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Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 15, 2007
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 11 years ago

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".

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
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.


5 out of 5
The activity department seemed to be lacking somewhat, but the night time shows were fantastic. Actually, much better than we expected.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was very friendly and helpful.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
We were very pleased with the ship overall.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Being a first timer, we have nothing to compare our room to, but we were completely satisfied.
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
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.

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!

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