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

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The ship was rather old---pool did not even function on one of the sail days as they had to do maintenance. staff was awesome  VIDA as our steward--she was great--wait staff at the dinner table was great ---even though we did not have assigned times for dinner we ended up requesting the same staff because of one of the folks we traveled with who likes to have that --so we all followed along for her sake.  We had I Putu, Trisna, and I Ketut.  they were all very nice and friendly.  Helped to make some of the other things better---Lido food was just OK--dining food was better---but the best meal I had was a steak at breakfast with eggs---still can taste how good it was.  I think this ship needs to sit in the restoration yard for a year and have a once over for décor and to get some of the rust off----the mattress was comfortable---but hated the fact that kids were running wild in the hallways at night making all kinds of noise with and without adult supervision. sounded like thumping and pounding their feet as loud as they could--next time we will cruise with more of an adult environment---after all we spent over 4000.00 for a suite--

Also too much pushing of ACOHOL--everywhere we went---over and over again! actually made me want to drink less---which I did---because of it. Or we drank on shore which was less expensive.

and the biggest rip off was the 70.00 I spent on FASTER TO THE FUN!---what a joke --just to get on the ship about 10 minutes ahead of others---and no other benefit the whole cruise---that I would like to be reimbursed for ---it did not help us get off the ship quicker at ports---or back on at ports, it did not help us with the wait for dinner, more than 1/2 an hour at dinner---never again with that!  will choose another cruise line next time if we cruise again.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Ports were wonderful, ship was not

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This was my first cruise so I really don't have another to compare this with, however I was very disappointed in the Carnival Fascination.  It's an old ship in great need of updating.  The decor is gaudy, it smells like a smoky bowling alley and sewer, and the cabin mattress was lopsided, and the walls were too thin to block out the hallway noise.

 

The service was great, and the food was average.  The exception would be The Chef's Table experience which was exceptional.  I enjoyed all the ports and the one excursion we booked through Carnival (Land and Sea in St. Lucia).  We also thought the dancing/singing shows were terrific. The other musicians on the ship were average and played the same songs over and over.  The steel drum player was just overkill after day 2.

 

We still had a great time, and made our own fun.  I will not do a Carnival Cruise again, as the clientelle were loud and unclassy...lots of drinking, yelling, people eating like pigs in the buffet restaurant.

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great time on the Carnival Fascination Southern Caribbean 7 night!

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You simply cannot beat the itinerary on this cruise! Start out in beautiful San Juan - we spent the night before at a hotel on the beach and drove to El Yunque rainforest to explore, missed the bioluminescent bay however since we didn't prebook and it was Memorial Day weekend :( Word of warning on the traffic though if you opt to rent a car, drivers are very aggressive which is surprising given their otherwise laid back nature! The area near the beach is full of nice restaurants but there were a few homeless roaming the streets at dark so I would recommend an early dinner and back to hotel to rest up for the fun the next day. The ship docs near Old Town and you have the entire day unitl 8pm to explore the city, the music, the shops, historic forts-all with beautiful views. Then the next day wake up in St. Thomas (we did the St. John catamaran excursion!) after that you will enjoy the relaxing day at sea while being entertained by activities by the pool, next is Barbados (we opted for sea turtle excursion), then St. Lucia (zip lined this day but choose the zip line only excursion since we didn't get all options promised on the ultimate), St. Kitts (we took a cab to Cockleshell Beach-beautiful but ask to be dropped near the Spice Mill if you are looking for more upscale, Reggae Bar for more tropical beach hut experience-we were brought to Reggae and service was top notch-beach service and good food), lastly St Maarten where I cannot recommend enough Mullet Bay-absolutely breathtaking and a great relaxing last day! We were a family of 3 with a 15 year old. Didn't purchase the cheers package since we were getting off ship every day. Enjoyed drinks every night and still came out about $300+less by opting to pay per drink. There are 2 elegant nights where men must wear slacks, dresses for ladies. I didn't know this ahead of time so my husband missed a couple dinners unfortunately. Some people get really excited and wear ball gowns etc but regular dress that fits these guidelines is what most people wore. Reviews were very important to me when I was making my decisions so I hope this is helpful to you!

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Excellent Family Cruise

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Excellent family cruise! Loved how friendly all the staff was. The dining staff knew all of our names the first day. Speaking of the dining room, the food was amazing. There were so many choices each night it was hard to choose! They all looked delicious. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 was that I love hypnotist and magician shows and there was only one on board. Often I felt that the shows weren't very varied and I'd love to see more shows on board next time.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

review-06-2017

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luggage did not arrive in our cabin until next morning with the tag on with correct cabin #. we were afraid it was lost before coming to the ship. we were wondering what had happened to it?! other than this, next days went fine.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Great cruise

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I love the music. I recommend adding a volleyball/basketball court. I would recommend it was fun the crew was nice and kind and fun we had a blast with them, food was good, entertainment was good😊😊😊

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Well worth it!

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The food would have to be one of the best things about our trip, just experiencing fine dining and meeting some wonderful people at the same time. All the islands we visited we beautiful, having some amazing beaches and botanical gardens.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great Itinerary

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

The islands we visited were awesome!

Dolphin Excursion in St Kitts was amazing - close to ship. Wonderful time.

 

Service on ship was wonderful.  Had a great room steward, and hostess at Sensation Dining Room. Great servers also.

 

Main disappointment was in the evening entertainment. They were dancers & not so much singers. Monday & Tuesday evening was terrible. No entertainment on Thursday (except pool party). Wednesday night with Marcus Anthony was FANTASTIC.  Friday juggler was ok for first few minutes... got boring after that.  

 

Marcello, cruise director was great. 

 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Ports were great

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The ports on this cruise are great.  We really enjoyed our grand suite with extended balcony.  It had so much storage and the balcony was so nice to sit out and enjoy the view.  As always, our waiters were superb and we were really impressed with one of the bartenders, Geraldine.  There were always plenty of chairs in the pool area.  Normally we really connect with our room steward, but we only saw her the first day and then the last night.  Food was mediocre and the ship is dated and a lot of the little amenities that can make an impression were gone, but all in all we had a great time.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

The trip was amazing

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Its hard to place a favorite part in for my first cruise. I loved it all, it was an amazing experience that I will surely do again. The views, the sites the food and activities all helped me call the cruise the best vacation of my life.

The crew on the ship were all very nice and helpful. The food was endless and great tasting. 

 

I recommend the cruise to anyone.

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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
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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!

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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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