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We always cruise with Carnival for the value and convenience. We chose this cruise specifically for the ports. This cruise stopped at five ports (St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten) and since the cruise originated in San Juan, it really became a six port cruise. The Carnival Fascination is an older, smaller, Fantasy class ship but is in very good condition and has the 2.0 upgrades (Guy’s Burger, Blue Iguana, etc). The ship was clean and we had no complaints. We stayed in an interior cabin on Deck 6 (Upper). We chose that deck because it is sandwiched between two decks that were all cabins, thus eliminating potential noise from public spaces. We had no issues with our cabin at all. Very comfortable! Entertainment in the main theatre (The Palace) was well done but was pretty standard Carnival style shows. All of the shows are relatively similar with different themes, like Motown, on different nights. This cruise did feature a juggler, who was very good, and that was different. They also had the HASBRO game show. We didn’t attend that since we had seen it a couple of times previously. The ongoing “Clue” game was a real let down. Rather than giving real clues so you could solve the mystery, they gave the answers at different times and then simply drew from everyone who had attended all of the clue reveals. No skill or deduction involved whatsoever. Four different comedians were on this cruise and were funny, as was the piano bar entertainer. Service throughout the ship was top notch. Carnival employees are always very friend and go out of their way to make you comfortable and welcome. Shore excursions were fun and generally as advertised. I booked two excursions outside Carnival, the rest were through Carnival. I especially appreciate Carnival’s promise not to leave a passenger in the event an excursion is delayed. That’s why I usually book with Carnival. Great cruise! Can’t wait until next year!

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Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by mlshum

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We always cruise with Carnival for the value and convenience. We chose this cruise specifically for the ports. This cruise stopped at five ports (St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten) and since the cruise originated in San Juan, it really became a six port cruise.

The Carnival Fascination is an older, smaller, Fantasy class ship but is in very good condition and has the 2.0 upgrades (Guy’s Burger, Blue Iguana, etc). The ship was clean and we had no complaints.

We stayed in an interior cabin on Deck 6 (Upper). We chose that deck because it is sandwiched between two decks that were all cabins, thus eliminating potential noise from public spaces. We had no issues with our cabin at all. Very comfortable!

Entertainment in the main theatre (The Palace) was well done but was pretty standard Carnival style shows. All of the shows are relatively similar with different themes, like Motown, on different nights. This cruise did feature a juggler, who was very good, and that was different. They also had the HASBRO game show. We didn’t attend that since we had seen it a couple of times previously. The ongoing “Clue” game was a real let down. Rather than giving real clues so you could solve the mystery, they gave the answers at different times and then simply drew from everyone who had attended all of the clue reveals. No skill or deduction involved whatsoever. Four different comedians were on this cruise and were funny, as was the piano bar entertainer.

Service throughout the ship was top notch. Carnival employees are always very friend and go out of their way to make you comfortable and welcome.

Shore excursions were fun and generally as advertised. I booked two excursions outside Carnival, the rest were through Carnival. I especially appreciate Carnival’s promise not to leave a passenger in the event an excursion is delayed. That’s why I usually book with Carnival.

Great cruise! Can’t wait until next year!
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Cabin 4D U187
Interior cabin was very clean and in good condition. We had no complaints whatsoever. Our cabin stewards were attentive and friendly. It was just as we’ve come to expect from Carnival and we weren’t disappointed!
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