The new 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival facility -- salon, massage area, gymnasium and his/her changing rooms -- is nearly as spacious and modern as that in any of the newer ships in Carnival's fleet.
Fascination offers a host of tried and true spa services, including various massages (back, scalp, foot and ankle), exotic seaweed wraps and warm stone rhythmic massage therapy, plus facials, cellulite reduction treatments and even couples massages.
Look also for teeth whitening opportunities, manicures, pedicures and men's barbering services. Specials are listed daily. Fascination also offers spa services for teens, including facials, and private sauna and steam rooms.
On the fitness side, the ship's gymnasium is open from 6 a.m. to 8 pm daily. There are treadmills, Stairmasters, stationary bikes and free weights available for use, and the 180-degree ocean views could not be more spectacular from the Deck 12 venue. Personal trainers are on hand throughout the day to offer assistance. Look for daily stretching sessions and a series of free seminars (secrets to a flatter stomach, burn fat faster and eat more to weigh less) throughout the week. Daily Pilates, yoga and indoor cycling classes cost $10 each, and personal training will set you back $85 per session.
Carnival has a partnership with Sunrise, Florida-based Elite Golf Cruises, which offers players the opportunity to receive personalized instruction while playing some of the most challenging courses in Key West and the Bahamas. Shipboard lessons feature state-of-the-art video analysis. Priority tee times, transportation between ship and course, and equipment rentals (clubs, golf shoes and accessories) are among the program highlights.
Fascination also features an onboard basketball and volleyball court, and a jogging track. Fascination's one pool, which received a makeover in 2010, is located midship. The surrounding deck area features metallic palms; a pair of hot tubs abutting the pool; and a stage. During sea days, this space hosts pool deck Olympics, ice carving demonstrations and plenty of live music (from calypso to classic rock covers). The ship's other area for water-based fun is the stern-situated Carnival WaterWorks, which was also added in early 2010. Waterworks features a four-story tall, 300-foot-long corkscrew waterslide; an 82-foot-long triple-lane waterslide (great for racing); and a spray park, complete with various sculptures spewing water.
The nine-hole mini course is a popular site. The adults-only Serenity Deck, also added during the 2010 dry dock, is a teak deck space located on the stern (out of earshot from the noisy WaterWorks). The Serenity Deck has two hot tubs and loungers with plush blue padding. There are both sunny and shady spots, with yellow umbrellas and a thatched-roof overhang providing cover.