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7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Barbados

7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Barbados

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Carnival Fascination
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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Barbados
  • Day 2
    St. Lucia
  • Day 3
    St. Kitts
  • Day 4
    St. Maarten
  • Day 5
    San Juan
  • Day 6
    St. Thomas
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Barbados

Carnival Fascination

Carnival Fascination - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Offers inexpensive seven-night sailings

Cons

Departs from San Juan and Barbados, requiring flights; balconies scarce

Bottom Line

Older ship that's great for simple warm-weather getaways


Cruise Reviews

3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We did a repeat of last year's cruise on the Fascination. Same week of the year and same itinerary. We have done this itinerary 6 times now and it remains our favorite. We flew into Puerto Rico on Saturday 2/23 and spent the ... Read More
We did a repeat of last year's cruise on the Fascination. Same week of the year and same itinerary. We have done this itinerary 6 times now and it remains our favorite. We flew into Puerto Rico on Saturday 2/23 and spent the night at the Forteleza Suites in OSJ. I have reviewed this hotel on the Puerto Rico Forums. Embarkation was very easy and swift. We got to the port around Noon and walked right on. We did have FTTF, but I noticed the line outside to enter the terminal was not that long. We walked up to the check-in desk, had our passports checked, picture taken and received our S&S cards. We went immediately onto the ship. Our cabin was ready and we dropped off our bags, had a drink and disembarked to buy more wine and essentials. We were upgraded to an ocean view on deck 7 Empress, right off the atrium lobby. Same location as last year. Our room steward kept the room clean and brought ice and extra towels 2X a day. He decorated our door and room for our anniversary. He was very pleasant and efficient. Our window was washed while in port one day. We ate breakfast every morning but one in the MDR. That morning we had breakfast burritos on Lido. We ate sea day brunch in the MDR. We did enjoy Guy's burgers one afternoon when we returned to the ship from port. We ate dinner very night in the MDR. I am not going to go into detail about the food, we found the food to be good to sometimes very good, Food opinion is so subjective. We had no complaints. We enjoyed all the production shows, laughed till we cried at the comedy shows and did enjoy some of the live music at various venues around the ship. The crew on this ship is the best. When I read other reviews, I sometimes wonder if we were on the same ship. Every crew member we interacted with was pleasant and had a smile. We ate breakfast on disembarkation morning in the MDR and left around 9:30 when they made an announcement for all remaining passengers to leave the ship. We grabbed a porter and were through customs in no time. This ship is small and easy to navigate. Never waited in a line for anything. We were able to walk into the theater and comedy club 5 minutes before show time and secure a good seat. We found loungers on the lido at noon on the one sea day. We will probably do this itinerary and ship again next winter, the weather is usually good and the ports are fantastic. We can do other destinations in the summer and fall. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We traveled on the fascination out of Puerto Rico February 17-21 2019, this was our third cruise with Carnival and our first and these ports. Our stateroom was R20. We have cruised carnival previously and always had a good experience. We ... Read More
We traveled on the fascination out of Puerto Rico February 17-21 2019, this was our third cruise with Carnival and our first and these ports. Our stateroom was R20. We have cruised carnival previously and always had a good experience. We enjoyed the fact that this ship had a smaller population of cruisers and a large staff 2000 customers and 900 staff. Overall we only had positive staff experiences. Some of the staff went above and beyond, ALL of the Camp Carnival staff for the Sting Rays group. These girls constantly went above and beyond to help my child and others feel loved and enjoy their time in camp. There were activities planned and they were consistent with staying on schedule for these. They were always pleasant and caring at drop off and always excited to greet him. They delivered a hand written note to our room on the last night. Our dining room and stateroom staff was always efficient and attentive to our needs. We were constantly greeted in the elevator or hallway with a “hello, how is your day” or “Is there anything I can help you with?” We dinned every evening in the dining room. Food always came out hot and fresh in a short amount of time (depending on the pace of other people at our table). We would love to see carnival do a slightly earlier seating for families with children though. We normally eat dinner 5-5:30pm so it was difficult for the kids to wait until 6pm after a long day at the beach. On average it took a little over an hour to order, receive our food and sometimes desert and leave. We were pleased with that amount of time. Kids enjoyed the coin trick person in the dining room also. Our stateroom was clean when we arrived and was cleaned daily. Eduardo came the first day introduced himself, gave us his number to call with any issues and we never needed to because things were always cleaned. We were impressed with how neat and clean the staff attire always was and how clean the ship was kept. We frequented the pool and water slides area. These were always clean and well-staffed we had excellent experiences with some of the life guards the interacted with parents and children with a smile and positive attitude. We attended the Dr. Suess breakfast and story time all staff