Carnival Fascination Review

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The fourth ship in Carnival’s eight-ship Fantasy-class, Carnival Fascination entered service in 1994. While the ship has received numerous upgrades over the years, including the welcome addition of balconies to some ocean-view cabins, as well as a secluded adults-only Serenity Deck, there is no word at this writing on whether the ship will be updated to feature Carnival’s "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades. From the north Florida port of Jacksonville, Carnival Fascination sails short four-and five-night cruises to the Bahamas and, depending on the date, also makes occasional calls in Key West, Florida.

Bathed in fiber-optic light, glitzy Fantasy-class interiors added expansive six-deck atriums and a new dimension to the original superliner concept. To keep the fun going, these ships offer an almost wearying assortment of places to have a good time. As times and tastes have changed, the ships have evolved as well, with new lobby bars, dedicated club spaces for teens and tweens, miniature golf, and Internet centers. Even newer are Carnival’s WaterWorks water park and the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, which increase the appeal of the older Fantasy-class vessels.

Only one level below the Lido deck, the indoor promenade connects major public rooms on a single deck, with only formal dining rooms, shops, and other small spaces one deck below. Large in size and ideal for a short itinerary, these ships have sprawling outdoor pool and sunning areas, but they can feel cramped when sailing at maximum capacity. Cabins provide calm oases from sensory overload. With the exception of Carnival Sensation, Carnival Fascination, and Carnival Ecstasy, to which balconies were added to existing cabins, you'll have to book a suite if you want the solitude of a private balcony.

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