My wife and I took the 4 night cruise on the Carnival Fascination Mar8 -- 12. This was the first on the Fascination but our 6th cruise with the first being the Big Red Boat.
We arrived at the terminal at 11:00am the day of the cruise and were dropped off by my daughter as we live 35 minutes from the port. Some how during the security scanning my wife forgot to pick up the Ipad2 and after we got on board and had lunch at the Buffet on Lido deck, I asked the wife for it, no where to be found. I went back down to the security scanning area and to lost and found...no luck. I went back to the Guest Services counter and again no luck... the lady at the counter started to fill out the form for lost items.... And one of the crew carried the Ipad up to the desk. It had been left at the Pool Bar...no that is not were we had been... someone picked it up but left it at the bar... any way got it back, the service at the desk was very fast and professional when the lady was helping.
Our Balcony Cabin M261 (deck 5) was ready before 1. The cabin was nice with a king size bed, plenty of closet space, limited drawers. The bathroom is very plan as on most ships. The balcony rooms are limited and worth the extra cost. There is room for 3 people in the room, but only 2 chairs on the balcony.... NOTE: Be careful getting in bed if you have the dropdown bunk over the King bed...you will hit your head. We slept most nights with the door to the balcony open for fresh air. The door and window make the room feel open and bright.
Our room attendant was excellent keeping the cabin clean several times daily and greeting us with a smile and by name each time we saw him. Not all the ship personnel greeted us or even smiled as we past them in the halls. The biggest offenders were the service folks and maintenance folks.
I now love the dining at your time... we eat in the Sensation dinning room. When we went to dinner, the early folks were waiting in lines about 60+ people long, we would walk up on the Dining at your own time side and be seated within 3 minutes. Our waiter and assistants were very attentive and provided what I call good service but not great service. The food was as good as other cruise lines we have sailed, item differed each day but also there was a everyday list of 5 foods that were available always.
We eat at the Lido Buffet for both breakfast and lunch the inside one not the outside one by the pool. The inside one had better choices and was air-conditioned and felt cleaner. At the very back of the inside buffet there is a pizza and sandwich bar as an alternative to the mass produced typical buffet selection. The Rubin Sandwiches were the best.
Sea days are very relaxing but crowded around the pool area. Activities are limited as compared to other ships but you can keep yourself entertained. The hot-tubs and the pool were usually full of kids.
The water slide area at the top of the ship was a busy place not only for kids but adults also.
Entertainment on the ship really needs to improve and the shows have to be updated... most were the same as 9 years ago..nothing new.
Nassau is a good port with plenty to see and do. Port times are short even for 8 hours, but you can get in some sight seeing. On of the best things to do there is take the $1.25 #10 bus ride to the south end of the island and back with a stop that the Fish Fry for lunch.
Freeport should be removed from all ship ports... it is dirty, costly, nothing much to see, has a lot of business that have closed up because of the economy, and is a long ways from the port to downtown. It is $20 round trip per person to go from the port to downtown and back. For a family of 4 that is $80 very costly.
On this trip the wind picked up and caused some very ruff seas, they even moved the chairs off the balconies to keep from losing them. This made getting in to port for debarkation about 90 minutes later than planned.
When our luggage tag number was read we were off of the ship, clearing Customs and Border Protection at 11:00am and on our way home.
Would I do this ship again? Yes, but stay on the ship at Freeport.