2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We are frequent cruises and lower our expectations when necessary. The ship itself was well maintained and the food was good. Guys burgers were awesome! Room service was also very good and had many free options and the pay options were not ... Read More
We are frequent cruises and lower our expectations when necessary. The ship itself was well maintained and the food was good. Guys burgers were awesome! Room service was also very good and had many free options and the pay options were not pricey. Our room location was horrible. We were right above the metal machine shop where very loud grinding, hammering of metal and clinking continues from 7:30 am until after supper every day. I was really sick with a head cold and could not rest even with ear plugs. They offered us 150 credit at the ships shops. We got badly sunburned and the ships shop did not have any aloe or ointments to help. The cabin steward accidentally threw out a retainer that was on the bathroom shelf. It will be 500 to replace it. We are in our forties and really appreciate our afternoon rests and peace and quiet but there was none in our room. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
I chose this cruise because my cousins didn't want a long one the first time. First of all it was my first time leaving from the Jacksonville port. It was great no waiting. We went at our appointed time and got right on. I was ... Read More
I chose this cruise because my cousins didn't want a long one the first time. First of all it was my first time leaving from the Jacksonville port. It was great no waiting. We went at our appointed time and got right on. I was surprised since I have cruised 20 times before, The cabin was comfortable, EXCEPT FOR OUR 4TH PERSON THEY HAD A BED THAT LOOKED AND FELT LIKE A LAWN CHAIR. This needs to be done away with. It's not really explained when you book your cruise. My cousins loved the ship, the food, the games and parties by the staff. The one man that did the bingo was the best his name was B.K. AKA BANG BANG. He made our trip so much fun. The comedian was hilarious. Speaking of my experience cruising the food was just ok nothing to really brag about. The buffet was so crowded it took forever to get any breakfast or lunch. The fruit selection was barely a bowl of mixed fruit. Our waiters and assistant waiters were great, Anthony was our head waiter and Sharon they were fantastic. They sang and danced 2 nights in the dining room after dinner. Loved it. Over all I loved it all . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
This was my third cruise. The previous two were also with Carnival. This time, I realized that the cruise director is an integral part of the experience. The first two cruise directors were amazing. They were visible and had loads of ... Read More
This was my third cruise. The previous two were also with Carnival. This time, I realized that the cruise director is an integral part of the experience. The first two cruise directors were amazing. They were visible and had loads of activities. This guy, Kevin, sucked. I felt like we were attending a conference or something. There were mostly zero fun activties during the day for adults. Most of them were either various seminars or shopping events. Me and my crew meandered that ship every day in search of something to do only to end up sitting aroun or napping in our rooms. Anything worth attending happened at night during dinner, but the show were all the same and not even exciting. The last day at sea was the most exciting and most reminiscent of past Carnival cruises. There was trivia and karaoke going on all day just how I was expecting. Why couldn’t all the other days be like that? Anyway, what I really wanted to say was that any and all complaints most people had on this ship was of no fault of the employees at all. This ship was severely understaffed, and the services were extremely slow—especially dinner service. The wait staff worked hard to to give us the five star service we’re all used to, but they simply couldn’t. There weren’t enough of them. We even saw this in housekeeeping. One person in our party had a balcony room. She noticed that her room steward was the one who cleaned the balcony instead of someone from the team of people who used to take care of that. All of these cutbacks are being mad to the staff, yet Carnival is making bank right now. They are having a banner year at their employees’ expense, and it isn’t right! The cabin was typical: clean and tidy. Our bathroom often smelled like pee, but I think its because of the toilet brush. It probably has never been replaced. Our head server was Senvil, and he and his helpers were amazing. We had a baby in our party, and they had his high chair and an appetizer ready for him even before the dining room opened so he could eat as soon as we sat down. They treated us like royalty, but he told us about the shortage as well and urged us to complain so perhaps changes could be made. I wouldn’t mind taking this ship again to a different destination as long as Kevin is not the cruise director. I don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars again just to be bored. I don’t want this whole thing to be negative, so I will say this. Despite the fact that Carnival doesn’t take the best care of their employees, they certainly train them well! Everyone remembers your name which is so impressive to me. They all act like they really care (and not the fake I’m-just-getting-paid-to-do-this type care). I love that about Carnival cruises, and from what I hear, not every cruise line is like this. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
6th carnival cruise and unfortunately will be our last. room smelt like cigarettes. staff is soso at best. some have been rude at times. value for the money but trashy travelers. carnival has changed for sure. getting off the ship on ... Read More
6th carnival cruise and unfortunately will be our last. room smelt like cigarettes. staff is soso at best. some have been rude at times. value for the money but trashy travelers. carnival has changed for sure. getting off the ship on the tenders wasa joke waited 2 hrs then told had 3 before had to.come back thats nit a full day on half moom cay. wait wait lines everywhere. Jacksonville port was nice and fairly easy process. food has taken a step back compared to previous cruises on carnival. some upgrsdes burger bsr and taco bars. water slides fair and pool area super over crowded. Guedt services threatened to call security on me and others if complained or as they stated raised your voice. also writing a letter to Carnival regarding our experience and dissatisfsction. save your money and be wise where you soend it for sure. cheapest def not close to average. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Depart from Jacksonville Fla went to Freeport&Nassau. Would not recommend Freeport as this island in recovery from hurricane in 2016. Most of the shopping in Port Lucaya were closed,several hotels closed. Several excursions were ... Read More
Depart from Jacksonville Fla went to Freeport&Nassau. Would not recommend Freeport as this island in recovery from hurricane in 2016. Most of the shopping in Port Lucaya were closed,several hotels closed. Several excursions were cancelled at last minute. Nassau was great, did the Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark. Highly recommend. All the staff were very attentive. Mary Anne on grand deck is exceptional! All the staff in Imagination restaurant were wonderful. Interior of ship nicely decorated. Food was delicious in dining room. One pool on ship. It is a smaller ship in fleet but still very large for the purpose. Cee Jay(comedian is hiliarious) plenty of entertainment for all ages. Would highly recommend this cruise for first timers as 72% were first time cruisers. Definitely carry your bags off on debarkation day as this makes the process much easier instead of waiting for security to check unless you buy more than $800 duty free gifts. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise for Easter weekend because we wanted to take the kids someplace warm for Spring break, but did not want to blow out our budget. We got a good price and we were able to drive to the port in Jacksonville, which is 5 ... Read More
