Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Sail Date: September 13, 2010
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Review SummaryThe ship is one of the oldest in the fleet - it was OK, but nothing impressive. The food selections and quality were way over-hyped from other cruisers that I spoke with in advance. I was very disappointed that the midnight buffet was hot dogs and hamburgers. My 5-year-old did not like Camp Carnival and I found that overall the ship was NOT kid friendly. The staff in the dining room were kid friendly, and she really enjoyed the water park, but that was really the only thing there was for her to do.
The room was good - the beds were comfortable - even though the room was small, it was enough - we got a balcony and it definitely was worth it.
The shore excursions were a waste. I do not recommend booking shore excursions - you can find things to do MUCH cheaper on your own.
The staff on the ship did not live up to the "fun cruise" marketing campaign by Carnival. Many of the event staff had a "too cool for you" attitude and were not very good at getting the crowd going. I suppose if you had enough liquor in you all of the events were fun.
The Lido deck was definitely not a family friendly environment. The deck is open on the top, but has side walls. This made for a very smoky walk to get to the water park. Not to mention it was full of drunk people. The pool was super small. There is an 'adults only' section at the back of the ship and it was disappointing that more adults didn't take advantage of it, especially the smokers and drinkers. It would be nice if the smokers were not allowed to smoke on the Lido deck, especially since that is where two of their buffet lines are.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
We play some games in the arcade - one of the machines took all of our tokens (games are $1.25 each). Informed one of the members of the housekeeping staff and he instructed us to go to guest services. Waited in line at guest services only to be redirected to the Casino guy. The Casion guy tried to ping pong us back to guest services. I had to turn into the cranky passenger to get results. It wasn't that $1.25 mattered, it was the principle of the thing. The response was annoying and frustrating.
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Don't Miss: The Straw Market was pretty cool. If you can affort about $150/person, check out Atlantis.
Pros: Sea Days, Water Park, Sun Deck, Dessert
Cons: Shore Excursions