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A flurry of new ship launches for Carnival Cruise Lines over the past few years has overshadowed one of the fleet's more venerable vessels, Carnival Fascination, which debuted in 1994. In January 2010, the ...
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745 Carnival Fascination Cruise Reviews

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iamqueenbecca@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
We chose this cruise for our first time because it was cheap and only 4 nights. Embarkation was smooth and our room was ready right away so we didn't have to carry our bag around for too long. The good thing about being on Riviera deck was ... Read more
elklemi
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
323 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
My first cruise out of Jacksonville and they were very organized and embarkation was very easy and fast. The Fascination was strange after being used to the other ships, life boats blocked the view of the water from many places. ... Read more
BobbiSox
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
I have cruised about 25 times, about half on Carnival and half Holland America. The Fascination is a nice size, and it's easy to navigate. I stayed in an inside cabin, which was clean and comfortable and had plenty of storage. It was ... Read more
javaonline
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Carnival Fascination 5-day Nassau/Freeport March 26 Granted this was only my 2nd cruise...(first was on Princess a year ago). We loved the Princess cruise so much that we wanted to bring our kids along. I specifically chose Princess ... Read more
jer79
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was my 6th carnival cruise. This was my first small ship. The Good: Crew was awesome. Our room attended was the best. He took care of us, I felt like I was at home. Everyone had smiles and greeted you at every corner. Very ... Read more
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annabee
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Went on the Fascination March 21 - 26, 2016. Of course it was Spring Break and tons of kids on board. The kids were the only group who were in the both hot tubs during the entire cruise (not on the Serenity Deck of course). The only ... Read more
Surfing4u
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
My wife and I chose Carnival Fascination leaving from Jacksonville going to the Bahamas. A Little about us: We were Celebrating our 10 year anniversary, we are in our mid 30's, I work in the Entertainment Industry and have experience ... Read more
jerryt
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I’ve cruised several times before, but this was my first time on the Fascination. Also my first time on Carnival (previously sailed with NCL and Royal Caribbean.) Work has had me in Jacksonville for a few years now, so I thought I ... Read more
skylane182
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
12 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Just off the Carnival Fascination for a quick Bahamas cruise. The weather was fabulous this time of year and the service on board was excellent. The only downside for cruising this time of year was that it overlapped with spring break, ... Read more
Cruiser 000
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We've been on more than 15 cruises, but hadn't been on Carnival in about 20 years. If you have been to Nassau once, that is probably enough to last you a lifetime. It is a dirty city where you have to navigate your way through all of ... Read more

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BuckeyeJewel
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We flew into Jacksonville the morning of day of departure. We caught a cab and headed to the port. Getting onto the ship went very smoothly. Everyone was courteous and all went well. It was just before noon when we got aboard and, as ... Read more
Terab85
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
416 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Traveling was myself, husband, both our grown daughters (21 & 23), and soon-to-be-son-in-law (26). Drove down from north of Atlanta and stayed at the Marriott Springhill Suites at the airport the night before we cruised. Had two rooms ... Read more
Terab85
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
416 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Traveling was myself, husband, both our grown daughters (21 & 23), and soon-to-be-son-in-law (26). Drove down from north of Atlanta and stayed at the Marriott Springhill Suites at the airport the night before we cruised. Had two rooms ... Read more
bsg5698
Member Since 2007
1 review
41 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
A group of 12 55+ friends just returned from the Fascination. I'm not sure what past negative reviews are talking about in regards to food and activities. We did the my time diNing most nights with minimal waiting time. The food was very ... Read more
shehackva
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Maybe we are spoiled with Disney cruises--the good food, CLEAN ship, great entertainment. A group of us adults (ranging in age from 40's-70's)took this cruise as a test drive for some of our family members who haven't cruised. If you are ... Read more

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Viva_la_Vida
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
309 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This cruise got five stars because you can't beat the value. We experienced exceptional service, a fun atmosphere, and delightful time on the beach, all for an affordable price. You can read countless detailed reviews about the Fascination ... Read more
optimistik
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We love this ship! we 1st cruised in sept 2013 and this was our 3rd sailing on the Fascination. We always stay at a stay, park, and cruise hotel and drive down the day before sailing. We sailed out of Jacksonville and the port has always ... Read more
SamuelK
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was only our second cruise and they were 32 years apart. Great value, we enjoyed the shows the comedians the food even though they charge extra now for lobster...The weather was a bit cool and we only got sun on the last day. The ... Read more
yunksr
Member Since 2005
1 review
18 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We sailed on the Fascination 21 years ago, Jan. 1995, when she was brand new. And after all this time and a few face lifts, she still is a great ship for first time cruisers or someone on a budget. We found the staff to be attentive and ... Read more
krempep
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was our 1st cruise as a family (all adults) centered on Bahama ports of call: Half Moon Cay island, and Nassau. Started out with simple annoyance, silly policy that confiscated (sealed 12pack) of soda. Trip seemed pretty routine, ... Read more

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kazol2005
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
Never again we are cruising on Fascination. Service is terrible, you won't see staff smiling, we spoke with a few people on the ship and they agreed. Public restrooms are nasty; I took pictures and showed them to the cleaning crew and ask ... Read more
Newbie_Cruiser93
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
My husband and I had a great time on this cruise! It was a beautiful time to cruise - The weather was a warm but not overly hot 80 degrees in the Bahamas. This is what I would consider a "Value Ship" - Nothing super special and ... Read more
zanicole
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
As first time cruisers, we didn't know what to expect on our New Year's Eve cruise. We husband and I traveled with our three year old and stayed in a cheap inside cabin. Embark/Disembark: Easy enough and what I'd expected. Yes, ... Read more
Mom Said No
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
I traveled with my husband and 19 year old son. We booked last minute and were lucky enough to get a mini-suite. Embarkation was fast and smooth, we were in the first F2F group onboard. Our stateroom was lovely, we have stayed in the ... Read more
anthvick
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
28 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Great cruise on the Fascination. We had a port hole room, which is a great value. Costs the same (or less) than an inside, but you still have 2 windows! We've sailed on the Fascination before, it was a good experience as well. We ... Read more

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