Sail Date: April 2018
We chose this cruise for the itenerary knowing the ship was dated, but had been in dry dock for updates. We traveled with two teens and stayed in an interior cabin. Our room had two beds that folded down from the walls and two twins made ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itenerary knowing the ship was dated, but had been in dry dock for updates. We traveled with two teens and stayed in an interior cabin. Our room had two beds that folded down from the walls and two twins made into a king. Surprisingly the king bed was very comfortable. The fold out beds were old mattresses and my kids complained about being uncomfortable. Our cabin stewards were amazing. The entire staff on this ship was kind and helpful. Even though the ship is older, there were people cleaning all day everyday to ensure cleanliness. The entire staff works so hard and does it with a smile. Be kind to them! At the end of the day we would have enjoyed a ship with a larger pool or more pools. 1 pool and 4 hot tubs for 2k plus people did not work. We loved the family games and movies they provided as well. We only went to one show and it was good. We did not use the kids club or the casino. We took the ferry to St. John, rented a car, and were all by ourselves at Trunk bay by 9am. We explored the island and were back by 4. Taxi to red hook is $10 pp, ferry to St. John $8.15 pp or $1 for kids. We surfed in Barbados with Barry's surf school. They were great. Research what you'd like to do on this island. The taxi drivers all have connections with the places on Carlyle bay and insist on taking you where they benefit. Taxi is $7 pp one way, $10 pp for a chair and umbrella. Vendors bug the snot out of you on the beach all day. We took an island tour to the pitons, mud bath, & waterfall in st.lucia. $55 pp 1 1/2 hours one way on a bus on a windy road. We called the Marriott on St. Kitts and purchased a day pass for $35 pp. $4 taxi pp to get there. Three pools on the ocean. It was a relaxing day away from all the people on the cruise. Our taxi driver destiny would have given us a full island tour for $20 pp. We took a 3 hour bus island tour in St. marten. The more people the lower the cost. The island is desemated. We would have been better off to just stay at Maho bay and watch the airplanes. The tour was $25 pp at the taxi roundabout. Stops at all the popular spots for 30 minutes. The beach downtown next to the shops is just as nice and a $7 water taxi ride round trip if you need to save some $$. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We sailed 4/1/18 out of San Juan for the southern Caribbean cruise. Transfers from the airport were smooth. Embarkation was painless and we were allowed aboard by 1pm. This was fabulous, as the ship doesn't leave port until 10pm. We ... Read More
We sailed 4/1/18 out of San Juan for the southern Caribbean cruise. Transfers from the airport were smooth. Embarkation was painless and we were allowed aboard by 1pm. This was fabulous, as the ship doesn't leave port until 10pm. We had a Grand Suite, U111, Deck 6 (Upper), our first time in a suite. The cabin was HUGE, with a full bathtub and tons of closets, drawers, and living space. The ship overall is older, but was recently refurbished. Dining options are EXTREMELY limited; dining room, lido buffet, Guy's Burgers, and Blue Iguana Cantina. Pizza and Deli are also here. NO Mongolian wok, NO Indian buffet, NO specialty restaurants (Italian, steakhouse, etc..). Guy's Burgers only open till 6pm, Blue Iguana only open till 3. This was very disappointing to us. Blue Iguana food was excellent, Guy's french fries are to die for! Sushi on promenade deck only offered 4 rolls, 2 kinds of sashimi and that's it. Delicious, but limited. Chefs Table: We splurged and did Chef's Table for $75 pp. 10 passengers were chosen each night. We met at the atrium bar and were greeted by our sever pouring flutes of champagne. We mingled for a bit, then 2 chefs came to escort us to the galley. We had a brief tour of the galley, then sampled several appetizers right on the line. We were given a demonstration of how the melting chocolate cake is made. Then we were taken to our table, which was setup in the library. Red and white wine were freely poured, along with Pellegrino water. Fresh blue cheese brioche and herb flatbread filled our breadbaskets. A 7 course meal followed, with each dish prepared in the library in front of us, and described in intricate detail by chef-- Veggie terrine, crab cake, teriyaki duck, tomato bisque, stuffed sea bass, and wagyu beef, followed by a decadent plate of desserts. Suffice to say; the experience was OUTSTANDING. It took 3 hours total, the magician came in to perform just for us during an intermezzo, and chef cheerfully accommodated our daughter's eggplant allergy and another passenger's request for vegetarian fare. Activities: Only one small pool on Lido deck, was often extremely crowded. 2 hot tubs on Lido, always packed, usually with kids. 2 hot tubs in Serenity were a nice option without kids. Usual mix of karaoke, dancing, trivia, etc... Dancers in Palace Lounge were very talented, shows were enjoyable. Casino was tiny and smoke/vape filled, but hubby and I enjoyed ourselves and got to know the dealers and hosts well during our week. Gym was AMAZING, beautiful, and filled with the latest, top notch fitness equipment. Gym was full every morning. Ports: Fabulous. Lots of variety available in each port. St Thomas- great for shopping, that's about it. Barbados- snorkel with turtles or jet ski. St Lucia- the poorest stop on the itinerary. Beautiful island, though. Rainforest adventure tour was lovely. St Kitts- must see the Fort on top of the island; breathtaking views and a fascinating history. St. Maarten- most beautiful overall. Flying Dutchman Zipline was exhilarating and offered 360 degree views of both sides of the island. FYI: Pixels Photo Package: We purchased the pre-cruise photo package with all you can shoot pix and all the photos put on a USB stick for $250. We took shots at every photographer on the ship, every port, really hammed it up at times. We left the ship with over $2000 in photos, plus we have the digital copies on a stick to make all the copies in the world! BEST SECRET VALUE ON THE SHIP!!!! Overall a good cruise. I wouldn't sail this ship again due to lack of dining options. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
