Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 16

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Carnival Fascination

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 12, 2017

Ship: Carnival Fascination

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: E9

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

This was our first cruise with Carnival.  It was a little different from Royal Carribean.  The ship was clean and nice.  Cabins had much storage space and the crew was helpful.  We purchased the endless bubbles package.  On Royal this is self serve, on Carnival each drink must be ordered and a receipt signed, so it takes a while.  Also if you order a coke while in port, you have to pay tax.  We ate the buffet one night and it was not very good and did not have much to offer.  Ate the remaining meals in the dining room, and these were very nice.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5
The comedy shows were great, but that was about all there was to do.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
This is a smaller ship with not many activities.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our cabin was nice, clean and surprisingly spacious.

Ship tip

We booked many of our excursions on line through the vendors themselves and saved compared to Carnival rates.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
We rented a Jeep and drove around the island and spent most of the day at Magen's Bay. It was difficult to drive on the wrong side of the road, but was worth the experience.

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
We took a tour to the Mount Gay distillery and then to the beach. It was a nice tour and enjoyed our day.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
We took a catamaran tour to the Pitons. It was a fantastic day. Of note, when the boat stopped for a swim break in the bay, locals kayaked up to the boat to sell their items.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
We took a water taxi to Frugate Beach for the day. It was a nice, peaceful, relaxing day. Not much traffic on this beautiful beach. The food at the beach bar was very good.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
Our excursion for the day was Da Party Bus. We could not have asked for a better tour of the island. We feel like we saw much of the island, learned about the heritage and had a great time while doing it.
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