That old ship needs to be upgraded more or retired. Port San Juan is a popular port and the Fascination is too small to be down there! Carnival needs to think more about customer service or they will not be number one much longer.
The initial cruise we were supposed to go on was leaving from Puerto Rico and travelling to 5 islands. With the damage from the hurricane we ended up with this cruise (free of charge only paying port expenses) and it was okay for a starter cruise. Taught us a few things about cruising, what to and what not to pack. Freeport was a waste of time since it was mainly industrial and had lots of damage from numerous hurricanes over the years. Only how I would go on this cruise ship again is if they didn't have a day at sea and were going to a bunch of different places.
Couldn't have asked for a better 1st cruise than the one I got. Looking forward to embarking on many more. I got to see and explore islands I'd never seen before and then the unexpected tour of the Everglades was the icing on the already delicious cake.
Cruise was wonderful in spite of Hurricane Maria. We were safe, well cared for, and enjoyed it immensely. Overall, the ports where we stopped were poor and it was rather sad to see how the people there lived. No industry (25 - 50+ unemployment). As far as the ports we actually visited, Grenada, Barbados, St.Lucia, and Antigua, I would not take the trip. But ship itself, staff, and Carnival were excellent.
Overall the cruise was OK. I have been on other cruises so compared to others this wasn't my favorite but not the worse either. This was my husbands first cruise and he doesn't look forward to going on anymore in the future.
I also want to add that when the ship would pull into the port there was some difficulty. The ship would vibrate a lot, to the point were I was awaken out of my sleep. Also, they didn't open the doors to let us off the ship at the time that was scheduled. It was always at a later time, which shortened our time at each port.
Just off the Fascination , Ship , dinners , and the ports visited were great . The bad part was Mobs of kids unsupervised running around at all hours . the Serenity area was ok , but with only the one pool on the ship I would avoid this one. Carnival might want to rethink why it lets this kind of behavior happen. You dont see these issues on Norwegian. Also the lifeboat drill was 45 min of my life ill never get back. Totally unorganized , couldn't understand anything said over the PA ,in English or Spanish
We had a great cruise! The staff made it wonderful, Marcelo the cruise director was amazing, Francisco from the entertainment team was wonderfu! Yes the ship is old, but there is a lot of fun to be had and the price is right. You will be happy!
Despite no wifi and the over expensive pictures (which we complained about) the cruise was great! The excursions filled up our day so we didn't partake in the entertainment as much. We are definitely cruising again and will certainly do more excursions next time.
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