Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4-6 cruises

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1 out of 5

worst cruise ever

Sail Date: July 21, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

The carnival fascination cruise is definitely not worth your time or money. While the rooms were nice and the stops punctual, the rest of the cruise was a true disappointment. The comedian was horrible, the food was mediocre and the pool was so small you couldn't turn around in it without kicking somebody. The housekeeping staff was wonderful but the bartenders made it quite obvious they worked for commision. The food was always available but not all that tasty. The casino was kicking but the daily and nightly entertainment was mostly used as an opportunity to sell you something or advertise an on-ship store. The embarking and disembarking process took a very long time and was chaotic at best. The ports of call were basically t-shirt shops and souvenier stands. In mexico I bought an excursion package which turned out to be nothing like the description and even though it was supposed to last 3.5 hours we were hurried out after just 2 hours, most of which was spent waiting around for people to get organized.

Pros: there was a piano bar that offered the only good entertainment on the boat

Cons: the entertainment

Recommends Carnival Fascination? No.

Food and Dining
The food was mediocre at best. My server in the dining room didn't refill my water and seemed to be in a rush constantly. The buffet was ok but nothing stood out. Room service was free and 24 hours.
Ship Quality
the ship was a good size. Big enough to be impressive but small enough to get around. The ship was well maintained and clean. Seemed to be accesible for folks who are differently abled. the Decor was tacky but it is a cruise after all.
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
The housekeeping staff was wonderful but the bartenders made it quite obvious they worked for commision. I felt like somebody was constantly trying to push a $8 drink on me. Beverages were extremely overpriced. $2 for a soda. $5 for a can of beer. $5 for a liter of water.
Entertainment
The casino was kicking but the daily and nightly entertainment was mostly used as an opportunity to sell you something or advertise an on-ship store. There seemed to be a lot of events for teenagers but not to much for 20 and 30 somethings to do.
Key West, Florida
You only stop in KW for 5 hours from 7 am until 2pm. There wasn't much to do but buy stupid t-shirts which I stupidly did.
Cozumel, Mexico
don't go on the zip line/snorkling tour. I can't even believe carnival sold such a bad excursion package. the zip line was 40 feet long and had no decline so you had to jump out and hope the person on the other side was strong enough to pull you in. The snorkling lasted 15 minutes. The whole excursion lasted around half the time we were told it would.


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