CARNIVAL FASCINATION THE GOOD AND THE BAD: Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by codabella

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Sail Date: November 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Jacksonville
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 More 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. Less

Published 11/21/12

Cabin review: GSU83 Grand Suite

U83 This room is a GS with a regular balcony. The room did not have all working lamps. The bathroom in the GS's on this class ship have very deep tubs, which mean very tall sides, making it difficult to climb in and out. The shower/tub water was rather challenging to turn on and off. The closet is great although not very roomy for two people. Just the girl :). There are ample drawer space located throughout the cabin. There is a refrigerator. You can ask for it to be emptied if you wish to use it. We had Nguyen for a steward and he was awesome! This has one King Bed that is two twins pushed together, you can feel the seam, but the mattresses were new. We asked for extra pillows. The couch is a lay down double bed, leather/pleather, very slippery and cold at night. Good for kids. There is no heat in this room, only A/C. Keep in mind for winter cruises and pack warm PJs.

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Port and Shore Excursions

First time here. Grabbed a taxi van (scooby bus) rides ten folks for $10 bucks, covers both there and back. Drops you off at the casino across from the shopping and walking to the beach. They give you a voucher to get back. Did a little shopping. It was a short trip for us.
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This was our second time here. We hated our first time. This time we asked for a car taxi, vice the van! It was fantastic!! We went to the Sheraton for $30. We had a great time. We then took the #10 bus to the "Fish Fry" and ate some local cong fritters...yum!! Then grabbed that bus again and went shopping on Bay street. Got some T-shirts at Del Sol. Grabbed a Cong shell that you can blow in like a ships horn for $6!! My son was stoked! My daughter got a straw basket with hello kitty and her name for $7. We had a good day! The taxi to the Sheraton was $25 and the bus was $1.50.
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