Great 1st Cruise for the Kids

Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Sail Date: March 01, 2011
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago
We had cruised on this ship 10 years ago and loved the renovations. This was the first time we took our 3 daughters (ages 8,3,1) on a cruise, and they have not stopped talking about it months later and keep asking when we will go again. We cruised in winter and called our cruise the "Older Folks Cruise" by which we mean in a positive way. As such, there were very few children on the cruise and ours received a lot of attention by both the staff and our fellow cruisers. They had adoptive grandparents at every turn. As well, there was never a wait for the things our family/kids wanted to do since we did not fit the profile for this sailing date. Definitely worth taking our oldest out of school. Will do it again and take our their own grandparents next time. Our only "con" was getting off the ship so late. Since we drove they had us in the last group. The kids were ready for lunch before they let us off.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Dining room service was a little slow (per the kids) think they just wanted to get back to having fun. Therefore ate 2 of the 5 dinners at the buffet was was very surprised at the quality.


5 out of 5
We loved the addition of the new watersildes and minigolf. With kids in tow, we didn't even come close to doing everything. We can go on this ship again without feeling board.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Our oldest would have stayed at Camp Carnival the entire cruise had we let her. The staff was WONDEFUL and had many great activities planned. Our kids came home with a backpack full of soveniers, trophies, medals all obtained (FREE) as part of Camp Carnival. My advice, skip summer camp and use your funds to take a cruise and send your kids to Camp Carnival.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Too many great things to list.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Third time on a fantasy class ship and finally figured out the tricky deck plan. Even with a double stoller with us most of the time, we had no problems getting around.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The upgrade on the beds is wonderful, very comfy. We had 2 cabins (balcony & inside across the hall) were kept impeccably clean. Our cabin steward took requests from our 2 older girls for which towel animal they wanted each night and let them save all of them, With 2 cabins we had our own Zoo by the end of the cruise.

Pros: Food/Staff/ Camp Carnival

Cons: Disembarkation

Recommends Carnival Fascination? Yes!

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