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This was my first time on Carnival after going on several other lines. For my wife it was her first cruise ever. In Jacksonville the embarkation process was surprisingly quick and easy. In no time we were on the ship eating lunch at the buffet. The greatest part of the Fascination is the food. The dining room is awesome serving everything such as lobster, shrimp, prime rib, lasagna, pastas, fish, alligator, escargots, sushi, and eggs benedict for breakfast. Make sure you catch a meal at the Mongolian Grill at least once it is delicious. We hit up the pizza bar every night for a late night snack and it's pretty good. The buffet food is decent as well if you don't make it to the main dining room. Entertainment on the ship was good. There were 2 production shows that my wife loved called Motor City and Divas. The comedians shows were also good especially BT. We visited the piano bar every night for a little bit to hear Jonathan play and entertain with his witty remarks between songs. I only went to the casino once and won $40 playing blackjack to pay for some pictures. The main drawback to the ship is the lack of pools. There is only one pool and 3 hot tubs on the entire ship. The pool is ridiculously small and is crowded with people including a massive amount of kids. Imagine a standard hotel swimming pool with about 30 people swimming in it. Think Caddy day at the pool in the movie Caddyshack. Now the Serenity area for adults only at the back of the ship is nice and not crowded with 2 hot tubs. There are plenty of chairs available to relax and view the ocean. People aboard the Fascination were all nice and classy for the most part. Due to Carnival's notorious reputation, I was afraid we would find the typical Wal-Mart crew with a bunch of uncouth white trash and shady characters. Not the case at all and there was not an exorbitant amount of kids either. Finally, getting off the ship was faster than getting on. Do self Assist and figure out a way to get near the exit on a low floor to get out quick. There it is you will enjoy this cruise and it's not too expensive, great vacation.  

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Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by bcstexan

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2014
  • Destination: Bahamas
This was my first time on Carnival after going on several other lines. For my wife it was her first cruise ever. In Jacksonville the embarkation process was surprisingly quick and easy. In no time we were on the ship eating lunch at the buffet. The greatest part of the Fascination is the food. The dining room is awesome serving everything such as lobster, shrimp, prime rib, lasagna, pastas, fish, alligator, escargots, sushi, and eggs benedict for breakfast. Make sure you catch a meal at the Mongolian Grill at least once it is delicious. We hit up the pizza bar every night for a late night snack and it's pretty good. The buffet food is decent as well if you don't make it to the main dining room.
Entertainment on the ship was good. There were 2 production shows that my wife loved called Motor City and Divas. The comedians shows were also good especially BT. We visited the piano bar every night for a little bit to hear Jonathan play and entertain with his witty remarks between songs. I only went to the casino once and won $40 playing blackjack to pay for some pictures.
The main drawback to the ship is the lack of pools. There is only one pool and 3 hot tubs on the entire ship. The pool is ridiculously small and is crowded with people including a massive amount of kids. Imagine a standard hotel swimming pool with about 30 people swimming in it. Think Caddy day at the pool in the movie Caddyshack. Now the Serenity area for adults only at the back of the ship is nice and not crowded with 2 hot tubs. There are plenty of chairs available to relax and view the ocean.
People aboard the Fascination were all nice and classy for the most part. Due to Carnival's notorious reputation, I was afraid we would find the typical Wal-Mart crew with a bunch of uncouth white trash and shady characters. Not the case at all and there was not an exorbitant amount of kids either. Finally, getting off the ship was faster than getting on. Do self Assist and figure out a way to get near the exit on a low floor to get out quick. There it is you will enjoy this cruise and it's not too expensive, great vacation.
 
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The cabin is adequate size with a comfortable bed. The view was nice although slightly obstructed by dirty windows. I paid $40 extra for an ocean view and it was worth it to have the extra light and scenery while you are getting ready to leave the cabin.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Freeport looks like a shipping port more than a tourist area. There ain't jack to do in the port area so get a ride to Port Lucaya or Taino Beach. We went to Lucaya which has a nice free public beach which is a little bit crowded. We had a few beers and conch salad with fries and it time to head back. Nothing really great about Freeport but it is interesting and has a nice beach and shopping area.
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    Nassau is a beautiful port much better than Freeport. When you arrive expect to be bombarded with offers from cab drivers and scooter rentals. Do not rent a scooter unless you own one or drive a motorcycle. Otherwise you will be driving in your typical foreign country with fubar traffic conditions and you drive on the left side of the road for extra fun. We finally agreed to one of the cab driver's offers and we got a real character. Scott drove us and another family to Cable beach for $5 per person. This is about a 15 minute ride to a lesser known beautiful beach across from the Sandals Island. That tells you right there how nice this area is. At the back of the old Wyndham hotel they have beach chairs and towels for $20 a day. Or you can work a deal like we did and just tip the worker instead. So we basically had a private beach in The Bahamas with a waiter bringing $2.50 beers upon request. Can't beat that deal, it felt like we were in a Corona commercial. As we were ready to leave the cab driver was late. He finally showed up and informed us he was low on gas lol. I thought "here we go." The cab van keeps shutting down and he's restarting it multiple times. About halfway back to port we lose "Mary" the nickname of this cab. We push it the remaining distance to the gas station but he doesn't want to put gas. That would be because it has an alternator problem and a full tank of gas. So the driver's wife has to pick us up in her cab. Scott let us know that his wife will get us back in time but her cab has" no character" lol. All of this was hilarious to us and we were not worried about getting back. The Bahamians seem to be good people.
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