Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4 out of 5

Great ship for a first time cruise

Sail Date: December 11, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This was our first cruise and now we are hooked. The staff was top notch, especially our waiter. The rooms were a perfect size. Staff was always cleaning something. The weather did not cooperate and we missed a port due to dangerous winds, so our advice is pick your trip based on the ship not the ports.
This was a relatively small ship, so we made friends quick and saw them often.

Pros: Activities, food, and size of room

Cons: Open smoking areas

Recommends Carnival Fascination? Yes!

The staff was great at giving us options of things to day, especially last minute when we had bad weather. The shows/dancers were great. Trivia was fun, maybe slightly outdated questions, but still fun.
Ship Quality
Easy to get around, someone was always cleaning something. I even saw one of the captains pick up trash as he walked by. Just wish the smoking would have been in a contained room.
Food and Dining
We ate in the dining hall almost every meal and the waitstaff was day after day friendly and helpful. The quality of the food was always great, and if we didn't love something, we just ordered something else with not judgment from the waiter. We had late dining which we loved and we were profiled well with our table mates.
Cabin / Stateroom
Much larger than we expected. The window was wonderful! Plenty of closet and drawer space. Only complaint would be a strange smell from the bathroom, we had to keep the door closed to contain the smell. Loved the choice of lighting in the room. The blackout curtains work really well!
Service and Staff
No complaints, happy people who love their jobs. We were amazed how they kept their positive additudes day after day, when working such long hours. When we missed our first port because of weather, most of them missed their time off, and were still there smiling and serving us. Couldn't have asked for better staff.
Nassau, Bahamas
We opted out of the expensive excursions and decided to walk and shop. It's very chaotic there, lots of dangerous driving, often no sidewalks so you're walking in the road. Lots of people offering taxi rides right when you get into port. A friend of ours was offered pot to buy. It was a very stressful feeling to walk around. I couldn't wait to be done and get back on the ship. Someone told me "don't get off the boat in Nassau" and I would now agree.

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