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Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Carnival Fascination

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 31, 2019

Ship: Carnival Fascination

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Great cruise! Pleasantly surprised at the on-ship experience as we had heard some negatives about Carnival being a party ship (which we we’re looking for). It wasn’t. Wonderful & attentive crew; comfortable and clean ship. Lovely ports with lots of options and, of course, beautiful beaches.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Fast and efficient; we came a bit ahead of our scheduled time but this was no problem.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Fabulous meals at Sensation; great choices and variety. Attentive wait staff. Also loved the taco bar for a quick snack after the shore tours.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Enjoyed our down time in Serenity but it would have been nice if wasn’t so crowded and if the hot tubs there were open earlier and later.

Entertainment

4 out of 5

Children's Programs

Traveled with a friend, no children with us.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff was super friendly, smiley, and attentive; all good encounters.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
All good!

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
Loved meandering around old town. Did a free walking tour prior to the cruise that was fun and informative.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
Did the island tour we booked in town, spent time at the botanical gardens, and then went to the beach.

Bridgetown, Barbados

4 out of 5
Did the island tour we booked in town and then went the beach. Should have taken the local bus to the botanical gardens for 2$ but was advised they’re not reliable time wise so we didn’t. Should have! Would’ve saved us $$ & we would’ve been able to feed our interest in the local floral and fauna.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
Best stop by far! Easy to book tours off the ship. Did the island tour with mud bath, mineral water, and waterfall. Gorgeous rainforest! Driver stopped at various places to get us samples of local food. Also spent time enjoying a beautiful botanical garden. Gorgeous rainforest; most beautiful island on this cruise. Wanted to find an option that took us to the mudbaths by land and back by water but couldn’t find this so we went by land both ways. Windy, beautiful drive! Booked the “4-hour” tour that turned into 7 hours.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

4 out of 5
Island tour and time at the beach.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
Island tour and the rest of the time at the free WiFi beach and shopping.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Easy, quick, efficient
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