Myself, my spouse and two children, one with autism, all got on board the Fascination leaving from Jax, FL. We thought we would try this, since it was convenient for us being in town. This is a smaller ship than we are used to (more on that later).
Embarkation - Since we were VIP's this was Awesome! The best than any other port. They rolled out the red carpet, walked us to our state room. Provided a tour of the ship for my son, and a special safety brief. Lunch was okay.
We left on time, the James Point Bridge appears to be a close call!!
They were supposed to correct our dinner table for our son, but they didn't and it was a fiasco. We ended up in anytime dining which is not what we wanted. My son can't wait. We needed 6 pm dining. The materd said, you never wait, they are confused, but he said that every night.
Room- Our GS was nice. Balcony on this class ship is secluded and small. Bathroom has a funky tube, very tall, unable to work the shower without a degree!! Otherwise, a typical GS. Closet was nice. Only one of three lamps worked in our room, needed plugs and light bulbs. Nyugen was fantastic. There is no heat just A/C, if you are taking a winter cruise, pack warm PJs. We asked for extra blankets and pillows. The pull out coach is leather and cold.
Child Care -- My son and I had walkie talkies, they worked great. He loved Kids Camp, and the fun things they did. He was old enough to log in and out by himself. My daughter who is four, hated it. They also were not open very much for the four year old range.
Dinner --Just okay. Our wait staff was slow but okay. The girls I found to be faster.
Show- Was nice. We went to one. Didn't make the second one, and didn't make any of the comedy shows this time. Bummer!
Rough seas -- This being a smaller ship, and it being NOV, the seas were very rough at the beginning. And then at the end, they were horrible!! Half the ship was puking all over the place. We had to close our balcony, the staff wore life-jackets and removed the chairs. We were late arriving back home by four hours. This was all acceptable. What is NOT acceptable was Debarkation. No one could hear announcements on this ship. So, no one followed the directions for Debarkation. They all piled down the stairs, after they were kicked out of their rooms at 0800 -0900. We all had to wait in the hallways, floors and ladder wells for three hours! They never announced VIP disembark. Just people piled down the stairs. They did announce those with bags, from decks 4, etc. We never got off the ship until 1230, and that was after dosing my son with medication for anxiety. We were supposed to have special handicap assistance off the ship and we paid for VIP status. ??? What happened Carnival?
I called the number to complain, and they said we should have told a staff member at that time. There were no staff members to tell. They said it is over with now.