16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
I took my daughters on this cruise out of San Juan to explore the city and destinations in hope shore excursions would be fun entertaining and educational. On arrival the ship had a disgusting nauseating sewer smell everywhere that lasted ... Read More
I took my daughters on this cruise out of San Juan to explore the city and destinations in hope shore excursions would be fun entertaining and educational. On arrival the ship had a disgusting nauseating sewer smell everywhere that lasted the entire cruise. Our grand suite was overpriced, small, the bathroom was tiny and leaked the entire cruise, and smelled bad even after it was cleaned. I ate in the dining room twice and the food was overcooked and tasteless. Service was slow. Buffet food worse than school cafeteria. I ate lettuce and under ripe tomatoes and cantaloupe. Lost 4 pounds during the cruise. Only one buffet line was open and lines extended out of the area outside. Cabins weren't cleaned. Dishes weren't removed. Internet and Carnival Hub didn't work and my daily complaints were dismissed by the IT guys. Boring entertainment. Shore excursions were just a van ride down bumpy roads with only a few photo ops. I slipped in gravel, and learned when I got to home that I tore my right hamstring and dislocated my hip. The ships Nurse never examined me but said if you can stand you're fine. Skip this cruise on this ship. There are better ones out there. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Even though we had done this itinerary before, it was one we were ready to do again-with a couple of days in Barbados! Because we embarked in Barbados, it was very easy. Carnival was ready for the couple of hundred people who were ... Read More
Even though we had done this itinerary before, it was one we were ready to do again-with a couple of days in Barbados! Because we embarked in Barbados, it was very easy. Carnival was ready for the couple of hundred people who were joining the cruise. The interior cabin was well organized, seeming to be bigger that other cabins we have had. Again, because we boarded in Barbados, we were assigned to My Time Dining. But this was not may choice. After a conversation with the Maitre'd we were assigned to a table in Imagination for dinner at 6:00. It was perfect! The staff were very friendly and paid attention, and throughout the cruise they remembered our names and our preferences. They were so much fun! We chose to go on an excursion each day. Each port was beautiful and all excursions were great! Disembarkation each day went very smoothly. Because it was just me and my husband, staying the night before the cruise in Barbados and a couple of days after the cruise made it a more relaxing experience. The beauty of the ship, the positive attitude of all the staff, the fun activities (we won a ship on a stick at Trivia), and the music in the Dining Room and added up to reinforce the name of FUN SHIP! Thank you! Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
To start off with and give a little bit of context, my family chose this cruise in particular to celebrate my grandparent's anniversary both of which are smokers and refuse to set foot in Mexico thus limiting our options. I've cruised two ... Read More
To start off with and give a little bit of context, my family chose this cruise in particular to celebrate my grandparent's anniversary both of which are smokers and refuse to set foot in Mexico thus limiting our options. I've cruised two other times, once with NCL and another with Costa. This experience was the worst of the three and I can easily say I will never ever cruise with Carnival again. It's pretty typical that cruises try to sell you a lot of garbage while you're stuck on the boat, but Carnival really blew the others out of the water in this endeavor. There is quite literally nothing to do on the boat other than spend money and if you happen to find the one activity that is there for the guest's enjoyment... don't worry, give it a few minutes and you'll be offered something, I promise. Carnival even goes so far as to add extra alcohol to their drinks in an effort to justify them jacking the price up to over $10 for a mojito. If you know anything about bartending, you know that you can't just change the proportions like this without the drinks tasting awful; and besides it still wasn't enough to justify the amount of the price hike. As experienced cruisers we researched the stops fairly well before getting on board so we weren't dissatisfied with the stops, but that was mostly because we already knew there was little to do there. This is a cruise where you will need an excursion in order to enjoy the area, except for St. Maarten where you can just take the ferry over to the beach for $7 for unlimited trips the whole day. Getting on the ship went smoothly, no one lost our bags which is always nice. I'd say we were lucky as we ran into another guest who arrived to find his "stateroom" flooded up to his ankles and staff had to rush to try to accommodate him in another room. The ship was small and very outdated. Decor was an eyesore and you can definitely tell its age. I'd say it's about time to rip the thing apart for scrap as there is visible rust, holes and leaks throughout the ship. We also had numerous issues with the flushing mechanism in the toilet in both our staterooms (had to be serviced more than once each by the ship's plumber), just because everything is outdated and old. Our bathroom also flooded every time we took a shower because the drain in the shower would overflow out of the drain for the rest of the bathroom. The dining experience was one of the few bright lights on this trip. The food was good with quite a variety and our dining staff was attentive and polite. I can't say the same for the rest of the service onboard. One of the interactions that I'll never forget took place the last night of the cruise when I ordered a drink to my stateroom for my girlfriend. She took a sip after it arrived and handed it to me asking if I tasted anything off. Sure enough, there was no alcohol in this drink at all: just soda water and mixer. I called room service back to request a correctly made drink and she rudely told me that since she doesn't make the drinks I would have to leave my room and take it up with the bartender! This attitude pervaded the whole ship the whole trip among most of the staff other than those in the dining service. Unacceptable. I can definitely say I would not go on this cruise if I had the choice to do it all over again and I won't be cruising with Carnival in the future. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Chose due to the itinerary. (Southern Caribbean leaving out of San Juan). I was told by a friend the itinarary was a WOW (it was) however the ship was trash. This is my 10th Carnival cruise. All but one on old ships. I know what to ... Read More
