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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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775 Carnival Fascination Cruise Reviews

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christytaylor99
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
From the first night, this cruise went downhill. We had to turn around for a medical emergency, which I understand does happen, but that in turn caused our day in Freeport to get cancelled. They rescheduled it for Sunday but half the ... Read more
holdenc
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
I'm not going to sugar coat it, this cruise experience was just terrible. First of all, we had to turn around quite a few hours in due to some medical emergency, moving our trip to free port to Sunday. Second of all, the wind was ... Read more
chittdersmom
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
Jaxport was easy to find. I parked at the sand lot across the street from the ship and saved $70 for my oversized vehicle. Super easy embarking and disembarking! The Fascination is a smaller older ship and the decor was a little dated and ... Read more
Rushman58
Member Since 2008
6 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have sailed on numerous Carnival ships in the past ten years, and this was our second sailing on the Fascination. There were much more good than bad on this one. First he good..... we have never stayed below deck 7 on any ship. This ... Read more
cmurph50
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
21 forum posts
Sailed November 2015
My wife and I decided on this cruise mostly based on the dates available and the price. We flew into JAX on the morning of the cruise and took a shuttle to the port. Arrived at the port at 1145 AM and were on the ship having lunch before ... Read more

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Greengigi
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
My two cousins and I celebrated turning 50 on the cruise and it couldn't have been any better. The staff treated us like royalty - as I'm sure they do for all guests. The shows were excellent and I am sure we'll be seeing those young ... Read more
LuckyBill
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
94 forum posts
Our fourth cruise on Fascination and our Cabin team and dining team were the best ever! CD Robin was dynamite! Helped arrange many extras including new format former cruiser Party with great snacks and drinks! The Diva show was ... Read more
boarderbill2
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We drove from Port Stanley, Ontario and stayed overnight in Savannah, Ga Sunday night. An easy 2 hour drive to Jacksonville Fl on Monday morning. Sunday night in Savannah we visited River Street and had an awesome time. We arrived at ... Read more
dvond
Member Since 2008
9 reviews
646 forum posts
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
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

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saharaga
Member Since 2007
11 reviews
414 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
75 forum posts
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
75 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
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
19 forum posts
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

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King12345
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
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
9,116 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
Marknga
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
78 forum posts
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
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

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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
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
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
andersontraveler
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
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

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