My dad was the one who chose this cruise. It was what he wanted to do in stead of coming to visit me in Europe. However I think it has one of the best itineraries because there is only one sea day. Cab ride from the airport should be ... Read More
My dad was the one who chose this cruise. It was what he wanted to do in stead of coming to visit me in Europe. However I think it has one of the best itineraries because there is only one sea day. Cab ride from the airport should be around 25$ but it depends on how many people/bags you have. I've been to Old San Juan a bunch of times so I didn't feel like exploring. Embarkation was about 30 min. They checked our documents like 10 times before we entered the ship. The ship didn't depart till 10pm. One thing that really bothered me was on the first day the main dining closed at 8pm sharp we got there at 8:01 asked if we could just do appetizers and we got denied. Pizza and buffet closed 20 min later with all the food away by 8:30. This was really the most stressful/upsetting part of the cruise the drill started at 9pm but most people were there ahead of time as there wasn't much else to do. We had to wait 30-45min after the drill started while they called missing individuals room by room. Once the drill finished the cruise was great. The ship was the smallest cruise ship I've been on but it had everything I wanted from a cruise. We had 3 people in our interior cabin. The interesting thing was the spare bed was about a foot off the ground and it fit so your feet end up under the counter of the table. Once again the dining room closes early on the first night and doesn't reopen. All other nights it was good the typical American Table menu. Comedians Rob Little, Azeem and Tim Young were very good but you might not get the same ones. Didn't go to the shows as I spent some time in the casino. St Thomas: Sapphire Beach was a nice excursion. We saw about 10 different types of fish snorkeling. Barbados: The town is a 20 min walk. Beware of Cave Sheppard. They said my credit card didn't go threw and tried another card ended up paying cash and getting a charge on both cards. My one card sends notifications as soon as my card has been used abroad and they said at the time "its pending in your account it will go away at the end of the day as soon as the transactions go to the bank" well now its gone threw. St Lucia: We have done the catamaran and zip lining before so this time we just went in to see the town. Wasn't much to see. St Kitts: We did the catamaran here on a previous cruise so this time we just explored the port. The casino has good wifi but gets busy in the afternoon with all the crew using their wifi. St Maarten: This Island had the most visible damage from the hurricane. Beside the cruise docks is a shipping container graveyard, followed by a boat graveyard. There were still boats in the bay by the airport that were upside down, half sunk or wash up ashore. The Sunset bar at Maho Beach was open. I would totally do this cruise again. It would be nice if they did some of the other Southern Caribbean Islands. Debarkation was long they were only debarking by the fwd elevators. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Pros: Burgers, Pizza, Sandwich Deli Breakfast. Very Clean and well maintained old ship. Fast Embarkation. Cons: Very Poor Service, Decor, Desserts, Cabin design, Buffet lines and Disembarkation This is a very old ship and ... Read More
Pros: Burgers, Pizza, Sandwich Deli Breakfast. Very Clean and well maintained old ship. Fast Embarkation. Cons: Very Poor Service, Decor, Desserts, Cabin design, Buffet lines and Disembarkation This is a very old ship and quite small compared with what is the standard in the industry today. The decor is not my style, but to be honest, I find it very clean and well maintained. It doesn’t have all the amenities of the bigger newest ships, but I knew that and I was looking for a place to sleep, eat, relax with my family and to escape the every day stress of our busy life. Embarkation was flawless. Super fast and easy. Guy Fieri Burgers are excellent and for no extra charge. Also the Pizza and the Deli Sandwiches. It was an unexpected awesome surprise. Food in the Dinning Room is average, but with the exception of the “Carnival Chocolate Melting Cake” all other desserts around the ship are terribly bad. Service was really poor. I wasn’t expecting a five star service, but the least: like water refills, to be served the food the way It says in the menu and if I order a drink, would hope it to arrive before we finish dinner and this were standard service issues every night in the dinning room. Breakfast was very good. Specially the omelet buffet near the pool area at Lido deck. A little slow, but worth the wait. The cabin is OK and well maintained for the price and age of the ship, but this balcony staterooms were originally window ocean view cabins. Beds were designed to go against the window. Balconies were added years later and the beds were rearranged. Now the room look smaller and the fourth upper bed block the access around the double bed and the balcony. It was