Nice cruise but lied to by Carnival about casino cash credit: Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by grampycruiser
Overall Member Rating
Nice cruise but lied to by Carnival about casino cash credit
Otherwise, we enjoyed the cruise for what we knew it to be (since we took the same cruise 2 years prior). It is not a Celebrity cruise and you had better eat dinners in the main dining room and avoid the Lido deck (where the food was not very good) except for breakfast and lunch. At dinner, we never waited more than 5 minutes for an "anytime dining" table in the main dining room and always got a table for two in the same area with the same waiters. Since there were other small tables nearby, we were able to converse with other diners too, just as if we had been seated at a larger table. There was one formal night but many cruisers did not seem to do better than wear dressier shorts and golf caps, so look elsewhere for elegance.
The captain stays out of sight (unlike outgoing captains we've enjoyed on other cruises like Oasis of the Seas) but we had smooth sailing, so that's the important thing, I guess. We never saw our cabin steward much but the ocean-view cabin was well kept, so no complaints there either. The bathroom was in nice condition, with a good-size shower and plenty of hot water and water pressure. The bed was comfortable and there was a good amount of storage space.
We liked the cruise director Paul who was quite funny (Not sure about his assistant whose fascination seemed to be that she always wore red shoes). We liked the Motor City show and the guests talent show but the Divas show was too loud and intense for some. There are nice water-park facilities for children on the top deck, but this cruise can't compare with longer, more expensive cruises on larger ships with ice-skating rinks, rock-climbing walls, diving pools, specialty restaurants, and more modern ship facilities. However, the voyage out of Jacksonville (including the thrill of watching the highest part of the ship just barely clear the underside of the bridge), the day at Half Moon Cay, two relaxing days at sea (unless you are near the loud pool area on the Lido deck), and the lower cruise prices are something to consider (but get everything in writing from Carnival). Less
Cabin review: 6CM173 Ocean View
Ocean-view cabin M173 on starboard side of Main deck was quite acceptable to us. Nice storage and bathroom. Beds could be separated or combined into a single bed. Window is showing its age.Read All Ocean View (6C) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Read Cruise Critic’s Carnival Fascination Review >>
Enjoyable Week on Facination
Fantastic itinerary, very old ...