Carnival Fascination - Bahamas cruise - August 12, 2010
On our arrival, we were processed in short order by courteous, helpful assistants. It was my mistake, doing a last minute booking for a ocean-view room to handle two adults and three children. Although the room was cramped, it served our purposes as we were only in it for sleep. The next cruise will be with a much larger room or adjoining rooms.
The Camp Carnival experience went quite well. Our youngest grandchildren really enjoyed the counselor and the activities were quite fun. My only complaint would be that those children that pre-registered (ourselves) were kept waiting in line for check in, with those who did not have the foresight to pre-register. This could have been handled better. The Pool area seemed to have little or no security as we saw wildly drunken women far past their prime, doing somersaults into the small pool. The pool was closed during the stay in Nassau and, since we have been to Nassau numerous times, our grandchildren could have enjoyed the pool. The area is always quite clean and service was fine. The Lido food is of the type meant for mass consumption. Although edible, it was nothing tremendous and was somewhat standard. We had one night in the dining room due to elegant night one night and late return from Nassau on another, but the service was great, although I can't recommend the flat-iron steak.
Entertainment floor shows were superbly done and the singers were extraordinary. The variety shows were mediocre. The most important person on the ship staff was our cabin steward, who never failed to go outside of the duties to insure we were comfortable. We did have a shower drainage problem at one time, but that was readily corrected.
Jacksonville was quite convenient for us, but the city has to understand the impact the cruise industry can have on the local economy and build a newer port at the mouth of the ocean that can accommodate the newer ship. Until that is done, the newer cruise ships will be going to other cities with more foresight. We continue to be fans of the CCL, but will try other cruise lines when the opportunity avails itself.