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David Thrower

Age: 44

Occupation:Travel Consultant

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Fascination

Sailing Date: May 4th, 2001

Itinerary: Bahamas

Ground Transfers: This was the only problem with the entire cruise. The transfers should go smooth, but there seemed to be a lot of confusion between the Carnival ground personnel and the bus drivers. What should have been about a half hour transfer, took about 1.5 hours to finally get to the ship. When we returned we rented a car and did not have to use their transfer service. The Ship: The Fascination was clean and pretty well maintained. Our cabin which was an outside (ocean view) on the Empress deck was more than adequate for our needs as it is just to sleep and change. After we settled in our cabin we went to the Lido Deck for a buffet lunch in the Coconut Grove Bar and Grill. You can also get Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea, Juice, Lemonade and Pizza here 24 hours a day. After lunch we stayed on the Lido deck and listened to some music while we departed Miami for our journey to Nassau. That evening we had dinner in the Sensation Dining Room on the Atlantic Deck. This was the best meal we had on the cruise. The other meals were good, but not great. After dinner we went to see the show in the Palace Theater. It was a Hollywood type variety show which was a little risque for the children in the audience. Overall the entertainment was fair. When the show was over, we went to the various clubs and found a live band in the Puttin On The Ritz Lounge on the Promenade Deck. They played mostly 70's rock music. There are clubs and lounges that will suit almost everyone. If you have children with you there is Camp Carnival that has councilors to supervise your children with activities. They will accept children from ages 2-15. They also have a Cigar lounge for those of you who enduldge. On the Atlantic Deck they have an afternoon tea in Club 88. Nassau: This cruise we did not take in any of the shore excursions. We walked around the the different shops in Nassau and listened to some calypso music in the center of town. Customs: Returning through Miami was a fairly smooth process. Once customs cleared the ship, it took about a half hour to leave the ship. Overall it was a good time and the staff was very friendly. I would suggest this cruise if you like a younger energetic crowd and also like children. I you like a more relaxed atmosphere I would not suggest this cruise.

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