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Why Choose Carnival Fascination?

  • Sails year-round from Jacksonville
  • Camp Carnival kids' program one of best in cruising
  • Great ship for first-time cruisers

Carnival Fascination Overview

Updated by Dan Askin, Senior Editor
Editor Rating
3.5
A flurry of new ship launches for Carnival Cruise Lines over the past few years has overshadowed one of the fleet's more venerable vessels, Carnival Fascination, which debuted in 1994. In January 2010, the 70,367-ton, 2,052-passenger ship received phase two of its "Evolutions of Fun" upgrade, part of a $350 million program to revamp the line's eight middle-aged Fantasy-class ships through extensive makeovers to public areas, top-deck spaces and cabins.

During the $34 million refurbishment, Fascination received an extensive sun deck overhaul. The ship gained the now-signature Carnival WaterWorks, with its 300-foot-plus-long twister slide, racing slides and water-spraying apparatuses. The mid-ship pool was redesigned in a tropical theme featuring massive beach umbrellas, thatched-roof-covered hot tubs and palm tree sculptures. Fascination also gained the adults-only "Serenity" area, complete with whirlpools, plush chaise lounge chairs and umbrellas. In addition, 98 balconies were added to cabins, and several suites were retrofitted with larger, extended balconies.

Despite the overhaul, the ship does lack certain amenities found on newer vessels, such as a large proportion of balcony cabins (even with the 98 new balconies) and multiple alternative restaurants (Fascination has none). Still, its year-round positioning in Jacksonville, from which is offers four- to seven-night Bahamas cruises, makes it a great ship for first-timers or vacation-challenged residents in the tri-state homeport area (Florida, Alabama and Georgia).

Carnival Fascination Fellow Passengers

A cross section of middle America -- baby boomers, families, newlyweds, Gen-Xers, seniors – converge to form the weekly make-up aboard Fascination. Add that to wedding parties, revelers, early risers and late-to-bed singles crowds, and you have a broad and boisterous passenger mix.

Carnival Fascination Dress Code

Casual day-time attire is followed by casual evening wear. Shorts, however, are not permitted in the dining rooms after 6 p.m. Men typically wear a suit and tie for formal night; sport shirts and slacks the rest of the evenings. Most women opt for a cocktail dress or comfortable pants outfit on formal night followed by casual outfits (dress or blouse/skirt, blouse/pants ensemble) the remainder of the cruise.

Carnival Fascination Gratuity

Carnival recommends $12.00 per person, per day. The guidelines allocate $6.10 to dining room services, $3.90 to cabin services and $2 per day for alternative services, which include kitchen, entertainment, guest services and other hotel staff members. The amount is automatically added to your shipboard account, but it can be adjusted in either direction at the guest services desk. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar bills. Tipping a couple dollars for room service at delivery is expected (and appreciated) by the service staff.
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Carnival Fascination Member Reviews

This was our 1st cruise as a family (all adults) centered on Bahama ports of call: Half Moon Cay island, and Nassau. Started out with simple annoyance, silly policy that confiscated (sealed 12pack) of soda. Trip seemed pretty routine, kind of ... Read more
Never Again kazol2005
01/16
Never again we are cruising on Fascination. Service is terrible, you won't see staff smiling, we spoke with a few people on the ship and they agreed. Public restrooms are nasty; I took pictures and showed them to the cleaning crew and ask them if ... Read more
Great Getaway Newbie_Cruiser93
01/16
My husband and I had a great time on this cruise! It was a beautiful time to cruise - The weather was a warm but not overly hot 80 degrees in the Bahamas. This is what I would consider a "Value Ship" - Nothing super special and glitzy ... Read more
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Carnival Fascination Ratings

Editor Rating 3.5 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.0
3.9
Public Rooms
3.0
4.2
Cabins
4.0
4.1
Entertainment
3.0
3.8
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.9
Family & Children
4.0
3.3
Shore Excursions
3.0
3.7
Enrichment
1.0
3.4
Service
3.0
4.3
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.2

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Ship Stats
Crew:
920
Launched:
1994
Decks:
10
Tonnage:
70,367
Passengers:
2,052
Registry:
Bahamas
CDC Score:
93
 
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