FEB 2012 CARNIVAL FASCINTION 5 NIGHT DURING SPRING BREAK: Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by gr8times4us

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Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Jacksonville

1) Staff was constantly cleaning every surface (I wanted to take them home)
2) Our interior room layout seemed very spacious with tons of storage
3) Very smooth embarkation/disembarkation (we did the self-assist)
4) Great sushi (just wish it had been opened more hours)
5) Loved the Mongolian Wok (Hand selected vegetables & freshly made)
6) Loved having the same terrific wait staff
7) Pizza was always hot and delicious
8) Really loved the Serenity area


1) Unsupervised teens running and talking in the halls very late at night
2) Food choices were limited in main dining room.
3) Confusing with floors having both a name and a number
4) The floor numbers on elevators are too low - very hard to read.
5) Lack of use of hand sanitizers (our NCL cruise 2 weeks before this cruise had staff with spray bottles at each dining room & buffet) With the number of kids on Carnival this should be a top More priority!!!
6) Really loved the Serenity area - but too many chair hogs. We personally saw groups of chairs with a cruise towel and an old paperback or old flip flops on chairs for over 2 hours with no one in them. Unfair to other passengers!

Carnival is known for having a high percentage of kids, which we knew. But we were not aware that the week we booked was President's week - thus there were almost 700 "kids" on board. Several evenings after we had gone to sleep, large unsupervised groups of teens were running and talking & laughing loudly in the halls (Midnight to 2 AM) There should be more monitoring of hallways during school breaks.


Our wait staff Heshbon & Gusti (table 218) Very entertaining, yet very efficient!

Our room steward Alberto very unobtrusive, but always had our room perfect - complete with several towel animals.

Sushi guy & pizza staff

You can read my reviews of the two ports with prices of souvenirs. Less

Published 06/09/12

Cabin review: 4CM121 Interior

Room M121 Our interior room layout seemed very spacious with tons of storage Shower shampoo & body wash dispenser on shower wall Nice basket of bath supplies on sink.(Toothpaste, aspirin etc) Suitcases fit under the bed Loved the "Cruisin'" or "Snoozin'" door signs

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Port and Shore Excursions

We were going to take a kayak/snorkel tour, but we found out, that in February the water is quite cool. Instead we went shopping at the dock and bought a Bahama photo album ($16.00), 2 Bahama beach towels ($14.00 each) and a conch shell condiment dish (asking $10.00 paid $8 since I had also purchased the 2 towels from the same person)The shell had been cut in half and a spoon had been hand carved from the other half. Great for serving shrimp cocktail sauce. Headed back to the ship for a late lunch.
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Had always wanted to do a horse & buggy ride, so we did that first - thinking we would get a feel for the city. It was $30.00 for a 25 minute ride. Unfortunately, not worth it, as the traffic was so loud - we could not hear what the driver was saying. I printed a walking tour of Nassau by J. Brentjes online. It was excellent, as it highlighted all the sites. Loved the Queen's Staircase. Fort Fincastle was not worth the entrance fee. Did a quick tour of the new straw market. Sellers were always asking you to stop at their stand, but all the stands had the same merchandise. Stopped at the Rum Cake store and purchased a 6 pack for $29.95 for souvenirs. Be forewarned - each cake is about 1-2 very small servings. It was very hot so we stopped at a local bar/restaurant and had a draft beer $4.00 each plus tip. Bought a small starfish shell (asking $5, got it for $4) Headed back to the ship for a late lunch.
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