Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Second Mate

Experience
4-6 cruises

Reviews
8

Helpful Votes
12

2 out of 5

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Sail Date: September 01, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptCarnival Fascination: The good and bad/font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptI have sailed on the Carnival Fascination many times from my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. I live only 15 minutes from JaxPort which makes it very convenient to take a cruise when a great deal comes along./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptSome history first. In March of 2012, I was a chaperone for a group of 28 high school seniors. When we booked the ldquo;triplesrdquo; (3 people to a cabin) we were informed Carnival that we wanted cabins with those ldquo;pull downrdquo; units. This makes life so much easier for cabin space, but no. When we came on board, we heard the typical song and dance, ldquo;wersquo;re full, wersquo;re overbooked, itrsquo;s spring break, blah blah blah.rdquo;/font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptWe were place in cabins with two beds and the room steward brought in a mattress for the third person to sleep on the floor. Yes. You read that right. Sleep. On. The. Floor./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptEveryone sucked it up and made the best of a bad situation. I did not appreciate sleeping on a mattress /font/fontfont face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptbon the floor/b/font/fontfont face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16pt, but heck, Irsquo;m a Navy veteran so it was sure better than sleeping with 60 guys in the same berthing area on my frigate back in the 8orsquo;s (U.S.S. Samuel Eliot Morison FFG-13)./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptFast forward to Sept 1, 2012. We booked two cabins (again triples). We informed Carnival when we booked that we insisted on those ldquo;pull downrdquo; wall units so we would have enough space to walk around the cabin and avoid sleeping on a mattress /font/fontfont face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptbon the floor/b/font/fontfont face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16pt./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptNope./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptWe walked into our cabins and the room stewards told us they would be bringing our mattresses shortly./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptI was fit to be tied. Note to ALL cruise lines. First impressions are CRITICAL. /font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptI immediately tweeted cclsupport (@cclsupport) and told them of the problem. They emailed the ship and asked them to investigate the problem./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptWhen I went to guest services I heard the typical song and dance. Wersquo;re full, itrsquo;s labor day weekend, blah blah, frickin blah. Check back tomorrow we will let you know if anything becomes available./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptNote to ALL cruise lines. If you have someone who has been STRONGLY supporting you via Twitter, YouTube and by being an avid ldquo;brand ambassadorrdquo;, you MAY want to inform the ship ahead of time that a person of some influence is coming on board and not drop the ball./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptAnyway, we were moved into our new cabins with those pull down units on day 2 of the cruise and all seemed betterhellip;until,/font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptMy friend who I was sailing with (along with his two teenage grandkids) has over 500 days on Holland America Line and is close to Platinum on Carnival became upset when we went to dinner and we ordered some drinks. 15 minutes later one of the staff came back to us and said there was something wrong with the sail and sign card not being ldquo;activatedrdquo;. Sure it worked the cabin door, but I guess the credit card wasnrsquo;t linked to the sail and sign card./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptI immediately went to guest services. The person said my friend would have to come back in person and bring back the credit card. Keep in mind that the credit card was already approved for the first cabin he was in, but since we changed cabins, I guess there was a problem./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptMy friend Dwight went to guest services immediately after dinner with sail and sign AND credit card in hand. A different member of the guest service staff said, ldquo;Oh, I need your photo ID also!rdquo; /font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptBy this time Dwight was blowing a gasket because now he had to go back to his cabin yet ANOTHER time. When he returned with his sail and sign card, credit card AND photo id in hand, yet another guest service staff member didnrsquo;t even look at his photo id and promptly rectified the problem./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptAnother point I want to make is that this is not the only incident of Fascination staff not being on the same page. /font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptI wanted to make sure we avoided any problems regarding ID when going to and returning from Half Moon Cay. I asked one of the guest services staff if we just needed our sail and sign card AND photo ID or just our sail and sign card. The staffer said BOTH. /font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptGranted, I have been to Half Moon Cay at least 10 times, so I always bring both my sail and sign card AND photo ID just to be safe, but we had two teenagers with us which meant since they didnrsquo;t have a photo ID we needed to bring their birth certificates (so we thought)./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptWe went to the Palace Lounge at 9:45 a.m. and were told by the Carnival staff all we needed was our sail and sign card, but if we had photo ID also, that was ok. I would have preferred to leave those birth certificates in the safe in the cabin, but I wasnrsquo;t about to run back to the cabin to do that!/font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptAround 10:20 a.m. they called our tender numbers and we made our way to deck 3. At 10:30 a.m. we were on the way to Half Moon Cay./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptWe had a great day on Half Moon Cay as the weather was PERFECT, however the lunch wasnrsquo;t anything to write home about./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptI really wish they had more drink stations on Half Moon Cay as they crowd up very fast. Fortunately the Fascination was the only cruise ship anchored off of Half Moon Cay that day. If there was another ship there, it would have been very crowded at the lunch pavilion./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptWhat was also disappointing is that they ran out of snorkel rental gear on Half Moon Cay by 10:45 a.m. /font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptAnother issue I want to point out is the soda card. In the past I was under the impression you couldnrsquo;t use your soda card on Half Moon Cay. Once we got there a bar staff member said we COULD use the soda card on Half Moon Cay. That needs to be stated in the Fun Times to avoid confusion./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptI do want to comment that we did have great room stewards and dining room staff. The Lido and Serenity area staff were VERY friendly and professional./font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptThe ship was clean (yet is showing serious signs of wear and tear) and Paul the Cruise Director was very professional, friendly and accessible. For the most part the food was great and service was good. /font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptSeveral passengers on the ship recognized me from knowing me on several social media sites (Cruise Critic, Cruise Addicts, Meet on Cruise, YouTube (slara1961) and on Twitter (@scottlara1961). /font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptThey asked me (as many people do) ldquo;Hey Scott, what is my favorite cruise line?rdquo;/font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptWhat do you think I said?/font/font
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font face=Times New Roman, seriffont size=4 style=font-size: 16ptScott Lara /font/font
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Recommends Carnival Fascination? No.

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