Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

Cruise was decent

Sail Date: January 11, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

The cruise was pretty fun. It was very relaxing which was nice for our honeymoon. The room was very nice. The activities on the boat were pretty lame and most of them cost a lot of extra money. The majority of the scheduled activities were shopping or spa related or bingo which all cost extra. The food was decent...there was a very large variety and good availability/hours, but a lot of the food was just okay. It was mushy a lot of the time or bland, but not horrible. The formal dining was okay as well...service was subpar if you have a small and "less important" party of people...the food wasn't anything different from the buffets. Same food just tiny fancy portions. The shore excursions were very expensive and were pretty lame sounding for the most part. And if you check online most of them have bad ratings anyway. We ended up doing our own thing on shore and had a lot of fun with our tour guide we found ourselves for much cheaper! 

The boat was nice and pretty clean with fun things like a water slide and a mini golf course. 

Overall the most fun we had was staying in our room watching tv. The trip was very relaxing and we made our own fun on the boat and off, but not sure that I would book another cruise on this specific boat.

Cabin / Stateroom
Great room! No complaints other than the fact that there was a TON of boat noise (we must have been near a mechanical room or something) and lots of staff noise (like housekeeping carts or good carts or something, must have been near a service room as well). But overall it was nice, the bed was great and room was clean and large
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Excursions were expensive and most had bad ratings online. Destinations were cool, but get your own your guide right off the boat-you'll see more and spend way less!
Onboard Activities
Nothing good unless you want to spend extra either drinking, shopping, or buying spa treatments
Not much entertainment to be had unless you like spending extra on alcohol, shopping deals, or spa treatments
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Variety was great, but food was mushy and bland at times. We had a few good favorites we stuck to
Jacksonville, Florida
Nassau, Bahamas
Really pretty, lots to see and do. We had fun with our tour guide we got on our own (not through carnival). He found us when we got off the boat and took us to see a lot of cool things we would not have been able to see if we had purchased a shore excursion!
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Unlike nassau, there isn't much to see when you get right off the boat here. There is a small straw market right off the boat but that's it, so be prepared to take a taxi to even be able to see anything here.


Bring games or something to entertain yourself, and make sure you are prepared to pay extra for just about everything.

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