Great family cruise!: Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by Mrs CruisinCritter

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Mrs CruisinCritter
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Great family cruise!

Sail Date: November 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Jacksonville
Overall, this was a great cruise on a great ship! My hubby and I took this cruise as an anniversary present to ourselves. We decided to take our 14 month old (at time of sailing) so he was added about two months before the departure date. I called and upgraded us to a Grand Suite about two weeks before the cruise due to a big drop in the price. This was the best decision ever!

Our cabin (U87) was great and our room steward was amazing! Having a bath tub for our son was a great decision because I'm not sure how we would have made it work with a blow up tub in a smaller room. The cabin was clean and the steward was very attentive. There were some areas of the ship that showed a little wear and tear, but that's to be expected since it's been two and a half years since the last dry dock. She's getting a small refurb at the beginning of January so the little places on the carpet and some of the rust spots will be gone in a few weeks.

The service was amazing all over the More ship. We encountered a few crew members who didn't seem to be having a good day, but that's to be expected with any employees who deal with a large number of people day in and day out. 99% of the time we only saw smiles from most of the crew though. Like usual, everybody remembered our names and our preferences. Everybody we passed interacted with our son and it just made his cruise. He made so many friends during the 5 days we were on board.

The only real complaint we had was the volume of the activities that were going on. It seemed like they always cranked up the volume a little too much when someone was using a microphone or performing. When they had someone on the Lido deck using a mic to talk during an activity, we always had to pack up and leave quickly because the noise was so loud we couldn't hear each other talk and it terrified our son. He can tolerate very loud sounds and it usually doesn't bother him at all. We took him to several concerts around our town over the summer and he always enjoyed it, but most of the entertainment on the ship was unbearable.

Other than the one negative, the rest of the trip was amazing and one that we will definitely remember. We are already considering another cruise on this ship. Less

Published 12/30/12
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Cabin review: GSU87 Grand Suite

Very quiet and in a great location! Not far from the elevators and little food traffic during the day and night. The view is great despite the balcony extension starting at the rear of the balcony. You can look over the rail and see straight out, down and to the bow of the ship. Bathroom has a jacuzzi tub and granite counter tops around the room. There is a privacy curtain that separates the bed from the rest of the room to make you feel like it's two different rooms when you're sleeping. The closet has a lot of space compared to a regular cabin. The cabin itself has a ton of drawers and storage space along with a mini fridge that contains a mini bar if you choose to use it. The fridge can be emptied if you choose to use it for something else. They also have ports where you can connect an iPod, laptop, DVD player or other electronic device to the TV.

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Loved it and are planning to go back without our young son so we can explore a little more than we did. We walked to Southernmost Point and the pier at the end of the island. There is a lot of history and beautiful sites. You must visit at least once.
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We got off of the ship and headed to the British Colonial Hilton and did their day pass. The hotel is beautiful and the grounds are clean. They had plenty of padded loungers, beds and couches around the pool and beach area. There's a nice little restaurant/bar with great food and drinks. I would highly recommend spending a day here!
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Mrs CruisinCritter
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