A bit more military, a bit less haphazard

Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 12

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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4 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville Roundtrip)
Sail Date: July 10, 2014
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: U189
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 3 years ago

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.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Best feature of the cruise. Excellent selections, well prepared.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Actual activity was excellent. Ticker sales needs a review!! Bus service was just OK.


3 out of 5
We didn't go to much entertainment

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
We didn't attend these.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
For the most part, excellent.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Good to excellent.

Ship Tip

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

3 out of 5
Snorkeling was a great experience.
3 out of 5
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