and performers at this event were great. We enjoyed the fun breakfast options that day and look forward to returning for this event. Evening shows were great and we loved how the first show was family orientated. Although due to the later dining the kids could not stay up late enough to make it. We enjoyed the islands and spending time on board on the sea day. A few things I would love to see Carnival consider are more trash cans for debris. It was hard to find one when needed in and around the ship. This is an older ship so does show its wear. For us the variety of ports made up for it. We also would love to see the Camp Carnival band changed to a different material. The hard plastic bracelets are normally meant to be worn only for a 24-hour period, as the can irritate the skin. Having the children wear them for a whole week was frustrating for the kids. They often complained they were annoying or scratchy. Many other ships use elastic and fabric bands that don’t irritate the skin. I also would love to see other burger options at Guys Burgers, such as turkey or veggie burgers. Since we don’t eat beef we were unable to get burgers, although they smelled delicious. More vegetarian options in the dining room would be another thing we would love. We noticed an option nightly but it always had an Indian flair and those flavors are not something we enjoy. At Blue Iguana the taco options were, beef, chicken or fish…maybe adding a grilled vegetable option could be an option. We found it difficult to find food for the kids outside of the dining room kids menu and they did not overly enjoy the Lido buffet. Since there was themed lunch option like Caribbean and Mexican there was not much for the kids to eat. Guys Burgers fries (spicy) were very different than the regular dining room fries and we were often left with hungry kids. Our MAIN complaints (the reason for one less star) on this trip were our room location and its SMELL. We were on Riviera deck Fwd R20, this was an interior room with porthole. When we would get off the elevator and come around the corner toward our room we were instantly hit with the smell of raw sewer. This definitely took away from our overall cruise experience. We smelled this while the ship was at sea and in port. It was a constant smell. The kids referred to it as “sewar alley” when we would head to our room. This smell was also very present in our bathroom. We searched in port for something to help deodorize the room. The smell was not present IN the room, mostly hallway and bathroom. However, we did smell it other times on the ship such as in the pool area, near the elevators and when leaving and getting on the ship at ports. We also smelled the same sewer smell near the pool area and outside on Deck 11. Our room location was extremely loud. The first night I had ZERO sleep due to a motor or engine of some sort running directly below my bed. I did ask at customer service how this could be resolved and she stated to talk to maintenance. Which we did and the noise under the bed become less for the rest of the cruise. However, the overall noise in the room did not. Starting at 5:45am on port days were began to hear lots of banging noises. That woke everyone in the room up. This was Every day except Tuesday the sea day. The sounds varied from cranking, to banging, to motors , chains and engine noise. There was also loud bumping music at night present. We did not enjoy being in the room and were disappointed our sleep quality was disrupted by the morning noise. I will never stay in this section of the ship again due to the noise and the smell. Overall we loved our cruise on the Carnival Fascination. We look forward to our next trip…and booking a different room. Hoping the staff continues to be outstanding and delivering excellent customer service. Read Less
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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Ok let me start by saying that our family has cruised with Carnival for years and have had a great time until now. I will tell you a couple of positives first. Our waiters in the imagination dinning were fantastic along with our stewards ... Read More
Ok let me start by saying that our family has cruised with Carnival for years and have had a great time until now. I will tell you a couple of positives first. Our waiters in the imagination dinning were fantastic along with our stewards for our room. Now here we go.... we had a sewage smell in our cabin the entire cruise. Our stewards tried to help, but could not get the smell to leave. We kept our balcony open a lot. On the second day of our cruise, I went upstairs two flights to get a latte and was hit in the face with a putrid smell that was unsettling. I looked up and brown sewage was pouring from the ceiling and crews were trying to clean it up. A raw sewage pipe had burst. Horrible! Along with the coffee shop closed most of the time for different reasons. On the third or fourth day of our cruise when we came back from the Island, the same smell was on our floor(7th). Several of our family members including my granddaughter became physically ill. Another sewage pipe had burst on our floor. We went to guest services where we were given 150.00 credit for drinks. The smell was there for the rest of our cruise. We paid a lot of money for four balcony rooms to smell poop for a week. Next.... my 19 year old son and his best friend went on a snorkeling excursion with friends and their parents they had met on the cruise. This was in St. Kitts. This excursion was booked through Carnival. While they were snorkeling, my son was robbed over two hundred dollars along with other guests. To make this story shorter..... carnival did nothing to help and when my husband and son went back to guest services to see if he could at least get a refund.... they called security on them.... what???? Two of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet! Shame on you Carnival! We will never cruise with you again! Robin B. Upstate NY Read Less
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