very difficult and uncomfortable for four people to live in it for a week. To make it an even bigger challenge, I’ve notice that every time I go on a cruise, communicating with the staff gets more difficult, and it took my steward three days to understand that we were requesting to close the upper beds during the day so we could walk freely around the stateroom. I have two daughters (8 and 6), they love Camp Ocean very much. Is the first time they wanted to stay at a children’s center on a cruise. The staff looks very well trained and the kids seems very happy and entertained every time we visit it. I can’t say much about the ports of call because I only walk around the pier stores in all of them, but they all look very nice and clean. Disembarkation was a real challenge. I always choose self service, the one were you take your own luggage out. After Hurricane María last September, the piers' bridge to access the ship through the lobby at deck 7 was damaged. So the only way out is through deck 3 forward. They block all the elevators and stairs to get there. So you end up going to mid or aft ship, getting down to deck 4, then walking all the way forward again to get stocked on an elevator's lobby with hundreds of people waiting for them to operate the elevators to take you down to deck 3. And the worst part is that they don’t say anything about it. You have to come up with all that by yourself. In conclusion, this is a very clean and well maintained cruise ship for his age. I can handle the age and the average food, because it is what you will get around the industry in this price range. But when I travel, I like to relax and enjoy the time with my family. This was a challenge because I often find myself uncomfortable, disappointed or even angry, trying to find someone to help me fix a situation that was not supposed to happened in the first place. For those reasons, not only I definitely don’t recommend this ship, but I’ll avoid traveling with Carnival in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Chose this ship b cause RCL was chartered for the week. Very very disappointed in CCL. Check in and Boarding was OK but once you got on the ship it went down hill. The ocean view cabin was OK except one pays extra to see out the ... Read More
Chose this ship b cause RCL was chartered for the week. Very very disappointed in CCL. Check in and Boarding was OK but once you got on the ship it went down hill. The ocean view cabin was OK except one pays extra to see out the window. It was so dirty one could not. It did however let day light in. We were very glad got off this very dirty and unsanitary ship. Would not sail on it again even if it was free. Poor service and the ship screams of the crew attitude of "I don't care". It must be very poor leadership. Women in Coconut Grove in swim suits with no cover ups in swim suits 2 sizes too small. Men wth no shirts on. Waiters that don't know how to serve a table. Dirty overheads and cabin windows. Sent a message with photos to CEO of CCL as of yet weeks later never heard back. Pick a different ship or cruise line. This is a bad ship. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary but we never dreamed it would be as good as it was. The ship was very clean and the updates were very nice. The food was the best I've had on a cruise. The service was great. The main dining ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary but we never dreamed it would be as good as it was. The ship was very clean and the updates were very nice. The food was the best I've had on a cruise. The service was great. The main dining room was extremely good. Robert and Vilad were unbeatable. We would book this cruise again. The only thing I could add is that the ship does move a fair amount because of it's size so if you're subject to sea sickness you may want to get the patch. Our son, 15 years old, had the time of his life with the Club O2. He was out later than his parents most nights. He is still communicating with his new friends he met on the ship. The breakfast buffet was as good as I've ever had. The entertainment was very good, especially the comedians and piano player. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Even though this ship is small, it had what we needed. The crew was fantastic! The food was average, but once again, the crew was wonderful. My husband, who is diabetic, had a low sugar incident as we were walking back to our ship. We got ... Read More
Even though this ship is small, it had what we needed. The crew was fantastic! The food was average, but once again, the crew was wonderful. My husband, who is diabetic, had a low sugar incident as we were walking back to our ship. We got on board and as he was ready to pass out, our room steward happened to be near us. He knew right way something was wrong with my husband. He took us up the employee elevator right away. Even though the dining room was not open yet for lunch, the crew there got us orange juice and something sweet for him to eat right away. He was able to walk from there to our room after his sugar came up. Everyone went out of their way to help us. One of the bet things about our room was that we were just steps away from the ship bridge. It was a great place for quiet and great views from when we would arrive or leave from a port. I can't say enough about the ports. People on the islands were so glad that tourists were back again spending money so they could rebuild from the horrible hurricane damages. We saw the most damage in St. Maarten. It is so sad, but the people were upbeat and had some great stories to tell! All in all , it was a wonderful cruise and we hated coming back to the cold!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
