Just returned from a four day cruise on the Carnival Fascination to Freeport and Nassau Grand Bahamas. I booked several (19) friends and family on a Group Cruise.
We stayed the night before at the Courtyard by Marriott Kendall Town. The hotel was very clean and very comfortable. We had breakfast the next morning and had a shuttle (Checker Taxi) take us to the cruise terminal for a nominal fee of $6.00 per person. Upon arrival we walked right in around 11:00 A.M. and there was no crowd at that time. Check in was quick and after a short wait were allowed to board. The staff at the terminal were very upbeat and friendly.
Once on board we were allowed to go to our cabins around noon. Then it was to the Liddo Deck for lunch.
After the safety briefing the partying really began.
First stop Freeport, Our excursion was cancelled due to inclimate weather. So we just walked around the port and shopped.
Second stop was Nassau, several of our group went to Atlantis, Others went to a Cabbage Beach. They advised that the beach was not crowded and had a very good time.
As far as the activities on board: Great Motown Show in the Showroom. Oldies type music almost every night at the Casino Bar on Deck 9.
Breakfast was in the Sensation Dining Room every morning where it was quiet and we could order exactly what we wanted with out going through a buffet line.
Lunch was on the Liddo Deck at the Coconut Grove Restaurant. Deli service is available. Pizza is available also. Also available was the outside grill and Mongolian bar.
We had supper each night in the Inspiration Dining Room. Every night was a fantastic experience. The food was always served hot. For most of our guests this was their first cruise and they had no idea what to expect and were very impressed with the food items and the service by the staff on duty.
I had heard complaints about the Fascination before we sailed. I have just one thing to say about those reviews:
I am sorry that you had a bad time. The Fascination is not a large ship. Some of its facilities are not as large or as new as the larger ship.
They will book again on Carnival.