44 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We just got back from our cruise on the Elation. There was some good and bad on this cruise. I'll give you the good first: The Good: 1. The cruise director was excellent. He tried his best to provide a variety of entertainment ... Read More
We just got back from our cruise on the Elation. There was some good and bad on this cruise. I'll give you the good first: The Good: 1. The cruise director was excellent. He tried his best to provide a variety of entertainment options - he was thrown a loop when the port was canceled and he had to quickly come up with options. Only complaint on entertainment... way too many trivia games-it got a little boring. 2. The music and comedy were good. I loved hanging out at Dukes Piano Bar with Gilbert - he was very talented. 3. The food was pretty decent. It is institutional food but it was decent. The food staff was pretty courteous. The only complaint on food was the "fancy" restaurant. The wait staff didn't provide very good service. We were only offered water to drink during the meal. The staff only showed up to take the order and bring it to us. 4. The stateroom was actually bigger than I thought it would be. We were on the lowest deck and had an inside stateroom. Our steward was very attentive and cleaned the room twice everyday. He took the time to learn my name, it meant something to me. The Bad: 1. The missed port: The captain announced the canceled port one hour before we were to go. I am a school teacher and I don't earn a lot of money to go cruising. I especially wanted this cruise trip to go to Half Moon Cay because I wanted a quiet day at the beach. I agree with the rowensonthego review about the canceled port. I felt that I missed half the cruise by missing this port. I kind of feel ripped off. I know that I don't have any recourse and that stinks! 2. The drunk passengers: When we were on board, there were some young women who were seriously getting wasted. When the night was young, it wasn't too bad. But as the night progressed, their behavior got worse and worse. I am a parent, and I was worried about them. They could have been taken advantage of or worse, assaulted. The bartenders need to take a page from land bartenders and cut off the booze to excessively drunk people. I blame the "Cheers" program. In order to get your money's worth, you have to drink several drinks during the day. You get the best deal by drinking more. 3. The "Bubbles" program: This program gives you unlimited soda during the cruise. Nice idea - but you can only get the soda from the bars and restaurants. The bartenders acted like they didn't want to serve you. They preferred to serve the customers who were buying alcoholic beverages because the extra tips they would receive. By the way, I'm not going to tip someone for pouring me a soda out of a can!!! Another issue with the bubbles program: Carnival claims to be environmentally friendly, but they pour ALL of their soda from cans. When I said something about it, they said that they recycle, but that doesn't make sense. They could save an incredible amount of money if they used soda fountains instead of cans. 4. The constant sales pitches: I understand that they have to sell stuff to make money for the cruise line, but it felt like they were selling stuff at at least half the activities. It got excessive. I already paid thousands of dollars to ride on the ship, stop selling all that expensive jewelry, perfume and spa services! Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We sailed on the Elation on May 21, 2016. This was our very first cruise, ever! My husband and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary on the day we sailed. Although we had nothing to compare it to, this was a wonderful vacation. We ... Read More
We sailed on the Elation on May 21, 2016. This was our very first cruise, ever! My husband and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary on the day we sailed. Although we had nothing to compare it to, this was a wonderful vacation. We loved the cruise we had a great time, this was truly a vacation. We had a hiccup with the communication on Half Moon Cay day with the tenders, but it really wasn't a worry. We are in paradise, what could be better. I had 1 more hiccup at the pool bar. They made a drink with no alcohol, and wouldn't remake it. They think they did... but oh well... It's still all good. The drinks are way too sweet anyway. I would go on the Elation again tomorrow. Half Moon Cay was amazing. I could have passed on Nassau and docked at Half Moon Cay for the duration of the cruise. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
My wife and I chose Carnival Fascination leaving from Jacksonville going to the Bahamas. A Little about us: We were Celebrating our 10 year anniversary, we are in our mid 30's, I work in the Entertainment Industry and have ... Read More
My wife and I chose Carnival Fascination leaving from Jacksonville going to the Bahamas. A Little about us: We were Celebrating our 10 year anniversary, we are in our mid 30's, I work in the Entertainment Industry and have experience in management working for Marriott. My wife is a Stylist/Cosmetologist and works at a 4 Diamond spa in the tourist industry. Reasons we chose Carnival: Convenience to Jacksonville, we live in Hilton Head South Carolina, it can't be that bad, last minute & Budget (we have kids...they stayed home) Service: Good, we had two service agents that stood out to us: Manzanita a Junior Hostess from Thailand was so amazing :) Every time we arrived to eat she was sooooo nice and HAPPY she greeted us by name and took the time to say hi and engage with us:) She was so awesome!! Excellent customer service!! Susie our housekeeper from the Philippines was so awesome :) Every time we left our room he acknowledged us by name and smiled. He cleaned our room with pride and enjoyment in his work. I worked for Marriott as a housekeeping manager for a couple years and would have LOVED to have this level of dedication on my team. Major Kudos to Susie he is so awesome!!!! Food: not so good at all, it was really annoying my wife and I joked that it was once step above a popular chain buffet, ( I'm not a fan) or maybe like the cliche Lunch Lady Food. We both had moments of surprise ... thinking is this for real! That was by far the worst part. Room: we had two portholes... it was just a place to crash. It was super clean. The Ship: old! so old. Entertainment: ok... Filipe is funny! He is the Cruise Director and did a great job. everything els ..was mah!!! Drinking: we don't drink.. but had friends that did and they enjoyed it. Type of clientele: a lot of families & working class. I felt out of place a couple times... we did meet some couples that were great and on our same wave length :) Excursions: Freeport is a dump... but our tour driver was happy and a delight. We went out on the ATV's and had Mario as our guild.. needless to say he was AWESOME!!! it was tons of fun. after we went to the botanical gardens. Which was pretty .. the food was expensive, $40 for a disgusting chicken quesadilla and fries and two virgin frozen drinks..(yummy). We then went to the beach… it felt like the locals were working us for all your cash … and the beach had trash all over… Annoying. Day Two: Nassau Bahamas : we went out with Stuarts Cove Snuba. our guilds were awesome it took a sec to get used to the scuba but once we did but was Awesome. it was amazing to see the fish right under the water. As for the reef it was ok … I felt like I had seen a wider variety of fish and reef in the florida keys … also it went by supper fast .. i used the go pro to Video and it was about 25 min in the water.. So don't be deceived by the 5 hours … it take 45 min to get there 1hr for training 20 min in the boat 30 in the water 20 min back .. and so forth.. Beach at Atlantis: we thought about taking a scooter… but wow they were working the tourists like no other!! one of the venders accidentally burned my wife with his cigarette while he leaned in to ask me if i wanted to “party” hint hint drugs… we ended up taking aka glass bottom fairy..(no such thing) another trick to get you in the fairy. lol … but it worked and it was cheep. We then tried to get into atlantis to go to the beach but they wanted 80 bucks a person… WHAT!!! we ended walking through the halls of the atlantis resort down to the Locals beach .. called cabbage beach… it is a dirt trail with a bunch of locals .. and it stuck like garbage… once we made it it out onto the beach we walked down towards atlantis beach with no problem … we sat right infant of the resort and even walked in from the beach and hit lunch…$$ expensive .. overall it was my favorite day :) Overall: we will not cruise with Carnival again. We will plan ahead so we can cruise with Royal Caribbean or Norwegian (we met people on this cruise and they Loved it and went on and on about the food:) Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
