19 Jacksonville Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

We departed from Jacksonville, FL and went to Nassau and Freeport. We left Thursday afternoon and returned early Monday morning. My friend and I are both wheelchair users. In order to help preserve the health of my shoulders, I rented ... Read More
We departed from Jacksonville, FL and went to Nassau and Freeport. We left Thursday afternoon and returned early Monday morning. My friend and I are both wheelchair users. In order to help preserve the health of my shoulders, I rented a motorized scooter and left my chair in the room as I used the scooter to get around on the ship and for land excursions. The wheelchair accessible room we had was SO small. It clearly didn't start off as a w/c accessible room but rather it was updated to be up to ADA code at some point. Both of our wheelchairs and scooter didn't fit in the room so my wheelchair had to spend the entire time on the balcony. Not exactly the end of the world but it was an inconvenience and a surprise that an ADA room was not big enough to accommodate 3 mobility devices. If my wheelchair wasn't taking up room on the balcony and I was able to get out in the balcony it would have been impossible because like I mentioned, it used to be a regular room. The original layout had about a 1-2 inch lip leading out to the balcony which they "fixed" by affixing a piece of plywood to create a "ramp". It was the same deal with the bathroom. Completely unsafe and difficult to navigate. Regarding the bathroom, the toilet was VERY low which is a safety hazard for someone who is paralyzed. There is a reason why wheelchair accessible toilets are up so high. The beds were another issue. We literally SUNK into the bed. It was like being in a waterbed. It was difficult to roll over and even to sit up from laying down and neither issue was due to our disabilities. One other thing was the location of the thermostat for temperature control in the room. It thermostat was ON THE CEILING. In a WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE ROOM. What were we supposed to do? Fly to the thermostat? Our room was freezing so we call guest services and they said they'd be right up. So we waited a while as we realize we're not the only disabled passengers on the ship. When a half hour passed by they were like "OMG we are so sorry. We'll be right there." Well, "we'll be right there" was another half hour. VERY poor planning on Carnivals part on placing the thermostat on the ceiling Carnival REALLY needs to up their game when it comes to making their staterooms wheelchair accessible like their website says. To say we were disappointed is an understatement. Our room was U224 just to warn you. As far as the rest of the cruise it was fine. Super friendly people and wonderful employees. Our waiting staff in the dining room were awesome and always provided a fun dinner. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I sailed with a group of ladies. The dining seated was constantly messed up to keep us together. I realize we had a large group, but what happened to assigned seating. Breakfast in the Imagination Room, we were always told that we had to ... Read More
I sailed with a group of ladies. The dining seated was constantly messed up to keep us together. I realize we had a large group, but what happened to assigned seating. Breakfast in the Imagination Room, we were always told that we had to wait for the rest of the group to show up. We would then look around and find other members of our group already seated. When we asked to be seated close to them, we were told they couldn't do that. The food wasn't like I remembered it was either. No special dishes like duck or escargot, many American dishes like mac and cheese and fried chicken for a main dish. Two elevators were down and being worked on. While we were at Freeport, there were maintenance workers everywhere I looked working on the ship. The ship rocked back and forth the entire trip. I am not sure if it was the Captain sailing to fast or the age of the ship not have stabilizers to avoid to rocking Many people said that they weren't going to sail again. Our window leaked water into the room on the last night. I called maintenance. They didn't send anyone to look at it. I really think that Carnival needs to retire the Elation. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This cruise was so needed after a hard 6 months with my step dad beating cancer, & some other stuff leaving him in a wheelchair. This was a huge family ordeal with 14 of us needing some serious R&R & Carnival Elation did not ... Read More
This cruise was so needed after a hard 6 months with my step dad beating cancer, & some other stuff leaving him in a wheelchair. This was a huge family ordeal with 14 of us needing some serious R&R & Carnival Elation did not disappoint. We've cruised together years before, but now some of us had children & significant others. The things I was super impressed with are: -Embarkation & Debarkation were pretty painless due to faster to the fun. I would absolutely add this on if you are considering it. -The staff was super nice. Jordan is pure sunshine, he would greet you by name at the Tiffany's buffet, & ask how you were, what your plans are for the day, & his smile is super contagious. Seriously if you don't smile after interacting with him, you should take a look at how you are living your life. -Our steward Jose was awesome as well. He kept our room super clean, & there was a towel pet waiting each evening for our daughter. -We had a room on the Empress level with a private balcony. This was fantastic! We had a king size bed, along with a pull out for my daughter. I know cruise ship rooms are small, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't knock my head on her bed a few times due to it pulling out right over our bed. -Half Moon Cay is magical. My husband was wary about getting off the boat onto the island, not having control on when we could come back, but he is so glad he came. The smaller boats ferry back & fourth all day & we were able to grab one to go back straight away. The behind the scenes work that goes into preparing all of us lunch on that island should be fully recognized. Impressive operation & it seems so smooth! We didn't go on any excursions, we were happy to just relax on the beach. There were chairs for my step dad to use to go out onto the ocean for free! This was so wonderful! -Nassau is always fun & bustling. I've been there before & done some excursions so we opted just to shop & walk around this time. It was a lot of fun. -The buffet was awesome. The casino was awesome, the fun shops, & other places to buy jewelry & souvenirs are great as well. -The 80's show & Divas were fantastic. -The professional photos we got were stunning, we went home with the canvas package. I was however, not impressed that in order to get digital copies - you are forced to also purchase the 8x10s. Things I feel could've been improved upon: -My daughter, niece & nephew's were not impressed. They never really did what the itinerary said they had planned. They wanted to hang with us instead, which of course we wanted to spend some quality time with them but my husband & I were wanting a bit of an "adult reprieve" & having a kid not stoked about the kid area was kinda disappointing. -The food at the dinners. Most of it was really good, but getting through all of the courses took over 2 hours. We were scheduled for the 8:25 dinners so we had to go directly to any shows we wanted to see, nearly missing them. The one steak I ordered had a huge tendon going through the whole thing which didn't leave me able to eat but a few bites. We had a blast. This was my husband & daughter's first cruise, & though my husband wasn't super excited about being on a moving boat (he was seasick the last day due to a rocky ride back to Jacksonville) they both would love to go back. I hope to go again next year. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
19th cruise, 9th with Carnival and this was the best ship out of Jax so far! M148 was large with converting twins, no elevator noise and excellent room stewards! Don’t buy the alcohol package, the ship ran out of Budlight and Michelob ... Read More
