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Jacksonville to the Bahamas First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Cruise Line
Ship
Bahamas
Jacksonville

Traveler rating

Excellent

45

Very Good

16

Average

12

Poor

4

Terrible

5

Cruise type

Family Cruises

352

Romantic Cruises

90

First-Time Cruisers

84

Entertainment Cruises

43

Senior Cruises

36

84 Jacksonville to the Bahamas First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews


bamainatl avatar

bamainatl

1 Review Written

Great time on Fascination

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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


ajenkinson avatar

ajenkinson

1 Review Written

17 Helpful Votes

The Elation

We sailed on the Elation on May 21, 2016. This was our very first cruise, ever! My husband and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary on the day we sailed. Although we had nothing to compare it to, this was a ...
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Sail Date May 2016


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sngoebel@live.com

1 Review Written

44 Helpful Votes

Carnival Elation June 4 2016; the Good and Bad

We just got back from our cruise on the Elation. There was some good and bad on this cruise. I'll give you the good first: The Good: 1. The cruise director was excellent. He tried his best to provide a variety ...
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Sail Date June 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


krempep avatar

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


zanicole avatar

zanicole

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Great Family Cruise

As first time cruisers, we didn't know what to expect on our New Year's Eve cruise. We husband and I traveled with our three year old and stayed in a cheap inside cabin. Embark/Disembark: Easy enough and what ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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chittdersmom

3 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Awesome 1st cruise!

Jaxport was easy to find. I parked at the sand lot across the street from the ship and saved $70 for my oversized vehicle. Super easy embarking and disembarking! The Fascination is a smaller older ship and the decor ...
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Sail Date November 2015


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Greengigi

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Fab 50 Time on the Fascination

My two cousins and I celebrated turning 50 on the cruise and it couldn't have been any better. The staff treated us like royalty - as I'm sure they do for all guests. The shows were excellent and I am sure we'll ...
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Sail Date November 2015


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cmurph50

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great Getaway!

My wife and I decided on this cruise mostly based on the dates available and the price. We flew into JAX on the morning of the cruise and took a shuttle to the port. Arrived at the port at 1145 AM and were on the ...
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Sail Date November 2015


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rwhite05

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Anniversary cruise

My husband and I booked this cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. This was our first cruise. We had a great experience from start to finish. Check in and check out was easy and great timing after ready other ...
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Sail Date November 2015


King12345 avatar

King12345

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Great Experience!

This cruise ship is amazing and it has many things to do to keep passengers occupied. The rooms were small but not small enough where I felt very cramped. The dining was wonderful, both the food and the staff. Don't ...
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Sail Date October 2015


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Beukeboom

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Horrible Experience

This was our first cruise ever and it was a horrible experience. The only good things occurred off-ship. Here are just a few of the issues we had: Being made to stand (not allowed to sit) for two hours in the ...
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Sail Date September 2015


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Barry Stallings

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Loved Cruisin!

When it comes to going on a cruise this was our first one. I am not in to the bars, alcohol and gambling end of it however the entertainment was fairly good and the food was EXCELLENT!!! The staff of Fascination ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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andersontraveler

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Disappointing!

Your main expectation is good all inclusive food and a day full of activites for you and your family. The buffet was closed the majority of the time leaving us to go to our room and order room service. We would go ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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mustanggirl78

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Review of My First Time Cruising on the Carnival Fascination

My family and I used to go to Disney every year and thought it was a good idea to change things up a little bit. We wanted something fun for everyone in the group (56, 46, 16, 14) and that was hot since we live in ...
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Sail Date August 2014


Bree88 avatar

Bree88

1 Review Written

Boring

This ship is very small, and makes poor use of the space it does have. Very little to do, we found ourselves very bored most of the time! The shows were very short, and the performers were quite amateur. There is ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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Ninopena

1 Review Written

First Time Cruiser and Loved every minute.

My wife has been wanting to go on a Vacation cruise for some time now and I was the procrastinator. After many years in Both the Navy and U.S. Merchant Marines I was a bit water logged and not to enthused about ...
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Sail Date May 2015


Terresa avatar

Terresa

1 Review Written

First Cruise

This was my first cruise and I must say It was awesome! That first step on the ship was the best feeling . I was cruising with family and friends. The Fascination was so fun. The staff made us feel like we were ...
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Sail Date May 2015


avsmith avatar

avsmith

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Fantastic First Cruise

The ship is clean, the staff are fantastic and food was delicious! This was my family vacation and our first cruise. We were in room M 184. The cabin was maintained by the nicest man named Leonardo. He kept the room ...
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Sail Date April 2015


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Tracymay

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

The Fascinating Fascination

Our trip from start to finish was a breeze. My boyfriend and I had both never been on a cruise and read endless amounts of reviews before picking one and landed on this cruise....a week before we went we reread ...
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Sail Date April 2015


glaw9 avatar

glaw9

1 Review Written

Not Quite What We Hoped For

Timing is everything and if you have a choice, I would advise you to avoid school spring break. Not the fun-loving college spring break, but the "we're on a ship, just let our kids run around" spring break. If ...
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Sail Date April 2015


noth18 avatar

noth18

1 Review Written

Disappointed first time cruisers with 3 & 4 year old

This was our first cruise ever, and as such, we were quite optimistic and excited that our cruise, booking 89RHF8, would be a fantastic vacation. We read so many positive comments about Camp Carnival and cruising ...
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Sail Date May 2014


WilkinsNC avatar

WilkinsNC

3 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

1st timers take on cruise

1, Getting on board is the hardest part: first line to stand is to drop non carry on bags. My tip: pay the extra fee to have the bell hop process them for you so you can move directly to line # 2 the customs check ...
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Sail Date March 2014


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atlonetime

1 Review Written

The FIRST and LAST cruise I will ever take

I don't even know where to begin. This cruise was a mess. It took me two weeks to get the energy up to type all of this out.... Let's start with the positives: We had a super easy time getting on the boat. We ...
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Sail Date March 2014


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zman23370

1 Review Written

First Cruise - Enjoyable, easy vacation

We began our journey on our first cruise from Jaxport on the Carnival Fascination for a 4 night trip that docked in Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas. We purchases the faster to the fun package, but embarkation was so ...
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Sail Date February 2014


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