall way  Could not  get past them to my room with dirty dishes laying in the hallway.Loud noise.This was our 50 anniversary cruise .Had to call office to try to get noise down.

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Dirty boat and not so good food

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Fascination | Sail Date: Apr 02, 2015

I will not fault Carnival on the fact that the boat was small, thus we felt all the little bumps and waves of the ocean. While that doesn't bother me, my son and husband were sick for the majority of the cruise from jax to nassau, and back.

I will fault Carnival for having a dirty boat. It was quite the turn-off that most of the public areas were dirty, with stains or greasy smudges. At least our rooms were clean so it felt "safe" to sleep and use our cabin restroom.

The food is of very poor quality. The best items were those in the most simple form: eggs, toast, salad. Other than that, it was just greasy, bland, and/or fatty.

I wouldn't recommend this cruise. In fact, I won't cruise carnival again. Too dirty and gross food equals a lame vacation.

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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!

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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