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Carnival Fascination Cruise Review

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Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Carnival Fascination

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 15, 2019

Ship: Carnival Fascination

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: E26

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Great cruise. I liked the smaller size ship and there were not a lot of people. However it does need an adults only pool. Or at least add another pool.


5 out of 5
Quickly got on to ship, even before our appointed time. Only problem was no real drop off area for cruisers.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Lido marketplace is small. The lines for breakfast were always long.


4 out of 5

Meatball sandwich is the best. The hot dog was gross.

Sensation Dining Room

5 out of 5

I loved ever night we ate in the main dining room. Our wait staff were phenomenal. I loved them especially Patricia.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5

Photo Gallery

3 out of 5

This needs to go digital like the newer ships. It is hard to find pictures you took earlier in the week. They need to reorganize the area they place the pictures after taking them down to make space for newer pics. It was hard to find pics hat were taken during regular dinner when they had the pirate.

Resort Style Pool

2 out of 5

This pool is small. And it’s the only pool on the whole ship. It was always crowded.

Carnival Waterworks

3 out of 5

The big slide was ok. My child loved the small slides to race down. They need to upgrade that area to have more water amenities.


4 out of 5

Palace Main Lounge

5 out of 5

The shows were fun and entertaining.

Grand Atrium

4 out of 5

The after party dancing was great. My child had lots of fun participating.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
My child loved going to Camp Ocean but only if there were other kids already there. They had lots of different arts and crafts. She made a crown and a cape.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

4 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Room was nice. But the vent for cold air needs to be updated. If you were cold and closed it a little it got hot quick. Leaving it open while sleeping and you got cold quick. There was no happy medium.

Ship tip

Eat breakfast in the main dining room. No waiting in long lines. Also do the Cat in the Hat Sea Day breakfast. It was fun and entertaining.

Ports of call

Basseterre, St. Kitts

4 out of 5
Stayed in the port, walked around and shopped.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
The beach were the airplanes fly over is not even really a beach. It’s a small stretch of space that has about half of it covered with rocks. The waves in this day were trying to drown us. They were high and massive.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

4 out of 5
Getting on the ship went by quickly. However there is not really a section for cruisers to be dropped off. If you pull over to side to get dropped off the police come through and flash lights till you move. They need to create a special area for drop offs.

Castries, St. Lucia

4 out of 5
The port was good but the little excursion we did was not.

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
I loved this place the best. We got a tour guide when we got off the ship and he was excellent. We saw the stadium Rihanna sold out and the house where she lived. He showed us lots of neat places and gave wonderful facts. The beach he took us to was AMAZING!!! The water was a beautiful blue. Some of our group went snorkeling. My child had fun playing in water but had more fun playing in sand lol. We got two chairs and an umbrella for $20. Bought 2 pieces of pineapple for $8 and they were the best tasting pineapple I have ever had. Very sweet and juicy. Loved this port. Would definitely do it again.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
Coki beach was very crowded.


4 out of 5
The only problem I had with disembarkation was waiting longer than told to get off. We were told we would be next in 15 mins, was more like an hour later.

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