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Let me start by saying it's time for the Fascination to be refurbished. I was on this boat 3 years ago and we had the time of our life. At that time it was a 7 day Southern Caribbean and it is now much much different. Our cabin was on the Empress deck and we were upgraded which was very nice. We had 5 in a cabin but still had room to move around. This is our 7th cruise, 6th with Carnival. This one was a little disappointing because it wasn't as nice as I remembered it to be. Embarkation was very smooth. My daughter uses a walker to walk with and everyone was very helpful in getting us through the crowds as quickly as possible. I think we were on the boat in 45 minutes. We had lunch and unpacked immediately so we can enjoy the short time we had. At dinner the first night we had some problems with the wait staff. The waiter was doing double duty as the busboy was never anywhere to be found. We had dirty dishes on our table for a long time and by the time the sour cream came for the baked potato, we were done with the prime rib. I complained to the head waiter and he promised us a new busboy the next night. This did occur and our dining experience improved 100%. It was nice to see they took care of the problem immediately. Our day at port was in the Bahamas and we went to the Blue Lagoon. It was a very nice ferry ride there about 45 minutes and it is an island with hammocks and snorkeling. They do have a variety of water activities such as hydrobikes and other fun things but they were closed on this day. So really all there was to do was swim or snorkel or take a nap on the hammock. Hint: Do take the first ferry out because facilities are limited (hammocks) and if you arrive on the later ferry you will be without one. They do offer lunch for a fee and they take pictures of you throughout your time there for an additional charge. They come out really nice and are reasonable. There is however a 15 minute walk from the Cruise ship to the ferry and back. Not good for the elderly or handicapped. It is very very hot! We took a 2:00 ferry back and they entertain you with music and rum punch or fruit punch. It was fun but definitely would have been better with more activities open. This is also formal night and it was rough having to get ready. A lot of people forgo the dinner this night because the boat is still in port. We had late seating and we fed our kids earlier and went to dinner with our friends alone which was nice. Camp Carnival was fun and my daughter had fun. They had a special for children in the 9-11 group that you pay $26 and they go from 10pm to 3:30am from activity to activity. My daughter had so much fun that she ran by me at one point and couldn't even stop for a quick hello. They then deliver them to their rooms at the end of the night. After dinner we decided to go over the the Atlantis and look around. Unless you gamble big there is nothing to see. Security is tight everywhere and they don't even let you look around. The casino had such poor ventilation that our chests were killing us from the smoke. I wouldn't go back. We went back to the boat and went to the casino there much better. Our day at sea was good the deck outside wasn't too crowded which is unusual. We were able to get lounge chairs and use the pool without feeling crowded. The boat itself needs a lot of improvements and they need to clean the carpets. There were stains everywhere and I think if they took a little time to clean it up it would be in good shape again. Entertainment was very disappointing. You need to change the shows. I went of this boat 3 years ago and you're still doing the same show, boring. C'mon realize that people are repeat cruisers and do enjoy seeing different shows. We are having a family reunion on the Legend next year and look forward to a cleaner ship and new shows. Overall we had fun but we also went with a large group of 11 people. Have fun!

Carnival Fascination - Bahamas

Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by bfrey

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2003
  • Destination: Bahamas
Let me start by saying it's time for the Fascination to be refurbished. I was on this boat 3 years ago and we had the time of our life. At that time it was a 7 day Southern Caribbean and it is now much much different. Our cabin was on the Empress deck and we were upgraded which was very nice. We had 5 in a cabin but still had room to move around. This is our 7th cruise, 6th with Carnival. This one was a little disappointing because it wasn't as nice as I remembered it to be.
Embarkation was very smooth. My daughter uses a walker to walk with and everyone was very helpful in getting us through the crowds as quickly as possible. I think we were on the boat in 45 minutes. We had lunch and unpacked immediately so we can enjoy the short time we had.
At dinner the first night we had some problems with the wait staff. The waiter was doing double duty as the busboy was never anywhere to be found. We had dirty dishes on our table for a long time and by the time the sour cream came for the baked potato, we were done with the prime rib. I complained to the head waiter and he promised us a new busboy the next night. This did occur and our dining experience improved 100%. It was nice to see they took care of the problem immediately.
Our day at port was in the Bahamas and we went to the Blue Lagoon. It was a very nice ferry ride there about 45 minutes and it is an island with hammocks and snorkeling. They do have a variety of water activities such as hydrobikes and other fun things but they were closed on this day. So really all there was to do was swim or snorkel or take a nap on the hammock. Hint: Do take the first ferry out because facilities are limited (hammocks) and if you arrive on the later ferry you will be without one. They do offer lunch for a fee and they take pictures of you throughout your time there for an additional charge. They come out really nice and are reasonable. There is however a 15 minute walk from the Cruise ship to the ferry and back. Not good for the elderly or handicapped. It is very very hot! We took a 2:00 ferry back and they entertain you with music and rum punch or fruit punch. It was fun but definitely would have been better with more activities open.
This is also formal night and it was rough having to get ready. A lot of people forgo the dinner this night because the boat is still in port. We had late seating and we fed our kids earlier and went to dinner with our friends alone which was nice. Camp Carnival was fun and my daughter had fun. They had a special for children in the 9-11 group that you pay $26 and they go from 10pm to 3:30am from activity to activity. My daughter had so much fun that she ran by me at one point and couldn't even stop for a quick hello. They then deliver them to their rooms at the end of the night. After dinner we decided to go over the the Atlantis and look around. Unless you gamble big there is nothing to see. Security is tight everywhere and they don't even let you look around. The casino had such poor ventilation that our chests were killing us from the smoke. I wouldn't go back. We went back to the boat and went to the casino there much better.
Our day at sea was good the deck outside wasn't too crowded which is unusual. We were able to get lounge chairs and use the pool without feeling crowded. The boat itself needs a lot of improvements and they need to clean the carpets. There were stains everywhere and I think if they took a little time to clean it up it would be in good shape again.
Entertainment was very disappointing. You need to change the shows. I went of this boat 3 years ago and you're still doing the same show, boring. C'mon realize that people are repeat cruisers and do enjoy seeing different shows.
We are having a family reunion on the Legend next year and look forward to a cleaner ship and new shows. Overall we had fun but we also went with a large group of 11 people. Have fun!
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