This was our 1st cruise as a family (all adults) centered on Bahama ports of call: Half Moon Cay island, and Nassau. Started out with simple annoyance, silly policy that confiscated (sealed 12pack) of soda. Trip seemed pretty routine, ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise as a family (all adults) centered on Bahama ports of call: Half Moon Cay island, and Nassau. Started out with simple annoyance, silly policy that confiscated (sealed 12pack) of soda. Trip seemed pretty routine, kind of windy. This prevented our 1st port of call on Half Moon Cay. This was most disappointing because we had so much invested in the activities of this day. We spent our day on the ship doing ship activities and waited till our next port of call, Nassau. The day in Nassau was enjoyable and sad to see the end. Next was another day on ship before saying good by the great staff who tried hard to make our stay as pleasant as possible. Activities we liked, workout room, deck, comedy club, music, trivia games, dining room. Why we DON'T recommend this voyage: The ports of call are hit and miss, you may end up spending most of your time on the ship, like us. We felt cramped much of the time. The ship was smaller than most, the pool was small and they had 3 hot tubs that were always full. Most of the ship activities were designed to separate you from you money. Its a nonstop home shopping network and gambling. You pay for all your drinks and sodas, I tried bringing soda on board but they confiscated it unless you had carry it They don't allow you to bring alcohol aboard ship. Your only free choices are coffee, milk, tea and lemonade. Juice was only available at breakfast. The food was Okay, mostly cafeteria quality unless you were in the dining room. The crew is mostly foreign nationals who really don't understand the nuances of American cuisine. Communicating with them was difficult. I got bored with options especially since I can cook better. The best option was the desserts but not healthy unless you choose fruits. You end up eating far more than you should and don't feel so well afterward. Overall, it was an experience, I don't care to repeat. Next time I will do a destination vacation where I can spend a few days exploring and doing the things that I choose on my own schedule. We met a lot of interesting people but most had little in common with us. We were told by seasoned cruisers that Carnival is just a basic cruise line, that larger ships were better and the food was better. You get what you pay for and evidently this wasn't enough. It will be a loooong while before I try this again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
As first time cruisers, we didn't know what to expect on our New Year's Eve cruise. We husband and I traveled with our three year old and stayed in a cheap inside cabin. Embark/Disembark: Easy enough and what I'd ... Read More
As first time cruisers, we didn't know what to expect on our New Year's Eve cruise. We husband and I traveled with our three year old and stayed in a cheap inside cabin. Embark/Disembark: Easy enough and what I'd expected. Yes, lines, but nothing daunting, even with a kid in tow. The staff in Jacksonville were particularly friendly. Kid info: Our son was content to spend all day, every day playing in the water slides. There were three different types of slides with varying levels of thrill. Our three year old must have gone down the "kiddie slides" a thousand times over the course of the cruise. There was not a dedicated kiddie pool, so the slide/splash area had to suffice. (In fact, there is only one pool on the entire ship, and several hot tubs). One negative is that the deck was a bit slippery. I saw many kids fall, but none get hurt. Our son only visited Camp Carnival for a couple of hours on the last evening, but he says it was his favorite part of the cruise. Go figure! Food: The buffet area was surprisingly delicious and lines were manageable, even eating at peek times. Desserts were the only thing that didn't impress. We chose the Your Time Dining, and the wait was terrible on formal night (like 45 minutes for a party of 3 arriving around 7). All other nights, we got there by 6 or ate at the buffet on the Lido Deck. One note: twice after we dined in the dining room, we perused the buffet. Many of the same items were on the buffet, and if we cruised this ship again, we may just skip the lengthy seated dinner and eat the same food self-serve. Entertainment: We only saw two kid-geared shows; a How To Fold Animal Towels, and the Hasbro game night. Both were fine, albeit a little hard to hear (sound systems were loud, but not clear). The other shows/entertainment seemed ok, but perhaps a bit forced. Again, I didn't actually see them, but passed by. My husband explored more than I did after my son's bed time, and was converted from a reluctant cruiser to excitedly planning our next one. Room and Service: The room was exactly what I expected. Nothing special but adequate. The bed was comfy and room was clean and well-maintained during the entire trip. Our room steward was efficient and took care of his job. We only ran into him in the hallway once or twice, never actually meeting him, just a friendly hello. With the Your Time Dining, you do give up the whole "same wait staff every night" factor, and while the service is fine, its nothing amazing. The wait staff tries to call you by name and be extra friendly, but there's only so much you can do when you wait on many tables each day. The staff did their jobs well and didn't impose, but I'd expected to be a little more "wowed" by the service. Other areas of the ship: This is a smaller ship, but there was still plenty to do. Deck 9 housed the casinos and lounges. The adult serenity deck was nice. We spent our time in the kiddie water slide area and eating places. We never had to wait too long for the elevators, and often took the stairs. Everything seemed tastefully updated and maintained, despite being an older ship. The gym and spa were lovely, though we just looked and never actually worked out. Ports: Nassau and Freeport were what I'd expected. Pretty intense locals, and I was glad we'd booked excursions. Lovely beaches and the perfect temperature. We loved our excursions (family beach in Freeport booked through Carnival and dolphins booked with Expedia Cruises in Nassau). We'd definitely go on this exact same cruise again. It was a great price and we had a blast. We are, however, excited about trying and comparing other cruise lines (and even ships within Carnival). After this trip, water slides have become a "must have", so that will narrow our search a bit. This was a GREAT first cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
Jaxport was easy to find. I parked at the sand lot across the street from the ship and saved $70 for my oversized vehicle. Super easy embarking and disembarking! The Fascination is a smaller older ship and the decor was a little dated and ... Read More
Jaxport was easy to find. I parked at the sand lot across the street from the ship and saved $70 for my oversized vehicle. Super easy embarking and disembarking! The Fascination is a smaller older ship and the decor was a little dated and worn but it was impeccably clean! My room was so clean that when I wiped everything down I found nothing! Surprised that so many of the staff remembered my name. Its a great cruise for the money. Buffet food good but not great. Salad bar needs more choices. Dining room food was really good. I had my time dining but found I preferred the same wait staff. Was a little hard for them to understand that I wanted table 198 because I really liked Siri and her team. Didn't watch any shows. Towel animal class was too short. We only made two things. Tea time was very nice. Try the lemon cake! Loved the photos taken. Best place to get those portraits done! Loved the adults only Serenity hot tub area! Very hot and relaxing! Unfortunately one of my shore excursions was cancelled but a quick trip to the desk and my new excursion was happily booked. Turned out to be a beautiful beach with lunch in Nassau. Loved swimming with dolphins in Freeport. With nothing really at the port you need an excursion. Although the ride to do anything there takes 15-20 minutes. Not enough time at that port. Getting off and on at ports was a breeze. Not sure if the ship was totally booked or not many people had excursions. Sea day was kind of boring. Not a lot to do and the seas were rough. Everyone was walking around like they were drunk! LOL (Like to try a bigger ship) Overall I loved the Fascination and would sail on it again! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
My wife and I decided on this cruise mostly based on the dates available and the price. We flew into JAX on the morning of the cruise and took a shuttle to the port. Arrived at the port at 1145 AM and were on the ship having lunch before ... Read More