19th cruise, 9th with Carnival and this was the best ship out of Jax so far! M148 was large with converting twins, no elevator noise and excellent room stewards! Don’t buy the alcohol package, the ship ran out of Budlight and Michelob Ultra day 4 so everyone hashtagged Facebook to complain- crew bar below deck had to give up theirs so we had beer by end of day. Ship was clean, employees were polite and the ship didn’t not smell of sewage like other reviews complained about BUT no free lobster, yes we had a bar fight and a couple went to jail. A lot of pot smell but security and housekeeping cleaned house and more people went to boat jail. People who drank too much and yes we saw a few were escorted to their room, card cut off and all alcohol removed for 48 hours! Guys hamburgers were okay but definitely ask for a double and don’t take no for an answer. They have to give you what you ask for! Pool was drained and cleaned everyday, tables were always stocked...to be honest the only problem our group had was was rude cruisers with an attitude that they should be treated like royalty. The Jax Port is being refurbished so here is the best tip I can give you...get there early and forget what your boarding pass says..people who were scheduled at 2 pm were on board at noon! They have no where to make you wait at so just get on board as soon as you can or you will be standing in the heat sweating your butt off! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was my first time on a Carnival Cruise. I didn't like it at all. The service was great from everyone that worked there though.however the cruise itself was disappointing. This ship is really dated and it shows. The handicapped ... Read More
This was my first time on a Carnival Cruise. I didn't like it at all. The service was great from everyone that worked there though.however the cruise itself was disappointing. This ship is really dated and it shows. The handicapped room we had was very small and claustophobic like. The bed that came down from the ceiling made sleeping on the one below it feel like a casket. It had wood on top of you and on the side of you which didn't allow u to be comfortable in the bed. You can hit your head and won't be able to watch TV from it. The way the room is setup is very weird. The TV needs to be placed where everyone can see it. There's a lack of walking space in between the beds and the cabin itself. The bathroom was spacious and comfortable.it was nice to sit on a shower chair and have great pressure come from the hand held shower. The floor does get wet but the water drains thru the drains on the floor. There is good space for putting things away like clothing and personal items. There's a small fridge and a safe. This cabin was R298. It was in the middle of nowhere as far as trying to access any of the popular area from it.It was quite a walk. I recommend a scooter not a wheelchair on this ship and in the Bahamas. Way too much walking and the heat on the island is extremely hot and fatiques you easily. the elevators were small and took a very long time to come down to you and a lot of the time they were already filled with people so you had to continue waiting even longer for the next elevator. the ship itself had barely any gift shops to shop at and they were very small not to mention very expensive. I highly recommend to have any medications or toiletries with you from home instead of buying them on the ship. My mom got sick on the ship with a cold and had to pay $12 for a small package of cold medicine. There were a lot of bars and lounges on the ship, however I didn't feel that there was enough of a choice of food to eat. The buffet had two sides to it and both sides had the same kind of food which was very limited as far as what they were serving. I was looking forward to the Mongolian station but I never did get to see it. Guys burger joint and blue iguana Cantina are located outside near the pool area which is extremely crowded and very hot. There were two main dining rooms and I did not like the food on the ship at all regardless of where we ate. The temperature of the food a lot of times was just warm not hot. The room service selection was extremely limited unless you were willing to pay a few dollars extra to get something better such as quesadillas. otherwise you were mostly stuck with a couple of salads and some sandwiches to choose from. There was also a deli located around the corner from the buffet which was okay. It's served some sandwiches and hot dogs. I was under the understanding that there was a place called The Seafood Shack on this ship but I did not find that either.The lemonade and the ice tea that are served on the buffet are ok in taste. There is only 1 pools in this ship that I found.It was the main one that had two small hot tubs on either side. A lot of the time the pools were extremely crowded and the hot tubs were filled with children so I was not able to experience either of them. The Serinity part of the ship is completely outdated, it is dosent have the relaxing blue colors they are dull gray colors. I think I saw a small hot tub and no pool. I don't even remember seeing any umbrellas over you while you sat there. There is no bar located there, I did however see someone coming around taking drink orders. We're okay there was a lack of activities to do on the ship. The Spa was extremely small and it did not have a relaxing atmosphere at all almost felt like you were in a doctor's office. my fifteen-year-old attended the teen club once however the club was barely open and it seems very outdated and it also was small. for kids with disabilities they do offer a phone that you can get where they will call you if they are any emergencies for a deposit of $100. I did attend an art gallery showing which was fun it allowed me to learn a little bit more about art and also to enjoy looking at some art and attempting to get some prices and relax with some free champagne. the embarkation process was very simple and organized and the disembarkation process as well however I cannot strongly suggest this enough to have someone with a scooter if you have any mobility issues because it is a lot of walking and it is extremely hot.I would recommend another ship I will try Carnival again but definitely not this ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Worst. Cruise ever to Princess Cays and Nassau. Been on several. Staff talked down to us. Disrespectful staff. Would not get the manager when requested. Elevators closed half the time. Food always dry. Food on shore burgers only and not ... Read More
Worst. Cruise ever to Princess Cays and Nassau. Been on several. Staff talked down to us. Disrespectful staff. Would not get the manager when requested. Elevators closed half the time. Food always dry. Food on shore burgers only and not fit for a dog. Burgers were hard, dry and could not even eat it. Ports were nasty, dirty, and smelly. People tried to sell you drugs as soon as you exit the gate. Live entertainment was very poor except for ship director and the crew singing and dancing. Bands really bad. Comic was okay but told way to many racial jokes and pissed off a lot who left. Very disappointed that we spent over $6000 for a cruise that I would never recommend to anyone. Embarkation and Disembarkation was a hassel. Two disabled people and no help with luggage once on the ship. Held up for no reason when leaving and they would not tell us why. Went into customs and one of our kids luggage was check with nothing found and them released. Asked to speak to manager of photography about their staff and they would make up excuses why he was not available. Worst cruise ever!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
American Cruise Lines has a slogan, "Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectly." Yep, they certainly did it. Everything was perfect. The food was scrumptious. I liked that they offered half portions, so I was less tempted to ... Read More
