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Age: 47

Occupation:mental health field

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Fascination

Sailing Date: 2010-08-3

Itinerary: Bahamas

Overall, the cruise was a fun experience, though I was definitely bored on the "Day at Sea". From what all I'd read and heard about cruising, being bored surprised me. The shore excursions were great and the service, for the most part, was also great, but I felt there could have been a better variety of onboard activities, especially on the day at sea. If you're not into drinking, gambling, and hanging out in a very crowded and small pool, Carnival Fascination might not be for you.

I thought the dining room food was pretty good for the most part and some meals were excellent. Service in the dining room was also excellent. The buffet food in the Coconut Grove were mostly terrible and bland, however. The Mongolian BBQ was very good, but had limited hours. The 24 hour Pizzaria was okay if you like pizza. The free drink choices were very limited. The other drinks were overpriced. Carnival also needs to consider a better way to serve customers when they first come aboard. The lines at the buffet were incredibly long and there was no place to sit down to eat once you got your food and while waiting for your room.

Room Service was prompt, but had limited offerings and tasted just okay--about what you'd get at mid-level hotel chains offering room service. Good, but not great.

I was very pleased with my stateroom and thought it was very comfortable. The staterooms are small but Carnival maximizes the space well and I think their staterooms are a little larger than most other cruise lines. They do not seem to have quite as many balcony rooms, but I could be wrong. I felt the housekeeping service was also excellent. The beds and pillows were comfortable... at about the 3 Star hotel quality.

The "shows" were very well done with great sound and lights, but were somewhat uninspired, bland, and forgetable. Some of the dancers were amazing, but the two singers got tiring and sometimes off pitch. How difficult is it to find performers who can both dance AND sing? The house band was very good, but we didn't hear them play enough. The piano bar guy was excellent but it was difficult to stay long in the piano bar due to cigarette smoke. The guitar player/singer in another bar was very good and fun to listen to. Most of the activities seemed to cater to 20's crowd, presented by 20-something activity directors. I would have liked to have seen more daytime shows, more comedy shows, more roaming entertainers rather than silly roaming activities. I think a melodramatic play with lots of audience participation would have been fun. Maybe more onboard movie choices would be nice as well. The stateroom tv's offered very little.

Snorkeling is something not to miss if you've never done it. Nassau beaches are far better than the ones we were shown in Freeport area. Jeep tour in Freeport was fun but very hot and some of the Jeeps had minor problems. Driving on the left side of the road takes some getting used to, but it's not difficult when there is a guide to follow. Samuel, the Jeep tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining.

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