Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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3 out of 5

Cheap booze, cheap cruise, fun ashore

Sail Date: February 12, 2004

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Wife ( now ex) and I took this cruise as a 4-day getaway as our daughter was nearly two and quite independent. I remember the casino was loud, garish and smoky which made me feel decadent. The Main Dining Rooms (Imagination, Sensation)  served up decent escargot, lobster, steaks, the occasional inspired salad, okay desserts. Inspired? Hardly. Glorified institutional--like a convention caterer.  But the bars--oh the bars! The interior of this ship is so over-the-top exotic disco-inspired it's funny. Elephants guarding a nightclub? Seriously? Plenty of places to drink all around the ship which is GOOD. Prices at that time were CHEAP. Not a huge pool and lounge chairs filled up quickly.  Lots of activities for the fun-seeking types. Fortunately we have friends in Nassau who greeted us and showed us a great time around various places away from Nassau town. Had a delicious lunch--conch fritters, conch salad, fish, rice and peas, at a shack over on Arawak Cay that was exceptional--and cheaper than anything equivalent in town. Went for a swim  at a place called "Love Beach" that is a challenge to find, on the way out toward Lyford Cay. Had another meal at Britely's on the way back to the ship. The place was in a bit of a dicey part of town but clean, well-run and the food was amazing!  All in all Carnival Fascination delivered what was expected--and no more. 

Escargots a la Carnival

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Ship Quality
Nothing subtle or understated aboard this ship. No one caught norovirus.
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
How do they remember your name?
Surprisingly decent, especially at karaoke. Some of those people have to be professional singers on a busman's holiday.
Children's Programs
The best. Even though we didn't use them on this cruise.
Onboard Activities
Not necessarily the best for US, but for the people who like those sorts of things like belly flops and hairy chests et cetera--live and let live.
Destinations and Excursions
Been to the Bahamas so often it's like a second home, so I never have had a problem there. Smart travelers avoid problems and still have fun.


Bring ear plugs that you can sleep in. Bring room deodorizer. Bring something to hang stuff on. Bring your own soap, shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste. Bring a packet of detergent (I suggest Woolite) in case you have to wash something.

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