Not as much "FUN" as it used to be.
Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Sail Date: February 02, 2013
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
Review SummaryLet me start out by saying our cabin and steward were fine, our waiter and assistant waiter were fine, and the food everywhere on the ship was excellent. And, except for an awful odor throughout our cruise in the hallway going to our cabin, the ship was clean.
Our problem stems with Carnival itself and with the cruise director, Paul. Don't get me wrong. Paul is a very friendly outgoing character who is good at telling jokes, singing, and being an emcee. He is just lousy at organizing activities and utilizing the ship's spaces properly. Let me explain.
Carnival used to have a steel band playing upon embarkation and throughout the cruise up on Lido deck. This has been replaced by a cd or, even worse, a dj that plays mostly rap and other obnoxious songs that are geared more to his age rather than those of the passengers. The big band sounds, good old rock and roll, and Caribbean music that we could dance too was no more, being replaced by noise so loud we often had to leave the area for some peace and quiet. The orchestra on the ship was replaced by a small group and a couple of individual singers that all played in areas one could not designed for dancing. Most activities, like Carnival itself, is now geared to making even more money and less geared to passengers having fun.
The Starz Bar is where most of the trivia and several other games were held. How convenient that there is a bar right there as well as the casino. What there was not was enough seating. The bar and the seating area are separated by a major walkway so passengers walking by would hear a question and shout out an answer. There was also the noise from the bar and the blender so hearing was pretty difficult. In the meantime, there were two lounges nearby, Passage To India and Puttin on the Ritz that had lots of seats and quiet to play games that sat there empty.
Starz is also the place that was chosen for what little music was on the ship. Same seating proble, same noise, and no place to dance. And, in most instances, one of the lounges with all their seating and with dance floors were empty. I guess I should mention the disco but neither the music or the volume of it was something we wanted to go to.
Finally, there were two shows on the ship called Motortown and Divas. We were never on any other cruise before where the same exact shows were performed over and over again for the evening's entertainment.
This was our 54th cruise and it left a lot to be desired when it came to having fun and being entertained.
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Cabin / Stateroom
If you are an adult and want to just relax in peace and quiet, go to Serenity, an adults only area in the aft of the ship. Chaise lounges and jacuzzis combined with a view of the ocean.