American Cruise Lines has a slogan, "Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectly." Yep, they certainly did it. Everything was perfect. The food was scrumptious. I liked that they offered half portions, so I was less tempted to overeat. There were only 60 on the Cruise, although the ship will carry 98. With open seating at meals, we got to meet so many interesting people. The Line caters to older passengers. They were always there to assist. The elevator for handicapped was most welcome. I have some mobility issues. Our state room was very comfortable and spacious, with a small private balcony. We could control our own temperature, or open the window for fresh air. The state room had so much drawer space that we could not fill it all, and a closet. :-) My husband was able to workout every morning on an elliptical on the top deck. The on-board lecturer was great about answering questions about the area, and gave several interesting talks. He came on some of the excursions, and added an additional dimension to local guides. Many of the excursions were accessible for the less mobile. I did not try any walking tours, although my husband did. The excursions were well planned and gave a good look at the area (Historic South). Do note that excursions are extra, and you are billed only for those that you attend. There was on-board entertainment nightly. Mostly it was some type of music or a lecture. One day, we played bingo, and I won the top prize - a big bag of souvenirs! Another day, the chef demonstrated how to make a bread cornucopia. His creations were on display for our fantastic Thanksgiving Dinner. There is no bar on the ship, but complimentary wine and beer was served at lunch and dinner. At 5:30 every evening, a very complete bar was set up in the lounge for complimentary cocktails, beers or wines. We did not lack for festive alcohol. Fabulous appetizers accompanied the cocktail hour. It is difficult to say enough about the remarkable service. The entire crew worked very hard; they were always up-beat and smiling. The captain was most accessible. He dined with the passengers when he could. Gratuities were included in your cruise price. This is not a cruise for children. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I chose this cruise due to trying to plan way in advance of another event while taking advantage of a reduced deposit sale. Of utmost importance to me as well was booking a HA cabin for my scooter which factored into my decision to book ... Read More
I chose this cruise due to trying to plan way in advance of another event while taking advantage of a reduced deposit sale. Of utmost importance to me as well was booking a HA cabin for my scooter which factored into my decision to book early. Everything went off without a hitch and we sailed promptly as scheduled. In addition, I picked up Fttf since I had a cabana booked and wanted to get a crack at one I had my eye on. Right off the bat, we encountered rough (but not stormy) water which had my poor wife seasick anytime we were not in port. Because I attended to her, we missed almost all shows as all she wanted to do was sleep off the sickness in the cabin. When she did feel like moving around in the early daytime, pretty much the only thing of interest to her was the casino, which was rough since we were on a budget. My wife could not wait to get the heck off the ship in Nassau, but immediately regretted that decision after being hounded by the peddlers. My scooter was only a partial deterrent from the hawking of the taxi drivers, but a surprising number were willing to take the scooter was well, many more than originally expected. After picking up a handful of trinkets and some conch fritters, we got back on board for the day without bothering to see much else since my wife felt very uncomfortable with the peddlers. Half Moon Cay was everything advertised and the highlight of the trip. We splurged for a cabana and I got in a very early request after embarkation for #1, which has a paved ramp. Unfortunately, due to past issued with the narrow tender ramps, my scooter was not allowed on board. I was told that wheelchair assist would be available, but none was forthcoming, leaving me to limp aboard from the priority gathering on deck 9 aft all the way to the tender on deck 3 mid-ship. One note to add here is that after Nassau, a fair number of ship staff seemed to be operating on "Island time." The buffet was due to open at 6:30am. On HMC day, they told people they wouldn't be open until after 7, leaving me to grab some Pizza Pirate for breakfast for us. (This continued for the remainder of the cruise with sections of the buffet opening whenever someone felt like it.) The staff member that was supposed to escort us to the tender arrived about 15 minutes late, although the go/no go decision may have been a factor was the wind was still up and even I was betting on the whole thing being canceled. The paved path to the cabana meant that we got a pretty fair number of visitors as well trying to reach the beach, but it was mostly ok. Music from the pirate ship was not badly intrusive this far down and the faint beat was actually relaxing. We ate YTD in the main dining room on the first three days, with a great table for two on the first two days. They then turned it into a four top and we were seated nearby when my request for it was denied, and watched while it remained empty for the entire first service. (frown) This was not why we didn't return, as that was mostly from being stuffed on HMC and seasick the final day, but it was a burr in my saddle. Dining rooms are still on the old menu, but I overhead a waiter mention that American Table was already being trained and would be in effect by the end of November 2016. Elegant Night did not have the expected prime rib, but a Filet Mignon and short rib dish. The filet was good, but you could fool me if that "rib" wasn't really pot roast. And speaking of which, While the filet at both the brunch and the Elegant night were top notch, the same dish, ordered rare at the Dr. Seuss breakfast was overcooked and also had a post roast consistency. Of final note was that on the final night, a handful of items started running out on the salad bar as I waited for items to be replaced and only got to watch the shuffling of dishes to make it look like the bar was still full. Disembarkation was a royal cluster. We were instructed to wait in the main lounge and would have a priority escort though customs as part of the FttF. About 15 minutes after we were supposed to be picked up, the overhead announcement simply allowed everyone to go at the same time!!! Once actually down the elevator, everything else went fast, including breezing through customs with birth certificates. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We were suppose to go to the Bahamas but because of Mattews we had to go to Key West which was great. The Captain keep us away from the storm .I don't think we even had rain . This ship is old but still looks good.The staff was ... Read More
We were suppose to go to the Bahamas but because of Mattews we had to go to Key West which was great. The Captain keep us away from the storm .I don't think we even had rain . This ship is old but still looks good.The staff was great.The food was okay.The shows are not very good. The Jacksonvlle port was great. I have been cruising since 1989 on all size ships and I have found out you are the one who makes the cruise and you get what you paid for.I have seen people having a great time.on all of them. When you have people waiting on you hand and foot and all you have to do is watch the sun come up and go down it is worth every penny.I can't wait to book my next cruise. We have fun watching roll call and counting down the days PS They should get rid of smoking in the casino .It was so bad you could smell it on the floor below Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our 10th cruise with the majority of them with Carnival we have never had such a disappointing experience than we had with this cruise. We booked a balcony suite which was not any larger than previous cabins We have stayed in and ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise with the majority of them with Carnival we have never had such a disappointing experience than we had with this cruise. We booked a balcony suite which was not any larger than previous cabins We have stayed in and the balcony was so small you had to rest your feet on the railing and anyone walking on the deck below could look right up unto your balcony. We ordered room service on the last night and never got it.There is little to no shade on the sun deck and the no smoking policy was not enforced I saw people lighting up on restricted decks.My husband was in a wheelchair and it was difficult to get to all areas with the step over doorways.Our room steward was great he was very helpful to me and my husband. I won't sail on the Fascination again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I have to say that this cruise is NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY AT ALL.....It is only for those cruisers who are out to drink and party the whole cruise away. As for kids programs, if you are there to party and just have your kids babysat, then this ... Read More
