This was the third time on the Carnival Fascination. And while it is a good place to start cruising I do not recommend this boat for those looking for a little nicer experience. Yes you can have a good time on this boat, but with a little planning I believe you can have a much nicer time.
The Good: Embarkation and Debarkation went as smooth as possible. I like the serenity deck. The cruise is fair value for the money.
The Bad: If you do not like to smell cigarette smoke, do not stay in a port hole room on upper deck. We have stayed in two now and the smell was horrible both times. Our room steward(who was great by the way) said he believes that the smoke smell is getting channeled there from some other part of the ship. Also there is an extreme amount of noise in the port hole rooms, especially if the seas are ruff. There are not enough pools or hot tubs. In the serenity area one of the hot tubs never got "hot" and it did not make bubbles.
U27 was too noisy when the seas are ruff. You can hear the boat clang every time the boat rises and falls. Also there is an extremely bad cigarette smell. The smell actually made me sick.
I don't know why the boat stops here. The port is very industrial. You must take a taxi if you want to see anything. And the taxis are very expensive.
Plenty to do in this port. And much of it you can walk to. Transportation is very cheap. And a decent beach is within walking distance.