Fascination September, 2019

Carnival Fascination Cruise Review

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
Carnival Fascination

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 22, 2019

Ship: Carnival Fascination

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: M98

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Had a great time. Exotic island stops are everything we expected. Ship was affordable and in acceptable shape.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
30 minutes from curb to room

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Venues that are good on most Carnival ships are good on Fascination (Guy’s Burgers, Blue Iguana abs pizza). Main dining room is average in my opinion & buffet is terrible, overran and provides little selection. I got bored rotating the good places over 7 days + limited hours (other than pizza).

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Gave it a 4 star instead of 3 since loungers away from pool and hot tubs were always available. Was surprised how many children were on a late September cruise. Make sure you watch sailaways from each island and sunsets; very relaxing.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Only went to 2 shows and 1 comedy act. Each was about 30 minutes long & walked out of 1 show after 10 minutes.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Room attendant was great. Make sure to ask for ice bucket to be filled at least daily (most rooms did not have fridge). Ship was kept clean.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Did not find all the rust folks keep harping on. Yes, it is an older, smaller ship. But I bet you’d pay a heck of a lot more to fly to these 5 destinations.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Ocean view cabin on deck 5. Cabin size/layout was fine. We chose near midship & lower to reduce sea sickness likelihood. Was closer to front gangway on level 2 but most food options are level 10 aft so elevator use was almost mandatory.

Ship tip

Find enjoyment in the less crowded things-deck 9, 10 & 11 loungers away from pools. Plan your port activities if possible & go with the flow (as we did) if a port stop changes or gets cancelled.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
Arrived in San Juan a day early. Explored Old San Juan departure morning until almost all aboard (4pm)-lol. Plenty of good food, shopping and forts.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

4 out of 5
The amount of shops in port is unbelievable. And a food court with a swimming pool. Prices cheaper here: embroidered bags-$10, Hawaiian style men’s shirts-3/$20. We took a taxi to Palms Court Gardens which is a small day resort with an infinity pool overlooking the harbor. Was $7/person. Just checked website & now looks like $12. Still worth it. Bring your Carnival towel to save renting one.

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
Barbados had the best beaches by far. Went to the Boatyard which was not crowded due to being only ship in port. Get on snorkeling list as soon as you arrive.

Castries, St. Lucia

4 out of 5
Did the COSOL Tour. Great value & you do a lot. But be prepared to be in a van 4 of the 6 hours getting around the island.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
Being the only ship in port, we had no traffic issues near port. Went early to Mullet Bay Beach and enjoyed a nearly private beach for hours.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
A little slower on final disembarkment. Ship was in port before 7am & carryoff started about 8 and people crowded the elevator areas. In each port there was little foot traffic. We were actually the 2nd couple off at St Maarten and had to wait to fill a taxi.
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