We chose this cruise for Easter weekend because we wanted to take the kids someplace warm for Spring break, but did not want to blow out our budget. We got a good price and we were able to drive to the port in Jacksonville, which is 5 hours from our home in Charlotte. We have never cruised Carnival before and we've heard varying things about this cruise line. We have a 5 year old, a 17 year old exchange student and an 80 year old grandmother so we have many different competing priorities. This seemed like a low-risk way to try Carnival without spending a ton of money or committing to a week on a ship we hated. We had low expectations and found this to be a decent cruise for the price and the age of the ship. This ship is older and the common areas really show their age. Old neon, dark marble and 1990s era decor were everywhere. The stone tile is chipped in many areas and the carpet is that old gaudy multi-color patterned carpet you see in an old Las Vegas casino. None of the common areas have been refurbished. The gym has some newer equipment (elliptical machines, weights and good treadmills) but the locker room equipment is older. There is no jogging/walking trail on this ship. None of this mattered to us, but you should be aware of it if you are either impressed or bothered by these things. The cabins were recently refurbished and are well-appointed with outlets, good lighting, enough storage and comfy linens. They are not large cabins, but I feel that Carnival did a better job on this refurbish than Norwegian did with the Norwegian Dawn. At least Carnival added more outlets to the rooms! We don't spend much time in our cabins anyway. The dining room & buffet decor were really old, but the food options were really good for a family cruise. Excellent pool-side Tacos, Burritos & Rum Bar and Guy Fierro's burger bar were big hits with our family. The outside food (pool-side burgers, omelet station and burrito/taco line) helped alleviate the chaos in the adjacent indoor buffet. The buffet is way too small. I think it was especially chaotic because it was spring break and kids/teens don't use formal dining rooms. We ate all dinners and several breakfasts in the formal dining rooms and there was never a wait. The buffet was total chaos at peak times and even non-peak times. Again, I think it was because of the Spring Break clientele. There are not many (or even any?) specialty restaurants, so don't pick this cruise if you are looking for high quality Asian, Steakhouse or French Cuisine. Carnival does great casual food, but this ship does not seem to have many high-end options. An interesting note about the food-- my 80 year old mother who has been on several cruises but never sailed Carnival before said the Carnival food was better than Norwegian and about as good as Princess. She mostly eats in the dining room and was very impressed by all the sit-down meals we had in the main dining room. She's not a specialty-dining guru, but is a bit of a food snob on the quality & seasoning side and she found the seafood and dining room service on Carnival to be superior to Norwegian. She's not a steak eater or wine drinker so I don't have any feedback on that aspect of the dining experience. The kids club & kids pool were excellent. My 5 year old daughter enjoyed all the slides and the kids's pool area was large enough for parents get a chair and keep an eye on everyone. The main pool area and hot tubs were cramped and way too overcrowded. If you have kids, just go to the kids pool area. There is no hot tub in the kids area, which was a downside, but not a big deal unless it's windy or cold. This ship also has mini-golf and other fun kids activities. We were on the boat for Easter and they had a great Easter Egg Hunt with candy for the kids. My daughter really enjoyed going to all the different spots on the map and getting candy from the Carnival staff. She got a pretty nice bag of treats on the hunt. It was as much as she would have received if we gave her a basket at home. I love that these ships do nice little events for the holidays so you can bring your kids and still have that experience. We were disappointed with Embarkation and disembarkation for the ports and the final day. There don't seem to be enough elevators, stairs, exits or staff to manage the chaos. It was only a minor inconvenience, but it was challenging for my 80 year old mother who can't really stand for long periods of time. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
My son was taking his family on a spring break cruise. I went along to spend time with my Granddaughter. We shared a room together. The room was good size and plenty of storage. However our room attendant was difficult to find. I have ... Read More
My son was taking his family on a spring break cruise. I went along to spend time with my Granddaughter. We shared a room together. The room was good size and plenty of storage. However our room attendant was difficult to find. I have sailed several cruise lines and on this particular cruise line which was my first time I found the staff was not overly friendly. They did their job but interaction with the guests was not there. Almost like hurry up and move on to the next table. The food in the dining room was good and bad. The appetizers were very good and a good selection. The steaks were very tough and dry. Entertainment was so so although there was a lot of activities for kids. The casino was very smoky even at the no smoking machines. I saw people smoking all over the ship which concerned me. One night we tried the buffet and the only thing I could eat was the salad bar or a deli sandwich. I could not cut the meat in the oriental stir fry or the leg of lamb let alone chew it. The best thing on the ship for me was your coffee. Very good. Freeport did receive a lot of damage and several things were closed. Nassau was very nice. The pool area was jammed with kids and getting to a hot tub which didn't look to clean was impossible. I was surprised that there was only one main pool. I didn't see a lot of staff around to help people or supervise. A glass was broken in front of the sushi bar and several guests used their feet to move the glass out of the way. A staff member did not show up for about 10 minutes. Would I go again?? That is a good question. It is cheap but as my husband used to say "If you can't better yourself on a vacation you might as well stay home" Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Spring break cruise with the kids, and 900 of their friends! It was a fun experience with our two boys, 8 and 6. Camp Ocean was crazy though, so it wasn't always the best place for them. Food was so-so, you have an idea what ... Read More
Spring break cruise with the kids, and 900 of their friends! It was a fun experience with our two boys, 8 and 6. Camp Ocean was crazy though, so it wasn't always the best place for them. Food was so-so, you have an idea what you're getting when you book on Carnival, I just wish it would be hot, or even warm some times. Half-Moon Cay was great, even if the tendering in rough waters wasn't the greatest. Didn't need a clamshell, found shade for free! They opened up the splash pad for the kids, and they never left. Nassau, walked to the British Colonial Hilton, which isn't a bad walk or a bad value. We went through almost all of our credit, served by the very handy Leonardo. Shows were great, got on stage twice for Hasbro the Game Show. Didn't seem to have the around the clock entertainment that we thought we might find. Shows well attended, lots of people holding seats for the early show. Weather was decent, a little cold and windy our last day at sea, it was more bundle up than pool/sun time! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This being my first cruise, I was a little apprehensive on what to expect, but I was looking to book my next cruise as soon as I was able to get cell service again. From Kevin, our cruise director, and his fun ship team, from embarkation ... Read More
