A little disappointing for a first time

Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: July 21, 2008
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago

Maybe I expect more than most but I was hoping for a better experience. Granted, some significant frustrations during the disembarkation process are probably coloring this a little bit but I was really hoping for a better "all around" experience.

The food in the dining room was pretty good and what I would expect. The buffet food was more like what I would find at a Ryan's or a Golden Corral. The dining room staff was outstanding. The buffet staff was not bad but inconsistent and sometimes left me scrathing my head about common sense.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Dining room food was excellent. Buffet food was average.


1 out of 5
I did not care for the entertainment and activites. Entertainment was amatuerish and the activities were poorly organized and too rigidly run to be enjoyable.

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
They kept my kids for 3 hours. In that time, they played by themselves and watched movies. My kids even noted that for that they could have stayed at home. It looked like they invested much more time in the older kids (9+) and the ones who were too little to know better (2 - 5)

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
This was very inconsistent. Overall, most were good or better but there were some real stinkers.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Great condition, always clean. Many activities were in the fore section of the ship which made it seem like it took forever to get anywhere.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very clean. Always took good care of us. Comfortable bedding.
3 out of 5

Don't Miss: Conch Fritters. Get a scooter and ride around the island.
3 out of 5

Don't Miss: Rent a driver and go around the island

Pros: Lots of food. Stateroom and dining room staff.

Cons: Entertainment was lacking professional quality. Staff not problem solvers.

Recommends Carnival Fascination? Yes!

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