Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to U.S. - Southeast

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7+ cruises


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2 out of 5

Cruise from Jacksonville, FL

Sail Date: December 01, 2009

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Compared to other ships, this one was in need of something. I am not sure what. The decks did not go through, so, while we enjoy walking the ship, it was rather difficult to do on this ship. In fact, it got so that we had some difficulty trying how to get from here to there and vice versa. They really need to do something about this. There were no chairs anywhere on the ship that were comfortable enough to sit in for any length of time. In addition, they need to find some other musicians to entertain, as the ones they had were some of the worst I have ever heard/encountered. Coupled together, these two things made the time spent on the ship less than enjoyable. Finally, the rooms were very, very small, compared to other ships I have been on (have take about a dozen cruises), so, though we had to stay in the room a lot, it was rather confining. In addition, just getting around the room was not easy. Thank God it was a five day cruise and not longer! You could barely squeeze around to even get into one side of the bed. Absolutely no place to put your luggage, if you did empty it. In addition, there were very few balconies you could get (we were not able to get one at our booking site), but those that were on the ship, were very tiny and cramped, so we probably did not miss out on much. The food at the buffets was mediocre, at best. Carnival has not met our expectations--we have now taken four Carnival cruises, so have some experiences to compare. One bright spot were the shore excursions and stops, Key West and Nassau, both of which were great experiences.

Pros: Location for start of cruise

Cons: Ship configuration

Recommends Carnival Fascination? No.

Food and Dining
Just like eating at the local buffet, only, in many cases the local buffet had many more and better choices.
Cabin / Stateroom
Too small. Cannot even get around the bed to get in easily. No room for luggage to go when emptied.
Musicians in the lounges were some of the worst ever. Could not even carry tunes, let alone sing. Need to offer movies on the ship in the open air. Only offered one and it was during a shore stop. Cabins are way too small to watch movies there without stepping all over any others in the cabin.
Ship Quality
Need to look at the configuration of this ship. Cannot walk through the decks--not one goes the entire length of the ship. The chairs in the public areas need to be replaced. The musicians are not good enough to listen to. All these mean that you do not spend much time moving around the ship, and when you do, you do not enjoy it, nor do you spend any money on drinks and such.
Service and Staff

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