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Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

2.0 out of 5
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5 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 26, 2015
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Cruise ship was showing its age.  Housekeeping was great.  Kept room clean and made neat towel animals every night.  Beds were not great.  Two twins put together so there was a crack down the middle.  One side was higher than the other so couldn't sleep up against spouse like usual.  Buffet food was not the best but dining room was good.  Had poor service one day but the rest was good.  Only issue in dining room was they pack you in so close that there wasn't really private seating.  Couldn't have a private conversation with spouse without next table hearing everything. Had to walk through smokey casino to get anywhere.  Hair and clothes always smelled like smoke.  Only had one tiny pool.  Several hot tubs but they were always full.  We had bad weather so we couldn't stop at the private island.  Private island had a free beach and included a cookout.  The stop they took us to instead was just a tourist trap and you had to pay extra to go anywhere.  Even the beach. I know it's not the fault of the cruise line but you would have thought they'd offer a discount on excursions since you had to pay to do anything and it's not cheap.

Overall, not a great cruise.  Probably would have been more enjoyable if the weather was better. Ship rocked a lot.  Definitely don't go if you get sea sick at all.  You felt every wave. Spend a lot of time on balcony in room with a blanket wrapped around me.  Room was freezing and there was no way to turn off the AC.  Numerous people complained about it. 

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Had troubles finding a clean table no matter what time of day it was.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Didn't get involved, just watched

Entertainment

3 out of 5
2 great shows but then they repeated them the rest of the trip. Great cruise director. Very funny

Children's Programs

Don't know

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was friendly with the exception of one dinner in the dining room. Not friendly and never came back to take dessert order or fill drinks.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Older ship. Clean but needs an overhaul

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Clean but old. Didn't like 2 twin beds pushed together. Very cold room. Loved the balcony

Ship Tip

Definitely don't go if you get motion sick or if you mind cigarette smoke.

3 out of 5
typical tourist trap
1 out of 5
would have been great but we couldn't stop due to bed weather.
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