Dori Saltzman
Cruise Critic Senior Editor
3.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

Cabins on Carnival Fascination tend to be roomy enough for two people (though most can fit four or more, making for quite a squeeze), with most rooms having two twin beds that can be pushed together to form a king. Most rooms are basic in their design, have just one chair (which more often than not ends up buried under piles of stuff) and an ottoman-style stool, and do not have a mini-fridge, something we felt the lack of sorely. Coming back from a hot excursion to room-temperature water and an ice bucket of melted ice didn't quite quench our thirst.

There is not a lot of choice when it comes to cabins on Carnival Fascination, with the vast majority being ocean-view rooms without a balcony or inside rooms. There are only 152 cabins with a balcony.

All cabins come with a desk, small TV, reading lights above or next to the bed, small cubbies on each side of the beds, hair dryer and a safe in the closet. The TV has a limited number of channels, including two that show movies from the last year or two, some news channels and a kids' station.

By the desk you'll find the only two power outlets, one U.S.-style and one European; we found the lack of outlets to be a real shortcoming. Bring a small square adaptor or extender (or one with a cord) because anything larger probably won't fit under the ledge that's right above the outlets.

An odd facet of the room is the individually controlled thermometer, which is located on the ceiling. If you're on the shorter side, you'll need to climb on the bed any time you want to change the temperature.

In all but the inside rooms (which have less) and suites (which have more), there's enough storage space for two to three people in both the main part of the cabin and the bathroom with three-part closets with shelves and lots of hanging space (you can get more hangers if you need them). The desk has four drawers, and there's a small ledge underneath the TV that provides a bit more space. We could have used more storage space in the bathroom, but we managed to cram all our toiletries onto the single glass shelf.

All bathrooms come with shampoo and body wash dispensers in the shower and bars of soap in the shower and by the sink. Bathrobes are available to anyone upon request.

There are no cabins designed specifically for families, but there are a number of connecting rooms in all categories and some of the Grand Suites can fit up to five people and have a bathtub.

There are a number of accessible cabins, in a variety of categories, for those who use wheelchairs.

Interior (185 square feet): Though decently sized for two people, there is little storage space in these rooms with just one closet (with one shelf and no hanging space tall enough for a dress) and four drawers. Interior rooms come in three styles, some of which can hold up to five people, though we don't know where you'd put five people's worth of stuff.

Oceanview (185 square feet): Similar to inside rooms, these cabins come with more storage and have either a window or two portholes letting in natural light. All ocean-view rooms can hold up to five people, but be prepared to be squeezed in tight.

Balcony (185 square feet with 35- , 60- or 75-square-foot balcony): Balcony cabins are similar to ocean-view rooms but feature an outdoor balcony that ranges in size from 35 square feet (standard) to 60 square feet (extended) to 75 square feet (wraparound). Balconies come with patio chairs and a small drinks table. Many of these rooms can hold up to five people. (Note: Twin beds cannot be pushed together when both pull-down beds are in use.)

Suites: Carnival Fascination has only two types of suites and both come with limited perks, namely priority check-in and express boarding and priority debarkation at all ports and at the end of the cruise. Passengers in these rooms also get two complimentary bottles of water at the start of the cruise and bathrobes to use during the cruise.

Junior Suite (220 square feet with 30-square-foot balcony): Located exclusively on Deck 11, just a short distance from the ship's water park, Junior Suites come with extra space, furniture and room for storage. They can fit up to three people via the two twin beds and a single sofa bed.

Grand Suite (330 square feet with 70- or 115-square-foot balcony): The largest rooms on the ship, Grand Suites can only be found on Deck 6 and come in standard and extended balcony versions. These rooms can fit either three or five people depending on their configuration, come with a bathtub and shower, and a walk-in closet with dressing area. Standard balconies have patio chairs and a drinks table, while the extended balconies have loungers instead of patio chairs.

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