My wife and I decided on this cruise mostly based on the dates available and the price. We flew into JAX on the morning of the cruise and took a shuttle to the port. Arrived at the port at 1145 AM and were on the ship having lunch before 1230 PM. Embarkation was smooth except for the final line, I thought it was to get on the ship, it was for the portrait, wish there was a sign, we did not wish to have a picture made. Once on the ship we went down to see if the cabin was ready, it was not, but we did get to meet the steward Jesse, he was awesome. Went up to Lido to get a burger and fries (favorite meal on the ship). Our cabin was a porthole which was very roomy for two people, just need a better place to sit than on the bed. My wife enjoyed being able to sit in the window area at night as I slept. They no longer put chocolates on the pillow at night, but I still had some in my suitcase from the last cruise, so no biggie. Towel animals as always were great. Food was as good as always, I have seen reviews that say it was chain restaurant quality, I would like to know where they eat, because my wife and I both enjoyed dinner every night. We did My time dining and had no problem getting in about 6:15 every night, did not have the same wait staff each night though. Deli sandwich and pizza were both excellent too. Service at the bars was good, I was disappointed to find that the ship did not have "Thirsty Frog Lager" on tap. We watched both shows, Motor City is the same show we saw on Fantasy, Divas was good. we had a chance to catch both Comedians and enjoyed their shows. The Cruise Director, Robin, and his staff did a great job of keeping the passengers entertained and informed throughout the cruise. I really want to thank the crew for putting on a Veterans Day program and honoring all of the Vets on board. Ports, Freeport was OK, we went to Lucaya Market and walked to the beach. Nassau, Junkanoo Beach was nice and in walking distance from the ship. Debarkation was excellent, we had an early flight and the crew made sure we made it off of the ship in plenty of time to make it to the airport. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
My husband and I booked this cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. This was our first cruise. We had a great experience from start to finish. Check in and check out was easy and great timing after ready other reviews. Food was great, ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. This was our first cruise. We had a great experience from start to finish. Check in and check out was easy and great timing after ready other reviews. Food was great, do not have any complaints. Our cabin steward Agus and his helper was awesome and always new our names. We booked a seagway excursions in freeport which was fun and the instructors were very nice and made our experience memorable. We did the day pass at the British Colonial Hilton hotel on Nasau, which was only 10 min walk from boat, would recommend this if your wanting a day at beach and was not crowded and you get 40.00 each voucher for food and drinks......only con was the casino was smokey for us but we didn't stay long in there. Robin the cruise director and the other entertainers were all friendly. The workers on this ship take their jobs serious to provide you with the best experience.....thank you Carnival Faacination!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
My two cousins and I celebrated turning 50 on the cruise and it couldn't have been any better. The staff treated us like royalty - as I'm sure they do for all guests. The shows were excellent and I am sure we'll be ... Read More
My two cousins and I celebrated turning 50 on the cruise and it couldn't have been any better. The staff treated us like royalty - as I'm sure they do for all guests. The shows were excellent and I am sure we'll be seeing those young people on main stages (TV, movies, Broadway, etc) soon! The band, Anchor Management, rocked the Eighties to perfection! The aft balcony was fantastic. The cabin was plenty roomy for us three gals. And always cleaned very nicely. Food all over the ship was fantastic. But, I can't say enough about the Sensation Dining. Service was beautiful. Wait staff (Sheward & Company) was above par. Seriously -- they went above and beyond what anyone could ask. The appetizers, entres, and desserts were all delectable. My advice about the iced tea is, get it Arnold Palmer style (1/2 tea & 1/2 lemonade). It's very good like that, but otherwise is not to be desired. At least not for this southern gal. The coffee is fantastic and just hits the spot after such a delicious and filling meal. I learned quickly to not be concerned about the late caffeine -- I was always so tired by bed time, no amount of coffee was going to keep me awake. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
This cruise ship is amazing and it has many things to do to keep passengers occupied. The rooms were small but not small enough where I felt very cramped. The dining was wonderful, both the food and the staff. Don't forget to try the ... Read More
This cruise ship is amazing and it has many things to do to keep passengers occupied. The rooms were small but not small enough where I felt very cramped. The dining was wonderful, both the food and the staff. Don't forget to try the warm chocolate melting cake, as it is divine and I had it every night. The entertainment was wonderful, especially the comedy and the Hasbro game show. The cruise director, Robin, was very cheerful and entertaining. The service staff did their job well. Our room steward made cool towel animals in our room. Debarkation at ports was hectic, but not too bad. However, not everything was wonderful on the ship. Warning: It is recommended that you bring medications, as they are very expensive. Someone I traveled with hurt her back, and the Medical Center charges were outrageous. It was $125 to see a doctor, during hours! Also, due to weather reasons, they cancelled our excursion to Half Moon Cay. Even though this was beyond our control, Guest Services was no help at all. At Half Moon Cay, it would not be as expensive as other places, and they failed to give us any sort of discount. To make up for this, they stopped at Freeport and extended our stay in Nassau. However, they gave nobody a discount. Despite those few things, this cruise was a great experience and I would love to do it again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
This was our first cruise ever and it was a horrible experience. The only good things occurred off-ship. Here are just a few of the issues we had: Being made to stand (not allowed to sit) for two hours in the afternoon heat waiting for ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever and it was a horrible experience. The only good things occurred off-ship. Here are just a few of the issues we had: Being made to stand (not allowed to sit) for two hours in the afternoon heat waiting for the emergency procedures presentation only to be shown a 15-second demonstration on how to use a life-vest. Clubs/bars not open when scheduled. 24 hours ice cream unavailable 24 hour pizza unavailable Bad food (variety limited on buffets) Chicken rubbery Mushy, tasteless steak Braised fish tasted old Omelet greasy and made me sick Overcooked, dried out items on breakfast buffet Chunky 2% milk Expired yogurt containers Burgers way overcooked…meat jerky French fries on warming trays too long…soggy/greasy Took 3 days to finally receive three towels ordered and charged (had to ask about them several times) – was initially promised they would be delivered by the end of the day I ordered them Motown show not very good Lots of ship vibrations at night – woke me up multiple times Paid for early embarkation/early debarkation – was not allowed early debarkation Promised by floor steward help with heavy suitcases on debarkation then guest services said it was not possible Instructed to use forward elevators for debarkation to deck 3 – four available…by the time group 4 was called only one was running to deck 9…when I and others got on it began to malfunction going up to decks 10 and 11, back down to lowers decks but not deck 3…back up several decks (even though deck 3 button was pushed and lit)…this went on for over 15 minutes until we managed to reach deck 4 which a member of the ship crew told us to get off and go down the stairs…I had to carry a heavy suitcase down the stairs…others had difficulties walking in general were forced to take the stairs… We overheard many people, mostly those who have been on several cruises, say openly it was the worst cruise they ever experienced. One gentleman who has been on 7 cruises advised me to not judge cruising as a whole on this poor experience. He recommended I go with Norwegian next time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
Your main expectation is good all inclusive food and a day full of activites for you and your family. The buffet was closed the majority of the time leaving us to go to our room and order room service. We would go by the buffet any time of ... Read More