I have to say that this cruise is NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY AT ALL.....It is only for those cruisers who are out to drink and party the whole cruise away. As for kids programs, if you are there to party and just have your kids babysat, then this is the cruise for you. If you are a family who is hoping to have family activities together, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY OR YOUR TIME. The only thing onboard the cruiseship to do together with your child is swim, and use the water slides. When a parent tries to go to the child area to participate in an activity, they forbid it. Really....this is ridiculous. For example, let's build a volcano for three days and watch it erupt, but parents can't be part of that. The only family activities with the kids club was the digital scavenger hunt and the Beary Cuddly activity (which is extra). The thing that really worried me about the kids program was even though they are supposed to check the kids out when they leave, they tried to send the wrong child to the desk for me when I went to pick mine up. Just think, if my child was too young to speak or had trouble speaking, it could have been a HUGE PROBLEM. :( Yes she went back, but I pointed this out to the staff. If you have an older parent with you who is in a wheelchair, forget having easy access to anything. Even the hot tub did not have stairs for them to get into, even in the adult serenity area. The pool had no access at all for them. Even when I asked about shore excursions I was told that nothing was wheelchair accessable. GUESS WHAT, WHEN I BOOKED THIS CRUISE THIS IS NOT WHAT I WAS TOLD. :( You have to go way out of the way to get an elevator to go to dinner or get anywhere else on the ship. Forget wanting to play put put golf with them, because guess what, no elevator to the sun deck. One good thing was the Seuss at Sea program, but even this was only three activities during the week which lasted only about an hour each, and one of the programs was an additional charge. The water onbard the ship tasted like they obtained it from the toilet bowl, IT WAS AWFUL. The food was hit and miss with the best thing onboard being the hamburgers and the ice cream. The pizza was like cardboard with no taste. Even the sit down dining area left much to be desired with the quality of the food. My husband ordered prime rib and it tasted like rubber bands and had more fat than meat. The sad thing is that other cruise lines like NCL and Disney have family acitivites where the whole family participates and there is a different show every night. They have wheelchair accessable programs and excursions every place that they go. The only two shows on this cruise were presented on two nights out of the whole cruise. Every other night if you don't drink or gamble, forget it, nothing to do. Let's just say, carnival will never get my money again. NCL AND DISNEY, I SHOULD'VE KNOWN TO ONLY GO WITH YOU. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We celebrated our 30th anniversary on the Fascination. Our last cruise was 20 years ago on the Big Red Boat.so this was like cruising for the 1st time. We loved everything. The food was awesome, the entertainment was great, and the people ... Read More
We celebrated our 30th anniversary on the Fascination. Our last cruise was 20 years ago on the Big Red Boat.so this was like cruising for the 1st time. We loved everything. The food was awesome, the entertainment was great, and the people we met were so friendly. Our tablemates at late dining were perfectly suited to us. Rondaldo was a great waiter and made the best recommendations. Our room steward did an okay job but I never met him so I don't know his name. He made cute towel animals though. The dining room staff did a wonderful job of entertaining each evening. I have to mention the ship's magician he was wonderful and stopped by our table each evening, with a new feat of magic. My favorite was when he took one lady's watch right off her arm and she swears she didn't even feel it. The casino was small but gave just enough to keep us coming back till we put it all back in. My only complaint is that Carnival has given into the non-smokers and relegated those of us who smoke to 3 tiny little areas. These areas got so crowded, that sometimes it was a feat to be able to get an ashtray. I understand non-smokers have the right to smoke-free air but smokers have rights too and shouldn't be made to feel like second class citizens And that is my only complaint about the whole cruise. The crew was friendly and helpful. Embarktion and Dembarktion was easy peasy. I think this was the perfect cruise to get my cruise legs on planning a 7 night for my next cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Myself, my spouse and two children, one with autism, all got on board the Fascination leaving from Jax, FL. We thought we would try this, since it was convenient for us being in town. This is a smaller ship than we are used to (more on ... Read More
Myself, my spouse and two children, one with autism, all got on board the Fascination leaving from Jax, FL. We thought we would try this, since it was convenient for us being in town. This is a smaller ship than we are used to (more on that later). Embarkation - Since we were VIP's this was Awesome! The best than any other port. They rolled out the red carpet, walked us to our state room. Provided a tour of the ship for my son, and a special safety brief. Lunch was okay. We left on time, the James Point Bridge appears to be a close call!! They were supposed to correct our dinner table for our son, but they didn't and it was a fiasco. We ended up in anytime dining which is not what we wanted. My son can't wait. We needed 6 pm dining. The materd said, you never wait, they are confused, but he said that every night. Room- Our GS was nice. Balcony on this class ship is secluded and small. Bathroom has a funky tube, very tall, unable to work the shower without a degree!! Otherwise, a typical GS. Closet was nice. Only one of three lamps worked in our room, needed plugs and light bulbs. Nyugen was fantastic. There is no heat just A/C, if you are taking a winter cruise, pack warm PJs. We asked for extra blankets and pillows. The pull out coach is leather and cold. Child Care -- My son and I had walkie talkies, they worked great. He loved Kids Camp, and the fun things they did. He was old enough to log in and out by himself. My daughter who is four, hated it. They also were not open very much for the four year old range. Dinner --Just okay. Our wait staff was slow but okay. The girls I found to be faster. Show- Was nice. We went to one. Didn't make the second one, and didn't make any of the comedy shows this time. Bummer! Rough seas -- This being a smaller ship, and it being NOV, the seas were very rough at the beginning. And then at the end, they were horrible!! Half the ship was puking all over the place. We had to close our balcony, the staff wore life-jackets and removed the chairs. We were late arriving back home by four hours. This was all acceptable. What is NOT acceptable was Debarkation. No one could hear announcements on this ship. So, no one followed the directions for Debarkation. They all piled down the stairs, after they were kicked out of their rooms at 0800 -0900. We all had to wait in the hallways, floors and ladder wells for three hours! They never announced VIP disembark. Just people piled down the stairs. They did announce those with bags, from decks 4, etc. We never got off the ship until 1230, and that was after dosing my son with medication for anxiety. We were supposed to have special handicap assistance off the ship and we paid for VIP status. ??? What happened Carnival? I called the number to complain, and they said we should have told a staff member at that time. There were no staff members to tell. They said it is over with now. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
