Carnival Fascination Review

Editor Rating: 3.5
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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
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. Note: On sailings departing September 1, 2016, or later, gratuities will increase to $12.95 per person, per day ($13.95 for those in suites).
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Carnival Fascination Editor Ratings

  • Dining
    3.0
  • Public Rooms
    3.0
  • Cabins
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    4.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.0
  • Enrichment
    1.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.0

Ship Facts

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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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St Aug Terry
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We originally tried to do this Southern Caribbean cruise in Sept, 2015, however, the first port was our last, as the engine room of the carnival Liberty caught fire and the cruise was over. Carnival flew most passengers home and refunded ... Read more
KadeyLane5
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was our very first cruise so we were not sure what to expect. We chose the cruise for it's destinations and for the fact that we would be on shore all day. i must say we had a fantastic time. The staff were excellent right from our ... Read more
fitoldguyinspeedo
Member Since 2015
1 review
87 forum posts
8 helpful votes
May 1st 2016 Sailing from San Juan - First off let me state we're not full time cruisers like some so this will be short. This is our second cruise in nine years with the last being on the Glory out of Port Canaveral in 2007. Cruising ... Read more

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