Carnival Fascination Cruise Ship

The Carnival Fascination is considered to be one of the best ships for first-time cruisers. She is based in Jacksonville, Florida, and offers cruising all year round to The Bahamas. Most of the cruises on this ship are 4 or 5 days in duration. Most of the passengers hail from southeastern states close to the port of Jacksonville. The ship's interior has a distinctive Hollywood theme.

Highlights

  • Fun Key West, Bahamas, and Half Moon Cay destinations
  • 3 restaurants and several additional food service areas
  • Comfortable cabins with great amenities
  • Several personalized fitness options
  • Excellent opportunities for teens

Cuisine

The main dining rooms, Imagination and Sensation, have a varied menu that includes several options for special dietary needs. Some of the main options include steaks, seafood, and yummy desserts. The ship offers a specialty dining option called Chef's Table. The experience includes a reception, kitchen tour, and multi-course dinner.

Coconut Grove Bar & Grill has a number of buffet stations serving items for all 3 meals. Pizza, burgers, and hand-carved turkey are all immensely popular here. The pizza and ice cream stations are kept open 24 hours a day.

For lighter, casual fare, you'll want to visit Bogart's. This cafe serves a variety of sweet pastries and gourmet coffees. A sushi bar has all the favorite sushi offerings. A poolside grill serves up burgers, hot dogs, and chicken. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

Entertainment and Nightlife

The Palace Lounge is the main place for live stage shows, with good sound and lighting systems. It comfortably seats 1,300. Most of the shows are Broadway-style revues with eye-catching costumes. Diamonds Are Forever is the main dance club, with decor inspired by diamonds.

Passage to India has a pair of elephant statues at the entrance that make a good photo opportunity. If you prefer just a quiet place to enjoy drinks and conversation, there are several other lounges to choose from.

Cabins

  • All cabins have upgraded beds and bedding
  • Flat-screen TV's with several channels and interactive features
  • Twin beds can be converted into a king-size
  • Bathrooms are stocked with toiletries
  • 54 cabins have private balconies
  • Penthouse suites feature private living areas, balconies, and whirlpool tubs

Recreation

  • Corkscrew waterslide in the pool area
  • 12,000 sq. ft. spa has a number of treatments to suit all needs
  • Adults-only Serenity area
  • The spa has an updated fitness center
  • Personal trainers and private fitness lessons are offered
  • 9-hole miniature golf course, jogging track, basketball court, volleyball court
  • Special golf lessons by Elite Golf Cruises are offered
  • Galleria mall has a variety of stores
  • 10-station Internet cafe, with wireless access throughout the ship
  • 1,200 sq. ft. conference room for business passengers

Onboard Fees

A $10 daily gratuity applies, with 15% added to beverage tabs

Taking the Kids

The Fascination utilizes Carnival's popular Camp Carnival program, complete with age-appropriate activities under staff supervision. The Children's World play center has a wealth of fun activities for younger kids. For poolside fun, kids will enjoy the Carnival Waterworks Aqua Park. Teens have their own club to visit, giving them a break from parents and younger siblings. They'll also be pleased to know that the spa has special offerings just for them.

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