A basic review with a few tips and hints... Fascination 3-22 to 3-26 1. The basics, traveling with the wife and the in-laws" A& P"' 'A' has some mobility challenges but on scale of 1 to 10 he gets a ... Read More
A basic review with a few tips and hints... Fascination 3-22 to 3-26 1. The basics, traveling with the wife and the in-laws" A& P"' 'A' has some mobility challenges but on scale of 1 to 10 he gets a "6' for getting around. We utilized a walker more for balance then dependence. Boarding And now on to the review- we live in St Augustine so the port is about 45 min. away on a Thursday with no traffic. We were dropped off by a friend, on board in about 45 min. The staff was very accommodating. For those who choose to of be the clan of "smugglers" (not us on this trip) they shake your water and look at your reaction... our legal wine and water went straight through. Great accommodations for our challenged 'A' the whole way. And so we had the usual lunch on lido, down to the cabin to drop off stuff. Explored a bit...Then off to the life boat drill. We arrived early so as to use the elevator. Good seats no problem, they took the head count and smiled, the head count was "good' and so they did the briefing; and then a new twist. those who could were taken to muster again to the life boat deck. I thought the hassle was gone when we no longer had to wear the life vests to the drill. After asking I was informed this is standard on the four day trips, three days just get the briefing. Alos as we boarded we were informed the Nassau stop would depart at 6pm, not the advertised 10pm, bummer for those with shore side night plans. Sail Away The money moment could not have been better passing under "the bridge" with cheers and clapping all around. Very special to over and under the same span in one day! We enjoyed the trip down the river, the passage to the open sea. We are on our way! Dinning Early seating with team Alfonso, great team! And the Super charged head of staff Joseph. Fun singing and dancing at the end of the meals appealed to all. We enjoyed the food, very well prepared for the amount they produce, with Appetizers and soups being the highlight for me. One small hiccup, on our day in Nassau, we planned to eat on the lido, then when we got around to wanting food it was 7pm, with limited grill, deli and pizza being offered. We went down to the Sensation dining room and the staff accommodated with main and desert courses. Later on Saturday the deck part featured late night Mexican, so mid-night dinning is not dead. We never used room service, but overheard comments they service was good. Formal night featured prime rib and lobster, my slice of rib was large and very good. I found it interesting that tips are no longer solicited for the head of dinning staff. For those who are Catholic, fish in the dining room on Friday is Salmon and Basa. Main dining room breakfast service exceeds expectations, and other then the first lunch no long waits on lido. Mongolian BBQ has three cooks during busy time and varied protein offering from day to day. Rooms We had main deck balcony's, very nice. Seas were calm, and we enjoyed the time spent outside. Tip- if you adjoin with friends or family, the room steward can open the divider. I enjoyed some time getting to know the couple next door. My wife enjoyed the reaction of her parent's first towel animal. The second night they interrupted Gerald preparing the room and he forgot their towel creation, but made up for the next night with two offerings in their room. As a side note other reviews are spot on the cleanliness of the ship. One day our balcony was closed for two hours for cleaning, and they were even painting as we returned from port. Ports Freeport Curry Transpiration In the taxi line we randomly were put in a taxi operated by Curry transportation We took the van to Lucaya in Freeport; enjoyment of the ride was comprised by no AC in 15 person van. Also they charged $10, not the advertised $5 but included a return trip in the $10. This insures one uses their service both ways and limits returns to hourly service ending at 5pm. Tip- If you need more flexibility politely insist on paying $5 per person and use the open taxi line to return at your preference. We shopped and had drinks then returned to the ship. Nassau We did two tours on this stop. The first was the Jeep tour. Our guide met us on the dock, got us the bus to their parking area. Gave me an orientation on driving and away we went. Phillip our guide did a great job, amazing how he does this via walky-talky. Very accommodating by carrying the walker in his lead jeep. Two or three stops, with one to change drivers if you want to. Because of our small group w and the fact that we were doing well driving on a slow traffic Saturday morning we were able to drive a little in the city and see some of the original island homes and churches. I could not recommend this more for those who are brave enough to drive on the left. They even drove us back to catch our second tour on time For the afternoon trip we did the semi-submersible tour. Tip- this trip involves getting on and off docks and boats, sometimes in open water. This led to a fall with cuts and bruises, but they had a first aid kit and patched our injured person up. Even with the injury this was "the injured persons' favorite tour. We saw Lots of fish, sea grass, crabs and even a shark. Tips were solicited for the guide's narration of the port and for the narrator of the underwater view portion. After touring we ate Senor Frogs. I love their table side prepared conk salad; they also offer table side ceviche. More straw market and a visit to my favorite wood carver "Vincent' who sometimes goes by "Winston". Nice to by something he makes by hand. So overall an enjoyable cruise. A few last tips- For the free cocktail crowd the farewell party is advertised in days leading up to the last day; but not posted in the activities for the last day, I discovered the party by mistake mapping the route for a walker to the serenity deck. If you buy a classic cocktail and turn in the receipt in the casino they give you a complimentary $5 match play coupon. Also look out for a casino promotion coupon sheet with buy $20 and get $30 in fun play chips and other casino perks.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
A basic review with a few tips and hints... Fascination 3-22 to 3-26 1. The basics, traveling with the wife and the in-laws" A& P"' 'A' has some mobility challenges but on scale of 1 to 10 he gets a ... Read More
