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Carnival Fascination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Carnival Fascination

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 23, 2020

Ship: Carnival Fascination

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: R81

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

This was awesome. We will do it again. My biggest advice....spend time in Puerto Rico!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
It was amazing. We were faster to the fun and were 2nd onboard even before the platinum members!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
So good! Shaiza and her team were the best. We will miss them terribly. Breakfast buffet was the only buffet we went to. I love soft scrambled eggs, but if you don't, the buffet eggs will not be for you. You MUST have a breakfast burrito at blue iguana. No steak house onboard, just steakhouse selections in the main dining room.

88 Piano Bar

1 out of 5

This was the BIGGEST disappointment. We loved the piano bar on splendor. The guy on the Fascination was so bad and not only to us. He never had more than 3 couples in there a night!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
It was great! Adam was an awesome cruise director and kept things fun. The slide is a bit slow, but fun. The pool was always crowded, but you are on a small ship with 2000 people. My only complaint is the serenity deck. It's hot out there and with nothing but a shower and two HOT tubs...being out there for an extended period of time was impossible.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The playlist cast is the best! We even had the cast manager Garrett again....as we had him on the splendor in May of last year. My sister was the female finalist on Lip Sync Battle and the crew was so fun to work with behind the scenes on it.

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Perfect in every way.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The layout was really bad. I could go into detail, but it would take too much time.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Oh that Bed!!! So comfy! The window is a bit high up. You have to stand up to look out.

Ship tip

Enjoy the ports...don't focus on the ship. This is why we chose it.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
We spent 3 days here before boarding the ship. Puerto Rico is the best! Go to Piñones, Lote 23, Señor Paleta, the graveyard at El moro (tunnel on the right), Fajardo and a trip to Icacos thru Kayaking Puerto Rico as well as the bio-illuminescent bay. Use UBER! They are awesome people

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Did the champagne Catamaran trip to st. John....soooooo good!

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
Went on our own to maho beach. 4 ships in port, so it was really packed. You better be a strong swimmer to deal with the waves there.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
Went to Carambola Beach Club. (4 dollar a person taxi ride)For 20 dollars you get two chairs and an umbrella. It is a gorgeous beach club with fun water sports (30 dollars for a LONG 30 min on a jet ski) and awesome snorkeling. Tip: buy and bring your own snorkel gear for the entire cruise. Awesome restaurant and open air bar.

Castries, St. Lucia Did not visit port

Corona Virus scare...had to skip it :(

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
one word...BOATYARD!! but...go very early. The snorkel trip included with your $25/pp entrance fee was booked by 10 am. And they closed all entry by 11! It's a must do. Rope swing, floating trampoline and slide. The softest whitest sand on earth!

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Faster to the fun is the way to go!

Traveler Photos

Isla verde Calle Fortaleza Mardi gras Atrium with the officers and captain Señor Paletas The boatyard The best two people on the ship! Sunrise Edward the monkey! Icacos snorkel through Kayaking Puerto Rico Food of PR
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