Jacksonville is a great place to start your cruise. The Fascination is the only ship that sails from there so the port entry and embarkation is very easy. We parked in the $8.00 a day lot just down the street from the ship. It is only 1/2 the price of the port parking lot. Their shuttle buses are very efficient. Once on board we made our way to the Lido deck to relax until our room was ready. Don't miss being on deck when the ship leaves Jacksonville. It passes under a bridge on its way down the St. John River. The ship clears the bridge by about 6 feet. We were disappointed with the amount of entertainment offered on the ship. There was no Welcome Aboard show, just a brief presentation by the Cruise Director. The two scheduled performances were very good but also very loud. They no longer have the show band perform during these performances but instead use recorded music. I think not having the band perform takes away from the show. Several people I spoke with during the cruise agreed with me. The show band was playing outside the casino most nights. Super Star Live was very poorly attended and was basically a non-event.
Our wait staff in the dining room ( Suran and Indira) were excellent. When we saw how some of the staff during breakfast and lunch worked, we felt very lucky that we had our two waiters during dinner. Our cabin steward, Rodrigo, was also excellent.
The trolley tour (Old Town Trolley) in Key West is well worth the money. We went to Atlantis by water taxi in Nassau. A very impressive site. Do not bother going to the beach there. It is dirty and the vendors are very pushy.