Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4 out of 5

The Fascination - A Great Value!

Sail Date: September 04, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

5-Days aboard the Fascination was perfect. Anything shorter wouldn't be enough! There is alot to see and do each day. My receommendation is to sleep late and stay up for the evening entertainment-it's worth it!

Pros: Personal Service & Attention

Cons: The cost of drinks aboard the ship.

Recommends Carnival Fascination? Yes!

Food and Dining
The food was very good. We attended the buffet on Lido Deck for breakfast and lunch most days, and had the early dining at 6 p.m. in the Sensation Dining Room. The service is unbeatable, and was very friendly, fast, and entertaining!
Cabin / Stateroom
We were located on the Riviera Deck, near the bow. The amenities were good, the bed was comfortable, and the room was cool. The bathroom was better than expected, and very functional. There was plenty of room for our 3 suitcases, and the staff provided a hair-dryer for the duration of our stay.
Service and Staff
The dining staff remembered our names, and served with smiles and even danced and sang for us after dinner! The servers doubled as servers on the island during our visit to Half Moon Cay...very surprising and still friendly! The housekeeping staff was extremely nice, and genuinely cared about our needs. I can't say a negative thing about the staff-at all!!!
There is an abundance of things to do while on-board, and at the islands, whichever you choose to participate in. The only limitation, is your level of energy.
Ship Quality
There is plenty of room aboard the Fascination. There were 2400 passengers aboard during our excursion, and we never waited for anything. It was clean, and things were easy to find, thanks to the onboard map given to us by housekeeping! The decor theme seemed a little dated, but it was fun, and the neon changed colors throughout the day.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
The beach is amazing! We also had beach massages...totally worth it at $85/each - we signed up at the spa onboard. The bbq lunch was also great, and included a huge fruit buffet. The only extra cost for lunch was for soft drinks, or mixed drinks. Water or lemonade was included.
Don't Miss: The lobby, aquarium, and casino at Atlantis is very impressive.
Nassau, Bahamas
Unless you love shopping for jewelry, the Guaranteed Shopping is a waste of time. While we did visit most of the shops, the prices were not nearly what we expected, given the hype. We took a $20/ea. tour by a local company, which we met at the port, which turned out to be very effective. We toured the city, the Fort, and Atlantis by van, taking about 3 hours...well worth the money! The local craft market was also interesting and nice if you like handbags, crafts, and hand-made jewelry...and they WILL bargain with you!
Don't Miss: The lobby, aquarium, and casino at Atlantis is very impressive.

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