whitney99
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Carnival Fascination

October 2016 - Carnival Fascination to Caribbean - Southern

Terrific vacation! Already recommended it to friends.

This was unique in that the Cruise left port at 10:00 pm on a Sunday.  It allowed us to fly into Puerto Rico on Friday afternoon and spent the weekend site seeing.  We rented a car and drove El Junque and climbed La Mina Falls which was incredible.  We went to the Fort in Old San Juan, had cold beers and great food all before getting on the ship.  The destinations were amazing and enjoyed all of them.  The staff was super friendly.  My porter, Al, always had ice in our room when we got back in from excursions.  He made our bed even if I took an nap before dinner.  Excellent service!  Wait staff was fun and friendly.   Casino staff for the most part were friendly.  Christopher could have cared less that we were there.  Kept looking over his shoulder waiting on his break relief.  Whatever, not spoiling my fun.   Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and timely.   Comedians were hysterical!!!  Shows were good!  Made great memories and met some super nice peopleBig Smile!

 

My only con:  this ship must be an older one.  It was a little musty in places and noticed really bad smells on Lido deck.  Tiles broken and/or missing in Lido buffet area.  Overall needs some TLC.

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Liberty of the Seas

November 2014 - Liberty of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

High expectations might have been too much for this cruise

Traveled RC before and Princess and Carnival in between.  Told my family this would be so much better than Carnival.  We were slightly disappointed overall.  1). Check in was very smooth and efficient.  2).  We opted for Any Time Dining and the first night of dinner the service was very bad and we requested a different waiter.  After that we had amazing service.  However, in general the wait staff, especially in the buffet area, seemed very tired and not very pleasant.  The last night we were taken to Deck 3 and treated like Kings/Queens.  3). Did not like that I could not get an iced tea unless Windjammer/Jade café was open which also meant I had to go there to get an iced tea.   I am not a soda drinker nor much of an alcohol drinker which was prevalent everywhere.   I did appreciate the hot tea available on the promenade.  4).  Was informed that our day in Belize was the first day of a new service which was tender tickets.  Had to take over an hour of my vacation day to stand in line for a tender ticket.  Was told we would not be allowed off the boat until 10:15 and it was a 45 minute ride.  Our excursion left at 10:30.  We were told we would have to call on a Sunday and hope we could notify the tour company.  You could have done this better with a paper we could have completed the first day asking if we had booked excursions and what times and what time we would like to get off.  Not everyone cares to get off as soon as we arrive but some do.  The part that bothered me more than the time spent in line for a ticket, and in line to call tour company at customer service, was the fact that NO ONE checked for a tender ticket.  People were coming out of the Level 1 elevator and butting right into the line.  It was a big failure as far as I am concerned.  5).  Bought an Invicta watch the last day of the cruise.  Came with a price guarantee and 2 year warranty.  However, no paperwork was given with the watch to support these claims.   Just a watch and a box.   Found the same watch back in Florida for $75 less.  Don't like to be swindled, expect to bargain and maybe get ticked in a port, but not on the ship.

Paid more for a better experience on R.C.  Not sure I got my money's worth as compared to the big boats of Carnival.

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whitney99's Tips

Basseterre, St. Kitts - Went to Caribe Batik and Brimstone Hill Fort tour. Awesome sight seeing. Went to local beach afterwards and had yummy fish and conch for lunch.
Carnival Fascination Carnival Fascination - Relax, have fun, and enjoy all the that you can! You can do nothing or something every minute of the day. Staff is accommodating and friendly. Great food choices and entertainment. Would definitely go again!
Belize City, Belize - Had a private excursion. Wonderful driver. Drive thru town to go to Lamani River and Ruins. It was very eye opening. My daughter's heart was opened up by the local people.
Cozumel, Mexico - Don't really enjoy all the cruise owned shops. Understand that it helps the country and the economy but I want to see the country not crap I see in every port or at home. Who wants to go to Margaritaville when you can dine at an authentic mexican restaurant. Don't understand this at all.

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received a helpful vote on their Carnival Fascination cruise review - Terrific vacation! Already recommended it to friends.

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Fascination cruise review - Terrific vacation! Already recommended it to friends.

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