Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

First time cruiser

Sail Date: January 15, 2007

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Nice clean boat with plenty of friendly staff from all over the world.
The accents were at times, very difficult to understand.
We were hoping for more of a party on board but the crowd was easily 45 years old and older, and was more conservative than we expected for a "Carnival Cruise".

Pros: The weather was a great change from the cold winter in Canada. Key West was lots of fun as was Playa del Carmen and Miami. Five days on board was enough time for both of us. The food was good and the entertainment was excellent.

Cons: It took us forever to figure out the layout of the ship. For a "Carnival" cruise (supposedly a party boat), we found there to be mostly older passengers on board. The personality of the cruise director was a bit much to take.

Recommends Carnival Fascination? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
Being a first timer, we have nothing to compare our room to, but we were completely satisfied.
Service and Staff
Everyone was very friendly and helpful.
The activity department seemed to be lacking somewhat, but the night time shows were fantastic.
Actually, much better than we expected.
Ship Quality
We were very pleased with the ship overall.
Food and Dining
The food quality was great overall.
Lots of staff at your beck and call at all times.
The second you appeared to need something, there was someone there.
Calica, Mexico
You must see Tulum. Don't go on the bus tour for $85 US when you can rent a small car at the dock for the whole day for $50 and Drive to Tulum and then all the way back to Playa del Carmen. ($13 in gas). That way, you don't have to sit with 50 other tourists and be told when to do everything- including when and where to eat!
Don't Miss: Tulum for incredible beauty and pyramids, and Playa del Carmen for shopping.
Key West, Florida
We loved Key West and would have loved to had been able to stay over one night.
Don't Miss: We simply walked around and shopped. Don't bother with going all the way to Margaritaville, It's just a resteraunt.

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