A bit disappointed: Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by blossomkay
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A bit disappointed
The dining room decor was tired. I was hoping to impress my first-time cruiser friend with the beautiful decor that I am so used to seeing on cruise ships, but the room was nothing special. The tables were set impeccably, however, and our dining room experience was always a positive one.
The food in the casual dining area was just average. Nothing special, but not horrible either. I was surprised to find such a difference in the quality of the food in the two dining spaces. The outside grill, which served hotdogs and hamburgers, always had a long and slow line, making it a less-than-ideal choice for lunch for anyone who was not willing to spend at least 30 minutes in line.
The lido deck apparently had a recent renovation, with thatched tiki-type umbrellas and fake palm trees. I thought that it looked cheesy instead of nice - sort of like a second-rate motel. And of course, there was the always-present deck chair problem. People would stake out their deck chairs by putting their towels on them, then disappear for hours. If you did not get out to the deck by 10am, you could not find a deck chair.
The entertainment was good, with the exception of the comedian. When we heard him the first time, he did a good job, but we went to see him in a different lounge on a different night, and his entire routine was crude and vulgar. I felt terrible for people who allowed their teens to attend his act. One of my companions actually walked out. Not cool!
All in all, I would say that this cruise would have been a good value if I had paid under $250 for it, but at over $500 for a balcony room, I felt that I did not get a good value for my money. Less
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