This being my first cruise, I was a little apprehensive on what to expect, but I was looking to book my next cruise as soon as I was able to get cell service again. From Kevin, our cruise director, and his fun ship team, from embarkation to debarkation, they were there and full of energy, making you want to get involved and have fun. Then the room steward team, with their towel animals, keeping the room refreshed, and stocked, could not ask for a better team there. The main dining was great, with the ability to try new food that you might not have ever thought about trying, and the service team entertainment was something new and unexpected. Even the general help that were working to keep the ship cleaned and looking good, were always greeting you with a smile. If you do not have fun while on board, it would be your own fault, as there is plenty to do and watch. There is always something going on, and you will give out from exhaustion long before the entertainment does. I did not partake in any excursions, but did go into Nassau and did a little shopping, but mind you that you will still pay $7 for a beer on the island. Be prepared for bombardment from the time you get off the dock to about a block away of pushy locals trying to sell you an overpriced tour of the city, for $40 a head,in a cramped 15 passenger van or a scooter that looks like it would break down and catch fire right after starting. Also the pan handlers get very rude and abusive with language toward you when you ignore them. All in all, not too bad, being I have dealt with other cities in the states that were worse. This is not anything to do with Carnival, as these people are not employed by them. The only thing that put a bad taste were the porters at JAXPORT (Port of embarkation). When we got out of our transport to the dock, where they grabbed our checked luggage out of our hands, chunked it onto their carts, then proceeded to keep pushing the cart up, to block you from crossing, and demanding a tip before they would even take your luggage or let you past. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Had a great Easter trip on this cruise. We traveled by taxi from Jacksonville airport to Jax port for $35. It was very easy transportation . As suite guests the express embarkation was a breeze. As always, the sail away party was ... Read More
Had a great Easter trip on this cruise. We traveled by taxi from Jacksonville airport to Jax port for $35. It was very easy transportation . As suite guests the express embarkation was a breeze. As always, the sail away party was great! We upgraded to the Grand suite a couple days before the trip. This room afforded us with a wonderful walk in closet , much larger balcony , bathroom with a Jacuzzi bathtub and plenty of corner toiletries storage space. Unfortunately only getting the room serviced once a day, the rollaway bed was left in the middle of the floor right in front of the couch . As a result we never really utilized the living and couch area. Not sure if we had requested the room steward in the morning instead of in the evening if it would've made a difference . Food was average. We enjoyed the appetizers more than the main courses . Our waiters were amazing and gave excellent service every evening . We ate breakfast each morning in the main dining room where food was good but service was slow . We enjoyed many of the trivia games and the piano bar every night . Zach Daniels was very entertaining. Hasbro game show was fun but the epic rock and deeva's were better.... wish the scheduling didn't have to wait until nights three and four for the shows. My ten year old said kids club was pretty good, she only went three times for an hour each time- which is less than usual. Make sure you arrive early if you intend to attend a specific event. Even though my daughter had sign in privileges, we had to wait 10 to 15 minutes to enter the kids room and she missed the start of the scavenger hunt. The family Easter egg hunt was very very fun... A little bit frustrating though because some of the eggs were moved . Reguardless, we had a great time searching for the golden eggs. We met many nice families while teaming up to search together. Husband said casino was ok. Grand Bahamas was in a sad state from the past hurricane. We've been here several times in the past, and we're very surprised and upset to see the difference. Took a short walk on port Lacaya beach, got my daughters hair braided , and headed back to the ship . Booked the Segway tour in Nassau through the ship. It was a ton of fun! Wish we could have ridden longer . The shoreline was beautiful. The tour stopped for a lunch break (not included in the price of the tour ) at the fish fry . We enjoyed in the conch during this break . We've been to Nassau a few times but definitely enjoyed this excursion more than any of our past stops to the island. Getting off the ship seemed more disorganized then the other cruises we have been on including a previous cruise out of this port. We highly recommend using a porter to get through quicker . We returned to the airport by way of super shuttle for $10 per person. The ship was very well-maintained . The only way you can see it's age was the lack of amenities such as waterworks and specialty dining. I believe that the trip was exactly what we were hoping for . We had a great vacation and look forward to Cruising carnival again in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We chose this cruise because we love to go to Half Moon Cay! Also we left from Jacksonville, FL which is convenient for us. We have cruised about 11 times, 10 of them on a Carnival ship, and this one by far was our worst. The food was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we love to go to Half Moon Cay! Also we left from Jacksonville, FL which is convenient for us. We have cruised about 11 times, 10 of them on a Carnival ship, and this one by far was our worst. The food was terrible!!! We had to pay extra for steak. The filet was so tough and it was not even edible. The choices went down down every night! One night we decided to just forgo the dining room and eat at the Lido deck. That was a mistake too! They were not offering hamburgers or hotdogs and the rest of the food was awful! We only got our rooms serviced one time a day. On other cruises, our rooms have been serviced in the morning and at night. We never got ice in our room! The beer was hot at every bar outside. Joey, at the Atrium bar, was outstanding!!! He clearly understands what customer service is all about! We will not ever choose this ship again! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Our budget, and when we got on the elation, WOW, we had a grand time. The cruise director Kevin , was the best, our Waiter Christian, he was super. He knew what we wanted to eat, before we knew. food was fabulous, Oyr cabin was roomy, ... Read More
Our budget, and when we got on the elation, WOW, we had a grand time. The cruise director Kevin , was the best, our Waiter Christian, he was super. He knew what we wanted to eat, before we knew. food was fabulous, Oyr cabin was roomy, clean, our percer DEDI, he was amazing, . Would I take another cruise? You betcha. We had a great time, Lido deck was busy, met alot of great people., made some new friends, We dined in the imiganation dining room. friendly staff, Fun on the lido deck, hot tub was amazing. , and after a full day on the ship, and doing everything there was to do. if you couldnt sleep. go up on the lido deck to find something to do, or something to eat, Deli, and pizza was available all night. we had plenty of drinks, tea,coffee, lemonade, water. being our first cruies, I over packed, and brought soda pop. well I did not need it, there was plenty of beverages and food, and the entertainment, was fabalous. .I can not wait to go again, and Yes I will wait for the Elation, Best time ever Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This cruise was taken so that my daughter could get a vacation during her spring break from teaching and take my granddaughter on her 1st cruise. It started out with a letter and a phone call message letting us know that boarding would ... Read More
