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Carnival Fascination

The fourth ship in Carnival Cruise Lines' eight-ship Fantasy class of mid-size cruise ships.

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Carnival Fascination

  • Feb 4, 2010
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As a member of the media, every time a cruise ship goes through a refurbishment I get to head to the port and check it out.  Recently, the Miami based Carnival Cruise Lines' ship the 'Fascination' underwent a $34 million dollar renovation as part of Carnival's "Evaluations of Fun" upgrades. The 'Fascination' currently operates out of Jacksonville, Florida on 4 and 5 day sailings. The ship is Jacksonville's only year around cruise.

Some of the features that were added were:

Serenity (Adults Only)You guessed it, no kids allowed! This is in the aft part of the ship and is a paradise just to escape. There are a couple of hot tubs, a sea of comfortable deck chairs, a drink service station, shade and servers waiting on you hand and foot. 

Dining: A couple new features were added to the poolside cafe called the Coconut Grove Bar and Grill. Talking to a staff member we were told that the dining area was fitted with new tables, buffet area's, floors, fixtures and a Mongolian WOK grill station was added.   

In March, the 'Your Time' dining program will be added to the formal dining rooms where you can eat when you want. Currently the formal dining rooms have regimented dining where you eat at 6 or 8 pm.

Aqua Park: On the back of the ship a water park area was added that now has a 300' yellow Twister slide, two 82' racing slides and a splash zone for the kids.  

Balcony Rooms: 98 rooms were fitted with balconies during the renovation stint.  I found it amazing that they could retrofit a ship to add so many balconies, most rooms being aft of the ship.  A lot of the ship's room amenities were replaced too. One replacement I noticed in the room was the TVs went from your standard television to flat screens.  

Overall the ship is in good condition but my personal feeling is that it will be one of the next to go.  The ship is almost 20 years old and with so many ships being released with state of the art features, these older boats may not be the next best thing to some cruisers.  

If you would like to see the video aboard the Fascination: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJtK8SQAZuU

Doug Parker is the founder of Cruise Radio and has been in the media industry for more than 10 years. His Web site, CruiseRadio.net, offers industry news, on demand interviews, video and travel tips. Cruise Radio is the worlds only independent cruise travel show.

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February 06, 2010
My parents love cruises and they just so happen to want to take one in Florida.  They wanted to take off from somewhere closer to the Tampa area, but I'm sure they'd be fine with Jacksonville, too, for all these amenities that you mentioned!  Sending this review to them.  Thanks for sharing, Doug!

By the way, you can actually embed that video into your review.  Just let me know if you need a hand with that! :)
February 04, 2010
I was always wondering about these cruises, thanks for the info. nice job
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review by . June 05, 2012
For an excellent vacation, I highly recommend the Carnival Cruiselines. The staff and crew were extremely friendly, fantastic service and we had an awesome time! The staff members on the Fascination were AWESOME!! I could not have asked for better service and accomodations. Food Was SUPERB!! I will miss all of the new friends (Facebook me!!!) I made on the ship and look forward to 2013 for our next voyage on another Carnival ship!
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The Carnival Fascination is the fourth ship in Carnival Cruise Lines' eight-ship Fantasy class of mid-size cruise ships. She entered service in 1994, and based in Jacksonville, Florida, she sails to the Bahamas year-round. Her sister ships are the Fantasy (1990), the Ecstasy (1991), the Sensation (1993), the Imagination (1995), the Inspiration (1996), the Elation (1998), and the Paradise (1998).
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