Carnival Fascination Overview

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Explore picture-perfect ports in the southern Caribbean while experiencing the perks of small-ship cruising aboard the 2,000-passenger Carnival Fascination. Launched in 1994, this Fantasy-class cruise ship has ample nightlife, diverse activities, and well-rounded programs for kids. Its classic amenities are ideal for first-timers, couples, and friends.

Carnival Fascination is a Hollywood-themed Fun Ship with elegant Regency-style public spaces designed by Joe Farcus, the architectural king of the seas. Fascination might be a quarter-century old, but it has a boatload of new features. The latest Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades were completed in 2018. This multimillion-dollar project added new entertainment, activities, and dining options.

Passengers can sample these additions at the RedFrog Rum Bar, the BlueIguana Cantina, and Bonsai Sushi Express. Other new features include the Punchliner Comedy Club, stage shows by Playlist Productions, and DJ classes in the O2 teen club. Plus, travelers can still take advantage of Carnival's signature Sail Away deck parties, Dr. Seuss-themed parades, and special events.

Adults can enjoy a wide selection of activities, including martini tastings, poker tournaments, and art auctions. On sea days, there's always time to relax in the Serenity Retreat or book a spa treatment. This classic cruise ship offers an excellent variety of onboard attractions, but the historic ports and tropical beaches included on each itinerary are what make it a real winner.

If you're looking for a Carnival Fascination itinerary that explores the Caribbean, there are several options in the 5 to 7-day range. Choose from round-trip and one-way cruises that depart from San Juan or Barbados. These itineraries visit breathtaking ports in the southern and eastern Caribbean, including Grand Turk, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and other destinations in the Lesser Antilles and the Virgin Islands.

Ship Highlights

  • Resort-style Lido Pool
  • WaterWorks aqua park
  • City Sports Park jogging and minigolf
  • Camp Ocean youth center
  • Circle C tween space
  • Club O2 teen lounge
  • Night Owls after-hours childcare
  • Seuss at Sea activities and events
  • Deck parties and parades
  • Classes and workshops
  • Clue: The Murder Mystery game
  • Lip Sync Battle: Carnival
  • Hasbro, The Game Show
  • Punchliner Comedy Club
  • Playlist Productions stage shows
  • Lounge-style entertainment
  • Twelve bars and clubs, including Alchemy Bar
  • Carnival Fascination Casino Royale
  • Adults-only Serenity sundeck
  • Full-service Spa Carnival

Before You Book

Why Sail on Fascination: With its ample nightlife, diverse dining, and adult-oriented activities, Carnival Fascination is popular, budget-friendly option for couples, friends, and first-time cruisers looking for a less overwhelming cruise experience on a smaller ship.

You Should Know: Fascination’s amenities are much improved since the FunShip 2.0 upgrades, but the ship still likely won’t appeal to cruisers who prefer larger, more cutting-edge modern ships.

Carnival Fascination Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,657
  • Total Crew: 926
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.87
  • Built: Oct 1994
  • Refurbished: Jan 2013
  • Number of Decks: 10
  • Total Cabins: 1,028
  • Cabin Categories: 26
  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Length: 855
  • Beam: 103

Ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.2
  • Children's Programs 3.8
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.2
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.3
  • Entertainment 3.9
  • Food and Dining 3.9
  • Onboard Activities 3.8
  • Service and Staff 4.4
  • Ship Quality 4.0

Cabins

1028 cabins and 26 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.0
(184 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $81/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
4.1
(245 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $94/night
Balcony Balcony
4.5
(58 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $168/night
Suite Cabin Suite
3.7
(59 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 275 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $168/night

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Dining

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Imagination Dining Room Imagination Dining Room
4.5
(8 Reviews)
Coconut Grove Bar and Grill Coconut Grove Bar and Grill
4.3
(15 Reviews)
Pizzeria Pizzeria
4.3
(10 Reviews)
Sensation Dining Room Sensation Dining Room
3.8
(30 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Beauty Salon Beauty Salon
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Art Gallery Art Gallery
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Gymnasium/Aerobics Gymnasium/Aerobics
5.0
(1 Review)
Special Occasions Special Occasions
5.0
(1 Review)

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Worst Cruise ever by tecnica

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The last night of the cruise returning to Puerto Rico were a bad sea weather with waves from 10 feet to 12 feet and we never receive any weather notification from the bridge, it was a very stressful night because the cruise ship was crazy at sea.

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Great ports by nuyurk22

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Overall I enjoyed the poets which was the best part of the trip the cruise ship was old and outdated the other cruise ships that parked next to us made us wish we were on their cruise ship

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Wonderful by jsnzhan

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this 2 cruise members they need special praise : Sholeh and Leroy !!!

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adriannawilshir
Aug 04, 2015

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!

CarnivalCruisin
Apr 30, 2014

There is a small Adult Only section called Serenity just off the back of the Lido deck. If you exit the doors to the left of the Pizza Bar just go down the steps. Its for 21 and older so go enjoy the quiet and two hot tubs for adults only. Unlike the other "sardine" hot tubs full of kids!!

msflatt2012
Aug 01, 2014

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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