Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4 out of 5

A bit more military, a bit less haphazard

Sail Date: July 10, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

In general, the cruise was excellent. Some significant changes are needed.

1. The embarkation was poorly orchestrated in many areas. Perhaps lengthening the process would help. Many passengers were confused.

2. The food, meals, service, after-hours availability were excellent. Choices were wide and well prepared, service was excellent.

3. Cabin service, clenliness, linen and towels were always clean and nicely done. The young lady we had for cabin service was exceptional. Polite, efficient, helpful.

4. The Off-the-ship events/tours were a distinct failure for us. For example, we bought 4 tickets for the Glass Bottom Boat, and our young son really wanted to go snorkeling. So we managed to change one ticket for him. The womay who sold us the ticket never asked, never alerted us that children HAD to be 18 y.o. or older to go by themseves. We have 2 minor children, leading to a hasty and confusing disaster of trying to change MY Glass Bottom Boat ticket to the snorkling boat, as the escorting adult. The snorkling itself was very good, and our son really enjoyed it. Bus transport was rather confusing, trying to determine which bus was going back to our ship.

5. The debarkation exercise was modeled after a poorly executed Chinese Fire Drill. None of the staff seemed to know what, where, when we would depart. We ended up sitting well over an hour.after our deck debarkation was announced. The elevators and stairs were jam-packed, which lead to the question:  What would have happened if the passengers (and crew) had to leave the ship ASAP in an emergency? More communication and more efficient debarking is necessary. Perhaps hiring a few ex-military would help, such as First Seargents and Warrent Officers.

Ship Quality
Good to excellent.
Food and Dining
Best feature of the cruise. Excellent selections, well prepared.
Service and Staff
For the most part, excellent.
We didn't go to much entertainment
Children's Programs
We didn't attend these.
Onboard Activities
Actual activity was excellent. Ticker sales needs a review!! Bus service was just OK.
Destinations and Excursions
We only did one off-ship excursion, was in itself was excellent.


Passengers: Try to arrive to be at the front of the line boarding the ship. Parents with young children will be extremely frustrated if they are further back in line! Perhaps a large cabin IN the embarkation area, staffed with excellent care takers, a few nurses, would greatly help!Too much red tape

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