Stan beat Cancer Cruise: Carnival Fascination Cruise Review by Harley Granny

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Harley Granny
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Stan beat Cancer Cruise

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Jacksonville
Wow where to start....we took this cruise to celebrate and recoup from the very stressful year of Stan beating Cancer.
I'm not a cruise-line cheerleader, I'm more interested in what kind of trip that we need at that time.
We picked this cruise because of timing, length, departure port (had friends drop us off) and ports..Stan had never been to the Bahamas so wallah! Decision made.
I read the many reviews about Carnival, and after being on RCCL and Celebrity I admit I was a bit apprehension of being in the middle of a frat party.
I am so glad I was worried for nothing and so very wrong!!
We loved this ship, we loved our cabin, we loved the entire atmosphere. The only thing we weren't overly impressed with was the food at the buffet. Lord knows we didn't starve because there were plenty of other options. The pizza and grilled sandwiches were extremely good. I heard no complaints for the food in the main dining room either....the warm melting chocolate cake was More a big hit!
We hit the lottery of table mates assigned to dine with us. What a great bunch of people. After the 1st night we felt like we were cruising with 2000 of our best friends.
Cons...didn't like the beds...kinda felt like a pullout couch with that annoying bar? Pillows were great and our cabin steward made the BEST towel animals. He took great care of us and properly ignored the run-runners that sat in plain sight on the counter the entire trip.
Bottom line...we boarded this ship haggard and pale, and disembarked (sadly) refreshed and full of energy.
Great job have a fan for life here! Less

Published 02/26/12

Cabin review: 8Am257 Balcony

We really liked this cabin. Not the quietest because of the engine noises but nothing kept us a wake. Once in a while the fumes from the fuel hung around the balcony but was never a problem in the cabin itself. Plenty of storage and good size shower for a cruise ship. Great water pressure and temperature gauge.

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Port and Shore Excursions

I'm only giving this one a 4 because of the following.... We live in Orlando so are within 2 hours of beaches and all that goes with it. We weren't interested in the beaches, snorkeling, deep sea fishing(medical reasons)or really anything water related. Without spending a fortune for a taxi ($40.00 for each person) to go to the national park or tour the island there really isn't much to do that isn't water related. We did enjoy the entertainment at Count Baise Square and if you want great conch fritters, go see Big Daddy's near the water....conch is so fresh you can watch the guy actually taking it out of the shell right before it was cooked. We do realize that we had restrictions the prevented us from doing many of the excursions and maybe next time some of those will be lifted and we'll have a better time.
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No excursions..... We did do a walking tour that took us to the historical sites around town. The only thing that bothers us about Nassau is the aggressive vendors that great you as you come out of the Marketplace. After you get past them it's a great place to explore. We went up the Queens staircase and explored the fort and walked around Parliament Square. We then went back to the docks at took a water taxi over to Paradise Island. Lost $20 in the casino and just walked around. Grabbed another taxi to return. Senior Frogs wasn't open while we were there so we went to the Tiki Hut instead. Gotta say after walking all day at this point those were some steep stairs to walk up. So glad we did...we had a front row seat on the balcony to watch all that was going on at the dock. Let's just say the drivers are very talented at not wrecking. We cut the day short and returned to the ship to people and boat watch from there. Never boring. Like Freeport, once Stan has completely healed from his treatments we'll be much more active at the ports.
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Harley Granny
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