A basic review with a few tips and hints... Fascination 3-22 to 3-26 1. The basics, traveling with the wife and the in-laws" A& P"' 'A' has some mobility challenges but on scale of 1 to 10 he gets a "6' for getting around. We utilized a walker more for balance then dependence. Boarding And now on to the review- we live in St Augustine so the port is about 45 min. away on a Thursday with no traffic. We were dropped off by a friend, on board in about 45 min. The staff was very accommodating. For those who choose to of be the clan of "smugglers" (not us on this trip) they shake your water and look at your reaction... our legal wine and water went straight through. Great accommodations for our challenged 'A' the whole way. And so we had the usual lunch on lido, down to the cabin to drop off stuff. Explored a bit...Then off to the life boat drill. We arrived early so as to use the elevator. Good seats no problem, they took the head count and smiled, the head count was "good' and so they did the briefing; and then a new twist. those who could were taken to muster again to the life boat deck. I thought the hassle was gone when we no longer had to wear the life vests to the drill. After asking I was informed this is standard on the four day trips, three days just get the briefing. Alos as we boarded we were informed the Nassau stop would depart at 6pm, not the advertised 10pm, bummer for those with shore side night plans. Sail Away The money moment could not have been better passing under "the bridge" with cheers and clapping all around. Very special to over and under the same span in one day! We enjoyed the trip down the river, the passage to the open sea. We are on our way! Dinning Early seating with team Alfonso, great team! And the Super charged head of staff Joseph. Fun singing and dancing at the end of the meals appealed to all. We enjoyed the food, very well prepared for the amount they produce, with Appetizers and soups being the highlight for me. One small hiccup, on our day in Nassau, we planned to eat on the lido, then when we got around to wanting food it was 7pm, with limited grill, deli and pizza being offered. We went down to the Sensation dining room and the staff accommodated with main and desert courses. Later on Saturday the deck part featured late night Mexican, so mid-night dinning is not dead. We never used room service, but overheard comments they service was good. Formal night featured prime rib and lobster, my slice of rib was large and very good. I found it interesting that tips are no longer solicited for the head of dinning staff. For those who are Catholic, fish in the dining room on Friday is Salmon and Basa. Main dining room breakfast service exceeds expectations, and other then the first lunch no long waits on lido. Mongolian BBQ has three cooks during busy time and varied protein offering from day to day. Rooms We had main deck balcony's, very nice. Seas were calm, and we enjoyed the time spent outside. Tip- if you adjoin with friends or family, the room steward can open the divider. I enjoyed some time getting to know the couple next door. My wife enjoyed the reaction of her parent's first towel animal. The second night they interrupted Gerald preparing the room and he forgot their towel creation, but made up for the next night with two offerings in their room. As a side note other reviews are spot on the cleanliness of the ship. One day our balcony was closed for two hours for cleaning, and they were even painting as we returned from port. Ports Freeport Curry Transpiration In the taxi line we randomly were put in a taxi operated by Curry transportation We took the van to Lucaya in Freeport; enjoyment of the ride was comprised by no AC in 15 person van. Also they charged $10, not the advertised $5 but included a return trip in the $10. This insures one uses their service both ways and limits returns to hourly service ending at 5pm. Tip- If you need more flexibility politely insist on paying $5 per person and use the open taxi line to return at your preference. We shopped and had drinks then returned to the ship. Nassau We did two tours on this stop. The first was the Jeep tour. Our guide met us on the dock, got us the bus to their parking area. Gave me an orientation on driving and away we went. Phillip our guide did a great job, amazing how he does this via walky-talky. Very accommodating by carrying the walker in his lead jeep. Two or three stops, with one to change drivers if you want to. Because of our small group w and the fact that we were doing well driving on a slow traffic Saturday morning we were able to drive a little in the city and see some of the original island homes and churches. I could not recommend this more for those who are brave enough to drive on the left. They even drove us back to catch our second tour on time For the afternoon trip we did the semi-submersible tour. Tip- this trip involves getting on and off docks and boats, sometimes in open water. This led to a fall with cuts and bruises, but they had a first aid kit and patched our injured person up. Even with the injury this was "the injured persons' favorite tour. We saw Lots of fish, sea grass, crabs and even a shark. Tips were solicited for the guide's narration of the port and for the narrator of the underwater view portion. After touring we ate Senor Frogs. I love their table side prepared conk salad; they also offer table side ceviche. More straw market and a visit to my favorite wood carver "Vincent' who sometimes goes by "Winston". Nice to by something he makes by hand. So overall an enjoyable cruise. A few last tips- For the free cocktail crowd the farewell party is advertised in days leading up to the last day; but not posted in the activities for the last day, I discovered the party by mistake mapping the route for a walker to the serenity deck. If you buy a classic cocktail and turn in the receipt in the casino they give you a complimentary $5 match play coupon. Also look out for a casino promotion coupon sheet with buy $20 and get $30 in fun play chips and other casino perks. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
We had a GREAT time on our Carnival Fascination Birthday Bash Cruise with daughter Jacquie, son-in-law Julio, his Mom Antonia, their 4 kids Jacob, Mackenzie, Tristan and Ryan, our son-out-law Chris and grandsons Nathanael and Jack. This 5 ... Read More
We had a GREAT time on our Carnival Fascination Birthday Bash Cruise with daughter Jacquie, son-in-law Julio, his Mom Antonia, their 4 kids Jacob, Mackenzie, Tristan and Ryan, our son-out-law Chris and grandsons Nathanael and Jack. This 5 day cruise sails out of Jacksonville to Key West and Nassau Bahamas. Though generally I prefer longer cruises this was a great get-away with half of our family...and since we had cruised to Bermuda in July with the oldest daughter and family it made this summer extra special. Being it was mid-August the ship was FULL of families on vacation before the start of school...just like us. For one of the older ships in Carnival's fleet, we found her to be in very good shape and well maintained. We drove to Jacksonville from Fredericksburg VA. Chris and the 2 boys rode down with us and Chris took on the duties of driving...I road shotgun and Bill sat in the back watching movies with the boys. Jacquie and family left on Wednesday as they were doing Disney pre-cruise. We hit 95 about 6:30 a.m. on Sunday and made it to Jacksonville by 5:45 with 4 stops, 2 short gas stops and breakfast a Cracker Barrel and lunch at a Wendy's. The boys were so good. Those DVD players for cars are a Godsend! The last hour they got kind of giggly and the grouchy old man (Bill) was a PITA about it....he was worse than the kids LOL. He said we will never drive that far again LOL. I booked two suites at the St. John's Suites and was VERY pleased with the accommodations and the price ($79 plus tax). I was too exhausted to go out to eat...and Bill didn't want to either. Chris took the car and he and the boys went looking for someplace to eat. He called me and said they decided on Red Lobster so I had him bring me an appetizer of coconut shrimp. Monday we headed out of the hotel about 11:30. We were on board by 12:30. Went to lunch and then sat at outdoor tables by the pool to eat. Jacquie and Chris had bathing suits in their carry ons so the kids hit the pool. At 1:30 Bill and I headed to our room. We had an aft balcony handicapped cabin, nice size. We had early dining and a table for 12 in the Imagination Dining Room. Dinner the first night was a nightmare zoo! It was not the thing for Tristan and Ryan (age 5 & 3)...they did everything but dance on the table. Like Jacquie said all the silver and glasses on the table were just so tempting to them. Jack and Nathanael (age 5 & 7) did very well all week at dinner in the dining room. That was the only night Jacquie brought the boys to dinner...they went to Camp Carnival and the camp counselors took the kids to the buffet for dinner each night....Mackenzie (7) and Jacob (13) ate a couple nights at the buffet too, though