Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Carnival Fascination

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 22, 2019

Ship: Carnival Fascination

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

My overall experience of carnival cruise was an amazing experience. We love it so much. All I am suggesting is for Carnival to include some Asian Fusion meals. Also, give your singing entertainers some coaching. Carnival please extend the childcare to 11 pm.


5 out of 5
smooth process

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
I am only giving 3 stars because there weren't many options with the buffets. It will be nice to have Asian fusion on the buffet. The sit-down restaurant was an amazing experience for dinner. I don't recommend the restaurant for breakfast. We went for breakfast and the food was cold, also not much option. The buffet is excellent for breakfast.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
There are ample activities such as fitness centers, pools (although it was overcrowded most of the time), mini-golf, we didn't get to try the slide.


4 out of 5
So here is my feedback with entertainment. Cruise Director(CD) is doing an amazing job, however, I think Carnival should consider working with multiple cruise directors, as at times, I felt tiredness in the CD voice. The staging, the choreography, sound, music is top-notch and amazing, but, I think Carnival should invest a little bit effort in providing voice coaching to the entertainers who sing. Other than that, entertainment was great.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
This is 5 stars free of charge children's program from 9 am to 10 pm (with lunches and breaks in between). My 7-year-old son lived for this. Which gave us a chance for fireworks:-). My only feedback is, in the previous carnival cruise ship we have been on, the child program was free till 11 pm, now it is 10 pm and anything after is charged. I also didn't like that the entertainment ends at 10:30 pm or comedy goes into the wee hours of 11:30pmish, and you have a 7-year-old with you. Hopefully, this can change.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Amazing, amazing, amazing, just amazing. My only feedback is the pictures that are taken, could carnival try to include a package that gives families to buy every picture taken? Also, what do they do with pictures taken? I hope staff or carnival will not use for their own personal portfolio because that will be legality.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
These guys work tirelessly, they don't want a virus or sicknesses on the ship. Everywhere my eyes look, there is a cleaner, cleaning the stairs, armrest, just tireless hardworking. Amazing staff.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
I had a small mishap on the first day of our arrival, and Carnival took care of it. Best customer service. I was very satisfied with my stay.

Ship tip

Just have fun, please ignore the bad rap you have been reading about the Fascination. Trust me, I am a person who is hard to please, and I was very satisfied. Also, please, buy all your alcohol on the ship, oh trust me, I am a cheap person. For each island I visited, I meticulously checked the price, and the ship is so dirt cheap. My only wish is that I bought more.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
Amazing, amazing, amazing

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Amazing, amazing, amazing

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
Amazing, amazing, amazing, please go to Meghan's Bay Beach. St Maarten is extremely exaggerated expensive.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
Amazing, amazing, amazing. This is the smallest island we visited. The best beach is the cockleshell beach. Please, this is the smallest island, so try to go extra mile and give generously in the tip.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
Amazing, amazing, amazing, we love you and miss you Pigeon Beach. Buy your T-shirt on this island. I bought 3 beautiful st Lucia T-shirt for $25 right at the port. Reasonably priced.

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
My only feedback is that Boatyard just like the name says, is for Boat, please if you are looking for a quiet place to swim, don't go to Boatyard. Reasonably priced.


5 out of 5
Amazing and smooth
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