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Have cruised many times before, this was my first Carnival cruise AND MY LAST!. Embarkation was fast, and that's where the pros ended. Room was not ready, and still dirty, unaccustomed upon setting sail. Room smelled musty, and the smell of sewage permeated the hallway. Ship is old and VERY dated by other ship's standards. The public area, especially the bathrooms where horrible, smelly, no toilet paper and they got worse the longer the cruise went on. Dining room food was OK at the best, most of the food was way overdone, though the waiters did their best to accommodate us when they saw that the food was not as ordered, or that the vegetables where cold, etc. The Lido deck tables where constantly piled with dirty dishes, ashtrays etc. The bus people would walk by and you had to ASK them to please clean the tables. The outside buffet line was very limited with what they served, a lot of the desserts where stale, bread, old salads wilted. The deli at the aft of the boat was probably the best meal I had good deli sandwiches made to order. The FOO FOO colored drinks that they hawk on board are VERY expensive with very little alcohol added. SO BEWARE! It seemed as though the ship was booked with LARGE crowds, family reunions, class reunions etc. The pools where filled to capacity, and in my opinion not very healthy overall. I did not swim because of this. Is this cruise a good value for your money? If this is your first cruise, you don't have a lot of money and just want to get away you MIGHT find this ship adequate. If not save your money for a newer ship and a more reputable cruise line. This was my first sailing with Carnival and I would NEVER sail with them again.

Carnival Fascination - Bahamas

Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by Darlene H

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2006
  • Destination: Bahamas
Have cruised many times before, this was my first Carnival cruise AND MY LAST!.
Embarkation was fast, and that's where the pros ended. Room was not ready, and still dirty, unaccustomed upon setting sail. Room smelled musty, and the smell of sewage permeated the hallway.
Ship is old and VERY dated by other ship's standards. The public area, especially the bathrooms where horrible, smelly, no toilet paper and they got worse the longer the cruise went on.
Dining room food was OK at the best, most of the food was way overdone, though the waiters did their best to accommodate us when they saw that the food was not as ordered, or that the vegetables where cold, etc.
The Lido deck tables where constantly piled with dirty dishes, ashtrays etc. The bus people would walk by and you had to ASK them to please clean the tables. The outside buffet line was very limited with what they served, a lot of the desserts where stale, bread, old salads wilted. The deli at the aft of the boat was probably the best meal I had good deli sandwiches made to order.
The FOO FOO colored drinks that they hawk on board are VERY expensive with very little alcohol added. SO BEWARE!
It seemed as though the ship was booked with LARGE crowds, family reunions, class reunions etc. The pools where filled to capacity, and in my opinion not very healthy overall. I did not swim because of this.
Is this cruise a good value for your money? If this is your first cruise, you don't have a lot of money and just want to get away you MIGHT find this ship adequate. If not save your money for a newer ship and a more reputable cruise line. This was my first sailing with Carnival and I would NEVER sail with them again.
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