Jacob would pop in and out of the dining room to see what was going on LOL. We found an area on the ship that we would like to "hang" out when we were inside....kind of a "Gaggy's Office". It was on Promenade deck near The Stars Bar, Casino and there often had live music entertainment in the area. The little ones enjoyed the close proximity to the "candy shop". This was always our meeting spot for pre-dinner cocktails. And I would hang out after dinner listening to the music while Bill was in the casino if I didn't go to a show. Sea days we would enjoy this area during the day when the decks got too hot or to stay out of the rain. We had good weather except for Thursday, Nassau day....it just stormed ALL day. Wednesday in Key West we had beautiful weather...we just walked around Key West, did a little shopping and then had drinks and appetizers at Hog's Breath then back on the ship. Poor Bill though...my scooter batter went dead while shopping and he had to go back to the ship to get my spare. Lesson learned..I will always piggy back the batteries as I can stack them in the battery rack..just makes the scooter a tad heavier. Wednesday was my60th birthday. The dining staff brought me a slice of cake with candles and sung. After dinner we all went to our balcony and enjoyed the sunset....GREAT birthday evening. Thursday we weren't scheduled to arrive in Nassau until noon. About 9:00 a.m. it was announced that we had come upon a sinking commercial fishing boat. The ship stopped to give assistance if needed. No survivors were spotted so the Bridge called the Coast Guard in Nassau. It was relayed back that a freighter picked up the fishing crew who all made it safely into their life raft. We were back on our way to Nassau with about an hour delay in arrival. Since we were late getting in to port the Captain was able to change our departure from 10 pm to 11:30pm. By the time we got to Nassau though the weather took a bad turn for the worse...lots of storming with thunder and lightning. It ended up raining ALL day. Jacquie's dolphin excursion that the whole family was taking was cancelled... They did brave the elements when the rain slacked off for awhile and went to the straw market...Bill, Chris, the boys and I stayed on board and just chilled out around ship. The last sea day Camp Carnival had a "Build-a-Stuffed Animal" activity and I treated all the grandkids to making one... They had a ball with this activity and love their stuffed animals and we had a ball watching them "make" their new toys. This was a real special memory moment for all of us. Another big favorite on this cruise was the Family Karaoke. The grandkids had a ball getting up on stage and signing...and so did daughter Jacquie ?. And Jacob our 13 year old grandson really enjoyed the dances that Circle C had evening for the 12 - 14 year age group. This night Bill and I did the Chef's Table and LOVED it...the food was awesome and Bill got a kick out of "making" our dessert when we were in the galley for the galley tour. The Chef asked for an assistant from the men and Bill was the only one to volunteer. Dinner was a 7course feast and it was delicious. Appetizers were served in the kitchen with Champaign then after the Warm Melting Chocolate cake demo we were escorted to the library where they set up a "private dining room" for the 12 of us participating in the Chef's table. Two of our tablemates were "Blue's Brother" impersonators. They were a hoot. Dinner started with Beef Carpaccio with Parmigiano, Balsamico Gelee, then on to Charred lime and lemon preserve for the Fried Calamari, Fire Roasted Tomato and Poblano Chili Bisque with grilled corn & cilantro drizzle....this was SO YUMMY! Salad course was Chopped Mediterranean Salad w/shaved pumpkin, feta cheese crumble. Fish course was Fillet of Chilean Sea Bass w/wine stewed shallots and chives vinaigrette, leaks emulsion, and pea risotto followed by Filet mignon with onion streusel, creamy mashed potatoes and grilled garlic broccoli. All was served with bottomless bottles of red and white wine. Dinner was topped off with coffee or cappuccino and dessert plate of almond torte, coconut milk gel ribbon, assorted berries, chocolate mousse and Bill's warm melting chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream all served beautifully on one plate. If you ever do the Chef's Table GO HUNGRY! And you WILL roll out of there! Debarkation went smoothly all in all, though one of Chris' suitcases was put in the wrong line and took about 20 minutes to find. We were on the road home by 10 a.m. We only stopped 2x on the way home, once to eat lunch and one gas/potty stop. Jacquie was about 30 miles ahead of us in near Wilson NC. Traffic came to a stop...BIG accident with 3 people killed and 5 injured needing air lifted. It was a family of 8 in a big SUV, a tire blow out and the driver lost control and the car flipped in the median....so sad. Jacquie called us on the cell phone and we were able to get off and take 301 up to Rocky Mount (about 15 miles) and missed it all. Saved us big time. We got back to Fburg about 8:15 pm...stopped at WAWA for sandwiches and milk...Chris called in an order of Chinese for him and the boys then we picked that up and after dropping them at their house we were home by 9:00 Another exhausting ride! Oh, I did get our family cruise booked for next Sept while on board...the Dream on Sep 1st...5 cabins. I also booked Bill and I on the Pride out of Baltimore on Feb 12th for a winter get away. Unfortunately I had to cancel the 2 week Alaska cruise but we really wanted to do another cruise with ALL of our 3 girls and their children/spouses...the kids are getting older and before long the oldest will be going off to college and such. Here is the link to all of our pictures: https://picasaweb.google.com/110640500519293860568/60thBirthdayBashCruise Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We are a family of 4 and invited my parents to join us on the cruise. My parents had been on a couple cruises years ago but this was a first time cruise for my husband and I and the kids. I have a 10 year old and 14 year old. We boarded ... Read More
We are a family of 4 and invited my parents to join us on the cruise. My parents had been on a couple cruises years ago but this was a first time cruise for my husband and I and the kids. I have a 10 year old and 14 year old. We boarded at Jacksonville (selecting this port since it is only an hour from my mother's house). We had two ports - Key West and Nassau. We went through a TA to make our reservation as we thought they could give us a good deal and information. We are finding that it was a mistake - they did not know how to book the reservation or make sure our cabins were satisfactory. My father is handicapped and we were told that my mother's stateroom would be able to handle his handicap and have a couch for him to sit on. That was not the case at all. My mother and father where put in one of the worst staterooms (U237) on the ship. It was very difficult for my mother to help my father into the bathroom. The room was noisy, the TV was not clear. This was a very subpar room. We also wanted our staterooms to be near each other - I was assigned M106 - different deck, different location. This was no way to start a vacation. While on the Fascination we found the following items as issues: - On the Carnival website it states "Due to safety considerations, wheelchairs and scooters cannot be stored in the corridors." When we spoke to the Customer Service people on board about our room they stated that we could put our wheelchair outside our room - it would be no problem. If we had known this we would have brought our electric wheelchair instead of our manual one. - There was 1 small pool for the entire ship - there was never any room to swim or enjoy the area around the pool. The pool also closed by 8PM - we could not do any night swimming that my kids enjoy. They called it "resort style pool' - I think not. - There were 2 ice cream machines next to each other for the entire ship and one was broken some of the time. The ice cream was always too soft - it would melt before you could eat it. - There were no late night snacks