by V. West
June 10, 2002
This was our 4th cruise and least enjoyable of the 4. The postive things about our cruise are the following: Camp Carnival - our 7 year old loved it and would have lived there if we had allowed him. Our room was kept clean and towels were changed out as often as needed. Just don't try to speak to the cabin steward. Our dining room experience was great. Other than all these, we were a little disappointed. Our cabin steward was unfriendly and didn't even try to be courteous. It must have been nearing the end of his Carnival contract and he didn't care.
Gratuities were billed to our account before we even had our first meal or met our cabin steward! Needless to say, we were not happy when told we had overexceeded our balance 15 minutes after leaving $100 at the pursers desk. The entertainment was okay, certainly being our least favorite of our 4 cruises. The commercialism of this ship about drove us crazy! We've never felt so much pressure about spending money on any ship as we did the Fascination. A bit much when you think a cruise is suppose to be all inclusive. Other than this, we tried to make the most of our vacation; however, but we will never cruise the Fascination again and maybe not even Carnival - not sure at this point. Hope this helps when planning your cruise vacation.