Your main expectation is good all inclusive food and a day full of activites for you and your family. The buffet was closed the majority of the time leaving us to go to our room and order room service. We would go by the buffet any time of the day 11am, 1pm, 6pm etc. rarely ever open. The few times it was open they have no variety of food. it was cheeseburgers fries, chili dogs, fried chicken. You are only given lemonade or water to drink. The coffee and tea is undrinkable everyone avoids it. The pool is the smallest pool I ever seen. it is so packed that we couldn't ever get in the pool. I thought there was a pool around the water slides but its just a blue slippery floor that several young children including my son kept falling when walking back and forth from the slide back to the steps. there is no other activies for a family to do on this ship. besides that one small slide that a young child is allowed to go on we had nothing else to do as a family. we tried to go do mini golf on the roof but it was so crowded and there were no golf clubs left to ever participate. freeport is a joke there is nothing there worth stopping. Atlantis is a beautiful resort but all for a very high price and for the short day you get to visit there you dont get to really enjoy it. I have never felt bored or claustrophobic on a trip before but I certianly felt it on this trip. We just arried home today and cant express the happiness to return home to enjoy a nice cup of coffee and good food we have all suffered so much on this trip. My husband says the food on this ship reminded him of the horrible food they service on military deployments overseas. If that tells you anything for an example. Dont waste your money or time on this ship. if you live on pizza and ice cream and you freak out with excitement just by any view of ocean water then you might find this to be a fun ship but otherwise dont waste your time. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
This ship is very small, and makes poor use of the space it does have. Very little to do, we found ourselves very bored most of the time! The shows were very short, and the performers were quite amateur. There is one small pool for the ... Read More
This ship is very small, and makes poor use of the space it does have. Very little to do, we found ourselves very bored most of the time! The shows were very short, and the performers were quite amateur. There is one small pool for the entire ship, so good luck going for a swim. The food is good. The casino is good, but that is literally the ONLY thing to do. I wish I would've brought a book or something, wouldn't thought I would need one on my honeymoon. As a first-time cruiser, I was expecting much more. Maybe a decent vacation when I'm older, perhaps in my 50's , but as a young couple, this was a waste of money. I will never cruise again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
When it comes to going on a cruise this was our first one. I am not in to the bars, alcohol and gambling end of it however the entertainment was fairly good and the food was EXCELLENT!!! The staff of Fascination were incredible! The ... Read More
When it comes to going on a cruise this was our first one. I am not in to the bars, alcohol and gambling end of it however the entertainment was fairly good and the food was EXCELLENT!!! The staff of Fascination were incredible! The facilities were nice and Aldie our waiter at dinner and NeeMark were great!! The Mater D was very hospitable and I look forward to going back again and being able to relax in sunshine and tour Nassau and Freeport again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
My wife has been wanting to go on a Vacation cruise for some time now and I was the procrastinator. After many years in Both the Navy and U.S. Merchant Marines I was a bit water logged and not to enthused about hitting the seas once again. ... Read More
My wife has been wanting to go on a Vacation cruise for some time now and I was the procrastinator. After many years in Both the Navy and U.S. Merchant Marines I was a bit water logged and not to enthused about hitting the seas once again. My wife was relentless in making the plans and well I really must say I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Food was Super delicious so many choices I was like a kid in a candy store , the crew was extremely friendly always very cheerful and helpful. I must say I indeed enjoyed my time on-board and Ashore. I would recommend the Fascination to any first time cruisers. The Cruise director George was hilarious and really kept the party going. This man needs a raise I am sure he has to draw that energy from deep down.. Thanks George... Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This was my first cruise and I must say It was awesome! That first step on the ship was the best feeling . I was cruising with family and friends. The Fascination was so fun. The staff made us feel like we were stars. The food was ... Read More
This was my first cruise and I must say It was awesome! That first step on the ship was the best feeling . I was cruising with family and friends. The Fascination was so fun. The staff made us feel like we were stars. The food was delicious . All the activities we did and the show/ comedy shows was so fun. Our waiter Leonardo and his staff Arsana Vito was GREAT. Stan the man kept us entertained. Felimano was our house keep he kept our cabin up to par. Wow awesome people. George - Ryan- and Kido and all the entertainers was the best. I love the all. Thanks also to Tracy in the spa for doing my nails. The DJs was off the chain. I took more pics than a movie star. I actually felt like a star. The whole experience was a blast. I had such a a blast im thinking about doing my wesding!!! See you again soon Fascination!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
The ship is clean, the staff are fantastic and food was delicious! This was my family vacation and our first cruise. We were in room M 184. The cabin was maintained by the nicest man named Leonardo. He kept the room spotless, brought in ... Read More
The ship is clean, the staff are fantastic and food was delicious! This was my family vacation and our first cruise. We were in room M 184. The cabin was maintained by the nicest man named Leonardo. He kept the room spotless, brought in extra towels, made the cutest towel animals, even made sure he brought the liquor into our room on delivery night, got us an additional luggage tag, answered questions we had, always said hello and remembered our names....he was great! Out room was centrally located so we could easily get to lido deck for food and drinks, the pool, water slides, mini golf and the shows. It was a great location and had plenty of room for the three of us. Now let's talk about the entertainment....fun, fun, fun!!! Shows were great with really friendly and lively dancers/singers. George the director and Ryan is partner in crime were hilarious. Great personalities and hilarious commentary. They had everything and more planned out and easy to follow on daily schedules. Bingo, adult only and family comedy shows, Mexican fiesta night, carribean dance party, hairy chest and miss fascination contests were a blast....even with a four year old we had plenty to do and see. Camp carnival is packed full of fun things arranged by age group and had something for every kid. Last but not least was our was it staff in the dining room....they were super. Friendly, fun, quick, awesome set of guys that are by far the best wait staff I have ever met. If you are lucky enough to get Leonard, Suphot, and Arsana you will go to dinner just to see them! Magic tricks with a straw, extra servings for my husband, great recommendations for my daughter, even remembered she liked blue crayons from the first night and fought one to her each night. We didn't expect the level of serviced received but will gladly return to this ship just for the crew interaction. You will not be disappointed if you sit at table 382 or in the section these three manage! Happy sailing and enjoy some sweets for me! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2015
Our trip from start to finish was a breeze. My boyfriend and I had both never been on a cruise and read endless amounts of reviews before picking one and landed on this cruise....a week before we went we reread reviews and they were no ... Read More