Chose due to the itinerary. (Southern Caribbean leaving out of San Juan). I was told by a friend the itinarary was a WOW (it was) however the ship was trash. This is my 10th Carnival cruise. All but one on old ships. I know what to expect. Bad room (read below) less than exciting activities, Trouble with getting back on the ship, Rude Guest Services people, Pee on the public restroom floors, almost every day. Noisy library, Food was Carnival norm, but the service was often a mess. They would bring one of our meals half an hour after everyone else. Very choppy design on the ship. I would give this one a NO GO. These over 20 year old ships are starting to really show their age. Carnival needs to put some money into them, or retire them. And as for customer service, put more emphasis on kindness and making customers happy. Not partying and drunkenness. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this itinerary for our first cruise as there were so many stops in the caribbean. We travelled in a group of 7 (late 20's to early 30's) from Australia and essentially just wanted to use the ship as 'transport' to visit all of ... Read More
We chose this itinerary for our first cruise as there were so many stops in the caribbean. We travelled in a group of 7 (late 20's to early 30's) from Australia and essentially just wanted to use the ship as 'transport' to visit all of these amazing ports. We ended up loving our time on board and will definitely cruise again. It took us almost two weeks to get to Puerto Rico from Australia as we flew from Adelaide, Australia (via Auckland) to LA, then Miami (where we hired a car to visit the Florida Keys) and finally Fort Lauderdale to San Juan. We stayed at an Air BnB in Old San Juan for 2 nights prior to embarkment and easily found our way to the cruise terminal. Overall highlights were visiting St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Kitts and St. Maarten. (St. Lucia we could have skipped, or in hindsight we would have taken a taxi to a resort for the day as the beach was dirty, expensive and we were constantly approached to purchase drinks, jewellery or marijuana). Dusan and his staff in the main dining room were fantastic, as was the food. We didn't book and shore excursions through the ship, instead opting to make our own way from the port. Taxi's and buses (although very expensive) were easy to navigate. The only hiccup was some misinformation supplied to us by the porters in San Juan (I asked where to declare 2L of Barcardi purchased at the factory and they told us to put it in our checked luggage and we'll get it back at disembarkment - as they were in a hurry to take our bags - this was subsequently confiscation upon check in and it wasn't until the last day that we found out that it was discarded). This was disappointing and no compensation was offered by guest services for the misinformation provided. We enjoyed using the gym and spa on board and found there were plenty of activities to entertain our group on board. We loved the lobster night and found the facilities on the ship exceeded our expectations and that of other reviews we had read in preparation. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We chose this cruise due to the itinerary. My wife and I have cruised on Carnival about 10 times, this was our 7 year old son's third cruise and 2nd for our 4 year old. We also had our adult daughter and her 18 month old daughter with ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to the itinerary. My wife and I have cruised on Carnival about 10 times, this was our 7 year old son's third cruise and 2nd for our 4 year old. We also had our adult daughter and her 18 month old daughter with us. Carnival has been our go to get away/vacation and we have been very happy with all our past cruises; we live in Florida so it is very convenient. The ship is old, we knew that going in, but the ship is not in bad shape, for it's age it is actually nice. The issue we had was with the crew, by far the worst service we have received on a cruise. I would describe them as stand offish for the first three days at least, sort of like the feeling you get in Home Depot when you have a question and employees seem to disappear. One ship issue is the cabin for 4 means you get a 4 inch high cot that goes on the floor but you get charged full price; new ships have full cots or sofa fold out. We did have one excellent server at dinner one night and Juan at service desk did good job addressing our complaints but it took a while to get to him. Initial response to us was "you booked with travel agent we can't/won't help you". Again itinerary is excellent just do not expect too much from crew. Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. There were 5 ports after leaving San Juan....only one true sea day. We were busy everyday and exhausted in the evening, but did go to a couple of the comedy shows, that we did enjoy. Our embarkation ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. There were 5 ports after leaving San Juan....only one true sea day. We were busy everyday and exhausted in the evening, but did go to a couple of the comedy shows, that we did enjoy. Our embarkation couldn't have been any smoother. It was probably the easiest that we have ever gotten on board. I think the food, service, cleanliness, etc. was all about average to what we have had on our other Carnival cruises. I was a little afraid of what we were going to find with the Fascination due to some other reviews I read. I didn't find it as outdated and in as bad of shape as others had reviewed. It is a smaller ship and doesn't have all the same things as the other bigger ships. We had a great time as we were more about the ports than the size of our cabin. This was the first cruise where we were asked by the room steward if we wanted early service, late service, or both. I thought this was a little odd, but if we needed something else in the p.m. our steward (Gade) was always willing to help. We had a great time and I wouldn't hesitate to go on this ship again. