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797 Carnival San Juan Cruise Reviews
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hisbabydoll
Member Since 2016
1 review
We originally booked a cruise on the Carnival Victory. A few months after booking we were sent notice that our cruise had been switched to the Fascination - an older and much smaller ship. For the Victory we had carefully planned where ... Read more
Nesquik
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed November 2016
On boarding the Carnival Fascination I was disappointed, the ship was old and tired, the cabin reminded me of a caravan. The furniture had bits knocked out of it not at all plush as I expected. The food was very good, we chose anytime ... Read more
mistereman1
Member Since 2010
1 review
2 forum posts
We chose the cruise because of the itinerary and we wanted to stay on Puerto Rico for a week afterwards. The taxi from the airport to the ship was only $25 for two persons with 4 bags. We had to wait a few extra minutes to get a driver ... Read more
tei1997
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 forum posts
This was my 1st cruise and even though the Fascination is an older ship, I really enjoyed it. We has dinner in the Sensation Dining Room (Your Time) every night and our waiter, Ramesh, and his staff were great. The ports were terrific ... Read more
koss78b2
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
391 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed on the Carnival Fascination out of San Juan on October 23rd 2016 Sailed as a solo cruiser. Here is my review of the experience on the ship. In general after reading about other reviews. I think your cruise is what you make of ... Read more
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coz09
Member Since 2012
1 review
15 forum posts
Sailed October 2016
We chose this cruise for the ports. It is very port heavy 5 in a seven day cruise, which only is really six because of leaving San Juan Sunday at 10pm. The service in the dining room for early service first two nights was really slow and ... Read more
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UtahCanuck
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
We selected this cruise for the itinerary. It is an older boat and could have used more activities, but to see the ports we did for the cost, this was a great cruise. I had heard some concerns about the food, but we were pleasantly ... Read more
sparks1093
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
15,667 forum posts
12 helpful votes
The quick version- we had a great time, met some great people, had some good food and drink, and of course we had fun. Fascination doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the newer ships but she is easy to navigate, is well ... Read more
A82
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Not the best cruise vacaion experience. There's not much to do on the Carnival Fascination. The cruise is poor in activities and recreation, is poor food selection and buffets are close most of the time, no breakfats and food variety in ... Read more
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gallowayguy
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Ship is not new, and it is most noticeable in the pool area. Pool and jacuzzi area are quite small and always full of people. Room, bath and shower size are adequate and ample. The boat departs from San Juan late at night, allowing ... Read more
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diqu226
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Although boat was smaller than others we'd been on, it was fine. Older boat and some wear and tear is expected. We liked tropical decor in mid-ship area and in the buffet dining area. We did like ... Read more
cjbrehm
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Picked cruise due to itinerary and limited selection of other cruises for week I had available. Was worried about going on Carnival, but really wanted to visit this group of islands. The islands were great, the ship was bad. To ... Read more
sealx
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
27 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We really wanted to see the islands on this cruise. We arrived in San Juan, PR three days before embarkation. We spent those days walking all over Old San Juan, visiting the forts, touring the Bacardi distillary, and eating local ... Read more
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Quilting LMT
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
20 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I chose this cruise because the itinerary is great. On the other hand, the ship is small and old with few of the amenities offered by newer ships. Parts of the ship were closed during the entire cruise like an outdoor eating area off the ... Read more
mar_nativa@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This was our first cruising experience and honestly.....it was amazing!!! At first we was so excited about this new experience but when time is closer I became a little "scared" about choosing this cruise on these dates. First ... Read more
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TravelingAPor
Member Since 2013
1 review
257 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the Itinerary to the Southern Caribbean. We arrived early and the embarkation was fast & easy. Since the ship didn't leave San Juan, until 10 pm, we dropped our bags, got something to eat and went out ... Read more
dellguy
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
It was an OK trip. Had it’s pros & cons. Here are some of them. PROs General • Overall nice boat, little dated but decent public spaces • Most staff were great (main complaint was against the waiter on ... Read more
Tecnobob
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Our first Carnival cruise, and happily surprised, as we expected more issues based on the reviews. Embarkation was incredibly fast without the package as we got there early, and were leaving to explore Old San Juan with Keycard in hand by ... Read more
skloeckener
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
This was our 4th 7-day cruise and our first with Carnival and the port of San Juan. We purchased the Faster To The Fun package and were in our room within 15 minutes of getting to the port! We also purchased the transfer from the airport ... Read more
cruisinggirls
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise to explore the islands of the eastern Caribbean. Last year we had a great experience on the Carnival Breeze visiting the southern Caribbean and so decided to book with Carnival again. Although the islands were ... Read more
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bobjps
Member Since 2016
1 review
25 helpful votes
We planned a family cruise for our 5 adult children, their two spouses and a girlfriend, so their were 10 of us. My wife wanted to make sure our kids had a chance to experience the Southern Caribbean. We booked in November. Frankly, ... Read more
pur24karet
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
12 helpful votes
I Suggest You Find Another Ship or company that sails to these ports! This ship is old and very broken down! After finally getting the time away to take a cruise. I was so excited. I had been wanting to do one for some time. Then, I ... Read more
justustwo826
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
This was my very first cruise vacation and I am not sure what I expected so it is difficult to state if my exceptions were met or exceeded. My husband and I cruised on the Carnival Fascination out of San Juan. We chose this specific ... Read more
a guy
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We wanted to take a trip to the Carib. whith out paying an arm & leg so my wife and I (mid. 40s) chose to sail on the Fascination. It's an older ship that really needs to be upgraded or replaced. There was construction going on while ... Read more
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cravingacruise
Member Since 2010
1 review
94 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Background Info This was my 10th cruise, and I have cruised Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney, and Norwegian. I am a cruise addict and cruising is my favorite way to see the world! I must admit I was a bit reluctant to book this ... Read more
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