Our trip from start to finish was a breeze. My boyfriend and I had both never been on a cruise and read endless amounts of reviews before picking one and landed on this cruise....a week before we went we reread reviews and they were no where near as good as when we read them a few months before...dundundun... We arrived and then intake was quick and easy, maybe a 20 minute process. We got on the ship and the rooms weren't ready so we went around exploring and then to the main deck where they had food out, yum. From the sounds of it we were some of the last people to get our bags, which wasn't a big deal because we didnt need anything out of them anyway. We got on the boat at 1, departed at 4, and got our bags around 5. Really not that bad of a wait. Everyone on the ship was incredibly nice. The staff was always smiling, the people at our dinner table ended up all being around our ages (late 20's to mid 30's) which was nice because we all got along really well. We sat at table 305 Kittikhun, putra, and patrick were the guys helping our table and they were all hysterical and great. Our table seemed to always be served really quickly and they were always making sure we enjoyed our meal because they were ready to replace it if we didn't. Every night they had a dance for us that basically brought every one to tears at the table from laughter. while on the boat we went to a few comedy shows, a motown and beyond show, ice carving, game show, and the introduction to the boat show which was probably the best of them all. They had different things to do at all times so really you could be as busy or relaxed as you wanted to be on the ship. On the way off the boat we let them take our bags down. A lot of people chose to carry them down which seemed kinda like the crowded option. we met our bags down off the ship and they were in a pile with our number on them waiting for us. after they had us come down to get them it was another ten minutes until we were off and on our way home. I also loved that there were not an overwhelming amount of children on the boat which was something we were hoping for just for relaxation purposes. we both really enjoyed the trip and are looking into booking another cruise with carnival, but probably on a bigger ship next time Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Timing is everything and if you have a choice, I would advise you to avoid school spring break. Not the fun-loving college spring break, but the "we're on a ship, just let our kids run around" spring break. If Carnival ... Read More
Timing is everything and if you have a choice, I would advise you to avoid school spring break. Not the fun-loving college spring break, but the "we're on a ship, just let our kids run around" spring break. If Carnival is expecting a bunch of kids, do they ratchet down the food choices a bit? Fresh fruit (other than cantaloupe and honeydew) was very hard to find, and the salad bar was sparse. The grill had good burgers and dogs even if the buns were a little stale. Service in the restaurant was top notch, we only wished the food matched the service. Steak should taste like steak, the sides on the plate should be edible and how hard is it to make an edible baked potato? Omelets at the grill were much better than in the restaurant. Did I mention that the meat should taste like meat? I think the pork link sausage was a little old. The chocolate bar on the last day was a meal in its own and the pizza and sandwich bar was always good. The ship was completely full and the Serenity deck was not quite so serene. It was crowded both of the sea days and you could wait more than an hour without getting a chair because the pool deck was full of kids. Carnival could set aside more space for adults even if it meant doing something a little different with the putt putt deck. Our second disappointment was the constant up-sell. Art, jewelry, pictures, spa treatments. We were constantly being handed fliers and cards with a "special, one-time, offer" We stopped making eye contact with anyone in the hallways. Entertainment should be a little more entertaining. I would have loved to hear a good set by the guitarists or the band Five2One in the theater instead of cramming them in a corner. I think the 8 musical performers could come up with more than 2 shows. We were expecting at least Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg level of quality, but it didn't quite measure up. Our cabin steward, Pablo, did everything he could to make our stay special. When we asked for more pillows, we got them. He filled our little cooler with ice each day without being asked. No matter what time we left or when we were gone for dinner, he managed to tidy up without our even noticing. Again, the level of service is nothing short of spectacular. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2014
My family and I used to go to Disney every year and thought it was a good idea to change things up a little bit. We wanted something fun for everyone in the group (56, 46, 16, 14) and that was hot since we live in Canada and don't ... Read More
My family and I used to go to Disney every year and thought it was a good idea to change things up a little bit. We wanted something fun for everyone in the group (56, 46, 16, 14) and that was hot since we live in Canada and don't like going on vacation to somewhere cold, so we all finally decided on a cruise as my parents had been for their honeymoon many years ago and really enjoyed it. We chose this crusie as a starter because it was on a older, smaller ship to see if we liked it or not and it ended up being a great decisioin. The only problem we had with the vacation as a whole was Jacksonville. Our Crusie left on Monday so we decided to fly in on Sunday and check out Jacksonville because no one in our family had ever gone. We were very dissapointed with what we found. I don't know if this is usual or not but there was nothing open on Sunday. Our hotel was in "downtown Jacksonville" Which meant it was an hour walk from the mall. We got off our plane around 11:00am and by the time we got our bags and got to the hotel it was noon and we were hungry after our early 5:30am flight. We walked for an hour over the bridge and another half an hour just wandering downtown to find somewhere other than hooters open, which didn't end up happening so we all went back to the hotel and had lunch and dinner there. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel and it was one of the worst experiences I have ever had. The hotel itself was beautiful and the rooms were beautiful and well looked after, but we were woken up in the morning to a fire alarm going off and we had to have the hotel staff cleaning the rooms direct us on where to go because we were unclear of that. Everyone staying in the hotel (there was only approximately 50) was standing outside in their pajamas and robes and it was not something I would like to expreience again. THE EMBARKATION: We took a cab from our hotel to the Jacksonville Crusie Port which was only $15 or $20. The staff immediatley had our bags out of the cab and were taking them away to be placed on the ship without us having to life a finger. We did not have FTTF which was fine because my family and I enjoyed standing in line talking and looking at everyone who was going to be on the cruise with us. We got to the port at 11:30 and the line up was quite long and wrapped outside of the building but they had us in and out of there within an hour which was amazing considering the amount of people ahead of us. Once we got on the cruise even though we didn't have FTTF our room was ready so we went and checked it out. We had a balcony-which is were we spent a lot of our trip- so we checked that out and then were off to the Lido deck buffett for lunch since our bags hadn't come yet. After lunch we went and explored the ship. Just a quick note, due to the amount of people trying to all get on the ship at once the elevators were few and far between like if you could get an elevator within 5 minutes of clicking the button you were doing good but after the first few hours they were fine and a LOT less crowded. When we were done exploring the ship we went back to our room to find our luggage waiting at the door. We unpacked and then it was time for the safety briefing which took 20 minutes tops. When the safety briefing was done if was time to sail away. The rest of the day was spent on our balcony just talking about how exciting my sister and myself's first cruise was with our parents. We had My Time Dining and usually ate around 7:00-8:30 5/5 of our night always in Roma's section who is no longer on this ship because as she told us this was her last cruise on that ship because they wanted her on a bigger one. Her and William were amazing and we only met the head waiter of that section once so I cannot remember his name. FIRST DAY AT SEA: Our first day at sea was quite rocket. August is obviously hurricane season which means cheaper cruises but you run the risk of meeting up with a storm. The first day at sea we were headed from Florida to the Bahamas while hurricane Cristobal was headed from the Bahamas to Florida, after a morning of walking around like drunks, which was really entertaining if I do say so myself the storm started to affect me and I felt very sick but after a quick trip to the gift shop to get motion sickness tablets I was good to go for the rest of the day. Our first day of sea