Had a good time on this older ship.

Carnival Fascination Cruise Review

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Carnival Fascination

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 09, 2020

Ship: Carnival Fascination

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: E103

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Very satisfied, no problems, other than a killer sunburn haha

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Very easy. Had FTTF, which you actually do not even need for the San Juan port. They start embarkation about 11am and start with priority passengers, after checking your bags to the left you head straight inside to check in and from there right onto the ship instead of waiting in a holding area.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food was better than I expected for this ship. Buffet was good 6 of the 7 days. Main dining room was good. Service on point. Loved the chilled fruit soups.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Not as many activities as other ships but still plenty to do. Of course pools get congested with chair hogs on the sea days. The live shows were not all that great in my opinion, I get they do work very hard, just was not feeling the performers. Most of the music they did, did not fit the performer

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff was very attentive and helpful

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very clean ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Good location, between mid ship elevators and atrium lobby.

Ship tip

Do not book the aft on deck 7, they have a septic issue and the odor does leak into the hallway. This happened to us on another ship and it was awful being in the hallway. Luckily this time we were not.

Ports of call

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
Busy port, be ready to get harassed by people selling stuff. Little monkeys at the port you can take photos with

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Take a round trip $16 a person taxi to Magen beach, very clean, very pretty beach. There are sea turtles there you’ll see popping there heads up closer to the buoys. You can rent a kayak for an hourly rate to get a closer look at them

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
Maho beach of course! Aka airport beach. Some caution though, do not go into the water if you’re not a strong swimmer, the waves throw you around even when an airplane is not there. Also do not face the runway to take a picture of a plane taking off. They amount of heat, wind and sand that gets kicked up is insane!

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
Five star catamaran and sea turtle snorkel was amazing.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Quick and easy
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