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Age: 30

Occupation:Technology Support

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Fascination

Sailing Date: March 13th, 2006

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

This was our second trip on the Fascination; we went back in 2001 on our honeymoon. This time we were with a group of 12 people ages 25 to 30.

We arrived at the port around 11:30 am. Embarkation was a breeze, from the time we arrived at the terminal, we were in our cabin in 20 minutes. Our cabin was nice size wasn’t huge, but very functional. We recommend taking an over door shoe organizer to put all of your toiletries in to keep things organized and save space. Monday was our day to get acclimated to the ship and find out where everything was located. We had a great time at the sail away party on the Lido Deck.

Key West was our first port of call. The weather was beautiful. We hit the usual Key West spots and photo opportunities, Hemingway House, the southernmost point, and Duval Street and headed back to the ship for departure.

Tuesday night was formal night and the lobster tail was delicious. The nightlife on the ship was also great. The night club was jumping on most nights, especially the first two nights. I don’t know if its always like this or it was due to it being Spring Break. Either way it was cool with us. Karaoke always seemed to have a nice crowd and the comedy shows were entertaining as well.

Wednesday morning we ported in Calica, and took a $10 cab ride over to Playa del Carmen for a day of relaxing at the beach. The beach there is beautiful. There are also ferries in Playa that will take you over to Cozumel if you'd like. We got two table and chairs at one of the oceanside restaurants and chilled out for the entire day. We didn’t partake in any shore excursions so we could be on our own agenda. Dinner on Wednesday was scrumptious, the filet mignon and sweet and sour fried shrimp were excellent.

Thursday was our day at sea, which was not my favorite. I would have loved to have an opportunity to visit another port, but we knew what we were getting when we signed up. We caught up on our rest Thursday and got ready for our voyage home the next day.

Debarkation went well also; we were out of our cabin at 7:30 am and off the ship by 8:00 am. We were fortunate to be one of the first decks called to debark. I would definitely recommend this cruise and cruise line to anyone looking for a moderately priced vacation getaway. We all had a wonderful time.

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