we spent of the balcony in the morning after breakfast and then were off to lunch- most of the menu on this cruise was focused on Bohemian style food which is not my cup of tea but still good- and then we sat on the lido deck and danced the afternoon away. There was a ton of things to do that day on of them was giving away free shore excursions for the next 2 days. I had to go back to the cabin for this to lay down because I was not feeling good still when this happened but my sister ended up winning a free catamaran and snorkel so when they came to the room to come and tell me we went right to guest services and booked my sister, my dad, and myself on the catamaran, also that night was Motown show that they had later on in the evening. My dad is a HUGE fan of that style of music and so we both enjoyed listening to the songs I had grown up with and he had loved for many years and they did an amazing job at putting it on. After the show we sat out on the balcony again and then went to bed. DAY TWO; NASSAU, BAHAMAS: Our second day was spent in Nassau, where before we got off the boat they put an announcement over the P.A. saying the U.S embassy had issued a statement saying for everyone to keep a close eye on their purses and wallets because some tourists had been getting things stolen but it was no big deal all of our money and valuables were still with us at the end of the day. For the first hour or 2 we spent it walking around all of the little cute shops they had and then it was time for the catamaran and snorkel. The boat was amazing it had a beautiful little mesh part at the front where you could just sit or lay on and see the water, which was a little rough but it was way better the second day than the day before. When we got out to the little spot- about a 45 minute- one hour boat ride- we had a quick lesson on how to use all the equipment and then a little drill where when the tour guides yelled out everyone okay you put your fist over your head to single you were still okay. We were in the water for an hour and it was beautiful the spot they took us was so full of fish and other living creatures that no matter where you looked you would always find something to look at. When the tour was over the three of us met up with our mom on the lido deck and then we all had a lunch of jerk chicken. We decided to not go back out that day because it was a very overwhelming place so we just stayed on the balcony and watched the other ships that were docked beside us. Dinner that night I had the didja which was frogs legs which were amazing and my dad had his favourite thing Escargot. My mom and I had the Carnival lava cake that night and it is amazing- we also both had it almost every night after that except the second last night when we both had baked Alaska-. I believe that night was the comedy show which was really funny and good for people of all ages because there was no swearing. DAY THREE Our third day was spent at the private island. The beach was beautiful it had crystal clear water, a nice bar to get drinks, and a ton of beach chairs to lie in. My family and I aren't the beach type so we just went for 2 hour to see what it was like and then took the tender back. The tendering there and back was a breeze and there was no need for us to have FTTF because we got out there exactly when we wanted to and didn't have to wait because the tender was full and on the way back there was next to no one else on the tender, it was so quite on the way back my dad and I had the whole top to ourselves. When we got back my dad and I went down the waterslide because everyone else was still at the beach and there was no line. After that we found my mom and sister and went for lunch. My dad and I had rubens for lunch that day because we didn't like what they were serving which I forget what it was now. After lunch we were back out on the Lido deck to people watch and enjoy each others company and just catch up because we hadn't seen each other all day seeing as my mom and sister left the beach an hour before my dad and I did. For dinner that night I had the didja again which was Alligator fritters and they were amazing. My dad and I went to trivia that night because it was 60's, 70's, and 80's trivia put on by our AMAZING cruise director Adam. My dad and I came in second and then we went back to our room to hang out on the balcony with my mom and sister. DAY FOUR; LAST FULL DAY :( On our last day at sea they had their bracelet sale on so we spent the morning there and then just hung around all day on the Lido deck talking about how much fun we had and how we couldn't wait to come back next year (We are leaving in 5 days for a 5 day cruise to Mexico about the CCL's Paradise. That night there was an amazing superstar show I believe is what it was called. It was the performers from the Motown show putting on a show of singers from this decade which included Lady Gaga, Beyonce and so on which was another phenomenal show put on by the cast. DISEMBARKATION: Being that it was my parents first cruise in 18 years and the last time was pre-9/11 so there were no passports or checking documents they booked a flight for 10:50, which weather you've cruised before or not seeing as we didn't get back to port at our scheduled time of 8:00am was a terrible idea. The process to get off the boat for non-U.S citizens started at 7:00am in the main theatre. They go by rows of people so we left our cabin at 6:30 and we were in the 5th row. This was just where they checked passports to make sure everyone who needed to be there was there and so on. It didn't even take half an hour and we were out of there. Everyone was given a customs sheet so we could declare what we brought with us which we filled out, grabbed our luggage and were gone to the library where they sent people with early flights. This is where it got a little messy. Everyone with an early flight was told to go to the library and wait to be come and gotten so they could get of first, but after almost an hour of waiting in the library we all ended up leaving and just getting off the ship with every single other person, it was fast but if would have been nice if we were given a little more direction on what to do and where to do. It was a simple 20 minutes to get off and then only another half an hour to get through more customs and to the airport. By the time we got to the airport it was 9:45 and our plane was going to be boarding shortly so we went and checked in. We flew southwest and they don't have assigned seating until you check in so we all got seated in different seats. After we got checked in we were off to get security check point to go through the body scanner which was mandatory and everyone had to do it, we put our bags though the bag scanner, were off to Starbucks at 10:15 and then we went to our gate. When we got to the gate they were about to start boarding but the workers at the gate noticed we were not sitting together and so they moved us all beside each other... in first class... free of charge which just made our trip that much better. We got home at 3:20 after a quick layover in Atlanta and a plane change and just like that the trip was over. Some other great things about the cruise. Our cabin steward Felix was one of the most amazing people we met that whole trip. Not only did he keep our room clean, he went above and beyond to get us everything we needed- none of the blowdryers worked so we kept asking for new ones lol so that's one thing I would recommend bringing- but he took the initiative to know my mom, dad, sister, and my name by the second day and he told us all about himself and his family which was fascinating to hear because we learned so many neat things about India that we never knew before. Some of the entertainment they had were the Hasbro family game night, punchline comedy club, Motown show, trivia, towel animal making demo, a game where you being a bunch of random things in a bag and he'll call something out like a passport or 5 black belts and the first team to bring Adam the item(s) wins a point. They also have big round windows with a pillowed edge and chairs around it near the casino that you can look out that was another place we liked to spend our days. The night of the last show everyone that went to it and the dancers moved the party into the atrium and everyone on the ship was at it which was so much fun. They also had a hairy chest competition, a dance off, a scavenger hunt and a whole bunch of fun things to do. I'm sure I left out a ton of stuff but there was just so much fun to be had it's hard to keep track of it all. Overall it was a good choice to go with the smaller ship to start it was so much fun and I can't wait to do it all over again in 5 days!! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
