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Jacksonville to the Bahamas Cruise Reviews

Cruise Line
Carnival Fascination
Bahamas
Jacksonville

Traveler rating

Excellent

224

Very Good

125

Average

75

Poor

33

Terrible

28

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498 Jacksonville to the Bahamas Cruise Reviews


qreed avatar

qreed

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

NEVER SAIL ON THE FASCINATION!

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There were 11 total in our party to go sailing to the Bahamas embarking out of Jacksonville, FL. Originally we were to sail on the Elation and we picked the Elation because of the destinations it was taking us to ...
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Sail Date October 2017


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Fishtales6

6 Reviews Written

19 Helpful Votes

Carnival should have cancelled this debacle.

Long time cruisers, Gold CCL members. We booked this cruise for 2 reasons: (1) for a refurbed Elation with a month long dry dock before our cruise date and (2) for HMC. We accept that CCL can't control weather. ...
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Sail Date October 2017


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bamainatl

1 Review Written

Great time on Fascination

It's kinda long but enjoy... Embarkation Was on a Monday June 10th in Jacksonville and was very simple. Tried the 8 dollar parking and pulled in and it was a jam packed mess and I was worried that I made a ...
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Sail Date June 2013


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JanieBabies

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

A small boat makes for the most intimate.

This was our first cruise, but we have been on more since. My husband and I went with a large group of friends and family. Jacksonville was a little sketch but the port was nice. I do recommend the ...
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Sail Date September 2014


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tdnosnhoj11

5 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

The Carnival Fascination, A Great Cruise!

My mother and I chose this cruise because it was short, cheap, and from a port that is a pretty quick drive from home and a beautiful area. Embarkation: We had FTTF and the entire process was quick. Because we ...
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Sail Date April 2016


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iamqueenbecca@hotmail.com

2 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

You get what you pay for.

We chose this cruise for our first time because it was cheap and only 4 nights. Embarkation was smooth and our room was ready right away so we didn't have to carry our bag around for too long. The good thing about ...
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Sail Date April 2016


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elklemi

12 Reviews Written

52 Helpful Votes

Great Weather

My first cruise out of Jacksonville and they were very organized and embarkation was very easy and fast. The Fascination was strange after being used to the other ships, life boats blocked the view of the water ...
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Sail Date April 2016


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BobbiSox

11 Reviews Written

77 Helpful Votes

Pleasantly Surprised

I have cruised about 25 times, about half on Carnival and half Holland America. The Fascination is a nice size, and it's easy to navigate. I stayed in an inside cabin, which was clean and comfortable and had ...
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Sail Date April 2016


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annabee

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Still love Carnival!

Went on the Fascination March 21 - 26, 2016. Of course it was Spring Break and tons of kids on board. The kids were the only group who were in the both hot tubs during the entire cruise (not on the Serenity Deck ...
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Sail Date March 2016


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Viva_la_Vida

3 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

Comparing the Fascination; A Different Perspective

This cruise got five stars because you can't beat the value. We experienced exceptional service, a fun atmosphere, and delightful time on the beach, all for an affordable price. You can read countless detailed ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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javaonline

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Carnival is not for everyone.

Carnival Fascination 5-day Nassau/Freeport March 26 Granted this was only my 2nd cruise...(first was on Princess a year ago). We loved the Princess cruise so much that we wanted to bring our kids along. I ...
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Sail Date March 2016


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jer79

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Ok cruise for the price

This was my 6th carnival cruise. This was my first small ship. The Good: Crew was awesome. Our room attended was the best. He took care of us, I felt like I was at home. Everyone had smiles and greeted you at ...
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Sail Date March 2016


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Surfing4u

1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

1st Cruise, Lunch Lady Food

My wife and I chose Carnival Fascination leaving from Jacksonville going to the Bahamas. A Little about us: We were Celebrating our 10 year anniversary, we are in our mid 30's, I work in the Entertainment ...
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Sail Date March 2016


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jerryt

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Good Bang for the Buck

I’ve cruised several times before, but this was my first time on the Fascination. Also my first time on Carnival (previously sailed with NCL and Royal Caribbean.) Work has had me in Jacksonville for a few years ...
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Sail Date March 2016


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skylane182

4 Reviews Written

11 Helpful Votes

Quick, Fun Trip; Great Service

Just off the Carnival Fascination for a quick Bahamas cruise. The weather was fabulous this time of year and the service on board was excellent. The only downside for cruising this time of year was that it ...
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Sail Date March 2016


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Cruiser 000

1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

Not what it used to be!

We've been on more than 15 cruises, but hadn't been on Carnival in about 20 years. If you have been to Nassau once, that is probably enough to last you a lifetime. It is a dirty city where you have to navigate ...
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Sail Date March 2016


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Terab85

3 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Great Time on the Fascination

Traveling was myself, husband, both our grown daughters (21 & 23), and soon-to-be-son-in-law (26). Drove down from north of Atlanta and stayed at the Marriott Springhill Suites at the airport the night before we ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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Terab85

3 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Great time on the Fascination

Traveling was myself, husband, both our grown daughters (21 & 23), and soon-to-be-son-in-law (26). Drove down from north of Atlanta and stayed at the Marriott Springhill Suites at the airport the night before we ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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bsg5698

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Fun Relaxing Cruise

A group of 12 55+ friends just returned from the Fascination. I'm not sure what past negative reviews are talking about in regards to food and activities. We did the my time diNing most nights with minimal waiting ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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shehackva

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Smoky, Dirty, Grimy!

Maybe we are spoiled with Disney cruises--the good food, CLEAN ship, great entertainment. A group of us adults (ranging in age from 40's-70's)took this cruise as a test drive for some of our family members who ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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optimistik

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

My Favorite Ship So Far!

We love this ship! we 1st cruised in sept 2013 and this was our 3rd sailing on the Fascination. We always stay at a stay, park, and cruise hotel and drive down the day before sailing. We sailed out of Jacksonville ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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SamuelK

2 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

Great Time, Highly Recommended

This was only our second cruise and they were 32 years apart. Great value, we enjoyed the shows the comedians the food even though they charge extra now for lobster...The weather was a bit cool and we only got sun ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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yunksr

2 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

Older Ship but Still a Wonderful Cruise

We sailed on the Fascination 21 years ago, Jan. 1995, when she was brand new. And after all this time and a few face lifts, she still is a great ship for first time cruisers or someone on a budget. We found the ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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krempep

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Dissapointing - NOT Recommended

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 ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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saharaga

16 Reviews Written

41 Helpful Votes

Unremarkable Food and Activities, but Still an Enjoyable Cruise

Since our cruise left on a Monday, we decided to spend the weekend in Jacksonville at the Springhill Suites on Southside Blvd. The hotel is a little dated but very convenient to everything. We enjoyed our stay. We ...
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Sail Date October 2015


Carnival Fascination Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.54
Dining4.03.8
Entertainment4.03.7
Public Rooms3.54.1
Fitness Recreation4.03.8
Family4.03.5
Enrichment3.03.4
Service4.54.2
Value For Money4.04
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