Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4-6 cruises


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1 out of 5

Waste of time

Sail Date: September 09, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

The Carnival Fascination is an older ship that apparently underwent renovations. However, the decor is cheap and cheesy with lots of neons giving the appearance of a 1980's disco feel wherever we went--even in Coconut Grove cafe. There are very few places one can escape people, unike other ships we've been on of a similar size. Being a 4 day Bahamas cruise out of Jacksonville it catered to the party set, which was not our cup of tea.We were looking to have fun too, but not to the extent of having to be drunk and obnoxious to enjoy oneself.

Pros: getting off the ship

Cons: Being crammed like a sardine

Recommends Carnival Fascination? No.

Ship Quality
No problem with cleanliness, and the cabin stewards were excellent. One problem was that the no smoking signs were constantly ignored. When staff were alerted they didn't care. There were designated smoking areas but one couldn't see ash trays etc. so no wonder people smoked where they liked.
Food and Dining
Formal dining was a mixed bag. The staff were great, but sometimes the food appeared as it had been cooked 30 minutes before and reheated. Other nights it was great. Again, not up to what we've had, say on Royal Caribbean.
Service and Staff
Cabin stewards and dining staff were always good. When we pointed out people smoking in non-designated areas, they couldn't care less. In one shop my wife wanted to a buy a purse that was in the window (they had no stock). The assistant sais "I don't have a key." So I suggested she ask her supervisor. The reply was, 'she doesn't have key either." Plainly ridiculous.
Cabin / Stateroom
This was the one upside. Perhaps the renovations extended here. We had a triple room with a window and the configuration gave us plenty of room. It was kept very clean.
First couple of nights we had dancers and a review. The comedian was average--shame he had to use foul language to make his second appearance "adult". The last night we had a large black female 'comedian'. I use the term loosely because she didn't tell any jokes. She made referenced to human genetalia and the inebriated passengers thought it was funny. I'm no prude but it was crass and cheap. Several people walked out.
Nassau, Bahamas
Much more interesting. get a taxi (don't pay for the ship excursion) and get a taxi to Atlantis or Cabbage Beach for a swim. We had a taxi/shuttle tour of the town. Not a lot to see but the city is on the doorsteps of the port and there is more shopping than Freeport.
Don't Miss: Atlantis resort--just to visit.
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
One little shopping precinct and one beach. Not much to see at all unfortunately.
Don't Miss: There isn't one.

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