January 2016 - 4 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fascination
We are still upset at the embarking and the debarkation of the ship and not stopping at 1 of the Ports that we were suppose to stop at/Freeport, due to weather.
We were VIP and no one told us that we could go straight to VIP boarding (paid extra for VIP and feel we weren't treated any diff). We stood in LONG LINE/OVER 1 HR GETTING ON SHIP and when we finally got to ship boarding, woman asked why we stood In line with VIP and she said someone should have told us before we got to getting on ship. We had went through 3 other/diff employee's on boarding/showing our VIP tickets until we were getting on ship and told we didn't have to stand in line for over an Hr!
On debarking, it was maddening. We were suppose to debark at 8a and we didn't get off boat until after 10:30a. We sat in our room until 8:30ish, then sat in the theater for over an hr and then stood in LONG LINE ON DOWN 7 FLIGHTS OF STEPS/OVER 1 HR GETTING OFF SHIP.
The weather was rainy and windy/which we know can't be controlled, so we were told that the ship could not stop at Freeport . We were given more night hr's (got there after dark and they counted the dark night hrs as extra time - which no one wants to get off @ strange port after dark) at Nassau. We were not pleased with Nassau and never want to go back.
The entertainment was definitely a C - average if not below. We felt that the performers gave all that they had but they were more Rookie Entertainers and not talented enough to get our attention.
The food was average. We weren't told about the Sensation/Fascination Ship Dining Room until the 3rd day so we weren't aware that we could eat there 'on our time' until another guest told us. The other food on the ship had LONG LINES and the food was more like 'fast food restaurants' or same food ea day that we STOOD IN LINES for.
The Hot-tubs were not Hot. There were 4 although we only seen 2 for the first 3 days and was not aware of the 2 adult only ones in the back of ship until we were bored one day/sunday and went on every floor to see what we could do. We were hoping that they were Hotter, but they weren't as warm as the 2 that were full of Kids the entire time in the middle of ship. We still had to wait in the cold /wind to get in them to find out and then were disappointed. We (7 of us) had no waiter most of the time and after being in there for most of time, we flagged down the towel boy and asked him to get us a waiter. It took forever for the waiter to come and sev people got out and came/went in meantime.
Sorry that this is long. We thought the Carnival Cruise was cheap enough but when you see what you get, we see why others pay more for better management, newer ship, better entertainment and better Ports. We did trust and respected our Cabin Girl Johanna but not enough to ever go back on Carnival Cruises again.