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This was our third cruise and the ports were by far the best. Each island (St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten) was unique in its differences with plenty of activities and great beaches. Unfortunately, the ship itself was the most disappointing we've been on. The crew and staff were fine, but the ship is an older one that is starting to show its age, including one of the elevators that was out of service the entire duration of the cruise and several boards on the Lido deck around the pool that loose and in need of repair. The entertainment on the ship was also subpar, with two days in which there were no comedy shows and only two song and dance shows total. On the other days, they had a magician who did 15 minutes of boring card tricks, a lame illusionist and some silly "marriage" game. The omelet station was also very inconsistent in that some ingredients weren't available every day and after the second day, the fresh tomatoes were replaced by canned stewed tomatoes that were absolutely inedible. Thankfully, because of the great ports, the shortcomings of the ship were only a minor aggravation rather than a deal-breaker. It was still a great vacation!

Great ports, disappointing ship

Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by Southernfried4

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This was our third cruise and the ports were by far the best. Each island (St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten) was unique in its differences with plenty of activities and great beaches. Unfortunately, the ship itself was the most disappointing we've been on. The crew and staff were fine, but the ship is an older one that is starting to show its age, including one of the elevators that was out of service the entire duration of the cruise and several boards on the Lido deck around the pool that loose and in need of repair. The entertainment on the ship was also subpar, with two days in which there were no comedy shows and only two song and dance shows total. On the other days, they had a magician who did 15 minutes of boring card tricks, a lame illusionist and some silly "marriage" game. The omelet station was also very inconsistent in that some ingredients weren't available every day and after the second day, the fresh tomatoes were replaced by canned stewed tomatoes that were absolutely inedible. Thankfully, because of the great ports, the shortcomings of the ship were only a minor aggravation rather than a deal-breaker. It was still a great vacation!
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Ocean View
Cabin 6C M82
Small but functional. Plenty of closet space. It's all you really need for as much time as you're going to spend there.
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