like pretzels, popcorn. You could only get pizza at night - who wants pizza every night? - There was only one place to get our free drinks - why doesn't every bar offer iced tea, lemonade and coffee? - They allowed guests to smoke on their balconies - so our balcony would smell like smoke if the guests next to us were out on their balcony. - They had photographers all over the ship but the photos cost $22 for one 8x10 - I feel that is too expensive. - At times the ships bathrooms were not cleaned and had a horrible odor. The doors were not always easy to get open. - At Nassau my parents went on a tour while we went snorkeling. The tour was listed as Handicap - this was not the case. The people were very rude and made my mom push my father's wheelchair to the van over rough roads on the other side of the pier - not handicap friendly at all. (My mother was also nursing a broken wrist). On the good side: - The sit down dinners were very good. Service was excellent; food selection very good. - We enjoyed the nightly shows - although you need to make sure to get there 30 - 45 minutes ahead of time to get a good seat. - They cleaned our room twice a day and gave us fresh towels which was very nice. - The kids loved the towel animals and went to the seminar to learn how to make them. - In Key West the Glass Bottom Boat was very nice - the kids enjoyed the boat ride very much. - My 10 year old enjoyed herself very much and met a friend on the cruise. They enjoyed the "water park" and camp carnival activities. I am not sure we will ever do another cruise - if we do it would definitely not be Carnival. In the future I will also handle all the reservations myself - the TA should have been more helpful. Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
First, let me say that our cruise was wonderful. The staff, room, food, expeditions, etc. were all great! I will not waste time talking about this particular ship's decor and cleanliness because they are going into drydock next week ... Read More
First, let me say that our cruise was wonderful. The staff, room, food, expeditions, etc. were all great! I will not waste time talking about this particular ship's decor and cleanliness because they are going into drydock next week (1/05/2009) and everything will be updated. However, the staff was wonderful as usual. Everyone is so friendly and helpful and nice that it makes me want to go back within the year to cruise again. Embarkation was a nightmare!!! There were lines and lines of people. We did NOT have this problem in Port Canaveral. Had it not been for the fact that my 93 year old grandmother was in a wheelchair, it would have taken us at least 2 hours to check in. Since she was in a wheelchair, they put us in the VIP line and we went right on in, but I did feel sorry for the others who had to snake their way in and out of lines for a looooong time. Once we got onto the ship, my family was very excited. My husband and I had cruised before, but the other 6 in our group were new to cruising and it was fun to see their wonder and excitement once we were onboard the ship. The normal food fare was to be had. The buffet on the lido deck was not quite as good as I remembered from our last cruise, but it was still good food. I missed not having a midnight buffet any of the nights, but I can understand why they stopped this. We were never hungry at any time. The dining room food was good as well. I liked some items better than others, but my favorite was still the chocolate melting cake! I ordered it every night for dessert! Yummmmy! We had a room on the upper deck in the middle of the ship. I was glad we did this, but would have gotten a room on the Empress deck if I had known that they stopped smoking in the atrium area. I am glad that they have done this. They have not prohibited smoking, but they have limited the areas you can smoke, which is nice for us nonsmokers. Overall, the ship was in good shape, but as I said, our cruise is the second to the last one before they put her in dry dock for updates and repairs. Now, to my one major complaint. When I booked the 3 rooms for the 8 people on this cruise, it took OVER 2 HOURS to complete!!!! This was ridiculous. The woman who took our information was new (she told me she was) and she made a mistake on two of the room (deck) and then when she went to change HER mistake, she told me it would be a $50 per person charge ($300 total)! I was so upset and refused to pay to fix her mistake. she talked to her supervisor and changed the floor without the fee. Then, when my sister was printing the fun pass, she noticed that my nieces' middle name was used instead of her first name. When she called to change the name, the charged her $50 for that!!! Note: She DID NOT change a person, just the name from first to middle. Since I had made the booking and given the names, I thought the mistake was made by me, but when I booked my son and nephew, who go by nicknames, I noticed that I had used their first names. I believe that she made the mistake on that, but they still charged us $50 to change it! This once "black eye" made the trip for me not as enjoyable. I did not have a spa day (we spent over $300 last time), I did not buy the first alcoholic beverage, and I did not spend any money on pictures. I did tip the personnel and actually gave them more than what was suggested. However, next time we sail, I believe that we will try RC. Not due to the people, ship, or food, but because of the booking fiasco and the refusal of the Carnival supervisor to override the $50 fee they charged us to change my niece's name. We told them this on the phone, but the supervisor didn't seem to worried. The money that Carnival lost on this cruise for the 8 of us not spending any extra money (but we still had a lovely time) was probably well over $1000. Don't let this stop you from cruising on the Fascination though. Just beware that if you use Carnival's 800# for booking, BEWARE!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
This was not our first cruise. Check at Jaxport was reasonably smooth. Some elderly check in staff were a little impatient. We were able to board ship a full hour before the advertised boarding time which was nice. When boarding there were ... Read More
This was not our first cruise. Check at Jaxport was reasonably smooth. Some elderly check in staff were a little impatient. We were able to board ship a full hour before the advertised boarding time which was nice. When boarding there were crew members everywhere wearing red shirts with "ASK ME" printed on the front. Actually they were stationed throughout the vessel. Very helpful. A buffet was available on the Lido deck for lunch - very pleasant with a good selection including a grill for hot dogs and hamburgers prepared when ordered. Seating was inside or on deck. The ship itself is quite clean but clearly showing it's age. The decor in most public areas including the dining rooms is very tacky and artless. Other Carnival ships are much more tasteful. Cabins are clean and comfortable. I never once saw our room steward but the room was always perfect. The in - cabin safes are a plus. The dining rooms are cramped. It appears that 12 diners are placed at tables with room for ten. Tables are very close together. Dining room service was excellent and very cordial. Food was average. The big aggravation is you cannot dine without a photographer in your face - in fact that's the case almost all the time on board. Room service was better than expected with very prompt service. Entertainment varied from good to average. One comic was really funny, having appeared on the Comedy Channel, the other was not so funny - he suffers fromm Cerebral Palsy and most of his jokes were self deprecating and eventually tiring. The dancers need more practice time. The vocalists are talented. A juggler performed one night - he lacked perfection but made up for it with his terrific humor. The entertainment low point was a break dancing duo. Carnival Fascination is not completly handicapped accessible. There are areas that are inaccessible by wheelchair. Read Less
Sail Date July 2009

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