This cruise was taken so that my daughter could get a vacation during her spring break from teaching and take my granddaughter on her 1st cruise. It started out with a letter and a phone call message letting us know that boarding would be delayed due to loading of materials (upgrades are already started). We arrived at the port around 11am and the 1st guy told us to come back at 12:30pm. We pulled up to the next security guard and were told to ignore the "old man" and welcome to the port and go park, lol! We were the 1st to check in the Captain's lounge too. We were offered bottled water and chips to hold us until we could board. We were seated and were the 1st to board and have our picture taken as well! On this ship, you enter on deck 3 (0 on onther ships) and have to take the elevator up. We dropped our bags off in our inside cabin which was already set up with 3 beds and plenty of floor room as they set them up in a U shape. We made our way to the lido for lunch. We got something to eat and explored the ship. We did the spa tour and my daughter was selected to a model for one treatment so I took my granddaughter and exlpored with her. We had lifeboat drill around 4pm. It was long and we actually had to go to our lifeboat as well. Once that was over, the fun began! We enjoyed the sail away party where Kevin Donahue lead a great team in dancing and got my granddaughter involved immediately. We sailed under the Dames Point Bridge then it was time for our dinner. We had early and were seated with another family with kids. We enjoyed dinner with them. My daughter and granddaughter crashed early and I spent the evening in the casino which was not very generous either. We got up early for the Dr. Seuss Parade which my granddaughter and daughter participated in and had a great time. Our granddaughter wanted to go to the kids club so we relaxed and did some shopping and relaxed. This was St. Patrick's Day so we knew we were going to be up late so we all decided to take a nap and didn't even get off the ship in Freeport (no big loss). We got up around 5pm and got ready for dinner and a night of fun. We enjoyed dinner and then dropped our granddaughter at the kids club and arranged for Night Owls for her ($6.75 hr plus 15%). We went to Karaoke with the host Conner. He was great and had a lot of fun. We booked the Pub Crawl which was lead by our own Leprechaun, ie, CD Kevin and started at one bar and went to three others and had a different drink at each. (Coffee Patron & Baileys #!, Green Margarita #2, Green Beer #3 & Jameson & Gingerale #4) We had a great time then there was mega deck party going on. We went and enjoyed that and got our Granddaughter from the kids club to enjoy it as well. After that, we all crashed! We got up early and were already docked in Nassau we decided to go to Atlantis. My daughter and granddaughter did the Digs and I hung out in the casino. We headed back early and did a little shopping before returning to the ship. It was formal night so we all got ready and enjoyed dinner and then a comedy show. We gambled more then went to bed. We got up early and did the Dr. Seuss Breakfast. This was so much fun and the food was really good as well. They had the characters come and the kids got their pictures taken with them and you could take your own as well. We went to the Hasboro game show, played bingo, packed up and had a great day. Our granddaughter enjoyed her last day at the kids club. I forgot to mention they had a Glow Party $15.00 for the kids on formal night and she came out with a backpack, stuffed owl and lots of other goodies as well. They made shirts, bandanas and had a great time! We only went to Epic Rock and it was fantastic! Love that show! We had a wonderful time and would go back on this ship anytime. It does need upgrading as the cabin are really showing the wear and tear but it's going into dry dock soon! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
I paid for the faster to the fun which was helpful in getting us on the ship quickly. The safety brief took over an hour 1/2 to complete and was not very helpful, just a lot of waiting around. We made the mistake of going during spring ... Read More
I paid for the faster to the fun which was helpful in getting us on the ship quickly. The safety brief took over an hour 1/2 to complete and was not very helpful, just a lot of waiting around. We made the mistake of going during spring break and it was crowded with high school and college kids. That was my fault. The room R11 we had was spacious but the walls are very thin on this ship and it was so dang hot. We were woken up by our neighbors fighting and sounded like furniture being thrown around at 2am. This went on every night even after we complained of the noise. You could even hear the band on the 8th floor playing till 11pm in our room. We did not sleep much or even good due to all the noise. The food was horrible! The only decent meal was the sandwich shop and pizza. I had booked the all inclusive beach excursion and that was a huge waste of money. They didnt serve the food till an hour before we left and it was cold and not that great. Think tuna salad ... because thats what they served. It was impossible to get someone to serve us drinks! The people that did not have the all inclusive arm band got waited on but a lot of us that did were upset about how they treated us. They had our money and did not want to serve us our free drinks..which btw are only 2 to choose from. The beach and property was very pretty but the water was freezing. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was a last minute Spring Break cruise - brought 7 college kids with two of us Moms (yes, we are brave). There was a nice mix of passengers, but mainly college spring break age (between 18-23). That said, it was still a very ... Read More
This was a last minute Spring Break cruise - brought 7 college kids with two of us Moms (yes, we are brave). There was a nice mix of passengers, but mainly college spring break age (between 18-23). That said, it was still a very enjoyable cruise and we met so many great college kids. This is my 8th cruise but 1st on Carnival. I went in with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. PROS: Cost - can't beat a 5 day cruise for under $400. Also liked sailing out of JAX - easy to get too and not far from home. The crew was amazing! Every crew member we met went above and beyond to make it an enjoyable experience. Best crew we have had - even better than any Celebrity, Princess or Royal Caribbean crew. Half Moon Cay is an amazing private island - I think it is the best any cruise line has. Suggest walking all the way to the end of the cove, pretty and secluded (Food on island was not too good, but that is typical of a cruise line). We had our chairs to the right of the large pirate ship. Water was an amazing blue and temp. was perfect. We had an amazing day on the beach - took last tender back to boat which was nice because we didn't have to wait in long lines. Our comics were hilarious - standing room only every night. Wish they had moved the comics to the large auditorium vs. the small venue they were in. Because of the crowd, the comics were R & X rated. Was a treat to laugh that much! MIDDLE OF THE ROAD: I had heard food was terrible but in honesty it was OK (but not great)....I found something I liked every meal but nothing to really rave about except the made to order omelettes. Pizza was a must early evening because we had late dinner. Loved the made to order omelette at breakfast and the deli at lunch or dinner (eggs to order & deli is same location and is near the pizza area in the buffet dining room - some people didn't know it was there until the last day!). Dining room food was just so so (although loved our servers!). I don't eat fish or seafood but those at table who ordered these items gave them 3.5-4 stars. I liked the pork chops but didn't like the steak - was never cooked enough. Kale salad was good and the Chocolate Melting Cake was to die for! CONS: Smallest ship I have been on so not too many amenities. Although Size means that it is easier to find your way around..in theory (I still got lost) Ship needs an overhaul because it is very dated. We heard it is going to get a facelift soon. We liked the look of the 3rd floor - light and airy but our floor (4th) and others were dark. Hopefully, they will redo other floors to look like 3rd floor. Our cabin had ample storage for us two moms. Beds were comfy. Room was clean but showed wear and tear. Public areas also dated and could use some help. Only played Bingo last day and it was a joke - first two games were won in a couple minutes - they need to have longer games. I don't mind losing...but don't want to lose in a couple minutes. Casino was not my favorite - weird location. Suggestions: we used stairs exclusively - helped make sure I didn't gain weight. One day we got over 20,000 steps in - on a day at sea! I would cruise Carnival again but a bigger boat. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was my 6th carnival cruise. This was my first small ship. The Good: Crew was awesome. Our room attended was the best. He took care of us, I felt like I was at home. Everyone had smiles and greeted you at every corner. Very ... Read More
