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This was not our first cruise. Check at Jaxport was reasonably smooth. Some elderly check in staff were a little impatient. We were able to board ship a full hour before the advertised boarding time which was nice. When boarding there were crew members everywhere wearing red shirts with "ASK ME" printed on the front. Actually they were stationed throughout the vessel. Very helpful. A buffet was available on the Lido deck for lunch - very pleasant with a good selection including a grill for hot dogs and hamburgers prepared when ordered. Seating was inside or on deck.

The ship itself is quite clean but clearly showing it's age. The decor in most public areas including the dining rooms is very tacky and artless. Other Carnival ships are much more tasteful. Cabins are clean and comfortable. I never once saw our room steward but the room was always perfect. The in - cabin safes are a plus.

The dining rooms are cramped. It appears that 12 diners are placed at tables with room for ten. Tables are very close together. Dining room service was excellent and very cordial. Food was average. The big aggravation is you cannot dine without a photographer in your face - in fact that's the case almost all the time on board.

Room service was better than expected with very prompt service.

Entertainment varied from good to average. One comic was really funny, having appeared on the Comedy Channel, the other was not so funny - he suffers fromm Cerebral Palsy and most of his jokes were self deprecating and eventually tiring. The dancers need more practice time. The vocalists are talented. A juggler performed one night - he lacked perfection but made up for it with his terrific humor. The entertainment low point was a break dancing duo.

Carnival Fascination is not completly handicapped accessible. There are areas that are inaccessible by wheelchair.

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Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by sourwy

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This was not our first cruise. Check at Jaxport was reasonably smooth. Some elderly check in staff were a little impatient. We were able to board ship a full hour before the advertised boarding time which was nice. When boarding there were crew members everywhere wearing red shirts with "ASK ME" printed on the front. Actually they were stationed throughout the vessel. Very helpful. A buffet was available on the Lido deck for lunch - very pleasant with a good selection including a grill for hot dogs and hamburgers prepared when ordered. Seating was inside or on deck.

The ship itself is quite clean but clearly showing it's age. The decor in most public areas including the dining rooms is very tacky and artless. Other Carnival ships are much more tasteful. Cabins are clean and comfortable. I never once saw our room steward but the room was always perfect. The in - cabin safes are a plus.

The dining rooms are cramped. It appears that 12 diners are placed at tables with room for ten. Tables are very close together. Dining room service was excellent and very cordial. Food was average. The big aggravation is you cannot dine without a photographer in your face - in fact that's the case almost all the time on board.

Room service was better than expected with very prompt service.

Entertainment varied from good to average. One comic was really funny, having appeared on the Comedy Channel, the other was not so funny - he suffers fromm Cerebral Palsy and most of his jokes were self deprecating and eventually tiring. The dancers need more practice time. The vocalists are talented. A juggler performed one night - he lacked perfection but made up for it with his terrific humor. The entertainment low point was a break dancing duo.

Carnival Fascination is not completly handicapped accessible. There are areas that are inaccessible by wheelchair.

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