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Carnival Fascination
3.5 / 5.0
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By Dan Askin
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Carnival Fascination Overview

A flurry of new ship launches for Carnival Cruise Line over the past few years has overshadowed one of the fleet's more venerable vessels, Carnival Fascination, which debuted in 1994. 

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About Carnival Fascination


Offers inexpensive seven-night sailings


Departs from San Juan and Barbados, requiring flights

Bottom Line

Older ship that's great for simple warm-weather getaways

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Despite two overhauls over the past nine years, the ship does lack certain amenities found on newer vessels, such as a large proportion of balcony cabins (even with the 98 balconies added in 2010). Yet Carnival Fascination’s sun deck is a highlight onboard -- it features the cruise line’s signature Carnival WaterWorks, with its 300-foot-plus-long twister slide, racing slides and water-spraying apparatuses. The mid-ship pool has a tropical theme featuring massive beach umbrellas, thatched-roof-covered hot tubs and palm tree sculptures. 

Fellow Passengers

A cross section of middle America -- baby boomers, families, newlyweds, Gen-Xers, seniors – converge to form the weekly make-up aboard Fascination. Add that to wedding parties, revelers, early risers and late-to-bed singles crowds, and you have a broad and boisterous passenger mix.

Carnival Fascination Dress Code

Casual day-time attire is followed by casual evening wear. Shorts, however, are not permitted in the dining rooms after 6 p.m. Men typically wear a suit and tie for formal night; sport shirts and slacks the rest of the evenings. Most women opt for a cocktail dress or comfortable pants outfit on formal night followed by casual outfits (dress or blouse/skirt, blouse/pants ensemble) the remainder of the cruise.

Carnival Fascination Gratuity

Carnival recommends $13.99 per person, per day, for gratuities ($15.99 per person, per day, for those in suites). The guidelines allocate a portion to dining room services, cabin services and alternative services, which include kitchen, entertainment, guest services and other hotel services. The amount is automatically added to your shipboard account, but it can be adjusted in either direction at the guest services desk. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar bills and spa treatments. Tipping a couple dollars for room service at delivery is appreciated by the service staff.

Carnival Fascination Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2017 Best for Shore Excursions
2016 Best for Service
2014 Best for Value
2013 Best for Value

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Riviera Deck
Main Deck
Upper Deck
Empress Deck
Atlantic Deck
Promenade Deck
Lido Deck
Verandah Deck
Sports Deck
Sun Deck

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Carnival Fascination Ship Stats

  • Crew: 920
  • Launched: 1994
  • Decks: 10
  • Passengers: 2,052
  • Registry: Bahamas
  • CDC Score: 90
Carnival Fascination Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 3.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 3.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 3.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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Carnival Fascination Member Reviews

Carnival Fascination
Sail Date: Jan 2019
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...Read More
Carnival Fascination
Sail Date: Mar 2019
I booked the Carnival Fascination for my friend and I, so I could go back to St. Lucia for the 3rd time (may be the last time), and to show her what it was all about. I have been on many ships, of different...Read More
Carnival Fascination
Sail Date: Mar 2019
We had a wonderful cruise vacation on Carnival Fascination sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The number of island destinations was the main reason we chose this cruise (Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas;...Read More
Carnival Fascination
Sail Date: Feb 2019
section of the ship again due to the noise and the smell. Overall we loved our cruise on the Carnival Fascination. We look forward to our next trip…and booking a different room. Hoping the staff continues...Read More

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