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We chose this cruise because of the ports it visits. Even though we are very experienced cruisers there were three of the ports that we had not visited before so we were very anxious to experience them. We are both Platinum with ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports it visits. Even though we are very experienced cruisers there were three of the ports that we had not visited before so we were very anxious to experience them. We are both Platinum with Carnival so embarkation around 3 PM was a breeze. We were on board in less than 10 minutes from the time we entered the cruise terminal. Debarkation was also easy except for the signage outside the San Juan cruise terminal which was a little confusing but that is not Carnival's fault. Yes, as everyone has pointed out, Carnival Fascination is an older (about 24 years old) and smaller ship than other Carnival (and other non-Carnival) vessels we have sailed on. I have been on 27 cruises (17 on Carnival) and my wife on 13 (11 on Carnival). so we have some history to make this comparison. However, it is not the "rust bucket" in my opinion that some have made it out to be. Yes, there are rust spots but you generally have to look for them. I also thought it was very well kept up and clean for the most part; especially considering it's age. The one thing that was not very clean were window, both in our cabin and in public areas. But, this may be accumulated salt and other environmental dirt that cannot or at least easily be cleaned off. Our oceanview cabin was smaller than other Carnival ships we have been on but it was big enough as we did not spend much waking time there. The bed was a king so you have to deal with the "crack" but it was firm and reasonably comfortable. Our cabin steward, IWayan, and his team kept our room very clean and tidy even though we brought beach and sea "stuff" (i.e. beach sand on feet) back from several of our daily excursions. The food was consistently good and very similar to the Carnival food standards we are accustomed to, both in the MDR and buffet. The sandwich place was really good with a killer reuben. Service by Jess, Vanja and their third teammate was better than we are accustomed to. We had Your Time dining but other than one night (service was good then, too), we always had Jess and team. The ports were good and we either did something water/beach related or a bus tour in each one. This was not as relaxing of a cruise as we are accustomed to, but it was more fun and interesting than most we have done. Entertainment was good; pretty much what you expect from Carnival. We saw a couple of good production shows and went to many of the comedy shows; both the PG and adult versions. We thought Monique Marquez was the best and funniest of the four comics. So, all in all, it was a very good cruise. Was it the best I have ever had? No, but one of the better ones and sailing on the Fascination was just fine in our book. One reason we like Carnival is that it a fun experience, even for 60+ folks like us, and it is also a consistent experience. You pretty much know what to expect and what you will get. Will definitely sail with Carnival again and again in the future! Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We knew the ship was old, but we chose this cruise for the fantastic itinerary. This was our 10th cruise; 2nd on Carnival. The itinerary proved so worth it. We loved every port. The ship, however, ranks very low, as did the overall ... Read More
We knew the ship was old, but we chose this cruise for the fantastic itinerary. This was our 10th cruise; 2nd on Carnival. The itinerary proved so worth it. We loved every port. The ship, however, ranks very low, as did the overall on-ship experience. The food and service would rate fair to average, although I'd say the buffet options would rank lower. The cleanliness of the ship was poor. Some of this was due to the age of the ship - lots of rust and areas that needed paint or stain. The glass on the ship always looked extremely dirty but much of this was just the age of the glass - I don't think they can get it clean/clear. The tables in the buffet dining room was always dirty - even first thing in the morning. Attention to detail was low on the list of the crew. It didn't say much for Carnival as a brand. Service in the main dining room was fair to good, but one evening the service was so slow we left halfway through dinner. The entertainment was also poor and very repetitive. One of the selling points was our cabin was an aft (rear facing) balcony. The view was fantastic, but as with the rest of the ship, the cabin was simply old and worn out. The views from the upper deck off the back of the ship were great, but the side view off the pool deck were poor due to the issue with the glass and the views off the sides of the upper deck were completely obstructed by lifeboats. I would love to do this itinerary again - our first cruise 20 years ago was a similar itinerary, but I wouldn't likely do it again on Carnival and certainly not on the Fascination. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This was a mother's day gift from my daughter, and she was with me. I had a great time ,what a great experience for me. LOVED EVERY MINUTE Of this adventure. I CANNOT WAIT TO GO BACK AGAIN ON ANOTHER, Carnival cruise. BEING THIS ... Read More
This was a mother's day gift from my daughter, and she was with me. I had a great time ,what a great experience for me. LOVED EVERY MINUTE Of this adventure. I CANNOT WAIT TO GO BACK AGAIN ON ANOTHER, Carnival cruise. BEING THIS WAS MY FIRST CRUISE I WAS VERY EXCITED AND Pleased with the ship service. THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD AND I MEAN ALL Of the food. Even the captain dinner was great. I MEET A FEW PEOPLE That came from other places. I DID NOT GO TO ANY OF THE ENTERTAIN- MENTS THAT THEY HAD ON THE SHIP, BUT I'LL GO NEXT TIME WHEN I BOOK Another carnival cruise trip. Out of all the countries we went. I Like st. MAARTEN THE BEST AND I WILL BE GOING BACK TO THAT COUNTRY I fell in love with st. MAARTEN THE BEACH WAS HOT, SUNNY, SANDY AND The water was so blue. 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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