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Carnival Fascination

April 2016 - 6 Night Eastern Caribbean (Jacksonville To San Juan) Cruise on Carnival Fascination

Had Higher Expectations

This is our seventh cruise. Our last was an 11 day on Carnival Triumph in October 2015. That was such an outstanding trip we may have had higher expectations for the Fascination and her crew.


The Fascination is smaller and is showing her age. Our room was an interior on Deck 6 (Upper) and rear quarter of the boat. We could count on being rocked to sleep and could tell if we were in port or moving. Not terrible but noticeable. 


The decor was dated. The ship was clean but did not have the wow factor. Getting around was easy enough but not as easy as on larger ships. A little more of the going up to go down kind of thing.


Food was good but not as many choices for alternate dining. Missed the Chinese Wok station. 


Crew was friendly and service was good but wait staff service was exceptional on the Triumph. Our sit down dinners on Fascination always ran over 1 1/2 hours. Got the feeling there were a lot of new people waiting tables in the dining rooms. 


Evening shows were entertaining and enough to keep us busy. 


Overall it was a very good cruise. This was the last trip for the ship out of Jacksonville as it's new home port will be San Juan for the next 2 years. So if you are looking for a Southern Caribbean cruise you will likely only have this ship unless you do 8 or more nights. 


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Carnival Triumph

October 2015 - 11 Night Southern Caribbean Carnival Journeys (Galveston To San Juan) Cruise on Carnival Triumph

Best Cruise so far

This was the front half of a 21 night Journey cruise. We did not know this when we booked. 


This is the ship that had engine problems in 2013 that made the news when passengers were stranded for a couple days without the toilets working. We did not know that when we booked either.


Overall this was the best cruise we've been on. Despite the past problem the ship was clean. Food was excellent. Crew was very friendly and helpful. If you do the your time dining in the London dining room ask to be seated in Roberto's section. He and his team were outstanding.


Plenty of shows kept us busy every night with two sets of comedians brought on board and different shows/jokes at each performance.


Very easy to get around the ship. Lido deck (pool) layout is the best in terms of access to the buffet and bars. Our room was an interior on deck 8 in the middle of the ship. Never felt motion while under sail.


I would take this trip/ship over and over if it was available. 


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Cruise Tips

Oranjestad, Aruba

Take a cab to Moomba Beach. It's part of the Palm Beach strip and really any beach along this streach is great.

Galveston, Texas

Stayed the night before at the DoubleTree near the airport. Used hotel shuttle to go from and to the airport. Used the Carnival transportation from the airport to the ship.

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