Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
1 cruise (first)

Review
1

Helpful Votes
2

1 out of 5

Disappointing

Sail Date: July 05, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

The ship was very crowded and loud. The pool was tiny, more like "swimming" in a bath tub. All you could do was stand there. There were long lines for everything it seemed. Even though it was all-inclusive, it felt like you were constantly being hit up for more money (pictures, soft drinks, drinks, etc.). I found it really annoying that Camp Carnival kept having parties for the kids that started at 10pm, when the babysitting fees applied!! It was hard to have a relaxing evening for the adults when there were kids, mostly pre-teens, running wild around the boat riding up and down the elevators. If the parents wouldn't control them the staff should have tried to keep them from annoying the other passengers. All in all I would not ride Carnival again and would not recommend it.

Pros: Kids enjoyed the camp carnival

Cons: Crowded and food was not very good

Recommends Carnival Fascination? No.

Ship Quality
It was clean but rundown and the decor was extremely dated. The stateroom size was very small and cramped for a family of 4.
Children's Programs
My kids loved it, but there was too much video game time and TV.
Cabin / Stateroom
Very small, but clean.
Food and Dining
The food was bland and not much better than a buffet restuarant. There was not much to choose from. The second "restuarant" was a buffet offering the same choices as dinner in the dining rooms, just not as nice a presentation and the food had been sitting out for a couple of hours. Yuck. The deli was horrible. The pizza was one of the better items, mainly because it was actually fresh. If this were a restuarant - I wouldn't go back.
Entertainment
OK if your a senior citizen.
Service and Staff
For the most part, very friendly and helpful.
Key West, Florida
Loved it but hated that the shore excursion started at 7 - too early for vacation.
Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau is rundown and unattractive, people were not friendly or helpful.


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