This was my 6th carnival cruise. This was my first small ship. The Good: Crew was awesome. Our room attended was the best. He took care of us, I felt like I was at home. Everyone had smiles and greeted you at every corner. Very clean but old ship. The food was pretty decent. We ate in the dinning room mostly, and had brunch two mornings. Me and my son are not picky eaters so there was always something for us to eat, and we did not have too much to complain about in that department. We sailed during spring break. My son is 13, he got pretty bored on this ship as the activities are not there. With that, he did not complain and made the best of it. I did the comedy club four nights in a row, thank goodness it was a different act each night. I must say very funny for a cruise ship show. I enjoyed that. The not so good: Ship was too small and crowded. People had to sit on the decks during sail days because there were no chairs left. One would think; smaller ship, less people more places to sit. Not the case. Felt like I was packed in. Not a good feeling. Never had one spot open on the serenity deck (which is my fav spot on the ship). The serenity deck is nothing on this ship. A few chairs that's it. The larger ships may have more people but it also accommodates everyone. You don't feel as packed in, and there is space and seating always open. Sailing out of the Atlantic calls for rough seas. Although.. Miami is still considered the Atlantic, you are close enough to the Caribbean where you avoid those rough seas. I would recommend not going out of Jax and or the Port Can, if you do not like rough seas, those ports are not for you. There were 1000 kids on this ship, understandable as it was spring break for most of the east coast. All and All we had a decent time, although I would sail carnival again in the future, just not this size ship out out of Jax. It was a good price, and something to do over spring break. Freeport: This port needs to not be a cruise stop. Worse port ever. The people are pushy and rude, with their hands out looking for a tip. Disgusting!! Nassau: A pleasure in Nassau, people are welcoming and nice. We always do the day pass at the Hilton. Great location, private beach and access to all their amenities. You also get a food credit with your day pass. 40.00 food and alcohol credit, and 25.00 food and drink credit for the kids. The total pass cost for an adult and child was $80.00. Great place with great service!! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2016
Just off the Carnival Fascination for a quick Bahamas cruise. The weather was fabulous this time of year and the service on board was excellent. The only downside for cruising this time of year was that it overlapped with spring break, ... Read More
Just off the Carnival Fascination for a quick Bahamas cruise. The weather was fabulous this time of year and the service on board was excellent. The only downside for cruising this time of year was that it overlapped with spring break, so there were lots of college students on board getting a bit crazy. Pool, hot tubs and serenity deck were packed and hard to find seats. We stayed in U90 - grand suite with extended balcony. Great room for 3 ladies with tons of storage! Beds were comfortable and the extended balcony had 2 loungers and 2 chairs with plenty of room. Only suggested improvements would be to put some cushions on the furniture and also put a larger table on the balcony. It was great place to relax on sea days. Lissa in the spa gave a fabulous hot stone massage, in fact I went back a second time for a bamboo massage which was also very nice. Shows were ok, nothing special. Casino was fun - always able to find a seat and lots of drawings/games to win money. Won some money on 3 card poker, black jack and video poker. Food was good. We had anytime dining never had to wait for a table. Overall fun , relaxing trip! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2016
I’ve cruised several times before, but this was my first time on the Fascination. Also my first time on Carnival (previously sailed with NCL and Royal Caribbean.) Work has had me in Jacksonville for a few years now, so I thought I would ... Read More
I’ve cruised several times before, but this was my first time on the Fascination. Also my first time on Carnival (previously sailed with NCL and Royal Caribbean.) Work has had me in Jacksonville for a few years now, so I thought I would finally take the opportunity to cruise out of our port. Embarkation was a breeze. Early boarding was at 11AM EST, and normal boarding started at 12:30PM EST. I got to the terminal around 1:30PM and the line was pretty long but it was moving. I had all of our docs in hand and ready to go. We made it through security in probably twenty minutes. I’m not sure if the girlfriend and I were just particularly nice looking, but once we got through security someone asked if we would like to check-in in the captains lounge. Score! That shaved some serious time, and we were on the boat with our room keys within about half an hour from arriving at port. Our bags got to the room around 6-6:30PM the first night, but we already had swimsuits and sunscreen in the carry on as well as our bottles of wine. I would highly recommend getting to one of the top decks for embarkation. The cruise port is fairly far inland on the St. Johns River, which means you get to see a lot of big homes on the way out of Jacksonville. I brought a cheap pair of binoculars ($12 on amazon) to look out and I’m glad that I did. Really cool to see everything going by. That night we went to the opening night show, which I highly recommend. It introduces you to all of the performers for the cruise, as well as various services aboard. Second day was at sea. Started out with a nice brunch in the main dining room and moved out to the Serenity (21+) deck to relax in the hot tubs and lay out in the sun. We were there before 11AM, and were fortunate enough to find two seats. They filled up pretty quickly after that. Hit the casinos later on, and dinner in the main dining room again. Day two was formal night. The dress code is more of a suggestion than a requirement, but it’s a nice chance to take pictures. Day 3 was Nassau. We walked around for a bit, took a water ferry over to paradise island (for $4) and then back to enjoy some drinks at the tiny tiki bar at junkanoo beach. It’s easily walkable from the boat. I’d recommend it if you’re trying to save money, the prices are insane. They had specials like “4 beers and 4 shots for $9.99” Day 4 was Freeport. I know that people recommend not renting scooters in ports, but we did it anyway and had a blast. I’ve been to Freeport a few times and always just went to the Port Lucaya Marketplace. Honestly I always kind of hated it. Renting scooters allowed us to explore more of the island. The roads are actually very well maintained, you won’t have to worry about pot holes. We found a nice secluded beach and camped out for the day Day 5 ditto from day 2 except that we went to the Diamonds Lounge until about 1AM which was fun. Then we were back in Jax. We were on the Main deck, which was one of the first two called thankfully. It took us about an hour and a half to get off the boat, through customs and into a cab. Overall, I had a very good time. The boat could use a facelift. There aren’t many rooms with balconies, there are no premium dining options for dinner, and there aren’t as many things to do as bigger boats. However, the staff was incredible at every turn. Everyone from the dining staff, to the entertainers, all the way up to the cruise director were top notch and helped make it a really special trip. It’s not quite as nice as larger ships, so if you’re used to cruising on the monster ships out of South Florida, it may be a little underwhelming. But if you’re new to cruising or just want a cheap all inclusive vacation just do it. 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
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
Sail Date: April 2015
Jacksonville port is easy to get to, especially from NC. Straight down I 95. It took us about 5.5 hours. Not too bad and saved us 4 airfares. Parking was simple. Hubby dropped me and the kids off with the luggage and then parked in a ... Read More