This was our first cruise ever, and as such, we were quite optimistic and excited that our cruise, booking 89RHF8, would be a fantastic vacation. We read so many positive comments about Camp Carnival and cruising that we couldn't wait ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever, and as such, we were quite optimistic and excited that our cruise, booking 89RHF8, would be a fantastic vacation. We read so many positive comments about Camp Carnival and cruising that we couldn't wait to leave port. During our first day on the cruise, our son woke up early in the morning, around 7am, crying. We did not pay much attention since he's 3 years old and we had booked a family room for four. As we walked out of our cabin towards the elevator to eat breakfast, a security guard (from India, did not get his name) stopped us and told us there was a complaint about our son crying. He then told us to go to guest services to move our cabin, which we did. We were very upset because we then had to pack our bags again (with a 3 & 4 year old present and restless) to move to another cabin, from M146 to M191, which we did. The problem was, we had paid a premium to Carnival to "choose your own cabin." The price of letting Carnival choose your cabin was over $100 lower. We worked hard with our travel agent to book the cabin she suggested. A few days later, I went to guest services to complain about our first morning fiasco, and was told that "you agreed to move." That is not correct, we did not agree to move. As first time cruisers, we believed we HAD to move because security told us to. I asked for a credit for the difference in price, and was told that the accommodations were the same so I could not get the price difference back. I asked her what the point of picking our own cabin, and paying extra was, if Carnival would move us anyway. She again told us, incorrectly, that we had agreed to move. I do not know why Carnival's internal notes stated this. We were directed by a Security guard to move, which is why we went to guest services. We did not "ask or wish" to be moved. I think it's only fair, if Carnival chooses our cabin for us, instead of the one we chose (M146), that we be refunded the price difference. We are not asking for a free ride or a free cruise, just to be treated "fairly," which we were not. We wrote an email to complain about this fiasco after the trip, and were told, again, that we "agreed to be moved." This is incorrect, we were told TO MOVE. It is wishful thinking that we ever voluntarily agreed to this. With two young children and two adults, the LAST thing we wanted to do was move cabins. I estimate the price difference, between choose your own cabin, and "carnival chooses your cabin" to have been $150. Other complains on the cruise we had were: 1. On Wednesday night, we had very dark water in our toilet at night. I called our room steward and he said it was a "shipwide" problem, and there was a problem in the engine room. We were completely disgusted and took a picture of our toilet. The next time we flushed, the water became even darker, it looked like sewage. 2. All day THursday the ONLY pool on ship was closed for repairs. Thank God the next day it was filled again. However, for an entire day, no one could use the ONLY pool on the ship. With the way were treated on the ship, as well as not being given a fair price for the cabin that we did not choose, I am hesitant to ever cruise with Carnival again and wish to tell my story over and over again to anyone who will listen. Thanks, Dan and Sarah   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
I don't even know where to begin. This cruise was a mess. It took me two weeks to get the energy up to type all of this out.... Let's start with the positives: We had a super easy time getting on the boat. We dropped off one ... Read More
I don't even know where to begin. This cruise was a mess. It took me two weeks to get the energy up to type all of this out.... Let's start with the positives: We had a super easy time getting on the boat. We dropped off one main piece of luggage and carried on the other two. We got upgraded to "premiere" status and were able to board pretty quickly. Our room was pretty nice. We had a balcony suite on the 11th deck. Nothing fancy but nice enough. We had a nice big balcony... but smokers on each side of us. YUCK! All of the staff was very nice. From the waiter at dinner to the attendant servicing our room... everyone was extremely pleasant. Our two days on the islands were great! In Nassau, we chose to walk around all of the shopping areas and then hop a cab to the beach near Atlantis. It was beautiful. The cab ride was $4/each ...and beach chairs were $10/each... so simple if you're just looking for a day on the beach. In Freeport, we paid for a shore excursion. We did the Kayaking Adventure which took us on a 30 minute ride away from port to a nature preserve. We got to kayak through the mangroves and see tons of wildlife... from exotic fish to birds and other neat animals. We ended up on a private beach where they served a cold lunch (sandwiches and such), then we got about an hour of time on our own.. where we walked the length of the beach... followed by a nature walk where we learned all about the native plants and animals. It was worth every penny! So neat. Would do it all over again. It was not a difficult kayak trip at all. But be ready for team work! That's about all I can say for the positives. The negatives: This is the hillbilly boat of the seas. It's extremely small. It's been refurbished, but is still showing it's age. The "resort style" pool is smaller than most backyard pools. The main deck had about 20 children in each hot tub and really cheesy dancing/games at the main "pavilion" ... The buffet was no better than a low class Golden Corral. And that's giving it high marks. Dinner, which is supposed to be "higher grade" fare... was no better. Actually, it was garbage. Because of the small size of the ship, the waves totally rocked the entire ship. My boyfriend could barely keep his footing. Other passengers who had been on several cruises, told us this was the worst one they had ever been on! I was motion sick, even with an ear patch, pressure bracelets, and oral medication. I have never been so sick in my entire life. We could not wait to get to port. When we pulled into Nassau, it was evident we were on the super-discount ship. Disney and Royal Caribbean pulled in next to us... making out ship seem tiny and extremely out of date. The other cruse liners looked the BMWs of the sea.... while we were stuck on the Ford Pinto. So disappointing. Also, the clientele on the ship was interesting. A lot of smokers, trash mouths, and interesting dressers. At the captains dinner (where you're supposed to dress up) one man was in head to toe CAMOUFLAGE!!! Another women looked like Magda from "Something about Mary" ... tan and smoking long cigarettes all day long. It was an experience for sure. The one area of peace we found was the Serenity deck on the back of the ship. It's a 21 and over area... with VERY limited seating. Best spot on the entire ship!!! And we're fun, outgoing people.... but there weren't many people we'd normally associate with. Luckily, we found one other couple that was pretty cool and our dinner "mates" assigned to our table were pretty cool too...so we lucked out. The comedy show we saw - terrible. Drink prices - super inflated. Lines to get any beverages can be extremely long. We never even opened the two bottles of wine you're allow to bring on board. Casino - about the best think this ship has going... except for all of the smokers! Pew! Getting off the ship was the final fiasco! We docked at 8:15am... but were not off the ship until noon! For some reason customs too FOREVER.... and then when our group was called... we sat in the stairwells with all of our luggage for over 2 hours! It was ridiculous! So unorganized!!! There has to be a better way. All in all, I will never take another cruise again. ESPECIALLY not this one or a Carnival cruise ever again. Read the reviews people... save your money and take a nicer ship out of Port Canaveral or Ft. Lauderdale/Miami. This is a huge waste of money, even though it seems like a good deal. You get EXACTLY what you pay for... so be careful. I'm not a destination person, NOT a cruise person. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
1, Getting on board is the hardest part: first line to stand is to drop non carry on bags. My tip: pay the extra fee to have the bell hop process them for you so you can move directly to line # 2 the customs check in for carry on bags. We ... Read More
