Carnival Fascination - Not So Fascinating

Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall rating:

3.3 out of 5
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Carnival Fascination

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 06, 2019

Ship: Carnival Fascination

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: U124

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

The cruise was okay. However, we won't sail out of Puerto Rico again. Carnival seemed to accommodate only certain guests and there was not a lot of variety in music and entertainment choices. This is an older ship that has only one pool. So unless you to fight floaties and be in hot standing-room only water, don't go to the pool.


3 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
The ship's Lido buffet dining room was too small to accommodate the number of passengers. The food selections were subpar and the at times the quality of food was lacking. On the last day, the "southern fried chicken" was burnt to a crisp. Whoever cooked and served that food would have been thrown out of the South.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
There was only one adult pool that was taken over by children. There was no place for adults to swim unless you wanted to be surrounded by children. They had an adults-only hot tub but who wants to sit in a hot tub in the hot Caribbean sun?


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

2 out of 5
They are getting a 3-star rating because the ship was older and needed a new layout.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ship tip

Not to. The ship is small and is older. There weren't as many food options and there was no steakhouse restaurant. The buffet food options were subpar and there is not enough seating. Also, Guy's Burger joint should be open at least until midnight and not close at 6 pm. The pizza station had only one person working so there was always a long line waiting for two slices of pizza.

Ports of call

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

2 out of 5
No excursion. The port was way too Americanized.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

3 out of 5
Yes and we took a nice tour of the island.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

4 out of 5
This and St. Lucia were our favorite ports.

Castries, St. Lucia

4 out of 5
Loved, loved, loved St. Lucia.

Bridgetown, Barbados

4 out of 5
The beach was awesome.


3 out of 5
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