Jacksonville port is easy to get to, especially from NC. Straight down I 95. It took us about 5.5 hours. Not too bad and saved us 4 airfares. Parking was simple. Hubby dropped me and the kids off with the luggage and then parked in a gated lot. Check in was quick. The fellow checking us in was also the security guard right before getting on the ship. Still not sure how he did that. Walked onto the boat and the fun began. The boat was clean, but often had a stinky smell to it. Our cabins were on Deck 5 Rivera. We were in R3 and the kids were in R5. We were low on the ship and at the very front. We had 2 porthole windows which were sufficient. The kids room did smell like cigarette smoke but ours had a nice perfumed smell to it. Rooms were large and bathrooms were sufficient. When we booked we were told that the kids 15 and 18 could not share a cabin. So we booked 1 adult with 1 child in each cabin. This actually saved us $250 when my hubby bought the alcohol card. Apparently any person 21 or older in a cabin must purchase the card if the one does. Since I rarely drink, this saved us money as my hubby was booked sharing a room with our son who was only 18. We remedied that by getting extra key cards to each cabin so that we could switch for the adults to be together and kids to be together. Being at the front of the boat, we got very little hallway traffic which was nice. But, we were low and could hear the noise of the motors when docking at ports. These were pretty loud. Also, the last evening of the cruise was pretty rough and we could hear the waves hitting the sides of the boat. I did not feel that the motion was worse than any other place on the ship. None of our family got motion sickness and another family we traveled with who were 2 floors above and in the center of the boat did have motion sickness the last night. Carnival fascination is a relatively small boat. The good about this was that you found your way around the ship pretty quickly and rarely got turned around. The atrium is a happening place with a bar in the middle, and a guitar singer or DJ for entertainment. Travis was very good with the guitar and loop and I thoroughly enjoyed his singing. The men in the group enjoyed the bar there as well. My kids described the boat décor as "movie theaterish". I have to agree with this. This was their 2nd cruise and felt like it wasn't as classy as the first which was a princess cruise 5n/6d. I must agree but I did not feel that it was tacky décor. I enjoyed the MoTown show. The 18+ comedy was funny but raunchy at the same time. We did not gamble. Hubby played bingo while I napped but did not win. Disappointing as he won on the last cruise but you can't win them all. We traveled 4/2- 4/6 with Easter being in the middle. I felt like the boat had a lot of people on it. There was always a line at the buffet, food was good but not great. 24 hour pizza was tasty. And yes, I had some a 2:30am one morning. Both my kids got the soda card and this was very reasonable. My favorite part of cruising is eating in the dining room. We have cruised several times and always choose open dining versus scheduled dining. For some reason we got changed to the late dining which was very inconvenient because the family we were traveling with had open seating. The matre de was gracious enough to allow us to change our time but initially was going to make us wait until the 2nd evening. The first night we had beef pot roast and it was so tender and delicious you could cut it with a fork. The secret is it is cooked 14 hours! Phillip was our waiter 2 of the 4 nights and was very entertaining. He remembered our names which was amazing considering the number of people on the boat. Phillip also is a great singer and entertained the dining guest with song. Love the chocolate melting cake but felt the choices of desserts were lacking. Tiramisu was one night and of course delicious. I would have loved to have crème brulee but it was not offered. Kids clubs: OK, this is where my biggest complaint was. Kids club was separated into ages. We had a 12, 13, 15, and 18 year old. My 18 year old son who is a senior in high school was too old to go to the Teen club. Granted I can see the risk involved but I think they should group them by grade. Still being in high school, he hangs out with teens and not adults. With him being shy, he really enjoyed the teen program on the cruise we took last year. It kind of forces kids to meet and hang out. My son essentially was a loner the entire cruise. They should make an 18-20 group too. Also, the two girls from the other family were in 1 club and my daughter was in another club. I think they should take things like that into consideration. They essentially did not use the teen programs because they were separated. This left them hanging out with us adults and you know adults like their time too. The first night we had to return to Jacksonville and meet up with the Coast Guard for a medical evacuation. This put us 2 hours behind at Freeport the next day. But they gave us an extra hour and each port which somewhat made up for it. We watched the evacuation and it was thrilling and amazing at the same time. I pray that the ill passenger ended up being OK. She definitely has a story to tell. The Bahamas: we chose to go to the beach in Freeport and Nassau. We did feel somewhat harassed in Nassau by the gentlemen on the beach but the weather was beautiful and the water chilly but refreshing. Nothing beats the beautiful clear blue Caribbean water. We did some shopping in Nassau but not too much. Returning to the boat was hectic. There were 5 boats and a very long line showing your cruise card and ID to policemen. Being my 3rd trip to the Bahamas, I was not overly excited about anything. Day at sea: The last day we were at sea. We were fortunate enough to get 8 chairs together on an upper deck. I loved relaxing in the sun. It was breezy but not chilly. We had a small amount of rain and then the rocking began. We saw several passengers suffering from sea sickness. Apparently the wind was hitting the boat at a 90 degree angle and the captain changed directions which helped slightly but the damage was already done. Disembarkation: What seemed to start out as a nightmare actually ended up being pretty quick. We chose to take our own luggage off. Fortunately we were on the lowest level which limited the amount of stairs we had to navigate. It seemed like the majority of the ship chose this as well. They asked for everyone to be out of their cabins by 0830 and wait on the Lido or promenade decks. This was nearly impossible to go up stairs with luggage so we waiting in the hallways with all the other guests. I felt bad for the cleaners because they were having difficulty moving around the guests standing in the halls. Next time, we will probably have our luggage out by 11pm the night before for convenience. But, we were off the boat and in the car by 0915 which was amazing to me. Customs was a breeze. We had 2 bottles of liquor to declare and nothing more. Overall, the cruise was an inexpensive quick vacation we took while kids were out on spring break. It was definitely a value cruise. All staff were friendly but I never felt "special" which I had experienced on past cruises. It was the rockiest I had experienced on a cruise but fortunately had no ill effect. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
This was my fourth cruise (all with Carnival) and my boyfriend's first cruise. We're both 22 year old college students on Spring Break. We chose this cruise because of the great price and location of Jacksonville (we flew in from ... Read More