The service on this ship, the atmosphere, and the kindness of those working onboard the Carnival Fascination outweigh anything you can say that is wrong with this old ship. Embarking on the ship was quick and easy. Our cabin was small ... Read More
The service on this ship, the atmosphere, and the kindness of those working onboard the Carnival Fascination outweigh anything you can say that is wrong with this old ship. Embarking on the ship was quick and easy. Our cabin was small but was roomy enough for the two of us with plenty of space for our belongings that we brought onboard. The carpets looked to have been replaced on this old ship, as does the new bars (Red Frog, Blue Iguana, Alchemy Bar) and the new eateries (Guys Burgers and Blueiguana Catana). The best part of cruising on this ship for us was our server, Prawee (Santos & Kelvin). They were in the Sensation Dining Room and we ate with them every night at dinner and sometimes for breakfast. Even though we had my time dining we asked for the same table every night and enjoyed every single meal. Entertainment on this ship was plentiful. We saw a couple of the comedians, the dancers and singers in the theater, and the Cherry Burton Band was very good and enjoyed listening to them. The ports of call were what made us choose this cruise and we enjoyed each port. We were very sadden to see the devestation in San Juan, St. Thomas and mostly in St. Martin. It was very heartbreaking since we knew what they lost since we have been to these islands before. Our hearts go out to all of those effected by the hurricane. Please continue to go to the islands and buy goods from the locals. Tourism will help these island grow and prosper (Hopefully they will rebuild and add more jobs too), Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Pros: Overall, the ship was clean and had amenities we are accustomed to having onboard (magician, comedians, shows, casino). We enjoyed the pop up juggling show and the "variety" shows. The itinerary was fun and ... Read More
Pros: Overall, the ship was clean and had amenities we are accustomed to having onboard (magician, comedians, shows, casino). We enjoyed the pop up juggling show and the "variety" shows. The itinerary was fun and docking in the ports was fun, we enjoyed watching the boat turn circles in the bay and the harbor pilot exiting the boat to the pilot ship after departure at each port. The older ship had dining rooms mid-ship which made dinner more enjoyable. Cons: Elevators were dated with difficult to read floors/names. The theater and comedy club seating need help to make shows more visible for all. More elevated stadium seats. Participation in bingo, pub crawls, and comedy shows was minimal. Dining choices when boarding from port of calls were minimal, mostly closed before the re-boarding deadline. Service was good but not exceptional. Paid $13 for a cycle class that only lasted 30 minutes and included 10 minutes of stretch and about 5 minutes of upper body weights. Waste of time and money! ***We did not participate in camp carnival or adult only areas. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Me and my sister chose this cruise because we love Carnival and wanted to go on a island intensive cruise and this was a Southern Caribbean cruise and it was awesome. The islands were great and I think I loved Barbados the best the beach ... Read More
Me and my sister chose this cruise because we love Carnival and wanted to go on a island intensive cruise and this was a Southern Caribbean cruise and it was awesome. The islands were great and I think I loved Barbados the best the beach was gorgeous! We opted to skip the Boartyard paying $20 and went to Harbour Lights instead as was suggested by our taxi driver. It is the same beach as the Boatyard and you get a chair, umbrella beautiful area we could see the Boatyard from where we were and we only paid $10.00!!! The food and drinks were great too. St. Luica was awesome as well took a tour with Spencer Ambrose Tours did the Jalousie Beach break and it was awesome. The rum punch had a big punch to it and the food was delicious. I found about 25 pieces of sea glass in less than an hour. Spencer Ambrose is awesome wold definatley do it again. We did an excursion on St.Maarten with Jo Junie Tours went to Orient Beach which was destroyed by the hurricanes but the beach is gorgeous and the water was clear as I've ever seen! Me and my sister had to walk down to the french nude beach just to say we did it. We had our bathing suits on but so many naked people too but we are middle age and seen everything in our life so no big deal to us. It's just a shame that the destruction is so evident and not much cleaned up yet. I fed some iguanas some leafs on a stick by a man on the road where we stopped. Bought a sarong for $10 from a man on Orient Beach whose home was destroyed and that is how he earns money for his family. We stopped at Maho Beach when to the Sunset Beach Bar and we got a soda and nachos which were yummy! We loved San Juan and St. Thomas we had been to those islands before. We love St. Kitts to and a baby monkey with a little diaper on jumped on my back. A man who had him asked if we wanted a picture taken with the monkey and we said no and that little monkey made a beeline for my back in a instant I guess he is use to people. No harm the man took him off quickly, It was an awesome cruise and I would definately like to do it again a couple of years. Read Less
Carnival Fascination Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 3.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.7
Public Rooms 3.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 1.0 3.4
Service 3.0 4.3
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 3.0 4.2

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