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Boarding was well organised and simple There was lunch available whilst we waited for our cabin to be available The cabin has a double bed – it was a decent size Air con that you can alter in the cabin, beach and bath towels provided Shower en suite, liquid shower gel and hair shampoo, no hair conditioner, a small bar of hand soap There is not an automatic availability of a hair-drier, if your statesman has a spare one you can have one if he doesn't you can't! The room safe is locked with a card with a magnetic strip This doesn't have to be a credit card. Loyalty card would do You need a lanyard holder to clip your sail and sign card onto this acts as your payment/ID card I bought the bottomless bubbles package about $7 a day, For unlimited soft drinks, you have to buy it for the week of the cruise, for me it was worth it They also do a wine package, this works out a bit cheaper for wine in the evenings Loads of food, so many different options available Mongolian wok was very tasty When you are organising trips off the island be aware that the locals know the prices that the ship charges and price themselves accordingly, so you have to haggle a bit to get the prices down Never pay until you are back to the ship Make sure you take something warm to wear in the evenings as inside the boat it is quite cool particularly in the evenings. There were 2 elegant nights on the ship so a nice dress and shirt and trousers for the guys The white night was in the nightclub so not mandatory or really needed Breakfast could be eaten buffet style in the lido restaurant you could sit inside or outside or served in the imagination restaurant inside Sukesh is a table magician He is absolutely amazing, he is gentle and fantastic with his tricks you have to make sure you see him whilst on the cruise There was a welcome aboard show , the day before we left completely focussed on the people who embarked at Puerto Rico The people who boarded at Barbados did not get a show like it when they boarded Comedians were very funny if you understand American humour Medical centre I popped down to see the facilities, and had a chat to the staff - it was very interesting and reassuring They can do all things a normal ER can do, plus minor surgery Spa on the ship This was disappointing On the first day we went for the tour and was told it wasn't happening We went for a seminar on detoxification this was very interesting, but whilst we were waiting we listened to the conversations happening at the reception desk - a guest was being told they couldn't help as no one was on duty who spoke Spanish- poor I felt We went to listen to a seminar about pain relief and we were told it wasn't happening because they were too busy So what do I think about the spa? A little elitist and not interested in anyone if they were not spending money This I find judgemental and disappointing I don't spend my money when I feel that someone thinks I am not worth bothering about

Overall a good cruise

Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by JYBe

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2016
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View
Boarding was well organised and simple

There was lunch available whilst we waited for our cabin to be available

The cabin has a double bed – it was a decent size

Air con that you can alter in the cabin, beach and bath towels provided

Shower en suite, liquid shower gel and hair shampoo, no hair conditioner, a small bar of hand soap

There is not an automatic availability of a hair-drier, if your statesman has a spare one you can have one if he doesn't you can't!

The room safe is locked with a card with a magnetic strip

This doesn't have to be a credit card. Loyalty card would do

You need a lanyard holder to clip your sail and sign card onto this acts as your payment/ID card

I bought the bottomless bubbles package about $7 a day, For unlimited soft drinks, you have to buy it for the week of the cruise, for me it was worth it

They also do a wine package, this works out a bit cheaper for wine in the evenings

Loads of food, so many different options available

Mongolian wok was very tasty

When you are organising trips off the island be aware that the locals know the prices that the ship charges and price themselves accordingly, so you have to haggle a bit to get the prices down

Never pay until you are back to the ship

Make sure you take something warm to wear in the evenings as inside the boat it is quite cool particularly in the evenings. There were 2 elegant nights on the ship so a nice dress and shirt and trousers for the guys

The white night was in the nightclub so not mandatory or really needed

Breakfast could be eaten buffet style in the lido restaurant you could sit inside or outside or served in the imagination restaurant inside

Sukesh is a table magician

He is absolutely amazing, he is gentle and fantastic with his tricks you have to make sure you see him whilst on the cruise

There was a welcome aboard show , the day before we left completely focussed on the people who embarked at Puerto Rico

The people who boarded at Barbados did not get a show like it when they boarded

Comedians were very funny if you understand American humour

Medical centre

I popped down to see the facilities, and had a chat to the staff - it was very interesting and reassuring

They can do all things a normal ER can do, plus minor surgery

Spa on the ship

This was disappointing

On the first day we went for the tour and was told it wasn't happening

We went for a seminar on detoxification this was very interesting, but whilst we were waiting we listened to the conversations happening at the reception desk - a guest was being told they couldn't help as no one was on duty who spoke Spanish- poor I felt

We went to listen to a seminar about pain relief and we were told it wasn't happening because they were too busy

So what do I think about the spa? A little elitist and not interested in anyone if they were not spending money

This I find judgemental and disappointing

I don't spend my money when I feel that someone thinks I am not worth bothering about
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Ocean View
Cabin 6E
The cabin has a double bed – it was a decent size
Air con that you can alter in the cabin, beach and bath towels provided
Shower en suite, liquid shower gel and hair shampoo, no hair conditioner, a small bar of hand soap
There is not an automatic availability of a hair-drier, if your statesman has a spare one you can have one if he doesn't you can't!
The room safe is locked with a card with a magnetic strip
This doesn't have to be a credit card. Loyalty card would do
You need a lanyard holder to clip your sail and sign card onto this acts as your payment/ID card
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Barbados
    Nice shopping area
    You can buy duty free in Caves they will deliver it to the airport for you to pick up when you have dropped off your suitcases - they might deliver it back to the ship?
    Nice restaurants
    We met up in the waterfront cafe for a cold drink and chill when we had finished shopping
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  • San Juan
    There is a free trolley that takes you round the island you can get off and on to see the various attraction
    Bus stop 2a is the government building you can walk around
    Castillo San Cristobal
    An interesting castle definitely worth looking around it costs 5$ for entry and this includes entry to the Castillo San Felipe
    Historical information is included in English and Spanish
    Cold stone creamery
    Omg this is an amazing ice cream place
    It is 5$ for a small ice cream the ice cream was huge
    So many flavours and toppings they mix it for you
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  • St. Kitts (Port Zante)
    A beautiful island

    We hired a cab for the day to take us around the island

    We visited brimstone fortress really interesting history

    Great batik

    Quite a lot of shops around the port area

    A fun friendly island
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  • Ziplining
    We went on the zip wire challenge

    It was great fun you have to wear closed shoes like trainers

    They have a locker you can hire for your duration that fits in. A small backpack and costs $3

    Great fun, could possibly have been a bit higher, faster and longer for the zip lines
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  • Catamaran Tour
    We went to The golden Eagle cataraman snorkel and beach trip

    This was great fun

    Good snorkelling great beach lovely beer and rum punch definitely worth it

    Sitting in the warm sea with a flotation aid and drinking beer
    we gave the staff my husbands crystal palace cap and shorts - so see if they are wearing them when you visit
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  • St. Thomas
    There is a free trolley that takes you round the island you can get off and on to see the various attraction
    Bus stop 2a is the government building you can walk around
    Castillo San Cristobal
    An interesting castle definitely worth looking around it costs 5$ for entry and this includes entry to the Castillo San Felipe
    Historical information is included in English and Spanish
    Cold stone creamery
    Omg this is an amazing ice cream place
    It is 5$ for a small ice cream the ice cream was huge
    So many flavours and toppings they mix it for you
    If you like ice cream this has got to be worth a visit
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