This was my fourth cruise (all with Carnival) and my boyfriend's first cruise. We're both 22 year old college students on Spring Break. We chose this cruise because of the great price and location of Jacksonville (we flew in from Illinois and tickets were pretty cheap as well). Overall, we had a GREAT time, and really enjoyed the whole cruise including the ship, the ports, the dining, and the whole experience. HOTEL Getting to Jacksonville was a nightmare. Chicago O'Hare was delayed about 3 hours and one of our connecting flights actually got cancelled. After 4 different airports, we finally made it about 12 hours later (3 hours less than it would have taken to actually drive there). We stayed at the Jacksonville Plaza and chose the Sail and Save package. It was a great value, and provides a shuttle that picks you up from the airport, takes you to the sea port on the day of your cruise, and provides a shuttle the day of disembarkation to either take you back to the hotel or to the airport. I would highly recommend choosing a hotel that provides free shuttles, as taking taxis can get expensive. EMBARKATION We took the 12:30 shuttle to the sea port and arrived around 12:45. The last cruise I took was the Valor out of Miami in June 2012. Embarkation in Miami is dreadful..long line after long line, then waiting for your zone to be called to board the ship so I was really preparing for the worst for this embarkation. To my surprise, it was the easiest embarkation I have ever experienced. With only around 2,000 passengers, the lines were basically non-existent and we walked right up to the metal detectors and security, and after that the whole process took about 15 minutes. SHIP The Fascination is a lot smaller than the Valor which I've been on twice. It was a little different, but overall I really enjoyed it. The Water Works area was facing a different way than the main pool, so there really weren't that many kids around the main pool. Deck chairs were pretty easy to get, and we laid out all day during our Fun Day at Sea. The Atrium is pretty, and the glass elevators are always cool to take. The ship is pretty easy to navigate. We did get lost a couple times, but I feel like that inevitable. I had read that the ship was worn down, but I didn't think so at all! The Lido Deck and pool area was really nice, and they take good care of it. CABIN Our cabin (an interior on the Upper Deck) was already ready by the time we got there. For the price, it really was a great value. This was my first time in an interior cabin. I didn't hate it, but if you can afford to, I would definitely recommend ocean view. For the two of us, it was PLENTY of room. You really are provided with a lot of closet space and shelving for your items. The twin beds were pushed together and we thought our bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was just fine as well.. I wish they had a shelf in the shower to place your toiletries, but other than that it was perfect. Our cabin stewards were great, they learned our names the first time they saw us, and greeted us in the hallway every time we saw them. They do an excellent job of tidying up the room during the day and night when you're not in the cabin. As always, I love the towel animals we come back to after dinner! DINING The buffet on the Lido Deck - Coconut Grove was good not great. We only ate there twice, both times for lunch. I wasn't too impressed with the pizza, but the salad bar was good, as was the grill. I'm a huge fan of the 24 hour frozen yogurt and ice cream machines, and the desserts were good at Coconut Grove as well. We went to Sea Day Brunch on our one Fun Day at Sea because Carnival left me a free drink voucher in the cabin for being a past guest that I could use at breakfast or brunch in the main dining room. Breakfast and service were great, and my mimosa was too! I have always been a fan of the main dining room on Carnival, and this was no different. We had the early dining in the Sensation Dining Room. To be fair, I'm a vegetarian, and it's not everyday I get a vegetarian fine dining experience. I absolutely loved everything I got. Three out of four nights I ordered the vegetarian entree, and on the fourth night I tried Indian food for the first time from the everyday menu and loved it! My boyfriend is far from a vegetarian, and enjoyed steak, crab, tilapia, and especially the lobster on Elegant Night. I'm sure it goes without saying, but we enjoyed the chocolate melting cake every night. It is unbelievably good! We brought two bottles of wine on board (one per person) and took one to dinner, and left one in the cabin. Our wonderful wait staff "forgot" to charge us the $10.00 corking fee, which we couldn't complain about. NASSAU I had been to Nassau once before on a Carnival cruise, but that was about 6 years ago, and all I remembered was that it rained while we were there. I did a lot of research on excursions not through Carnival because I think they're far too overpriced. We decided on the Hilton Day Pass which i purchased through http://bahamascruiseexcursions.com/nassauhiltonresortpass.htm. This was my first cruise without my parents, and I was hesitant to choose anything that required a cab or taxi. I picked this excursion because of the price, and it was within walking distance of the port (about 15-20 minutes). It was $60.00 each, but you each get a $40.00 credit for food at their patio bar and grille. They have burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and salads. The Hilton was beautiful, I wouldn't mind staying there for a week on a land vacation! They have a really nice pool area with lounge chairs, beds, and hammocks. After you pass the pool and bar area you can head down to the beach which is where we spent the day. The beach itself is rather small, but it is gorgeous! We found two lounge chairs and practically didn't leave them all day. It's a really quiet, low key beach, if that's what you're looking for. Might not be great for kids, but they did have boogie boards and kayaks that guests could use. Overall, this was a GREAT buy and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a lazy day on the beach. We ate lunch at the bar, and got two drinks each and even with 15% gratuity included, only spent $75 of our $80 credit. The city of Nassau itself is not great. So many vendors trying to sell you things and get you to take a ride in their cab or buy whatever piece of junk they have. I understand that tourism is their livelihood, but it really isn't a pleasant city to just walk around in. I would recommend booking an excursion before you get to Nassau to avoid staying around the port any longer than you have to. FREEPORT I had read some pretty terrible reviews on CC about Freeport, so I was bracing myself for the worst. To our surprise, we actually preferred Freeport to Nassau. When you get off the ship, there's no vendors yelling in your face, and the area to wait for you excursion is right off the port. There were lots of colorful shops and restaurants around the sea port, but we never did do any shopping. We were only in Freeport from 7-2, so our options were kind of limited as to what we could do. Again, I really did my research, and decided to book an excursion not through Carnival. I read a lot of reviews about Paradise Cove/Deadman's Reef snorkeling (www.deadmansreef.com), and booked it because it was only $35/person for snorkeling gear, and transportation to and from the ship. We met our driver at 8:00. We left by 8:30 and took about a 20 minute bus ride to Paradise Cove. Along the way, our driver gave us a little tour and background info on the city of Freeport. When we got there, we got our snorkel gear and a little safety briefing. Then they turn you loose to snorkel on your own. They do offer a boat ride out to the reef for $5 I believe. Neither of us are really strong swimmers, but swimming out to the reef wasn't too bad. The reef was gorgeous, and I'm kicking myself for not buying a waterproof camera. On our way back to shore, we even saw a turtle! It was really cool. After snorkeling we rented beach chairs for $3/person and laid out. We ate lunch at the Red Bar which was super inexpensive (we both got burgers and drinks for $16 total). At 12, the driver took us back to the ship since he knew we had to be back on the boat by 1:30. We had a GREAT day at Paradise Cove, I highly recommend it! You can't beat the price, and the views, beach, and snorkeling were all beautiful. ENTERTAINMENT I can't give a great review about the onboard entertainment because we really didn't go to any shows or anything. We did go to invisible movie trivia, where they remove the character's face from a scene and you have to guess what movie it's from. That was a fun little game, and we enjoyed it. Every night we tried to make it to the comedian, but missed it either because we left too late, it was too crowded, or we were too tired. Although, from what I've read on CC, I don't think we missed much. We spent most of our nights in the casino playing Blackjack (my first time!). It was a fun way to spend our evenings, watching the drunk people lose all their money and flirt with the dealers. DISEMBARKATION We chose self-assist because we only had two bags. We left the room around 8:00 and waited on the Promenade deck until our floor was called. We got called around 9:00 and it took maybe 20-30 minutes to get off the ship. Customs was fast and easy and we were on our way. Waited for our shuttle and were at the airport by around 10:00-10:15. OVERALL I would definitely recommend this cruise if you are a first time cruiser or are looking for an easy cruise. 4 days is kind of short, but it didn't seem too short. Embarkation and disembarkation are really easy and the smaller ship was a nice change. Freeport and Nassau were both really fun for us! We had a great time and I can't wait to book our next cruise! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2013
