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Fascination Cruise Guide
Above: Carnival Cruise Lines Fascination Cruise Ship.

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Ship Details
Began service:
June, 1994
Guest capacity: 2,052
Total staff: 920
Length: 855 feet
Passenger decks: 10
Swimming pools: 3
CDC inspection score: 97

Fascination overview

The  Fascination cruise ship departs weekly from the Port of Miami. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean.

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Carnival Cruise Lines is the largest cruise line in the world carrying one-fifth of all cruise passengers. This is a great main stream cruising value for those that are looking to have a "FunShip" vacation with a party atmosphere. You will find excellent spa and fitness facilities, great programs for kids, and some of the largest cabins in this price range. Onboard all Carnival ships, guests under 21 must be accompanied by a parent, relative or guardian 25 years of age or older. This cuts down on the "Spring Break" reputation Carnival is trying to beat.

Many first-timers get their initial taste of cruising on the Fascination and are generally younger than passengers on other lines, with a high concentration of couples due to the short cruises. Today's cruisers are honeymooners, young families, and singles as well as veteran travelers who like the Carnival ambiance. Dancing is a popular pastime for all, and late night adults-only comics bring out huge crowds.


Standard cabins are 185 square feet and most cabins have twin beds that can be configured into a queen-size bed. Lighting is good with individual reading lights at each bed. Bathrobes are included in the amenities of all outside cabins. In-room safes, satellite television and standard amenities are offered ship-wide. Bring your own hair dryer. Only suites and demi-suites offer balconies/verandahs. Twenty cabins are equipped for physically challenged passengers. Six cabins on Verandah Deck offer partially obstructed views. Drawer and closet space is more than adequate for two people sailing seven-day itineraries.


The two main dining rooms, Sensation and Imagination, are not at all crowded and service is quite good.Tables range from booths for four to tables of 10. Three meals a day are also available in Coconut Grove Bar & Grill, through room service, and a 24-hour pizzeria. The Coconut Grove Bar & Grill provides good service but passengers carry their own plates to the table and have to wiggle past the line to get drinks from another area. The same dinner menu that is offered in main dining rooms is available in Coconut Grove Bar & Grill with waiter service. A Nautica Spa menu provides calories and carbohydrate totals for some menu items and special diets are available with advance notice.

Room service comes on time is available 24 hours a day but offers a limited menu. Staggered serving times on Fascination, as well as other Carnival ships, mean early sitting is at either 5:45 or 6:30pm and late sittings at 8 or 8:45pm. Midnight buffets continue to be popular on Fascination where passengers party heartier and stay up later than on similar mass market cruise ships. Carnival's food service has been kicked up several notches and presentation and variety are superb.


The Palace lounge features Carnival's popular Vegas-style revues nightly. This state-of-the-art theater has laser lights, special effects and a fabulous sound system.Be sure to get there early to get the best seats; some of the seats have limited or obstructed views of the stage.

The Casino Royale offers blackjack tables, roulette, craps and poker tables, and a variety of slots. Tournaments are scheduled almost every day.

One of the most popular places on the ship is 88, the sing-along piano bar. Get there early if you want a seat. Later in the evening, it was standing room only -- in the hallway! Passengers in the mood for a high-octane dance club will find the Diamonds Are Forever Dance Club a satisfying alternative. The Puttin' On The Ritz Lounge is another popular spot with live music most nights.

Fitness & Recreation

The large pool complex on the Lido Deck has live music and a blue sliding board. Snorkeling equipment is for rent for the length of the cruise. A topless sunbathing area is situated aft on the Sun Deck. The Nautica Spa is a good size and includes a beauty salon. A fitness center offering pneumatic pressure machines, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, and whirlpools get plenty of use. The spa rates are lower here than on the more upscale ships. There's a jogging track and a total of six whirlpools.

Public Areas

Hollywood Boulevard stretches the length of the ship and is lined with popular venues for nightlife including Passage to India Lounge and the Casino Royal. Hollywood Boulevard is the place to see and be seen nightly after dinner.

The $1 million art collection is displayed throughout the public areas but renditions of famous stars such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and John Wayne on the Boulevard capture the attention of the crowds.

Two self-service laundry rooms are located for passenger usage, $1 to wash, $1 to dry and 50 cents for detergent.


Families are a major market for Carnival and the minimum passenger age is 4 months, with no ship maximum on the number of children allowed on a particular sailing. Kids pay the flat rate for third/fourth guests in a cabin. Parents should pay "tips" on children aged three and up.

Camp Carnival is divided into four categories. Toddlers (2 - 5), Juniors (6 - 8) Intermediate (9 - 11) and Teens (12-15). The camp operates on sea days from 9am - 10 pm, and in-port days, there is supervised free-play from arrival until 2pm; scheduled activities run from 2 - 10pm. Babysitting is available on sea days and port days; cost is $6 for first child, $4 apiece for additional children, and babysitting is a group activity (available from 10pm - 3 am in the children's play room). The dining room features a "daily junior special" each day plus a regular kids menu with the usual staples (chicken nuggets, hot dogs, pizza, pb&j). On formal nights, counselors host a kids-only dinner at the Lido buffet. Diapers are sold in the infirmary, and there's a turndown service featuring fresh baked chocolate chip cookies at bed-time. Carnival also offers teen-only shore excursion outings and walkie-talkies available for rent onboard. A Fountain Fun Card ($9 - $23 depending on length of cruise) is available for the under-21 set.

Expert Fascination reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Fascination cruise reviews

Carnival Fascination "Stuck at Sea"
Date: January 26, 2006
Reviewer: Miami Beach 411 User, Bonita Springs, FL
We planned our first vacation together with all 6 of our children. 2 came from MT, 2 from, FL, and 2 from Minnesota. We all met in Miami for a 5 day cruise to Mexico. We could not leave the Port of Miami because of an airplane that went down in the water there. We could not get off the boat for 2 days. The kids had fun getting together anyway. When we finally did depart, it was too late to go to Mexico, so we had 2 days in the Bahamas. There was nothing left of Freeport after the hurricane went through and it was cold and raining. It was not the weather we had packed for had we gone to Mexico. We got $100.00 returned, but Carnival didn't handle this well at all. We paid for 5 days in Mexico and got 2 in the Bahamas

Cruise Ship Inspection Report

All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Fascination Score: 97

Cruise Critic: Fascination
The Cruise Critic gives Carnival's Fascination a 3-ribbon rating.

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