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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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766 Carnival Fascination Cruise Reviews

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dvond
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
620 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
You don't have big expectations when you spend what you spend to go on Fascination. It is a small ship, not really updated but does the job. Embarkation- Very easy, we got to port at 11:20 and were eating lunch at noon, we got in 10 ... Read more
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rwhite05
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
My husband and I booked this cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. This was our first cruise. We had a great experience from start to finish. Check in and check out was easy and great timing after ready other reviews. Food was great, ... Read more
saharaga
Member Since 2007
11 reviews
392 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Since our cruise left on a Monday, we decided to spend the weekend in Jacksonville at the Springhill Suites on Southside Blvd. The hotel is a little dated but very convenient to everything. We enjoyed our stay. We chose Sandlot Parking ... Read more
tch912
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
73 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
I needed this vacation. The last vacation was New Years. Because of work this 4 night cruise worked for everyone in my circle of family and friends. I arrived in Jacksonville the night before sailing. I stayed at Aloft Hotel near the ... Read more
tch912
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
73 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I really liked the quirky decor of the ship. Yes it is old as some people say, but it is like fine wine that gets better with time. This is my second cruise on a ship of this size and I must say I really like it better than the larger ... Read more

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vanredmond
Member Since 2014
1 review
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
Staff is short handed, worn out, and depressed. I get the feeling the are trying the best they can but they don't have the tools or resources that are needed. Seems like this ship is where cruise service careers begin or end. Buffet ... Read more
deendeelee
Member Since 2012
1 review
16 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I'm a loyal Carnival Funatic. This ship was just fine for a 5 day mini vacay. The crew was courteous,professional, friendly and downright entertaining as with all Carnival ships. As always, the food in all dining areas was delicious. Our ... Read more
King12345
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This cruise ship is amazing and it has many things to do to keep passengers occupied. The rooms were small but not small enough where I felt very cramped. The dining was wonderful, both the food and the staff. Don't forget to try the warm ... Read more
ATLguy
Member Since 2003
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Bottom Line: this cruise is a great value for your money. That being said, we knew that because it was so cheap, it wouldn't be as great as other cruises we've been on. We were a group of 8 including my wife and two little kids (5, 8). ... Read more
marshhawk
Member Since 2009
8 reviews
9,029 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was our first cruise when we didn't go with friends. My 9th, and hubby's 8th. (he missed last year due to a hip replacement). We were celebrating our 6th anniversary, and decided to spend it at our favorite beach, Half Moon Cay. We ... Read more

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Marknga
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
78 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I just returned from a 5 night cruise on the Fascination to the Bahamas. We really had a good time and enjoyed the ship and its crew. We went down on Friday 9/11 and spent the night at the Jacksonville Plaza and Suites. It was ... Read more
Aliska1982
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This ship was small but it was recently updated. We made it to all the ports of call without a problem. The staff was helpful and courteous, the food was always hot and fresh. We traveled with children and the waterworks was the best ... Read more
Beukeboom
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was our first cruise ever and it was a horrible experience. The only good things occurred off-ship. Here are just a few of the issues we had: Being made to stand (not allowed to sit) for two hours in the afternoon heat waiting for ... Read more
cruiseforfun7
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was our fifth cruise and although we had a good time overall, there were many things that I did not like about the Fascination compared to other carnival ships. Food : The food in the main dining room was excellent, however the ... Read more
crach8018
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
This was our 10th cruise with the majority of them with Carnival we have never had such a disappointing experience than we had with this cruise. We booked a balcony suite which was not any larger than previous cabins We have stayed in and ... Read more

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andersontraveler
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
Your main expectation is good all inclusive food and a day full of activites for you and your family. The buffet was closed the majority of the time leaving us to go to our room and order room service. We would go by the buffet any time of ... Read more
fiafamily
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We just got back from a cruise on the Fascination, which was the first cruise for our kids 18 & 7. Overall, we had a great experience and because of the wonderful staff, we will definitely cruise on Carnival again. Yes, the ship is ... Read more
AlanaLohse120
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My husband and I were looking for a 4-5 night getaway for his 40th/our 6 year wedding anniversary. This past week we traveled from Jacksonville, FL to Nassau & Freeport, Bahamas on board Carnival Fascination! We had a GREAT time!! We ... Read more
bargainsniper
Member Since 2015
1 review
61 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We had a great time on our 5-night cruise out of jacksonville to Nassau and Freeport Day 1: Embarkation took around 45 minutes from arriving to boarding. We arrived at about noon. Our room was ready by the time we got to it (about ... Read more
Barry Stallings
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
When it comes to going on a cruise this was our first one. I am not in to the bars, alcohol and gambling end of it however the entertainment was fairly good and the food was EXCELLENT!!! The staff of Fascination were incredible! The ... Read more

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Bree88
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
This ship is very small, and makes poor use of the space it does have. Very little to do, we found ourselves very bored most of the time! The shows were very short, and the performers were quite amateur. There is one small pool for the ... Read more
Johnine
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We just got back from a wonderful cruise on the Fascination. I have been on this ship before and was not thrilled. It is not the ship for the first timer in a way. I say this because many people get an idea of what a ship should be like ... Read more
ByeFelicia!
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I have been on 3 cruises. The first cruise I went on was with my parents, I can barely remember because I was like... 6 or so. We went to the Bahamas, but we didn't go through Carnival. The second cruise I went on was with my family and we ... Read more
Rhonda1831
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
This is an old ship with very little to do on board. There is one small pool for the whole ship. There is an outdated "waterpark" on the back of the ship but they lock it down about 6pm. The staff was not very friendly. Don't do ... Read more
paulamvarga
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Overall, our experience was fantastic! The crew was amazing, the kids loved it! My 9 year old danced everyday and enjoyed the water slides. Our 15 year at first was skeptical because...she's 15! But overall met really great kids and had a ... Read more

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