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I have to be honest I didn't have high expectations for this ship being it was the oldest and smallest in the fleet and I had recently been on Carnival newest and largest ship in the Mediterranean but the fascination won me over the itinerary is second to none in the Caribbean without a doubt every port was even more fantastic than the previous the people, the sites, the activities and just the general beauty of the West Indies blew away anything we had seen in the Caribbean before. But beyond that the ship was really impressive it was the friendliest and best overall crew we've ever sailed with. I know it's cliche but I really did feel like I was on the Fun Ship. The service in the dining room was excellent and fast the food was near Perfection every single night and the folks in housekeeping the shops and guest services were warm friendly and efficient. Also there were no lines for anything. No lines for guys burgers or the blue Cantina no problem getting a good seat in the comedy club even at the last minute no waits for the main dining room on most nights. I've been on 10 different Carnival ships and without a doubt this was the most enjoyable experience. I have some Premiere and Ultra cruises scheduled for this year but once those are done I plan on returning to this itinerary on the fascination next year again.

Best Caribbean cruise we've had, times 10

Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by Happicruzrr

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I have to be honest I didn't have high expectations for this ship being it was the oldest and smallest in the fleet and I had recently been on Carnival newest and largest ship in the Mediterranean but the fascination won me over the itinerary is second to none in the Caribbean without a doubt every port was even more fantastic than the previous the people, the sites, the activities and just the general beauty of the West Indies blew away anything we had seen in the Caribbean before. But beyond that the ship was really impressive it was the friendliest and best overall crew we've ever sailed with. I know it's cliche but I really did feel like I was on the Fun Ship. The service in the dining room was excellent and fast the food was near Perfection every single night and the folks in housekeeping the shops and guest services were warm friendly and efficient. Also there were no lines for anything. No lines for guys burgers or the blue Cantina no problem getting a good seat in the comedy club even at the last minute no waits for the main dining room on most nights. I've been on 10 different Carnival ships and without a doubt this was the most enjoyable experience. I have some Premiere and Ultra cruises scheduled for this year but once those are done I plan on returning to this itinerary on the fascination next year again.
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Porthole
Cabin PT U16
Usually have ocean views or balconies but I cannot say how impressed I was with the porthole room it was larger than I expect it and while of course a balcony would have been nice no way was it worth any more money particularly on this port intensive itinerary
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