Terrific cruise celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary

Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 19

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
Carnival Fascination

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 10, 2019

Ship: Carnival Fascination

Cabin type: Oceanview

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We truly enjoyed this Southern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Fascination. We celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary on this cruise. We had never been on a cruise where we stopped at five different islands. We really had a wonderful anniversary cruise, very memorable!! Thank you, Carnival Fascination!


5 out of 5
Great! We arrived at the ship around 4:30 and embarkation was fast and without stress.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Our dining experience was less than what we have experienced on pass cruises. My wife and I were on the cruise celebrating our anniversary so we had a small table for ourselves. There were much larger tables around us and even when we arrived first we did not get served first. Our waiters were so busy taking care of the larger tables, it seemed to us we were forgotten at times. It took approximately 90 minutes for us to eat. On two nights we just went to the buffet. It was much quicker and very delicious. I enjoy having dinner in the main dining room, but on this cruise not so much.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
The only activity we did on the ship was the pool area. It was very nice to relax there especially on Day At Sea.


3 out of 5
They were ok but not as enjoyable as previous cruises.

Children's Programs

No kids with us.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Our room steward was great. He always greeted us cheerful and our room was well kept. His name was Kristina. Excellent room steward. All other ship personnel were friendly. Waiters were friendly, but seemed at times to forget about us and focused more on the large tables around us.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very well maintained and clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Cabin was smaller than we expected. Overall the room was comfortable and clean.

Ship tip

It is a good ship. Well maintained and arrives at each port on time. We had no mechanical problems that could have disrupted the cruise. She did her job and did it superbly.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
San Juan was our departure port. Did not see such of the city. Went straight to the ship from the airport. But we have visited Puerto Rico on a previous cruise and enjoyed it very much.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
We took the Party Boat - Beach excursion. We had a great time.

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
We had never been to Barbados. We had a good time on the Harrison’s Cave excursion. We both enjoy touring caves.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
We really enjoyed our stay in St. Lucia. It was a beautiful day and we took the Sightseeing - Segway- Beach excursion. The island is beautiful. This was our second best excursion of the cruise.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
The Sky Safari ZIP Lining excursion on St. Kitts was the best excursion of our cruise. My wife and I had never done zip lining before so we did not know what to expect. We are both in our 60’s so doing this would be a checkoff on our bucket list. The experience was fantastic!!! We truly enjoyed zip lining through the rainforest. Before returning to the ship we did some shopping. My wife bought a piece of jewelry and I got a tropical shirt and a cap.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
In St. Martin we did a sightseeing, shopping and beach excursion. It is a beautiful island. We had a very good time.


5 out of 5
The disembarkation went well. It was not as stressful as other disembarkations on other cruises.

Traveler Photos

Enjoying the beach on St. Martin
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