EMBARKATION: easy with RTF. OV room nice -Steward good. Weather: stank. I usually get a balcony room but glad I got OV. Balconies were closed most of treat I o due to very rough seas. Couldn't use pool due to weather. This was not a ... Read More
EMBARKATION: easy with RTF. OV room nice -Steward good. Weather: stank. I usually get a balcony room but glad I got OV. Balconies were closed most of treat I o due to very rough seas. Couldn't use pool due to weather. This was not a tropical vacation. We never saw the sun. Most active cities (hairy leg contest, etc ) cancelled due to weather. I went to bot tubs, fitness center most of trip. I d I did 2 massages on port days- deep discount. Steam room was not working most of trip. Our excursion in Bahamas was a nightmare. We were scheduled to do a private beach day. The operators took us despite rain showers. We got in a squall, rocking boat , getting rained on,- cold! They did a tourney tho g and asked for tips while going on nightmare boat ride. So wrong!they took us out to get their tips! AFTER 2 hours of misery they took us back to port and refunded our money. But they Got their tips! That's 2 hours I will never get back.I forgot name of excursion but its very popular. Due to weather, we couldn't port in Little Stirrup Cay. I was looking forward to that. Instead we diverted Freeport.not my favorite, so stayed on boat for cheaper massage. Food was good- went to Magnolian Wok daily,as well as made to order omelettes. ENTERTAINMENT DE T. W E LIKED Motown and Divas. Disembark: We were FTF and had early flights a due to some security issue, did not get off boat until 10ish.Cruise before us was 4 hours late and we didn't start. Boarding til 2. If you like no frills and small boats this cruise is for you. We go on bigger boats usually. We did Magic in Auguast and doing NCl Epic in March. We like more activities and dining choices. I would recommend this for those who want to snooze and cruise. We not go on A WINTER CRUISE AGAIN.   Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
Booked this cruise to coincide with school Spring Break for the better half. Was super excited because neither of us had been to Key West. Roughly 8 weeks prior to selling, received an email saying that Key West was cancelled and switched ... Read More
Booked this cruise to coincide with school Spring Break for the better half. Was super excited because neither of us had been to Key West. Roughly 8 weeks prior to selling, received an email saying that Key West was cancelled and switched to Little Stirrup Cay. Not to mention that when we sailed last year on the Paradise, we went to the presentation and as a couple purchased two of the Future Travel Vouchers for $100 with up to $200 onboard credit. No one said at that meeting, nor was there anything on the certificate, that stated only one certificate could be used per cabin. So when we booked this year's cruise, it was very frustrating to know that there were "hidden" limitations on the redemption. Had we known last year that only one certificate could be used, we would have combined and just purchased one. While we were initially very disappointed in the change and just about took the offer of a full refund, we decided to stay with the cruise. LSC was beautiful and very relaxing. After talking with several others about Key West, was glad that the change was made. Once we boarded, we went directly to our room to drop off the carry-on bags. With the BH being a diabetic, we had requested an in room refrigerator for her insulin....and even called back 2 weeks prior to sail date to confirm. After we arrived on the ship, we were able to go to our cabin and put away our carry-on items. At that time, there was no refrigerator in the room. We went to the Guest Services desk to enquire about the refrigerator and - was told that all of them had been given out and that there would not be one available for our cabin. - After about 20 minutes of Catherine checking with housekeeping and talking with us, we were told that our only option would be to have the insulin kept in the medical center OR that we could keep it on ice in the room. o Keeping insulin on ice is not a viable option, since it cannot be allowed to freeze. - Since BH takes insulin during the night (and as needed throughout the day), keeping it in the medical center would have been a great inconvenience because: o During the night, we would have to wake the nurse o Walk to the Medical Center to meet the nurse so that BH could take the appropriate dosage of insulin o A trip to the Medical Center would have been required BEFORE any meals or snacks - At that point, Sergey came out and attempted to help us by finding a refrigerator. After another 15 minute wait, he was still saying that there was no units available for our cabin. - Right about now, the BH was really upset and saying that we should have cancelled the cruise and that this was going to be a miserable trip. - This was not exactly the best way to start off the much needed "FUNcation" that we were looking forward to.... - 45 minutes of waiting, the BH was ready to get off of the ship and head back home. Only after we inquired about getting our luggage returned to us and being allowed to leave the ship with a full refund did we finally get some resolution. We had even at that point asked if there was a cooler on board that we could use to put ice in the bottom of and then place towels on top of the ice so that at least the insulin would stay cool without the risk of freezing. - It was then that Sergey made a call to housekeeping/maintenance and had them remove a refrigerator from a cabin that didn't need it for medical needs....and had it moved to our cabin. - First hour on-board spent waiting at guest services and being stressed out! - And yes, there were lots of apologies and we're so sorry statements, but this never should have happened. From that point on, the trip took a 180 degree turn. Cabin steward was wonderful, great wait staff in the Elation dining room. We did the anytime dining and never waited more than 5 minutes to be seated. Comedians were great, could have been more shows for us! Really enjoyed the Divas show and the Motor City show. To top it off, on the last afternoon, the dear BH won BINGO and paid for all of our onboard expenses, gas to/from Jax, and for parking!!! Enjoyed it so much, we're going back again later this year! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
My wife and I took our daughter and a friend on a 5-day spring break cruise on the Carnival Fascination. We had been on three prior Carnival Cruises but not on this partivular ship. Having read the reviews we had mixed feelings about being ... Read More
My wife and I took our daughter and a friend on a 5-day spring break cruise on the Carnival Fascination. We had been on three prior Carnival Cruises but not on this partivular ship. Having read the reviews we had mixed feelings about being on an older (though recently refurbished) ship. I must say that we were all pleasantly surprised. While the state rooms were a little smaller than what we had been used to on our prior seven cruises they were neat, clean and comfortable. The public areas of the ship were very nice and the various bars and other entertaining areas were active and fun. Having cruised seven times before we were all pleasantly surprised at the nightly shows on the ship. The Divas and Motor City reviews were very good as were the adult comedians in the late night shows. We enjoyed the shows very much as did our daughter and her friend who are both 19. The food on the ship was very good with lots of options during the day and late into the evening. We had dinner (open dining) in the main dining room every night and the selection and quality of food was very good, with the exception of one night. The third night of the cruise was obviously an off day for the kitchen as everything that we tied was just "not good". The staff on the ship was great and we had no complaints about the quality of our Carnival cruise. We would not hesitate to cruise on the Fascination again assuming a different itinerary. Read Less

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