1, Getting on board is the hardest part: first line to stand is to drop non carry on bags. My tip: pay the extra fee to have the bell hop process them for you so you can move directly to line # 2 the customs check in for carry on bags. We were able to carry on 1 bottle of wine each, and we never questioned about the other metal objects/electronics in the bags. Tip # 2 they can detect alcohol so almost impossible to smuggle it on board. Line # 3 – to get your "all in one" access card, which you need to get on and off ship, make any purchases or open your room door. Take your welcome boarding picture as it will be great to compare to your final day picture. OK your now on board. Turn off your cell phone or set to airplane mode. If not you we get a bill that may be higher than your cruise price. Not getting calls is the beauty of the cruise. If an emergency comes up, they will find you. Check the weather to see if it’s smooth sailing. If not, make arrangements to have a patch or meds to cover motion sickness. If it’s sunny, get sunscreen. Nothing is more miserable then being burnt and itchy for the remainder of your trip. If you get burnt a secrete remedy is milk of magnesia dabbed on with cold compresses to pull out the heat. Yes, it really works…. Check your room out, if not acceptable call time out and call down to guest services. We bring disinfectant spray to spray shower area and door handles etc. Tip- if you have a favorite thing ( pillow, toilet paper …) bring it with you. Overkill, but hey who wants to be sick / uncomfortable on your trip, the ship should have antibacterial stations spread throughout the common areas. Hopefully your ship has a room safe that works off any magnetic card. My wife and I have the same credit card so we can both open at anytime. Unpack and store your suit cases under the beds – yes there is enough space to store it underneath and out of the way. OK you are settled in and have things organized and easy to find. You might want to consider a ribbon wrapped about the door so you can ID your room down a long hallway. We bannered our door with our last name and state so our neighbors can warm up to us. If you are going to drink sodas consider the package deal, the fountain drinks are 10 times better than the canned drinks. Find your favorite bar that serves them. I hope you brought an insulated drinking bottle. Works great at the pool or on excursions. Bring a backpack for your excursions. They area great to store stuff, bring back goodies and also fit easily in bike baskets etc and are easy to scan through customs. Do your homework in advance on excursion. Be aware that there will be lots of other people if you go with the cruise ship. That may fit your needs as we are more the lone explorer types. Food: you paid for the trip so why not eat the best. Yes it takes a bit longer for the sit down dining but hey you get to try some food that you may never get to try again. Yes you can get multiples of anything that is served. Don’t be shy the portions are smaller so if you’re an average or big eater you may have 3 appetizers, 2 main dishes and two or three desserts with regular coffee to wrap it up. You can bring your wine to dinner but you will pay a uncorking fee. Enjoy the people that sit with you at your table. We found this to be the best part of our trip. Each day you will get some paperwork which lists the next day’s events and options. Pick and choose carefully as you will never be able to do it all. We savor the events v/s trying to get in as much as possible. Take pictures and remember your camera, especially on excursions. If you miss the Ship take good pictures as it sails away without you. Yes, they will leave you. Speaking of pictures, you will have to pay for them so budget accordingly – approximately $15 each. Hey, it the memories and sharing so don’t be stingy.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
We began our journey on our first cruise from Jaxport on the Carnival Fascination for a 4 night trip that docked in Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas. We purchases the faster to the fun package, but embarkation was so easy and quick....and ... Read More
We began our journey on our first cruise from Jaxport on the Carnival Fascination for a 4 night trip that docked in Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas. We purchases the faster to the fun package, but embarkation was so easy and quick....and based on the group of people at the port when we arrived, the package really didn't help AND since we were only going to Freeport and Nassau, we didn't need to priority tender since they both dock in the ports. So at least for this cruise, we wouldn't purchase it again. Transfer from the airport to the cruise port is 20$ per person via carnival or around $40 for a taxi. Food was pretty good. I wouldn't say it was excellent, but for the cost of the vacation, it was easy and good. There were plenty of activities on the cruise if that's what you are looking for, or there was plenty of down time as well for relaxing in the sun. The gym and spa are very nice. I am in the gym quite often when i'm not on vacation so it was nice to have those amenities on board. Freeport was pretty much what others have said on some of these reviews. The excursions through the company are very expensive so we chose to grab a cab and had them take us to junkanoo beach (part of taino beach. Taxi was $7 each way and the group on the beach was renting chairs for $5 a piece. This also got you access to use the cayaks and they also had a bar, bathrooms, and wifi. This saved us a bunch of money and we got exactly what we were looking for. In Nassau we essentially did the same thing. We were only looking for beach time since the other excursions were so expensive. We had a taxi for $4 per person each way take use to the cabbage beach near the Atlantis resort on paradise island. You can also do some shopping in Nassau and in generall spend far less money than on the excursions. The trip back was a bit rocky with some rough seas for most of the day. Other than that, there were plenty of things going on and plenty of time to just relax. The debarkation process was pretty easy as well. it was very organized and we got off the ship quickly and to our airport transfer. This boat wasn't their nicest or newest boat, but it was very budget friendly and we would do it again. Overall it was a very nice break from the the stresses of work and the cold, snowy weather back home. The rooms were nice, staff was nice, food was good, and we didn't have to worry about planning anything. Overall a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
Embarkation was slow but tolerable. My sister and I were in a small inside cabin with **'surprise'** bunk beds. We are both over 50 and this was difficult. Nowhere on our booking did it say we were going to be set up this way. As ... Read More
Embarkation was slow but tolerable. My sister and I were in a small inside cabin with **'surprise'** bunk beds. We are both over 50 and this was difficult. Nowhere on our booking did it say we were going to be set up this way. As a matter of fact I remember listing "no bunk beds" as a special request. At no time EVER were we asked if we needed help with finding anything on the ship. We had NO maps so we wandered around back and forth and up and down the stairs and elevators (as did many others) to find any of the activities. I have foot problems and my feet were in agony every night. We spent the first two nights in the early seated dinner which turned out to be a long tedious wait for food that was cold and tasteless.. The chocolate melting cake was good. The cherries Jubilee was just warm cherries floating in melted Ice cream.. that was pretty stupid. Why call it that? I ordered the Southern Fried chicken 'breasts only' because I am allergic to seafood and do not eat red meat. I got thighs instead. I reordered, got a lump of cold vegetables, refused it, and finally got my breast of chicken as it was time to go.. Our service was Extremely slow. Our table was the last one out both nights. After that we abandoned the sit down dining room and went for the buffet.. It wasn't much better, but at least we got in and out in less than 30 minutes. Chicken strips and french fries.. Bananas Grapes and pineapple.. That was pretty much the only things I had that were edible. I enjoyed the shows and the comedians, but they were very limited. The cruise director was nowhere to be found unless you were at one of the shows. I remember him saying 'if you need anything just ask any of our staff which will be located at all areas on the ship'. I never saw anyone. I tried to ask a bartender where a bathroom was and he just pointed down a large hallway. There were no maps except at the guest services desk. And those were on the wall so they were useless if you got lost mid ship.lol. We didn't find the shops until the 3rd day when My sister went wandering around and got lost. I am surprised we were able to find them again. The weather was bad so we didn't venture out on the decks, so I was very disappointed there wasn't more to do inside. I feel like we were treated like cattle.. Herd'em in and herd'em out. I will NEVER go on another Carnival cruise. And finally on our way out, we had to go down the stairs with our luggage (2 hours late) and one staff member picked up my large suitcase to help me down the last few steps. Read Less

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