Carnival Reviews - Cruise Ship reviews by Cruisemates Readers
Carnival Cruise Lines

by Laura
Western Caribbean
September 22, 2003

My husband & I decided to take a cruise to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Since this was our 1st cruise we left all decisions up to our trusting travel agent. We couldn't have been happier with her choice of the ship Fascination. Below we have listed our favorite things on the ship and some of the activites we did/not enjoy and other miscellaneous info.

Our thoughts about this cruise......

*First of all Carnival upgraded us 3 decks to a room with a private balcony. We were quite impressed with the room.
*Great Food throughout the cruise
*Malcom in the Palace Lounge was very entertaining as was the Cruise Director, Marahscalh Stanton.
*The game shows were worth going to. Lots of laughs!
*The Hollywood show was well perfomed and kept our interest. The Broadway show was entertaining, but quite long.
*Loved the towel animals found on our bed each evening and loved that the covers were pulled down and their were mints on our pillows.
*Not crazy about Key West. Just a big tourist trap.
*The beaches at Cozumel were beautiful and the water is so blue. Enjoyed shopping at the Forum shops, but got tired of being told every store had the "best deal."
*The Art Auction is a big waste of time. Really believe Carnival could do without this activity.
*The casino was fun, but wish they had more machines, especially the nickel machines. They were always taken and you had to wait a long time to sit at one.
*Would like to see more shops on the ship. There were only 3 with the Fossil Watch shop clear at the other end of the ship. There was a shop with liquor and cigarettes located away from the Galleria Gift Shops.
*Appreciated the Debarkation Talk given by the Cruise Director, especially since this was our first cruise. It gave us a very good idea of what to expect when departing on the last day of the cruise.
*The staff from our Room Steward David to the waiters in the Dining Room to the people at the Information Desk were extremely helpful with any questions we had.

We took in many of the activities and couldn't wait each evening to get our copy of the Carnival Capers to see what events would be taking place the next day. There was always something to do on the ship or you didn't have to do anything at all. We were seated with 2 couples who were on the honeymoon and even though we thoroughly enjoyed their company we would have liked to have dined with couples our own age. But we still had a great time dining and enjoyed the company of our dining partners.

We read many reviews, some negative of this ship and were alittle worried. But soon after boarding the ship our worries were soon gone. The ship is very nice and clean. We would definately go on another cruise on this ship.