Great ship for a first time cruise

Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

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Sail Date: December 11, 2010
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago
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.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
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.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
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 Trivia was fun, maybe slightly outdated questions, but still fun.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
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.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
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.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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!
1 out of 5
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.

Pros: Activities, food, and size of room

Cons: Open smoking areas

Recommends Carnival Fascination? Yes!

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