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Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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3 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 24, 2006
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 9 years ago
Overall, the ship was fine. For a 3 or 4 day cruise, you'll have a great time. It was very, very clean. I observed what appeared to be detailed cleansing of the ship almost daily. The dinners were excellent - great quality. I had wonderful steak and lobster one night. Food throughout the rest of the ship (buffets, etc) were good - not great. Still, there are plenty of dining options. One never goes hungry! The staterooms are adequate. There were 3 of us in ours. Not sure how we would have fit a 4th - it would have started to feel a little tight then. The best aspect was the crew. Their service - regardless of who you interacted with - was superb. Sounds cliche, but they really make you feel like part of the family. I even went to one of the local clubs in Nassau with a bunch of them. We had a great time.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The best food was in the main dining room, which I would rate as excellent. The rest was average.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Ok mix of entertainment. Seems like they reserve their best show talent for the longer cruises. However, there was a comedian on board who did an adults only show that was hilarious. It's hit and miss with the shows. You're better off joining your friends for drinks at one of the gazillion bars on the ship.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Fantastic service

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
It's an older ship (1994 or so) so it's not as grand as some of the new mega-liners, but it's still a very nice size ship with great amenities. The spa, which was new, was very nice. Recommended.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Good size for 2 people, ok for 3 - would be too small, in my opinion, for 4.
3 out of 5
We went to Atlantis. That was a must see. Here's a hint. They don't let you wander back into the pools or beach area in Atlantis anymore. You have to pay $250 for 4 people to do this. Instead, we snuck in for free. One way is to join a crowd of guests as they walk past the attendant into the pool area. Once you're back there, it's absolutely beautiful. We stayed out by the pool, had lunch, toured the aquariums for hours. Later that night we went to Club Bambu just off the port. That's where all the cruise crews go to dance and party. By far, that was the best part of the entire day. The venue was great, the crowd was great, the music was great, we had a great time.
Don't Miss: Atlantis
3 out of 5
We went to Atlantis. That was a must see. Here's a hint. They don't let you wander back into the pools or beach area in Atlantis anymore. You have to pay $250 for 4 people to do this. Instead, we snuck in for free. One way is to join a crowd of guests as they walk past the attendant into the pool area. Once you're back there, it's absolutely beautiful. We stayed out by the pool, had lunch, toured the aquariums for hours. Later that night we went to Club Bambu just off the port. That's where all the cruise crews go to dance and party. By far, that was the best part of the entire day. The venue was great, the crowd was great, the music was great, we had a great time.
Don't Miss: Atlantis

Pros: Service was excellent. The energy and vibrancy of the ship was also great - a particularly younger crowd (under 40) which made it easy to meet and interact with others close to our age (30s).

Cons: Time to refresh the interior public spaces. The neon is a bit dated.

Recommends Carnival Fascination? Yes!

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