My husband and I took our first cruise on the Carnival Fascination this month. We felt like they really cared about everyone having a good time and we were really surprised how organized everything was with dinners and getting off the boat for excursions. I would recommend reading on the Carnival website on how to prepare for your cruise before you go even if you have cruised before. We learned a lot of info off that site. We chose not to do the "inclusive" drink package because it was $50 per person per day, it gave you 15 drinks per day and we didnt think we would drink even close to that, but after we got home we realized it was a way better deal to do the drink package than paying for drinks yourself. We would spend on average $18-20 (for the both of us) every time we went up to the bar. If we went to the bar more than twice a day we were already spending more than the all inclusive price and we would have gotten WAY more for our money. So I would say that is a must.
The food was pretty good. Not 5 star quality but everything we tried we liked. The Mongolian Wok on the deck is the best lunch they have- its awesome! Also, we didnt know this till the second night, but you can order as much of anything as you want at dinner. If you want the steak, but also the fish looks good, order 2 entrees! A couple times my husband and I would order 2 desserts each and try a couple bites of what we both got. We got a couples massage- it was very relaxing, not as good as when we have gone to a spa in the past but nevertheless we didnt really want it to end when it did so it wasnt that bad. We had a great time by the pool (its a salt water pool they drain and get fresh water in everyday) The Serenity area which is the adults only section is great, but we preferred to go there to relax before dinner when the sun was setting. Its at the back of the boat so there was no wind! Also the hot tubs are much hotter in this area. We had a really great time and will definitely go on another Carnival cruise!!!!!