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7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Barbados

7 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Barbados

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Barbados
  • Day 2
    St. Lucia
  • Day 3
    St. Kitts
  • Day 4
    St. Maarten
  • Day 5
    San Juan
  • Day 6
    St. Thomas
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Barbados

Carnival Fascination

Carnival Fascination - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Offers inexpensive seven-night sailings

Cons

Departs from San Juan and Barbados, requiring flights; balconies scarce

Bottom Line

Older ship that's great for simple warm-weather getaways


Cruise Reviews

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This cruise is definitely going to affect rebooking with carnival. This is my 10th cruise with them and 3rd time doing this itinerary. Which is One of my favorites. We spent money on each island on excursions, booked prior to the ... Read More
This cruise is definitely going to affect rebooking with carnival. This is my 10th cruise with them and 3rd time doing this itinerary. Which is One of my favorites. We spent money on each island on excursions, booked prior to the cruise which was booked all thru carnival. We spent a lot of money on them. And they are all rushed. Seems price goes up, but value goes down. Today’s tour on st kitts was 8:30-11:30 on the rail and scenic drive, $105.99 to sit and barely hear the tour guide, and the drive back we flew back in the van. Not worth the price tag. The 4x4 safari and beach in Barbados was another rushed excursion. The driver drove like a maniac, thank god for seat belts or I would of flew out the back of the truck. He barely slowed down to see anything. Oh and we saw two car crashes along the way and he still drove crazy. Kon tiki in st Thomas was boring. Those 3 islands I’ve been too and always did my own thing, wish I never purchased excursion and did my own thing. Seems the descriptions are so vague it covers them to be like well they did that and that was the description. Spoke to the bar manager about the rude employee upon arrival. We arrived and went directly to the red rum frog bar and I was reading the menu to my friend and the bartender never greeted us, only words out of his mouth was rudely, we don’t have that. Why have a bar menu? We had a light out in the closet and the ac unit was so loud we could barely sit and have a conversation in the room. Informed guest services on the Second day and guest services asked if they fixed the light and the ac the next day while in port and I informed them they didn’t. So she’s like can we send someone now, im like we just got back and want to relax. So when we went to dinner they finally sent someone. We paid for a junior suite and it’s not worth the money spent. They called for us to upgrade to the grand and I’m glad I didn’t spend anymore money on this trip. This ship is just run down and tiny. The staff on this ship also walk the ship as if they are on their own vacation. I have said excuse me several times at different times throughout the day to pass by them and they flat out ignore me. The food on the lido deck buffet is disgusting. Looks like they threw together the food and topped it with garnish. In the dining room- We’ve asked for lemons to put in our water. They bring lime. Ok maybe they didn’t understand. Second night, limes again. Third night didn’t even ask but there were limes on the table. Asked for lemons and they said they didn’t have. Playing in the casino, one person couldn’t read their cards and they asked if something could be done. Carnival employee said no they were conserving energy. I am in the hospitality industry and the service on this ship is not up to par from what I have seen on past carnival cruises. And no carnival employee seems to care. Not guest services and no one on the phone with carnival. If you do not care, I can take my money elsewhere and all the people i have brought to carnival along with me. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Some of the reviews left me a little weary but let me tell you I loved this boat and ports! The smaller ship was great. There were no lines, no issues getting chairs by the pool or seats at lunch time. Shows were fantastic and the cruise ... Read More
Some of the reviews left me a little weary but let me tell you I loved this boat and ports! The smaller ship was great. There were no lines, no issues getting chairs by the pool or seats at lunch time. Shows were fantastic and the cruise director Brittney was the best I’ve had on any cruise!! However, the cabin was set up poorly with not much space for anything! Our stateroom did not have a couch like on other ships and it makes a difference! The food choices were limited due to no speciality restaurants being on board. The food choices they did have were fine though. The Crew was fantastic as usual. We enjoyed all of the ports especially St. Martin! 4 stars on the value for money only because you can get a less expensive rate on a larger ship with more activities. I would still recommend 100% especially for couples without kids! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise because we had not sailed out of Puerto Rico before and we wanted to go on an eastern Caribbean tour. The ship needs some maintenance and the ship's crew seems tired and not really enthusiastic to be on board. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had not sailed out of Puerto Rico before and we wanted to go on an eastern Caribbean tour. The ship needs some maintenance and the ship's crew seems tired and not really enthusiastic to be on board. We have taken several other cruises out of various ports (all on Carnival). This is a smaller ship and the talent on board (singers, dancers, and choreographers) seem to be in the "audition" stage to be promoted up to bigger and new ships. They all seemed to lack the verve that we have traditionally found on other ships. For those who desire to take advantage of Carnival Hub - don't bother. It didn't always contain correct information and the "messaging" didn't usually work. We had three people who purchased the messaging and by the end of the week only about 25% of our messages got through. We had already been warned about the data plan being worthless so we didn't even try. There were a few standouts - Dinesh back making pizzas was a real treasure. We weren't really pizza people but the guy's kindness and enthusiasm was infectious. I was surprised that the ship didn't have a cigar bar area (though you are welcome to smoke a stogie up on 11 in a designated "smoking" area. Guy's hamburger bar was perfect. The burgers were made from real beef and they were very consistently great with real fries. We did tour the galley between the two dining rooms and I'm telling you that it was clean and tidy. The debarkation was excellent. We carried our own luggage off and we exited through the tender portals and were off and out on the streets of San Juan in about 10 minutes. Brittany (Cruise Director) was engaging and fun. I do hope that she stays on and moves on up to bigger and better ships. Read Less
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