Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by Summer Greene
- Sail Date: December 2004
- Destination: Bahamas
The Fascination is old but even older ships can be clean and show a sense of pride. The public restrooms (particularly by the casino where we spent each night till the wee hours of the mornings) were not only unclean, but several times were without toilet paper in the stalls. I couldn't believe they had no paper towels to dry your hands as well. They had hand dryers but only one was working.
Speaking of the casino, you could never find ashtrays by the slots (we had several smokers in our party) and the buckets for the coins were old and dirty! And to make matters worse, the dealers and croupiers for the most part never smiled or encouraged you to have a good time. They just went through the motions. We found this to be consistent of most of the staff on the ship.
We had room service for breakfast each morning and they never got our order right -- from untoasted bagels to no cream to only one cup.
The size of the suite was an embarrassment, barely larger than the regular cabins. The balcony was barely wide enough for two the plastic patio chairs (Wal-Mart variety). I know that can't be helped because it is an older ship but to have a rusty sink and white caulking for a shower repair in a gray shower was a sign that they really don't care about appearances. And no individual hangars -- some gizmo which 5 posts hang from so if you needed to remove one piece of clothing, you'd have to take off the other 4. Give me a break!
When we sat out by the pool, we could not find anyone to put your lounges out and we physically had to do it ourselves -- unbelievable! To make matters worse, the lounges were old and once we took them off the stacks and moved them, two of them were broken and we had to go back and do it all over again!
The one good thing were the two shows, Friday night and Sunday night. They were fantastic productions!
Since Carnival was the only short cruise over New Year's Eve, our choices were limited and we expected to pay a premium. $1,900 for the above experience was a tragedy. We know Carnival is the affordable low end of their product line so we did not have high expectations, but this experience was lower than the lowest expectations imaginable! I guess the one good thing out of this, since we are now cruising two to three times a year, is that we can now narrow down our cruise choices!
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