Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4-6 cruises


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2 out of 5

No Fascination when it come to Food

Sail Date: April 19, 2014

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Inside

We were highly disappointed in the food and service aboard this ship. We have sailed 5 time with Carnival including having been on this same ship in 2011. There didn't seem to be alot of variety in our choices and many times the food was over cooked or simply did not have a good taste. We ate in the dining room two mornings and both times the service was terrible, having to wait for that second cup of coffee until your food arrived because no one checked on you between placing your order and it actually being served. We purched the bottomless bubbles option for our son who loves soda and when we tried to order a soda in the dining room it was not easy. The bar service personnal seemed annoyed and more concerned with taking alcohol orders then pre-paid beverage orders. This was also the case as we were out and about on the ship so we generally walked up to the bars to get his soda which usually meant having to walk through the smokers to get there! We found the ship clean and the employees very friendly as always. However, of all the cruises we have been on we are very disappointed with this cruise concerning the food and service. The best part of the cruise was our Cabin Steward who we enjoyed getting to know. 

Ship Quality
The ship was clean and well maintained for an older ship.
Food and Dining
Not a lot of variety and overall just not very good.
Cabin / Stateroom
Bathroom and shower shows the age of the ship with water damage and what looked to be mold/mildew in the shower area.
Service and Staff
Everyone was kind and friendly as we have always found with Carnival.
Comedians were great! Best part of the entertainment in our opinion. They offer both a family friendly version and an adult only version!
Children's Programs
Our son moved up to the 9-11 age group and there didn't seem to be as many organized activities and more just hanging out and playing video games. He spent more time with us and at the pool then ever before.
Onboard Activities
Plenty of things to do, if you want to do something.
Destinations and Excursions
We choose to just tour Key West on our own and catch a taxi to Atlantis in the Bahamas and purchased a tour directly from them.
Jacksonville, Florida
Smaller port and moves faster then the others we've experienced.
Key West, Florida
Beautiful area, the ship runs a shuttle to and from town at no cost.
Nassau, Bahamas
Piers and building are nice and clean, outside the immediate port, not so much, but typical of the culture.


There is a small Adult Only section called Serenity just off the back of the Lido deck. If you exit the doors to the left of the Pizza Bar just go down the steps. Its for 21 and older so go enjoy the quiet and two hot tubs for adults only. Unlike the other "sardine" hot tubs full of kids!!

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